History of KASC

1944 - KASC was established by several local businesses in an effort to promote a safer community.

1947 - KASC driving force was to bring the first Driver Education Class to Tennessee's Dobyns-Bennett High School.

1965 - Joint project with Kingsport American Red Cross began Project Take 5, which provided motorists traveling through the area a chance to stop and relax from the humdrum of long distance driving.

1968 - The Council became a cooperating agency with the National Safety Council for the Defensive Driving Program.  Over 1,000 drivers have been trained locally.  This is an 8-hour course. 

1977 - The Upper East Tennessee Safety Conference, a two-day event, co-sponsored by the Council and East Tennessee State University.This conference was conducted by TOSHA with over 100 attendees.

1981 - Council President James Snodgrass met with TOSHA to develop plans for the Tennessee Safety Congress which was held the next year at the new Opryland Hotel.

1985 - First seminar under the leadership of President Bill Hammond (Eastman).  This first seminar was called "Construction Safety Seminar".  Bill recruited the services of the local TOSHA people and developed what would become an annual event.  There were 150 participants in the seminar.  By 1992 the attendance was up to 400, and by 1997 was over 550.  The name was changed to "Safety Seminar" in 1991.  This was to emphasize the broad nature of the classes offered.  It was no longer just for the construction industry.  In the early days of the Seminar, the attendees were from the local area. Today, we have attendees from throughout East Tennessee,
including the Knoxville area.

1987 - Kasc sponsored the Water Safety Expo.

1989 - Under the leadership of President Dick Bailey, developed the first Fire Safety Rodeo. This is now an annual event to display the skills of local fire fire fighters and is named after Dick Bailey.

1991 - The Council went into partnership with the Kingsport Seatbelt Coalition. This organization promotes the use of seatbelts and child restraints.

1993 - KASC co-sponsored the Tony Taylor Kid's Safety Fair with the Eastman Contractors Safety Partnership. This was a day long event for about 500 area fifth graders to give kids safety tips and training in an enjoyable atmosphere. This is now an annual event.

1998 - Started a yearly donation to area organizations during Christmas. This year's donation went to the Children's Advocacy Center. Sent an underprivileged child on a school trip to Washington, DC.

1999 - A new KASC webpage was created. We also created a position for Chaplain; E.B. Noe was selected to fill this position. We also established $1,000 annual Jr. Godsey memorial grant for volunteer emergency response organizations.

2000 - Presented Tiffany Cavin a plaque in recognition of her heroic action of saving her family's lives during a home fire. Also improved on Safety Seminar by offering certification course for Fall Protection.

2001 - Established the "Outstanding Service Award". The first award recipient was Teresa Fulwiler, Secretary.

2002 - Project Safe Child was accomplished by KASC with a donation of safety books to local schools and daycares, and the Kingsport Library. This was a significant project involving several thousand books that were purchased and distributed by KASC volunteers.