Old sign, new message in downtown Johnson City


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - An old sign is sending a new message in downtown Johnson City.

The "Johnson City Landmark Sign" has stood there for more than 50 years. It has been the face of an old grocery store and recently U-Haul.

The Achieving landmark status campaign has been an $88,000 project, and fundraisers are still asking for more than $3,000 to help with unexpected expenses. With this, the city is hoping the sign will help beautification efforts.

Downtown Development Director Dianna Cantler explains, "Once it is lit people will really see how visible it is going to be from a lot of areas downtown, and how it will really be the iconic image that Johnson City will be known for."

The sign will be finished in two weeks. it will also be a focal point of the new King Commons park to be finished in September.

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