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Umoja Festival

Johnson City embraces people from all cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life, and that unity is celebrated at the Umoja Festival, held annually since 1997. "The whole idea of the Festival is to show the diversity that we have in this region,"...

We Are Just Right for… Foodies

It’s the dreaded question that hangs over every date night: “Where do you want to eat tonight, honey?” We can’t answer that question for you, but we can assure you that Johnson City has a plethora of delicious dining establishments to choose from,...

What a Difference a Volunteer Makes!

Area businesses and government agencies aren’t the only organizations working to make Johnson City a great place for everyone; local nonprofits like the United Way are accomplishing great things every day. According to Jerome Julian, President and...

We Are Just Right for… Pet Parents

We know how you feel about your four-legged family members, and we feel the same! In Johnson City, we are a pet-friendly community.  For a day of socializing and frolicking outdoors, bring your pup to Willow Springs Dog Park, located within the...

A History of Johnson City

Johnson City is “sure special,” as anyone from here will tell you. And though you may have never heard of Johnson City before, its history is just as interesting and exciting as that of any major city in the South. So how did Johnson City come to...

“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.