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 Conducting Citizen Survey
DATE: November 30, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
During the first two weeks of December 2015, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a citizen survey as part of the accreditation process. K.P.D. is internationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

K.P.D. was first accredited through CALEA in 1992. The department has maintained accreditation now for 23 consecutive years, being reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014. The benefits of CALEA accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.

CALEA requires that an accredited agency must be in compliance with nearly 500 individual professional standards. One such standard requires that the agency conduct a documented survey of citizen attitudes and opinions at least once every three years.

The survey is designed to be used as a platform for organizational learning, asking specific questions about the quality of policing in the community. The survey questions are constructed so as to gauge citizen feedback with respect to:

1) Overall agency performance,

2) Overall competence of agency employees,

3) Citizens’ perception of officers’ attitudes and behavior,

4) Community concern over safety and security within the agency’s service area, and

5) Citizens’ recommendations and suggestions for improvements.

In years past, K.P.D. has conducted this survey by distributing paper copies of the survey throughout the community and having the survey available at special events. However, this year the department will be primarily conducting the survey online.

The Kingsport Police Department encourages area residents to take part in the 2015 citizen survey. The survey will be available through Monday, December 14, 2015. It can be accessed via the following link:

http://Police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Survey

Paper copies will still be available by request at the Kingsport Justice Center for individuals without access to a computer.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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Kingsport Fire Department: Thanksgiving Safety

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. “Three times as many cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving Day, with extra family members in your home, make sure everyone knows your fire escape plan, and families should be extra cautious and not leave your cooking unattended.” Stated Barry Brickey Public Education Officer for the Kingsport Fire Department.

As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • 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 food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t 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 — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • In 2013, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths
  • -Source nfpa.org

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KINGSPORT – Let the Holidays begin!  The Kingsport Carousel is always a happy place and will be especially so on Thursday, December 3 from 5-8 PM as Santa Milt greets children of all ages for this special late hour session.  The Kingsport Carousel was established through volunteer effort – over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors made the dream a reality by carving, painting and planning for over 5 years.  Since opening to the public on July 10, 2015, the Carousel has hosted over 41,000 riders and visitors from all over the world.

Regular public hours of the Carousel are Wednesday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 PM.  Birthdays and Special Events can be scheduled through reservation by calling 423-392-8414.  On Thursday, December 3 the carousel will stay open until 8 PM and from 5 – 8 PM host Santa Milt.  Santa Milt is also known as Milton Nelson, one of the original horse carvers and creator of Nellie the horse and Adahy the Wolf on the Kingsport Carousel.  All rides are $1.  Bring your family and bring your camera.  The band organ and sound system will be stocked with Holiday music and the gift shop will be open for shoppers.

Thanksgiving holiday hours are:

Wednesday, November 25  OPEN  11 AM – 5 PM

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26  CLOSED

Friday, November 27  OPEN 11 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, November 28 OPEN 1 – 5 PM

Sunday, November 29 OPEN 1 – 5 PM

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 11 AM – 3 PM*  closing early

Christmas, Friday, December 25, CLOSED

New Years Eve, Thursday, December 31  11 AM – 3 PM*  closing early

For New Years DAY, Friday, January 1,  CLOSED

For weather related closings or updates to Carousel Schedule, please call 423-343-9834.

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WHEN: Friday February 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre

1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN

COST: $15, all tickets are for reserved seating

KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with‚ Engage Kingsport proudly presents an evening with The Barebart Movement at the Renaissance Arts Center Theater in Kingsport, TN on Friday February 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm, as part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series. Special guest Rebecca Lee Daniels will open the show.

This show was originally scheduled for November 13, 2015, but had to be canceled at the last minute due to an illness with one of the members of The Barebart Movement. Tickets for the 11/13/2015 show will be honored for the exact same seats for the rescheduled performance.‚  New tickets are now on sale for any remaining seats.‚  To book tickets, or for any other questions, please contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or go online at www.EngageKingsport.com.

The Barebart Movement have been making big waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.‚  They last performed in Kingsport in 2014 and we are very excited to welcome them back.

Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene” the music of the Nashville based group The Barebart Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. ‚ All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. ‚ With two full length albums, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities are endless. ‚ The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy. ‚ Debuting in September, 2014, their third release, The High Road EP showcases traditional material that has consistently been among the crowd favorites at their live performances.

Crowding around a single microphone, their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear, and often begs the question, how has no one lost an eye from a collision with the fiddle bow? The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun. ‚ With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.

From the bart-tapping instrumental Sheepherder to the emotional ballad Thunder and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone.

Special Guest: Rebecca Lee Daniels

While seventeen-year-old Rebecca Lee Daniels brings a refreshing innocence to her music, the intensity and passion of her voice reveals a wise and experienced old soul.

Her influences range from classic crooners and The Beatles, to modern pop and singer songwriters.

Whether she is singing about her own life or reinterpreting a Louis Armstrong classic, her unique musical identity emerges as an up and coming singer-songwriter.

Tickets: $15 Reserved Seats Book Now: www.EngageKingsport

The Barebart Movement, award winners at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, draws from styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and Americana. With original songs, impressive instrumentation, and interweaving harmonies, this band converges old and new into a style all its own.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  [Del Mar Times]

Flatt and Scruggs would be proud ‚¬â€ Country Weekly


City of Kingsport Mission:

To provide economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse community.

Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.

Programs & partnerships include: Public Art Kingsport, Art in the Heart Gallery, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project and more.

They provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations and individual artists.

They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.

The Renaissance Arts Center Theatre is located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37660.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of our events contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or log on to www.EngageKingsport.com

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KINGSPORT – As a direct result of the successful efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingsport over the past several years, the Kingsport Police Department has recently brought a Patrol Officer back downtown to walk the beat. ‚ With the exception of special events, such as parades and concerts, K.P.D. has not conducted downtown bart patrols in decades.

K.P.D. last utilized downtown bart patrols in the 1980’s; however, as the City of Kingsport continued to grow and branch out, businesses and activities abandoned the downtown area and took up residence in malls, shopping centers, and business parks throughout the city. This transformation necessitated transitioning from bart-based patrols to more practical vehicle-based patrols, so the additional ground could be covered in a more timely manner.

But Downtown Kingsport has come full circle and is booming once again, with businesses, activities, and even residences literally flooding back into the downtown area in droves. ‚ The personal touch of an officer walking the downtown beat has again become practical and is a natural next step in promoting Downtown Kingsport as a safe place to live, work, shop, and recreate.

K.P.D. has recently had the opportunity to realign some personnel positions, which in turn has resulted in the freeing up of some funds.‚  A portion of these monies are being utilized to finance both the Downtown Beat Officer Program and the K.P.D. Bicycle Patrol Program.‚  While the bart patrols will be limited to downtown, the bike patrols will take place throughout the City of Kingsport with an emphasis on both the downtown area and the Greenbelt.

Initially, this will not be a full-time program, with downtown bart patrols being somewhat limited by manpower and budgetary constraints.‚  However, the patrols will be scheduled to coincide with the prime activity time periods for Downtown Kingsport.‚  The Kingsport Police Department anticipates that the bart patrols will be well received and hopes to be able to expand the program in the future.

KINGSPORT – For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when theres a lot of activity and people at home. Three times as many cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving Day, with extra family members in your home, make sure everyone knows your fire escape plan, and families should be extra cautious and not leave your cooking unattended. Stated Barry Brickey Public Education Officer for the Kingsport Fire Department.

As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large‚ family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

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 candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • In 2013, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day.
  • Thanksgiving‚ is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths
  • -Source www.nfpa.org
Thanksgiving by the numbers

Safety Handout: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/safety-information/for-consumers/cooking/cookingsafetyinfographic2015.pdf?la=en

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KINGSPORT – With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day right around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department is encouraging citizens to make crime prevention and safety a priority throughout the holiday season.

Tips for Home:

1)‚ ‚  Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave home.

2)‚ ‚  If you have an alarm, set it‚¬¦especially when you are away or asleep.

3)‚ ‚  Dont display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

4)‚ ‚  Leave lights and a radio or television on timers when you are away.

5)‚ ‚  Have a trusted friend, neighbor, or relative collect your mail and newspaper when you are away.

