Surgoinsville, Tennessee

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Surgoinsville is a town in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,484 at the 2000 census. In 2003 the estimated population was 1,691. It is part of the KingsportBristol (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 number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.8 per 1,000 people.

Some scenes from The River were shot here.



Surgoinsville is located at 36°28′27″N 82°51′15″W / 36.47417°N 82.85417°W / 36.47417; -82.85417 (36.474172, -82.854126)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.98%) is water.

Named for French immigrant James Surguine/Surgoine. Surgoinsville is located between Church Hill and Rogersville on Highway 394 near the Holston River. Nearby unincorporated communities, many with a Surgoinsville address, including Stony Point, Carters Valley, Stanley Valley, Tuckers Knob and Big Creek.

Although chartered in 1815, as indicated in the Tennessee Blue Book, the town for a time had no local government. Interested citizens in the early decades of the 20th Century restarted the municipality, which is governed by a board of mayor and aldermen. A private water system serves the town and outlying areas, but the city has no public sewer connections or sewage treatment plant.

It has an annual Riverfront festival each September and a local music venue called Bellamy's, in an old hardware store.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,484 people, 614 households, and 453 families residing in the town. The population density was 367.2 people per square mile (141.8/km²). There were 674 housing units at an average density of 166.8/sq mi (64.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

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