Bursting out


It seemed even warmer.

The mercury hit 63 degrees under sunny skies Sunday. Judging from the flurry of outdoor activity, with heaping sides of smiles, one would have thought it had been a long winter. One would have been correct.

Frisbees and footballs flew through the balmy air at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City. Dogs tugged at their leashes. Cyclists blanketed the roads and trails. Little leaguers prepped for the coming season, high school softball teams faced off in exhibition contests – even the spring flowers threatened to open their colorful blooms at the early signal of spring, though few did.

Here at News and Neighbor, we’re looking forward to more signs of a beautiful Northeast Tennessee spring and all the promise it holds within it. Ballgames, track meets, proms, graduations, planting of gardens and glorious bursts of color free for the eye to behold.

The weather experts tell us mild but soaking weather (it’s good for the flora) is on tap through the week, with drier conditions commencing Sunday and highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s through at least next Thursday.

Just as encouragingly, lows aren’t expected to dip below 35 through next Thursday, March 19. Enjoy, friends!


All photos by Jeff Keeling


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