2012 News Archive

Dec 27, 2012

Put your Christmas tree to good use after the holidays

The City of Johnson City, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, and Keep Johnson City Beautiful are now collecting Christmas trees as part of the annual tREeCYCLE program. TWRA will place the trees in area lakes to create fish habitats, enhancing not only the overall aquatic habitat of our lakes but also fishing opportunities for local anglers.

Real Christmas trees (cleared of any decorations) will be accepted for drop-off through Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Winged Deer Park Boat Ramp parking lot on Carroll Creek Road. Trees should be placed at the northwest side of the parking lot below the recycling drop-off station.

Johnson City residents with regular garbage/recycling collection may place their trees at the curb for pickup through Saturday, Jan. 19. These customers are advised to keep Christmas trees separate from brush to ensure the trees will be designated for the tREeCYCLE program.

For more information, please call Keep Johnson City Beautiful Coordinator Eva Hunter at 979-6318.

CONTACT:
Eva Hunter, coordinator
Keep Johnson City Beautiful
(423)979-6318

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Dec 21, 2012

Memorial Park Community Center upcoming programs announced

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs:
• Home School PE; $3 per class or $5 per week; under way now
Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2 p.m., ages 6-18. Home-schooled youth are invited to participate in doge ball, basketball, and other fun activities.
• Dustin Mohr Boot Camp; $50 per month; begins Jan. 2
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8-9 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 18 and older. Boot Camp will offer an intense workout and calorie-burning activities with a mix of strength and flexibility training and muscular endurance. Participants will get a total-body, fat-burning workout.
• Teen Strength and Conditioning; $3 per class; begins Jan. 3
Tuesday and Thursday, 3-4 p.m., ages 13-18. This class is for teens interested in learning how to build muscle and strength. All fitness levels are welcome.
• Get Fit; $25 per month or $3 per class; begins Jan. 3
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 18 and older. Get Fit is a fun aerobics class guaranteed to get participants moving. All fitness levels are welcome.
• Sewing Class; $95 for six-week class; begins Jan. 8
Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., all ages. This six-week course will cover basic sewing machine operations and guide sheet terminology. Students will complete a simple garment.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851

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Dec 21, 2012

HZC neighborhood meeting set for Jan. 14

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 to discuss expansion of the downtown historic district. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073

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Dec 21, 2012

Legion Rec offering karate, yoga in January

Legion Recreation Center, 111 Legion St., will offer the following programs starting Jan. 3:
• Karate, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon
• Yoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-1 p.m.
Classes are open to ages 18 and older. Cost is $25 per month or $3 per class.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)461-4851

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Dec 21, 2012

Planning Commission workshop scheduled for Jan. 4

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop at noon on Friday, Jan. 4 to discuss proposed Zoning Map amendments concerning the Design Overlay district. This workshop will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

For more information, please contact the Development Services Department at 434-6071.

CONTACT:
Angie Charles, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6059

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Dec 18, 2012

Keep your holiday from going up in flames

For most, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to Johnson City Fire Department (JCFD), many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage, and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even further.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Jonathan Fulmer. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”
Fortunately, with a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody.

“By taking some preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb, most home fires can be prevented,” Fulmer said.

With unattended cooking as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries, Fulmer says to stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, or broiling food. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. The Fire Department also suggests creating a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics show almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles. The JCFD encourages Johnson City residents to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over, and are placed on uncluttered surfaces. Avoid using candles in the bedroom where one-third of U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep. Lastly, never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

According to the NFPA, U.S. fire departments respond to 230 home structure fires caused by Christmas trees each year. One of every three of them is caused by electrical problems, and one in five resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. The JCFD offers the following advice for picking, placing and lighting the tree:
• If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
• If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched; before placing it in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.
• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles, and heat vents or lights.
• Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.
• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
• Utilize the City of Johnson City tREeCYCLE Program – (Day after Christmas - third Saturday in January) Holiday trees can be placed curbside for residential collection. Trees may also be unloaded at the Winged Deer Park boat ramp parking lot. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency creates fish habitats in area lakes by sinking the trees.
• After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.
• Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

By following these fire prevention tips and measure, the JCFD says you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home, and enjoy a safe holiday season.

“The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs,” Fulmer said. “By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.”

Visit www.nfpa.org/holiday for more information and safety tips.


Contact:
Assistant Fire Marshal Jonathan Fulmer
(423)434-6182
jfulmer@johnsoncitytn.org

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Dec 13, 2012

BOC workshop set for next Thursday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss FY 2014-2018 Capital Improvement Plan.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022

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Dec 11, 2012

Applications being accepted for Industrial Development Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider seven appointments to the Industrial Development Board. The Industrial Development Board was created as a means of financing business/industrial facilities that would create employment and economic growth.

Potential appointees must be residents of the city and should be interested in community affairs. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Industrial Development Board may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Community Relations Department, or call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To download an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards.

For more information, please contact Mitch Miller at (423)202-3510 Ext. 105 or miller@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022

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Dec 06, 2012

Two JCPD officers promoted

Chief Mark Sirois is pleased to announce the promotion of two officers within the Johnson City Police Department, effective Dec. 1, 2012.
“The retirement of Chief Lowry and subsequent promotions left a lieutenant and sergeant position to be filled,” Chief Sirois said. “We are fortunate that our department employs many qualified officers who have prepared themselves for promotion. The latest, Lt. Billy Church and Sgt. Jim Tallmadge, earned their new ranks through years of experience and professional accomplishments. I commend them – as well as the other candidates – for their commitment to our department and the safety of our community.”
The officers, their new ranks, and brief biographical sketches are below:
Lt. Billy Church – Church is an 18-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, serving in a number of capacities including, most recently, sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division. He has been a patrol officer, a sergeant on Platoon 1, and an investigator specializing in white collar/internet crime. Church brings to his new position knowledge obtained from several leadership/management schools including Police Executive Development, the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management Academy, and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He also is a 2008 graduate of the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy. In his new role, Church has returned to patrol and serves as assistant watch commander for Platoon 1.
Sgt. Jim Tallmadge – Tallmadge joined the Johnson City Police Department more than 15 years ago, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. He has served as a patrol officer on Platoon 4, a field training officer, and most recently as the designated community policing officer for Platoon 4. Tallmadge also has worked as an assistant in the Accreditation Office, is on the department’s Recruiting Team, and is an Honor Guard member. He is a certified evidence technician and radar instructor. Tallmadge will use His experience as a traffic officer and member of the Traffic Crash Reconstruction team in his new role as sergeant on the Traffic Unit.

CONTACT:
Mark Sirois, chief
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6147

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Dec 05, 2012

Carver announces Christmas youth programs

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host the following free Christmas programs for youth:
• Youth Christmas Caroling: Dec. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Youth are invited to sing along to Christmas carols and exchange handmade Christmas cards.
• Christmas Crafts: Dec. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Participants will make ornaments to decorate the Carver Christmas tree.
• Youth Christmas Party: Dec. 20, 3-5 p.m., ages 6-12. This Christmas celebration is open to those participating in Carver youth programs.

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

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Dec 05, 2012

Property taxes due by end of year

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2012 are due by Monday, Dec. 31. Postmarks of Dec. 31, 2012 or earlier will be honored. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 2, 2013.
The City is not responsible for remittance errors made by banks, mortgage companies or taxpayers and therefore cannot waive penalties and interest resulting from such errors.
Taxes may be paid at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Payments also can be made online at www.johnsoncitytn.org or may be mailed to the City of Johnson City, PO Box 2227, Johnson City, TN 37605.

CONTACT:
Janet Jennings, director
Finance
(423)434-6033

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Dec 03, 2012

Golf Advisory Board to meet next week

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Pro Shop.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Nov 30, 2012

UPDATE: Waterline break located; service expected to be restored by 8 p.m.

1:04 p.m.
Water and Sewer Services crews have located and are working to repair the break in a waterline that caused customers in the Liberty Bell service area to lose water pressure or service beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. While service was restored to most early this morning, Freedom Hall and several buildings on the Liberty Bell Complex remained without water. Service is expected to be restored to those remaining buildings by 8 p.m.
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7:09 a.m.

 

Water and Sewer Services crews have worked through the night to find the source of a break that caused customers in the Liberty Bell service area to lose water pressure or service beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This included customers near Science Hill and Liberty Bell, along John Exum Parkway, and as far east as the Baxter Street area. Through isolating segments of waterlines in the area, it was determined that the line segment in question is an 1,100-foot section of pipe that directly affects three buildings on the Liberty Bell Complex as well as Freedom Hall. Normal service was restored for all other customers early Friday morning. Crews are continuing efforts to isolate and repair the break.

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MEDIA ALERT… MEDIA ALERT … MEDIA ALERT … MEDIA ALERT

 

Nov. 29, 2012

9:49 p.m.

  

A possible water main break has been reported in the area of Science Hill/Liberty Bell, affecting customers as far east as Baxter Street. Water and Sewer Services crews are working to locate and repair the break. Water service will be restored as soon as possible. Further information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Nov 30, 2012

Parents invited to have child’s ID card made

Parents are invited to the following free Kid Print events to receive a photo identification card for their child. Johnson City Police officers will be on hand at the following locations to provide the ID cards, which can be useful tools if a child is missing. Each card includes the child’s photo, fingerprint, date of birth, height and weight. Please call (423)434-6143 for more information.
• Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Walmart, 2915 W. Market St.
• Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5-9 p.m.
Fuddruckers, 2519 Knob Creek Road
• Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5-9 p.m.
Earth Fare, 1735 W. State of Franklin Road

CONTACT:
Sgt. Van Mominee
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6143

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Nov 30, 2012

State of Franklin lane closures planned for next week

Two lanes of State of Franklin Road – one eastbound, one westbound – between Buffalo and Sevier streets will be closed starting Monday (Dec. 3) at approximately 8 a.m. as part of the Downtown Brush Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project. One lane will remain open in each direction. The closure will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) or until the work is complete.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Nov 29, 2012

Section of Commerce, Roan to be closed Monday, Tuesday

A section of North Commerce Street and the southbound lane of North Roan Street will be closed Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 3-4) while waterline maintenance is performed. The closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Southbound traffic on North Roan will be shifted into the center turn lane.

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

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Nov 28, 2012

Memorial Park Community Center programs announced

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs beginning Monday, Dec. 10:
French Classes – $60 for six-week session or $10 per class
o Tuesday, 5-6 p.m., preschool-age children. Class will focus on French culture through fun activities for younger children.
o Thursday, 5-6 p.m., ages 18 and older. Adult classes will experience French culture and civilization and learn speaking, writing, and reading French.
Lunch Time Crunch, Shape, and Sculpt – $25 per month or $3 per class
o Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m.-noon OR noon-1 p.m. This is the perfect class for people with busy schedules. Come by on your lunch break for a quick workout that will be sure to energize you for the rest of the day.
Self Defense – $3 per class
o Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3 p.m., ages 18 and older. This class will target seniors and adults who want to be stronger and gain self-confidence.
Kickboxing – $25 per month or $3 per class
o Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 18 and older. Mix up your routine with balance, coordination, and strength-building moves in this high intensity class.
Ballet – $20 per month.
Classes will teach the fundamentals of ballet along with motor skills.
o Monday, 4:30-5 p.m., ages 5-8
o Monday, 7:30-8 p.m., ages 5-10
o Wednesday, 3-3:30 p.m., ages 3-5
o Wednesday, 3:30-4 p.m., ages 5-10 (beginners)
o Friday, 4:30-5 p.m., ages 5-10
o Saturday, 11-11:30 a.m., ages 3-4
o Saturday, 12:30-1p.m., ages 5-7
o Saturday, 4:30-5 p.m., ages 7-10
Busy Bees Preschool Storytelling – $3 per hour
o Monday through Friday, 8-10 a.m., ages 2-5. This fun movement and high energy class will focus on using kinesthetic learning and storytelling.
Super Saturday – $3 per class
o Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., ages 18 and older. This class is core strength and conditioning with an emphasis on interval training. There will be a variety of movements such as sprinting, jumping rope, weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and constantly varied, high intensity movement. All skill levels welcome; all exercises can be modified.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)283-5851




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Nov 26, 2012

Parks and Rec board meeting set for Thursday

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 29) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please contact Missy Hollifield at mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org or (423)283-5815.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, administrative coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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Nov 16, 2012

November HZC meeting canceled

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will not meet on Nov. 27. The next HZC meeting is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Jessica Coomer, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073

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Nov 16, 2012

Volunteers needed to serve on JCPB board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Johnson City Power Board. This board serves as a liaison between the Power Board’s customers and management, establishing policies, regulations and rate structures. Appointees serve four-year terms.
A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving may download an application at www.johnsoncitytn.org; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022

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Nov 15, 2012

Volunteer needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering an appointment to the Historic Zoning Commission. This commission places conservation and historic zoning to ensure the preservation of structures of historic value to Johnson City.

Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may download an application at www.johnsoncitytn.org; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 14. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Nov 13, 2012

Commissioners to meet tomorrow morning

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 14) at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss a Waste Management contract.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022

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Nov 13, 2012

Buffalo Mountain salamander program set for Saturday

Buffalo Mountain Park provides the perfect habitat for the elusive salamander. On Saturday, (Nov. 17) from 10 a.m. to noon, biologist Dale Ledford will reveal why salamanders are so at home in Northeast Tennessee and how they survive in Buffalo Mountain Park. Participants will take a brief hike to the Hartsell Hollow Creek area to look for some pre-hibernating salamanders in the uplands and will discover why a salamander is more than just a pretty face.
Those interested are asked to pre-register by Friday (Nov. 16). Participants should dress according to weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear for hiking.
Call (423)283-5821 for more information.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Nov 13, 2012

Tree and Landscape Board to meet Dec. 4

The Tree and Landscape Board meetings scheduled for Nov. 27 and Dec. 25 have been canceled. The board instead will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Works Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
Meetings will resume on the fourth Tuesday of each month in 2013.

