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Stories like the following can be found within Brianne Wright’s new book, On This Day in Kingsport History:

  • Charley Grubb evaded his prison sentence when he slyly escaped from the courtroom during the jury deliberations on May 25, 1929.
  • On June 5, 1936, the Rotherwood Bridge collapse nearly claimed five lives.
  • After four decades, the State Theater officially aired its last film on March 26, 1978.

The Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport will host a book signing and reception for the new book, On This Day in Kingsport History on December 1 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Reclaimed Roots, 108 E. Market Street, in Downtown Kingsport. Books will be available at the signing for $21.99 and at the library thereafter. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Archives.

With a story for each day of the year, Kingsport City archivist and author Wright illuminates the significant people, places and events of the Model City. From its early days as Boatyard to the modern-day Kingsport, colorful characters and quirky events shaped the city’s unique history one day at a time.

Wright has been the archivist for the City of Kingsport since 2007. She is the author of Downtown Kingsport: Images of America. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and received her master’s in archival studies from East Tennessee State University. She was a recipient of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Award of Excellence in 2014. She lives in Church Hill, Tennessee, with her husband, Mitch, and daughter, Lily.