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KINGSPORT – On July 18, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release warning citizens that there has been a recent surge in the amount of counterfeit currency circulating in the area.‚  To view this original release, please visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/07/18/kpd-e-news-release-numerous-counterfeit-bills-circulating-in-the-area/

K.P.D. is offering several tips that anyone can use to help detect counterfeit currency:

Obtain and use a counterfeit detector pen. These pens are readily available and easily affordable at various office supply and department stores in the area.‚  These pens will instantly identify a counterfeit bill that is printed on anything other than official United States currency paper.

• Because the counterfeit detector pens are so inexpensive and highly effective, counterfeiters have taken to bleaching genuine bills of lesser denominations (typically $5 and $10 bills) and reprinting them into $20, $50, and $100 bills.‚  In these cases, the counterfeit detector pen will not indicate that the bill is a fake.‚  Fortunately, there are several other quick and easy methods of verification.

1)‚ ‚  Check the watermark. On a genuine federal reserve note, there will be a watermark visible when the bill is held up to the light showing the same presidents face as is printed on the bill.‚  When the above bleaching method is used, the face in the watermark and the face printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

2)‚ ‚  Check the security thread. On all genuine federal reserve notes except the $1 and $2 bill, there is a security thread visible when the bill is held up to the light.‚  The thread will read USA FIVE, USA TEN, USA TWENTY, etc.‚  When the above bleaching method is used, the denomination on the security thread and the denomination printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

3)‚ ‚  Check the serial number. Each and every genuine United States Federal Reserve Note has a unique serial number.‚  Often when counterfeiters produce fake currency, they will not take the time and effort to change the serial number when they are producing multiple bills.‚  If you receive multiple bills at the same time, take a second to verify that no two bills have the exact same serial number.‚  If they do, at least one of the bills is a counterfeit.

Following is a link to the United States Secret Service Know Your Money guide which describes in detail how to verify that you are in possession of a genuine Federal Reserve Note.

http://www.secretservice.gov/KnowYourMoneyMay13.pdf

And remember, any individual who comes into possession of counterfeit United States currency is required by law to notify law enforcement and turn it in immediately.

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. Offers Tips to Help Detect Counterfeit Currency
DATE: July 21, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release warning citizens that there has been a recent surge in the amount of counterfeit currency circulating in the area. To view this original release, please visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/07/18/kpd-e-news-release-numerous-counterfeit-bills-circulating-in-the-area/

K.P.D. is offering several tips that anyone can use to help detect counterfeit currency:

Obtain and use a counterfeit detector pen. These pens are readily available and easily affordable at various office supply and department stores in the area. These pens will instantly identify a counterfeit bill that is printed on anything other than official United States currency paper.

• Because the counterfeit detector pens are so inexpensive and highly effective, counterfeiters have taken to “bleaching” genuine bills of lesser denominations (typically $5 and $10 bills) and reprinting them into $20, $50, and $100 bills. In these cases, the counterfeit detector pen will not indicate that the bill is a fake. Fortunately, there are several other quick and easy methods of verification.

1) Check the watermark. On a genuine federal reserve note, there will be a watermark visible when the bill is held up to the light showing the same presidents face as is printed on the bill. When the above “bleaching” method is used, the face in the watermark and the face printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

2) Check the security thread. On all genuine federal reserve notes except the $1 and $2 bill, there is a security thread visible when the bill is held up to the light. The thread will read “USA FIVE,” “USA TEN,” “USA TWENTY,” etc. When the above “bleaching” method is used, the denomination on the security thread and the denomination printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

3) Check the serial number. Each and every genuine United States Federal Reserve Note has a unique serial number. Often when counterfeiters produce fake currency, they will not take the time and effort to change the serial number when they are producing multiple bills. If you receive multiple bills at the same time, take a second to verify that no two bills have the exact same serial number. If they do, at least one of the bills is a counterfeit.

Following is a link to the United States Secret Service “Know Your Money” guide which describes in detail how to verify that you are in possession of a genuine Federal Reserve Note.

http://www.secretservice.gov/KnowYourMoneyMay13.pdf

And remember, any individual who comes into possession of counterfeit United States currency is required by law to notify law enforcement and turn it in immediately.

