Fire Department

Fire Department

The Middlesboro Fire Department operates out of two stations covering the corporate limits of the City of Middlesboro. Station #1 (headquarters), is located at 121 Lothbury Avenue. Station #2 is located on the west end of town at 3809 West Cumberland. The fire department provides structural fire protection, fire prevention inspections, and fire prevention and public education presentations upon request.

The fire department also provides EMS protection for the City of Middlesboro and southern Bell County, Kentucky. This service provides both Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services. We are a fully staffed department operating 24/7.

The fire department has an IFO class rating of 3.

If you live within city limits and are in need of a fire detector, they are available at the stations upon availability.

Police Department

Police Department

For more information regarding the Middlesboro Police Department, contact Police Chief Jeff Sharpe at 606-248-3636.

Storm Water

Middlesboro Stormwater Management Program

To comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, a federal program that regulates stormwater discharges, the City of Middlesboro has developed programs to reduce the discharge of pollutants carried by stormwater into our local waterways.

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is the term used for water that enters our City’s storm drain system from streets, lawns, roofs, parking lots, and other surfaces after a rainfall event or snow melt. This water then flows untreated into our local streams and creeks that are contained within the Upper Cumberland Watershed.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is the area or region from which water drains into a stream, river, or other large body of water. The storm water in and around Middlesboro that flows from the top of mountains and hills and into Yellow Creek is part of the Upper Cumberland Watershed. It is important to protect our watershed because it is much more than just a drainage area, it is where we fish, play, and live. Watersheds also provide habitat for local wildlife and plants.

Why should we be concerned with stormwater?

As the water that enters our drainage system flows across surfaces such as streets, parking lots, yards, etc. it washes off pollutants such as oil, grease, trash, pet waste, debris, sediments, fertilizers, and pesticides. These pollutants can adversely affect the water quality in our local creeks and streams thus damaging the habitat of fish and other aquatic organisms.

What is the City of Middlesboro doing?

The City of Middlesboro has been involved with stormwater management program since 2003. Stormwater ordinances, best management practices for municipal facilities, inspections of construction sites for erosion, educational and public involvement programs, and reporting of illicit discharges are some of the activities currently developed or are being developed to help prevent pollution of waters in the Upper Cumberland Watershed. As new regulations and requirements from the state and federal agencies continue to become more stringent, the City’s stormwater management will also continue to grow.

The City of Middlesboro cannot achieve the goals within the storm water management program alone. The cooperation of city government and the citizens of Middlesboro is imperative for the success of the stormwater program and the protection of our water resources.

File an illegal storm drain dumping complaint.


Only rain down the storm drain

WasteWater Treatment Plant

Middlesboro Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System

"Protecting the public health and the environment through proper and effective treatment of wastewater"

The Middlesboro Sewer System consists of a collection system and treatment facility. The collection system contains around 50 miles of sewer lines and 23 pump (lift) stations that carry wastewater from homes, businesses, restaurants, industries, and schools to the treatment plant for appropriate treatment.

The Middlesboro WWTP, located at 100 Yestown Road, can best be described as an “Extended Aeration Oxidation Ditch” with a design treatment capacity of 3.6 million gallons per day and was constructed, in 1986, at a total cost of slightly over 8 million dollars. The Middlesboro WWTP consistently produces high quality discharges in order to meet some of the most stringent effluent limitations as dictated by state and federal regulatory agencies.

The treatment plant can be divided into five highly sophisticated processes: Preliminary Treatment, Biological Treatment, Clarification, Chemical Treatment (phosphorus removal, disinfection, and de-chlorination), and Solids Processing and Disposal, which remove 98% to 99% of the impurities in the wastewater. The treatment process simulates the way nature purifies water, but at a greatly accelerated rate.

Since water is a limited resource, proper treatment of wastewater provides cleaner fresh water for the continued needs of humans, animals, and plants. Treating wastewater protects human health from pathogenic bacteria such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, polio and hepatitis and also protects aquatic life by preventing toxic substances from entering into our streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Community wastewater treatment was first used in Middlesboro in the early 1940’s. Prior to this , there was no wastewater treatment, except for the occasional use of septic systems and lateral drain fields, Most of the dirty water was simply dumped into the nearest stream. This was common practice not only in Middlesboro, but in most rural communities. During the 1930’s the first major federally funded treatment plant construction projects were begun. These projects, called “Public Works Projects” were funded under the Depression era work program called “WPA”. It was under this program that most of the area communities received funds for wastewater treatment.

The first treatment plant in Middlesboro was built directly behind the Middlesboro Tanning Company along Little Yellow Creek. It was of type called a Trickling Filter plant, that consisted of a tank filled with rocks upon which bacteria grew that filtered the wastes form the water.

As Middlesboro grew so did the need for improved wastewater treatment and in the mid 1960’s the old plant was renovated. The renovation improved on what was there and increased the size of the treatment processes, but did not change the basic treatment processes. It remained a trickling filter plant until the Mid 1970’s when the next series of improvements were accomplished. It was then that the plant was changed most significantly. The rocks were taken out of the trickling filters, other tanks, pumps, piping, etc, were added and the plant became an “Activated Sludge” plant. It is this basic process that was used until the completion of the current treatment plant in October of 1986.

WasteWater Treatment Plant

City of Middlesboro Street Department

The street and road system in Middlesboro totals approximately 93 miles (72 miles of city streets and 21 miles of state roads). It is the Street Departments responsibility to provide day to day safe and efficient movement of persons and traffic throughout Middlesboro. It is our goal to make the City of Middlesboro a safe, clean, and beautiful place to live and work.

Street Department Functions:

  • Trash and Waste Removal
  • Street Sweeping
  • Storm Sewer System Maintenance and Drain Cleaning
  • Snow and Ice Removal
  • Mowing and Maintenance of all City Properties
  • Clean Up and Assistance with Festivals, Parades, and other Downtown Events
  • Vehicle Maintenance for City Vehicles and Equipment
  • Dead Animal Removal and Disposal
  • Up Keep of all City Parks

Business Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm Mon - Fri

Please contact us if you need assistance 606.248.4601