Jonesborough residents mad about ad showing city, touting Johnson City

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- Some Jonesborough residents are upset over an advertisement in the March issue of Southern Living magazine that features a photograph of their city with the words "Start Your Adventure in Johnson City."

The advertisement was placed by the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and "Start Your Adventure in Johnson City" is the chamber's slogan.

Chamber President and CEO Gary Mabrey told the Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/10Bjxrc) the photograph is advertising the whole community. He said national ads often feature sites outside of Johnson City, such as the Gray Fossil Site.

But Jonesborough resident and business owner Steve Cook said he felt it was almost false advertising. He said Jonesborough is attractive and has a lot going on but not given any credit by the chamber.


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