CONTACT:
Pat Walding, city forester
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2681

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Nov 13, 2012

West Market, North Commerce closures extended

West Market Street – from Buffalo Street through the intersection with North Commerce Street – and North Commerce – from West Market to West Main Street – will be closed to through traffic for approximately one more week. These roads are scheduled to reopen by Thursday, Nov. 22.
Emergency vehicles and buses will not be able to pass through this closure. Detours will be in place, and the parking lot on the east side of Buffalo will be open and available for access to businesses.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Nov 13, 2012

Three lanes of State of Franklin to be closed tomorrow

Three lanes of West State of Franklin Road – between the intersection of Buffalo and Sevier streets – will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 14) from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. as part of the Downtown Brush Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor project.
Emergency vehicles and buses will be able to pass through this lane closure. Flaggers will be present to control traffic through the one open lane.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Nov 09, 2012

Save the date to trot with the turkey

The seventh annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fitness Walk is set for Thanksgiving morning. Register today and make it a part of your holiday tradition!

When: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Legion Recreation Center, 111 Legion St.
Fees: Before Nov. 16: $20; After Nov. 16: $25. 
Registration: Early registration deadline is Nov. 16. (Early registrants are guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt). There will be no race day registration.

How to register:
• Register online at www.jcturkeytrot.org or download a form from the website, print and mail your form to: Up & At ’Em Turkey Trot 5K, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Forms may also be dropped off at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., until Nov. 16.
• Late registrations will be accepted online at www.jcturkeytrot.org until midnight Nov. 18 and at Legion Recreation Center from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 20 and from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 21.

For more information about the 5K USATF Certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, please visit www.jcturkeytrot.org.

Please check the course map located on the website for road closures and designated parking areas. Some road closures will occur as early as 7:30 a.m. on race day.

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

 

 

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Nov 07, 2012

City requesting citizen input

The City of Johnson City would like your feedback on the services and amenities in our community. A survey that will help our Board of Commissioners develop a strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for the next several decades is now available at
www.n-r-c.com/survey/johnsoncity.htm.
“Participation in this survey is very important,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “Johnson City is innovative and provides exceptional services – we have many national and state awards to show for that. But at the end of the day, this community belongs to our citizens, and we would like to hear how they think we are doing.”
Results from The National Citizen Survey will be used by city commissioners for goal setting, budgeting, program planning, and performance measurement.
“Our elected officials take our citizens’ input very seriously as they make decisions that shape our community,” Peterson said.
The survey will be available online through Friday, Nov. 30.
The National Citizen Survey is sponsored by the International City/County Management Association in cooperation with National Research Center Inc. The questionnaire and survey procedure were designed based on the experience of hundreds of local governments, ranging in size from small to large. Scientific sampling and weighting of the responses in each city ensure accurate and reliable results.

CONTACT:
Lora Grogg, budget manager
Administration
(423)434-6196

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Nov 06, 2012

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. This advisory board is charged with recommending procedures regarding the promotion and development of golf facilities to the city manager. The duties of the board are advisory rather than policy-making.
A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To obtain applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information about Johnson City Golf or the advisory board, please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838.

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

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Nov 06, 2012

Parks and Recreation announces 2012 Wall of Fame inductees

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announced this year’s Wall of Fame inductees at a luncheon Tuesday. Inductees will be honored at the Wall of Fame Banquet, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Memorial Park Community Center.

The inductees are:

Ed Herbert
Henry Joy III
Brenda Whitson

Ed Herbert
Herbert has been affiliated with the Parks and Recreation Department for 13 years in his current role of vice president of communications and marketing for Mountain States Health Alliance and served as an assistant coach for four years when his children were in elementary school in the 1990s.

Herbert has worked on various projects, including keeping the annual Wall of Fame event going by helping find funding through Mountain States Health Alliance. Mountain States also has been a strong supporter of community events like the lakeside concert and movie series. Herbert served as a link between Parks and Recreation and the Mountain States Foundation, making possible other events such as the MSHA Team Member Softball Tournament, the Together 4 Kids Walk, and the Dragon Boat Festival.

His community involvement includes the United Way campaign, Kiwanis Club of Johnson City, Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House, Mountain States Foundation, Johnson City Symphony, Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church.


Henry Joy III
Joy began assisting his dad and Wall of Fame member Henry Joy Jr. coach the Truckers in Johnson City National Little League in 1964. Two years later, he became the coach of the East-Tenn Mills Knitters, which later became the Sockers. He remained the Sockers’ coach for 28 years, retiring in 1994.

His involvement with the parks system also included a three-year stint as summer playground director at Powell Square from 1968-1971. Joy was a teacher for 35 years, 24 of which were in the Johnson City School System.

Joy has been a true volunteer for Parks and Recreation. He never coached his own children but was instrumental in instilling strong values in many other young men. Joy was an inspiration for his fellow coaches. He was awarded the Bud Rutherford Award for dedicated service to the youth of Johnson City Little League in 1982.


Brenda Whitson
Whitson worked for Parks and Recreation from 1975-1981 as office manager. During that time, she volunteered in a variety of capacities such as assisting Leon Capps with assigning referees, umpires and scorekeepers. She also helped with: concession operations at Legion Recreation Center, wrestling and boxing events, roller skating, and high school football games at Memorial Stadium.

Whitson is now executive director of the Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, a title she has held since 1994. This role has allowed Whitson to continue her support of Parks and Recreation by soliciting major events for the city. She was actively involved in bringing 15 ASA National Softball Tournaments to Johnson City. In 2008, she brought the USA/ASA Women’s Olympic Softball team to Johnson City for an exhibition game with Milligan College that was played at Cardinal Park, bringing the second largest crowd outside Oklahoma City to see Team USA play.

Whitson was instrumental in bidding and bringing the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association to Winged Deer Park in 2001 and 2012. In addition, she has secured national baseball championships and fishing tournaments, generating millions of dollars of economic impact for Johnson City.

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

  

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Nov 06, 2012

Hands-on program to honor veterans set for Saturday at WDP

Parks and Recreation invites citizens of all ages to join period re-enactors and living historians at a hands-on event honoring our veterans on Saturday (Nov. 10). Take a Walk in Their Boots – A Military Adventure will take place at the Winged Deer Park Lakefront Festival Plaza from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Participants will be able to see the differences in a soldier’s life from the Revolutionary War up through wartime in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Learn what a paratrooper took with him as he jumped out of the aircraft. Taste the rations. See what soldiers did to occupy themselves during down time. Review weapons used throughout history. Appreciate displays on women’s wartime roles. Discover how lives were saved by medical personnel and their equipment and much more. This free program will provide a great way to pay tribute and keep memories alive.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Nov 01, 2012

HCDAB meeting moved up a week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22 has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 15. This meeting will take place at noon in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Steve Baldwin, Community Development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6291

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Oct 31, 2012

One lane of Sevier Street to be closed tomorrow

The southbound lane of Sevier Street between Lamont Street and State of Franklin Road will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 1) from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. while water/sewer work is performed. Detours will be in place for southbound traffic.
For more information, please call 461-1645.

