KINGSPORT – After a seven-year hiatus, the Bank of Tennessee Model City Invitational will make its triumphant return to Kingsport in the new, state-of-the art Kingsport Aquatic Center. On Friday June 13, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday June 15, Kingsport will host more than 300 swimmers and their families. Visitors will be coming from Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee to take part in the elite competition.

The first Model City Invitational took place in Kingsport in 1959 and ran annually through 2006. During its nearly 50-year history, the event established a reputation as one of the premier summer meets in the region. Now, the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee will re-establish this long-standing tradition. The Kingsport Aquatic Centers Director Kari Matheney says, It is a great opportunity to showcase our HMG Competition Pool, an Olympic-sized, indoor 50-meter pool. Were happy to be able to host this caliber of an event.

The head coach of the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee, Chris Coraggio, says hes thrilled to be able to get this meet back up and running, “This has historically been the premier summer meet for the region.‚  Our team had to stop hosting it when the old Legion Pool began to show its age. Now, with the availability of the new Holston Medical Group competition pool at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and thanks to the sponsorship of Bank of Tennessee and the support of the City of Kingsport, we are excited to once again welcome swimmers to town for the event.‚  We expect to see some very fast swimming.”

New for this years meet is the premier sponsor, Bank of Tennessee We are proud to be affiliated with the Model City Invitational swimming event.‚  There has been a long history of quality competitive swimming in our Tri-Cities area and its great to see it continued in such a great facility.‚  It also is a nice match with Bank of Tennessees continued health initiatives with all of our employees and we look forward to its long term success, says Craig Denison, Market President and Executive Vice President for Bank of Tennessee.

Competitive swimming events of this caliber are unique. Its an opportunity to show off the beauty of our area and provide tourism dollars to locally owned businesses from the people that participate in the event from around the region, says Bank of Tennessee Senior Vice President, Detra Cleven.

The Bank of Tennessee Model City Invitational begins Friday, June 13 at 5:15 p.m.

About the Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region’s newest and most comprehensive indoor-outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport’s Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area’s only indoor Olympic-sized pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter! @swimkingsport


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Traffic Division is studying the potential removal of the signal light at the intersection of Sevier Avenue and Lamont Street, as current traffic volumes do not appear to warrant continuing to signalize the intersection. If removed, the signal would be replaced by stop signs at all four approaches to the intersection. Anyone with questions or concerns about removing the signal is asked to submit their concerns to the Traffic Division at 229-9487. The study is expected to continue for 30 days.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Sewer line installation will require the closure of Snapps Ferry Road between Sumpter Road and Rock Springs Road beginning Friday June 6, 2014 and continuing for the next seven days. Closures will occur daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with detour routes provided. Motorists should plan ahead and use the utmost caution in the work zone.


KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is excited to partner with the Niswonger Foundation to expand online course offerings.  These online course offerings will supplement the online courses currently under development by KCS teachers.  The online course catalog can be viewed via the KCS Online Course Catalog for the 2014-2015 school year. Online courses will be available for rising 9th-12th grade students under the advisement of the students counselor and administrator.

The vision and creation of online courses for KCS students is derived from the very essence of what Kingsport City Schools strives to accomplish within the systems Guiding Tenets. KCS is committed to providing a student-focused and world-class educational experience for each student. One of the primary focal points of the guiding tenets are the KCS Goals. Five system goals were established during the 2012-2013 school year and are revised annually. The goals are reflective of the systems mission, vision and core values. Goal One focuses on the education program: KCS will deliver world-class curriculum and instruction. Within Goal One are Long-Term Targets; Target 2: Beginning with the freshman class of 2013-2014, 90 percent of student will complete at least one online course by graduation in 2017.

“The implementation of the first online course catalogue is another step toward our vision of being world class, said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. This proactive approach will provide students with a more flexible and personalized learning program. It will also broaden curriculum offerings while allowing students to take more ownership of their learning.

These online courses provide students with an excellent opportunity to accelerate their learning and maximize the wide variety of opportunities available to Dobyns-Bennett students, said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School principal.

Online course offerings are subject to change based upon enrollment. Students are required to contact their counselor to begin the process of enrolling in an online course. To learn more about these and other courses, visit by clicking e-LearningKCS Online Course Catalog. Students and/or parents/guardians need to contact the students school counselor for registration and registration deadlines.

For more information on the 2014-2015 Online Learning Catalog, contact Shanna Hensley, Cora Cox Academy principal at (423) 378.2185, Laurie Norris, e-Learning specialist at (423) 378.8536 or email

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused -¦ World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT:Suspect Driver Indicted for Multiple Offenses Contributing to 2013 Fatal Crash
DATE:June 2, 2014
The suspect driver whose actions directly contributed to a 2013 fatal crash on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport has been indicted for multiple criminal offenses.

On September 21, 2013 at approximately 6:00 PM the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries on Fort Henry Drive at Thornton Drive.

The investigation revealed that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeremy R. Sturgill with a juvenile passenger, was northbound on Fort Henry Drive and was approaching the intersection with Thornton Drive. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Melissa A. Lambert, was westbound on Thornton Drive, preparing to cross Fort Henry Drive once the traffic signal changed from red to green.

The signal on Fort Henry Drive changed from green to red signaling traffic to stop. Meanwhile, when the signal on Thornton Drive changed from red to green, the Chevrolet entered the intersection.

Mr. Sturgill failed to stop his Jeep Cherokee for the red signal. His vehicle entered the intersection and struck the Chevrolet on the left side. After the impact, the Jeep Cherokee rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest across the northbound traffic lanes. The Chevrolet rotated counter-clockwise and struck a 2010 Honda Accord that was southbound on Fort Henry Drive and temporarily stopped for the signal at Thornton Drive. The Honda was driven by Angela Hayes with passenger, Michael Hayes.

After this second impact the Chevrolet rolled backward in the southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive and experienced a third impact when it struck a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by George Williams with passenger, Eric Black, that was stopped behind the Honda.

Mr. Sturgill and the juvenile passenger from the Jeep Cherokee were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ms. Lambert, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center but ultimately died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The occupants of the Honda and the Jeep Patriot were not injured. All seven occupants of all four vehicles involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

An in-depth investigation including scientific crash reconstruction and toxicology analysis was completed by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit, with their findings being presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury in May 2014. The Grand Jury returned a true bill, and a capias was issued charging Jeremy Rick Sturgill with:

1) Vehicular Homicide by an Intoxicated Person

2) Reckless Aggravated Assault (2 Counts)

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence (2nd Offense)

5) Speeding (64 mph in a 45 mph Zone)

6) Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device (Running a Red Light)

On June 2, 2014 at approximately 12:00 PM, Mr. Surgill turned himself in at the Sullivan County Jail. He was released less than an hour later after posting a $100,000 bond.

NameJeremy Rick Sturgill
AgeDate of Birth 1/9/1977

36 Years of Age

Residency925 Tanbark Ridge Road

Jonesville, Virginia

Charge(s)1) Vehicular Homicide by an Intoxicated Person

2) Reckless Aggravated Assault (2 Counts)

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence (2nd Offense)

5) Speeding (64 mph in a 45 mph Zone)

6) Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device (Running a Red Light)

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit