2017 News Archive

Dec 12, 2017

JCPD Police Officer Exam Registration

CONTACT: Maj. Debbie Botelho
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6123

Registration dates: November 27, 2017 – December 29, 2017

Requirements for registering: 21 years of age by January 8, 2018, 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 Street, Johnson City, TN 37601:
  •  $18.00 Non-refundable examination fee (must be paid by 12/29/17); 

Copies of the following (**Copies will not be made for applicants**)
  •  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 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 423-434-6018 or 423-434-6020.

EEO/AA

APPLICANTS MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE JCPD’S EEOP UTILIZATION REPORT ON REQUEST.

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Dec 11, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 11

Public Works projects:
• West Market/West Main and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• Matson Court – water line replacement; lane closures
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• 142 Bethesda Place – sewer line installation
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Dunbar/Carver neighborhoods – sewer line inspection; expect delays in area

All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 08, 2017

MPCC to be closed for holiday/maintenance

Dec. 8, 2017
For immediate release


CONTACT: Amanda Hollifield, operations manager
Memorial Park Community Center
423-343-5753

Memorial Park Community Center and Senior Services, 510 Bert St., will close for Christmas Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 25.

MPCC will close again for New Year’s and maintenance Monday, Jan. 1 through Wednesday, Jan. 3. The center will reopen Thursday, Jan. 4 but programming will not resume in the gym, dance/exercise, or dining room until Monday, Jan. 8.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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Dec 08, 2017

Practice safe home heating behaviors

Dec. 8, 2017
For immediate release

CONTACT: James Stables, Fire Chief
Johnson City Fire Department
423-975-2840


With the seasonal weather turning cold the Johnson City Fire Department is asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors and check or replace smoke detectors and carbon monoxide 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, the Johnson City Fire Department has responded to several structure fires that were the result of combustibles being too close to a heating source. 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, mattresses 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 Jim Stables 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 and inside 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.”

The Johnson City Fire Department remains ready to assist in ensuring your continued safety – residents of Johnson City needing assistance can contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423) 975-2840. We can conduct a fire safety review on your home, assisting you in addressing a safety plan and providing and installing smoke detectors where needed. Residents of other areas can contact their local fire departments about assistance with smoke detectors.

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Dec 07, 2017

Carver Rec to offer Purple Christmas

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites children ages 2-5 and their parents to celebrate Christmas by making creative purple Christmas crafts.

The program will take place from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 13). Fee is $4 per participant. Please call Carver Recreation Center at 434-461-8830 to register. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

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Dec 06, 2017

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments 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.

Potential appointees 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 28. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Dec 04, 2017

Property taxes due by January 2, 2018

Dec. 4, 2017
For immediate release


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


Property taxes due by January 2, 2018
The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2017 are due by Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 3.

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.

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Dec 04, 2017

Johnson City now hiring lifeguards

The City of Johnson City is hiring lifeguards to work weekends and 3-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. A lifeguard certification is required for this position; qualified applicants may be able to take a certification class for a fee.

For more information, please call 423-434-5754. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, Aquatics supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
423-434-5754 

CONTACT: Rachel Evans, Aquatics supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
423-434-5754 
CONTACT: Rachel Evans, Aquatics supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
423-434-5754 

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Dec 04, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 4

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Boone and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. Road closed to thru traffic.
• West Market/West Main and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• Matson Court – water line replacement; lane closures
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Dunbar/Carver neighborhoods – sewer line inspection; expect delays in area

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 30, 2017

Tree and Landscape Board called meeting set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board will hold a called meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5). This meeting will take place in the Public Works Street Division Conference Room, 209 Water St.

For further information, please contact Patrick Walding at walding@johnsoncitytn.org or 423-975-2681. 

CONTACT:
Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works
423-976-2681

CONTACT: Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works
423-976-2681

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Nov 30, 2017

Senior Services announces Turtle Triathlon

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., has developed an eight-week long Turtle Triathlon featuring a cumulative 0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride, and 6.2-mile run/walk. Participants of all ages are invited to complete these events in any order between Monday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, March. 4.

MPCC Fitness Room and open-lap swim fees will be waived throughout the duration of this event for those registered at the Senior Services desk by the Jan. 8 deadline and who submit their weekly results in a provided training log.
Participants completing the triathlon will receive a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to attend a celebration on Monday, March 5.

For additional information, please call 423-434-6237.

