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Just before noon on Thursday, Kingsport Firefighters (B-Shift) were alerted of a possible structure fire near the intersection of Lynn Garden Drive and Mullins Street. As units responded, smoke was visible from a distance and the 911 calls continued to come in. C-3 arrived on-scene a two story wood-framed residence with heavy smoke showing and assumed Mullins Street Command.

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KINGSPORT – The lives of three, red-headed, identical triplet sisters are best summed up in the band name Red Roots. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their roots of family, faith, and music.

Our parents Mark and Sherry Taylor were told they were having one baby. That was good news to them and our four-year old brother at the time Mark Jr. A week later the news changed quite a bit after the doctor saw one more baby in the ultrasound. Now, instead of one there were two. Another week passed by, and our parents made another visit to the doctor. After performing an ultrasound, they saw a big difference in what they had seen before, three babies! Around seven months later, three very-healthy triplet girls were born.

Having Christian parents first helped develop our Red Roots. It seemed that we were always in church, and my parents instilled in us Christian morals and principles. At church we were introduced to music, so we were involved in the childrens choir. Around the age of four and five, we began our singing debut in a choir musical singing Be Near Me Lord Jesus. At that same time, we began asking our parents to play instruments. Nika started first on the guitar after challenging our brother Mark Jr. to a Yankee Doodle duel. It was her favorite song and only song she knew, so my brother didnt stand a chance. Natalies piano lessons soon followed at the age of nine. Her friends were also taking, so she was accused of taking lessons because of them. Maybe a year later, Nicole started asking my parents for drum lessons. My mom said that she tried to discourage her by saying that only boys played the drums. Negative comments were also spoken to her by the band director when he said she had no rhythm. If either of them actually did discourage her, we couldnt tell. My mom caved in for local drum lessons, but the teacher didnt have a spot. Long story made short, mom prayed for God to open the door if it was His will, and a spot became available at the exact time she wanted. Our band was formed. We all three would set up in our playroom and attempt to play the same song together. It was a lot harder than we thought, especially since we started out playing Shout to the Lord. Unknowingly to us, my mom was praying, Anoint them to sing for your glory, Lord. This prayer marked the beginning of our Red Roots.

God opened many doors for us as we first started out. Our pastor Bro. Bill Barton had started an alcohol rehabilitation center called the Home of Grace, so he asked us to play there monthly. We were paired with a former addict named Rodney Williams who would preach after we sang. The men always would scream and clap no matter how many clunkers Natalie hit on the keyboard, beats Nicole would be off on the drums, or chords missed on the guitar by Nika. They truly worshipped God there and encouraged us each month we came. Bro. Rodney and we made a great team because both of us were just starting out. He would also invite us to play at schools and churches where he would give his testimony, which he later wrote in a book titled, Club Meth to Christ. We both shared the common message of the Red Roots of Christ.

We eventually started playing other instruments. At thirteen years old, Nicole played the drums, banjo, and bass. Nika added playing the mandolin along with the guitar. Natalie picked up the violin, bass, and accordion to go along with her keyboard. Our style of music at the time consisted of a mixture of Christian contemporary and bluegrass. Little by little, we would get calls from churches and others wanting us to play. This was so important to us because it gave us a reason and a desire to keep practicing. My parents said that if we were invited to play three places in a month then we could get a trailer to haul our equipment in. No more than a month passed by, and we had our trailer. Now all we needed was a group name. One day, our aunt called my mom saying that we should name our group Red Roots. We had a few to choose from, but this suited us best. After all, we did have red hair. As we grew older, our eyes and hearts were opened. As teenagers, God revealed to us that being involved in church or in a Christian band would not save us. We felt a need for His forgiveness and His presence in our lives. Even though we had a Christian band before, it became personal from that point on. God put a deep desire in our hearts to serve Him through music. He showed us that all of our circumstances were not coincidental. God had a purpose for us in our lives, and He began to give us a passion for His purpose. Now we truly did have Red Roots, not only on the outside, but also on inside.

