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KINGSPORT – Day two is complete of the ONEKingsport Mayors Summit, and with energy in the air, citizens are ready to get to work to shape the future of Kingsport.‚  The goal is to become the best possible Kingsport, a place that is attracting and retaining new and existing residents, visitors, businesses and developers.

Mayor Clark welcomed everyone on day two and announced he wanted to change the vision of Kingsport because it was wanted by our citizens.‚  He wanted to change the vision from becoming A premier city to live, work and raise a family and for businesses to grow and prosper, to THE premier city.‚  Since it was an announced public event with the BMA present along with the city recorder and a stand-in city attorney, the vote was made to change the vision.‚  This energized the room for the day.

Ellen Dunham Jones, urban design architecture professor from Georgia Tech, was the key note speaker and talked about the importance and vitality of a downtown and the critical need for walkability in a city.

Breakout sessions occurred for the seven focus areas, which include arts and entertainment, downtown revitalization, housing, job creation/entrepreneurship, higher education innovation, destination city investments and health and wellness.‚  Citizens had the opportunity to discuss big ideas and relay the challenges and assets regarding their focus area.‚  Online viewers also had the opportunity to walk through the same process via a survey that walked through the same questions the breakout groups did.

After the breakout sessions, representatives from each group revealed their top 3-5 big ideas to be voted on by attendees and viewers via text polling.‚  Some of the popular big ideas were urban development downtown, get rid of the odor, enhance the Greenbelt, build an outdoor performance arts theater/park, develop General Shale building, create accelerator programs, and to revisit the Kingsport Landing concept.

Over the next four months, the Post-Summit Workgroups of the seven focus areas will work towards building recommendations, inclusive of budgetary needs, to the BMA.‚  Each group is led by a steward, who is a community volunteer.‚  A city staff liaison and a BMA liaison will also participate.‚  Other members include summit attendees, subject matter experts and others as assigned by the steward.‚  The workgroup will meet in the next couple of weeks to lay groundwork, benchmarking and conduct research.‚  Over the course of the next two months, they will continue to create a plan.‚  Regular updates from each workgroup will be provided at BMA work sessions.‚  Final recommendations will be submitted in February 2016.

The work is just beginning, says Mayor Clark.‚  The Summit laid the foundation for our BIG ideas, and now we are going to work towards building recommendations that will further our city and help us achieve our vision. Making our city better improves all that live in our region.

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: Kingsport Police Investigating Stabbing Incident at Busy Intersection
DATE: October 30, 2015
CASE #: 15-023659
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 30, 2015 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch began receiving numerous calls from citizens regarding a stabbing incident that had just occurred in the roadway at the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Memorial Boulevard. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were in close proximity and arrived on scene within seconds. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division also responded.

The initial investigation revealed that the stabbing was the result of an altercation between two adult males who had been traveling together in the same vehicle. The individual who was stabbed was transported to an area medical facility by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment and appears to be in stable condition. The other individual involved has already been identified and interviewed and is cooperating with Detectives.

The Criminal Investigations Division is still in the preliminary stages of their investigation, attempting to determine the totality of the circumstances, and conferring with the Office of the Sullivan County District Attorney. In all likelihood, this case will be presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury at a future date to determine what if any criminal charges are appropriate. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

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: Kingsport Police Investigating Human Remains Found in Wooded Area off East Stone Drive
DATE: October 30, 2015
CASE #: 15-023641
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 30, 2015 at approximately 11:00 AM the Kingsport Police Department was notified of human remains that had been found several hundred feet into a heavily wooded area, behind The Shoppes on East Stone Shopping Complex, located at 2637 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. The remains were found by a pair of hunters scouting for deer.

Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, accompanied by forensic experts from the Medical Examiner’s office, responded to the scene to investigate. Thus far, foul play is not suspected. Further information will be released as it becomes available and upon examination and positive identification by the Medical Examiner.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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WHEN: Thursday November 5th from 4-8 pm, Friday November 6th from 4-8 pm, and Saturday November 7th from 10 am-5 pm

WHERE: 252 Broad Street, Downtown Kingsport, Corner of Broad and Center Street

COST: FREE & OPEN to the Public

KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport invite you to join model train enthusiasts for a 3-day open house in Downtown Kingsport at 252 Broad Street.‚  Recently, a local benefactor donated several complete train sets to Engage Kingsport.‚  With the support of Downtown Kingsport developers, Urban Synergy, local model train enthusiasts have assembled a working model train and invite the public to come view the trains and talk with the railroad builders over a 3-day reception:‚  Thursday, November 5th from 4-8 pm, Friday, November 6th from 4-8 pm and Saturday, November 7th from 10 am-5 pm.‚ ‚  Formerly known as the Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, 252 Broad Street is located at the corner of Broad and Center Streets in Downtown Kingsport and adjacent to Art in the Heart Gallery.

