The founder of Kingsport coined the phrase “The Kingsport Spirit,” which describes the relentless enthusiasm of its residents to make Kingsport a great place to live through its dedication to the community. This is what makes Kingsport feel like home. Kingsport’s rich history manifests itself every day through historical landmarks such as Netherland Inn and Exchange Place, as well as the lively downtown streets filled with local art, lofts, cafés, live music, and beautiful old buildings. Heritage, tradition, and patriotism are held close to the hearts of the 55,000 people who call Kingsport home. Kingsport is an economic town built around a huge job source of Eastman.

Kingsport City Schools

Kingsport City Schools is a public school district that serves the residents of the city of Kingsport, Tennessee. As of November 2019, the district's schools had a combined enrollment of 7,700. Kingsport City Schools was named the 2014 SCORE District of the Year winner by the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education, which is an education reform organization started by former U.S. Senator Bill Frist. Kingsport City Schools was named a SCORE Prize Finalist in 2013 as well. Kingsport City Schools made the 2014 and 2015 College Board's 5th/6th Annual AP District Honor Roll listing (and is only one of ten districts in Tennessee named).

Kingsport City Schools consists of 13 schools ranging from PK -12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.

Higher Education

East Tennessee State University is home to approximately 14,500 students. It offers 112 undergraduate and 75 master’s programs, including one of the country’s select few fully accredited graduate programs in storytelling. It also is the only four-year university in the world with a comprehensive bluegrass music program. ETSU also boasts a College of Pharmacy and the James H. Quillen College of Medicine. With a high-performing public school system and higher learning facilities to meet most anyone’s needs, education is key in East Tennessee.

Northeast State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. Northeast State provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Although the main campus is located in Blountville, Tennessee, Northeast State has a satellite facility located at 101 E. Market St., in Johnson city's downtown area. The entrance to the facility's parking garage is located off Buffalo Street.

Milligan University has educated men and women to lead and to serve for over 150 years. Our commitment to Christ-centered liberal arts education has led Milligan to become a growing, well-respected liberal arts institution. Because of our emphasis on scholarship, community, and faith, students come from all over the world to experience our distinctively different approach to higher education.

Milligan offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. Consistently recognized for quality and value, Milligan has been recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best regional universities in the South for quality and value; named one of Washington Monthly’s top 20 master’s universities in the nation; and in 2016, listed as the No. 2 best universities in Tennessee by

King University establishes students in a robust liberal arts foundation and offers specialization in a contemporary range of undergraduate degrees. These include Nursing, Security and Intelligence Studies, Exercise Science, and Digital Media Art & Design, as well as more traditional majors such as Mathematics, History and Political science, English, Biology, and more.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in a variety of real-world economic and scientific research opportunities, and to interact with prominent voices examining the intersection of faith and culture. On-campus and online learning programs are available, plus a dual degree program in Engineering. Graduate and Professional offerings include master’s degrees in nursing, business and education, and a doctoral degree in nursing practice.

The value of the school’s educational environment has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, which has named King a Best Regional University in the South for nearly 30 consecutive years. King has also been recognized by the Brookings Institution, which in 2016 ranked the University third in Tennessee for preparing students for high-paying careers.
King’s main campus resides on 135 scenic acres in Bristol, Tennessee. University-centered athletic opportunities include membership on one of 28 teams competing in the NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas or participation in on-campus leagues and groups sponsored by King’s Student Life group. Additionally, Bristol is officially recognized as the Birthplace of Country Music, and the Tri-Cities area features a wealth of live music, including the nationally known Rhythm and Roots Reunion weekend festival. Students can also enjoy concerts, races, and sporting events at nearby Bristol Motor Speedway, along with outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and exploring the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains.

Our Public Schools

Palmer Early Learning Center
John Adams Elementary School
Andrew Jackson Elementary School
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Andrew Johnson Elementary School
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
George Washington Elementary School
Ross N. Robinson Middle School
John Sevier Middle School
Dobyns-Bennett High School
D-B EXCEL Program

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Higher Education
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East Tennessee State University
Northeast State Community College
Milligan University
King University

Ballad Health is Leading the charge in the medical industry in the Tri-Cities. Ballad is an integrated healthcare system serving 29 counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwest North Carolina, and Southeast Kentucky. Their system was created to improve the health of the people they serve. Ballad Health operates a family of 21 hospitals, including three tertiary medical centers, a dedicated children’s hospital, community hospitals, three critical access hospitals, a behavioral health hospital, an addiction treatment facility, long-term care facilities, home care, and hospice services, retail pharmacies, outpatient services, and a comprehensive medical management corporation.

