KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬ The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is still taking applications for the Mack Riddle American Legion 59th Annual Independence Day Parade set for Wednesday July 4, 2012, at 10 a.m.

The parade is presented by Alpha Natural Resources.

Any business or organization wishing to enter the parade should contact Karen Jobe with the Kingsport Chamber at 423-392-8800 or at

The parade will start in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Center Street and end in front of the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive.

WAPK-TV My Network TV will broadcast the parade live beginning at 10 a.m. with a rebroadcast set for Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. on WKPT-TV ABC 19.

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of 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, go to or call (423) 392-8800. Sign up for your Kingsport Chamber text alerts at Were social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that we will soon be conducting our next Citizens Police Academy.‚  The Academy is open to people 18 years of age or older who either reside or work within the city limits.‚  The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.‚  The Academy will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks from 6:00 until about 8:00 pm with the final class being held on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

The Citizens Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in our shoes to get the feel of what it might be like to serve as a police officer and understand why we do what we do.‚  Citizens Academy classes include a mixture of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.‚  Class topics include:

Welcome, Orientation, Justice Center Tour

Traffic Stops, Vehicle Approaches, Building Searches

Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

Crime Scene Investigations

The Police K-9 as a Tool for Law Enforcement

Explosive Ordinance Disposal

Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm.‚  Anyone interested needs to submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information and to download an application, visit our website at and click on the Citizens Academy tab.

For questions, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Phone:‚  423-229-9433


CDC: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Extreme Heat

1. What happens to the body as a result of exposure to extreme heat?

People suffer heat-related illness when the bodys temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isnt enough. In such cases, a persons body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the bodys ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, youth (age 0-4), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.


2. Who is at greatest risk for heat-related illness?

Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.


3. What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the bodys temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106‚°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.


4. What are the warning signs of a heat stroke?

Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103‚°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

5. What should I do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke?

If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:

  • Get the victim to a shady area.
  • Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
  • Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102‚°F.
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
  • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

6. What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.


7. What are the warning signs of heat exhaustion?

The warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.


8. What steps can be taken to cool the body during heat exhaustion?

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Rest.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Seek an air-conditioned environment.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.

9. What are heat cramps and who is affected?

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms ‚¬ usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs ‚¬ that may occur in association with strenuous activity. People who sweat a lot during strenuous activity are prone to heat cramps. This sweating depletes the bodys salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.


10. What should I do if I have heat cramps?

If medical attention is not necessary, take the following steps:

  • Stop all activity and sit quietly in a cool place.
  • Drink clear juice or a sports beverage.
  • Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.

11. What is heat rash?

Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. It can occur at any age but is most common in young children. Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It is more likely to occur on the neck and upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.


12. What is the best treatment for heat rash?

The best treatment for heat rash is to provide a cooler, less humid environment. Keep the affected area dry. Dusting powder may be used to increase comfort.


13. Can medications increase the risk of heat-related illness?

The risk for heat-related illness and death may increase among people using the following drugs: (1) psychotropics, which affect psychic function, behavior, or experience (e.g. haloperidol or chlorpromazine); (2) medications for Parkinsons disease, because they can inhibit perspiration; (3) tranquilizers such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and thiozanthenes; and (4) diuretic medications or “water pills” that affect fluid balance in the body.


14. How effective are electric fans in preventing heat-related illness?

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Consider visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.


15. How can people protect their health when temperatures are extremely high?

Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Drink plenty of fluid, replace salts and minerals, wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, pace yourself, stay cool indoors, schedule outdoor activities carefully, use a buddy system, monitor those at risk, and adjust to the environment.


16. How much should I drink during hot weather?

During hot weather you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. Avoid drinks containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.


17. Should I take salt tablets during hot weather?

Do not take salt tablets unless directed by your doctor. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. The easiest and safest way to do this is through your diet. Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage when you exercise or work in the heat.

18. What is the best clothing for hot weather or a heat wave?

Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. If you must go outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and continue to reapply according to the package directions. Sunburn affects your bodys ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.

19. What should I do if I work in a hot environment?

Pace yourself. If you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

This information provided by NCEH’s Health Studies Branch. Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Injury and Violence Prevention and Control (NCIPC)


KINGSPORT – The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching, and we traditionally celebrate our nations independence with fireworks.

However, Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.

Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall pay a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.

