Homelessness discussion takes over Kingsport Mayor’s town hall


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- On Monday night, Kingsport Mayor Patrick Shull hosted a packed town hall at the Lynn View Community Center. The meeting served as an open forum for community members to talk about any issues they faced.

However, controversial new wooden blocks installed on city benches helped spark hours of passionate discussion about homelessness in Kingsport.

SEE ALSO: Homeless men say blocks on park benches deterring public sleeping send harsh message

During the town hall, Shull said he fully supported City Manager Chris McCartt’s decision to install the blocks. However, the mayor also said the city was looking into other solutions to address concerns revolving around homelessness in Kingsport.

SEE ALSO: Blocks intended to prevent homeless from sleeping on Kingsport benches spark controversy

Watch highlights from the meeting and hear what community members had to say in the video above.

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