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Are you looking for a job in the area and not sure how to get started? Kingsport Public Library is offering Job Fair at Home packets to interested community members. Packets include resume tips and templates, a list of local job resources, information about local employers, and more.

“Due to COVID-19 we have not been able to provide Job Lab to the community since March 2020 and wanted to find a way to provide the information normally shared during Job Lab sessions with community members looking for a job,” said Karen Cassell, Senior Reference librarian. “The packets contain information about job searching in the area to get job seekers started.”

Packets are available for pickup, beginning February 1, Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. outside the New St. entrance of Kingsport Public Library. Visit the Library website, kingsportlibrary.org for more information or contact the Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539 for information and additional help.

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At the Kingsport Aquatic Center, there’s always a lifeguard on duty whose job is to look out for your safety, whether you’re in the pool or on the deck. As a year-round swimming facility, lifeguards are an integral part of the KAC—so let’s learn more about two of them and why they love what they do!

Isaac Johnson is a sophomore at ETSU, majoring in biochemistry with a minor in health administration. He was first certified as a lifeguard at the age of 16 after his family became part of a swim team. This got him interested in aquatics and led him to his current job at the KAC. He loves to help people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to get out and exercise, especially during the current health pandemic.

“Aquatic exercise is great for everyone, no matter your age, ability or experience,” Isaac said. “There are always classes you can take, and lifeguards can help to find the perfect class for you.”

Isaac is a Head Guard who helps to supervise other lifeguards as well as performing many other duties. He has achieved several certifications during his time at the KAC, including Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Certified Pool Operator and Water Aerobics Instructor certification. For Isaac, it’s exciting to work in a position where there is something new every day and opportunity for growth.

“It gives you a taste of several different jobs,” Isaac said. “It gives you a bit of the healthcare aspect, for one, and you deal a lot with the general public, which gives you better people skills. Plus, you get to work at a pool all day, which is pretty fun!”

Nancy Russell is a retired nurse who recently moved to the Kingsport area. After visiting the KAC as a patron several times, she wanted to get involved. Nancy decided to take one of the KAC’s lifeguard classes about a year ago—that was when she knew that aquatics was where she belonged. According to Nancy, one of the best parts of working as a lifeguard is being part of a great team.

“The team of staff includes the lifeguards, the maintenance department, the front desk employees and our devoted management staff,” Nancy said. “They’ve all given me encouragement to handle my position and they’ve been overwhelmingly supportive.”

For Nancy, it’s not only the support of the staff that she notices at the KAC, but the patrons as well.

“The patrons appreciate us so much,” she said. “They make the Aquatic Center the place to be.”

While on-duty, the day-to-day interactions can make the job exciting and different every single shift. Helping new patrons is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job for Nancy. Just like when she worked as a nurse, Nancy is always helping people and making sure everyone stays safe, while still having fun.

The KAC is open and operating year-round and is always looking for new lifeguards. They offer competitive pay and a fun, flexible working environment with plenty of room to grow. The lifeguard team has also implemented extra precautions to keep both guards and swimmers safe during this time. If you’d like to be part of a team that works together to save lives, please visit swimkingsport.com call 423-343-9758 for more information.

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Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the first in the Behind the Book series on January 28th at 6:00 p.m. Behind the Book will feature discussions with regional authors and illustrators to find out more about their books. The first discussion will be held virtually via Google Meet (link available at www.kingsportlibrary.org).

Charles Dodd White is the first author in the series. Mr. White is an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, the Appalachian Book of the year award in fiction, and multiple other honors.  We will be talking with Mr. White about his recently published book How Fire RunsHow Fire Runs is a timely page-turner that addresses radicalized tensions in a rural community and local government of eastern Tennessee.

“We want to share the work of regional authors and illustrators with the community and this series will provide us with the opportunity,” said Kate Woodworth, librarian and coordinator of the series. “By beginning the series with virtual talks we are able to safely provide this conversation to the community.”

Upcoming Behind the Book discussions will feature Angie Hyche, Robert Gipe, and Kelli Brown. Visit the Library website, www.kingsportlibrary.org for more information or contact the Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539.