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. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Crash on East Stone Drive
DATE: July 19, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 19, 2014 at approximately 5:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a fatal motor vehicle collision that had occurred on East Stone Drive in the vicinity of Tyson Lane in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the scene of the crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Spectra 4-door sedan, driven by Bobby D. Jarrett, was properly traveling east in the appropriate eastbound lanes of East Stone Drive.

A 2006 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven by Samuel G. Huffine, was improperly traveling left of center on the wrong side of the road (westbound in the eastbound lanes) on East Stone Drive. Summer Nicole Huffine was also in the Honda as a front seat passenger.

The Honda struck the Kia head-on. Mr. Jarrett sustained fatal injuries from the impact. Mr. and Mrs. Huffine sustained possible injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Both vehicles received disabling damage and had to be towed from the roadway.

The investigation is still ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. In addition to the Honda being on the wrong side of the roadway, both alcohol consumption and excessive speed are believed to be contributing factors in this fatal collision. Charges are pending.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2006
Model Honda
Year Accord
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Samuel G. Huffine
Age 27 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
Passenger Name Summer Nicole Huffine
Age 25 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2007
Model Kia
Year Spectra
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Bobby D. Jarrett
Age 50 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries Fatal
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: Felony Theft Suspect Located and Charges are Pending
DATE: July 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a shoplifting incident that had just occurred at Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to the scene.

Upon their arrival, officers were notified by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officers that the suspect, later identified as Darrell Eugene Helton, had stolen a felonious amount of merchandise and fled from the store on foot. The Wal-Mart employees reported losing sight of Mr. Helton as he entered a wooded area near the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and John B. Dennis Highway.

Several K.P.D. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. An extensive search ensued that spanned the next hour and a half. At approximately 4:00 PM, officers searching the area located Mr. Helton at the base of a cliff that was approximately 50 feet in height.

Mr. Helton was conscious and communicating; however, he had suffered significant injuries sustained in a fall. He indicated that he had accidentally fallen from the cliff while navigating the wooded terrain. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported him to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Mr. Helton was left in the care of medical professionals; however, the felony theft investigation has been turned over to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, and charges are pending.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Darrell Eugene Helton
Age Date of Birth 9/21/1970

43 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 507 Prices Grove Road, Lot #3

Rogersville, TN

Charge(s) Pending

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: Numerous Counterfeit Bills Circulating in the Area
DATE: July 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has recently taken possession of numerous counterfeit bills found circulating throughout the area. These bills have typically been in the $20, $50, or $100 denominations.

There is little or no pattern as to how people have come to be in possession of the counterfeit currency. Some individuals have reported receiving the bills via business or private party transactions, while others reportedly received the bills directly from bank tellers or automated teller machines.

As the Kingsport Police Department receives these counterfeit bills, an initial report is generated; however, the case is then referred to the United States Secret Service for investigation.

The Kingsport Police Department urges area citizens, businesses, and financial institutions to be aware of this recent surge in counterfeit currency activity and take the appropriate steps to verify the legitimacy of bills they receive, especially in the $20, $50, or $100 denominations. Counterfeit bill detector pens, such as the one pictured in this release, are easily affordable and readily available at various office supply and department stores in the area.

A final word of warning…any individual who comes into possession of a counterfeit bill is required by law to notify law enforcement and turn it in immediately.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – The Small Business Association (SBA) will host a certification programs workshop on Tuesday, July 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. The event is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) and Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate.

The workshop is open to small business owners who are interested in becoming certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Veteran-Owned Business (VOSB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), or Historically Underutilized Business (HUB.) Attendees will also learn about 8(a) certification, which includes mentee training, among other things.  This workshop will cover the different certification categories and requirements.

If you attended the public Balfour Beatty Construction event in January 2014 related to Eastmans new Corporate Business Center, or the Government Contracting and Procurement event we held in April 2013 highlighting opportunities with Y-12 National Security Complex, or Bank of Tennessees recent Women Empowered Seminar on How and Why You Should Certify Your Business as Woman-Owned, this event is an excellent follow-up and vital to developing your circle of business alliances and partners, said Aundrea Wilcox, Executive Director for KOSBE and Senior Counselor for The TSBDC ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate Office.

