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The Kingsport Public Library is excited to announce the book in the StoryWalk®* in Glen Bruce Park has been updated for Haunted Happenings month.

Just in time for October, the new StoryWalk® book is the Caldecott Honor award winning Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots and eats them all the time until the carrots start following him. Help Jasper figure out if the carrots are really following him as you walk around Glen Bruce Park. The StoryWalk® consists of 20 displays placed around the park. Each display contains a page of a picture book along with questions or activities for families to enjoy together. Visit all 20 displays to read the entire story.

At the end of the story, there is an opportunity for visitors to share their thoughts and vote for the next book. Visitors are encouraged to tag the library in their StoryWalk® visit Social Media posts.

*The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson

For more information about events at the Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-229-9489.

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The City of Kingsport will begin its annual bulk leaf collection beginning Monday, October 11. In order to make the collection process as efficient as possible, citizens can help by:

  • Placing the leaves within 8 feet of the edge of the street but not in the street
  • Not block storm drains or neighbors’ driveways with piles of leaves
  • Making sure leaf piles remain accessible by not parking vehicles on top or beside the leaves
  • Being careful not to include rocks, sticks or other debris in the pile that would damage the large vacuums used for collection

There are no set days or times for leaf collection. The city is divided into six zones with each street being run in that area before moving to the next zone. Depending on volume and availability of equipment, the general time frame for this free residential service can run as short as a week and up to three weeks during peak season. Each zone with be will be serviced at least nine times during the season and will continue until January 14, 2022. If you bag your leaves, place them with your yard waste and they will be picked up on your regularly scheduled trash and yard waste collection day.

Normally, between 1800 and 2000 tons of leaves are collected each year. The leaves are taken to the city’s demolition landfill where they are composted. The composted material is both used for city projects and sold to the general public.

For more information on where the trucks are working each day, call the Leaf Line at 423-224-2429 or click here.

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October is full of Haunted Happenings at Kingsport Public Library! Throughout the month, there will be a variety of virtual programs, competitions, and activities.

Reading Challenge

Open to readers of all ages. Join a spooky team when you sign up for the Haunted Happenings Reading Challenge. Log your reading minutes and participate in challenges to earn points for your team. Last year, 45,000 minutes were read in the challenge. Can we read more this year?

Events
All events can be found at www.kingsportlibrary.org in the Events tab.

Thursday, October 7 @ 4:00 p.m. – Creepy Crafts

Teens, Grades 6-12, are invited to join us to make Creepy Crafts in the Park.

Tuesday, October 12 @ 5:30 p.m. – Haunted Tri-Cities

Join Paranormal Technology Investigations on Google Meet to hear spooky stories about haunted places in our region.

Tuesday, October 19 @ 6:00 p.m. – Beetlejuice Trivia

Can you answer the questions via Kahoot before Beetlejuice is said 3 times?

Thursday, October 21 @ 4:00 p.m. – Haunted Gingerbread Houses

Teens, Grades 6-12, are invited to decorate a haunted gingerbread house in Glen Bruce Park.

Monday, October 25 @ 4:00 p.m. – Outdoor STEM Club Spooky Slime

Make spooky glow in the dark slime in Glen Bruce Park. Open to grades K-5.

 

Competitions

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
All ages are welcome to show off their pumpkin decorating skills. Submit a picture of your pumpkin between October 1 and October 18 to programs@kingsportlibrary.org. Voting will take place via Google Forms between October 25 and October 29.

To Go (while supplies last)

Available October 14 – Halloween Cards

Pick up a card making kit to create a spooky card to send to family or friends.

 

Available October 18 – Murder After Dark Mystery packs

No matter the town, your neighbors aren’t always what they seem. Can you figure out which of your neighbors is a cold-blooded killer?

For more information about events at the Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-229-9489.

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Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the next in the Behind the Book series on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Behind the Book will feature discussions with regional authors and illustrators to find out more about their books. The discussion will be held virtually via Google Meet (link available at www.kingsportlibrary.org).

David Hrivnak is the next author in the series. We will be discussing his book Driving to Net 0. Scientists say we need to reduce our use of fossil fuels by 80% or more to avert the most dangerous effects of global warming. But is such a drastic cut possible without totally disrupting our lifestyle? The short answer is yes as the contributors of this book have shown.

Upcoming Behind the Book discussions will feature David Hoover.

Visit the Library website, www.kingsportpubliclibrary.org for more information or contact the Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539.

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Yes, it’s true. If you pop over to Model City Taphouse and look out toward Cement Hill, you’ll see roughly 50 goats in an electric fence helping to clear the land for future developments.

The goats are eating the invasive plant species, mainly kudzu, in an effort to effectively clear Cement Hill in an environment friendly way without using chemicals or risking employee safety, as some parts of the hill can’t be cleared by mechanical means.

As the goats clear sections of the hillside, the fence will move. We ask that you admire them from a distance, as they have a job to do. Our local goat provider, as well as city staff, will regularly check on the goats to ensure their safety.

Cement Hill is slated to become a park with walking trails and overlook spots. Work on these projects will begin in 2022.

For more information, please call 423 229-9310.

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Segments of Sullivan Street will be temporarily closed, beginning on Monday, September 27, while W-L Construction & Paving works on milling and paving the section of Sullivan Street from Church Circle to E. Center Street.

This work will be conducted during the day, going block by block with one segment of Sullivan Street being completely closed at a time. The work is expected to be complete by October 15.

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area and are encouraged to use alternate routes as much as possible during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 423-229-9451.

Thank you for your cooperation during this improvement project.

For more information, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov or www.pavekingsport.com.

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The public is invited to join in the dedication of the Lynn View playground on Thursday, September 30. The ceremony will serve to dedicate the new park and thank the State of Tennessee Health Department for funding the project. Light refreshments will be served.

What: Lynn View playground dedication

Where: Lynn View playground (across from the Lynn View track), 257 Walker Street, Kingsport

When: September 30, 6-7 p.m.

Please direct all questions to 423-229-9409.

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Kingsport Parks and Recreation’s Fall Break Camp is accepting registration now!

Children ages 6 to 12 can now register for the fun-filled camp in person at V.O Dobbins, Sr. Complex or online at www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org by hitting the “click here to register” button on the homepage. The registration fee is $30 for city residents and $50 for non-city residents.

The camp will take place at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex from October 11 – 15, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp participants will need to pack a lunch and a snack daily. Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy games, sports, crafts, outside time and so much more!

For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or call 423-224-2489.

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Reminder: The groundbreaking for Kingsport’s new skate park is today at 4 p.m.

Previously released:
Kingsport will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park on September 24 at 4 p.m. The community at large is invited to attend and the local skating community has been asked to participate in the groundbreaking.

What: New Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

Where: Brickyard Park

When: September 24 at 4 p.m.

Please direct any questions to 423-229-9413.

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The City of Kingsport recently kicked off a project to inventory the condition of all roads maintained by the city. To accomplish this, the city retained the services of Roadway Asset Services, LLC (RAS) based out of Austin, TX.

RAS is a nationwide firm that provides professional asset management and mobile data collection services to local and state government agencies.  The firm operates a fleet of sophisticated data collection vehicles equipped with an array of precision instrumentation and data collection equipment that helps inventory and manage transportation infrastructure, facilities and assets.

The RAS vans possess digital cameras that will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground, transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way. This imagery will be used to create a digital image inventory. The city conducted a similar assessment in 2016.

In order to collect all relevant data, the vehicles will be traveling all roads within Kingsport. To ensure the highest quality of data and imagery, the vehicles will only collect data during daylight hours.

If residents have any questions regarding the vehicles, the project or the process, they can call 423-229-9451 for more information.