The Five Themes of Geography in Jacksboro, TN Gabrielle Brown GEOG 200_B01 Liberty University Looking out from the Sugar Shack Cafe in Jacksboro Tennessee, there is so much more to this little town than meets the eye. For some people all they see is a mountain top and a Wal-Mart. For others they see an area that they call home. From my current location here at the Sugar Shack Cafe, I can see Highway 25W, a stop light, several businesses (Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Dollar Tree, Shoe-Show, and Goodwill to name a few), the beautiful view of the mountains, and road signs.
When coming off the Caryville exit, and heading east on Highway 25W leading into Jacksboro, I find myself counting the lights until I can reach the point to turn to get to my home. I pass one, two, three, and right before I get to four I can turn to go home. Most of the big chain businesses are located at this light to the left, for example Wal-Mart and McDonalds (these companies seem to be two that no town or city can live without) and the cafe` that I mentioned previously sits to the right side of the light.
If I was to continue on through town there are grocery stores, other franchises, and local business all through town. To some the local business such as the Sugar Shack, the Diner, and used car dealer ships may mean nothing, however I feel that this illustrates how we as a community depend on each other to support and carry us through. If the community did not support these businesses there would be people without jobs and the business would be closed. While, we may not have much in the way of big business such as JCPenny’s, Sears, American eagle, and Target does just what we need to supply for our needs.
In this week’s lesson we covered the five themes of geography which are location, place, region, movement, and human environment. Although Jacksboro may be small it too covers all five themes. The location of Jacksboro is at the foothill of the Appalachian Mountains and it sets between Caryville and LaFollette, both which are small towns. When it comes to the theme of place, this is the place where I went to high school and graduated from. We can see movement through the road signs that guide us from one side of town to the other. The red lights allow to know when to stop and when to go without causing confusion.