Johnson City, Tenn., is an urban community with more than 65,000 residents. Along with Bristol and Kingsport, Tenn., Johnson City forms the tri-cities metro area, home to more than one million people.
Located within this community is Cherokee Elementary School, a school for children in grades kindergarten through fifth. Cherokee Elementary is the only school in the district lacking sidewalks from the neighborhood to the school building. In 2007, the City of Johnson City Planning Department applied for and received a $250,000 grant from the Tennessee Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program dedicated to creating sidewalks.