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Nov 25, 2014

City of Johnson City awarded Family Justice Center grant

The state’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) has awarded the City of Johnson City a three-year, $240,000 grant to establish a Family Justice Center for Johnson City/Washington County. Administered by the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), this grant will be used to help reach the goals of Governor Bill Haslam’s Public Safety Action Plan to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents locally.
The Family Justice Center model allows a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. These teams include police officers, prosecutors, civil legal service providers, and community-based advocates. Victims can to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, interview with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, receive shelter information, and get transportation assistance, all in one location.
This grant provides funding for a full-time site coordinator. Heather Brack has been selected to fill that role, bringing experience in community development and partnership planning as well as grant management and sustainability for non-profits. Her first task is facilitating a two-year strategic planning phase and identifying a task force to assist in conducting a needs assessment of services currently available for victims of domestic and sexual violence as well as recognizing gaps in services.
“I’m excited to take on this position and am humbled by the task at hand but I understand the significance and the impact the Family Justice Center will have on those who need our support within the community,” Brack said.
Tennessee currently has two established Family Justice Centers, one in Knoxville and one in Memphis. Nashville, Cookeville, and Chattanooga obtained Family Justice Center grants last year.
“We were thrilled to be selected as one of the sites to join in this statewide initiative. The City of Johnson City and the Johnson City Police Department have a history of seeking out community partnerships in order to build successful collaborative projects” said Chief Mark Sirois.

CONTACT:
Becky Haas, director
Targeted Community Crime Reduction
(423)434-6105

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Nov 25, 2014

Johnson City Senior Chorale December concert schedule announced

Johnson City Senior Services has announced the Senior Chorale December concert schedule:
• Dec. 4 – Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services Lobby. The Senior Chorale will be joined by two performing groups for an afternoon of musical expression.
o Heart Strings – 3 p.m., instrumental performance
o Musical Voices – 3:30 p.m., hymns and patriotic songs
o Senior Chorale – 4 p.m., well-known Christmas numbers and folk songs
• Dec. 6 – 12:15 p.m., Jonesborough’s annual Christmas Town Stroll
• Dec. 12 – 6:15 p.m., Jonesborough Art Center, joining the Jonesborough Chorus performance of the Polar Express
• Dec. 13 – 2 p.m., Tipton Haynes Historic Site
• Dec. 18 – 3 p.m., Johnson City Mall (in front of JCPenney)
• Dec. 18 – 5 p.m., Tupelo Honey
• Dec. 20 – noon, Dollywood (just inside entrance)
These performances are made possible by funding provided by the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation and by Arts Build Communities, which is funded through Tennessee specialty license plate sales, and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Johnson City Area Arts Council. Senior Chorale is under the direction of Cherry Smith and accompanist Barbara Knisley.
For more information call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Nov 24, 2014

FYI: Christmas parade set for Dec. 6

The first Saturday in December is the official date for Johnson City’s Christmas Parade and East Tennessee State University’s Winter Celebration.
This special event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, with the parade winding through downtown Johnson City to the ETSU campus, bringing friends and family home and the community together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. In years past, the Christmas Parade has featured over 80 entries, including festive floats, bands, decorated vehicles, dance troupes, and equestrian and community groups.
The 2014 Grand Marshals are Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin, Vice Mayor Clayton Stout and Commissioners Jeff Banyas, Jenny Brock and David Tomita. The most anticipated guests are at the end of the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, riding in the Firehouse Restaurant’s vintage 1925 fire truck.
The parade will begin at 3 p.m. (note: this is an earlier time than originally published), along the same route as last year. Staging begins at 1pm on E. State of Franklin and will include turns onto Colonial Way, to East Main, Buffalo and West Walnut streets before ending at the ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza at 1276 Gilbreath Drive. ETSU will host free music, pictures with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and holiday stories.
Local organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate and compete for the Christmas Parade Star Award given to the Top 3 best parade entries. Participant information and application forms are online at http://downtownjc.org, deadline to enter is December 3. Paper applications are available at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Johnson City Public Library, Hands On Museum and at Nelson’s Fine Art Gallery.
For more information on the Christmas Parade, email Deanna Hays of Friends of Olde Downtowne at blueplumdirector@gmail.com. For information on the ETSU Winter Celebration, email info@etsu.edu.
To stay up-to-date on events, festivals, parades and announcements, “Like” the Friends of Olde Downtowne on Facebook at facebook.com/friendsofoldedowntowne.

CONTACT:
Deanna Hays - (423)797-6449
blueplumdirector@gmail.com

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Nov 24, 2014

JCPD offers holiday shopping safety tips

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department would like to offer citizens the following safety tips.
• One of the best philosophies to fight theft is simple: “Harden the target.” Do not become an easy victim – keep valuables not only locked away but hidden. A burglar is much more likely to take something that is left in plain sight.
• Try to shop during busier hours – the crowds may be larger but there will be more people nearby to help if you need it.
• Don’t shop alone. Go with a friend or family member when possible.
• Do not leave purses unattended in shopping carts.
• Do not carry large amounts of cash.
• Always lock your vehicle, in parking lots and at home.
• Be alert for telephone and internet scams. Do not give out personal information. Only make online purchases from secure, trustworthy websites.
• Most importantly, be aware of personal safety. Be aware of what and who is around you. Park in well-lit spaces, and keep your keys in your hand when going in and out of stores – the less time you stand in a parking lot trying to unlock a car and place packages inside, the better. As you leave the store, stop and scan the area between you and your vehicle. If you see something suspicious, go back inside the store and contact store security or call 911.

“Being the victim of a crime can certainly dampen the holiday spirit,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “These common sense measures can help everyone stay safe and enjoy the season.”

CONTACT:
Maj. Karl Turner
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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Nov 24, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 24

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements
• Medtech Sewer Lift Station – concrete pads

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:
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. 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.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

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Nov 21, 2014

Volunteers needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering four appointments to the Board of Building Codes. These vacancies include an architectural representative, a commercial building representative, an engineering representative, and a state- or city-certified gas/mechanical contractor. Applicants must be City residents.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org or may obtain one by calling the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 4.

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

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Nov 20, 2014

Water, sewer work to cause Indian Ridge closure Monday

Indian Ridge Road – between High Street, Miller Street and Sells Avenue – will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 24) for replacement of a sewer manhole and water line modifications. This work zone will be impassable to all traffic including emergency vehicles.

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

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Nov 20, 2014

HZC November meeting canceled

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (set for Tuesday, Nov. 25) has been canceled. The next meeting will take place Dec. 23 at noon in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Matthew Young, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073 

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Nov 19, 2014

MPCC offering Parent’s Night Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering parents a night out without the kids. On Friday, Dec. 12, from 5:30-9 p.m., children ages 3-12 will enjoy pizza, swimming, games, movies, and crafts.
Children will be split into age groups, and all participants must be potty trained. Cost is $15 for the first child; $10 for each additional child in a family. Snacks will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required and will be open online at www.myjcparks.org through Thursday, Dec. 11. Call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 19, 2014

BOC to meet Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., on Monday (Nov. 24) at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation regarding the ETSU Performing Arts Center.

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

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