2013 News Archive

Dec 27, 2013

One lane of State of Franklin to be closed Monday, Tuesday

One eastbound lane of State of Franklin Road, between Sevier and Buffalo streets, will be closed next Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 30 and 31) from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. while a fire line tap is installed.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638

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Dec 27, 2013

One lane of State of Franklin to be closed Monday, Tuesday

One eastbound lane of State of Franklin Road, between Sevier and Buffalo streets, will be closed next Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 30 and 31) from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. while a fire line tap is installed.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638

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Dec 24, 2013

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.

Live Christmas trees (cleared of any decorations) will be accepted for drop-off through Saturday, Jan. 18 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. 18. 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 20, 2013

City announces holiday schedule changes

The Historic Zoning Commission and Tree and Landscape Board will not meet on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The TCCRP meeting that falls on Christmas Day has been moved to Monday, Dec. 23.
As a reminder, City offices and services are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Garbage/recycling customers with regular pickup on Wednesday will have their refuse collected the following Saturday (Dec. 28). Garbage/recycling will be on regular schedule over the New Year’s holiday.

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

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Dec 19, 2013

FYI: JCPL closed Dec. 24-26 for Christmas

Johnson City Public Library will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 26 for Christmas. The library will reopen on Friday, Dec. 27. For the New Year's Day holiday, the library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The library will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2.

For further information, contact the Library at (423)434-4450. 

CONTACT:
Bob Swanay
(423)434-4450

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Dec 18, 2013

Start the New Year with a hike

Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan as she encourages participants to put their best foot forward and start the New Year fresh with a hike. The pace will be slow on this 2-mile hike, with stops and explanations of Buffalo Mountain’s winter environment. Bring your camera for a beautiful view of Johnson City from Huckleberry Knob.
This free program will be held at Buffalo Mountain Park from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Hikers are asked to meet below the service road gate.
Call Deegan at 283-5821 for more information.

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

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Dec 18, 2013

Animals in Winter program set for Jan. 11

Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan from 10-11:30 a.m. as she discusses the different ways that animals survive in the winter. Where do frogs go? How do deer stay warm? What about insects? Participants will identify a dozen pelts from native animals. Come find out who is snoozing and who is awake.
Cost is $1 per person. Participants will meet at the Winged Deer Park Administrative Office Boardroom, 4137 Bristol Highway. Please call (423)283-5821 for more information.

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

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Dec 18, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Dec. 20-Jan. 5

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Mullins Street – water line restoration
• Althea Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Sinking Creek Road and Miller Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• State of Franklin Road (near Buffalo Street) – water line tap
• Boone Ridge Road – water line tap
• Highway 107 (at Unicoi Water Treatment Plant) – fire hydrant installation
• Scenic Drive – water line replacement; lane closures 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 
 

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Dec 17, 2013

JCFD offers Christmas tree, light safety tips

The Christmas season has arrived, bringing with it all the joys of the holidays including Christmas trees and decorations as well as some additional safety concerns when using these festive items. The following information may help ensure a safe holiday celebration.

• Between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires each year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
• Two out of every five (39 percent) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
• Electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in one-third (32 percent) of Christmas tree home fires. One in six (17 percent) occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Decorative lights on line voltage were involved in 12 percent of these incidents. Seven percent of home Christmas tree fires were started by candles.
• In the past six years, holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an estimated average of 150 home structure fires. 
• Plan where your tree will be positioned. Use a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over. Make sure it is at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the fireplace, radiators, space heaters, and other sources of heat. Do not place the tree in front of or near your way out of the room. Try to position it near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances.
•  When buying a real tree, check for fresh, green needles. Do not buy a tree that is dry or dropping needles. When buying an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant. 
• When using a real tree, cut an additional 2 inches off the trunk. Place the tree in a sturdy stand. Keep your tree watered at all times.
• Buy lights with the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Use the correct lights for indoor, outdoor or indoor/outdoor use. Never use electric lights on a metal tree.
•  Connect no more than three strands of miniature string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light emitting diode (LED) strands to connect. 
• Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use tree lights. Lights with worn, cracked or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used.
• Never use staples or nails to hang light strings.
•  Always unplug or switch off all holiday lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
• Keep a natural tree as moist as possible by giving it plenty of water daily. 
• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Be sure any candles are well away from tree branches.
• Children are fascinated with Christmas trees. Keep a watchful eye on them when they are around the tree, and do not let them play with the wiring or lights.
• Remove the tree from your home when it begins dropping needles and dispose of it properly. Dried-out trees burn easily and should not be left in a garage or placed against the home. 
• Take holiday lights down after the holidays. Holiday lights are for temporary, seasonal use only.

CONTACT:
Asst. Fire Marshal Mike Hill
(423)434-6183

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Dec 17, 2013

Section of East Oakland down to one lane again tomorrow

East Oakland Avenue at Llewellyn Woods will be down to one lane traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 18) while sewer tap installation work continues. Drivers are asked to avoid this area if possible.

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

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Dec 16, 2013

Trail Task Force to meet Jan. 7

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Dec 16, 2013

Section of East Oakland down to one lane tomorrow

East Oakland Avenue at Llewellyn Woods will be down to one lane traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 17) for sewer tap installation. Drivers are asked to avoid this area if possible.

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

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Dec 12, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Dec. 13-22

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Mullins Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Althea Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Sinking Creek Road and Miller Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Buffalo Street – sewer line tap
• State of Franklin Road (near Buffalo Street) – water line tap
• Boone Ridge Road – water line tap
• East Oakland Avenue (near Woodmont Street) – water line tap; lane closures
• Gray Ruritan Road – sewer line maintenance 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 
 
 

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Dec 12, 2013

Property taxes due by end of year

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2013 are due by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Postmarks of Dec. 31, 2013 or earlier will be honored. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 2, 2014.
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 12, 2013

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Dec. 19

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 19 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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Dec 10, 2013

MPCC to offer Piloxing starting in January

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Piloxing from 6-7 p.m. on Fridays beginning Jan. 10. Piloxing is a unique program that blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add some exhilarating dance moves, and this muscle-toning workout is guaranteed to leave participants feeling physically and mentally empowered.
This program is open to ages 16 and older. Fee is $5 per class.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Dec 09, 2013

BOC workshop set for Wednesday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop Wednesday (Dec. 11) at 5 p.m. to discuss the Science Hill High School field house project. 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)434-6021
 

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Dec 04, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Dec. 6-15

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Mullins Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Sinking Creek Road and Miller Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Freehill Road – sewer line maintenance 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 
 
 
 

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Dec 03, 2013

Facilities Committee to meet Thursday

The City’s Facilities Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Dec 03, 2013

Senior Services Advisory Council to meet Dec. 17

The Johnson City Senior Services Advisory Council will hold a called meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, please contact Sue Orr at 434-6232.

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Senior Services
(423)434-6232
 

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Dec 03, 2013

MPCC to offer Special Day for Special Kids

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a “Special Day for Special Kids,” designed for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families, on Saturday, Dec. 21. From 1-3 p.m., the entire family is invited for lunch, holiday-themed crafts and other surprises. Admission is just $1 per person. Call 434-5749 by Wednesday, Dec. 18 to register.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749
 

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Dec 02, 2013

Learn to make hand-stamped cards at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a hand-stamped holiday card making workshop on Monday, Dec. 16 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Students will make six holiday cards using Stampin’ Up precut materials. All materials will be provided.
Fee is $15. This class is designed for adults.
Please call (423)283-5800 for more information.

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

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Dec 02, 2013

Sign up now for Parks and Recreation’s Build-a-Boat Race

Parks and Recreation is calling on citizens 12 and older with creativity and ingenuity to build a boat out of just duct tape and cardboard! The Build-a-Boat Race will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road. Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest finishers, the most decorated team/boat, and the most spectacular sinker.
Registrations must be made in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by Friday (Dec. 6). Fee is $5 per person. There will be no day-of registration. For more information, call 434-5755. 

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5755

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Dec 02, 2013

MPCC to offer gingerbread workshop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will celebrate the season with a “Build a Gingerbread House” workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. Join us for this “sweet” workshop and show your skills in making a one-of-a-kind gingerbread creation.
The class is open to ages 5-12; cost is $2 per person, due upon registration. Register at MPCC or call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 26, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Nov. 29-Dec. 8

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Mullins Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)

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Nov 21, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Nov. 22-Dec. 1

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• State of Franklin Road (at Tupelo Honey) – water/sewer tap
• Althea Street and Ronald Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• East Myrtle Avenue at Juvenile Court – water line installation
• State of Franklin Road and West Walnut Street – fire hydrant maintenance 

TDOT project
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 
 
 

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Nov 21, 2013

JC Transit offering Free Ride Days next week

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to try public transportation – and the system’s new technology services – for free! All fixed-route fares will be waived next Monday-Wednesday and Saturday (Nov. 25-27 and 30). Visit www.jctmyride.com to see how to use JCT’s new text service and Google Transit’s Trip Planner.
Also, please note that Transit service will be closed Thursday and Friday (Nov. 28-29) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

CONTACT:
Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

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Nov 20, 2013

Johnson City Transit unveils integrated technology system

So, you missed the bus and now you have to call a friend for a ride. Well, not so fast … what if, instead, you could use that mobile phone to text the stop’s unique code, which is printed on the bus stop’s sign, to find out that – no worries – the bus is just a couple minutes behind schedule? Better yet, what if, because you use this stop on a regular basis, you automatically get a text alerting you that the bus is running late? Now you know that it’s a bit behind and you don’t have to rush to the stop, only to fret over who might be available to give you a ride if you did indeed miss the bus.
These scenarios are now possible thanks to Johnson City Transit’s new, integrated technology system.
“Convenience and ease-of-use for the patron is what it all comes down to,” said Transit Director Eldonna Janutolo. “We want to provide a stress-free, safe and efficient service for our citizens.”
All Johnson City Transit (JCT) fixed-route buses are now equipped with mobile data computers called Rangers that send real-time data back to Transit headquarters. Through an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system and management software, the information is available through the texting system as well as to Transit dispatchers.
The buses also are now equipped with an automatic stop announcement system that gives an audible stop announcement and scrolls the name of the stop across an LED screen mounted at the front of the bus.
“It’s an absolute time-saver for our employees,” said Janutolo. “We used to hand-enter data based on hand-written logs kept by the drivers.”
In addition to the integrated technology system, JCT, in partnership with Google Transit, is pleased to announce that it now offers a better and more convenient trip planning tool for riders. JCT’s schedule data can now be accessed via Google Maps, giving riders step-by-step trip planning from their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Johnson City is among the first transit systems in the state to join Google Transit.
“Google Transit is an amazing tool for anyone not familiar with particular routes and stops,” Janutolo said. “It allows users to enter destinations and see the exact bus routes that can take them there. They can even choose alternate routes based on best route, fewer transfers and less walking.”
The Google Transit Trip Planner link is now on the JCT website, which is located at www.jctmyride.com.
Google Transit benefits to JCT riders include:

• Customized routes: Passengers may now go online to plan a trip from their point of origin to their destination. One selects the public transportation option and enters his/her “starting address” and “destination address” to be given multiple options for the trip. The instructions will provide information on distance to walk, what route, and any transfers to other routes, for multiple travel options. The options are normally listed in order of shortest period of time to longest period of time to make the trip. The rider can include leave/arrive times and choose the route for less walking, less time, and/or less transfers, as preferred.

• Information access by mobile phone: Trip planning through Google Maps is available on most mobile smartphones (Android, IPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, etc.). Google Maps information is now available to JCT riders wherever they are located, whether at home or “on the go.”

• Timesaver: With Google Transit as one’s trip planner, there is no longer a need to take the time to investigate route timetables. Since Google Transit provides stop to stop directions, it will also provide the proper departure and arrival times, reducing the need for timetables when planning trips.

• Street view of bus stop locations: Using Google Maps, users can easily view ground level images of all JCT bus stops to ensure riders they are in the right spot.

The new technology system was funded by 95 percent federal and state monies; a portion of funding included 100 percent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. For more information, please visit www.jctmyride.com or call (423)929-7119.

CONTACT:
Eldonna Janutolo, director
Johnson City Transit
(423)975-2733

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Nov 19, 2013

Solid Waste collection provided Saturdays following Thanksgiving, Christmas

Johnson City strives to provide reliable solid waste services year-round. While Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days of the year garbage/recycling is not collected, a makeup day is provided for affected customers. Customers with regular garbage/recycling collection on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas day will have collection the following Saturday (Nov. 30 and Dec. 28).
Garbage/recycling will be on regular schedule all other days during the holiday season.

CONTACT:
Kathy Harsh, assistant manager
Public Works – Solid Waste Services
(423)975-2767

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Nov 18, 2013

MPCC to offer Christmas fun for the whole family Dec. 6

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites families for a Twas the Night Before Christmas evening of holiday activities from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Santa will be on hand, hot chocolate will be flowing, and a kid-friendly movie will be playing on the big screen. Participants can also make Christmas cards and other festive crafts. Admission is $2 per person. Call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 18, 2013

Trail Task Force to meet Nov. 26

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Nov 15, 2013

Tennessee Arts Commission strategic planning public meeting set for Wednesday

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) invites the public to join the conversation about the future of the arts in Tennessee at the first of four state-wide strategic planning public meetings. The meeting will be held at the General Shale Brick Natural History Museum Visitor Center and Fossil Site in Gray from 10:00 a.m. until noon with networking and coffee from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

The Commission is looking forward to hearing the region’s responses to some of the important issues that face the arts in Tennessee and welcomes the public’s participation. The meeting will discuss how the arts are contributing to the economic development and quality of life of Northeast Tennessee, as well as exploring opportunities for further growth. Other topics include the value of quality arts education in relation to the success of students from Pre-K through 12th grade, and new ways to advocate for the arts.

A distinguished panel will discuss how the arts play an important role in moving the region forward. The panel includes Scott Niswonger, President of the Niswonger Foundation, majority shareholder of Landair Transport, Inc., and Chairman Emeritus of Forward Air Corporation; Dennis R. Phillips, Mayor of the City of Kingsport, TN; Phil Pindzola, Director of the Public Works Administration at the City of Johnson City, TN; and Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. The panel will be moderated by Ann Coulter, Principal, A. Coulter Consulting in Chattanooga.

A round-table discussion will follow the panel discussion. The event is sponsored by Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, the City of Johnson City, Washington County Economic Development Council, and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. Networking entertainment will be provided by guitarist, Gerald Sheppard.
The public is also invited to participate in our online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/6C5C5GV. More information about TAC can be found at http://www.tn.gov/arts

CONTACT:
Suzanne Lynch, director of marketing and development
Tennessee Arts Commission
(615)741-1703,
suzanne.lynch@tn.gov

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Nov 15, 2013

BOC to meet Wednesday

The Board of Commissioners regularly scheduled meeting set for Nov. 21 has been moved to Wednesday, Nov. 20. This meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Nov 15, 2013

MPCC to offer bread and soup cooking class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Slow Rise Bread and Soup cooking class on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. This class is $35 per person and is open to all ages. Instructor is Sheridan Nice of Mona Lisa’s Gelato & Café.
Students will prepare two types of slow-rise breads, ciabatta and focaccia, in addition to two soups. Make new friends or bring old ones to have fun and learn new recipes. Participants are asked to bring two, one-gallon containers with lids for dough.
Register in person at MPCC. Payment is due upon registration.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 15, 2013

Volunteers needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two three-year appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation.
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 Board of Zoning Appeals may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To download an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 13. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Development Coordinator Steve Neilson at (423)434-6053.

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

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Nov 15, 2013

MPCC to offer hula exercise class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a fun new dance workout for all fitness levels. Hot Hula Fitness for ages 16 and older provides a total body, 60-minute workout. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, Hot Hula Fitness incorporates easy-to-perform traditional and new dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drumbeats fused with funky Reggae. Fee is $3 per class. Instructor is Frances Wyatt. Class times are:
• Mondays (beginning Dec. 2): 9-10 a.m.
• Thursdays (beginning Dec. 5): 7:30-8:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 14, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Nov. 15-24

Public Works projects 
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Piney Flats Industrial Park – maintenance
• Piney Grove – manhole replacements
• State of Franklin Road (at Tupelo Honey) – water tap
• Althea Street and Ronald Lane – water line replacement; lane closures 

TDOT projects 
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)

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Nov 13, 2013

MPCC hosting flag football tournament

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a flag football tournament for ages 16 and older on Saturday, Nov. 23. The tournament will run from 2-4 p.m. with six-minute, four-quarter games. Fee is $2 per person with each team having a minimum of four players and a max of six on the roster.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750
 

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Nov 11, 2013

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering one appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a certified plumber who lives inside the city limits. This term will expire December 2015.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. The board meets at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month on an as-needed basis.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or may call the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6047. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 22.

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

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Nov 11, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center seeking instructors

Memorial Park Community Center strives to keep up with the latest trends and provide the community with valuable programming. The center is currently in search of certified instructors who can bring unique skills or crafts to the center.
Please contact program coordinators Sarah Whitted at 461-4852 or Renee Ensor at 461-4851, if you are interested in leading weekly programs or classes.

CONTACT:
Sarah Whitted, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852 

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Nov 07, 2013

Lane closures on Knob Creek set for overnight Monday, Tuesday

Lane closures on portions of Knob Creek Road are planned for overnight Monday and Tuesday, while a 16-inch water line is installed in the area of Pactolas Road and Skyline Drive. Additionally, a portion of Skyline from Knob Creek to Robin Hood Lane is closed to through traffic.
Knob Creek lane closures will be in effect from 7 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., both overnight Monday into Tuesday morning and Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Drivers are urged to use caution in this area and follow traffic signs. Detours are in place for the Skyline closure.

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

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Nov 06, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Nov. 8-17

Public Works projects
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Joe Hale Drive – water line restoration; lane closures
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Skyline Drive (at Fox Glen Apartments) – water line taps
• Piney Flats Industrial Park – maintenance
• Shadden Road – fire hydrant relocation
• Piney Grove – manhole replacements 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

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Nov 05, 2013

2013 Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame inductees announced

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Wall of Fame Nominating Committee is pleased to announce this year’s inductees: Ferrell Bowman, Malcolm Foreman and Vanas Robbins. They will be honored at a banquet next month.

Ferrell Bowman
Bowman worked for the City for more than 30 years, not only in the maintenance division but as a softball umpire, flag football referee, and basketball referee for 15 years. He was well-known for his ball field preparation which was a perfect fit for what he loved so much – baseball and athletics.
When he was in high school in 1954, Bowman received all-state honors in basketball and won the state championship in track in the 100-yard dash and the broad jump (22 feet, 7 inches).
Bowman has received numerous honors for his contributions to athletics:
• Little League Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962
• Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 1993
• Johnson City Babe Ruth Baseball Citizenship Award, 2000
• Science Hill Sports Hall of Fame, 2007
During his career, Bowman has assisted thousands of young players in developing their skills whether through conversation, during a camp or clinic, or simple one-on-one instruction.
Bowman played professional baseball for 14 years with the Giants, Yankees, Mets, and Braves. In 1962, while playing with the San Francisco Giants, his team advanced to the World Series. He had two game appearances and scored once in the Giants' 7-3 victory over the Yankees in game four.
While playing with the Corpus Christi Giants in 1959, Bowman became friends with Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, and their friendship has grown ever since. In 2011, Bowman was given months to live. Perry began working with Major League Baseball’s Assistance Program to help Bowman find the resources and medical care he’s needed to get a new lease on life.

Malcolm Foreman
Foreman experienced Parks and Recreation first as a participant in the youth basketball program playing for Henry Johnson. Years later, during the 1980 and 1981 seasons, he served as a Minor League Baseball umpire. He then began to umpire in the Little League program in 1982 and has umpired for a total of 29 years. He has been assigned to umpire numerous zone, district, state, and regional tournaments.
Foreman served as the Little League umpire-in-chief for all three leagues from 1984-1987, and he has served in various capacities on the Johnson City Major League Board of Directors for 16 years.
Foreman worked with the Parks and Recreation maintenance division from 1982 through 1987 and also worked as a youth basketball official for eight years. He has served as a volunteer football coach in the Watauga Youth League for seven years.
Foreman received the Johnson City Major League Arthur Lady Service Award in 1998 and was the recipient of the Searl Robbins Most Outstanding Official Award in 2005. Foreman also was a varsity letterman for three years in football and basketball at Science Hill High School.

Vanas Robbins
Robbins’ career with the department began in 1979 and continued on a full-time basis until 2002. She returned that year as a seasonal employee and worked with the youth girl’s tee-ball and youth basketball programs. Her seasonal status with the City continued from 2002 up until her passing last year.
Robbins first served as the Parks and Recreation revenue supervisor, spending countless hours ensuring that all monies were accounted for. She then started working with the roller skating program and was often seen blowing her whistle to slow down skaters and stop horseplay. Legion Recreation Center was a second home to Robbins for many years. She served as concessions manager at the Legion Street Pool, which is where she became a self-proclaimed guardian for many children. She would buy them food, give them money, and stay late to make sure someone picked them up. When her day at the pool ended, she would head to Cardinal Park to oversee concession operations there.
Robbins spent many years in the concession stand and ticket booth at Winged Deer Park for baseball and softball tournaments. She was always willing to help. A co-worker once said: “If you had to be down scrubbing a toilet, Robbins would be right there with you helping to get it done.”
Her last full-time position was manager of Kiwanis Park. There, she scheduled parties and events, supervised the playground, and helped promote art programs. She coached and refereed youth basketball, worked the box office at Freedom Hall Civic Center, worked gate admissions for Science Hill High School events, and always served with the City’s best interest at heart. At the time of her passing in 2012, at the age of 78, Robbins was still serving as manager of the Edge indoor training facility.

CONTACT:
James Ellis, assistant director
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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Nov 04, 2013

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art, monuments, murals, or other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080.

CONTACT:
Phil Pindzola, director
Public Works
(423)434-6080

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Nov 04, 2013

Volunteers needed for Senior Services Advisory Council

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three appointments to the Senior Services Advisory Council. The advisory council makes recommendations to the Senior Services director and the City of Johnson City on matters affecting planning, support and programming. The council provides direction and guidance for long-range planning that will improve the quality of life for older citizens of the area. Each term is three years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423) 434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Nov 01, 2013

Veterans program to be held at WDP lakefront Nov. 9

Parks and Recreation invites citizens of all ages to join period re-enactors and living historians at a free, hands-on event honoring our veterans. “Take a Walk in their Boots” will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza.
Participants will see the differences of a soldier’s life from the Revolutionary War through wartime in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Learn what a paratrooper took with him as he jumped out of the aircraft. See what soldiers did to stay occupied during down time. Review the weapons used throughout history. Appreciate displays on women’s wartime roles. Discover how lives were saved by medical personnel and much, much, more. Come pay tribute and keep the memories alive.
For more information, contact Connie Deegan at 283-5821.

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

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Nov 01, 2013

PAC schedules two Thanksgiving programs

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer the following holiday programs on Wednesday, Nov. 27:
• Tom the Turkey - 1-2 p.m. Ages 3-5, $3 per child. Tom the Turkey is going undercover! Help him create a disguise … maybe a firefighter, a peacock, or a bowling pin? Participants also will make cute pilgrim handprints for the fridge.
• Walking in Pilgrim Wonderland - 3-4 p.m. Ages 6-11, $5 per child. Learn how the Pilgrims survived the harsh winter of 1620. Participants will draw and paint the Mayflower, create his and hers pilgrims, and make a Thanksgiving tree.
To sign up or for more information, please call Princeton Arts Center at 283-5800.

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

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Nov 01, 2013

First outdoor classroom program set: ‘Nature’s Talking … Are You Listening?’

Winged Deer Park’s new outdoor classroom will host its first program from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. “Nature’s Talking … Are You Listening?” will introduce a creative way to identify trees and other plant species, tell the age of a tree, and identify invasive, potentially invasive and native species in our Northeast Tennessee forests. Learn how plants are used by both humans and wildlife, as well as how we can protect the forest through proper management.
Participants will meet in the disc golf course parking lot off Carroll Creek Road. This free program is open to ages 8 and older.
For more information, contact Connie Deegan at 283-5821.

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

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Oct 31, 2013

Carver Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 21

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. The meal, provided by area churches and the Carver staff, is open to citizens of all ages.
Please call 461-8830 for more information.

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

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Oct 31, 2013

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development Board

The City of Johnson City is seeking five volunteers to serve on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board guides the City’s Housing and Community Development program under the Development Services Department. All potential appointees must be Johnson City residents. Each term is one year. Representatives are needed in the following capacities:
• Keystone/King Springs – Board member must live within neighborhood boundaries of: Legion Street/King Springs Road (west); East Main Street (east); Plymouth Road/Erwin Highway (south).
• Mountain Home – Board member must live within neighborhood boundaries of: Veterans Way (west); South Boone Street (east); West Market Street (north); State of Franklin Road (south).
• West End – Board member must live within neighborhood boundaries of: Indian Ridge Road (west); West State of Franklin Road (east); Indian Ridge Road (north); McKinley Road (south).
• Homebuilders – Must be an active homebuilding member of the Johnson City Homebuilders Association.
• Faith-based Organization – Must be an active director or board member of a faith-based organization (can include a church staff member, clergy or board officer).
Interested citizens who meet the above stated qualifications are encouraged to contact Steve Baldwin, Community Development director, at 434-6291 or sbaldwin@johnsoncitytn.org
Applications are available at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards and must be submitted by Nov. 25, 2013.

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

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Oct 31, 2013

Carver to host Veteran’s Day program

Carver Recreation Center will honor veterans from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 with a ceremony and reception. The program is free and open to all ages.
Please contact Carver Recreation Center at 461-8830 for more information.

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

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Oct 31, 2013

MPCC hosting dinner, Appalachian Express Chorus Dec. 13

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to an evening of a cappella music performed by the popular Appalachian Express Chorus at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. Cost is $12, which includes dinner.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750
 

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Oct 30, 2013

FYI: Farmer's market open Saturdays only starting Nov. 2

Today (Oct. 30) is the last Wednesday of the season for the Johnson City Farmer's Market. Winter market hours will start Saturday (Nov. 2). The market will be open Saturdays only from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Dec. 14. Regular market hours will resume next April.   

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Oct 30, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Nov. 1-10

Public Works projects
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – drainage improvements. Road will be closed to traffic from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Residents of the area will be allowed access.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades. Closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Southwest Avenue and West Walnut Street – curb and sidewalk repairs. Lane closures possible. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lone Oak Road (Brookhollow Road to Cherokee Road) – hydro seeding. Lane closures possible. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Joe Hale Drive – water line maintenance/restoration; lane closures
• Cherry Street – sewer line tap
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Skyline Drive (at Fox Glen Apartments) – water line taps 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

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Oct 30, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering ‘Gobbles and Gourds’

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a hands-on opportunity for kids to create Thanksgiving centerpieces. “Gobbles and Gourds” will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. This program is open to ages 5-12 and is $2 per person.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749 

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Oct 30, 2013

Salamander hike set for Saturday on Buffalo Mountain

Nature coordinator Connie Deegan will lead a salamander hike from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 2) at Buffalo Mountain Park. Hikers will get an overview of how salamanders survive and will take a short walk to the creek in search of these hard-to-spy amphibians.
Program is $1 per person and is open to all ages. Hikers will meet at the Harris Pavilion. For more information, contact Deegan at (423)283-5821.

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

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Oct 30, 2013

Yuchi storytelling set for Friday

Join Chief Lee Vest Friday (Nov. 1) for sunset Yuchi Native American storytelling around the fire at Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin from 6-7 p.m. Members of the Yuchi Nation will be dressed in native regalia as they pass along tales of tribal elders. The event is free and open to all ages.
For more information, contact Deegan at (423)283-5821.

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

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Oct 28, 2013

Safe heating tips offered by JCFD

The Johnson City Fire Department is asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors and check or replace smoke detectors as we enter the peak months for home heating fires - November through March.

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.

In 2012, the Johnson City Fire Department responded to 21 fires determined to have started by failure of or misuse of heating equipment. 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.

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.”

Residents of Johnson City needing assistance in obtaining smoke detectors can contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423)975-2840. Residents of other areas can contact their local fire departments about assistance with smoke detectors.

CONTACT:
Assistant Fire Marshal Lori Ratliff
(423)483-5832

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Oct 28, 2013

Senior Center Foundation Board to meet Nov. 7 at Lexington Senior Living

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at The Lexington Senior Living, 114 W. Fairview Ave.
The Senior Center Foundation Executive Committee meeting has been rescheduled to noon on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please contact Sue Orr at (423)434-6232.

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Seniors Services
(423)434-6232

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Oct 24, 2013

FYI: JCPB launches online outage map

The Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) recently launched an online outage mapping
system that displays current outages within JCPB’s service territory. This convenient new
feature may be accessed by visiting www.jcpb.com and clicking on the “See Live Map
Here” button located just beneath the homepage’s main navigational banner.
Additionally, users of JCPB’s SmartHub iOS and Android mobile applications may view
the map on their mobile phones and/or tablets.
The map offers users the ability to zoom in and out, alter its graphic display, and view
current outages highlighted within any of the twelve zip codes comprising JCPB’s service
territory. The map also features a key that numerically displays current outages within a
given zip code along with totals for that area and the entire service territory.
JCPB CEO, Jeff Dykes, offered, “This new outage map is a wonderful addition to the
expanding list of services we offer our customers. Thanks to our adoption of advanced
technologies; customers, media representatives, and anyone else are able to view the
extent of an outage while it’s happening, wherever they happen to be. This system was
made possible through years of hard work and visionary planning by our dedicated staff
and Board of Directors.”
JCPB’s outage map’s ability to display outage information in near real-time is made
possible through the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). As any of the
utility’s nearly 76,000 advanced meters report an outage, that information is
automatically relayed to the map for display.

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Oct 24, 2013

PAC to offer flute lessons

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer flute lessons Monday through Friday starting Nov. 4. Times will vary depending on number of students. Classes are tailored to each students’ needs, whether the interest is a simple hobby or preparing for an audition. All ages and skill levels are welcome; ensembles will be taught upon request. Participants are expected to bring their own instrument. Cost is $15 per each weekly half-hour session or $25 for a weekly hour-long session.
To sign up or for more information, please call Princeton Arts Center at 283-5800.

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

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Oct 23, 2013

Trail Task Force to meet Tuesday

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 29) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
This group will not meet Monday (Oct. 28).

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

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Oct 23, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Oct. 25-Nov. 3

Public Works projects
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – Drainage improvements. Road will be closed to traffic from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Residents of that area will be allowed access.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in the area of construction.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Southwest Avenue and West Walnut Street – curb and sidewalk repairs. Lane closures possible. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• South Roan Street (400 block) – water/sewer lines replacement; road closed
• Joe Hale Drive – water laterals replacement; lane closures
• Walnut Lane – water laterals replacement/restoration; lane closures
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ned King Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

Special event closures
• Mary Key Street (from Buffalo Street to Colorado Street) – closed 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 for First Free Will Baptist Church’s Fall Festival. 
 
 

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Oct 22, 2013

Trail Task Force to meet Monday

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 28) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Oct 16, 2013

Pumpkin Swim and Paint set for Oct. 25 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center Pool, 510 Bert St., will host a Pumpkin Swim and Paint Party from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Admission is $2 per person.
Participants will catch a slippery pumpkin in the pool, then paint and decorate their capture. All ages are invited to join this wild and wet fun!

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749
 

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Oct 16, 2013

Yoga instructor needed

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking a Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor. Qualified applicant must be certified in yoga instruction; certification in women’s health/prenatal a plus. Teaching hours are flexible.
For more information, please call (423)434-5758.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758
 

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Oct 16, 2013

Carver to host annual Halloween Festival Oct. 31

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a Halloween Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. Kids in costume will be admitted for $1; all others $3. Game tickets will be available for $.50.
This event is open to all ages and will feature a “King and Queen” contest, blowups, football toss, basketball shoot, dart throw, and much more. 

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

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Oct 16, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Oct. 18-27

Public Works projects
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – Drainage improvements. Road will be closed to traffic from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Residents of that area will be allowed access.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Nov. 25.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in the area of construction.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery (between King and Market) – sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East Market Street (from South Roan Street to Commerce Street) – will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 21 (weather permitting) for work on pedestrian crosswalks. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in construction zones.
• Buffalo Street (from South Roan Street to East Main Street) – will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 21 (weather permitting) for work on pedestrian crosswalks. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in construction zones.
• Lone Oak Road (from Cherokee Road to Brookhollow Road) – sidewalk installation preparations. Lane closures possible. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• South Roan Street (400 block) – water/sewer lines replacement; road closed
• Joe Hale Drive – water laterals replacement; lane closures
• Walnut Lane – water laterals replacement/restoration; lane closures
• Lacy, Sells and Mullins streets – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rangewood subdivision – water line testing and restoration; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from State of Franklin Road to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement 

TDOT
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

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Oct 15, 2013

State symbols program set for Oct. 28 at MPCC

Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 to learn all about Tennessee’s state symbols. Deegan will educate participants on these symbols that represent our cultural heritage and natural treasures. How were the state tree, flower, insect, gem, wild animal, reptile, fruit, bird and fish chosen? Come learn the answers!
This free program will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Call Deegan at 283-5821 for more information.

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

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Oct 15, 2013

PAC offering Dancercise

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a four-week Dancercise class for women (18 and older) beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29. Instruction includes stretching and yoga along with lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop dance movement. Class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for four classes.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

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

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Oct 15, 2013

MPCC offering Hatha Yoga

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. is now offering Hatha Yoga from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is an adult class (18+), and fee is $5 per session or $25 per month.
Hatha Yoga focuses on physical and mental strength-building exercises and postures. This class is a relaxing way to learn the benefits of yoga poses.
For more information, contact Kelly Finney at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Oct 15, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center hosting Halloween fun

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to celebrate Halloween (Thursday, Oct. 31) at the center, with two special events:
• Chills and Thrills Trunk or Treat for all ages, 5-7 p.m. Bring the family and enjoying a little trick-or-treat fun in the parking lot, arts and crafts activities, a costume contest (6 p.m.), and warm apple cider. A pumpkin carving station will also be available for $1 per pumpkin.
• Monster Mash Teen Dance for ages 13-17, 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Enjoy music provided by a local DJ with a few Halloween favorites thrown in the mix. Drop-off at 7 p.m.; pick-up no later than 9 p.m.
Call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Oct 15, 2013

FYI: Scams continue threatening JCPB customers

Over the past few weeks, several Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) customers have
received phone calls from an unknown party posing as a JCPB employee and demanding
money to prevent disconnection of electrical services. Reported plots have attempted to
intimidate customers using stories about faulty meters or delinquent balances. In several
attempts, callers tried to convince unsuspecting victims to purchase a prepaid gift card
over the phone to avoid disconnection of services and additional charges.
The Johnson City Police Department has assigned an investigator to this case and
encourages any victims to register a report by calling 911. JCPD also asks victims to
record the caller ID information if possible.
JCPB cautions its customers to be wary of any calls from parties claiming to represent the
utility. If there is ever any question as to the true identity of a JCPB representative,
concerned customers should ask for the representative’s name, department, and phone
number before hanging up and contacting JCPB customer service at (423)952-JCPB
(5272) to confirm the representatives identity and the validity of their requests.
Additionally, JCPB does not utilize prepaid gift cards and does not solicit them to its
customers.

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Oct 15, 2013

FYI: Anti-bully program set for Oct. 22 at JCPL

The Johnson City Public Library will host an anti-bully program on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Jones Meeting Room at 6 p.m. High school students, parents and interested adults are invited to view portions of the highly acclaimed documentary Bully directed by Lee Hirsch. This year over 13 million children will be bullied in some form. This documentary follows the lives of four children who are bullied at school and in their community and how their lives are changed forever. Dr. Greg Wallace from Johnson City Schools will lead a discussion on how to prevent bullying and how the area schools are being proactive through the Olweus program.

For more information please call (423)434-4458.

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Oct 15, 2013

BOC, ACB workshop set for tomorrow

The Board of Commissioners and Animal Control Board joint work session scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 16) has been canceled. 

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

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Oct 11, 2013

Downtown street closures start next week for crosswalk surfacing

Several portions of downtown streets will be closed starting next week while crosswalk surfacing takes place. These closures will last approximately one week each and include:
Starting Monday, Oct. 14: East Main Street from Commerce Street to South Roan Street; and Buffalo Street from Tipton Street to East Market Street
Starting Monday, Oct. 21: East Market from South Roan to Commerce; and Buffalo from South Roan to East Main
Drivers are asked to find alternate routes and/or use caution in the construction areas.

CONTACT:
Mike Williams, project coordinator
Public Works
(423)975-2706

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Oct 11, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to host Oktoberfest cooking class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer an Oktoberfest cooking class on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Sheridan Nice of Mona Lisa’s Gelato & Café will help students prepare several German specialties as well as European-style slow rise bread.
The class is open to all ages; cost is $35 per person, due upon registration. Register at MPCC or call 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Oct 10, 2013

FHCC Advisory Board to meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 17

The time of the Freedom Hall Advisory Board meeting set for Thursday, Oct. 17 has changed to 11 a.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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Oct 10, 2013

Applications being accepted for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and the Johnson City Police Department will consider two appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service grievances and meets on an as-needed basis. Each term is two years.
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)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, Oct. 31. 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, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Oct. 11-20

Public Works projects
• King Springs Road (Legion Street to East Main Street) – street will be closed until further notice; detours in place.
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Oct 7, West Lakeview Drive between Mountcastle Drive and East Oakland Avenue will be closed to through traffic for installation of a large storm drain pipe near 1710 West Lakeview. The road will be completely blocked at the construction site but residents will have access to their homes from either East Oakland or Mountcastle. Detours will be posted. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday, Oct. 12, with periodic lane closures continuing until completion of project. Flagmen will be present; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Buffalo Road (Cherokee Road to South Roan Street) – preparing for resurfacing; periodic lane closures. Flagmen will be present; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Oct. 21.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in the area of construction.
• Lone Oak Road (Cherokee Road to Greenwood Drive) – Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Lone Oak Road between Cherokee Road and Greenwood Drive will be closed to through traffic while the area is prepared for new sidewalk construction. The closure will be in effect from approximately 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for two weeks. Traffic will be detoured via Brook Hollow Road during the day.
• Boone Street (between Market Street and King Street), West King Street (between Boone Street and Montgomery Street), and Montgomery Street (between King Street and Market Street) – Sidewalk and curb installation. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Buffalo Street (between Tipton Street and West Market Street) and West Market Street right turn lane (at the intersection of Buffalo Street) – will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 14 (weather permitting) for work on pedestrian crosswalks. Intersections will remain closed until Friday afternoon, Oct. 18. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in these construction zones. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Oak Street (from Fairview Avenue to Millard Street) – water line replacement; lane closures
• South Roan Street (400 block) – water/sewer lines replacement; road closed
• Joe Hale Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Walnut Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from Hamilton Street to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Rangewood subdivision – water line extension; lane closures 

TDOT 
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

Special event closures
American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk – will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Participants will be walking in outside lanes, resulting in partial closure. Drivers are urged to use caution during walk in the following areas: Millennium Centre to Market Street; Market to University Parkway; University Parkway to State of Franklin.

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Oct 08, 2013

Commission, Animal Control Board to meet Oct. 16

The Board of Commissioners and the Animal Control Board will hold a joint work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 to discuss a final design for the animal shelter. 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)434-6021

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Oct 04, 2013

Senior Center Foundation Board to meet Oct. 10

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board will hold a called meeting at noon on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, please contact Sue Orr at (423)434-6232.

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Seniors Services
(423)434-6232

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Oct 04, 2013

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Oct. 17

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

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

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Oct 03, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Oct. 4-13

Public Works projects – Media contact for further information: (423)975-2700
• King Springs Road (Legion Street to East Main Street) – street will be closed until further notice; detours in place.
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Oct 7, West Lakeview Drive between Mountcastle Drive and East Oakland Avenue will be closed to through traffic for installation of a large storm drain pipe near 1710 West Lakeview. The road will be completely blocked at the construction site but residents will have access to their homes from either East Oakland or Mountcastle. Detours will be posted. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday, Oct. 12.
• Buffalo Road (Cherokee Road to Lafe Cox Road) – preparing for resurfacing; road closed from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily; access to Pine Oaks Golf Course will be from Lafe Cox Road.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Oct. 21.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in the area of construction.
• Lone Oak Road (Cherokee Road to Greenwood Drive) Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Lone Oak Road between Cherokee Road and Greenwood Drive will be closed to through traffic while the area is prepared for new sidewalk construction. The closure will be in effect from approximately 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for two weeks. Traffic will be detoured via Brook Hollow Road during the day.

Water and Sewer Services projects – Media contact for further information: (423)461-1645
• Oak Street (from Fairview Avenue to Millard Street) – water line replacement; lane closures
• South Roan Street (400 block) – water/sewer lines replacement; road closed
• Joe Hale Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Walnut Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (from Hamilton Street to Knob Creek Road) – water line replacement

TDOT – Media contact for further information: (865)594-0161 or (423)926-4219
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

Special event closures
• American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk – will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Participants will be walking in outside lanes, resulting in partial closure. Drivers are urged to use caution during walk in the following areas: Millennium Centre to Market Street; Market to University Parkway; University Parkway to State of Franklin. 
 
 

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Oct 03, 2013

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 12

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 12, 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. 13, 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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Oct 02, 2013

It’s a Dog’s Life brings families to MPCC for fun with the family pet

Memorial Park Community Center’s “It’s a Dog’s Life” Family Fun Night last Friday brought 16 dogs and 50 owners to the center for a treat seek, crafts, photo booth and an obstacle course. Representatives from the Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter brought some adoptable pets to join in the fun, and the Dog Park Association and Camp Ruff-n-More were also on site. Thanks to all humans and dogs who attended this fun, social event for the whole family.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750
 

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Oct 02, 2013

Annual fall leaf collection starts Nov. 4

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Dec. 20. 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, 2013

Road closures scheduled for next week

Two portions of road will be closed beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday (Oct. 7) while Public Works crews perform work: 
• West Lakeview Drive between Mountcastle Drive and East Oakland Avenue will be closed to through traffic for installation of a large storm drain pipe near 1710 West Lakeview. The road will be completely blocked at the construction site but residents will have access to their homes from either East Oakland or Mountcastle. Detours will be posted. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday, Oct. 12.
• Lone Oak Road between Cherokee Road and Greenwood Drive will be closed to through traffic while the area is prepared for new sidewalk construction. The closure will be in effect from approximately 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for two weeks. Traffic will be detoured via Brook Hollow Road during the day.

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707

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Oct 01, 2013

Volunteers needed to serve on Tree and Landscape Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board. Each appointee’s term is three years. This board advises the Board of Commissioners on the promotion and management of the urban forest and the overall appearance of Johnson City.

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Tree and Landscape Board may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Nov. 1.

For more information regarding the Tree and Landscape Board functions, please call City Forester Pat Walding at (423)975-2681 or walding@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Sep 27, 2013

Basketball registration starts Tuesday

Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration begins Oct. 1
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Athletic Division will start accepting registrations for the youth basketball program Tuesday (Oct. 1). Divisions offered are boys and girls ages: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Registration fee is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-Johnson City residents. Registration deadline is Oct. 26; registrations taken after Oct. 26 will be assessed a $20 late fee.
Practices will begin Monday, Nov. 4, and games will begin Monday, Nov. 25.
Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday or online at www.myjcparks.org. Please call 283-5822 for more information.

Youth basketball coaches, refs and scorekeepers to meet next week
Anyone interested in participating in Parks and Recreation youth basketball as a referee, scorekeeper or coach is asked to attend an organizational meeting next week. Returning and new referees and scorekeepers will meet Wednesday (Oct. 2). Returning and new coaches will meet Thursday (Oct. 3). Both meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Please call 283-5822 for more information. 

Parks and Recreation adult basketball registration starts Oct. 1
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Athletic Division will begin accepting applications for the 2013-14 adult basketball season on Tuesday (Oct. 1). Leagues offered are Men’s Open-Church and Women’s Open. Registration fee is $400 plus $5 for each non-Johnson City resident on the roster. Rosters and photo IDs of each player are due at time of registration. The season includes a 14-game schedule plus a single-elimination tournament. Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 8, and league play will begin the week of Monday, Nov. 25. A coaches meeting will be held Thursday (Oct. 3) at 6:30 p.m. at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower.
Registrations can only be taken in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. Please call 283-5822 for more information.

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

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Sep 27, 2013

JC Parks to host Super Spooky Saturday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a free Super Spooky Saturday event for all ages at Winged Deer Park on Saturday, Oct. 26. From 5-7 p.m., families can enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, a pumpkin patch, and more. From 7-9 p.m., participants can take a hayride through the haunted forest. Parents are asked to plan accordingly because the darker the sky, the scarier the ride! All activities will be held at the Robert Young Cabin, adjacent to the Park and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park. 
For more information, call Johnson City Parks and Recreation at (423)283-5815.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749 

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Sep 27, 2013

Planning Commission October meeting canceled

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will not meet on Oct. 8. The Commission is expected to resume its regular meeting schedule in November.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Sep 25, 2013

MPCC to host Fall Break Sports Camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Fall Break Sports Camp for both Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $20, and children will enjoy participating in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, kickball, arts and crafts, swimming, and much more. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Camp will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.
• Johnson City: Oct. 7-11
• Washington County: Oct. 14-18
Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Sep 25, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Sept. 27-Oct. 6

Public Works projects
• King Springs Road (Legion Street to East Main Street) – street will be closed until further notice; detours in place.
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – drainage and sidewalk improvements; periodic lane closures; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Buffalo Road (Cherokee Road to Lafe Cox Road) – preparing for resurfacing; road closed from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily; access to Pine Oaks Golf Course will be from Lafe Cox Road.
• East Market Street (South Roan Street to Buffalo Street) – installation of concrete pavers. Lane closures periodically; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Oct. 21.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• East Fairview Avenue (from New Street to Oak Street) – water laterals replacement; lane closures
• Old Elizabethton Highway and U.S. 19E – water line replacement; lane closures
• South Roan Street (400 block) – water/sewer lines replacement; road closed
• Eddie Williams Road (2205) – fire line installation; lane closures
• Joe Hale Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Walnut Lane – water line replacement; lane closures 

TDOT projects 
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor) 

Special event closures
• Forest Avenue (from Ridgeway Road to Lester Harris Road) – closed Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4-8 p.m. for Neighborhood Block Party 

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Sep 25, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to offer Start Smart Basketball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball for children ages 3-5 beginning Oct. 22. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.
Start Smart focuses on teaching kids and their parents skills in dribbling, ball handling, passing, catching, shooting, agility, and running, without the threat of competition or fear of getting hurt. This class will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Oct. 22 through Nov. 26. Each week, the exercises will become more challenging as the class progresses and children show improvement.
Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 4. Program cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be assessed for registrations after Oct. 4. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Space is limited. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, recreation worker
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Sep 23, 2013

Tomorrow’s HZC meeting canceled

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Sept. 24) has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Sep 23, 2013

Tree and Landscape Board meeting canceled

The Tree and Landscape Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Sept. 24) has been canceled. The board should resume its normal meeting schedule next month.

CONTACT:
Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works
(423)975-2681

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Sep 20, 2013

Upcoming meetings canceled

Two meetings scheduled for next week have been canceled: Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (9:30 a.m. Wednesday) and Housing and Community Development Advisory Board (noon Thursday). Both boards should resume normal meeting schedules next month.

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

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Sep 20, 2013

Portion of Bell Ridge closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Bell Ridge Road, from Orleans Street to Oregon Street, will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 24 and 25) while City crews perform road repairs. Residents of 1307, 1308 and 1309 Bell Ridge Road will have access from Orleans Street. All other residents will need to access their homes via King Springs Road.

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707
 

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Sep 18, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Sept. 20-29

Drivers are asked to take alternate routes when possible and use caution in construction areas.

Public Works projects
• King Springs Road (Legion Street to East Main Street) – street will be closed until further notice; detours in place.
• Lakeview Drive (Mountcastle Drive to Oakland Avenue) – drainage and sidewalk improvements; periodic lane closures; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Buffalo Road (Cherokee Road to Lafe Cox Road) – preparing for resurfacing; road closed from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily; access to Pine Oaks Golf Course will be from Lafe Cox Road.
• East Market Street (South Roan Street to Buffalo Street) – installation of concrete pavers. Lane closures periodically; motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) – utility upgrades; closed to through traffic until approximately Oct. 21.
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades; motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• East Fairview Avenue (from New Street to Oak Street) – water laterals replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Valley Subdivision (Cedar Point and Cedar Place) – restoration; lane closures
• Old Elizabethton Highway and U.S. 19E – water line replacement; lane closures
• U.S. 19E and Bluff City Highway – water line maintenance; shoulder closure
• South Roan Street – water/sewer line replacements; road closed between State of Franklin Road and Main Street
• Walnut Lane – water line replacement 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• State Route 75 (between SR 36 and SR 357) – sewer and water line replacements; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)

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Sep 17, 2013

FHCC Advisory Board to meet next Thursday

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room.

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

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Sep 17, 2013

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 25

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road.

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

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Sep 16, 2013

MPCC to host It’s a Dog’s Life Family Fun Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host “It’s a Dog’s Life” Family Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. This event is open to humans and family pets of all ages. Admission is $1 per person. Pets are free!
The movie All Dogs Go to Heaven will be shown at 7 p.m. Representatives from the Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter will have adoptable pets available, and pet-friendly vendors will be on hand. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Sep 13, 2013

Portion of East Market to close Monday

East Market Street, from South Roan Street to Buffalo Street and from Buffalo to Commerce Street, will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday afternoon (Sept. 16). This closure is necessary for the construction of the remaining crosswalks at the intersection of East Market and Buffalo.
The current closure of East Main Street will be re-opened before the East Market section is closed.
Detours will be in place. Access to businesses will be maintained. East Market is expected to re-open by Friday afternoon (Sept. 20).

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707

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Sep 12, 2013

FYI: Washington County recognized as gold sustainable community by TVA

Washington County has earned a gold rating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new “Valley Sustainable Communities” program, and the designation should help the community better compete for jobs and investment.

The gold level designation recognizes that a community has taken a leadership role in implementing sustainable practices and has made a commitment to sustainability efforts focused on economic development.
A sustainability team with representatives from local governments, non-profit groups, the Johnson City Power Board, businesses and schools all worked closely with the WCEDC on an application after TVA introduced the program in January. The initiative helps communities evaluate their sustainable assets and programs, and encourages them to promote those and to increase their commitment to sustainability – all with an eye toward being more economically competitive in a world where those issues matter.

“Corporations are as concerned as ever with operating in a sustainable manner,” WCEDC Chairperson Lottie Ryans, a vice president with Century Link, said. “This designation, and the work our community does to improve and expand its sustainable assets, can provide a competitive edge as we work to attract new jobs and investment.”

TVA’s economic development arm plans to provide significant extra marketing resources to promote the designated communities across the Valley.

“TVA Economic Development’s mission is to work with our region’s communities to help them be prepared and differentiate themselves to better compete in global markets,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development. “We plan to provide marketing resources to promote the designated sustainable communities. These efforts will include online and direct mail to corporations that have shown commitment to sustainable business models.”
The Chairman and CEO of Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Co., a Fortune 500 company with a verified track record of sustainability, welcomed the news that a nearby community had achieved the designation.

“As a company with a longstanding, strong commitment to sustainable practices, we know the many benefits of pursuing sustainability, and we know that practiced wisely, sustainability is economically beneficial,” Eastman’s Jim Rogers said. “We are pleased to learn that one of our local communities has pursued and attained TVA’s new program.”
With Tennessee’s oldest curbside recycling option, an innovative landfill gas-to-energy program, a growing greenway and green space network, and a growing focus on promoting sustainable development, the City of Johnson City played a major role in demonstrating to TVA’s consultant, Boyette Strategic Advisors, that Washington County merited the second-highest designation.

“We live in a beautiful environment here in Washington County, so it only makes sense to preserve our assets sustainably,” Johnson City Mayor Dr. Ralph Van Brocklin said. “As Tennessee’s first ‘Green City,’ Johnson City has shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, as have other important institutions and businesses throughout the county. It’s gratifying to see that commitment recognized, and we look forward to promoting that designation in our economic and community development efforts.”

The goal of the program is to increase the likelihood that communities will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies planning to invest in new or expanded business locations. The Johnson City Power Board’s sustainable initiatives also contributed to the successful application, and its CEO, Jeff Dykes said he anticipates further emphasis on sustainable energy practices in the future.

“I’m glad TVA is encouraging this aspect of economic development,” Dykes said. “Being a part of the application process and seeing ETSU, the City, Jonesborough, Mountain States Health Alliance, environmental advocates and Washington County all around the table with us was an encouraging sign that the whole community is serious about sustainability.”

Learn more at www.thewcedc.com/sustainability.php or by contacting the WCEDC’s Jeff Keeling at (423) 794-9173 or keeling@thewcedc.com. 

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Sep 11, 2013

BOC, IDB to meet Monday

The Board of Commissioners and Industrial Development Board will hold a joint meeting Monday (Sept. 16) at 5:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss a capital investment program.

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

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Sep 11, 2013

FYI: JCPB plans outage along Michael Drive tomorrow

A planned power outage will occur along Michael Drive within the Carter Crossing
subdivision between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 12). The
Johnson City Power Board (JCPB), will utilize this time to replace a switch as part of an
ongoing rebuild of the infrastructure surrounding the affected area. JCPB representatives
will be canvassing the neighborhood prior to the outage to alert residents.
JCPB appreciates the patience and understanding of all those impacted during this
planned outage. As such, JCPB’s crews will be able to work more safely while
completing work that will insure the safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of electricity
within our community.

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Sep 10, 2013

Meet with the Mayor time changed for Thursday

Thursday’s (Sept. 12) “Meet with the Mayor” session will begin at 3 p.m., rather than the usual 2 p.m. start time.
Meet with the Mayor takes place the second Tuesday of each month at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., and allows citizens an opportunity to speak with Mayor Ralph J. Van Brocklin about issues that concern them. Sessions typically last one hour.
For more information, please contact Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert at comrel@johnsoncitytn.org or 434-6021.

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

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Sep 09, 2013

Trail Task Force meeting set for Sept. 23

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Sep 09, 2013

Portion of West Main to close Wednesday

West Main Street, between Boone and Buffalo streets, will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday (Sept. 11) at 7:30 a.m. This closure is necessary for the construction of a concrete crosswalk, which is part of several downtown improvement projects that are currently under way.
Traffic will be detoured via Boone Street but access to businesses and the public parking lot at West Main and Commerce Street will be maintained. The street will be completely blocked at the intersection of Buffalo.
The road is expected to reopen by Monday (Sept. 16).

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707

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Sep 06, 2013

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. Each term is five years.

Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 4. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Sep 06, 2013

Senior Center Foundation Board to meet Sept. 23

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board will hold a called meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, please contact Sue Orr at (423)434-6232. 

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Seniors Services
(423)434-6232 

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Sep 06, 2013

Lane closures planned on State of Franklin, South Roan

Lane closures on State of Franklin Road and South Roan Street are planned for Sunday (Sept. 8) while a fire line tap is installed. Closures include: both westbound lanes of State of Franklin at the east side of the South Roan intersection (near Colonial Way) as well as the northbound lane of South Roan at the State of Franklin intersection.
Westbound traffic of State of Franklin will be diverted to the center turn lane. Northbound traffic on South Roan will be detoured. All traffic alterations will be posted.
Work is set to begin at 7 a.m. Sunday and is expected to be complete by Monday.

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

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Sep 06, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency wants to ensure citizens are ready should a disaster occur.
Local and national emergency management agencies recommend that everyone be prepared to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
3. Build an emergency supply kit.
4. Get involved.
To get started, visit here. This guide will walk you through preparing for a possible disaster.
In addition, the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters will host a Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at University Parkway Baptist Church, 219 University Parkway. Numerous first responder agencies including American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Limestone Fire Corps, Washington County Disaster Animal Response Team, Sullivan County Disaster Animal Response Team, Johnson City Police Department, Johnson City Fire Department, Washington County/Johnson City EMA, Wings Air Rescue, and Washington County/Johnson City EMS will be on hand to provide information.
For more information, please contact Chad Bruckman at (423)434-6082 or email cbruckman.ema@earthlink.net.

CONTACT:
Chad Bruckman, training and operations officer
Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency
(423)434-6082

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Sep 06, 2013

Downtown improvements to require South Roan closure

With downtown experiencing millions of dollars in new investment, Johnson City’s Public Works and Water and Sewer Services departments will complete a major utilities upgrade along the 400 block of South Roan Street (between State of Franklin Road and East Main Street) starting Tuesday and running through approximately Oct. 21. The curbs and sidewalks will be replaced immediately after the utility installation.
The affected block of Roan will be closed during that period, and vehicles detoured in two patterns, depending on direction of travel. Businesses and residences will remain open and accessible along the block during the work.
“We realize the inconvenience this will create for people, but at the same time, we want Johnson Citians to understand how encouraged we are by all of the exciting growth that is occurring downtown,” said Shannon Castillo, Washington County Economic Development Council’s Director of Redevelopment. “Just in the block where the work is taking place, the last year has seen the construction of a $2 million apartment building and the arrival of a successful small business from another part of the city.”
Private-sector investment in downtown has totaled more than $18 million since mid-2012. Castillo said that type of growth, which is occurring throughout downtown, is one reason the City of Johnson City and other service providers will install upgraded infrastructure in the coming weeks. Additional phases are planned as well, heading in the direction of Buffalo Street.
Detour signs will be posted. Traffic heading south on Roan Street through downtown will be detoured left onto East Main Street, right after one block onto Colonial Way, right after one block onto State of Franklin, and left after one block back onto Roan. Traffic heading north will be detoured left onto State of Franklin, right after two blocks onto Buffalo, and left after three blocks back onto Roan.
Pedestrian access will be maintained, though portions of the sidewalk will be blocked at times during the replacement process.
To view a map of the detour routes, CLICK HERE.

CONTACT:
Jeff Keeling, (423)794-9173 or keeling@thewcedc.com or
Assistant Public Works Director Mike Arsenault, 975-2707 or
marsenault@johnsoncitytn.org

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Sep 05, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering tumbling classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering the following tumbling classes:
• Ages 3-6: Wednesdays, 6-6:30 p.m.
• Ages 5-10: Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m.
Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction on basic skills such as cartwheels, splits, backbends and more. Fee is $25 per month.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749
 

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Sep 05, 2013

WDP set to host family nature programs

Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, will offer the following nature programs for the whole family. Admission is just $1 per person.
• Evening Owl Prowl – Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. Join Connie Deegan and Larry McDaniel for an evening with the owls. Stroll along the walking trail and learn about these fascinating creatures, listen to their calls, and learn how they adapt. With any luck, other night life might be spotted during the hike.
• The Amazing Seed Race – Saturday, Sept. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. Even though plants don’t move around, their seeds do. Did you know you can race seeds? Discover seed adaptations that help each one win the chance to grow into a living plant as they use specific methods to move away from their parent plant. Join Connie Deegan and Nicholas Scarborough to find out how you can help spread the seeds of tomorrow’s natural world.
Hikers will meet at the Robert Young Cabin adjacent to the Administration Offices for both programs. Call (423)283-5821 to register.

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

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Sep 05, 2013

MPCC to host Red, White & Blue Sports Day

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens ages 6-12 to participate in the Red, White & Blue Sports Day on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Participants will enjoy many different “all-American” sports such as baseball, volleyball, kickball, and dodge ball. Cost is $2 per person.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749 for more information.

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

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Sep 05, 2013

Results are in: Over 50 youths turn out for first Dive, Ride, & Stride Triathlon

More than 50 children participated the inaugural Dive, Ride & Stride Kid’s Triathlon on Aug. 24. Winners were:

8 and under age group
1st Place: Drew Finney
2nd Place: Bo Hale
3rd Place: Daniella Carrier

9-10 age group
1st Place: Luke Jenkins
2nd Place: Mckenna Bishop
3rd Place: Harper Jennings

11-12 age group
1st Place: Lakelyn Zeigler
2nd Place: Kobe Evans
3rd Place: Jacob Clemons

The Dive, Ride & Stride event was a success thanks to our volunteers and sponsors: Barberitos Restaurant, ETSU Track and Field Team, Earth Fare, Piney Flats Urgent Care, Johnson City/Washington County EMS, Krispy Kreme, Chick-fil-A, DoubleTree Hotel, Walmart, Applebee’s, Link Promotional, Foot Rx, Karen Jenkins from Creative Energy, and Janine Pleasant from Tri-Cities Triathlon Club. Thanks also to mascots from the Johnson City Cardinals and ETSU, who were there to cheer on the triathletes.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Sep 05, 2013

Carver Rec announces this month’s programs

The following programs will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.:
• Football Dance – Friday, Sept. 6, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Open to grades 7 and up. Admission is $5 per person. Mingle with friends after the game!
• Punt, Pass & Kick competition – Monday, Sept. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Open to ages 6-12. Admission is $1 per person. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each category.

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

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Aug 28, 2013

New parking ordinance improves safe driving conditions

Per numerous requests from citizens, the City of Johnson City recently passed an ordinance to help improve driving conditions on City streets. This ordinance prohibits:
• Large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, buses or recreational vehicles from being parked on a City street for more than two consecutive hours, unless work is being performed in the immediate area; and
• Large, non-motorized equipment like boats, trailers and campers from being parked on City streets for more than eight consecutive hours; and
• Storage of property, including portable moving containers, on City streets and rights-of-way.
“This ordinance came about as a result of frequent calls from concerned citizens about large vehicles and other equipment being parked or stored on City streets for lengths of time,” said Development Services Director Angie Carrier. “Traffic was impeded, sight lines were obstructed, and it was an overall hazard to driving conditions. We believe the ordinance will alleviate that and improve safety for all drivers and passengers.”
In support of the new ordinance, the Police Department is making efforts to educate citizens and assist them with voluntary compliance before issuing a citation. For more information, please call JCPD Maj. Karl Turner at 434-6149.
A copy of the complete ordinance is available at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parkingordinance.pdf.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Aug 28, 2013

Learn to make hand-stamped cards at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer monthly workshops on hand-stamped card making beginning Monday, Sept. 23. Students will make six holiday cards each session using Stampin’ Up precut materials. All materials will be provided.
Each class will be held from 5-7:30 p.m., and costs $15. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. Class dates are as follows:
• Monday, Sept. 23
• Monday, Oct. 21
• Monday, Nov. 18
• Monday, Dec. 16
Please call (423)283-5800 for more information.

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

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Aug 28, 2013

PAC seeking artists

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., is seeking adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities to showcase their artwork during the month of October.
Artwork may be dropped off Sept. 26-27 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. An open reception will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit is sponsored by Johnson City Parks and Recreation and The Arc of Washington County. Please call (423) 283-5800 for more information.

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

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Aug 28, 2013

Serve for a Cure Tennis Tournament starts Sept. 17

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and Liberty Bell Tennis Center, 505 Liberty Bell Blvd., will host a Serve for a Cure Tennis Tournament Sept. 17-21 for ages 16 and older.
Main draw will be held at Memorial Park Community Center and Liberty Bell Tennis Center. Matches will be played Tuesday through Friday evenings. The event will feature team-style tennis consisting of a four-player minimum (two men/two women) with a maximum of six players per team. Each match will consist of three doubles matches: Ladies, Men’s, and Co-Ed. In order to advance, a team must win two out of three matches. Tournament fee: $100 per team or $25 per player.
All proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society Patient Services. The tournament is sponsored by Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain Empire Tennis Association, and Mountain States Health Alliance.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 13. Register by e-mailing makingtennisfun@gmail.com or calling Robin DiMona at (423)283-5820.
• Tournament Schedule (both locations): September 17-20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
September 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
• Skills Challenge: Memorial Park Community Center, Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
• Dinner/Dance: Memorial Park Community Center, Saturday, Sept. 21, 6-10 p.m.
Featuring music from the 90s by Mark Larkins.
For more information, call Marley Woods at 330-8336 or 773-5569, or Robin DiMona at 283-5820.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Aug 26, 2013

FYI: Library closed for Labor Day, to open Sundays starting Sept. 8

The Johnson City Public Library will be closed Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. The library will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The library will also resume regular weekend hours (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Aug 26, 2013

Veterans Plaza ribbon cutting/Doughboy dedication set for Friday

Citizens are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Veterans Plaza, on the grounds of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 30). Veterans Plaza is home to the newly refurbished Doughboy statue, which will also be dedicated at the event.
Join City officials and members of numerous veterans organizations for this special ceremony. A reception will follow at the Seniors Services area of MPCC, and tours of the center will be facilitated upon request.

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

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Aug 26, 2013

Season’s final lakeside concert to feature symphony

The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 44th season, will offer a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza.
Robert J. Seebacher, music director and conductor, will be leading the orchestra.
Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Aug 22, 2013

PAC to offer line dancing next month

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a line dancing class from 1:30-3 p.m. on Fridays in September (beginning Sept. 6). This class is for beginner adults, and participants will learn a new dance each week including the Electric Slide, Alley Cat, Texas Waltz, and Sweetheart Cha-Cha. Instructor will be Nadine Taylor, and course fee is $40.
For more information, contact Princeton Arts Center at 283-5800.

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

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Aug 20, 2013

Preschool gymnastics to start Sept. 5 at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer preschool gymnastics classes on Thursdays beginning Sept. 5. Participants will learn basic tumbling skills such as forward rolls, splits, handstands, etc. Class is $25 per month.
• Ages 3-4: Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
• Ages 4-5: Thursdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

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

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Aug 15, 2013

FYI: JCPB advises customers to beware of scammers

The Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) recently learned several of its customers have
received phone calls from an unknown party posing as a JCPB employee and demanding
money to prevent disconnection of electrical services. The scammers behind these plots
have intimidated customers with falsified stories about faulty meters that require a
technician to visit their address. The scammers attempt to convince unsuspecting victims
to purchase a prepaid gift card over the phone to avoid any disconnection of services and
additional charges.
JCPB cautions its customers to be wary of any calls from parties claiming to represent the
utility. If there is ever any question as to the true identity of a JCPB representative,
concerned customers should ask for the representative’s name, department, and phone
number before hanging up and contacting JCPB customer service at (423) 952-JCPB
(5272) to confirm the representatives identity and the validity of their requests.
Additionally, JCPB does not utilize prepaid gift cards and does not solicit them to its
customers.

 

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Aug 15, 2013

Trail Task Force meeting set for Aug. 26

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Aug 14, 2013

FYI: Library to close early Monday

The Johnson City Public Library will close at 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 19) for an extensive computer software upgrade. 
For more information, please call (423)434-4450.

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Aug 14, 2013

HZC to hold special called meeting Friday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting at noon Friday (Aug. 16) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Aug 14, 2013

Portion of North Street closed tomorrow

North Street, from Clover Street to Birch Street, will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 15) from approximately 9 a.m.-1 p.m. due to waterline maintenance.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638
 

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Aug 13, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to host Lady Buffs basketball camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a basketball camp instructed by the Milligan College Lady Buffs basketball team on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. This camp, for ages 6 and older, will provide focused, intensive training for beginners and experienced players alike. Cost is $10 per player; registration begins online and at Memorial Park Community Center on Monday, Aug. 26.
For more information, call (423)434-5749 or (423)461-4851.

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

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Aug 13, 2013

MPCC offering ladder tennis league

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a ladder tennis league through October. Divisions include: men’s singles, ladies singles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles, and mixed doubles. Matches will be best two out of three sets, with the third serving as a tiebreaker. Participants will play to 10 points. Cost is $25 per person for doubles, and $35 per person for singles.
Registration is required by Sat., Aug. 24. To register, contact Marley Woods at (423)330-8336 or makingtennisfun@gmail.com.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820 

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Aug 09, 2013

MPCC swim lessons start Aug. 26

Swim lessons for ages 4 and older will begin Monday, Aug. 26 at Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St. Cost is $40 per child, which includes eight, 30-minute lessons (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 11).
Beginner classes will be held at 5 and 5:35 p.m.; intermediates may attend 6:10 or 6:45 p.m. sessions. Please call 434-5759 to register.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5759
 

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Aug 09, 2013

PAC to host Kindermusik open house

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host an open house to showcase Kindermusik on Friday, Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. This will be a free event open to children ranging from newborns to 7 years old. Enjoy dancing, singing, and laughing while previewing two Kindermusik classes. Instructors will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sonya Greear at email kmroom@comcast.net or (423)737-0402.

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

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Aug 08, 2013

Next Thursday’s lakeside concert features Borderline

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 15, for southern country rock band Borderline. This five-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians. Showtime is 7-9 p.m.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, in Johnson City. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Camp Ruff-n-More, Johnson City Parks and Recreation and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. – Borderline Band
• Thursday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. – Mark Larkins
• Sunday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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

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Aug 08, 2013

Parks and Rec to feature Amazing Animal Adaptations

People can adapt quickly to change, but what about plants and animals? On Saturday, (Aug. 10) from 10-11 a.m., join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan at Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin as she explains Amazing Animal Adaptations. Using fun examples and visuals, children will gain a better understanding of exactly why some animals look, behave, and react as they do. This program is open to all ages. Fee is just $1 per person.
Please call (423)283-5821 to register.

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

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Aug 08, 2013

Carver Rec announces this month’s programs

The following programs will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.:
• Carver Community Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 for a 6-foot table and two chairs; extra tables are $4 and chairs are $2.
• Carver Basketball League – Sundays starting Aug. 25, 2-8 p.m. – a total of 14 games will be played. Open to ages 16 and older. Entry fee: $250 per team (eight players per team). Individual player fee is $25; individual registrants will be placed on a team. The first eight teams will be accepted. Registration open Aug. 5-Aug. 19.
• Carver Middle School Basketball League – Aug. 26-Oct. 13; Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. This league will play an 18-game schedule plus tournament. Registration deadline is Aug. 19. Entry fee: $200 per team. Individual player fee is $25; individual registrants will be placed on a team. Game shirts will be provided. This league is a great way to prepare for school-year tryouts.

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

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Aug 08, 2013

Tonight’s lakeside concert canceled

Tonight’s lakeside concert has been canceled due to the weather forecast.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call 283-5815 for more information.

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

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Aug 07, 2013

Applications being accepted for JC101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for the spring 2013 class of JC101, an adult educational program designed to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of government’s role in the community. This nine-week program on the basics of government includes presentations, tours, and question-and-answer periods.
Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City from 6 until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 3. Class size is limited, and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, by calling 434-6021 and can be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/cr/jc101.
“JC101 not only gives our citizens a comprehensive overview of how their government works, but it is the perfect way to really get involved in the community, whether you are a lifetime resident or a newcomer,” said Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert. “The course has become increasingly popular with couples, and some of our participants have gone on to serve the public on various boards and committees.”
For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 434-6021.

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

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Aug 06, 2013

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering one appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a residential building contractor who lives inside the city limits.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years. The board meets at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month on an as-needed basis.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may obtain an application at www.johnsoncitytn.org or by calling the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6047. Applications will be accepted through Wed., Aug. 21.

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

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Aug 06, 2013

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 42nd session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, Sept. 10. The nine-week academy 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 are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org or may be obtained from Johnson City Police Community Services, 601 E. Main St. Deadline for registration is Aug. 30.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 434-6170.

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

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Aug 06, 2013

On-site assessment for police reaccreditation starts next week

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will arrive August 18, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Johnson City Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Mark Sirois announced today.
Verification by the team, that the Johnson City Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards, is a part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Sirois said. The Johnson City Police Department was granted its original accreditation in 1993, was reaccredited in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010 is seeking a sixth reaccreditation with this on-site assessment.
As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, on August 19, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Commission Chambers, at the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building, located at 601 E. Main Street, Johnson City.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (423) 930-4809 on August 19, 2013, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Johnson City Police Department. Local contact is Sgt. Lou Nelson at (423)434-6104.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Johnson City Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for reaccreditation are requested to write: 
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulvard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
According to the Johnson City Police Department Chief Mark Sirois, the Department must comply with 388 standards in order to maintain its accredited status. Chief Sirois further stated, “Through accreditation, nationally accepted professional standards are measured. The Department has operated under accreditation standards for 20 years and we are continually striving to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Johnson City.”
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader, Jason Cassalia, retired Police Captain with the Manlius Police Department, Manlius, New York and Keith Briggs, Commander, Elk Grove Village Police Department, Elk Grove Village, IL. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccredited status.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or call (800)368-3757 or (703)352-4225.

CONTACT:
Sgt. Lou Nelson, JCPD
 (423)434-6104 

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Aug 05, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to offer Start Smart Basketball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball for children ages 3-5 beginning Oct. 22. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.
Start Smart focuses on teaching kids and their parents skills in dribbling, ball handling, passing, catching, shooting, agility, and running, without the threat of competition or fear of getting hurt. This class will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Oct. 22 through Nov. 26. Each week, the exercises will become more challenging as the class progresses and children show improvement.
Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 4. Program cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be assessed for registrations after Oct. 4. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Space is limited. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, recreation worker
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Aug 05, 2013

Carver Rec after-school registration set for this week

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will take registrations for the after-school program from 3-7 p.m. each night this week, through Friday (Aug. 9). Both parent and child must be present.
Parents will complete and/or sign a registration form, code of conduct, rules and regulations, and transportation form. Cost is $52 for the year, which covers multiple children in a family.
For more information, call (423)461-8830.

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

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Aug 01, 2013

City announces new online mapping application

Citizens now have remote access to comprehensive property data and information through a new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) web application. The app, found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/MapApp, allows users to search maps and specific properties by owner name, address or parcel ID. From there, map layers can be applied to find information ranging from school zones to assessed value to voting precincts.
“We often receive calls from citizens requesting this type of information, or they have to come all the way to City Hall to purchase map printouts,” said Angie Carrier, director of Development Services. “This GIS web application should save our taxpayers time and money by allowing them to search for data and print selected maps at their leisure.”
A collaborative effort of the City of Johnson City and the Washington County Assessor’s Office, the app includes data for all of Johnson City and Washington County. Users can choose from a variety of base maps including aerial, streets and topographical. Some examples of detailed map layers include hospitals, parks, lakes and streams, interstate exits, zoning designations, and much more.
“Whether you are a developer or looking to buy a home or business here or are already a property owner who is interested in learning more about your area, this app is an extremely useful tool,” Carrier said.
Carrier noted that when entering search criteria, it is important that users follow the given examples exactly (using caps when indicated, etc.) so that the search works properly.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Jul 30, 2013

Pine Oaks anniversary celebration set for Saturday

Citizens are invited to mark the 50-year anniversary of Pine Oaks Golf Course with a celebration at the pro shop Saturday (Aug. 3) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a drop-in event with no RSVP required. Scrapbooks and memorabilia will be on hand, and the Sportsline Saturday radio show will be conducting a live remote broadcast.
“Pine Oaks has been involved in so many lives over the last 50 years, and I think the handshakes with old friends, the stories and laughs, and the opportunity to see those we haven’t seen in a while or remember those who can’t be with us will be the highlight of the day,” said Pine Oaks Golf Pro Mike Jennings.
Jennings encourages everyone who plans to golf Saturday to reserve a tee time soon, and said attendees can expect cake and door prizes as part of the celebration.
“We are excited about the event,” he said. “We’ll have something for everyone.”
For more information, please call Pine Oaks at 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Mike Jennings, golf pro
Johnson City Golf/Pine Oaks Golf Course
(423)434-6250

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Jul 30, 2013

Back-to-school pool party set for Aug. 8

Students are invited to celebrate going back to school with a free pool party at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8. This event is open to all ages and will feature Night Moves DJ, a splash contest, Limbo contest, sack races, and free school supplies.
For more information, please call (423)461-8830.

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

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Jul 29, 2013

Volunteers needed for Dive, Ride, and Stride Kid’s Triathlon

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is in need of volunteers for the inaugural Dive, Ride, and Stride Kid’s Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 24. Assistance will be needed for water stations, safety patrol, award distribution, and transition areas. Most volunteers will be asked to report to Legion Recreation Center by 7:30 a.m. on race day.
Please contact Kelly Finney at (423)434-5758 or kfinney@johnsoncitytn.org to be part of this exciting event.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jul 29, 2013

BOC workshop set for Thursday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss the proposed rezoning and development of property located at the intersection of State of Franklin Road and Sunset Drive (Ordinance No. 4498-13) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 1) at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Jul 25, 2013

Lakeside Concert Series brings Southern Countrymen next Thursday

Tri-Cities regulars the Southern Countrymen Band will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre next Thursday (Aug. 1) from 7-9 p.m.
The Southern Countrymen Band plays classic country music and features David O’Roark on rhythm guitar and vocals. O’Roark has opened for many Nashville artists and counts Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and George Jones among his influences. Lead guitarist is Ronnie Hood, formerly of the popular Up Town Country Band. Fiddle player Jack Willis has played with Nashville recording artists Mel Street and Darnell Miller. Rounding out the group is Ron Smith, also previously with the Up Town Country Band, on bass guitar, and Daryl Goodman on drums.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, in Johnson City. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Camp Ruff-n-More, Johnson City Parks and Recreation and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek
• Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. – Borderline Band
• Thursday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. – Mark Larkins
• Sunday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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

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Jul 25, 2013

Tonight's City/County Liaison meeting has been canceled

The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Jul 24, 2013

Yoga moves to Memorial Park Community Center

The yoga class previously held at Legion Recreation Center has moved to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
This class is for adults and is a relaxing way to learn the benefits of yoga poses. Class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $25 per month.
For more information, contact Kelly Finney at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Jul 23, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to host water day

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to participate in the Beat the Heat Water Day tomorrow (Wednesday, July 24) from 2-3:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy relays and other refreshing water games. Cost is $2 per person.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749 

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Jul 23, 2013

PAC offering youth dance classes

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer the following dance classes beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6:
• Jazz: Tuesdays, 4:30-5 p.m. Open to ages 6-10. $20 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction in leaps, turns, center floor combinations and dance routines. Performance opportunities will be available.
• Lyrical-Modern Dance: Tuesdays, 5-5:30 p.m. Open to ages 6-10. $20 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction in incorporating routines, acting, and emotion into dance moves. Performance opportunities will be available.

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

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Jul 23, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering new fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs starting Tuesday, Aug. 6:
• Total Body Conditioning: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Open to all ages. $5 per class or $25 per month. This class uses weights to get participants in shape as quickly as possible. Pre-register at MPCC by Monday, Aug. 5.
• Zumba: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Open to all ages. $3 per class. Join the latest dance/fitness craze. Class is offered during homeschool P.E. so parents can get moving as well.
For more information call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Jul 22, 2013

Register now for MPCC after-school program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Kids Club After-School Program for children ages 6-12. Students will enjoy homework help, fitness, games, arts and crafts, and much more after school from 3-6 p.m. Buses will provide transportation for the following schools: Mountain View, North Side, and Indian Trail. Program will begin Aug. 6 and is limited to 35 participants. Cost is $20 per month.
Please call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Jul 22, 2013

Parks and Recreation to host preseason soccer clinic

Join soccer players from East Tennessee State University and Milligan College as they lead a preseason soccer clinic focusing on developing skills, speed, and smarts to prepare players for the fall soccer season. The clinic will be held at Civitan Park, 1000 N. Broadway St., on Saturday, Aug. 17.
• Ages 3-7: 8-9:30 a.m.
• Ages 8-13: 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Cost is $10 per player, which includes a T-shirt. Participants will need to bring a soccer ball, shin guards, athletic shoes, and water. Pre-register by Monday, Aug. 12, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., or online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec. For more information, contact Noel Carranza at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Noel Carranza, recreation worker
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749

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Jul 22, 2013

Portion of New Street closed tomorrow, Wednesday

New Street, from East Myrtle Avenue to East Fairview Avenue, will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday (July 23-24) from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. due to waterline construction. Detours will be in place.

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

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Jul 18, 2013

MJ Becks headlines next week’s lakeside concert

Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre will host the MJ Becks Band next Thursday (July 25) from 7-9 p.m.

The MJ Becks Band is comprised of nine musicians who, as young adults, were influenced by the pop music magic of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Today, the MJ Becks Band enjoys bringing these phenomenal eras of music to audiences of all ages. The Becks strive to get audiences dancing, singing, and laughing to the sounds of Motown, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, the Beatles, and many other favorites.

The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, in Johnson City. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Camp Ruff-n-More, Johnson City Parks and Recreation and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423) 283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek
• Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. – Borderline Band
• Sunday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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

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Jul 18, 2013

MPCC invites families to spend A Night with the Pirates

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host A Night with the Pirates from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 26.
This Family Fun Night will begin with a scavenger hunt, followed by “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” movie showing at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $1 per person.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Brittney Wooley, recreation worker
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6220
 

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Jul 18, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering dance classes for youth

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following performing arts classes starting Monday, Aug. 5:
• Tap (ages 4-7) Mondays, 5:15-5:45 p.m., $20 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction for basic tap steps and dance routines. Performance opportunities will be available.
• Ballet (ages 4-7) Mondays, 6-6:30 p.m., $20 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction on barre work, ballet steps, leaps, and turns. Performance opportunities will be available.
• Competition Pom Squad (ages 5-12) Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $40 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction for dance routines that will be performed at various locations within three hours of Johnson City. Fund-raisers will cover the cost of uniforms.
• Hip Hop (ages 7-14) Mondays, 6:45-7:15 p.m., $25 per month. Tri-Cities Talent will provide instruction in the latest hip hop moves. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749 
 

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Jul 18, 2013

Tonight's concert postponed until Aug. 22

Tonight's lakeside concert has been postponed due to inclement weather. Mark Larkins will now take the stage at Winged Deer Park's Goulding Amphitheatre on Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m.

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

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Jul 17, 2013

FYI: New library weekend hours start Aug. 3

In order to better serve our patrons, the Johnson City Public Library will begin new weekend hours on Saturday, Aug. 3. New hours are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A reminder, the library is closed on Sunday until after the Labor Day holiday.

For more information please call (423)434-4450. 

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Jul 17, 2013

July HZC canceled

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Jul 16, 2013

Registration now open for Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon

Registration for the inaugural Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon is now open. This event will provide children 12 and younger an introduction to the triathlon world.
When: Saturday, Aug. 24
Where: Race begins at Legion Street Pool at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to be there no later than 8:30 a.m. to set up his or her bike in the staging area. The race will conclude at Memorial Park Community Center.
Registration: Early registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 9 (Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.) There will be no race day registration.
Fees: Before Aug. 9 - $15 per child
After Aug. 9 - $25 per child
How to register: Online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec (click on the “Registrations and Reservations” link) or in person at Memorial Park Community Center between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Late registrations will be accepted online until midnight Saturday, Aug. 17.
Packet pickup: Packets will be available Friday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information about distances, requirements, and deadlines, pick up a brochure at Memorial Park Community Center or call 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749 

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Jul 16, 2013

Trail Task Force meeting set for July 29

The Monday, July 29 meeting of the Trail Task Force has been moved to the Media Room of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. This meeting is set for 5:30 p.m.

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

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Jul 15, 2013

Tennis registration opens July 22

Registrations for the four-week Parks and Recreation fall tennis program will be accepted Monday, July 22 through Friday, Aug. 16. Lessons begin Monday, Aug. 12.
Youth sessions (ages 5-17) will be offered from 4-5:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Adult sessions will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.
Registration fees are $40 for City residents and $45 for non-City residents.
Registrations may be completed online at www.myjcparks.com or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Jul 15, 2013

Adult kickball registration under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now taking registrations for the upcoming adult kickball season. Divisions are co-ed and include open, church, and industrial. Entry fee is $200 plus $5 for each non-City resident player.
Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 19. League play begins the week of Aug. 26.
Registrations may be completed at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Jul 10, 2013

Meet with the Mayor time changed for tomorrow

Tomorrow’s (Thursday, July 11) “Meet with the Mayor” session will begin at 3 p.m., rather than the usual 2 p.m. start time.
Meet with the Mayor takes place the second Tuesday of each month at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., and allows citizens an opportunity to speak with Mayor Ralph J. Van Brocklin about issues that concern them. Sessions typically last one hour.
For more information, please contact Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert at comrel@johnsoncitytn.org or 434-6021.

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

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Jul 10, 2013

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Mark Larkins July 18

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of Mark Larkins on Thursday, July 18 from 7-9 p.m.
Mark performs “summer-spirited” music including beach songs, rock, blues, alternative rock, and various covers. Concert-goers can expect a dynamic stage show with virtuosic electric/acoustic guitar playing and maybe even a little tenor steel pan and electric ukulele thrown in the mix. In 2001, Mark brought home the Horizon Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Male Entertainer of the Year, and Instrumentalist of the Year from the North American Country Music Association in the New Country category.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway in Johnson City. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Camp Ruff-n-More, Johnson City Parks and Recreation and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423) 283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m. – Mark Larkins
• Thursday, July 25, 7-9 p.m. – MJ Becks Band
• Thursday, Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek
• Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. – Borderline Band
• Sunday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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

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Jul 10, 2013

BZA schedules special called meeting

The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a special called meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 to consider a special exception request by Liberty Fellowship Church to build a parking lot. This meeting will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053
 

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Jul 09, 2013

Johnson City recognized for performance management

Washington, DC, July 9, 2013—The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Johnson City, Tenn., is being recognized for its performance management efforts with a Certificate of Achievement from the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement™ (CPM). Johnson City is among eight jurisdictions receiving the honor this year. 
“The certificate program recognizes the principles of performance management,” said Wayne Sommer, ICMA’s Director of U.S. Programs. “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.” 
The certificate program assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency. Certificates are awarded at the levels of Achievement, Distinction, and Excellence. 
Criteria for the Certificate of Achievement include:
• Reporting of performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials
• Data verification efforts to ensure reliability
• Staff training. 

CONTACT:
Lora Grogg, budget manager
Administration
(4223)434-6196

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Jul 09, 2013

HCDAB meeting will be held July 18

This month’s Housing and Community Development Citizens Advisory Board meeting has been moved to Thursday, July 18 at noon and will take place 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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Jul 05, 2013

FYI: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign under way

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this July 4 weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this busy holiday weekend. 

The Johnson City Police Department reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. According to the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, 21 people died in 17 crashes during the July 4 holiday period in 2012. Of those deaths, 10 (47.6%), were alcohol-related. The Tennessee Department of Safety reports that traffic fatalities across the state have actually decreased 14.5% from 496 to 424 deaths from January to June 2013 when compared to 2012 numbers.

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Jul 03, 2013

Trail Task Force meeting set for July 29

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 29 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Glenn Berry, coordinator
Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
(423)434-6272

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Jul 02, 2013

Lakeside Concert Series kicks off July 11 with Lightnin’ Charlie

Lightnin’ Charlie and his award-winning show band the Upsetters will kick off Winged Deer Park’s popular summer concert series on Thursday, July 11. Local icon, author, and internationally known musician Lightnin’ Charlie has assembled a brand new five-piece band and a dynamite show featuring all new material. Everyone will enjoy Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters’ fun, family-friendly show, which features jumpin’ ‘50s Rhythm and Blues, sideburned rock ‘n’ Roll, and sweet ‘60s Soul. Lightnin’ Charlie’s music is heard worldwide on XM/Sirius satellite radio and according to Amazon.com: “If Lightnin’ Charlie doesn’t get your party going, call it a wake!”
This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway in Johnson City. For more information, call (423) 283-5815, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or www.lightnincharlie.com.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lightnin’ Charlie
• Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m. – Mark Larkins
• Thursday, July 25, 7-9 p.m. – MJ Becks Band
• Thursday, Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek
• Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. – Borderline Band
• Sunday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Camp Ruff-n-More, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and News and Neighbor.

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

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Jul 02, 2013

Volunteers needed to serve on Tree and Landscape Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board. Each appointee’s term is three years. This board advises the Board of Commissioners on the promotion and management of the urban forest and the overall appearance of Johnson City.

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Tree and Landscape Board may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Aug. 2.

For more information regarding the Tree and Landscape Board functions, please call City Forester Pat Walding at (423)975-2681 or walding@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Jul 02, 2013

City receives TDEC approval with water system score of 99

Johnson City’s water system again has been successfully inspected by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), earning a score of 99. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved.
This process occurs approximately every 18-24 months and involves a three-day onsite inspection by TDEC personnel. Areas of focus and grading include: system management and operation; operator compliance; sources of water; treatment of water; monitoring and data verification; finished water storage; and distribution and cross-connection control.
“A variety of factors contributed to this near-perfect score,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “System funding and investment by both the customers and the Board of Commissioners, day-to-day operations by personnel, and city administration’s recognition of the importance of system investments all have led to excellent water quality and service for our citizens.”
Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties. The system includes 925 miles of line, two water treatment plants, 60 pumping stations, 16 water storage tanks, 3,380 fire hydrants, and 11,100 system valves. The system has received consecutive approvals for more than 40 years.
Additional system investment has resulted in more aggressive replacement of old water lines, especially in residential areas experiencing problems with galvanized mains. Last year, almost 54,000 feet of old lines were replaced or removed from service.

CONTACT:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6062

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Jul 01, 2013

Wednesday's special called meeting canceled

The Wednesday, July 3 special called meeting of the Board of Commissioners has been canceled. The next BOC meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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Jul 01, 2013

Volunteers needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the Historic Zoning Commission: one at-large and one professional architect. This commission places conservation and historic zoning to ensure the preservation of structures of historic value to Johnson City. Each term is five years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. Anyone interested in the architect position should be a member, or meet the membership requirements, of the American Institute of Architects. Interested citizens may submit an application online 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 Wednesday, July 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Jun 28, 2013

Track closed for festivities

The walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Thursday (July 4) until noon Friday (July 5) due to the Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, which will be held Thursday on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center.
In addition, the west side of the stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance) will be closed to all foot traffic beginning Tuesday (July 2) until noon Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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

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Jun 28, 2013

Johnson City receives Municipal League Award

NASHVILLE --- Many places become cities; it takes a special place to forge a community. That’s what Johnson City has done, where citizens enjoy the perks of outstanding services and projects at nearly every municipal level. The city’s professional staff and commission have worked together to streamline the strategic planning process, eliminating duplicate departments in order to narrow its focus in customer service and major project delivery from downtown revitalization and waste water management, to new schools, civic centers and recreational facilities. In recognition of the city’s continuous investment in providing community oriented development and services, the Tennessee Municipal League presented Johnson City with an Excellence in Community Progress Award during its annual conference in Memphis this week.
Johnson City is truly a “city on the move,” observes Pat Hardy, UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service consultant. “The city’s staff, along with a top-notch city commission, has worked together as a team to achieve many things. And much of this has occurred during a time of limited or constrained resources.” According to Hardy, strategic planning, hiring and retaining top staff, while embracing a customer-oriented focus has catapulted Johnson City to the top.
“This award is a testament to the foresight of past and present commissioners, who have helped us become more efficient and have made significant investments in infrastructure, which will facilitate economic development to ensure our community continues to grow,” said City Manager Pete Peterson.
The process began with the consolidation of five major divisions into one department, Development Services, in order to improve customer service and better coordinate all development-related functions. The new department encompasses planning, GIS, code enforcement, building inspection, zoning, community development, the Metro Transportation Planning Organization, and housing. Angie Carrier, former city manager of White House, was selected to oversee the new department, which has held two strategic planning retreats and established a number of goals to guide its efforts over the next few years.
When the city undertook a massive downtown revitalization project, the process provided new infrastructure and a new economic development organization designed to combine the efforts of a variety of previous organizations.
The city’s school children are attending classes with added comfort and convenience since the city completed a $70 million school building and remodeling project. The project included the building of a new high school on the same site as the old building; replacing an elementary school with a new 700 pupil facility; renovations to the middle school and vocational school; and the construction of a new central energy plant on the Liberty Bell/Science Hill campus, which should greatly reduce heating and cooling costs. Eight new classrooms are being added at the Indian Trail Middle School. The city continued its investment by constructing a new, state-of-the-art football stadium, the Kermit Tipton Stadium.
For citizens of all ages, a $2.2 million renovation to the Freedom Hall Civic Center provides a comfortable venue for community concerts and other entertaining events. And the new 67,000 square foot Memorial Park Community Center, houses a new aquatics facility, Senior Center, meeting spaces, walking facilities, exercise rooms and more. An expansion of pedestrian walkways, bikeways and trails through the State of Franklin, Rail to Trail project, provides ample opportunities for citizens to get up and move to the sounds of nature.
The City has also expanded its Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will accommodate growth for decades to come.
Like the modern community it is, Johnson City’s new Intelligent Transportation System includes transit-oriented computer-aided dispatching and automatic vehicle location segments. Automated vehicle locators on the city’s mass transit buses provide real-time information to the office and riders. Users can access information about the location and arrival time of a bus from their smart phone thru an app, or via the internet.
The city’s Public Works Department is interconnecting all traffic signals to a central office, with video cameras, battery back-up system and installation of advanced travel warning devices, which will allow better management of traffic signals, resulting in reduced travel times and congestion.
“This will also reduce air pollution, which is line with the efforts of that earned us the 2008 TML Green City Leadership Award,” noted Peterson.
GPS automated vehicle locators have been placed on all solid waste trucks, resulting in more efficient routing, and the ability for the drivers to create work orders from the trucks for such things as overgrown lots, potholes, litter, etc.
On the safety front, the city has just purchased two new 100 foot ladder trucks for the Fire Department at a cost of $2 million. Police officers have been issued “smart phones” that allow them to write citations and do records checks from the field, which results in reduced response time for the officers, and reduced operating costs for the city, while improving officer safety.
The Johnson City Neighborhood Partnerships Program, which has been supported by a U.S. Justice Department grant for the past four years, is transitioning to a local program due to the end of federal funding for programs across the country. This innovative neighborhood empowerment program works through four program areas: Law Enforcement, Community Policing, Prevention Intervention and Treatment and Neighborhood Restoration. The program currently operates and is under the direction of the City’s Police Department and the Development Services Department’s Community Development Division.
With thriving businesses and citizens, Forbes Magazine, 2012 ranked Johnson City, under Small Metros, as 14th Best Places for Business and Careers.
“Johnson City has made enormous progress in the past few years,” said Hardy. “They are very deserving of the TML Community Progress Award.”
Each year the Tennessee Municipal League honors cities throughout the state for overall excellence, improvement, specific outstanding programs, or department accomplishments. Other award winners for 2013 include: Covington, for Excellence in Green Leadership; Goodlettsville, for Excellence in Public Works; Kingston, for Small City Progress; Martin, for Excellence in Police Services; and Medina, for Small City Progress.

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Jun 28, 2013

MPCC to offer Kitchen Concoctions class in July

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Kitchen Concoctions class for children of all ages Wednesdays in July from 10-11a.m. This program will consist of edible and non-edible homemade fun! Cost is $1 per class and includes all supplies. Projects to include:
• July 3 – colorful cookies
• July 10 – recycled crayons
• July 17 – homemade flubber
• July 24 – homemade play dough
• July 31 – tie-dye cupcakes

CONTACT:
Brittney Wooley, recreation worker
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6220 

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Jun 28, 2013

Save The Date – Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon set for August

The inaugural Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon is set for Sat., Aug. 24. The event is open to youth ages 12 and younger.
“This program is a great way to introduce your children to the triathlon world at a young age,” said Kelly Finney, program coordinator.
Participants will begin at Legion Street Pool and finish at Memorial Park Community Center. For more information, call MPCC at 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Jun 28, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center announces fall swim lesson schedule

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer five sessions of swim lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays this fall. Participants will receive eight, 30-minute lessons for $40.
• Session 1 – Monday, Aug. 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 21
• Session 2 – Monday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Sept. 11
• Session 3 – Monday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Oct. 2
• Session 4 – Monday, Oct. 7 through Wednesday, Oct. 23
• Session 5 – Monday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday, Nov. 13
Beginner 1 classes will begin at 5 p.m.; Beginner 2 classes will begin at 5:35 p.m.; Intermediate 1 will begin at 6:10 p.m.; and Intermediate 2 will begin at 6:45 p.m.
For more information, call MPCC at 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5759

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Jun 26, 2013

Fireworks ordinance to be strictly enforced

In the interest of the safety of all citizens, the Johnson Fire and Police departments will strictly enforce the City ordinance related to fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day holiday period.
“Fireworks are explosives,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “And, because they pose a potential threat to both those who ignite them and to others, the Board of Commissioners passed ordinances designed to ensure residents’ safety by forbidding the use of fireworks within the city limits. Besides the risk of injury, those in possession of fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated. I ask all residents and guests to abide by these ordinances to help ensure everyone’s well-being and prevent property damage.”
Ordinance 11-139 in Johnson City Municipal Code states:
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or toy cannon, discharged by percussion caps by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.
(2) No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and the city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder.

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

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Jun 24, 2013

Volunteers needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering four appointments to serve three-year terms on the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
A potential appointee should be interested in parks and recreation and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is July 26. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Jun 24, 2013

Soccer, softball registrations start July 1

Soccer registration starts July 1
Johnson City Parks and Recreation will begin registration for youth soccer starting July 1. Ages 3-5 will be in a co-ed league. Boys and girls leagues are available for ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A late fee of $20 will be added to registrations received after Aug. 12. Practices begin Aug. 18, with season play starting Sept. 3.
Organizational meetings for anyone interested in serving as a volunteer coach or referee for the upcoming youth soccer season will be held July 22 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower. Potential coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m.; potential refs will meet at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

Fall softball registration starts July 1
Registration for the 2013 adult fall softball season will begin July 1. Leagues offered are: Men’s Open and Church, Women’s Open, and Coed Open and Church. Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration fees are $300 plus $5 for each non-Johnson City resident on the roster. Rosters and photo IDs of each player are due at time of registration. The season includes a 10-game schedule plus a single-elimination tournament. Entry deadline is Aug. 9, with league play starting the week of Aug. 19. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

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

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Jun 20, 2013

MPCC to host Fourth of July Block Party

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to celebrate Independence Day a little early. On Friday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m., the community center will host a Fourth of July Block Party featuring live entertainment, food vendors, carnival games, a watermelon-eating contest, inflatables, and much more. Admission is free, with an optional $5 wristband available to participate in games and other activities. This event is open for all ages and is something the whole family can enjoy.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749
 

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Jun 19, 2013

BOC special called meeting set for Friday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday (June 21) to consider the third reading of Ordinance 4494-13, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year 2014. Copies of these items are available for review at the City Recorder’s Office.
This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Jun 14, 2013

FYI: JCPB automated payment, online customer support systems down overnight

The Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) will not be able to accept payments or access current account information via its telephone based IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system or its SmartHub mobile and web-based applications between 1 and 4 a.m. on June 15.

This brief interruption in automated customer services is part of a scheduled maintenance plan. JCPB appreciates the patience of its customers during this time as work is completed to maintain excellence in customer services.

The JCPB serves over 76,000 customers within Washington, Sullivan, Carter and Greene counties in Northeast TN. The JCPB is a not-for-profit, public power provider and is the 10th largest of the TVA’s 155 electricity distributors.

CONTACT:
JT McSpadden, communications specialist
Johnson City Power Board
(423)952-5029 or
mcspadden@jcpb.com

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Jun 14, 2013

BOC, BOE workshop set for June 20

The Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education will hold a workshop to discuss the fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Jun 13, 2013

MPCC closed

Due to power outages caused by severe weather, Memorial Park Community Center will close at 4 p.m. today (Thursday, June 13). All evening classes/programs are canceled.

CONTACT:
Parks and Recreation Administration
(423)283-5815

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Jun 12, 2013

Golf Advisory Board to meet June 26

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Building, 1709 Buffalo Road.

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

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Jun 07, 2013

Smith Street closed next week

Smith Street will be closed Monday (June 10) starting at 7:30 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday (June 14) while sewer construction takes place.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638 

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Jun 07, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering dance, fitness classes for youth

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering the following programs:
• Competition Pom Squad (ages 5-14)
o Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $40 per month. Learn about the structure of organized athletics for both the gym and in competitions.

• Ballet (ages 3-6)
o Mondays, 5:30-6 p.m., $50 for summer session (June and July). Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance. It is essential to the development of poise, grace, balance, and discipline that is required to become an excellent dancer.

• Hip Hop (ages 5-10)
o Mondays, 8-8:30 p.m., $50 for summer session (June and July). Improve coordination, flexibility, strength, balance, and rhythm while learning the latest dance moves to the hottest hits (G-rated and instrumental).

• Tumbling (ages 3-10)
o Mondays, 6-6:30 p.m. for ages 3-6; 7:30-8 p.m. for ages 5-10, $50 for summer session (June and July). Learn new tumbling techniques and execution of the basics like cartwheels, splits, backbends, and round-offs.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423) 434-5749

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Jun 07, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center Introduces Couch-to-5K® Training Program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the Couch-to-5K® Training Program for teens and adults starting next week. This free program will be held at 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning June 10.
The goal of this program is to transform participants from “couch potatoes” to runners, helping them to begin running a 5K or 3.1 miles on a regular basis in just two months.
Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, to meet moderate exercise recommendations for optimum fitness. Progress can be measured by time or distance.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423) 434-5749
 

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Jun 06, 2013

Citizens invited to address mayor, commissioners

Mayor Ralph J. Van Brocklin would like to provide the public scheduled opportunities to address concerns, inquiries, etc., with himself and the Board of Commissioners.
At each regularly scheduled City Commission meeting beginning tonight (June 6), a period for public input will be held immediately after presentations of proclamations and resolutions. Any citizen who would like to speak is asked to complete and submit this form prior to the meeting. Citizens may also sign in with this information at the beginning of the meeting.
Comments should be limited to three minutes and must pertain to City business. A response may not be immediate, in order to give the mayor, commissioners, and/or city manager adequate time to research and address the concerns.
City Commission meetings are held at 6 p.m. on first and third Thursdays at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
Citizens are also invited to attend “Meet with the Mayor” session on the second and third Thursdays of each month. These open forum, informal meetings will take place at 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St.
For more information, please contact Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert at comrel@johnsoncitytn.org or 434-6021.

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

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Jun 04, 2013

BOC to discuss grant program Thursday

the Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss the HEROES grant program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (June 6) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Jun 03, 2013

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. Each appointee’s term is three years.
This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of downtown Johnson City.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6022. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, June 14. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Shannon Castillo at 202-3510 or castillo@thewcedc.com

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

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Jun 03, 2013

Urban Art Throwdown starts Friday

The 3rd annual Urban Art Throwdown starts at 3 p.m. Friday and promises to again be one of the most exciting events of Johnson City’s Blue Plum Festival.

The Throwdown features the best aerosol graffiti artists in the Southeast and reinforces the idea that “the difference between graffiti and art is permission.” Fashioned after the Estria Battle in Los Angeles, the Urban Art Throwdown will be located on Roan Street between Market and Buffalo streets. The preliminary part of the competition will take place from 3-8 p.m. Friday, when the artists begin their images on suspended 6-by-10 canvases. The Throwdown continues on Saturday at 3 p.m., and judging will begin at 8 p.m.

This year’s theme choices are railroads, music, or recycling. Winning canvases will become a part of a public art display in downtown Johnson City.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this showcase for such talented artists,” said Eva Hunter, director of Keep Johnson City Beautiful, which oversees the community’s Graffiti Hurts program. “The Throwdown offers amazing graffiti artists an opportunity to use their talents for the betterment of the City, rather than defacing it.”

An innovative art competition, the Throwdown is set to the tune of the hot sounds of the rising electronic music scene. Some of the region’s best dancers and performers will be on stage each evening from 6-8 p.m.

This year’s Throwdown will feature a new component, with the Recycled Materials Art Contest. Participants can submit fine art created from recycled materials such as paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin, and scrap metal. Registration for the Recycled Materials Art Contest will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Exhibits will be on display all day, with judging set for 7 p.m. First place will be awarded $200, second $125, and third $75. For more information, please contact Christal Hensley at cmhensley@northeaststate.edu.

Graffiti Hurts is a program sponsored by the City of Johnson City under the direction of Keep Johnson City Beautiful and in collaboration with the Johnson City Police Department and the Johnson City Juvenile Court System. The Graffiti Hurts Task Force, comprised of representatives from Keep Johnson City Beautiful, Blue Plum Festival, Friends of Olde Downtown, property owners, and urban artists, meets regularly with the goal of eliminating illegal graffiti and increase the visual appeal of our community.

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

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May 30, 2013

JCPL to host magician, hot dog vendor June 6

The Johnson City Public Library is pleased to host magician Matt Fore on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. Matt’s magical comedy show features first-class, eye-popping, close-up magic. He will make your eyes see things that can’t be possible, and he will do this with everyday objects. Not only is he a polished pro at magic, but his unique style of comedy makes Matt’s “Everything is Fun” a complete entertainment package for the whole family. It’s stand-up comedy packed with sleight of hand magic and is full of dry one-liner comedy. His fast paced, really funny, and amazing show will keep his audience laughing.

Something new at the library on June 6 will be Street Eats! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Summer Reading attendees and library patrons will have an opportunity to choose from a great variety of hotdogs from this popular local food vendor. For those visiting the library around lunchtime, give Street Eats a try! Bring your own chair and we will have some tables and umbrellas set up for you to enjoy.

This special event is presented as part of the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program and is sponsored by the Friends of the Johnson City Public Library. The Summer Reading Program will continue through July 23rd. Children are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Program and register at the library. For more information about this free program or other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458. For more information on Street Eats, visit their web site at www.streeteatstn.com.

CONTACT:
Betty Cobb,  bcobb@jcpl.net 
(423)434-4350

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May 30, 2013

HZC to hold special called meeting Tuesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at noon Tuesday (June 4) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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May 30, 2013

BOC to hold special called meeting Tuesday

The Board of Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 4) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss long-range planning and priorities.

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

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May 29, 2013

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings canceled

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will not meet in June, July or August. The next scheduled meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Winged Deer Park Administrative Office.
Please contact Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 for more information.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, administrative coordinator 
Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815 

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May 29, 2013

MPCC to host Insanity workout

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the latest workout craze, Insanity, beginning Monday (June 3). This 60-day total body workout is packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab and core training moves. No equipment or weights needed, just the will to get started! Class times are Monday through Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday 2-3 p.m. Classes are designed for ages 14 and older. This is a free program!
Please call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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May 29, 2013

Vote for your favorite greenspace name today!

The City of Johnson City is asking citizens to help name a new public greenspace that will be located along State of Franklin Road at the former site of Free Service Tire Company and other facilities. This is an exciting chance to help make history!
The 5-acre tract will serve as a stormwater detention basin that will assist with reducing flood events in the downtown area and will include an open creek channel with sitting walls, an amphitheater, and a large greenspace for play and special event activities.
A list of names submitted by citizens has been narrowed down by several community groups. Now, residents are asked to vote for their favorite of the 17 contenders. Visit  www.surveymonkey.com/s/namethegreenspace to select your favorite today! Voting ends Friday, June 14.

CONTACT:
Eva Hunter, Keep Johnson City Beautiful coordinator
Public Works – Solid Waste Services
(423)979-6318

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May 28, 2013

End of School Blowout set for Friday at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to kick off summer break with an End of School Blowout from 6-9 p.m. Friday (May 31). The evening will feature a cookout, games, a movie, and swimming. Admission is $4 per person.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750 

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May 28, 2013

Tennis registrations open through Friday

Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for the six-week summer tennis program through Friday (May 31). Lessons will begin Monday (June 3). Youth sessions (ages 6-17) are offered Monday through Thursday from 8-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m. Adult sessions will take place Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm.
Registration fees are $50 for City residents and $55 for non-City residents.
Registrations may be completed online at www.myjcparks.com, the Liberty Bell Tennis Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or at the Winged Deer Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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May 15, 2013

Customers may experience low water pressure overnight tomorrow

Johnson City water customers in the areas of Sharon Drive, Kay Court, Philip Court, Douglas Drive, Steven Drive, and Stonecrest Court may experience low pressure or possibly no water service starting at 11:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 16). Service should be completely restored by 3:30 a.m. Friday (May 17). This interruption of service is due to scheduled water line maintenance. The City apologizes for any inconvenience.

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

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May 14, 2013

BOC to review budget Monday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to review the FY 2014 budget at 5:30 p.m. Monday (May 20) 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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May 13, 2013

Carver Awards Banquet and Veterans Ceremony set for May 23

Citizens are invited to the annual Carver Awards Banquet and Veterans Ceremony honoring volunteers, youth and others who have made outstanding contributions to Carver Recreation Center. The banquet will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the gymnasium at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. This event is free and open to all ages.
For more information, please contact Tamara Foster at (423)461-8830.

CONTACT:
Tamara Foster, programs coordinator
Carver Recreation Center
(423)461-8830

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May 10, 2013

Trail Task Force to meet May 29

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Juanita Phillips, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002

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May 09, 2013

HCDAB meeting rescheduled for May 30

The date and location of this month’s meeting of the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Advisory Board has been changed. The board will meet at noon Thursday, May 30 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For more information, please contact Steve Baldwin at 434-6291.

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

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May 08, 2013

FYI: Carnegie neighborhood meeting set for May 21

The Carnegie Neighborhood Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Thankful Baptist Center, 1508 E. Watauga Ave. Topics of discussion will include safety and property code issues in the Carnegie area.
For more information, please contact Linda Jablonski at 926-8992 or linda.jablonski@gmail.com, or Patricia Oldham at 928-3315 or emailoldham@aol.com.

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May 08, 2013

Pond critter program set for May 18

Citizens are invited to the pond at Willow Springs Park on Saturday, May 18 to learn about the animals and insects that live there including dragonflies, turtles, frogs, fish and tadpoles. Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will lead this interesting and informative program from 10-11 a.m. Fee is $1 per person, and participants are asked to bring a net if possible.
For more information, contact Deegan at (423)283-5821. 

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

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May 07, 2013

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with a scavenger hunt

The City of Johnson City and the Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) are encouraging citizens to get to know the historic resources in our community. To recognize May as Historic Preservation Month, the HZC has organized a downtown scavenger hunt! Fifteen architectural elements are pictured in a brochure, and participants are tasked with identifying the building on which those elements can be found. Each survey that correctly identifies all 15 buildings will be placed in a drawing for two free passes to Hands On! Regional Museum and two free meals from Buffalo Street Downtown Deli.
Brochures can be found here, the Johnson City Public Library or at the Municipal and Safety Building’s Codes Enforcement lobby (back side of building), 601 E. Main St. Participants may return the completed brochures may to the lobby or by scanning and emailing to jharmon@johnsoncitytn.org. Deadline is May 31.
For more information on the scavenger hunt or the HZC, please contact Planner Jessica Harmon at 434-6073.

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

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May 07, 2013

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. Each term is five years.

Any potential appointee should be a member, or meet the membership requirements, of the American Institute of Architects, should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. Interested citizens may submit an application online; 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 Monday, May 20. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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May 07, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to host Cinderella Ball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls ages 1-12 to put on their prettiest dresses and be princesses for the day on Saturday, May 18. MPCC’s first-ever Cinderella Ball will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tea and cookies will be served while the girls watch “Cinderella.” For a special treat, participants can have their hair and makeup done! Cost is $2 per person.
For more information, contact Renee Ensor at (423)461-4851.

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

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May 07, 2013

Beyblade Battle Series slated for Memorial Park Community Center

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Beyblade Battle Series on Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. This unique event is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cost is $5 per player.
Rules include: Metal Fusion Battle tops, Metal Master Battle Tops, rip cords, and launchers manufactured by Hasbro (the “official gear”) only.
For more information, contact Renee Ensor at (423)461-4851.

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

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May 07, 2013

Learn to identify trees Saturday at WDP

On Saturday, May 11, Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will lead a basic tree identification program for citizens of all ages. Participants will learn what makes a tree a tree and ways to identify about a dozen common trees on the Winged Deer Park trails.
The program will begin at 10 a.m. at WDP’s Robert Young Cabin. It is expected to last until 11:30 a.m. Admission is $1 per person.
For more information contact Connie Deegan, (423)283-5821.

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

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May 06, 2013

PAC offering Conversational French

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a four-week Conversational French course for teens and adults taught by instructor Firoozeh “Fay” Saffari. Classes will be held Wednesdays beginning this week (May 8) from 6-7:30 p.m. Course fee is $150, with a $50 discount for each additional family member. Participants are asked to register by tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7).
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800. 

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

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May 03, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center ‘dancing divas’ classes announced

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following classes, taught by instructor Pam Smith:
• Darling Divas - $15/month
o Tuesdays beginning May 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 8-15. Learn to perform age-appropriate dance routines to the latest pop music. Participants will learn routines that will be performed at many events at Memorial Park Community Center.
• Dynamic Divas - $15/month
o Thursdays beginning May 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 16 and older. Perform structured dances to your favorite music while learning the importance of physical fitness, social skills, and team building. This class will perform at many events at Memorial Park Community Center.
• Delightful Divas - $15/month
o Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning May 7, 5:45-6:45 p.m., ages 18 and older. This is a beginning fitness class for adults looking for low-impact aerobics combining dance, strength training, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing. The performance group is optional and will meet for 30 minutes after each class to work on routines.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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May 03, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center offering free educational programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following free educational classes for all ages:
• Regions Financial Seminar: Wednesday, May 8 from 10-11 a.m. This seminar, hosted by Regions Bank, will be an informative class on retirement and personal investments.
• The Sweet Spot: Thursday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m. This informational class will teach participants what foods raise blood sugar, along with how to use the Glycemic Index to make good food choices.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750 

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May 02, 2013

Volunteers removed 16 tons of trash in 14th annual Boone Lake Cleanup

Boone Lake and several connecting streams are much cleaner these days thanks to the efforts of nearly 500 volunteers who collected close to 16 tons of trash, tires, and wood debris during the 14th annual Boone Lake Cleanup on April 27. Following the cleanup, volunteers were treated to a picnic, where cash and prizes were distributed.
“An estimated 158 tires were collected, and this year an extremely high number (504) of Styrofoam blocks were turned in,” said event co-chairman Ron Siegfried. “It is rewarding to see so many groups from municipalities, private companies, individuals and civic groups come together in this common goal.”
For information on how you can make a difference in protecting Boone Lake, contact the Boone Lake Association at (423)323-1630.

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

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May 02, 2013

Citizens asked to be mindful of parking regulations downtown

The Johnson City Police Department would like to remind the public that the Johnson City Farmer’s Market has started again for the 2013 season. That means that the Farmer’s Market parking rules have begun and will be enforced. The parking rules are to ensure that the Farmer’s Market participants will have ample time to set up their areas for business.

On Wednesdays and Saturday of each week from now until October, the Farmer’s Market will be open for business and the restricted parking in the Cherry Street Parking lot is in effect. The Cherry Street parking lot is located between South Roan Street and Spring Street on West State of Franklin Road to Cherry Street. The lower north section of the entire parking lot is reserved for the exclusive use of the Farmer’s Market.

The Johnson City Police Department will begin towing vehicles left in this section, (the two parking lanes closest to State of Franklin Road) on Wednesday and Saturday mornings starting at 4:00 am. Information on vehicles towed by the Johnson City Police Department can be obtained by calling Police Records at (423) 434-6125 or (423) 979-2312.

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May 01, 2013

Head to MPCC for Muffins with Mom Saturday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites mothers, grandmothers, special guardians, and children to enjoy Muffins with Mom this Saturday (May 4) from 8-10 a.m. Cost is $2 for participants 12 and younger and $3 for 13 and older. Price includes assorted muffins and drinks.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750

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May 01, 2013

Volunteer needed for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering one, three-year 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 must live inside city limits. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6022. To submit an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications are due no later than May 15.

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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May 01, 2013

Men’s Appalachian Chorus to perform at Memorial Park Community Center

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to an evening of a capella music performed by the popular Men’s Appalachian Chorus group. This event will be held in the gym on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for seniors, $12 for adults, and free for those 17 and younger.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758
 

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Apr 30, 2013

Volunteers needed for Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6022. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. Applications will be accepted through May 31.

For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Apr 30, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Thursday (May 2) at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person, which includes a taco bar.
Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Apr 23, 2013

BOC sets three budget work sessions

The Board of Commissioners will hold work sessions to discuss the FY 2014 budget at 5:30 p.m. on April 29, April 30 and May 6. All sessions will be held 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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Apr 22, 2013

Section of Antioch to be closed Wednesday

The closure of Antioch Road, from Beechwood Drive to Seminole Drive, has been postponed until Wednesday (April 24). This section will be closed 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. while water/sewer work is performed. Detours will be in place.

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

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Apr 17, 2013

Section of Antioch to be closed Tuesday

Antioch Road, from Beechwood Drive to Seminole Drive, will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 23) while water/sewer work is performed. Detours will be in place.

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

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Apr 17, 2013

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 a member, or meet the membership requirements, of the American Institute of Architects, should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. 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 Wednesday, May 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

 

 

 

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Apr 17, 2013

April HZC canceled

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday (April 23) has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Apr 16, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic to feature storytelling at new amphitheater

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to participate in a Teddy Bear Picnic to hear stories told by local storytellers from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 20). Pack a lunch and bring a blanket to sit at the new amphitheater, and don’t forget to bring your favorite teddy bear for the teddy bear march! Admission is free for all ages.
Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Apr 12, 2013

New tennis classes available at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs:
• Senior Tennis Group Clinic: Mondays and Thursdays throughout April and May, 9-10 a.m., ages 50 and older. Program fee is $25 per month or $5 per session. Clinics are designed for beginner to intermediate levels and those who have an interest in learning and improving their knowledge of the rules, basic shots, court position, and game strategies. Contact Marley Woods at (423)330-8336 to sign up.
• Cardio Tennis: Open to ages 16 and older. Fee is $30 per month in April and May; $40 per month in June, July and August. Class days and times are:
o Mondays and Thursdays – 10-11 a.m.
o Wednesdays – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
o Fridays – 6-7 p.m.
Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full-body, calorie-burning workout. This social class is for players of all skill levels. Fee allows participants to attend all class times. Contact Marley Woods at (423)330-8336 to sign up.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Apr 11, 2013

BOC, Planning Commission to discuss overlay districts on April 22

The Board of Commissioners and the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a joint work session to discuss proposed locations of overlay districts at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22. This meeting will be held 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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Apr 04, 2013

Vote today to help Johnson City/Washington County win $25,000

The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is in the running to receive a $25,000 grant, and voting now lies in the hands of the public. Now through Monday, April 22, anyone with a Facebook account can vote at https://www.state-assist.com/cause/314/ready-washington-county  up to 10 times a day for the EMA and its project, the Ready Washington County Emergency Response Team (CERT).
CERT was selected as one of just 200 finalists from among 3,000 submissions nationwide for the 2013 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant. According to State Farm, the Neighborhood Assist program empowers people to identify problems in their community, connects them with local nonprofits that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity for communities to receive funding to make a positive impact in their neighborhood.
CERT is a group of proactive citizens willing to take a leadership role should a disaster occur, and is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for and respond after catastrophic disasters such as winter storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other major emergencies.
“CERT is a crucial component to our Ready Washington County disaster preparedness plan,” said EMA Training and Operations Officer Chad Bruckman. “Emergency responders cannot possibly be everywhere, all the time, in the event of a disaster. We need citizens who are willing to be properly trained to implement procedures in their communities to help keep themselves and their neighbors safe.”
Bruckman said the $25,000 would be used to: purchase Community Emergency Response Disaster trailers; properly equip each CERT member with proper personal protective equipment; and recruit and train new CERT members and instructors.
“CERT exemplifies community involvement and making a difference,” said Bruckman. “These volunteers are stepping up, willing to face hazardous situations to safeguard their communities. They deserve to have the proper tools, training and equipment to do that.”
For more information, please call Bruckman at 434-6082.
Again, the public is asked to vote (up to 10 times a day) at https://www.state-assist.com/cause/314/ready-washington-county through April 22.

CONTACT:
Chad Bruckman, training and operations officer
Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency
(423)434-6082
 

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Apr 03, 2013

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for Saturday

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday (April 6) at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive. From 9 a.m. until noon, 3,300 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. The free trees are part of a campaign to plant 10,000 trees in Johnson City, and varieties offered will include Winter King Hawthorn, Persimmon, Goldenrain Tree, Redbud, Hedge Maple, Trident Maple, and Bald Cypress. A limited number of seedlings will be available per person.
Saturday’s event will mark the achievement of giving away more than 10,000 trees. The program began in Spring 2010 and with the conclusion of this giveaway, the City will have distributed 11,400 trees. The program has been such a success that City Manager Pete Peterson has decided not to stop at 10,000 but to continue the program into the future.
This is the 13th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

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

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Apr 03, 2013

MPCC announces April events

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs for citizens of all ages:
• Finance Expo: Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event will feature information on insurance, college planning, retirement planning, financial investment planning, trusts and wills.
• Murder Mystery Dinner: Thursday, April 11, 6-9 p.m., $10 per person. This murder mystery dinner show spoofs the movie Casablanca and the American dream of winning the jackpot. The audience will solve the crime!
• Special Day for Special Children: Saturday, April 13, noon-3 p.m. This free event is designed for families of individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The entire family is invited to enjoy angel fish swimming, sports, and arts and crafts.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750 

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Apr 01, 2013

Civil Service Commission to meet tomorrow

The Civil Service Commission will meet at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, April 2) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Kevin Bratton, director
Human Resources
(423)434-6016

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Mar 28, 2013

Carver Rec to host sidewalk sale

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a sidewalk sale on Saturday, April 6 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 for a 6-foot table and two chairs; extra tables and chairs will be available for an additional fee.
All proceeds will go toward an educational trip to Atlanta for Carver’s youth.

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

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Mar 28, 2013

MPCC offering new fitness classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two new fitness classes beginning April 2. Slim Down Circuit will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This class will work out the large and small muscles to trim down and shape up while using cardio to burn calories.
Pilates will be held Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is a non-impact class that uses core muscles to strengthen abs a lower back while shaping arms and legs.
Class fee is $5 a day, $8 a week for both classes or $25 for a monthly pass. Childcare is available for $3 per child, per class. Please call MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Mar 28, 2013

Senior Services Advisory Council to meet Monday

The Senior Services Advisory Council meeting set for Thursday, April 14 has been moved to Monday (April 1). This meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Seniors Services
(423)434-6232

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Mar 21, 2013

FYI: Citizens asked to contact library if child not receiving Imagination Library books

The USPS is now enforcing a ruling requiring them to dispose of (i.e. recycle, destroy) materials including Imagination Library books which are found to be undeliverable due to bad addresses. If you have a child currently enrolled in the Imagination Library program in Washington County and they have not received a book in the past two months, please contact Sarah Brackins at 434-4362 to update your mailing address. If your child has reached age five, they are no longer eligible for the program.

Until two weeks ago, undeliverable books were picked up at all Washington County post offices by library staff working with the Imagination Library program. Staff members then made several attempts to contact the parent or caregiver of the child who did not get their book and after that the book was donated to local agencies who work with children.

All children under age five living in Washington County are eligible for the program. Each month they will receive for free, a new age-appropriate book. To register for the program online go to www.jcpl.net and click on the Imagination Library logo. Parents and caregivers may also call 434-4362 to register or they may pick up a registration form at any public desk at the Johnson City Public Library. After a registration form is submitted, it takes between six to eight weeks for the first book to arrive. 

CONTACT:
Cathy Griffith
(423)434-4463

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Mar 19, 2013

March HZC canceled

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Mar 19, 2013

Great American Cleanup events start Saturday

As citizens conduct their spring cleaning in the coming months, they are encouraged to take advantage of drop-off services that will be provided as a part of the Great American Cleanup.
The first drop-off events will be held Saturday (March 23) at Fairmont and Mountain View elementary schools as well as the corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road. GAC drop-offs will be available every other Saturday through May 4. Each event will take place from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine.
“These are opportunities for citizens to get rid of large items that are typically not collected by City crews,” said Eva Hunter, Keep Johnson City Beautiful director. “We also have wonderful new program that will allow citizens to donate supplies for our teachers, and we’ll be collecting those items during the GAC drop-offs as well.”
Extras for Education allows citizens to donate items like binders, staplers, fabric, paper, glue, pencils, stickers and even recyclable materials like cardboard tubes, bottles and jars for use by local teachers.
“Teachers have to buy many supplies with their own money,” Hunter said. “Extras for Education allows all of us to help them out just a little.”
Items will be accepted at:
• Fairmont Elementary, March 23
• Mountain View Elementary, March 23
• Corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road, March 23
• Woodland Elementary, April 6
• ETSU, April 6
• South Side Elementary, April 6
• Cherokee Elementary, April 20
• North Side Elementary, April 20
• Carver Recreation Center, April 20
• Liberty Bell Boulevard, May 4
• Towne Acres Elementary, May 4
• Indian Trail Intermediate, May 4
Prohibited items include air conditioners, hazardous waste, paint, televisions, and tires. Drop-offs will be limited to one pickup-truck load per person.
For more information about the Great American Cleanup or Extras for Education, please contact Hunter at 979-6318 or ehunter@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Mar 18, 2013

Parks and Rec Advisory Board meeting canceled

The March 28 meeting of the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Winged Deer Park Administrative Board Room.
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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Mar 15, 2013

City calling on citizens to help name public greenspace

The City of Johnson City is asking citizens for suggestions on what to name a new public greenspace that will be located along State of Franklin Road at the former site of Free Service Tire Company and other facilities. This is an exciting chance to leave your mark on your community!
The 5-acre tract will serve as a stormwater detention basin that will assist with reducing flood events in the downtown area and will include an open creek channel with sitting walls, an amphitheater, and a large greenspace for play and special event activities.
Citizens are encouraged to visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/forms/greenspace/ to submit possible names for the site. 

CONTACT:
Eva Hunter, recycling marketing coordinator
Public Works – Solid Waste Services
(423)979-6318
 

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Mar 13, 2013

Flood Awareness Week starts March 18

March 18-22 is National Flood Awareness week, and the Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is reminding citizens to heed the warnings of the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign.
“If you see a flooded area, absolutely avoid driving or walking through it,” advises EMA Operations and Training Officer Chad Bruckman. “There are too many unknowns to risk passing through floodwaters.”
Bruckman offered the following tips:
• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.
• A foot of water will float many vehicles.
• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.
• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
• Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
• Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Bruckman said that floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, but not all floods are alike. Some develop slowly while others, such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Flash floods can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, because of dam or levee failure, or after a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris.
Overland flooding, the most common type of flood event, typically occurs when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach. Overland flooding can also happen when rainfall or snowmelt exceeds the capacity of underground pipes or exceeds the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry floodwaters away from urban areas.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas or near water. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

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

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Mar 12, 2013

City of Johnson City awarded grant for crime reduction project

The City of Johnson City has been awarded an $800,000 Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP) grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs to fund efforts to reduce crimes related to alcohol and drug abuse in targeted neighborhoods. Using crime analysis data and business and community surveys, the Mountain Home and Downtown areas were identified as the targets for this project.

Preliminary surveys conducted last November in the service area revealed that the greatest concerns of residents and business owners revolved around drugs, alcohol, litter and prostitution. To date, 17 partnering agencies have been working together to plan the strategies that will reduce crime in the Mountain Home and Downtown areas.

“It is going to effect a change in our community. The approach of this grant is to unite the skills and expertise of community partners who, by working together, reduce drug- and alcohol-related crimes in the targeted areas,” said TCCRP Director Becky Haas. “It’s exciting at our partner meetings to see previously unrelated agency representatives exchanging business cards as they identify new ways they can work together for the improvement of Johnson City.”

The Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project has outlined a four-pronged strategy the City must take in its efforts to reduce crime. These include:
• Pre-Enforcement – impacting at-risk youth (18 and younger) and residents and business owners in the target area;
• Neighborhood Revitalization – focusing on trash, graffiti, and housing and commercial properties in poor condition or having major code violations;
• Enforcement – impacting adults and juveniles for drug and alcohol offenses, domestic violence offenders, prostitution and aggravated assault; and
• Offender Intervention – by working with probationers and parolees to reduce recidivism rates.

“The level of cooperation across disciplines is truly remarkable,” said Chief Mark Sirois. “We are grateful to City administration and the Board of Commissioners for recognizing the value of the TCCRP and for fully supporting this evidence-based effort.”

This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs and is supported by Award #2012-DJ-BX-0280 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The grant program will run for three years beginning April 1.

For more information, please contact TCCRP Director Becky Haas at (423)434-6105.

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

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Mar 12, 2013

‘Fire and Ice’ Family Fun Night to feature chili cook-off, ice cream social

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to participate in a chili cook-off on Friday, March 22 from 6-9 p.m. Entries will be judged and served during “Fire and Ice” Family Fun Night, which also will include an ice cream social and the movie “Ice Age.” Admission is $1 per person, with children 4 and younger admitted free.
Cook-off participants must pre-register by Wednesday, March 20. Please call MPCC at 461-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750

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Mar 12, 2013

Parks and Rec accepting applications for seasonal positions

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for camp counselors and other seasonal positions in athletics, programs and maintenance.
The department will also be hiring seasonal lifeguards. Lifeguard classes are currently being held at Freedom Hall Pool through May. Please call 434-4872 for more information.
Applications may be downloaded at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR/ and are available in the Human Resources Office at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All applications must be returned to Human Resources.

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

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Mar 12, 2013

Golf Advisory Board to meet March 27

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Building.

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

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Mar 12, 2013

Annual spring leaf collection starts April 1

The City of Johnson City’s annual spring leaf collection is held the first two weeks of April. This year’s collection period will take place from Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 12.
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) no later than 7 a.m. on April 1 to ensure pickup. 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 spring 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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Mar 11, 2013

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 a member, or meet the membership requirements, of the American Institute of Architects, should be interested in community affairs and must have been a resident of the city for the past three years. 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 Thursday, April 11. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Mar 11, 2013

BOC, BOE workshop set for March 21

The Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education will hold a workshop to discuss the fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. 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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Mar 11, 2013

Youth kickball registration extended

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has extended the registration period for the 2013 youth kickball season through Monday (March 18). Age groups are 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.
Registration fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. There will be a $20 late charge for any registrations taken after Monday.
Registrations may be completed online at www.myjcparks.com or at the Winged Deer Park Athletics Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call 283-5822. 

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

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Mar 11, 2013

MPCC now offering Spanish course

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Beginning Spanish on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Fee is $2 per class. Class instruction will cover beginning Spanish including numbers, alphabet, and simple sentences.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750

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Mar 11, 2013

MPCC now offering beginner computer classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering the following classes for ages 13 and older. Fee is $3 per class.
• Microsoft Word for Beginners: Mondays, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of creating a document along with tips and tricks to be more productive and efficient in your work. Learn techniques for copying, pasting, spell check, saving and printing documents.
• Microsoft Excel for Beginners: Tuesdays, 6-6:45 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of spreadsheets, formulas and data sorting.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750 

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Mar 11, 2013

Parks and Rec administrative offices closed March 18-22

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, will be closed March 18-22 for floor refinishing. The office will reopen on Monday, March 25.
Direct division numbers are as follows:
• Aquatics – (423)434-5759
• Athletics – (423)283-5822
• Legion Recreation Center – (423)461-4850
• Memorial Park Community Center – (423)434-5750
• Princeton Arts Center – (423)283-5800
• Carver Recreation Center – (423)461-8830
• Nature Program Coordinator Office – (423)283-5821
• Pavilion reservations – www.myjcparks.org (walk-in reservations can be made at Carver Recreation Center)
• All other inquiries – (423)283-5800

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

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Mar 07, 2013

Citizens needed to help communities prepare for emergencies

The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is calling on proactive citizens who would like to take a leadership role in their communities should a disaster occur.
EMA has become a part of a national network of Community Emergency Response Program (CERT) communities. CERT is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for and respond after catastrophic disasters such as winter storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other major emergencies. The basic CERT course will include those components necessary to get the team started and become capable of performing basic CERT functions. Each member must complete 25 hours of courses that will be held April 12, 13, 19 and 20 at Johnson City Fire Station No. 7, 2830 W. Walnut St.
Teams will learn:
• Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves and their neighborhoods for the various hazards that may occur.
• Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress for victims as well as workers.
• Medical Operations: Team members will learn how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas, to provide basic first aid for victims.
• Damage Assessment: Team members will learn how to rapidly assess damage employing a standardized format used throughout the county.
• Disaster Simulation: A small scale disaster simulation is also part of the basic program.
• Fire Suppression: Team members will learn how to use extinguishers and other equipment to suppress small fires.
• Light Search and Rescue: Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.

Registration is limited. To sign up or for more information, please call Chad Bruckman at 434-6082 or email cbruckman.ema@earthlink.net.

CONTACT:
Chad Bruckman, training and operations officer
Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency
(423)434-6082 

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Mar 07, 2013

Carver Rec announces this month’s programs

The following programs will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.:
• Zumba – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; all ages; $4 per class or $25 for seven classes. This Latin-inspired workout taught by Jennifer Walters creates a party-like atmosphere and is perfect exercise for dancers or non-dancers. Children’s activities are available during class hours for $1 per child.
• Spring Break Fun Adventure Week – March 11-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; ages 6-12; fee is $40 per child. Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) is available for an additional $2 per day, per child. Camp will consist of organized activities, swimming, putt-putt, go carts, and music. Participants will enjoy an end-of-the-week ice cream social. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration deadline is Friday, March 8.
• Easter Craft and Egg Coloring – Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28, 4-6 p.m.; all ages; free. Children will enjoy Easter-related crafts and egg coloring.
• Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout – Friday, March 29, 3-5 p.m.; all ages; free. The egg hunt will be divided into age groups, and awards will be given for first-, second-, and third-place winners. A cookout will follow the egg hunt.

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

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Mar 06, 2013

MPCC to host artist reception

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an artist reception for Urban Bird on Saturday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Bird’s artwork will be on display at Memorial Park Community Center through June 1.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750 
 

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Mar 05, 2013

Parents invited to have child’s ID card made

Parents are invited to Target, 2116 N. Roan St., on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a free Kid Print event. Johnson City Police officers will be on hand to provide identification 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.

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

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Mar 05, 2013

New MPCC programs announced

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert Street, is now offering the following programs:
• Creative Beginnings: Mondays, 10-11 a.m.; ages 6 months-12 years; $8 per class (includes supplies). This early childhood introduction to art will feature painting, sculpting, and drawing. Each session will offer a fun and educational experience that fosters creativity and develops motor skills and is tailored to the participant’s age and abilities. Children with special needs are welcome and can benefit from the therapeutic benefits of expression through art and social interaction. Pre-registration is required; call 461-5750.
• Middle Eastern Dance: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.; open to women of all ages; $5 per class. Participants will learn beginning belly dance techniques and will explore Egyptian, Turkish, Arabic, and Bollywood styles of Middle Eastern dance. Open to all fitness levels; no dance experience necessary.
• Mommy and Me Yoga: Fridays, 9-9:30 a.m.; $3 per person; open to all ages. Yoga is good for all ages, from 3 to 33. This class will teach basic poses you and your child can do together for stress relief, fitness and fun.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750

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Mar 04, 2013

Fire lieutenants earn Fire & Rescue Management Certificate from UNC Charlotte

Lieutenants Rick Casey and Mark Beasley of the Johnson City Fire Department graduated February 15th from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Fire & Rescue Management Institute, along with 31 fellow fire service leaders from across the Southeast. The Management Institute, founded in 2006, is a five month, cohort certificate program designed for company officers, chief officers, as well as future leaders of the fire service. The curriculum is designed to address the complex and evolving roles and challenges that officers face in today’s fire service. Modules include Leadership & Team-Building, Personnel Management & Supervision, Operations Management & Strategic Planning, and Communication Skills & Public Relations. Over 250 fire service leaders have graduated from the Institute since 2007 representing North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Institute faculty include national and regional fire service administrators, UNC Charlotte faculty from disciplines such as public administration, organizational psychology, business administration, communication studies, and fire safety engineering technology, and leadership and management specialists and consultants.

Graduates of the Fire & Rescue Management Institute earn the prestigious Certificate in Fire & Rescue Management from UNC Charlotte. - Release courtesy of UNC Charlotte

CONTACT:
Chris Williams, operations chief  
Johnson City Fire Department
(423)926-7161

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Mar 04, 2013

Real estate, property taxes to be filed in Chancery Court April 1

On Monday, April 1, all unpaid 2011 real estate taxes and 2012 personal property taxes will be filed in Chancery Court for collection. To avoid having taxes filed in Chancery Court, payments – including penalty and interest charges – must be submitted to the City of Johnson City’s Finance Department by 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Postmarks will not be honored. All payments made after Thursday, March 15 must be in the form of a cashier’s check or cash due to a high volume of returned checks. Payments may be made in person at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Mar 01, 2013

PAC offering intro to tumbling, cheerleading

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer an introduction to tumbling and cheerleading for ages 5-10. This class will introduce youth to basic tumbling skills including cartwheels, splits, backbends, handstands, round-offs, headstands, and cheer jumps. This six-week class will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. on Mondays beginning March 18. Course fee is $40.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800. 

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

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Mar 01, 2013

PAC offering youth dance clinics

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer dance clinics in ballet, line dancing, clogging and hip-hop for ages 5-14. Fee is $40 per clinic. The six-week clinics will be held Mondays beginning March 18 at the following times:
• Ballet (ages 5-10): 4:30-5 p.m.
• Line Dance (ages 9-14): 5-5:30 p.m.
• Clogging (ages 5-9): 6-6:30 p.m.
• Hip Hop (ages 9-14): 6:30-7 p.m.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800. 

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

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Mar 01, 2013

Section of Buffalo to close for two weeks

Buffalo Street between West Main Street and State of Franklin Road will be closed to through traffic for approximately two weeks beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday (March 5) while a new median is constructed.
The road may be temporarily re-opened for weekend use if conditions allow. Detours will be posted.

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707
 

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Feb 28, 2013

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

Feb. 28, 2013
For immediate release 
 
The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 41st session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, April 16. 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 April 1.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 434-6170. 

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

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Feb 28, 2013

Youth kickball registrations under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now taking registrations for the upcoming youth kickball season. Leagues are offered in the following age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.
Registration is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be imposed for registrations made after Monday, March 11.
Registrations can be completed online or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Feb 28, 2013

Girls t-ball and softball registrations under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation girls t-ball and softball registration is under way now through Saturday, March 23. Registration is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be imposed for registrations taken after March 23.
T-ball will be offered for ages 5-6; machine pitch for ages 7-8; and fast pitch for ages 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Practices begin Saturday, March 30 and league play begins Monday, April 22.
Registrations can be completed online or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Feb 28, 2013

Adult softball registration under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for spring adult softball. Leagues include: Men’s Open, Church and Industrial; Coed Open, Church and Industrial; and Women’s Open.
Men’s leagues play a 14-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament. Men’s entry fees are $400 plus $5 for every non-City resident.
Coed and Women’s leagues play a seven-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament. Coed and Women’s fees are $250 plus $5 for every non-City resident.
Entry fee, roster, and photo identification for each player must be turned in at the time of registration. Deadline for entries is April 11. League play will begin the week of April 22. The first coaches meeting for softball will be held March 4 at 6:00 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower. For further information, you may call 283-5822.
Registrations can be completed at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Feb 21, 2013

Joint work session to discuss Rails to Trail project set for March 7

The Board of Commissioners of the City of Johnson City will hold a joint work session with the Elizabethton City Council to review the Rails to Trail Master Plan at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. 

CONTACT:
Juanita Phillips, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002

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Feb 18, 2013

Parks and Rec to present snake program Saturday

Parks and Recreation invites citizens to hear A Snake Enthusiast’s Story Saturday (Feb. 23) at Winged Deer Park. Regardless of your feelings about these slithering reptiles, this presentation by a local herpetologist promises to inform and entertain. Some animals will be on hand for those participants who would like to see them up close.
A Snake Enthusiast’s Story will take place in the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office’s Board Room, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 10-11:30 a.m. It is open to all ages and fee is $1. Please call (423)283-5821 by Thursday (Feb. 21) to register.

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

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Feb 14, 2013

Senior Center Foundation Board to meet monthly

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board – which previously met on a bi-monthly basis – will now meet each month, on the first Thursday. Agendas will be reviewed on the Thursday prior to each meeting, with the exception of July, when the agenda review will take place two weeks prior. All meetings will take place at noon at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. 

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Seniors Services
(423)434-6232
 

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Feb 13, 2013

MPCC upcoming programs announced

Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St., will offer the following programs:
• Healthy Heart Event – Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., all ages, free.
The event will feature games, healthy food choices class, fitness class, and the American Heart Association will be on hand to answer questions.
A 3-on-3 basketball game will be held in conjunction with the event. Fee is $5 per team, with age groups/times as follows:
Ages 6-9: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 10-13: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Ages 14-17: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages 18+: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
• FitDance – Thursdays beginning Feb. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 18 and older, $4 per class. This fun and fitness-focused dance class will be upbeat with a wide variety of musical genres and dance styles. Participation (not perfection) is the only requirement for the class.
• The Mr. Bill and Bodie Show – Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all ages, $5 per person, $4 for children 12 and younger. Mr. Bill is a well-known children’s entertainer. Mr. Bill will be accompanied by his piano playing dog, Bodie, who has been seen on the Animal Planet’s funniest videos. Join this duo for music, magic, and an afternoon of fun.
• Belly Dance Class – Thursdays beginning March 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., all ages, $5 per class. Learn the art of Middle Eastern dance. Music drives this dance, and it is all about having fun! 
 
CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-5750

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Feb 11, 2013

Pine Oaks seeking memorabilia for permanent display

Pine Oaks Golf Course turns 50 this year, and the City is requesting that citizens donate memorabilia associated with the course for a display that will be unveiled as part of anniversary celebrations.
“We are looking for newspaper clippings, photographs, score cards, balls, trophies … anything that represents the rich 50-year history of Pine Oaks,” said Golf Pro Mike Jennings.
Donated items should be considered on permanent loan to Pine Oaks, and not all memorabilia will be displayed, due to space limitations.
Citizens with items to donate may drop them off at Pine Oaks daily 7 a.m. and dusk. For more information, please contact Jennings at 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Mike Jennings, golf pro
Johnson City Golf/Pine Oaks Golf Course
(423)434-6250

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Feb 07, 2013

Applications being accepted for JC101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for the spring 2013 class of JC101, an adult educational program designed to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of government’s role in the community. This eight-week program on the basics of government includes presentations, tours, and question-and-answer periods.
Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City from 6 until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 5. Class size is limited, and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, by calling 434-6022 and can be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/cr/jc101.
“JC101 not only gives our citizens a comprehensive overview of how their government works, but it is the perfect way to really get involved in the community, whether you are a lifetime resident or a newcomer,” said Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert. “The course has become increasingly popular with couples, and some of our participants have gone on to serve the public on various boards and committees.”
For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 434-6021.

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

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Feb 04, 2013

Carver Rec to host sidewalk sale

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a sidewalk sale on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 for a 6-foot table and two chairs; extra tables and chairs will be available for an additional fee.

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

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Feb 04, 2013

BOC workshop set for Thursday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop to review the FY 2014-2018 Capital Improvement Plan on Thursday (Feb. 7) at 3:30 p.m. 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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Feb 01, 2013

Carver Rec sets Black History Month events

The following events – open to all ages – will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., in recognition of Black History Month:

• Presidents Youth Ceremony – Monday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., no charge. Carver youth will place Presidents Truman through Obama on the “Wall of Presidents” located in the foyer of the center. A reception will follow.
• Black History Month Program – Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., no charge. Enjoy an evening celebrating great African-Americans.
• Taste of the Community – Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., $5 per plate. Sample some incredible recipes.

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

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Feb 01, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center pools to close for maintenance

All pools at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed for maintenance Sunday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 3.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5759

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Jan 29, 2013

Volunteers needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering three appointments to the Board of Building Codes. These vacancies include an HVAC contractor, electrician, and plumber. Applicants must be City residents and be licensed by the state of Tennessee in his or her specialty (cannot be a limited license).
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may obtain an application at www.johnsoncitytn.org or by calling the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6022. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6047. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 28.

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

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Jan 25, 2013

MPCC closing at 3 p.m.; Family Fun Night postponed

Memorial Park Community Center will close at 3 p.m. today (Friday,
Jan. 25). All evening classes and events are canceled. Tonight’s
“Wizard of Oz” Family Fun Night has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb.
22.
The center will reopen at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

CONTACT:
Amanda Hollifield, operations manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

 

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Jan 23, 2013

Next City/County Liaison meeting set for April 25

The City/County Liaison Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 24) has been canceled. The next meeting will take place Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Juanita Phillips, executive assistant
Administration
(423)434-6002

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Jan 18, 2013

Parks and Rec invites citizens to ‘Behold the Bat’

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Memorial Park Community Center will host a program on the incredible bat. All ages are welcome to MPCC, 510 Bert St., from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn about the benefits of bats, how amazing they are, and how they simply do not deserve their scary reputation. Get the facts as you “Behold the Bat” in this fun and interactive program. Admission is $1 per person.

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

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Jan 17, 2013

Section of King Springs closed until further notice

Effective immediately, King Springs Road from Legion Street to East Main Street will be closed to through traffic until further notice. Local traffic will have access to side streets and homes but the road will be completely blocked and impassable at a point approximately 320 feet west of Ferrell Drive.
This closure is required due to unsafe road conditions resulting from stream bank erosion along Sinking Creek.
“Considering the nature of the damage, repairs are likely to take a few months to complete,” said Assistant Public Works Director Mike Arsenault.
Signs will be placed at both Legion and East Main streets to alert drivers and advise them to use alternate routes. Detours will be posted.

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707

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Jan 17, 2013

Transit services to resume at 8:15 a.m. Friday

Johnson City Fixed Route, Job Access and Paratransit services will resume at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18). 


CONTACT:           

Johnson City Transit

(423)434-6260

 

 

 

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Jan 17, 2013

MPCC to open at noon

Memorial Park Community Center will open at noon tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18). The seniors dance scheduled for tomorrow night has been canceled.

CONTACT: 
Amanda Hollifield, operations manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jan 16, 2013

Parks and Rec looking for JC’s greatest talents


Parks and Recreation is calling on talented singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and musicians of all ages to compete in this year’s JC’s Got Talent contest, slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Grand prize package includes two season tickets to Dollywood, paid entry fee to Tri-Cities Got Talent, and a professional audio or video recording from Dothert.
“Parks and Recreation is thrilled to be part of this search for Johnson City’s talent,” said event organizer Robin DiMona. “Johnson City is filled with talented individuals, and this is certainly an event you don’t want to miss.”
• Auditions: Feb. 26-28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carver Rec. Entrants should bring all music and equipment needed for their audition.
• Applications are available at Carver, Memorial Park Community Center, and Earth Fare.
• Entry fee: $5 single acts, $10 group acts (two or more people)
• Entry deadline: Monday, Feb. 28, by 5 p.m.
For more information, please call 283-5820 or 483-8611.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Jan 15, 2013

MPCC to host Wizard of Oz Family Fun Night

Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St., will host a Family Fun Night featuring the Wizard of Oz on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6-9 p.m. Citizens are invited to dress as their favorite Wizard of Oz character and follow the yellow brick road to MPCC, where they can enjoy a showing of the film, games and activities. Characters will be available for photographs, and popcorn will be on hand. Admission is $1 per person, with children 4 and younger admitted free.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4850

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Jan 14, 2013

Memorial Park Community Center aquatics programs announced

Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St., is offering the following programs in aquatics:
• Cardio Waves – Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 6-7 p.m.; $3 per class or $25 per month. All equipment is provided. This is a high intensity water aerobics program geared toward individuals looking to push their limits.
• Aqua Boxing – Tuesday and Thursday; beginners’ orientation 5 p.m., class begins at 5:15; $3 per class or $25 per month. All equipment is provided. This class mixes cardio kickboxing with the added resistance of water. Aqua Boxing is taught by a certified kickboxing instructor so participants learn actual technique while burning calories.
• Arthritis Class – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; 11-11:40 a.m.; $3 per class or $25 per month. All equipment is provided. This class will help participants get their gears moving, not grinding, with an expertly tailored workout. Arthritis Class is instructed by an American Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor in MPCC’s warm water therapy pool. A doctor’s note is required, but participants are welcome to try a class and bring their note to the next scheduled session.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5759

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Jan 14, 2013

City seeking citizen input on road project

The City of Johnson City will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 to discuss intersection improvements to State of Franklin Road (SR-381) at Indian Ridge Road. This meeting will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
Currently in the design phase, this project will: widen State of Franklin to create right turn lanes for the northbound and southbound traffic; widen Indian Ridge for two left turn lanes, a right turn lane and a 10-foot sidewalk; and widen Skyline Drive for a left turn lane and a right turn lane.
Preliminary plans will be displayed, and the public is invited to make comments.
For more information, please contact Engineer Lawrence Perry at (423)232-2962 or lperry@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Lawrence Perry, engineer
Public Works – Engineering
(423)232-2962

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Jan 10, 2013

HCDAB meeting will be held Jan. 31

This month’s Housing and Community Development Citizens Advisory Board meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon and will take place in the Memorial Park Community Center Activity Room, 510 Bert St.

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

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Jan 09, 2013

Volunteers needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two three-year appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation.
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 Board of Zoning Appeals 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 download an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 25. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Development Coordinator Steve Neilson at (423)434-6053. 

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

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Jan 08, 2013

Three large trees in Johnson City named state champions

Johnson City, widely recognized for its environmental efforts, has a new claim to its “green” fame: three trees located here have been identified as the largest of their species on record in the state. The “Champion Trees,” as recognized by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division, include a Pin Oak, a Southern Catalpa (a.k.a. Catawba), and a Douglas Fir.

“It is an honor that these trees have been recognized for surviving so long and becoming so large,” said City Forester Pat Walding. “Trees that have stood the test of time inspire a sense of awe, and they often have unique stories that are told by the people who have enjoyed their company.”

The Pin Oak is located next to a cemetery behind Snow Memorial Baptist Church; the Southern Catalpa is located on the Veterans Administration campus; and the Douglas Fir stands in the historic Tree Streets neighborhood.

Aaron Noblet, a former Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board member, identified the Southern Catalpa and Douglas Fir as possible champion candidates. The Pin Oak was named Johnson City’s largest tree in 1999 by the late Charlie Roller, another Tree and Landscape Board member.

Walding and Noblet measured each tree for trunk circumference, height and crown spread. The measurements are:
• Pin Oak – 222-inch circumference, 79 feet high, 103-foot crown spread
• Southern Catalpa – 216-inch circumference, 86 feet high, 85-foot crown spread
• Douglas Fir – 94-inch circumference, 73 feet high, 33-foot crown spread

For more information about the state’s Champion Tree program, please visit http://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/forestry/championtrees.shtml.

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

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Jan 03, 2013

PAC offering Conversational French

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a four-week Conversational French course for teens and adults taught by instructor Firoozeh “Fay” Saffari. Classes will be held Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. Course fee is $150.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

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

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Jan 02, 2013

City Commission will not meet tomorrow

The Board of Commissioners will not meet tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 3). The next City Commission meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 17.

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


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