Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the Kingsport community, the Kingsport Public Library building will be closed to the public, effective Monday, December 14. The status of the building closure will be evaluated again at the end of the month.
Curbside pickup for materials, including hotspots, will be available by appointment Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by visiting the event calendar at www.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 on the library’s website.
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 kingsportlibrary.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 kingsportlibrary.org or by calling 423-229-9465
- Offered Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Appointments must be scheduled by 3:30 p.m. for same day pickup
- When you arrive at the Library, park in spot on New St. and call 423-229-9366 to let library staff know you have arrived
- Be ready to provide the name the books are on hold 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 hotspots, MUST be placed in the outside book returns. Staff members are ONLY able to take hotspot returns at curbside delivery. No donations will be accepted and staff are unable to collect fines at this time.
Even though the library building will be closed, your Kingsport Public Library card provides access to the many digital services offered through the library’s website. 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. If you need help getting started with the digital services or have any questions, staff will be available Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by phone at 423-224-2539.
For up-to-date information about Kingsport Public Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or follow the library’s social media channels.
City work crews will be making road repairs on Whipoorwill Lane on August 18 and 19 starting around 8:30 a.m. weather permitting.
During this time Whipoorwill Lane will be closed to thru traffic at the intersection of Mimosa Drive and closed at the intersection of Fain Avenue.
Motorists are urged to slow down, obey all traffic signs and use extreme caution when traveling in this area. If you have any questions, please contact (423)229-9451.
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.
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.
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/.