PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE KINGSPORT MTPO 2040 LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

30 DAY PUBLIC REVIEW/COMMENT PERIOD (JULY 6, 2020 – AUGUST 4, 2020)

 

The Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is responsible for long range transportation planning in the Kingsport urbanized area. Before regionally significant transportation projects can be undertaken, they must be included in the MTPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP is a 20+ year plan for transportation projects in the Kingsport area. The Kingsport MTPO Executive Board is seeking public comment on amendments to the current 2040 LRTP. Copies of the proposed amendments are available for public review at Kingsport City Hall, the Kingsport Public Library, and the Kingsport MTPO office, and can be viewed HERE. Comments received about the amendments will be considered by the MTPO Executive Board prior to final approval. Comments may be sent to MTPO@KingsportTN.gov by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on August 4, 2020. Comments can also be made at the MTPO Executive Board meeting on August 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm. This meeting will be held electronically, for information on how to access the meeting please send a request to MTPO@KingsportTN.gov.

The Kingsport Fire Department has published it’s Annual Report for 2019.

 

KFD Annual Report. 2019

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is conducting a study to investigate a range of multimodal solutions along the interstate corridors of 26, 75, 55, and I55. This 18-month study emphasizes congestion management, improving safety, maximizing the potential for freight diversion and preserving/enhancing each corridor’s economic benefits. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex/Eastman Foundation Conference Room, 301 Louis Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Click here to view the flyer for more information.

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Cinema Under the Stars is back this fall with two nights of family fun!

Visit the Bays Mountain Amphitheater for an outdoor movie, surrounded by natural beauty and the sounds of the park’s resident animals. Bring a blanket—and your friends and family too—and enjoy this movie night at the park!

Gates open an hour before the movie begins. Tickets are $5 each for ages 6 and above, and are available for purchase at the link. Ages 5 and under are free. The amphitheater is bleacher seating, so you won’t need to bring your own chair, but stadium seats are allowed. Please no food and drinks. Concessions will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will go to benefit Bays Mountain Park. Cinema Under the Stars is sponsored by Knoxville TVA Credit Union. Keep an eye out for info on our October double feature very soon!

Cinema Under the Stars 2019 Schedule

  • September 7 @ 8:30 p.m. – The Sandlot (rated PG)
  • October 5 @ 7 p.m. – Nanny McPhee and Hocus Pocus (double feature; rated PG)

To purchase tickets or to learn more about Bays Mountain Park, visit baysmountain.com.

TDOT will be making necessary repairs to the Industry Drive bridge over Reedy Creek over the next several hours.  Traffic will down to one lane with flagmen at this time. We anticipate the work to go on into the evening. Please use caution as you drive through this area.

The Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is in the process of developing a new Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2020-2023. The TIP is a four-year financially constrained priority list of projects within the MTPO planning area funded with federal, state, and local dollars. This is the opportunity to submit potential projects to be funded with Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds. Most projects require a 20 percent local match and shall be sponsored by a governmental entity that can demonstrate a financial commitment to the project. Completed applications must be received by the MTPO no later than April 5, 2019.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be included in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. Chapter 7 of the plan includes project recommendations and can be found on the MTPO’s website by following this link: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo/plans-and-documents/long-range-plan/.

 

Click here for the TIP Project Application

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You are invited to Back-To-School Movie Night at the Kingsport Aquatic Center! This year’s showing will feature the 1993 throwback movie, The Sandlot.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this fan favorite! The movie is open to the public, and tickets will be $3/person and can be purchased at the KAC outdoor gate. Kingsport Aquatic Center and YMCA members get in free. The movie will be shown at the outdoor water park and the concession stand and outdoor pools will be open! Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start around 8:30 p.m.

Back-to-school hours start Monday, August 6th. The indoor hours will remain the same, but the outdoor water park hours will be altered. The KAC’s half price admission will be offered Monday – Friday after 4:00 p.m. For the month of August, the KAC will also be hosting Thirsty Thursdays, where guests can get half-price 20oz drinks from the Oasis concession stand.

Back-to-school hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 4:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the Kingsport Aquatic Center, visit www.swimkingsport.com or call the Aquatic Center at 423-343-9758.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all citizens of the Kingsport Tennessee-Virginia area and the public at large, there will be a Public Meeting of the Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) Executive Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. (EST) in the City Hall Council Room, 225 West Center Street, in (downtown) Kingsport, Tennessee. Copies of the agenda and supporting documentation can be found in the MTPO office in the Improvement Building, City Hall, and Kingsport Public Library in addition to the following website: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo. The primary items for this meeting include election of a Vice Chair, amendments to the FY17-21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), discussion/adoption of Performance Measure Memorandums of Understanding as established by TDOT and VDOT, and adjustments to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). A public hearing will also be held in order to receive comments and questions on these or other items pertaining to the Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization. Disabled citizens wishing to attend and needing special accommodations or anyone seeking further information on the MTPO meeting should contact William A. Albright at (423) 224-2677. For persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 804-786-2085 or by mail 1401 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23219. In Tennessee you may contact TDOT’s Civil Rights Office at (615) 714-3169. If you have a hearing or speech disability or use a TTY please use the FCC 711 dialing code to access a Telecommunications Relay Service to forward your comment. Kingsport MTPO ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Si usted necesita la traducción por favor entre en contacto con el MTPO en por el teléfono en 423-224-2677.

Chief Scott Boyd

Scott Boyd has officially been named as Kingsport’s next Fire Chief, replacing Craig Dye who retired late last year after 34 years of service. Boyd has nearly 30 years of service himself – almost half that time as Assistant Chief – serving in a key leadership role during one of the most expansive growth periods in the department’s history.

During Boyd’s tenure as Assistant Fire Chief, he was instrumental in the growth of the fire department. For example, below are a few achievements:

Kingsport has grown from 6 to 8 fire stations with a 27% increase in employees during the past 10 years alone. Kingsport reached an historic agreement with Sullivan County by investing $1.9 million in the city’s portion of a countywide radio system to insure that varying departments can seamlessly communicate with each other. Kingsport built a state-of-the-art fire training ground and became the regional training center in partnership with Eastman and recently added an assistant training officer position. A Fire Capital Facilities Plan was adopted by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen with plans to invest $2.65 million in the next 5 years. A second ladder truck was added at a cost of $1.2 million – a long awaited need identified by accrediting authorities.

Most notably, Boyd has served as Accreditation Manager since 2005. The Kingsport Fire Department was one of the first 40 Fire Departments in the world to obtain the Commission on Fire Accreditation International designation in 2001 and has been reaccredited four times since.

Boyd was chosen from a pool of 7 internal candidates who participated in an extensive interview and assessment center made up of internal management and external fire and human resources professionals from throughout East Tennessee. Questions were based on input from selected former fire chiefs, 9-1-1 board members, legal, budget, management, and all members of the fire department.

“The Kingsport Fire Department has a long and successful tradition of excellence and I felt it important to choose from the pool of employees who got us here,” said Jeff Fleming, City Manager.

“Scott Boyd is a man of the highest integrity,” said retired Fire Chief Conner Caldwell. “His track record speaks for itself. I have known him since the beginning and it’s gratifying to see him rise through the ranks and assume the role of Chief. Well-deserved.”

“We have a long and successful relationship with Chief Boyd and the Kingsport Fire Department,” said Brian Ramsey, Eastman Fire Chief.

“Scott Boyd is someone you want on your team. He’s been a great partner in city-county cooperation and emergency response planning,” said Jim Bean, Director of Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency.

“I’m elated. This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Of course, my promotion creates a cascade of openings that will need to be filled so I’m eager to get started,” Boyd said.

“We need to improve communications within the department. With 8 stations and 24-hour shifts, it’s difficult to effectively keep everyone informed. We have tremendous talent and I’d like to better tap into that potential, asking employees to participate in updating our standard operating procedures, strategic plan, and training programs.

Boyd has been married for 28 years to the former Laura Woodard and they are the parents of 2 sons. He’s a Kingsport native, Eagle Scout, graduate of Leadership Kingsport, and graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy. He has served on numerous professional and community boards including Eastman’s Community Advisory Panel, National Incident Management System, The Rotary Club of Kingsport Downtown, United Way, a director of the Tennessee Mutual Aid System, Tennessee Tactical Rescue Task Force, and Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee. He is treasurer of the Northeast Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association, and a member of the Tennessee, Southeast, and International Association of Fire Chiefs.

“Hopefully there’s another young firefighter out there who will rise through the ranks like I’ve been blessed to do. I want to show them there’s a true career path and growth potential here,” Boyd added.

Boyd will officially take over as Fire Chief effective immediately.