Recent News

Aug 29, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 29

Public Works projects:
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – clean up; lane closures;
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 29, 2016

Senior Services to host Aeronautical Adventure

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering an outing for adults and youth ages 10 and older who are willing to go above the clouds to seek an Aeronautical Adventure. Vietnam Fighter Pilot Lt. Col. Bill Powley will pilot a plane ride from Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 18. A bus will leave at 8 a.m. from Memorial Park Community Center and will return at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
This adventure is made possible by The Foundation for Flight. Powley was enshrined in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. That same year he was the first recipient of the Aviation Person of the Year Award by the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. Powley is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot with extensive experience in the F-4, A-7 and F-16 aircraft, totaling 347 combat missions. He taught ROTC at Unicoi County High School, and his vision established the F.L.I.G.H.T. (Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens) program, which is now in place at Sullivan South High School, where provides Foundation for Flight instruction as well as pivotal scholarships for students.
Cost for this Aeronautical Adventure is $26 for adults and $11 for youth. Please register in person at the Memorial Park Community Center, Senior Services front desk by Oct. 11.
For more information, please call Jim Hastings at (423)434-6220.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Aug 24, 2016

Parks and Rec seeking seasonal workers

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for seasonal recreation workers ages 18 and older for Memorial Park Community Center. The positions are for up to 40 hours a week monitoring open gym and programs and answering phones.
Applications may be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR/ and are available in the Human Resources Office at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All applications must be returned to Human Resources.
For more information, please call (423)283-5758.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)283-5758


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Aug 24, 2016

Registration open for Milligan girls basketball clinic

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls ages 5-12 to participate in a one-day basketball clinic taught by Milligan Women’s basketball team on Saturday, Sept. 17 from
9-11 a.m. The team will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, shooting, and passing. Participants should wear athletic clothes and shoes. Water bottles are recommended.

Space is limited to 50 participants; register before Sept. 13 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Cost is $10. Registration is open online at https://johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec and at Memorial Park Community Center.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manage
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Aug 23, 2016

Yoga instructor needed

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor to teach a variety of yoga classes. Any qualified applicant must be certified in yoga instruction. Teaching hours are flexible.
For more information, please call (423)434-5758.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5758

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Aug 22, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 22

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – clean up; lane closures
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; lane closures; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oakland Avenue and Austin Springs Road – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 22, 2016

JCFD offers free smoke detectors

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 at https://jcfd.wufoo.com/forms/smoke-detector-request-form/. 

Contact:
Fire Prevention Capt. Jonathan Fulmer 
423-434-6182






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Aug 22, 2016

On-street parking on East Holston not permitted during construction

Waterline replacement on East Holston Avenue – from North Roan Street to Welbourne Street – will begin Wednesday morning (Aug. 24). It will continue on from Welbourne to Elm Street beginning Aug. 29.
This work is expected to take two weeks, and during that time on-street parking will not be available. Vehicles left on the street during construction will be subject to towing. Driveway access will be maintained during construction.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience. Please call (423)461-1646 for more information.

CONTACT:
Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2669


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Aug 19, 2016

Kids Our Age rescheduled to play Winged Deer Park concert series

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (Aug. 25) for an enthusiastic and contagious performance by Kids Our Age. This three-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians who have performed for thousands over their long careers. Showtime is 7-9 p.m.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
The last lakeside concert of the year is set for 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, when the Johnson City Symphony will take the stage.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827


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Aug 18, 2016

Fourth annual Kids Triathlon set for Saturday

It’s time for girls and boys ages 6-12 to show off their athletic skills in the fourth annual Kids Triathlon Saturday (Aug. 20) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The last day for registration is Friday, Aug. 19. Registration is available at www.myjcparks.org/parksrec or in person at Memorial Park Community Center. Fee is $35 per child.
The triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. This is a great way to introduce children to the triathlon world of swimming, cycling and running at a young age.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5758





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