A Birthday Party 100 Years in the Making!

Kingsport is turning 100, and you’re invited to the big birthday celebration! On March 2 at 3:30 p.m., join us for a special birthday party at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. We’ll celebrate how much Kingsport has flourished since our date of incorporation in 1917, exactly 100 years ago on March 2! From industry to innovation, Kingsport continues to be progressive.

The birthday activity stations include:

  • KingsportRocks – paint your own centennial rock
  • What’s Your 100? – have you decided what your 100 will be?
  • Centennial Publications – Vince Staten, author of ‘An Unconventional History of Kingsport’ and Brianne Wright, author of ‘On This Day in Kingsport History’ will autograph books; Business Journal will release their special centennial issue
  • Centennial Merchandise – pick up your centennial gear here
  • Photo Booth with 100 sign – missed it at New Years? Now’s your chance!
  • Kingsport City Schools – see a photo collage of 100 photos of KCS history
  • Balloon animals and face painting
  • Free carousel rides
  • ‘Walk Through Kingsport History’ – visit stations full of photos and interesting history as to why Kingsport is so unique

Not only will we sing happy birthday to Kingsport, but we’re also celebrating the centenarians of Kingsport. We have four individuals who will be attending and recognized. We’ll sing happy birthday to them, too!

The first 100 attendees to the free birthday event will receive a free magnet featuring a historical photo of Broad Street and a special edition Nolen Plan print from Adam Gray with Workspace Interiors.

The Farmer’s Market is located at 308 Clinchfield Street. For more information, please visit www.kingsport100.org.

birthday art

 

Recycling Update: What Can I Recycle?

Recycling is a free city service with over 13,000 current residents. In the past seven months, over 340 cans were delivered to new participating residents.

By using the recycling service, it create a positive impact on the city by providing jobs and reducing waste at the landfill. It also helps the environment and saves energy.

So what items can you put in your recycling can?

recycle list

We ask for all containers to be rinsed and lids removed. The lids are recyclable. Place your recycling can four feet away from any object like poles, cars or mailboxes. Recyclables and garbage are picked up on the same day, so both cans needs to be curbside by 7:00 am.

The recycling processor Kingsport partners with is the largest in the nation and due to a declining market for glass, Kingsport is no longer able to accept glass for recycling. All over the country, recycling processors have stopped accepting glass for recycling.

While the city is unable to accept glass, residents that would still like to recycle glass can do so at any of the drop off locations listed below:

  • Industry Drive (609 Industry Drive, Kingsport)
  • Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport)
  • Lakecrest Drive (101 Lakecrest Drive, Colonial Heights)

We encourage citizens to participate in this free program. To take part in the program, please call 423-229-9451 and the city will deliver a can to your home at no cost.

*To find out your next brush/yard waste day, visit the homepage and search your address in the MyKingsport function (MY).

Highlighting Heroes: City Information Queen Anne Adamson

Anne Adamson

Anne Adamson understands the importance of a first impression for our city. She’s our city’s ‘Information Queen’ and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anne uses her experience and wealth of knowledge to provide residents a correct answer to any question they might have. With the city for over 11 years, she gained familiarity with all departments and offices. Anne can recall almost any phone number you may need or the address of a city building.

On average, she fields 60 to 100 calls a day with questions about court, vehicle tags, water bills and more. Over 50 residents come through City Hall in a day and she’s able to direct them to the correct department or give them an accurate phone number to resolve their issue.

“I work really hard to listen and understand the problems or concerns people within my community are having,” said Adamson. “I know it’s my job to help them get correct, accurate information.”

Anne has been all over the world, but if you ask her what her favorite place is, she’ll say Kingsport. While passing through East Tennessee to visit family in California, Anne said she was immediately taken with Kingsport. After relocating here, her love for Kingsport has continued to grow. She attributes this love to the sense of community and closeness felt by herself and all the city residents.

“I started working for the city when I moved here,” said Adamson. “Because of the people I have met and the great community atmosphere, my love for the city continues to grow.”

Anne’s job is to connect people with the information they need, but she does so much more. Anne befriends the citizens of Kingsport on a personal level and has built relationships with many of them. According to Anne, people even bring their animals in to see her, and always seem to recognize her wherever she goes.

