KINGSPORT A Water Department contractor for the City of Kingsport will need to cut service for four hours early Saturdayday, from midnight to 4 a.m. on march 30, 2013, in a large swath in the vicinity of Wahoo Valley, Centenary and Dunlap roads.

The outage is necessary to allow continuing work on a water line replacement project.

Residents along the entire length of Dunlap Road from State Route 75 will be impacted, as well as residents along Wahoo Valley Road in addition to Old Dunlap Road, Dunlap Private Drive, and Centenary Road from Dunlap to Hilton Hill Road.

Outages will also be experienced in neighborhoods off of Rutledge Road, Green Court, Hawkins Lane, Wahoo Drive, Tulip Tree Road, Sugarwood Drive and Robindale Court.

The work is being performed in the early morning hours to lessen the impact of the service disruption, and residents are advised to consider taking precautions to protect their household water system, such as turning off their water heaters during the outage period.


Project Storefront: Downtown Kingsport


KingsportARTS, along with Urban Synergy, is organizing Project Storefront: Downtown Kingsport. The purpose is to bring life, color and art to empty storefronts in our downtown area and to attract future tenants to the spaces. We are now accepting applications from arts organizations and artists who want to display and/or advertise their work in these locations. These spaces are being offered in conjunction with Urban Synergy at no charge on a temporary basis. Please complete the attached application and return to KingsportARTS. Storefront availability will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis, so get your application in soon!

Please contact KingsportARTS (423) 392-8420 or email Cathie at ccfaust@gmail.com or Tina at KingsportARTS@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Storefront Application


Great News! We now have a Storefront on the corner of Center and Broad Streets. More art is needed for this location. The displays at 223 and 215 A & B Commerce Street are turning over the first week of April. Get your application in now to be considered for these locations. Please share this information with anyone and everyone you think may be interested.
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
Cathie Faust, Executive Director, ccfaust@gmail.com
Tina Radtke, Arts Education Director, kingsportarts@gmail.com
Credits Bar


KINGSPORT – KOSBE Award Winner in 2012 and 2010, Picsee Studio, is featured in the Tennessee Secretary of State offices monthly publication The Tennessee Business Spotlight for the month of March 2013. The organization processes over 730,000 transactions each year, so making it into the Spotlight is an exceptional accomplishment.

This months theme was Life’s Most Memorable Moments. As professional photographers, Christy Steadman, Jennifer Bolling, Cristy Eagan and Becky Jones (aka The Picsee Chicks) operate the woman-owned business in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Picsee Chicks said, We are completely honored to be selected for this month’s Tennessee Business Spotlight! This month’s theme falls perfectly in line with what we do, photographing everything from weddings to newborn babies. And we know we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our wonderful downtown Kingsport community, and the beautiful state of Tennessee!

The Tennessee Business Spotlight was developed to raise awareness about companies that produce quality products, contribute to their local communities and employ Tennesseans.  Each month, a handful of businesses are profiled on their website highlighting Tennessees wide range of manufacturers, bard producers and service providers. Many readers will be surprised and proud of the great work and innovative products Tennessee companies, both large and small, provide to the nation and the entire world.

For more information about Picsee Studio visit their website at www.picseestudio.com or call 423-230-8074.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) exist to help the small business owners of Kingsport, Tennessee and the surrounding region. For more information about the TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and KOSBE , visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, Pinterest, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.


Carousel Fine Craft Show & Brass Ring Gala Reception

March 22, 23, 24, 2013

There will NOT be a ribbon cutting ceremony today (March 22, 2013).‚ The decision was made to wait for that until the carousel building starts. We will keep you updated.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is pleased to announce the Carousel Fine Craft Show and Brass Ring Gala Reception.‚ In celebration of the amazing community project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project we present Kingsports new premier juried, high quality, fine arts and crafts show. This juried show will feature fine artists, artisans, craftspeople and photographers. The show has been juried by Kingsport Artisan Walt Turpening and will take place at the Kingsport Farmers Market at the corner of Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, Tennessee. The show will feature only original hand-made works of fine craft/art. NO commercial items for resale, kits, imported or consigned goods will be accepted.‚ Many show booths will have live demonstrations of their craft.

Carousel animal carvings and rounding board paintings (some still in progress) will be prominently displayed.‚ The public is encouraged to visit the show to see the progress of the Carousel Project and to interact with the carvers, painters and other volunteers as they perform live demonstrations, as well as taking part in the Fine Craft Show.

The future site of the Kingsport Carousel will be in the vicinity of the Kingsport Farmers Market. Special opportunities to sponsor animals and paintings will be made available to the public.

The show will be opened up with the Brass Ring Gala Reception on Friday March 22 from 6-9 pm sponsored by Engage Kingsport.‚ This will be a special fundraiser for the Carousel Project.‚ This reception will be a true celebration with all the carousel animal carvings and paintings together under one roof along with all our incredible carvers, painters and other volunteers on hand to interact with. The gala will feature‚ My New Favorites, a local Tri-Cities band. My New Favorites is the union of four musicians that play a fusion of old time, bluegrass, rock, gospel, jazz and classical.

This will be a festive time with music, bard, drinks and a cash bar with wine and beer as well as exclusive access to the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsports premier juried show, featuring some of the best regional artisans and their hand-made works of fine craft and art.‚ All Gala attendees will get a 2 day pass to the show.

Please join us as we celebrate the Kingsport Carousel Project and launch it to the next level.‚ This project would never have taken place without the support of the people of Kingsport and the region.‚ We encourage you to pass this information on to your family and friends.

Dates/Times: March 22-24, 2013

Gala Event: Friday March 22‚ 6 pm-9 pm

Show hours: Saturday‚ March 23 – 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday March 24 ‚ 10 am – 5 pm

Tickets available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or use this QR code:

• Gala Event is $35.00

Includes entry pass to show for all days. Gala Event will include bard /drinks & beer/wine for sale, with exclusive access to the Fine Craft Show as well as Carousel Project volunteers along with the carousel ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ animals, paintings & carving demonstrations.

• Tickets to Fine Craft Show are
$5.00 for 1 day
$7.00 for 2 day pass

Featured Carousel Fine Craft Show artists:

Kipp Brixey

Functional Pottery

Joy Ann Darling

Nantucket & Appalachian Baskets

Susan Lane & John Plutchak


Sandy Moore

Dichroic Glass Art & Jewelry

Tim Roberts

Porcelain & Stoneware Pottery

Rob Scaffe


Joyce Bolton Smith

Nantucket & Shaker Baskets

Jeffrey Stoner


Ellen Turpening


Walt Turpening


Lyle Wheeler


Blair White

Sterling Silver & Gold Jewelry

Tom Wilkins


The Carousel Project:

It started as one man’s dream to have a carousel for the Kingsport community. He talked a few fellow Kiwanis members into investigating the idea and the Four Horsemen took charge. Now Kingsport has a carousel carving studio at the Lynn View Community Center where the carvers can be found working on their animals.‚ It is open to the public M-F from 10 am ‚¬ 5 pm. Volunteer painters are also hard at work painting the hand-carved animals. Another set of volunteer painters are painting Kingsport scenes on Rounding Boards for the Carousel.

Mechanics, merchants, fund raisers and enthusiasts are urged to get involved in this legacy project for Kingsport. The work continues until the 1956 vintage Herschel frame is in its own round house connected to the Farmers’ Market and all animals have a place on the carousel with children of all ages riding. Completion date is set for spring 2014 so there is a lot of work to be done and a great way to get to know great people!

About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚ It operates a public art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚ They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their goals.

The Carousel Projects dream of having a hand-carved menagerie style carousel is getting closer all the time.‚ Built by a group of nearly 100 volunteers, the Carousel will become a treasure for families of the region for many years to come.