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

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Oct 29, 2012

Check your wall heater setting

Recently, the Johnson City Fire Department responded to a call where combustibles had been placed in front of a wall heater. This type of heater had a thermostat labeled as "High," "Med," "Low," and "No Heat." The heater actually turned on even though the thermostat was on the "No Heat" position. Because these types of accidents can and do occur, it is important to keep a 3-foot safety zone around all heaters.

It is easy to place items in front of wall heaters during the warmer months and forget about the consequences when the colder months arrive. Fire codes require that no combustibles be closer than 3 feet to a heater of any type. While only 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, they are involved in 79 percent of home heating fire deaths, according to the report “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Heating equipment continues to be the second leading cause of home fires behind cooking and the second leading cause of home fire deaths behind smoking.
The Johnson City Fire Department and the NFPA are asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors, particularly during the peak months for home heating fires - November through March. During the past four years, half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
“Half of fatal home space heater fires started because something was too close to the heater and ignited. Keep heaters and things that can burn at least 3 feet apart,” said NFPA spokeswoman Lorraine Carli. “Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.”
The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Other leading factors contributing to home space heater fires were failure to clean, which is principally related to creosote build-up in chimneys, and leaving an operating space heater unattended.
“Whether your chimney supports a wood or coal stove or just a fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned and inspected at least once a year to reduce your risk of having a fire,” added Carli. “And always turn off a portable space heater when you go to sleep or leave the room.”
In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 66,400 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. These fires killed 580 people, injured another 1,850, and were responsible for $608 million in direct property damage.
Safety tips
• Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
• Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
• Never use your oven to heat your home.
• Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
• Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
• Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
• Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
• Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
• Test smoke alarms monthly.
Johnson City Fire Chief Mark Scott reminds us that “no matter how careful you are with home heating, you and your family should be prepared in case fire strikes. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area, test your smoke detectors regularly and replace dead batteries immediately. Also, make and practice a home safety plan. We want everyone living and working in our community to be fire safe.”

Contact:
Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Hill
(423)434-6183

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Oct 29, 2012

Shelter grant workshop scheduled for Friday

An application workshop for the FY 12-13 THDA Emergency Shelter Grants will be held at 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 2) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The Emergency Shelter Grants Program awards funds to eligible non-profit agencies that provide services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in Johnson City.

For more information, contact Diane Bradley, Community Development program manager, at (423)434-6293 or dbradley@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Diane Bradley, program manager
Community Development
(423)434-6293

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Oct 29, 2012

Buffalo Mountain fire succession program set for Saturday

Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan for an interesting program on Buffalo Mountain Park Fire Succession on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The program is open to families with children ages 10 and older. Program fee is $4 per person ($10 maximum per family). Pre-registration is required by Thursday (Nov. 1).
Vegetative succession occurs quicker when there has been a sudden disturbance. Approximately four years ago, a wildfire consumed almost 425 acres of Buffalo Mountain Park. Join a discussion on wildfire succession followed by a 4½ mile hike to view the opportunistic plant species that grown and a glorious display of fall color.
Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, pack a lunch, and meet at the park’s Harris Pavilion. Call (423)283-5821 for more information.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Oct 29, 2012

One lane of Sevier Street to be closed tomorrow

The southbound lane of Sevier Street between Lamont Street and State of Franklin Road will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30) from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. while water/sewer work is performed. Detours will be in place for southbound traffic.
For more information, please call 461-1645.

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

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Oct 26, 2012

West Market from Buffalo to North Commerce streets closure planned

As part of the Brush Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project, West Market Street from Buffalo to North Commerce streets and North Commerce Street between West Market and West Main streets will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Emergency vehicles & buses will not be able to pass through this closure. Detours will be in place, and the parking lot on the east side of Buffalo will be open and available for access to businesses. For more information, please call 461-1645.


CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Oct 26, 2012

Section of Broadway down to two lanes beginning today

Two lanes of Broadway Street, between AO Smith and East Market Street, will be closed beginning today, Friday, October 26 as part of the Broadway, Main, and State of Franklin Water and Sewer Improvements Project. Traffic control devices will be in place.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Oct 22, 2012

Basketball registrations under way

Youth basketball registration under way
Registration for boys and girls youth basketball is open now through Oct. 27. The program is open to ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Online registration is available at www.myjcparks.org. Registration forms also are available at Johnson City schools and at the Athletic Office at Winged Deer Park. All forms must be returned to the Winged Deer Park Tower. A late fee of $20 will be applied to registrations submitted after Oct. 27. Fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents and is due upon registration. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, call the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

Adult basketball registration under way
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is currently registering adult teams for the upcoming 2012-13 basketball season. Team registration fee is $400 for Men's Industrial, Church, and Open divisions and $200 for Women's and Men's Senior teams. Deadline for registration is Nov. 8. A $5 fee will be applied for each player who does not live in Johnson City. For more information, call the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

Officials, scorekeepers needed
Parks and Recreation is currently accepting applications for officials and scorekeepers for the upcoming youth and adult basketball programs. Those interested can apply at the Winged Deer Park Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423) 283-5822

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Oct 18, 2012

Yard sale for Special Olympics to be hosted by JCPD Saturday

Employees from the Johnson City Police Department are hosting the 2nd annual Special Olympics yard sale on Saturday (Oct. 20)  from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Science Hill Vocational School, 251 Cotty Jones Drive. All proceeds will go to our local Special Olympics chapter.

The sale is just one way in which Police Department personnel give back to their community. It is a precursor to the spring Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, where officers donate money raised to the athletes.

The yard sale will take place indoors and will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Officer Lorrie Goff at 791-4309.

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Oct 16, 2012

Portions of West Main, North Commerce to be closed

West Main Street, from South Boone Street through the intersection of North Commerce Street, will be closed for approximately nine days starting Thursday (Oct. 18) as part of the Downtown Brush Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project. The road will close at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday and is scheduled to reopen by 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. North Commerce Street from West Market Street to Wilson Avenue will also be closed during that time.
These closures will pertain to all traffic, including emergency vehicles. Detours will be in place.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624

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Oct 16, 2012

PAC November artist exhibit to feature works of Maren Frank

The works of Johnson City artist Maren Frank will be featured at Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., throughout the month of November. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Frank’s work will feature “The Horse Series,” which includes originals in watercolor, pastels, collage, and encaustic. In addition, selections from her “Blue Cat Series,” “100 Cherub Series,” and a variety of experimental acrylics also will be on display.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800

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Oct 16, 2012

PAC announces November classes

The following programs will be offered at Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., starting next month.
• Mondays, beginning Nov. 5:
Hip Hop: Ages 5-9, 4-4:30 p.m. Class fee is $16 per month.
Cheerleading: Ages 5-9, 4:30-5 p.m. Class fee is $20 per month.
Tumbling: Ages 5-9, 5-5:30 p.m. Class fee is $25 per month.
Tumbling: Ages 3-6, 5:30-6 p.m. Class fee is 25 per month.
Ballet: Ages 3-5, 6-6:30 p.m. Class fee is $16 per month.
Ballet: Ages 5-10, 6:30-7 p.m. Class fee is $16 per month.
Guitar: Ages 6-11, 7:15-7:45 p.m. Class fee is $20 per month.

• Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 7:
Conversational French: Teens and adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Class fee is $100 for the four-week course.
Please call PAC at 283-5800 for more information or to register.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800

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Oct 15, 2012

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.

A potential appointee should be a resident of the city. Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423) 434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is October 26. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Human Resources Director Kevin Bratton at (423) 434-6016.

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

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Oct 09, 2012

Registration open for Oct. 30 Economic Summit

The 10th Annual Johnson City Economic Summit, set for October 30 at the Millennium Centre, will celebrate entrepreneurship with two dynamic speakers and a few new, entrepreneurially minded wrinkles.

With addresses on tap from East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland and Nashville entrepreneur Dr. Michael Burcham, CEO of the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, an expansion of last year's live streaming component and informative updates from the Summit's six development groups, the Summit promises to be a can’t-miss event.

"We're excited that Dr. Noland has agreed to share his vision for how ETSU can harness its potential as an economic engine for the community and the region," ETSU's Dr. Jon Smith said. "He is bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to his presidency here that I think community members will be interested to hear about."

Dr. Noland will deliver a luncheon address, while Burcham will inspire attendees over breakfast. Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center served as the model for nine Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerators started by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, including one operated by ETSU.

“Michael has a long track record of successful entrepreneurism, and he’s an energetic, captivating speaker,” Smith said. “We have some great entrepreneurial energy and talent in our region, and he should be an encouragement to those folks.”

Between those bookend speeches -- both of which will be streamed live through the Summit's website, www.economicsummit.org -- participants will enjoy their choice of six updates and work sessions with the Summit's development groups. The groups include Infrastructure, Health/Wellness, Business Development, Hospitality/Tourism, Livable Communities and Education/Workforce.

Since the Summit's inception in 2003, the development groups have adopted a number of self-driven initiatives aimed at improving Washington County, Johnson City and Jonesborough. For instance, discussions of the Health/Wellness group helped drive creation of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU.

The infrastructure group has played a key role in promoting much-needed projects around Washington County, such as the improvement and reconfiguration of Interstate 26 exits in Gray and Boones Creek. The hospitality/tourism group, most recently, helped spur the current campaign to market the area’s potential as a destination for motorcyclists with its support of the “Southern Dozen” video campaign – an effort that has received national and international attention.

The business development group, meanwhile, will host the live streaming, provided by local business Digital Fridge, during the breakout session, providing the opportunity for a question-and-answer session that can include people tuning in from the outside. Burcham will attend that breakout session and speak there as well.

Washington County Economic Development Council Marketing Director Jeff Keeling said the recent live streaming of a national softball tournament from Johnson City was a great success.

“This year’s Summit streaming will make it possible for people from around the world to see what kind of progressive things are happening in Washington County, Jonesborough and Johnson City,” Keeling said.

The Summit’s current leadership team will also honor former Johnson City City Manager Michael West. West, the city manager of Dothan, Alabama, was instrumental in establishing the Summit during his tenure in Johnson City.

As always, the event is free to the public, though pre-registration is required. Activities kick off with a continental breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m. After a welcome, introductions and a brief overview of Summit accomplishments from 2003-2012, Michael Burcham will deliver his address.

Following this, the development groups will host information and action planning sessions. Participants attend their choice of session, where leaders will brief the audience on current initiatives and leave time for interaction and questions.

Over lunch, ETSU’s Dr. Noland will give a brief “State of the University” overview before focusing in on his interest in maximizing the university’s role and impact in the local and regional business community. More specifically, he will detail the activities and potential of the Regional Accelerator, the ETSU Innovation Lab and other ETSU-sponsored efforts to boost entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Summit will wrap up around 2:15 p.m. after brief development group reports and final comments from Summit chairman Jon Smith.

CONTACT:
Jeff Keeling
(423)794-9173 or 
www.economicsummit.org 


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Oct 05, 2012

Fire Prevention Week starts Monday

Imagine a fire burning in your home, with your family fast asleep. Smoke and heat intensify quickly. Every second counts. How will everyone escape? Without a plan, you may not know the best route to safety.

Fire Prevention Week is next week – Oct. 7-13 - and this year’s theme is “Have Two Ways Out.”

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
The United States Fire Administration and the Johnson City Fire Department offer the following tips to help citizens prepare for a fire.
• One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have dual sensor smoke alarm, which sounds for both a fire that has flames and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames.
• Practice finding your way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low to the ground, and feeling your way out of the house.
• Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from each room in the house or apartment.
• Decide on a meeting place outside your home and check to see if anyone is missing. Everyone must get out and stay out of the house or apartment.
• Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch fire and to never open doors that are hot.
• NEVER go back into a fire once you have escaped.
• Always escape first, and then call 911.

CONTACT:
Assistant Fire Marshal Lori Ratliff
lratliff@johnsoncitytn.org, (423) 434-6184.

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Oct 05, 2012

CarFit event set for Thursday

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) will host a CarFit free educational event for senior drivers on Thursday (Oct. 11) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Cardinal Park parking lot. Sponsored by AAA, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and AARP, CarFit is designed to help seniors ensure that vehicle components are properly adjusted to fit their bodies. Each CarFit check will take about 30 minutes.

CONTACT:
Ed Jefferies, chaplain
Johnson City Police Department
(423)926-4061

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Oct 04, 2012

Power service to be briefly interrupted for water/sewer construction

The Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) will briefly interrupt electrical services within
Park Place subdivision, located off Carroll Creek Road, tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 5) between 10
a.m. and noon.This outage will allow crews from the City's Water and Sewer Services Department to safely utilize a crane during installation of an underground water
vault. JCPB and the City appreciate the understanding of those affected as we work together to ensure the reliable and safe delivery of our community’s essential services.

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Oct 03, 2012

Applications being accepted for PBA appointment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Public Building Authority. The Public Building Authority meets monthly and is in charge of overseeing the operation of Millennium Centre and development of Millennium Park in accordance with the adopted Millennium Park Master Plan.

Potential appointees must be residents of the city and should be interested in community affairs. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Public Building Authority may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Community Relations Department, or call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To download an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 17.

