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2018 Lakeside Concert Series

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Johnson City Parks and Recreation department presents their free Lakeside Concert Series taking place at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road. Enjoy free shows from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday through August 9th - weather permitting.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, June 14, 7-9 p.m. – Lightnin’ Charlie & the Upsetters
• Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, June 28, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce & the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 12, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. – CrossRoads Band
• Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Thursday, Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. – Heavy Country
• Thursday, Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. – Shellem Cline

For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

Water Quality Report now available

The City of Johnson City’s 2017 Water Quality Report is now available online and outlines the quality of the City’s drinking water. Johnson City’s water consistently surpasses state and federal guidelines with no violations found in contaminant levels.

“We strive to make continuous improvements to the system, and this is the reason why,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The end result is safe, reliable drinking water for our customers.”

The Water Quality Report is issued each year and can be found at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/wqr.pdf. The City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 953-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system includes two treatment plants and 103 water facilities.

Johnson City named official Hidden Heroes City

The City of Johnson City is proud to announce that upon adoption of mayoral resolution, it is now an official Hidden Heroes City. Hidden Heroes board members Amanda Arwood, Karyn Carriger, Phil Carriger, and Maxine Phillippi accepted the resolution from Vice Mayor Jenny Brock – who is also the chairwoman of Hidden Heroes – at the March 1 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Founded by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the mission of Hidden Heroes is to bring vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solution for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. The organization works to inspire individuals, businesses, communities, and civic, faith, and government leaders to take action in supporting military caregivers in their communities and to better connect them to helpful resources and support.

“When my husband Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for an extended period of time in 2011, my eyes were opened to the tremendous challenges facing the loved ones caring for our wounded, ill and injured warriors,” Dole said. “Following Bob’s hospitalization, I established the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to help raise awareness and seek solutions for our military caregivers.” Sen. Dole commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct the first national comprehensive evidence-based study of military and veteran caregivers. With more than 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the United States, the research revealed a societal crisis requiring a holistic national response. Countless spouses, parents, and other loved ones transform their lives and set aside their own careers to care for those who served our country. These caregivers are often in total isolation, without any support.

“We don’t want that to be the case in our community,” said Arwood. “These caregivers are truly ‘hidden heroes’ and by creating this network locally, we encourage them to come out of the shadows and discover a whole new support system that can help sustain them through their journey.”

Military caregivers can visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/hiddenheroes for more information and are asked to register with Amanda Arwood by calling 423-461-0044.


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