Local Events 2020

If your non-profit group is having an event that is open to the public, send the information to us and we’ll get it posted on this web page free of charge. The information also goes to our on-air announcers for possible use on our stations. 
Send your PSA (Public Service Announcement) information (event name, date(s) of event, location, times, contact number) to areaeventslist@gmail.com










INFORMATION CALL 423-282-2515.



In-person campus tours resume at ETSU

Expedition Leaders guide visitors on journey to discover opportunities, community

JOHNSON CITY – In-person campus visits at East Tennessee State University campus have resumed and the experience is better than ever.

Multiple campus walking tours are offered weekdays for groups of 12 or fewer, each led by an Expedition Leader. These diverse undergraduate students guide prospective students and guests on a journey to discover the educational and co-curricular opportunities available among stunning campus scenery.

Expedition Leaders entered a robust training program this summer culminating with a three-day on-campus fall training program. The nearly 30 tour leaders focus on ways they can tell ETSU’s story from their own experiences and share information about specific academic programs in order to personalize each visit based on prospective students’ interests. They memorize ETSU history and trivia and focus on storytelling and customer service strategies.

Ryan James began leading campus tours his first year after moving from Kannapolis, North Carolina. Now a junior double majoring in health sciences and exercise science he aims to help visitors feel connected to campus as an Expedition Leader.  

In-person campus visits begin at the Welcome Center, and starting on Oct. 26, the Welcome Center will operate from its new location on the second floor of the D.P. Culp Student Center, 412 JL Seehorn Road.  All guests are required to wear a face covering and comply with university COVID-19 guidelines. Guests have the opportunity to experience campus in a number of new ways including taking advantage of the Spanish Language Walking Tour options and Self-Guided Audio Tour.

More information about virtual, self-guided and in-person campus tours, as well as current schedule and registration is available at etsu.edu/visit.

ETSU implements interactive ‘Meet-Ups’ to help students safely gather

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University is creating a series of “ETSU Meet-Ups” to encourage safe, in-person, interactive gatherings among students on campus in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These events are designed for and by students with social distancing and university COVID-19 guidelines in mind. A Meet-Up could be a small, limited-participation activity sponsored by an ETSU office, department or student organization, or students can even create their own gatherings based on shared interests.

Students who live on or near the ETSU campus are already enjoying such activities as outdoor painting classes, a workshop on how to plant and care for succulents, and more. The Department of Campus Recreation is now taking registration for hiking, cornhole, biking and tennis events, and Buctainment and other organizations have been sponsoring drive-in movies on campus since the start of the fall semester. In addition, the ETSU Bands program in the Department of Music is hosting a series of Friday Concerts on (Borchuck) Plaza featuring small groups of Marching Bucs members, as well as an upcoming outdoor lunchtime concert by the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.

The Meet-Ups concept came about in response to student feedback via a student organization leader survey, emails and impromptu conversations, in which students indicated the need for in-person interaction, according to Carter Warden, ETSU director of Student Activities and Organizations.

“Students were experiencing virtual meeting burnout and were craving some form of interaction with others,” Warden said. “We found that some students were afraid they would get in trouble if they got together with a few friends even if they were wearing masks and social distancing, so much so that they began going off campus to hang out with friends. So some staff began brainstorming ways to educate and encourage students to meet safely on campus.”

An ETSU Meet-Ups website (etsu.edu/meet-ups) has been created as a central place to share information about these safe, limited-attendance gatherings. According to university COVID-19 guidelines, indoor events are limited to 15 participants and outdoor events to 50.

For more information, email sao@etsu.edu.

Public sessions to highlight East Cedar Street project


Details of a major construction project that will result in significant improvements to a 1.2-mile stretch of Bristol, Tennessee’s East Cedar Street will be shared with community members during a pair of public sessions set for Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Members of the City’s engineering staff, officials from the engineering firm of Mattern and Craig, and representatives from Baker Construction Services Inc. will be available to provide a detailed overview of the project, which stretches from 5th Street to King College Road. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. in the gym of the Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell St.

First included in the Bristol Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan Year 2035, which was adopted in 2011, the construction project is designed to “enhance East Cedar Street’s operation as a gateway to King University” and improve access to the residential developments in the northeast area of the City.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will fund $7.19 million, or 80 percent of the $8.98 million project, with the balance paid by the City. Although the project is expected to take up to two years to complete, City leaders said efforts will be made to expedite construction. Those traveling along East Cedar Street can expect to see construction activity beginning later this month.

When the project is completed, East Cedar Street will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road.

Other planned improvements to East Cedar Street include:

  • Changes at the 5th Street intersection to include turn lanes and upgrades to the traffic signal to improve safety at the railroad crossing.
  • Modifications at the Virginia Avenue intersection to include the addition of left turn lanes onto Virginia Avenue and East Cedar Street.
  • Realignment of the roadway between Golf Street and Halverstadt Drive, which is the entrance to King University, to eliminate the “S” curve.
  • Improvements to steep hills in some areas, including the intersection with Georgia Avenue and Kentucky Avenue, to provide better sight distance.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend one of the planned public sessions. Both meetings also will be recorded and posted on the City’s YouTube channel. Additionally, up-to-date information regarding traffic detours and other relevant information related to the project will be posted online at www.bristoltn.org/EastCedar throughout the duration of the project.

Kingsport, TN – We don’t have to tell you that this year has been, and continues to be, very difficult for everyone, without exception.  The COVID-19 virus has taken away so many things that we like and love, that comfort us, that we always looked forward to, but have had to give up, at least for now.  So it is a great pleasure to announce that one of our basic comforts will still be with us, albeit in a somewhat-different format.

Having determined that cancelling both the Spring Garden Fair and the Fall Folk Arts Festival was necessary to help maintain public health during this pandemic, Exchange Place is pleased to announce that its popular storytelling event, Witches Wynd, will be taking place this October, for the 28th consecutive year, as a virtual affair.

If you’ve ever participated in Witches Wynd, you know what a special treat it is.  And if you have never experienced it before, now would be the perfect time to see why it has been one of the area’s most popular Halloween events for more than a quarter-century.

Beginning on Friday, October 23 and available right through October 31 – Halloween night, when witches ride the night sky – you will be able to log onto witcheswynd.com and see five noted storytellers weave their tales of ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night.  Exchange Place is suggesting a donation of $7.00, which can be paid right at the time of viewing with any major credit card.  Please note that if you want to watch this special Witches Wynd more than once, you will be asked to make the $7.00 donation each time.  However, unlike previous years, when people were only able to attend on the Friday and Saturday nights prior to Halloween, this year there will be multiple opportunities to log on, from the convenience of your home, and hear these marvelous stories.

And our lineup is a star-studded affair:

Judy (Butterfly) Farlow is a woman of many talents and personalities.  She has been educating and performing for more than twenty years, from backyard picnics to the White House.  A national award-winning storyteller, she is a performing member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, participates with the National Storytelling Network, and has appeared at numerous festivals and events, including Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tales and Tunes, and the Virginia Renaissance Faire.

Agnese Goin holds a master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University.  She has been a Storyteller in Residence at Lincoln Elementary School for twelve years and Washington Elementary School for two years. Agnese says that teaching Storytelling to children is the highlight of her week. 

Hannah Harvey, Ph.D., is a nationally-known storyteller and an award-winning teacher, with a doctorate in oral history performance (performance ethnography).  She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, the International Fringe Festival in Scotland, Yale University, and in three storytelling courses with The Great Courses.  Dr. Harvey specializes in Appalachian oral histories, and has worked as a consultant for physicians, pastors, and psychiatrists on the power of storytelling to shape cultural identity.  

Libby Tipton is a staff interpreter at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, following many years as the Interpreter Coordinator at East Tennessee State University, where she worked with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  This came naturally to her, having grown up with deaf parents, which necessitated learning various methods of communication.  A member (and past president) of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, she loves telling tales from the Appalachian Mountains.

Judy Womack has been a professional storyteller and actor for more than thirty years.  Her use of dramatic movement and the spoken word allows stories to come alive, and encourages listeners to stretch their imaginations.  A past recipient of the Arts Council of Kingsport’s Distinguished Artist Award, she has conducted drama and storytelling workshops at Barter Theatre, the Kingsport Ballet and Theatre Bristol, among other venues.

Witches Wynd (that second word is pronounced “why-nd,” rhymes with “kind”), was begun by Exchange Place volunteer Billee Moore nearly thirty years ago.  Vacationing in Scotland with her husband in the early 1990s, they took an evening tour that featured spooky stories while they walked through cemeteries and “wynds,” which we would call alleys.  Upon returning to Kingsport, she adapted the idea for Exchange Place, and it became an instant hit.  Under normal circumstances, with only a limited number of spaces, it sells out quickly.  But 2020 is hardly a normal year, so due to COVID-19, this year’s virtual version will be available to everyone!

For more information, please call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071.

Haunted Happenings at the Library

October is Haunted Happenings month at Kingsport Public Library! Throughout the month, there will be a variety of virtual programs, competitions, and activities. Check out some of the activities for the first half of the month below:

All events can be found at www.kingsportlibrary.org in the Events tab.

Thursday, October 8 @ 6:00 p.m. – Author Talk with A.J. Hackwith
Author A.J. Hackwith will be joining us to answer your questions about her new release, The Archive of the Forgotten, or any other question you have about her other works or what it is like to be a writer.

Tuesday, October 13 @ 6:30 p.m. – Author Talk with Amy Edwards & Mara Buchanan
Discussing their new release, Night of the Wampus, Amy Edwards and Mara Buchanan will join us on Zoom to talk about their new novella and answer your questions!

All submissions are open from October 1 until October 24 at 11:59 p.m. Each program has their own guidelines listed below. Submissions must be sent to programs@kingsportlibrary.org. Winners will be announced on October 31.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
All ages are welcome to show off their pumpkin decorating skills. Voting will take place via Google Forms between October 26 and October 29.

Scary Story Contest (Teen Only)
Can you tell a scary story in three sentences? We’d love to see you try! Judging will be done blind by a committee. Plagiarism will result in a discarded submission.

Scary Story Contest (Adult Only)
Adults can submit their six-word scary stories for a chance to win a tote with their scary story on it. Judging will be done blind by a committee. Plagiarism will result in a discarded submission.

Submission Based Programs
All submissions are open from October 1 until October 24 at 11:59 p.m. Each submission-based program has their own guidelines listed below.

Costume Parade
Want your awesome costume or cosplay to be on display? Submit a picture of you dressed up for the Kingsport Public Library’s Costume Parade! You can submit your photo by email to programs@kingsportlibrary.org. We will create a presentation of all the submissions and share it on the library’s website and social media. By submitting a photo, you are consenting to having it shared publicly.

Haunted Hometown
Is your hometown haunted? We are extremely interested in learning about the scary stories from YOUR hometown. They don’t have to be local. Submissions can be typed up or videoed then sent to programs@kingsportlibrary.org. By submitting your story, you are consenting to having it shared publicly. All submissions will be posted on our website in an archive for the public to view.

Weekly Activities

Activity Packs
Activity Packs will be available outside the Children’s Department entrance. Anyone is welcome to take one home to complete the craft and STEM activities inside them. Don’t forget to share your completions. We can’t wait to see them!

Join Mrs. Kate on our YouTube Channel at 6 p.m. on the last three Wednesdays in October as she shows us how to do various styles of embroidery while following some spooky themes!

Scarily Sweet Saturdays
Join Mrs. Kyndra as she shows you how to bake and decorate these scarily delicious sweets on our YouTube Channel on the first four Saturdays in October! The Beginner Video for that week will go live at 12 p.m., and the Intermediate Video for that week will go live at 2 p.m.

For more information about events at the Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org/ or call 423-229-9489.

Bulk Leaf Collection to Begin


The City of Kingsport will begin its annual bulk leaf collection beginning Monday, October 12.  In order to make the collection process as efficient as possible, citizens are requested to:

  • Place the leaves within 8 ft. of the edge of the street but not in the street.
  • Not block storm drains or neighbors’ driveways with piles of leaves
  • Make sure leaf piles remain accessible by not parking vehicles on top or beside the leaves
  • Take care not to include rocks, sticks or other debris in the pile that would damage the large vacuums used for collection

There are no set days or times for leaf collection. The city is divided into six zones with each street being run in that area before moving to the next zone. Depending on volume and availability of equipment, the general time frame for this free residential service can run as short as a week and up to 3 weeks during peak season. Each zone with be will be serviced at least 9 times during the season and will continue until January 15, 2021. If you bag your leaves, place them with your yard waste and they will be picked up on your regularly scheduled trash & yard waste collection day.

For more information on where the trucks are working each day, call the Leaf Line at 423-224-2429 or visit www.kingsporttn.gov and search ‘leaf line’.

Save the date for the



Kingsport City Officials will give an update on

the progress of city projects and initiatives. 

Friday, October 30

8 a.m. 

MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Grand Ballroom


To RSVP, please contact Nora Davis at ndavis@kingsportchamber.org 

or (423) 392-8827. 

Senior Center to Reopen Monday

The Kingsport Senior Center Main Site, located on the First Floor of the Renaissance Center, will reopen on Monday, October 5. The Center’s hours of operations will be Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to 3:30pm. All Branch Sites will remain closed until further notice.

As we continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and the State of Tennessee, guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of all members and staff.

Masks will be required when entering and exiting the building and should remain on until you reach the activity destination.  As you enter the building, you can voluntarily take your temperature, pick up a mask, and a staff or volunteer will check you into the Center. There will be a new flow of traffic throughout the building, which will be labeled with directional floor arrows.  In order to meet the Governor’s requirement of half capacity, the Center has divided the days in which you may attend:

If you were born in an even year, your days will be Monday and Wednesday. If you were born in an odd year, your days will be Tuesday and Thursday. If you are married, and you and your spouse are born on odd and even years, please pick one and attend only those days.


Exercise classes that are normally on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will now happen every day Monday through Thursday.  There will be limited onsite classes with social distancing and capacity limits applying to each class. 

Please see below the full list of guidelines for the safe return to the Senior Center:

Reopening rules and guidelines due to COVID-19

  1. We encourage those will compromised immunities to stay at home.
    1. We encourage you to engage with the Center over social media.
  2. Consistently check the health status of both staff and members.
    1. Infrared thermometers will be available for both staff and members to check their temperatures.
    2. At this time, masks are required by the Sullivan County mask mandate and should be worn into the building, after activities and to exit the building.
  3. There will be a “way to get around the building” plan.
    1. You may enter and exit using the main front entrance or the main back entrance. Once inside, please refer to the directional arrows on the floor for getting around the building.
  4. A staggered attendance approach will be used at this time.
    1. On Monday and Wednesday, senior members who were born in an even year will be able to use the facility.
    2. On Tuesday and Thursday, senior members who were born in an odd year will be able to use the facility.
    3. This will be based on the honor system. If members do not follow the guidelines, they may be asked to leave the facility.
  5. Reduced hours to aide with cleaning.
    1. Center hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 3:30pm, giving the staff time to disinfect from point of contact and through the building and allow for a more thorough cleaning of all equipment, etc., on Friday.
  6. Social distancing will be required.
    1. An example of this would be only every other exercise machine could be used at the same time and chairs in the computer room and clay studio would be marked at six feet apart. When the chairs are filled, no one else will be allowed in the room. The same guidelines apply with the billiards room; only two tables will open.
  7. There will be a time limit on room usage each day.
    1. Members will only be allowed to spend 1 hour at a time in a specific room to ensure everyone gets a fair chance to use the room.
  8. No congregate meals inside the facility.
    1. Congregate meals will still be present for drive through pick up only.
    2. For more information, please call Deborah at 246-8060.
  9. Only activities where social distancing can be maintained will be allowed to meet.
  10. The card room and lounge will remain closed at this time.

The Senior Center is committed to ensuring the safety all members and staff during these times and looks forward to having its members back!

For questions or more information, please reach out to 423-392-8400. Visit the Kingsport Senior Center on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding reopening.

Grammy-nominated musician Amythyst Kiah to perform virtually Friday

JOHNSON CITY – Grammy Award-nominated musician Amythyst Kiah will give a free virtual performance Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. from Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City.

Her performance is in conjunction with the city’s monthly First Friday celebration and with the “Black Diaspora: From Africa to Appalachia to Affrilachia” exhibit currently on display at Tipton Gallery, which is operated by East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries and Department of Art and Design.

Kiah, an alumna of ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Program, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song for “Black Myself,” the opening track of “Songs of Our Native Daughters.” On this critically acclaimed album, Kiah collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. This group was nominated for Duo/Group of the Year at the 2019 Americana Honors and Awards, and “Black Myself” won 2019 Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Conference.

Kiah’s performance will be livestreamed via ETSU Slocumb Galleries’ Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/slocumb.galleries) and Zoom (https://etsu.zoom.us/my/slocumbgalleries or Zoom ID 710 908 4999).

Regular exhibit viewing hours at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street, are Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., First Fridays from 6-8 p.m., and by appointment.

For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Slocumb Galleries director, at 423-483-3179 or contrera@etsu.edu. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

Celebrating 41 Years of Artisans & Crafters in Kingsport!

Join us for The Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair

The beloved Christmas Connection is celebrating 41 years of bringing some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors to Kingsport.  Whether you are refreshing your home décor, trying to find that perfect gift or treating your taste-buds, the Christmas Connection is here to connect you just in time for the holiday festivities. You can find unique gifts and support artisans in our region with free admission all weekend! 

As the weather turns colder, the Civic Auditorium will be filled with a warm and festive glow to put customers in a holiday mood for shopping.  The sights, sounds and smell of Christmas will surround shoppers as they shop from the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists and creatives. A few of the items you will find include Country Crafts, Home Décor, Fine Woodcrafts, Leathercrafts, Handmade Soaps and Lotions, Candles, Jewelry, Christmas Ornaments, Stained Glass, Wheel Thrown Pottery, Fabric Crafts, Needlework, American Girl Doll Clothing, Pet Accessories and Clothing, Dichroic Glass, Handmade Greeting Cards and Paper Art, Snowmen, Santas, Pecan Pies, Candied Pecans, Baked Goods, Kettle corn, and much more!

As you enter the Civic, take your taste-buds over to your right, where you’ll find the “Sugarplum Café.”  This special café is exclusive to the Christmas Connection, providing mouthwatering chicken salad croissants, sandwiches, soups and snacks for the shopper on the go, or those wanting to linger longer for a meal.  Outside there will be freshly popped kettle corn for purchase.  Plus, don’t miss Shane’s Place food truck, offering Philly Cheesesteaks, BLTs, Quesadillas, Breakfast Burritos and Grilled Cheese.   

For our merry 41st celebration, our hostess will be keeping the festivities hopping and music will be serenading the Christmas customers as they shop.  We will welcome the Kingsport Ballet to the main stage with their homemade baked goods for sale.  

Whether you have been enjoying the Christmas Connection for years or you are trying it out for the very first time, this artisan and craft fair has something for you!  Kingsport’s Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, is to be held November 13 – 15 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and is sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. COVID-19 guidelines will be observed at the event.


Friday             Nov. 13            12 Noon – 7 PM

Saturday        Nov. 14            10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday           Nov. 15            12 Noon – 4 PM     

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit http://bit.ly/kport-arts/  or call 423-392-8414.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


October 2020 – Special Events


*** COVID-19 GUIDELINES: While visiting the park please stay 6 feet apart from other guests. Face masks are required inside all state park facilities. Face masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Park buildings are subject to closure if maximum capacity is exceeded. The park visitors center closes Mon. – Sat. between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 for cleaning and disinfecting. Restrooms close periodically for cleaning. Please help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ***


Living History Saturdays at Fort Watauga

October 3, 10, 17, & 24                                                                      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stop in for an afternoon visit at Fort Watauga and join a member of our interpretive staff as they showcase a slice of colonial frontier life. From 18th century woodworking and musket demonstrations, to open hearth cooking or quill pen writing. You never know what may be going on at the fort. Come by, check it out, and take a step back in time.

Sabine Hill State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Saturdays, October 3 & 17                                                                 11:30 am

Sundays, October 4 & 18                                                                    1:30 pm

Cost: Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $4.00; Ages 6 and under Free

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Seasonal Interpreter Laura Ellis for a guided tour of this stately home which has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. Take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century. Duration – 1 hour.

