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Complex
301 Louis St.
Kingsport, TN 37660
423-224-2489


Monday, October 14th
11:00‚¬â€1:00
Basketball Drills
Kids ages 8‚¬â€12 (11:00‚¬â€12:00)
Teens ages 13‚¬â€18 (12:00‚¬â€1:00)
3:00 – 5:00
Youth 3‚¬On-3 Basketball
(Random draw for teams)


Tuesday, October 15th
11:00 ‚¬ 3:00
Cooking & a Movie
Help cook up dinner and then sit
down and enjoy it with friends while
watching a movie in the Douglass
Room.
You must sign up ahead of time to
participate in the lunch!
(Ages 9‚¬â€16)


Wednesday, October 16th
11:00‚¬â€1:00
Youth Luncheon w/ speaker
Teddy Gaines
afterword
Nitroball
Come try out this action packed, new sport!
(Ages 8‚¬â€17)
(In partnership with South Central New Vision
Youth and KHRA)


Thursday, October 17th
2:00 ‚¬ 4:00
Youth Basketball Olympics!
Come try your skills at various
Bask-Olympic games
(Ages 8‚¬â€16)


Friday, October 18th
10:00 – 2:00
Bag Lunch & Game Day
Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a
day of gym games such as
Twiffleball, Capture the Flag,
Powerball, & others.
(Ages 8‚¬â€16)


To view the flyer for these events, please click here.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Release Information

Topic K.P.D. Implores Motorists to Make Traffic Safety #1 Priority When Behind The Wheel
Date of Release September 25, 2013

2013 Fatal Crash Summary

1/15/2013

Industry Drive

Driver of vehicle was texting, crossed center line, and struck another vehicle head-on
1/18/2013

I-81 @ mile 56

Weather (snow) related, vehicle slid into path of a tractor trailer
1/29/2013

Bloomingdale @ Bloomington

Drug/alcohol impaired driver ran off road and hit culvert
3/18/2013

1500 block of Lynn Garden Drive

Drug/alcohol impaired driver ran off road and hit pole
4/14/2013

I-81 @ mile 56.8

Single vehicle lost control, ran off road, passenger ejected
5/11/2013

I-26 @ mile 1.6

Drug/alcohol impaired driver going wrong way on interstate, hit another vehicle head-on, driver of second vehicle was texting
5/24/2013

1241 Konnarock Rd.

Medical related, driver ran off road
8/7/2013

I-81 @ mile 62.2

Medical related, driver ran off road
9/14/2013

Ft. Henry Dr. @ South St.

Vehicle travelling 104 mph crossed center lane and struck another vehicle head-on
9/21/2013

Ft. Henry Dr. @ Thornton Dr.

Vehicle ran a red light and struck another vehicle in the driver’s side
9/24/2013

1528 Lynn Garden Dr.

Pedestrian stepped into path of oncoming vehicle

10 Year Fatal Crash Summary

2013 (year to date) 11 fatal crashes, 14 people killed
2012 9 fatal crashes, 9 people killed
2011 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2010 8 fatal crashes, 8 people killed
2009 5 fatal crashes, 6 people killed
2008 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2007 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2006 7 fatal crashes, 8 people killed
2005 19 fatal crashes, 20 people killed
2004 15 fatal crashes, 21 people killed

General Narrative

In light of a recent surge in fatal traffic crashes, the Kingsport Police Department is asking area motorists to take notice and make traffic safety their #1 priority when behind the wheel.

While there have indeed been several fatal crashes recently, and the overall number of fatal crashes in 2013 has already exceeded the annual total from 2012, there is no discernible pattern as to cause or location.

Fatal crash numbers have consistently stayed relatively low for the past few seven years. The last time a significant spike in fatal crashes occurred was in 2004 and 2005.

So far this year, K.P.D. has responded to 11 fatal crashes in which 14 people were killed and an additional 11 people were injured.

