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Washington County turns to public for new flag design

After determining Washington County does not have an official flag, members of the newly formed Flag Committee scrapped two currently proposed designs and are inviting the public to submit its own ideas for a county flag.
“We want to get an idea of what [the public] wants,” said Commissioner Kyle Shell during last week’s flag committee meeting. “We’ve got plenty of time.”
Design ideas should be accompanied by a write-up that explains how the flag “truly represents Washington County,” said Janice White, the head of the committee and a county commissioner.
White spearheaded the move for a county flag, when in February, she presented two designs to the County Commission that she had been working on for about a year.
Commissioners decided to delay the decision until the March meeting. But at that meeting, the possibility of the county already having a flag was brought up. It turns out, in 1996, the same year a county seal was adopted, the county held a contest for school children to design a bicentennial flag.
According to Commissioner Sam Humphreys, the winning flag currently hangs in Nashville representing Washington County.
But former county historian Mildred Kozsuch said she does not remember a county flag ever being officially adopted.
Committee members weren’t satisfied with any of the proposed designs, so they decided to turn to the public for other options.
The new flag would be flown at locations such as the Jonesborough Courthouse, the Justice Center, the Health Department and other county offices.
Flag designs and write-ups can be sent to the Herald & Tribune, P.O. Box 277, Jonesborough, TN or e-mailed to Assistant Editor Kate Prahlad at [email protected]
Designs can also be sent directly to the Washington County Offices, c/o Janice White, P.O. Box 219, Jonesborough, TN or can be dropped off at the offices of Washington County.