Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Aquatic Center Public Art Project, Kingsport, TN

Public Art Kingsport and Engage Kingsport requests qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design and or fabrication of art for the Aquatic Center. Potential projects for the Aquatic Center include natatorium railing dividing pool areas, wall art, and outdoor sculpture.

Eligibility: This RFQ is open to all professional artists/artist teams and architects over the age of 18 who currently reside in the United States.

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or received electronically by January 17, 2013, 4:00 PM EST. No exceptions.

Submission Requirements:

  • Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork.‚  Limit 10 MB per image, JPEG only.
  • Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV with all team members included.‚  Please specify each team members role.
  • Statement(s) of Intent: Maximum 300 words. Address how the applicants previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful permanent public art project. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.

About the Aquatic Center:

The indoor/outdoor water park will be a 46,400 square bart facility located off of Wilcox Drive across from Meadow View Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The Aquatic Center will be a new major attraction for the area. The Aquatic Center will feature an Olympic sized 50 meter pool, a 25 yard warm pool with zero entry ramp, and an indoor recreational pool with water slide. Outside features will include two pools surrounded by a Lazy River; a kiddie pool and a

large leisure pool with two water slides. Current plans also include outdoor sand volleyball courts, party rooms to rent for special gatherings, meeting rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and a locker room.

The Aquatic Center is beautifully located near a wetlands area at the bart of Kingsports iconic Bays Mountain. Views from the front parking lot, entrance areas and from the outdoor pools will include cattails as well as the mountain.

The facility is located in the Meadowview District of Kingsport and embodies design principles outlined by Gateway Development Guide.

Project Details: Public Art Kingsport is seeking artist or artist teams to work with Public Art Kingsport and the Aquatic Center in the design, fabrication, and installation of art inside and outside the Aquatic Center facility.‚  All art should have an aquatic theme and be compatible with the themes of community, fitness and natural beauty

The full RFQ and resources can be found at:

Call to Artists at


KINGSPORT – Volunteers needed to paint animals for the Kingsport Carousel Project. Lead artist Suzanne Justice will provide 4 hours of guided instruction. Painting sessions are Tuesday nights from 6- 8 PM at the Lynn View Community Center at 257 Walker Street, Kingsport TN 37665.‚  First of two training classes is on January 8, 2013 from 6-8 PM. Cost is $50 (which is refundable upon completion of work).

To register call the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414

—Be a part of the DREAM! Carousel Project on Facebook

About the Kingsport Carousel Project:

It started with an idea. Gale Joh shared his enthusiasm and love of carousels and it seems to be catching on. Join us as we create a wood carving studio, paint horses, refurbish an antique frame and bring a unique and magical carousel to Kingsport Tennessee.


KINGSPORT – City Hall, the Public Library, Senior Center, Renaissance Center, Bays Mountain Park and the Demolition Landfill will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25th, in observation of the Christmas holiday.

There will be no changes to garbage, trash and recycling collections on Monday. However, Tuesday routes will not be collected until Wednesday, with each subsequent day shifted as well. Wednesday routes will be collected on Thursday, Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, and Friday routes will be collected on Saturday.

All city offices will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, December 26.


KINGSPORT – Kingsport’s Livable Community Collaborative was presented an Award of Excellence in Program Innovation from the Archstone Foundation and the American Public Health Association at the APHA’s recent annual conference in San Francisco.

Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association is comprised of 50,000 members from more than 50 public health occupations, and drew more than 12,500 attendees to its 140th annual conference.

Kingsport resident Dr. Kathleen Beine, longtime promoter of the positive physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and economic impacts of community design, accepted the award on behalf of the citys Collaborative.

“The award was presented for the Livable Community Initiative: A survey of seniors and community members, Kingsport, Tennessee,” Beine said Wednesday. “The components of this project included the 2010 AARP Livable Community Survey, the followup Mayors Blue Ribbon Taskforce, and a summary of what has since happened in Kingsport. The award represents a major confirmation of our communitys improvement efforts.”

The Archstone Foundations Award for Excellence in Program Innovation was awarded on the basis of creative design, documented outcomes, replication potential, collaboration, and dissemination strategy. The Archstone Foundation is a private grant making organization dedicated to preparing society to meet the needs of an aging population, and has awarded more than $77 million in grants towards that goal since it was founded in 1986.

In 2009 Kingsport, Tennessee was identified as a pilot livable community project by AARP. From this starting point, a collaborative effort evolved, including AARP, the City, local residents, and volunteer focus groups, to develop a survey assessing opinions and concerns of Greater Kingsport, Tennessee area residents in order to make the community more livable for persons of all ages.

“The survey covered aspects of community design and services, neighborhood issues, and personal concerns related to public health, aging, and livability issues,” Beine said. “The end-goal was to provide guidance for Kingsport in a manner that could also be used by other communities. A total of 1,439 surveys were completed and returned, for a phenomenal 43.6% response rate, which provided a broad-based sample of opinions on community conditions.”

In March 2010 the final AARP report was released. In follow-up, the Blue Ribbon Task Force reviewed the survey results and gathered additional information from city staff on key areas.‚  A report, including recommendations to the city, was issued in April 2011.

“The AARP survey helped us realize that we were doing a good job as a city providing a number of services considered necessary and useful by our residents, but we weren’t always doing the best job publicizing these services,” Assistant City Manager for Development Jeff Fleming said. “At the same time, several key areas were identified where we need to do some more work, particularly in areas of walkability and convenience to retail centers without having to get into a car.”

Since the release of the AARP survey and the Blue Ribbon Task Force report, Fleming noted that follow-up actions by the City have included improved communications efforts, enhanced local transit services, development of a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, additional sidewalk construction, expansion of community centers and recreational opportunities, efforts to expand the local library, and developing a database of retirees with specific business backgrounds to assist with industrial recruiting.

Findings from the survey have been presented to city staff, local civic clubs, businesses, and non-profit organizations. In addition, findings have been used to advocate for healthy community design and in successful grant applications by the City.

Since the completion of the AARP survey and Blue Ribbon Task Force report, synergistic efforts with multiple collaborators have resulted in several initiatives to create a more livable community, including Kingsports first community garden.‚  Recently, an Active Living Workshop by national expert Dan Burden is helping the City refine planning and transportation regulations to encourage a community safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Beine said the Kingsport survey has been replicated in modified versions in several other communities. Her goal is to continue the Collaboratives efforts to build a model community in Kingsport that others will want to copy.

Past community program winners for the Archstone Award include: Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Minneapolis, Marquette, Michgan, Evanston, Illinois, Hartford, Connecticut, Westbrook, Maine, and Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Past university program winners include: Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, and Boston University.

Dr. Kathleen Beine is a family physician, medical educator, and researcher. Over the past 20 years, as the principal in Beine & Associates, she has conducted extensive community-based research and advocated for improved community design with the recognition that a communitys physical design has significant impact upon physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and economic well-being of its citizens.

For further information contact:

Kathleen Beine, M.D., Beine & Associates, Kingsport, Tennessee, Phone: (423) 863-3304, E-mail:

Jeff Fleming, Assistant City Manager for Development, Kingsport, Tennessee, Phone: (423) 229-9381, E-mail

To learn more about the Livable Community Collaborative, please visit


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) named the winners of the 18th Annual KOSBE Awards last night at the celebration ceremony held at the Club at Ridgefields, Kingsport.

The Winner of the Business Excellence Under 10 Employees award was Signature Properties. No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Business Excellence Over 10 Employees award was Comfort Keepers. Biggies Clam Bar was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the New Business award was The Bagel Exchange. CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Young Entrepreneur award was Kingsport Imaging, Inc.. Sweet CeCes Frozen Yogurts and Treats was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Minority Enterprise award was Carew Cuts Barber Shop. No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Woman-Owned Business award was Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery. Charmed Southern Home, Gifts & Events was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Veteran-Owned Business award was Anytime Fitness. No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Home-Based Business award was Bellafina Chocolates. No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Multiple Store/Franchise award was Angry Penguin. Fish Window Cleaning was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Rural Enterprise Business award was The Rusty Nail Primitives. Toyables was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Marketing Excellence award was VIPSEEN Magazine. No Runner Up.

There was no Winner or Runner Up for the Innovation award. Honorable mentions include Beyond Engagement, SRV Global Health, and NugZee, LLC.

The Winner of the Small Manufacturer/Fabricator award was Mason Distributors (Triggers). No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Rising Star award was Haun Chiropractic. Jenkins Insurance Group was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Exceptional Performer award was Picsee Studio. No Runner Up.