Some statistics on these crashes are as follows:

1) Two crashes involved drivers distracted by texting.

2) Two crashes involved excessive speed.

3) Only one crash involved a vehicle running a red light.

4) Of the 14 people killed in these crashes, 6 were not wearing their seatbelt.

5) Four crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

6) Two crashes were medical related.

7) One crash involved a pedestrian.

8) Four crashes occurred on Interstate Highways.

9) Five crashes occurred on State Routes.

10) Two crashes occurred on Municipal Streets.

While the Kingsport Police Department is actively working to keep Kingsport’s roadways safe by enforcing traffic laws, it is truly the driver behind the wheel of each and every vehicle who can make the most difference.

For the remainder of 2013, and into the future, every driver is asked to make a commitment to the following:

1) Always buckle up.

2) Obey all traffic laws.

3) Don’t drive when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs that impair (including prescription drugs).

4) Avoid distractions (especially texting).

5) Make traffic safety the #1 priority when behind the wheel.

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 K.P.D. Responds to Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian
Date & Time September 24, 2013

Approximately 6:40 AM

Location of Incident Lynn Garden Drive (1500 Block)

Kingsport, TN

Driver Information

Name Clarence Dewey Reed, Jr.
Age 60 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Jackson Street

Gate City, VA

Injury No Injury
Vehicle Information 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck (Black in Color)

Pedestrian Information

Name Elijah Eugene Bear
Age 62 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Lynn Garden Drive

Kingsport, TN

Injury Fatal

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Lynn Garden Drive.

On September 24, 2013 at approximately 6:40 AM, a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck was travelling southbound in the outside lane in the 1500 block of Lynn Garden Drive.

An adult male pedestrian, was preparing to cross Lynn Garden Drive walking eastbound from an apartment building located at 1528 Lynn Garden Drive.

The pedestrian stepped into the roadway into the path of the southbound truck, which subsequently struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the impact.

The driver of the pickup was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, and there is no indication of alcohol or drug use on his part.

The names of the driver and the pedestrian are detailed in this release.

This crash is being investigated by K.P.D. Traffic Crash Reconstructionists.

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 – 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.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Update – Crash Scene Photos of Most Recent Fatal Crash on Fort Henry Drive
Date & Time September 21, 2013

Approximately 5:55 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive
Victim(s) See Narrative
Injuries 1 Fatal

2 Non-Life Threatening Injuries

4 Not Injured

See Narrative for Details

Driver Information

Name Jeremy Rick Sturgill
Age 36 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Tanbark Ridge Road

Jonesville, Virginia

Vehicle Information 1999 Jeep Cherokee
Passenger Information Male Juvenile

Name Not Released

Driver Information

Name Melissa A. Lambert
Age 41 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Triangle Circle

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Driver Information

Name Angela Hayes
Age 43 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Kim Drive

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2010 Honda Accord
Passenger Information Michael Hayes

46 Years of Age

Same Address as Driver

Driver Information

Name George Williams
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Sex Black/Male
Address Bethany Drive

Jonesborough, TN

Vehicle Information 2013 Jeep Patriot
Passenger Information Eric Black (40 Years of Age)

Bell Ridge Road

Johnson City, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department has responded to yet another fatal traffic crash on Fort Henry Drive.

UPDATE: Crash scene photos are now included in this release.

UPDATE: The identity of the deceased driver has been released in the most recent fatal crash on Fort Henry Drive.

Melissa A. Lambert (41 years of age) of Kingsport was killed in the crash when her Chevrolet Malibu was struck in the driver’s side by a Jeep Cherokee that ran a red light.

On September 21, 2013 at approximately 5:55 PM the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries on Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive.

The investigation revealed that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeremy Sturgill with a juvenile passenger, was northbound on Ft. Henry Drive in the inside lane and was approaching the intersection of Thornton Drive. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Melissa A. Lambert, was westbound on Thornton Drive, preparing to cross Ft. Henry Drive once the traffic signal changed from red to green.