Meet at Sabine Hill 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Please note, Sabine Hill is only accessible by stairs. Only portable toilet facilities are available currently.


Carter Mansion: Guided Tours

Saturdays, October 10 & 24                                                               11:30 am

Sundays, October 11 & 25                                                                  1:30 pm

Cost: Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $4.00; Ages 6 and under Free

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Season Interpreter Taylor Moorefield for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the prominent family who built it between 1775 and 1780. Duration – 1 hour.

Meet at The Historic Carter Mansion 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

            Please note, the Carter Mansion is only accessible by stairs.


Mysterious Candlelight Tours of the Carter Mansion

(Recommended for ages 10 and up)

Thursday, October 15                                                                      7:30 pm & 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 22                                                                      7:30 pm & 8:30 pm

Cost: $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Ages 17 & under                                   Max: 10 per tour

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

It’s that time of year again when the air turns cool, leaves change color, ghost stories are told, and certain old houses take on an ominous appearance. If you have ever wondered what goes on at night in a house that’s over 200 years old, and are willing to brave the darkness and shadows, these tours may be for you! Join Carter Mansion curator Chad Bogart for a tantalizing tour of this old estate built by John and Landon Carter in 1775. Hear tales of ghostly appearances, unexplained happenings, mysterious past events, strange superstitions and other unusual goings-on with a bit of history and humor thrown in for good measure. Meet at the Carter Mansion 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

* Please note, the Carter Mansion is only accessible by stairs. *

Bird Walks with the Lee and Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, & 24                                                 8 am

Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Thursday, October 29                                                                         7:30 pm

Free Admission

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. But don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… Or Is It?!?! Join us for an evening of family friendly stories, songs, and tales that are sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone. * Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be held in the amphitheater behind Fort Watauga. Please keep 6 feet of distance between family groups.

Would you like to be added to our events email list? – please email jennifer.bauer@tn.gov

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.  

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643






Kingsport Aquatic Center Resumes Limited Rental Opportunities


KINGSPORT, TN – The Kingsport Aquatic Center has resumed rental reservations on a limited basis. This comes as part of the KAC’s phased reopening plan.

Guests will be able to rent the new heated outdoor lap pool for the first time since its opening.  Rentals are available on Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The indoor facility is also available for rental on Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information including pricing, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758. To book your reservation, please visit the KAC front desk or call 423-343-9758.

The KAC is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our area and has taken steps to ensure our facility is as clean and safe for guests as possible. All guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks while at our facility unless actively swimming. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. The KAC reserves the right to make any changes or cancellations to rentals that are deemed necessary by the Sullivan County Regional Health Department’s recommendations.

Kill 10/31

The Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department presents their Haunted House every Friday and Saturday, 6:30 til 11: pm through Halloween to benefit the funding of their fire station. Admission $10, kids 5 and under free. 107 Willow Springs Road, Stoney Creek.

ADVISORY: National Voter Registration Day at ETSU


WHAT: Celebrating National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) with voter information and registration tables

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 3-5 p.m. at the Basler Center for Physical Activity, and Thursday, Sept. 24, from noon-3 p.m. on the first floor of the D.P. Culp Student Center

Information on the Voter registration process, absentee ballots, polling locations, work opportunities and key dates voters need to know will be available, as well as Tennessee voter registration forms.

Media visiting the voter registration tables may ask for Joy Fulkerson, ETSU director of Leadership and Civic Engagement, or Seth Manning, Student Activities and Organizations graduate assistant with Volunteer ETSU/ETSU Votes.

Kingsport Public Library to Begin Circulation of Video Games

Next time you visit the Kingsport Public Library, you can check out a video game. Just like borrowing a DVD, video games may be checked out by adults for 1 week. The initial collection includes titles for Xbox One and PS4. Switch games will be added to the collection later this Fall.

The collection is currently small, so check outs are limited to 2 video games per Adult library card. Check outs are for one week and there are no renewals.

To learn more, please visit the Kingsport Public Library or search the library catalog for titles at kingsportlibrary.org.

