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Oct 19, 2017

Parks and Rec announces Rotary Park seasonal hours

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announced the upcoming hours of operations for Rotary Park, 1001 N. Broadway St.:
• Inclusive playground: Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 1 through March 31.
• Pavilions: Closed Nov. 1-March 31.

Pavilions rentals will resume April 1. Pavilion rental reservations (all park locations) will begin Jan. 2 online at myjcparks.org. 

CONTACT:
James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5815

CONTACT: James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5815


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Oct 18, 2017

Get ready for holiday season with Carved

Looking forward to Thanksgiving, but want to go ahead and offset those seconds and thirds on pumpkin pie? Join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Carved, an hour-long body-weight workout designed to boost metabolism for ages 50 and older.

Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Cost is $2 per person. Sign in at MPCC prior to each class.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-4852

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-4852

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Oct 18, 2017

Senior Services to offer Diabetes Health Fair

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer free professional CPR demonstrations, blood pressure and blood glucose readings, hearing screenings and pet therapy information at a diabetes-focused health fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Oct. 30.

Vendors will include: Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, Novo-Nordisk, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, State of Tennessee, Tennessee departments of Health and Dental Health, Graybeal Orthotics, Washington County EMS, Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy students, Health Resource Center, Miracle Ears, Providence Companion Care, Changes Medical Spa, Visiting Angels, Heart and Soul, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, Johnson City Community Health Center, First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, ProCare Home Health, Morris-Baker Funeral Home, and Home Instead.

For more information, and/or to register for a free hearing test, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager 
Senior Services 
423-434-6231 


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Oct 18, 2017

MPCC adds ‘touch’ to Trunk-or-Treat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the entire family a chance check out some cool vehicles AND score Halloween candy while they’re at it!
This free Touch-a-Truck/Trunk-or-Treat event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Participants should come dressed in costume, ready to “truck-or-treat” at fire engines, police cruisers, recreational vehicles, and more.

For more information, call 423-434-5758. 

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

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

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Oct 17, 2017

BOC workshop set for 4 p.m. Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a Planning and Objectives Workshop in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19). 

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

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Oct 17, 2017

Section of Carroll Creek to be closed overnight Wednesday, Thursday

Carroll Creek Road, from Sweetwater Court/Willows Trace Drive to Harbor Approach, will be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday while water and sewer line maintenance work takes place. This work will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights. Carroll Creek will be reopened by 5:30 a.m. both Thursday and Friday mornings.
The closed section includes the 300-500 blocks of Carroll Creek. Detours will be in place. 

CONTACT:
Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638


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Oct 17, 2017

October Parks and Rec Advisory Board meeting canceled

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting set for Oct. 26 has been canceled. For more information, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5815

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Oct 17, 2017

Pumpkin Swim set for Oct. 27

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to visit an aquatic pumpkin patch from 4-5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Swimmers will select a pumpkin from the teaching pool, then move on to the Activities Room to paint/decorate their pick. Cost is $5 per person. Please register at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5754. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5754 


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Oct 16, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 16

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• 928 Hunters Lake Drive – generator pad installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 2216 Eddie Williams Road – generator pad installation
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – sewer line maintenance
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 12, 2017

Police Chief Mark Sirois to retire in February

Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois announced Thursday that he will retire Feb. 16, 2018. He has served as chief since June 2012.

“This decision was made after many months of careful contemplation, discussion with my wife and prayer,” Sirois said. “A great consideration during that process was, ‘Am I leaving this department at a higher level of professionalism and achievement?’ And the conclusion I came to was yes. I am fortunate to have come into this office well positioned for success, thanks to my predecessors and their commitment to quality and excellence. The real success of this department, though, must be attributed to the men and women who selflessly serve and keep safe our community each and every day. They are the true heroes.”
Sirois took over the department following the retirement of Chief John Lowry. It was a final step in a 20-year span of climbing the ranks of the department.
Sirois earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in December 1991. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division in 1994 and was promoted to patrol sergeant the following year. He joined the department’s Administrative Division in 1997, heading up the Planning and Research Unit. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1999 and earned the rank of captain in January 2003. In June 2010, he was promoted to operations major, a position he held until being named interim chief in May 2012.
“Chief Sirois has spent 26 years faithfully serving Johnson City, and he is highly respected not just here but across the state,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “He is one of the most level-headed, judicious men I have ever known. He’s wise and fair and cares deeply about the well-being of others, and that extends to both his officers and our citizens. This is a loss for our organization but we are grateful for the legacy he leaves.”
One of the hallmarks of his tenure as chief has been the advancement of community policing in Johnson City. Community policing encourages cooperation and collaboration with citizens to solve short- and long-term community problems. Under his leadership, the Police Department initiated the grant-funded Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project in the Mountain Home/Downtown areas, which proved to be an effective platform for reducing crime and enhancing public safety with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.
Sirois and friend Bill Coleman formed the Johnson City Community Roundtable about three years ago to foster positive relations between the Police Department and the community. The group supports initiatives that increase communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect one for another.
“To serve this community as a police officer for nearly 26 years has been a dream come true and to serve this department and City as chief of police for the past five and a half years has been a special honor, of which I remain humbled and privileged,” Sirois said. “This career has satisfied my calling, which I believe is to serve others and positively impact lives. While I’m not sure the exact way in which I will do that starting next February, I know it is something I will continue.”
Sirois is a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), and served several years as chairman of that organization’s Alarm Management Committee. He was appointed by the governor to represent TACP on the State Homeland Security Council. He has served as chairman of the Tennessee District 1 Homeland Security Law Enforcement Committee for several years.
He has boosted the department’s officer recruitment program through a wide spectrum of initiatives, including community level recruitment, one-to-one personal recruitment, outreach to educational institutions, and recruitment outreach to diverse populations.
During his tenure, Sirois has been progressive in addressing employee morale and job fulfillment through an open-door policy, employee recognition, career development and training, and equipment and technology enhancements. He has brought a personal touch to the chief’s office.
“Under his leadership, the department has grown and realized numerous improvements in service levels and delivery,” Peterson said. “He will be missed but we wish him well as he enjoys his next phase of life and continued service to others.”
The City’s Human Resources Department will begin an immediate search for Sirois’ successor, utilizing resources from professional organizations across the state and country to recruit applicants.

“We will mirror the process we recently used during the search for a Fire chief,” HR Director Steve Willis said. “We’ll keep the job posted 
initially for 30-45 days then take a look at the applicant pool and determine next steps.” 

CONTACT:
Chief Mark Sirois
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6159

CONTACT: Chief Mark Sirois
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6159

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