During our senior year, we bought our mom tickets to an Isaacss concert for her birthday. We noticed, while purchasing the tickets, there was also a talent contest that night. Winning the contest was exciting, but playing with the Isaacs was even more exciting! Later, Ben Isaacs became the producer of our first single. This caught the attention of Rick Schweinsberg of Daywind Recording Studios, and we were signed to their Red Hen Label. Rick Schweinsberg produced the rest of the songs on our album and currently develops our group. Our mom wasnt the only one who got a present that night!

The Red Roots CD was finally released on Jan. 24th, 2011. The CD features our first radio single Red Roots. Yes. Red Roots is also our group name. Both our group name and song represent the core message and focus of our group that we are rooted in the blood of Christ. His sacrifice on the cross gave our lives meaning and hope. The song Red Roots tells a story of a dad and his daughter going on a hunting trip looking for Sassafras trees. They need the red roots of the Sassafras trees to make red tea with. The dad uses the hunting trip to show his daughter how the red roots of the sassafras tree compare to the red roots of Jesus Christ.

http://www.theredroots.com/

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KINGSPORT – All City offices, including City Hall, the Public Library, Senior Centers and Demolition landfill will be closed Friday, July 4, 2014 in observation of the Independence Day holiday. The Renaissance Center will have very limited access on July 4 to provide bathroom access for parade patrons before closing for the holiday. The Aquatic Center and Bays Mountain Park will both remain open on the holiday.

The landfill and Library will reopen on July 5, 2014 on regular hours.

There will be no changes to garbage, trash and recycling schedules for the holiday, with all services running on regular routes.

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KINGSPORT – Small steps can add up to a huge difference over time, both personally and collectively as a community, and the City of Kingsport has embarked on the first steps towards encouraging a more sustainable city with the launch of KLOUD — Keeping Livable Our Urban Destinations.

Administered by the Development Services Department, KLOUD will start by logging the Citys sustainability efforts and promoting best practices to raise awareness of the importance of creating a sustainable community.

Sustainability means preserving our environment and natural resources as much as possible, Development Services Coordinator Rack Cross said Thursday. Air quality, water quality, farm to table and fresh bard, these are all sustainability issues. But it also includes healthier lifestyles, a more walkable community less reliant on automobiles, and perceived safety.

These factors all have an impact on job retention and job creation in a community. A healthier workforce with less lost time to health concerns is more valuable to current and potential employers while also bringing a higher quality of life to the individual.

Kingsports City government currently offers a number of programs aimed at long-term sustainability, including curbside recycling, developing a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles including all-electric, hybrid and propane powered vehicles as well as offering electric vehicle chargers as the Citys downtown parking garage.

The introduction of KLOUD is intended as a strong signal to the region that Kingsport is interested in becoming a more sustainable community, and is doing so with some recognition from the state via Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservations participation in Kingsports recent sustainability events, including providing radon detection kits.

Some of the Citys KLOUD efforts so far this year have included hosting the 13th annual Tennessee Environmental Conference in conjunction with TDEC, conducting an Earth Day celebration including events on the Kingsport Birding Trail, greenbelt and downtown cleanup events with Keep Kingsport Beautiful, and a music and environmental festival at Bays Mountain Park,  plus hosting the first ever Zero Emissions Day as a way to recognize those Kingsport residents who are working to reduce fossil fuel emissions on the daily commute.

As part of Zero Emissions Day, which was supported by TDEC, a GoPro Camera was given away to the Brandon Sneed, an employee of a Kingsport industry, whose entry best expressed how he had eliminated fossil fuel emissions on Zero Emissions Day.

These activities transitioned into Mays bicycle month celebration, with a number of city employees using bicycles instead of cars as transportation wherever possible.

One less car trip is the mantra of this local effort to focus on healthy lifestyle choices while decreasing wear and tear on city roads and the environment, Cross said.