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Nov 30, 2017

Senior Services to offer holiday cooking class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a complementary class featuring tips and recipes for a healthy holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-noon. The class is for ages 50 and older, includes a food tasting, and will be led by Elizabeth Elizondo Renfro, Washington County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent with The University of Tennessee Extension. Please register by Dec. 12 at 423-434-6237

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
423-434-6231

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Nov 30, 2017

Senior Services offers MisFIT Toys workout

Celebrate the season from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fridays in December with a circuit workout at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. MisFIT Toys will feature a variety of unique fitness equipment including Bosu balls, stability balls, mini resistance bands, Airex pads, kettlebells, foam rollers, the tWall, and more.

Classes are for ages 50 and older and are $2 per session. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852 

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852 
CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852 

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Nov 30, 2017

Senior Services to host lecture on Geriatric Depression

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free lecture on strategies for dealing with geriatric depression by Judith Grana, who holds a master’s degree in education/counseling psychology. Ages 50 and older are invited to attend from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 6). Please reserve a seat in advance by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
423-434-6231 


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Nov 28, 2017

Senior Services to offer class on whole body donation

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering ages 50 and older a free class on the benefits of donating their bodies to medical science and how that process differs from organ and tissue donation. Dr. Thomas Kwasigroch, with ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine Anatomical Program, will present the class from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Dec. 7.
To reserve a seat, and for more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

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Nov 28, 2017

West Walnut taskforce to meet Tuesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5) with consultants from Kimley-Horn to discuss the West Walnut Street Corridor Master Plan. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce
(423)202-2509

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Nov 27, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week Nov. 27

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Boone and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. Road closed to thru traffic.
• West Market and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Matson Court – water line replacement; lane closures
• 820, 991 Old Stage Road – fire hydrant installation
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 27, 2017

Senior Services offers Looking Your Holiday Best

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to a free seminar that includes makeup tips by Dr. Angela Shelton with Changes Medical Spa.

The presentation is from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Registration ends the day of the event. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 423-434-6237 or stop by the Senior Services Desk. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

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Nov 21, 2017

Basketball officials, scorekeepers needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking basketball officials and scorekeepers. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have knowledge of the sport. Background checks will be conducted. For more information, please call 423-283-5822 or visit the Athletic Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5825

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Nov 21, 2017

December dances to feature Limited Edition, Kids Our Age

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. December will feature:
• Dec. 1: Limited Edition
• Dec. 15: Kids Our Age
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852

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Nov 21, 2017

JCPD encourages citizens to see something, say something

‘Tis the season for family, fellowship and large gatherings of people. With the holiday season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department encourages citizens to be aware of their surroundings at special events. Though being aware of one’s surroundings is good advice any time of the year, the holiday season is an excellent time to remind the public of this safety practice.
“Our police department depends upon the public in helping ensure a safe and secure environment. A key component of that partnership is our citizens being the eyes and ears of the department for anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “This awareness is often simply stated in the slogan see something, say something.”
In order to report suspicious activity, call 911. Citizens should obtain and relate as many details as possible, such as who or what they observed, at what time, where it occurred, and why it appears suspicious.
“This is a joyous time of celebration, and we hope everyone enjoys all the holiday season has to offer. At the same time, tragic events across our country can serve as a reminder for us to be mindful of suspicious behavior or activity. If anything seems out of the ordinary, report it immediately,” Sirois said.
This could include unattended bags, packages, carts or other items, as well as people who are hanging back from and watching a crowd. If the behavior or activity doesn’t seem right or seems out of place, report it to 911.

“Some of these things can be completely innocent, but it’s best to let law enforcement determine that,” Sirois said. “It takes all of us working together to keep our community safe…all year.” 

CONTACT:
Lt. Becky West
Johnson City Police Department
423-434-6143

CONTACT: Lt. Becky West
Johnson City Police Department
423-434-6143

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Nov 21, 2017

Search for new Development Services director under way

Johnson City’s search for a new Development Services director is under way, as Angie Carrier announced her resignation Tuesday. Carrier has accepted a position as a consultant with the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, which provides technical advice to cities and towns across the state, their governing bodies, administrators and department heads.
“This opportunity will allow me to use more than 15 years of local government experience to assist communities throughout the greater Knoxville area,” Carrier said. “I love Johnson City and am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished. I look forward to applying my experience in my new role.”
Carrier took over the newly formed Development Services Department in 2011. The umbrella department was created to streamline the development process and consists of Planning, Codes Enforcement, Community Development, and the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization. Prior to creation of the department, the plans review/permitting process included five to six interfaces with City staff. Development Services has reduced that to one or two.
“The development process is much smoother now than before,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “Under Angie’s leadership, we’ve made great strides in making our City safer and more standardized for development.”
Since its inception, Development Services:
• Conducted a codes enforcement sweep of downtown that brought more than 30 properties under compliance with International Building and Property Maintenance Code standards. This two-year process enhanced downtown’s curb appeal in order to create an attractive and safe environment for business owners, shoppers and tourists.

