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KNOXVILLE ‚¬ Over the next few weeks, drivers should be aware of lane closures on State Route 126 in Sullivan County.

Starting on Monday, December 1st, one lane will be closed in both directions between Industry Drive and Lincoln Street on State Route 126.‚  Lanes are expected to re-open on December 23rd.

Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area, as workers will be present and construction equipment will be entering and exiting the project site.

This work schedule is contingent on favorable weather conditions and may require adjustments in the event of inclement weather.

For more information on travel conditions across Tennessee visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone.‚  TDOT is also on Twitter.‚  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511.‚  For statewide travel information, follow www.twitter.com/TN511.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Monday, Nov. 24, to showcase one of two new supportive living homes in Kingsport.

Funded primarily through a $500,000 Housing Trust Fund grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, along with additional funding from First Bank & Trust Co., the new homes on Tennessee Street and Robertson Street feature three bedrooms and two baths each with common living room, dining room and kitchen. Each home will have supportive services provided by Frontier Health, the regions largest provider of behavioral and mental health services.

The Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development (GKAD) is the nonprofit arm of Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA). GKAD purchased the land on which the homes were constructed with nearly $120,000 from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

We appreciate THDA and the Housing Trust Fund, as well as HUD and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program for making this possible. And we are pleased to partner with Frontier Health on this project, said KHRA Executive Director Terry Cunningham. I also want to thank GKADs board of directors for their continuing support of special housing projects in Kingsport.

THDAs Housing Trust Fund was designed with persons with special needs in mind, said THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey. We depend on successful, compassionate organizations like the Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development to provide the structure, the services. We are happy we can support their good work.

Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey said he is particularly pleased with the homes because both are equipped with a sprinkler system, providing added protection for the residents. The new houses are among the first residential homes in Kingsport to have sprinkler systems.

Home fire sprinklers are like having a firefighter in every room of your home, Brickey said. The quick response of the home fire sprinkler will normally put out a fire before firefighters arrive, not only saving the residents lives but property and possibly the firefighters lives, too.

Frontier Health is looking forward to having two new homes that will provide decent, safe and affordable housing for six clients with intellectual disabilities, said Frontier Health Chief Executive Officer Charlie Good. Frontier Healths hope is that successful housing placement will meet the consumers need, help avoid hospitalization and generally improve their quality of life and independence.

Michael Brady, Inc. of Knoxville provided architectural services for the project. Preen Construction of Knoxville served as general contractor.

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KINGSPORT – Just as the cold winter temperatures settle in, the Kingsport Aquatic Center is introducing a new, indoor attraction for all ages! The brand new, state-of-the-art AquaClimb is a climbing wall installed over the deepest part of the HMG Competition Pool. This new wall allows two climbers at a time to test their skills to see how high they can climb.

The AquaClimb wall was funded with money from the Visitor Enhancement Program, created from a percentage of the hotel/motel tax. The climbing wall joins the current indoor attractions at the Kingsport Aquatic Center including: a water slide, Aqua Run inflatable, diving boards and three indoor pools.

We greatly appreciate the donation from the Visitor Enhancement Program. This feature will be placed in our HMG Competition pool. Which along with the AquaRun, which was purchased a year ago, continues to expand our fitness & recreation offerings, says Assistant City Manager Chris McCartt.

Its our goal to continue adding more features such as this to continue to diversify the indoor facility. This new attraction will also help with birthday party rentals and private facility rentals. It adds not only a recreational element but also a fitness element, adds McCartt.

The new climbing wall will be open to the public for the first time on Aqua Blue Friday, a day filled with fun and events at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. Aqua Blue Friday fun kicks off Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. and runs through 9 p.m. The popular Aqua Run inflatable will also be up on Aqua Blue Friday.
A special media preview of the new climbing wall will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Feel free to come by and get photographs, video and interviews.

