Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Man Previously Reported Missing Has Been Found Deceased
DATE: March 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 5, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department issued an official news release asking area residents to be on the lookout for Tommy Lee Neff who had been reported missing the day before. A link to this earlier release can be found below:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/03/05/kpd-e-press-release-kingsport-police-ask-area-residents-to-be-on-the-lookout-for-a-missing-adult/

On March 31, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, the deceased body of Mr. Neff was located in the immediate area of his residence on Lomax Street in Kingsport. Due to the nature of the ongoing investigation and out of respect for Mr. Neff’s family, no additional information will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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WHEN: April 23, 2014 @ 8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $12

Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Chad Elliott on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at The Renaissance Theater in Kingsport, TN.

Chad Elliott bought his first guitar at an Omaha pawn shop, a dreadnought next to the used guns and knives. He took it home, slowly taught himself to fingerpick and began transposing his poetry writing into original songs.

Elliott always believed hed be an artist. He spent his youthful years drawing, painting and sculpting, but the more he picked on those six-strings, the more he found familiar ground with his words and the imagery he strived to achieve on canvas. Songwriting became painting with his words and performing on stage became his new exhibition.

Averaging over 150 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way hes collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics. Perhaps the most surreal moment in his career happened in 2009 while he was portraying Buddy Holly for the Surf Ballroom on the 50th anniversary of the fateful plane crash which took the rock legends life. He was asked to sing Oh Boy with Buddys widow Maria Elena Holly. She whispered in Elliotts ear after the song faded, Youre my Buddy.

He has also shared the music stage with greats such as: Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crows, Brantley Gilbert, R.L. Burnside, Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III, among others.

Elliott has released 18 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. In 2009, he released Redemption Man. Elliott worked with producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on this album to achieve its distinctive electrified roots sound. It also features Pieta Brown on the song, Same, Old Way, which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs on this album, Redemption Man, and Illinois, won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival.

Elliotts latest album, So Sang the Crow was released in March of 2013. Chad visited Basecamp Recording Studio in Montana to lay the tracks. Basecamp Recording is run by Chris Cunningham of the folk-duo Storyhill. Cunningham produced the album, adding his meticulous attention to detail to the well-crafted project. So Sang the Crow speaks to the souls of those fighting the good fight in a life of challenge.

Doors & Box Office open at 7 pm, Show starts at 8 pm

Reserved Seat Tickets only $12

Book online, no extra fee www.EngageKingsport.com

 

The Dead Truth out of Asheville, NC will open for Chad Elliott on April 23, 2014 at The Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport, TN. The guitar first came to Max Doyle while he was living in San Francisco for a long, elated summer. He was hit by a car skateboarding down one of the steep hills SF is known for. A true blessing it was. As a friend came to visit, they sat with a guitar across each others lap, him with the neck playing chords and Max, with a background in percussion, had the strings learning to pick. He traded his wheels in for some strings and sat for the rest of the summer with the guitar under his broken wing.

After leaving art school in Philadelphia, he lived in his studio across from the foundry he worked at. Some days would go on for twelve hours and crawling back to his studio at 10 or 11, Max would sit down with a guitar, blink, and hours would pass. Realizing this need to escape from the city, soon enough he found himself on a bus with 5 other musicians and artists heading across the country. And as the classic story goes, he was passing through Asheville and never left.

Since being in Asheville, his music has evolved into a series of stories that weave parallel lives throughout time; ancient mythology reflected through modern metaphor from a place of personal experience. His songs paint the environment and emotions for the music to carry you through. He describes his writing process as an extraction of old stories from the mountains; the truths older than time that were lost and forgotten and without language, yet. The Dead Truth is not only an insistence on the truth but also that which binds us to this life in the ways words know no place.

He just finished putting together an album of one such tale, SATYAGRAHA, under the guise, The Dead Truth, as a proclamation to resurface the light within the cold, dark stones.

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Violent Suspect Assaults Officer/Arrested for Multiple Felonies and Outstanding Warrant
DATE: March 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 28, 2014 at approximately 5:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers investigated a felonious incident of domestic violence vandalism at 3806 Bonita Street in Kingsport. The victim told officers that her ex-husband, Charles A. Samples, came to her residence to take their daughter for the weekend. The victim refused to allow him to leave with their daughter, because Mr. Samples was currently wanted on an outstanding Sullivan County warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support. Mr. Samples became enraged, began shouting, and repeatedly punched the left rear quarter panel of her 2000 Subaru Legacy leaving a large dent.