This workshop is to be led by Aundrea Wilcox and Gloria Armstead. Armstead is an SBA Business Opportunity Specialist 8(a). 

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. online at http://bit.ly/sbasdb8a, or by contacting Dana Glenn, who can be reached at 423.392.8825 or dglenn@tsbdc.org.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, participating universities and community colleges, and regional support partners. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA and other program sponsors. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All information, events, and/or prices are subject to change or withdrawal. The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints. Please confirm the information with the listing party.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Dana Glenn at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN  37660 or at 423-392-8825.

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KINGSPORT – In keeping with longstanding law-enforcement tradition, on the afternoon of July 10, 2014, officers of the Kingsport Police Department and their families gathered in the Downtown Academic Village Auditorium to acknowledge and celebrate a variety of promotions, commendations, and new hires.‚  Mayor Dennis Phillips, several Aldermen, newly appointed City Manager Jeff Fleming, and multiple members of the City of Kingsports Leadership Team, showed their support for the Kingsport Police Department by also being in attendance.

During the ceremony, several promotions that occurred in May and June of this year were formally recognized.‚  Most of these promotions were a trickle down result of last years promotion of David Quillin to Chief of Police; however, two of the Lieutenant positions are as a result of department restructuring.‚  The promotions include:

Jason Bellamy was promoted to the rank of Major.‚  Previously serving as Operations Captain, Major Bellamy will continue to serve as a key component of the K.P.D. Command Staff.

Mike Roark was promoted to the rank of Captain.‚  Formerly supervising the Directed Patrol Unit and Special Events, Captain Roark will join the K.P.D. Command Staff, taking charge of the K.P.D. Operations Bureau.

David Moore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.‚  Previously serving as a Patrol supervisor, Lieutenant Moore will continue to serve in the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander leading 3rd Platoon.

Randall Gore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.‚  Formerly serving as a Patrol supervisor, Lieutenant Gore will command several Administrative Divisions of the department.

Chris Tincher was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.‚  With extensive previous service in the Criminal Investigations Division, Lieutenant Tincher will now take command of the newly formed K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit.

John Blessing was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.‚  Previously serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, Sergeant Blessing will now supervise the departments Quartermaster and Evidence Unit.

Randy Murray was promoted to the rank of Corporal.‚  Formerly serving as a detective, Corporal Murray will continue to serve in the Criminal Investigations Division as a first line supervisor.

Several awards were also presented at the ceremony.‚  These include:

COMMENDATION BAR‚¬â€This award is presented to an officer who beings credit to himself/herself as well as the department.‚  Sergeant Steve Hammonds received the Commendation Bar for successfully managing the K.P.D. Accreditation Unit through the last CALEA assessment period, earning the department Advanced Meritorious Accreditation.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL‚¬â€This medal is awarded to officers who have rendered 25 years of faithful and productive service to the department.‚  The following officers received this award:

• Deputy Chief Dale Phipps

• Captain Jenny Castle

• Lieutenant Tim Crawford

• Lieutenant Jerry Mowl

• Lieutenant Joe Valentine

• Sergeant Bryan Bishop

• Sergeant Joe Earles

• Sergeant Gerald Hurd

• Sergeant Frank Light

• Corporal Darla Anderson (retired)

• Corporal Kevin Kelly

• Officer Rick Marshall

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL‚¬â€This award is given to an officer who is distinguished by an act of exceptional meritorious achievement.‚  Sergeant Frank Light and Corporal Randy Murray earned this medal for their roles in an extensive two-year homicide investigation that resulted in the arrest of the men responsible.

POLICE STAR‚¬â€This medal is awarded to an officer, who in the intelligent performance of his or her duties, and while in imminent personal danger, performs an act of exceptional judgment, using skillful tactics, in order to diffuse an obviously dangerous and potentially deadly situation.‚  Officer Jesse Griggs was awarded the Police Star for his arrest of an offender who suddenly and inexplicably turned violent during a seemingly routine arrest.

