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Do you love the Kingsport Farmers Market? Would you like to put your creativity to use and show that love to everyone? We want to see your poster designing skills!

The Kingsport Farmers Market is hosting a contest to find the perfect design for its 2019 season poster. This poster will help promote the market not just as a place to find the freshest local produce, but as somewhere that allows people to connect with neighbors, support the economic viability of local farms and work to preserve farmland for generations to come. That’s a lot of power to pack in one poster, but we believe in you.

We’re looking for posters that depict a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging (who, what, when, where) and market identity. If you win, you’ll receive some Kingsport Farmers Market swag, your name and design featured in the Kingsport Times-News and—best of all—your design will be our official poster for our 2019 season!

You have until Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. to send us a design that meets the following requirements:

  • Includes the Kingsport Farmers Market logo
  • Includes our location, hours, and web address
  • High-resolution (300 dpi) PNG/JPG format and PDF format

For a digital copy of the Kingsport Farmers Market logo, contact hannahpurdy@kingsporttn.gov. All posters must be submitted through email no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 to hannahpurdy@kingsporttn.gov.

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City crews will be making sewer repairs along Clinchfield Street between Center Street and Press Street on Wednesday, March 27.

Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., lanes may be temporarily shifted and/or controlled by flaggers to allow for portions of this work to be done.

Beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until approximately midnight, Clinchfield Street will be closed to northbound thru traffic between Center Street and Press Street.  Two-way traffic will remain open between Center Street and the entrance to Burger King.  Motorists travelling northbound between Center Street and Sullivan Street are encouraged to utilize the marked detour.  Clinchfield Street will remain open to southbound traffic (headed towards Center Street).  The city urges motorists to use extreme caution while traveling in this area and to obey all Road Closed signs.

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

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What better way to listen to music than in the great outdoors? Bays Mountain Park welcomes Monroeville for a concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Visit the Bays Mountain Park Amphitheater to see this unique band play a full-length concert. While Monroeville’s style is based in bluegrass, the band’s expert musicianship lets them experiment with other genres to keep their sound fresh. They’re not afraid to improvise while playing live, which makes each concert experience with Monroeville an exciting one.

Monroeville is led by Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Matt Munsey and features multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from diverse backgrounds. Monroeville has been active for eight years, and won 2012 Momentum Band of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Their most recent album, 2016’s “Worlds Apart,” is available to stream on Spotify.

Tickets are $5 and available now online at eventbrite.com by searching “Monroeville.” You can also visit Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s Facebook page to easily find the ticket link. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold.

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

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From April 1 through 12, the city of Kingsport is holding its annual spring clean-up service for residents. Residents can place extra items on the curb for garbage crews to haul away at no extra charge. The city encourages residents to clean up and clean out their yards, garages and basements. Every resident will receive two garbage and recycling pick-ups and one trash pick-up during the two-week period.

The city will pick-up: 
Appliances
Tires (only 4 per household and off the rim)
Furniture
Small amount of building materials (drywall, carpet, scrap lumber)
Yard debris
Mattresses
Bagged grass
Bagged or loose leaves
Brush
General junk

The city will not pick-up: 
Paint
Liquids
Hazardous material
Propane tanks
Tires on rims
Contractor generated building materials
Contractor generated tree debris

During the clean-up weeks, the city will accept items outside the garbage can. A leaf truck will also run during this time. While the spring clean-up service is free for residents, the city will still charge for contractor-generated waste and tree debris during these weeks.

Computer items, such as monitors, keyboards and hard drives, can be taken to the Sullivan County Transfer Station on Brookside Drive.

Sullivan County will hold its annual hazardous material collection on May 4 and October 5  at Sullivan Central High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 423-323-6439 to learn more.

For more information about Kingsport’s clean-up weeks, please call 423-229-9451 or visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

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City crews will be making waterline repairs along Stratford Road on Friday, March 22 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. During this time, customers in the following areas will experience either a reduction in their water pressure or a temporary disruption in their water service:  Stratford Road (between Memorial Boulevard & Shipley Street), Morrell Court, Bernard Circle, Hillcrest Drive, Ashley Street (between Hillcrest Drive & Shipley Street), Ridgeview Street (north of Hunter Lane), and customers 1413-1425 Conway Drive.

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 callThis image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative. (423) 229-9454.

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Think March is too early to start looking for your ideal summer job? Think again! The Kingsport Aquatic Center is hosting a Summer Job Fair on March 28 and 29.

Visit the Legion Room at the KAC between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on either day to learn about opportunities for work as a certified lifeguard, in the concessions stand, at the front desk and more. Accuforce representatives will be on site to process applications, and KAC staff will conduct same-day interviews.

The KAC offers competitive pay and a fun, flexible working environment with plenty of room to grow. If you like spending your summer by the pool, why not get paid for it? Bring your enthusiasm to the Summer Job Fair, and get ready to work with the KAC team this summer.

For more information about employment opportunities, how to earn your lifeguard certification and more, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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City crews will be making waterline repairs along Big Ridge Road on Thursday, March 21 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. During this time, customers in the following areas will experience a temporary disruption in their water service:  Big Ridge Road, Toy Crawford Road, Donnie Crawford Road, John Phillips Road, Dykes Road, and 1140-1200 Old Blairs Gap Road.

During times of water service disruption, the city recommends that customers make any necessary precautions to protect their water system (such as turning off their water heater).  If you have any questions, please call (423)229-9454.

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City Manager Jeff Fleming has appointed Sid Cox as Kingsport’s new City Recorder and Chief Financial Officer.

“I’ve served in this capacity before for my hometown of Elizabethton, so I know the territory and I feel comfortable with it,” Cox said. “This is a great opportunity for me to step up, and step into what I think will be a very professionally rewarding position. I’m really looking forward to working closer with the city administrative team and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to continue the success and progress made by the City of Kingsport.”

Cox has worked for the city since starting as a senior accountant in 2010. He’s also served as an accounting supervisor, and most recently was the business manager for the Community Services Department. But his life as a public servant goes back much further than that. After graduating from ETSU in 1988 with a degree in accounting, Cox worked for Sullivan County, where he climbed the ladder before eventually serving as Elizabethton’s Director of Finance.

Though he’s had forays into the private sector, Cox was always drawn back to local government.

“I began my career with local government“, he said. I think that there’s a lot of opportunity and satisfaction with helping people in public service.”

The role of City Recorder/CFO is to head the Finance Department, which oversees the security and management of the city’s financial assets, as well as the collection of most revenues. Cox will be over the accounting, customer service and records management divisions that make up the department. Kingsport’s Finance Department has won the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 18 years in a row. With a seasoned city employee at the helm, the department hopes to continue its trend of excellence.

When he’s not at work, Cox likes to spend time with his wife of 33 years, Cindy, and his two grown daughters, Chelsie and Courtney. They have dinner together most Sundays. Cox is also a huge fan of college football—particularly the team at his alma mater, ETSU.

He says he’s very excited about this next step in his career, both for him and his family.

“Professionally and personally, it’s a great opportunity and great timing for me,” Cox said. “I’m really looking forward to serving the citizens of Kingsport in a different role.”

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This project is complete.

The City of Kingsport will begin work on West Sullivan Street between Hammond Avenue and the entrance to Family Dollar on March 18 at 7 a.m.  The project is expected take 60 days to complete. Glass Machinery and Excavation, Inc. will be the contractor performing the work for the city.

A section of West Sullivan Street, between the intersection with Hammond Avenue and the entrance for Family Dollar, will have a temporary traffic pattern change during the construction process until the completion of the project.  Traffic traveling east from the Clinchfield Street intersection will be diverted into the center turn lane toward Church Circle with construction zone traffic control devices and signs.  Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time.  Work will take place adjacent to the Town Park Lofts development.

Thank you for your cooperation during this improvement process. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Gilmer with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 423-229-9475.

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America’s Navy is coming to Kingsport, Tennessee, one of 25 cities in ten states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2019 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy Concert Band performance is scheduled for March 18, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Eastman Employee Center’s Toy F. Reid Auditorium.

The Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for more than 90 years.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public though all attendees must have a ticket. Free tickets are available at the Eastman Employee Center and the Dobyns-Bennett Band Building.