An officer located Mr. Samples at his mother’s residence at Maple Oak Apartments and took him into custody. Mr. Samples temporarily feigned compliance; however, as he was being escorted out of the apartment, he suddenly and violently lunged his head backward into the officer’s face, striking his nose. Mr. Samples then threatened to kill the officer.

Additional officers responded and transported Mr. Samples to the Kingsport City Jail. The assaulted officer was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of significant facial injuries sustained in the attack, but he has since returned to duty.

Mr. Samples was charged with:

1) Aggravated Assault

2) Felony Domestic Violence Vandalism

3) Retaliation for Past Action

4) Also Arrested on Outstanding Sullivan County Warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Charles A. Samples
Age Date of Birth 10/31/1984

29 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1551 Waverly Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault

2) Felony Domestic Violence Vandalism

3) Retaliation for Past Action

4) Also Arrested on Outstanding Sullivan County Warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Suspect in Saturday Morning Robbery of an Individual
DATE: March 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 29, 2014 at approximately 7:30 AM, a 71 year old man was robbed at gunpoint while visiting a friend in a Kingsport subdivision. The victim was walking down the driveway of his friend’s residence on Radcliffe Avenue in the Tellico Hills neighborhood when he was approached by the suspect.

The suspect pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him to surrender his money or wallet. The victim complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” in height, with a medium build. He was wearing a military-style camouflage jacket and pants, and concealed his identity with dark sunglasses and a tan ski mask that covered his entire face and neck. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect was driving an older model (at least 10 years old) sedan (unknown if 2-door or 4-door) that was either dark gray or brown in color with tinted windows. The victim noted one very specific unique identifier regarding the vehicle. There was side-swipe damage to the driver’s door. The damage appeared to be old, and possibly even painted over; however, there was rippling visible from the interior structural ribs of the door.

There was an additional passenger in the suspect’s vehicle who did not actively participate in the robbery. This second individual was wearing a knit hat of some sort.

Kingsport Police Detectives are asking for anyone who can help identify this suspect or his passenger, may know the whereabouts of the vehicle, or may have any additional information regarding this incident, to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 71 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries None
SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Unknown
Age Unknown
Race/Gender White/Male
Height Approximately 5’10”
Build Medium
Clothing Military-Style Camouflage Jacket and Pants

Tan Ski Mask that Covered his Entire Head and Neck

Dark Sunglasses

Weapon Displayed Black Semi-Automatic Handgun
SUSPECT VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Unknown
Model Unknown
Year Older Model (At Least 10 Years Old)
Type Small Sedan (Unknown if 2-Door or 4-Door)
Color Dark Gray or Brown
Other Important Identifying Information 1) Vehicle had tinted windows

2) Vehicle also had what appeared to be side-swipe damage to the driver’s door. The damage appeared to be old, and possibly even painted over; however, there was rippling visible from the interior structural ribs of the door.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department has recently added a unique new vehicle to the fleet.‚  A fully marked, black and white, Nissan Leaf zero-emissions police car can now be seen traveling the streets of Kingsport.‚  The Nissan Leaf has an advertised range of over 125 miles between charges, and can be recharged for literally pennies a day.‚  This vehicle was purchased in part by funds from a State of Tennessee Emissions Reduction grant.

In service now for almost a month, K.P.D.s Leaf marks the first completely electric, zero-emissions, fully marked police vehicle put into service anywhere in the United States of America.

The new Leaf is being driven by Officer Melanie Adkins, Kingsport Police Departments Code Enforcement Officer.‚  This fully electric vehicle is not pursuit rated, so it would not be a practical choice for use in the Departments Patrol Division; however, it is perfectly suited for Officer Adkins daily duties.‚  A photo of Officer Adkins and her new cruiser is included in this release.

This new police car is one of three Nissan Leafs in use by the City of Kingsport.‚  Kingsport fields two additional Nissan Leafs with one being assigned to the Water Department, and the other being placed in the fleet motor pool for use by any city employee in need of a vehicle for official business.

These zero-emissions vehicles are but one aspect of the City of Kingsports Going Green Initiative.‚  There are also over 30 gas/electric hybrid vehicles currently being driven by City of Kingsport employees in the performance of their daily responsibilities.‚  Furthermore, Kingsport is home to the largest propane powered fleet in the State of Tennessee, with over 40 propane fueled vehicles in service.

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Country legend Joe Diffie, over 40 unique craft beers, and the best barbecue in the region – thats exactly what the seventh annual Racks by the Tracks Festival will be providing in Kingsport on Saturday, May 17th from noon to 11pm.

With over 10,000 people now attending each year, the popular festival is growing again. In addition to beer and ribs, the headlining artist is Grammy award winning Joe Diffie. With the release of Jason Aldeans hit 1994 earlier this year that name-checked many of Joe Diffies twelve Number One hits, the legendary singer found himself squarely back in the hearts and minds of country fans. The multi-platinum-selling artist who dominated the charts during a hot streak in the -90s has sold over 6 million albums. With chart-toppers like Pickup Man, Third Rock From the Sun, and John Deere Green, and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe has little to prove at this point in his career, yet he still has a fire in his belly to make good country music.

Joe Diffie Folk Soul Revival

Kanishka Biddanda, festival founder, says We are excited to continue the tradition of great concerts at Racks by bringing an artist with one of the most successful careers in country music.  This is a cant miss concert for anyone in the region, plus it helps to raise thousands of dollars for local non-profits.

Opening for Joe Diffie will be the immensely popular band, Folk Soul Revival. Hailing from the Appalachian mountain region, Folk Soul Revival is a harmony-laden, boot stomping, rootsy Americana band.  The Virginia Tourism Board awarded FSR the Virginia Band of the Year, and readers of Virginia Living Magazine named the band among the Top Three bands in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Also on the lineup is rising country star Matt Stillwell.  Stillwell has opened for Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Luke Bryan. Matt is also the first musician to be signed to NASCAR driver Kevin Harvicks entertainment label.

Matt Stillwell The Twang Bangers

The festival kicks off at noon with The Twang Bangers, fresh off their Bristol Motor Speedway concert.  Closing the festival will be popular blues draw Catfish Frye Band.

CRAFT BEER TASTING
This years craft beer tasting event will again be the must attend feature fans have come to wait year-round for and which lets attendees sample over 40 rare and favorite craft beers from around the world, including gluten-free beers and ciders.

Last year, everyone loved all of the uncommon beers we brought in. So, again in 2014 we searched high and low to find great, hard-to-get beers, said festival organizer James Phillips.

For those looking for an even more special experience, an exclusive high gravity beer tasting will be available. In addition, some breweries are formulating special, one-of-a-kind Racks by the Tracks Festival brews.

A big part of what makes Racks beer tasting so unique is the size of the tasting area and that half of it is indoors and half is outdoors. This gives attendees the ability to bring chairs and sit down inside the tasting area with a direct view of the concert stage.

In addition, with the large tasting area, designated driver tickets will be available for attendee friends who do not want to sample but would like to be in the tasting area.

The beer tasting, from 2-7 p.m., has sold out the past five years, so those interested should buy their tickets well in advance. Each participant receives a souvenir tasting glass.

BBQ & KIDS AREA

For those looking to enjoy great bard, the BBQ Cook-Off Competition will give attendees an opportunity to taste the best barbecue from restaurants and teams from across the region. Each attendee at the festival can cast a vote in 4 different Peoples Choice award categories.  Non-barbecue bard vendors will also be on-site.

Kids have a section dedicated to them in the free Leaping Lizards Kids Station, which feature large inflatables. Kids can also enjoy having their faces painted and other activities.

5K RACE/WALK, KIDS MILE & CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

5K Race/Walk Kids Mile

Events also include the festivals SPF 5K Race/Walk & Kids Mile Dash presented by Dermatology Associates and the return of the Cornhole Tournament.  Over 325 runners participated in last years 5k, with proceeds going to The Skin Cancer Foundation. Each runner, regardless of age, receives a performance race shirt.  Awards will be given for numerous age groups.  Race registrants also receive free entrance into the concerts. Registration for the races and cornhole tournament are available on the festivals website.

SCHEDULE

The family-friendly festival opens for lunch at noon and lasts until 11pm.  The craft beer tasting event is from 2-7pm.  The Kids Mile begins at 10am and the 5K begins at 10:30am. The Cornhole Tournament begins at 2pm.  The ticketed music concert is from noon to 11pm.

COST
The festival grounds are free and bard can be purchased at menu prices. Concert tickets are $10 in advance (kids under 5 are free) and $15 the day of the festival. The craft beer tasting and concert ticket combo is $30 ($40 from May 1).  The High Gravity Beer Tasting ticket is $40 ($50 from May 1) and provides access to the concert, craft beer tasting, and the exclusive high gravity beer section.

TICKETING
To avoid waiting in line, attendees should buy their tickets in advance.  Tickets can be purchased at www.RacksByTheTracks.com today or at any Food City store.

Stay up-to-date on the festivities by joining the Racks by the Tracks Facebook page. While entrance to the festival is free, all partakers must have a ticket to get access to the special events.

The festival has generated over $30,000 for non-profits.

This years proceeds benefit several non-profit organizations including Sullivan County Humane Society, Relay for Life, Skin Cancer Foundation, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Downtown Kingsport Association, and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.RacksByTheTracks.com or contact event organizers at (423) 863-3998.

The festival is sponsored by Food City, Pepsi, WQUT, Nash FM 104.9, WXSM, Libation Station, Dermatology Associates, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, Sapporo Beer, Leaping Lizards, KCVB, Biggies, Barberitos of Kingsport and VIP Seen.


ABOUT RACKS BY THE TRACKS

Racks by the Tracks is a barbecue competition, craft beer tasting, and music festival held on May 17, 2014 in historic downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.  Celebrating its 7th anniversary in 2014, Racks is one of the largest one-day festivals in the region.  The festival is recognized within the community for being fun, family-friendly, well-organized, and committed to charitable giving.

The festival returns to its location at the Kingsport Farmers Market facility.

Quick Facts about Racks:

  • 7th Year of the festival – this years date is May 17th, 2014
  • Festival will be from Noon-11pm
  • Festival is family-friendly
  • Attendance size is over 10,000 people
  • 2,000-ticket, 40-beer craft beer tasting festival sold out five years in a row
  • Over $30,000 generated for non-profits through the festival
  • 30 barbecue competitors and 15 additional bard vendors
  • 85% of attendees come from the Greater Tri-Cities region (Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Abingdon, Elizabethton, Greeneville)
  • 15% of attendees come from the Tri-State area (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Gatlinburg, Greenville SC)
  • New this year is the Cornhole Tournament
  • Return of the popular SFP 5K Run/Walk and Kids Mile with had over 325 runners in its first year last year
  • Free Kids Station featuring events such as large inflatables and face-painting
  • Festival generates thousands of dollars every year to local community non-profits, which has included:
    • Sullivan County Humane Society
    • Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)
    • Skin Cancer Foundation
    • Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee (Feeding America)
    • Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
    • Downtown Kingsport Association

Unique Craft Beer Tasting – 2-7pm

Attendees loved the unique beers Racks brought in last year and that will continue in 2014 with over 40 unique, hard to find, and favorite craft beers from around the world. There will be every type of beer possible available, including Gluten Free Beers and Ciders.  Also, returning this year will be the High Gravity beer tasting that is limited to 500 tickets.

  • Craft Beer Tasting Tickets are $30 before May 1st. $40 thereafter. (Ticket includes a concert ticket.)
  • High Gravity Beer Tasting Tickets are $40 before May 1st. $50 thereafter. (Tickets to the High Gravity Tasting include the Craft Beer Tasting and a Concert Ticket)

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WHEN: TUESDAY March 30, 2014 @ 7 pm-9:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $15

Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Steel Wheels at 7 pm on Sunday March 30, 2014 at The Renaissance Theater in Kingsport, TN. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

The Steel Wheels is an amalgamation of hard work and easy rapport. The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Waglers unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubakers lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickels grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapps signature mandolin style, and its no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.