The signal on Fort Henry Drive changed from green to red signaling traffic to stop.

Meanwhile, when the signal on Thornton Drive changed from to red to green, the Chevrolet entered the intersection.

The Jeep Cherokee failed to stop for the red signal, entered the intersection and struck the Chevrolet on the left side. After the impact, the Jeep Cherokee rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest across the northbound traffic lanes.

The Chevrolet rotated counter-clockwise and struck a 2010 Honda Accord that was southbound on Fort Henry Drive and temporarily stopped for the signal at Thornton Drive. The Honda was driven by Angela Hayes with passenger, Michael Hayes.

After this second impact the Chevrolet rolled backward in the southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive and experienced a third impact when it struck a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by George Williams with passenger, Eric Black, that was stopped behind the Honda.

Mr. Sturgill and the juvenile passenger from the Jeep Cherokee were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ms. Lambert, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center but ultimately died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The occupants of the Honda and the Jeep Patriot were not injured.

All seven occupants of all four vehicles involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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 Update – Identity of Deceased Driver Released in Most Recent Fatal Crash on Fort Henry Drive (Typographical Error Corrected)
Date & Time September 21, 2013

Approximately 5:55 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive
Victim(s) See Narrative
Injuries 1 Fatal

2 Non-Life Threatening Injuries

4 Not Injured

See Narrative for Details

Driver Information

Name Jeremy Rick Sturgill
Age 36 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Tanbark Ridge Road

Jonesville, Virginia

Vehicle Information 1999 Jeep Cherokee
Passenger Information Male Juvenile

Name Not Released

Driver Information

Name Melissa A. Lambert
Age 41 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Triangle Circle

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Driver Information

Name Angela Hayes
Age 43 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Kim Drive

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2010 Honda Accord
Passenger Information Michael Hayes

46 Years of Age

Same Address as Driver

Driver Information

Name George Williams
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Sex Black/Male
Address Bethany Drive

Jonesborough, TN

Vehicle Information 2013 Jeep Patriot
Passenger Information Eric Black (40 Years of Age)

Bell Ridge Road

Johnson City, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department has responded to yet another fatal traffic crash on Fort Henry Drive.

UPDATE: The identity of the deceased driver has been released in the most recent fatal crash on Fort Henry Drive.

Melissa A. Lambert (41 years of age) of Kingsport was killed in the crash when her Chevrolet Malibu was struck in the driver’s side by a Jeep Cherokee that ran a red light.

On September 21, 2013 at approximately 5:55 PM the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries on Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive.

The investigation revealed that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeremy Sturgill with a juvenile passenger, was northbound on Ft. Henry Drive in the inside lane and was approaching the intersection of Thornton Drive. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Melissa A. Lambert, was westbound on Thornton Drive, preparing to cross Ft. Henry Drive once the traffic signal changed from red to green.

The signal on Fort Henry Drive changed from green to red signaling traffic to stop.

Meanwhile, when the signal on Thornton Drive changed from to red to green, the Chevrolet entered the intersection.

The Jeep Cherokee failed to stop for the red signal, entered the intersection and struck the Chevrolet on the left side. After the impact, the Jeep Cherokee rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest across the northbound traffic lanes.

The Chevrolet rotated counter-clockwise and struck a 2010 Honda Accord that was southbound on Fort Henry Drive and temporarily stopped for the signal at Thornton Drive. The Honda was driven by Angela Hayes with passenger, Michael Hayes.

After this second impact the Chevrolet rolled backward in the southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive and experienced a third impact when it struck a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by George Williams with passenger, Eric Black, that was stopped behind the Honda.

Mr. Sturgill and the juvenile passenger from the Jeep Cherokee were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ms. Lambert, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center but ultimately died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The occupants of the Honda and the Jeep Patriot were not injured.