“I know everyone in Kingsport, just about,” said Adamson. “When they see me out somewhere, they always ask me what I’m doing and why I’m not down at City Hall!”

Some residents have been so impacted by the help Anne has given them, that they come in to City Hall just to pay her a visit.

“I’ve got regulars that come in just to see me all the time too, and it’s really wonderful.”

Anne Adamson is a city employee who helps hold this community together. She is an everyday hero who puts her all into her job. Her dedication to the city and her position is very apparent to anyone she meets. We’re very thankful to have someone like Anne welcoming people to our city!

100 Years of Experience

The Kingsport Stormwater Engineers are celebrating a combined total of 100 years of experience on the job in 2017. Stephen Robbins has 41 years, Dan Wankel has 36 years and David Edwards has 23 years. We’re proud to have such experienced individuals in our city staff!

kingsport engineers

L to R: David Edwards, Stephen Robbins and Dan Wankel.

Beth Snapp: Album Release Concert

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, in partnership with Engage Kingsport, presents Beth Snapp – Album Release Concert on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and can be purchased in advance at www.engagekingsport.com.

Singer-songwriter Beth Snapp might be considered pop infused roots, but her appeal has little to do with the box of a genre. It’s a connection. She flits around and between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose – to serve a story. Snapp highlights the complex emotions that fall on every day moments, and reels the listener in with an ‘I’ve been there before’ kind of sensation.

Her new album, “Write Your Name Down,” recounts the introspection and growth of a new chapter in her life. Produced by Grammy winning bluegrass guitarist Tim Stafford, this album features a number of acclaimed artists as well as Snapp’s talented band, whose members bring diverse backgrounds to further engrain her detour from standard classifications of music.  Regardless of style, Snapp hovers where modern meets tradition, to create an experience that speaks to the listener.

Tickets are in advance at www.engagekingsport.com, available at the door, or by calling 423-392-8414.

This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that cultivates the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts manages cultural spaces, public art and engagement for a vibrant creative community.

Woodland Wonderland Coming to Kingsport Library

The children’s area of the Kingsport Public Library is transforming into a woodland wonderland. The area will have a new higher ceiling, carpet and paintings. It will also have a special glassed-in room for their 13 reading therapy dogs, part of a program where children read out loud one-on-one to canine volunteers, which will also double as a study area. New technology, such as an AWE Literacy Station for older elementary aged children and a touch table with preloaded educational software, provides additional learning opportunities. The popular Thomas the Train table will be returning from his ‘vacation’ with new friends.

Construction has started and is expected to last approximately four months.  Meanwhile, all children’s programs will continue uninterrupted and the children’s book collection has been relocated to the fourth floor, while the children’s audio collection is now shelved with the adult audio collection on the second floor.

This phase is the first of several “small steps” of remodeling the library will be undergoing over the next several years in anticipation of an expansion in 2022. The cost of this project is $404,453 with $100,000 coming from a construction grant from the Tennessee State Library & Archives and the remaining funds coming from the city of Kingsport.

For more information on the Kingsport Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.

rendering of library - child's area

 

Books Clubs, Open Makerspace Lab, Facebook Class & More

The Kingsport Public Library will be offering some new and exciting programs in February including two book clubs for adults, open lab in our makerspace area for all ages, game and craft night for adults, a Facebook class and a one-time workshop series on getting organized in your life.  All of these programs and activities are free, with the exception of a small cost to print items using our 3D printer.

The Unabridged Afternoons Book Club will meet February 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the board room at the library. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris will be discussed.

The After Hours Book Club will meet March 30th from 6:00-07:15 at a downtown restaurant location – the specific location is to be determined.  “A Handmaid’s Tale” will be discussed at this meeting.

The Makerspace will have open labs every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tools and programs at all times in this space is Ultimaker 3D printer, scanner, laptop with Simplify3D software, iMac computer with matter and form, blender, Autodesk meshmixer, Autodesk fusion 360, cura and iMovie.

The 3D printing is operated by library staff. There is a $1.00 fee per print job, plus $.15 per gram of filament. Other make materials, such as Animation Station, LegoWedo, cubelets, snap circuits & Makey Makey will rotate in that area. All ages are welcome – and we encourage adults to have fun with the Legos!

Facebook Basics class will be held February 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Learn the basics of how to use Facebook, including how to sign up, upload and download pictures, find friends, and make the most of this social networking website.

The library is bringing back their evening game and craft night for adults.  Bring your craft to work on while you visit with other crafters or enjoy board games with other gamers. Game and craft night will be held February 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Year Of Getting Organized Series, a workshop presented by Angie Hyche, owner of Ship Shape Solutions and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, will meet at the library from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on three dates.
January 31: Simple Steps for Organizing Anything
February 7: Digital Decluttering: Organizing Your Documents, Files and Photos
February 14: From Piles to Files: Organizing Your Paper

For more information on these exciting programs, visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or by calling 423-224-2539.

Handmade Valentines, Glass Pendants & Meditative Drawing

February is full of creative classes at Art in the Heart. Not only can participants make a special Valentine, but there’s also a glass pendant class and a meditative drawing session!

Fused Glass Pendant – Come make your own jewelry in the form of glass pendants on February 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Instructor Karen Hitchcock has over 12 years’ experience and will help you create up to 10 pendants that you can keep or give as gifts to friends and family. All supplies are provided and the cost is $50.

Creative Valentines – On February 11, from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m., fabric, rhinestones and decorative papers will be used to create unique handmade valentines. Lead by Anne Gurney Thwaites and Patti Lawrence, participants will make 2D, 3D and pop-up cards. All supplies are provided and the cost is $25.

Meditative Drawing – On February 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., join instructor Barbara Bell in learning the basics of ‘Zentangle,’ a relaxing form of drawing. Participants will learn how to recognize simple lines and shapes to make interesting black and white patterns on drawing paper. Different techniques will be demonstrated and colored pencils, pen and sketchbook will be provided. The cost is $25.

Located at 246 Broad Street, Art in the Heart Gallery is a non-profit gallery supported by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and features local artists from the Tri-Cities area.

For more information, please visit www.engagekingsport.com or call 423-480-9702.

paper valentines glass pendants   drawing

YourGOV – Reporting Tool for Citizens

YourGOV is an innovative citizen request application that allows community members to conveniently report non-emergency issues and service requests using the web or a smartphone.

In just three steps, YourGOV users can submit common issues — such as potholes, street light outages, water leaks and more — complete with location, details and photos. Once submitted, YourGOV will automatically deliver requests to the city’s public works department where they are reviewed and routed for proper handling.

YourGOV is free and is available for use anytime. To visit YourGOV online, go to www.kingsporttn.gov and click on the YourGOV tab located on the homepage. If smartphone users would like to download the app, please visit the iTunes app store or Google Play store.

The YouGOV app is not to be used for emergency situations. If it is an emergency situation, citizens should call central dispatch at 423-246-9111. If the emergency requires an immediate response, citizens should call 911.

New Economic Development Portal Launched – SyncKingsport

From tinkering to technology to growing your business, Kingsport now has a professional pathway to get your ideas off the ground. SyncKingsport.com is the new online economic development portal for creative and innovative minds in Kingsport.

As an online portal for entrepreneurs and small business owners, SyncKingsport.com will help business owners identify and register for programs, find mentors and connect with resources in Kingsport.

The goal of the online economic development portal is to serve as a clarification and collaboration tool for all of Kingsport’s business services:

  • Increase activity for entrepreneurs in Kingsport
  • Connect mentors, services and events for business more simply
  • Provide a snapshot of activity to all partners to identify current and future opportunities to serve Kingsport businesses
  • Expand environment for collaboration among partners

How’d we choose this name?

Sync by definition is collaboration. Collaboration is the goal of the economic development partners and an online portal provides a single entry point for businesses and entrepreneurs who are looking for mentorship and services.

SyncKingsport community partners include AccelNow, KOSSE, HBDC, Innovation Forge, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, RCAM, and SyncSpace.

For more information regarding each of the partners or how to get started, visit www.synckingsport.com.

This portal is a completed project for OneKingsport.