KPD e-News Release: Applications Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport 911

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport 911
DATE: August 2, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport is currently accepting applications for the position of Communications Specialist to serve in the Kingsport 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center. Communications Specialists, also known as Dispatchers, are the calm, yet highly trained, voice on the phone whenever a citizen calls 9-1-1 for assistance in an emergency.

Starting salary is $15.38 per hour or $31,997 annually. Pay incentives are negotiable for applicants with prior 9-1-1 dispatch experience. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

Applications are being accepted through Sunday, August 15, 2021. All applications must be submitted online by visiting the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

The Communications Specialists of Kingsport Central Dispatch process roughly a quarter of a million telephone calls annually. Approximately twenty percent (50,000) of these calls are emergency calls to 9-1-1. Although a division of the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Central Dispatch also provides services for the Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., Kingsport Life Saving Crew, and other city departments and functions.

Kingsport Central Dispatch moved into the current 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Downtown Kingsport in October 2015. Central Dispatch had previously been housed in a cramped 1,000 square foot space on the second floor of the Kingsport Justice Center since 1989. Prior to that, Central Dispatch operated out of the basement of the Civic Auditorium.

Kingsport Central Dispatch personnel serve under the supervision of the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1, and include a Communications Supervisor, a Technical Services Coordinator, 4 Shift Leaders, and more than a dozen Communications Specialists, all of whom are Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified.

For additional information regarding Kingsport Central Dispatch, please visit the following links:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Department/Administrative_Bureau/Central_Dispatch/

http://Kingsport911.org/

For assistance with the application process, please contact the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department by calling 423-229-9401. For questions regarding the position of Communications Specialist/Dispatcher, please call the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1 at 423-229-9358.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Stressing Traffic Safety as Kingsport Students Begin New School Year

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Stressing Traffic Safety as Kingsport Students Begin New School Year
DATE: August 2, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 2, 2021, Kingsport City School students have begun a new school year. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down, obey all traffic laws, and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones.

One of the newer state laws is the Hands Free Tennessee law that, among other things, makes it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while driving. It is important to note that while a first-time offense is a $50 fine and a third-time or higher offense or an offense resulting in a crash is a $100 fine, IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS IN A WORK ZONE OR A SCHOOL ZONE, THE FINE IS $200.

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

· Have children exit the vehicle from the side of the vehicle facing the curb rather than the side of the vehicle facing traffic.

· Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or allow your children to do so.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· This is true even on multi-lane highways unless there is a barrier or grass or raised concrete median physically dividing the two directions of the highway. Multi-lane highways only divided by center turn lanes do not satisfy this criteria, so both directions must stop for a stopped school bus.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

Seatbelts and Child Passenger Safety

Finally, all motorists are strongly encouraged to make sure they, and everyone in their vehicle, are properly restrained. Being properly restrained by a seatbelt or an appropriate child passenger safety seat can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus walking away from the crash with minor injuries or no injuries whatsoever.

The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life. For a comprehensive guide to child passenger safety, please visit the following link:

https://TNTrafficSafety.org/CPS

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can co-exist safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Extensive Vandalism to Kingsport Greenbelt

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Investigating Extensive Vandalism to Kingsport Greenbelt
DATE: July 30, 2021
CASE #: 21-015674
GENERAL NARRATIVE
During the month of July 2021, the Kingsport Greenbelt has been vandalized no less than four separate times. The vandal has spray painted vulgar words and symbols on numerous signs, benches, and trees, as well as all over the pathway itself. The damage is extensive and occurred at several different areas along the trail, with the vast majority being between the Eastman Road and North John B. Dennis Highway crossovers.

Kingsport Parks and Recreation maintenance supervisors are still assessing the extent of the damage and the monetary cost of the associated cleanup and repair, but it will most definitely exceed $1,000, classifying this crime as a felony.

A Greenbelt visitor captured a photograph, of a possible person of interest, that has been included with this release. Anyone who recognizes this individual, or who may have any information whatsoever to assist with this investigation and identify the individual(s) responsible, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)
DATE: July 28, 2021
CASE #: 21-013274
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release originally posted on July 16, 2021.

