Kingsport is a small city tucked away in Sullivan County in Tennessee, United States. With a population of approximately 44,000 people, Kingsport was designed and planned by John Nolen of Cambridge earning the name of ‘garden city’. Owing to this plan the city is organized into a well rounded structure comprising of separate areas for residential areas, churches, commerce zones and industrial zones. It was this city that popularized traffic circles and built a school system based on a model designed by the Columbia University.
The population of this area has a mix of African Americans, Whites, Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics. They have a school district that goes by the name of Kingsport City Schools and houses one preschool, one high school, seven elementary schools, one alternative school and two middle schools. Along with these schools, Kingsport also boasts of eight private academies. Although there are no colleges or universities that are housed in Kingsport, The University of Tennessee, the East Tennessee State University and the Northeast State Technical Community College have their branch campuses in this area.
The East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee are the two universities that have an active athletics and sports arm. As Kingsport is a small city the people take interest in most of the college sports plays there and in the surrounding areas. East Tennessee State University or ETSU as it is also called is a part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities and has a functional medical school, a college of pharmacy and is credited with the title of being one of America’s best value colleges.
The athletic team of the college goes by the name of the Buccaneers. They participate in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. They have been successful in winning a numbers of titles both in the man’s and women’s categories. The main sports that this college plays are baseball, basketball, football, tennis, track and field, softball and golf.
The University of Tennessee is headquartered in Knoxville and has nine undergraduate departments along with eleven graduate departments. It has a student population of over 28000 students from over fifty states within the United States and from 100 foreign countries. The University of Tennessee has an illustrious football tradition and is also considered the states’ highest center of learning apart from being the main economic propellant.
The University of Tennessee has been champions in football participating in the Southeastern Conferences’ eastern Division. They have longstanding sports rivalries with the Universities of Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. They have also won several National Championships and boast of some very prominent names such as Peyton Manning who was the Super bowl Champion and NFL athlete Reggie White.
These two were some of the few athletes who began their careers at the University of Tennessee campus. Their women’s basketball team has also been consistent winners of the NCAA Division I titles and are arch rivals with Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt.
All the news from the sports action that surrounds these colleges is brought to Kingsport by the Kingsport Times News. This local paper is one of the major publications of Northeast Tennessee and has been in publication since 1916 with an average daily circulation of 44,000 copies.