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A few Kingsport Photos

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I wanted to take more pictures but I was limited on time and my camera messed up on me as well. I had some great shots of Eastman Chemical, but the shutter on my camera stuck and a lot of pictures were lost. Guess its time to invest in a digital.

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I wanted to take more pictures but I was limited on time and my camera messed up on me as well. I has some great shots of Eastman Chemical, but the shutter on my camera stuck and a lot of pictures were lost. Guess its time to invest in a digital.

Youv'e a lot more nerve than I have. I thought about taking some pictures on my last visit, but was afraid I might get arrested by the Homeland security people, LOL.

That is one huge complex, however.

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Here are a few photos from the other two of the Tri Cities. Excuse the large file; first time posting photos. :blush:

Johnson City with the 10 story, John Sevier Apartments downtown.

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The real Johnson City skyline

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Two miles north of downtown JC. on Roane Street. where the nice restaurants, mall, big box stores, etc. are. In other words, sprawl.

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Johnson City from the top of Roane Mountain (trust me)

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And Bristol, Tennessee from the Virginia side.

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I didnt even think it posted. I lost my connection in the middle of the post and have not been back till now. Boy, do I feel stupid. That is a problem with dial up. I will have to get Dave or someone to post these for me. It takes like 30 minutes to download 3 photos.

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Thanks for the pictures. I especially like Johnson City. It's more of my favorites in Tennessee. It may have the most bueautiful sstting in the state, and it is IMO far and away the best of the Tri-cities. And I really love the Roan Mountain area, one of the most spectacular and commanding mountains in the Eastern US. I recommend to everyone going up to the summit at about June 20th. The whole top of the peak is covered in Rhodadendrons and they are in peak bloom then. The whole mountaintop is ablaze in purple! The road to the top of the peak crosses the mountain range at over 5500 Ft, that's about 500 Ft higher than Newfound Gap in the Smokies. I've seen snowdrifts in mid-winter more than 10 feet deep up there.

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Those are some nice flowers... I hear that mountain up that way is real famous for those.

It's funny how many times I've been to the tri-cities area and yet I've never been to Kingsport.

I know that Johnson City is a good size town. That one area you referred to as uptown has some mid-rise buildings that you can see real well from I-26... I have a friend who is finishing up her last year at ETSU and when I go up to visit I really enjoy that Fuddruckers. It seems that all the recent growth in the JC area has been in and around the new Fuddruckers, there's all sorts of big box stores, Lifestyle center style strip plazas and such in that area springing up.

Downtown still seemed alive in both Bristol and Johnson City, I'm glad to hear that Kingsport is laying the groundwork to keep its downtown vibrant and healthy for years to come.

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Also, try the Crazy Tomato across from Target or the Fire House on Oak (?) near the ETSU campus. My daughter just finished at ETSU, by the way. It is a good school. They haven't lost a football game in two years. LOL. (They dropped football two years ago!)

I like Johnson City a lot, also. It has a little bit of a bohemian culture attached to it. It has a dense downtown with an urban feel to it. Unfortunately, the 'uptown' area has relocated the retail and service economy a few miles away. JC also has a hotel (The Carnegie) which would stack up against any big city hotel in terms of style and comfort.

Kingsport is very aggressive in re-shaping their city and their image. They have been a one-horse town (the Eastman Plant) and realize they need to move on and diversify their economy.

Bristol is a very interesting city also and is also aggressive in planning for the future.

I believe the area (metro pop 500,000 +/-) will be one of the next sunbelt boom areas. With the mountains, the skiing, and all the outdoor recreational opportunities available, it is definitely 'cool'.

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Wow. Now I see you have also posted photos of downtown Johnson City. This was also something on my future to-do list. I had wanted some of Johnson City for a while too, but have never had my camera with me when we go. We go to Johnson City at least a few times a month, because there are some shops there that are not in Bristol and it is only about 20-25 miles away. We also go through there when we go to Temple Hill. Also- my great aunt lives there.

Thanks again for the photos!

Also, try the Crazy Tomato across from Target or the Fire House on Oak (?) near the ETSU campus. My daughter just finished at ETSU, by the way. It is a good school. They haven't lost a football game in two years. LOL. (They dropped football two years ago!)

