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Washington County, Tennessee (U.S.)

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[Flag of Washington County] image located by Valentin Poposki, 10 March 2009

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Description of the flag

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 107,198. Its county seat is Jonesborough. The county's largest city and a regional educational, medical and commercial center is Johnson City.
- from Wikipedia:,_Tennessee.

The flag can be seen on a photo here:
Valentin Poposki, 10 March 2009

Report on the adoption of the flag

Washington County, Tennessee, soon will get its own flag. In an undated story, two proposed designs can be seen here: [Note: these proposals seem to be at variance with the flag shown above.]

"For the first time in its 233-year history, Tennessee’s oldest county may soon have an official county flag. When it came to her attention that Washington County did not have an official county flag, Commissioner Janice White asked Mayor George Jaynes if she could work on a design. White said she has been working on the designs for more than a year in her spare time.

After working with several different color choices, White decided on using red, white and blue — taking the colors from the United States flag because the county was named after the country’s first president and the Tennessee flag because the county is the state’s first. White said the purpose of the flag is “to instill a historical sense of pride in the community and pursue background and roots and history in a manner that will benefit future generations as well as the present.”

At February’s commission meeting, White presented two prototypes to the commissioners. They decided to hold off on making a decision between the two until the March 22 meeting. The two flags differ only slightly in design. Each flag features a white star in the center of a blue disc representing that Washington County was the first county of Tennessee and was named in honor of the country’s first president, George Washington. Displayed inside the white star in each design is the county’s seal which adds more color to the flag and shows the symbols of education, medicine, agriculture and industry. The seal was adopted in 1996. It carries the words “Tennessee’s first county, established 1777,” which White said displays the rich history of the county.

On the first design the blue disc, star and seal are placed in the top left. The second design features the blue disc, star and seal centered and slightly larger. Both incorporated municipalities of the county — Jonesborough, founded in 1779 and named after Willie Jones and Johnson City, founded in 1865 by Henry Johnson — are represented on each flag by two red stripes. The white field between the two stripes on each flag represents the people living in Washington County but outside the boundaries of either municipality. In the first design the two red stripes are placed horizontally at the top and bottom of the flag. The stripes on the second design are more narrow and are positioned vertically on the right and left sides of the flag.

White said she is happy with both designs but prefers the second. Commissioners are expected to vote on the designs at Monday’s meeting."

Valentin Poposki, 5 August 2010