The Year that Was

Johnson City’s Jenna Hutchins finished ninth in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships last Saturday in San Diego, earning her All-American honors. PHOTO COURTESY OF¬†PHOTORUN.NET
LEAD chairman Michael Young, Johnson City vice-mayor Jenny Brock, Adam Dickson of Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, LEAD advisory committee members and Langston High School alumni were among those on hand back in July as the renovation of Langston took a major step forward as the public phase of fundraising opened. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE
The President of the United States paid a visit to Johnson City in early October to campaign on behalf of republican candidates. Over 90,000 requests were received for tickets and tens of thousands of people descended upon Freedom Hall for the Oct. 3 rally. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERTSON
Johnson City commissioner Ralph Van Brocklin and vice-mayor Jenny Brock discuss a proposal by the city’s Sesquicentennial Committee during a meeting in early June. Van Brocklin passed away unexpectedly two months later, and Dr. Larry Calhoun was selected by the remaining commissioners to serve out Van Brocklin’s term. After winning reelection in November, Brock was selected to be mayor of Johnson City by her peers. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE
On an unseasonably warm day in late February, a group of local business owners and civic leaders gathered in Founders Park to announce the creation of the Meet the Mountains Festival. The inaugural event took place in late August and proved to be a smashing success. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE
After a grueling campaign, the relief was written all over Joe Grandy’s face as he hugged his wife Lucinda moments after learning he’d been elected to serve as Washington County’s mayor. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE
Local Cub Scout Braydon Bond salutes after laying a wreath on the grave of a veteran during the annual Wreaths Across America event at Mountain Home National Cemetery on Saturday. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE
First-year football coach Hayden Chandley (center) and his team celebrate after winning the Musket Bowl game against the rival Trailblazers of Daniel Boone in front of a massive crowd. The Pioneers recorded the school’s first undefeated regular-season and won two playoff games during a magical 12-1 campaign. PHOTO BY COLLIN BROOKS
Peyton Manning was among the celebrities who came to the Olde Farm in Bristol, Virginia, in September to raise money for the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia. The event grossed a whopping $56.6 million, a new single-day record for PGA TOUR sanctioned events. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE

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