Entries by adrienne

TDOT Needs Your Help

TDOT is working on their Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) plan at this time and they are asking for input from the public. The ITS system in the Tri-Cities consists of the Tennessee Smartway Camera System, Variable Message Boards (drivers on I-81 see these), 511 phone system and the public traffic advisory radio system. Please take the […]

Tune In and Take Part in Kingsport 100 Social Media!

Kingsport 100’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be capturing all moments from the centennial year! The Kingsport Centennial website is a great way to get involved in all things centennial. The website has information on the events, history and memories of Kingsport. Make your mark on the centennial by submitting memories, important moments to […]

Learn About Kingsport With Fun Stories and Pictures!

Kingsport’s 100th year has begun! To help everyone celebrate and learn about the past 100 years, there are two centennial publications everyone should pick up and read. An Unconventional History of Kingsport This hardbound coffee-table book is written by Vince Staten, noted Kingsport historian and storyteller.  Through 192 pages, tells Kingsport’s truly unique history like […]

Free Carousel Rides!

The Kingsport Carousel will offer free rides on Saturday, January 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m! The free rides are sponsored by an anonymous patron who grew up in Kingsport and now seeks to honor his parents and help his hometown celebrate its 100th birthday.  “Kingsport is a wonderful place to grow up,” the […]

A New Year’s Eve Party 100 Years in the Making!

Join us in Downtown Kingsport to ring in the new year and celebrate Kingsport’s 100th birthday! Think it will be too cold? We’ll have heated benches (provided by Jackson Jones) and patio heaters to keep you toasty. Something for the kiddos? Absolutely! The YMCA is sponsoring a kids station with a magician, face painting and […]

Church Circle Nativity Scene

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Kingsport’s most beloved Christmas traditions, the Church Circle nativity scene. The nativity scene was first introduced in 1966 with 18 figures in the original set. Since then, a few more pieces have been added. The Kingsport Jaycees have managed the maintenance and storage of the figures […]

The Arrival of The First Santa Train

Santa’s Special Railroad Car pulled into town on November 26, 1943, marking the first Santa Train excursion. The night before, a delegation of Kingsport merchants, staff writers and photographers from the Kingsport Times News joined Mr. Phetteplace, general manager of the Clinchfield Railroad Company, in Kingsport to journey to Elkhorn City, Kentucky. It was from […]

Kingsport Fire Department Assists with Gatlinburg Fires

On November 28, our friends and neighbors in Gatlinburg, TN sent out the call for help containing a wildfire that had spread throughout their community. Kingsport is blessed with a great group of firefighters who were willing to answer that call. The first call went out at 7:17 p.m. on Monday evening and only 13 […]

New Kingsport Academic Village Website

Tennessee’s best higher education opportunities are all in one location – The Academic Village in downtown Kingsport. Through the collaboration efforts of the City of Kingsport, Northeast State, Milligan College, Lincoln Memorial University, East Tennessee State University and King University, individuals can take classes and earn their degrees from these participating colleges. The best and […]

Highlighting Heroes: Fleet Maintenance Manager Steve Hightower

Mechanic to Manager: A Lesson in Change Loyalty is what Steve Hightower knows. Leadership is what he does. From his roots as a mechanic to his past twenty years as a manager, Steve knows that change is a must. For Kingsport, Steve creates positive change that yields efficiencies, time and time again. Steve is the […]