• Implemented CityView software, which allows customers to enter information online and check the status of their application through the entire review and permitting process. This results in a faster and more transparent process.

• Joined the International Council of Shopping Centers to promote and facilitate interest in retail development in Johnson City, effectively putting the community “on the map” with out-of-town developers.

• Developed the West Walnut Corridor District and began development of its master plan to chart the course for a more attractive, economically successful, vibrant and safe West Walnut Corridor. The core of this project is to integrate land use, transportation planning and economic development recommendations in an agreed-upon vision for preferred development.

• Implemented a multi-disciplinary program for inspectors, with 75 percent now cross-trained to better serve customers.

• Worked closely with area homebuilders, contractors, architects and developers to adopt the 2012 International Codes Council Building Codes to ensure consistent standards for development.

• Developed the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan, set for adoption in March 2018. The plan prioritizes and outlines goals and objectives for transportation projects based on current and projected conditions, and aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and enhance economic growth.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the past six years and continue to make improvements for even more significant development opportunities,” Peterson said. “I thank Angie for her leadership and expertise and wish her the very best in her new career. The cities she works with in the future will benefit greatly from her knowledge.”

Carrier’s last day is Dec. 8. The City is exploring options for an interim director and has begun the search for Carrier’s permanent replacement.

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
423-434-6002


CONTACT: Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
423-434-6002

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Nov 20, 2017

MPCC offers one-day-only Daddy-Daughter Dance flash sale

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will sell tickets for the 2018 Daddy-Daughter Dance at a discounted price on Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets can be purchased the entire day online at myjcparks.org and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in person at MPCC.
The one-day discounted price is $15 for two tickets, $5 for each additional ticket. (Children 3 and younger free.) Full-price tickets ($10 each) go on sale Friday, Jan. 5. The Daddy-Daughter Dance is Saturday, Feb. 3. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224

CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224
CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224

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Nov 20, 2017

Santa’s Mailbox set up at MPCC

Citizens of all ages are invited to drop off letters to Santa at the Memorial Park Community Center Recreation Services Desk, 510 Bert St. Letters will be accepted daily Dec.1-Dec. 18, and Santa will reply!

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Nov 20, 2017

MPCC celebrates anniversary with It’s Been a Wonderful Five Years

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer five days of free events, festivities and presentations to commemorate five years of service to the community.
The celebration includes:
• Dec. 4-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: video presentation of MPCC accomplishments shown in Senior Services lobby, various classes will be highlighted, a “celebration cart” will travel throughout the building providing snacks and surprises.
• Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m.: reception with refreshments and handbell concert.
• Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m.: visit Santa, enjoy a pancake meal, inflatables, crafts and a movie.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Nov 20, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 20

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Market and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Orleans Street (between Broadway Avenue and Legion Street) – Road improvements. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

REMINDER: Downtown streets (including State of Franklin Road and Legion Street, State of Franklin from Roan to Main streets) will close starting at 7 a.m. Thursday morning for the Turkey Trot.

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 20, 2017

JCFD offers holiday safety tips

The Johnson City Fire Department reminds citizens to use extra care when cooking and traveling for the holidays:

Facts
• Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
• In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
• Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
• Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48 percent) of all reported home fires and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Safety tips
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
• Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove.
• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
• Keep the floor clear of tripping hazards.
• Keep knives out of the reach of children.
• Be sure electric cords (from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, mixer, etc.) are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
• Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children (i.e. up high in a locked cabinet).
• Never leave children or pets alone in room with a lit candle.
• Use the test button to ensure smoke alarms are working.
• Do not mix water and hot grease (water/moisture on vegetables, turkey, etc). Adding moisture/water to hot grease displaces the grease and could cause burns.

Additionally, if traveling …
• Do not advertise on social media to alert burglars of your absence.
• Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers when you arrive at your destination.
• Become familiar with your new surroundings when arriving (exit locations, fire protection systems, first aid kit locations, etc.).
• Turn off water to minimize the potential for water line leaks or water line bursts.

