KINGSPORT¯»¿¯»¿¯»¿¯»¿¯»¿ ‚¬ As part of the special census process just completed by the City of Kingsport, state officials from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will be going door-to-door in Kingsport beginning Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to conduct a sample verification of the recently completed Kingsport special census. According to ECD Special Projects Director Stanley Harrison, his team will be in clearly marked state vehicles bearing a state seal and green government-issue license tags. The special census verification team will be sampling the results of Kingsports special census for recently annexed areas in Colonial Heights, North Kingsport and Fall Creek.


Kevin Reese to perform A Perfect Balance

Cultural Arts Division and Engage Kingsport present:

A Perfect Balance & Mobile Making Workshops:
featuring performance artist/sculptor Kevin Reese

423-392-8416‚ ‚ ‚ ‚

This outreach program is support by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and compliment the Sculpture Walk VI exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture in Downtown Kingsport.

A Perfect Balance

A one-man play written and directed by Mary Hall Surface, designed and performed by Kevin Reese.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two Performance times: 9 AM and 11 AM

Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St.

The performances are free and open to the public but reservations are required.

A Performance for all ages inspired by the work of American artist Alexander Calder (the inventor of the mobile), this one-man play follows a young artist, Sandy, on his quest to capture his vision of life. Challenged by his father to create a masterpiece, Sandy playfully experiments with drawing, painting and sculpting, accompanied by his puppet-like circus creations – his muse Fioni-of-the-flying-trapeze, his friend Ringmaster Loyal and his foe, Monsieur Critique. Only when Sandy risks taking his shapes off the page does he find his way to the shows spectacular conclusion — a mobile, 17 feet across, that suspends into the audience.

Mobile Making Workshops for Students K thru 6th

Several offered: Wednesday May 9 at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Thursday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Call for location!!

The workshops are free and open to the public but reservations are required.

In these one hour workshops Kevin Reese introduces students to the art of moving sculptures (mobiles) and their key design element — balance. Working in groups of 4, students each make 1 -2 pieces for a mobile from classroom art supplies and materials provided by Kevin. Students work cooperatively to solve how to balance the pieces as they assemble their mobiles. The mobiles are then installed in the classroom for all to enjoy.‚  Maximum of 30 students.‚  Mobiles are approximately 3 feet across when complete.


A Perfect Balance opened in 1991. ‚ Here are a few fun facts:

• Has been presented over 1200 times during 16 seasons of national and international touring.
• Featured at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2005.
• Featured at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003.
• Presented at the Taiwan International Childrens Festival, 2004.
• Performed at the 1993 RITEJ Festival in Lyon, France ‚¬ one of the most prestigious festivals of theatre for young audiences in the world. The first American company to be invited since 1981.
• Featured at the Seattle International Childrens Festival, 1993.
• Presented at art museums throughout the country including the San Jose Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Jacksonville Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of art
• Performing-Artist-in-residence at Philadelphias Institute for Arts in Education, and New Yorks Southern Tier Institutes for Arts in Education in Binghamton, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
• Presented in theaters and schools in twenty-five states including California, Florida, Kentucky Maryland, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Utah.


KINGSPORT – Blakley Drive will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Barnette Drive to Hunters Crossing to permit sewer line installation. This closure will start on Thursday April 26 and is expected to last until May 23. Motorists are asked to plan ahead and use the utmost caution in the work zone.


KINGSPORT – Milling work will be conducted on Gibson Mill Road on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and April 28, as part of the ongoing fourth phase of Gibson Mill Road improvements. The work will be conducted daily between Reedy Creek bridge and the Watauga Roundabout, and motorists are asked to seek alternative routes during the work period.


KINGSPORT – Keep Kingsport Beautiful in association with the Downtown Kingsport ‚ Association, TriSummit Bank and Phil Bachman Honda would like to invite you to the Great American Cleanup in Downtown Kingsport on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9am to 12pm. Volunteers are needed to help get our downtown streets ready for all the fun summer events and activities planned for 2012. To sign up to participate or for more information contact Robin Cleary with KKB @ 423-392-8814. Sign in at Broad & Market Street upon arrival. Drawings will be held for door prizes! Don’t miss out!


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Kingsport officials are set to cut the ribbon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on a completely renovated waste water treatment plant that continues Kingsports mission as an environmentally oriented City.