The Winner of the Impact Award was Thom Crosby of Pals Business Excellence Institute. Rikki Rhoten of Allstate Insurance was the Runner Up.

The Winner of the Caped Crusader award was Mayor Dennis Phillips.

Each winner and runner-up received a KOSBE award on stage, will receive recognition during Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE events, digital award emblem to display on their company literature and website, spotlight on Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE websites, social media channels and recognition in the Kingsport Times-News. Past winners are often first in line for free marketing opportunities, special interviews and public relations exposure.

Also during the ceremony, Mayor Dennis Phillips, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Miles Burdine and KOSBE Chair Janet Callahan of Bristol Motor Speedway, presented keynote speaker Michael Quillen, Founder and Past CEO of Alpha Natural Resources, with an appreciation gift in recognition of his leadership and forward-thinking in regard to the future of Americas energy production.

The 2012 Annual KOSBE Award sponsors include:

Title Sponsor: SunTrust Bank

Platinum Sponsors: Cumberland Marketing and Dykes Trucking

Gold Sponsors: KNETIC, Sweet CeCe’s, Phil’s Dream Pit, The Village at Allandale and F & L Limo & Livery

Silver Sponsors: Eastman Chemical Company, Triten Insurance & Financial Services, Food City / K-VA-T Food Stores, Hunter, Smith & Davis, Wilson, Worley, Moore, Gamble & Stout PC, Pathway Lending, Thomson Metal Services and HairBenders Salon

Bronze Sponsors: Kathy Richards with AdviCoach and Charlie Dotson with TCI Group

Media Sponsors: VIPSEEN Magazine, Holston Valley Broadcasting Group, Kingsport Times News, Times Digital Group and Picsee Studios

Event Partners: Action Rentals and Sales, Express Signs, Flowers by CopperCreek, Holston Distributing Company, Ridgefields Country Club, Divine Cafĩ and Catering, Lakepointe Awards, and Pristine Springs

Entertainment Sponsor: East Tennessee Eye Care

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call David Schools at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The ongoing Sullivan Street Improvement Project will require possible water service disruptions along Sullivan Street next week, running Monday, December 17, through Thursday, December 20, weather permitting. Service outages will occur between along Sullivan between Clinchfield Street and Wanola Avenue and are due to a water line relocation necessary to permit installation of new catch basins. Residents may want to consider turning off their water heaters between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day to avoid the potential for damage during a water outage.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Gibson Mill Road residents, particularly in the vicinity of Elizabeth Street, Campbell Street and Rose Street, will experience intermittent water service Monday, December 10, 2012 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to permit ongoing water line installation. The water service disruption is planned as part of the continuing work on Phase IV of the Gibson Mill Road Improvement Project. Neither the Health South facility nor Holston Floral Shop will be impacted by the outage. Residents in the impacted areas may want to consider turning off their water heaters to prevent damage.


KINGSPORT – KFD Station 8 has received Career Satellite Notable award from Fire Chief Magazine for architecture and design among fire departments in the United States.

We are very proud and honored to be recognized by the Fire Chief Magazine 2012 Station Style Design Awards as Career Notable.

This station came about through a lot of work with our Board of Mayor and Alderman and City Manager, and the hard work of our Fire Department Staff, Project Manager Captain Shea Payne, Assistant Chief Scott Boyd, Engineer Joel Moore and Engineer Jr. Swinney. They identified the needs of the department and our city and with the guidance of Beeson, Lusk & Street Inc. architects those ideas were incorporated those into this station.

The 7,414 square bart Station 8 was completed by Armstrong Construction Company in May of 2012 and serves the East Stone Drive, Preston Forrest, Crown Colony and Orebank corridors. This station is providing not only fire and medical response but also a substation for the Kingsport Police Department.

It is an honor just to be nationally recognized, especially for the second time. We put in a lot of work and effort and it will serve this city well for many years to come. Captain Payne said.

For more information contact Capt Shea Payne, 423-229-9441


KINGSPORT – A planned power outage by AEP to permit replacement of power lines will disrupt electricity service to a city water pump station in the Bloomingdale area. As a result, residents in vicinity of 1225 to 1325 Ridgecrest Avenue may experience low or no water pressure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.