The only exception to this ordinance would be a public fireworks display authorized by a permit from the Fire Chief or the Fire Marshal.‚  Some examples of these approved public displays are the fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium following Kingsport Mets ballgames, the downtown fireworks show on Independence Day, or the Fun Fest fireworks show at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

The Kingsport Police Department recommends that you leave fireworks to the professionals. The safest way, and only legal way, to enjoy fireworks within the city limits of Kingsport is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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The Neverending Story opens at the Renaissance Center Theatre on June 28.‚  Take a break from the heat and enjoy the live stage adaptation of this great fantasy.

The story is an epic adventure where vivid reality and fantasy collide. Hiding in the attic of his school, a boy named Bastian begins to read a story aloud. Unbeknownst to him, the magical land of Fantastica, which is in grave danger from The Nothing, comes to life through the power of Bastian’s imagination. Other characters include the warrior boy Atreyu and the happy dragon Falkor. Together, they travel through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider and the maze of the Southern Oracle in search of the Childlike Empress. As the adventure unfolds, Bastian discovers that his imagination is the key to changing the fate of both Fantastica and his own world.

The collaborative efforts of The Kingsport Theatre Guild and The Drifting Theatre present The Neverending Story. For information on purchasing tickets you may contact the office or purchase tickets online or at the box office one hour prior to the performances.‚  This presentation is appropriate for all ages.

Kingsport Theatre Guild
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660


KINGSPORT – I-26 Between Exit 6 (Rock Springs) and Exit 4 (Wilcox Dr):On Wednesday June 27, 2012, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, there will be some short rolling roadblocks on I-26 in both directions (at different times) between Exit 6 (Rock Springs) and Exit 4 (Wilcox Dr) as crews perform short duration tasks overhead I-26.   Motorists should expect a potential short delay, be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Legion Pool will be closed Monday June 25 through Wednesday June 27 at a minimum to allow for repair of leaking pipes.

“Unfortunately, it would appear that we are dealing with multiple leaks as we are losing about 95,000 gallons of water a day,” Assistant to the City Manager Chris McCartt said Friday. “To put that figure in perspective we are basically refilling the pool every 5 ‚½ days.”

The pool was logged by Parks and Recreation staff as losing 55,042 gallons per day on average between May 26 and June 1. By June 9, the daily loss had grown to an average of 92,957 gallons per day.

“Since the first of June our Parks and Recreation Staff, along with members of our Water Department, having been working to locate a large water leak at Legion Pool,” McCartt said. “The leak has been identified as coming from a major water line in the pump room at Legion Pool. Due to the location of the leak it is imperative that staff repair that line as quickly as possible.”

The process for repairing this leak will require staff to drain the pool approximately 6 feet. Once the water has been drained, a welder will attempt to weld the pipe. If unsuccessful, the pipe must be removed and replaced.

In the worse case scenario of actually digging up pipes, Parks and Recreation staff believes the pool can still be made operational again by July 4th.

The age and condition of the pipes and other pool infrastructure makes it difficult to keep the pool open without losing a lot of water, McCartt said. “We have informed the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that it is very likely we will once again face a problem in the near future given the wide range of break downs and multiple failure types we have seen at Legion in recent years.”

Under state regulations governing water accounting and loss, the Parks and Recreation Department must pay for water provided by the City water department. So major water losses add up to lost operational dollars as well.

If the repairs are successful, Legion Pool will reopen on Thursday, June 28. For additional information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 229-9460.


KINGSPORTRock Springs Valley Road between Rock Springs Road and Poplar Grove Road will be closed daily to through traffic during from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday, June 25, and running at least 2 weeks to allow for sanitary sewer installation. Motorists are requested to consider planning ahead and using extreme caution in the work zone during this period.


KINGSPORT – Despite attempting every possible work around, construction will require the closure of the Bays Mountain Park access road weekdays from Tuesday, June 19, 2012 through July 10 to allow a permanent fix of the access road.

This particular phase of the work, according to Assistant Public Works Director Michael Thompson, will require drilling and pouring of 10 caissons that will hold a new retaining wall and bridge over the chronically troublesome portion of the access road.

Although the work will require the closure of the Park access road to the general public, Summer Daycamp programs for youth will continue on a regular schedule. In addition, Bays Mountain will be open to all visitors on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The park will also be open Wednesday, July 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We examined every possible alternative, but it is apparent that the work is best conducted with the closure of the access road on weekdays until this phase of construction is complete, Bays Mountain Park Manger Ken Childress said. We very much regret the inconvenience, but look forward to having a much better access road without future obstructions when this work is complete.

Regular updates on the construction project will be provided on the Bays Mountain Park website,, while construction is underway.