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KINGSPORT – On August 20, 2015, the Tennessee Department of Safety and the Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge.‚  Participating law enforcement agencies are categorized according to the size of the department.‚  In the 101-200 officer division, the Kingsport Police Department won first place.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state.‚  Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about impaired driving, speeding, and occupant protection.‚  The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdiction.

This goes far beyond which agency issued the most citations, said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer.‚  These departments have identified specific traffic safety issues in their community, addressed those issues in innovative ways, and are now being thanked and awarded for their success.

Over the last decade, we have seen the number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee reduce by over a third, said Governors Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole.‚  It is an honor to recognize the agencies that work on the front lines of traffic safety.‚  We appreciate their tireless efforts to assure that motorists arrive at their destinations safely.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization voted to recommend $1.7 million towards improving the entire length of Main Street from Clinchfield to Sullivan.‚ ‚  Earlier this year, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen identified $500,000, which will cover the local portion of the funds.‚  This decision puts in motion the design process which could take up to 12 months.‚  Assuming no delays work should begin in the spring of 2017.

Over the past century, the soils that support the roadway have weakened tremendously.‚  If only repaved, Main Streets new asphalt surface will begin to fail within the first few years.‚  Therefore, fixing the root cause of the failure, the unsuitable soil conditions, is the primary goal of this project.‚  Additionally, it is anticipated that streetscape enhancement will create a much more pleasing entry into downtown.‚  The proposed Main Street improvement joins a list of other roadway improvements such as Sullivan Street and Sevier Avenue that ensure the City is not only maintaining but also reinvesting in its infrastructure.

Main Street is a main gateway into Downtown Kingsport from Eastmans Corporate Business Center, explained Jeff Fleming, Kingsports City Manager.‚  We want it to be an inviting corridor that encourages and supports reinvestment.‚  In recent years, the once industrial corridor began transitioning to other uses.‚  Kingsport Foundry was demolished.‚  The new Kingsport Emergency Communications Center is located on part of that site and plans are in the works for a new Transit Center on the remainder.

Private investors have transformed sections of the Holston Builders Supply into creative reuses such as a multi-purpose sports venue that attracts hundreds of athletes to Downtown Kingsport, Slip Not Belting is now filled with new and pre-owned motorcycle sales, the City Transportation Building is being repurposes as Bellafina Chocolates, an overgrown lot is now The Barking Lot, and Centennial Park is being planned for the corner of Cherokee and Main Street.

The Citys decision to rebuild a substantial portion of Main Street follows their continued commitment to place a greater emphasis on existing infrastructure.‚ ‚  Not only does this project address some serious maintenance issues, but it will also be a substantial improvement for this key downtown corridor, Ryan McReynolds, Assistant City Manager for Operations.‚  The Main Street rebuild is an example of the Board of Mayor and Aldermans commitment to maintaining our existing infrastructure while at the same time moving our City forward.

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. Wins Division in TN G.H.S.O. Law Enforcement Challenge
DATE: August 28, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 20, 2015, the Tennessee Department of Safety and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. Participating law enforcement agencies are categorized according to the size of the department. In the 101-200 officer division, the Kingsport Police Department won first place.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state. Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about impaired driving, speeding, and occupant protection. The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdiction.

“This goes far beyond which agency issued the most citations,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “These departments have identified specific traffic safety issues in their community, addressed those issues in innovative ways, and are now being thanked and awarded for their success.”

“Over the last decade, we have seen the number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee reduce by over a third,’ said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “It is an honor to recognize the agencies that work on the front lines of traffic safety. We appreciate their tireless efforts to assure that motorists arrive at their destinations safely.”

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport has contracted with Merkel Brothers Construction to construct sanitary sewer improvements in multiple areas throughout the City. West Ravine Road (in the vicinity of the intersection with Powers Street) will be under construction from August 31st through September 18th. The standard work times will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. It is expected that one lane of this road will remain open during the duration of the project.The contractor will use flaggers and signage to control the traffic flow.Upon the completion of the sanitary sewer portion of the project, the City of Kingsport will resurface the entire width of the road.

Visitors to the HVMC and other medical facilities in the vicinity of the project area may encounter delays.

Hank Clabaugh is the Project Manager for the City and can be reached at 229-9324.

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for an upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy.‚  K.P.D.s Citizens Academy is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age, who either reside or work within the city limits of Kingsport.

The Academy is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM.‚  Classes will meet twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Thursday, October 29, 2015.‚  Each class will run approximately 2 ‚½ to 3 hours in duration.

The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officers shoes to experience what it might be like to serve as a police officer and to better understand why officers do what they do.‚  Citizens Academy classes include an interesting mix of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1)‚ ‚  An Introduction to K.P.D. with a Tour of the Justice Center

2)‚ ‚  Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

3)‚ ‚  Crime Scene Investigations

4)‚ ‚  E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)

5)‚ ‚  The Police K-9

6)‚ ‚  Traffic Stops and Building Searches

7)‚ ‚  Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

8)‚ ‚  S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Academy needs to submit a new application, regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information, and to download an application, please visit the K.P.D. website at http://Police.KingsportTN.gov and click on the Programs for Citizens tab.‚  For additional questions regarding the Academy or for further assistance in applying, please contact K.P.D.s Public Information Officer, Tom Patton, by email at TomPatton@KingsportTN.gov or by phone at 423-229-9433.