6)‚ ‚  Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations.‚  They may take advantage of your increased generosity during the holidays.

7)‚ ‚  Avoid leaving boxes and packing materials from expensive purchases out on the curb for trash pickup.

8)‚ ‚  Dont advertise that you are away from home.‚  Never discuss your travel plans on social media.

Tips for Shopping in Stores:

1)‚ ‚  Shop before dark if possible.‚  Never park in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is.

2)‚ ‚  Practice safety in numbers‚¬¦coordinate shopping trips with a friend.

3)‚ ‚  Keep your vehicles doors locked and valuables out of plain sight.‚  Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicles trunk.

4)‚ ‚  Avoid carrying or flaunting large amounts of cash.‚  Use a credit or debit card.‚  When entering a PIN, shield the keypad from view.

5)‚ ‚  To avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets, dont overburden yourself with packages.

6)‚ ‚  Ladies should keep their purse secured on their person with a strap and never place it in a shopping cart.

7)‚ ‚  Be constantly aware of your surroundings.

8)‚ ‚  Be on high alert if approached by a complete stranger asking for assistance.‚  Thieves often work in pairs or teams.

Tips for Online Shopping:

1)‚ ‚  Use a good anti-malware program to secure your computer from viruses and other attacks.

2)‚ ‚  Optimize your computers security settings.‚  Install security updates as they become available.

3)‚ ‚  Share payment information only with known or reputable vendors.

4)‚ ‚  Use a credit card instead of a debit card.‚  Credit cards have limits, and it is much easier to dispute a charge on a credit card than on a debit card.

5)‚ ‚  Make sure the order checkout area is encrypted.‚  Look for the padlock icon and the website address beginning with https rather than just http.

6)‚ ‚  Print and save a copy of your orders.

7)‚ ‚  Use strong passwords that would not be easy for a criminal to guess.

8)‚ ‚  Check your account statements often.‚  Fraudulent charges are only disputable if reported in a timely manner.

9)‚ ‚  Be wary of rock bottom prices that are significantly cheaper than every other online vendor.‚  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Tips for Winter Travel:

1)‚ ‚  Have your vehicle inspected by a reputable mechanic before your leave.‚  Be sure and check fluids, tire tread, tire pressure, wipers, fuel level, etc.

2)‚ ‚  Plan your route as well as an alternate route.

3)‚ ‚  Stock your vehicle with basic winter weather emergency survival items such as a cell phone and charger cord, flashlight, ice scraper, sand or cat litter for traction, blankets, water and snacks, first aid kit, and jumper cables.

4)‚ ‚  Leave an hour early so you are not rushed.

5)‚ ‚  Make frequent rest stops to avoid fatigue.

6)‚ ‚  Tell someone you trust when you plan on leaving, where you are going, and when you expect to arrive.

7)‚ ‚  Never drive under the influence or drowsy, and avoid distractions.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a Safe and Merry Christmas, and a Crime-Free New Year!

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KINGSPORT – KATS will be hosting their Tis the Season of Giving promotion in the month of December offering $10 MONTHLY UNLIMITED BUS PASSES (normally sold for $15) as well as free 2016 Peel and Stick calendars. KATS is located at 109 Clay Street.

The unlimited monthly bus pass is the biggest seller at KATS. This pass which normally sells for $15 offers the best value for people who want to ride an unlimited amount of times throughout each month. The peel and stick calendars have become a requested yearly traditional give-a-way.

In a continued effort to highlight the many benefits of public transportation, KATS will be offering a series of monthly specials for the 2015-2016 upcoming year. Many people enjoyed our Thankful Thursdays Event which just took place on Thursdays in the month of November.‚  Stay tuned each month to see what will be offered! Make sure you take advantage of these deals, and tell your friends and family members. You can learn more about KATS at www.kingsporttransit.org.

WHAT:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Tis the Season of Giving from KATS December Promotion

WHERE: ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Route buses and Dial-A-Ride van service

WHEN:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  November 23rd-December-December 31st, 2015

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. Reinstitutes Foot Patrols for the Downtown Beat
DATE: November 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As a direct result of the successful efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingsport over the past several years, the Kingsport Police Department has recently brought a Patrol Officer back downtown to walk the beat. With the exception of special events, such as parades and concerts, K.P.D. has not conducted downtown foot patrols in decades.