As previously released:

On the evening of June 27, 2021 Dakota J. Hamilton was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. He was last seen at approximately 9:00 PM that evening, on foot, in the 1000 block of Maple Street in Kingsport. While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photograph and physical description are included in this release. Anyone who may know his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Dakota J. Hamilton
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description Tattoo of three cards on right arm
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Black t-shirt

Gray long athletic pants

Black and white shoes

Last Known Location 1000 block of Maple Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Suspects Sought in Attempted Burglary Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspects Sought in Attempted Burglary Investigation
DATE: July 28, 2021
CASE #: 21-014599
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2021 at approximately 10:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Stonecrest Apartments (formerly known as Model City Apartments), located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport, in reference to an attempted aggravated burglary.

A resident reported that a black male suspect and a white female suspect, both unknown to her, had knocked on her door and then attempted to force their way into her apartment. The attempt was ultimately unsuccessful and the pair left the scene prior to police arrival.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes either of them is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway (Update)
DATE: July 27, 2021
CASE #: 21-015063
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Shirley M. Kilgore had been hospitalized since July 20, 2021 when she was critically injured in a motor vehicle collision in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. On July 23rd, she succumbed to her injuries and died.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

As previously released:

On July 20, 2021 at approximately 2:20 PM Crash Reconstructionists with the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle collision in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A maroon 2001 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by a 17 year old male juvenile (not identified due to his minor age), was northbound in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Meanwhile, a red 2018 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Shirley M. Kilgore, was southbound on the same section of roadway.

Ms. Kilgore attempted a left turn toward a private property and turned her Chevrolet into the path of the Honda resulting in an angular collision. The juvenile driver of the Honda was properly restrained and only sustained suspected minor injuries; however, Ms. Kilgore was not wearing her seatbelt and sustained serious injuries. She was transported via ambulance to an area medical facility for treatment where she remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2001
Type 4-door sedan
Color Maroon
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Not released due to minor age
Age 17 years of age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Cruze
Year 2018
Type 4-door sedan
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Shirley M. Kilgore
Age 84 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects
DATE: July 27, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public assistance in identifying several suspects in various unrelated misdemeanor investigations. The individuals and/or vehicles in the following images were photographed on surveillance video during the commission of assorted misdemeanors, typically non-violent property crimes. Identifying one of these suspects and/or vehicles could potentially help solve a case.

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429. As multiple cases and suspects are being featured in this news release, when providing information, citizens are asked to please cite the specific case number that corresponds to the particular individual and/or vehicle being identified.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to these or any other cases wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

CASE #: 21-009892 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-009892 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-009892 (photo 3)

CASE #: 21-010163 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-010163 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-010952 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-010952 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-010952 (photo 3)

CASE #: 21-011421

CASE #: 21-011422

CASE #: 21-013332

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport
DATE: July 21, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is just a friendly reminder that fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show. See below for the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance. Violations of this Ordinance are subject to a $110 fine.

City of Kingsport Ordinance 42-112

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city.

For your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure, this coming Saturday evening, July 24, 2021, on the final night of Fun Fest, there will be a fireworks show viewable from Memorial Park and J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport, immediately following the concert.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Crash in 2900 Block of North John B. Dennis Highway
DATE: July 20, 2021
CASE #: 21-015063
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 20, 2021 at approximately 2:20 PM Crash Reconstructionists with the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle collision in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A maroon 2001 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by a 17 year old male juvenile (not identified due to his minor age), was northbound in the 2900 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Meanwhile, a red 2018 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Shirley M. Kilgore, was southbound on the same section of roadway.

Ms. Kilgore attempted a left turn toward a private property and turned her Chevrolet into the path of the Honda resulting in an angular collision. The juvenile driver of the Honda was properly restrained and only sustained suspected minor injuries; however, Ms. Kilgore was not wearing her seatbelt and sustained serious injuries. She was transported via ambulance to an area medical facility for treatment where she remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2001
Type 4-door sedan
Color Maroon
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Not released due to minor age
Age 17 years of age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Cruze
Year 2018
Type 4-door sedan
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Shirley M. Kilgore
Age 84 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injury

Critical Condition

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)
DATE: July 19, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: Approximately one week remains to apply for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2021. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a male Corrections Officer. Female Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.28 per hour or $29,702.40 annually. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-224-9424.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton