Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Topic K.P.D. To Conduct Police Applicant Testing With Plans to Hire New Officers
Application Deadline Friday, October 18, 2013
Test Date Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Location of Test Written Test: Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN

Physical Agility Test: Domtar Park, 1413 Riverport Road, Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer.

The Kingsport Police Department will be conducting Police Applicant Testing on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Police Applicant Testing is the process designed to select qualified individuals to become Kingsport Police Officers. Police Applicant Testing is a multi-step process initially consisting of a Written Examination and a Physical Agility Evaluation.

Top candidates will then move forward to an interview panel and ultimately be placed on an eligibility roster to be interviewed by the K.P.D. Command Staff to fill vacancies within the department.

In order to participate in Police Applicant Testing, interested individuals must have an application on file with the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department. Applications must be made online by Friday, October 18, 2013.

Applicants will receive correspondence from Human Resources prior to the day of the test with specific instructions regarding the testing process.

To apply online, please visit:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingsport/default.cfm

A link to the above online application site is also available on both the City of Kingsport’s website and the Kingsport Police Department’s website.

For additional information, please contact:

City of Kingsport Human Resources

423-229-9401

or

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

City_News_59

KINGSPORT – Six flashing yellow turn signals are being activated in Kingsport along Fort Henry Drive in the Colonial Heights area from Interstate 81 to the intersection with Moreland Drive, with the Traffic Department set to deploy the signals during the next 24 hours.

The first flashing yellow caution signal head outside of the downtown area went live at the Interstate 81 off ramp Monday afternoon, according to Kingsport Traffic Engineer Tim Elsea.

Flashing yellow turn signals have shown to be a more efficient way to allow left turn movements at busy intersections by lengthening the period where turn movements are authorized, Elsea said. The Federal Highway Administration has demonstrated that these signals allow additional traffic flexibility while preserving safety.

The signals are placed over left-turn lanes at intersections.

The first light at the top of the traffic signal head is a steady red arrow meaning no turning movements are allowed. The second is steady-yellow arrow meaning unrestricted turning movements are allowed as gaps in oncoming traffic allow, but that opportunity is about to end, as the signal turns to a red arrow. The third signal from the top of the signal head is a flashing yellow arrow allowing turning movements when oncoming lanes are clear. And the fourth light is a steady-green arrow meaning left turns are unrestricted.

When the flashing-yellow arrow is displayed, motorists are allowed to turn left when there are gaps in oncoming traffic or no pedestrians in the intersection, Elsea said.‚  Motorists may also turn left normally when a green arrow is displayed and oncoming traffic has stopped. They should not turn left when the red left-turn arrow is displayed.

For more information please, interested persons may visit http://publicworks.kingsporttn.gov/traffic to watch an informational video and review literature regarding the flashing yellow arrow effort, or contact the Traffic Department at 229-9487 with questions.

School_News_117

KINGSPORT ‚¬ With an understanding that children learn best and improve academic achievement with fewer days out of the classroom due to illness, Kingsport City Schools is piloting a new telemedicine health service, making it among the first school districts in Tennessee to utilize mobile telemedicine stations in school-based clinics.

We are excited to partner with Holston Medical Group to provide such an innovative service, said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.‚  We know that access to quality health care can be difficult and is vital to the wellbeing of our students. The telemedicine program will assist our students and families in maintaining good health and the ability to maximize learning in the classroom.

The new service, slated to begin the week of Sept. 9, 2013, is made possible by a unique partnership between Kingsport City Schools and Holston Medical Group (HMG), in which HMG is providing a full-time, certified pediatric nurse practitioner to serve within the three pilot schools: Ross N. Robinson Middle School, John Sevier Middle School and Dobyns-Bennett High School.

Just as technology transforms the ways in which children learn, its now transforming the ways in which they have access to needed medical care, says HMG President & CEO Scott R. Fowler, MD, JD. HMG is pleased to serve an active role in this new initiative that benefits children and parents alike.

