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Aug 19, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet at 3 p.m. Aug. 21

The Aug. 21 meeting of the Freedom Hall Advisory Board has been moved to 3 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

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

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Aug 18, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to host basketball clinic

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a basketball clinic for ages 6-16 on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon. The clinic – instructed by the Milligan College men’s basketball team and led by Coach Bill Robinson – is designed for all skill levels. Fee is $10 per person.
For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851
 

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Aug 15, 2014

TCCRP wins NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program award

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is proud to honor the Johnson City Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP) with its Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Southern Region in recognition of their work in preventing crime and improving public safety. The award is given out annually at the National Forum on Criminal Justice. This year’s awards were given out at a luncheon on August 12 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

"The Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project is honored to receive this prestigious award and recognizes that the success of the program is due to the collaboration and commitment of the many partnering agencies involved," said TCCRP Director Becky Haas.
Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, the TCCRP seeks to prevent crime, rebuild neighborhoods, improve law enforcement and provide offender intervention for probationers and parolees. Program efforts include evidence-based prevention, enforcement and intervention strategies to reduce juvenile delinquency, as well implementing Data-Drive Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, crime mapping software and neighborhood and business watch initiatives. The TCCRP also collaborated with the local corrections community to create a unique probation in the state of Tennessee, a Day Reporting Center that builds coping skills, sobriety, and education and job opportunities for probationers and parolees.

“What makes the Johnson City Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project unique is the true collaboration and the willingness to find new and better ways to address crime and recidivism,” said William Scollon, director of the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs. “Between the project evaluators and the many local partners, both funded and unfunded, there is little doubt about sustainability with this project.”
Since the program began in April 2013, the TCCRP has implemented 19 initiatives to achieve its goal and Johnson City has seen overall reductions in arrests and incidents. At the Science Hill Alternative School, juvenile disciplinary actions decreased from 2.0 incidents per child to 1.6 incidents per child, while juvenile absences from the school dropped 15.8 percent. In areas of high crime targeted by TCCRP actions, the number of neighborhood incidents has decreased by 26 percent and arrests have declined by 19 percent. Business owners and residents have also reported that they feel safer and that the quality of life has improved. By the collaborative effort of the local corrections community, the program created the first probation of its kind in the state of Tennessee, a Day Reporting Center that builds coping skills, sobriety, education, and job opportunities, as well works to reduce recidivism for probationers and parolees.

The NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are given out annually to five criminal justice programs as a way to seek out and share successful criminal justice programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. The winning programs are innovative and can document concrete results. Programs are evaluated on the following dimensions:

• Address an important criminal justice issue;
• Demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies and disciplines
• Provide quantitative evidence of accomplishing program goals;
• Are a good example of used of federal funds to initiate the program that is subsequently supported through state and local funds or is self-sustaining; and
• Can be easily replicated in other jurisdictions.

For more information on NCJA, please visit http://www.ncja.org. To learn more about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program awards and view previous winners visit http://ncja.org/outstanding-criminal-justice-program-awards. 
 
 

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Aug 15, 2014

Palmer promoted to JCFD captain

The Johnson City Fire Department is pleased to announce that Jerome A. Palmer has been promoted to the rank of captain in the Fire Suppression Division. Capt. Palmer is a 21-year veteran of the JCFD and is a second generation firefighter. Prior to joining the City of Johnson City, Capt. Palmer was a Jonesborough firefighter for two years.
“His years of experience and training combined with a strong educational background has proven to be a great asset to the department,” said Chief Mark Scott, noting that Capt. Palmer holds a master’s degree in executive leadership, a bachelor’s degree in political science, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program.
Capt. Palmer has served as interim captain since October 2013. This position required him to supervise the operations of nine fire stations, 12 pieces of fire equipment, and 36 personnel. Chief Scott said that Capt. Palmer excelled in the position, demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and strong values.

CONTACT:
Chief Mark Scott
Johnson City Fire Department
(423)975-2840
 

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Aug 15, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 15-24

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street) – curb and gutter installation. One lane closed during construction. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Cedar Creek & Bobby Hicks Hwy - Waterline replacement
• Bryant Lane - Waterline extension; lane closures at Indian Ridge
• Ned King - Water lateral replacement
• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel - Waterline extension
• Winged Deer Park - Waterline Maintenance

Thomas Construction:
Galvanized Waterline Replacements – McKinley, S. Barton, Burleson, S. Center, First Street, S. Beech (all located between W. Market and McKinley)

Summers-Taylor:
SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) - TDOT’s Contractor – Water & Sewer Replacement
Interstate 26 @ SR-75 Exit (Bobby Hicks) – TDOT’s Contractor – Water Replacement 

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Aug 13, 2014

JC Community Concert Band to play Monday at MPCC

The Johnson City Community Concert Band will perform a free concert at the Memorial Park Community Center Amphitheatre, 510 Bert St., at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 18).
Parks and Recreation invites you to bring the family for this special outdoor show, which will feature a variety of musical selections including showtunes, James Bond themes, and marches.
For more information, please call (423)283-5815.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827
 

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Aug 13, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Aug. 21

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Aug. 21 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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Aug 12, 2014

Wastewater facilities earn six awards in July

The City of Johnson City’s wastewater treatment facilities recently received a total of six awards from two separate organizations.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the City’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant with its fourth consecutive Gold Peak Performance Award. Gold status recognizes treatment facilities that have achieved 100 percent compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for an entire calendar year. The Brush Creek and Knob Creek wastewater treatment plants achieved Silver status. While Silver awards allow for up to five NPDES permit violations in a calendar year, both of those facilities had just one.
The other three awards came from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. Each plant was recognized for Operational Excellence for achieving permit compliance with no more than one NPDES permit violation.
Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services, attributed the awards to investments in infrastructure and a vigilant operations staff.
“This continued high level of compliance is a reflection of the City Commission’s investment on behalf of our customers to provide the necessary funding to keep facilities reliable and positioned for future growth,” Witherspoon said. “And our employees provide round-the-clock oversight 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year to ensure protection of the environment.”
The Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – serving Boones Creek, Gray and the Tri-Cities Airport areas – processes 1 billion gallons a year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves Central, West, and South Johnson City and processes 3.7 billion gallons a year. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves North Johnson City and processes 1.3 billion gallons a year. Approximately 8,000 analytical tests and more than 24,000 internal process control tests are conducted on an annual basis to ensure compliance.

CONTACT:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6061

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Aug 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 8-17

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street) – curb and gutter installation. One lane closed during construction. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects

• Cedar Creek and Bobby Hicks Highway – Waterline replacement
• Bryant Lane – Waterline extension; lane closures at Indian Ridge
• Ned King – Water lateral replacement
• 3411 North St. – Manhole installation and waterline maintenance
• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel – Waterline extension
• Winged Deer Park – Waterline maintenance 
 
Thomas Construction
Galvanized waterline replacements – McKinley, S. Barton, Burleson, S. Center, First Street, S. Beech (all located between W. Market and McKinley)

Summers-Taylor (TDOT projects)
SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water and sewer replacement
Interstate 26 @ SR 75 Exit (Bobby Hicks) – water replacement 

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Aug 05, 2014

Citizens invited to complete Senior Services survey

Senior Services is asking for citizens’ input to assist in planning programs and events at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. A survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeniorServices-MPCC. Those without access to a computer can visit the lab at MPCC Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The staff of Senior Services values your input.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

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

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