Thursday, November 5th will be the official start of the Holiday Shopping Season in Kingsport—part of the First Thursday Sip and Stroll events and sure to be a festive way to start November.‚  Over 25 stores will be open from 5-8 pm offering holiday specials and refreshments.‚  Complimentary carriage rides will begin at 5 pm on Market at Broad Street. Art in the Heart Gallery will have a special art reception from 5-8 pm: Women of the Palette: Back to Nature.

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KINGSPORT – With the end of Daylight Saving Time coming this weekend, its time to check your smoke alarms and replace the batteries.

Every year people who die in home fires could have been warned it they had properly maintained their smoke alarms.‚ According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2009-2013, fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year (38% of home fire deaths). An additional 510 people per year (21% of home fire deaths) were fatally injured in fires in which smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.‚  Power source problems were the leading cause of smoke alarm failures. The death rate per 100 reported fires was more than twice as high in homes with no or no working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths per 100 fires) as it was in fires with working smoke alarms (0.53 deaths per 100 fires). The lowest fire death rates were seen in homes with hardwired smoke alarms‚ and sprinklers. Victims in homes with working smoke alarms were more likely to have been in the area of origin. They were also more likely to be 65 or older, to have a physical disability or to have tried to fight the fire themselves. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.

Smoke Alarms should be tested monthly. If your smoke alarms are not working, replace the batteries or the entire unit. Kingsport Fire Departments Public Education Officer Barry Brickey stated, Other than a Home Sprinkler System, working Smoke Alarms are your best line of defense for surviving a home fire.‚  Smoke Alarms need to be placed on each level of your home, in your bedrooms, hallways, stairwell and living areas. If your smoke alarms are over 10 years old they may have lost their ability to properly detect smoke and they need to be replaced.

So what can you do to keep your family safe?

  1. Put new batteries in your alarms when you change your clocks.
  2. Replace old alarms (more than 10 years old) with new Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms
  3. In new alarm install lithium batteries to get about 10 years on a single battery (which is the life of the alarm.)
  4. Check your smoke alarms every month.
  5. Practice a home escape plan.

So what is in a Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm?

There are two types of sensors:

  • Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.
    How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.
  • Photoelectric‚ smoke detection is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called smoldering fires).
    How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm.

Some new alarms are powered by sealed long lasting lithium batteries, others can use a 9v lithium, both types have a life of 10 years. For the best protection, buy interconnected smoke alarms for the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

Make sure the model you choose has been listed by UL (Underwriters Laboratory).

How much does a smoke alarm cost?

A smoke alarm may be purchased at most retail stores for about $7.00 – $100.00. New dual sensor alarm with built in 10 year batteries are around $25 at local home stores.

How many should I have in my house?

The Kingsport Fire Departments suggestions for Smoke Alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be placed on each level of your home.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed in your stairwells.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed in the main living room & den.
  • Many smoke alarms placed in kitchens become a nuisance and are usually disabled to prevent false alarms, thus offering no protection.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall near the bedrooms. This enables the detector to sense the smoke as it approaches the sleeping area.
  • Install your smoke alarm away from air outlet vents to prevent dust accumulation

There should be a least one smoke alarm in every household. Additional alarms will significantly increase your chances of survival.

Installation is Simple.

If you can handle a screwdriver, you can install most smoke alarms.

How do I install my smoke alarms?

  • Battery-operated and “plug-in” electric alarms can be attached directly to the ceiling or wall.
  • Hard wired” electric alarms are somewhat more difficult to install and may require an electrician.

Know How to Escape

Your smoke detector will awaken you, but you may not be thinking clearly. You should practice escaping before an emergency strikes. Learn more about fire escape plans here: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

Why?

Once a fire has started, it spreads rapidly. You may have only seconds to get out. Usual exits from bedrooms may be blocked by smoke or fire. It is important everyone knows exactly what to do. New homes and furnishings will burn faster and hotter than older homes and furnishings.

Identify Escape Routes

Plan two exits from every room. Second story windows may need a rope or chain ladder to enable occupants to escape safely. Choose a meeting place outside the home so you’ll know everyone has escaped.

Practice Escaping

Practice allows you to test your plan before a real emergency. You may not be able to reach your children! It is important that they know exactly what to do.

Rental Property

Tennessee State law requires all landlords (apartments & home rentals) to provide a working smoke alarm in their rental property to be maintained by the occupant. -Tennessee Code Annotated 68-102-151

Life-saving quick tips for everyone:

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm “chirps” warning that the battery is low. Hint: schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.
  • Never “borrow” a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can’t warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected.
  • Don’t disable smoke alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding “nuisance alarms,” try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms, where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound.
  • Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarms, following the manufacturer’s instructions, can keep them working properly.
  • Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. If you can’t remember how old the alarm is, then it’s probably time for a new one.
  • Consider installing smoke alarms with “long-life” (10-year) batteries.
  • Plan regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound of the alarm. Some studies have shown that some children may not awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm. Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
  • If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82 percent relative to having neither ‚¬ a savings of thousands of lives a year.

