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Feb 22, 2017

Registration under way for girls T-ball, machine pitch

Registration is now open for Johnson City Parks and Recreation girls T-ball (ages 4-6) and machine pitch (ages 7-8) leagues. Practices will begin the week of April 3 at Carnegie Park. Teams will play two games per week beginning April 24.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting March 28. Registration is available online at and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation

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Feb 21, 2017

Senior Services to offer On the Ball Fitness classes in March

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer On the Ball Fitness classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in March for ages 50 and older. Participants will use their own stability balls to balance, shape, and strengthen the body in a unique workout experience. Stability balls will be provided to participants who don’t have one.
Cost is $2 per class. Participants may register in person at MPCC prior to each class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 

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Feb 21, 2017

Parks and Recreation accepting applications for seasonal positions

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for tennis instructors, camp counselors, umpires/scorekeepers, maintenance/turf staff, lifeguards, and recreation workers for Carver Recreation Center, Memorial Park Community Center, and Princeton Arts Center.
Applications may be downloaded at 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.

Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation

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Feb 21, 2017

POUND coming to MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer POUND, a fitness craze that invites participants to channel their inner rock star with a full-body cardio jam session of a workout inspired by drumming. Classes will be taught by certified instructor Jessica Bullock from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 28. Cost is $5 per class; open to ages 16 and older. Class can be done without drumsticks. Participants may purchase drumsticks at or inquire with the instructor about purchase.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center

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Feb 14, 2017

Citizen Survey shows positive results for Johnson City

The results of the 2016 Citizen Survey are in, and 84 percent of respondents think Johnson City provides an excellent or good quality of life.
“It’s always encouraging to know that our citizens are happy here,” said Budget Director Lora Grogg, who facilitates the survey in conjunction with the National Research Center (NRC). “More importantly, the survey serves as a guide for how and where we appropriate funds, based on what is most important to our citizens.”

Safety was identified as a primary area of focus with 73 percent of respondents indicating that a safe community is essential. Fifty-one percent of respondents also considered additional transportation improvements a priority.
Areas that have seen a significant increase in excellent or good ratings since the City began the every-other-year survey in 2012 include: storm drainage (43 to 70 percent), paths/walking trails (36 to 62 percent), welcoming citizen involvement (42 to 58 percent), and land use/planning/zoning (36 to 52 percent).
“These trends are indication of how we have prioritized what our citizens told us needed improvement in that initial survey,” Grogg said. “It’s such an important tool in providing the best services possible and measuring our success.”
Excellent or good ratings were also high for overall appearance of Johnson City (76 percent), services provided by Johnson City (80 percent), and those who would recommend Johnson City as a place to live (90 percent).
The survey was mailed to 2,000 random households in October, with an online survey available as well. Complete results from the survey can be found at:

Lora Grogg, budget director

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Feb 14, 2017

Swadley Road to be closed Sunday

Swadley Road will be closed from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 for water line maintenance. Residents will have access via Milligan Highway only. Flaggers will be present, and detour signs will be in place. 

Steve Harsh, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services

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Feb 14, 2017

MPCC to host Spring Break camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Spring Break camps for Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $40, and children will participate in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, kickball, arts and crafts, movies, games, and swimming. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are preferred. Camp will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.
• Johnson City Schools: March 13-17. Registration open Feb. 13-March 13. Camp is limited to 80 participants.
• Washington County Schools: March 27-31. Registration open Feb. 13-March 27. Camp is limited to 40 participants.
Register online at or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Please call MPCC at (423)461-5749 for more information.

Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center

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Feb 13, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Feb. 13

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – clean up; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – clean up
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Mountain View Road at Brows Mill Road – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Bayless Road (100 block) – valve replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Feb 07, 2017

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 46th session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, April 18. The nine-week academy is designed to develop a better understanding of the police role in the community through a hands-on approach.
Participants must sign required waivers and agreements, have no criminal history, be at least 21 years old, and be physically able to meet training requirements. Participants are expected to attend three-hour weekly sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, and to ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts.
Applications may be obtained online at and at the Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 7.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 434-6170.

Glenda Aschenback, administrative coordinator
Johnson City Police Department

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Feb 07, 2017

The Beach Boys coming to Freedom Hall April 4

 The Beach Boys are coming to Freedom Hall Civic Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.!

TICKETS GO ON SALE Friday, February 17 at 10:00 .am. Tickets may be purchased at the t Freedom Hall Box Office, online at or can be charged by phone at 423-461-4884. Ticket prices range from $45.00 to $72.50 plus applicable ticketing and parking fees.

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!

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. 17 @, 10am at Freedom Hall Box Office, online at or charge by phone at

This is a concert you won't want to miss!!

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VIP Packages can be purchased at and (tickets for event not included in VIP Packages)

Lisa Chamness,

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