There are countless reasons healthcare providers and their families decide to move to the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. There are a wide variety of recreational opportunities and activities that can be found throughout the region. And Wellmont Health System is uniquely positioned in a area that excels with educational opportunities.
Hiking and biking trails are available in many scenic locations, including the Virginia Creeper Trail and Appalachian National Scenic Trail and at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium in Kingsport, Tenn. Boating, fishing, camping and other recreational options are available on South Holston Lake and Boone Lake. And some of the country's best whitewater rafting can be found nearby on the Nantahala, Nolichucky and Cheoah rivers.
The region features exceptional golfing, including The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va., winner of several national awards and recognitions.
History is on display at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tenn., the Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site in Gray, Tenn., and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tenn. Appalachian music fills the air at The Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va., while classic compositions from international composers can be heard at Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tenn., and world-class theatre and educational opportunities are offered at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn.
Individuals and families looking for a slightly faster pace of entertainment can enjoy NASCAR racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., home of the world's fastest half-mile track.
These opportunities and many more are strategically located in a beautiful, mountain setting within a half day's drive of major metros such as Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., and within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the population of the United States.
Many factors help determine what makes a great place to live. Educational opportunities can serve as an important decision point.
Public schools in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City and throughout the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia boast good student-to-teacher ratios and high testing scores. City-Data.com, a website that collects and analyzes data on U.S. cities, reported that Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked No. 1 in the state based on test scores.
Other area high schools ranked high as well – Washington County’s Daniel Boone ranked No. 4; Johnson City’s Science Hill was No. 6; Sullivan South, located in Kingsport, ranked No. 7; Hawkins County’s Cherokee High was No. 9; and Elizabethton and Greeneville tied for No. 10.
Sullivan Central, in Blountville, ranked No. 13; Sullivan North, in Kingsport, ranked No. 20; and Sullivan East, in Bluff City, ranked No. 22.Because of the high-quality public education system, many parents choose to send their children to public schools. However, parents who prefer private schools also have exceptional options in the Tri-Cities region.
The Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is conveniently positioned within a short distance of a large number of colleges and universities. Colleges in the region provide opportunities for traditional students as well as non-traditional students who want to take classes for personal development. A wide range of advanced training and educational opportunities are available, including community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and exceptional pharmacy and medical schools.
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