Brookside Elementary School — Sullivan County, Tennessee

Brookside Elementary School was located in the Bloomingdale community of Sullivan County, Tennessee just north of Kingsport.
Former Brookside School -- Bloomingdale, Tennessee Sullivan County has been prone to school consolidation over the past several years. These consolidations have not came because of declining population, but mostly due to annexation by the city of Kingsport. In 2009 this specific community, Bloomingdale had 5 schools operating as part of the Sullivan County schools. Now there is one elementary school (K-8) and one high school which itself has became center of consolidation discussions for the better part of the past decade. Former Brookside School -- Bloomingdale, TN
When Brookside closed at the end of the 2011/12 school year there were 233 students enrolled. Those students were moved to Ketron Elementary a couple of miles away the following year.
Former Brookside School -- Bloomingdale, TN

Loy Memorial Methodist Church — New Market, Tennessee

This church is located in the New Market community of Jefferson County, Tennessee about 20 miles north east of Knoxville.
Former Loy Methodist Church -- New Market, Tennessee
The church was organized and built in 1908. In 2016, 108 years after the church opened its doors, the building began a new life as an art gallery known as the Gray Dove Studio.

Flag Pond School — Unicoi County,Tennessee

Flag Pond Elementary School was located in the Unicoi County community of Flag Pond, high up in the deep mountains of extreme eastern Tennessee bordering North Carolina.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School The current Flag Pond School was created when Rocky Fork School and Sweetwater School were consolidated. Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Interestingly enough, another earlier school was located in the community called “Hog Skin”.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School Today the Flag Pond School sits empty and although has been that way for around 20 years, it still seems to be secured and maintained. The grounds of this school is home to the annual ramp festival which is held on the second Saturday of May each year. Information about this past years festival can be found by clicking HERE Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Former Flag Pond Elementary School

Mascot Hosiery Mill — Sweetwater, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee One of the more prominent and interesting buildings you will find in downtown Sweetwater Tennessee is the old Mascot Hosiery Mill building. Sweetwater, Tennessee
The Mill was chartered in 1896 by the Patton Brothers. Patton Brothers operated the mill until 1967 when it was purchased by Crescent Mill. The mill is now closed but it appears newer windows have been installed and paint work done on various parts of the building. Hopefully this beautiful unique building will be saved.

Kmart — Sweetwater, Tennessee

Kmart -- Sweetwater, TN This Kmart was located at 902 S. Main Street in Sweetwater, Tennessee. The Kmart in Sweetwater was originally located on up the road in a much smaller metal barn style Kmart. This building opened for business February 8, 1993. Kmart -- Sweetwater, TN
Kmart -- Sweetwater, TN Kmart -- Sweetwater, TN
Kmart -- Sweetwater, Tennessee On April 21, 2016 it was announced that this Kmart as well as 67 others would close by the end of July. Kmart -- Sweetwater, Tennessee
The store closed for good at the end of business July 31.

The Strand Theatre — Kingsport, Tennessee

Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee
The Strand Theatre was the first movie theater in Kingsport. Originally located on the corner of Main and Shelby Streets, the theater moved to 140 Broad Street (former home of Goodwin Furniture Company) in 1925. When the Strand first moved to Broad Street it was referred to as Nu Strand Theatre.
The Strand Theatre burned down on December 22, 1945, but was reopened in 1947.
Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee

The Strand Theater officially closed October 23, 1982.

In 1989, the Restoration Church moved into the historic theater building.  A very informational article, including historical pictures of the theatre can be found by clicking HERE

Shady Valley Elementary — Johnson County, Tennessee

Shady Valley School is one of the few WPA school buildings still being utilized that I have came across in my travels.
Shady Valley Elementary -- Shady Valley, Tennessee The building was built in 1936.   Shady Valley Elementary -- Shady Valley, Tennessee
Today the school still serves around 50 students.
Shady Valley Elementary -- Shady Valley, Tennessee Shady Valley Elementary --Shady Valley, Tennessee
Shady Valley Elementary --  Shady Valley, Tennessee