Bristol (Tennessee)

Sullivan County


Bristol is an American city in the state of Tennessee. It is located in Sullivan County, directly on the border with the state of Virginia, where it has a twin city of the same name. Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia have a common city center, extend their boundaries on either side of the road by the State Street.

Bristol is one of three main locations of the Tri -Cities region of Tennessee.


Before 1852 the area around Bristol was one of the vast plantations of the Reverend James King. His son Joseph R. Anderson, a dealer from Blountville, recognized the potential of a place, the meeting point of two railway lines. On 10 July 1852 he purchased 100 acres of the plantation, which belonged to Virginia 48 acres to Tennessee and 52 morning. Anderson planned to establish a city and chose for them the name Bristol. In the summer of 1853 he built the first house of Bristol, where he moved with his family and also in the post office and a small shop were housed. Later, a bank was added.

Samuel Goodson, the ownership of a piece of land, which was located on the northern border of the country of Anderson, founded a town called Goodsonville. In 1856, merged with the original Bristol Virginia, initially under the name Goodson Virginia. From 1890 onwards, however, the name Bristol prevailed again.


In the year 2000 24.821 inhabitants were counted in Bristol. Of these, 95.1 percent identified as white and 3 percent as black. 98.1 percent of the population are born Americans, about half of which comes from Tennessee.

Every second population of Bristol is religious. Here are supporters of the Southern Baptist Convention ( 43.9 %), the United Methodist Church ( 22.4 %), the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (7.2%), the Presbyterian Church ( USA) ( 7, 2% ) and other religious directions.


Bristol is governed in the form of the council manager government system, regardless of the Twin Cities in Virginia. The legislative body, called the City Council ( City Council ), composed of five members, are as representatives of specific districts and two elected for the entire city of those three. The election takes place in odd-numbered years, on the third Tuesday in May, to an impartial (non -partisan ) base instead. The term of office of the City Council is four years.

The City Council selected in July each year from among its members a Mayor ( Mayor ) and a Vice Mayor ( Vice Mayor ). The Mayor chairs the monthly meetings and has ceremonial duties, but no administrative or executive power.

The City Council is responsible for the financial budget of the city and the legislation. It appoints the members of 26 boards and commissions that regulate the administration of the State. The areas of responsibility include the local police and fire departments, transportation planning, urban development and water supply.

In July 2013 Michelle Dolan was elected mayor and Leah Powers to Deputy Mayor. In addition, currently consists of Chad Keen, Margaret Feierabend and Jack Young the City Council.


Most employees of Bristol are in the health sector ( 10.1% ), followed by hotels and restaurants (8.3%), education ( 8.0%), construction (5.4%), finance and insurance ( 3.9 %) and engineering ( 3.9%).

Among the major employers in the city include Wellmont Health System ( winner of the Bristol Regional Medical Center ), Touchtone Wireless ( logistics company ), King Pharmaceuticals, the schools of Bristol, the city of Bristol, Robinette Company, Bristol Metals LP ( pipe manufacturer ), Exide, Embarq and GlaxoSmithKline.

In March 2011, an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was determined. Thus, the unemployment rate is below the average of Tennessee ( 9.5%) and has remained constant since 2010. In contrast to the years 2000 to 2008, where there were only 3.3 to 5.1 percent unemployment in Bristol, but is located at a relatively high level.


Bristol is connected via Interstate 81 with other places of Tennessee and Virginia region and later in the states of West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, a network of several highways such as U.S. Route 19, 11W and 421

The city of Bristol is co-owner of the public regional airport in Tri -Cities Regional Airport. The airport is located about 23 kilometers southwest of Bristol and provides, among other things non-stop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago.

The traditional station Bristol depot now serves as a venue for conferences and celebrations. While happen several times a day, etc. Broad Norfolk Southern Bristol, but the stop is only for personnel changes utilized. The passenger was discontinued in 1971.

Culture and Leisure


Bristol was named in 1998 by a decision of the Congress of the United States to the " Birthplace of Country Music " ( Birthplace of Country Music ). Thus, the importance of place is recognized for the development of the genre. In 1927, Ralph Peer of Victor Records to Bristol to record local folk music. In these sessions, among others, Bristol debut recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers were made, which are now counted among the first major country stars.


In Bristol there is a NASCAR race track, the Bristol Motor Speedway. This is not only a tourist attraction, but also the most important source of tax revenue of the city.


In and around Bristol there are 24 parks with a total area of ​​about 10 km ². The largest of these is the Steele Creek Park, which includes a lake with paddle boats, a golf course, soccer fields and a nature museum.

Another tourist attraction is the 200 to 400 million year old caves not far from Bristol (Bristol Caverns ). They extend over three levels and offer their huge stalactites and stalagmites and rock in various colors an impressive natural spectacle. The cave system is opened up by lighting and paved paths for visitors.


In Bristol there are five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. About 4,000 students are taught by 349 teachers. The public schools of Bristol currently are ranked in 13th place out of 135 school systems in the state of Tennessee. They are also an important employer in the town dar.

Three miles from Bristol is the King College, a private college with ties to the Presbyterian Church.

Sons and daughters of the town