Renovations to Borden Park

Located on the west side of Kingsport, Borden Park is going through a transformation. Securing funding through the Project Diabetes grant and with contributions from the city, the park will receive $1 million dollars in improvements over the next three years.

The Project Diabetes is funded through a community grant from Tennessee Department of Health. Grants are awarded to community partners with goals of reducing overweight and obesity risk factors, both of which are areas of focus for Kingsport.

Through this grant, there is not a required match from the city. The total amount the city received for the park is $450,000.

The park will be updated in three phases. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in June. It includes:

  • Repaving basketball court and plaza
  • Repaving current trails
  • Creations of a new trail
  • Water refill station

Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2018. The first part of a children’s playground will be installed. Phase 3 is expected to be completed in 2019. Additional playground equipment will be installed.

Other park enhancements will be completed over the next few years. Those include renovated parking lots, picnic shelter replacement, renovated tennis courts, outdoor bathroom addition and addressing park drainage problems.

As part of the programming that goes along with the Project Diabetes grant, residents have the opportunity to attend a free preventative diabetes class at Borden Park. Every Monday in April starting at 6:00 p.m., the wellness class will begin with an informational presentation on how to prevent diabetes. After the presentation, attendees will have a chance to learn about and participate in a fun and healthy activity.

All residents are welcome to attend the class. Borden Park is located at 901 Lamont Street in Kingsport.

For more information, please call 423-224-2428.

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2017 National Carousel Craft Show

The National Carousel Fine Craft Show honors the handcrafted legacy of the exquisite Kingsport Carousel. Fine Craft Exhibitors from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana will show and sell works of heirloom quality in a wide variety of media including photography, pottery, quilts and fibers, glass and jewelry. Talks and demonstrations will happen throughout the three day festival that begins with a Preview Party that invites culinary and music artistry to share the stage.

Preview Party: Farm to Table Tastes

Friday, March 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

While you shop at the Preview Party, enjoy Farm to Table Tastes featuring locally sourced foods prepared by Main Street Pizza and River Creek Farms. Craft Brews will be available. The menu features the items below:

  • Lamb or Beef Meatballs with Sweet Potato Gnocchi with fried sage, brown butter
  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Butternut Alfredo
  • Maple Cremini Mushrooms
  • Cornbread and Collard Sandwich, Pulled Pork Option, Smoked Gouda, Green Tomato Bacon Jam
  • Quinoa Power Salad with Winter Greens and Curried Root Veggies

Friday night will feature music by Gerald Sheppard – master maker of guitars and an accomplished musician. Gerald has been making fine guitars for serious musicians since 1993 and has two released CDs titled In the Mornin’ and Never Reaching the End. The preview party ticket, costing $35, includes admission to the show all weekend. A few remaining tickets are still available for purchase at the door.

National Carousel Fine Craft Show

Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, the show and sale continue. Many talks and demonstrations will be held throughout both days.

  • Live Demonstrations: Master Glassblower, Bonsai, Coffee Brewing, Olive Oil infusion, Chair Caning, Potter’s wheel, Pasta 101 – Ravioli, Meditative Drawing, Herbal Teas & Sewing Tea inspired goods, and more!

A round-up of the region’s favorite food trucks will serve up lunch and snacks to hungry shoppers.

  • Food Truck Fare: Lil Delights, Feeding Frenzy, Fire in the Hole, Backdraft, Foodie Fiction, Me & K’s Food Truck and La Abejita!

Funds raised by this event will support the programs of Engage Kingsport which include public art programs, including the Kingsport Carousel, and economic development and community engagement through the arts. On Saturday and Sunday, the $3 day pass is available at the door.

For more detailed information about the demonstrations, craft show and tickets, please call 423-392-8414 or visit www.engagekingsport.com.

The 2017 National Carousel Fine Craft Show is presented by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Engage Kingsport and Tennessee Craft: Northeast. For more information, please visit www.engagekingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Centennial Performances By The Kingsport Ballet

In honor of the Kingsport Centennial, the Kingsport Ballet is doing two special performances titled Les Sylphides and Seeds of Change. Act one features new, contemporary choreography exploring themes relevant during the time of Kingsport City’s founding in 1917. Issues such as the establishment of an industrial city, the coming of the railroad, the migration from farm to city in response to job growth, and the start of WWI, will be explored in the choreography. Act two will be Chopiniana, a non-narrative ‘ballet blanc’ created in the early twentieth century to the music of Frederic Chopin, exploring dance for the sake of its own beauty.

The performance is at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center on these dates: March 17 @ 7 pm, March 18 @ 7 pm and March 19 @ 2:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $16 to $20. Visit www.kingsportballet.org to purchase tickets online.

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East Tennessee State University Joins Kingsport Center Higher Education

The Higher Education Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen met to approve East Tennessee State University officially joining the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE).

ETSU has a long history of success in Kingsport with both the Allandale campus and Press Building campus in downtown Kingsport. Success in both locations has led to ETSU’s decision to join KCHE. The approved agreement will take effect July 1, 2017.

The City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Higher Education Commission have been working with representatives from East Tennessee State University since the fall of 2016 to bring the regional university to KCHE. The conversation, however, began many years ago under former Mayor Jeanette Blazier’s leadership. She noted that ETSU coming to Kingsport was “a dream come true”, and Mayor Dennis Phillips echoed the sentiment. Phillips went on to say, “This is one of the greatest things to ever happen to Kingsport.”

Dr. Noland said, “The strength of this milestone is a testament to our longstanding partnership with the City of Kingsport. This is a day people will remember for a long time.”

John Williams, Kingsport Higher Education Chair, said, “The Higher Education Commission and the leadership at East Tennessee State University have worked diligently and aggressively for us to be where we are today. This is not the end of the higher education journey for Kingsport, but it is a significant milestone along the way.”

The Kingsport Academic Village consists of five buildings with the KCHE serving as one of them. Administered by Northeast State Community College, the center combines the resources of King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Northeast State Community College and now, ETSU, all under one roof. Students are able to earn selected baccalaureate and graduate degrees from participating colleges and universities as well as associate degrees from Northeast State.

For more information regarding the Kingsport Academic Village and class offerings, please go to www.LearnKingsport.com.

Highlighting Heroes: Archivist Saves Kingsport’s Past for The Future

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Brianne Wright leads the way in preserving our city’s history

The lower level of the Kingsport Public Library contains Kingsport’s heritage and the woman who holds the key is Brianne Wright, the archivist for the City of Kingsport.

Her department has been important over the years, but never as important as during our city’s centennial year. Through her archiving efforts, the city is able to remember the past while looking to the future.

“I’m very proud to have helped the archives blossom, grow and become so extensive,” said Brianne Wright.

Brianne started working in the Archives in 2007. Her job is to preserve and protect the city’s history as much as possible for our current and future residents. Her and a few dedicated volunteers work to keep the archives running smoothly.

During her years as archivist, Brianne has collected meaningful pieces of Kingsport history. Photographs, artifacts and documents from residents, businesses and organizations fill the shelves of the archives.

“The City Archives has a large impact on the community because it’s where we keep our community history for future generations to enjoy,” said Brianne.

Through her archives work, she’s become very passionate about this community. Families that recognize their elders in a photo that’s been published or put on display call and email Brianne.

“I love hearing from family members that recognize someone in one of the archive photos,” Brianne said. “It’s really awesome when you help make those family connections.”

Photo displays of sporting events, graduating classes and local landmarks can be found in city hall. She’s also written two books about the city’s unique history.

Her most recently published book and one of the official centennial publications is ‘On This Day In Kingsport History.’ The book shares 365 historical facts or events that happened in Kingsport, one for each day of the year, over the past 100 years.

The archives showcase the rich history surrounding our Kingsport community and how the roots of the community still touch us today. Brianne helps keep our great city alive through her job every day.

For more information Brianne’s book or to purchase a copy, please visit the Kingsport Public Library located at 400 Broad Street or online at www.kingsportlibrary.org.

To learn more about the Archives of the City of Kingsport, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives or call 423-224-2559.

Keeping The City Environment Cleaner

Kingsport is working to end illegal dumping within the city

All single or family residences are allowed curbside recycling and garbage pickup. Because the city operates curbside pickup, there are no public garbage dumpsters.

The city has several ordinances in place that relate to dumping, trash placement and dumpster receptacle usage. Individuals who illegally dump items at city dumpsters are not only creating an unsafe environment, but also breaking the law. The city is on a campaign to apprehend violators illegally dumping items.

“These ordinances have been established not only to keep the public safe and the city environment cleaner, they also serve to help keep the city costs down,” said Melanie Adkins, Kingsport code enforcement officer.

Residents should be aware that Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) defines and prohibits illegal dumping (criminal littering), a misdemeanor that carries a stiffer penalty than city ordinances. Anyone with information about illegal dumping, such as tag numbers or vehicle descriptions, should report it to 423-224-2633.

For residents that have items that won’t fit in their garbage can and can’t be recycled, the city landfill is an option.

The landfill does not accept household garbage, televisions, laptops and computer monitors but will accept the following items:

  • Brick or Block
  • Rock
  • Building materials
  • Shingles
  • Tires
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Appliances

The landfill is located at 1921 Brookside Drive and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information about recycling or the landfill, please visit the sanitation department web page.

Kingsport Beautification Efforts Showing Success

Through Code Enforcement, we’re improving our city.

Kingsport is striving every day to enhance and increase appeal to current residents and visitors. Through departments like code enforcement, the city is working to keep our city looking good.

In essence, code enforcement is a form of beautification because codes work to keep our city attractive.

Code enforcement is responsible for handling all types of code violations such as un-mowed lawns, unsightly junk on property or a dilapidated house. In 2016, there were over 1,000 complaints of city code violations that were addressed.

“We have made great progress in Kingsport in the area of code enforcement. When properties are cleaned up, dilapidated buildings are demolished or new structures are built, there is a renewed sense of pride in the community,” commented Code Enforcement Coordinator Melanie Adkins.

A pleasant community appearance adds to home values, helps attract businesses and organizations and improves our city’s reputation. The city wants to support and enhance property values through effective enforcement while working to keep aging buildings and properties from becoming unsafe.

City code enforcement is also for the safety of our residents. Enforcing fundamental codes, such as property standards, is essential to the provision of safe and healthy living conditions for all members of the community.

We encourage residents to report code violations by calling 423-224-2633 or emailing melanieadkins@kingsporttn.gov.

To find our city’s code ordinance, please visit the code enforcement web page.

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.

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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?

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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

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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!