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KINGSPORT – We are working feverishly to staff some concerts and special events scheduled for this spring. Here are some dates for your consideration. Please note that as a thank you, you are welcome to attend the event you are helping out with free of charge. So call a friends and check your calendar. We will be scheduling 2-3 hour blocks during these days.

  • 3/8 evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert
  • 3/18 evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert 7 – 8:30PM
  • 3/19 daytime Farmers Market – Event set-up * daytime shifts
  • 3/20 daytime Farmers Market – Event set-up * daytime shifts
  • 3/21 evening Farmers Market – Brass Ring Gala‚ * daytime‚ & evening shifts
  • 3/21 daytime Farmers Market – Event support * various daytime shifts
  • 3/22 daytime Farmers Market – Event support * various daytime shifts
  • 3/33 daytime Farmers Market – Take-down * various daytime shifts
  • 3/30 evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert * 7 – 8:30PM
  • 4/23 evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert * 7‚ – 8:30PM
  • 5/16‚ evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert * 7‚ – 8:30PM
  • 5/23‚ evening Ren Ctr – Box Office support for concert * 7‚ – 8:30PM

Check the‚ calendar of events to view concerts and give us a shout if you want to help out!

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Kingsport Parks and Recreation along with the Mountain Empire Tennis Association will be hosting a FREE Family Tennis Play Event on March 6th at V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex. The event will run from 6pm to 8pm and all ages are welcome! Bring the whole family out, hit a few balls, watch a current tennis lesson, and learn more about how you and your family can become involved in Kingsport tennis.

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KINGSPORT Tenn. -Before making a recommendation to the Kingsport Board of Education for adoption, Kingsport City Schools local textbook selecting commit for social studies K-12 is considering the following publishers:

The following textbooks will be displayed for elementary social studies courses:

  • Grades K-5 publisher: American Legacy
  • Grades 4-5 publisher: Gibbs Smith

The following textbooks will be displayed for middle school social studies courses:

  • McGraw-Hill School Education LLC
  • Pearson Education Inc. publishing as Prentice Hall

The following textbooks will be displayed for high school social studies courses:

  • Cengage Learning
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • McGraw-Hill School Education LLC
  • Pearson Education Inc.
  • Pearson Education Inc. publishing as Prentice Hall

The recommended textbooks will be on display for public viewing from February 27 – 28, 2014 located at Kingsport City Schools Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200, 2nd Floor – Heritage Room, downtown, Kingsport from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Final textbook recommendations will be made to the Kingsport Board of Education in March. The school board must approve the textbooks by vote at both the March and April meetings, as the final adoption(s) of school system textbooks is due in Nashville by mid-April.

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.

 

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce announced today its youth leadership program – S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) – is accepting applications for its two summer classes.

Two different classes are offered. The first class will be Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 and the second class will be Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25.  Students will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day with graduation at 7 p.m. on the final day.

Each day will consist of developing leadership skills and community awareness through interactive programs, speakers and other activities while having fun and making new friends.

The deadline to submit an application for either class is Friday, March 7.

To receive an application, contact Vanessa Bennett at (423) 392-8813 or vbennett@kingsportchamber.org

Kingsport Leadership Programs oversee three leadership programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores and juniors.

The other two include the senior leadership program, ENCORE (Enrich and Nurture your Community, Offer your Resources and Experience) and the adult leadership program, Leadership Kingsport.

The mission of ENCORE is to inform participants about the community and the opportunities for volunteer service. ENCORE is sponsored by HealthSouth Kingsport.

The mission of Leadership Kingsport is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.

For more information on Kingsport Leadership Programs, call Vanessa Bennett, director of Operations & Kingsport Leadership Programs, at (423) 392-8813 or e-mail vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chambers mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Education & Workforce Development; Downtown Concert Series; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (ENCORE, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  Sign up for Kingsport Chamber text alerts at Kingsport.com.  Were social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Detectives Looking for Suspects in Belk Watch Theft
Date & Time February 13, 2014

Approximately 6:00 PM

Location of Incident Belk Department Store

Inside Kingsport Town Center

2101 Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

Kingsport Police Detectives are requesting assistance from the public in identifying two watch thieves.

On February 13, 2014 at approximately 6:00 PM, two suspects, one a white male, the other a white female, shoplifted a total of eleven (11) Fossil brand watches from Belk Department Store inside Kingsport Town Center, located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The total value of the stolen watches is nearly $1,500.

The crime was caught on store video surveillance. Photos taken from the footage are included in this release. The actual video has been made available on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

http://youtu.be/_29G_MSEzhg

http://youtu.be/-pJVtjy97YE

Anyone who can help detectives identify either of these two individuals 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident (2ndUPDATE) A Second Person Has Died in the Fatal I-26 Crash
Date & Time of Crash February 26, 2014

Approximately 12:45 PM

Location of Crash Interstate 26 at Mile Marker 1.4

Vehicle #1 Information

Driver Name Terri Temple
Age 30 Years of Age
Race/Sex Black/Female
Address Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
Vehicle Information 1992 Honda Civic 4-Door Sedan
Passenger Information Male Juvenile (Name Will Not Be Released Due To Age)

4 Years of Age

Passenger Injuries Now Fatal

Initially Critical Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle #2 Information

Driver Name Paul Laycock
Age 59 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Elton, Wisconsin
Injuries No Injury
Vehicle Information 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 4-Door Sedan

General Narrative

A second individual has died in the fatal I-26 crash.

The Kingsport Police Department was notified late this afternoon by the Knox County Coroner’s Office that the 4 year old child previously reported as sustaining critical life-threatening injuries has died as a result of these injuries. The child was pronounced dead today at approximately 4:00 PM within 15 minutes of the medical transport helicopter arriving at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The investigation into this crash is still ongoing.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of these two individuals who lost their lives today.

As previously reported:

The Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal I-26 traffic crash.

On February 26, 2014 at approximately 12:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a traffic crash on westbound Interstate 26 at mile marker 1.4. K.P.D. Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the scene.

Their investigation revealed that a 1992 Honda Civic 4-door sedan, driven by Terri Temple, was westbound on Interstate 26. The Honda was also occupied by a 4 year old male back seat passenger. For unknown reasons the driver’s side tires veered off the left side of the road. When the driver attempted to return the vehicle to the roadway, she overcorrected and sent the vehicle into a yaw.

Meanwhile, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan, driven by Paul Laycock, had stopped on the right shoulder, out of the traffic lanes, so Mr. Laycock could manipulate the vehicle’s GPS navigation system.

The spinning Honda crashed into the stopped Chevrolet. Mr. Laycock was not injured in the crash; however, Ms. Temple was fatally injured in the crash. Her 4 year old male back seat passenger received critical life-threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. After his arrival at Holston Valley Medical Center, he was forwarded to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee by helicopter.

One traffic lane of westbound I-26 was temporarily closed for approximately one hour, but has since been reopened.

This crash is still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident (UPDATE) Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal I-26 Crash
Date & Time February 26, 2014

Approximately 12:45 PM

Location of Incident Interstate 26 at Mile Marker 1.4

Vehicle #1 Information

Driver Name Terri Temple
Age 30 Years of Age
Race/Sex Black/Female
Address Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
Vehicle Information 1992 Honda Civic 4-Door Sedan
Passenger Information Male Juvenile (Name Will Not Be Released Due To Age)

4 Years of Age

Passenger Injuries Critical Life-Threatening Injuries

Originally Transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS. Then Transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center by Helicopter.

Vehicle #2 Information

Driver Name Paul Laycock
Age 59 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Elton, Wisconsin
Injuries No Injury
Vehicle Information 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 4-Door Sedan

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal I-26 traffic crash.

On February 26, 2014 at approximately 12:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a traffic crash on westbound Interstate 26 at mile marker 1.4. K.P.D. Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the scene.

Their investigation revealed that a 1992 Honda Civic 4-door sedan, driven by Terri Temple, was westbound on Interstate 26. The Honda was also occupied by a 4 year old male back seat passenger. For unknown reasons the driver’s side tires veered off the left side of the road. When the driver attempted to return the vehicle to the roadway, she overcorrected and sent the vehicle into a yaw.

Meanwhile, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan, driven by Paul Laycock, had stopped on the right shoulder, out of the traffic lanes, so Mr. Laycock could manipulate the vehicle’s GPS navigation system.

