Remember the adages--"Third time is charm," and "Bad luck always comes in threes?" There's something about "three" that makes it different from other digits. When I Googled "The Symbolism and Spiritual Significance of the Number Three," the article that I chose to read had 29 pages!!!!!!!
Perhaps then, there is significance to where I live and work being the Tri-Cities! Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol are located in the extreme northeast corner of Tennessee. Johnson City is only a few miles from North Carolina. Sullivan County, where Kingsport is located shares a border with Virginia, and the state line of VA and TN is in the middle of State Street in Bristol. Stand on one side in TN and on the other side of the street in VA!
Each city has a unique identity. Johnson City is home to East Tennessee State University with its School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy. Graduate studies and a large undergraduate component make ETSU an outstanding part of Johnson City. The contributions of ETSU, economically, financially, and educationally, to Johnson City's personality are the reasons that when one thinks Johnson City, ETSU and its Buccaneers come to mind!
Missing the Eastman Chemical plant when driving into Kingsport is hard to do! Estimating the contribution of this industry to the Tri-Cities area is equally as difficult! Its large and varied work force providing income for people from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, its many philantrophic contributions in the area, and its contacts with other industries in the US and other countries are most valuable to the area.
Bristol TN/VA is the smallest of the Tri-Cities. Bristol's industries are smaller, and its college, King College, is smaller than ETSU. Bristol's State Street has offerings that are not found in the other Tri-Cities. Notably, the restored theatre on State Street is the center for artistic productions including serious music, dance, drama, and music associated with the heritage of the area. Bristol's claim to fame is being the birthplace of country music!
The writer E.W. Bullinger stated:"Three, therefore, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire." The Tri-Cities area of northeast Tennessee is certainly solid, real, and substantial! It will probably never be complete and entire, because new people will discover this area!
I'll be sharing with you in this blog some of the reasons that I feel that the Tri-Cities area is solid and real and offers a substantial quality to the life of those who live here. If you have thoughts on these ideas, please share them!