Their breakout album, Red Wing, garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Associations Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. Red Wing ranked 70th out of the top 100 Americana albums of 2010 and second out of all independent releases (Americana Music Association). The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with Nothing You Cant Lose taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels continue to take the Americana scene by storm with their latest album, Lay Down, Lay Low, which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMAs Top 40 Chart. NPR named Rain in the Valley their Song of the Day, marveling that the heavy hymn [] is sparse and dense all at once. Already celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up.

As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music devotion to roots, community, and familyare a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. For the past three years, they have performed an annual SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one gig to another via bicycle and blog about their adventures. Last years tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, and 10 shows. This years tour included multiple charity rides, such as Lose The Training Wheels, Charity Ride for Kids, and Wheels Up for Cory.

The bands merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created Halfway to Heaven dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now sells a Steel Wheels ESB. The Liverys master brewer rode with the band on their second bike tour and, soon after, created their Steel Wheels Stout. The bands T-shirts are made in downtown Harrisonburg, and a potter who is a childhood friend of Jays makes their mugs. Each business is local for the band, and each product is intimately woven into their narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

An incredible line up is already set for Kingsport all the way through the summer of 2014 and plans are being set for fall as well.

All Skyflight Production shows feature reserved seating in the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre, where there is not a bad seat in the house.  The Renaissance Arts Center is conveniently located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport Tennessee.  Visitors may easily access the facility from I-26, by taking exit 51, Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street.  At Center Street take a left and the facility is on your right as you top the hill.

For complete descriptions of the Skyflight shows and to purchase tickets visit the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts website: www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414.

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KINGSPORT – Installation of a water line and valve replacement work will impact water service to customers on Orchard Place and Orchard Court from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014. Similarly, replacement of a broken water valve will impact service to customers along the entire length of Highland Street on Friday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are asked to plan ahead and take precautions such as shutting off their water heaters to prevent possible damage during service disruptions.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Motorists should be alert for lane closures on Lynn Garden Drive, from Broadview Street to Carters Valley Road, over the next three weeks as City crews inspect sewer lines. Lynn Garden Drive sewer inspections will begin Friday, March 28, 2014 and run through April 18. During the inspection process, motorists should expect lane closures, with the work zone moving each day through the inspection period. Meanwhile, Rock Springs Road residents should expect the closure of one lane of Rock Springs Road between Edinburgh and Peppertree Drive from March 31 through April 4 as a new sewer line is installed in the area. As always, motorists should slow down and use the utmost caution in a work zone.

Maps of the impacted areas are provided below. (click on links to view images.)

Lynn Garden Drive

Rock Springs Road

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1992.‚  K.P.D. has maintained CALEA accreditation for 22 years, being reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011.

On March 22, 2014, the Kingsport Police Departments Chief of Police, David Quillin, and Accreditation Manager, Sgt. Steve Hammonds, appeared before the CALEA Commission in Garden Grove, California where K.P.D. was awarded Meritorious Reaccreditation Status, an award reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for 15 years or more.

Chief Quillin issued the following statement regarding this most recent reaccreditation: Our continuous compliance with the many, many standards set forth, demonstrates our commitment to provide professional police service to the citizens of Kingsport.‚  I know that both the police department and the community take pride in our partnership with CALEA, which is universally recognized as ‚¬the Gold Standard in Public Safety.

There are five general phases in the accreditation process consisting of Enrollment, Self-Assessment, On-Site Assessment, Commission Review and Decision, and Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation.

CALEA Accreditation is accomplished through compliance with a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of professional standards.‚  These standards address six major law enforcement areas including:

1)‚ ‚  Role, Responsibilities, and Relationships with other Agencies

2)‚ ‚  Organization, Management, and Administration

3)‚ ‚  Personnel Administration

4)‚ ‚  Law Enforcement Operations, Operational Support, and Traffic Law Enforcement

5)‚ ‚  Detainee and Court-Related Services

6)‚ ‚  Auxiliary and Technical Services

The benefits of CALEA Accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.

Pictured in the photo, left to right, are: Stephen DeBenedittis (Former Mayor of the Town of Herndon, VA and current member of the CALEA Board of Commissioners), Sgt. Steve Hammonds (Accreditation Manager, Kingsport Police Department), David Quillin (Chief of Police, Kingsport Police Department), and J. Grayson Robinson (Sheriff (retired) of the Arapahoe County, Colorado Sheriffs Office and current President of the CALEA Commission).