I like Johnson City a lot, also. It has a little bit of a bohemian culture attached to it. It has a dense downtown with an urban feel to it. Unfortunately, the 'uptown' area has relocated the retail and service economy a few miles away. JC also has a hotel (The Carnegie) which would stack up against any big city hotel in terms of style and comfort.

Kingsport is very aggressive in re-shaping their city and their image. They have been a one-horse town (the Eastman Plant) and realize they need to move on and diversify their economy.

Bristol is a very interesting city also and is also aggressive in planning for the future.

I believe the area (metro pop 500,000 +/-) will be one of the next sunbelt boom areas. With the mountains, the skiing, and all the outdoor recreational opportunities available, it is definitely 'cool'.

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I've got your rhododendron pictures, also. :thumbsup:

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I've been to Roan Mt in late June. Believe me, it is spectacular. There's far more rhodadendrons up there than shown in the picture. Some parts of the mountain almost look purple. I would recommend it to anyone. I've also seen 10 foot high snow drifts up there in winter! The road up there goes through the highest gap in the eastern US at over 5500 feet. That's about 500 feet higher than Newfound Gap.

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Roan Mt is absolutely a gorgeous place. I love to go up there but do not get up to E TN as much as I use to. Bays Mt in Kingsport is a great place to go as well, especially for a quick trip.

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Yeah - I love Bays Mountain. Really nice there. I have not been to Roan Mtn. in a long time. Went close there a couple of times recently however. I remember it is a nice location to go to escape the excessive summer heat in the metro area. Typically 10-15* cooler on top of Roan Mtn. than in the lower elevations.

Roan Mt is absolutely a gorgeous place. I love to go up there but do not get up to E TN as much as I use to. Bays Mt in Kingsport is a great place to go as well, especially for a quick trip.

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I've been to all 3 of the Tri-Cities and Johnson City is by far my favorite. It's booming with new construction, especially around the up-town area. It's where everyone in the Tri-Cities goes to shop.

BTW, Crazy Tomato is awesome (white pie)

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I've been to all 3 of the Tri-Cities and Johnson City is by far my favorite. It's booming with new construction, especially around the up-town area. It's where everyone in the Tri-Cities goes to shop.

BTW, Crazy Tomato is awesome (white pie)

Ah yes. The Crazy Tomato. One of the delightful surprises you will find in the Tri-Cities if you look hard enough.

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It is, but now northeast Bristol is really flourished. Its like a mini-city in itself along the exit 7 area. Now, I think the area near the race track will rapidly flourish over the next two years.

I've been to all 3 of the Tri-Cities and Johnson City is by far my favorite. It's booming with new construction, especially around the up-town area. It's where everyone in the Tri-Cities goes to shop.

BTW, Crazy Tomato is awesome (white pie)

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Ah yes. The Crazy Tomato. One of the delightful surprises you will find in the Tri-Cities if you look hard enough.

My parents live in Johnson City so I get there a few times a year. Crazy Tomato is awesome! White Pie for sure. I love driving down I-26 and seeing downtown and up town before exiting at Roan St. I agree that Johnson City is the best of the Tri-Cities, that is why my parent chose to live there even though my dad works in Bristol. Next time I'm there I'll have to take some pictures and check out Roan Mt.

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Yeah Kingsport look a lot different...she was a planned city...designed for up to 50,000 people...the first or one of the first urban planned cities in the US

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Yeah Kingsport look a lot different...she was a planned city...designed for up to 50,000 people...the first or one of the first urban planned cities in the US

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Thanks for the pics. Where did you get the areals? Sorry for the delay here as well. I have been out of town 2 and half weeks over the last month or so and have not had time to catch up.

By the wy ken, are you from Kingsport?

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Thanks for posting those Kinsport photos. I have never seen an aerial view of there before. Those appear to be from the older downtown area. Do you know around what era they were taken? I wonder if any are available of the "uptown" area as well - near the hospital area and near W. Stone Dr. and John B. Dennis Hwy?

I have an aerial of Bristol posted here somewhere, but it was from back in the 50s or 60s? I also have one from the 1970s, but I need to locate and post it here.

Despite living only 22 miles from Kingsport, I have not been in about a year. Only reason I went then was to buy a oil filter for my work car, as the closest Mercedes-Benz dealership is there. Lately I have been ordering them off of the internet.

My grandpa goes often, as his cardiac specialist is down there. In our opinion- Kingsport hospital (Holston Valley) is one of best hospitals in the metro area.

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