This facility represents the Board of Mayor and Aldermens commitment to making Kingsport an environmental leader in the region and the state, City Manager John Campbell said Thursday. At the same time, the investment in this renovated treatment facility goes a long way to helping us maintain the lowest possible sewer rates while providing the best possible service to the citizens of Kingsport.

The new facility features three unique concepts to improve the environment and the efficiency of the facility itself.

Gone are the days of using chlorine as a disinfectant, replaced with Ultraviolet Light as the plants principal anti-microbial disinfectant, also reducing concerns about chlorine storage.

And, methane gas is captured in a new anaerobic digester, which breaks down waste water solids, with the gas then used to help power treatment processes.

Finally, treatment processes and flows within the system have been improved, with the facility now capable of seeking a permit expansion from the current 12.4 million gallon per day rate capacity to 16 million gallons per day, although there are no current plans to seek a permit expansion.

What we have created is a treatment facility that should meet all foreseeable environmental regulations for the next 20 years, Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds said Thursday. At the same time, even at the currently rated capacity, we have more than enough capacity to handle roughly 20,000 new customers and several large business users.

The $23 million project represents the first major City investment in the plant in the last 27 years. The results so far are striking, reducing permit exceptions by 86 percent in the collection system that feeds into the plant.

The five remaining exceptions were due to collection system impediments that can be expected in virtually any wastewater collection system, with ongoing maintenance efforts working hard to reduce total exceptions to zero.

We are extremely pleased by the results to date, McReynolds said. This is a clear example of the BMAs commitment to making Kingsport an environmental leader in the state and the region. We have extremely well-trained staff who are now sought after within the regulatory system to provide testimony and input as others develop best practices. Our mission is to continue building the most environmentally sensitive system possible, at the lowest possible cost, with zero exceptions to our permit.


KINGSPORT – Water service to customers along Pond Springs Road, just off Moreland Drive, will be interrupted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. to allow a new connection to the water main in the area. Customers are advised to turn off their water heaters during the timeframe to prevent damage to the equipment, and as always, motorists are asked to use extra caution in the work area.


Back by overwhelming popular demand, the East Tennessee Purchasing Association will host the fourth annual Business Matchmaking event on July 19, 2012 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Last years event, held in Knoxville, was a tremendous success ‚¬ nearly 250 small businesses met with numerous governmental and private corporations, such as Pilot Travel Centers, Ameresco, B&W Y-12, Covenant Health, S&ME, SunTrust, Tennessee Valley Authority, Trane, City of Johnson City, City of Knoxville, Knox County, the City of Chattanooga, Anderson County, Roane County, The University of Tennessee and many others.‚  You are cordially invited to participate in this unique event designed to directly support your procurement and supplier diversity goals.

The purpose is to match small businesses with governmental agencies and major corporations that have contract opportunities for products/services offered by small, growing companies and to create relationships for future business opportunities.

This event brings together numerous small businesses who meet in pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings with 20+ procurement representatives from both the public and private sector.‚  Planned participating procurement representatives include such organizations as the City of Johnson City, City of Knoxville, Knox County Government, the Knoxville Airport Authority, City of Kingsport, and numerous other entities.

We are pleased to extend an invitation to have your Supplier Diversity or Procurement officials participate as one of the matchmakers.‚  Your procurement team will meet with small businesses that are vetted and prepared to discuss contract opportunities.

Key things to remember about participating:

  • The program consists of 10 minute appointments scheduled with small businesses that are matched to your stated buying needs.
  • Your team will have the opportunity to meet with the other major matchmaking organizations as time and opportunity presents itself in order to network for your own potential business needs.
  • The program takes place from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on July 19, 2012 at The Millennium Centre located at 2001 Millenium Place in Johnson City, Tennessee, where there is plenty of free parking.‚  Participants will receive lunch as well as snacks/beverages throughout the day.
  • The nominal cost to participate is $280 which directly supports the cost of holding the event.
  • You can register online at or by contacting Debbie Dillon at (423) 975-2717, email
  • Please register to attend by Monday, April 30, 2011 so that you can reserve a spot for this worthwhile event.


This event will help you meet your competitive needs and achieve your business diversity goals.

