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: Upcoming K.P.D. Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint
DATE: April 30, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department will be participating in an upcoming Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint. This event will be held this coming Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 PM, in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory, located at 1116 East Stone Drive in Kingsport.

Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians from the Kingsport Police Department will be available to inspect and install child passenger safety seats and provide educational materials. Parents are encouraged to stop by to insure that their child’s car seat is properly installed.

Burlington Coat Factory is the primary sponsor and is hosting the event. There will be plenty of kid oriented entertainment including “Andy the Armadillo” from Texas Roadhouse, “Buffy the Buffalo” from Buffalo Wild Wings, and “Little Caesar” from Little Caesar’s Pizza. Race cars from Kingsport Speedway and wrestlers from NWA Wrestling will also be present at this event.

For additional information, please contact:

Doug Dickenson, Loss Prevention Associate

Burlington Coat Factory

423-480-5104

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Road_Construction_50

KINGSPORT – Installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit on the roof of a medical office building at 135 ‚ West Ravine Road will require the Saturday morning closure of a segment of West Ravine from the intersection with Powers Street back to the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center entrance on West Ravine. Work is expected to commence at day break, with completion expected by noon on Saturday, May 3rd. A crane will be required to set the new HVAC unit on the building roof, requiring the intersection closure. A detour route will be provided.

KATS_NEWS_12

KINGSPORT – Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) is hosting its first ever Customer Appreciation/Try Transit Week beginning May 5th through May 9th to express appreciation to thousands of loyal passengers while welcoming those who havent yet tried public transit to give KATS a spin.

During the week, prices for all KATS fixed route trips will be cut to 25 cents each way. Meanwhile, Dial-A-Ride ADA/65 service, which responds to rider reservations via van service, will offer SAME DAY SCHEDULING for a limited time as space is available, as well as HALF-PRICE ticket books and $1.00 rides during the month of May.

Come by the transit station on 109 Clay Street from May 5th to May 9th to learn more about KATS, and participate in a weeks worth of drawings, prizes, and give-a-ways sponsored by KATS and community sponsors Chefs, Southern Smoke, Big Lots, Pals, Food City, The Original TKs, and the Kingsport Aquatic Center.

Sponsors are providing free tea, coupons, bard, aquatic center day passes and merchandise while supplies last.

WHAT A DEAL!!! Friday, May 9th-Come check out KATS and enjoy a TKs Big Dog! Tom Keller with The Original TKs Big Dogs will have his hotdog cart at the KATS transit station on 109 Clay Street from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will serve you a Nathans hotdog, chips and a drink for only $2.00. His original price on this is $4.25 so you wont want to miss this great deal. Come by and see what our busses and vans look like inside and get some information for you or for a friend or family member that might need transportation.

We want to thank our customers and welcome new riders during this week of celebration, said Transit Director Gary Taylor. We have seen phenomenal growth in passenger participation since we redesigned the entire system in 2008, growing from 52,760 trips a day to 149,400 trips in 2013.

Riders are finding public transit to be a safe, clean, low cost and no-hassle way to get through their daily routine. We want to invite new riders to come check us out, with the assurance that we are continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience.

Kingsport Area Transit Service operates five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. providing six fixed routes throughout the city. For more information regarding KATS Customer Appreciation Week, contact Candace Sherer, Civil Rights Program Administrator at 423-224-2613, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website at www.kingsporttransit.org.


‚ 

Here Is What We Have Planned for the Week

Monday, May 5th

Ride for Change and Change Your Life –  ALL RIDES-ALL WEEK on any fixed route bus will be 25 cents each way.- *** A free change holder will be provided to passengers riding transit or visiting the transit station while supplies last.

Tuesday, May 6th

Two (2) Bag Limit Tuesday- KATS has a 2 bag limit policy for our riders. We would like to support this policy by giving out 2 free bags to each passenger while supplies last.