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: Kingsport Detectives Request Public Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Motor Vehicle Theft
DATE: November 26, 2014
CASE #: 14-016378
GENERAL NARRATIVE
K.P.D. Detectives are investigating a September 2014 motor vehicle theft from a Kingsport parking lot. During the investigation, the included photo of a suspect in the case was acquired. Detectives are requesting assistance from the public in learning his identity.

While normally more details regarding the incident would be included, in this particular case further information is being purposely withheld so as not to jeopardize the investigation.

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

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at‚ Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the bard.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot bard and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you dont trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children ‚¬â€ up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Thanksgiving is the #1 day for Kitchen Fires

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

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These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process.‚ The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty bard retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.”

  • Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.
  • A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a stand as these units are‚ particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of turkey fryer acceptably low because of the large quantities of hot oil involved and the speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.
  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.
  • Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow are common in many parts of the country. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, either of which can lead to burns. The frozen turkey may splatter hot oil, which could cause a serious injury.
  • The approximately 5 gallons of oil in these devices introduce an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking, as does the size and weight of the turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the large quantity of hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen, and they may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates the risk of contact between hot cooking oil.
  • There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

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: Detectives Searching for Suspect in Electric Shopping Cart Theft
DATE: November 26, 2014
CASE #: 14-018699
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 16, 2014 at approximately 7:45 AM, a white male suspect stole an electric shopping cart with a value of $2,500 from Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. While en route to the scene, a Kingsport Police Patrol Officer located the abandoned cart in the alley that runs behind the 400 block of West Center Street.

The suspect was recorded on store surveillance video, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. The actual footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/h1T22KUHSSo

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

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport businesses and residents stand to save on insurance costs with increased Kingsport ISO fire rating

KINGSPORT –Kingsport has just become the only Insurance Services Office city rated as Class 2 for fire protection in Northeast Tennessee, moving up from the previous classification of 3/9.

ISO is a leading source of property/casualty insurance risk data. Class 1 is the highest level of fire protection a local government can provide, with 10 indicating little or no fire protection at all.

The class 2 designation will be in effect until the next ISO review in five years and applies only to directly served residents inside the corporate boundaries of the City.

According to Kingsport Fire Department, there are 30,145 fire departments in the USA and 725 fire departments in Tennessee. Only 750 departments nation-wide are rated as Class 2.

“The investments made by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen over the last several years have gone a long way to help improve our ISO Rating from a 3 to a 2,” Fire Chief Craig Dye said Tuesday. “The new rating shows that having a highly trained and well equipped fire department as well as sound infrastructure pays off for our residents, in terms of greater safety, and by saving our citizens and businesses money.”

City Manager Jeff Fleming noted that earning the new ISO rating was an effort that went beyond front-line Fire protection personnel, as the entire system is reviewed, including Central Dispatch, GIS (Geographic Information Services), the Water Department, as well as all those within the Fire Department who provide training, instruction, community inspections.

“I have spoken repeatedly about the tremendous depth of talent we now have on board in City government,” Fleming said. “This is just one example how this high talent level will continue to provide payback for the citizens of our City in the years ahead.”

In particular, both Fleming and Dye said the ISO 2 rating is a result of employee efforts by folks such as Jerry Mowl and Nancy Fender in Central Dispatch, Jake White in GIS, Chad Austin and Chris Alley in the Water Department, as well as Chris Lowe, Max Bear, Todd Greene and Joel Jones in the Fire Department.

While 99 percent of the City is rate as Class 2, the remainder is rated at 2Y, a designation denoting a property that is more than 1,000 foot from a hydrant or more than five miles from a fire station.

ISO ratings are based on a community’s fire-suppression system, communications, fire halls, equipment, and water supply.

Other cities in Tennessee which have earned a Class 2 designation include Chattanooga, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Memphis. Johnson City and Bristol currently have a Class 3 designation.

It is difficult to quantify the annual insurance savings for business and residences, with each insurer using differing methodologies and criteria. Still, Fleming said each citizen should speak with their insurer to ensure they are being charged based on the new ISO classification. Based on previous studies, the savings could be as much as $300 a year.

“This is a big win for our community, and certainly, we encourage our business owners and homeowners to look into the potential insurance savings from this new rating classification,” Fleming said.

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. Attempting to Identify Suspect in Theft of iPhone from Local Grocery Store
DATE: November 24, 2014
CASE #: 14-020928
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 13, 2014 at approximately 9:00 PM, an employee of Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, left her cellular telephone lying next to the cash register in the check-out lane where she was working while she took a break. While she was away, a Hispanic male spotted her phone, placed it in his pocket, and left the store. The suspect left the scene in what appeared to be a beige Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle.

The stolen cellular telephone is an iPhone 5s, white in color, and has a value of approximately $600. At the time of the theft it was housed in a pink and purple cover/case.

Photos of the suspect captured on surveillance video are included in this release. The suspect is the individual wearing a pink shirt with white lettering. At the time of the theft, the suspect was accompanied by a second Hispanic male who is pictured in the accompanying photos wearing a darker colored shirt.

The second Hispanic male is not a suspect; however, as he was with the suspect at the time of the theft, learning his identity could also help detectives identify the actual suspect.

Anyone who recognizes either of these two individuals is asked to contact detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

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: Suspect in Custody in Road Rage Fueled Machete Attack
DATE: November 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 22, 2014, shortly after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to westbound Interstate 26 at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center in reference to an incident of road rage. Their initial investigation revealed that occupants of two separate vehicles had become involved in a physical confrontation involving a machete. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were summoned to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2005 Ford Expedition occupied by four individuals was westbound on Interstate 26 when a 2008 Honda Civic approached from behind. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda was a complete stranger to the occupants of the Ford, but was later identified as John R. Hay, III. Mr. Hay began flashing the headlights of his Honda at the Ford. He then passed the Ford, making obscene gestures toward the occupants in the process. Once ahead of the Ford, Mr. Hay began deliberately and recklessly applying his brakes directly in front of the Ford.

In an attempt to avoid further interaction with Mr. Hay, the driver of the Ford pulled the vehicle over to the roadside at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center. Mr. Hay stopped directly in front of the Ford and promptly exited his Honda wielding what was later determined to be a machete. An adult male front seat passenger exited the Ford to confront Mr. Hay and was immediately attacked.

Mr. Hay swung the machete at the victim causing a severe laceration to his hand. In self-defense, the victim fought back, took Mr. Hay to the ground, and hit him to disarm him of the deadly weapon. Once disarmed, Mr. Hay got up, retreated to his Honda, and fled the scene, leaving the machete behind. The remaining occupants of the Ford, as well as multiple independent witnesses confirmed the victim’s account of the events.

The victim was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. where the trauma to his hand required immediate surgery. He is currently listed in stable condition.

In short order, K.P.D. Patrol Officers located Mr. Hay driving the Honda in the vicinity of Wilcox Drive and South John B. Dennis Highway and conducted a traffic stop without incident. Mr. Hay was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he was interviewed by detectives and treated for injuries sustained in his altercation with the victim.

At approximately 10:30 PM, Mr. Hay was released from the hospital and was transported to the Kingsport Justice Center where he was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder and incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail. He was later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he will remain pending arraignment. This investigation is ongoing with potential additional charges pending the outcome.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name John R. Hay, III
Age Date of Birth 10/14/1958

56 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 304 Arbor Terrace Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder

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: Kingsport Police Detectives Investigating Saturday Afternoon Road Rage Incident
DATE: November 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 22, 2014, shortly after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to westbound Interstate 26 at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center in reference to an incident of road rage. Their initial investigation revealed that occupants of two separate vehicles had become involved in a physical confrontation involving a weapon that resulted in two individuals being transported to an area hospital for treatment of significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

Kingsport Police Detectives responded to the scene and are in the early stages of the investigation. Additional information will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit