Recent News

Sep 19, 2018

Volunteers needed for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service matters. These appointments will begin in January and expire December 2020. Applicants must be City residents.
Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or can be mailed or faxed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 19. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at 423-434-6018.

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
423-434-6009

Back to Top


Sep 19, 2018

BOC to hold special called meeting Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 20) to discuss the process of filling the vacancy on the board. This meeting will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

CONTACT: Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
423-434-6002

CONTACT: Beth Greene, executive assistant
Administration
423-434-6002

Back to Top


Sep 19, 2018

Youth and adult basketball registration opens Oct. 1

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration will be open from Monday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis, by school district and a previous playing history with a returning coach.
Divisions include: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 for both boys and girls. Registration fee is $25 for Johnson City residents; $30 for non-city residents. Practices begin Monday, Nov. 5. Games begin Monday, Dec. 3. The first youth basketball coaches meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.
Adult basketball team applications will be accepted starting Monday, Oct. 1. Entry deadline is Thursday, Nov. 8. League play begins Monday, Dec. 3.
Adult league play is open to ages 16 and older and includes: Men’s Open, Men’s Church and Women’s Open. Registration fees are $400 plus $5 for each non-city resident on the roster. Photo IDs and team rosters are due at time of registration. The league offers a 14-game schedule and a single-elimination tournament. A coaches meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.
Register for the youth league at myjcparks.org or Winged Deer Park Athletic Office Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult league registration must be conducted at Winged Deer Park.

Basketball referees and scorekeepers meeting
The first basketball referees and scorekeepers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Returning referees and scorekeepers, as well as anyone interested in refereeing or scorekeeping, are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more information, call 423-283-5822. 

CONTACT: Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5822

CONTACT: Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5822

Back to Top


Sep 13, 2018

‘Chased by the Wolf’ authors to give presentation

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Jill and Fred Sauceman on Tuesday, Sept. 25 as they talk about their new book “Chased by the Wolf: A Life with Lupus and the Kidney Transplant That Saved It.”
The free presentation is from 10:30 a.m.-noon and open to all ages. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Registration will continue through the day of the event.
For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229
CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229

Back to Top


Sep 13, 2018

City announces traffic, security plans for Saturday event

In preparation for Saturday’s TriPride Festival and parade, the City of Johnson City notifies citizens of the following:
• On Saturday, the Johnson City Farmers Market will move to the corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road.
• A portion of downtown streets will close at noon Friday in preparation for Saturday’s parade, which begins at noon. Streets will open at the conclusion of the festival.

• Parade spectators and festival goers will be required to enter through security access points. A list of prohibited items is below.

• Access to businesses along the parade route will be maintained but patrons may be required to pass through access points.
• An area will be designated for demonstrators.
“Our priority is public safety, and we believe these measures will ensure that,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner. “As with all large events, we ask the public to partner with us in keeping our community safe. If they see anything out of the ordinary, we ask that they call 911 immediately.”

ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE PARADE AND FESTIVAL AREAS WILL BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH FOR WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS ITEMS AND WILL BE SCANNED BY METAL DETECTORS

ALL SIGNS, FLAGS, AND BANNERS ARE PERMITTED IF HELD DIRECTLY BY HAND.  NO POLE, STICK, OR OTHER SUPPORT WILL BE ALLOWED

PROHIBITED ITEMS

NO WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE INCLUDING FIREARMS, KNIVES, ELECTRICAL WEAPONS, CHEMICAL WEAPONS OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED A WEAPON

NO GLASS, THERMAL, PLASTIC, OR METAL CONTAINERS INCLUDING FOOD, LIQUID, OR DRINK CANS, BOTTLES, OR COOLERS OF ANY KIND TO INCLUDE WATER BOTTLES

NO CONTAINERS, BAGS, PURSES, FANNY PACKS, OR BACKPACKS (ONLY REQUIRED MEDICAL ITEMS WILL BE ALLOWED) EXCEPT FOR A SMALL, CLUTCH-STYLE PACK