KINGSPORT – Cultural Arts Division and Engage Kingsport present 18 South in concert at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The concert is at 7:00 PM and reserved seats are $12 each. Call 423-392-8417 or purchase online: ‚

18 Souths music is created by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel that lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach that is truly Americana. The Band members resumes read like a Encyclopedia of Musical History and once you see them live youll know why they are individually some the most well respected musicians on the scene today. Larry Atamanuik [Drums] and Mike Bub [Doghouse Bass] hold down a deep and unmovable groove behind Jimmi Wallaces rich vocals and slamming New Orleans Style Piano that in turn gives Guthrie Trapp the opportunity to freely express his fluid and versatile guitar soloing style. Along with Jon Randalls mournful high tenor vocals and solid rhythm guitar playing the band provides a perfect venue for Jessi Alexander to nail the audience to the wall with her Smokey and heart wrenching vocals.

18 South was born on the front porch and dining room of a house on the quiet Nashville Street, 18 Ave. South. The band is a coming together of six musicians whose one common desire is to create a band defined by nothing other than its music. 18 Souths music reflects the divergent musicianship and experiences of its individual members.

Meet 18 South:

> Texas native Jon Randall Stewart got his start playing bluegrass around the Dallas area. Having moved to Nashville over 20 years ago, he has become one Music Citys top session players, singers and producers. A Grammy and CMA award winner, Jons career has run the gamut of touring the world with Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush, to releasing several major label albums, to writing the smash hit ‚¬Whiskey Lullaby with country legend and Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. In 18 South, Jon brings all of his talents to the front, his pure tenor lead and harmony voice, distinctive acoustic guitar and mandolin and his songwriting.

> Half way between Memphis and Nashville, Jessi Alexander was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. The argument could be made that Jackson lies at the crossroads of American Roots music and her style represents the best of both towns. Jessi made the country charts with the critically acclaimed Sony/BMG album, ‚¬Honeysuckle Sweet. Additionally, she has become an in demand session vocalist and songwriter. Her song ‚¬The Climb, co-written with John Mabe and recorded by Miley Cyrus, had a run of 15 weeks at 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart. Jessi brings to 18 South not only great songs but, she delivers them with a voice, as one might imagine, country and bluesy drenched in southern soul.

> Keyboardist Jimmi Wallace is a road veteran as well as an ace studio player. He is equally at home on Piano and B-3 Organ. Additionally, Jimmi is a soulful vocalist and songwriter. He spent years touring with Kenny Wayne Shepard as well as Cole Deggs and The Lonesome. Jimmis playing is a definite refection of his Louisiana roots.18 South performs several of Jimmis compositions including one from a series of songs he is currently writing based on the characters of the Peanuts comic strip and animations.

Guthrie Trapp came to Nashville from the north Gulf Coast in and around Pensacola, Florida. Guthrie is one of the most in demand guitarists in Nashville with the ability not only play many different acoustic and electric styles but is at ease in any genre of music from Bluegrass to the Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country. Having toured with a virtual whos who of Nashville artists, the last few years have seen Guthrie continuing to perform with Patty Loveless on her Mountain Soul II tour as well as the challenging dynamics and genre bending sounds of the Jerry Douglas Band.‚ 

Larry Atamanuik is the official groove master of 18 South. Cutting his teeth in the Toronto club scene as a teen, Larry first reached the national spotlight as a member of the seminal rock band Seatrain. A drummer sensitive to the dynamics of acoustic instruments, Larry has been the first-call for many Nashville artists including Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss and Union Station and the Alison Brown Quintet.

> Bassist Mike Bub is a 20-year veteran of the music scene in Nashville Moving to Music City in 1989, Mike has had the rare opportunity to work and record with many of bluegrass musics first generation artists in addition to spending 13 years with the renowned Del McCoury Band. The past few years have seen Mike stretching his boundaries on the upright bass having toured with the likes of Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim OBrien, Shawn Camp and Danny Barnes.

The Kingsport Renaissance Center is located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport, TN.‚  The multipurpose center is home to the areas arts organizations and boasts 2 galleries, and a 345-seat theatre.‚  The Renaissance Center is also home to the communitys vibrant Senior Center on the first floor.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education will hold a joint work session with the Sullivan County Board of Education on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.‚  The joint work session will take place at the KCS Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield St. Suite 200) in the 3rd floor Tennessee Room.

Immediately following the joint work session, the KCS Board of Education alone will also hold a called meeting and regular work session.‚  These will also occur in the Tennessee Room on the 3rd floor of the Administrative Support Center.

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