The spinning Honda crashed into the stopped Chevrolet. Mr. Laycock was not injured in the crash; however, Ms. Temple was fatally injured in the crash. Her 4 year old male back seat passenger received critical life-threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. After his arrival at Holston Valley Medical Center, he was forwarded to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee by helicopter.

One traffic lane of westbound I-26 was temporarily closed for approximately one hour, but has since been reopened.

This crash is still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal I-26 Crash
Date & Time February 26, 2014

Approximately 12:45 PM

Location of Incident Interstate 26 in the Vicinity of West Stone Drive

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit is currently investigating a fatal I-26 traffic crash.

On February 26, 2014 at approximately 12:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a traffic crash on westbound Interstate 26 in the vicinity of West Stone Drive. K.P.D. Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the scene. Their investigation is still ongoing; however, they have confirmed at least one fatality in the crash.

Motorists are urged to consider an alternate route and avoid the immediate area for the time being until the initial investigation is complete and the scene is cleared.

Additional information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Kingsport Police Arrest Suspect in Brutal 2011 Homicide
Date & Time of Discovery October 16, 2011

Approximately 12:00 PM

Location of Incident 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2

Kingsport, TN

Victim Information

Name Betty Sue Short
Age at Time of Death 65 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Jonathan Lynn Slemp
Date of Birth/Age 9/19/1971

42 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 241 Chesterfield Drive

Kingsport, TN

Date & Time of Arrest February 25, 2014

Approximately 4:00 PM

Location of Arrest Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) 1st Degree Murder

2) Felony Murder

3) Especially Aggravated Robbery

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department has made an arrest in a 2011 homicide investigation.

On October 16, 2011 at approximately 12:00 Noon, the deceased body of Betty Sue Short, 65 years of age, was discovered inside her apartment, located at 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2, in Kingsport. The initial assessment revealed that Mrs. Short had been bludgeoned to death in an extremely violent manner by an unknown assailant.

Sgt. Frank Light and Detective Randy Murray, with the full support of the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, utilized good old fashioned police work to relentlessly seek out the culprit in this crime. After a lengthy investigation consisting of countless man hours and nearly 100 interviews over four states, Kingsport Police Detectives have made an arrest in Mrs. Short’s murder. On February 25, 2014 at approximately 4:00 PM, Jonathan Lynn Slemp was taken into custody at the Kingsport Justice Center without incident.

His charges include:

1) 1st Degree Murder

2) Felony Murder

3) Especially Aggravated Robbery

This is the second cold case solved by this pair of investigators within the past few months. Their hard work and due diligence is highly commendable and has certainly paid off. It is the hope of the Kingsport Police Department that the arrest of Mr. Slemp brings some degree of closure to the friends and family of Mrs. Short.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Press Conference Announcement

Type of Event Press Conference
Subject Arrest in 2011 Homicide Investigation
Date & Time of Press Conference Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10:00 AM

Location of Press Conference Kingsport Police Department Justice Center

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN

Incident Information
Type of Incident Homicide
Date & Time of Discovery October 16, 2011

Approximately 12:00 PM

Location of Incident 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2

Kingsport, TN

Victim Information

Name Betty Sue Short
Age at Time of Death 65 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name To be Announced at Press Conference
Date of Birth/Age TBA
Race/Sex TBA
Address TBA
Charge(s) TBA

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department has called a press conference to officially announce an arrest in a 2011 homicide investigation.

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM, the Kingsport Police Department will hold a press conference at the Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Kingsport. The purpose of this conference will be to officially announce that an arrest has been made in a 2011 homicide investigation. Area media representatives are requested to be in attendance.

On October 16, 2011 at approximately 12:00 Noon, the deceased body of Betty Sue Short, 65 years of age, was discovered inside her apartment, located at 361 Barnett Drive, Apartment #2, in Kingsport. The initial assessment revealed that Mrs. Short had been bludgeoned to death in an extremely violent manner by an unknown assailant.

Following a lengthy investigation, on February 25, 2014 at approximately 4:00 PM, Kingsport Police Detectives arrested a suspect in Mrs. Short’s murder. This individual’s identity as well as further details in the investigation will be announced at Wednesday’s press conference.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit