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Are you creative, good with design and do you love the Kingsport Farmers Market? If so, we want to see your poster making skills! Market posters not only promote a place to pick up delicious food, they promote an opportunity to connect with neighbors, support the economic viability of local farms, and work to preserve farmland for generations to come – a true testament to the power of some simple signage.

The Contest:
We’re looking for posters that depict a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging (Who, What, When, Where) and market identity. The winner of the contest will receive Kingsport Farmers Market swag, their name alongside their poster in the Kingsport Times News and best of all, their design will be the official Kingsport Farmers Market poster for the 2018 season! The contest is open now until February 28th, 2018. For a digital copy of the Farmers Market logo, please contact alexhayes@kingsporttn.gov.

If we accept your artwork, it becomes property of the City of Kingsport, and we have the authority to make changes to suit our needs. We will first work with you to make any changes.

Entrance Requirements:
A high-resolution (300 dpi) PNG/JPG and a PDF of the poster
The Kingsport Farmers Market logo must be included on the poster.
All entries must be submitted by 5:00pm on Feb 28, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
Only one submission per person.
Posters may be submitted by email. To submit posters via email, please send them to alexhayes@kingsporttn.gov.

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The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to debut a new Online Reporting option for the public. This web-based reporting system will allow citizens to file police reports to document certain types of incidents over the internet, at their own convenience, and at no cost. The Kingsport Police Department expects this internet based reporting service to be very popular among citizens.

This service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them, without having to travel to the Justice Center or wait for an officer to respond to their location. Upon submitting a report online, the citizen will be able to immediately print a temporary copy of the initial report.

The report will then be reviewed by K.P.D. personnel, and once approved, the citizen will receive a confirmation email containing a free copy of the final approved report. Finally, the report will upload into the Kingsport Police Department records management database and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis capabilities as if the report had been filed by a police officer.

Currently, the Online Reporting option is only available for incidents that fall into one of the following categories:

1) Harassment via Telephone, Text, or Social Media
2) Lost Property
3) Non-Criminal Property Damage
4) Misdemeanor Theft
5) Vandalism (Non-Domestic Violence Related)

The Kingsport Police Department Online Reporting option is powered by Coplogic, Inc. and includes specific information regarding exactly what types of incidents can be reported online, as well as a step-by-step tutorial and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. To access the Online Reporting option, either:

1) Visit the department’s website at https://www.KingsportTN.gov/Police-Department and click on the Online Reporting tab, or

2) File the report via a smart phone by calling 1-833-827-4992. The citizen will then enter their own smart phone number. Coplogic will send a text message to that smart phone with a link to access the Online Reporting system.

K.P.D. conducted a “soft launch” of this new Online Reporting option at the end of November 2017, and to date approximately 20 reports have already been filed online by citizens. At an average time savings of 30 minutes of an officer’s time per report, K.P.D. estimates that 10 man-hours have already been saved. Now that this option is actually being advertised, these numbers are expected to soar.

The time-saving factor alone, not only for citizens, but also for officers, is extremely valuable. Allowing citizens to self-report certain types of incidents will free up some time for officers to address other community needs and to conduct more proactive law enforcement, crime prevention, and public safety initiatives. This service will also allow Kingsport Police Officers to respond to more critically urgent matters, crimes in progress, and genuine emergencies in a more efficient manner.

Chief Scott Boyd

Scott Boyd has officially been named as Kingsport’s next Fire Chief, replacing Craig Dye who retired late last year after 34 years of service. Boyd has nearly 30 years of service himself – almost half that time as Assistant Chief – serving in a key leadership role during one of the most expansive growth periods in the department’s history.

During Boyd’s tenure as Assistant Fire Chief, he was instrumental in the growth of the fire department. For example, below are a few achievements:

Kingsport has grown from 6 to 8 fire stations with a 27% increase in employees during the past 10 years alone. Kingsport reached an historic agreement with Sullivan County by investing $1.9 million in the city’s portion of a countywide radio system to insure that varying departments can seamlessly communicate with each other. Kingsport built a state-of-the-art fire training ground and became the regional training center in partnership with Eastman and recently added an assistant training officer position. A Fire Capital Facilities Plan was adopted by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen with plans to invest $2.65 million in the next 5 years. A second ladder truck was added at a cost of $1.2 million – a long awaited need identified by accrediting authorities.

Most notably, Boyd has served as Accreditation Manager since 2005. The Kingsport Fire Department was one of the first 40 Fire Departments in the world to obtain the Commission on Fire Accreditation International designation in 2001 and has been reaccredited four times since.

Boyd was chosen from a pool of 7 internal candidates who participated in an extensive interview and assessment center made up of internal management and external fire and human resources professionals from throughout East Tennessee. Questions were based on input from selected former fire chiefs, 9-1-1 board members, legal, budget, management, and all members of the fire department.

