Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT:K.P.D. Alerts Motorists to Road Construction and New Traffic Patterns
DATE:June 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department wishes to alert area motorists of multiple areas of road construction resulting in new traffic patterns throughout the City of Kingsport. Drivers are urged to familiarize themselves with these new traffic patterns and exercise patience and courtesy as other motorists do likewise. Furthermore, motorists are warned to exercise due caution during these periods of road construction and even consider an alternate route whenever it would be feasible to do so.

Clinchfield Street: This first area of road construction was completed approximately one week ago. The stretch of Clinchfield Street between West Stone Drive and West Center Street has been reduced from two motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction to a single motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction, supplemented by a center turn lane. Additionally, bicycle lanes have been added to both sides of the roadway.

Center Street: This next area of road construction is currently underway. Center Street is being repaved from Lynn Garden Drive to Fort Henry Drive. Motorists particularly need to be aware of the section of Center Street between Clinchfield Street and Wateree Street where modifications to the lane markings will reduce the roadway from two motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction to a single motor vehicle traffic lane in each direction, supplemented by a center turn lane. Additionally, bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of the roadway.

Intersection of Center Street and Fort Henry Drive: Previously when traveling away from Downtown Kingsport on East Center Street toward Fort Henry Drive, one lane would continue straight on East Center Street and two lanes would veer to the right onto Fort Henry Drive. This is basically being reversed, and now two lanes will continue straight on East Center Street with only one lane veering right onto Fort Henry Drive.

Lynn Garden Drive: Another area of road construction planned for this summer will occur on Lynn Garden Drive from Stone Drive to the Virginia state line. This entire section will be repaved with no significant changes to traffic patterns; however, bicycle lanes will be added on both shoulders, except where on-street parking is allowed.

Stone Drive: The final area of road construction coming soon involves Stone Drive from Fairmont Avenue to Brookside Drive. This entire section will be repaved with no significant changes to traffic patterns; however, bicycle lanes will be added on both shoulders.

For additional information concerning these changes, please contact:

Tim Elsea, Traffic Engineering Manager

City of Kingsport Traffic Division

423-224-2426

TimElsea@KingsportTN.gov

or

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

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:Interstate Exit Ramp Closed Due to Tractor Trailer Fire
DATE:June 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following information is being disseminated by the Kingsport Police Department at the request of the Kingsport Fire Department:

The exit ramp from southbound Interstate 81 to westbound Interstate 26 (Exit 57B toward Kingsport) will be closed for the next several hours due to a tractor trailer fire.

Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of the fire at approximately 1:00 PM today, June 17, 2014. The Kingsport Fire Department, supplemented by at least two area Volunteer Fire Departments, are still on scene dealing with the fire, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol assisting with traffic control. No one was injured in the fire.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead and be prepared to take an alternate route.

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. Detectives Act Swiftly and Arrest Suspect in Statutory Rape Investigation
DATE:June 11, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 6, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a statutory rape that had occurred the previous day, June 5, 2014, at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, located at 1820 Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport. K.P.D. Detectives acted promptly and launched a thorough investigation into the incident, revealing the following details.

Approximately one month ago, a local female teenager met an individual online via the popular social media application, FaceBook. This subject identified himself by the alias “Omaha Jackson,” but in reality, he would soon be identified as Larry Nick Swift, Jr. of Weber City, Virginia. These two individuals then began an online relationship, consisting of several conversations, during which time the teenager learned Mr. Swift’s true age to be 28, and Mr. Swift learned the teenager’s true age to be 13.

Despite the known age disparity and laws to the contrary, the two agreed to meet in person on June 4, 2014 at the Kingsport Town Center, located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. During this initial meeting, the two planned to meet again the following day. On June 5, 2014, Mr. Swift and the teenager met at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. While at this facility, the two voluntarily went together into a family restroom and engaged in mutually consensual sexual activity.

The next day, on June 6, 2014, the teenager revealed the incident to her mother, who promptly reported the matter to law enforcement. On June 10, 2014, K.P.D. Detectives were able to locate Mr. Swift and take him into custody without incident. He has been charged with aggravated statutory rape and confined in the Kingsport City Jail. Mr. Swift was arraigned this morning, June 11, 2014, at 9:30 AM. He is currently eligible for release pending a $7,500 bond. His next appearance is scheduled for September 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM in General Sessions Court.

For clarification purposes, in the State of Tennessee, Aggravated Statutory Rape is the consensual, yet unlawful, sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant, or of the defendant by the victim when the victim is at least thirteen (13) but less than eighteen (18) years of age and the defendant is at least ten (10) years older than the victim. Aggravated Statutory Rape is a Class D Felony.

All parents are encouraged to talk regularly with their children about the dangers of forming online relationships. Sexual predators routinely utilize the internet in general and social media specifically to meet their victims. No person, regardless of their age, should release personal information online to an unverified source. Furthermore, if a minor should meet someone online, they should never agree to meet the individual in person, especially without their parents’ knowledge and consent. Finally, parents are cautioned to make every effort to monitor the online activity of their children and become familiar with their children’s online friends.

However, with that being said, this particular situation was absolutely not a random act, and at no point were any other individuals in any danger. This was an isolated incident involving two individuals, who were truthful with one another regarding their respective age and willingly engaged in unlawful sexual activity.

The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport Aquatic Center have been in constant communication since the facility opened to ensure that safety is the number one priority. Even still, the policies and procedures of the facility will certainly be reviewed and evaluated to determine if there is any room for improvement.

This is a very unfortunate incident, and both the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Police Department wish to stress that our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family as they deal with this trying event.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
NameLarry Nick Swift, Jr.
AgeDate of Birth 1/27/1986

28 Years of Age

Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency727 Dogwood Street

Weber City, Virginia

Charge(s)Aggravated Statutory Rape

VICTIM INFORMATION
NameNot Released Due to Age
Age13 Years of Age
GenderFemale
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:K.P.D. Detectives Searching for Unidentified Suspect in Recent Motor Vehicle Theft
DATE:June 10, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 2, 2014 at approximately 3:00 AM, a 2003 Honda Pilot was stolen from a residence on Dobyns Drive in Kingsport. At the time of the theft, the keys were in the vehicle and the doors were unlocked.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the white male suspect in this incident was caught on surveillance video when he stopped for gas at Zoomers, located on the corner of Fort Henry Drive and Eastman Road.

The vehicle was recovered three days later when it was found abandoned in a parking lot on North Eastman Road.

A photo of the suspect taken from surveillance video has been 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/8-CXHdhGQjg

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.

Citizens are cautioned to never leave the keys inside their vehicle and to always lock their vehicle anytime it is left unattended. In the vast majority of motor vehicle thefts and auto burglaries reported to the Kingsport Police Department, one or both of these basic crime prevention tenets was violated.

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:Kingsport Police Investigating Single Vehicle Crash on I-81
DATE:June 10, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
2nd UPDATE: The names of the driver and passenger from yesterday’s fatal crash on Interstate 81 have been released and are included in the chart below.

1st UPDATE: The occupant in this crash who was ejected and transported via helicopter is now deceased. His death was pronounced at 3:59 PM after his arrival at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was believed to have been the driver of the vehicle.

The other occupant, now believed to be the passenger, was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center, not Holston Valley Medical Center as was previously released. He is now conscious and communicating, and his injuries at this point appear to be non-life threatening.

Additional information will be released at the appropriate time in the investigation.

As previously released:

On June 9, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 in reference to a single vehicle crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A red 1992 Geo Tracker was northbound on Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 when for an unknown reason, the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway into the median. In an attempt to return the vehicle to the traffic lane, the driver appeared to have overcorrected, sending the vehicle into a critical speed yaw. The vehicle spun sideways in the traffic lane and then rolled repeatedly down the interstate.

One occupant was ejected; however, according to witnesses, the other occupant crawled out of the vehicle under his own power. The occupant who was ejected received serious injuries and was transported by Wellmont One helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center. The other occupant received possible injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center.

The investigation into this crash is continuing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Officers are presently working to confirm which of the two occupants was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash; therefore, their identities will not be released at this point.

