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My Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee

Lottie Ryans didn't have to go far to find a diverse place with an arts scene and scrumptious barbecue to raise her three daughters. She settled with her husband in her own hometown.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Johnson City, Tennessee
Joel Holland
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Being patrons of the arts is a huge part of our family life. All three of our daughters have been avid dancers, performing with studios and competing. Through their years dancing, they've learned valuable lifelong lessons about confidence, winning and losing, and working together as a team. In addition to dance, we're all passionate about theater, which has meant frequent visits to the Johnson City Community Theatre to see shows like To Kill a Mockingbird.

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