KINGSPORT – Joseph Dee Morgan Jr. has recently been named as Kingsports Fifth Building Official after serving in an interim capacity since the retirement of Mike Freeman earlier this year.

Dee Morgan


I am honored to serve our City in this position and look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality construction services in the customer-focused style our community expects, Morgan said. The role of building official is not always popular, but essential to ensure safe commercial and residential structures in Kingsport. The office has a role during the construction process, as a building or residence ages, and many years into the life-cycle of a building as renovations or expansions occur.

Morgan is a Kingsport native, growing up in downtown neighborhoods and is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School.‚  After graduation, he studied at East Tennessee State University and continued his education with hands-on experience in the construction industry.

Mr. Morgans familiar face has been seen inspecting construction sites for the last twenty years. He was hired by former Building Official Zack Wright in 1993.‚  Dee became a Certified Plans Examiner in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Building Inspector.

He also received his certification as a Code Official in 2003, completed the University of Tennessee/Municipal Technical Advisory Service Level 1 & 2 Management Academy in 2007, reaching the final certification of Building Official from the International Code Council in 2012.

One of the principal roles of a City Manager is to ensure employees are given the opportunity and training essential to improve their performance on behalf of the public and advance within their chosen career path, City Manager John Campbell said. Dee is a fine example of one our own citizens who grew up in this community taking advantage of those opportunities to continuously learn and grow, and I have the utmost confidence he will serve the citizens of Kingsport as Building Official at a very high capacity.

Assistant City Manager Jeff Fleming noted that integrity, fairness and transparency will continue to be hallmarks of the office under Morgan.

Kingsport has a strong reputation of being responsive and fair to builders and developers, Fleming said.‚ ‚  Dee has been an integral part of that Development Services team for many years and he will continue that legacy.

Dee will continue to partner with our community and regional representatives through his participation with the local Greater Kingsport Home Builders Association as well as the Upper East Tennessee Building Officials Association, having served as past president of the UETBOA.

We will work every day to identify problems as early as possible and be flexible in finding solutions, Morgan said. Whether the project involves a construction professional or a citizen tackling a weekend project, in every circumstance, our office will provide prompt, professional and useful advice on how to complete a safe project everyone will be proud of upon completion.

Mr. Morgan is married to Patty and is quite proud of his daughter Cindy, and two grandchildren Lance and Ian. He spends his spare time playing music and reading.

KINGSPORT -‚ Artist P. Buckley Moss will be in Kingsport on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 visiting some favorite spaces and‚  researching new projects.‚  P. Buckley Moss is an internationally known artist whose art celebrates the ancient proposition of the triumph of beauty and truth over injustice.

As a dyslexic, Moss art has served as her refuge and‚  means of communication. Very early in life, when she failed at everything else in school, her art became her solace. ‚ Now, with recognition and success, Moss reaches out through charitable endeavors to help others through her art, especially those with learning differences.‚  Donations of‚  P. Buckley Moss art have raised over four million dollars for worthy charities. ‚ The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is devoted to promoting the use of art in the classroom, especially as a means to teach children with learning differences

Moss has a special relationship with Kingsport.‚  Mike Milhorn of Up Against the Wall Gallery remembers meeting her in 1972.‚  Our gallery represented some of her earliest prints, said Milhorn.‚  Over the years Moss has painted a variety of Kingsport landmarks including Exchange Place, Allandale, the Train Station and even the Milhorns cabin and outhouse.‚  She has also done paintings for the Childrens Advocacy Center and Bristol Rhythm and Roots festival.‚  This year Moss has a new print Christmas at Church Circle.‚  Traditionally these prints sell out quickly.‚  We only had 15 prints of Netherland Inn, explained Milhorn.‚  There were 1000 total, but the rest were sold all over the country.

Moss will be available to meet the public from‚  2 ‚¬ 7 PM on Friday November 22 and from 9 AM ‚¬ 12 PM on Saturday, November 23 at Up Against the Wall Gallery located at ‚ 316 E. Market Street in Kingsport, TN.‚ ‚  While in Kingsport, Moss will do ground work and research on Kingsports Carousel which is a likely candidate for a new work of art next year.

For more information call 423-246-7210

Special note to the media:‚  Ms. Moss will visit the Carousel Carving Studio at 257 Walker St. Kingsport, at 12:30 on Friday November 22, 2013.‚  She will be doing research for a new print in the future.‚  ‚ At this time she will be available to meet with the media for photos and interviews.

About the Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport

City of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  It operates a public art program, concert and theatrical events, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or log on to


KINGSPORT – The first weekend of December is going to be full of cultural activities in Kingsport.‚  The following is a highlight of this incredible weekend. All these events and more can be found at the regions BEST Cultural Events calendar at‚  The public is invited to submit events to the calendar all year long.‚  We invite you to get ENGAGED in the ARTS!

2013 Downtown Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration

December 7th 5-7 PM

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place in Downtown Kingsport at Church Circle. We are expecting a large crowd in downtown again this year for the celebration. Come out and spend the day shopping and follow it up with a family tradition. We have some great entertainment and events lined up, so bring your hats and mittens and settle in near Church Circle for the evening.

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Part of the NEW Skyflight Concert Series at the Renaissance Theatre

December 7, 2013 7:30 pm Renaissance Theatre

Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at The Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport, TN on Saturday December 7, 2013. Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together; the husband-and-wife pair feel like theyve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs to be released August 6th on Rte 8 Records.

