I have spent the evening working on geo-tagging my flickr photos and creating a google map of the Kmart stores that I have visited that have closed since 2016. The grand total is 31. As this Kmart and Sears thing plays out I will continually add to this map and documment the future of Kmart. The map can be seen by clicking HERE
Everyone have a great week ahead and thanks again for reading.
This Kmart was located at 1802 Decatur Pike in Athens, Tennessee. This was the second location for this Kmart in Athens. The original Kmart was located across the pike in a shopping center co-anchored by Kroger (now United Grocery Outlet) The first Kmart is now a Big Lots.
Kmart opened at this location on October 18, 1990. On April 21, 2016 it was announced that the Athens store (along with several other east Tennessee locations) would close. The final day in business was Sunday, July 31, 2016.
One of the more prominent and interesting buildings you will find in downtown Sweetwater Tennessee is the old Mascot Hosiery Mill building.
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.
Bowling Chapel Methodist Church is located on US 19E just to the west of Roan Mountain, Tennessee in Carter County.
The church’s roots can be traced back to as early as 1807 when the congregation in the Crabtree community was first formed. The church, however has a tragic story linked to its past which ultimately ended in closure and consolidation of the congregation with the nearby Roan Mountain Methodist Church.
The following is an excerpt about historic churches in Carter County I found from the Elizabethton Star published in September 2015.
Murder at Roan Mountain Church Revival
Perhaps the most violent and cowardly act in a local church building occurred at the old Bowling Chapel Methodist Church in the Crabtree community of Roan Mountain. The church building, which still stands by the side of the road, is marked by time and age. The paint on the exterior has peeled, the tin roof is now rusty, and the bell tower is absent its bell.
In October 1933, a 32-year-old Carter County constable in the Roan Mountain community was shot in the back as he led singing at a revival meeting inside the church.
According to an account from the Elizabethton Star, John Arnett, was shot in the back by his third cousin, Howard Arnett, who stood outside the church and shot through a window. The shooting occurred on a Tuesday evening, and Arnett died the following Friday morning.
The article stated that witnesses on the outside of the church told authorities that as the shooter raised the gun to fire through the window, he is alleged to have said, “I have killed rabbits and squirrels with this gun, but this is the largest game I have ever brought down.”
“The constable was shot immediately after prayer had ended and he had just started to reach for a song book to lead the singing,” the article read.
Accomplices in the shooting were identified as Dayton Arnett and Robert Julian. All three were later tried and sent to prison for a period of time.
The shooting apparently was the result of the constable seeking to bring some law and order to the community after an outbreak of vandalism and the breaking and entering of homes and a store in the community.
When the church closed its doors several years later, many of its parishioners joined Roan Mountain United Methodist Church. The small Bowling Chapel Church had been a part of the community since 1807.
Despite the shooting, its members had sweet memories of the church. Mrs. Joe Whitehead, now deceased, recalled being a part of the church in her youth and the powerful preaching by some of its pastors, the fervent prayers and songs of praise, dinners on the ground, and Vacation Bible School. “I remember most of the people who attended the church. They were good people, who loved the Lord, and most would have given you the shirt off their back,” she said.
No doubt those early parishioners had memories of Tweetsie, the small narrow gauge train. The railroad track was next to the church, and at least twice a day, the little train chugged and whistled its way past the church as it made its daily run to Cranberry, N.C., and back.
The small abandoned church was also the subject of one of Don Iverson’s paintings.
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.
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
The Bonnie Kate Theater located on Sycamore Street in Elizabethton, Tennessee first opened its doors on May 16, 1926. All 500 seats were filled for the inaugural silent movie showing at the theater.
In the 1970s a sheetrock wall was installed to split the single screen theater into two auditoriums and allow for the showing of two separate films.
On November 16, 2012 “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” premiered. This was the final film shown at the Bonnie Kate.
In May of 2016 the City of Elizabethton bought the historic theater. The city has began renovation on the building and hopes to utilize the building as a performing arts venue.
The State Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee was designed by architect Erle G. Stilwell and built in 1936.
The theater, located at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets has 700 seats and has both screen and stage capabilities.
By the mid 1950’s, the State Theatre was remodeled to accommodate more modern tastes and the Cinemascope format. The Mediterranean garden wall was removed, the murals painted over and a permanent screen erected. It was operated by the Wilbey-Kincey chain.
By 1976 the city of Kingsport had two indoor shopping mall, including the Terrace Theater that opened with the now demolished Kingsport Mall in 1971. Downtown began drying up as a commercial center as it once was and in 1978 the State Theatre showed its final feature film and closed.
In 2007, the State was purchased by DB3 Development Company, LLC. Prior to that it had been in use as a Christian movie house known as the All American Family Cinema in around 1990 to 1992, a dinner theatre, a nightclub, a gymnasium and had spent the last decade as a cheerleading school.
There were plans to renovate the theater and reopen it but as of this writing, the plans are stalled. In fact as I was taking the photos of this theater a guy from a business next door asked me if I wanted to buy a theater and fast track its remodel.
This Long John Silvers located at 1336 East Stone Drive in Kingsport was built in 1986 and replaced a much smaller store located just up the street that now serves as a car lot. The original East Stone Drive Long John Silvers was built in 1971. This location closed in February of this year.