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WHEN: March 20-22, 2015

WHERE: Kingsport Farmers Market and the new Pals Roundhouse

Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

KINGSPORT – Join us for the 3rd Annual Brass Ring Gala on March 20th in the brand new Pals Roundhouse and the Kingsport Farmer’s Market from 6‚¬9 PM on Friday March 20, 2015.‚  Regional band, My New Favorites will provide lively music. Festive bard will have an ole-time carnival flair and the cash bar will also feature a signature cotton candy cocktail.‚  Over 25 fine art and craft exhibitors will be set up in booths throughout the Farmers Market ‚¬ exquisite jewelry, ceramics, pottery, baskets, fine furniture, textiles and a host of other regional and local artists to celebrate and shop. Tickets for the Brass Ring Gala are $50 each which includes admission all weekend long to the Carousel Fine Craft Show.‚  Tickets to the Carousel Fine Craft Show are $7 for both Saturday and Sunday and $5 for one day only.‚  The Carousel Fine Craft Show will be open on Saturday and Sunday 10 AM‚¬ 5 PM each day.

The Kingsport Carousel Project has captured the imagination of the region and will soon complete Pals Roundhouse which will house the 1956-vintage Herschel Carousel Machine, Animals and Artwork.‚  Though much care and artistry have gone into each facet of the carousel, this is a working ride and children of all ages (and their parents and grandparents) will enjoy this destination for generations to come. ‚ This is a true legacy project for Kingsport. The Brass Ring Gala will celebrate completion of the Pals Roundhouse which will house the Kingsport Carousel.‚  Pal and Sharon Bargers signature gift made the construction possible.

To honor the beautiful new Round House as well as the amazing work of the carvers, painters and machinists who work so diligently and with such care on the Carousel, the 3rd Annual Brass Ring Gala will kick-off the weekend of celebration and shopping. ‚ My New Favorites will return to offer a toe tapping musical array, heavy hors douevres & a cash bar will be available.

This is the perfect time to celebrate with the volunteers of the carousel who have carved frogs, elephants, horses and tigers and to the painters many of whom painted these platform animals and also painted the Rounding Boards, Bird Features and more.‚  ‚ The Carousels working Band Organ will be on display and played over the course of the weekend.‚  Who can resist the merry waltzes and polkas!

The finest artists and artisans of the region join in the celebration and offer the Tri-Cities a chance to explore true treasures and the people who make them.‚  Weavers, woodworkers, porcelain and pottery will share the stage with fine furniture and amazing jewelry.‚  Support these amazing artists and invest in an heirloom work or art.

The Brass Ring Gala and Carousel Fine Craft Show take place at the Kingsport Farmers Market located on Clinchfield and Center Streets in Kingsport, TN.‚  The Farmers Market is quickly becoming and entertainment and event destination and the up-coming co-location of the Carousel and its adjacent park will further enhance its amenities.‚  Art and artists provide the framework of a creative community.

There are still many sponsorships available and the public can help assist with the final leg of fundraising by attending the Brass Ring Gala, becoming a sponsor or participating in Engage Kingsports Kickstarter.‚  All of these opportunities can be found at www.EngageKingsport.com

Tickets are available‚ by calling the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414, in person in room 224 of the Renaissance Arts Center and online at www.EngageKingsport.com

The Kingsport Carousel Project is a volunteer-led community project involving over 300 volunteers with the dream of creating and operating a menagerie-style carousel featuring all hand-carved wooden animals and chariots and original paintings on a refurbished machine that is totally unique and iconic to Kingsport. The Kingsport Carousel Project is a joint effort by The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport, the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation‚ governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by the generosity of people who love the arts. The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals!


My New Favorites

Featured musicians at the Brass Ring Gala

For the 3rd year in a row, we are very pleased to welcome back My New Favorites to the Brass Ring Gala!

MNFs song Got to have that giving on your mind is currently featured in our new Kickstarter campaign video.

Link to Kickstarter video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1976554853/the-kingsport-carousel-project

My New Favorites is the union of five musicians with radically different musical backgrounds. Two of them are classically trained. Two cant read a note of music. Individually, they play old time, bluegrass, rock, gospel, jazz and classical. Together they are a fusion of all those styles. Speaking of fusion, check out how piano, organ and clawhammer banjo happily coexist on their track, “Got To Have That Giving On Your Mind.” Or the rock and roll accordion solo on “Go”. Or check out the four part harmonies in “Meet Me In The Water” and “Long White Robe.”

Playing in My New Favorites means bringing our own musical influences to the group, AND (this is important) being willing to learn from and be influenced by one another. The result is great music. But it’s a style that does not readily fit into any particular genre.

