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KINGSPORT – As his first official act, Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming announced Monday three internal promotions aimed at strengthening the visioning, operational oversight and efficiency of city government.

We have the deepest, most well-trained professional staff in my nearly 30 year history with the City of Kingsport, Fleming said.  I want to assure the community that we will continue that momentum, while letting staff know they can continue to develop their professional career right here in Kingsport.

“At the same time, just as businesses are ever more competitive, so is our City, as we work with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to build a community that attracts the jobs, workforce, and opportunities essential for our children and grandchildren to stay here, thrive and succeed.”

The new promotions include:

Chris McCartt has been named Assistant City Manager for Administration. In this role, McCartt will be accountable for monitoring, evaluating and recommending actions to streamline and improve internal administrative processes. McCartt will retain his supervisory portfolio in the areas of transit and aquatics, while adding duties assisting the City Manager with economic development planning and the Kingsport Economic Development Board.

McCartt formerly served as Assistant to former City Manager John Campbell. McCartt has 17 years of service with the City of Kingsport serving in Transportation Planning, Development Services Administration, Public Transit and as Leisure Services Director. He has served in the City Managers Office for the past seven years and holds a bachelors degree in geography and masters degree in public administration from East Tennessee State University. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Kingsport with their two children.

Also, Ryan McReynolds has been named Assistant City Manager for Operations. In this role, McReynolds will assume responsibility for operational oversight, management and evaluation of all external City services, capital projects and project development, including essential services in his previous portfolio such as water, sewer, engineering, traffic engineering and road infrastructure. Under the management realignment, the position of public works director will not be filled.

McReynolds formerly served as Public Works Director, and has 20 years of service in local government, including the last 10 with Kingsport. McReynolds holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech and an MBA from East Tennessee State University. He and his wife, Merrie Robin, reside in Kingsport with their four children.

And, Lynn Tully has been promoted to Development Services Director, expanding her portfolio beyond planning, community development and oversight of private construction in the community to include a larger role in evaluating and perfecting the development strategies of the City. With the promotion, she will also join the City’s leadership team.

Tully formerly served as Planning & Community Development Director. She has 19 years in planning and development overall, including eight years with the City of Kingsport. Tully spent 11 years in Atlantas rapidly growing North Metro area. With her promotion, the position of planning and community development director will not be filled.

Tully holds a bachelors degree in architecture and masters in city planning from Georgia Tech. She and her husband, David, reside in Kingsport with their three children. Tully is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, with an emphasis in leadership and economic development.

“These promotions more properly reflect the important role these individuals are already playing and the value they bring to our organization,” Fleming said. “Just as I was named Assistant City Manager for Development 15 years ago, the goal is to allow greater input and standing as we work with the Board to shape the future success of our City.

“Moving forward, I will continue to evaluate and improve the organization by making changes that assist the City in reducing cost, driving innovation and increasing the productivity of the existing City workforce.”

The promotions took effect on June 29.

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KINGSPORT – Weather permitting, Kingsport will begin milling and repaving  on Scotland Road, Old Castle Road, Lochwood Road, Lochwood Circle, Dundee Circle, Blackheath Road and Cannongate Road starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 30th 2014 and extending through the next several weeks. Mill work to prepare the surface should be completed by the end of the week, with repaving to be completed by the third week of July. Motorists should seek alternative routes where possible and use the utmost caution in work zones.

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KINGSPORT – Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that more fires are reported on that day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. Any consumer firework can be dangerous. Consumer fireworks such as sparklers burn at over 1200 degrees and will cause third degree burns. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips:

Safe and Sane Fireworks

Leave fireworks to the professionals.

Do not use consumer fireworks.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks‚ – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

The‚ Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.- Source http://www.nfpa.org

PROCEED WITH CAUTION!‚  Fireworks are illegal in the City of Kingsport. Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.

Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall pay a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.

The only exception to this ordinance would be a public fireworks display authorized by a permit from the Fire Chief or the Fire Marshal.‚  Some examples of these approved public displays are the fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium following Kingsport Mets ballgames, the downtown fireworks show on Independence Day, or the Fun Fest fireworks show at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Link to Kingsports Firework Ordinance: http://police.kingsporttn.gov/node/103

If you live in Sullivan County outside the Kingsport City limits, there are specific guidelines for fireworks: Fireworks can be used between the hours of 2-10 pm and on July 4th until midnight. Use of fireworks must be‚ at least 100 feet away from all inhabited residential structures unless permission is given by the homeowner.

Those who violate the ordinance could be fined up to $500. Remember there are no safe consumer fireworks.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures above 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt glass.

Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Light one item at a time then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

Remember to cool a burn with running water then seek immediate medical attention or call 911.

Fireworks by the numbers
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Source: NFPAs‚ Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013
Source: NFPAs‚ Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014

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: Detectives Asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect Cashing Counterfeit Checks
DATE: June 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 21, 2014 at approximately 7:45 PM, a white female suspect cashed what was believed to be a Big Lots payroll check for $298.00 at Food City, located at 1205 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Moments later at 8:00 PM, the same individual cashed a second apparent Big Lots payroll check for $397.67 at Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport.

Continuing this pattern, the same individual cashed another one of these Big Lots payroll checks the next day on May 22, 2014 at Food Country, located at 2850 Highway 394 in Bristol, TN. All of these checks have since been determined to be counterfeit. These first two incidents are being investigated by the Kingsport Police Department with the last one being investigated by the Bristol, TN Police Department.

