A Welcome from the City Manager

Welcome to the City of Kingsport!

Welcome to the City of Kingsports new web site! We are excited about the future, and pleased to offer a quick, easy way to discover your City government and continuing efforts to promote responsible growth.

At City Hall, we strive daily to provide the best possible services at the lowest possible cost. Professionalism and efficiency are hallmarks of your local government, with Kingsport one of the few cities in Tennessee with nationally accredited Fire and Police Departments, and a fully accredited K-12 school system.

We also seek out the latest technology to increase productivity, with recent innovations resulting in the deployment of Global Positioning equipment to streamline garbage and trash collection; moving to paperless reporting in the Police and Fire Departments; and securing automated garbage trucks and an automated pothole patching machine, both providing a better finished product, while promoting employee safety and using fewer employee hours.

Kingsport is located amidst the lush, green mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Blessed with four distinct seasons to enjoy, numerous recreational, educational and business opportunities abound in our region, nurtured by two major interstates and easy access to the entire eastern United States.

The northern terminus of the Bays Mountain Range overlooks the very heart of the City, while Kingsport’s Crown Jewel, Bays Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee, highlights the community’s ongoing commitment to preservation, enjoyment of the great outdoors and an active, fit lifestyle.

Built by William King in the early 1800s, the Netherland Inn served as the nucleus of the first major settlement, echoing the transportation nexus of modern Kingsport by serving as both a boatyard and stage coach stop. Incorporated in 1822, the city lost its charter shortly after the Civil War, as did many other Tennessee cities.

In 1917, the modern City of Kingsport was incorporated, and quickly became a leading center of industry. Reborn in the early 1900s and deemed the Model City, Kingsport was the first city in Tennessee to employ administrative professionals under a council-manager form of government, and one of the first planned cities in the United States.

Our proud heritage is found throughout the City in the form of its John Nolan designed street network with such notable features as Nolan Square and Church Circle. Today, we harbor a strong and continuing commitment to sound land use practices, smart growth, volunteerism, citizen participation and energy efficiency.

Today, Kingsport is home to two Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Winners, Eastman Chemical and Pals Sudden Service, while Kingsport is also pleased to host other major industries as well, including Domtar and AGC Flat Glass, Inc.

Please visit our Development Services webpage for assistance from the planning and building departments as well as information on commmercial/retail and residential development; click on the NETWORKS Sullivan County Partnership to learn more about available properties, buildings and business prospects; visit the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce for more on leadership development and civic participation opportunities; check out the KOSBE and Holston Business Development Center websites for small business start-up assistance; and don’t forget to stop by the Kingsport Visitors and Convention Bureau webspace to learn more about upcoming sporting events and tourism development; while Move To Kingsport can help provide relocation assistance for you, your family or your business.

From Pioneer heritage to modern industrial center, outstanding public schools to the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, Public Art to volunteerism, Higher Education to public/private partnerships aimed at creating new business opportunities, riverfront trails and parks to the rugged beauty of Bays Mountain trails — Kingsport is a dynamic and growing community.  I welcome you and invite you to join us in the Best Place to Be, Kingsport, Tennessee!

T. Jeff Fleming
– City Manager