NO POLES, STICKS, CLUBS, BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL BATS, GOLF CLUBS, UMBRELLAS, SELFIE STICKS, OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE USED AS A WEAPON

NO MASKS, INCLUDING GAS MASKS OR ANY TYPE OF FACE COVERING

NO TORCHES, LANTERNS, FIREWORKS, OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT USES FIRE OR FUEL

NO AEROSOLS, SPRAY CANS, OR PRESSURIZED CANISTERS

NO TOY OR REPLICA WEAPONS, NO LASER POINTERS

NO ANIMALS EXCEPT WORKING SERVICE ANIMALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

NO MISSILES, PROJECTILES, OR ITEMS THROWN THAT COULD CAUSE INJURY

NO ITEMS DETERMINED TO BE POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARDS



CONTACT:
Karl Turner, chief
Johnson City Police Department 
423-434-6149




Back to Top


Sep 13, 2018

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 13

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 13, with hundreds of rainbow trout up for grabs in Johnson City’s annual “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” fishout. Children ages 3-14 (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in this free event. Poles and bait will be provided, and hundreds of prizes will be given. Volunteers will clean the fish caught by youth so they can take them home to cook!

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 14, the rest of the community is invited to fish for the remaining trout for a donation of $10 per hour (proceeds go to the fishout program). Fishing will take place from noon until 5 p.m.

“Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” was started in 1989 as a way to get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity.

“The fishout is a great way for our officers to engage with the community and encourage children to become involved in positive activities,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner.

The program has seen broad-based community support ever since. Area sponsors provide prizes, exhibits and activities for participants. Local volunteers donate their time to work the event, along with representatives from the Johnson City Police, Fire, Communications and Marketing and Parks and Recreation departments; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; and Army National Guard.

For more information, contact the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6105. 

CONTACT: Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
423-434-6105

Back to Top


Sep 11, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 10

Public Works projects:
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East Unaka Avenue (1000 block – between Oakland Avenue and Hale Street) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Roan Street at Sunset Drive – gas line repair starting at 10 p.m. Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, with work being complete by 6 a.m. the following mornings. Southbound right lane to be closed while work takes place.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Chamber Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-300 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Peoples Street (2600 block) – water tap installation; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – fire hydrant installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (1900-2100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
All work is weather permitting.



Back to Top


Sep 11, 2018

Evening Owl Prowl set for Friday night

Families are invited to Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin for a discussion about what makes an owl an owl, from their silent flight to their amazing eyes. Following the discussion, participants will stroll through the park’s wooded areas and use specific calls to locate some of the owls that call Winged Deer Park home.
The Evening Owl Prowl is set for Friday (Sept. 14) from 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Registration is not necessary. The cabin is near the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.
For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

CONTACT: Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5821


Back to Top


Sep 07, 2018

Spike it Up Tweetsie Challenge starts Sept. 16

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering a new way to improve fitness for runners, hikers and bicyclists 18 and older. The eight-week Spike it Up Tweetsie Challenge will run from Sept. 16-Nov. 10 and costs just $8 per person.
Each week, participants will set goals to hike, run and/or ride on Johnson City’s Tweetsie Trail for 150 minutes. The program will include a kickoff meeting, group excursions like geocaching, and a special celebration at the program’s conclusion. Everyone will receive a Spike it Up T-shirt.
Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by Monday, Sept. 17.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Qualls, program coordinator 
Senior Services 
423-461-4852


Back to Top


Sep 07, 2018

Senior Services encourages circuit training with Double Trouble

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older a circuit workout employing a variety of formats including strengthening, stretching, balance and core exercises. Participants will use their own body weight, free weights, resistance bands and MPCC’s interactive fitness equipment.
Double Trouble takes place Fridays in September from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $2 per class.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Qualls, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852


Back to Top