Bristol Community Information

Education

Students living in the City of Bristol, Tennessee are served by the Bristol Tennessee City School System. Comprised of eight schools, this public school system provides its student population with engaging, challenging and a demanding curriculum that sets the students on a successful track for college and graduate school, and to become responsible citizens within their community. A selection of private and parochial schools are also present to serve the educational interests of Bristol's student population. Bristol is home to King University, a private college that offers more than 80 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. Other colleges and universities that are within a short driving distance from the city include Northeast State Technical Community College, East Tennessee State University, Appalachian State University, and Walters State Community College, to name a few.

Economy & Job Market

The City of Bristol is home to a number of major employers, such as King Pharmaceutical Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Wellmont Healthcare, Embarq Communications, and Bristol Metals. Additionally, there are a number of small businesses throughout Bristol that cater to the needs of residents. Other industries that offer employment opportunities to residents include healthcare, education, construction, finance, and accommodation and food services.

Attractions & Points of Interest

In 1998, the United States Congress recognized the City of Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music," which is where the country and traditional folk sounds of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers came from. Educating the public about the history of country music and its influence on everyday life within the region is the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and the future building of the Cultural Heritage Center. Here, visitors can learn more about how country music came about and how Bristol's role shaped an entire music genre that is still popular today.

Sports enthusiasts will want to check out the Bristol Motor Speedway, home of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and also known as one of the world's largest amphitheatres. The 2006 Disney-Pixar film Cars even used the Speedway as the basis for the racetrack sequence in the opening of the movie during the "Motor Speedway of the South" race.

The Bristol Caverns is another popular attraction among residents and visitors. Featuring paved well lit walkways that go around the vaulted chambers and along the ancient Underground River, visitors will get a chance to witness the awe and beauty of the natural storm formations, stalactites, and stalagmites—all which are more than 200 to 400 million years old.

If you're a lover of the arts, then you have to check out the Paramount Center for the Arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount was built in 1931 in a decadent art-deco style that was popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. A gorgeous theatre that includes Venetian-styled murals and an embellished interior that will leave theatre patrons in awe, the Paramount seats 756 people, houses a Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, and provides the public with high quality theatre performances that range from musical to comedy and dramas, along with concerts.

Parks & Recreation

Residents have plenty of outdoor recreational activities to keep them busy for days on end. One of the more popular activities involves a boat and the Steele Creek Park Lake—fishing! Whether you're looking to pass the time or take part in some catch and release fishing, Bristol has some of the finest fishing in the area. Striped bass, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass make up the majority of the fish, but if you're more of a high mountain stream fisherman, you'll be sure to catch some brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

If golfing is your idea of spending the day, then you're in luck as there are quite a few courses in the area, including the Steele Creek Golf Course, Cedars Golf Course, Bristol Country Club, Holston Valley Golf Course, and Tri-Cities Golf Course.

If you're looking to spend the day at a terrific park, then head on down to Steele Creek Park, a 2,200 acre municipal park operated by the City of Bristol. In addition to the Steele Creek Golf Course, a Nature Center is on site, along with shelters for picnics, a multi-use lodge, soccer fields, hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, and a boat launch for paddle boating.

Shopping

The Pinnacle is the newest large-scale retail and commercial development by Johnson Commercial Development. "We wanted to elevate the expectations of our region for a shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is like no other within a 100-mile radius of Bristol," Johnson says. The Pinnacle is now clearly established as the region's premier shopping destination and continues to grow with new retailers opening their doors on a consistent basis. Anchored by Bass Pro Shops, the region's largest Belk, and the area's only Marshalls, the 250-acre complex generates record store-opening traffic and revenue for its retailers and sheer joy for its visitors. Phase one development includes over a million square feet of retail, dining, medical, office, hotel and entertainment options at full build out. The plan includes an outdoor amphitheater and a 12-screen cinema that is second to none in Tennessee or Virginia. In August 2016, the region's only CarMax opened. The Pinnacle Lake is a world-class catch-and-release lake aquatically balanced to be the home of bass, trout, and other species. Construction began on the project in 2013. Bass Pro Shops opened in the fall of 2014, and in the spring of 2015, two anchors and nearly two-dozen other retailers were either open, under construction, or set with leases for their new location. The Pinnacle is also a significant economic engine for the region. By elevating employment to over 1,000 at Pinnacle retailers, to the sales tax generated from consumer purchases, the development has been embraced by local, regional and state officials for its economic benefit. Phase two development plans include an additional 250 acres of adjoining land in Virginia that offers the chance to elevate expectations again, with opportunities for additional retail, recreation and residential neighborhoods.