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Jul 02, 2015

FYI: Drive sober or get pulled over

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this Fourth of July holiday weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this busy holiday weekend.

“The Independence Day holiday is a time for celebrating our nation’s heritage,” said Chief Sirois. “Celebrating responsibly, and making the decision not to drive impaired and put oneself and others at risk, is simply the right thing to do.”

The Johnson City Police Department also reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. According to the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, 12 people were killed statewide during last year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend, which is a 37% decrease from the 19 vehicular fatalities recorded in 2013. Of those 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants. Four (57%) of the seven vehicle occupants killed were not wearing their seat belts while three others were alcohol-related (43%). The remaining five traffic fatalities were motorcyclists. As of July 2, the Tennessee Department of Safety reports that 421 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2015, compared to 466 fatalities to date in 2014.

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Jul 01, 2015

City taking steps to increase available parking downtown

As the result of a recent downtown parking study, the City of Johnson City is taking steps to improve parking in the downtown area. As of Aug. 1, the Tipton Street Parking Lot will be limited to two-hour parking.

“The study found that certain areas of downtown could allow more turnover in parking spaces, which will help visitors to downtown more easily find a parking space, particularly during business hours,” said Development Coordinator Steve Neilson.

A downtown parking map has been created to assist in identifying unlimited and two-hour parking in the downtown area. The map can be accessed at:

The parking study also recommended that police enhance enforcement of two-hour parking.

“Due to the level of service in the downtown area, our downtown officer cannot always enforce the code on a regular basis, so we have assigned other officers to assist as needed. Hopefully, this will facilitate visitors and patrons to downtown,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois.


Steve Neilson, development coordinator

Development Services


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Jul 01, 2015

Lakeside Concert Series kicks off July 9 with My New Favorites

My New Favorites has been sharing laughs and award-winning music with audiences across the region since 2010. Known for their strong songwriting and great melodies, they offer a constantly changing variety of tunes at every performance. Individually, they play old-time, bluegrass, Americana, rock, gospel, Irish, jazz and classical. Together, somehow, My New Favorites offers a unique fusion of all those styles.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 9, 7-9 p.m. – My New Favorites

• Thursday, July 16, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek Band

• Thursday, July 23, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.


Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation


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Jun 30, 2015

Volunteers needed for Dive, Ride & Stride Kid’s Triathlon

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is in need of volunteers for the third annual Dive, Ride & Stride Kid’s Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 15. Assistance will be needed for water stations, safety patrol, award distribution, and transition areas. Most volunteers will be asked to report to Legion Recreation Center by 7:30 a.m. on race day.

Please contact Kelly Finney at (423)434-5758 or to sign up.


Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center


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Jun 30, 2015

Catch the Wave workout programs start July 7

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., announces three new workout programs open to ages 50 and older. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the dates listed below.

• Catch the Wave Circuit and More (July 7, 9, 14, 16): circuit, interval and cardiovascular activities to improve health. Designed for those who currently have a workout regimen but need added intensity, this class will include a variety of equipment including exercise bands and free weights.

• Catch the Wave Power Walking (July 28, 30; Aug. 4, 6): an inside walking program to improve gait and pace. Designed for participants who currently exercise at least 20 minutes a day.

• Catch the Wave Active Living Pump (Aug. 11, 13, 18, 20): a functional fitness program progressing through various stations of activity. Designed for participants who currently exercise at least 20 minutes a day.

Please register at the Senior Services front desk prior to the start of each class. Cost is $1 per class.

For more information, call (423)434-6231.


Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center


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Jun 30, 2015

BBC special called meeting set for July 15

The Johnson City Board of Building Codes will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.


Teresa Johnson, secretary

Development Services – Codes Enforcement


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Jun 30, 2015

Youth soccer registration deadline extended

Registration for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer program has been extended through Monday, July 6. Practices will begin the week of July 13; games begin the week of Aug. 10. Ages 3-5 will be on coed teams, and ages 6-15 will be divided into boys and girls teams. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15. Teams will be determined by elementary school districts. Non-city residents will be placed according to the school closest to where they reside.

Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting July 7. Registration is available online at and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours this week will be 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Thursday (July 2) and Monday (July 6). For more information, please call 283-5822.


David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation


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Jun 29, 2015

Agenda review canceled

Tonight’s Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting has been canceled.


Beth Greene, executive assistant



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Jun 29, 2015

Fireworks ordinance to be strictly enforced

In the interest of the safety of all citizens, the Johnson Fire and Police departments will strictly enforce the City ordinance related to fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day holiday period.

“We encourage residents and visitors to Johnson City to enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “And that safety can be enhanced greatly by following the City ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within the city limits. Besides the risk of injury, those in possession of fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated. We ask all citizens to abide by these ordinances to help ensure everyone’s well-being and prevent property damage.”

Ordinance 11-139 in Johnson City Municipal Code states:

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or toy cannon, discharged by percussion caps by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

(2) No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and the city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder.


Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations


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Jun 29, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 29

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice

• State of Franklin (between Roan and Legion streets) – eastbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sidewalk installation.

Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Winter Street – tie overs; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures

• Head Road – lateral replacement

TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)

All work is weather permitting.

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