On Friday morning, Brandon Huskins stood on the back of a city truck and used a hose with an elongated nozzle to water flowers in downtown Johnson City. He and Terry Davis, who was driving the vehicle, were making the rounds downtown, stopping at every planter to give the flowers a much-needed drink. The planters are suspended from lampposts along East Main Street.

David Floyd covers Johnson City government, Johnson City schools and Ballad Health for the Johnson City Press. He grew up in East Tennessee and graduated from ETSU, where he was the executive editor of the school paper.