When East Tennessee State Normal School was founded in 1911 under former President Sidney Gilbreath to educate the region’s teachers, it might’ve been difficult to imagine what the institution would become more than a century later in 2019.
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If James Earl Jones did a voice over about the history of athletics at Science Hill, he might want to reach into his Field of Dreams vault and change a few words.
City Manager Pete Peterson has worked for Johnson City for about 29 years — more than one-sixth of the city’s 150 year lifespan.
Over the last 150 years, downtown Johnson City has gone through several transformations, from a small railroad outpost to a bustling center of commerce to a ghost town to a historic small business district.
Serving as mayor during Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration has been a great honor. I have learned so much about our beloved city, mostly from you.
As we reflect on the Sesquicentennial celebration for Johnson City, we look back on the impact that the Chamber of Commerce has played in the development of our community. The Johnson City Chamber has been the advocate and voice of our business community since 1915.
Dec. 1, 1869: Johnson City received its charter from the state of Tennessee.
From the first rail spike in 1857 to the improvement of Exit 17 on Interstate 26 in 2019, roads have forged the way for Johnson City’s development.
The Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the early history of Northeast Tennessee and to telling the story of the two prominent families who called the site home.
For much of its early life, Johnson City was like many rural mountain towns — full of family practitioners and a few community hospitals.
Johnson City, TN
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. 2017 estimated population was 66,391, making it the ninth-largest city in the state.