The third branch of the Sullivan County Library was established in 1973 in Bluff City. Prior to that time, library service had been available to the community as early as 1949, with a collection of books kept at the Smith Drug Store. In 1964 the Avoca Library began providing Bluff City citizens with reading materials until it was annexed by the city of Bristol in 1973. At that time, the Bluff City Branch Library was first housed in a rent-free building that had been provided by the First Christian Church of Bluff City. Mrs. Bruce Huffine was hired as the branch’s first librarian. In 1990, the Friends of the Bluff City Library raised funds that allowed the library to relocate on Main Street in the former post office building. Then in 1991, it was proposed that the county purchase for the sum of one dollar the property housing the Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church for use of the library branch. It was stipulated that the library be known as the Thomas Memorial Branch Library and that the building revert back to the Presbyterian Church should the library cease to use it. Renovations were made to the building, the majority of which were funded by the Friends of the Library, and the branch was opened at its current location in 1992. Mrs. Mary Nell Stewart served as the library manager after Mrs. Huffine. Mrs. Kathryn Nichols succeeded Mrs. Stewart, followed by Ms. Angela Taylor. Ms. Amy Steadman is the current branch manager.
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