In addition to the Carousel Project, Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists, new markets emerge for the creations of these artists.

Become a financial supporter of the Carousel Project‚¬ supporters at all levels are needed to make the project a success. Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to Engage Kingsport, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660. Engage Kingsport is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization.

Donations can be made through PayPal on www.EngageKingsport.com

Donations of any amount welcomed.


Kingsport Fire Department Smoke Alarm Distribution Program

The Kingsport Fire Department is set to begin its new smoke alarm distribution program. The new program funded in part by a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention Grant will provide 1000 dual sensor smoke alarms with 10yr lithium batteries and 100 hearing impaired alarms to residents that are seniors and /or have children in the home, who fall under the federal poverty income levels and reside in five targeted areas of Kingsport. (See attached pdf for map)‚  Residents in the targeted areas may receive up to two smoke alarms with 10yr lithium batteries that should last the life of the alarm.

KFD Smoke Alarm Distribution Financial Guidelines

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The KFD Smoke Alarm Distribution Program uses the federal poverty income levels that are commonly used as guidelines for health programs.

Hearing impaired alarms will be distributed to eligible residents in the zones who have provided evidence of a medical need.

The Smoke Alarms in the is program are the Kidde Dual Sensor Alarm PI9010. These alarms have Ionization Sensors which sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs, and Photoelectric Sensors which are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.

The Hearing Impaired Alarms are the Lifetone HL150 which actively listen for the sound of your smoke alarm and then alerts residents in 3 different ways: A 520Hz 90dBA alarm, a visual flashing display, and a bed shaker to alert you.

The Kingsport Fire Department has distributed over 18,500 smoke alarms since 2006.

Community organizations are encouraged to help with this program.

For more information on the program please contact KFDs Public Education Officer Barry Brickey at 423-224-2820.


The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is bringing Atlantic Steps to the Tri-Cities on Friday March 15th 2013.‚  They will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for The Performing Arts at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. Special guest Sandra Parker will open the show.‚  Tickets are $15.00 for reserved seating and Student/Senior tickets are $12.00.‚  Tickets can be booked at www.EngageKingsport.com.

A master class is being offered for $10.00 at 4 PM the day of the show. There are 25 positions in this class. Participant should have some experience dancing. Call the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 to pre-register.

Atlantic Steps is the inspiring epic story of Ireland’s oldest dance form (sean-nƒ³s), portrayed through the music, song, dance and Atlantic-Ocean-inspired energy of the Connemara region.

Atlantic Steps is an international-touring adaptation of the phenomenally successful Irish show Fuaim Chonamara. It tells the inspiring epic story of Irelands oldest dance form, portrayed through the music, song, dance and energy of the Connemara region. Centered around the joyful dance and unbridled enthusiasm of Brian Cunningham, the show continues to move festival and theatre audiences to their feet, bringing sean-nƒ³s dance to its rightful place on the world stage.

Following a highly successful summer 2012 first-outing for the show at Dublin Irish Festival OH, Irishfest La Crosse WI and Irish Fair of Minnesota, the show is being rolled out for extensive touring throughout the US during 2013 and 2014.


As Tennessee continues to make strides in transportation efficiency, state leaders are evaluating and implementing long term solutions that include propane, natural gas, biofuels and electric vehicles (EV).

The Tennessee Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow, is a series of free educational events, being held March 12-26th in Kingsport, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville.

Tennessee Department of Transportations Policy Manager for the Long Range Planning Division, Alan Jones, will speak on the efforts the state is making towards the implementation of clean, domestic and affordable alternative fuels.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations Director of the Office of Energy Programs, Molly Cripps, will also speak at the Kingsport and Nashville events.

The Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow is a first for Tennessee, with vehicle displays ranging from small electric vehicles, to large trucks powered by a variety of alternative fuels.

It will include a 2-hour seminar, featuring a panel of experts speaking on vehicles powered by electricity, propane, biofuels, and compressed natural gas. The discussion will focus on fueling infrastructure, public safety and the economic viability of each fuel type. They will also demonstrate how businesses and government can transition to these price-stable, lower maintenance fleet options.