My New Favorites is billed as an Americana band. That’s the closest thing to a “non-label” label that we could come up with. But as one elderly concert attendee asked us one night before we started a show:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Americana? You people play Americana? Why dont you just play music? Right on. Right on, Mr. Concert-goer, whoever you were and wherever you are. Right on that there doesn’t have to be a label, a category, or a genre. Music just IS.

We are songwriters as well as performing musicians. We write about 90% of the music we play. That just seems to work best for us. The songs have become our voice. And we use our voices to share them.‚  Everyone in the band has performed for years, but we all hooked up as My New Favorites in 2011. Since then, things have been busy. Weve played festivals, concerts and clubs all around the southern mountains. Were set to release our debut CD at the beginning of 2013.

About My New Favorites:

Jeff Benedict is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar and banjo in the band. He writes most of the stuff we play. Then he watches as we arrange it, change it and birth it out into the world.

Linda Waltner is a classically trained violinist, but doesnt let that get in the way of being a first-rate fiddler. Right at home with Bach or Bob Dylan, she can also do old-time and Celtic.

Amy Benedict, the little girl with the great big bass, is a veteran performer on the old time scene. A lifelong singer and dancer, she brings strong melodies and harmonies to the bands vocal mix.

Tracy Johnson plays the keyboards and the accordion for us, and does a great job singing. She’s the only one of us to play Carnegie Hall! Her strong musical style helps drive the music forward through every performance.


About the Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:

City of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  Programs & partnerships include: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and they provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They also serve as coordinator for special events in the city. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the

City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414

Or go to www.EngageKingsport.com

The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.

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KINGSPORT Garbage and trash collection has resumed on a delayed basis, after temporarily being suspended to allow additional support for snow clearing operations. As a result, routes normally collected on Wednesday are being collected today, February 27th, with Thursday routes being collected Saturday and Friday routes being collected on Sunday. Next week, if customers have more garbage than can fit in the provided container, please bag the trash and place it a couple feet away from the container on the regular garbage collection day next week. Additional crews will be picking up the surplus next week. Only bagged trash will be collected outside of the provided container.

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KINGSPORT – Sales inside the City of Kingsport are on the rise, with December sales tax collections posting the second largest increase in a decade.

Sales tax collections jumped 11.10 percent for December, while collections through eight months of the fiscal year are up 5.8 percent. November sales were also up by 6.22 percent.

Theres been a good bit of conversation about retail sales in the region lately, and the results so far are closely following strong sales growth state wide, City Manager Jeff Fleming said Friday. Clearly, retail sales in the current fiscal year are on a strong upward trend in Kingsport.

In all, the City has collected $17.3 million in sales taxes so far this fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. Under state law, half of that sum goes to support K-12 school systems in Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County on a per student basis.

The remainder goes to the City General Fund, although the City supplements state funding for Kingsport schools with $10.35 million annually from the General Fund. Another $3.25 million in General Fund dollars goes to cover Kingsport schools capital construction debt.

In all, about 65 percent of all sales taxes generated inside Sullivan County are generated inside the corporate limits of Kingsport, according to the latest report.

With strong industrial growth, and long term efforts to develop commercial retail and housing, we do believe this a trend that will continue, Fleming said. The impact of the national recession lingered longer than we would have liked, but the past few years have been on a gradual upward climb, with sales tax growth of .84 percent in fiscal year 2013 and 1.77 percent in FY 2014.

With the difficult weather of recent days, Fleming said its critical to remember Kingsport small businesses when making purchasing decisions, and to shop local whenever possible.

Sales are the key to funding a world-class school system, Fleming said. If sales tax dollars dont grow, its very difficult for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to make that up on the property tax side.

On a budgetary basis, Kingsport sales tax collections are running about $126,700 ahead of budget, and $486,588 above last years collections at this point. While this is a good indicator of local economic activity, Fleming noted that many needs remain as the City heads toward its annual budget development sessions.

This will provide a little bit of breathing room, along with a continuing emphasis on increasing operational efficiency and holding headcount as low as possible, Fleming said. In the current budget, the BMA concentrated on increasing road maintenance funding, greater support for K-12 education, and covering increased solid waste costs.

In the end, there are a limited number of dollars to go around, and we look to the Board to set the agenda in terms of focus areas. At the same time, management continues to believe that the key to Kingsports success is in building the strongest possible workforce, so we will be looking to strengthen our workforce as capacity permits.

KINGSPORT — Heavy snowfall has prompted the closure of the‚ Aquatic Center, Cultural Arts office, Public Library, Renaissance Center, Senior Center, Bays Mountain Park, and Parks and Recreation facilities.

Road conditions are still slick at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, with all‚ Streets & Sanitation‚ personnel still concentrating on‚ clearing‚ main roads. Given the heavy snow, it will be later this evening before progress can be made on neighborhood streets and subdivisions.

KINGSPORT – Heavy snowfall has prompted the closure of the Kingsport Area Transit System for Tuesday, February 24, 2014, given snow covered road conditions.

The Aquatic Center, Public Library, Renaissance Center, Senior Center, Bays Mountain Park, and Parks and Recreation facilities will not open until 1 p.m., and then only as conditions permit.

Streets & Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds said most streets are slick and snow covered as of 8:30 a.m.

“All road crews, about 60 people, are out plowing main roads or otherwise supporting snow clearing operations, but most roads remain snow covered,” Hammonds said. “Work on neighborhood streets cannot begin until all main routes are clear, so we’ll be working at this for some time. We ask that those who must travel due so with great caution, and if it’s at all possible, its best to stay off the roads for the time being.”

As a result, all garbage, trash and recycling collection are temporarily suspended, with those personnel assisting snow clearing operations.

Currently, all routes will be collected on a shifted basis, with today’s routes collected Wednesday and so forth, but this is dependent on road conditions moving forward.

Hammonds noted that if extra garbage cannot fit inside the provided container, any extra garbage can be placed beside the cans next weeks.

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 Offer Winter Weather Driving Tips
DATE: February 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In light of recent snow events creating treacherous driving conditions, the Kingsport Police Department would like to suggest the following winter weather driving tips to area motorists.

1) When in doubt, STAY HOME. If the roads are covered with snow and/or ice and travel is not an emergency, the answer is simple…STAY OFF THE ROAD! Be patient and let Public Works crews do their job and get the roads cleared for safe travel.

2) If you absolutely must travel, slow everything down. Everything should be done slower…slower acceleration, slower braking, slower steering, etc. Also, plan ahead. If you know that you are going to need to stop or turn ahead, don’t wait until the last second to start the process. Motorists should also seek a route that incorporates the most level streets and the least amount of incline. And yes, this advice applies to seemingly invincible 4 wheel drive vehicles as well.

3) If you absolutely must travel, stock your car with emergency items such as a charged cell phone, warm clothing, blankets, food, water, boots, gloves, a shovel, etc.

4) Turn on your headlights…not just your corner parking lights, but your actual headlights. Your headlights should be on so that you can see, but even more importantly, so that you can be seen by other motorists. This suggestion is even more critical for automobiles that are the same color as snow (white) or the same color as the pavement (silver, gray, charcoal, black, etc.)

5) If your car becomes stuck and it is safely off the roadway, and you need to temporarily abandon it, call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 and let them know who you are, the make, model, color, and license plate number of your vehicle, and a number where you can be reached.

6) If your car becomes stuck and it is still in the roadway, turn on your hazard lights, call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111, and stay with your vehicle until a police officer and wrecker arrive to remove it from the traffic lane.

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: Detectives Request Citizen Assistance in Identifying Thief
DATE: February 24, 2015
CASE #: 15-002033
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 29, 2015 at approximately 5:30 PM, a white male suspect shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The stolen items, with a combined total value of nearly $900, included an assortment of power and hand tools, electronics, and camping equipment.

A photograph of the suspect captured by video surveillance is included in this release. He is pictured pushing the stolen merchandise in a shopping cart as he exits the store. A clip from the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/_dsiT_iWkBI

Anyone who recognizes him 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 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: Travel Discouraged Due to Morning Snow Event
DATE: February 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Thanks to significantly larger than predicted snowfall accumulations during the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 24, 2015, area roadways are once again blanketed with snow, making travel conditions hazardous. The current forecast is for snowfall to continue through this morning and taper off this afternoon.

Kingsport City Schools are closed today which greatly reduces the number of vehicles traveling on city streets. Other motorists who do not have an urgent need to be out and about are strongly encouraged to exercise patience and sound judgment and stay home until this latest weather front passes through the region.

City of Kingsport Public Works employees are hard at work to ensure that Kingsport’s streets are cleared and safe for travel. As usual, snow removal crews will begin on major thoroughfares and gradually work their way out to secondary roadways and neighborhood streets.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Renaissance Center boiler has been fixed, restoring heat to the building. All regularly scheduled activities for this weekend will continue as planned and as weather permits. For the most up-to-date information on scheduling, please contact the event organizer.

KINGSPORT – The State of Tennessee is seeking information for road projects across the state, and North East Tennessee is not being represented very well. We need you to please ‚ take some time and let TDOT know what is needed in our area. The following points areas to make comments on. The Link at the bottom takes you to a map where you can select a point or route on the map and make comments for them. If we dont make any comments, Nashville wont know to fix transportation issues in our area. If a comment has already been made on the subject of your choice, tell them again, repeated ‚ comments are ok.

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