Wednesday, May 7th

Winning Wednesday– For those individuals that purchased a $15 unlimited pass in April, their name will be put in a drawing. On Wednesday, May 7th, KATS will randomly draw 2 names every hour beginning at 8:27 a.m., ending at 4:27 p.m. to give out free passes for the month of June. That is 18 FREE passes!

Thursday, May 8th

Thankful for our Customers Thursday — We want to express our appreciation to our loyal riders! Those of you that ride KATS on this day or visit our transit station will receive a free gift while supplies last.

Friday, May 9th

Friendship Friday – If you are a current Dial-A-Ride ADA or 65 passenger and you bring a new guest with you, you will both ride for Free on this day! We will be spinning our own Wheel of Fortune and Fun and giving out gifts!

City_News_135

NASHVILLE ‚¬ Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Heritage Glass officials today announced the company will invest $15.8 million to begin new manufacturing in Kingsport, Tenn. Through this investment, Heritage Glass will create 237 new jobs in Sullivan County.

I want to thank Heritage Glass for investing in our state and Sullivan County, and I appreciate the high quality jobs this will create for Tennesseans, Haslam said. The manufacturing sector is a critical part of the states strong economy, and this announcement helps us toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.

In Tennessee, we pride ourselves on creating the kind of business-friendly environment where companies like Heritage Glass feel confident in investing capital and beginning a new business venture, Hagerty said. Heritage Glass is joining the distinguished ranks of other Tennessee companies with a world renowned reputation for manufacturing high quality goods. I welcome Heritage Glass to our state and wish them continued success as they work toward further expansions.

Heritage Glass appreciates the encouragement and support the state of Tennessee, the city of Kingsport, and NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership are providing for this project, Heritage Glass President Eric Kerney said. It will quickly bring 120 jobs to the area, and even more jobs after future expansions. The business-friendly approach of Tennessee makes us proud to establish operations here.

Heritage Glass plans to service, repair and modify existing equipment at the facility to manufacture patterned glass to be shipped worldwide. Patterned glass is used for shower doors, solar panels, dividers and privacy applications such as bathrooms, doors, sidelights, conference rooms and churches.

“This is great news for Kingsport. I’m proud to see Tennessee’s pro-growth economic policies attract these kinds of high-quality jobs to Sullivan County, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said. This investment by Heritage Glass will be great for Northeast Tennessee and our outstanding workforce. We appreciate their decision.”

We are extremely glad to be a part of the re-opening of an old industry that had closed and is now being renamed and opening under new ownership, Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey said. I very much appreciate the faith they have displayed in Sullivan County with this endeavor to add more jobs to the surrounding community.

I want to express my appreciation, on behalf of the citizens of Kingsport, to everyone who had a hand in making this venture become reality, Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips said. The state of Tennessee, Kingsport Economic Development Board, State of Franklin Savings Bank, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Board of Mayor and Aldermen and others who worked tirelessly to put this together. To see the trend in manufacturing jobs return to this great nation can only be beneficial to our city that depends so much on this industry. My appreciation to everyone.

On behalf of the Kingsport Economic Development Board, we are excited to play a part in this industrial development opportunity, Kingsport Economic Development Board Chairman Bob Feathers said. Not only is Heritage Glass creating new manufacturing jobs, Heritage Glass is re-commissioning an existing industrial property that has been sitting idle for some time. This exciting announcement will make a significant economic impact on our community and we greatly appreciate the team at Heritage Glass for its investment in Kingsport. The continued cooperation and partnership with the state of Tennessee continues to yield high quality private investment affirming the Governors strategy to make Tennessee the best place for new business.

Heritage Glass plans to hire 120 employees within ten weeks of opening and reach 237 employees at the facility within three years. The company anticipates production at their Kingsport facility will begin in early July 2014.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Tennessee was named 2013 State of the Year for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Developments mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

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: K.P.D. Detectives Arrest Two Individuals in Drug Related Conspiracy to Commit Murder
DATE: April 28, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 28, 2014, Kingsport Police Detectives arrested Raymond B. Mims and Bradley J. Hirst after learning of their involvement in a drug related conspiracy to commit murder.

Mr. Mims had entrusted Mr. Hirst and another individual (name will not be released) with $20,000, with instructions to travel to Houston, Texas and purchase 50 pounds of marijuana to be brought back to Kingsport for distribution. At some point during the trip, Mr. Hirst and the other individual became separated while the other individual was solely in possession of the money. The other individual claimed that he was robbed of the money and returned to Kingsport empty handed.

Mr. Hirst told Mr. Mims that the other individual had stolen the money, so Mr. Hirst and Mr. Mims conspired to kill the other individual, his wife, and their 8 year old daughter. K.P.D. Detectives intervened before their plans could be carried out. They were both charged with Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale. They were confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Raymond B. Mims
Age Date of Birth 7/2/1962

51 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 980 Gottland Shoals Road

Blountville, TN

Charge(s) 1) Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

2) Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Bradley J. Hirst
Age Date of Birth 9/24/1983

30 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1325 Ebenezer Road

Newberry, SC

Charge(s) 1) Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

2) Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KINGSPORT ‚¬ Three major road projects are slated to begin next week, repairing a section of Watauga Street from Linville Street to Lamont Street, reconstructing the East Center Street island at the intersection with Fort Henry Drive and construction of a new island on Wexler Street at the intersection with East Center.

The Watauga Street project will begin Tuesday, April 29, 2014, and requires milling to remove the existing asphalt from the concrete below, then repaving, with the existing speed tables remaining in place. The milling work is being conducted by a contractor, although the paving work is being performed in-house by Streets & Sanitation crews from the Citys Public Works Department.

Flagmen will attempt to maintain at least a single travel lane, but motorists should seek other options, with the work expected to take 10 days or less depending on weather and conditions.

Meanwhile, the Center Street Islands Project is slated to kick off Wednesday, April 30, 2014, with this work being conducted in anticipation of a Tennessee Department of Transportation repaving effort later this year on Center Street.

As part of the project, the existing island at the intersection of East Center and Fort Henry will be reconstructed to permit two through travel lanes for eastbound Center Street traffic headed towards North Eastman Road, and a single free-flowing travel lane from East Center onto Fort Henry Drive. Currently, only a single lane continues towards North Eastman, while two lanes flow onto Fort Henry. Traffic engineers believe this reconfiguration will improve the overall efficiency of the intersection, which also must permit traffic onto Prospect Drive.

The second island is being constructed on Wexler Street at the Center Street intersection, which, upon completion, will shift travel lanes on Wexler approximately 15 feet to the west. Once complete, the Wexler leg of the intersection with Center Street and Sullivan Street will no longer be signalized.

The Center Street Islands Project is expected to take about 45 days for completion.

As always, motorists should plan ahead, seek alternative routes where possible in both instances, and use the utmost caution in the work zone.

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: Two Arrested for Manufacture of Methamphetamine
DATE: April 28, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 27, 2014 at approximately 3:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers observed a gold Buick Century in the parking lot of Zoomerz, located at 2306 Sullivan Gardens Parkway in Kingsport. The vehicle was occupied by a driver, identified as Brandy R. Landwerth, and a passenger, who initially identified himself to officers as Dustin Horton.

Upon searching the vehicle, a wallet containing the male passenger’s Tennessee Driver License was located. The license identified this individual as Chad W. Horton. Mr. Horton acknowledged that he had originally given the name of his brother (Dustin) in an attempt to deceive the officers.

A further search of the vehicle yielded a methamphetamine manufacture operation in the back seat floorboard. Several ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as two “one-pot” meth labs were collected into evidence.

