KINGSPORT – H.O.P.E. or Helping Our Potential Evolve would like to invite you to the 2012 Black History Celebration. Come out on Monday, February 20, 2012 from 12pm 6pm at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and help Kingsport Celebrate Black History Month with various workshops and activities which will enrich both youth and adults with a local flavor of black artists and historians.‚  There are so many talented black artists and presenters here in our local city that provide quality of life programs and events for our citizens everyday.‚  These artists have left such a positive lasting impression on both youth and adults today and pave the way for future artists to emerge.

Anyone, and everyone of all ages are encouraged to come out and help Kingsport Celebrate Black History in style.

Workshops will include:

  • Drumming Workshop with Richie Hicks & Jenny Rogers
  • African Cuisine Sampling & Lecture by Gerrie Harrison
  • Face Painting by Boys & Girls Club
  • Art Class by Mark Anthony
  • Michael Jackson Wii Competition with 1st , 2nd, & 3rd Place. Cash cards awarded
  • And Much Much More!

To view the flyer for this event, please click here.


KINGSPORT – Installation of two new main-line water valves will require the interruption of water service on Tuesday, January, 31, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The service interruption will include areas of Lebanon Road from west of Druid Hills Court and running the length of Shipley Ferry Road to Fort Henry Drive, impacting roughly 100 water customers. As always, customers are advised to turn off their water heaters and take other necessary precautions. Also, motorists should be alert for City water crews working in the area.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Phase Four of the Gibson Mill Road Realignment Project will kick off on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, and run through early November. While the work is ongoing, Gibson Mill Road will be closed to through traffic between the Watauga Roundabout & the new Roundabout at Gibson Mill Road and Ravine Road. In addition, Cassel Drive will be closed at Health South, barring access to Gibson Mill from that route. A detour route and map are included with this notice, with all traffic diverted to Ravine Road.‚  Local traffic will be allowed on Gibson Mill Road to Robertson Street for residents in that area and as well as providing access to Holston Florist Shop. Motorists are asked to be considerate in their actions, using the utmost caution in work zones. In particular, this section of the project will eliminate the at-grade crossing of the Greenbelt while also providing improved travel lanes.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Departments Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit is pleased to announce a new prescription drug collection point in the lobby of the Justice Center located at 200 Shelby Street in Kingsport.  Our medication take-back initiative has been named, Project: Drug Drop Zone.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination.  Items that can be placed in our secure drug drop box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over the counter (OTC), herbals, and veterinary medications.

Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.  The Kingsport Police Departments first attempt at collecting leftover, unwanted, or expired medication was held on September 25, 2010.  At that extremely successful event, held offsite at Rhoten Allstate Agency, 179 pounds of medication were collected and destroyed.

With this new drug collection point in the lobby of the Justice Center, citizens can drop off their unwanted medication 24 hours a day at their convenience, rather than having to wait for a special event.  All medications will be properly disposed of by the Kingsport Police Department. A photograph of the drug collection box as well as an informational flyer are attached to this press release.

For additional information or questions concerning Project: Drug Drop Zone, please contact the Kingsport Police Departments Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit at (423) 229-9433 or


KINGSPORT – There are changes coming to the Public Alert System in Kingsport.‚  The sirens that normal sound test on Saturdays at noon will begin sounding every other weekend. There will be no sirens on January 28th. Beginning February 4th at‚  noon Sirens will sound‚  on a biweekly basis. This is the first step in a major upgrade in the way the citizens of Kingsport will receive alerts. Information will be coming in the following weeks on the upgrades to the Public Alert System and how citizens can be better informed during hazardous situation.


KINGSPORT¯»¿ – Sewer maintenance work will delay traffic in the vicinity of Ravine Road and Powers Street on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Flagmen will be deployed on the project, and while the general motoring public and emergency vehicles will be allowed through, motorists are asked to plan ahead and use the utmost caution in the work zone.


KINGSPORT – Water service in the Cooks Valley Road area will be impacted Friday, January 27, 2012 as City crews work to complete new water line connections in the area. Service will be subject to interruption in the vicinity of Cooks Valley Road from Odessa Road to Emory Church Road. As always, residents are reminded to turn off their water heaters during the work period, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition, motorists should expect delays at the intersection on Emory Church Road and Cooks Valley Road. The work is contingent on weather conditions.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the Model City Shootout, an annual youth basketball tournament for local 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.‚  This year’s shootout will be held from February 13-19 at the VO Dobbins Complex, Lynn View Community Center, Civic Auditorium, and the Boys and Girls Club.

All teams must pre-register at the Athletic Office located in the Civic Auditorium (1550 Ft. Henry Dr. ) by no later than 5:30pm on Friday, February 10, 2012. ‚ The fee to register is $60 per team. ‚ No tournament day registrations will be accepted.

For more information please contact the Kingsport Parks & Recreation Department Athletic Office at (423) 229-9459.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education has selected Dr. Lyle Ailshie to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Ailshie will replace Dr. Richard Kitzmiller, who retired on December 30, 2011 after serving as KCS Superintendent for more than nine years.

We are very pleased that Dr. Ailshie has accepted our invitation to serve as Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools, said BOE President Dr. Randy Montgomery.  He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm that Im sure will be well received by our teachers, students, families, and community.  We are excited and feel fortunate to have him lead our system forward during this important time in Tennessee education.

Before coming to KCS, Dr. Ailshie served for eleven years as Director of Schools for Greeneville (TN) City Schools.  During his tenure, Greeneville City Schools has been recognized as one of Tennessees highest performing school systems.  Dr. Ailshie was instrumental in leading several system initiatives, including development of expanded technology, foreign language, dual credit, and professional development offerings.  He guided the system through the implementation process for school-based data analysis and priority setting, and providing leadership and oversight for facility projects totaling over $35 million. 

Dr. Ailshie is a past President of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents and was named the 2005 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.

Prior to his tenure as GCS Director of Schools, Dr. Ailshie held the role of Greenevilles Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.  His background also includes experience as an Assistant Principal at Morristown-Hamblen High School West, as well as serving as a principal, teacher, and coach in Hawkins County Schools.

It is with humility and excitement that I accept the position of Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools, said Dr. Ailshie.  Its reputation, tradition of excellent teachers, and outstanding leaders make this a unique opportunity.  While it will be a few weeks until I officially assume the position, I will be gathering information and working to ensure a smooth transition.  I look forward to working alongside all employees as we seek ways to provide a world-class educational program for students.

Dr. Ailshie received his Doctorate of Education (1996) and Master of Arts in Teaching (1984) from East Tennessee State University.  He completed a Bachelor of Science/Sociology from Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina in 1981.  His official start date with Kingsport City Schools has yet to be determined.

For more information, contact Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator Andy True at (423) 378-2130.



KINGSPORT – The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Dobyns-Bennett Field House Alumni Hall (1800 Legion Drive).

The purpose of the called meeting is for the consideration of the employment of a Superintendent.  The called meeting will take place prior to the regularly scheduled Board work session.

For more information, contact KCS Administrative Coordinator Andy True at (423) 378-2130.