Produced by Wilcos Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way ‚¬¦finds Guthrie and Irion pushing further beyond the folky sound they established on 2005s Exploration, their first studio LP. After Irions solo album Ex Tempore in 2007, the live album Folksong in 2009 and the childrens collection Go Waggaloo in 2009, the pair began expanding their sonic horizons on 2011s Bright Examples, an album that drew praise from American Songwriter magazine for its lush, dreamy sound.

This record is a departure from a folk duo, Irion says. I think this is the best example weve been able to present that shows the many facets of what we can do. Theres loud guitars, theres soundscapes, theres a lushness to it, theres a popness, an edge. But that can be difficult sometimes to bring it all together and present it.

For tickets call (423) 392-8414 or go to

Lamplight Theatre presents The Indescribable Gift: The Story of St. Nicholas

The Indescribable Gift is an inspiring musical presented in traditional Victorian fashion. It is a production based on the real person of St. Nicholas and the events surrounding his life and love for those in need. This heart-warming musical brings to the stage the sounds and images of Old World Christmases gone by. Carols and original songs herald the message of hope as they fill the streets of Shropshire, England. Come experience this magical production based on the true story of St. Nicholas.

December 6-8, 10-15, 17-21, show times available online at Reservations recommended.

Exchange Place Living History Farm presents Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country, the annual celebration of winter and the holiday season at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The last public event of the year at the historic site, the festival will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. There will be unique folk arts and crafts, such as hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, jewelry, handmade baskets, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and hooked rugs. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm, and all will be available for sale.

But Christmas in the Country is more than just a shopping venue, it will also feature hands-on activities for all ages, such as dipping candles and making pomander balls (led by our Junior Apprentices) and decorating with natural materials, led by the Girl Scouts. Our hearthside kitchen will be up and running, offering demonstrations of 19th century cooking and baking with the theme of A Backcountry Plantation Christmas Feast, which may feature delicacies such as boiled puddings, nut pies, and stewed and roasted meats and vegetables. And Will Vogt from Graysburg Forge in Limestone will once again be working in the blacksmith shop, demonstrating how horseshoes and wagon wheels and even simple tools were made in the days before the Industrial Revolution.

THE NUTCRACKER presented by the Kingsport Ballet

Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State

Thurs, Dec 5th -School Performance 10am

Friday, Dec 6th – Public performance 7pm

Saturday, Dec 7th -Public performance 7pm

Sunday, Dec 8th – Public performance 2:30pm.

For Tickets: 423-378-3967

Symphony of the Mountains presents its Holiday Concert in Kingsport with Carl Tanner

Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center

Dec 7, 2013 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Symphony of the Mountains, Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Childrens Choral Academy and Mountain Mission School Choir as we welcome back world-famous tenor Carl Tanner. After his Kingsport debut in the 12/13 Season, Carl Tanner fell in love with our area and will return to perform for both Holiday Concerts. Repertoire will include: ¢Ë†â„¢ Rimsky-Korsakov, Christmas Eve: Polonaise ¢Ë†â„¢ Little Drummer Boy ¢Ë†â„¢ O Holy Night ¢Ë†â„¢ Polar Express Concert Suite ¢Ë†â„¢ How Excellent Is They Name by Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra Concertmaster and award winning composer Cameron Lugo.

For tickets call (423) 392-8423 or go to

DKA Open Loft Tours

Sunday December 8th 2-5 PM

Please join us for the first annual Downtown Kingsport Holiday Loft Tour sponsored by Preaching Christ Church. This is a great way to experience loft style living in beautiful Downtown Kingsport, and further your Christmas spirit by viewing many elaborate decorations. The tour will include nine individual loft apartments in Downtown Kingsport, each with distinctive character and charm.

Tickets for the loft tours can be purchased before the day of the event for $20 at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 229 Broad Street, Charmed Southern, 117 E Market Street, or Bloom Boutique, 329 Commerce Street. If purchasing tickets on the day of the event, you may purchase at the Downtown Kingsport Association from 1:30-3:00pm.

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects on the Downtown Kingsport Association, a nonprofit membership based organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown. The mission of the Downtown Kingsport Association is to bring people to the doors of downtown businesses in Kingsport, Tennessee, a great place to be.

For more information, please contact Sherri Mosley by calling 423-246-6550 or emailing

About Skyflight Productions & Toby Weisend

Kingsport will be host to national talent via Skyflight Productions. Former Ohio resident and president of Skyflight Productions, Toby Weisend, has focused his attention in adding a new cultural element to Kingsport, Tennessee. Over the last three years Weisend has welcomed artists of all genres, including several Grammy-nominated artists, to rural eastern Ohio from literally all over the globe including France, Canada and Australia. The concerts have been very successful, enhancing and enriching the small community of Barnesville, Ohio. Channeling his ideas, visions and goals into a small town setting certainly goes against the grain of most entrepreneurial promoters. Rather than competing for a reputable presence in an overcrowded metropolitan “scene”, Weisend firmly believes that a small community can support and prosper from cultural expression. “Many artistic/creative individuals in a small town have not had the opportunity or resources to experience the nourishment from some of the nation’s underappreciated musicians willing to share their creations.” Weisend believes that his project will survive from word of mouth, lack of competition and stellar performances. Every show I produce, I put my reputation on the line. He supports community efforts and energy and believes that this is the forum to make a community thrive. If the concert series is supported and well-attended, Weisend will expand his quest with a summer mini-festival, potentially acquiring larger-scale talent. There will be no boundaries in genre selection; national talent will be of utmost importance.‚  An incredible line up is set for Kingsport all the way through the summer of 2014 and beyond. This will be unlike any musical series Kingsport has ever had.‚  Get Engaged!