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Johnson City First Friday

First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, downtown Johnson City comes alive as downtown business owners extend their hours late into the evening to spend time engaging with customers and community members. "First Friday is a low-cost, interactive,...
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Flower Power

Got a room in your house that feels drab or outdated? You don’t have to remodel or redecorate—just buy a bouquet! Flowers are a simple, inexpensive way to instantly brighten up a room, and some kinds of flowers give you more bang for your buck....
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johnson city seasons

Seasons & Weather

The mountainous landscape of Northeast Tennessee can cause fluctuating, unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that "If you don’t like the weather, all you have to do is wait a day!" However, the Tri-Cities region...
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Liveable Community

A community is more than the sum of its residents, its buildings and its facilities. The sense of community in the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County area is fostered by organizations that focus on helping residents gain access to basic...
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History

Johnson City was originally founded as a railroad station in 1856 by Henry Johnson. The city originally called "Johnson Depot" was a major rail hub for the southeast and including three separate railroad lines that crossed in the downtown area. The...
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“I think, being from East Tennessee, you’re kinda born with a little lonesome in your soul, in your blood. You know you’ve got that Appalachian soul.”

Ashley Monroe

Framed by the Appalachian Mountains to the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Nolichucky River to the south, and the Watauga River to the north, Washington County is as pretty as a picture, a region abounding in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. American legends Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett once walked our rolling hills and valleys, and their pioneering spirit still pervades the area, imbuing its people with liveliness and fortitude.

We mountain men and women may have lonesome souls, but we’re seldom lonely. Washington County is the oldest incorporated area in Tennessee and the fastest-growing county east of Knoxville. More than 126,000 people live in Washington County, including residents of Jonesborough, the state’s first and oldest town, and students living on the campuses of Milligan College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Today, Johnson City is home to more than 65,000 residents, a thriving urban center that has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best and most popular small metro areas for raising a family, starting a business, or retiring.