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The City of Kingsport’s Progress Edition gives citizens a sneak peek into current and upcoming projects from the city and its partners.

In this year’s edition, you’ll find updates on the new KATS facility, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Bays Mountain Park and more! Click below to read the full color, online version of Progress Edition. If you prefer a physical version, look for a copy of the Kingsport Times-News for Wednesday, March 27.

Read the City of Kingsport’s Progress Edition 2019.

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Do you love the Kingsport Farmers Market? Would you like to put your creativity to use and show that love to everyone? We want to see your poster designing skills!

The Kingsport Farmers Market is hosting a contest to find the perfect design for its 2019 season poster. This poster will help promote the market not just as a place to find the freshest local produce, but as somewhere that allows people to connect with neighbors, support the economic viability of local farms and work to preserve farmland for generations to come. That’s a lot of power to pack in one poster, but we believe in you.

We’re looking for posters that depict a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging (who, what, when, where) and market identity. If you win, you’ll receive some Kingsport Farmers Market swag, your name and design featured in the Kingsport Times-News and—best of all—your design will be our official poster for our 2019 season!

You have until Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. to send us a design that meets the following requirements:

  • Includes the Kingsport Farmers Market logo
  • Includes our location, hours, and web address
  • High-resolution (300 dpi) PNG/JPG format and PDF format

For a digital copy of the Kingsport Farmers Market logo, contact hannahpurdy@kingsporttn.gov. All posters must be submitted through email no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 to hannahpurdy@kingsporttn.gov.

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What better way to listen to music than in the great outdoors? Bays Mountain Park welcomes Monroeville for a concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Visit the Bays Mountain Park Amphitheater to see this unique band play a full-length concert. While Monroeville’s style is based in bluegrass, the band’s expert musicianship lets them experiment with other genres to keep their sound fresh. They’re not afraid to improvise while playing live, which makes each concert experience with Monroeville an exciting one.

Monroeville is led by Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Matt Munsey and features multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from diverse backgrounds. Monroeville has been active for eight years, and won 2012 Momentum Band of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Their most recent album, 2016’s “Worlds Apart,” is available to stream on Spotify.

Tickets are $5 and available now online at eventbrite.com by searching “Monroeville.” You can also visit Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s Facebook page to easily find the ticket link. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold.

To learn more about Monroeville, visit monroevilleband.com. For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423)229-9447.

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From April 1 through 12, the city of Kingsport is holding its annual spring clean-up service for residents. Residents can place extra items on the curb for garbage crews to haul away at no extra charge. The city encourages residents to clean up and clean out their yards, garages and basements. Every resident will receive two garbage and recycling pick-ups and one trash pick-up during the two-week period.

The city will pick-up: 
Appliances
Tires (only 4 per household and off the rim)
Furniture
Small amount of building materials (drywall, carpet, scrap lumber)
Yard debris
Mattresses
Bagged grass
Bagged or loose leaves
Brush
General junk

The city will not pick-up: 
Paint
Liquids
Hazardous material
Propane tanks
Tires on rims
Contractor generated building materials
Contractor generated tree debris

During the clean-up weeks, the city will accept items outside the garbage can. A leaf truck will also run during this time. While the spring clean-up service is free for residents, the city will still charge for contractor-generated waste and tree debris during these weeks.

Computer items, such as monitors, keyboards and hard drives, can be taken to the Sullivan County Transfer Station on Brookside Drive.

Sullivan County will hold its annual hazardous material collection on May 4 and October 5  at Sullivan Central High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 423-323-6439 to learn more.

For more information about Kingsport’s clean-up weeks, please call 423-229-9451 or visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

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Think March is too early to start looking for your ideal summer job? Think again! The Kingsport Aquatic Center is hosting a Summer Job Fair on March 28 and 29.

Visit the Legion Room at the KAC between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on either day to learn about opportunities for work as a certified lifeguard, in the concessions stand, at the front desk and more. Accuforce representatives will be on site to process applications, and KAC staff will conduct same-day interviews.

The KAC offers competitive pay and a fun, flexible working environment with plenty of room to grow. If you like spending your summer by the pool, why not get paid for it? Bring your enthusiasm to the Summer Job Fair, and get ready to work with the KAC team this summer.

For more information about employment opportunities, how to earn your lifeguard certification and more, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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City Manager Jeff Fleming has appointed Sid Cox as Kingsport’s new City Recorder and Chief Financial Officer.

“I’ve served in this capacity before for my hometown of Elizabethton, so I know the territory and I feel comfortable with it,” Cox said. “This is a great opportunity for me to step up, and step into what I think will be a very professionally rewarding position. I’m really looking forward to working closer with the city administrative team and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to continue the success and progress made by the City of Kingsport.”

Cox has worked for the city since starting as a senior accountant in 2010. He’s also served as an accounting supervisor, and most recently was the business manager for the Community Services Department. But his life as a public servant goes back much further than that. After graduating from ETSU in 1988 with a degree in accounting, Cox worked for Sullivan County, where he climbed the ladder before eventually serving as Elizabethton’s Director of Finance.

Though he’s had forays into the private sector, Cox was always drawn back to local government.