Call the Kingsport Fire Department Fire Marshals Office for advice or assistance with the installation of smoke alarms at 423-229-4440

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. Detectives Investigating Two Home Invasion Robberies in Lee Apartments
DATE: October 28, 2015
CASE #: 15-023449

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GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 28, 2015 at approximately 3:45 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to an attempted home invasion robbery that had just occurred at Lee Apartments #104, located at 650 East Sevier Avenue in Kingsport. The resident told responding officers that he heard a loud knock at the back door. When he opened the door he encountered what appeared to be several suspects armed with firearms.

One suspect, who had a bandana covering his face, pointed a gun at the resident. The resident attempted to slam the door; however, one of the firearms got wedged in the doorway. The suspects eventually pulled the weapon free and fled the scene, with the resident promptly calling 9-1-1 to report the incident.

Approximately 50 minutes later, Officers were called back to Lee Apartments, but this time to apartment #111. Two residents reported that they were entering their apartment when they were approached from behind by a black male suspect, known to them to be Xavier L. “J.B.” Anderson, and an unknown white male suspect. Both suspects were armed with what appeared to be firearms and forced their way into the apartment.

The suspects demanded money and struck one of the residents in the face and arm with their weapons. The residents noticed that the two suspects in their apartment were communicating with several additional suspects standing in the doorway of the residence. One of the victims was eventually able to call 9-1-1. When the suspects discovered this, they immediately fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

The K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division was summoned and began a lengthy investigation into both incidents. Mr. Anderson was eventually located at approximately 12:45 PM at Cloud Apartments #79, located at 1201 Reedy Place, and taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with Especially Aggravated Robbery, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Aggravated Burglary. He is currently incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment.

The investigation into both incidents is ongoing by the Criminal Investigation Division in an attempt to determine the identities of the additional suspects. Anyone who may have any information which may assist Detectives with this investigation is asked to contact them 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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Xavier L. Anderson (a.k.a. “J.B. Anderson”)
Age Date of Birth 9/21/1988

27 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Last Known Address 1187 Dorothy Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Especially Aggravated Robbery

2) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping

3) Aggravated Burglary

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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WHEN: Exhibit up through the end of November 2015

RECEPTION: Friday November 13, 2015 from 5-7 PM

WHERE: Atrium Gallery, 2nd Floor of the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN

COST: FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC, Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 9 pm, Sunday: 8 am-4:30 pm


KINGSPORT Transitional Zeitgeist: A Group Exhibit by the Student Painting and Drawing Association at ETSU will be featured in October and November at the Atrium Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre. The Reception will be held on Friday, November 13 from 5pm to 7pm, and the public is invited to attend, and interact with the artists.

Zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] (noun): The spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp. as it is reflected in art, literature, philosophy, etc.

Zeitgeist is the dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a period in time. Culturally, East Tennessee is deeply filled with traditional values as evident in local art and philosophy.

As time moves, societies begin to develop changes in their attitude and thoughts, this is ultimately the zeitgeist in transition. This exhibit brings new perspectives to the face of fine arts in East Tennessee.

Transitional Zeitgeist incorporates artwork that uses traditional painting and drawing techniques with contemporary concepts as well as artwork without a regard for traditional techniques.

This exhibit is comprised of students who are members of The Student Painting and Drawing Association (SPDA) at East Tennessee State University. SPDA is an organization that advises professional development for students and actively engages the role of art in surrounding communities.

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KINGSPORT – With Halloween just around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department would like to share some Halloween Safety Tips.

The Kingsport Police Department is a strong advocate of the Trunk or Treat concept as a safer alternative to traditional door-to-door Trick or Treating.‚  Rather than having costumed kids wandering along dark neighborhood streets, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, Trunk or Treat events are typically held in large parking lots and are sponsored by reputable business, churches, or other community organizations.‚  The parking lots are usually well-lit and barricaded off, allowing only bart traffic and no vehicle traffic in the area of the event.‚  Parked vehicles are spaced out in the parking lot allowing costumed children to go from trunk to trunk collecting candy.‚  Furthermore, most of these events also include games, activities, and costume contests.

For those interested in attending a Trunk or Treat event this Halloween, following is a list of events that the Kingsport Police Department is aware of (although there are possibly others):

1)‚ ‚  Saturday, Oct 24, 2015: B.A.E. Trunk or Treat at Holston Army Ammunition Plant at intersection of West Stone Drive at University Boulevard

2)‚ ‚  Monday, Oct 26, 2015: Food City Trunk or Treat at Farmers Market in Downtown Kingsport (K.P.D. typically participates in this one.)