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: 26 Indicted in Kingsport Vice Unit Narcotics Investigation
DATE: July 2, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Recently, the Kingsport Police Department Vice/Narcotics Unit concluded a lengthy investigation beginning in the fall of 2013 into the illegal diversion of prescription pills within the city limits. A total of 26 individuals were indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury on narcotic related charges. While some of the individuals have already been arrested, there are several which remain at large. The investigation also encountered suspects who were known felons and were involved in the trafficking of firearms. In addition to the narcotic charges, one individual was charged with Food Stamp Fraud as a result of selling their State Benefit Card. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are anticipated. The Kingsport Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the individuals who remain wanted. Any information should be directed to the Vice/Narcotics Unit at (423) 229-9434.
SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Ralph Wallen
Age 81
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 2201 Netherland Terrace Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III within 1000ft of a Park, Sale/Delivery of Sch IV within 1000ft of a park, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm while in commission of a Felony, Theft under 500, Maintaining a Dwelling were Narcotics are Used/Sold

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Amanda Cross
Age 28
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 2017 Sand St Kingsport TN
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II 2 Counts, Sale/Delivery of Sch IV 2 Counts

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James Nuckles
Age 44
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 105 Mull St Kingsport TN
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II 2 Counts, Sale/Delivery of Sch IV 2 Counts, Maintaining a Dwelling were Narcotics are Sold/Stored

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Johnny Davidson
Age 45
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 306 Wilmeth St Gate City VA
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II, Sale/Delivery of Sch III

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Brittany Snider
Age 23
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 2200 Sherwood Rd, Kingsport TN
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of SchIII within 1000ft of a Day Care 3 Counts

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Norma Wilson
Age 59
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1627 Vance St, Kingsport TN
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II within 1000ft of a School 2 Counts, Sale of a Food Stamp Card

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Frances Bundick
Age 43
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Obtaining Narcotics by Fraud

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Pam Soles
Age 49
Race/Gender Black/Female
Residency 1921 Bowater Dr Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch IV

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Harriet Gorman
Age 52
Race/Gender Black/Female
Residency 217 Carver St, Kingsport
Charge(s) Facilitation of the sale of Cocaine

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kelly Whaley
Age 33
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 430 Claremont Rd Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Zoeann Kennedy
Age 55
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1125 Cherry St Kingsport TN
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III 3 Counts

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jeremy Begley
Age 21
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1150 Ridgecrest Ave Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Amber Anderson
Age 32
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1520 Lake St, Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III 3 Counts

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Tammy Clifton aka Tammy Necessary
Age 56
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch IV 2 Counts

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Linda Watts
Age 33
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III and IV

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Caleb New
Age 21
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III 2 Counts, Sale Delivery of Sch II

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Adrienne Duncan
Age 24
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Unknown
Sale/Delivery of Sch II 3 Counts, Sale/Delivery of Sch III, Maintaining a Dwelling were Narcotics Sold/Stored, Facilitation of the sale of Sch III

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Dwayne Cozart
Age 29
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Thor Rutter
Age 53
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 106 W Charlemont Ave Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III 4 Counts

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name William Ward
Age 34
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Possession of Analog Substance for Resale, Simple Possession of Sch II, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Michael McBride
Age 36
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1643 Spruce St, Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II 2 Counts, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Sale of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Stephanie Eck
Age 33
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1921 Bowater Dr Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Del of Schedule III, Sale/Delivery of Sch IV

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Brittany Monk
Age 23
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 2804 Princeton Rd, Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III within 1000ft of a Day Care

WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Steven Finch
Age 27
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch III within 1000ft of a Day Care

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Tabitha Rhoton
Age 28
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 339 Mullins St, Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II 3 Counts

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE WANTED

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Chelsea Hammonds
Age 22
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 235 Hialeah Dr Kingsport
Charge(s) Sale/Delivery of Sch II

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE WANTED

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information OfficerKingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – With FunFest right around the corner, many are excited and want to know more. Below are links to the tentative schedules for FunFest, including Block Party Schedules, the FarmFest Schedule, the FunFest for the Elderly Schedule, and info for the Crazy Eights Races. Maps of road closures and detours are included if applicable.

2014 FunFest Schedule

2014 FunFest Block Party Schedule

2014 FunFest for the Elderly Schedule

2014 FunFest Official Website

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KINGSPORT ‚¬‚ In preparation for the 2014-15 school year, Kingsport City Schools will be hosing summer events to register new KCS students prior to the first day of school. ‚ Kingsport residents with children not currently enrolled in KCS are encouraged to participate.

Parents and children must register at the school zoned for their residence.‚  School zone maps and street listings are available on the Kingsport City Schools website at www.k12k.com under the About KCS tab.‚  Events will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Lincoln Elementary (1000 Summer Street):‚  June 24, 8 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Jefferson Elementary (2216 Westmoreland Avenue):‚  June 26, 10 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Kennedy Elementary (1500 Woodland Avenue):‚  July 1, 8 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Washington Elementary (1100 Bellingham):‚  July 2, 8:30 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Roosevelt Elementary (1051 Lake Street):‚  July 8, 10 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Johnson Elementary (1001 Ormond Drive):‚  July 8, 4 p.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Jackson Elementary (600 Jackson Street):‚  July 9, 8 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Adams Elementary (2727 Edinburgh Channel Road):‚  July 10, 3 p.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Sevier Middle Schools (1200 Wateree Street):‚  July 22, 8 a.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.
  • Robinson Middle School (1517 Jessee Street):‚  July 22, 4 p.m. ‚¬ 6 p.m.

To register a child, parents must bring an original birth certificate (not a Mothers Copy), up-to-date Tennessee Immunization Card with confirmation of medical examination, childs social security card and proof of residency (mortgage statement, rental receipt, property tax receipt or most recent water/electric/gas bill).‚  Kingsport residents with children five (5) years of age on or before August 15, 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten.

Parents interested in registering a child in a KCS Pre-Kindergarten program may receive more information by calling (423) 378-2160.‚  Registration at Dobyns-Bennett High School may be coordinated by contacting the school directly at (423) 378-8400.

Kingsport‚ City Schools (KCS) is a public school district 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 a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be,‚ Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

For more information on‚ KCS, visit‚ k12k.com, listen live on‚ WCSK 90.3 FM,‚ The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, watch‚ KCS Today on Charter‚ Channel 16 or call‚ (423) 378.2100.‚ Were social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KptSchools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

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KINGSPORT – One of Fun Fests kickoff events, the Keep Kingsport Beautiful Trash Barrel Paint-In will be held on the Allandale Mansion lawn Tuesday, July 8.  Rain date is Wednesday, July 9.  The event is sponsored by BB&T.  ** Pre-Registration is required for this event, along with a $5 registration fee.

Barrel painting will run10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  All barrels to be judged must be completed by noon.  Judging will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Adults and children of all ages are invited to decorate trash barrels that will be used during Fun Fest, encouraging Fun Fest goers to keep events litter-free.  The barrels also are used at over 80 events held throughout the city during the year.  This years Fun Fest theme, Fun in the Sun and Under the Stars was actually chosen from one of last years Trash Barrel Paint-In winning barrels, painted by brother and sister Kylar and Gracie Nation, winners of the 6-8 category.

A $5 registration fee is required for EACH barrel requested on the registration form.  Registration deadline is on or before July 7th at the Fun Fest store.  Make checks payable to Fun Fest. Same day registrations will be accepted based on barrel availability.

Participants should bring all painting supplies!!  This includes spray paint, water-based paint, brushes, stencils, etc. Wal-Mart on Fort Henry Drive will provide one can of spray paint per barrel while supplies last.

Awards are given out by age group to the winners of the trash barrels that best represent a fun or green theme.  Age groups include:  Under 6; 6 – 8 years old; 9 – 11 years old; 12 -17 years old; 18 and over; Special Friends.

Paid registration is required for this event.  Registration forms are available at the Fun Fest store, www.funfest.net and at www.keepkingsportbeautiful.com.  Attendees are encouraged to bring drinks and lunch.

For more information, contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at (423) 392-8814 or visit www.keepkingsportbeautiful.com.