Lynn View Community Center drafts improvement plans; recent crime worries citizens


SOME IN A TRI-CITIES COMMUNITY WERE HOPING FOR A CHANCE TO FORMALLY VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AFTER SEVERAL VIOLENT INCIDENTS NEAR THEIR HOMES. BUT THEY SAY THEY DID NOT GET TO TALK ABOUT WHY THEY BELIEVE ARE THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE LYNN GARDEN COMMUNITY IN KINGSPORT. THAT’S THE BEEN THE SCENE OF TWO SHOOTINGS AND A MURDER IN JUST THE LAST MONTH. POLICE CHARGED JAMES POWELL AFTER A SHOOTING ON BLOOMINGDALE PIKE JANUARY 21ST. TEN DAYS LATER… POLICE SAY MICHAEL DAVIDSON WAS MURDERED ON MULL STREET. JEFFREY FLANARY IS CHARGED WITH THAT CRIME. AND THE MOST RECENT SHOOTING HAPPENED MONDAY NIGHT ON LYNN AVENUE. ANTHONY MOOSMAN IS IN JAIL CHARGED WITH THE DEATH OF STEPHEN CAUDILL — AND THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF CLAYTON RAY. TONIGHT – SOME PEOPLE GATHERED IN HOPES OF TALKING COMMUNITY SAFETY. NEWS CHANNEL 11’S JUSTIN SOTO FOUND OUT – TONIGHT WASN’T THE NIGHT FOR THAT DISCUSSION. TONIGHT’S MONTHLY MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION LYNN VIEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS ALL ABOUT COMING UP WITH A CONCEPT PLAN FOR SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S COMMUNITY CENTER. THAT COMMITTEE DRAFTED A CONCEPT PLAN TO USE AN ALLOTTED 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO ENHANCE THE CENTER… PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGER, KITTY FRAZIER SAYS THEY LOOKED AT WAYS OF IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND THE APPEARANCE OF THE BUILDING. OUR COMMITTEE HAD ASKED US TO LOOK AT WAYS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENT TO THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE BUILDING ITSELF SO WE WERE LOOKING AT IDEAS RELATED TO RESTROOMS, PARKING, ACCESS FOR STEPS, RAMPS, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS A LIFE LONG RESIDENT OF THE LYNN VIEW COMMUNITY SAYS TONIGHT’S DISCUSSION ON PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY WAS POSITIVE BUT IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT SHOOTINGS IN THE AREA, OTHER THINGS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS THE COMMITTEE DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH THAT MONEY. I THINK WHEN WE DISCUSS THE BUDGET OF 200,000 THOUSAND DOLLARS YOU HAVE TO BRING UP THE NEEDS AND THE NEEDS IN MY OPINION IS SAFETY, SECURITY HE’S HOPING LIGHTING AND SECURITY CAN BE AT THE TOP OF THE PRIORITY LIST THE NEXT TIME LYNN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER IS DISCUSSED. PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGER, KITTY FRAZIER TELLS ME THE COMMITTEE HAS A LONG RANGE MASTER PLAN THAT LOOKS AT OUTDOOR SPACES AS WELL AND IT’S ALL ABOUT FIGURING OUT WHAT THE RIGHT FOCUS IS AT THE MOMENT, JOSH? CITY OFFICIALS TELL US A TOWN HALL MEETING FOR THE LYNN GARDEN COMMUNITY, ORGANIZED BY CITY HALL, IS BEING ORGANIZED. A DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.

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