“I began my career with local government“, he said. I think that there’s a lot of opportunity and satisfaction with helping people in public service.”

The role of City Recorder/CFO is to head the Finance Department, which oversees the security and management of the city’s financial assets, as well as the collection of most revenues. Cox will be over the accounting, customer service and records management divisions that make up the department. Kingsport’s Finance Department has won the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 18 years in a row. With a seasoned city employee at the helm, the department hopes to continue its trend of excellence.

When he’s not at work, Cox likes to spend time with his wife of 33 years, Cindy, and his two grown daughters, Chelsie and Courtney. They have dinner together most Sundays. Cox is also a huge fan of college football—particularly the team at his alma mater, ETSU.

He says he’s very excited about this next step in his career, both for him and his family.

“Professionally and personally, it’s a great opportunity and great timing for me,” Cox said. “I’m really looking forward to serving the citizens of Kingsport in a different role.”

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America’s Navy is coming to Kingsport, Tennessee, one of 25 cities in ten states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2019 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy Concert Band performance is scheduled for March 18, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Eastman Employee Center’s Toy F. Reid Auditorium.

The Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for more than 90 years.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public though all attendees must have a ticket. Free tickets are available at the Eastman Employee Center and the Dobyns-Bennett Band Building.

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Kingsport Area Transit Service will offer free rides on the bus routes all day long Friday, March 15 if you are wearing something green or are carrying a green KATS bag. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day a few days early with a free ride on a city bus!

Make sure you take advantage of this deal, and tell your friends and family members. If you have never ridden public transportation, this is the perfect opportunity to try KATS at no cost to you. You can learn more about KATS at www.kingsporttransit.org.

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Bays Mountain’s Summer Day Camp is the perfect combination of adventure and education! Registration is now open, and with tuition only $60 per child, it’s a win for you and your kids.

Each week of Day Camp is filled with outdoor, nature-oriented activities and adventures. Day camp hours are Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers should bring a bag lunch with a drink. Parents or grandparents should plan to stay on the first morning for a short orientation of the week’s activities and expectations.

Sessions are limited to 30 campers per week. Session dates are as follows:

Session dates for students entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in Fall 2018:

  • June 4th – 8th
  • June 18th – 22nd
  • July 2nd – 6th
  • July 16th – 20th
  • July 23rd – 27th

Session dates for students entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in Fall 2018:

  • June 11th – 15th
  • June 25th – 29th
  • July 9th – 13th

A current Family Membership is required to register your child or grandchild for Day Camp. Family Memberships are $35 and allow you and your family free entry into the Park for one vehicle and up to six free passes per program (planetarium show, barge ride and nature program) every time you visit the Park.

To register your child for Day Camp, please pick up an application in the Nature Center or download the application from baysmountain.com. Payments should be made with the submission of applications. Please make check(s) payable to “Bays Mountain Park Association.” Refunds will be given up to two weeks before the session. After that, refunds will be given only if the slot can be filled.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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Venture to new celestial horizons and explore the Universe’s darkest mysteries at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium. A full slate of planetarium and astronomy programs will keep any space-lover busy this spring.

“Exploring New Horizons” returns as the planetarium’s alternate feature this March. This in-house production takes an exciting look at the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of Pluto. The planetarium operator will follow the show with an update on New Horizons’ recent flyby of Ultima Thule, the farthest Solar System object to be explored. Perfect for the whole family, this show focuses on planetary exploration and discovery and how it affects our understanding of the Solar System. The show is followed by a live tour of the current night sky.

The main feature through May, “The Dark Matter Mystery,” explores questions that researchers all over the world are trying to answer. What keeps galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe, and what makes it look the way it does today? Approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue—dark matter. Scientists know it’s out there, but what it’s made out of is one of the biggest questions in contemporary astrophysics. In this planetarium show, join scientists on their hunt for dark matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve “The Dark Matter Mystery?”

Beginning on March 2, “Exploring New Horizons” will play Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. “The Dark Matter Mystery” plays Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m. and weekends at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Catch these fascinating show before their run ends on April 28. Both shows last approximately 35 minutes.

For those that prefer a more hands-on experience, Bays Mountain Park’s free outdoor observing sessions return this spring. “SunWatch” and “StarWatch” are great opportunities to learn about stars both near to and far from our planet.

Witness the Sun in close detail at “SunWatch” every clear Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the dam. A member of the planetarium staff or the Bays Mountain Astronomy club will help guests look safely through a telescope at the Sun. Keep an eye out for dark patches—those may be Sunspots larger than the Earth!

On Saturday evenings in March and April, the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club hosts “StarWatch.” This free program gives guests the chance to observe the night sky in all its splendor from the top of the mountain. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, an alternate activity will be held in the planetarium theater. “StarWatch” dates for this spring are March 2 & 9 at 7 p.m.; March 16, 23 & 30 at 8 p.m.; and every Saturday in April at 8:30 p.m.

All observing sessions are free, though Park entrance fees apply. Planetarium tickets are $5 per person. Children ages five and younger receive free admission with a paying adult, and Park Association members also receive free admission. For more information on Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows or group ticket costs, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.