Kingsport Chamber to host Virtual Job Fairs

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber will host a series of virtual job fairs. The virtual job fairs will take place the following dates and times:

  • September 16: Construction at 10 a.m.
  • September 16: Manufacturing at 11:30 a.m.
  • September 23: Healthcare / Civil Service at 11 a.m.
  • September 30: Retail / Restaurant / Sales at 11 a.m.

The Kingsport Chamber is working together with local employers increase employment within our region.  Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with hiring employers through FREE virtual showcases beginning September 16.

If you are an employer that is hiring in any of the job sectors listed above and would like to participate in our virtual job fair, please contact Lora Barnett at (423) 392-8835 or lbarnett@kingsportchamber.org.   

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.

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PEAK – Young Professionals to host “Clean Cut Learning” Supplies Drive

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – PEAK – Young Professionals will host a cleaning supply drive Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 11 at your Kingsport Chamber, 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100. 

The cleaning supply drive is an opportunity for the public to support local schools amidst the COVID pandemic while students are returning.

Donation examples include:

  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disposable masks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Hand soap
  • Tissues

“PEAK appreciates all donations. Your Kingsport Chamber is working to keep the Kingsport community safe and wants to help our schools as they head back to the classroom,” said Vanessa Bennett, executive director of operations & talent development.

Organizations that wish to hold a supply drive at their location, please contact your Kingsport Chamber to schedule a supplies pickup.

For questions about the drive contact Vanessa Bennett at (423) 392-8813 or vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.

ETSU and VA collecting blood samples for COVID-19 research 

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University and the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home are seeking patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate a sample of their blood to be used for current and future coronavirus research.

To qualify for the research study, participants must be at least 18 years old, be in recovery for more than six weeks from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, sign an informed consent form, submit to a blood draw, and answer a few health-related questions. Participants do not need to be a veteran to participate. The typical appointment takes less than 30 minutes, and participants will receive a $25 Walmart gift card. In addition, they will receive the results of a free COVID-19 antibody test.

For further details or to set up an appointment to discuss participation in the research study, contact James L. Adkins, clinical research coordinator, at 423-930-8337, ext. 132.

Kingsport Farmers Market Celebrates Farmers Markets’ Resiliency for

National Farmers Market Week 2020


KINGSPORT, TN – The Kingsport Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2 – 8, 2020.

In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets—like all other small businesses—have been scrambling to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Market managers have been at the forefront of adapting rapid solutions and innovation to protect staff, customers, and community. When conventional food supply chains failed at the start of the pandemic, farmers markets and local food systems clearly displayed the resiliency of short supply chains and interest in local foods spiked nationwide.

The market is currently open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. KFM continues to ask customers to abide by the COVID guidelines listed on kingsportfarmersmarket.org so that the market can continue to operate safely

Overmountain Animation Festival set for Aug. 5-7

JOHNSON CITY – The Department of Digital Media at East Tennessee State University will host the 2020 Overmountain Animation Festival Aug. 5-7. All shows will be livestreamed and will begin at 7 p.m. each night.

The festival’s six shows feature more than 60 animations, with two shows each with different themes to be presented nightly.  ETSU has hosted this event since 2005. Faculty and students from the Digital Media program select entries from around the world for the event that display the talent of student, independent and professional animators. The lineup includes:


Wednesday, Aug. 5

            7 p.m. “Sprouts” – A series of shorts created just for kids.

            8 p.m. “Heartfelt” – An eclectic mix of styles and techniques that explore emotions and connectedness.

Thursday, Aug. 6

            7 p.m. “Adventure” – Films full of danger, intrigue and action that promise to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.

            8 p.m. “Artistry” – An opportunity for audience members to witness the creativity of the animation medium.

Friday, Aug. 7

            7 p.m. “Merriment” – A cheerful show that promises to lighten the hearts of everyone.

            8 p.m. “Audacious” – This unapologetic and gutsy series of films will challenge choices and invade imaginations.

All shows, as well as more information about the festival, can be viewed at overmountainanimation.com/schedule

ETSU announces facial covering policy for students, employees and visitors

JOHNSON CITY – A new policy at East Tennessee State University requires all students, faculty and staff as well as visitors to campus to wear a face covering.

