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The idea for city services to move to the Regions building started with a conversation about the need for more county courtroom space. The city has an opportunity to consolidate city services and improve efficiency as well as the overall customer service experience. Long term, this is a financial savings to the city. “The most expensive option”, says Ryan McReynolds, Asst. City Manager, “is to do nothing.”


By moving all major services to one building, we improve the customer experience and have an added economic benefit of putting city buildings back on the tax roll for private use.

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selfie trail marker spotVisit Kingsport and the City of Kingsport will officially launch the Kingsport Selfie Trail.  An estimated 24 billion selfies are uploaded each year and selfie trails are popping up all over the United States, attracting lots of use by visitors and communities alike.

The Kingsport Selfie Trail was developed as a Community Impact Project through the 2017 Leadership Kingsport class.   Members of the team included Zach Hamilton, Jenny Kontos, Jason Phillips, Scott Pierce and Janessa Sokol.

Kingsport’s Selfie Trail includes 10 locations (and one optional location for the ultra-adventurous type).  Locations vary between parks, historical sites, downtown culture and other fun photo opportunities.  Participants are encouraged to download the FREE Visit Kingsport app to view the Selfie Trail Map or they can visit

The Selfie Trail can be completed in as few as a couple hours or can be stretched out over multiple days and is designed for everyone – all ages, visitors, and residents.

A little rusty with the selfie concept? -The Selfie Trail is designed to guide you through every step of the way.  Selfie Spots are marked with a vertical sign marker as well as a decal, located on the ground.  The ground decal markers include foot prints for proper footing for the best angle for the perfect shot.  All graphics were designed by Community Impact Project Team Member, Jenny Kontos of Kontos Creative.

The community is encouraged to upload their selfies to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) utilizing #CaptureKingsport.   Mayor Clark is challenging individuals to complete the selfie trail by offering a FREE Centennial t-shirt to the first 100 people to capture, post and tag selfies with #CaptureKingsport at all 10 locations on the trail.  Participants are asked to bring their mobile device to the Kingsport Chamber (400 Clinchfield Street, Downtown Kingsport) Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and show their 10 selfies to the staff in order to receive their shirt.

If the community knows of another great selfie location in Kingsport, they are asked to post a selfie, tag it with #CaptureKingsport and include a caption stating the location for possible future “Selfie Spots.”


Featured Locations Kingsport’s Selfie Trail:
  • Kingsport Sign:

An oversized, painted iron sculpture dedicated to the community on behalf of the Kingsport Chamber. 423-392-8800

Address: 400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport TN 37660


Rising above the Holston River, the restored Netherland Inn faces the Old Stage Road in the heart of Kingsport’s Boat Yard District.  423-245-5449

Address:  2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport TN 37660


Built in 1949, Kingsport’s “White House” dons Georgian-style architecture and was once home to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brooks. 423-229-9422

Address:  4444 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport TN 37660


  • Kingsport’s Centennial Park:

Celebrating the Kingsport Spirit, the park provides a unique destination and link to downtown Kingsport that commemorates the community’s past, present and future.

Address: 245 E Main Street, Kingsport TN 37660


Kingsport’s 3,550-acre nature preserve is the largest city-owned park in the state of Tennessee and hosts endless outdoor adventures.   Park Hours Vary. 423-229-9447

Address: 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660


A magical experience for the young and young at heart.  The Kingsport Carousel embodies 32 animals hand-carved by volunteers.  Hours Vary.  Indoor and Outdoor selfie spots available. 423-343-9834

Address: 350 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport TN 37660


A living history farm that once functioned as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden’s Ridge. 423-288-6071

Address:  4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport TN 37664


Warriors Path State Park is a 950 acre park located around the Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir and Duck Island on the South Fork Holston River. Park Hours Vary.423-239-8531

Address: 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport, TN 37663


A favorite destination for walkers, runners and cyclists, the paved trail stretches over 8 miles and has numerous access points across the city.

Address: 1777 Netherland Inn Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660


The city’s memorial park in honor and memory of the community’s military veterans.

Address:  630 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664


For more information, please visit

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Is there a better way to spend a week off school than playing fun games and sports, doing crafts and taking field trips? Kingsport Parks and Recreation doesn’t think so! Parents can sign their kids up now for Fall Break Camp. It starts October 16 for ages 6-12 and the cost is $20 per child.

During camp week, kids will be learning new games, enjoying their favorite sports, crafting up new projects and even taking a trip to the Kingsport Aquatic Center to swim!

Spots are limited so sign up today at V.O. Dobbins. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (for an extra $10, kids can be dropped off at 8:00 a.m. and picked up at 5:00 p.m.) Kids will need to bring their own lunch and snacks. The camp will be held at V.O. Dobbins, located at 301 Louis Street.

For more information, please call Renee Ensor at 423-224-2489 or visit

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Genealogy of families is not only important, but also fun to discover! During Family History month, the Kingsport Public Library will be hosting its third annual genealogy workshop series every Thursday in October from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshops are free and you do not have to register to attend.

The genealogy workshop series will feature four speakers on key topics of interest for those looking into their family’s history and genealogy. These topics are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogy enthusiasts. Check out the information flyer here!

Speakers and topics will include the following:
October 5:  Lori Thornton, Professional Genealogist will present two 1-hour sessions:
  • Cousin Harry’s Tree Adventure and Other Newspaper Discoveries

Join us as we look at how newspapers contain more than just obituaries. Find information on your ancestors and their communities that will enhance your family history narrative.

  • Exploring Your Ancestor’s World with Maps

Learn how maps can add so much to your ancestral search. Find print, electronic, and database sources to assist you in learning more about your ancestor’s world.

October 12: Jessica McNeely, Technical Services Assistant for Holston River Regional Library:
  • Genealogy for the Next Generation

This workshop will focus on how to set up the next generation of genealogists for success.  She will discuss how thorough and organized record keeping and labeling can help future generations build off your work.

October 19: Charlotte Dade, Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Consultant:
  • Documenting Your Ancestors

This workshop will include examples of documents you can use when researching your ancestors, what is included on each, how to use this information, and where they can be found.

October 26: Trent Hanner, Senior Reference Librarian for the Tennessee State Library and Archives will present two 1-hour sessions:

  • Research at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

In this program, we will discuss the history and genealogical significance of Tennessee’s official repository of history. Come learn about this vital institution’s heritage, resources, and services.

  • Online Genealogy with a Tennessee Focus

Genealogical websites abound on the internet, but which ones have the information you actually need? This workshop will explain the partnerships that the TSLA has established with websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch, and how these connections benefit your genealogical research.

Visit or call the reference desk at 423-224-2539 for workshop details.

Bays Mountain Park’s vibrant colors are on the way. The predicted peak time to view the fall colors is a little bit earlier this year, from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20.

Park visitors have many ways to view the leaves this fall, from barge rides to hiking and biking. Barge rides run daily Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and on the weekends at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“There are 110 tree species at Bays Mountain,” said Tom Bowman, retired Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium park director. “The differing pigment levels and combinations of all of these species produces the array of fall coloration we enjoy in our area.”

In addition to the regular barge rides, Bays Mountain will also be having a night barge ride on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. and a twilight barge ride on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for barge rides can be made by calling the park.

Starting November 1, the park will move to winter hours. During winter hours the park grounds are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nature Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Bays Mountain, or to reserve a spot on the barge ride, please visit or call 423-229-9447.

Bays Mountain Park in fall

Photo Credit: Rick Currie
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Creating a sculpture celebrating the combined hopes and dreams that are the community of Kingsport, Rise Together Kingsport is a project by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and artist Charlie Brouwer.

The project provides an opportunity for anyone in the community to participate in creating a sculpture signifying the combined hopes and dreams that depend on, build upon and support each other in Kingsport.

“I borrowed a ladder from a neighbor many years ago,” said Brouwer. “I needed it to get things done around my house. From borrowing that ladder, a relationship was built.”

Individuals, families, organizations, schools, churches, and businesses are invited to lend ladders to be connected together in a monumental sculpture towering in front of the Renaissance Center and spilling across its lawn to Center Street.

The ladders can be real extension and stepladders, or any form or size of ladder – including handmade ladders from any material. The ladders can be as creative or expressive, or as plain as the owners want them to be. All ladders will be registered and tagged, and lenders will be recognized on the list of lenders posted on the Rise Together Kingsport website and on a sign at the sculpture. The owner of a ladder may even choose to have the name of the lender be someone they wish to honor, or remember.

The Office of Cultural Arts is accepting ladders now until October 14th. Ladders can be dropped off at the Renaissance Center during designated times or can be picked up if you do not have a way of transporting the ladder. The drop-off times are September 30th and October 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 1st and October 8th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., October 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 9th to 13th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and October 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The temporary sculpture will be completed on October 14th and will remain on exhibit until November 13th when it will be dismantled and all ladders returned to their owners. For those who do not want their ladder back, they will be donated to Holston Habitat for Humanity.

The artist, Charlie Brouwer has led similar projects in 13 other U.S. communities from Allentown, PA to St. Louis, MO – for information and a video, visit

For more information on Rise Together Kingsport or lending a ladder, visit To arrange for your ladder to be picked up, please call 423-392-8414.

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As our city finishes her 100th birthday, it is significant to look back to 1917 when our first Kingsport mayor, Mayor J.W. Dobyns, was appointed.

On Saturday, please join us at the Kingsport Chamber in the Tennessee Room at 10:30 a.m. for the Dobyns Family video debut, along with a special Q&A with members of the Dobyns family. Vince Staten from the Kingsport Times News will also be in attendance, sharing stories of the family.

After the video event, attendees are invited to lunch to continue discussion and fellowship at Macado’s, a local downtown Kingsport restaurant.

In 1917, Tennessee Governor Tom Rye appointed James Wiley Dobyns as Kingsport’s first mayor. Dobyns, a successful Virginia farmer, had moved to Kingsport in 1906 to manage the newly established Kingsport Farms, which surrounded the current Rotherwood mansion.

When his two-year appointment as Kingsport’s first mayor ended, he was elected for three more consecutive terms. Under the new mayor’s leadership, Kingsport became the well-planned model city initially proposed by financiers John B. Dennis and J. Fred Johnson.

 Always enterprising and hard-working, Mayor Dobyns became president of the Kingsport Building and Loan Association, the manager of Kingsport Stores, and the first president of the Dobyns – Taylor Hardware Incorporated. During his last term as mayor, shortly before his death in 1923, he was elected director and vice president of the Organization of Kingsport Tobacco Market, Incorporated.

Today, the Dobyns name is woven throughout Kingsport’s first 100 years. The family’s legacy of tireless dedication to their fledgling community is the source and embodiment of what we know today as the ‘Kingsport Spirit.’

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On October 5, Kingsport will celebrate the mural installation of Humanae, a collection of portrait photos revealing the true beauty of human color. In partnership with the Downtown Kingsport Association and Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, downtown Kingsport is the next location for this international project exhibit.

Humanae is an internationally acclaimed project by artist Angelica Dass, a Brazilian artist living and working in Madrid. As a young elementary student Angelica was baffled by the words used to describe skin tones. Through the Humanae project she has documented and labeled an on-going array of human color through the Pantone system. The project has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and talks around the world. Through the 2016 TED Global in Vancouver, her issues and philosophies of the project have reached a global audience.

“The Humanae mural is more than a public art piece. It is an opportunity to unify and celebrate the people of Kingsport around the idea that there is beauty in our differences.” – Bonnie Macdonald, director of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

The celebration will take place on the corner of Market and Broad Streets in Downtown Kingsport. After a short ceremony at 4:30 p.m., the public can enjoy cake pops, art projects and selfies with the mural installation. The mural will be displayed on the side of the State Theater along Market Street, and will remain on exhibit through January 1, 2018. A photo installation will also be displayed in the Atrium Gallery on the second floor of the Renaissance Arts Center.

Inspired by the Humanae project local physician and avid computer programmer, Dr. Wes Eastridge has also programed a color selection exercise and is providing a lesson book of color experiments and science through his website MinhaCor Name Your Color, allows the user to manipulate color, hue and saturation to match their own unique skin color and create a name for their specific color. You can see MinhaCor in action at Art in the Heart Gallery on Broad Street.

Humanae Exhibit sponsors include Eastman, Downtown Kingsport Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Engage Kingsport, Friends of Humanae.

For more information on Humanae project, visit or

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Kingsport Site Update: 4:15 p.m

Eastman has removed the precautionary shelter in place advisory for most personnel at its Kingsport site. We’ve also removed the precautionary shelter in place for the surrounding community within a half-mile radius. Eastman’s near neighbors can resume all normal activities. We appreciate the cooperation from all our neighbors and community during this time. In an event like this, we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our employees and our site neighbors.

Update: 1:24 pm
KCS Update

Kingsport City Schools is returning to normal operations.  Afternoon dismissal procedures and after-school activities will take place as normal.

Update: 1:05 pm

Eastman has removed the precautionary shelter in place advisory Wednesday for its corporate campus and surrounding community, except for those within a one-half-mile radius of the intersection of John B. Dennis and Moreland Drive in Kingsport, and personnel inside the Kingsport plant perimeter.

The shelter in place advisory was issued in an abundance of caution in response to a process upset in the coal gasification area of its Kingsport manufacturing site.

No injuries have been reported. The incident was reported to the proper regulatory authorities.

We expect to have an assessment by 3 p.m. ET whether the localized shelter in place advisory will be lifted.

Eastman will continue to share additional details as they become available.



Eastman Statement

Around 10:00 a.m. ET, we experienced a process upset in the coal gasification area of our Kingsport manufacturing site.
The upset created a loud noise and a visible plume.
No one was injured.
In an excess of caution, our employees are currently sheltered in place as we are working to secure the area.
Until more information is known, near neighbors are advised to do the same.
That means to stay indoors, turn off your HVAC system. More information will be updated on, the Eastman Care line 423-229-CARE and local media.
We have reported the incident to the proper regulatory authorities.

Kingsport City Schools Statement

Purely as a precaution at the recommendation of local authorities, Kingsport City Schools has moved to a shelter-in-place status as an apparent situation at Eastman is investigated. KCS is in communication with Eastman and the Kingsport Police Department and will continue to update as more information is received. Normal school operations will continue as students remain inside during this time. We will continue to communicate with Eastman and KPD and provide updates as they become available.