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Jan 12, 2017

WSS offers tips for protecting pipes

Cold weather has arrived, and that can mean bad news for water pipes. The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their pipes. These precautions are especially important when homeowners are out of town and temperatures are below freezing.
• Eliminate drafts – Keep doors and windows in the basement and garage tightly closed. Close off crawl space vents and doors, and seal cracks in basement or crawl space walls.
• Insulate – Insulate pipes in unheated portions of the house such as exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements, cabinets or any enclosure where air can't circulate. Be alert for damp insulation; water soaked insulation can cause a freeze-up.
• Protect meter – Make sure the meter box cover is not broken, missing or ajar. These conditions allow freezing cold air to penetrate the box's insulation. Report missing or broken covers to the Water and Sewer Services Department at (423)461-1645.
• Protect outside faucets – Outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected and drained. Any space between faucet and exterior wall should be caulked. Check with your plumber about frost-proof faucets.
• Drain pipes if leaving town – When away from home for extended periods and heat is not left on, turn water off at cutoff and drain the lines.
• Leave faucet running – When temperatures reach low teens, leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one tap. It is important to note, however, that faucets left running may have an adverse effect on septic tanks. Other precautions should be taken.
• Open cabinet doors – If a sink is on an outside wall, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach water pipes.
• Thaw carefully – Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe. Use hot air from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner exhaust, heat tape or light bulb.
• Locate shut-off valve – Don't wait until a water pipe is broken to find the shut-off valve. While the Water and Sewer Services Department is responding to your emergency call, you will be able to minimize your damage by quickly stopping the flow of water. The City's plumbing code requires a shut-off valve. This is usually located inside near where the main water line enters the house. It may also be located in the basement, beneath the floor, in the garage or utility room. Check with your builder or plumber to assist in locating the shut-off valve.

For more information about water pipe maintenance, contact Water and Sewer Services at (423)461-1645.

CONTACT:
Steve Harsh, water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636

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Jan 12, 2017

Senior Services to offer Mental Health Fair

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer adults 50 and older a free Mental Health Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. Discussions will cover depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, PTSD, borderline personality disorders, and treatments.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information and to register.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jan 12, 2017

Tri-Cities Senior Softball League accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Tri-Cities Senior Softball League, a slow-pitch league for men ages 60 and older of all skill levels. League play begins in March, and Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer winter conditioning for all players at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 2. A softball camp will be held in late February.
Registration forms are available at MPCC, Winged Deer Park, and online at www.tricitiesseniorsoftball.com/. Fee is $40 per player, which includes hat and T-shirt. An organizational meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at MPCC.
Games will be played at Winged Deer Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays through November. The season will include intra-league games, tournaments, and regional play.
For more information, contact Jim Hastings at (423)491-0444, Ron Settle at (423)538-9612 or Charlie Mattioli at (423)543-1962.

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

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Jan 12, 2017

Basketball officials, scorekeepers needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking basketball officials and scorekeepers. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Background checks will be conducted. For more information, please call (423)283-5822 or visit the Athletic Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825

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Jan 12, 2017

MPCC Fitness EXPO set for Tuesday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free Fitness EXPO for all ages on Tuesday (Jan. 17) from 5-7 p.m. Participants will be introduced to fitness equipment and classes such as Piloxing, Zumba, P90X, Yoga, Silver Sneakers®, and pool aerobics. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5749.

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


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Jan 12, 2017

PAC to offer Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint event

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Participants ages 2-5 can wear their pajamas while painting and eating pancakes. All art supplies will be provided. Cost is $5.
Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Princeton Arts Center or by calling (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801


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Jan 11, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 14), Wesley United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast featuring Anthony Duane Hancock, former University of Tennessee and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver. Tickets are available at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., for $15 a person or $120 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
On MLK Jr. Day, Monday (Jan. 16), the following events will be held at Carver Rec:
• Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., open to all ages. Youth will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is provided in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Join the Carver staff in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with food and musical entertainment.
In conjunction with the Carver events will be:
• United for Change Unity Walk and Program: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unity walk will begin and end at Greater Love International Church, 130 Garden Drive, with program immediately to follow. Chili will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please call (423)434-2749 or email pastor@thegreaterlove.com for more information.

CONTACT:
Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
(423)461-8830

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Jan 09, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Jan. 9

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

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – water line installation
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.


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Jan 09, 2017

Public forums to be held regarding Carver library name

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two public forums regarding the naming of the library at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. The proposed names include:
• Dorothy Christman
• Eugene Gillespie
• Georgia Gillespie
• Herb Greenlee
• Samantha Jones
• Robert McKinney
Public forums will be held:
• Jan. 12 – 4 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
• Jan. 26 – 4 p.m. at Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway (at Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s regularly scheduled meeting)
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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Jan 09, 2017

Senior Services to offer Winter Wonderland Dance featuring Shooter Band

Citizens are invited to dance the night away with Senior Services at a special Winter Wonderland Dance from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Cost is $5 per person. Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

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


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