All seven occupants of all four vehicles involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident K.P.D. Responds to Another Fatal Crash on Fort Henry Drive
Date & Time September 21, 2013

Approximately 5:55 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive
Victim(s) See Narrative
Injuries 1 Fatal

2 Non-Life Threatening Injuries

4 Not Injured

See Narrative for Details

Driver Information

Name Jeremy Rick Sturgill
Age 36 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Tanbark Ridge Road

Jonesville, Virginia

Vehicle Information 1999 Jeep Cherokee
Passenger Information Male Juvenile

Name Not Released

Driver Information

Name Not released pending notification of family
Age Not Released
Race/Sex Not Released
Address Not Released
Vehicle Information 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Driver Information

Name Angela Hayes
Age 43 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Kim Drive

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2010 Honda Accord
Passenger Information Michael Hayes

46 Years of Age

Same Address as Driver

Driver Information

Name George Williams
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Sex Black/Male
Address Bethany Drive

Jonesborough, TN

Vehicle Information 2013 Jeep Patriot
Passenger Information Eric Black (40 Years of Age)

Bell Ridge Road

Johnson City, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department has responded to yet another fatal traffic crash on Fort Henry Drive.

On September 21, 2013 at approximately 5:55 PM the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries on Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive.

The investigation revealed that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeremy Sturgill with a juvenile passenger, was northbound on Ft. Henry Drive in the inside lane and was approaching the intersection of Thornton Drive. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu (driver information not released pending notification of family) was westbound on Thornton Drive, preparing to cross Ft. Henry Drive once the traffic signal changed from red to green.

The signal on Fort Henry Drive changed from green to red signaling traffic to stop.

Meanwhile, when the signal on Thornton Drive changed from to red to green, the Chevrolet entered the intersection.

The Jeep Cherokee failed to stop for the red signal, entered the intersection and struck the Chevrolet on the left side. After the impact, the Jeep Cherokee rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest across the northbound traffic lanes.

The Chevrolet rotated counter-clockwise and struck a 2010 Honda Accord that was southbound on Fort Henry Drive and temporarily stopped for the signal at Thornton Drive. The Honda was driven by Angela Hayes with passenger, Michael Hayes.

After this second impact the Chevrolet rolled backward in the southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive and experienced a third impact when it struck a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by George Williams with passenger, Eric Black, that was stopped behind the Honda.

Mr. Sturgill and the juvenile passenger from the Jeep Cherokee were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center but ultimately died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The occupants of the Honda and the Jeep Patriot were not injured.

All seven occupants of all four vehicles involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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. Dale Farmer

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

Supervisor Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Fatal Crash Update – Driver of Acura Positively Identified
Date & Time of Incident September 14, 2013

Approximately 8:15 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive near South Street

Driver Information

Name Dena Marie Riddle
Age 43 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Kingsport
Injuries Fatal

General Narrative

The driver of the Acura in the fatal crash on September 14, 2013 on Fort Henry Drive near South Street has been positively identified.

The Kingsport Police Department has been notified by the Medical Examiner that the driver of the Acura in the fatal crash has been positively identified as Dena Marie Riddle, 43 years of age, of Kingsport.

Her vehicle, formerly only referred to as a dark colored Acura, was a 2002 black Acura RSX 2 door coupe.

Ms. Riddle was killed when the car she was driving at 104 miles per hour crossed the center lane and struck a Ford Expedition head on.

Walter T. (Tony) Bellamy (58 years of age) was driving the Ford Expedition and was critically injured in the crash. He died three days later on September 17th when he succumbed to his injuries at Holston Valley Medical Center. Two of Mr. Bellamy’s family members were also seriously injured in that crash.

K.P.D. Traffic Unit Crash Investigators are continuing to sort through statements from witnesses, friends, and family and are awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination as to what factor(s) may have contributed to the crash. It could be another four to six weeks before those results are released from the lab.

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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