The policy is effective immediately and requires that face coverings be worn in classrooms and other public spaces as well as in outdoor areas where a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained between persons.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland announced today that he has approved the policy and that it will remain in effect until further notice.  “The health and safety of all members of the ETSU community is our highest priority, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created circumstances where urgent actions must be taken in order to protect the health of everyone,” he said.

The ETSU Board of Trustees provided Noland the authority to approve, revise or suspend policies during extraordinary circumstances when emergency actions are needed.

The policy as well as a listing of frequently asked questions are available here. 

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ETSU offering summer online courses related to the COVID-19 pandemic

JOHNSON CITY – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, East Tennessee State University is offering several online summer courses across multiple disciplines that are related to the pandemic and its effects on society.

“The COVID-19 crisis has affected every person and every class at ETSU,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, interim provost and senior vice president for academics. “I am proud of the way ETSU has responded to the crisis and how quickly our faculty have adapted courses and used their expertise to create new courses that address subject matter and challenges associated with the pandemic.

“This summer, our students have the opportunity to navigate issues like telehealth, disaster preparedness and other important topics related to COVID-19 alongside faculty members who are experts in these areas.”

Unless otherwise noted, these summer course offerings do not require any prerequisites and are open to current ETSU students and to the public. Current ETSU students and non-degree seeking students who are interested in taking a summer course at ETSU can learn more and request additional information at www.etsu.edu/summer or by emailing cssummersessions@etsu.edu.

  • ANTH 4957 Culture, Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic: Students enrolled in this course, which is offered during the pre-summer session, will use interviews and photographs to create an ethnographic project that will document the sociocultural aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This course is offered by permit only.
  • COBH 1020 Introduction to Public Health: Offered during the first summer session, this course familiarizes students with the field of public health, including the history and current practices, especially those practices involved with the current pandemic. Major cultural, social, economic, organizational, and environmental factors influencing public health issues and practices at the local, state, national and international levels will be presented.
  • COBH 2950 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Home and Community: Offered during the first summer session, this course exposes students to essential components of emergency and disaster preparedness for individual homes and communities. Students are introduced to various preparedness activities and operations necessary in anticipation of emergency situations which includes pandemics (e.g. COVID-19), tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disasters. Emphasis is placed on customizing preparation activities to the home and community environments. The unique issues of special needs individuals and at-risk populations are explored.
  • COBH 3950 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Organizations and Systems: Offered during the second summer session, this class exposes students to essential components of emergency/disaster preparedness operations and activities on an organizational and systems level. Students are introduced to various preparedness operations for a variety of settings in anticipation of emergency/disaster events including pandemics (e.g. COVID-19), tornadoes, radiologic events and other disasters. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ leadership abilities and abilities to serve as a preparedness resource person for organizations and various systems within the community.
  • COUN 5956 Telemental Health: As COVID-19 has brought the importance of telehealth services to the forefront, this full-summer, graduate-level course is designed for professional personnel to gain competency and develop skills providing telemental and telebehavioral health services to reach more clients, ethically expand scope of practice and provide culturally responsive mental health care in technologically-based service formats. The course targets current counseling, social work, or other mental/behavior health related fields or those who are graduate level practitioners in the field if interested. Students must be enrolled in an ETSU graduate program to take this course.
  • EPID 3080 Principles of Epidemiology: This full-summer course introduces the principles of epidemiology, which is the method used to find the causes of health outcomes, diseases and pandemics (e.g. COVID-19) in populations. It will cover their application to the investigation, prevention and control of illness, injury and disease including infectious diseases, environmental exposures, injuries, natural disasters and non-infectious diseases.

In addition to these summer course offerings, ETSU Health students are currently enrolled in an elective course that was quickly developed to address the issues faced by health care teams in their responses in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new course is titled COVID-19 Preparedness, Prevention, and Management for an Interprofessional Team. It was developed by faculty from Quillen College of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the College of Public Health.

“Faculty addressed a need for a course that would identify and explore the needs of interprofessional health care teams during COVID, and in just four weeks’ time, they brought that idea to fruition and introduced an elective course that we will offer again to our students in June,” said Dr. Bill Block, vice president for clinical affairs and dean of Quillen College of Medicine.