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.

City crews will be making sewer line repairs along Memorial Boulevard (S.R. 126) on Friday, June 14 between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. During this time, Memorial Boulevard will be reduced to one-lane in the eastbound direction between just west of Glenwood Street and just east of Harbor Chapel Road.  Westbound traffic thru this area will be shifted over to the inside eastbound lane.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling in this area.

If you have any questions, please call (423) 229-9454.

Memorial Blvd Sewer Repair Lane Closure

The City of Kingsport Traffic Department and AEP will be working at the intersection of University Boulevard and West Stone Drive on Thursday, June 13, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Kingsport Police Department will be present at the intersection to assist with the lane closures during this scheduled work.

University Boulevard

  • Will be closed to thru traffic from Bellingham Drive to W Stone Drive; All business traffic in this area will be forced to take a right turn only at W Stone Drive

BAE Driveway

  • All traffic exiting property will be forced to turn right onto W. Stone Drive

East Bound W Stone Drive

  • Only change will be no lefts onto University Blvd

West Bound Stone Drive

  • Right turn lane will be closed and possibly the right thru lane at times; Left turns into BAE will be allowed

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hensley with the City of Kingsport Traffic Division at 224-2757. Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.

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Are you a local artist with a passion for keeping the environment clean and healthy? Or are you a casual painter that loves animals? The City of Kingsport Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains in local neighborhoods to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat, and aquatic wildlife.

To enter the contest:

  • Send a color sketch of your proposed artwork around a storm drain.
  • Artwork may include the street, sidewalk or both.
  • Text is encouraged to convey the educational stormwater message.
  • Be sure to include your name, phone and email.

The deadline to submit entries is August 1. The winners will be selected by August 16. The five winning artists will receive $100 and their chance to leave their artistic talents on the streets of local Kingsport neighborhoods.

Sponsors for this contest are all local businesses and include Bishop & Company, Bank of Tennessee, Kingsport Imaging, VIPSeen and Now or Never Tattoo Gallery.

The artists will each receive one quart of red, yellow, blue, white and black. Artists will start painting the first week of September. For complete rules and guidelines, please click here.

“The response we got last year from the downtown drain artwork was very positive,” said Amanda McMullen, stormwater quality control technician for Kingsport Public Works. “This year, we want to bring the art to the people by painting drains in various neighborhoods.”

What is Stormwater?

As Kingsport grew, the ground became covered with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, an important part of the water cycle was disturbed. Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them into local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful effect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

For more information on the storm drain art contest and stormwater in Kingsport, please click here.

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The Kingsport Farmers Market is partnering with Visit Kingsport and the Downtown Kingsport Association on a brand new farmers market experience: the Evening at the Market series.

On the second Thursday of each month, June through September, visit the Kingsport Farmers Market at 308 Clinchfield Street for an exciting night. Shop from the farmers market vendors you know and love, visit food vendors for some dinner, then grab a craft beer before the live bluegrass concert outside.

“We are so excited to bring this new experience to downtown Kingsport,” said Kristie Leonard, the city’s Community Services Program Administrator and market manager. “Everyone in the region is welcome to come enjoy a laidback atmosphere and visit with your neighbors.”

Evening at the Market lasts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The market is open for the entire evening, and the concert kicks off at 6. Carousel Park is right next door, and the Kingsport Carousel will be open for rides. Bring the family and stay a while at Evening at the Market!

For our June 13 kick-off night, come support Kingsport in the tie-breaking battle for the Best Long Island Ice Tea. After the concert, Visit Kingsport will show the live battle on the big screen as Kingsport’s local team takes on New York in National Harbor, Maryland. Come show your support for Kingsport’s Original Long Island Iced Tea!

Concert Schedule

June 13: Lonesome River

July 11: Hunter Patterson Band

August 8: Matlock & Company

September 12: ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band

Don’t forget—the Kingsport Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about the market, visit kingsportfarmersmarket.org.

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The Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) has been in the process of building a new comprehensive transit facility for the past five years. KATS is excited and proud to announce that Phase 1 of the new transit facility is now complete! This center will improve and support growth, accessibility and safety within the community as well as enhancing the eastside gateway appearance to the city. The opening of a new transit facility is a once in a lifetime event and we are excited to be a part of Kingsport’s growth and expansion.

“We have a come a long way to reach this major milestone,” said Assistant City Manager Chris McCartt. “When I came to the City in 1997, I remember attending meetings at Kingsport Tomorrow where we would strategize how to market this service. One of those strategies included neighborhood visits where we would literally go door-to-door delivering information regarding our service. During those early days, you wondered if the service would survive from one year to the next, look at us now. Individuals such as former Mayor Jeanette Blazier, Gary Taylor and Bill Albright are to be commended. Without their tireless dedication, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today.”

KATS is very pleased to invite you to their new transit facility at 900 East Main Street on Friday, June 14 for their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Help KATS celebrate with all day festivities including free bus rides, discount opportunities, giveaways, special prizes and a free lunch catered by The Hot Dog Hut.

Attendees can register their name in a drawing to win the grand prize of a yearly bus pass valued at $240.00!

Make sure you take advantage of this deal, and tell your friends and family members. You can learn more about KATS at www.kingsporttransit.org. Thank you for choosing KATS!

WHAT: KATS GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING

WHERE: 900 East Main Street

WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2019 (Tours start at 10:00am, remarks at 10:30am, lunch at 11:00am)

For more information, please visit www.kingsporttransit.org.

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As part of the city’s program to modernize its existing infrastructure, construction crews will be making a new waterline connection along Mill Creek Road at the intersection with Kistner Road on Thursday, June 6 between of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.  During this time, customers at the following locations will experience a temporary disruption in their water service:  550-972 Mill Creek Road, and all customers along Kistner Road and Lane Road.

During times of water service disruption, the city recommend that customers make any necessary precautions to protect their water system (such as turning off their water heater).  If you have any questions, please contact the city’s project manager, Pamela Gilmer, at (423) 229-9475.

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Kingsport Area Transit Service is very excited to announce that operations will begin from their new transit facility at 900 East Main Street on Monday, June 10.

All 6 routes have been improved, including the newest one, Route 6. Route 6 will now travel into Colonial Heights to serve additional riders and will stop at the Food City on Moreland Drive. Information about the new routes will be available online next week and new route books are currently available at the transit center.

Due to the “learning curve” for riders and drivers, KATS will offer free bus rides on all bus routes all day long from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 28.

“We hope this encourages people to utilize Kingsport’s public transit service and learn the new routes at no cost to them,” said Chris Campbell, KATS public transportation manager.

KATS new transit facility grand opening and ribbon cutting will be Friday, June 14. Be watching for additional details to be released at the end of the week.

Make sure you take advantage of the free rides during June and tell your friends and family members. You can learn more about KATS at www.kingsporttransit.org. Thank you for choosing KATS!

WHAT:            KATS Begins Operations From New Transit Facility (Plus free bus rides the rest of the month!)

WHERE:         900 East Main Street

WHEN:           Monday June 10, 2019

For more information, please visit www.kingsporttransit.org.

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On June 18, sponsors Bays Mountain Park and Kingsport Idol bring you “An Evening with Dr. Bill Bass.” Experience an event like no other as you hear from one of the most interesting scientists working today.

“Dr. Bass is a forensic legend, and we are thrilled to host him at Bays Mountain Park,” said Mark Kilgore, program coordinator at Bays Mountain. “He is beloved in East Tennessee, and we are lucky to have him share his knowledge and experiences with our community.”

Dr. Bass is known for pioneering and advancing the study of human remains in order to assist law enforcement, as well as being the founder of “The Body Farm” at the University of Tennessee. Best known for his research on human osteology and human decomposition, Dr. Bass has been the front-runner in the field of forensics for quite some time.

Dr. Bass has worked throughout the United States and worldwide to help solve some of the world’s most famous crimes. The CSI television show has even based some of their storylines upon Dr. Bass’s research. Now retired, he continues to share his knowledge through speaking events.

As a co-author, Bass is famous for his collaboration with writer and documentary filmmaker Jon Jefferson. Beginning with a film for National Geographic about the Body Farm, the duo has written two nonfiction books and 12 bestselling fiction novels under the name Jefferson Bass. Dr. Bass’s books will be available for purchase after the event.

“An Evening with Dr. Bill Bass” will be held at Robinson Middle School at 6:30 p.m. on June 18. Tickets prior to the event are $25 and $30 the day of the event. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2wvFKgo. For more information, please call Mark Kilgore at 423-230-6357.

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Bays Mountain Park welcomes The Green Rumours for a concert at the Lily Pad Pavilion on Saturday June 15th, 2019 at 3 p.m.

The Green Rumours are a sultry indie folk duo comprised of Jason Wilson and Jen Fields. Founding members of the Appalachian Alternative band, Jackdaw’s 7, the two decided to begin an acoustic singer/songwriter project together, and The Green Rumours were born.

Vastly different in their musical backgrounds (Wilson has a punk rock background, and Fields is a musical theatre aficionado), the duo has a surprising connectivity both in songwriting and stage performance. They meet on a plane outside of their collective background to create a uniquely alluring sound, and their voices blend in an almost ethereal blues-tinged harmony. Both Wilson and Fields have a strong affinity for words, an affection that shines in the crafting of the lyrics of their original songs. They have the ability to make universal themes such as losing a loved one, or missing the innocence of childhood feel intensely personal.

Tickets are $7 and available now online at eventbrite.com by searching “Green Rumours.” You can also visit Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s Facebook page to easily find the ticket link.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423)229-9447.