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City to begin live streaming of commission meetings

On March 2, Johnson City will offer City Commission and Planning Commission meetings via live streaming. “The city is always looking for no- or low-cost ways to provide services in a more efficient manner,” said Information Technology Director Lisa Sagona. “Live streaming does just that — it opens up the meetings to anyone, anywhere with Internet access. Additionally, it increases our transparency, which is key to our relationship with our citizens.”

Communications Specialist Wendy Graham said commissioners and city staff have been discussing the process for about a year, and recent work on the project has been completed to move forward with this service. "The real reason we started looking into it was that people had been canceling their cable,” Graham said. “We have been, and will continue to, broadcast the meetings on Charter’s channel 192 and Comcast’s channel 17. The equipment we have (inside the Municipal & Safety Building) will now be running through YouTube. So if you can view a YouTube video on your cell phone, android, PC, notebook or laptop, you will be able to watch and listen.” The city currently contracts with Milligan College to provide interns who operate cameras and help produce the broadcast version. Graham will continue to oversee production of both meetings.

Viewers can access the live stream three ways: The “LIVE” button at the top of the city’s home page www.johnsoncitytn.org; by using a direct link www.johnsoncitytn.org/streaming; or from the city’s Youtube channel here. Twelve months of City Commission and Planning Commission meetings will be available in an “archive” link.

The Johnson City Board of Comissioners meets the first and third Thursdays at 6 p.m. Johnson City Regional Planning Commission meetings take place the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. To request videos of meetings before the online streaming, contact Wendy Graham at 434-6076 or wgraham@johnsoncitytn.org. There is a charge for each DVD. For questions on our streaming service, email streaming@johnsoncitytn.org.

The Beach Boys LIVE at Freedom Hall

Don't miss The Beach Boys on their 50 Years of Good Vibrations Tour playing hit after memorable hit at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm. TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, FEB. 17th @, 10am at Freedom Hall Box Office, online here or charge by phone at 423-461-4884.

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America's musical history. The group has become synonymous with the California lifestyle and has become an American icon to fans around the world.

Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys first hit, “Surfin’ ” (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “I Get Around”, “California Girls”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “Barbara Ann”, “Good Vibrations”, “Wouldn't It Be Nice”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo”.

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, they have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI's 30-track collection of the band's biggest hits, achieved triple-platinum success selling more than three million copies in the U.S. along with it’s companion The Warmth of the Sun, The Beach Boys renewed interest has again rocked the world. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.

Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again!

JCFD Smoke Detector Program

As a service to citizens, the Johnson City Fire Department is offering installation of free smoke detectors. “One of the best ways you can protect your family in the event of a fire is to make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Mark Scott. “As a service to our citizens, we will provide and install up to three detectors in residences within city limits. These detectors come with a 10-year battery.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk of injury can be cut in half by installing at least one working smoke alarm inside and outside each bedroom, and on every level of a home. According to the State of Tennessee’s State Fire Marshal’s Office, during 2015, fire departments in Tennessee reported a total of 72 fire deaths, down from 75 in 2014. So far in 2016, there have been 50 fire deaths in the state. This reduction in fire deaths is greatly credited to the partnership between the State Fire Marshal’s Office and local municipalities to distribute working smoke alarms in every home. This partnership has enabled fire stations across the state to stock working smoke alarms for anyone to request from their local fire department.

As a reminder, the Johnson City Fire Department asks citizens to:
• Keep portable space heaters and candles 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people, furniture and pets.
• Make sure combustibles are 3 feet away from heating devices that have automatic thermostats.
• Always turn off portable space heaters when leaving a room or going to sleep.
• Have chimneys cleaned and checked regularly.
• Never smoke in bed.

Any city resident who does not have working smoke alarms in their home or need assistance replacing batteries may contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423) 975-2840. A request for smoke detectors may also be submitted online here


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