Recent News

Oct 21, 2014

Skyline widening to begin Monday

On Monday (Oct. 27), Public Works crews will begin widening Skyline Drive. The road will be closed from Robin Hood Lane to Clearview Drive from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays. The project will begin at 1100 Skyline Drive and proceed southwest. Residents living southwest of the 1100 block (including Miller Crest, Anderson Ridge, and Fox Glen) will need to enter and exit their neighborhood by using Indian Ridge Road and Clearview Drive or North State of Franklin Road. Residents of the 1100 block should expect delays while this project under way.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area, as construction equipment and personnel will be present during work hours.

CONTACT:
Keith Swift, general supervisor
Public Works – Street
(423)975-2855

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Oct 20, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 20

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – restoration; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – restoration; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• Highway 75 – sewer line construction; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements

TDOT projects:
• State Route 36 (Kingsport Highway) – sewer and water 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible. 
 
 

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Oct 20, 2014

Palmer named assistant chief

The Johnson City Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Capt. Jerome Palmer to the rank of assistant chief of operations. Assistant Chief Palmer will manage the operations of the Fire Suppression Division, which is responsible for all fire response, emergency medical response, hazardous materials response, and urban search and rescue response in the city. It is the department’s largest division, consisting of 108 personnel, nine fire stations, and 15 pieces of equipment.

“Assistant Chief Palmer holistically possesses the education, training, and job experience necessary to fulfill this position,” said Chief Mark Scott. “He has always been an asset to the department, and I am confident that he will be a positive influence in moving the department forward.”

His education includes a master’s degree in executive fire leadership, a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a certification as an executive fire officer from the National Fire Academy. He has been an employee of the Johnson City Fire Department for 21 years and was previously employed by the Jonesborough Fire Department for more than two years. For five and a half years, he managed the Fire Training Division and served as coordinator for the Regional Recruit Training School. Assistant Chief Palmer also served in the rank of lieutenant in the Fire Suppression Division for nine years. He most recently held the rank of Captain for approximately one year and worked as the interim assistant chief of operations.

Assistant Chief Palmer is a lifelong resident of the area and is a second generation firefighter. His father, Franklin Palmer, was a 20-year veteran of the Johnson City Fire Department until losing a courageous battle with cancer. Assistant Chief Palmer has one son, Ethan, and one daughter, Emily. Ethan is junior at East Tennessee State University, where he is majoring in physical therapy. Emily is freshman at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she is majoring in American history and education. Assistant Chief Palmer was recently married to Melissa Dickard of Charlotte, N.C. 

Contact: Chief Mark Scott, 975-2852 
  

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Oct 15, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Oct. 23

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road. 

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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Oct 14, 2014

Cost savings, voter turnout reasons to consider municipal election date change

With early voting set to begin tomorrow – and Election Day three weeks away – the City of Johnson City wants voters to be informed about the Home Rule Charter Amendment on the ballot. This amendment states: Shall the Charter of the City of Johnson City be amended to move the election of the City Commissioners and School Board Members to coincide with the general state election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and extending the terms of the current office holders also to coincide with the general state election held in November and thereafter setting the terms of office for the Board of Commissioners and School Board Members to a term of four (4) years with the beginning of such term on the first Monday in December after the general state election?
Currently, City elections take place the fourth Tuesday in April of every other (odd) year. Commissioners and school board members take office the first Monday in May following each election.
The consideration of changing election dates primarily is based on the savings to taxpayers. The last municipal election (April 2013) cost $77,867. According to the Washington County Election Commission, the City would incur no cost should the election date be moved to coincide with the November general election cycle.
Additionally, voter turnout would likely increase significantly. Between 9 and 12 percent of registered voters have shown up over the past three City elections, whereas more than 60 percent voted in the most recent general election.
For more information regarding the Home Rule Charter Amendment, feel free to contact Assistant City Manager Charlie Stahl at 434-6002.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Oct 13, 2014

Carver Rec Halloween Festival set for Nov. 1

The annual Halloween Festival at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games. Admission is: $1 for children in costume, $2 for children not in costume, and $3 for adults. Game tickets are 50 cents each. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in three age groups.
For more information, please call Carver Rec at 461-8830.

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

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Oct 13, 2014

BOC, BOE to hold joint work sessions

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will hold joint work sessions for budget discussions on Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20. These meetings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Oct 13, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 13

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Creek Road – waterline lateral replacement
• McKinley Road and State of Franklin Road – root removal
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• University Parkway – waterline repair; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements

TDOT projects:
• State Route 36 (Kingsport Highway) – sewer and water 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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Oct 10, 2014

Indian Ridge closure set for week of Oct. 20

Sewer rehabilitation work on Indian Ridge Road (from Market Street to Harding Avenue) has been postponed due to rain. The updated advisory is as follows:
Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Harding Avenue: Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, Indian Ridge Road from West Market Street to Harding Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. while approximately 350 linear feet of sewer line is excavated and replaced. This is expected to take four days, weather permitting.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Oct 10, 2014

Applications being accepted for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service grievances and meets quarterly. Each term is two years.

Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or may be mailed or faxed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at (423)434-6195. 

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021
  

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