KINGSPORT — Residents in the Hunters Crossing subdivision in the Rock Springs community will experience water outages on Monday, Nov. 28 due to water booster station maintenance, weather permitting.
This outage is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Residents are reminded to turn off their water heaters to prevent damage while water service is limited or unavailable.


KNOXVILLE ‚¬ Businesses or persons interested in learning the basics of Solar Installation and Photovoltaic (PV) Technology can now take advantage of a free five-day training course at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), 300 West Market Street, Kingsport.

The training, offered by The Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI), will begin January 30, 2012 and run through February 3. The training times are 8 am to 5 pm each day, with lunch provided.

The training course focuses on many different aspects of the Solar PV field, including:

• PV history and market developments

• Solar concepts and terminology

• Onsite PV system configurations and components

• PV safety

To register and for more information on this Solar PV course, contact:

Patricia Wells

UT Center for Industrial Services

(615) 253-6371

At the conclusion of the course, there is an entry-level Certificate of Knowledge exam, endorsed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP, NABCEP is the gold standard for PV and solar thermal installation certification and it offers certification and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.

Please note: a pre-screening exam is required for all registrants. Interested parties should contact their local TN Career Center, in advance of the Solar PV course, to take the Career Readiness Exam (CRC). Only individuals that earn a gold certificate on the CRC can register for the Solar PV training course. No exceptions!

To schedule the Career Readiness Exam (CRC), contact:‚ 

Tennessee Career Center at Kingsport

1140 East Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 224-1812

Hours of Operation: 8 AM ‚¬ 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

This is the seventh Solar PV training course offered by TSI, with previous sessions being held in Memphis, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Spring Hill (twice).








KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department is hosting a Community Forum to discuss the alarming problem of synthetic drugs, more commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana and bath salts.‚  The agenda for this event will include a presentation covering what exactly synthetic drugs are, the problem with synthetic drugs in Kingsport, laws and ordinances concerning synthetic drugs, special guest speakers, a question and answer session with a panel of experts, and a synthetic drug display.‚  Please help us get the word out to everyone in the community. Only by working together can we overcome this epidemic of synthetic drugs.‚  The attached document is a full-color printable flyer advertising the event.‚  This event will also be advertised on Charter Government Access Channel 16 and the Kingsport Police Departments website and FaceBook page.‚  For additional information, contact the Kingsport Police Departments Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit at 423-229-9433 or Thank you.

Date: Monday Evening, December 5, 2011

Time: 6:00pm‚¬â€8:00pm

Location: Kingsport Center for Higher Education

In the Auditorium (Room 137)

300 West Market Street, Kingsport, TN

(Directly behind the Justice Center)


What are Synthetic Drugs?

The Problem with Synthetic Drugs in Kingsport

Laws and Ordinances Concerning Synthetic Drugs

Special Guest Speakers

Question and Answer Session with Panel of Experts

Synthetic Drug Display

For additional information, contact the Kingsport Police Departments Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit at 423-229-9433 or


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association would like everyone to have a safe Thanksgiving Holiday.  A cooking fire can quickly turn deadly. We have seen too many homes destroyed and people killed or injured by fires that could have been easily avoided. 

We firefighters would like to be in your kitchen, but only when you invite us for dinner!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment and cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries?

In 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 155,400 home fires per year involving cooking equipment. These fires caused an annual average of 390 civilian deaths, 4,800 civilian injuries, and $771 million in direct property damage. A cooking fire can quickly turn deadly.

Please heed these simple safety rules.

To reduce the risk of cooking fires this holiday, the KFD and NFPA recommends the following safety tips: 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, bard packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.
  • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling bard. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling bard, check it regularly, remain in the home while bard is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, dont use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the bard.
  •  Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  •  Make sure kids stay away from hot bard and liquids.
  • The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you dont trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children  up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path (to your way out of the home and someone has called the fire department).
  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Turkey fryers

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty bard retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.”

  • Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.
  • A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a stand as these units are particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of turkey fryer acceptably low because of the large quantities of hot oil involved and the speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.
  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.
  • Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow is common in many parts of the country. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, either of which can lead to burns. Use of propane-fired turkey fryers indoors to avoid bad weather is contrary to their design and dangerous in its own right. Also, moving an operating turkey fryer indoors to escape bad weather is extremely risky. Fires have occurred when turkey fryers were used in a garage or barn or under eaves to keep the appliance out of the rain.
  • The approximately 5 gallons of oil in these devices introduce an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking, as does the size and weight of the turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the large quantity of hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen, and they may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates the risk of contact between hot cooking oil.
  • There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for acceptably safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. Consumers may find packaging of turkey fryers displaying independent product safety testing labels. NFPA is familiar with the details of these test standards and does not believe that they are sufficiently comprehensive regarding the different ways in which serious harm can occur, and, in some cases, regarding the different parts of the turkey fryer that need to be tested.

For more information go to or call the Kingsport Fire Department at 423-229-9441


KINGSPORT – Residents of the Hunters Crossing Lane Subdivision in the Rock Springs/Blakley Drive area should prepare for a water outage on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 to permit required water boost station maintenance between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Residents in this area should also be sure to turn off their water heaters to prevent over heating or other damage.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Thanksgiving Holiday will result in changes to regular garbage, trash and recycling schedules to allow Streets & Sanitation crews to enjoy the holiday with their families, while all City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Sanitation collection changes include:

Residents whose garbage, trash and recycling are normally collected on Monday and Tuesday garbage should be prepared to have those items collected on Monday

Households with a Wednesday collection date should have their garbage, trash and recycling at the curb on Tuesday

And, residents with Thursday and Friday garbage, trash and recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday

In addition, the Demolition landfill will be closed Thursday and Friday, reopening on Saturday. Bays Mountain Park will be closed Thursday, but reopen Friday, while all other parks and public green spaces will be open to public use throughout the holiday.

