KINGSPORT — In response to reports of rampant crime in the vicinity, Kingsport police have stationed a mobile command unit RV directly across from a business allegedly selling synthetic drugs, saturating the area with multiple officers.
The efforts began Thursday, with Kingsport Police Chief Gale Osborne saying it would continue as long as needed to protect Model City citizens. On Friday morning personnel of the shop, Ultimate Smoke, 2307 East Center Street, declined comment when approached by the Times-News. Meanwhile, several motorists passing the police operations shouted praise and encouragement to officers, who were monitoring for speeders and illegal parking outside the shop.
Along with the traffic hazards — which have allegedly hindered the work of area crossing guards, putting students attempting to leave nearby schools at risk — Osborne says there's been a high volume of vandalism, thefts and disturbances.