“The Kingsport Fire Department has a long and successful tradition of excellence and I felt it important to choose from the pool of employees who got us here,” said Jeff Fleming, City Manager.

“Scott Boyd is a man of the highest integrity,” said retired Fire Chief Conner Caldwell. “His track record speaks for itself. I have known him since the beginning and it’s gratifying to see him rise through the ranks and assume the role of Chief. Well-deserved.”

“We have a long and successful relationship with Chief Boyd and the Kingsport Fire Department,” said Brian Ramsey, Eastman Fire Chief.

“Scott Boyd is someone you want on your team. He’s been a great partner in city-county cooperation and emergency response planning,” said Jim Bean, Director of Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency.

“I’m elated. This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Of course, my promotion creates a cascade of openings that will need to be filled so I’m eager to get started,” Boyd said.

“We need to improve communications within the department. With 8 stations and 24-hour shifts, it’s difficult to effectively keep everyone informed. We have tremendous talent and I’d like to better tap into that potential, asking employees to participate in updating our standard operating procedures, strategic plan, and training programs.

Boyd has been married for 28 years to the former Laura Woodard and they are the parents of 2 sons. He’s a Kingsport native, Eagle Scout, graduate of Leadership Kingsport, and graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy. He has served on numerous professional and community boards including Eastman’s Community Advisory Panel, National Incident Management System, The Rotary Club of Kingsport Downtown, United Way, a director of the Tennessee Mutual Aid System, Tennessee Tactical Rescue Task Force, and Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee. He is treasurer of the Northeast Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association, and a member of the Tennessee, Southeast, and International Association of Fire Chiefs.

“Hopefully there’s another young firefighter out there who will rise through the ranks like I’ve been blessed to do. I want to show them there’s a true career path and growth potential here,” Boyd added.

Boyd will officially take over as Fire Chief effective immediately.

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Save the dates for KKB’s Green and Growing gardening seminars coming up in March! Best way to beat the winter blahs is to start planning your gardens.growing semiar poster
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Want to share your thoughts on Kingsport’s new park? Come by and share your thoughts and give input at the public workshop on January 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the V.O. Dobbins Senior Complex.

Riverbend Park is a 24-acre park that will be located along the Holston River adjacent to the Riverbend apartment complex and behind the Walmart Supercenter on Fort Henry Drive.
The master plan will facilitate the direction, type, location and scale of amenities to be located at the new park. Public thoughts and input are welcome. A current design of the park will be available for viewing at the workshop meeting.
The V.O. Dobbins Senior Complex is located at 301 Louis Street.
If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Woods at 423-224-2482 or Kingsport Parks and Recreation at 423-229-9401.

 

The 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot).

The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street (City Parking Lot between Kingsport City Hall & The Justice Center). The theme is “ANSWER TO RACISM IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST”.  If you would like to enter a car, float, church/business van, bus, truck, other exhibits or take a 20 minute walk during lunch in the parade, please contact Elder Gwen Collins (TVFAR) at (423) 753-2345 or General Overseer Ronnie Collins (JGII) at (423) 956-0675 or email: gacssccc@aim.com or rcollins.j316@gmail.com

If you would like to contribute to some service projects from January 15 – March 31, 2018 they are as follows:

  • Butterball Turkey, Can Goods, Mac & Cheese, & Rolls $10/family (My Brother’s Keeper & Food City)
  • Tools-For-School $7/child (Joshua Generation & Office DEPOT)
  • Diapers & Wipes $10/baby (Putting Babies First & Upper East TN Human Dev. Agency)

Make your tax deductible contribution payable to: JGII, P.O. Box 3390, Kingsport, TN 37664-3390.

Parade sponsors include Food City, City of Kingsport, Office Depot, Joshua Generation (JGII), My Brother’s Keeper, Putting Babies First, Tennessee & Virginia Fellowship Against Racism, New Vision, H.O.P.E., & Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency. Please take time to help bring about positive change in the community in which we live and help us Change a Generation!

MLK DAY 2018 PARADE 2018

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Get your glow on and swim in the New Year at the Kingsport Aquatic Center’s Let’s Glow Swimming Party. On Saturday, January 6th, the lights will be dimmed, and the indoor pools will be filled with glow sticks of all shapes and sizes.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all 9 to 15 year olds are invited to party with their friends before heading back to school. There will be music, inflatables and swimming in the glow pools. Children are encouraged to bring their own glow sticks to the party.

Pre-registration admission is $5, and admission at the door is $7. Supervision will be provided by the Kingsport Aquatic Center staff, and parents will need to sign a code of conduct/waiver form when they pre-register or when they pay at the door.

For more information or to pre-register, please call 423-343-9758 or visit www.swimkingport.com.

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