The checks were written to and endorsed with the name Jessica White; however, this is most likely an alias. A photo of the suspect captured on surveillance video is included in this release. The actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below.

http://youtu.be/g_7cI0epNq8

Anyone who recognizes this individual is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

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Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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: Kingsport Police Hoping to Locate Specific Witnesses in Recent Pedestrian Fatality
DATE: June 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 23, 2014, shortly before 8:00 PM, a pedestrian, Michael K. Locke, was killed when a suspected D.U.I. driver struck him as he was standing on the shoulder of a Fort Henry Drive Bridge just north of Sonic Drive-In, located at 3845 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

To view the original K.P.D. e-News Release on this fatal collision, visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/06/24/kpd-e-news-release-pedestrian-killed-by-vehicle-in-hit-and-run-collision/

Investigators have already spoken with numerous individuals who witnessed various elements of this incident. However, the Kingsport Police Department is reaching out to the community in hopes of locating four very specific witnesses who could be of potential value in this investigation.

At almost the exact same time as the fatal collision, area traffic cameras captured four different vehicles traveling southbound on Fort Henry Drive, passing through the Moreland Drive intersection. As this intersection is within one-tenth of a mile of the scene of the crash, these vehicles were almost certainly passing through the scene at the time Mr. Locke was hit, and the drivers could have potentially witnessed what transpired. These four vehicles include:

1) A dark colored Chevrolet 4-door sedan

2) A dark colored Ford Mustang

3) A red Ford F-250 pickup

4) A two-tone dark color over silver Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle

Anyone who drives a vehicle similar to these described above who was in the area of Fort Henry Drive at Moreland Drive shortly before 8:00 PM on Monday, June 23, 2014 is asked to please contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 as soon as possible.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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: A Word About Fireworks from our Friends at the Kingsport Fire Department
DATE: June 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
KFD Wants You to Have a Safe, Burn & Injury Free Fourth of July

Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that more fires are reported on that day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. Any consumer firework can be dangerous. Consumer fireworks such as sparklers burn at over 1200 degrees and will cause third degree burns. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips:

Safe and Sane Fireworks

Leave fireworks to the professionals.

Do not use consumer fireworks.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.- Source http://www.nfpa.org

PROCEED WITH CAUTION! Fireworks are illegal in the City of Kingsport. Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.

Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall pay a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.

The only exception to this ordinance would be a public fireworks display authorized by a permit from the Fire Chief or the Fire Marshal. Some examples of these approved public displays are the fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium following Kingsport Mets ballgames, the downtown fireworks show on Independence Day, or the Fun Fest fireworks show at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Link to Kingsport’s Firework Ordinance: http://police.kingsporttn.gov/node/103

If you live in Sullivan County outside the Kingsport City limits, there are specific guidelines for fireworks: Fireworks can be used between the hours of 2-10 pm and on July 4th until midnight. Use of fireworks must be at least 100 feet away from all inhabited residential structures unless permission is given by the homeowner. Those who violate the ordinance could be fined up to $500. Remember there are no safe consumer fireworks.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures above 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt glass.

Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Light one item at a time then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

Remember to cool a burn with running water then seek immediate medical attention or call 911.

Fireworks by the numbers

· In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

· In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.

· The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.

· On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Source:NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013
Source:NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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: Female Suspect Sought in Wal-Mart Computer Theft
DATE: June 26, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 10, 2014 at around midnight, a white female suspect shoplifted two Hewlett Packard laptop computers with a combined value in excess of $1,000 from Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. A photo of the suspect taken from surveillance video is included in this release. The actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube Channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/stz9uM-wTE8

Anyone who can help detectives identify this individual is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORTKeep Kingsport Beautiful and sponsor AEP Appalachian Power are looking for volunteers to serve as Trashbusters during Fun Fest, July 11-19.

Want to receive free admission to Mercy Me, Train or Martina McBride Fun Fest concerts?  Want to receive a FREE Fun Fest t-shirt?  If the answers are yes, then sign up to be a Fun Fest Trashbuster!  In order to receive free admission to one of the Sunset Concert Series shows, you need to work two events, one being the concert of your choice.

KKB, Fun Fest, the City of Kingsport and AEP are pleased to announce a Focus on Recycling during Fun Fest 2014. Blue recycling bins will be placed adjacent to trash barrels at Mardi Gras and The Taste in Memorial Park. These bins will accept plastic drink bottles and cans. All bard containers and wrappers should be placed in the trash barrels.

Trashbusters are dedicated volunteers who patrol the festival areas setting a good example for everyone attending by pointing out recycling bins and trash barrels and encouraging Fun Festers to be responsible for their own trash to ensure that Fun Fest remains a litter free event!! Volunteers receive a FREE Fun Fest T-shirt!!!

KKB and Fun Fest are looking for individuals, families, church groups, civic clubs, and business/employee groups to serve as Trashbusters July 11-19.  Trashbusters are also an excellent opportunity for area teens to earn community service hours towards TN/VA Scholars requirements.

Trashbuster event schedules and registration forms can be picked up at the Fun Fest Store, 400 Clinchfield Street in the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce building, at FunFest.net and KeepKingsportBeautiful.com. Complete your form and return to the Fun Fest Store, fax to 423-392-8834 or e-mail to rcleary@kinsportchamber.org. Register today and join Trashbuster volunteers as they have Fun in the Sun and Under the Stars!

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the program has won more than 60 national, state and environmental awards.