Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Two Arrested on Drug Charges After Execution of Search Warrant
Date & Time July 30, 2013

Approximately 7:30 PM

Location of Incident 1138 Fairview Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37660

Suspect Information

Name Pearl M. Jones
Date of Birth/Age 3/23/1928

85 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Female
Address 1138 Fairview Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Timothy A. Farley
Date of Birth/Age 4/30/1971

42 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 1138 Fairview Avenue

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

Two individuals have been arrested on drug charges after the execution of a search warrant.

On July 30, 2013 at approximately 7:30 PM, Kingsport Police Department’s Vice Detectives, with strategic support from the K.P.D. S.W.A.T. Team, executed a search warrant at 1138 Fairview Avenue in Kingsport. The warrant authorized the search of the dwelling as well as the person of Pearl Jones, who resides there.

A quantity of Hydrocodone was found at the scene. Additional evidence to indicate Ms. Jones was selling narcotics from the residence was also located. $1,200 in U.S. currency was seized.

A second individual named Timothy Farley was also present and stated that this residence was his home address. Drug paraphernalia commonly utilized to ingest narcotics was located under the couch cushion where he was sitting.

Pearl Jones was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Possession of Schedule IV Drugs for Resale within 1000 Feet of a School

2) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Sold, Stored, or Used

Timothy Farley was also arrested and charged with the following:

1) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Carousel Project of Engage Kingsport and the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts announce a call to artists for work on 24 bird paintings for the Carousel.‚  The paintings will be done on 15-inch diameter disks of plywood covered with artist canvas.

Finished paintings will be mounted on the carousels upper inside panels that surround the center pole, motor, etc.‚  Each of the twelve inside panels will have two bird paintings for a total of 24.

Artists interested in painting one of the birds are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM in room 239 of the Renaissance Arts Center.

Lead artist for the Bird Paintings is local artist Joanne McDonough.‚  Selected artists will be asked to pay a materials and instruction fee of $25.00.

Below is a list of birds common to Kingsport that are not only ornate/recognizable but also compliment the promotion of the Kingsport Birding Trail as these same birds have been chosen to represent a sample of Kingsports avian diversity in the KBT informational material.

The following is a list of 24 bird local species to be included in the project:

Canada Goose Wood Duck Hooded Merganser

Wild Turkey   Great Blue Heron Bald Eagle

American Kestrel Killdeer  Ring-billed Gull

Great Horned Owl  Ruby-throated Hummingbird‚  Belted Kingfisher

Pileated Woodpecker‚  Blue Jay  Eastern Bluebird

American Robin  Northern Mockingbird  Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-throated   WarblerScarlet Tanager  Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird  Baltimore Oriole American Goldfinch

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The Carousel Project is a volunteer-led effort to produce hand-carved, hand-painted animals and install them on a working vintage 1956 Allan Herschell carousel.‚  Successful fundraising to date has the Carousel on track for completion in early summer 2014 at the Kingsport Farmers Market site.‚  The public is invited to participate in ‚¬Campaign 2014 which will help to refurbish our 1956 Alan Herschell machine and build a gift shop connected to the Pals Roundhouse which will house the beautiful carousel.

‚¬Campaign 2014 encourages the public to donate $100 and receive 6 ‚¬First Rider tickets.‚  They are available at Able Printers, Blue Ridge Property offices (all 3 locations), the Carousel Carving Studio (2nd floor, Lynn View Community Center), the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Kingsport Association and the Kingsport‚  Office of Cultural‚  Arts located on the second floor of the Renaissance Center.

For more information contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at

(423) 392-8414

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Armed Robbery UPDATE: SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Date & Time of Incident July 28, 2013

7:50 PM

Location of Incident Berry’s Pharmacy

1717 Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN

Date & Time of Arrest July 30, 2013

Approximately 4:15 PM

Location of Arrest Budget Inn

1708 East Stone Drive

Room #247

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Eric David McPhillips
Date of Birth/Age 11/27/1972

40 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 1111 Kinzer Lane

Kingsport, TN

Weapon(s) Used Large Framed Blue/Black Semi-Automatic Pistol

General Narrative

On July 28, 2013 at approximately 7:50 PM a previously unknown white male suspect committed an armed robbery at Berry’s Pharmacy located at 1717 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

The suspect entered the pharmacy and pointed a large framed blue/black semi-automatic pistol at the employees and demanded pills. The employees gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of prescription medication, and the suspect left the scene.

