NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

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PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all citizens of the Kingsport Tennessee-Virginia area and the public at large, there will be a Public Meeting of the Kingsport Area Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) Executive Board on Thursday May 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. (EST) in Kingsport City Hall 2nd floor Council Room located at 225 West Center  Street, (downtown) Kingsport, Tennessee. Copies of the agenda and supporting documentation can be found in the Improvement Building, City Hall, and Kingsport Public Library in addition to the following website: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo.  The primary agenda items for this meeting are Review and Adoption of the FY’18-‘19 Unified Planning Work Program – Virginia version, Functional Classification Amendments, Self Certification and overall project updates.  A public hearing will also be held in order to receive comments and questions on this or other items pertaining to the Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization. Disabled citizens wishing to attend and needing special accommodations or anyone seeking further information on the MTPO meeting should contact Bill Albright at (423) 224-2677.  For persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 804-786-2085 or by mail 1401 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23219.  In Tennessee you may contact TDOT’s Civil Rights Office at (615) 714-3169. If you have a hearing or speech disability or use a TTY please use the FCC 711 dialing code to access a Telecommunications Relay Service to forward your comment.  Kingsport MTPO ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Si usted necesita la traducción por favor entre en contacto con el MPO en por el teléfono en 423-224-2677.

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The Kingsport Senior Center, 1 of only 7 accredited in the state of Tennessee, is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for area seniors.  Check out some of their upcoming events and trips!

  • Mother’s Day “Breakfast in Bed” Brunch will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 310. This is a free event for all mothers. Come and enjoy a nice brunch and wonderful music and some beautiful giveaways. Please come in your pajamas! After all this is our take on a “breakfast in bed!” You may sign up on April 3.
  • Book Swap Day will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the first floor atrium. A book swap is a great way to meet people and read wonderful books at no cost. Please contact the Senior Center at 392-8400 to sign up.
  • Barter Theater trip to watch “Footloose!” Join us on Thursday, May 25, 2017. We will depart the Center at 10:30 a.m. and will return around 6:00 p.m. Lunch will be on your own at Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe. The cost is $30.00 for your ticket and transportation due at sign up. One of the most explosive movie musicals to burst onto the stage in recent memory! The soundtrack reached #1 on the Billboard charts. It is a story of rebellious teens and the families who learn to listen to and guide them with warm and loving hearts. Based on a true story, it features the hits songs: “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.” Sign up now!

For more information or to join the Kingsport Senior Center, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov or call 423-343-8400.

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If you love to swim, a Kingsport Aquatic Center membership is for you. Memberships are available online or on-site. All membership plans entitle the pass holder to member rates on classes, 10% discount on rentals, 10% discount at the Oasis and free admission to the Member’s Appreciation Movie night held in August.

Aquatic Center Memberships
Youth   (Under 48” tall)                       $30/month      $230/year
Adult    (48” and taller)                       $35/month      $300/year
Senior  (Age 55+)                                $30/month      $230/year
Family (4 people/same household)    $70/month      $475/year

 

Season Pass
If you only plan to visit the aquatic center during the summer, then this is the plan for you.  The Waterpark Pass entitles the user to admission to indoor and outdoor pools during the Waterpark operational season, early May through September.

Lil’ Splasher                 (Under 48”)                                $75/ season
Big Splasher                (48” and taller)                          $100/ season
Master Splasher          (Age 55+)                                    $75/season
Splash Pack                (4 people/same household)    $200/season

 

‘Swing & Splash’ Annual Membership
Enjoy water and golf activities in one package! This membership includes a Kingsport Aquatic Center membership and a Cattails Discount Card for the Cattails at MeadowView golf course. The discount card includes a $12 discount on each 18-hole round of golf, $6 discount on each 9-hole round of golf, 20% off dinner entrees at The Meadows restaurant at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort for up to six people, free round of golf with cart rental and 15% off golf merchandise at the Golf Shop.

Adult    (22-54) $435 ($36.25 per month)
Senior  (55+)    $325 ($27.09 per month)

For more information on the pools, swim lessons, memberships and more, visit www.swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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Summer is the time to swim – and the time for swim lessons!

Summer swim lessons start in June with registration for the classes beginning at the end of May. Each session includes eight classes. If you’re unsure which class to choose, a swim test is offered and can help determine the correct class based on current skill level.

For an Aquatic Center or YMCA member, it is $50 for the first child and $45 for additional children. If you’re not a member, but would still like your child to participate in swim lessons, it is $60 for the first child and $55 for additional children.

Registration is available online. Visit www.swimkingsport.com for more information!

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The first 100 visitors through the outdoor pool gate get a free swag bag in honor of Kingsport’s centennial.

The outdoor water park at the Kingsport Aquatic Center will open its gates on Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Swimmers can enjoy two waterslides, the Eastman Credit Union 900-foot lazy river, a climbing structure and play area with water cannons, a lily pad crossing and concessions stand.

“We’re excited to open early again this year for the swimmers who can’t wait to jump in,” said Kari Matheney. “It’s great to be a facility that isn’t impacted by the weather. Swimmers can splash rain or shine!”

Upon arrival, children will be required to take off their shoes and be measured. If the child is 48” or taller, their admission to the park will cost $10. If the child is less than 48”, their admission cost is $8. Seniors are $8 and children 2 and under are free.

