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Allandale Mansion is hosting four free concerts in August! Music lovers can get food and beverages starting at 6:00 p.m. and the concerts start at 7:00 p.m. at the Allandale Amphitheater.

Each week will feature different entertainers and food truck vendors, such as Foodie Fiction on August 2nd and 9th, Back Draft BBQ on August 16th and 23rd. Sam’s SnoBall Paradise will be there August 2nd, 16th and 23rd with Auntie Ruth’s Donuts attending August 9th. Sleepy Owl will be at each concert event throughout the series.

Check out the musical lineup for this year!

August 2: Vic Henley

Sponsored by Doctor Steve Baumrucker and East Tennessee Comedy, New York comedian Vic Henley will bring all the laughs on August 2nd. Henley has his own Comedy Central half-hour special, he has appeared as a stand-up comedian on HBO, CBS, NBC, MTV and A&E, and is the co-author of a best-selling book with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

August 9: Folk Soul Revival

From Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, the band is one of the most sought after performing acts featuring roots-rock and back-porch instrumentation. The quintet has opened for many acts, such as Travis Tritt and Eric Church, and received many state awards and national recognition for their singles and albums.

August 16: Kyle Cook

Formerly with Matchbox Twenty and also performing as Rivers & Rust, Kyle Cook is a Nashville based producer and talented singer-songwriter. He’s co-written and collaborated with musicians such as Mick Jagger, John Waite and others!

August 23: Beth Snapp and Band

The concert series will close with Northeast Tennessee favorite Beth Snapp and Band for the grand finale. The pop infused singer-songwriter is known for the connection she makes with her music to serve a story!

Bring your chairs, blankets, friends and the whole family to one or all of the August at Allandale concerts!

Eastman Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, Visit Kingsport, Friends of Allandale and PEAK are sponsors for the concerts. For more information, please call 423-229-9422 or visit Allandale Mansion on Facebook.

Allandale Mansion is hosting four free concerts in August! Music lovers can get food and beverages starting at 6:00 p.m. and the concerts start at 7:00 p.m. at the Allandale Amphitheater.

Each week will feature different entertainers and food truck vendors, such as Project Waffle on August 2nd and 9th, and Back Draft BBQ on August 16th and 23rd.

Check out the musical lineup for this year!

August 2: Vic Henley

Sponsored by Doctor Steve Baumrucker and East Tennessee Comedy, New York comedian Vic Henley will bring all the laughs on August 2nd. Henley has his own Comedy Central half-hour special, he has appeared as a stand-up comedian on HBO, CBS, NBC, MTV and A&E, and is the co-author of a best-selling book with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

August 9: Folk Soul Revival

From Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, the band is one of the most sought after performing acts featuring roots-rock and back-porch instrumentation. The quintet has opened for many acts, such as Travis Tritt and Eric Church, and received many state awards and national recognition for their singles and albums.

August 16: Kyle Cook

Formerly with Matchbox Twenty and also performing as Rivers & Rust, Kyle Cook is a Nashville based producer and talented singer-songwriter. He’s co-written and collaborated with musicians such as Mick Jagger, John Waite and others!

August 23: Beth Snapp and Band

The concert series will close with Northeast Tennessee favorite Beth Snapp and Band for the grand finale. The pop infused singer-songwriter is known for the connection she makes with her music to serve a story!

Bring your chairs, blankets, friends and the whole family to one or all of the August at Allandale concerts!

Eastman Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, Visit Kingsport, Friends of Allandale and PEAK are sponsors for the concerts. For more information, please call 423-229-9422 or visit Allandale Mansion on Facebook.

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You are invited to Back-To-School Movie Night at the Kingsport Aquatic Center! This year’s showing will feature the 1993 throwback movie, The Sandlot.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this fan favorite! The movie is open to the public, and tickets will be $3/person and can be purchased at the KAC outdoor gate. Kingsport Aquatic Center and YMCA members get in free. The movie will be shown at the outdoor water park and the concession stand and outdoor pools will be open! Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start around 8:30 p.m.