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KINGSPORT – After nearly a year, the art gallery in Downtown Kingsport at 246 Broad Street, known as The Flying Pig Gallery & Studios is making a change. Originally established to showcase Kingsports Carousel Project, in addition to local fine art, the gallery in Downtown Kingsport has taken on a new life and a new focus. The Kingsport Carousel and its famous flying pig mascot are successfully launched and open to the public just down the street at 350 Clinchfield Street, adjacent to the Kingsport Farmers Market. Carousel gift items are available there during normal operating hours.

The gallery at 246 Broad Street continues to flourish, and will now be known as the Art in the Heart Gallery. It will continue to offer excellent fine art for sale in supporting the work of our local artists. Classes for adults and children will be offered at Art in the Heart Gallery and all classes are open to the public. In addition,‚ special shows and exhibitions will feature many of the local artists. Art in the Heart Gallery continues to promote art and artists from our region with over 40 artists represented in the gallery.

Art in the Heart Gallery offers paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. You will find pottery by various artists as well as turned wood pieces, stained glass, mosaics and assemblage, as well as fabric creations, baskets and jewelry.

For that perfect one of a kind gift, original artwork is the answer!‚  Art in the Heart Gallery invites you to get engaged in the arts in Downtown Kingsport, a place of creative discovery.

Art in the Heart Gallery is located at 246 Broad Street, in beautiful Downtown Kingsport. The gallery is open Wednesday & Thursday 11 am to 5 pm; Friday 11 am to 7 pm; and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.

Upcoming schedule for ‚¬Art in the Heart Gallery (formerly known as Flying Pig Gallery & Studios):

Sept  3  Reception  Spotlight Show: Gallery Artist Patti Lawrence

Sept  16 Class:Basketmaking with Joy Smith

Oct  1 Reception  Spotlight Show: Gallery Artist

Oct  3  Class: Basketmaking with Joy Smith

Oct 10  Class: Woodburning with Michele Howe

Nov  5 Reception  Spotlight Show: Women of the Palette

Dec  3  Reception  Spotlight Show: Places and Spaces of Tri Cities

On Going Childrens Classes

Classes with Anne Thwaites

More classes will be added. For more information and/or to register for classes at Art in the Heart Gallery call (423) 480-9702

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. Announces Upcoming Citizens Police Academy
DATE: August 27, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for an upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy. K.P.D.’s Citizens Academy is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age, who either reside or work within the city limits of Kingsport.

The Academy is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Classes will meet twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Each class will run approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours in duration.

The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officer’s shoes to experience what it might be like to serve as a police officer and to better understand why officers do what they do. Citizens Academy classes include an interesting mix of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1) An Introduction to K.P.D. with a Tour of the Justice Center

2) Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

3) Crime Scene Investigations

4) E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)

5) The Police K-9

6) Traffic Stops and Building Searches

7) Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

8) S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Academy needs to submit a new application, regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information, and to download an application, please visit the K.P.D. website at http://Police.KingsportTN.gov and click on the “Programs for Citizens” tab.  For additional questions regarding the Academy or for further assistance in applying, please contact K.P.D.’s Public Information Officer, Tom Patton, by email at TomPatton@KingsportTN.gov or by phone at 423-229-9433.

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: Two Pickup Drivers Sought in Hit and Run that Destroyed McDonald’s Flagpole
DATE: August 25, 2015
CASE #: 15-018126
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 20, 2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, a vehicle ran over a curb and struck a metal flagpole in the parking lot of McDonald’s, located at 4300 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The pole was completely broken off from the concrete pedestal and knocked into a nearby drainage ditch.

A review of surveillance video footage determined that the vehicle in question was a white pickup truck that appeared to be a full-size Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra with an extended cab and a tool box mounted in the bed. The white pickup became stuck on the curb and/or flagpole pedestal during the incident.

A few minutes later, a second pickup arrived in the parking lot and pulled the white pickup back into the parking lot, allowing it to leave the scene of the crash. The second pickup appeared to be a full-size Dodge Ram with a 4-door cab.

The value of the destroyed flagpole was estimated to be $800. Photos of both pickups are included in this release. Both drivers are being sought by Detectives for questioning in the incident.

Anyone who recognizes either of these pickups or who may be able to provide any information to Detectives which may help them solve this case 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: Kingsport Police Seeking Info on Baby Formula Shoplifter
DATE: August 21, 2015
CASE #: 15-016784
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 4, 2015 at approximately 4:00 PM, a white male suspect shoplifted 25 cans of Similac baby formula and a large pack of diapers from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The total value of the stolen property was $665. Loss prevention officers spotted him leaving the store; however, they were unable to successfully apprehend him. He fled the scene in a black Ford Contour or Taurus 4-door sedan.

Photos of the suspect and his vehicle taken from surveillance video footage have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact K.P.D. Detectives in the 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: K.P.D. Detectives Probing Storage Container Burglary and Tool Theft
DATE: August 21, 2015
CASE #: 15-017240
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of August 9, 2015, shortly after 6:00 AM, at least two unknown suspects broke into two construction storage containers, located at 812 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. Over $15,000 in Snap-On and Mac tools, along with assorted vehicle parts and heavy equipment batteries, were stolen during the burglary.

A review of surveillance video footage from nearby businesses determined that the suspects were traveling in an older model dark colored Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle pulling a large white single-axle box trailer. Photos of the suspects’ vehicle and trailer are included in this release.

Anyone who recognizes this vehicle and/or trailer or who may have any information which may assist detectives in solving this case 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