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Commissioner Ralph Van Brocklin - "...tragic loss of a respected leader, servant and friend."

The City of Johnson City regrets to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Ralph J. Van Brocklin early Saturday evening.

"The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and staff are incredibly saddened by the sudden loss of our colleague, Ralph Van Brocklin, who suffered an apparent heart attack while running on the Tweetsie Trail, a project near and dear to him.

First and foremost we send our deepest condolences to his wife Deborah, sons Hunter and Mark, and all of his extended family. We are mourning the loss of a close friend and dedicated public servant who loved this community and worked selflessly to make it better. His impact is seen in our schools, our parks system, our animal shelter, and countless other services, facilities and amenities that we enjoy. We are grateful for the time we served alongside him and will honor his memory moving forward."

Commissioner Van Brocklin was elected to the City Commission in 2011, and served on the Board of Education for one term prior to that. He was mayor from 2013-2015.

The City will work with the Washington County Election Commission Monday to determine next steps regarding Commissioner Van Brocklin's seat. "We will sort out those details tomorrow," said City Manager Pete Peterson. "Today, we are grieving the tragic loss of a respected leader, servant and friend."

Obituary for Dr. Ralph J. Van Brocklin via Tetrick Funeral Services

Dr. Ralph Van Brocklin, 63, of Johnson City, went home to be with his Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, September 8, 2018. He was a native of Salinas, California and son of Henry Van Brocklin and Roberta Van Brocklin.

The Van Brocklin family will greet friends to share memories on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, and again from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Sunset Room of Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City. A Celebration of Ralph’s Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home.

A full obituary will run in Wednesday’s paper. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Van Brocklin family.

JCPD School Bus Safety - Stop on Red - Children Ahead

School is back in session and that means school buses filled with kids will be on the road every day. Watch this quick video clip for tips on how to stay safe and share the road responsibly and within the law.

Sesquicentennial Commission seeks feedback on 150th celebration

The City of Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission invites citizens to participate in an online survey about celebrating the City’s 150th anniversary next year. “We want this celebration to be meaningful, fun-filled, and inclusive for all of our neighbors.” said Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Henderson. To that end, the Commission drafted a short survey that offers residents an opportunity to propose suggestions on activities to celebrate the City’s sesquicentennial, and rank the three aspects of the proposed legacy project (cascading water feature, splash pad, and natural adventure area at King Commons in downtown Johnson City). The survey also seeks to gauge residents’ interest in themed celebrations being planned for 2019.

The online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCTN150th and will remain open through Nov. 30. Those interested in staying informed about the City’s sesquicentennial celebration are encouraged to follow the Commission’s Facebook page at @JCTN150.

MPCC offers Hidden Heroes Family Retreat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites veterans, their caregivers, and their children to enjoy an afternoon together. This free event will be held at MPCC on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 12-4:30 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at noon, followed by billiards, cards, games, sharing time, basketball, and pickleball for veterans; neck massages, stress management, crafts, and sharing time for caregivers; and games, swimming, and crafts for children.

Participants must call 423-434-6237 to register by Sept. 10.


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