Back-to-school hours start Monday, August 6th. The indoor hours will remain the same, but the outdoor water park hours will be altered. The KAC’s half price admission will be offered Monday – Friday after 4:00 p.m. For the month of August, the KAC will also be hosting Thirsty Thursdays, where guests can get half-price 20oz drinks from the Oasis concession stand.

Back-to-school hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 4:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the Kingsport Aquatic Center, visit www.swimkingsport.com or call the Aquatic Center at 423-343-9758.

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Join the Symphony of the Mountains at Allandale Mansion for their special ‘Music at the Mansion’ concert on Sunday, July 29th! Bring your own blanket and lawn chairs for an evening of colorful music from Big Band to Bluegrass. A special musical guest, ShadowGrass, will join the Symphony of the Mountains in a concert that won’t soon be forgotten.

Each year, the symphony encourages people to decorate their picnic area with a special theme. This year, the theme is “Colors of the Mountains.” At the concert intermission, the Women’s Symphony Committee Honorees visit each of the registered picnic areas for judging. The picnic area winner gets a special little trophy and two season passes to the symphony!

Concert goers can bring coolers and snacks. The Beer Run in Kingsport will also be hosting a beer garden for the event.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org or call 423-392-8423.

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Following the retirement of Sandy Crawford, Brent Morelock was promoted to Procurement Manager for the City of Kingsport. Procurement is a critical process affecting every service the city contracts, from construction projects to website design and more. Morelock’s standard of an efficient and effective procurement process is getting the best quality for the best price in the best interest of taxpayers and recipients of city services.

Morelock is credentialed as a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) as well as a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council which is accredited by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Morelock has over 20 years of public and private sector procurement experience having spent the last 12 years in the city’s Procurement Department. He maintains professional memberships with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing and the East Tennessee Purchasing Association.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve,” Morelock added, “and will uphold the strong ethical precedent established by my predecessors of free, fair, and open competition when soliciting bids and proposals for the purpose of public procurement. All bids and proposals will receive equal, fair and non-preferential treatment throughout the entire procurement process and shall be uniformly solicited, evaluated and awarded on a non-discriminatory basis in accordance with the city’s code of ordinances as well as state and federal law when applicable.”

Morelock is a Kingsport native, a graduate of Sullivan North High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University. He and his wife Lisa, who is an RN, reside in Kingsport. They have one son, Gavin, who attends Kingsport City Schools.

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Libraries today have evolved into interactive spaces where imagination still runs wild while adding technology to the experience. Christine “Chris” Markley was recently hired as the new Library Manager, and her goal is to see Kingsport’s Library go to the next level.

Chris Markley has been a librarian for over 12 years and has experience in a variety of libraries. Most recently she was Director of the Hawkins County Library System. She has also worked as the Library Manager of Selma Public Library in Selma, NC and as an Elementary School Librarian at Washington Elementary School in Barto, PA. During her tenure at Washington Elementary School she was a frequent presenter at local and state Librarian and Reading Specialist conferences. She, unsurprisingly, loves to read and reads over 120 books a year. Chris has been a reviewer of books for School Library Journal and Library Media Connection.

Chris relocated to Kingsport from Clayton, NC with her husband, Tom, 5 years ago. Tom is a chemist at Eastman. As avid travelers, they have visited 49 states and 9 countries. They are just back from a vacation to Banff, Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana.

She received a MLS in Library Science with a K-12 Teaching Certificate from Kutztown University and a B.S. in Economics from Syracuse University.

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 Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) Executive Board on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. (EST) at the Improvement Building (Bob Clear Conference Room), 201 West Market Street, in (downtown) Kingsport, Tennessee. Copies of the agenda and supporting documentation can be found in the MTPO office 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 items for this meeting include amendments to the FY17-21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and a resolution of support for Scott County Virginia’s Smart Scale project submissions. A public hearing will also be held in order to receive comments and questions on these 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 William A. 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 MTPO en por el teléfono en 423-224-2677.