Tennessee/Virginia Fellowship Against Racism and East Tennessee District Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship presents the 21st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday VIRTUAL Parade. This year’s parade commemorating MLK Jr. Day will be a virtual event beginning at noon on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Kickoff with Media: 12 p.m.
Video Launches: 12:10 – 12:40 p.m.

The theme of the 2021 parade is “Our Past & Where Do We Go From Here?” You can watch from home on Bishop Ronnie Wayne Collins’ YouTube page or via TVFAR’s Facebook group. Please visit Douglass-Riverview News and Current Events for more information.

If you wish you contributed to monthly service events, January 18 through March 31, they are as follows:

  • Diapers & Wipes $10/Baby (Putting Babies First)

Make your tax deductible contribution payable to:
Joshua Generation Int’l, Inc. (JGII)
P.O. Box 3390, Kingsport, TN 37664-3390

For more information, please contact Bishop Ronnie Collins at (423) 956-0675 or email rcollins.j316@gmail.com.

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The city is beginning the formal hiring process to replace Police Chief David Quillin, who retired late last year after 35 years of service. In the meantime, Dale Phipps has been named Interim Police Chief. Phipps has nearly 33 years of service himself with almost half that time as Deputy Chief overseeing administration and operations. He is also a husband, father of three, grandfather of six, and is active in the community.

He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (A.S. Law Enforcement / B.S. Criminal Justice) and the F.B.I. National Academy. Prior to entering the law enforcement profession, he served four years in the United States Air Force Security Police.

During his career with the Kingsport Police Department he has served as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Supervisor of the Vice and Narcotics Unit before eventually returning to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander. Throughout the years he has served in several specialized roles including S.W.A.T. Team Operator, Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor.

The Kingsport Police Department has been internationally-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for 29 years—an achievement earned by only 1,148 of the more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

“Police Chief is one of the most important selections a city must make,” said City Manager Chris McCartt. “We will use a thorough and competitive process comprised of both internal and external candidates, but until then the department is in Phipps’ very capable hands.”

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From January 1 to 31, Kingsport Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Books Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). KPL challenges all of Kingsport to read during the month and keep track of their reading on the library;s Beanstack site at kingsportlibrary.beanstack.org to help win prizes for Kingsport. Prizes include virtual author visits and book collections.

It is easy to participate! Register each family member at kingsportlibrary.beanstack.org or on the Beanstack mobile app. Log your reading minutes from January 1 to 31. The more you read, the greater the chance the library will win book collections or virtual author visits.

Have questions or need help getting started? Contact the Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539. Happy reading, Kingsport!

For more information about the Kingsport Public Library, visit kingsportlibrary.org.

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The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is looking for regional and local artists to be featured in the new city hall main lobby. Art submissions will be entered into an artist database and future exhibits at the new city hall will draw from this database of submissions. Exhibits will be temporary, lasting one month to three months. If you would like to be considered for exhibiting your work, you may submit via email or mail a packet to the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

If emailing, please send all inquiries/submissions to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

When submitting your work, please include the following information, along with 5-9 photos of your work and a copy of your artist statement.

Subject line of your email:  “City Hall + [Your last name]”

Please include all of the following information in the body of your email:

Name:

Company Name (if applicable):

Phone Number:

Email address:

Type of Art (Art Medium):

How many pieces do you have available to exhibit?

Have you exhibited your artwork before?      If so, where?

Please attach the following items to your email: 

  • Your Artist Statement (If you have one.)
  • 5-9 pictures of your work (Please make sure your images are a small enough file size to send through email if choosing this option. Do not exceed 12MB per email)

If mailing, please include all application info, a copy of your artist statement and 5-9 pictures of your work. Mail your submission packet to the address below:

City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information about submitting art for the new city hall gallery, please email KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

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As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kingsport has no higher priority than the health and safety of its citizens and employees. With this in mind, the city has made the decision to extend the closure of the Kingsport Public Library building through January. Materials will be available for curbside pickup and staff are available to answer questions. The status of the building closure will be evaluated at the end of the month.

