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Keep It Clean – We’re All Downstream!

The local art contest raising awareness about stormwater is now accepting entries

 

KINGSPORT, TN – Are you passionate about keeping the environment and Kingsport clean? Do you have an artistic talent for conveying a message within your art? The City of Kingsport Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat, and aquatic wildlife.

To enter the contest:

  • Send a color sketch of your proposed artwork around a storm drain. Entries will be accepted via mail or email. See flyer for details.
  • Artwork may include the street, sidewalk or both.
  • Text is encouraged to convey the educational stormwater message.
  • Be sure to include name, phone and email.

The deadline to submit entries is August 7. The winners will be selected by August 21. The five winning artists will receive $100 and their chance to leave their artistic talents on the streets of local Kingsport neighborhoods.

Sponsors for the contest this year include Bishop & Company, Kingsport Imaging, Now or Never Tattoo Gallery, Mattern & Craig, Hazen and Sawyer, Barge Design Solutions and Gresham Smith.

The artists will each receive one quart of red, yellow, blue, white and black. Artists will start painting in September and are encouraged to practice social distancing when painting their drain. For complete rules and guidelines, please visit kingsporttn.gov and search ‘storm drain art contest.’

“Even in troubled times, we must never forget the importance of clean water, for our health, recreation, and wildlife,” said Amanda McMullen, stormwater quality control technician for Kingsport Public Works. “Every one of us can help to reduce pollution and litter in our waterways.”

What is Stormwater?

As Kingsport grew, the ground became covered with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, an important part of the water cycle was disturbed. Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them into local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful effect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

Be sure to like and follow the ‘Kingsport Public Works’ Facebook page to see progress pictures once the artists get started!

For more information on the storm drain art contest and stormwater in Kingsport, please visit this link: ‘storm drain art contest.’

 

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The Kingsport Public Library, along with other regional libraries (Bristol and Washington County), is planning to move to the next phase of reopening to the public on Monday, July 6.

During this phase, the Library will be open to the public to allow for selection and circulation of materials. In an effort to minimize the risk to the public and staff during this stage, lingering or using the library as a meeting space will not be allowed. All seating, toys, and interactive activities will be removed. Materials will continue to be quarantined the recommended 72 hours when returned. In addition, the number of patrons in the building and the hours of operation will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing and the sanitizing of the public spaces.

Public Access Computers will be available by appointment only. The computers being used will be at least 6 feet apart and will be cleaned between users.

Curbside service will continue, allowing community members to pickup materials without entering the library.

Patrons are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance as recommended by the CDC. Additionally, if you are sick please stay home.

This plan is based on the best practice recommendations and what libraries across the country and around the world are doing during this pandemic. Our goal is to be able to meet the needs of the community while doing all that is possible to minimize the risk of exposure for the community and the staff.

For more information about the reopening of Kingsport Public Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.

* No donations are being accepted at this time.

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The City of Kingsport 2020 Fourth of July Celebration will be a drive-in fireworks extravaganza! The fireworks will begin Saturday, July 4, around 9:45PM for a 10-15 minute display. They will be set off in two areas, a downtown vicinity and an Eastman Road vicinity, to maximize the viewing area. Fireworks will be visible from many surrounding homes and parking lots.

In accordance with Sullivan County Regional Health Department recommendations, you are asked to remain in your vehicles while viewing the fireworks. If necessary to be outside of vehicles, safe social distancing should be maintained. Also, viewers are encouraged to wear masks.

Tune your car radio to 98.5 WTFM to enjoy patriotic music along with the fireworks displays.

Due to the drive-in nature of the show, road closures will apply – see below map. The following closures will be in place by 9:30PM until the conclusion of the event: Eastman Road between East Center Street and Ft Henry Drive, Berry Street from Fuller Street to Eastman Road, East Center Street from Park Street to Eastman Road (Fort Henry Drive will remain open).

Fireworks Display Locations July 4 Road Closures

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This July, Bays Mountain Park is bringing back its ever-popular paddling programs with even more dates for guests to enjoy the park’s iconic lake from a new perspective. From beginners to experienced paddlers, there’s a program for everyone!

“With kayak sales increasing, now’s the time for us to provide for paddling programs,” Senior Naturalist Megan Krager said. “There’s also greater opportunity for social distancing on the water.”

Programs include Kayak Lessons, Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours, and lake tours focused on the beavers and waterfowl that live in and around the reservoir. For all programs, attendees must provide their own kayak/canoe, paddle, and TYPE III PFD (personal flotation device). These programs are best suited for children 10 and up, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayak Lessons
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | July 17 and Aug. 21
$10 per non-member and $5 per member
This program is designed to help beginners establish a base set of skills, or for intermediate paddlers to gain confidence in their expanding skillset. The lesson will cover parts of a kayak, what to wear and pack, types of PFDs and kayak, as well as basic padding strokes. Registration now open.

Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours
6 to 8 p.m. | July 1 & 15, Aug. 5 & 19, Sept. 2 & 16, Oct. 7 & 21
$10 per non-member, free to members

Come explore the reservoir on this naturalist-led tour! Experience the sights and sounds of the lake in the evening. For public health and safety purposes, each session is limited to 20 boats. Registration now open.

Beaver Ecology
6 to 8 p.m. | July 8 & 22, Aug. 12 & 26
$5 per non-member, free to members
On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about beavers, how they live and their effect on other wildlife. Enjoy a guided evening paddle around the reservoir to see beaver lodges, dams and other signs beavers leave behind! Reservations open June 29.

 Waterfowl
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | July 9 & 23, Aug. 13 & 27
$5 per non-member, free to members

On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about the natural history of the many birds that call Bays Mountain Reservoir home. This guided tour lets attendees experience birding from the comfort of their own canoe or kayak. A quieter boating adventure lets you observe waterfowl closely! Reservations open June 29.

Pre-registration is required for all paddling programs via Eventbrite. Visit Eventbrite.com and search “Bays Mountain Park,” or check out baysmountain.com for direct links. Each program will meet at the dam, and the park advises attendees to be mindful of social distancing will unloading and launching their boats.

Bays Mountain is committed to the health and safety of both guests and park staff. The park is following recommendations and best practices from the CDC, the Sullivan County Regional Health Department and Tennessee Pledge. BMP will continue to monitor any developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and how these might affect operations.

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

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Have you completed your 2020 Census? If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to do so. There will be two more Census events happening in the next week to help answer questions about the Census or assist those who need help filling it out.

  • June 27: Farmers Market, Kingsport Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pick up your veggies and complete your Census! Staff will be present with a laptop and be ready to help and answer any questions. Attendees who visit the table who haven’t completed their Census are encouraged to do so at the table. There will also be free Census swag items for those that stop by! (Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield Street)
  • June 29: Girls Inc. of Kingsport from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At this event, a Bays Mountain educator will be attending, so be sure to bring the family! You will be able to learn about the importance of the 2020 Census and will receive help completing it if you have not done so. Refreshments and pizza provided! (Girls Inc., 1100 Girls Club Place)

You can find both of these upcoming Census events on the Kingsport Alerts Facebook page.

*Please note, at the events, social distancing is recommended and masks are encouraged.

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to Kingsport and Sullivan County. By completing the 2020 Census, you can help our communities receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. Over the 10-year span until the next Census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Please be sure to attend one of these upcoming events to ensure that all of our neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census. For more information about the 2020 Census or to fill out your Census online, please visit 2020census.gov.

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Have you completed your 2020 Census? If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to do so. There will be several Census events happening in the coming weeks to help answer questions about the Census or assist those who need help filling it out.

  • June 22: Roosevelt Elementary School Gymnasium from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the event, staff will chat with visitors, talk about the importance of the Census, and offer help with completing the Census. There will be pizza and refreshments for attendees of the event, so feel free to bring the whole family! (Roosevelt Elementary, 1051 Lake Street)
  • June 24: V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex Douglass Room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At this event, a Bays Mountain naturalist will be attending with a special animal guest, so be sure to bring the family! You will be able to learn more about the importance of getting a complete count in the 2020 Census and will be able to receive help completing it if you have not done so. Refreshments and pizza will be provided! (V.O. Dobbins, 301 Louis Street)
  • June 29: Girls Inc. of Kingsport from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Similar to the first two events, you will be able to learn about the importance of the 2020 Census and will receive help completing it if you have not done so. A naturalist from Bays Mountain will also be attending! Refreshments and pizza will be provided! (Girls Inc. 1100 Girls Club Place)

You can find all three of these upcoming Census events on the Kingsport Alerts Facebook page.

*Please note, at the events, social distancing is recommended and masks are encouraged. Computers will be sanitized after each use and staff will be serving the food.

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to Kingsport and Sullivan County. By completing the 2020 Census, you can help our communities receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. Over the 10-year span until the next Census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Please be sure to attend one of these upcoming events to ensure that all of our neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census. For more information about the 2020 Census or to fill out your Census online, please visit 2020census.gov.

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The Kingsport Aquatic Center is happy to welcome guests back for its popular Lazy River water aerobics class beginning today, June 15.

This class will take place outside in the ECU Lazy River, where participants will exercise against and with the current of the river.

“This class is a favorite,” said Director Kari Matheney. “The Lazy River is also an ideal place for us to start with water aerobics classes, since it’s outside and allows plenty of room for participants to spread out and socially distance.”

In June, the Lazy River class is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Guests must pre-register for class by calling the KAC front desk at 423-343-9758. Water Aerobics classes are $6 for KAC/YMCA members, $5 for members of the Kingsport Senior Center and $8 for non-members.

Please note that locker rooms are still closed at this time, so guests should arrive ready to swim. Locker rooms will not be available for changing after class, either, but bathrooms and on deck showers are open.

This class comes as part of the Kingsport Aquatic Center’s phased reopening. Guests can also reserve lane time for lap swim and individual water aerobics in three pools—the HMG Pool, PCF Warm Pool, and new outdoor pool—by calling the front desk.

For more information about how to reserve your class spot or lane time, please visit swimkingsport.com.

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There are plenty of fun opportunities to engage your mind with the Kingsport Public Library this summer. Look below to find events for the entire family, hosted by the library.

June Events:

  • Lego Family Master Challenge
    • Theme: Imagine your Story – Send in a photo of your creation and it will be judged on Facebook and our website
  • D&D every Monday and Friday @ 4:30 p.m.
  • June 11: Scavenger Hunt (Teens)
  • June 18 @ 2:00-3:30 p.m.: NASA – Astrobiology Search for Alien Life
  • June 16 @ 6:00: Online Trivia – Friends Trivia using Kahoot
  • June 23: Wonderland Escape Rooms (2)
    Adult – Queen’s Rose Garden and Family Friendly – Hare’s Tea Party
  • June 25: Wonderland Escape Room (Teens)
  • June 25 @ 6:00 p.m.: After Hours Book club online (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine) Online! We will post a Skype link on our Facebook page the day of the event.

July Events:

  • Cake Decorating – Theme: Imagine your Story — Send in a photo of your creation and it will be judged on Facebook and our website
  • July 2: Blackout Poetry (Teens)
  • July 7 @ 6:00 p.m.: Author Talk with Bekah Harris on her new book, The Subtle Art of Standing Still
  • July 9: Hamilton Trivia (Teens)
  • July 16: Would You Rather? (Teens)
  • July 17, 7:00-11:00 a.m.: NASA – Mars Rover 2020 Perseverance Launch Party
  • July 21 @ 6:00p.m.: Online Trivia – Disney Trivia using Kahoot
  • July 23: Virtual Mario Kart Tournament (Teens)

Other Summer Events:

  • Aug 20 @ 2:00-3:30 p.m.: NASA -Exoplanets: What are they, how do we find them?

For more information about Kingsport Public Library summer events, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-229-9366 during normal library hours.

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City encourages only those who wish to comment on agenda items to attend

The business meeting for the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen on June 16, 2020, will allow a limited number of public to attend to comment on agenda items. However, residents wishing to make comments on agenda items are strongly encouraged to use email or the below link to a google form to share their thoughts.

If citizens would like to attend the meeting, held in City Hall at 7:00 p.m., the courtroom has a limited physical capacity of 16. Once the courtroom is full, the public is welcome to wait in the lobby until it is their turn to give their public comment.

Citizens that attend are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and wear their masks during the course of the meeting.

The meeting will be available via livestream on the city website (www.kingsporttn.gov). Viewers can watch by clicking on the ‘Livestream Video’ box on the homepage. The meeting will also air on Charter channel 192.

The meeting audio will be posted to the city website within two days of the meeting.

Google form link for BMA comments: https://bit.ly/BMA_June16_2020. This form will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

Email submission form: Comments or Questions. This form can also be found on the city website in the footer, titled Contact Us.

Please direct any questions to 423-440-0442.

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Join us this week in celebrating the amazing health and wellness resources located right here in Kingsport.  We’ll be celebrating Family Health & Fitness Day all week as an initiative of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

You can participate in the following recreational activities scheduled this week:

  1. Monday, June 8: At Borden Park, disc golf for beginners will be offered from 6-7 p.m.  This series will last every Monday from June 8 through the end of July.  Local pro, Tim Barr, will be available to teach throws and technique.
  2. Tuesday, June 9: At Borden Park, we have our new travel trainer program starting from 9-10 a.m.  Come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  3. Wednesday, June 10: Travel trainer at Lynn View.  Starting at 9-10 a.m. come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  4. Thursday, June 11: Pickle Ball Thursday at Borden Park.  Call ahead to reserve your spots.  Time slots are one and half-hours in length.  Call (423) 224-2489 to reserve your spot.
  5. Friday, June 12: Travel trainer at V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. Starting at 9-10 a.m. come out and enjoy exercising in the park for free with a Parks and Recreation team member.
  6. Saturday, June 13: Selfie in a Park day. Take your selfie with family members or by yourself and send it to our social media outlets.  We will pick a winner for best picture and most creative picture.  Have fun, enjoy the outdoors and remember to take a picture.

Tag us in your posts on Facebook and Instagram (@Kingsportparksandrec), along with the NRPA Facebook (@National Recreation and Park Association), Twitter (@NRPA_News), and Instagram (@nrpa).

Family Health & Fitness Day is celebrated the second Saturday of June each year and promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities active and healthy.  Many communities host special events on this day, however with the COVID-19 regulations we are asking you to enjoy our parks while you practice social distancing.  Above are just a few activities that are scheduled for you to enjoy.  Kingsport takes pride in providing health and wellness resources for the community and we hope you’ll come out and discover the many diverse opportunities we offer to see how Parks Build Healthy Communities.

For more information about Kingsport Parks and Recreation, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or call 423-229-9457.