Telemedicine, or the use of secure, information and communications technology to provide healthcare at a distance, is quickly emerging as a tangible way to expand the ability of schools to meet the healthcare needs of children. In total, the Kingsport City Schools serves more than 7,000 students, making it well positioned to fill the gaps in healthcare that many children face.

Heres how the service will work. If a child becomes ill while at school, he or she will be sent to the school nurse, just as in the past. The school nurse will then follow protocol for notifying parents/guardians and determining if a telemedicine health visit would be in the best interest of the child. It is important to note that only children who are enrolled in the telemedicine health service will be eligible to receive this advanced level of school-based care.

The local school nurse is the backbone of this service, says HMG pediatrician Richard Gendron, MD, who also serves as HMG vice president & quality chairman. Theyre on the front lines of care as the students first contact.‚  As such, we count it a privilege to work alongside them, augmenting the level of care students are able to receive.

Following coordination by the school nurse, the evaluation with the HMG nurse practitioner will be conducted either in person, or via the mobile telemedicine station. (The nurse practitioner will rotate throughout the three schools, being onsite periodically throughout the week. When not on location, the health visit will be conducted via the mobile telemedicine station in each school-based clinic.)

Additionally, parents/guardians will have the option of being present for the evaluation in the school based clinic. Parents/guardians unable to participate in the evaluation will receive timely follow-up communication regarding the childs medical evaluation and treatment, and notice of any prescriptions to be picked-up at the pharmacy.

It is expected that the vast majority of the acute illnesses treated will be fevers, sore throats, rashes and respiratory conditions. Additionally, strep and flu testing will also be available onsite.

The implementation of the telemedicine program will greatly compliment the health services currently offered throughout Kingsport City Schools, said KCS Director of Nursing Vicki Johnston.‚  We are excited to offer this service to our students and look forward to the partnerships created by the HMG nurse practitioner and our KCS school nurses.

While a payment will not be due at the time of service, the visit will be filed with the students insurance. Parents/guardians will then receive a statement from HMG for the remaining balance. Most insurances will be accepted. For a full listing participating insurances, please visit www.k12k.com.

In addition to early intervention for acute illnesses resulting in a healthier student population and improved school performance, additional anticipated benefits of the telemedicine program include:

• Improved management of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, etc.

• Improved health education of children & families.

• Increased education, training and support of school staff.

• Increased opportunity for the school nurse to meet the healthcare needs of the students.

• Fewer missed days of school for children and fewer missed days of work for parents.

• A more cost-effective, efficient use of resources.

Holston Medical Group has selected board certified pediatric nurse practitioner Jenny Height, CPNP, to serve as the school-based, telemedicine provider.

With more than a decade of dedicated pediatric experience, in both outpatient and inpatient settings, Ms. Height greatly enjoys caring for children and adolescents and is experienced in everything from acute childhood illnesses to the management of chronic diseases in children. I knew in nursing school, from my very first rotation, that I wanted to work with children, says Height. I love every stage of life, from little ones to adolescents. Its amazing to watch them grow.

With a bachelor of science in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, Athens, Ms. Height received her masters of science in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

For more information about the new telemedicine pilot or for a detailed listing of answers to the most frequently asked questions, please visit www.k12k.com.

About Holston Medical Group

As one of the largest multi-specialty provider groups within the southeast, HMG is also the states first multi-specialty NCQA-Level III patient-centered medical home. HMGs Family of Care consists of more than 800 employees, including over 150 physicians and mid-level providers in its provision of 24-hour medical/surgical coverage. Regarded as a national leader in clinical research, as well as electronic health record integration and utilization, Holston Medical Group provides convenient locations throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, offering two Urgent Care Clinics (Bristol & Kingsport) and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. In addition to being the regions most advanced primary care provider (family/internal medicine, pediatrics/adolescent medicine), Holston Medical Groups provision of multi-specialty care includes: allergic diseases; endocrinology and metabolism; gastroenterology; general surgery; hospital team; orthopedic surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; obstetrics & gynecology; otolaryngology; occupational medicine; palliative care; pediatric gastroenterology; rheumatology; and comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services. On-site ancillary services available include digital x-ray and mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and cardiac services. Additionally, HMG provides the patient convenience of on-site laboratory services.

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.

School_News_93

KINGSPORT Three Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as semifinalists for the 59th Annual 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are Spencer Miller, son of David and Kellie Miller, Andrew Nottingham, son of John and Patricia Nottingham and Sarah Van Dierdonck, daughter of Olivier Van Dierdonck and Tamara Rivera. These three students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Approximately 16,000 students were notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United State are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship‚® Award, semifinalists must advance to the Finalists level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar‚® title.

The National pool of semi-finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, included the highest scoring entrants in each state. More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screening of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Dobyns Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409 or visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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 7,000 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.

KPD_News_71

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department alerts area motorists to expect traffic congestion and delays on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Downtown Kingsport area due to a festival and race event.

The event is Kingsport Oktoberfest and Tennessee Idiotarod Race and will take place on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport.

The actual event will run from 10:00 AM until 8:30 PM on Saturday, October 28, 2013; however, road closures will extend beyond those times.

Main Street will be closed from Cumberland Street to Shelby Street for Kingsport Oktoberfest beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, September 27, 2013.

Additionally, Main Street will be closed from Sullivan Street to Cumberland Street for the Tennessee Idiotarod Race from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Parallel side streets between Market Street and Main Street will be available for parking but will be closed to through traffic to effectively dead-end at Main Street.

All streets will be reopened for traffic by 11:00 PM Saturday evening.

A map and schedule of events is included in this release.

Individuals who do not intend to participate in this event should consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Topic Expect Traffic Congestion and Delays in Downtown Kingsport Due to Festival and Race
Name of Event Kingsport Oktoberfest

and

Tennessee Idiotarod Race

Date of Event Saturday, September 28, 2013
Location of Event Main Street

Downtown Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department alerts area motorists to expect traffic congestion and delays on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Downtown Kingsport area due to a festival and race event.

The event is Kingsport Oktoberfest and Tennessee Idiotarod Race and will take place on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport.

The actual event will run from 10:00 AM until 8:30 PM on Saturday, October 28, 2013; however, road closures will extend beyond those times.

Main Street will be closed from Cumberland Street to Shelby Street for Kingsport Oktoberfest beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, September 27, 2013.

Additionally, Main Street will be closed from Sullivan Street to Cumberland Street for the Tennessee Idiotarod Race from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Parallel side streets between Market Street and Main Street will be available for parking but will be closed to through traffic to effectively dead-end at Main Street.

All streets will be reopened for traffic by 11:00 PM Saturday evening.

A map and schedule of events is included in this release.

Individuals who do not intend to participate in this event should consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

For additional information, please visit:

www.kingsportoktoberfest.com

or contact:

info@kingsportoktoberfest.com

or

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

KPD_News_34

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department alerts area motorists to expect traffic congestion and delays on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Highland and Fairacres area due to a road race event.

The event is Coopers Race/MitoAction Energy 3K Walk and 5K Run and will be based out of Indian Highland Park, located at 1814 East Center Street in Kingsport.

The event runs from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 PM, with the actual race beginning at 3:00 PM.‚  The race will guide through residential streets in the Highland and Fairacres neighborhoods.

A map of the race route is included in this release.

The following streets will be affected:

1) East Center Street

2) Park Street

3) Vance Street

4) Harris Street

5) Watauga Street

6) Crescent Street

7) Belmeade Drive

8) Brightridge Drive

9) Lamont Street

10) Fairidge Drive

11) Fairidge Place

12) Sandalwood Drive

Individuals who do not intend to participate in this event should consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Engage_1

KINGSPORT – After 7 years, the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, SOAPIFF, in partnership with the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, will present a retrospective with carefully selected films that relate to the Tri-Cities area at the Renaissance Center Theatre on October 18, 19, 20, 2013.  Tickets are $7 a day, or $15 for all three days of the event. The public is encouraged to participate for one, two or all three nights!

