Tree Streets Neighborhood

Johnson City, Tennessee • Southside Neighborhood Organization

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Heroes of the TreeStreets

Have you ever noticed how heroes are never around until someone is about to plummet to their certain death?

These heroes usually just walk around blending in with the average Joe or Jane. We had the opportunity to see some heroes when the lights went out. We weren't plummeting, but the temperature inside our house was. Our house was dark, cold and quiet. After a few hours without power, the novelty and romance wore off when our house's… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on January 4, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

What Do you think? -- Tree Streets Walking / Biking Trial to Elizabethton

I don't know about you, but I'm very excited about the conversion of the unused railroad tracks into a walking / biking trail. The tracks run between Walnut and State of Franklin and it would go all the way to Elizabethton ala "The Creeper Trail" in Abingdon. My family loves the Creeper, especially in the Fall. It's good for exercise (a priority for Mayer Myron) and Southside Neighborhood Organization (SNO) President, Bryan Green.

So… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on November 21, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Combatting Crime on the Tree Streets

Nov 2009 Crime Map Reported crimes in the Tree Streets by the Johnson City Police Department for the last 30 days. Click here to go to the interactive map.

The Situation

For anyone that's lived in the Tree Streets crime is a reality, not a pleasant one, not something so bad that forces me to lock my children inside, but… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on November 12, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Open Letter to the Mayor from New SNO President - MacBryan Green

< This is a re-post of an open letter from SNO President - MacBryan Green >

Dear Mayor Myron:

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to the walking trail possibilities which I suggested to you following the Tuesday evening Neighborhood Action Committee meeting. Such graciousness does not go…


Added by Neil Owen on October 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Hillbilly music had a home in the Tree Streets

Posted on October 6th, 2009 by Ken Harrison

There were a lot of “start up” businesses in America at the end of WWII. One of our neighbors, Jim “Hobe” Stanton, who lived in the 400 block of West Pine Street, decided to start his Rich-R-Tone Record Company in 1946. His first records were the 78-speed records. As he progressed through the years, he added other recorded music formats: 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, L.P. (long play) 33… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on October 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

When hobos came to the southside neighborhood

Posted on August 6th, 2009 by Ken Harrison

Back when I was a young boy growing up in our Southside neighborhood, we had a lot of men who would ring our back doorbell asking if they could have something to eat. The Great Depression and World War II made for a hard time for many people. So from 1929 until around 1946 there were plenty of men who decided to leave home and try to find odd jobs in other parts of the country. Some were… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on August 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Made in America and in our neighborhood

Posted July 12th 2009 by Ken Harrison

The Southside neighborhood area was one which produced many items that were durable, and were meant to serve a given purpose at the time. Several of these items are still around and are useful in one way or another. I think it is unique that our villages of 800 or so houses and the accompanying support businesses have contributed so much to the region and the nation. Let me explain with… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on July 12, 2009 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

"A Peek into Our Backyard" -- a tour of the gardens of the Historic Tree Streets District

Nashville Gardening Examiner, Dena Bolton

Anyone living in Johnson City is familiar with the Historic Tree Streets District. Johnson City was founded in 1856 by Henry Johnson and was originally known as “Johnson’s Depot,” emphasizing the town’s significance as a major railroad station and rail hub for the southeast. Later Johnson City, which was incorporated in 1869, grew as a… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on June 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heating our homes, the old fashioned way

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in History

Until the mid 1950’s, coal was the predominant heating fuel for most houses and apartments in our neighborhood. After all, it was abundant and easily mined from nearby. It was an extremely dirty way to heat. Every chimney spewed thick, black, sooty smoke all winter. That made it difficult to dry clothes on lines in the backyard!

Many houses still used fireplaces to… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on June 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments



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