The Kingsport Public Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, and reopen for regular business hours on Saturday.

The Kingsport Senior Center and all branch locations will be closed Thursday and Saturday, returning to normal hours the following Monday.

The Renaissance Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, but reopen on Saturday.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Kingsport City Schools superintendent Dr. Richard Kitzmiller has been selected to serve as the grand marshal for the 69th Annual Kingsport Christmas Parade.

This accolade is annually bestowed upon individuals who dedicate themselves to the greater Kingsport community.

Dr. Richard Kitzmiller has done an outstanding job providing leadership and direction to Kingsports public education system that is highly recognized at the state and national level, said Olan Jones, Kingsport Chamber chair and Eastman Credit Union president/CEO. Likewise, he has been personally recognized at the state level for being an outstanding leader.

A native of Sullivan County, Kitzmiller graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he received his bachelor and master degrees. He received his Doctorate of Education degree in 2001 from East Tennessee State University.

After graduation, Kitzmiller taught in Ohio and within the Knox County School System prior to returning to Kingsport in 1978.

He served as a math teacher and coach at Ross N. Robinson Middle School and served as an assistant coach under Buck Van Huss with the Dobyns-Bennett High Schools freshman basketball program.

In 1998, he was named Kingsport City Schools staff development coordinator, where he helped develop and initiate the systems first staff development program.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Kitzmiller‚ worked in a variety of system-wide and central office positions, most recently serving as Director of Accountability and Student Services.

Dr. Kitzmiller has spent a lifetime focused on sustaining and improving the quality of education in Kingsport; Among the many good things that Kingsport is known for, none is more highly respected than our public school system, stated Jones.

Kitzmiller currently serves on the Tennessee BEP Review Committee, the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents‚ (TOSS) Board of Directors and was named the 2011 Tennessee Superintendent of the year.‚ 

A deeply deserved thank you is in order for Dr. Richard Kitzmiller for sustaining and improving Kingsport‘s public school system as he retires at year end. We honor him today as the parade marshal for our Christmas parade, said Jones.

He and his wife Rosie reside in Kingsport and his three sons attended and graduated from Kingsport City Schools.

The Kingsport Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Main Street and will wind its way through downtown Kingsport.

Santa Claus will once again be the highlight of the parade. Santa will board the last fire engine in the parade upon his return from the Santa Train journey. The Santa Train will arrive at the Kingsport Chamber at 3:08 p.m.

The Santa Train is an annual project of CSX Transportation, Food City, Kids Wish Network and your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

The train delivers more than 15 tons of gifts and toys to thousands along the 110-mile train route between Shelby, Ky., and Kingsport.

The Santa Train began as a way to show appreciation to residents of Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky for shopping in Kingsport.

The arrival of the Santa Train, Thompson Square performance and the Kingsport Christmas Parade will be broadcasted live at 3 p.m. Saturday on WAPK and rebroadcasted at 1 p.m. Sunday on WKPT-TV 19.

The performance will be held outside of your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce at 3:08 p.m. The building is located at 151 East Main Street in downtown, Kingsport. Roads will be blocked off starting around 12:30 p.m. for the Christmas Parade that will begin at 3:30 p.m. in downtown, Kingsport. Please arrive accordingly.


Please visit for more information. For updates about the Santa Train, visit and follow @TheSantaTrain on Twitter. If you are interested in a photo of Thompson Square, e-mail Leigh Lindsey at


The Kingsport‚ (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit business organization comprising nearly 1,000 members.‚ The Kingsport Chambers mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit or call (423) 392-8800.‚ Follow the Kingsport Chamber on its Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on its Twitter account, @kptchamber.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Center Street will be closed briefly Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. to accommodate the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band. Center Street will be closed from Fort Henry Drive to North Eastman Road. Motorists are asked to plan ahead, obey all traffic devices and use the utmost caution when traveling in that area Thursday afternoon.


¯»¿KINGSPORT¯»¿ – Construction crews will be installing sewer lines on Blakley Drive near Hunters Crossing Subdivision this week beginning at 7:30 a.m. daily through 5 p.m. working through Thursday, November 17, 2011, as weather permits. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution in the work zone as flag persons will be present to direct traffic in the area.


KINGSPORT – In celebration of America Recycles Day, which is nationally recognized on November 15th, Keep Kingsport Beautiful is sponsoring Bags to Benches for Bays Mountain Park.‚  November 14-18, bring your plastic grocery & shopping bags to collections sites around the city and make your bags into benches for Bays Mountain!‚ 

Collection barrels for the public will be located at Kingsport City Hall, Bays Mountain Park, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kingsport Public Library and Kroger.‚  Stop by and drop off your plastic bags and wraps for recycling and help out Bays Mountain Park at the same time.‚  Kingsport City Schools, Rock Springs Elementary, Domtar, and Eastman Chemical Company, an ENERGY STAR Partner, are also participating in Bags to Benches for Bays Mountain.‚  For every 30,000 bags collected, The Trex Company will give Bays Mountain Park a free park bench.‚ 

Also, now is a great time to become a part of Keep Kingsport Beautiful by joining The Clean Team and supporting all of the many environmental and beautification endeavors of Keep Kingsport Beautiful.‚  Our Clean Team Fundraising Campaign continues through the end of January 2012.‚  Citizens and businesses can contribute at a various levels to support Keep Kingsport Beautiful and programs like Trashbusters, The Fun Fest Trash Barrel Paint-In, Santa Train Cardboard Recycling, Bags to Benches for Bays Mountain Park, the annual Beautification Awards, Tree Fund semi-annual tree plantings, and more!!