Swimmers who visit the park between May 13 and May 26 can take advantage of promotional admission pricing of 48” or taller for only $8 and less than 48” for $6.

The aquatic center indoor pools and outdoor water park will be open Memorial Day from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Outdoor waterpark hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is located at 1820 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport. For more information about the outdoor water park, please visit the “Know Before You Go” page on www.swimkingsport.com.

The Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is responsible for developing an area Long-Range Transportation Plan that has a minimum 20-year horizon and includes a multi-modal element.  The MTPO has developed a draft “Year 2040” Plan that includes recommendations for various transportation projects that focus on safety, congestion mitigation, access and travel time, economic development, and mobility options.  The Plan includes a significant amount of background data, forecasts of area development and traffic flow patterns, and anticipated funding that will provide the resources for implementing priority projects.  Partners in developing this plan include the Cities of Kingsport, Mt. Carmel, Church Hill, Weber City, Gate City, Sullivan County, Hawkins County, Scott County, the Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. The Plan document is now available for public review.  Locations where copies can be found during normal business hours include;  (1) MTPO Offices – 201 West Market Street Downtown Kingsport, (2) Kingsport Public Library – 400 Broad Street Downtown Kingsport, and (3) Civic Auditorium – Parks and Recreation Office, 1550 Fort Henry Drive Kingsport.  A copy can also be found on the City of Kingsport’s website at www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo.  This notice begins a 30-day review period which is open until May 24, 2017.  Public meetings will also be held to provide the public an opportunity to review the plan, ask questions, and/or make comments.  These will be held May 17, 2017 at the following locations and times:  Kingsport Development Service Building Bob Clear Conference Room – 201 West Market Street from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., V.O. Dobbins Senior Complex – Douglass Room, 301 Louis Street – Kingsport, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Upon request, ADA compatible transportation service to these meetings will be provided during area transit service hours (call 423-224-2613).

Questions concerning the Plan, the public meetings, and the review process can be addressed by calling the MTPO offices at (423) 224-2677. For the hearing impaired please dial 711, or Limited English Proficiency please contact AVAZA at http://avaza.co.   The Kingsport MTPO ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Si necesita la ayuda para la traducción, comuníquese con el MTPO por teléfono al 423-224-2677.

 

 

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Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery was honored to receive eight entries for their Centennial Art Contest. “It was a very tough decision,” said Michael Ripper, gallery manager.

The first place winner is Sidney Moore of Kingsport. She painted a beautiful image of Wallace News Stand with acrylic paint in black and white.  Moore describes Wallace News as a “spot that is saturated in history” and it captures the “quaintness and intimacy of small town Kingsport.” You can see her artwork featured at the gallery.

The runner up was Kathy Hawk of Kingsport. Her artwork, titled ‘Spring in Kingsport,’ shows the most beautiful time in Kingsport. “We are blessed with so much natural beauty, it’s breathtaking,” said Hawk.

The other entries were Tabitha Hibbetts, “Canadian Goose of Kingsport,” two entries from Lucy Cleek, “Wallace News” and “Sunset at J. Fred Johnson Stadium,” and two entries from Leslie Davis, “Bird Sanctuary” and “TriCities Produce.”

For more information, please visit www.cindysaadeh.com.

Winner, Sidney Moore. Title Wallace NewsRunner up, Kathy Hawk.

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YourGOV is an innovative citizen request application that allows community members to conveniently report non-emergency issues and service requests using the web or a smartphone.

In just three steps, YourGOV users can submit common issues — such as potholes, street light outages, water leaks and more — complete with location, details and photos. Once submitted, YourGOV will automatically deliver requests to the city’s public works department where they are reviewed and routed for proper handling.

Since the app launched in Kingsport, Public Works departments, such as traffic, have seen a reduction in number of calls received. Less calls means city employees are correcting issues reported more efficiently, which leads to a cost savings for the city.

YourGOV is free and is available for use anytime. To visit YourGOV online, go to www.kingsporttn.gov and click on the YourGOV tab located on the homepage. If smartphone users would like to download the app, please visit the iTunes app store or Google Play store.

To see the YourGOV app in action, check out the video on www.kingsporttn.gov.

The YouGOV app is not to be used for emergency situations. If it is an emergency, citizens should call central dispatch at 423-246-9111. If the emergency requires an immediate response, citizens should call 911.
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On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Kingsport Police Department’s Chief of Police, David Quillin, appeared before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Mobile, Alabama. Chief Quillen accepted the “Meritorious Advanced Gold Standard with Excellence Reaccreditation” on behalf of the Kingsport Police Department. This award is reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for 25 years or more.

The Kingsport Police Department has now been successfully through the accreditation process eight times.  First accredited through CALEA in 1992, the department has since maintained accreditation for a quarter century.

“CALEA Accreditation continues to give the Kingsport Police Department the ability to hold our facilities, our policies, our individual officers, and our department as a whole to the absolute highest standards of professional law enforcement services,” said Chief Quillen.

CALEA Accreditation requires proof of compliance with 484 highly regarded and broadly recognized professional law enforcement standards.  The standards help law enforcement agencies to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service-delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

The major 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.

For additional information regarding CALEA Accreditation, please visit www.CALEA.org.

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