3)‚ ‚  Wednesday, October 28, 2015: First Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat on Church Circle

4)‚ ‚  Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Mayfair United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat on corner of East Center Street and Prospect Street

5)‚ ‚  Saturday, October 31, 2015: Oakwood Forest Christian Church Trunk or Treat on corner of North Eastman Road and East Sevier Avenue

6)‚ ‚  Saturday, October 31: Sullivan County Sheriffs Office Trunk or Treat at Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville

While K.P.D. cannot officially endorse any of the above events, it is good for citizens to know that there are plenty of options.‚  For those who prefer traditional door-to-door trick or treating, following are some Halloween Safety Tips.

Walk Safely

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, dont run, across the street.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.‚  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a childs vision.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Inspect Candy Before Eating

€”‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Dont snack! Save the treats until you get home and can inspect the candy for loose or torn wrappers. Be cautious about keeping goodies that might pose as a choking hazard.

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KINGSPORT – On Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm, the BMA will depart to ride the Greenbelt.‚  This comes as a request from Healthy Kingsports Chair, Roger Mowen.‚  With the current extensions and upcoming potential grants for further expansion, it is be a good idea to have the BMA experience the Greenbelt, and learn more about the physical activity accommodations the Greenbelt provides.‚  This activity shows the BMA taking an active role in the assets Kingsport has to offer, and to gain first-hand knowledge of the importance of this linear park.

The starting location is at the end of American Way Drive.‚  Kitty Frazier, Director of Parks and Recreation, will lead the BMA across the 9-mile Greenbelt. The majority of the BMA will ride bikes, with some on a golf cart. The final stop will be at the confluence of the North and South forks of the Holston River.‚  The trail excursion will take approximately two hours.

The Greenbelt is a scenic fitness trail that stretches across Kingsport.‚  The trail has several historic sites and beautiful scenery.‚  The Greenbelt is comprised of four sections: Boatyard District, Woodlawn, Cherokee Grounds and Buffalo Grasslands. Most recently, construction is underway to extend the Greenbelt to Cleek Rd on the East end of Kingsport and to Rotherwood Bridge on the west end.

Healthy Kingsports mission is to create a community culture of healthy living by promoting awareness, influencing policy and enhancing infrastructure.‚  The Greenbelt is an asset for the City that Healthy Kingsport continues to promote and encourage others to utilize.

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: Kingsport Police Share Halloween Safety Tips
DATE: October 23, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
With Halloween just around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department would like to share some Halloween Safety Tips.

The Kingsport Police Department is a strong advocate of the “Trunk or Treat” concept as a safer alternative to traditional door-to-door Trick or Treating. Rather than having costumed kids wandering along dark neighborhood streets, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, Trunk or Treat events are typically held in large parking lots and are sponsored by reputable business, churches, or other community organizations. The parking lots are usually well-lit and barricaded off, allowing only foot traffic and no vehicle traffic in the area of the event. Parked vehicles are spaced out in the parking lot allowing costumed children to go from trunk to trunk collecting candy. Furthermore, most of these events also include games, activities, and costume contests.

For those interested in attending a Trunk or Treat event this Halloween, following is a list of events that the Kingsport Police Department is aware of (although there are possibly others):

1) Saturday, Oct 24, 2015: B.A.E. Trunk or Treat at Holston Army Ammunition Plant at intersection of West Stone Drive at University Boulevard

2) Monday, Oct 26, 2015: Food City Trunk or Treat at Farmer’s Market in Downtown Kingsport (K.P.D. typically participates in this one.)

3) Monday, October 26, 2015: Trunk or Treat for Special Needs Kids at Outdoorsman Club on Highway 11W in Blountville

4) Wednesday, October 28, 2015: First Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat on Church Circle

5) Wednesday, October 28, 2015: First Baptist Church Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on Church Circle

6) Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Mayfair United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat on corner of East Center Street and Prospect Street

7) Saturday, October 31, 2015: Oakwood Forest Christian Church Trunk or Treat on corner of North Eastman Road and East Sevier Avenue

8) Saturday, October 31: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat at Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville

While K.P.D. cannot officially endorse any of the above events, it is good for citizens to know that there are plenty of options. For those who prefer traditional door-to-door trick or treating, following are some Halloween Safety Tips.

Walk Safely

● Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

● Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.

● Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

● Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

● Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

● Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

● Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

● Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

● Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

● Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

● When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

● Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

● Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

● Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

● Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

● Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

● Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Inspect Candy Before Eating

● Don’t snack! Save the treats until you get home and can inspect the candy for loose or torn wrappers. Be cautious about keeping goodies that might pose as a choking hazard.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit