2015 News Archive

Dec 30, 2015

West Walnut task force to meet Tuesday

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission has created a task force to study and develop a plan for the West Walnut Street corridor. The West Walnut Street Corridor Task Force will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 5) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. to discuss goals and timelines.

CONTACT:

Steve Neilson, development coordinator

Development Services

(423)434-6053



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Dec 30, 2015

FYI: JCPD reminds motorists to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this New Year’s holiday weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility “saturation patrols” will be conducted all weekend 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 saturation patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from city streets.



The Police Department has reported a total 54 alcohol-related vehicle crashes in 2014, 33 (61.1%) of which resulted in personal injuries to motorists. The Police Department has also made 261 DUI arrests so far this year, 22 (8.4%) of which have been under the legal drinking age of 21. During the 2014 New Year’s holiday weekend, the Department made five DUI arrests.



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. Although Tennessee’s legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08, even a slight alcoholic “buzz” that’s well below legal limits can be unsafe for drivers and lead to their arrest for impaired driving.



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Dec 28, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 28

Public Works projects:

• Lakeview Drive (between Parwood Court and Oakland Avenue) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive – clean up; lane closures

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement

• Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures



All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 23, 2015

Dispose of live Christmas trees through Jan. 9

The City of Johnson City will be accepting/collecting Christmas trees through Saturday, Jan. 9. Live Christmas trees (cleared of any decorations) may be dropped off 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 may place their trees at the curb, to be picked up during regular brush collection.



For more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 975-2700.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harsh, manager

Public Works – Solid Waste Services

(423)975-2792



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Dec 21, 2015

Join a New Year’s Day hike at Willow Springs

Citizens are invited to start the new year connecting to nature with a one-mile First Day Hike at Willow Springs Park, 1201 Huffine Road, from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.



Families are welcome. Cost is $1 per person.



For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:



Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator



Parks and Recreation



(423)283-5821




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Dec 21, 2015

FYI: JCPD Officer David Smith named Officer of the Year

Tennessee – The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office has recognized nearly one hundred officers and law enforcement agencies for their traffic safety enforcement efforts. Regional meetings took place in Jackson, Murfreesboro, Pikeville, Knoxville, and Greeneville.



The regional meetings were conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s Law Enforcement Liaisons (LELs). Each of the four Tennessee regions has one LEL that serves as a link between the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and local and state law enforcement agencies. LELs also oversee the development of traffic enforcement networks within their region.



"The awards are a small token of our appreciation for their hard work and tireless efforts. Each of the recipients has dedicated themselves to highway traffic safety and making the roadways of Tennessee safer for travel," said West Tennessee LEL Brenda Jones.



Officers were recognized for their efforts in speed enforcement, seat belt enforcement, impaired driving enforcement, and child passenger safety. Officer of the Year awards were presented to law enforcement officers who showed outstanding work in all areas of traffic safety. Beyond the Traffic Stop Awards were given to officers, while performing routine traffic stops, went above and beyond the call of duty. In certain regions, overall departments were recognized for their entire unit’s efforts in a particular category.



"These officers are just a few of many that strive hard to make their communities, counties, and our state a safe place to live," added East Tennessee LEL Steve Dillard.



“Our partnerships with law enforcement agencies are extremely valuable,” Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole said. “It is our honor to recognize the men and women who go above and beyond to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. We know that their efforts are making an impact across the state of Tennessee.”



For a complete list of officers and departments that were recognized, visit http://tntrafficsafety.org/sites/default/files/2015_award_listing.pdf

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Dec 21, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 21

Public Works projects:

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area

• Lakeview Drive (between Parwood Court and Oakland Avenue) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Lark Street and Skyline Drive – water line repair; lane closures

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive – clean up; lane closures

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement

• Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 18, 2015

2016 pavilion rental reservations begin Jan. 2

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will open online reservations for 2016 pavilion rentals at midnight on Saturday, Jan. 2 (www.myjcpark.org). Walk-in reservations can be made at the following locations beginning Monday, Jan. 4:

• Winged Deer Park Administration Office, 4137 Bristol Highway – Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. – Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please note:

• Meredith Pavilion, 203 Carroll Creek Road – Reservations will not open until Tuesday, March 1.

• Rotary Park, 1001 N. Broadway St. – Due to construction of the boundless playground and splash pad, Rotary Park pavilions will not be available for rental during the spring and early summer. The park will open for reservations as soon as construction is complete.

For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


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Dec 18, 2015

Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes begin in January

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes Mondays beginning Jan. 4. The following classes will be taught by Amy Simmons.

• Tiny Miss Tennessee Cheerleading, 4:30-5 p.m., ages 3-5, $35 monthly

o Basics of cheerleading, cheer dance, pompom, basic stunts, and floor tumbling.

• Glitter Dollz.; 5-5:45 p.m., ages 3-5, $45 monthly

o Creative movement, beginning tap, ballet and acro hoop. Miss TuTu will join the class for weekly dance and art lessons. Class will include seasonal dance parties and a June recital. Parents are invited to dance with their children.

• Glamour Girlz; 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 6-10, $45 monthly

o An energetic dance class with fun, age-appropriate lessons and routines in tap, ballet and hip hop. Improves coordination, grace and self-confidence. Class will include seasonal dance parties and a June stage production.

• Hip Hop; 7-7:30 p.m., ages 8 and older, $35 monthly

o A high energy class for weight loss and coordination building with hip hop combinations and routines. Class will have a June recital.

• Gypsy Heart Fusion Belly Dance; 7:30-8 p.m., all ages, $35 monthly

o Fusion belly dance using coined hip skirts, veils, candles, and finger cymbals. Instruction will focus on gaining grace and poise through self-expression.

To register for classes, please call Amy Simmons (540)392-9138 or DDREAMS2000@aol.com.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852




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Dec 15, 2015

HZC called meeting set for Thursday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting Thursday (Dec. 17) at 5 p.m. to discuss two certificates of appropriateness. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Dec 15, 2015

MPCC to offer Preschool Craft and Story Hour

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Preschool Craft and Story Hour from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25. Children ages 3-5 will listen to a different book each week and participate in a themed craft activity. Cost is $20 per child for the eight-week course. Pre-register at MPCC or call (423)434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852



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Dec 14, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 14

Public Works projects:

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area

• Lakeview Drive (between Parwood Coart and Oakland Avenue) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 407 E. Main St. – sewer manhole installation

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• 679 Gray Station Road – sewer force main installation; lane closures

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement

• State Route 75 and Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures

• D and West Walnut streets – clean up; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 14, 2015

JCFD offers holiday lighting safety tips

The Christmas season has arrived, bringing with it trees and decorations … as well as some safety concerns when using these festive items. The following information will help ensure a safe holiday celebration.

• Between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to a yearly average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused and average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage each year.

• Thirty-nine percent of Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

• Electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in one-third of home Christmas tree structure fires. One in six occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Electric Christmas lights were involved in an average 150 structure fires each year, nine deaths, 16 injuries. Seven percent of home Christmas tree fires were started by candles.



Tips For a Safe Christmas Season

• Plan where trees will be positioned. Make sure they are at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, and other sources of heat. Do not place trees where they will obstruct exits or where cords are far from outlets.

• When buying a real tree, select one with fresh, green needles. Dry needles are fire hazards. Cut an additional 2 inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy stand. Keep the tree watered at all times.

• Buy lights that are UL approved. Replace any light strands that are damaged. Use the correct lights for indoor and outdoor use.

• Never use electric lights on a metal tree.

• Connect no more than three strands of miniature string lights and a maximum of 50

screw-in bulbs. Read 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 lights, and do not overload electric receptacles.

• Remove leaves from gutters before hanging outside lights along the roof.

• Keep extension cords free from damage, and do not place under rugs.

• Always unplug or turn off all holiday lights before leaving home or going to sleep.

• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.

• Do not let children play with the wiring or lights.

• Remove live trees from your home when they begin dropping needles, and dispose of them properly. Do not leave in a garage or lean against the home.

• Take lights down after the holidays. Holiday lights are meant to be used only seasonally – not permanently.



From all of us at the Johnson City Fire Department and the City of Johnson City, we wish you and yours a safe and joyous holiday season.

Contact:

Assistant Chief Jerome Palmer – 975-2844





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Dec 10, 2015

MPCC to offer LES MILLS GRIT™ demo

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free demonstration of LES MILLS GRIT™ Cardio at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. The demo will be a high intensity interval training 30-minute workout to improve cardiovascular fitness, increase speed and maximize calorie burn through body weight exercises. LES MILLS GRIT™ Cardio uses these workouts along with powerful music and motivational coaches to offer fast results.

Registration is not required. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Dec 09, 2015

JCFD offering free smoke detectors


The Johnson City Fire Department is offering citizens a service to help ensure a safe and enjoyable season – installation of free smoke detectors

“One of the best ways you can protect your family in the event of a fire is to make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Mark Scott. “As a service to our citizens, we will provide and install up to three detectors in residences within city limits. These detectors come with a 10-year battery.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk of injury can be cut in half by installing at least one working smoke alarm inside and outside each bedroom, and on every level of a home.

According to the State of Tennessee’s State Fire Marshal’s Office, during 2014, fire departments in Tennessee reported a total of 75 fire deaths, down from 99 in 2013. So far in 2015, there have been 67 fire deaths in the state. This reduction in fire deaths is greatly credited to the partnership between the State Fire Marshal’s Office and local municipalities to distribute working smoke alarms in every home. This partnership has enabled fire stations across the state to stock working smoke alarms for anyone to request from their local fire department.

Any city resident who does not have working smoke alarms in their home or need assistance replacing batteries may contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423) 975-2840. A request for smoke detectors may also be submitted online.


Contact:

Assistant Fire Chief Jerome Palmer

423-975-2844


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Dec 08, 2015

MPCC to be closed Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 30 through Saturday, Jan. 3 while floors are refinished. The pool will re-open on Saturday, Jan. 2. The center will fully re-open on Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 a.m.

CONTACT:

Amanda Hollifield, operations manager

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5753



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Dec 07, 2015

MPCC to offer flash sale on tickets for daddy-daughter dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a one-day-only flash sale on Friday, Dec. 11 to purchase tickets for the My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance at the reduced price of $15 for two tickets ($5 each additional ticket). These tickets can be purchased online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks from midnight-11:50 p.m. or in person at Memorial Park Community Center from 12:30-9 p.m.

Tickets will not go on sale again until Jan. 4 at $10 per ticket.

The My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Feb. 6. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Dec 07, 2015

MPCC hosting Parents’ Night Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Parents’ Night Out on Friday, Dec. 11 from 5:30-9 p.m. Children ages 3-12 will enjoy pizza, swimming, games, movies, and crafts.

Children will be split into age groups, and all participants must be potty trained. Cost is $15 for the first child; $10 for each additional child in a family. Price includes a slice of pizza slice and a drink. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 10. Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks or in person at Memorial Park Community Center.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Dec 07, 2015

Send a letter to the North Pole via Santa’s Mailbox

Children are invited to mail a letter to Santa at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Through Monday, Dec. 21, Santa’s Mailbox will be accepting letters without postage Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m-5 p.m. Santa’s helpers will pick up the letters from this special mailbox and make sure it gets to the North Pole before Christmas Eve. Letters must be submitted by Dec. 21 with a return address so Santa can respond.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Dec 07, 2015

Parks and Rec seeking officials for youth, adult basketball

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking officials ages 16 and older for youth and adult basketball programs. Games are scheduled Monday-Saturday. These are paid positions, and experience is not necessary.

For more information, call the Athletic Office at (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5825


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Dec 07, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 7

Public Works projects:

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area

• West Main Street (between Boone and Buffalo streets) – road closed for installation of new crosswalks. Detours will be posted. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible.



Water/Sewer projects:


• 407 E. Main St. – sewer manhole installation

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• 679 Gray Station Road – sewer force main installation; lane closures

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement

• State Route 75 and Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures

• 1155 West Mountain View Road – sewer line installation; lane closures

• D and West Walnut streets – clean up; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.





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Dec 03, 2015

Property taxes due by end of year

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2015 are due by Thursday, Dec. 31. Postmarks of Dec. 31, 2015 or earlier will be honored. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 1, 2016.

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. or may be mailed to the City of Johnson City, PO Box 2227, Johnson City, TN 37605. Payments online (www.johnsoncitytn.org) or via phone (877-768-5048) will incur a fee. Tax bill number and credit/debit card number will be required for online and phone payments.

CONTACT:

Janet Jennings, director

Finance

(423)434-6033


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Dec 03, 2015

Volunteer needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Historic Zoning Commission. This vacancy is for a local historian, which is someone who either belongs to a local historical group or is well versed in history such as a history teacher or professor. This seat is required by the State as part of Johnson City’s Certified Local Government accreditation.



The Historic Zoning 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 be a resident of the city. 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 Wednesday, Jan. 6. Applications are kept on file for current year only.



For more information about the Historic Zoning Commission, please contact Planner Matt Young at 434-6073 or myoung@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Dec 02, 2015

WWE patrons advised of prohibited items, entrance procedures

Patrons of the WWE Wrestling Live Holiday Tour scheduled for Friday (Dec. 4) at Freedom Hall Civic Center are advised of policies and procedures requested by WWE in addition to standard FHCC operations.

Per WWE, the following items are now prohibited at all WWE events:

• Bags and briefcases

• Backpacks

• Women’s purses (small clutch bags are allowed)

• Video cameras or recording devices

• Laser pointers or noise makers

• Weapons of any kind

• Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or paraphernalia

• Selfie sticks

• Laptop computers or tablets

• Coolers

• Luggage of any kind

• Camera bags

• Masks (only WWE brand masks will be permitted)



In addition to routine pat-down searches, all individuals entering the facility will be subject to a scan with a handheld wand. Any items that are allowed into the venue must be carried in a clear plastic bag (maximum size 1 gallon, Ziploc-type clear bag). Clutch bags, clear bags, and any other items that are allowed in the venue will be screened.

Freedom Hall already prohibits items at all events, such as outside food, strollers, alcoholic beverages, cans, coolers, bottles, fireworks, and other items that may be considered dangerous or a weapon. The policy also includes any objects obstructing vision or interfering with the enjoyment of the event and will be addressed on an individual basis. Rules regarding cameras, video or audio equipment are addressed on an event by event basis.

For more information contact the Freedom Hall Box Office at (423)461-4884 during regular business hours.

CONTACT:

Lisa Chamness, director

Freedom Hall Civic Center

(423)461-4855


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Dec 01, 2015

FYI: Bird harassment efforts to take place this week in Gump area

The City of Johnson City is scheduled to conduct bird harassment efforts in and adjacent to the Gump Addition neighborhood from December 1st through December 4th. The harassment efforts are an attempt to disrupt the roosting habits of flocks of starlings that have inhabited the neighborhood for the past several years. The United States Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services, will provide training and technical assistance at the onset of the harassment efforts. Harassment efforts will include the use of lights, noise-producing devices and pyrotechnics. The harassment efforts are scheduled to begin approximately one hour before dark and continue for forty-five minutes to one hour, weather permitting. The harassment efforts have been approved by the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with a similar effort conducted in 2014.

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Dec 01, 2015

Christmas Dance to feature Big Band Theory

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services on Friday, Dec. 18 for an elegant evening with the Big Band Theory. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host the festivities from 7-10 p.m. Dress is semi-formal.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at the MPCC Senior Services desk for $12 each. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Dec 01, 2015

Golf Advisory Board, BOC to meet tomorrow

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board and the Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 2) to discuss a five-year plan. This meeting will take place in the Media Room of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002
 

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Dec 01, 2015

Save the date for the Deerslayer 5K Obstacle Course Race

The inaugural Deerslayer 5K Obstacle Course Race is set for April 16, 2016. Racers will receive a T-shirt and medal.

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Where: Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway

Registration: Opens Dec. 15.

Entry Fee:

Dec. 15-Jan. 15: $45/person

Jan. 16-Feb. 15: $50/person

Feb. 16-March 15: $55/person

March 15-April 14: $60/person

Ages: 18 and older (proof of age required)

Levels: Competitive (must complete course and all obstacles)

Just for Fun (attempt or pass obstacles, work as team to complete course)

How to register:

• Online at www.johnsoncitytn.org

• Download a form from www.johnsoncitytn.org (click on the Deerslayer icon) and mail form to: Deerslayer 5K, Johnson City Senior Center Foundation, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, TN 37601 or drop off your registration form at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. or Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• No race day Registration

• Watch for a registration form coming soon in the Johnson City Press and News and Neighbor.

• Make checks payable to the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation.

Course Map: Will be released April 11, 2016. Course is 3.1 miles of mixed terrain, paved/unpaved areas over hilly forested areas and open fields.

Obstacles: Tire Flip, Monkey Bars, Dew Claw Small Walls, Bucket Brigade, Rope Climb, Bow Hunter Balance Beam, and many more.

Sponsorships: Potential sponsors area asked to contact Frank Calderala at fecvets1@live.com or (423)434-6230.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Dec 01, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Instagram contest starts Thursday

Parks and Recreation invites teens ages 13-18 to participate in an Elf on the Shelf Instagram contest. Here’s how it works:

• Follow JC Parks (@johnsoncityparks) on Instagram

• The Elf on the Shelf will be moved to different locations in Johnson City on Mondays and Thursdays Dec. 3-22. The elf’s location will only be revealed on Instagram.

• Take a selfie with the Elf on the Shelf and post it on Instagram using hashtag #teentakeoverjc.

An awesome prize will be awarded to the teen with the most elf selfies. Registration is not required. For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852



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Nov 30, 2015

East Market intersection to be closed for crosswalk installation

At approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 1), Public Works crews will begin installation of new crosswalks at the intersection of East Market and South Roan streets. East Market will be closed between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way, and the intersection will be impassable while work takes place. It is expected to reopen Friday afternoon (Dec. 4). Detours will be posted. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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Nov 30, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 30

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed. Detours in place.

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area

• East Market (between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way) – road closed for installation of new crosswalks at the intersection of East Market and South Roan streets. East Market will be closed between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way, and the intersection will be impassable while work takes place. It is expected to reopen Friday afternoon (Dec. 4). Detours will be posted. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 407 E. Main St. – sewer manhole installation

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• 122 W. Unaka Ave. – fire hydrant repair; lane closures

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement

• 679 Gray Station Road – sewer force main installation; lane closures

• State Route 75 and Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures

• West Walnut and D streets – water line installation; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 10 and 13: On Monday, November 30, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform roadway maintenance in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 12 and 15: On Monday, November 30, 2015 through Thursday, December 3, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews install pavement markings and guardrail items. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:

• Girls on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Various streets will be closed 8:30-11:30 a.m. http://www.gotrnetn.org/



• Johnson City Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Various streets will be closed from 1-6 p.m. http://downtownjc.org/



All work is weather permitting.







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Nov 30, 2015

West Main intersection to be closed for crosswalk installation

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 1), crews will begin installation of new crosswalks at the intersection of West Main and Commerce streets. West Main will be closed between Boone and Buffalo streets, and the intersection will be impassable while work takes place. It is expected to reopen the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 8. Detours will be posted. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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Nov 24, 2015

Senior Services announces December’s Friday Night Dances

Put on your dancing shoes and join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., the first and third Friday of December to dance the night away.

Entertainment will be:

• Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band from 7-10 p.m., Dec. 4. Cost $5 is in advance; $7 at the door. Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

• Big Band Theory from 7-10 p.m., Dec. 18. Cost is $12 in advance; tickets will not be sold at the door. No refunds after Dec. 1. Semi-formal attire for this Christmas dance. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.



For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231




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Nov 24, 2015

JCFD offers turkey frying safety tips

Deep frying a turkey for the holidays is a very popular trend. However, if you don't take the proper precautions, you may end up with an injury or fire. Deep Fryers can be dangerous because:

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the five gallons of hot oil within the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may contact the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause an oil spillover effect. This too, may result in an extensive fire.

• Frying units with no thermostat controls also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

• The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing a risk of severe contact burns.

Deep Fried Turkey Cooking Tips:

• Closely follow your fryer's instructions.

• Only deep fry smaller turkeys-up to 12 pounds in weight.

• Use oils with high smoke points such as peanut, canola and safflower. Peanut oil adds flavor, but it can be a concern for guests who have peanut allergies.

• To determine how much oil you'll need in the pot, put the turkey in the basket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches one to two inches above the turkey. Lift the turkey out, and use a ruler to measure the distance from the water to the top of the fryer. Pour out the water and dry the fryer completely before filling with oil.

• Remember that it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to heat the oil, depending on the outside temperature, wind, and weather.

• Before frying, pat the turkey dry with paper towels to keep the hot oil from spattering and popping when lowering the turkey into the hot oil.

• Slowly lower the turkey into the oil, and maintain an oil temp of 350F. Fry turkey for three to four minutes per pound or about 35 to 42 minutes for a 10- to 12-pound turkey.

Safety Tips:

• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.

• Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks, carports, or in garages.

• Make sure the fryers are positioned on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

• Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

• Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for several hours after use.

• To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

• Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles to avid contact burns. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from possible oil splatter.

• Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water can cause the oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.

• The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator.

• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby just in case.. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Remember to use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help. 



Following these tips when frying turkeys will help insure a safe holiday season. Wishing you happy and safe holiday season from the Johnson City Fire Department and the City of Jonson City.

Contacts:

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




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Nov 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 23

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed. Detours in place.

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 407 E. Main St. – sewer manhole installation

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – clean up; lane closures/flaggers present

• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:

• The 10th Anniversary Turkey Trot will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Participants will start at the corner of East Main and Legion streets, travel west on East State of Franklin Road, take West Watauga Avenue to Boyd Street to West Locust Street, turn left onto Southwest Avenue and immediately take another right onto West Pine Street. They will then turn left onto South Roan Street, right onto West Maple Street, left onto Alabama Street, and will continue on Legion Street to the finish line inside Cardinal Park. Road closures will include:

? East Main Street – from Bert Street to State of Franklin Road. This section will re-open once the race has cleared Legion Street/East Main Street/State of Franklin Road intersection.

? State of Franklin Road – from East Main Street/Legion Street intersection to Watauga Avenue intersection from approximately 8-9 a.m.

? Legion Street – from East Main Street/State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.

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Nov 23, 2015

Citizens needed to Adopt a Cop

Several groups that support the Johnson City Police Department are calling on citizens to offer their support as well – in the form of prayer and encouragement.

The JCPD Chaplains, Support Wives and Girlfriends (SWAG), and the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP) have recently implemented the International Transformation Network’s Adopt a Cop program at the department. The premise is simple: connect law enforcement officers to an individual, family or group that will pray for them daily and offer their thanks and appreciation.

“Our officers have one of the most difficult and stressful jobs in the nation,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “It’s a demanding and selfless job. Often, it’s a thankless job, and hearing ‘thank you’ and a word of encouragement means more than anyone can really know.”

Anyone interested in adopting a cop is only asked to pray daily and connect periodically with their officer to say thank you.

“It’s a dangerous time to send your spouse out to protect our community,” said SWAG President Amber Keller. “Police families pray for our law enforcement officer every day, and we take comfort in that. Knowing that someone else out there is raising a shield of blessing over our officers gives us even more peace.”

Officers and their community members are signing up and being matched now. Interested citizens are asked to send their first and last name, complete address, and email address to Chaplain Eileen Zoellner at eileenzoellner@yahoo.com. For more information about Adopt a Cop, please visit www.transformourworld.org/en/welcome.

CONTACT:

Becky Haas, director

Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project

(423)434-6105




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Nov 23, 2015

Join Santa for breakfast at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer all ages an opportunity to have breakfast with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 8-10 a.m. Admission is $5 per person (ages 4 and younger are free). Pre-registration is required and will be open Dec. 1-22, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at MPCC. There will be no registration day of the event.

Participants will enjoy a special Christmas story, and parents are welcome to take photos of their child with Santa.

Please call (423)434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852



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Nov 19, 2015

Section of East Market to be closed starting Monday

East Market Street between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way will be closed to through traffic starting at 8 a.m. Monday (Nov. 23). Crews will be repairing and repaving the East Market/South Roan Street intersection and the 300 block of South Roan. The intersection will be completely closed and impassable for approximately two days while work is performed. East Market is expected reopen Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 24). Detours will be posted, and drivers are advised to plan alternate routes if possible.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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Nov 19, 2015

Traffic advisory: Turkey Trot road closures Thanksgiving morning

The 10th Anniversary Turkey Trot will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Citizens are reminded to be mindful of race participants and related road closures.

The race course is as follows: Participants will start at the corner of East Main and Legion streets, travel west on East State of Franklin Road, take West Watauga Avenue to Boyd Street to West Locust Street, turn left onto Southwest Avenue and immediately take another right onto West Pine Street. They will then turn left onto South Roan Street, right onto West Maple Street, left onto Alabama Street, and will continue on Legion Street to the finish line inside Cardinal Park.

Road closures will include:

? East Main Street – from Bert Street to State of Franklin Road. This section will re-open once the race has cleared Legion Street/East Main Street/State of Franklin Road intersection.

? State of Franklin Road – from East Main Street/Legion Street intersection to Watauga Avenue intersection from approximately 8-9 a.m.

? Legion Street – from East Main Street/State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.

CONTACT: Karen Hubbs

Turkey Trot race director

(423)946-3784

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Nov 18, 2015

JCPD offers holiday shopping safety tips

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department would like to offer citizens the following safety tips.

• One of the best philosophies to fight theft is simple: “Harden the target.” Do not become an easy victim – keep valuables not only locked away but hidden. A burglar is much more likely to take something that is left in plain sight.

• Try to shop during busier hours – the crowds may be larger but there will be more people nearby to help if you need it.

• Don’t shop alone. Go with a friend or family member when possible.

• Do not leave purses unattended in shopping carts.

• Do not carry large amounts of cash.

• Always lock your vehicle, in parking lots and at home.

• Be alert for telephone and internet scams. Do not give out personal information. Only make online purchases from secure, trustworthy websites.

• Most importantly, be aware of personal safety. Be aware of what and who is around you. Park in well-lit spaces, and keep your keys in your hand when going in and out of stores – the less time you stand in a parking lot trying to unlock a car and place packages inside, the better. As you leave the store, stop and scan the area between you and your vehicle. If you see something suspicious, go back inside the store and contact store security or call 911.

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

CONTACT:

Maj. Karl Turner

Johnson City Police Department

(423)434-6149




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Nov 17, 2015

FYI: Fine Arts Fair scheduled for Nov. 20-21 at JCPL

The Monday Club of Johnson City will host their first Fine Arts Fair on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day in the Johnson City Public Library's Jones Meeting Center. This two day event will showcase art of different mediums from the East Tennessee region and beyond. Merchandise will be on display and for sale as well as offering the possibility of ordering for holiday gifts. Information will be available to sign up for classes taught by the artists. A variety of mediums will be featured which include: oils, watercolors, jewelry, glass, fiber pottery, wood, basketry, quilting, and more.



Tom and Peggy Root (oil painting), Carolyn White (fiber), Angela Harris (quilting), Petty Shepard (basketry), Theresa Markiw (watercolors), Richard Dwyer (wood working), Aleta Chandler (jewelry), Sarah Dorr and Nancy Fischman (pottery), Calvin Nicely (glass), and others are participating in this year’s exciting show.



All proceeds are for the benefit of the Johnson City Public Library. For more information, call or text 423-431-8841.

Contact: Victory Cooper

423-431-8841

victorymae@gmail.com


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Nov 16, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 16

Public Works projects:



• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed. Detours in place.



• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter, crosswalks and sidewalk replacement. Road closed. Detours in place.



• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Road closed.



• East Main Street (between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way) – installation of crosswalks. Road closed.



• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.





Water/Sewer projects:



• 4524 N. Roan St. – fire hydrant replacement; lane closures



• 407 E. Main St. – sewer man hole installation



• 745 W. Walnut St. – clean up; lane closures



• Roweland Drive – sewer interceptor



• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures



• Forrest Lane, Grand Harbor (100 block) – pump station work

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water line connections; lane closures/flaggers present



• Bristol Highway (5000 block) – water line replacement





TDOT projects:



WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 21 and 24: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as utility crews remove poles through this area. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.





WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:



• The 10th Anniversary Turkey Trot will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Participants will start at the corner of East Main and Legion streets, travel west on East State of Franklin Road, take West Watauga Avenue to Boyd Street to West Locust Street, turn left onto Southwest Avenue and immediately take another right onto West Pine Street. They will then turn left onto South Roan Street, right onto West Maple Street, left onto Alabama Street, and will continue on Legion Street to the finish line inside Cardinal Park. Road closures will include:



East Main Street – from Bert Street to State of Franklin Road. This section will re-open once the race has cleared Legion Street/East Main Street/State of Franklin Road intersection.

State of Franklin Road – from East Main Street/Legion Street intersection to Watauga Avenue intersection from approximately 8-9 a.m

Legion Street – from East Main Street/State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.















All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 16, 2015

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering one appointment to the Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. This board meets on a quarterly basis, as needed, and is charged with recommending procedures regarding the promotion and development of golf facilities to the city manager. The duties of the board are advisory rather than policy-making. Each term is three years.

A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. 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 Dec. 11. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information about Johnson City Golf or the advisory board, please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021



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Nov 13, 2015

Water line maintenance scheduled for overnight Sunday-Monday

Water line maintenance will take place between the hours of 11:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 15) until 5:30 a.m. Monday (Nov. 16) and will cause water outages in the following areas:

• West Walnut Street between University Parkway and West Watauga Avenue;

• West Maple Street between University Parkway and Cherokee Street; and

• West Locust Street between University Parkway and Cherokee Street.

Additionally, one lane of West Walnut Street will be closed between University Parkway and West Watauga Avenue during the hours of 10 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday. For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504


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Nov 13, 2015

MPCC to host outing to Lady Volunteer basketball game

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an outing for all ages to a Lady Volunteer basketball game on Dec. 6. The Senior Services bus will leave from MPCC at 11 a.m. The game starts at 2 p.m.

The Lady Volunteer basketball team will be playing Virginia Tech at Thompson-Boling Arena at 2 p.m. Pre-registration and payment is required by Nov. 30 at the Senior Services desk.

Cost is $30 per person, which includes game ticket and transportation.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Nov 13, 2015

MPCC to offer Functional Fitness Fridays

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Functional Fitness Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. This program will offer three different classes for ages 50 and older.



• Dec. 4 – Body weight training

• Dec. 11 – Balance and flexibility

• Dec. 18 – Cardio with a twist



Cost is $2 per class. No pre-registration is required. Participants will need to sign in and pay before each class.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Nov 13, 2015

SilverSneakers® Christmas Karaoke Celebration slated for MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a SilverSneakers® Christmas Karaoke Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is free and open to adults ages 50 and older.

The celebration will include karaoke, pickle ball, table tennis, billiards, basketball, refreshments, and door prizes. Pre-register at the Senior Services desk by Dec. 14.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Nov 11, 2015

JCFD reminds citizens to practice safe heating behaviors

The Johnson City Fire Department is asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors and check or replace smoke detectors during 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 the past year (Nov. 1, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2015), the Johnson City Fire Department responded to eight structure fires that were the result of combustibles being too close to a heating source. Seven structure fires occurred the previous year in this category. 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.



Please remember that wall heaters may still operate and turn on even if the thermostat is in the off position. This feature creates issues when combustibles like clothing, linens, or towels are placed too close to the wall heater.

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 Chief Jerome Palmer

(423)975-2844






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Nov 11, 2015

East Main intersection closed next week for crosswalk installation

At 8 a.m. Monday (Nov. 16), Public Works crews will begin installation of new crosswalks at the intersection of East Main and South Roan streets. East Main will be closed between Buffalo Street and Colonial Way, and the intersection will be impassable while work takes place. It is expected to reopen Friday afternoon (Nov. 20). Detours will be posted. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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Nov 10, 2015

MPCC to offer Kiddie Kickers Splash Class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Kiddie Kickers Splash Class for

2-5 year olds on Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 19. Ages 2-3 will meet from 10-10:30 a.m.; ages 4-5 will meet from 10:35-11:05 a.m.

Kiddie Kickers Splash Class will help younger children become comfortable with water and prepare them for group swim lesson programs. Parents are required to be in the teaching pool with their children during classes. Swim diapers are required for children not potty trained.

Cost is $30 for all four classes. Participants may register in person at Memorial Park Community Center before the start of the first class. Classes are limited to 15 children.

For more information, call (423)434-5755.

CONTACT:

Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5754


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Nov 10, 2015

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a certified electrician who lives inside 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 on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org or may obtain one by calling the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 24.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021




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Nov 10, 2015

Parks and Rec to host Leave No Trace Buffalo Mountain fall hike

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites citizens to explore the beauty of Buffalo Mountain with a 1.5-mile Leave No Trace fall hike Saturday (Nov. 14) from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan and Christy Buckles from Mahoney’s for a short program outlining the Leave No Trace principles when outdoors. Participants may also continue the hike up to Lady Slipper Loop after the talk.

Cost is $1 person. This program is open to all ages; children must be old enough to hike. Participants should meet at the Buffalo Mountain Park Harris Pavilion in upper loop.

For more information please call, (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821



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Nov 09, 2015

Section of West Market to be closed starting tomorrow

At approximately 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 10), Public Works crews will begin installation of new crosswalks on West Market Street between Buffalo and Commerce streets. This section of West Market will be closed for about a week while work takes place. Detours will be posted, and drivers are asked to use alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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Nov 09, 2015

Parks & Rec accepting name proposals for tennis complex

Johnson City Parks & Recreation is now accepting name proposals for the tennis complex located at 505 Liberty Bell Blvd. Proposals must be in writing and include an explanation of the name’s significance to the property or overall park system. If the name is that of an individual, a biography must be included. Proposals may be mailed to Johnson City Parks & Recreation Department, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, 37601; or emailed to mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org and must be received by Dec. 11.

For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


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Nov 09, 2015

MPCC announces Suspicious Persons program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Suspicious Persons program for all ages in partnership with the S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council. This free program will take place from 11 a.m.-noon on Friday (Nov. 13).

Jerry Stout, regional advisor with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, will cover suspicious behavior and actions, how to be more aware, and preventive actions. Snacks will be provided by Dunkin’ Donuts. Please pre-register in person at Memorial Park Community Center.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229



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Nov 09, 2015

Silver Sneakers® available at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. The SilverSneakers® Fitness program is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. Regular participation in the program has been proven to help older adults manage their health and increase strength, balance and endurance.

SilverSneakers® members have access to a wide variety of benefits, including but not limited to:

SilverSneakers® Classic – a fun, active class designed to increase strength, range of motion, agility, balance, and coordination along with improving functional capacities, physical fitness and a sense of well-being. Classes can be done standing or sitting.

SilverSneakers® Circuit – designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and improve strength. This is a low impact class that offers upper body strengthening.

SilverSneakers® Yoga – designed to increase flexibility, improve balance, and encourage mind-body integration. The class is appropriate for everyone.

SilverSneakers® Splash – a fun, shallow-water movement class designed to improve agility and flexibility while also improving cardiovascular endurance and strength. No swimming ability required.

If you’re a group retiree or part of a Medicare health plan, you may already have a SilverSneakers® membership. Most classes are free to SilverSneakers® members.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Nov 09, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 9

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main Street and Market Street) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed. Detours in place.

• West Market Street (between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – installation of crosswalks. Road closed. Detours in place.?

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter, crosswalks and sidewalk replacement. Road closed. Detours in place.

• Commerce Street (Boone Street to West Main Street) – crosswalk improvements. Lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

 

Water/Sewer projects:

• 1415 E. Main St. – water line installation; lane closures

• 407 E. Main St. – sewer line work

• 745 W. Walnut St. – valve replacement; lane closures

• Roweland Drive – sewer interceptor

• Hopson Street/Pine Grove Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Deck Lane and Airport Road – pump station work

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water line connections; lane closures/flaggers present

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 21 and 24: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as utility crews remove poles through this area. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:

• Northeast Tennessee Veterans Ruck and Roll will be held on Nov. 14. Various intersections and parts of roads – including West State of Franklin, Veterans Way and Legion Street – will be closed at different times between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Tweetsie Trail will be closed until 10 a.m.

• The 10th Anniversary Turkey Trot will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Participants will start at the corner of East Main and Legion streets, travel west on East State of Franklin Road, take West Watauga Avenue to Boyd Street to West Locust Street, turn left onto Southwest Avenue and immediately take another right onto West Pine Street. They will then turn left onto South Roan Street, right onto West Maple Street, left onto Alabama Street, and will continue on Legion Street to the finish line inside Cardinal Park. Road closures will include:

? East Main Street – from Bert Street to State of Franklin Road. This section will re-open once the race has cleared Legion Street/East Main Street/State of Franklin Road intersection.

? State of Franklin Road – from East Main Street/Legion Street intersection to Watauga Avenue intersection from approximately 8-9 a.m.

? Legion Street – from East Main Street/State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.



All work is weather permitting.







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Nov 05, 2015

Senior Services to host Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance

On Friday, Nov. 20, Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the dance will be from 6-9 p.m. with music provided by Eddie Skelton.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets are available for purchase at the Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services Desk.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233






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Nov 05, 2015

MPCC to host Family Money and Generational Wealth workshop

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free workshop on Family Money and Generational Wealth at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 10). Certified Financial Planner Lois Carrier from Carrier, Maurice and Webb Wealth Advisors will teach participants about family money meetings and generational wealth planning. The program is free and open to ages 20 and older.

Please call (423)434-6237 to register.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Nov 04, 2015

Thursday’s Tweetsie Trail Group Ride moved to 5:30 p.m.

The weekly Tweetsie Trail Group Ride held on Thursdays will now begin at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the lobby of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to enjoy a social and scenic excursion on the Tweetsie Trail. All skills, ages and non-motorized bikes are welcome.

For more information, please call the Bike Shop at (423)926-2453 or MPCC at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758



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Nov 04, 2015

Senior Center Chorale looking for few good men … who can sing!

Male singers of all voice types are needed to join the Johnson City Senior Center Chorale. The group, which started almost two years ago, wants to expand its range with male voices and musicians. An appreciation for all genres of music is required although previous experience in a choral group is not. The group rehearses at 10 a.m. every Thursday. Seasonal performances are scheduled throughout the area.

The Johnson City Senior Chorale is sponsored by the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. The Foundation receives grant funding for this program through Arts Build Communities, a program funded through State of Tennessee Specialty License Sales, and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Kingsport Arts Council. Senior Chorale is under the direction of Cherry Smith and accompanist Barbara Knisley.

For more information, call Chyrl McLaughlin at (423)434-6226.

CONTACT:

Donna Campbell, office manager

Senior Services

(423)434-6230


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Nov 04, 2015

FYI: JCPL closed Nov. 11

The Johnson City Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, Nov.11 in observance of Veterans Day. The library will return to normal operating hours on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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Nov 04, 2015

2015 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: John G. Campbell, William “Billy” Hutton, and Jay Seehorn. They will be honored at a banquet next month. Current Wall of Fame members nominate inductees each year. Below are overviews of each inductees’ contributions, per those who nominated them.



John G. Campbell

John G. Campbell served as Johnson City’s City Manager from June 1984-March 2001. Campbell’s accomplishments during his Johnson City tenure included:

• Winged Deer Park – vision, acquisition, funding, design, implementation, and additional land purchase.

• Buffalo Mountain Park – land swap with U.S. Forestry Service, initial study, worked with volunteers and land donors.

• Willow Springs Park – vision, acquisition, funding, and Phase I implementation.

• Civitan Park – redevelopment into a soccer complex.

• Metro-Kiwanis Park – park improvements.

• Lions Park – park improvements.

• Carnegie – two softball fields.

• Cardinal Park – upgrades.

• Science Hill High School – outdoor track

Campbell also served Parks and Recreation by coaching basketball for six years, beginning with the 1986-87 season. He coached football for two years at the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club (1988-1989) as well.



William “Billy” Hutton

Billy Hutton, a 1986 graduate of Science Hill High School, began his relationship with the Parks and Recreation Department as a scorekeeper and umpire. From 1989-1991 he worked as scorekeeper and public address announcer for the Johnson City Cardinals.

Hutton’s coaching career started in 1987 coaching ages 6-15 in basketball at Keystone Elementary School. He also refereed basketball for the Parks and Recreation Department in both youth and adult leagues for a 10-year span.

As an umpire, Hutton worked many Little League tournaments including two state tournaments in 1993 and 1998. Hutton has been an active member of the Johnson City Major Little League since 1990 and has served in numerous capacities. Hutton also served on the Board of Directors as treasurer, concessions manager, and vice president.

Hutton has twice received the Arthur Lady Award from Johnson City Major Little League and was the 2013 recipient of the Searl Robbins Award for Outstanding Official from Johnson City Parks and Recreation.





Jay Seehorn

Seehorn’s relationship with the department has spanned 15 years. He has served in the following capacities:

• 1993-1995 – manager, Babe Ruth League

• 1994 and 1995 – board member to the Babe Ruth Organization

• 1997-2000 – Johnson City Major Little League coach

• 1998 – All-Star coach for Johnson City Major Little League

• 2008 – Instructional League coach for National Little League

• 2008-2015 – coached and organized fall ball teams

• 2009-2015 – National Little League Coach

• 2009-2015 – coached Johnson City Parks and Recreation basketball

• 2011-2012 – manager, Instructional League

• 2011-2015 – manager, All-Star teams

• 2013- 2015 – board member to the Johnson City National Little League

• 2014-2015 – vice president of Johnson City National Little League

• 2015 – manager, Babe Ruth League

CONTACT:

James Ellis, assistant director

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815




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Nov 03, 2015

Holiday workshop set for Nov. 17 at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a holiday card and gift bag workshop for ages 8 and older on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. Participants will create six holiday cards and one gift bag with easy-to-assemble, pre-cut Stampin Up materials.

The $25 workshop fee includes materials. Please call Princeton Arts Center by Nov. 13 to register.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5801


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Nov 02, 2015

HZC called meeting set for tomorrow

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 3) at 5:30 p.m. to hear two certificates of appropriateness applications (CoA# 2015-161 for 902 Southwest Ave. and CoA #2015-163 for 221 Cherry St.). This meeting will be held at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Nov 02, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 2

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main Street and Market Street) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• 3228 South Roan Street – clean up; lane closures

• 2428 Knob Creek Road – water line connections; lane closures

• Roweland Drive – sewer interceptor

• South Roan Street (at Quarry Road) – clean up; lane closures

• Hopson Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• McKinley Road near West Walnut Street – sewer interceptor

• Deck Lane and Airport Road – pump station work

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water line replacement; lane closures/flaggers present

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 21 and 24: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as utility crews remove poles through this area. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:

• Friends of Olde Downtown ‘First Friday’ will be held on Nov. 6. Downtown East Main Street from Fountain Square (200 Block) to East Main and Colonial Way (300 Block) will be closed from 5-9:30 p.m.

• Niswonger Children’s Hospital Scarecrow Skedaddle will be held on Nov. 7. Portion of Lynn Street from Gilbreath Drive to University Parkway, West Maple Street from Gilbreath Drive to University Parkway, a portion of Gilbreath Drive at Walnut Street, and a portion of Gilbreath Drive at Stout Street will be closed from 7-11 a.m.

• American Cancer Society will have road blocks from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the following intersections:

North Roan & Mountcastle (Mountcastle only)

West Market & Sidney (Knob Creek area)

South Greenwood & State of Franklin (S. Greenwood only)

Legion & State of Franklin

Gray Station Road & Bobby Hicks Highway



All work is weather permitting.





 



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Oct 30, 2015

It's Turkey time!

Johnson City’s premier holiday event is back for its 10th anniversary, and the 2015 Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/walk promises to the be the biggest yet!



“The Turkey Trot has always provided a homecoming-like atmosphere for Johnson Citians, and we want to see everyone who’s participated in the Turkey Trot in years past to come back and bring a friend. The reunion aspect is part of what makes this event so special for our community,” said Race Chairwoman and co-founder Jenny Brock.



As always, the Turkey Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26). The 5K will begin and end on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center. An awards ceremony for the overall winners will be held at Cardinal Park immediately following the race.



New to this year’s event will be the Corporate Challenge and Fastest Fitness competitions, which will include bragging rights and a special trophy to businesses (large and small divisions) with the most participants and fitness centers with the fastest collective times.



Area schools are always heavily involved with the Turkey Trot, as cash prizes are awarded to those with the most race participants, but this year’s race is sure to draw even more interest from students.



“We are holding a contest among our elementary-age children to create more of an identity for our turkey,” said Race Director Karen Hubbs. “The mascot is an important part of the Turkey Trot but it’s never had a backstory or even a name. We’re counting on the creativity of our youth to let us know who this turkey really is, and the winner will be named grand marshal of the 10th anniversary Turkey Trot!”



Submission forms have been distributed to Johnson City elementary schools and can also be downloaded at www.jcturkeytrot.org. Deadline for entries is Nov. 12. Ten submissions will be posted on the Turkey Trot Facebook page the week of Nov. 16, and the winner will be chosen from the top three entries with the most “likes.” The winner will be announced during packet pickup.



Charitable Giving

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Tweetsie Trail and a new partnership with East Tennessee State University focusing on health and wellness in youth.

“The Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, which is a designated Olympic Training Site, is pleased to announce their partnership with the program organizers of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Up and At ‘Em,” said Dr. Andy Dotterweich, associate professor of Exercise and Sport Science. “Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will support a new sport initiative in the Johnson City community, USA Track and Field's Run, Jump, Throw program.”

The Turkey Trot will also hold a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. Participants are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items during packet pick-up or day of race. A collection barrel is also located at The Wellness Center, where registrations are accepted.





Sponsors To Date

Gold Sponsors:

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, City of Johnson City, The Wellness Center



Silver Sponsors:

Dempsey's Jewelers, Ferguson Enterprises, High Road Digital, Johnson City Press, Krispy Kreme, Mashburn Outdoor, Natural Pet Supply, NewsChannel 11, One Stop Wines & Spirits, Wallabies, Zak's Furniture



Bronze Sponsors:

Appalachian Animal Hospital, Axis Security, Burleson Construction, Cartridge World, Food City, Johnson City Development Authority, Just Store It, Katz America, News & Neighbor, Pepsi Bottling Company, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-Cities Turtles, U.S. Cleaners, Walmart, Wash. Co./Johnson City/Jonesborough Chamber of Commerce, WCQR, WXBQ



Registration Information

Registration for the Turkey Trot is now under way at www.jcturkeytrot.org. Early registrants (by Nov. 22) are guaranteed the best price and one of the always-popular long-sleeved Turkey Trot T-shirts. Online registrations will close at midnight Nov. 22. Early registration by midnight Nov. 22 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and under). Late registration (Nov. 23-25) is $30 for adults; $25 for students. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Nov. 22. There will be no registrations the day of the event.



Packet pick-up and late registrations will be at Memorial Park Community Center from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25.



A wheelchair division will be offered again this year, and strollers are allowed. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to start at the back of the pack, and owners are asked to please pick up after their pets.

For more information about the 5K USATF-certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit www.jcturkeytrot.org. and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.

Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.

CONTACT:

Karen Hubbs, Race Director (423) 946-3784

Jenny Brock, Race Chair (423) 791-1262


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Oct 29, 2015

MPCC laser tag set for Nov. 13

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer laser tag for ages 10-17 on Friday, Nov. 13. Ages 10-13 will play from 3-4:30 p.m., and ages 14-17 will play from 4:30-6 p.m. Participants will play in 15 minute increments with unlimited lives. Laser tag equipment will be provided.

A $5 entry fee includes multiple games. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Oct 29, 2015

Junior Scientist program set for Nov. 9

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering children ages 3-5 an opportunity to become Junior Scientists on Monday, Nov. 9 from 11-11:30 a.m. The program will encourage critical-thinking through hands-on experiments and science-themed crafts and games.

Cost is $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852




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Oct 29, 2015

MPCC to host Glow Party

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host its first Glow Party on Friday, Nov. 13 from 9-10:45 p.m. Teens ages 14-17 will wear white or neon and apply glow paint to their skin and clothing while dancing to the latest music provided by a local DJ. MPCC staff will supervise the event, and police will be present. Pre-registration is not required for this free event.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Oct 28, 2015

HZC meetings now at 5:30 in Commission Chambers

Starting Nov. 24, the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Oct 26, 2015

Volunteers needed for JCHA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Housing Authority Board. This board is charged with promoting capital improvements, supporting youth and anti-drug programs, policies, procedures, economic redevelopment, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of current and future residents. Each term is five years.



Any citizen who is interested in serving may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6022 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 13. Applications are kept on file for current year only.



For more information regarding the Johnson City Housing Authority, please contact Linda Phillips lphillips@jchousing.org or (423)232-4784.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021




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Oct 26, 2015

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Wednesday

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Wednesday (Oct. 28) at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

CONTACT:

Lisa Chamness, director

Freedom Hall Civic Center

(423)461-4855


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Oct 26, 2015

Strive for 10 Silver Sneakers® Challenge starts Nov. 2

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a Silver Sneakers® Challenge Nov. 2-June 30. Become a member of the Strive for 10 Club by participating in Silver Sneakers® eligible programs/events each month. Prizes will be awarded. A list of eligible programs and personal tracking sheets are available at the Senior Services desk at MPCC. The challenge is free for Silver Sneakers® members. Non-members pay $5 plus any applicable class fee.

For more information and to register, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Oct 26, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 26

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main Street and Market Street) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

 

Water/Sewer projects:

• 3228 South Roan Street – water line connections; lane closures

• Roweland Drive – sewer interceptor

• South Roan Street (at Quarry Road) – clean up; lane closures

• Hopson Street (off Unaka Avenue) – new water line; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive – concrete repairs; lane closures

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water line replacement; lane closures/flaggers present

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 21 and 24: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as utility crews remove poles through this area. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Other events:

• Trick-or-Treat on Walnut Street will be held Friday (Oct. 30). Walnut Street, extending from SW Avenue to Watauga Avenue, will be closed from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m.

• First Freewill Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held Saturday (Oct. 31). Mary Key Street, extending from Bettie Street to Colorado will be closed from 4:30 until 9 p.m.

• Forest Avenue Block Party will be held on Saturday (Oct. 31). Forest Avenue, extending from Ridgeway Road and Lester Harris Avenue, will be closed from 3 until 8 p.m.



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Oct 23, 2015

FYI: JCPB warns of phone scam

Another attempted utility bill phone scam is now evident in the Johnson City Power Board service area, with at least five customer complaints in the last few days. It’s critically important for customers to know that JCPB will never demand credit card information over the phone.

Please be aware that the Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) and other electric utilities around the state continue to hear concerns from commercial customers and others receiving phone calls from scammers posing as local electrical utility bill collectors. These phone scams tend to run a week or two through multiple districts before moving onto other areas, then returning every few months.

Scammers tend to use intimidation and scare tactics in attempt to coerce customers into providing credit card numbers and other payment information over the phone.

If a customer should ever have any question about the identity of a JCPB representative, request the person's name, department, and phone number and then contact JCPB customer service at (423) 952-JCPB (5272) to confirm the representative’s identity and the validity of their requests.

In addition, customers may check the status of their accounts and make payments online through our SmartHub web and mobile application, available on the front page of www.JCPB.com website. For more information, visit www.jcpb.com and click the SmartHub icon at the top of the page.

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Oct 23, 2015

Water line maintenance scheduled for Saturday night, early Sunday

Water line maintenance will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 24) and 6 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 25) in the following areas:

• Rolling Hills Drive from Buffalo Road to Highridge Road;

• Rolling Knoll Street, Meadowview Drive, and Hilltop Drive; and

• Highridge Road, Garland Way, Kilby Road, and Lowridge Road.

Customers in these areas may experience low pressure or no water while work is under way. For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504



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Oct 22, 2015

MPCC to offer free open gym time for preschoolers

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free open gym time for ages 5 and younger from 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 27. Participants will enjoy unstructured free play with parents (parental supervision required). Equipment will be provided. Times are subject to change due to other programs and events.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Oct 22, 2015

MPCC Senior Services to host Hawaiian Christmas party

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Hawaiian Christmas party on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m. Dig out that grass skirt and Hawaiian shirt and dance to beach music provided by Mark Larkins. Enjoy party foods and some Hawaiian favorites. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to provide a donation for the Christmas Box Outreach program.



For information and registration, please call Senior Services at (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Oct 20, 2015

Planning Commission workshop scheduled for Nov. 10

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop to discuss changes to sign regulations regarding the Central Business District and the Supporting Central Business Districts on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Angie Carrier, director

Development Services

(423)434-5955



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Oct 20, 2015

Adult basketball league registration open for 2015-16 season

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now accepting teams for the 2015-16 adult basketball season. Leagues include: men’s church, men’s open/industrial, and women’s. Men play a 14-game regular season, and women play an eight-game schedule. Season play will begin Nov. 30.

Teams must register in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, by Nov. 13. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $400 per men’s team and $200 per women’s team, with a $5 fee for any non-Johnson City resident on the roster. Entry fees, completed roster, and photo IDs are due at registration. Players must be 16 years old to participate; players ages 16-18 must have a parent-signed waiver.

For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5825



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Oct 16, 2015

Super Spooky Saturday volunteers needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is calling on citizens age 16 and older who want to help put on a super spooky event for our community. Super Spooky Saturday is set for Oct 24, and volunteers are needed from 4-11 p.m. Please call (423)434-6224 or email rbowers@johnsoncitytn.org by Wednesday (Oct. 21) to sign up or for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852



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Oct 14, 2015

It’s baa-aack … Super Spooky Saturday is Oct. 24

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a Super Spooky Saturday event for all ages at Winged Deer Park on Saturday, Oct. 24. From 5-9 p.m., families can enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, games, a pumpkin hunt, marshmallow roasting, face painting, and lots of fun for the whole family. Admission is free, hayrides are $1 person, and concessions will be available on site.

• 5-7 p.m.: Children’s Activities & Hayride (hayride $1 per person)

• 5-7 p.m.: Pumpkin Hunt sponsored by Fenders Farm

• 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Storytelling

• 7-9 p.m.: Haunted Hayrides ($1 per person)

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. Parking for the event will be at the Winged Deer Park Lakefront Festival Plaza off Carroll Creek Road.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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Oct 13, 2015

BOC meeting rescheduled for Nov. 3

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners first regularly scheduled meeting in November has been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Oct 12, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 12

Public Works projects:

• South Roan Street (between Main Street and Market Street) – curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalk reconstruction. Road closed.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.

• South Roan Street (University Parkway to State of Franklin Road) – resurfacing preparations. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.

• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Antioch Road (2900 block) – moving hydrants and meters; lane closures

• Roweland Drive – sewer interceptor

• South Roan Street (at Quarry Road) – water line installation; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – construction cleanup; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive – sewer line installation; lane closures

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water line replacement; lane closures/flaggers present

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures through Thursday, October 15, 2015 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this project. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.







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Oct 09, 2015

HZC public hearing set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on possible amendments to the Downtown Design Guidelines at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 13) at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Oct 08, 2015

MPCC to offer program on wills and revocable trusts

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free program on wills and revocable trusts Monday (Oct. 12) at 10:30 a.m. John Hartmann from Legacy Planning will discuss the pros and cons of estate planning and asset preservation plans. Designed for ages 18 and older, this program will help participants ensure their homes and assets are protected and learn how to appoint someone to make their financial and medical decisions if needed. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229


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Oct 07, 2015

BOC agenda review, work session set for 4 p.m. Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold an agenda review meeting and work session at 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 12) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Oct 06, 2015

Citizens invited to sculpture walk Saturday

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host a sculpture walk through Founders Park Saturday (Oct. 10). 3 p.m. Steve Bickley, juror for the latest selections of outdoor sculpture, will discuss how the sculptures are made and what they mean. The walk will begin at 3 p.m. at the sundial near the new farmer's market pavilion, rain or shine. For more information, please email murrayc@etsu.edu or call 434-6080.

CONTACT:
Nancy Campbell, administrative coordinator
Public Works
(423)434-6080


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Oct 05, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 5

Public Works projects:
• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.
• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.
• South Roan Street (University Parkway to State of Franklin Road) – resurfacing preparations. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.
• Antioch Road (Phillip Drew Court to city limit) – sidewalk/trail installation, drainage improvements. Expect lane and possibly road closures. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Antioch Road (2900 block) – moving hydrants and meters; lane closures
• New Food City State of Franklin Road entrance – water line installation
• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – concrete vault construction; street closed between Main and Market
• Peninsula Drive – water line connections; lane closures
• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures
• Bart Greene Drive – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water connection; lane closures


TDOT projects:
WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.
All work is weather permitting.


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Oct 02, 2015

Annual fall leaf collection starts Nov. 2

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Dec. 18. 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 02, 2015

Lessons in Life, Love and Laughter at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Lessons in Life, Love and Laughter from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. This event, open to women 18 and older, will feature Dr. Glynda Ramsey, who will discuss breast cancer and self-examination exams. Participants will enjoy an inspiring art project, a humorous talk, free back massages and a free meal. Space is limited to 25 participants. Call (423)434-6237 to reserve a seat.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Oct 02, 2015

MPCC to host Pumpkin Swim

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Pumpkin Swim on Friday, Oct. 30 for ages 2-12. Participants will retrieve a pumpkin from the teaching pool and will decorate it after swim time.

Children 6 and younger must have an adult present in the water, and children 7-12 must have an adult in the pool area at all times. Swim diapers are required for non-potty trained children.

Cost is $5 per person. Pumpkins are limited to the first 30 participants.

For more information, please call (423)434-5755.

CONTACT:

Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5754



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Oct 02, 2015

Parks and Rec to feature Spider Secrets

On Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10-11 a.m., citizens are invited to learn a few Spider Secrets at Winged Deer Park’s outdoor classroom. Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will be joined by T.J. Jones from East Tennessee State University’s Biology Department. The two will lead participants in exploring native venomous spiders, their egg sacs, and how they hunt and build webs. Specimens will be on hand to study.

This program is $1 per person and is open to families. Participants should park on the disc golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821



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Oct 02, 2015

Senior Services announces Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease – Diabetes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., announces Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease – Diabetes, a four-week series for adults, from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 2. This program will kick off with a guest speaker, and the remaining eight sessions will include 30 minutes of diabetes education and 30 minutes of exercise. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Cost is $8 for the series. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 1.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Oct 02, 2015

Volunteers needed for Senior Services Advisory Council

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering six appointments to the Senior Services Advisory Council. The advisory council makes recommendations to the Parks and Recreation 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 be a resident of the city. 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 Oct. 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Oct 01, 2015

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 10

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 10, 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. 11, 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 01, 2015

Silver Sneakers® Shindig Scheduled for Oct. 27

Citizens are invited to celebrate three years of Silver Sneakers® programming with a Silver Sneakers® Shindig from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The Shindig will showcase programs, offer a meet-and-greet with instructors, and introduce participants to the Strive for 10 Kick-off Challenge. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is required by Saturday (Oct. 3) at the Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services desk or by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Oct 01, 2015

Join the MPCC Tweetsie Trail Group Ride each Thursday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is conducting a Tweetsie Trail Group Ride weekly on Thursdays. Participants will meet in the lobby of Memorial Park Community 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a social and scenic excursion on the Tweetsie Trail. All skills, ages and non-motorized bikes are welcome.

For more information, please call The Bike Shop at (423)926-2453 or MPCC at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758


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Oct 01, 2015

MPCC to host Fifty, Not Frumpy blogger

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Susan Street, author of the Fifty, Not Frumpy blog on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to adults.

Street will share her journey into the second half of life. After losing 40 pounds in her mid-50s, she rediscovered fashion that complimented her shape and fit her busy lifestyle. Street’s blog inspires readers to embrace their style.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Oct 01, 2015

MPCC to offer Five Simple Steps to Overcome Debt

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Five Simple Steps to Overcome Debt, a free workshop designed for ages 18 and older, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Workshop leader Barry Myers will help participants understand that debt is not a necessary part of life. Participants will be able to successfully analyze their financial situations and develop a strategy to get out of debt and/or live debt free.

Free childcare is available for those attending the program. Childcare space is limited and must be reserved in advance by calling (423)434-5749.

For more information about the workshop or to register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Sep 29, 2015

Senior Services hosting Flat Rock Playhouse excursion

Senior Services will host a day trip to Flat Rock, N.C., for the production of Pump Boys and Dinettes on Thursday (Oct. 1). The $37 ticket price includes transportation on a chartered bus, which will depart from Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., at 9:30 a.m.

Please call (423)434-6237 or visit Memorial Park Community Center to reserve your seat.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229


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Sep 29, 2015

Parks and Recreation seeking citizen input

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is asking citizens for guidance in providing the best services possible. A survey is now available at www.johnsoncitytn.org (click on “JC Parks & Recreation Survey” under Most Popular) or visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015Parks-RecSurvey.

The survey consists of 23 questions concerning the facilities and programs of the department. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing for one of the following: two-hour pool party at Memorial Park Community Center, one-hour birthday party at Memorial Park Community Center, or a half-day pavilion rental.

For a survey to be emailed or for additional questions, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


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Sep 28, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 28

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.

• South Roan Street (University Parkway to State of Franklin Road) – resurfacing preparations. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 1923 South Roan Street – water connection; lane closures/traffic shift

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – concrete vault construction; street closed between Main and Market

• Peninsula Drive – water line connections; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive – sewer line installation; lane closures

• Huntland Road and State Route 75 – water connection; lane closures/flagging

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 28, 2015

Friday night dances to feature Kids Our Age, breast cancer awareness event

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. October’s dances will feature:

• Kids Our Age, Oct. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Cost is $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.



• Patty Quarles at the Pink Ball, a breast cancer awareness event, Oct. 16 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St. Cost is $5, which includes dinner. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at MPCC.



For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Sep 28, 2015

MPCC to offer Laser Tag

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Laser Tag for ages 18 and older on Thursday (Oct. 1) from 6-9 p.m. in the gym. Each participant will have three lives per game, played in groups of six. Laser tag equipment will be provided.

A $5 entry fee includes multiple games. Registration is now open at Memorial Park Community Center. For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852


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Sep 28, 2015

Amateur Photographers’ Club Reception set for Friday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an Amateur Photographers’ Club exhibit and reception Friday (Oct. 2) from 6-8 p.m. in the Gathering Room. This event is free and open to all ages.

The Amateur Photographers’ Club meets the first Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call (423)434-6229.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229



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Sep 28, 2015

Carver Rec to be closed Saturday

Carver Recreation Center will be closed Saturday (Oct. 3). The center will reopen on Monday (Oct. 5) at 9 a.m.

For more information, please call (423)461-8830.

CONTACT:

Sam Miller, recreation services manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5820


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Sep 28, 2015

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Wednesday

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Wednesday (Sept. 30) 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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Sep 23, 2015

FYI: Friends old & new meet on Sesame Street in Johnson City

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” will visit Freedom Hall Civic Center on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Tickets are on sale today!



Chamki is from far away and she’s visiting Sesame Street for just one day! Grover has a long to-do list for his friend, from kayaking to hot yoga, but Chamki is busy enjoying cookies with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby, and doing ‘The Elmo Slide.’ Will an appearance from Super Grover get Chamki’s attention? Join the fun and create memories with your friends and family!



Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “Count Me In,” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold,” and “Moves Like Jagger.”



What: Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend"



When: Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.



Where: Freedom Hall Civic Center, 1320 Pactolas Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604



Tickets: $15 and $20. A limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats and $55 Sunny Seats* are also available. Additional fees and special offers may apply.



*The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo!               



For more information and to charge tickets by phone, please call the Freedom Hall Box Office at 423-461-4884. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.freedomhall-tn.com. For information online, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.



ABOUT SESAME WORKSHOP

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

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Sep 23, 2015

Senior Services to host Medicare open enrollment event

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Medicare open enrollment event on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until noon. Medicare beneficiaries may join, switch or drop their Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage coverage.

Senior Services is partnering with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) and ETSU’s Gatton College of Pharmacy to provide free and objective assistance in comparing Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. Trained Medicare counselors will be on hand to assist. Appointments are recommended for this event.

For more information and to set up an appointment, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Sep 23, 2015

HZC called meeting set for Friday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting to discuss multiple Certificates of Appropriateness on Friday (Sept. 25) at 11 a.m. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073



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Sep 21, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 21

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Commerce Street (between West Main and West Market streets) – curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement. Road closed.

• South Roan Street (University Parkway to State of Franklin Road) – resurfacing preparations. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.



Water/Sewer projects:


• 1900 South Roan Street – water/sewer connection; flaggers present; lane closures

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures; intersection closed overnight Sept. 22

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive at Old Gray Station Road – sewer line installation; lane closures

• West Walnut Street at Carter Sells Road – water connection; lane closures

 

TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Just FYI:

• ETSU Homecoming Parade, Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m. – Walnut Street to Sevier Street (ending at Founders Park) will be closed from 6-7 p.m. Floats will park along Commerce Street and a concert will be held in Founders Park until 11:45 p.m.

• Shakespeare in the Park, Sept. 26 and 27, 3-9 p.m. – Founders Park. No street closures.



All work is weather permitting.







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Sep 18, 2015

Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration opens Monday

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Athletic Division will begin accepting registrations for the youth basketball program Monday (Sept. 21). Boys and girls divisions will be offered in the following age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Age cut-off is Aug. 15, 2015. Registration fee is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-Johnson City residents. Registration deadline is Oct. 25. Late registrations will be assessed a $20 fee.

Practices will begin Nov. 2, and games will begin Dec. 5.

Please register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.

For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5822


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Sep 18, 2015

South Roan intersections to be closed overnight next week

Water and Sewer Services utility work will cause overnight closures of two South Roan Street intersections next week.

South Roan at Terrace Court will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21) until 7 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22).

South Roan at East Market Street will be closed from 6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22) until 7 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 23).

Detours will be in place. All work is weather permitting.

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504


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Sep 17, 2015

MPCC will host Trunk or Treat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free Trunk or Treat for all ages on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume and join the staff for Halloween fun and candy. Registration is not required.

For more information, please call (423)461-4852.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852



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Sep 17, 2015

Senior Services to begin Catch the Wave Power Walking

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Catch the Wave Series Power Walking classes on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Held from 8:30-9:30 a.m., this four-week series will include an inside walking program to improve gait and pace. This class is for adults who are able to walk for 20 minutes. Appropriate and comfortable shoes are necessary to participate.



Cost is $2 per class, and registration is not necessary. Participants will need to sign in and pay at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk before the start of each class.



For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231




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Sep 17, 2015

Learn to Love Your Life at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Crystal Honeycutt, the owner and creator of Train Dirty Fitness, for an evening of inspiration at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Honeycutt will present Learn to Love Your Life, sharing her story of losing 100 pounds and making her life one she lives to the fullest. Honeycutt will provide a simple, effective, way to meet your goals and achieve your dreams.

The program is free and open to all ages. For more information and to register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Sep 14, 2015

MPCC announces new N2iT Youth Organization USA programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin cheerleading and karate classes by N2iT Youth Organization USA, a non-profit that specializes in providing teamwork skills that can boost a child’s self-confidence and help improve school grades.

Cheerleading classes will focus on motion drills, jump stations, stunting, cheers, chants and dance routines. Karate classes will focus on concentration, discipline, confidence, self-control and respect.

Cheerleading (Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Dec. 16):

• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 7-9

• 7:30-8:30 p.m., ages 10 and older

Karate (Mondays, Sept. 21-Dec. 7):

• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:15 p.m., ages 7-9

• 7:15-8 p.m., ages 10 and older

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the first class to register. A one-time registration fee of $5 is required; program fee is $7 per class. Checks should be made payable to Memorial Park Community Center.

For questions about N2iT Youth Organization USA programs, please call (877)528-6248.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Sep 14, 2015

Applications being accepted for Civil Service Commission

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



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



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

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021




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Sep 14, 2015

MPCC Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes under way

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is currently offering Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes on Monday nights. Participants may register prior to the first class of every month.

• Glitter Dollz.; 5-5:45 p.m., ages 3-5, $40 monthly

o Creative movement, beginning tap and ballet taught through age appropriate dances and drills. Parents are encouraged to dance along. Class will have seasonal dance parties and a June recital.

• Glamour Girlz; 5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m., ages 6-10, $40 monthly

o Basic tap and ballet technique along with hip-hop dances and drills. Class will have seasonal dance parties and a June recital.

• Angel Steps; 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., all ages, $35 monthly

o Inspirational and uplifting praise and worship through dance. No prior dance experience required.

• Hip-Hop; 7-7:30 p.m., ages 8 and older, $35 monthly

o Class uses high energy hip-hop combinations and routines for weight loss and coordination building. Class will have a June recital.

• Gypsy Heart; 7:30-8 p.m., all ages, $35 monthly

o This class will teach basic belly dance movements incorporating ballet and using coined hip skirts. Participants can take for exercise or perform with the Gypsy Heart Dancers.

To register, please call instructor Amy Simmons at (540)392-9138.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Sep 14, 2015

Prep for a day in the woods with Ten Essentials at 10

It’s the perfect weather for a day in the woods but are you prepared? Ten Essentials at 10 will cover the 10 items every day tripper should take on a hike. Experts will lead this free program for citizens of all ages from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 19) at the outdoor classroom at Winged Deer Park. Participants should park on the disc golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road.

For more information, call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821


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Sep 14, 2015

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 30

The City of Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Pine Oaks Maintenance Building, 1709 Buffalo Road.

CONTACT:

Jim Hughes, Golf director

(423)483-5838


 

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Sep 14, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 14

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Legion Street (Alabama Street to State of Franklin Road) – sidewalk repairs. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• South Roan Street (University Parkway to State of Franklin Road) – resurfacing preparations. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Market Street, West Main Street (Buffalo Street to Commerce Street) and Commerce (Wilson Avenue to Market Street) – roadway improvements. Periodic lane closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible.



Water/Sewer projects:

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – clean up

• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel Road – water line extension

• Mountain View Road (770) – new connection; lane closures

• Bart Greene Drive at Old Gray Station Road – sewer line installation; lane closures (intersection closed overnight Sept. 14)

• West Walnut Street at Carter Sells Road – new connection; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



Just FYI:

• Walk of Hope, ETSU campus – Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. (no street closures)

• Founders After 5, Founders Park – Friday, Sept. 18 from 3 p.m. (setup) until 9 p.m. (no street closures)



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Sep 11, 2015

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host these Friday night dances with a live band from 7-10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band on Sept. 18.

Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Cost is $5 in advance (by noon day of dance) or $7 at the door. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Sep 11, 2015

Become a Junior Scientist at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering children ages 3-5 an opportunity to become Junior Scientists on Monday (Sept. 14) from 11-11:30 a.m. Children will enjoy a hands-on experience to explore the fascinating world of science. The program will encourage critical-thinking for fun experiments and science-themed crafts and games.

Junior Scientist is part of the Life Span Series, which offers programs and activities for pre-school ages to seniors, to build bridges between generations and offer a seamless transition from one life stage to the next. Other programs in this series will be offered throughout the year.

Cost is $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749




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Sep 11, 2015

East Market work will continue Sunday

Water and Sewer Services line maintenance will continue at East Market and South Roan streets Sunday (Sept. 13). The intersection will be closed as will East Market from Colonial Way to Buffalo Street. Closures will be in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday. This closure will be in effect overnight Monday as well, if needed.

Upon completion of the East Market project, Bart Greene Drive and Old Gray Station Road at North Roan Street will be closed during the same overnight hours.

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504



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Sep 10, 2015

Grandparent’s Day Picnic canceled

The Grandparent’s Day Picnic scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 12) at Memorial Park Community Center has been canceled.

For more information, please call 434-5722.

CONTACT:

Matt Williams, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5722


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Sep 10, 2015

Zumba starts Sept. 21 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Zumba Fitness classes for ages 16 and older from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 21. Zumba Fitness takes the work out of working out by mixing low- and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. These “exercise in disguise” classes will be taught by licensed instructor Leanna Lawson. Cost is $3 per class. Participants will pay as they go; registration is not required.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Sep 09, 2015

MPCC offering speed, agility classes for athletes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free speed and agility program for athletes in middle school through college who want to improve their quickness-explosion and lateral movement. Taught by retired coach Jim Hastings, the program will offer intense interval training to improve skills.

Classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Sept. 9 through Dec. 23. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Sep 09, 2015

MPCC to host fall break camps for city, county students

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Fall Break Sports Camp for Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12 during the week of Oct. 5-9.

Fee is $40. Camp will be held from 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.

Children will participate in sports, arts and crafts, movies, games, swimming, and much more. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch, snack, and swim clothing every day.

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)461-4852


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Sep 08, 2015

UPDATED: Section of East Market closed tonight, Wednesday

Water and Sewer Services line maintenance will continue at East Market and South Roan streets overnight tonight (Sept. 8) and Wednesday (Sept. 9). The intersection will be closed as will East Market from Colonial Way to Buffalo Street. Closures will be in effect from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Wednesday, and from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 10).

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504



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Sep 07, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 7

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – clean up

• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel Road – water line extension



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 04, 2015

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day at MPCC

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a picnic from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host grandparents and grandchildren for lunch and lawn games for just $1 per person. This event is open to all ages.

Pre-register in person at Memorial Park Community Center (Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). For more information, please call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Matt Williams, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5722


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Sep 04, 2015

HZC public hearing set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on possible amendments to the Downtown Design Guidelines and will consider two Certificates of Appropriateness on Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 5 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Planning Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.



CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073

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Sep 04, 2015

MPCC to offer preschool, homeschool P.E. programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer physical education classes for preschoolers and homeschoolers on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 22-May 14. Pre-registration is not required.

• Preschool P.E.: Ages 3-5 will learn the basics and fundamentals of sports including: basketball, soccer, baseball, recreational sports, playground games, P.E. games, fitness building, running, and rope jumping activities. Class will be held from 1-1:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of free play following. Cost is $2 per child, per class. Participants must be potty trained.

• Homeschool P.E.: Ages 6-18 will learn the basics and fundamentals of sports including: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf, recreational sports, playground games, P.E. games with a home school twist, fitness building, running, and rope jumping activities. Class will be held from 1-2 p.m. Cost is $3 per child, per class.

Preschool and homeschool P.E. are part of the Lifespan Series, which offers programs and activities specifically planned for preschool to seniors to build bridges between generations and offer a seamless transition from one life stage to the next.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852




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Sep 04, 2015

MPCC to offer Beginning Sign Language classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a six-week Beginning Sign Language class from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Sept. 15. Learning sign language is a useful communication skill that stimulates the brain. Instructor Carol Harmon is nationally certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. 

This class is open to all ages and is $30 for the six-week series. Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center. For more information, call (423)434-6229.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229




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Sep 03, 2015

Planning Commission, BOC to hold workshop

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss zoning overlay districts on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. This workshop will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002
 

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Sep 03, 2015

Carver Rec to host Pass, Punt, and Kick Contest

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites boys and girls ages 6-16 to participate in a Pass, Punt, and Kick Contest on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Participants will be given three chances in each category. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be awarded in each age division. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is $1 per person.

For more information, call 461-8830.

CONTACT:

Tamara Foster, program coordinator

Carver Recreation Center

(423)461-8832


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Sep 02, 2015

PAC kids art classes now under way

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., is now offering kids art classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through December. Tiny Artists will help participants socialize with others and explore their creativity using a variety of basic art tools. Preschool Art will build knowledge of basic art techniques and allow the freedom to express ideas through painting, sculpture, collage, and a variety of other art forms. Afterschool Artists will develop knowledge of art materials while creating 2-D and 3-D artwork.

Participants may choose to attend class on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Monthly fees are: Tiny Artists – $25; Preschool Art – $30; and Afterschool Artists – $35.

• Tiny Artists: 10-10:30 a.m.; ages 18 months to 3 years; a parent must be present during this class.

• Preschool Art: 1-1:30 p.m.; ages 3-5.

• Afterschool Artist: 4-5 p.m.; ages 6-11.

For more information, please call Princeton Arts Center at (423)283-5801.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800


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Sep 02, 2015

Section of East Market closed Thursday, Tuesday nights

Water and Sewer Services crews will be conducting line maintenance at East Market and South Roan streets overnight Thursday and Tuesday. The intersection will be closed as will East Market from Colonial Way to Buffalo Street. Closures will be in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 3) until 6 a.m. Friday (Sept. 4) and from 6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 8) until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 9).

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)483-0504


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Aug 31, 2015

Traffic advisories for week of Aug. 31

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Pine Ridge Subdivision – preparing for resurfacing. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – clean up

• Carter Sells Road (at Chatham Drive and Newton Street) – water line replacement

• Hales Chapel Road – water line extension

• Bart Greene Drive at Old Gray Station Road – sewer line installation; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.









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Aug 28, 2015

Section of Bart Greene, Old Gray Station to be closed Monday, Tuesday nights

Bart Greene Drive and Old Gray Station Road at North Roan Street will be closed overnight Monday and Tuesday while new sewer line is installed. The closure will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 31) until 6 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 1) and again from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2).

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2638


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Aug 27, 2015

MPCC to offer health coaching

Memorial Park Community Center will offer health coaching appointments beginning Tuesday (Sept. 1). Cost is $30 for each 45-minute session.

Health coaching by Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer Rachel Irwin is a great idea for anyone wanting to improve their health. Health coaching can help with a variety of fitness goals like developing a consistent exercise routine, determining what exercise is safe for different health issues, and learning what core exercises are good for back trouble.

Please call (423)827-6887 to make an appointment.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852


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Aug 27, 2015

MPCC announces new fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following new fitness classes beginning Thursday (Sept. 3). All classes are $5 and will be led by instructor Aleasha Brown.

• Zumba® Kids Jr.: Thursdays, 5-5:30 p.m., ages 4-7. This class features high-energy dance parties with kid-friendly routines. Steps are broken down, games added, and activities and cultural exploration elements are built into the class structure. Classes will help develop a healthy lifestyle, leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, and cultural awareness.

• Zumba® Kids: Thursdays, 5:30-6 p.m., ages: 7-11. Offers kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. Class structure offers the same benefits as Zumba® Kids Jr.

• Cardio Kickboxing: Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 p.m., ages 18 and older. Participants will punch, kick, and block their way through a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout that strengthens muscles, increases coordination and burns up to 700 calories an hour. This class is a combination of intense kickboxing and dance moves. Requires no previous experience.

• Fitness in Heels: Thursdays, 7:30-8:15 p.m., ages 18 and older. Participants will build self-confidence while working out to a burlesque-type fitness dance. Tighten and tone abs while having fun! Heels are not required.

Pre-registration is not required. Payment is due day of class.

Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852



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Aug 27, 2015

Civil Service Commission to meet Thursday

The Civil Service Commission will meet Thursday (Sept. 3) at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Richard Lockner, HR generalist

Human Resources

(423)434-6018



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Aug 26, 2015

Daisi Rain to play lakeside concert tomorrow

Daisi Rain will take the stage tomorrow night (Aug. 27) as part of Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series. This show was rescheduled from its initial July date due to weather.

Daisi Rain is an East Tennessee-based country-pop band established in 2004 by siblings Cameron, Donovan and Amelia Brown. They have earned credibility opening for major Nashville artists like Jerrod Niemann, Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, and Easton Corbin. The band has been working under the consultation of Grammy Award winner Linda Davis.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This remainder of year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Aug 26, 2015

MPCC to host chronic diseases health fair

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Taking Control of Your Chronic Diseases Health Fair for ages 50 and older on Wednesday (Sept. 2) from 12:30-3 p.m. Vendors will be on hand with information about pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart problems/hypertension, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Group activities will be held, and participants will leave with a “Feel Better Action Plan.” Door prizes will be awarded.

This event is free, and participants may pre-register at the Senior Services desk.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 26, 2015

Applications being accepted for PBA appointments

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. One of these terms will expire in August 2019; the other two will expire in August 2021. This board meets monthly and is in charge of overseeing the operation of Millennium Centre and development of Millennium Park in accordance with the adopted Millennium Park Master Plan.

Potential appointees must be residents of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the PBA Board may apply online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Sept. 15.

For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Rebecca Davis at 202-3510 or davis@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Aug 25, 2015

Wastewater facilities earn six awards

The City of Johnson City’s wastewater treatment facilities recently received a total of six awards from two separate organizations.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the City’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant with a Platinum Peak Performance Award. Platinum status recognizes treatment facilities that have achieved five years of perfect compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants achieved Gold status, recognizing 100 percent compliance for the calendar year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was presented a Silver Peak Performance Award.

The other three awards came from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. Each plant was recognized for Operational Excellence for achieving multiple years of permit compliance.

Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services, attributed the awards to investments in infrastructure and a vigilant operations staff.

“This continued high level of compliance is a reflection of the City Commission’s investment on behalf of our customers to provide the necessary funding to keep facilities reliable and positioned for future growth,” Witherspoon said. “And our employees provide round-the-clock oversight 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year to ensure protection of the environment.”

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – serving Boones Creek, Gray and the Tri-Cities Airport areas – processes .75 billion gallons a year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves Central, West, and South Johnson City and processes 3 billion gallons a year. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves North Johnson City and processes 1 billion gallons a year. Approximately 8,000 analytical tests and more than 24,000 internal process control tests are conducted on an annual basis to ensure compliance.

CONTACT:

Jeff Corder, water/wastewater superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2631




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Aug 24, 2015

BOC meeting rescheduled for Sept. 2

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners first regularly scheduled meeting in September has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002



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Aug 24, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 24

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – clean up

• Carter Sells Road (at Chatham Drive and Newton Street) – water line replacement

• Hales Chapel Road – water line extension



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.









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Aug 20, 2015

Smoke testing now under way

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews have begun smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.

Crews will begin near the Mall at Johnson City, and North Hills, Tanglewood and Mountcastle Hills subdivisions. The next phases will include areas around East Lakeview Drive; Lester Harris Avenue; Fairmont Elementary; Ridgeway Road; Forest Avenue; Woodland Avenue; East Oakland Avenue; Tulip Street to Crocus Street; Reston Court to Brook Lane; Browns Mill Road from Burkley Court to West Oakland Court; Browns Mill Road from Walmart to Sequoyah Drive; North Roan Street from the Bristol Highway split to Sequoyah Drive; East Mountain View Road through Tamasee Park subdivisions; Bristol Highway from the North Roan split to Green Valley Drive, Big Valley Road and Wayfield Drive; East Mountain View at Timberlake and Whittling Wood subdivisions; and Wayfield Drive to the Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The testing is expected to take place through mid-November.

During the test, City crews will send white smoke designed for this type of testing into the sanitary sewer system by blowing it into a manhole. It is then forced out through lines and cracks, openings, or plumbing vents on or near roof tops. The smoke is safe, odorless, non-toxic and non-staining.

Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well-vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1645 for more information.

CONTACT:

Jonathan Lane, engineer

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2629


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Aug 20, 2015

Downtown Sign Task Force to hold public meeting Thursday

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission has created a Downtown Sign Task Force to review signage regulations in the Central Business and Supporting Central Business districts.

A meeting to discuss proposed recommendations and to garner input from downtown business owners will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 27) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

For more information, please contact Development Coordinator Steve Neilson at 434-6053.

CONTACT:

Steve Neilson, development coordinator

Development Services

(423)434-6053


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Aug 18, 2015

City receives TDEC approval with water system score of 98

Johnson City’s water system again has been successfully inspected by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), earning a score of 98. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved.

This process occurs approximately every 18-24 months and involves a multi-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.

“The continued approved status is a direct reflection of planning and ongoing system reinvestment by the Board of Commissioners and our customers,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “One example of that is the accelerated replacement of old water lines in neighborhoods. Nearly 50,000 feet of lines were taken out of service last year.”

Witherspoon also cited the dedication of Water and Sewer staff.

“A high level of operations by our employees is reflected in the outstanding level of compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations,” he said. “These are required 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.”

Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 940-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system has received consecutive approvals for more than 40 years.

CONTACT:

Tom Witherspoon, director

Water and Sewer Services

(423)434-6062


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Aug 17, 2015

Senior Services to begin Catch the Wave Circuit and More classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin Catch the Wave Series Circuit and More classes on Sept. 4. Held each Friday in September from 8:30-9:30 a.m., this four-week series will include circuit, interval and cardiovascular activities using a variety of equipment to improve health. This class is for anyone age 50 or older who has been exercising and wants a moderately intense workout.

Cost is $2 per class, and registration is not necessary. Participants will need to sign in and pay at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk before the start of each class.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 17, 2015

Parks and Rec to feature Animal Tracking

On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10-11:15 a.m., join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek to learn about Animal Tracking. Was a dog or a fox here? Opossum or Raccoon? Participants will learn how to read animal tracks and walking styles. Program is $1 per person and is open to families. For more information and directions to the park, contact Deegan at (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821


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Aug 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 17

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street – water line replacement; lane closures

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension

• Pine Ridge Road – clean up

• Carter Sells Road (at Chatham Drive and Newton Street) – sewer repair



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.









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Aug 14, 2015

Thursday’s lakeside concert to feature Kids Our Age

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (Aug. 20) for an enthusiastic and contagious performance by Kids Our Age. This three-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians who have performed for thousands over their long careers. Showtime is 7-9 p.m.

The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Thursday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 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 13, 2015

Roan Street project begins Monday night; block between Main and Market to be closed for 9-12 weeks

The City of Johnson City will begin Phase II of the Roan Street utility and streetscape replacement project next week. This project will close South Roan between Main and Market streets for approximately 9-12 weeks.

Construction will begin at the intersection of Main and Roan at 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 17). The intersection will reopen upon completion, and the full block of Roan from Main to Market will be closed starting Tuesday (Aug. 18). Businesses in this area will be accessible via sidewalk during construction.

Through traffic will be detoured along Buffalo Street and State of Franklin Road. Trucks will not be permitted on South Roan between Buffalo Street and State of Franklin Road; smaller vehicles may proceed to Main Street from the south side and Market Street from the north side to access businesses.

The first part of Phase II, which should take three to four weeks, will include replacing original water and sewer lines dating back to the late 1800s. Upon completion of the utility replacement, repaving and installation of new crosswalks, sidewalks and curbs will begin. That portion is expected to take six to eight weeks.

The first phase of the Roan Street project included the area from State of Franklin to East Main and was completed in late 2013. Phase III is planned for 2016 and will complete the remainder of the work to Buffalo Street. These phases are performed during late summer/early fall in order for optimum weather conditions and to avoid downtown festivals.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707

Tom Witherspoon, director

Water and Sewer Services   

(423)434-6061


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Aug 13, 2015

MPCC to offer Taking Control of Your Pre-Diabetes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin Taking Control of Your Pre-Diabetes on Sept. 10. Participants will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 8, with the first half-hour dedicated to education and the last half-hour spent exercising. The program will kick off with a guest speaker for the first session.

Cost is $8 for the complete series. Participants should pre-register by Sept. 7.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 13, 2015

MPCC announces Zumba Zeniors

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin Zumba Zeniors on Sept. 1. Held each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15-10:15 a.m., this low-impact class is designed for beginners of all ages and active older adults.

Cost is $3 per class, and registration is not necessary. Participants may sign in and pay at Memorial Park Community Center front desk before each class.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 13, 2015

MPCC to offer Silver Sneakers Circuit

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin Silver Sneakers© Circuit on Sept. 1. The class, designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and improve strength for ages 50 and older, will be held Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. This is a low-impact class using hand-held weights, elastic tubing and a Silver Sneakers© ball to increase upper body strength. Participants should have consistent skills in agility, coordination and balance.

Cost is $3 per session or free for Silver Sneakers© eligible participants. Registration is not necessary. Participants may sign in and pay at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk before each class.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 11, 2015

Public meeting on former U-Haul design set for Aug. 24

The City of Johnson City will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 to discuss design plans for the former U-Haul property. This meeting will take place in the Jones Meeting Room of the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St.

For more information, please contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080.

CONTACT:

Phil Pindzola, director

Public Works

(423)434-6080


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Aug 10, 2015

Model City Wrecking Crew to headline Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

Dancing music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (Aug. 13), when Model City Wrecking Crew takes the stage. Showtime is set for 7 p.m.

Model City Wrecking Crew is a five-piece band from Kingsport, performing classic rock material from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, James Taylor, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Steely Dan, The Steve Miller Band, R.E.M., and The Atlanta Rhythm Section, among others. Model City Wrecking Crew has been performing in local venues since it was founded in 2012.

The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Thursday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 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 10, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 10

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Liberty Bell Boulevard (from Sundale Road to North Roan Street) – crosswalk improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street – water line replacement; lane closures

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension

• Pine Ridge Road – clean up

• Montgomery Street and Fairview Avenue – sewer repair

• Dalewood Drive – sewer interceptor repair

• 2320 Knob Creek Road – tap install



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 West near Mile Marker 23.3: On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 05, 2015

Workshop set for Thursday

The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 6) to continue agenda review and discussion of upcoming plans and projects. This workshop will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Aug 05, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center hosting Junior Scientist program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering children ages 3-5 an opportunity to become Junior Scientists on Monday (Aug. 10) from 11-11:30 a.m. Children will enjoy a hands-on experience to explore the fascinating world of science. The program will encourage critical-thinking for fun experiments and science-themed crafts and games. Cost is $5 per child. Pre-registration is encouraged. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Aug 04, 2015

JCPD hiring new officers

The Johnson City Police Department is currently accepting registrations for the Police Officer Examination. The exam is the first step in the department’s hiring process.

“We are looking for exceptional people to start an exceptionally rewarding career with the Johnson City Police Department,” said Chief Mark Sirois. “The path to becoming a police officer is challenging because those who are ultimately selected must prove to be worthy of the social obligation the badge carries.”

Sirois added that the social obligation is a reference to the social contract theory in

law enforcement, by which the people invest their police with tremendous powers and in exchange, expect the police to use these powers responsibly and treat the people fairly.

“Being a police officer is a calling, and I look forward to meeting the men and women ready to join us here at the department,” Sirois said.

New officers receive eight weeks of training at the Police Academy, followed by four phases of on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced field training officers. Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts and enjoy a seven-day break each month.

Johnson City Police officers are provided with uniforms, equipment and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). The department operates a tactical training facility, and officers have opportunities to serve on numerous specialty units.

The City of Johnson City offers compensation for military leave, group health insurance, paid group life insurance, 10 paid holidays are year, and tuition reimbursement among other benefits.

Exam registration will be open through Tuesday, Aug. 18. Registration requirements are as follows:



Requirements for registering: 21 years of age by 8/24/2015, high school diploma or GED, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. The Police Department has a tattoo policy. For more information regarding the tattoo policy, inquire with Human Resources.



To register, present the following to the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601:



? $18 non-refundable examination fee (must be paid by 8/18/2015); and



Copies of the following

? City of Johnson City Application for Employment;

? Release & Waiver Form (print from johnsoncitytn.org);

? Birth Certificate;

? High School Diploma/GED or Transcript with Graduation Date;

? Driver’s License;

? Social Security Card;

? College/University Diploma (if applicable);

? Proof of P.O.S.T. Certification (if applicable);

? DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable).



When registering, a test date and time for the Police Officer Examination will be scheduled. For more information, call (423)434-6020.



EEO/AA

CONTACT:

Chief Mark Sirois

Johnson City Police Department

(423)434-6147

 

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Aug 04, 2015

Salamander hunt set for Saturday on Buffalo Mountain

We live in the salamander capital of the world – not of Tennessee, not of the southeast or the United States, but of the world! Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan on a salamander hunt from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 8) at Buffalo Mountain Park to find some of these fascinating creatures. Participants will meet at the Harris Pavilion. After a brief discussion, everyone will head to the cool Catbird Creek to do some sleuthing and see what can be found.

Program is $1 per person and is open to families. 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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Aug 03, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 3

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements; road closed until further notice.

• East Main Street (1800 block) – storm drain improvements; one lane closed periodically.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street – water line replacement; lane closures

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension

• Pine Ridge Road – tie overs

• Montgomery Street and Fairview Avenue – sewer repair

• Dalewood Drive – sewer interceptor repair



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 West near Mile Marker 23.3: On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

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Jul 31, 2015

JC Transit offering Free Ride Day Aug. 8

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to try public transportation for free! All fixed-route fares will be waived on Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.). Visit www.johnsoncitytransit.org to view routes or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner.

CONTACT:

Johnson City Transit

(423)929-7119



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Jul 30, 2015

Next week’s lakeside concert to feature Hollow Ground

Bluegrass and gospel music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre next Thursday (Aug. 6) when Hollow Ground takes the stage. Hollow Ground is comprised of local musicians including Robert Edwards (lead guitar/lead vocals), Millard Edwards (banjo/tenor vocals), Bran Vicchio (rhythm guitar/bass vocals), Dr. Josh Jessee (mandolin/baritone vocals), David Holtsclaw (dobro) and Mike Adams (bass).

This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org, or go to www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Thursday, Aug. 27 – Daisi Rain – 7-9 p.m.

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT: 

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Jul 28, 2015

Senior Services announces Aging Without Fear support group

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers a free Aging Without Fear support group for citizens ages 60 and older on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6-7 p.m. Participants discuss common issues regarding aging and support one another through the process.

August’s presenters will be:

• Aug. 6 – Kim Sells, RN, MSN and associate professor at ETSU School of Nursing will present “Dealing with Loneliness.”

• Aug. 20 – Martha Davenport, line dance Instructor, will lead an interactive demonstration on fun ways to exercise.

Please call (423)434-6235 to reserve a seat.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Jul 27, 2015

Start Smart Tennis registration now open

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Tennis, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 5-7 the basic skills necessary to play traditional tennis. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.

Registration is now open at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec or in person at MPCC during normal business hours (7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday). Program fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Matt Williams, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749



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Jul 27, 2015

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three 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 be a resident of the city. 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, Aug. 14. 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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Jul 27, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 27

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements; road closed until further notice.

• East Main Street (1800 block) – storm drain improvements; one lane closed periodically.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street – water line replacement; lane closures

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.



WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.







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Jul 24, 2015

Whiskey Sticks to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

No gimmicks, just good music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 30), when the Whiskey Sticks takes the stage. The Whiskey Sticks lineup consists of Scott Mand, Kris Carlson, Todd Kane, and Brandon Renfro. Mand and Carlson developed many of their musical skills writing and performing with another well-known Tri-Cities band, Doc Bonhomie. Mand brings to the band original material and lyrics, while Carlson demonstrates why he teaches guitar lessons for a living.

Kane and Renfro founded the local hard-driving, blues-based rock band Stormy Monday in 1996 and rocked from Knoxville to Charlotte for over a decade. Most know Kane for his explosive capabilities on slide guitar; however he is also an accomplished bassist. The musical foundation of this motley crew is Renfro. Aside from being a “drummer’s drummer,” Renfro belts out lyrics and vocal tones that one might describe as “Allmanesque.”

The Whiskey Sticks performs originals and covers from artists like Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Little Feat and the Allman Brothers.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This remainder of year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827




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Jul 23, 2015

HZC called meeting set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting Tuesday (July 28) at 5 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss revisions for the Downtown Design Guidelines.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Jul 23, 2015

Tonight’s lakeside concert rescheduled for Aug. 27

Due to weather forecasts of heavy thunderstorms, tonight’s Lakeside Concert Series performance has been postponed. Daisi Rain will now take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 7-9 p.m.

“This was necessary to ensure the safety of the audience and the performers,” said Mary Ann Kinch, marketing coordinator for Parks and Recreation. “We’re just thrilled that Daisi Rain was able to reschedule.”

The Lakeside Concert Series features a broad range of performers. The updated schedule is as follows:



• Thursday, July 30 – Whiskey Sticks – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 6 – Hollow Ground – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 13 – Model City Wrecking Crew – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 20 – Kids Our Age – 7-9 p.m.

• RESCHEDULED Thursday, Aug.t 27 – Daisi Rain – 7-9 p.m.

• Sunday, Sept. 13 – The Johnson City Symphony – 6-8 p.m.



The Lakeside Concert Series is brought to you by these community-minded sponsors: Bristol Broadcasting, News and Neighbor, and Johnson City Parks and Recreation.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827




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Jul 21, 2015

PRAB to meet Monday

The Johnson City Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Monday (July 27) in the boardroom of the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


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Jul 20, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 20

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• East Main Street (1800 block) – storm drain improvements; one lane closed periodically.

• East Main Street (between Broadway and Topeka streets) – drainage improvements on Saturday, July 25. Road will be completely closed after 10:30 a.m. until work is complete. Detours will be in place during closure. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension/clean up

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.



WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 16, 2015

Police ask for citizen input; survey open through Aug. 14

Johnson City Police are calling on citizens to help them determine ways in which they can better serve our community. A short survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCPDSurvey or on the City’s website, www.johnsoncitytn.gov (click on “JC Police Survey” under “Most Popular.”

This survey is used to determine the public’s perception of safety and security as well as officers’ performance and attitudes. Results of the survey will be tied to training and planning to address community concerns.

“These surveys are required every three years in order to maintain accreditation but we conduct them annually because we believe they are a valuable tool,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “We consider this data for budget purposes and in setting our goals.”

Paper surveys have traditionally been distributed by officers each year. In an effort to receive more feedback from across the community, this year’s survey will be available online through Aug. 14.

“We are here to serve and to serve well. In order to do that more effectively, we need input from our customers, the citizens,” Sirois said.

CONTACT:

Sgt. David Lowe

Johnson City Police Department

(423)434-6104


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Jul 16, 2015

Senior Services offers Second Time Around support group

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Second Time Around support group for grandparents raising grandchildren on Wednesday, July 22 from 10-11 a.m. Interested participants (ages 50 and older) may register in person or at the Senior Services front desk.

This free program is available through the Child Care Resource and Referral Network of Tennessee. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call (423)434-6229 or (423)509-1158.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229


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Jul 16, 2015

Daisi Rain to headline next week’s lakeside concert

Daisi Rain will take the stage Thursday, July 23 for the third installment of this year’s Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park. Daisi Rain is an East Tennessee-based country-pop band established in 2004 by siblings Cameron, Donovan and Amelia Brown. They have earned credibility opening for major Nashville artists like Jerrod Niemann, Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, and Easton Corbin. The band has been working under the consultation of Grammy Award winner Linda Davis.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This remainder of year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 23, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Jul 15, 2015

Artimus Pyle Band coming to MPCC Nov. 5

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will host the Artimus Pyle Band in an Ultimate Tribute to Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Tickets are $25, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $125 each. VIP tickets include dinner with Artimus Pyle and the Band and VIP seating. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation’s Christmas Box outreach program and program sponsorships for local elderly in need.

Artimus Pyle has long been considered the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd. His powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high energy, true-to-the-music, and true-to-the-era rock group. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Tony Black, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries but a group with some of the most seasoned musicians in the southeast. Artimus has shared with stage with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Warren Haynes, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Paul Roger, and ZZ Top just to name a few. From Freebird to Sweet Home Alabama, the Artimus Pyle Band give fans the best of Skynyrd with one of the men who made it!

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Mark Larkins will open the show, and the Artimus Pyle Band will take the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Memorial Park Community Center and online at myjcparks.org. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

 



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Jul 13, 2015

Possible disruption of water service near SR-36 construction Thursday

Johnson City Water and Sewer customers in the areas between Dove Lane and Cedar Creek Road near the TDOT SR-36 construction project may experience low water pressure or possibly no water Thursday (July 16) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This will also affect Bridgewater Court and Poplar Ridge apartments and surrounding areas.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience. Please contact the Water and Sewer Services Department at (423)461-1645 for more information. 



CONTACT:

Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2669

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Jul 13, 2015

Child/Teen safety program set for July 16

The Johnson City Police Department invites families to a free Community Child/Teen Safety Day on Thursday (July 16) from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Parents are encouraged to come and gather information about child/teen safety issues. JCPD officers will be on hand to answer any questions parents or children may have.

In addition, child seat technicians will be available to inspect/install car seats. Children should be present for seats to be properly inspected.

The Community Child/Teen Safety Day, sponsored by the JCPD School Resource Officer Unit, will take place at the Science Hill High School Career and Technical Education Building, 251 Cotty Jones Lane.

CONTACT:

Officer Lorrie Goff

Johnson City Police Department

lgoff@johnsoncitytn.org



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Jul 13, 2015

Ballroom dance to benefit local elderly in need

On Friday, Aug. 7, from 7-10 p.m., Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will bring back yesterday with a Sweet Summer Nights Dance featuring Kids Our Age. All dance proceeds will benefit the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation’s annual Christmas Box outreach. Admission for each person is either a $10 cash donation or a box that includes the following:

• Laundry detergent (50 oz. or more liquid);

• Four-roll pack toilet tissue;

• Single roll of paper towels;

• Box of facial tissue;

• Bottle of liquid dish detergent;

• Three-pack Ivory soap; and

• Roll aluminum foil (25-foot, regular).

Door prizes and refreshments will be provided. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Jul 13, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 13

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• State of Franklin (between Roan and Legion streets) – eastbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sidewalk installation.

• East Main Street (1800 block) – storm drain improvements; one lane closed periodically.

• East Main Street (between Broadway and Topeka streets) – drainage improvements on Saturday, July 18. Road will be completely closed after 10:30 a.m. until work is complete. Detours will be in place during closure. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension/clean up

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 10 and 17: Beginning Tuesday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 15 between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight each day, motorists should be alert for rolling roadblocks in this area due to removal of fiber optic cable. Motorist should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.



WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.



WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.



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Jul 10, 2015

Lakeside Concert Series featuring Wolf Creek Thursday

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of Wolf Creek on Thursday (July 16). Wolf Creek features an extremely diverse song list that will entertain a wide range of ages and musical tastes. Their strong vocal harmonies are reminiscent of artists like The Eagles, America, and Diamond Rio.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 16, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek Band

• Thursday, July 23, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Jul 10, 2015

Water outage planned for portion of South Roan

Water and Sewer Services will be conducting valve maintenance on South Roan Street from 11 p.m. Sunday (July 12) until approximately 4 a.m. Monday (July 13). Customers along South Roan from Maple Street to Highland Road as well as Linden Drive should expect an interruption in service while maintenance takes place.

CONTACT:

Mike Carver, assistant water/wastewater superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2687


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Jul 09, 2015

HZC workshop to be held Monday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a workshop at 2 p.m. Monday (July 13) to discuss revisions to the Downtown Design Guidelines. This workshop will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Jul 09, 2015

HCDAB meeting rescheduled for July 30

This month’s Housing and Community Development Advisory Board meeting has been moved from July 23 to July 30 and will take place at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., at noon.



CONTACT:

Steve Baldwin, Community Development coordinator

Development Services

(423)434-6291


    







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Jul 07, 2015

City earns improved ISO rating

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) has increased to a 2/2X. ISO’s PPC service evaluates the capacity of a local fire department to respond to and fight structure fires.

The rating (a 1-10 range, with 1 being highest) is used by insurance underwriters to determine rates for residential, business, and commercial occupancies.



“This improved rating affirms that we have extraordinary services in saving lives and property,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “It’s a testament to the investments made by our Board of Commissioners and the exceptional cooperation between our fire and water departments as well as 911.”



The Johnson City Fire Department previously held a PPC of 3 since 1982. The new rating of 2 puts the department among approximately 20 across the state and less than 1,000 throughout the nation. Only one city in Tennessee – Columbia – has a rating of 1.



The PPC rating plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. An improved rating could mean a reduction in insurance premiums for many homeowners.



“Any changes will be determined by individual insurance companies, but we certainly hope this will save our citizens money,” Peterson said.



While the Fire Department carries the rating, the evaluation process involves a review of the Water and Sewer Services Department and 911 communications. The rating is a compilation of individual scores of the Fire Department (50 percent), Water and Sewer Services (40 percent), and Washington County 911 (10 percent). This helps to encourage continual collaboration between organizations.



“Fire and Water and Sewer Services are true partners in service delivery,” said Water and Sewer Services Director Tom Witherspoon. “Following the last PPC rating in 1999, our departments have worked together continuously to make improvements. The City Commission’s investment in capital projects like water transmission lines as well as replacements of old water lines and installation of new hydrants throughout neighborhoods helped the water score improve this year.”



Fire Chief Mark Scott said that since that 1999 rating, the Fire Department has worked to improve response capability, staffing levels, training, hydrant flowing test, training facilities, inspection activities, and public education events. Washington County 911 has also worked to improve call handling capabilities, staffing levels, improved technology, and increase data analysis.



Continual improvements are required to maintain our new rating and improved service levels. Some of the improvements funded by the Commission in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget include a GPS system to provide Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) for emergency response vehicles, a new fire engine, improved water storage, and additional water line replacement.



CONTACT:

Chief Mark Scott, Fire

(423)483-5829


    



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Jul 06, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 6

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice

• State of Franklin (between Roan and Legion streets) – eastbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sidewalk installation.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension/clean up

• Winter Street – clean up

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures



TDOT projects:

• WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 and Wednesday, July 8, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible brief rolling roadblocks to occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. from Mile Marker 10 to 17 in both directions as crews perform overhead utility line removal. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.



• WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.



All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 02, 2015

FYI: Drive sober or get pulled over

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this Fourth of July holiday 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 Independence Day holiday is a time for celebrating our nation’s heritage,” said Chief Sirois. “Celebrating responsibly, and making the decision not to drive impaired and put oneself and others at risk, is simply the right thing to do.”



The Johnson City Police Department also 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, 12 people were killed statewide during last year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend, which is a 37% decrease from the 19 vehicular fatalities recorded in 2013. Of those 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants. Four (57%) of the seven vehicle occupants killed were not wearing their seat belts while three others were alcohol-related (43%). The remaining five traffic fatalities were motorcyclists. As of July 2, the Tennessee Department of Safety reports that 421 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2015, compared to 466 fatalities to date in 2014.

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Jul 01, 2015

City taking steps to increase available parking downtown


As the result of a recent downtown parking study, the City of Johnson City is taking steps to improve parking in the downtown area. As of Aug. 1, the Tipton Street Parking Lot will be limited to two-hour parking.

“The study found that certain areas of downtown could allow more turnover in parking spaces, which will help visitors to downtown more easily find a parking space, particularly during business hours,” said Development Coordinator Steve Neilson.

A downtown parking map has been created to assist in identifying unlimited and two-hour parking in the downtown area. The map can be accessed at: www.johnsoncitytn.org/downtownparking.jpg.

The parking study also recommended that police enhance enforcement of two-hour parking.

“Due to the level of service in the downtown area, our downtown officer cannot always enforce the code on a regular basis, so we have assigned other officers to assist as needed. Hopefully, this will facilitate visitors and patrons to downtown,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois.

CONTACT:

Steve Neilson, development coordinator

Development Services

(423)434-6053




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Jul 01, 2015

Lakeside Concert Series kicks off July 9 with My New Favorites

My New Favorites has been sharing laughs and award-winning music with audiences across the region since 2010. Known for their strong songwriting and great melodies, they offer a constantly changing variety of tunes at every performance. Individually, they play old-time, bluegrass, Americana, rock, gospel, Irish, jazz and classical. Together, somehow, My New Favorites offers a unique fusion of all those styles.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 9, 7-9 p.m. – My New Favorites

• Thursday, July 16, 7-9 p.m. – Wolf Creek Band

• Thursday, July 23, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation


(423)283-5827

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Jun 30, 2015

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

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is in need of volunteers for the third annual Dive, Ride & Stride Kid’s Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 15. 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 sign up.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758


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Jun 30, 2015

Catch the Wave workout programs start July 7

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., announces three new workout programs open to ages 50 and older. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the dates listed below.

• Catch the Wave Circuit and More (July 7, 9, 14, 16): circuit, interval and cardiovascular activities to improve health. Designed for those who currently have a workout regimen but need added intensity, this class will include a variety of equipment including exercise bands and free weights.

• Catch the Wave Power Walking (July 28, 30; Aug. 4, 6): an inside walking program to improve gait and pace. Designed for participants who currently exercise at least 20 minutes a day.

• Catch the Wave Active Living Pump (Aug. 11, 13, 18, 20): a functional fitness program progressing through various stations of activity. Designed for participants who currently exercise at least 20 minutes a day.

Please register at the Senior Services front desk prior to the start of each class. Cost is $1 per class.



For more information, call (423)434-6231.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-6231


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Jun 30, 2015

BBC special called meeting set for July 15

The Johnson City Board of Building Codes will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Teresa Johnson, secretary

Development Services – Codes Enforcement

(423)434-6048


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Jun 30, 2015

Youth soccer registration deadline extended

Registration for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer program has been extended through Monday, July 6. Practices will begin the week of July 13; games begin the week of Aug. 10. Ages 3-5 will be on coed teams, and ages 6-15 will be divided into boys and girls teams. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15. Teams will be determined by elementary school districts. Non-city residents will be placed according to the school closest to where they reside.

Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting July 7. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.com and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours this week will be 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Thursday (July 2) and Monday (July 6). For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5825



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Jun 29, 2015

Agenda review canceled

Tonight’s Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting has been canceled.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002



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Jun 29, 2015

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.

“We encourage residents and visitors to Johnson City to enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “And that safety can be enhanced greatly by following the City ordinances prohibiting 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. We ask all citizens 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 Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Jun 29, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 29

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice

• State of Franklin (between Roan and Legion streets) – eastbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sidewalk installation.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Winter Street – tie overs; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures

• Head Road – lateral replacement



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)



All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 25, 2015

Legion Street Pool to host Fourth of July Swim Party

Before the big fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, spend the day with friends and family at the pool! Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites citizen to a Fourth of July Swim Party at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Games and activities will be held throughout the day. Cost is $3 for ages 13 and older; $2 for ages 12 and younger.



For more information, please call (423)434-5750.

CONTACT:

Karen Hennigar, aquatics supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5754



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Jun 24, 2015

Animal shelter grand opening celebration set for Saturday

The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (June 27).

Tours of the new facility, located at 3411 N. Roan St., will be conducted, and crafts will be available for kids. Citizens are encouraged to visit with the shelter animals and perhaps find a forever friend to take home.

For more information, please contact the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Center at 926-8769.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Jun 23, 2015

Third annual Kids Triathlon set for Aug. 15

Registration is now open for Memorial Park Community Center’s third annual Kids Triathlon, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The race is open to ages 6-12.

Ages     Description
6-8        Swim 50 meters, bike 1 mile, run .5
9-10      Swim 100 meters, bike 1.5 miles, run 1 mile
11-12    Swim 150 meters, bike 2 miles, run 1.5 miles

Participants are responsible for bringing their own bikes, helmets, and goggles and must arrive by 8 a.m. to have bikes in the transition area.

Where: Race begins at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., and ends at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Fees and Registration: $25 through Aug. 7. Late registration (Aug. 8-14) will be $40. No race day registration. Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal. Register online at www.myjcparks.org (credit card only) or in person at MPCC (cash or check only).

Packet Pick Up: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at Memorial Park Community Center. No race day pick up.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758 

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Jun 23, 2015

Senior Services announces Aging Without Fear support group

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers a free Aging Without Fear support group for citizens age 60 and older on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6-7 p.m. Participants discuss common issues regarding aging and support one another through the process.
July topics are:
• July 2 – Kim Sells, associate professor, ETSU School of Nursing, Loneliness and Aging
• July 16 – open discussion; come share or just listen
Please call (423)434-6237 to reserve a seat.

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

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Jun 23, 2015

Registration under way for youth soccer program

Registration is now open for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer program. Practices will begin the week of July 13; games begin the week of Aug. 10. Ages 3-4 will be on coed teams, and ages 6-15 will be divided into boys and girls teams. Age cutoff date is Aug. 15. Teams will be determined by elementary school districts. Non-city residents will be placed according to the school closest to where they reside.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting June 29. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.com and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours this week will be 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (June 27); and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (June 28). For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5825

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Jun 22, 2015

Golf courses to honor veterans with free golf, cart

Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley golf courses will offer veterans and current military a free round of golf plus cart on Saturday, July 4, from noon until closing. Participants must provide their military ID.
“This is the second year we’ve offered free golf as a thank you to our veterans, and it’s just a small token of our appreciation for their service to our country and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom,” said Golf Director Jim Hughes.
Veterans will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be placed in groups as is necessary for efficient play.
For more information, please call 434-6250.

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

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Jun 22, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 22

Public Works projects:
• West Market Street (between State of Franklin and North North Street) – shoulder repairs. One westbound lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice

Water/Sewer projects:
• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension
• Winter Street – tie overs; lane closures
• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension
• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures
• Head Road – lateral replacement

TDOT projects:
• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 22, 2015

Applications being accepted for PBA appointments

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. One of these terms will expire in August 2019; the other two will expire in August 2021. This board meets monthly and is in charge of overseeing the operation of Millennium Centre and development of Millennium Park in accordance with the adopted Millennium Park Master Plan.
Potential appointees must be residents of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the PBA Board may apply online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is July 13.
For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Rebecca Davis at 202-3510 or davis@thewcedc.com.

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

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Jun 18, 2015

Applications being accepted for JC101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for the all-new summer school edition 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 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning July 7. 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 Buchanan. “The course has become increasingly popular with couples, and some of our participants have gone on to serve the community on various boards and committees.”

For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 434-6021.

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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Jun 18, 2015

Golf Advisory Board to meet July 1

The City of Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 at the Pine Oaks Maintenance Building, 1709 Buffalo Road. 

CONTACT:

Jim Hughes, Golf director

(423)483-5838


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Jun 18, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center Chalk It Up! contest set for June 30

Registration is now under way for Memorial Park Community Center’s first-ever chalk drawing contest. Children ages 5-12 are invited to Chalk It Up! from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. Participants will be placed in age groups, with prizes to be awarded in each.

Cost is $2 per child. Register in person at MPCC, 510 Bert St.

For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Jun 16, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 15

Public Works projects:



• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.



• Lyle Street (at 607) (Wednesday-Friday) – tree removal. Motorists should enter from Leonard Street. Detours will be in place.







Water/Sewer projects:



• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension



• Winter Street – tie overs; lane closures



• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension



• Central Point – water line extension; lane closures







TDOT projects:



• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)







All work is weather permitting.













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Jun 16, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center to host Dollie and Me Tea Party

Children ages 2-12 are invited to a very special tea party from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Participants should plan to bring along their favorite toy friend for this Dollie and Me Tea Party. Light refreshments will be served, and children will make a pair of matching bracelets to take home.

Cost is $5 per child. Registration is now under way at MPCC.

For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Jun 16, 2015

Catch the Wave beach party planned for MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a special preview of the upcoming Catch the Wave summer exercise program on Thursday, July 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about Catch the Wave while playing beach volleyball, taking part in exercise demos, and having fun in other beach-type activities. Light refreshments will be served.

This free event is open to ages 50 and older. Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center by Monday, June 29. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Jun 16, 2015

Parks and Rec sets meetings for soccer officials, volunteer coaches

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is looking for soccer officials and volunteer coaches for the upcoming season. Practices will begin the week of July 13 with the season starting Aug. 10.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a coach should attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Anyone age 16 or older who is interested in serving as a soccer official should attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5825


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Jun 12, 2015

Pete Peterson elected to Tennessee Municipal League Board of Directors

NASHVILLE – Pete Peterson, city manager of Johnson City, was elected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) during the League’s annual conference recently held in Nashville. Curtis Hayes, mayor of Livingston was elected President.



Peterson was elected as one of eight district directors to represent his section of the state. He was nominated and elected during a district caucus of TML members from the East Tennessee region.



Founded in 1940 and based in Nashville, TML is a nonprofit organization founded by cities and towns for mutual assistance and improvement. Representing 99 percent of Tennessee's municipal citizens, the organization advocates for needed legislative action by the General Assembly, represents municipal interests before state departments and agencies, and – working through the National League of Cities in Washington – seeks to influence federal legislation and policies affecting municipal governments.



As a member of the TML board of directors, Peterson will propose and help determine legislation municipalities need passed into law and will establish policy priorities for the League.



Other board elections include three vice presidents: John Holden, mayor of Dyersburg; Ann Davis, mayor of Athens; and Wallace Cartwright, mayor of Shelbyville. TML vice presidents are traditionally in line to serve as president.



The TML board also includes past TML presidents, mayors of Tennessee's largest cities, eight district directors, and eight at-large directors.



The eight district directors, representing their section of the state, were nominated and elected during district caucuses. They are: District 1: Pete Peterson, Johnson City city manager; District 2: Roger Campbell, Maryville assistant city manager; District 3: Bill Graham, Dayton councilmember; District 4: Hoyt Jones, Sparta alderman; District 5: Richard Driver, Lafayette mayor; District 6: John Hickman, Waynesboro city manager; District 7: Gary Welch, Savannah city manager; and District 8: Paula Sedgwick, Bartlett alderman.



The eight at-large directors were nominated by a five-member nominating committee composed of municipal officials statewide. They were then elected for a one-year term by a majority vote of the entire membership. Those directors are: Jimmy Alexander, mayor of Nolensville; Randy Brundige, Martin mayor; Betsy Crossley, Brentwood mayor; Vance Coleman, Medina mayor; Christina Martin, Columbia vice mayor; Mary Ann Tremblay, Three Way vice mayor; and Mike Werner, mayor of Gatlinburg.



The chairmen of the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund – offering low-interest loans for capital improvements – TML Risk Management Pool -- providing affordable, dependable liability coverage to municipalities – and the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund – offering low-interest loans for capital improvements – also sit on the board.



Representatives from two affiliate organizations are also voting board members and they are Dot LaMarche, Farragut vice mayor, National League of Cities board member; and Kirk Bednar, Brentwood city manager, Tennessee City Management Associate president.

Contact:

Carole Graves

615-255-6416


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Jun 12, 2015

MPCC to host Brittney Ezell Future Buccaneer Camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites boys and girls ages 7-13 to participate in an ETSU basketball camp Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants will work with coaches including women’s head coach Brittney Ezell and ETSU basketball players.



Registration is available at www.myjcparks.org. Camp fee is $25 before June 22; late registration will be $30. All participants will receive a free camp T-shirt.



For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Matt Williams, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5722



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Jun 10, 2015

MPCC seeking Zumba Gold instructor

Memorial Park Community Center is currently searching for a certified Zumba Gold instructor for day and evening classes. Anyone interested should contact Program Coordinator Debbie Fogle at (423)434-6231.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-6231


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Jun 09, 2015

Second reading of budget ordinance set for Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting for second reading of the FY 2016 budget ordinance at 6 p.m. Monday (June 15) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. This meeting will be televised on Charter Communications channel 192 and Comcast channel 17.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002



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Jun 08, 2015

MPCC announces a Date with History

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens ages 20 and older on a Date with History. This six-week series of outings will take participants to various locations across Northeast Tennessee, where they will meet fascinating people and hear from the area’s most knowledgeable speakers. These day trips will take place on Tuesdays – June 23 and 30; July 14, 21, 28; and Aug. 4. Departure times will vary.

Cost is $55, which covers transportation and admission fees. Registration should be completed in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk by June 18. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229




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Jun 08, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 8

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed until further notice.

• Commerce Street (Between West Market Street and North Roan Street) – road improvements. Road closed periodically. Detours will be in place during closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin Road to Cherry Street) – intersection improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

• Judson Drive – concrete repairs, clean up



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)



All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 04, 2015

100 Man Walk set for Saturday at Carver

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites men ages 18 and older to attend the 100 Man Walk from 8-11 a.m. Saturday (June 6).

Participants will learn about healthy eating and other lifestyle changes. Blood pressure checks will be conducted. The first 100 walkers will receive a T-shirt.

Cost is $3 per person. Water and snacks will be provided. The walk will be moved to June 27 in the event of rain.

For more information, call (423)461-8830.

CONTACT:

Herb Greenlee, center supervisor

Carver Recreation Center

(423)461-8830


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Jun 04, 2015

JC Parks and Rec to host Gospel Music Day

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host the inaugural DOTHERT Gospel Music Day on Saturday, June 13 from 2-8 p.m. Citizens are invited to the Memorial Park Community Center Amphitheater, 510 Bert St., for this free concert event featuring area choirs, soloists, and musicians. Friendship Baptist Church Choir, Trey Garland, Loretta Bowers, Leslie Fletcher, and Stacie Wilson are among some of the performers who will share ministry through music.

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, as there will not be concessions available. Inflatables will be on site for children. The concert will move indoors in the event of inclement weather.

For more information, please contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5758.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758




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Jun 04, 2015

Parks and Rec to offer tennis lessons

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer youth and adult tennis lessons for ages 5 and older at Liberty Bell Tennis Center, 505 Liberty Bell Blvd. Lessons will take place Monday through Thursday, June 8-July 16, from 8-9:15 a.m. and 9:30-10:45 a.m. Students are required to bring their own tennis racquets.

Cost is $50 for city residents and $55 for non-city residents. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.com and 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 more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:

David Carmichel, athletics manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5825


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Jun 01, 2015

Volunteers needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering four appointments to serve three-year terms on the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This board makes policy recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding the provision of recreation services and the use of facilities, including acquisition and disposal of property related to the City’s Parks and Recreation program.

A potential appointee should be interested in parks and recreation and be a resident of the city. Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications also are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. or can be mailed by calling (423)434-6021. The deadline for submitting an application is July 3. 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, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815
 

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Jun 01, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 1

Public Works projects:

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed.

• Commerce Street (Between West Market Street and North Roan Street) – road improvements. Road closed periodically. Detours will be in place during closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin Road to Cherry Street) – intersection improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

• Judson Drive – concrete repairs, clean up



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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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Jun 01, 2015

BOC to hold work session Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Thursday (June 4) for an economic development presentation. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.



CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002

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May 29, 2015

Volunteers needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three 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. Each term is three years.



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)434-6021. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through June 12.



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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May 29, 2015

Senior Services bringing Nostalgia, Kids Our Age to Friday night dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host these Friday night dances with a live band from 7-10 p.m. June’s entertainment will be provided by Nostalgia (June 5) and Kids Our Age (June 19).

Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Cost is $5 in advance (by noon day of dance) or $7 at the door. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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May 26, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 25

Public Works projects:

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed.

• Commerce Street (Between West Market Street and North Roan Street) – road improvements. Road closed periodically. Detours will be in place during closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin Road to Cherry Street) – intersection improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

• Judson Drive – concrete repairs, clean up



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)



All work is weather permitting.

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May 26, 2015

MPCC offering speed, agility classes for athletes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free summer-long speed and agility program for athletes in middle school through college who want to improve their quickness-explosion and lateral movement. Taught by retired coach Jim Hastings, the program will offer intense interval training to improve skills.

Classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 1 through Aug. 21. This program is limited to 24 participants. For more information and to sign up, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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May 20, 2015

PAC summer art camps start June 8

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will present three summer art camps for ages 6-12.



• Big Top: June 8-12, 9-1 p.m., $40

• PLAYtime: June 22-26, 9-1 p.m., $40

• Mess Makers: July 13-17, 9-4 p.m., $75



Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) will be available for an additional $20 a week. Register online at www.myjcparks.org. For more information, call (423)283-5800.



CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800

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May 19, 2015

JCPD: Beware of home improvement scams

Spring weather brings on home improvement projects for many citizens – and also draws out scam artists looking to make hundreds if not thousands of dollars off unassuming homeowners.

Johnson City Police urge citizens to be extremely cautious of anyone offering to perform services such as paving, tree cutting/trimming, painting, and roofing – particularly if they show up unexpectedly. Scammers will often go door-to-door, pointing out alleged problems and promising a “good deal” on repair work.

“The best tip we can offer property owners is to not pay for any work up front,” said Police Lt. Scotty Carrier. “Don’t feel pressured or intimidated. A legitimate contractor will understand if you would like to do some research or obtain other estimates.”

Transient scammers often want customers to pre-pay for work. They may do shoddy work or not do the job at all before heading out of town to another unassuming community.

“This happens most commonly to senior citizens,” Lt. Carrier said. “The scam artists prey on the vulnerabilities of those who may not be capable of doing the work themselves.”

Citizens are encouraged to do research before hiring a contractor to find one who’s reputable.

“When in doubt, just don’t,” Lt. Carrier said. “And if you think someone is trying to run a scam in your neighborhood, call 911 so we can determine if they are reputable.”

CONTACT:

Lt. Scotty Carrier

Johnson City Police Department

(423)434-6143


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May 19, 2015

MPCC Senior Services to hold Wellness Quest May 27

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day – Wednesday, May 27 – with a fun-filled morning of activities and health information. Wellness Quest will take place from 8-9 a.m., and will include a Conductorcise® warm-up by David Dworkin as well as a presentation by area pharmacy students about sun protection.

Participants will be divided into teams and will take on a variety of physical and mental challenges. Health fair booths will be set up in the Senior Services lobby. This program is free and open to ages 50 and older.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6237


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May 19, 2015

MPCC announces new N2iT Youth Organization USA programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin cheerleading and karate classes by N2iT Youth Organization USA, a non-profit that specializes in providing teamwork skills that can boost a child’s self-confidence and help improve school grades. Each program is 14 weeks, and classes will be held on Mondays starting June 1.

Karate:

• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:15 p.m., ages 7-10

• 7:15-8 p.m., ages 11 and up

• No class July 6 and Sept. 7



Cheerleading:

• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 7-9

• 7:30-8:30 p.m., ages 10 and up

• No class June 29 and Sept. 7



Students can register up to the third week of class at Memorial Park Community Center. Cost is $7 weekly for karate or cheer. For more information, call (423) 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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May 18, 2015

Volunteer needed for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering one, three-year appointment to the 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)434-6021. To submit an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications are due no later than June 5.

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

CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021


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May 18, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 18

Public Works projects:

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed.

• West Market Street (100 block between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – road improvements. Road closed periodically. Detours will be in place during closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin to Cherry Street) – installation of new crosswalk and curb improvements. Buffalo Street will be closed for approximately one week or until crosswalk can be safety traveled over by vehicles. Detours will be posted. Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Old Bristol Highway (Chinqaupin) – cleanup; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – raising manhole frames, covers; lane closures

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

• Judson Drive – water line extension



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)



All work is weather permitting.

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May 18, 2015

Carver Rec hosting End of School Block Party May 28

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites students in grades K-12 to an End of School Block Party on Thursday, May 28 from 2-4 p.m. Youth can celebrate their accomplishments from the school year with hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill along with great music, games and activities. This event is free! Please call 461-8830 for more information.

CONTACT:

Herb Greenlee, center supervisor

Carver Recreation Center

(423)461-8830


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May 18, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center announces Family Fun Camp Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to an overnight Family Fun Camp Out starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Games, family entertainment and dinner will be provided. Activities will include tent decorating, family flag designing, s’mores and more. This is a great way to celebrate the beginning of the summer and create a family tradition and memories that will last a lifetime.

Pre-registration is required and may be done in person at MPCC. Cost is $15 per family. Families must provide their own tent.

For more information, please call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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May 14, 2015

Section of Buffalo to be closed starting Monday

At 8:30 a.m. Monday (May 18), Public Works crews will begin installation of a new crosswalk and some curb replacements on Buffalo Street at the intersection of State of Franklin Road. Buffalo Street will be closed from State of Franklin to Cherry Street for approximately a week, or until the crosswalk can be safely traveled over by vehicles. Detours will be posted. Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained.

CONTACT:

Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works

(423)975-2707


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May 13, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services presents Simplifying Your Life

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will present Simplifying Your Life at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 19). Jesse Shelton, local author of Life Without Work, will discuss more than 340 specific ways to eliminate work and start enjoying life. He will cover subjects such as energy and water, food and drink, health and cleaning, transportation, work-eliminating housing retrofits, financial decisions and investments, travel, and how to set up automated incomes.

This event is free and open to all ages. Please pre-register in person at the MPCC Senior Services Desk or by calling (423)434-6237 or (423)434-6229.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229


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May 13, 2015

Possible disruption of water service near SR-36 construction Tuesday

Johnson City water and sewer customers in the area between Dove Lane and Cedar Creek Road near TDOT’s State Route 36 construction project may experience low water pressure or possibly no water on Tuesday (May 19) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This will affect Bridgewater Court and Poplar Ridge apartments and surrounding areas.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience. Please call (423)461-1645 for more information.

CONTACT:

Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2669


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May 13, 2015

Code Violation Complaint Line now available

In an effort to more efficiently address code violations in Johnson City, the Development Services Department has created a Code Violation Complaint Line. By calling (423)434-5775, citizens can now report violations such as:

• Overgrown lots

• Dilapidated structures

• Abandoned/junk vehicles

• Signs in right-of-ways

A staff member has been assigned to the complaint line and will dispatch the appropriate codes enforcement officer to the property.

“Before, citizens would call any number they could find and speak to whichever of our staff answered the phone. The complaints would be logged and addressed but it was not a streamlined process,” said Development Services Director Angie Carrier. “We found an area that needed improvement, and I’m happy to say that we developed a much more efficient way to handle those calls.”

Callers are asked to leave details about the complaint including the physical address. They may remain anonymous or leave contact information if they would like a follow-up call.

Citizens are encouraged to enter the Code Violation Complaint Line number, (423)434-5775, into their cell phone contact list so that it is easily accessible when a violation is spotted.

As a reminder, the City also offers the 311GIS citizen reporting service for code violations and other service requests. Citizens may sign up for 311GIS at 311GIS.com and can download the app from the iTunes or Android Play Store, being sure to select “311 GIS” and not “311 Internal.” Visit www.johnsoncitytn.org or email 311@johnsoncitytn.org for more information.

CONTACT:

Angie Carrier, director

Development Services

(423)434-5955




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May 12, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 11

Public Works projects:

• State of Franklin (from Roan Street to Sevier Street) – right-of-way improvements. One lane closed periodically between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – roadway improvements. Road closed.

• West Market Street (100 block between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Old Bristol Highway (Chinqaupin) – cleanup; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – raising manhole frames, covers; lane closures

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)

All work is weather permitting.



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May 12, 2015

Parks and Rec admin office closed Friday

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park will be closed Friday (May 15) for electrical upgrades. The main Parks and Recreation phone line – (423)283-5815 – will be in operation. Direct division/facility numbers are as follows:

• Athletics – (423)283-5822

• Legion Recreation Center – (423)461-4850

• Princeton Arts Center – (423)283-5800

• Carver Recreation Center – (423)461-8830

• Park Naturalist – (423)283-5021

• Pavilion Reservations – www.myjcparks.org (walk-in reservations can be made at Carver Recreation Center)

The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday (May 18).  

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815




 



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May 12, 2015

Sunset lane closures planned for Thursday, Friday

Motorists are advised of lane closures that will be in place on Sunset Drive between State of Franklin Road and Oakdell Court Thursday and Friday while a waterline is installed.

Both westbound lanes and the turning lane will be closed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday. Both eastbound lanes and the turning lane will be closed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday.

Drivers are asked to use alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:

Steve Harsh, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2636


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May 11, 2015

Budget work sessions set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold budget work sessions Thursday (May 14) at 4 p.m. and Monday (May 18) at 5:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002




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May 11, 2015

Horton Sports Memorial Day Fast Pitch Classic Slated for Winged Deer Park

The Parks and Recreation Foundation has teamed up once again with Horton Sports to bring Johnson City an action-packed fun-filled weekend of fast-pitch softball.

In its first two years, the Memorial Day Classic had more than 50 teams from four states participating. This year’s event, set for May 22-24, is expected to be one of East Tennessee’s premier competitions with openings in the 8/U Coach-Pitch, 10-12, 14-16, and 18/U divisions. Organizers have assembled a tremendous prize package that will award players on the top three teams in every age group.

The tournament format will be two pool games followed by a double-elimination bracket to determine the champions. Berths to the Tennessee ASA state tournaments will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.

All teams are required to show proof of ASA registration or must register on site. All bats must be ASA approved, and tournament softballs will be furnished. Coaches are reminded that proof of age (as determined by ASA Code) must be provided. Due to the anticipated number of entries, Friday night starts may be required.

Entry fee is $75 for 8/U Coach-Pitch and $200 for all other age groups. Entry forms are available at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. All proceeds will go to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation, a non-profit 501C3 organization established to assist the department in program offerings, materials, supplies, equipment, etc.

For more information, please call (423)926-1708 or email sgumpire01@charter.net.

CONTACT:

Sherrell Gage, tournament director

sgumpire01@charter.net

(423)926-1708


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May 07, 2015

Citizens asked to avoid walking trail area where bear is roaming

A section of the walking trail along North State of Franklin Road is closed while officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency attempt to capture a black bear that has been spotted in the area. Johnson City Police are asking citizens to avoid the area, from Med Tech Parkway to Knob Creek Road.

As bears come out of hibernation, they may roam into residential neighborhoods, where food and trash are readily available. Bears should not be fed by humans, either intentionally or by accident. For the safety of bears and people, please take the following safety tips under advisement:

• Never approach a bear.

• Do not leave food inside a car.

• Do not leave pet food outside and accessible to bears.

• Do not add food to compost piles.

• Do not put trash outside in plastic bags. Secure it in a trash can and do not place the trash can at the curb the night before trash pickup. Put it out the day of trash pickup.

• Do not leave birdseed out this time of year. Birds do not need seeds right now, and it will attract bears instead.

• Clean grills and smokers well. Bears can be attracted to the smell if these are not cleaned.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), bears will typically move through areas looking for food. Notifying the TWRA is only necessary if a bear continually lingers around a house or neighborhood. Residents are advised to call 911 i