Curbside pickup for materials, including hotspots and digital access packs, will be available by appointment Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by visiting the event calendar at kingsportlibrary.org or by calling 423-229-9465. Same-day appointments MUST be made by 3:30 p.m. for same-day pickup. If you are not sure what books to request, try the Next Read service available at kingsportlibrary.org.

Steps for curbside pickup:

  • Materials must be placed on hold in order to be picked up. Place holds by logging in to your account on org or by calling 423-229-9465.
  • Limited to 10 holds per card
  • Items placed on hold are not guaranteed to be available
  • Schedule an appointment for curbside pickup by visiting the event calendar at org or by calling 423-229-9465
  • Offered Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Appointments must be schedules by 3:30 p.m. for same day pickup
  • When you arrive at the library, park in spot on New Street and call 423-229-9366 to let us know you have arrived
  • Be ready to tell us who you are picking up books for.
  • Let us know the make, model and color of the vehicle.
  • Open your trunk.
  • When the staff member brings out the books, hold your driver’s license up to the window so they can verify your identity.
  • Books will be placed in the trunk.

**All returns, except digital access packs, MUST be placed by you in the outside book returns. Hotspots may be placed in the media return box. Staff members are ONLY able to take digital access pack returns at curbside delivery.

**No donations will be accepted

**Staff are unable to collect fines

Even though the Library building will be closed, your Kingsport Public Library card provides access to many digital services. Explore e-books and e-audiobooks through Libby, Tumblebooks and hoopla; enjoy free access to digital magazines through Libby; get creative with Creativebug; learn a language with Transparent Language; watch a movie or TV show through hoopla; or research your family history with Ancestry from home. If you need help getting started with the digital services or have a question staff will be available Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by phone at 423-224-2539.

Watch kingsportlibrary.org and the library’s social media channels for updates and for virtual programs created by the library. Visit kingsportlibrary.org for up-to-date information.

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One of the most popular Kingsport traditions for many residents is to attend the “Christmas at Allandale” tours to view all of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  These trees have been decorated annually by Friends of Allandale for the enjoyment of the community and region.

Due to the spread of the pandemic, Allandale has elected to adjust their Christmas plans to ensure a safe holiday for all. Allandale, along with Friends of Allandale and a collection of sponsors, will be offering a free Allandale campus drive-thru tour this year.

The drive-thru tour will take visitors through the 25-acre Allandale campus, fully decorated and decked out in Christmas cheer. As you go through the drive-thru, you will see lighting on the mansion, barns, and in the garden, as well as various standalone lawn decorations.

The drive-thru tour will run nightly from dusk to 11 p.m.  Visitors should enter through the main mansion entrance, dim car lights, drive behind the mansion, by the barns and ponds, and finally exit past the barn. For their safety, all visitors will be asked to remain in their cars.

Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors for making this event possible: Armstrong Construction, Buddy and Debbie Waggoner, Citizens Bank, Dalton Direct Carpets, Friends of Allandale, Jerry and Emma Miller, Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home and Town & Country Realty.

For more information about Allandale Mansion, please visit allandalemansion.com.

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The City of Kingsport will be adjusting garbage routes due to the Christmas holiday. There will be no changes associated with New Year’s Day.  Please see the changes below:

Garbage changes will be as follows:

Friday, December 25, there will be no pickup.
Saturday, December 26, crews will pick up Friday’s route. Due to icy conditions, Friday route pick-up has been delayed to Monday, Dec. 28.
Friday, January 1, crews will pick up normal route.

This will include the black and blue-lidded carts due to the pause of the recycle pickups. All garbage and recycle carts are currently being picked up with the same truck.

Trash/Yardwaste changes will be as follows:

Friday, December 25, there will be no pickup.
Saturday, December 26, crews will pick up Friday’s route. Due to icy conditions, Friday route pick-up has been delayed to Monday, Dec. 28.
Friday, January 1, crews will pick up normal route.

City landfill changes will be as follows: The landfill will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Saturday, December 26 as well as Friday, January 1 and Saturday, January 2.  The landfill will return to normal hours of operation beginning the week of Monday, January 4, 2021.

During the week of December 28 thru January 1, the city will be picking up additional holiday garbage (boxes and bags) placed outside the cart. Garbage must be placed in bags or be boxed.