For more information, please call Nicole Anne Evans at (423)202-3510, Ext. 102.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022



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Oct 03, 2012

Oral rabies vaccinations being distributed through Oct. 18

The Wildlife Services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with the Tennessee Department of Health to protect people and pets from the threat of rabies in our area. An oral rabies vaccination (ORV) bait is now being distributed via plane and vehicle to stop the spread of rabies in raccoons, foxes, and coyotes. The distribution period will run through Oct. 18.

ORV baits are about the size of a matchbox and are coated with fish meal flavoring. These baits are not harmful to pets although eating a large number of them can cause an upset stomach in animals. If you need to move a bait, simply it up wearing gloves or using a paper towel and toss it into a wooded area.

For more information, call Wildlife Services at (866)487-3297 or the Tennessee Department of Health at (615)741-7247.

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Oct 01, 2012

Annual fall leaf collection starts Oct. 29

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Dec. 21. Several trucks will be used throughout the City and a minimum of two pick-ups should occur within each neighborhood during the leaf collection period.

Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street). Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

As a reminder, brush collection takes place year-round but may be altered due to leaf collection. The City defines brush as: tree trimmings, shrubbery (with no roots), limbs, etc., generated by routine maintenance of a property by the homeowner. Here are some collection guidelines to help homeowners as they clear brush and prepare for fall yard work.

• Brush piles must not exceed 10-foot lengths, must be piled straight and placed behind or on the curb for collection. Do not place brush on center medians or islands.
• Do not place brush next to objects such as fences, guy wires, and poles or under trees. Equipment is restricted in those areas.
• Brush may not be mixed with other debris. Brush mixed with leaves, grass, lumber, dirt, rock, concrete, building materials or other debris will not be collected until properly separated.

Anyone hired to trim or remove trees, shrubs, etc., is required to remove the resulting brush from the property. Failure to do so may result in a court citation.

CONTACT:
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2700

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Oct 01, 2012

Sections of Broadway, Main under construction for rest of week

Broadway Street, from East Market Street to East Main Street, will be closed overnight tonight and possibly tomorrow, depending on weather, as part of the Broadway, Main, and State of Franklin Water and Sewer Improvements Project. Upon completion of Broadway work, one lane of East Main Street will be closed for several days, also during the overnight hours. Closures will be in effect from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. each night. Construction is expected to be complete by the weekend.

CONTACT:
Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2669

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Sep 28, 2012

Fall break camp, Halloween festival highlight upcoming Carver programs

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host the following programs in October:
• Fall Break Fun Camp: Oct. 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 6-12, $25 per child. Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) will be available for an additional $2 per day. Camp will include arts and crafts; game room activities, and sports such as kickball, dodgeball, and basketball. Field trips will be offered for an additional fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration deadline is Oct. 5.
• Halloween Festival: Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., all ages. The festival will feature games, a cake walk, blow-ups, and a costume contest. Admission is: $2 for adults in costume, $3 for adults without costume; and $1 for youth in costume, $2 for youth without costume.

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

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Sep 28, 2012

Volunteer needed for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering an appointment to the Johnson City Board of Dwelling Standards and Review. This board, which meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., determines action regarding substandard housing and/or commercial structures within the city limits. The board responds to complaints submitted by citizens, the Codes Enforcement staff, and/or a board member.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 East Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6022. To download an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications are due no later than Nov. 1.

For additional information regarding the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review, please contact the Codes Enforcement Division at (423)434-6048.

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

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Sep 26, 2012

Annual fishout slated for first weekend in October

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 6, with 2,000 rainbow trout up for grabs in Johnson City’s annual “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” fishout. Children ages 3-14 are invited to participate from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in this free event. Poles and bait will be provided, and hundreds of prizes will be given. Volunteers will clean the fish caught by youth so they can take them home to cook!

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 7, the rest of the community is invited to fish for the remaining trout for a donation of $10 per hour (proceeds go to the fishout program). Fishing will take place from noon until 5 p.m.

“Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” was started in 1989 as a way to get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity.

“We want to encourage young people’s interest in the positive things life has to offer, and to discourage involvement with drugs,” said Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois.

The program has seen broad-based community support ever since. Area sponsors provide prizes, exhibits and activities for participants. Local volunteers donate their time to work the event, along with representatives from the Johnson City Police and Fire departments, Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Army National Guard.

For more information, contact the Johnson City Police Department at (423)434-6122.

CONTACT:
Glenda Aschenback, administrative coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6170

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Sep 24, 2012

Stormwater report public hearing set for Friday

The City of Johnson City will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to present the Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact Stormwater Manager Andy Best at (423)975-2854.

CONTACT:
Andy Best, stormwater manager
Public Works
(423)975-2854

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Sep 24, 2012

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Advisory Council

The Board of Commissioners soon will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Senior Center Advisory Council. The council makes recommendations regarding planning, support, and programming of the Senior Center.

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be residents of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Senior Center Advisory Council may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Senior Center Advisory Council, please call Seniors’ Services Director Sue Orr at (423)434-6232.

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



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Sep 21, 2012

Public input meeting set for Tuesday

Residents of Tanglewood Subdivision are invited to a public input meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 25) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. This meeting will provide a forum for residents to discuss concerns about their neighborhood with police and city officials.

CONTACT:
Mark Sirois, chief
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6147

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Sep 20, 2012

JCPD wins Battle of the Badges

American Red Cross representative Gwen Hunter presents the 2012 Battle of the Badges plaque to Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois and other officers. The JCPD has gotten the plaque back after a two-year winning streak by the Fire Department. The winner of the Battle is the first responder agency that receives the most votes by donors during the Battle of the Badges blood drive. The Police Department won this year by nine votes. 

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Sep 19, 2012

Carver Rec to host National Chess Day Tournament

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host its first-ever National Chess Day Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13. Ages 6-adult are invited to participate.
• Registration: 7:45-8 a.m.; tournament: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Entry Fee: $5 if mailed by Oct. 8; $10 for on-site registration. Entry forms are available at Carver Rec and here. Forms should be filled out and mailed, with entry fee to: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN 37604.
• Format: Four rounds, Swiss system
• Time Control: Game/30
• Rounds: Rated and unrated. Rated sections require dues (USCF membership dues and TCA membership dues for Tennessee residents).
• Three trophies will be awarded per section.
Contact Wenny Elrod at (423) 461-8831 or welrod@johnsoncitytn.org for more information.

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

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Sep 19, 2012

Sections of Broadway, Main under construction through next week

Broadway Street, from approximately East Market Street to East Main Street, will close at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (Sept. 19-20) as part of the Broadway, Main, and State of Franklin Water and Sewer Improvements Project. The closure will be in effect until 6 a.m. the following morning. This closure may continue early next week if necessary, with the same 7 p.m.-6 a.m. timeframe in effect.
Upon completion of work in the Broadway section, a portion of East Main Street – starting at the Broadway intersection – will be closed for several days, also during the overnight hours.
Construction on East Main is expected to be complete by the end of next week.