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Come join the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and the ETSU Physics Department on the ETSU campus to view the four brightest planets with the aid of a small fleet of telescopes! On July 27th and August 3rd, from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible!

While all four of these planets are visible during the summer, the two observing dates that have been set are important as they take advantage of the opposition of Mars. The opposition of Mars provides a multi-week window of opportunity to see Mars look a little bigger in a telescope than at other times. This occurs when Earth overtakes Mars in its orbit as Earth orbits the Sun faster than Mars. At this time, Earth and Mars will be the closest together in their orbits. The result is that quality telescopes, at a high power, and if the sky is steady, can eek out general surface details. Features hoped to see on Mars include dark, lava covered lowlands and light reddish highlands. If we are lucky, we might spy the southern pole with an ice cap.

Venus will not show features as it is always enshrouded by clouds, and will look about the same visual size as Mars. Jupiter and Saturn will show a good amount of features as the planets will look twice as large as Mars in a telescope. Jupiter’s main dark belts and light zones of its enormous atmosphere highlight the planet’s visual features. Jupiter’s four largest moons will also be visible. Saturn sports its eye-catching rings while the planet Saturn has difficult gas atmosphere surface features to see. Some of the larger moons of Saturn can also be seen.

The observing events are free and open to the public. The group will meet at Parking Lot 22A, which runs parallel to the Go Bucs Trail, near West State of Franklin. Enter campus to access the lot from Jack Vest Drive. If it is too cloudy or raining, the event is canceled.

For more information on Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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Join us for a fun time at Borden Park! The city is hosting a ribbon cutting and dedication for the new playground and two picnic shelters on July 10th at 10:30 a.m.
The new picnic shelters were completed by the Rotary Club of Kingsport as a centennial project.
The recently completed playground features a tree-house structure with climbers, slides, poles and a rock wall. Eight new swings and a special three-person swing complete the list of new equipment.
Through the Project Diabetes Grant from the Tennessee Department of Health, along with funds from the city, this is the second round of improvements to be completed at Borden Park. The last phase will be completed in 2019, with more new playground equipment being installed.
For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org.
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The Kingsport Carousel is 3 years old and you’re invited to the birthday party! To celebrate the Carousel’s birthday, all rides will be free on Saturday, July 7th. Enjoy rock and face painting, games, live music and more!

The Carousel will be open for free rides on Saturday, July 7th beginning at 10:00 a.m. Come early and pick up your favorite produce or baked goods from the Kingsport Farmers Market which will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The free cooking demo series, Saturdays with the Chef, will begin at 9:00 a.m. with free samples and recipes. Hear live music at 10:30 a.m. presented by Pickin’ Porch, and get an icy treat from Kona Ice.

For those who pre-ordered the limited edition carousel coloring book, Ups and Downs of the Merry-Go-Round, author BB Joyner and illustrator Joe Pilkenton will be at the event to sign copies of the book. All books will be available for pick up at the carousel during the birthday party.

Participants of Dawn Whitelaw’s Outdoor Painting Workshop will be set up at the carousel to paint the vibrant scene of the carousel birthday party. Watch them practice “plein air” painting while you shop for local produce, catch a free ride on the carousel and play a game of giant checkers.

Event Schedule
  • Kingsport Farmers Market: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • FunFest Block Party: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Free Carousel Rides: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Kingsport Carousel is a volunteer-led project completed in 2015.  Over 300 volunteers worked over 5 years to hand-carve and hand-paint platform and sweep animals for the working 1956 vintage Herschell carousel.  Since opening in July 2015 the Carousel has hosted over 225,000 riders. The Carousel is open to the public year-round and all rides are $1. Private parties and Birthday parties start at $100 and can be booked by calling 423-392-8414.

Carousel Summer Hours
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.