K.P.D. Vice Detectives responded to process the evidence and continue the investigation. Further inquiry revealed that Mr. Horton was wanted on an outstanding Sullivan County warrant for Violation of Probation, which explained his earlier deceit. Both Mr. Horton and Ms. Landwerth were arrested and charged with:

1) Initiation of a Process Intended to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine

2) Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

Mr. Horton was also charged with Identity Theft and arrested on the outstanding warrant.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Chad W. Horton
Age Date of Birth 4/11/1975

39 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 326 Historic Hills Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Initiation of a Process Intended to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine

2) Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

4) Identity Theft

5) Also Arrested on Outstanding Sullivan County Warrant for Violation of Probation

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Brandy R. Landwerth
Age Date of Birth 3/16/1978

36 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 377 Mill Creek Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Initiation of a Process Intended to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine

2) Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KSAC_news

Kingsport Senior Center Activities

April 27, 2014

By Michelle Tolbert

The senior center is offering FREE Trail membership during the months of May and June. Come by the office and sign-up!


Basic sewing on a sewing machine classes on Mondays beginning

May 5, 2014 and ending June 9, 2014, 5 week class

From 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. in room 303, Cost: $40.00 for

Members, $50.00 non-members payable day of class. Maximum

6 people, minimum of 3. Instructor is John Plutchak. Participants must bring a sewing machine.

Participants will learn the basic of sewing on your sewing machine and

how to read a pattern and how to determine fabric

and notion requirements. We will complete some projects

that may include a tote bag, apron and or pajama pants.

Requirements for first class, must have sewing machine, bobbins thread, thread scissors, and fabric scraps. Call the senior center office and sign up by May 2nd.


Please join us for an afternoon tea party on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:30pm in the cafeteria. Wear your best hat and bring a tea pot. The tea pots will be judged in three categories, including most colorful design, most unusual and oldest. Light refreshments will be served and are sponsored by Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Please sign up by May 2nd.


Make a scratch board art flower portrait on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm in room 303. Cost is $45.00, includes all supplies, paid the day of class to instructor Michele Howe. Please sign up by May 7th.


Out -to-lunch-bunch travels to The Grovewood Cafĩ, Asheville, NC. *Adjacent to historic Grove Park Inn* Friday, May 9, 2014. Cost is $8.00 for transportation at sign up, plus money day of trip for lunch and shopping. We will leave the senior center at 9:30am and return by 6:00pm. Choose menu at sign up. Lunch is a limited menu; each item is $13.00 plus $2.00 for soda plus 20% gratuity and tax. After lunch there will be time to explore Grovewood Gallery which includes the Homespun Museum, Antique car museum and Art exhibition The In Crowd. There are over 9,000 square feet of crafts for sale by more than 500 artists. Check out the website for more information, www.grovewood.com. Sign up today!


Starting May 12, 2014 senior swim at the Kingsport Aquatic Center will be from 8:00am – 11am, Monday – Friday


Manicures provided by DB Cosmetology, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 11:30am – 1:30pm, 1 hour appointments. Cost is $2.00 paid to manicurist. Call the senior center office 392-8400 to schedule your appointment today!


Crochet Classes will be offered beginning Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Lynn View Community Center. Beginners class will meet at 11:00am and Intermediate class will meet at 11:30am. Cost is $20.00 paid to instructor. Supplies are under $5.00, call for list. Must be right handed. Call the Lynn View Community Center to sign up, 765-9047.


Bristol Motor Speedway Tour

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bristol, TN

8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $9.00 plus lunch on your own

Lunch at Shoneys.

47 spots available

Tour starts at 10:00a.m.Lunch will follow after. Call the senior center office, 392-8400 for availability.


Join us for a Zumba Toning Class Demo on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm in the gym with instructor Linn Branchfield. We need a minimum of 5 for the class to go and if enough interest, we will schedule a six week class. Please sign up by May 5th.


Learn how to make chicken salad doves on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in the lounge from 10:00am – noon. Cost is $2.00 paid day of class to instructor Jeanette Meador. Please sign up by May 12th.


Moses H Cone Memorial Park and

Parkway Craft Center

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blowing Rock, N.C.

8:30am – 5:30pm

Cost: $18.00 includes transportation and

picnic lunch.

This trip will be for everyone with walking

trails, scenic views, beautiful Georgian Revival

architecture, southern highlands craft shop,

ect. Please look up parkway craft center at the

Moses Cone Manor on the internet. Sign up now!


