Welcome to Northeast Tennessee, a region of forward-thinking people with the vision to prepare for the future without forgetting our past.
History, Museums, Symphony & Theatre
This is evidenced by historic sites like Rocky Mount, a large log home built around 1772 by William Cobb, one of the first permanent settlers on the western frontier that became the state of Tennessee. Other historic sites include Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, which is the site of Fort Watauga. Doe River Covered Bridge was constructed in 1882 and is a landmark and site of area festivals today.
One of our newest museums – Gray Fossil Site – highlights the region’s earliest history, which was uncovered during excavation for a highway expansion. Both young people and adults enjoy exploring the Hands On! Regional Museum where fun and learning go hand-in-hand. We are also proud to have many theatres to enjoy live shows.
For those who enjoy classical music, the Johnson City Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains, which is based in Kingsport, offer numerous opportunities throughout the year to enjoy live music. For classical with a twist, you won’t want to miss the special concerts each symphony plays with artists of other genres – including rock, country and bluegrass.
Barter Theatre in historic Abingdon, Virginia, is a Virginia State Theatre and home to numerous plays and musicals each season. The Niswonger Center in Greeneville is a newly constructed venue that is growing in popularity.
The area boast many options for a higher education. East Tennessee State University is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. In addition to numerous bachelor’s and master’s level degrees, ETSU is also home to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and a newly developed College of Pharmacy. Numerous private institutions are located throughout the region. Schools such as Milligan College, Tusculum College and King College combine an excellent education with a church affiliation. The Emanuel School of Religion specializes in degrees of divinity.
With colleges of medicine and pharmacy locally situated, healthcare is another of our shining points. Johnson City is home to the James H Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Further, our region is served by two excellent healthcare systems – Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. These systems employ well-trained medical professionals and have the latest technology. The existence of two systems gives our residents the choices they desire and provides a healthy level of competition.
Various employment opportunities ranging from manufacturing to professional positions are available. Growth of technology-based and medical firms is apparent in Johnson City’s Med-Tech Regional Business Park. The Park is a 130- acre Class “A” business site designed for the success of corporate, high-tech and medical companies. Active economic development councils exist in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City to encourage companies to locate here and also to assist existing firms in their growth plans. The efforts of these councils are supported and extended by the Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Authority, which works to bring business to the entire region.
Our region maintains a comfortable, moderate climate, while still providing four distinct seasons. Spring features a blooming sensation of wildflowers, trees and rhododendrons to enjoy while hiking or camping in one of the many state and local parks. Summer follows with an average temperature of 78°F and provides plenty of warm water fun on one of the several TVA lakes. From bright yellow to deep red, fall is a collage of spectacular color. Winter is generally mild but beautiful with snow-covered mountains of neighboring North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains along with plenty of winter recreation activities.
The region’s comfortable climate encourages many outdoor activities. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy an array of golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and boating activities. These popular pastimes can be experienced in a variety of recreational areas, which include golf courses, numerous hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail, local lakeside parks as well as a variety of other outdoor leisure spots. Several state parks are included within a short drive of the area. You will often find downtown streets full of area residents during annual arts and music festivals that take place in our region.
If you are a racing enthusiast and love NASCAR, we have the world’s fastest half-mile right in our back yard! Bristol Motor Speedway, the most sought-after sports venue in the country is here for you to enjoyplus the Bristol Dragway!
Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA (TRI) is located three miles off Interstate 81 and serves the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area with commercial passenger and cargo service. The Airport offers daily nonstop flights on Delta Connection, Northwest Airlink and US Airways Express to six hubs with connections to destinations worldwide.
Shopping & Dining
The Tri-Cities offers a wide variety of shopping and dining. From antique stores to nationally known retailers, you’ll find just what you are looking for in the Tri-Cities. For a dining experience that meets any mood, appetite or budget, visit one of our charming bistros or national restaurant chains.
We are sure that before long you will soon call our home your home. Please take time to enjoy a little of everything our region has to offer. With some exploration, you will soon realize why so many folks love to live, work, play and retire in the Tri-Cities area.
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