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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Church Hill, TN

Church Hill is a city in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 5,916 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Kingsport–Bristol (TN)–Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.


The city of Church Hill was incorporated in 1958, though the community was established as a trading post and stagecoach stop called Spencer's Mill and Patterson Mill in the late 18th century. The name Church Hill came later, following the establishment of a Methodist church "on the hill" overlooking the Holston River Valley. The church still stands today on Grandview Street downtown.

One of Church Hill's most notable landmarks is Canton Hall an Antebellum Mansion built by slave hands and owned by the Hord family. Other landmarks include Smith Place, built in the early 20th century and the site of Carter's Store, home to the first settlers west of the Appalachians.

Arts and Culture

Church Hill has one library, Church Hill Public Library, which is part of the Eastern Branch of the Hawkins County Library System. It was founded in 1952, and was moved into a new building in 2007. The library holds over 20,000 materials and services over 6,000 patrons.


Five schools are located in Church Hill: Carter's Valley Elementary, Church Hill Elementary, Church Hill Middle School, Church Hill Intermediate and Volunteer High School. All fall under the Hawkins County Schools system.

Parks and Recreation

Church Hill has six parks: A.S. Derrick Park, Jaycees Park, J.W. Sally Park, S.L. Taylor Park, Bill Castle Park, and Church Hill Skate Park. The city also has one swimming pool, Church Hill Municipal Pool.


The city is governed by a mayor and six aldermen.


The city has a police department that also provides animal control services and a fire department that handles public safety, hazmat and fire emergencies.

Church Hill provides the community with trash pickup, snow and ice removal, mowing and park maintenance services. Residents of the city obtain power services from Holston Electric Cooperative or Appalachian Power. Water services are provided by a private utility, First Utility District of Hawkins County. Hawkins County Gas Utility provides natural gas services and internet and phone services are provided by Charter Communications or CenturyLink.

Notable Residents

Lloyd Carr, former football head coach for the University of Michigan was born in Church Hill, and lived there as a child.

Bluegrass guitarist James Alan Shelton resides in Church Hill.

Blake Leeper, 2012 U.S. Paralympian competing in Track & Field.


Official website of Church Hill, Tennessee.

Source: Internet