Holston Valley Medical Center - Holston Valley Medical Center has partnered with and served Kingsport, TN, and the surrounding region for more than 80 years. Every day, physicians, nurses, team members, and volunteers work together providing exceptional healthcare to the patients and families we serve. Holston Valley continues to be recognized among the nation’s best hospitals, most recently being named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by IBM Watson Health. This is the fifth time Holston Valley has been received this honor (Ballad Health).

Indian Path Community Hospital - Indian Path Hospital is a 239-bed not-for-profit hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee. the hospital provides an array of services, including emergency services, surgical services, a cancer center, and a lung nodule clinic. Indian Path also offers convenient parking, easy access, and private rooms, as well as 24-hour room service with an array of menu options. All outpatient and ancillary services are on the ground floor to make it easier for you to get in and out.

There are many walk-in clinics and specialty facilities to suit your medical needs. The list above is just a glimpse of with Kingsport has to offer.

Located in Kingsport, Tennessee, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is one of the nation’s largest city-owned parks. A 3,550-acre nature preserve featuring a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art planetarium, Bays Mountain Park also offers a 44-acre lake, 40 miles of trails approved for hiking and mountain biking, native animal habitats, an adventure ropes course facility with a 300-ft. zip line, gift shop and much more.
You can also visit Warriors' Path State Park for some outdoor fun. The park is home to premier boating and fishing activity, hiking trails, an internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system (which is a designated National Recreational Trail), an award-winning nature education program, and a nationally recognized golf course.

Warriors’ Path is the only Tennessee State Park with a Boundless Playground - where children of all physical and mental abilities can play together. Other unique features throughout the park that are fully accessible include the Lions Narnia Braille Trail with eight sensory stations along a quarter-mile that tell visitors the story of Aslan of the Chronicles of Narnia, the Anderson Treehouse which is a fully-accessible treehouse, and the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater which can host audiences of up to 1,000 people.

Our Parks and Trails

Buffalo Mountain Park Johnson City (Picnic Area And Trails)
Winged Deer Park Johnson City, TN
Carver’s Gap Roan Mountain, NC (Hiking)
Laurel Falls Trail in Hampton, TN (Kid-Friendly Hike/Waterfall)
Coon Den Falls in Hampton, TN
Willow Springs Park Johnson City, TN
Steele Creek Park Bristol, TN
Bristol Caverns Bristol, TN
Founders Park Johnson City, TN
Tweetsie Trail Johnson City, TN
Bays Mountain Kingsport, TN
Blue Hole Falls Elizabethton, TN
Little Wilbur Lake Elizabethton, TN
Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN
Roan Mountain State Park in Roan Mountain, TN
Warriors Path State Park Kingsport, TN

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Kingsport, Tennessee has a few iconic places to dine. We have made a list of "must try" restaurants if you are visiting or moving to the area. You can explore a more extensive list by clicking "More Restaurants" below.

The Chop House - The Chop House is a classic American steakhouse serving premium chops, fresh seafood, and other American dishes. Our desserts are huge and made for sharing, and we offer a variety of premium wines from around the world, as well as craft cocktails from our well-trained bartenders. We look forward to serving you

Riverfront Seafood Co - Northeast, Tennessee's only FRESH Seafood Restaurant established in 1991, Riverfront Seafood Company is locally owned and operated by Russ and Serena Burdine.

Pratt's BBQ - Pratt’s Restaurant is famous for its “real pit” barbeque. In addition to the legendary smoked meats & sauces, Pratt’s Restaurant also offers one of the broadest menus in the region.

Macado's - Known for its large variety of overstuffed sandwiches, vast bar, and delightfully eccentric decor, Macado's has become a staple in college towns, quaint downtowns, and rural communities alike.

Purple Cow - An iconic, veteran family-owned drive-thru diner in Kingsport serving a unique and extensive menu of fresh, locally sourced, made-to-order eats.

Rush Street - Rush Street Neighborhood Grill opened June 24, 1980, as “The Chicago Dough Company.” It was the third Chicago Dough Company opened by Chicago natives Mike Feliu and Mike Rose. The first two locations are in Richton Park, Illinois (1976) and Bourbonnais, Illinois (1977). These were operated as traditional “Chicago Style” pizza and beer establishments and are still going strong today. In December 1989 the Kingsport location went through a major physical and menu renovation and evolved into Rush Street Neighborhood Grill.

El Loco Taco Taqueria - El Loco Taco Taqueria is the perfect place for scrumptious Mexican. We provide high-quality food made to perfection. Come in and experience our unmatched service and food. Browse our restaurant menu today, we're located in Kingsport!

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Downtown Kingsport , East Stone Commons, and Fort Henry Mall are a few places you can shop in Kingsport. With plenty of local shopping options, you are guaranteed to find something you like. If you are looking for a fun trip for the family we recommend visiting The Pinnacle where you can shop, dine, and play! The Pinnacle is located in Bristol, TN approximately 25 minutes from Kingsport.

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