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, August 8, 2019 at 1:30 P.M. EDT in the Kingsport City Hall Council Room at 225 West Center Street in Kingsport, Tennessee. Copies of the agenda and supporting documentation can be found in the MTPO office in the Improvement Building, City Hall, and the Kingsport Public Library in addition to the following website: The primary items for this meeting include adoption of the Tennessee FY20-FY21 Unified Planning Work Program, approval of the bi-state planning agreement, adoption of the updated Public Participation Plan, and an amendment to the FY17-21 Transportation Improvement Program. 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 TTD 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.

Don your super suit and assemble at the Kingsport Aquatic for an amazing Back to School Movie Night!

On August 3, join in on the KAC’s annual tradition where you’ll get to watch a movie right from the pool. Pools will remain open during the movie, and fresh popcorn, candy bars and drinks–all your essential movie treats–will be for sale.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at nightfall around 8:40 p.m. Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up to watch. The movie runs for 117 minutes.

Tickets are $3 per non-member and will be available at the KAC outdoor gate. KAC and YMCA members get in free.

Back-to-school hours start Monday, August 5. 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 p.m.

Back-to-school hours:

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

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

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The City of Kingsport Public Art Committee is seeking sculpture for the 12th Annual Sculpture Exhibition in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. The dates for the exhibition are October 2019 through October 2020. Works can be in any medium, must be suitable for outdoors, and may be functional or non-functional. The Sculpture Walk will be curated by Catherine Murray, Sculpture Artist and Professor Emeritus at ETSU.

Application Info

  • Works: Functional and non-functional, temporary and permanent work in any medium suitable for outdoor public space; works may be available for purchase; up to eight works will be selected for this exhibition.
  • Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.
  • Exhibition: 12 months – October 2019-October 2020
  • Stipend: Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $1000 stipend per artist/piece. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation; most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.
  • Purchases: Art may be open to public purchase.
  • Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on September 1, 2019 (no late applications will be accepted).
  • See application directions below. Applications can be sent to

Selection Criteria

The curator will use the following criteria in the selection process:

  1. Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public.
  2. Pieces should represent diverse materials and perspectives.
  3. Pieces should have been created within the last five years.


The City of Kingsport and the Public Art Committee accept no responsibility for the costs incurred by the artist in responding to this call for sculpture pieces. The artist is responsible for transportation to and from Kingsport.

Application Guidelines

Proposals must include the following:

  1. Completed application (visit for application)
  2. Current resume
  3. Artist statement
  4. At least three photos of the submitted piece

Compile these requirements into a PDF or a Word document and e-mail to

Timeline/ Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Deadline for receipt of application materials
September 15, 2019 Selection
September 27, 2019 Artist Notification
September 30-October 10, 2019 Installation Dates
October 10, 2019 Sculpture Walk Reception

For more information or to access the application, please visit

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Interested in learning more about Tennessee’s natural history so you can help maintain it? Registration for the Tennessee Naturalist Program at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is now open.

The Tennessee Naturalist Program is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

The purpose of the TNP is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee’s natural resources. To become a Tennessee Naturalist, a person must complete a minimum of 40 hours instruction through a TNP training course and perform a minimum of 40 hours volunteer service.

After training, Tennessee Naturalists may participate in many different types of volunteer activities, such as helping a nature outreach program at a park, museum, nature center or school, assisting the collection of scientific data for a bird census, water quality assessment or rare plant monitoring, and working with trail maintenance or habitat restoration projects.

Tennessee Naturalist Program Schedule
Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.

  • August 16: So you want to be a naturalist
  • August 23: Feathered friends: the birds of Tennessee
  • August 30: The world of invertebrates: pollinators, predators, pests, and parasitoids
  • September 6: Tennessee’s living waters
  • September 13: Forbs, ferns, fungi, and more
  • September 20: Hooray for herps
  • September 27: Forests and trees of Tennessee
  • October 4: The geology of Tennessee
  • October 11: The furry creatures of Tennessee
  • October 18: The ecology of Tennessee
  • October 25: Nocturnal Naturalist

Attire and footwear should both be appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities. First two hours are held inside, while the last two hours are held outside weather depending. Registration will begin July 15. The cost is $250, which includes all classes and class material, hand lens and field notebook. You can register in person at the nature center or call the nature center at 423-229-9447 to register over the phone.