The program will be directed by Jonathan Overly, Director of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition in Kingsport, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Atha Comiskey, with Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels will host the event in Nashville, and Paul Rice of West Tennessee Clean Fuels will  moderate Memphis.

Tennessee Tour Stops:

Tuesday, March 12th 1p4p – Kingsport-Tennessee Environmental Conference- Meadowview Conference Center

Wednesday, March 13th 20th 9a12n –Knoxville- Smokies Stadium

Thursday, March 14th 9a12n – Chattanooga – DoubleTree by Hilton-

Monday, March 25 9a12n– Memphis – Agricenter

Wednesday, March 26, 9a12n– Nashville Ed Jones Auditorium- Ellington Agricultural Center

Highlights of the Tennessee Tour include presentations by EFACEC-DC Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles, Nissan of North America, Roush Clean Tech and Alliance Auto Gas for propane.

Natural Gas will be represented by Westport, MLGW, Gibson County Utility District and Chattanooga Gas.

Warren Nevad, Executive Director of the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council (TREEDC) will speak on biofuels.

Tour Director, Joy Kramer adds, We import the dirty fuels, and export the clean ones. Our events are designed to reverse that equation, with education and hard numbers to make the business case.

Events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.afvroadshow.com or call 678-810-0929.


Summer Camp 2013
Save the Date
June 3-7, 2013

That’s right folks! Amongst all the snow outside, Ms. Tina is gearing up for Summer Camp! As you know, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named after four Renaissance artists: Michelangelo, Leonado da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael. What you may not know (what they don’t teach our children often in school)
is that the Renaissance was happening ALL OVER THE WORLD and in many genre’s, not just visual arts. So, the Renaissance is about more than the Ninja Turtles!

This camp will teach students about the Renaissance movement as it happened in different countries including Northern Europe, Portugal, Spain, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Russia. Students will explore and learn in greater depth about the art, music, literature, science and politics of this time through 2D and 3D art, music, theatre, and dance. This camp will culminate in an art show and performance by the students for the parents and the community.

This year’s cost for camp is $200 for full day students(6-12) and $100 for half-day students(3-5).

RETURNING CAMPERS: Special rate of $180 for full day students (6-12) and $90 for half day students (3-5).

Sibling discounts are available.

Please contact our office to pre-register for camp by replying to this email or by calling (423) 392-8420.


KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬ Kingsport City Schools will host a City-Wide Choral Concert on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. located in the Ross N. Robinson Middle School auditorium, 1517 Jessee Street, Kingsport.

The concert will showcase the talents of fifth grade students from each of Kingsports eight elementary schools. In addition, all 6th grade choral students from Robinson and John Sevier Middle School will participate, totaling approximately 250 students.

This year songs will be multicultural from various parts of the world including: Music Brings Us Together; Kookaburra; La Bamba; Hine Mah Tov; Arirang; Ah Shloaha D’Varim; Cantare, Cantaras; Bon Se Aba; Tama Tu; Get America Singing; and Peace Round.

This event is free and open to the public.

Rehearsal is at Robinson from 8 to 11 a.m. the same day.

For more information, contact Debbie Johnson at d_johnson@k12k.com or call (423) 378.2270.

Kingsport‚ City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit k12k.com, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100.‚ Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.


Bring your family, flashlights, and Easter baskets or bags to V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex on March 22nd to search for eggs filled with candy and gifts. Come enjoy the pre-hunt movie Hop at 6:00pm to put you in the mood for the hunt!

2 egg hunts will be offered:

Twilight Hunt: One parent per child will be allowed to assist children ages 2 to 6 for a twilight egg hunt when its not quite so dark out yet.

Flashlight Hunt: Kids ages 7 to 12 will hunt eggs by themselves once the sun goes down. Flashlights will be needed because it will be dark out there.

Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to hunt for check-in.