Both northbound lanes of I-81 were completely shut down for approximately two hours but have since been reopened.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeGeo
ModelTracker
Year1992
TypeCompact Sport Utility Vehicle
ColorRed
DamageMajor
DriverNameJames C. Hoover
Age54 Years of Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
ResidencyStone Park, IL
InjuriesFatal
PassengerNameJackson David Meadows
Age45 Years of Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
ResidencyKnoxville, TN
InjuriesNon-Life Threatening Injuries
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:Kingsport Police Investigating Single Vehicle Crash on I-81
DATE:June 9, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
UPDATE: The occupant in this crash who was ejected and transported via helicopter is now deceased. His death was pronounced at 3:59 PM after his arrival at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was believed to have been the driver of the vehicle.

The other occupant, now believed to be the passenger, was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center, not Holston Valley Medical Center as was previously released. He is now conscious and communicating, and his injuries at this point appear to be non-life threatening.

Additional information will be released at the appropriate time in the investigation.

As previously released:

On June 9, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 in reference to a single vehicle crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A red 1992 Geo Tracker was northbound on Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 when for an unknown reason, the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway into the median. In an attempt to return the vehicle to the traffic lane, the driver appeared to have overcorrected, sending the vehicle into a critical speed yaw. The vehicle spun sideways in the traffic lane and then rolled repeatedly down the interstate.

One occupant was ejected; however, according to witnesses, the other occupant crawled out of the vehicle under his own power. The occupant who was ejected received serious injuries and was transported by Wellmont One helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center. The other occupant received possible injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center.

The investigation into this crash is continuing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Officers are presently working to confirm which of the two occupants was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash; therefore, their identities will not be released at this point.

Both northbound lanes of I-81 were completely shut down for approximately two hours but have since been reopened.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeGeo
ModelTracker
Year1992
TypeCompact Sport Utility Vehicle
ColorRed
DamageMajor
OccupantNameNot Released Yet
Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency
InjuriesSerious Injuries (Transported by Wellmont One Helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center)
OccupantNameNot Released Yet
Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency
InjuriesPossible Injuries (Transported by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center)
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:Kingsport Police Investigating Single Vehicle Crash on I-81
DATE:June 9, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 9, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 in reference to a single vehicle crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A red 1992 Geo Tracker was northbound on Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8 when for an unknown reason, the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway into the median. In an attempt to return the vehicle to the traffic lane, the driver appeared to have overcorrected, sending the vehicle into a critical speed yaw. The vehicle spun sideways in the traffic lane and then rolled repeatedly down the interstate.

One occupant was ejected; however, according to witnesses, the other occupant crawled out of the vehicle under his own power. The occupant who was ejected received serious injuries and was transported by Wellmont One helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center. The other occupant received possible injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center.

The investigation into this crash is continuing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Officers are presently working to confirm which of the two occupants was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash; therefore, their identities will not be released at this point.

Both northbound lanes of I-81 were completely shut down for approximately two hours but have since been reopened.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeGeo
ModelTracker
Year1992
TypeCompact Sport Utility Vehicle
ColorRed
DamageMajor
OccupantNameNot Released Yet
Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency
InjuriesSerious Injuries (Transported by Wellmont One Helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center)
OccupantNameNot Released Yet
Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency
InjuriesPossible Injuries (Transported by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center)
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – AEP will begin installation of street lights along Cleek Road on Tuesday, June 10th, and again Wednesday morning, requiring the closure of Cleek Road from East Stone Drive to Orebank Road. A detour route will be provided and motorists are asked to seek alternative routes while using the utmost caution in and around the work zone.

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is proud to present the musical Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, its Tennessee debut, in mid-October 2014 at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre in Kingsport in collaboration with the Kingsport Theatre Guild. A public stage reading will take place at the Allendale Mansion Amphitheater on July 10, 2014. Auditions will take place the next day on July 11, 2014.

Nanyehi is a two-act musical with 17 songs brought to you by Grammy Award nominated songwriter, Becky Hobbs and co-playwright, Nick Sweet, based on the life of Becky’s 5th-great grandmother, Nancy Ward, who was first honored as a Cherokee warrior, then as a peace maker in the 1700’s. She was first named Nanyehi, and later known as Nancy Ward. Nanyehi means, “she who walks among the spirit people.” On the day she was born, a white wolf appeared on the horizon. This was very significant to the Cherokee people, as “white” was the color that symbolized “peace,” and Nanyehi was born into the Wolf Clan, one of the most prominent of the seven Cherokee clans. She was born in approximately 1738, in Chota, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, in an area that is now eastern Tennessee. Enormous changes took place during her lifetime, she died in 1822.

Hobbs said she hoped to inspire and make a difference with people after they watched the production. There are a lot of people who have given up hope today and especially young people, she said. We look around and theyre living in a virtual world. I want to inspire people to do better to make this world a better place.

In 1776, after the illegal sale of lands in Tennessee, Wards cousin, Dragging Canoe, organized a series of attacks against white settlers. However, Ward sent runners to warn the whites of the approaching attacks. Dragging Canoe was wounded and three of the attacks were unsuccessful.

That Nanyehi could be such a strong woman back then when woman werent considered important, just shows that in the Indian culture they were said Hobbs

Highlights from the musical include the Battle of Taliwa, a Cherokee marriage ceremony and Ward saving the life of a white settler and a stickball game.

The two-act production also includes several dance numbers and songs such as Song of the Nunnehi or spirit people, Pass the Whiskey, This Land is Not Our Land and There Will Be Blood.

Cherokee Nation citizen Jenna Stocks choreographed the dances. The songs are really contemporary and they use contemporary instruments, so the dancing has been more contemporary and less traditional, Jenna Stocks said. Its a very meaningful play. Its meaningful to the Cherokee Nation because she was a strong leader, and so I think its very touching.

Hobbs came up with the idea of telling Wards story via a musical after writing some of the songs now in the production in the 1990s. It was after meeting Nick Sweet, who directed the Cherokee Heritage Centers Trail of Tears drama that the musical Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee was set into motion. Today, the production contains 17 songs.

Hobbs is best known for writing Angels Among Us, recorded by Alabama, as well as writing and recording her hits, Jones on the Jukebox and Honky Tonk Saturday Night. Her co-writer, Sweet, is a freelance stage director who has directed more than 100 productions, including the historical outdoor drama Trail of Tears in 2002.

For Nanyehi, Sweet directs the musical production and Hobbs serves as musical director.

Other characters included Dragging Canoe, Wards mother, Tenia; Cherokee chiefs Attakullakulla and Oconastota; Wards first husband, Kingfisher; and second husband, Bryant Ward as well as Wards friend Sequina.

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“Becky Hobbs’s and Nick Sweet’s interpretive story of Nanyehi is a world-class musical production. As one of her descendants, the story of Nancy Ward is both inspirational and deeply personal to me. The stirring compositions, riveting dialogue and modern choreography make this a must-see piece of musical theater. Cherokee Nation history enthusiasts and theater fans will be mesmerized with Becky’s wonderful creation.”

—Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief

“NANYEHI is a powerful, sweeping saga told in achingly personal terms. Nashville performer and songwriter Becky Hobbs has long been able to turn a phrase and evoke an emotion with the best of her peers; collaborating here with veteran stage director Nick Sweet, her songs propel a real-world story that reverberates with wisdom. feeling, and shared humanity.”

—John Wooley, author of SHOT IN OKLAHOMA and FROM THE BLUE DEVILS TO RED DIRT: THE COLORS OF OKLAHOMA MUSIC

“Every aspect of this production, from the quality of the performers, most of them local, to the structure and dialogue of each scene, to the beauty of the music, is spectacular… I have never cared so deeply or shed so many tears for characters in a play… this musical deserves a permanent place in the hall of fame of American creative productions.”

—Stanley A. Rice, Professor of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant

The Board of Mayor and Alderman will meet at 7:00 p.m., in the large courtroom at City Hall. For more information please contact the City Manager’s Office at (229-9412).