MEDAL OF MERIT‚¬â€This medal is awarded to officers who, while in imminent danger, perform exceptional acts of heroism.‚  The following officers received this award for their involvement in the apprehension of a violent offender:

• Lieutenant Jerry Robinson (retired)

• Lieutenant Joe Valentine

• Officer Brooke Bowers

• Officer Craig Dunworth

• Officer Justin Fleenor

• Officer Joe Moody

• Officer Larry Nunley

• Officer Matt Stewart

• Reserve Officer Weston Olmstead

Finally, two new officers, Abby Ford and Jonathan Dison, were officially sworn in.‚  Both of these new additions bring vital previous law-enforcement experience to the table, with Officer Ford previously serving with the Sullivan County Sheriffs Office and Officer Dison previously serving with the Tavares, FL Police Department.

The ceremony concluded with all sworn officers in attendance reciting the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to congratulate all of the aforementioned officers for these recent achievements and thank them for their continued service.

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: Suspect Apprehended After Fleeing Police on Motorcycle with 2 Children on Board
DATE: July 15, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2014 at approximately 11:55 AM a Kingsport Police Patrol Officer noticed a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Holston Valley Drive. The officer observed the motorcycle being operated by an adult male; however, it was also occupied by a boy riding behind the operator, and another younger boy riding in front of the operator. The officer saw that the child riding in front was not wearing a helmet.

The officer initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle, but the operator accelerated away at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle promptly turned east on Ravine Road, then immediately east on Cassel Drive where it passed a vehicle by driving on the wrong side of the road.

Fearing that the reckless motorcyclist would crash with the children on board, the officer backed off and turned off his emergency lights, while still attempting to keep sight of the motorcycle and alerting other officers in the area via radio of the motorcycle’s direction of travel.

Still at a high rate of speed, the motorcycle turned north on Gibson Mill Road, circumvented the roundabout by going the wrong way (to the left rather than to the right) head-on into oncoming vehicles, then back onto West Ravine Road. The motorcycle then turned south on Gibson Mill Road and east on Robertson Street, finally pulling into the driveway of 1054 Robertson Street where another officer in the area was able to intercept.

The operator was identified as Shaun C. Hite. The minor boys on board were found to be a 9 year old (the passenger on the back) and a 5 year old (the passenger in front without a helmet). Their mother was summoned to the scene, and they were released into her custody.

Mr. Hite was promptly arrested and charged with:

1) Felony Reckless Endangerment (2 counts)

2) Felony Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle

3) Driving on a Revoked License

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Hite had absconded from the John R. Hay House (a local community corrections facility) in August of 2013 and was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined overnight pending arraignment. He was arraigned the next morning at which point he was ordered to be held without bond.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Shaun C. Hite
Age Date of Birth 8/30/1985

28 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 130 East Carters Valley Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment (2 Counts)

2) Felony Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle

3) Driving on a Revoked License

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. Promotion, Award, and Swearing-In Ceremony
DATE: July 14, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In keeping with longstanding law-enforcement tradition, on the afternoon of July 10, 2014, officers of the Kingsport Police Department and their families gathered in the Downtown Academic Village Auditorium to acknowledge and celebrate a variety of promotions, commendations, and new hires. Mayor Dennis Phillips, several Aldermen, newly appointed City Manager Jeff Fleming, and multiple members of the City of Kingsport’s Leadership Team, showed their support for the Kingsport Police Department by also being in attendance.

During the ceremony, several promotions that occurred in May and June of this year were formally recognized. Most of these promotions were a trickle down result of last year’s promotion of David Quillin to Chief of Police; however, two of the Lieutenant positions are as a result of department restructuring. The promotions include:

Jason Bellamy was promoted to the rank of Major. Previously serving as Operations Captain, Major Bellamy will continue to serve as a key component of the K.P.D. Command Staff.

Mike Roark was promoted to the rank of Captain. Formerly supervising the Directed Patrol Unit and Special Events, Captain Roark will join the K.P.D. Command Staff, taking charge of the K.P.D. Operations Bureau.

David Moore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Previously serving as a Patrol supervisor, Lieutenant Moore will continue to serve in the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander leading 3rd Platoon.

Randall Gore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Formerly serving as a Patrol supervisor, Lieutenant Gore will command several Administrative Divisions of the department.

Chris Tincher was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. With extensive previous service in the Criminal Investigations Division, Lieutenant Tincher will now take command of the newly formed K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit.

John Blessing was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Previously serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, Sergeant Blessing will now supervise the department’s Quartermaster and Evidence Unit.

Randy Murray was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Formerly serving as a detective, Corporal Murray will continue to serve in the Criminal Investigations Division as a first line supervisor.

Several awards were also presented at the ceremony. These include:

COMMENDATION BAR—This award is presented to an officer who beings credit to himself/herself as well as the department. Sergeant Steve Hammonds received the Commendation Bar for successfully managing the K.P.D. Accreditation Unit through the last CALEA assessment period, earning the department Advanced Meritorious Accreditation.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL—This medal is awarded to officers who have rendered 25 years of faithful and productive service to the department. The following officers received this award:

• Deputy Chief Dale Phipps

• Captain Jenny Castle

• Lieutenant Tim Crawford

• Lieutenant Jerry Mowl

• Lieutenant Joe Valentine

• Sergeant Bryan Bishop

• Sergeant Joe Earles

• Sergeant Gerald Hurd

• Sergeant Frank Light

• Corporal Darla Anderson (retired)

• Corporal Kevin Kelly

• Officer Rick Marshall

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL—This award is given to an officer who is distinguished by an act of exceptional meritorious achievement. Sergeant Frank Light and Corporal Randy Murray earned this medal for their roles in an extensive two-year homicide investigation that resulted in the arrest of the men responsible.

POLICE STAR—This medal is awarded to an officer, who in the intelligent performance of his or her duties, and while in imminent personal danger, performs an act of exceptional judgment, using skillful tactics, in order to diffuse an obviously dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Officer Jesse Griggs was awarded the Police Star for his arrest of an offender who suddenly and inexplicably turned violent during a seemingly routine arrest.

MEDAL OF MERIT—This medal is awarded to officers who, while in imminent danger, perform exceptional acts of heroism. The following officers received this award for their involvement in the apprehension of a violent offender:

• Lieutenant Jerry Robinson (retired)

• Lieutenant Joe Valentine

• Officer Brooke Bowers

• Officer Craig Dunworth

• Officer Justin Fleenor

• Officer Joe Moody

• Officer Larry Nunley

• Officer Matt Stewart

• Reserve Officer Weston Olmstead

Finally, two new officers, Abby Ford and Jonathan Dison, were officially sworn in. Both of these new additions bring vital previous law-enforcement experience to the table, with Officer Ford previously serving with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Dison previously serving with the Tavares, FL Police Department.

The ceremony concluded with all sworn officers in attendance reciting the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to congratulate all of the aforementioned officers for these recent achievements and thank them for their continued service.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in collaboration with the Kingsport Theatre Guild will produce Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, a musical about a Cherokee woman named Nanyehi, one of the most important Women in American History! There will be a free staged reading that is open to the public at the beautiful new Allandale Mansion Amphitheater on July 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM.‚  The public is invited and may come early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.‚  The Tennessee premier of the full production will take place at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in October 2014.‚  Auditions for 37 Actors/Singers will take place on July 11, 2014. The auditions will be held at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre at 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport. For more information call (423) 392-8414

Auditions will be held on July 11 from 10AM ‚¬ 12PM & 6PM ‚¬ 8PM for the following roles:

19 Adult Men ‚¬ 4 lead Voices & 15 Chorus
13 Adult Women ‚¬ 4 Lead Voices & 9 Chorus
3 girls ‚¬ 1 Lead Voice
1 Male Teen
1 Boy

We encourage all people interested in performing with Grammy Award Nominated Becky Hobbs in the Tennessee premier of Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee to come out and audition.‚  This is a very unique opportunity for the Tri-Cities.‚  For more information on the staged reading or auditions please call (423) 392-8414.

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.

The songs are really contemporary and they use contemporary instruments, so the dancing has been more contemporary and less traditional, Jenna Stocks, choreographer for the Oklahoma production, 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.

“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