Picnic in the Park at Warriors Path State Park on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:30am at Shelter number 5. Cost is $2.00, plus bring a side dish to go with hamburgers that will be provided by the senior center. John Pafford band will entertain us so come out and enjoy the sunshine with us! Sign up today!


SHIP Volunteer Recruitment Session on Thursday, May 15 at 12:30pm in the card room. Many volunteer opportunities will be discussed. Sign up began May 1st.


Old Smoky Moonshine Distillery Tour with lunch at Mellow Mushroom, Gatlinburg, TN. Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Cost is $8.00, transportation fee due at sign up, plus lunch is on your own day of trip. Lunch will be at 11:00am, you will order off the menu at Mellow Mushroom and gratuity will be included. Tour of distillery begins at 1:00pm, lasts one hour, free tasting available. No fee for tour.  Sign up begins May 6th.


Out-to-lunch-bunch goes to Hungry Mother State Park Lakeview Dining Room on Friday, June 13, 2014. We will leave the senior center at 9:45am and return around 3:30pm. Cost is $24.95 payable at sign up that begins May 6th. Menu is roast beef, chicken parmesan, whole green beans with almonds, whipped potatoes, garden salad and fruit cobbler. Max 33 participants.


Roan Mountain Hobo Pack Picnic on Friday, June 20, 2014. We will leave the senior center at 9:30am, return around 4:30pm. Cost is $14.00 for transportation and lunch. This should be peak season with the rhododendron festival on the following two days. We will picnic and then drive to the top to see the rhododendrons in bloom. Please bring a side to go with the hobo packs that include meat and veggies, water and soft drink included. All participants are asked to wear tennis shoes or closed toe shoes, some walking involved. Sign up begins May 6th. Check out the rhododendron festival online.


Folkmoot/Artfest Festival with dinner at the Moose Cafĩ, Waynesville, NC. on Saturday, July 26, 2014. We will leave the senior center at 8:00am and return around 9:00pm. Cost is $8.00 for transportation. Lunch is on your own. This is a street festival with international dancers, bard and crafts. The moose cafĩ has been featured in Southern living magazine; see more information about the cafĩ at www.eatthemoosecafe.com. Sign up begins May 13th, so mark your calendar! 47 spots available.

KINGSPORT ‚¬ Three major road projects are slated to begin next week, repairing a section of Watauga Street from Linville Street to Lamont Street, reconstructing the East Center Street island at the intersection with Fort Henry Drive and construction of a new island on Wexler Street at the intersection with East Center.

The Watauga Street project will begin Tuesday, April 29, 2014, and requires milling to remove the existing asphalt from the concrete below, then repaving, with the existing speed tables remaining in place. The milling work is being conducted by a contractor, although the paving work is being performed in-house by Streets & Sanitation crews from the Citys Public Works Department.

Flagmen will attempt to maintain at least a single travel lane, but motorists should seek other options, with the work expected to take 10 days or less depending on weather and conditions.

Meanwhile, the Center Street Islands Project is slated to kick off Wednesday, April 30, 2014, with this work being conducted in anticipation of a Tennessee Department of Transportation repaving effort later this year on Center Street.

As part of the project, the existing island at the intersection of East Center and Fort Henry will be reconstructed to permit two through travel lanes for eastbound Center Street traffic headed towards North Eastman Road, and a single free-flowing travel lane from East Center onto Fort Henry Drive. Currently, only a single lane continues towards North Eastman, while two lanes flow onto Fort Henry. Traffic engineers believe this reconfiguration will improve the overall efficiency of the intersection, which also must permit traffic onto Prospect Drive.

The second island is being constructed on Wexler Street at the Center Street intersection, which, upon completion, will shift travel lanes on Wexler approximately 15 feet to the west. Once complete, the Wexler leg of the intersection with Center Street and Sullivan Street will no longer be signalized.

The Center Street Islands Project is expected to take about 45 days for completion.

As always, motorists should plan ahead, seek alternative routes where possible in both instances, and use the utmost caution in the work zone