SOAPIFF started as a Masters thesis project in Cross Cultural Tourism Development at ETSU by founder Mark Compton. With close to one hundred films screened each year, it was difficult to choose what movies to show. So with that said, SOAPIFF decided to stay somewhat local with sprinkles of International flair thrown in for good measure – International is our middle name. Compton said.

Festival Highlights:

Friday: Beginning at 5:00 pm films include: Five Across the Eyes the first ‚¬Best in Fest winner, and Broken Springs, the zombie thriller, directed by Neeley Lawson (85 min- R). Three teenage boys have their world turned upside down by tainted moonshine. They must rescue their loved ones and battle a marauding horde of zombies while fighting their way out of town. Broken Springs is a horror flick that was filmed in and around the Tri-Cities. Mr. Bones, the 2007 -Best in Fest movie, was shot right across the border in North Carolina & will have the filmmaker, Nathan Ross Freeman, in attendance.

Saturday: Beginning at 4:00 pm several shorts & 5 films will be screened including ‚¬Best in Fest film Freedom, created by Rick McVey with the assistance from the great folks at Barter Theatre. Freedom is a fine piece of Historical Civil War Drama, & will be opened by the 2012 winner, another great film from NC, Wolf Call. This short is an historical drama all performed by one actor, Mike Wiley.

Sunday: Beginning at 1:00 pm 5 films will be screened including two regional documentaries of note: Melungeon Voices & The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin.

The folks at SOAPIFF & the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts want to encourage more filmmakers to create films right here in the Tri-Cities region. Come check out what art our local filmmakers are capable of accomplishing. Hope to see y’all in Kingsport!

For a complete listing and synopsis of all the films visit: www.EngageKingsport.com

For more information on SOAPIFF visit www.SOAPIFF.com

About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts

& Engage Kingsport:

City of Kingsport Mission: The mission of the City of Kingsport is to provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The 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 Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.  They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and 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 and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.

For more information contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414

Get Engaged in the Arts

www.EngageKingsport.com

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Topic Expect Traffic Congestion and Delays in Highland & Fairacres Area Due to Road Race Event
Name of Event Cooper’s Race

MitoAction Energy 3K Walk and 5K Run

Date & Time of Event Sunday, September 29, 2013

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Race Begins at 3:00 PM

Location of Event Highland and Fairacres Neighborhoods

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department alerts area motorists to expect traffic congestion and delays on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Highland and Fairacres area due to a road race event.

The event is Cooper’s Race/MitoAction Energy 3K Walk and 5K Run and will be based out of Indian Highland Park, located at 1814 East Center Street in Kingsport.

The event runs from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 PM, with the actual race beginning at 3:00 PM. The race will guide through residential streets in the Highland and Fairacres neighborhoods.

A map of the race route is included in this release.

The following streets will be affected:

1) East Center Street

2) Park Street

3) Vance Street

4) Harris Street

5) Watauga Street

6) Crescent Street

7) Belmeade Drive

8) Brightridge Drive

9) Lamont Street

10) Fairidge Drive

11) Fairidge Place

12) Sandalwood Drive

Individuals who do not intend to participate in this event should consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

or

Christopher S. Castle

423-502-8847

coopersrace@comcast.net

or visit

www.mitoaction.org/cooper

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Road_Construction_45

KINGSPORT ‚¬ A section of Reedy Creek Road from Westmoreland Avenue to Overlook Road will be closed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, to permit sewer repairs. A detour route, using Westmoreland, G Street and Overlook will be marked. Motorists are asked to use extra caution in the work zone.