CONTACT:
Neal Whitten, assistant water/wastewater director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2624
 
 

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Sep 19, 2012

Commission workshop set for Oct. 4

The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss building and property codes enforcement at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022 
 
  
 
 

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Sep 18, 2012

Property taxes payable now

Payments for 2012 property taxes are now being accepted by the City’s Finance Department. A 1 percent discount will be offered for payments received in person by Sept. 28; postmarked by Sept. 29; or made online by Sept. 30.
To pay in person: Visit the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
To pay online: Go to www.johnsoncitytn.org/finance.
To pay by mail: Send check (no cash) to the City of Johnson City, P.O. Box 2227, Johnson City, TN 37605.

CONTACT:
Janet Jennings, director
Finance
(423)434-6033 

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Sep 17, 2012

Carver Rec offering Family Healthy Ways classes

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer the following free Family Healthy Ways classes. Class begins at 9 a.m.
• Sept. 19: Living with Diabetes
• Oct. 3: Managing your Weight
• Oct. 17 Managing Hypertension
• Nov. 7: Managing Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Prevention
• Nov. 14: Eating Healthy for the Holidays (includes a cooking demo)
Instructors will be dietetic interns from the Department of Allied Health Sciences at ETSU.

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

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Sep 17, 2012

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 26

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Building.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Sep 14, 2012

Punt, Pass, and Kick Contest to be held at Kermit Tipton Stadium

Parks and Recreation will host a Punt, Pass, and Kick contest at Kermit Tipton Stadium (Steve Spurrier Field) on Wednesday, Sept. 19. There is no charge to participate.
• Ages 5-6: 6 p.m.
• Ages 7-8: 6:20 p.m.
• Ages 9-10: 6:40 p.m.
• Ages 11-12: 7 p.m.
The national skills competition is open to boys and girls. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each age division. Registration will take place the day of the event. Participants should enter the stadium from the visitors side gate.
For more information, contact Johnson City Parks and Recreation at (423)461-4850.

CONTACT:
Bart Lyon, center supervisor
Legion Recreation Center
(423)461-4850 

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Sep 14, 2012

Parks and Recreation offering variety of nature programs

• Life Cycle and Habitat of a Pond: Saturday, Sept. 22; 2 p.m.; Willow Springs Park, 1201 Huffine Road. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 20; call (423)283-5815. There is no charge for the program.
The pond at Willow Springs is a great hunting ground for dragonflies, minnows, yellow-eared and red-eared slider turtles, and mud turtles. Participants will meet in the parking lot off Huffine Road. Dress according to weather conditions.
• Animal Habitats and Adaptations – Fall Break Camp: Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Winged Deer Park (Robert Young Cabin). Camp is open to ages 7-14. Registration deadline is Oct. 3; call (423)283-5815. Camp fee is $60.
Campers will spend the week exploring the animal habitats of our area. Walk, wade, and wander around the trails and water looking for clues that tell you how mammals, insects, birds, plants, and other critters adapt and survive. Through direct observation, activities, crafts, games, and books, we will better understand the living things that share our space.
• Bugabilities: Saturday, Oct. 13; 10 a.m.-noon; Winged Deer Park (Robert Young Cabin). Open to ages. Registration deadline is Oct. 11; call (423)283-5815. Program fee is $4 per person, with a maximum charge of $10 per family.
Learn how our smallest creatures affect our food, fields, and forests. Come experience the wonders of the bug kingdom through explorations and games. Learn about the incredible abilities of our world’s smallest wonders.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821 
 

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Sep 14, 2012

Legion Rec to offer Kids Club After-School Program

Beginning Oct. 1, a Kids Club After-School Program will be offered at Legion Recreation Center, 111 Legion St., weekdays from 3-6 p.m. This free program is designed for youth ages 6-12.
Participants will enjoy homework assistance, story time, Wii Fit, “Fun Day Friday” activities, gym activities, chess club, and classes in nutrition, scrapbooking, and needlework.
Classes will be moved to Memorial Park Community Center upon the completion of construction.
For more information, call Bart Lyon at (423)461-4850.

CONTACT:
Bart Lyon, center supervisor
Legion Recreation Center
(423)461-4850 

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Sep 10, 2012

Storm spotter training classes available next month

The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency will host two National Weather Service Storm Spotter training classes in October. Anyone who has access to communication devices such as a HAM radio and has an interest in public service is encouraged to participate. This class is especially beneficial to police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, and concerned citizens who may have a responsibility for protecting others particularly in a hospital, school, church, or nursing home setting.
This class will include:
• Basics of thunderstorms development
• Fundamentals of storm structures
• Identifying potential severe weather features
• Information to report
• How to report information
• Basic severe weather safety
Please find class information below. Both classes will be held from 6-9 p.m., and seating is limited. Call Chad Bruckman at 434-6082 to register or for more information.
Oct. 11: Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, 106 Ruritan Road, Fall Branch, TN
Oct. 18: South Central Elementary School, 2955 Highway 107, Chuckey, TN 

CONTACT:
Chad Bruckman, operations and training officer
Wash. Co./JC Emergency Management Agency
(423)434-6082 

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Sep 04, 2012

New City of Johnson City website goes live

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.johnsoncitytn.org. A new design, enhanced content and concise organization make the site more user friendly than previous versions.
“In an effort to improve communications with our citizens, the Information Technology Department has partnered with Community Relations to create a new and improved website that serves to provide real-time information to readers in a simple, logical, and convenient way,” said IT Director Lisa Sagona. “We want all visitors to our website to find the information they are looking for in just a few clicks and in multiple ways.”
Users can easily navigate the new site through quick buttons, a categorized menu bar, and a comprehensive index and “How Do I” section. The site is fully functional on mobile devices as well.
“This new website serves as a 24-hour City Hall,” said Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert. “Our world is dependent on technology, and we knew we had to completely redesign the site so it could truly be the key component in our communications strategy.”
A Web Design Committee – which includes Sagona, Communications Specialist Wendy Graham, Community Customer Service Coordinator Lorena Bennett, and Writer/Editor Keisha Shoun – will continue to develop the site moving forward. They welcome general comments, feedback, and ideas. Please email the committee at WebDesign@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Lisa Sagona, director
Information Technology
(423)232-1789 

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Aug 31, 2012

My New Favorites to take Winged Deer stage Thursday

Local Americana band My New Favorites has been rescheduled to take the lakefront stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Sept. 6. This free show will start at 7 p.m. My New Favorites had been set to play the Lakeside Concert Series in early August but that show was canceled due to rain.
My New Favorites is comprised of singers and songwriters who have gained a reputation for original songs and fun, upbeat performances.
“We try to keep every show in a perpetual state of change,” said Jeff Benedict, who plays guitar and banjo. “One tune may sound like bluegrass, and the next will be the blues. Sometimes it’s jazzy, and sometimes we rock. We love the variety.”
My New Favorites have been entertaining audiences throughout the region but took July off to record their debut CD, Meet Me In The Water. Check out www.facebook.com/mynewfavoritesband for a preview of My New Favorites. Hit the “Like” button for free downloads.
This concert is brought to you by Bristol Broadcasting, Coca-Cola Bottling of Johnson City, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at (423)283-5815. 

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

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Aug 31, 2012

Dog swim set for Sept. 14-16

Legion Street Pool is going to the dogs! Canine citizens are invited to take a swim on the following days:
• Sept. 14: 5-8 p.m.
• Sept. 15: 1-6 p.m.
• Sept. 16: 1-6 p.m.
Admission is $5 per dog. Lifeguards will be on duty.
Dogs must be at least six months old. Owners must be at least 16 years old to bring dogs, with a two-dog-per-owner limit. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet and must have shot records and a leash on hand. No choke or spiked collars. Feeding of dogs is not permitted. Only dogs will be allowed in the pool.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Freedom Hall Pool
(423)461-4872

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Aug 30, 2012

City offices closed Monday for Labor Day

City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Please note that garbage and recycling services will be on regular schedule. A complete list of closings is below:

  • City Offices
  • Carver Recreation Center
  • Freedom Hall Offices
  • Freedom Hall Pool
  • Johnson City Public Library
  • Legion Recreation Center
  • Princeton Arts Center
  • Senior Center
  • Transit Administrative Offices
  • Winged Deer Park Offices (including Athletics Office)
  • Iris Glen Environmental Center will be open until 2 p.m. 

 For water or sewer emergencies, please call (423) 461-1643. 


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Aug 29, 2012

BOC to hold special called meeting Friday regarding road closure

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Friday to take action regarding a street closure for the Barberitos Fall Triathlon. This meeting will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022 
 

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Aug 27, 2012

Legion Rec home school PE starts Sept. 11

Legion Recreation Center, 111 Legion St., will offer home school physical education classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 11. Classes will be held from 1-2 p.m. and are open to ages 6-18. Youth will learn the benefits of team-building, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play while participating in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports, playground games, fitness activities and running.

Fee is $3 per class or $5 per week. For more information, call Bart Lyon at (423)461-4850.

CONTACT:
Bart Lyon, center supervisor
Legion Recreation Center
(423)461-4850

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Aug 14, 2012

Yard Waste NOT permitted in streets

Residents are reminded that grass clippings, brush and leaves are not permitted in City streets and roadways. City ordinance indicates proper procedures for yard waste disposal. Following these codes help prevent clogged storm drains, which can cause flooding during heavy rains.

Grass should be bagged, weighing no more than 50 pounds, and placed in the City’s maroon cart for those with automated collection or beside trash cans for those with manual collection.
Brush collection takes place year-round on a bi-weekly basis. The City defines brush as: tree trimmings, shrubbery (with no roots), limbs, etc., generated by routine maintenance of a property by the homeowner. Here are some collection guidelines to help homeowners:

• Brush piles must not exceed 10-foot lengths, must be piled straight and placed behind or on the curb for collection. Do not place brush on center medians or islands.
• Do not place brush next to objects such as fences, guy wires, and poles or under trees. Equipment is restricted in those areas.
• Brush may not be mixed with other debris. Brush mixed with leaves, grass, lumber, dirt, rock, concrete, building materials or other debris will not be collected until properly separated.

CONTACT:
Public Works - Street Division at (423)975-2700
or
Kathy Harsh, assistant manager
Public Works - Solid Waste at (423)975-2767

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Aug 14, 2012

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 41st session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, Sept. 18. The nine-week academy, which consists of 45 hours of police training, is designed to develop a better understanding of the police role in the community through a hands-on approach.

Participants must sign required waivers and agreements, have no criminal history, be at least 21 years old, and be physically able to meet training requirements. Participants are expected to attend three-hour weekly sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, and to ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts.

Applications may be obtained from Johnson City Police Community Services, 601 E. Main St. Deadline for registration is Sept. 4.

Contact:
Glenda Aschenback, administrative coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6170

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Aug 08, 2012

Guitar lessons start at Princeton Arts Center

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer beginner and intermediate guitar lessons on Mondays beginning next week (Aug. 6).

•       Ages 8-12 (intermediate): 6:30-7 p.m.
•       Ages 12-17 (intermediate): 7-7:30 p.m.
 

For more information, call Princeton Arts Center at (423)283-5800.

 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800 

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Aug 07, 2012

Board of Commissioners to hold special called meetings

The Board of Commissioners will hold special called meetings at 7:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) and at 7 a.m. Friday (Aug. 10) to consider ordinances regarding consumption of alcohol at the Umoja Festival and amending a previously adopted ordinance for clarification. These meetings will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6022

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Aug 06, 2012

Transit services to resume tomorrow

Johnson City mass transit and paratransit services will return to regular schedule tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 7). 

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Jul 01, 2012

Sirois named chief of JC Police Department

Mark Sirois, a 20-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, has been promoted to chief, City Manager Pete Peterson announced today. Chief Sirois served in the interim position for the past few weeks, since the retirement of former Chief John Lowry.

“Chief Sirois was chosen from among three excellent internal candidates,” Peterson said. “But his combination of experience, leadership skills and vision for the future set Chief Sirois apart as the frontrunner. I am proud that we had a candidate of his caliber from within our own department.”

Sirois’ selection came after an in-depth evaluation process that included an assessment by other police chiefs from across the state, written tests, and interviews.  “I am very proud of all the candidates and the talents they bring in making Johnson City a safe place to live and work. This was a tough decision,” Peterson said.

Chief Sirois earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in December 1991. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 1994, and was promoted to patrol sergeant the following year.  Chief Sirois 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 on May 18.

“I am honored and humbled,” Chief Sirois said. “But this certainly isn’t about me alone. We have a remarkable group of men and women who comprise the Johnson City Police Department, and we all work together to provide the best service possible for our citizens. I plan to build upon the successes of the past and bring the department to an even higher level of commitment, professionalism, and pride.”

Chief Sirois attended the FBI National Academy in 2002 and the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy in 2004. He has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police since 1999 and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police since 2011.

During his tenure in Planning and Research, Chief Sirois was successful in writing and administering grants that brought valuable programs to the community including Weed and Seed, Cops in Shops, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and many traffic and highway safety programs. He also has been active in neighborhood groups and safety initiatives, which he plans to continue as chief.

“Our department focus will continue to be community-oriented policing, partnering with residents, businesses and other stakeholders to make our neighborhoods safer and more secure,” he said.  Chief Sirois noted that the department will continue its use of the latest technologies to help provide the most effective operations, including greater utilization of crime analysis and crime mapping to drive the Department’s crime prevention efforts.

“Chief Sirois is a progressive leader whose focus remains the people of this community,” Peterson added. “Johnson City will continue to be well-served by the Johnson City Police Department under the direction of Chief Sirois.”


CONTACT:
Mark Sirois, chief
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6147

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