Through further investigation, the Kingsport Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division developed Eric David McPhillips as a suspect in the robbery. A warrant was obtained charging Mr. McPhillips with Aggravated Robbery.

On the afternoon of July 30, 2013, information was received that Mr. McPhillips was at the Budget Inn, located at 1708 East Stone Drive, in room number 247. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the scene. Officers Billy Boyd, Mark Johnson, and Jared Adams, assisted by K-9 Macho entered the room and took Mr. McPhillips into custody without incident.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Two Brothers Arrested in Theft of a Backhoe
Date & Time July 30, 2013

Approximately 4:00 AM

Location of Incident Sullivan Gardens Parkway

Kingsport, TN

Suspect #1 Information

Name Steven T. Steadman
Date of Birth/Age 12/21/1988

24 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 5611 Lone Star Road

Kingsport, TN

Suspect #2 Information

Name Johnny K. Steadman
Date of Birth/Age 4/24/1987

26 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 3045 Ridgemont Circle

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

Two brothers have been arrested in the theft of a backhoe and other crimes.

On July 30, 2013 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch forwarded an alert from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for two suspicious vehicles, a yellow backhoe followed by a white pickup truck, in the Sullivan Gardens area.

Kingsport Police Patrol Officer Justin McConnell responded to the area and observed the backhoe travelling on Sullivan Gardens Parkway weaving considerably back and forth in the roadway. When Officer McConnell initiated a traffic stop, the driver accelerated the backhoe, turned onto Shady View Road, and into a yard. The driver, later identified as Steven Steadman, jumped from the backhoe and fled on foot. Officer McConnell chased Steven Steadman through the yard, back to Sullivan Gardens Parkway.

When Steven Steadman reached Sullivan Gardens Parkway, the aforementioned white pickup truck was stopped in the roadway waiting for him. The pickup truck was driven by Steven Steadman’s brother, Johnny Steadman. Steven Steadman climbed into the bed of the pickup, shouted, “Go, Go, Go,” and the truck sped away.

Kingsport Police Patrol Officer Brandon Ferrell arrived on scene and caught up to the truck. Officer Ferrell initiated a traffic stop on the pickup which eventually stopped on Sullivan Gardens Parkway near the intersection of Sullivan Gardens Drive. Steven Steadman jumped from the bed of the truck, but was apprehended after a second foot chase.

Johnny Steadman turned the truck around and accelerated back toward Shady View Road. Kingsport Police Patrol Lieutenant Todd Harrison arrived on scene and pursued the pickup for approximately one mile on Shady View Road. The pickup eventually came to a stop, and Johnny Steadman was taken into custody.

Further investigation revealed that the backhoe, with a value of approximately $85,000, was owned by Thomas Construction Company and had been stolen from a construction site on Rock Springs Road.

Steven Steadman exhibited a strong odor of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. He acknowledged consuming a six pack of beer. He refused to consent to a test to determine his blood alcohol content, so a search warrant was obtained, and a mandatory blood draw was executed.

Steven Steadman was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Theft of Property over $60,000

2) Driving Under the Influence

3) Driving on a Revoked License

4) Evading Arrest

Johnny Steadman was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Accessory After the Fact

2) Evading Arrest

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Man Arrested on Multiple Felonies after Evading Officers and Crashing Car with Child Inside
Date & Time July 27, 2013

3:20 AM

Location of Incident Stratford Road at Ridgeline Drive

Suspect Information

Name Steven A. Sexton
Date of Birth/Age 9/15/1989

23 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 1213 West Jackson Street

Gate City, VA

Vehicle Information 1992 Honda Civic (Light Green in Color)

General Narrative

A man has been arrested on multiple felony charges after evading officers and crashing the vehicle he was driving into a culvert.

On July 27, 2013 at approximately 3:20 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers Brandon Ferrell and Brad Conkin were on foot on Stratford Road attempting to serve a warrant. They observed two vehicle accelerating toward them on Stratford Road at an estimated 55 mph in the 35 mph speed zone.