K.P.D. last utilized downtown foot patrols in the 1980’s; however, as the City of Kingsport continued to grow and branch out, businesses and activities abandoned the downtown area and took up residence in malls, shopping centers, and business parks throughout the city. This transformation necessitated transitioning from foot-based patrols to more practical vehicle-based patrols, so the additional ground could be covered in a more timely manner.

But Downtown Kingsport has come full circle and is booming once again, with businesses, activities, and even residences literally flooding back into the downtown area in droves. The personal touch of an officer walking the downtown beat has again become practical and is a natural next step in promoting Downtown Kingsport as a safe place to live, work, shop, and recreate.

K.P.D. has recently had the opportunity to realign some personnel positions, which in turn has resulted in the freeing up of some funds. A portion of these monies are being utilized to finance both the Downtown Beat Officer Program and the K.P.D. Bicycle Patrol Program. While the foot patrols will be limited to downtown, the bike patrols will take place throughout the City of Kingsport with an emphasis on both the downtown area and the Greenbelt.

Initially, this will not be a full-time program, with downtown foot patrols being somewhat limited by manpower and budgetary constraints. However, the patrols will be scheduled to coincide with the prime activity time periods for Downtown Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department anticipates that the foot patrols will be well received and hopes to be able to expand the program in the future.

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 Stress Crime Prevention and Safety Strategies for the Upcoming Holiday Season
DATE: November 23, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day right around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department is encouraging citizens to make crime prevention and safety a priority throughout the holiday season.

Tips for Home:

1) Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave home.

2) If you have an alarm, set it…especially when you are away or asleep.

3) Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

4) Leave lights and a radio or television on timers when you are away.

5) Have a trusted friend, neighbor, or relative collect your mail and newspaper when you are away.

6) Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may take advantage of your increased generosity during the holidays.

7) Avoid leaving boxes and packing materials from expensive purchases out on the curb for trash pickup.

8) Don’t advertise that you are away from home. Never discuss your travel plans on social media.

Tips for Shopping in Stores:

1) Shop before dark if possible. Never park in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is.

2) Practice safety in numbers…coordinate shopping trips with a friend.

3) Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and valuables out of plain sight. Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk.

4) Avoid carrying or flaunting large amounts of cash. Use a credit or debit card. When entering a PIN, shield the keypad from view.

5) To avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets, don’t overburden yourself with packages.

6) Ladies should keep their purse secured on their person with a strap and never place it in a shopping cart.

7) Be constantly aware of your surroundings.

8) Be on high alert if approached by a complete stranger asking for assistance. Thieves often work in pairs or teams.

Tips for Online Shopping:

1) Use a good anti-malware program to secure your computer from viruses and other attacks.

2) Optimize your computer’s security settings. Install security updates as they become available.

3) Share payment information only with known or reputable vendors.

4) Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have limits, and it is much easier to dispute a charge on a credit card than on a debit card.

5) Make sure the order checkout area is encrypted. Look for the padlock icon and the website address beginning with “https” rather than just “http.”

6) Print and save a copy of your orders.

7) Use strong passwords that would not be easy for a criminal to guess.

8) Check your account statements often. Fraudulent charges are only disputable if reported in a timely manner.

9) Be wary of rock bottom prices that are significantly cheaper than every other online vendor. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Tips for Winter Travel:

1) Have your vehicle inspected by a reputable mechanic before your leave. Be sure and check fluids, tire tread, tire pressure, wipers, fuel level, etc.

2) Plan your route as well as an alternate route.

3) Stock your vehicle with basic winter weather emergency survival items such as a cell phone and charger cord, flashlight, ice scraper, sand or cat litter for traction, blankets, water and snacks, first aid kit, and jumper cables.

4) Leave an hour early so you are not rushed.

5) Make frequent rest stops to avoid fatigue.

6) Tell someone you trust when you plan on leaving, where you are going, and when you expect to arrive.

7) Never drive under the influence or drowsy, and avoid distractions.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a Safe and Merry Christmas, and a Crime-Free New Year!

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit