KATS will be hosting their My Driver in May promotion in the month of May, offering gratitude and appreciation for the dedication and loyal service of the drivers in the month of May.

Bus and van passengers may come into KATS at 109 Clay Street during the month of May and fill out an appreciation form or they may request one from their driver. All positive comments will be shared with the drivers.

People just dont realize how difficult it is being a bus driver, said Transit Director Gary Taylor. There is so much more that goes into driving a bus. The importance of safety, customer service, required skills, focus and attention to detail are demonstrated daily by each driver and I am proud of them. Without them, KATS could not exist.

In a continued effort to highlight the many benefits of public transportation, KATS has been offering a series of monthly specials for the 2016 year. Many people enjoyed our April promotion where 25 KATS lime green totes and umbrellas were given away to lucky winners.

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: My Driver in May Promotion

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

WHEN: May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

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KINGSPORT – April has been Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and while distracted driving awareness, prevention, and enforcement has most certainly been a priority this month, it really needs to a priority every single day.‚  Kingsport Police Officers have seen crashes that resulted from people driving down the road while texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the climate control, tuning the radio, programming the G.P.S., putting on makeup, watching a movie, shaving, reading, and even just engrossed in a conversation with a fellow passenger.

And while many things can distract a driver, texting is arguably one of the worst.‚  Texting takes our eyes, hands, and mind completely off the task of driving.‚  There is a new epidemic these days.‚  Our world has become even more connected than ever before.‚  Communication is instantaneous.‚  Multi-tasking is second-nature.‚  The fear of missing out and missing messages has us on the edge of our seats and the edge of our keyboard, constantly checking, texting, tweeting, posting, and snapping.

Communication is not necessarily a bad thing, but when we are so attracted to our phones that we seem unable to put them down to pay attention when life demands it the most – behind the wheel ‚¬ there is a serious problem.‚  It is an extremely dangerous habit that has become so ingrained in our minds, we rationalize it as a necessary routine.‚  But in reality, not only is it illegal, it is extremely reckless and careless as well.‚  It is inconsiderate to other motorists, and even yourself and anyone who cares about you.

So what are we supposed to do about it?‚  It all starts with a movement, and all movements start with a choice and an action. ‚ Our choice is to not be distracted by our phones while behind the wheel, and our action is giving a thumbs down to those who do. ‚ There has never been an easier way to say it, and now that we can, we want to say it loud and clear.

Keep your thumbs down, citizens of Kingsport, and your chances of having a crash will go down also.‚  Join the movement in saying Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving!

Thumbs down to texting photo

Pictured left to right in the above photo: Major Jason Bellamy, P.I.O. Tom Patton, Lt. Joe Valentine, Chamber of Commerce President Miles Burdine, City Manager Jeff Fleming, Officer Quinn Shelton, Alderman Tommy Olterman, Captain Mike Roark, Alderman Tom Parham, Chief David Quillin, Officer Matt McGuire, Vice Mayor Mike McIntire, Alderwoman Michele Mitchell, Officer Joey Moody, Sgt. Steve Summey, Officer Nathan Elliott, Sgt. Micah Johnston, Officer Mike Slater
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport Says Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving
DATE: April 29, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
April has been Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and while distracted driving awareness, prevention, and enforcement has most certainly been a priority this month, it really needs to a priority every single day. Kingsport Police Officers have seen crashes that resulted from people driving down the road while texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the climate control, tuning the radio, programming the G.P.S., putting on makeup, watching a movie, shaving, reading, and even just engrossed in a conversation with a fellow passenger.

And while many things can distract a driver, texting is arguably one of the worst. Texting takes our eyes, hands, and mind completely off the task of driving. There is a new epidemic these days. Our world has become even more connected than ever before. Communication is instantaneous. Multi-tasking is second-nature. The fear of missing out and missing messages has us on the edge of our seats and the edge of our keyboard, constantly checking, texting, tweeting, posting, and snapping.

Communication is not necessarily a bad thing, but when we are so attracted to our phones that we seem unable to put them down to pay attention when life demands it the most – behind the wheel – there is a serious problem. It is an extremely dangerous habit that has become so ingrained in our minds, we rationalize it as a necessary routine. But in reality, not only is it illegal, it is extremely reckless and careless as well. It is inconsiderate to other motorists, and even yourself and anyone who cares about you.

So what are we supposed to do about it? It all starts with a movement, and all movements start with a choice and an action. Our choice is to not be distracted by our phones while behind the wheel, and our action is giving a thumbs down to those who do. There has never been an easier way to say it, and now that we can, we want to say it loud and clear.

Keep your thumbs down, citizens of Kingsport, and your chances of having a crash will go down also. Join the movement in saying “Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving!”

Thumbs down to texting photo
Pictured left to right in the above photo: Major Jason Bellamy, P.I.O. Tom Patton, Lt. Joe Valentine, Chamber of Commerce President Miles Burdine, City Manager Jeff Fleming, Officer Quinn Shelton, Alderman Tommy Olterman, Captain Mike Roark, Alderman Tom Parham, Chief David Quillin, Officer Matt McGuire, Vice Mayor Mike McIntire, Alderwoman Michele Mitchell, Officer Joey Moody, Sgt. Steve Summey, Officer Nathan Elliott, Sgt. Micah Johnston, Officer Mike Slater
RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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KINGSPORT – This coming Saturday, April 30, 2016 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.‚  National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).‚  It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In reality, at the Kingsport Police Department, every day is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.‚  K.P.D. held their first prescription drug take-back event in 2010, collecting 179 pounds of medications in just a few hours.‚  In 2012 a permanent drop box, dubbed Project Drug Drop Zone, was installed in the lobby of the Justice Center, conveniently located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport.

This box is accessible to the public 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.‚  To date, the Kingsport Police Department has collected and incinerated over 6,546 pounds (over 3 ‚¼ tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.‚  The goals of this initiative are to keep drugs off of the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination.

Items that can be placed in the box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, herbals and vitamins, and veterinary medications.‚  Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

A map has been included with this release showing the locations of every prescription drug collection site across the State of Tennessee.

For additional information on the various prescription drug take-back programs at the City, County, State, and National level, please visit the following links:

http://police.kingsporttn.gov/Drug_Drop_Box

http://www.scadcoalition.org/medicine-cabinet-inventory

http://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/article/Prescription-Drug-Take-Back-Boxes

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

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KINGSPORT – On April 26, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM a Kingsport Police Patrol Officer was leaving the employee parking lot of the Justice Center when he observed a white-tailed deer running along Clay Street.‚  While it is not at all out of the ordinary to see deer in several area neighborhood sub-divisions in Kingsport, it is an extremely uncommon occurrence in the Downtown area.

What was even more unusual was when the deer proceeded to jump completely through an exterior window on the front of the United States Post Office, located at 320 West Center Street.‚  As this occurred after regular business hours, an employee was notified to respond and unlock the building.

When Patrol Officers entered the Post Office, they found extensive property damage where the deer had thrashed around in a panic, attempting to find a way out.‚  The officer who witnessed the event stated that had he not seen it with his own eyes, he would have thought he was walking into a crime scene.

The deer was located inside in the back of the facility in the mail sorting area.‚  Unfortunately, it had sustained a severe laceration from the broken window glass and had to be euthanized.

It was extremely fortunate that this did not occur during regular business hours or an employee or customer could have easily been hurt.‚  Most people consider deer to be relatively gentle creatures, but they are still wild animals and can be extremely unpredictable and even volatile when startled.

A younger officer asked the veteran on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant Todd Harrison, if he had ever seen anything like this before.‚  Lt. Harrison replied: In 26 years of doing this job, this is definitely a first.

KINGSPORT ‚¬ After interviewing multiple candidates to develop the new City of Kingsport website, TheNet360, formerly Times Digital Group, was chosen to handle the project. In addition to meeting the criteria required for the project, TheNet360 provided an opportunity to match the cost of the website with an equal in-kind amount to help launch the new website and create a digital marketing campaign.

Phase 1 of the new website project will begin this week with the discovery phase with a planned launch in October of this year.

Bret Jacomet, vice president at TheNet360, is excited about the partnership and beginning the project.

Speaking for the entire team at TheNet360, said Jacomet, we couldnt be more excited about partnering with the City of Kingsport on this very important website project, helping convert their vision of Kingsports digital identity into a wonderful online presence.

Not only does Kingsport need to have a superb online presence, Kingsport needs to be communicating with its citizens and also needs to be gathering attention from potential residents and visitors.

When people look for a place to visit, many times they start with a website, said Mayor John Clark. We want to make sure Kingsport makes a strong first impression to those who view us first through the web.

The Net360 is an innovative digital marketing agency located in Northeast Tennessee. Since 1997, the company has represented the regions most successful brands and popular websites. Here is a link to some of their work for other clients:‚  http://www.thenet360.com/our-work/

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport will continue water improvements in the Orebank Road, Stagecoach Road, North Wilcox Drive, and Fort Robinson areas over the next two months.  Upcoming work will be performed on Trinity Lane, Brookridge Drive, East Sullivan Street, Orebank Road, Unionhill Street, Lane Drive, and Rogan Street.  This work is expected to occur between April 14th and April 28h.

Thomas Construction Company Inc. will be the contractor performing the work for the City.  Tuesday April 26th, Thomas Construction will be installing a waterline road crossing of East Sullivan Street requiring one lane closure.  Flaggers will be present to provide traffic control during this installation.  The construction zone will be marked by flashing signs and directed by flaggers – when required.  Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Gilmer with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 423-229-9475 or pamelagilmer@kingsporttn.gov. Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.

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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Two Women Charged by K.P.D. Following Meth Lab Discovery
DATE: April 27, 2016
CASE #: 16-008690
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 25, 2016 at approximately 3:30 PM, Officers from the K.P.D. Patrol Division and Strategic Operations Unit were dispatched to 317 Union Street in Kingsport to check on the general welfare of a female resident. Upon their arrival, the officers located the resident in question, as well as a second resident, later identified as Lori A. Mellons-Trent, and a visitor, later identified as Elissa B. Estep.

During the course of their investigation, an active meth lab was discovered inside the home. The K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit responded and assumed control of the investigation. It was determined that Ms. Mellons-Trent and Ms. Estep were involved in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, but the other resident had no involvement.

The Kingsport Fire Department responded and decontaminated all three occupants. The Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force responded with their Meth Truck and assisted with the breaking down of the lab and the processing of evidence.

Ms. Mellons-Trent and Ms. Estep were transported to the Kingsport City Jail with both being charged with Initiation of the Process to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Ms. Mellons-Trent was additionally charged with Maintaining a Dwelling Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Sold, or Manufactured.

Both women were arraigned the following morning where their bonds were set at $25,000 (Mellons-Trent) and $20,000 (Estep) by the presiding judge. They have since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Lori A. Mellons-Trent
Age Date of Birth 2/28/1972

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 317 Union Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Initiation of the Process to Manufacture Methamphetamine

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Sold, or Manufactured

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SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Elissa B. Estep
Age Date of Birth 3/20/1992

24 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 1052 Lynn Garden Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Initiation of the Process to Manufacture Methamphetamine
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RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police daprtment

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative
DATE: April 27, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This coming Saturday, April 30, 2016 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In reality, at the Kingsport Police Department, every day is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. K.P.D. held their first prescription drug take-back event in 2010, collecting 179 pounds of medications in just a few hours. In 2012 a permanent drop box, dubbed “Project Drug Drop Zone,” was installed in the lobby of the Justice Center, conveniently located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport.

This box is accessible to the public 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year. To date, the Kingsport Police Department has collected and incinerated over 6,546 pounds (over 3 ¼ tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications. The goals of this initiative are to keep drugs off of the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination.

Items that can be placed in the box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, herbals and vitamins, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

A map has been included with this release showing the locations of every prescription drug collection site across the State of Tennessee.

For additional information on the various prescription drug take-back programs at the City, County, State, and National level, please visit the following links:
http://police.kingsporttn.gov/Drug_Drop_Box
http://www.scadcoalition.org/medicine-cabinet-inventory
http://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/article/Prescription-Drug-Take-Back-Boxes
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

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Drug Takeback locations
Drug Dropzone Flier
RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police daprtment Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: White-Tailed Deer Jumps Through Window of Downtown Post Office
DATE: April 27, 2016
CASE #: 16-008773
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 26, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM a Kingsport Police Patrol Officer was leaving the employee parking lot of the Justice Center when he observed a white-tailed deer running along Clay Street. While it is not at all out of the ordinary to see deer in several area neighborhood sub-divisions in Kingsport, it is an extremely uncommon occurrence in the Downtown area.

What was even more unusual was when the deer proceeded to jump completely through an exterior window on the front of the United States Post Office, located at 320 West Center Street. As this occurred after regular business hours, an employee was notified to respond and unlock the building.

When Patrol Officers entered the Post Office, they found extensive property damage where the deer had thrashed around in a panic, attempting to find a way out. The officer who witnessed the event stated that had he not seen it with his own eyes, he would have thought he was walking into a crime scene.

The deer was located inside in the back of the facility in the mail sorting area. Unfortunately, it had sustained a severe laceration from the broken window glass and had to be euthanized.

It was extremely fortunate that this did not occur during regular business hours or an employee or customer could have easily been hurt. Most people consider deer to be relatively gentle creatures, but they are still wild animals and can be extremely unpredictable and even volatile when startled.

A younger officer asked the veteran on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant Todd Harrison, if he had ever seen anything like this before. Lt. Harrison replied: “In 26 years of doing this job, this is definitely a first.”

RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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