Officer Ferrell flashed his flashlight at the vehicles and ordered them to stop. Both vehicles stopped just past where the officers were standing; however, as Officer Ferrell approached the rear of the second vehicle, a 1992 Honda Civic (light green in color), it suddenly accelerated, crossed the double yellow line, and sped south on Stratford Road over the crest of a hill and out of sight.

Officer Conkin returned to his patrol car and drove in the same direction as the Honda. As he topped the hill he observed the Honda attempt a sharp left turn onto Ridgeline Drive. The driver was unable to negotiate the curve and crashed the Honda into a culvert, tipping the nose of the vehicle into the water.

An individual, later identified as Steven Sexton pushed open the driver’s door and ran from the scene of the crash. Officer Conkin gave chase, and after a short foot pursuit, Mr. Sexton was apprehended.

An adult female and her child were located in the crashed Honda. The child had been ejected from the car seat into the floor of the vehicle during the crash; however, nobody appeared to have sustained any injuries.

Steven Sexton was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Felony Evading Arrest

2) Attempted Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Speeding

5) Failure to Provide Evidence of Financial Responsibility (No Insurance)

6) Leaving the Scene of an Accident

7) Driving on a Suspended License

8) Improper Passing

9) Reckless Driving

The driver of the first vehicle was cited for speeding and released.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Attempted Burglary with Use of Incendiary Devices
Date & Time July 27, 2013

Approximately 3:15 AM

Location of Incident Diamond Exchange

1901 Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Unknown

Suspect Vehicle Information

Make Ford
Model Mustang
Year Unknown
Color Black
License Plate Number Unknown

General Narrative

A burglary was attempted at Diamond Exchange and multiple incendiary devices were utilized to create a smoke screen.

On July 27, 2013 at approximately 3:15 AM, what appeared to be a black Ford Mustang entered the parking lot of Diamond Exchange, located at 1901 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The driver rolled down the window, ignited multiple homemade smoke generating incendiary devices, and scattered them across the parking lot in an apparent attempt to create a smoke screen to visibly mask his or her crime. All but one of these devices failed; however, the one device that worked, released a very large smoke cloud.

A broken window was located on the building where an unsuccessful attempt to burglarize the business had been made.

Photos of the smoke cloud and the suspect vehicle retrieved from surveillance video footage are included in this release.

This business is located at the busy intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Sherwood Road. Even though this incident occurred at 3:15 AM, it is likely that there were witnesses in the area who would have noticed the large smoke cloud.

Anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident or a possible suspect is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Two Individuals Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
Date & Time July 27, 2013

7:45 PM

Location of Incident West Side Inn

1017 West Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name William A. Ward
Date of Birth/Age 1/18/1980

33 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 1609 Christian Bend Road

Church Hill, TN

Suspect Information

Name Amber L. Calhoun
Date of Birth/Age 10/15/1980

32 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Female
Address 1708 East Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

Two individuals have been arrested on multiple drug charges at the West Side Inn.

On July 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers, assisted by K.P.D. Vice Detectives, responded to the West Side Inn, located at 1017 West Stone Drive in Kingsport, to investigate a complaint of a man carrying narcotics in a backpack.

Upon their arrival, they were able to determine that the man, later identified as William Ward, was inside room 113. When the officers knocked on the door and announced their presence, Mr. Ward exited the back door of the room in an effort to escape. Mr. Ward was immediately confronted by officers who ordered him to stop; however, he ignored their commands and attempted to flee. After a brief struggle, Mr. Ward was taken into custody.

Mr. Ward was found to be in possession of ten grams of a white rock substance believed to be Bath Salts in addition to items commonly utilized to package and distribute narcotics. He was also in possession of pills, marijuana, and a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Mr. Ward was also found to be in possession of $407 in U.S. currency believed to be profits from drug sales and a cell phone and laptop computer believed to be utilized to facilitate drug sales. All of the above items were seized. Mr. Ward was charged with the following:

1) Possession of Schedule I Drugs for Resale

2) Possession of Schedule VI Drugs

3) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

4) Resisting Arrest

Room 113 had been rented to Amber Calhoun who was also located at the scene. Ms. Calhoun was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and a white rock substances believed to be Bath Salts. She was charged with:

1) Possession of Schedule I Drugs

2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Domestic Violence, Kidnapping, Custodial Interference, Aggravated Assault
Date & Time July 28, 2013

Approximately 4:45 PM

Location of Incident Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road, Apartment F1

Kingsport, TN

Victim Nashanda Arnold and her Minor Children (names will not be released)

Suspect Information

Name Christopher S. Wilson
Date of Birth/Age 8/16/1989

23 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 1309 Mimosa Drive

Kingsport, TN 37660

General Narrative

An individual has been arrested for Kidnapping, Custodial Interference, and Aggravated Assault in a Domestic Violence Incident at Model City Apartments.

On July 28, 2013 at approximately 4:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Model City Apartments, 1000 Stonegate Road, Apartment F1, in Kingsport in reference to a kidnapping.

Victim, Nashanda Arnold reported that her boyfriend, Christopher Wilson, had assaulted her and kidnapped her two young children. Mr. Wilson is the father of one of these children; however, Ms. Arnold has full custody. The other child is of no relation to Wilson. Ms. Arnold stated that while she was holding the youngest child, Mr. Wilson grabbed her around the throat, choked her, slammed her head against the wall, and knocked her to the ground. While Ms. Arnold was on the ground, Mr. Wilson forcefully pulled the youngest child from her grasp. Mr. Wilson fled the scene with both children in a white Chevy van. While K.P.D. officers were still on scene, Mr. Wilson returned with the youngest child. The older child was located at the home of a relative.

Christopher Wilson was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Kidnapping

2) Custodial Interference

3) Aggravated Assault

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Armed Robbery
Date & Time July 28, 2013

7:50 PM

Location of Incident Berry’s Pharmacy

1717 Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN 37660

Suspect Information

Name Unknown
Date of Birth/Age Unknown
Race/Sex White/Male
Weapon(s) Used Large Framed Blue/Black Semi-Automatic Pistol

General Narrative

On July 28, 2013 at approximately 7:50 PM an unknown white male suspect committed an armed robbery at Berry’s Pharmacy located at 1717 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

The suspect entered the pharmacy and pointed a large framed blue/black semi-automatic pistol at the employees and demanded pills. The employees gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of prescription medication, and the suspect left the scene.

Anyone who may have additional information regarding this armed robbery or the suspect is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

KINGSPORT ‚¬ Eastman Chemical Company held a celebratory luncheon today to honor 64 local teachers who completed the Eastman Scholar Mathletes program for the summer of 2013.‚  These teachers represent 36 schools and seven school systems; Bristol Tennessee City; Hawkins County; Johnson City; Kingsport City; Scott County, Virginia; Sullivan County; and Washington County, Tennessee.

Eastman Scholar Mathletes is a collaborative partnership between Eastman Chemical Company and East Tennessee State Universitys Center for Excellence in Math and Science Education. The program provides local elementary and middle school teachers with an opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week summer workshop focused on math education. ‚ A Scholar Mathlete from Bristol Tennessee City Schools commented, Mathletes taught me different teaching strategies and how to get students to think more for themselves rather than giving them the answers to solve problems. It opened my eyes to reach out to other schools to find out what is working around our region to make all schools in northeast Tennessee better.

Teachers receive conceptual training, as well as content knowledge training in the workshop.‚  A Scholar Mathlete from Sullivan County Schools remarked, Prior to coming to Mathletes, I felt I had the tools and blueprints needed to build a common core classroom but lacked the physical materials and hands-on experiences to be a truly effective common core algebra teacher. Mathletes has given me the building blocks I need to practically and effectively implement the new common core standards in my classroom.

The workshop also facilitates networking opportunities between teachers from different school systems to spark innovation in the classroom, build upon their own knowledge and develop enhanced teaching strategies. This program has been a wonderful experience. Through the collaboration with fellow teachers and the information provided, I am confident that my teaching and knowledge of the curriculum has improved, remarked a Scholar Mathlete from Kingsport City Schools.

The Eastman Scholar Mathletes program was launched in 2007. Since its beginning, the program has produced over 400 graduates.‚  The program provides participants with teaching methods that move them away from giving students specific steps and answers and moves them toward encouraging students to discover the answers by problem-solving, which is essential in building higher order thinking skills in students.

“Preparing students for the future is a continual goal at Eastman,” said Paul Montgomery, Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Services. “By providing these teachers with new and exciting ways to build interest in math, students will become more engaged and successful in their studies.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com