Source: www.nfpa.org 

CONTACT:
Jerome Palmer, administrative chief
Johnson City Fire Department
423-975-2844

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Nov 17, 2017

Volunteer needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This vacancy is a mayoral appointment and will fill the remainder of an existing term that expires July 2019.
The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation.

Applicants must live within the Johnson City city limits. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Dec. 15. Applications are kept on file for current year only. For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Nicole Lawrence at 423-434-6071. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
423-434-6009


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Nov 17, 2017

Public Art Committee to host market Dec. 1-3

The Johnson City Public Art Committee is pleased to announce an inaugural Splash: Fine Art and Craft Showcase Market the first weekend in December at 309 West Main Street in Downtown, Johnson City featuring area fine art and craft makers. Giftable artwork and crafts will be available for purchase with all proceeds supporting the makers. A silent auction of artworks by the participating artists will take place all weekend with proceeds benefitting the Johnson City Public Art Committee.

Dates and times for Splash are December 1st from 12 – 8:30 p.m., December 2nd from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and December 3rd from 12 – 5 p.m.

A public reception will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on Splash contact Nancy Fischman at nancyfischman@gmail.com or Sarah Dorr at sarahjdorr@gmail.com

Johnson City Public Art is non-profit with a mission to establish a public art program with high artistic quality and enduring value. For more information on Johnson City Public Art visit jcpublicart.com.

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Nov 16, 2017

Johnson City Downtown in December Events

The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means Downtown in December is just around the corner. Downtown in December is a series of holiday events in the heart of Downtown Johnson City. The holiday cheer will follow you from event to event, as you participate in family friendly activities, parties, shopping, and more!

The festive winter experience begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1. The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the plaza on Buffalo Street in Downtown Johnson City. Santa will lead the tree lighting ceremony and the Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. The tree is larger this year, making it 30 feet tall. This will make for a great photo opportunity with your family!

The Johnson City Christmas Parade is the following morning, Saturday, December 2, at 11:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is A Storybook Christmas. The parade route begins on the corner of University Parkway at W. Walnut to Buffalo Street, down E. Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ends in the old burley lot at the Corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street. The “Best Float” will be awarded $1,000 to be donated to a non-profit of their choice. Awards will also be given to 2nd and 3rd place winners. To register or find out more information about the parade visit: jcchristmasparade.org.

After the Christmas Parade, head to the Pavilion at Founders Park for Whoville Village from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Pavilion will be thriving with holiday activities for kids including choo-choo train rides, craft stations, photo opportunities with Whoville Village characters, a dance area with a DJ and various other activity stations available. Whoville Village is free and open to the public! Be sure to stroll Downtown after Whoville Village to shop and dine with our local merchants. Storefront windows will be decorated with beautiful holiday scenes.

Throughout the holiday filled weekend visit Holiday Splash Fine Art & Craft Market at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom, located at 315 E. Main Street. The sale will feature arts and crafts made by local and regional artisans. It’s the perfect place to purchase Christmas presents! On December 1, the market is open from 12:00-8:30 p.m., on December 2, the market is open from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and on December 3, the market is open from 12:00- 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Johnson City Public Art.

Information about these events and more can be found on our Downtown Johnson City Facebook Events page or at downtownjc.com.

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Nov 15, 2017

Smoke detector sweep set for Saturday

On Saturday (Nov. 18), Johnson City firefighters and volunteers will assist the State Fire Marshal’s Office in a smoke detector sweep across several neighborhoods including the Tree and President street areas. During these sweeps, smoke detectors will be inspected and/or installed in homes without them. The goal is to reach 500 homes between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

To see sweep areas, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/fire and click on “Smoke Alarm Sweep Map” under “Programs.” For more information, please contact Fire Capt. Jonathan Fulmer at 434-6180. 

CONTACT:
Capt. Jonathan Fulmer
Johnson City Fire Department
423-434-6180


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Nov 14, 2017

Senior Services Friday Night Dance to feature Eddie Skelton Band

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services for a Friday Night Dance. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host The Eddie Skelton Band on Friday (Nov. 17) from 7-10 p.m.
Cost is $5 with a discount for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register at the Senior Services desk or pay at the door. 

For more information, call 423-434-6237.
 
CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852


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Nov 14, 2017

2017 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: Bill Francisco, Scott Lusk and Jeremy Stevens.

Bill Francisco
Bill Francisco’s advocacy for improving public health, water quality and environmental awareness resulted in the 28-acre Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek. He partnered with numerous public entities to remove tires and trash, build park benches and develop nearly two miles of hiking trails through forested ridges and wetlands within the park.
Further collaboration with state agencies and local businesses resulted in construction of an educational kiosk and boardwalk ramp over the wetlands as well as a bridge over Sinking Creek connecting wetland to woodland hiking trails. He also coordinated fundraising events and co-wrote a state grant which, combined, brought in nearly $87,000 to add infrastructure and an outdoor classroom.
Francisco is the Jacob’s Nature Park’s volunteer project director for Boone Watershed Partnership Inc. He received the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Environmental Education and Outreach and Parks and Recreation’s Friends of Nature Award in 2014 and 2016.

Scott Lusk
Scott Lusk was instrumental in working with Parks and Recreation to name two Johnson City Major Little League ballfields: Arthur Lady Field and Arrowood-Mashburn Field (for Kenny Arrowood and John Mashburn). He was involved in many upgrades and renovations to both facilities.
The lifelong Johnson City resident grew up playing ball in the Parks and Recreation system, and he played in the city’s Major Little League for Coach Arthur Lady’s American Legion team from 1965-1968. The team won the Major Little League championship in 1968. Lusk also was a member of the league’s all-star team that took the runner-up spot in 1968 in the Tennessee Little League Tournament.
In 1997, Lusk joined the Johnson City Major Little League as a coach and a Board of Directors member, on which he served in many capacities, most recently as vice president. In 2005, he received the Arthur Lady Award from the Jonson City Major Little League for outstanding service.

Jeremy Stevens
Jeremy Stevens’ compassion, beliefs and genuineness were manifested in every aspect of his life. He had a mischievous laugh, unmistakable smile, luminous spirit and phenomenal heart.
Stevens was well-known for his dedication to Carver Recreation Center and as being Carver Director Herb Greenlee’s wing man. He followed in Greenlee’s footsteps as he grew up, developing a deep love, passion and respect for sports that remained with him throughout his life. Stevens’ legacy continues to impact those who loved him. He turned every negative into a positive.
He worked closely with the Science Hill High School basketball and football programs and was a dedicated employee of Daniel Boone’s janitorial services in addition to Carver Recreation Center.

CONTACT:
James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5815



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Nov 14, 2017

MPCC to offer Teens Rock Out!

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites teens ages 12-17 to enjoy a night of fun on Tuesday (Nov. 21) with dinner and music at followed by a bus trip to Holiday Lanes bowling alley.

Cost is $5 per person. Dinner is at 4 p.m.; the bus leaves for the bowling alley at 5 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Parents must sign a waiver for teens younger than 16. Participants should wear or bring socks for bowling. Pre-register in person at MPCC by Monday (Nov. 20). Space is limited. For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758


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Nov 13, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 13

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Market and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Orleans Street (between Broadway Avenue and Legion Street) – Road improvements. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 09, 2017

Build Thanksgiving Table Toppers at Carver Rec

Light up your Thanksgiving table through fun arts and crafts activities at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Adults with special needs and children are invited to create distinctive centerpiece table toppers on Friday, Nov. 17. Adults with special needs will meet from 10-11:15 a.m.; children ages 6-11 meet from 4-5:15 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person. Deadline to register in person at Carver Recreation Center or by phone at 423-461-8830 is Wednesday, Nov. 15.

For more information, call 423-461-8830. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725
CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

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Nov 09, 2017

Rotary Park playground to be closed for maintenance

The inclusive playground at Rotary Park, 1001 N. Broadway St., will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 14-15) while maintenance work takes place.

For more information, please call 423-975-2670. 

CONTACT:
John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
434-975-2670

CONTACT: John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
434-975-2670

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Nov 07, 2017

Go on an adventure in the kitchen at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Adventures in the Kitchen, a free after-school beginner cooking class for ages 11-17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month through December. Participants learn basic safety and simple recipes.

Please pre-register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758
CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Nov 07, 2017

Animal Tracking program set for Saturday at Jacob’s Nature Park

Take the family to Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and learn how to identify animal tracks, including walking styles and other signs animals leave behind. Along the stream banks, participants will identify tracks left by the park’s natural inhabitants with the use of baits as well as tracks that have been planted.
Cost is $1 per person. Registration is not required. For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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


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Nov 07, 2017

PRAB called meeting set for Nov. 16

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a called meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 to discuss updates on potential athletic facilities. This meeting will take place at the Winged Deer Administrative Office Boardroom, 4137 Bristol Highway. For further information, please contact Missy Hollifield at mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org or 423-283-5815. 

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5815

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Nov 07, 2017

New gaming systems challenge users at MPCC

Two new high-tech systems recently installed in Memorial Park Community Center’s Game Room have intensified mental and physical challenges and created new ways to measure both endurance and memory.
The tWall and EyePlay gaming systems have become an integral part of many cardiovascular classes and programs at the center, and seniors in particular are seeing the benefits.
“(tWall) engages your mind and body, and it’s just fun,” said Mary Younger, who had just wrapped up an hour-long All Out Fitness class. “You’re stretching all the way from the top to the bottom, but you don’t realize it because it’s so fun.”
The 74-panel tWall was installed at MPCC about a month ago to promote more active “gaming” for all age groups. The system transforms light into movement, and the basic challenge is to deactivate the touch wall light as soon as it appears.
It can be utilized not only to improve reaction time, but also power, agility and endurance.
“It’s very much about eye-hand coordination,” said Arrow Dawson, an ever-enthusiastic recreation worker who supervises open gym and Teen Movie Night, among a long list of other activities. “But you’re exercising your brain. And if you don’t use it, it will atrophy much like your body.”
The tWall was designed to test and improve endurance during short-term but high-speed sessions in which the central and peripheral nervous systems and the skeletal muscles respond to a sequence of movements.
The system can be programmed to specifically engage and test a person’s rhythm, balance, responsiveness and ability to differentiate. This challenges reasoning, perception, recognition, judgment and memory.
“It allows you to measure your cognitive skills and reflexes,” Dawson said. “In a month, you can notice improvement. It’s kind of like a giant Simon Says. It can be programmed to make the lights come on in a certain sequence and you have to remember which ones came on within a certain time.”
Users can also use the tWall while holding weights to improve cardiovascular health as well as cognition.
“The programs we offer with it are either free or next to free, and it’s a morale builder because you get to meet like-minded people,” Dawson said.
EyePlay is an advanced video game system with motion-activated games that both youngsters and seniors can play individually, one-on-one or with partners. Multiple players can run, jump, twist and dance, using their hands and feet to set in motion sounds and colorful graphics projected on the floor.
The system is recessed into the game room ceiling and projects a roughly 8-by-10 plethora of interactive images, including soccer and football fields and a hockey rink. The gizmo also comes with other fun images to get you moving, including one in which participants stomp packets of virtual ketchup and mustard.
“The idea is movement,” Dawson said. “You score in soccer by kicking the ball in the goal – same for ice hockey. But you have to follow along, mentally and physically. It’s fast-paced fun.”
An Xbox gaming system also is available for free in the Game Room from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for ages 12-18. Registration is required.
For more information, call 423-434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231


CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

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Nov 06, 2017

BOC meeting to be held Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold its second November meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. That night’s agenda review is canceled. There will not be a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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

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Nov 06, 2017

Senior Services announces 2018 motor coach trips

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., has announced the following charter bus trips for 2018:
• Savannah, Jekyll Island and Charleston – March 19-23, $670 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Clark Family Tours.
• San Antonio, Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico – April 20-29, $1,012 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Todlow Coach.
• Maine – June 10-16, $837 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Todlow Coach.
• Lancaster Show Trip and the Dutch Country – July 23-27, $673 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Todlow Coach.
• Tunica Casino and Memphis – Sept. 24-28, $557 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Todlow Coach.
• New York City – Nov. 29-Dec. 4, $752 per person, double occupancy. Tour provider: Clark Family Tours.
Registration will be handled by tour providers. Registration forms and envelopes are available at the Senior Services reception desk. 

For more information, please call 423-434-6237.
 
CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
423-434-6230


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Nov 06, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 6

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Market and Boone Street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Orleans Street (between Broadway Avenue and Legion Street) – Road improvements. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston Street – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 06, 2017

JC Transit offering Free Ride Day Monday

In honor of Veterans Day, Johnson City Transit will offer free fixed-route rides on Monday, Nov. 13. This free ridership extends to both veterans and non-veterans. Visit www.jctmyride.com or www.johnsoncitytransit.org to view routes or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner. 

CONTACT:
Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

CONTACT: Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119
CONTACT: Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

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Nov 02, 2017

Youth Fall Nature Hikes set for Nov. 11, Nov. 17

The leaves are changing, making this a prime time for Fall Nature Hikes. The free, one-hour treks for ages 6-18 will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek and Nov. 18 at Buffalo Mountain Park. Parents are encouraged to hike with their children.
Participants should wear appropriate clothing and shoes and arrive at the designated park at least 15 minutes early. The Jacob’s Nature Park main entrance is located at 1254-1342 King Springs Road; the Buffalo Mountain Park gazebo is at 570 Highridge Road.
Please register at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by Nov. 10 for the Jacob’s Nature Park hike and Nov. 17 for Buffalo Mountain. For information, call 423-434-5757.

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Nov 02, 2017

Johnson City Parks and Recreation wins top awards

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department last week was recognized with four, Four Star Awards for Excellence in Parks and Recreation by the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association at its 66th annual conference in Franklin, Tenn.
The Rotary Park Playground and Splash Pad took top honors for New Facility, while Teen Adventure Quest Summer Camp and Turtle Trek Challenge won top honors for Programs. Vice Mayor Jenny Brock was also recognized by the association with a Four Star Individual Service Award.
“I’m very, very proud of the quality of our entries, the facilities and programs we have, the quality of our staff and the support from elected officials that have helped make these awards a reality,” said Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis.
Ellis said the awards are a testament to the department’s quality offerings for citizens and visitors.
“We received four, Four Star Awards, which is the TRPA’s top award,” Ellis said. “We offer programs now that are open to all walks of life.”
After major construction, Rotary Park reopened on April 4 with a new inclusive playground and splash pad. The result was a rush of popularity and visitor totals pushing the 300 mark on nearly every summer day at 1001 N. Broadway St.
The facility was recognized as the best in Tennessee built within the past year at a cost between $250,000 and $1 million. The playground, splash pad, new sidewalks, walkways, fencing and parking lot were paid for through a $250,000 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant, a $250,000 match from the City, and a roughly $250,000 donation from the Johnson City Rotary Club.
Accessible to children and adults of all physical abilities, the playground was built with wheelchairs in mind, incorporating wide ramps, artificial turf and other special features to make sure its swings, slides, climbing equipment and splash pad water features can be enjoyed by all.
Teen Adventure Quest Summer Camp bested the Conservation/Outdoor Recreation program entries, while Turtle Trek Challenge topped the Health and Wellness program category.

Teen Adventure Quest was recognized as an outstanding program with a focus on fitness and nutrition education. The five-day outdoor adventure, which included camps, shelter building, hikes, swimming, rafting and “salamander sleuthing,” was the brainchild of Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan.

Deegan offers a six-part series of one-week programs designed for 7-12 year olds. This year, she added a new twist and bumped the age group to 13-17 – a population traditionally difficult to engage in outdoor and wildlife activities.
Program goals included reducing the gap between teenage interest in nature and their actual involvement in it, offering more affordable access to outdoor attractions, and nurturing repeated engagement with participants and their families.
“I basically wanted to offer teens who don’t have a lot of other choices an opportunity to get outside,” she said. “We went on field trips every day, and each day was different. By the second day, a lot of new friendships were made.”
The Turtle Trek Challenge was the idea of Senior Services Office Manager Donna Campbell. It was created within the Senior Services Turtle Challenge Series to reach participants not currently engaged in a traditional exercise program.

Turtle Trek began April 1, and participants were challenged to complete the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) by May 31 while submitting their mileage weekly.

Senior Services staff set up stations at different city parks at designated times throughout the challenge to offer encouragement, distribute giveaways like water bottles, or engage in a fun challenge to win a prize.

An amazing 139 people with varying abilities accepted the challenge, and ages ranged from 3 to 81 years old. A total of 117 people completed the challenge. They were recognized at a cookout and received a Turtle Trek T-shirt.

“The idea was to encourage participants to be more physically active and allow them an opportunity to compete at their own pace and not feel intimidated or unqualified to participate because of limited abilities,” Campbell said.

Brock received the individual award based on her contributions to and support of the Parks and Recreation Department. To be eligible, nominees had to be either a city commissioner, council member or serve on a park board. A longtime proponent of community health and wellness initiatives, Brock is a founding member of Up & At ‘Em, which started the City’s Fit to Play camps and the annual Turkey Trot. Her nomination was supported by documented local legislation, newspaper articles and other awards and accomplishments.
For more information on Johnson City Parks and Recreation, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec or call 423-434-5815.

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


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Nov 01, 2017

Volunteer needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Historic Zoning Commission, which 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 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Dec. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information about the Historic Zoning Commission, please contact Planner Matt Young at 423-434-6073 or myoung@johnsoncitytn.org. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
423-434-6009


CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
423-434-6009

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Oct 30, 2017

MPCC to host Mother and Son Date Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother and Son Date Night from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 for all ages. Moms and sons will enjoy dinner, a movie and a craft. Please register at Memorial Park Community Center by Tuesday, Nov. 7. Cost is $6 per person. Space is limited to 50 participants.
For more information, please call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224

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Oct 30, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 30

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Market and Boone Street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Ninth Avenue (between North Roan and Welbourne streets) – drainage improvements. Road closures possible – detours in place when closed. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Orleans Street (between Broadway Avenue and Legion Street) – Road improvements. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston Street – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• Boone Street and West Fairview Avenue – water line stub out; lane closures; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – sewer line maintenance
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 27, 2017

BOC, PRAB workshop set for 4 p.m. Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a joint work session with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 2) to discuss athletic field development. 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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Oct 26, 2017

12th annual Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

The place to be on Thanksgiving morning is the 12th annual Turkey Trot in Johnson City.


The 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk is set Thursday, Nov. 23. As always, the Turkey Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. 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.

“This is a tradition for our community,” said Race Chairwoman Jenny Brock. “The Turkey Trot kicks off the holiday season in the best way – with friends, family and a healthy run or walk before the feast.”

The Turkey Trot welcomes competitive runners, casual runners, walkers, kids, strollers, wheelchairs, handcycles, and dogs. It’s an all-inclusive good time for participants of all ages and abilities.

Children have a strong presence at the Turkey Trot, and area schools are awarded cash prizes based on participation. Students are also encouraged to participate in a coloring and essay contest. Like last year, the winners will be named grand marshals of the Turkey Trot.

“The coloring and essay contests have become one of our favorite parts of the Turkey Trot because the imaginations of our area children are amazing,” said Race Director Karen Hubbs. “This year, we are asking kids to write a story about some adventures that Trotter the Turkey and his friends encounter on their way to the Turkey Trot. We can’t wait to read the entries.”

Submission forms have been distributed to area elementary schools and can also be downloaded at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Deadline for entries is Nov. 10.

Charitable Giving
In the past 10 years, the Turkey Trot has awarded approximately $150,000 to organizations that promote health and wellness in our area. From last year’s event, a total of $28,000 was given to Niswonger Children’s Hospital for the Morning Mile program, the ETSU Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, and Johnson City Senior Services.

“We take a lot of pride in putting proceeds toward other endeavors that support overall wellness of citizens of all ages,” Brock said.

The Turkey Trot also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions.

Sponsors To Date
Gold Sponsors:
The Wellness Center

Silver Sponsors:
City of Johnson City, Johnson City Medical Center, ABC Tri-Cities/NewsChannel 11, WXBQ/Bristol Broadcasting, Olson’s Martial Arts Academy

Bronze Sponsors:
Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Food City, Johnson City Cardinals/Boyd Sports, Just Store It, Katz Americas, Johnson City Press, Pepsi, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-Cities Turtles, Dr. Carlson & Associates, One Stop Wine & Spirits, McDonald’s, The Seeley Law Firm, Quantum Leap, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Re/Max Checkmate, Wallabies, Mayfield Dairy, Allison Billboards, Krispy Kreme, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Zak’s Fine Furniture

Registration Information
Registration for the Turkey Trot is now under way at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Early registrants (by Nov. 19) are guaranteed the best price and one of the always-popular long-sleeved Turkey Trot T-shirts. Online registrations will close at midnight Nov. 19. Early registration by midnight Nov. 19 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and younger). Late registration (Nov. 21-22) 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. 19. 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. 21 and 22.

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.com. 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 26, 2017

City public safety departments offer Halloween safety tips

The Johnson City Fire and Police departments offer the following safety tips to help ensure a happy Halloween for our community:
• Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision and flashlights or glow sticks.
• Drivers should be extremely cautious of trick-or-treaters and others walking along roadways. Enter and exit driveways carefully.
• Discourage inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
• Trick-or-treaters should not approach homes that aren’t well lit. Front porch lights are a universal sign that trick-or-treaters are welcome.
• Teach children to never enter a stranger’s home.
• Do not let children use electronic devices while walking along roadways.
• When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. Make sure eye holes in masks are large enough so children can see clearly.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
• It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Be sure to place lit pumpkins far away from anything that can burn and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

• Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.) 

CONTACT:
Jerome Palmer, assistant chief
Johnson City Fire Department 
(423)483-5830

Lt. Becky West
Johnson City Police Department
 (423)434-6143

CONTACT: Jerome Palmer, assistant chief Lt. Becky West
Johnson City Fire Department Johnson City Police Department
(423)483-5830 (423)434-6143

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Oct 25, 2017

Senior Services announces November programs

Senior Services will offer the following free programs in November at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.:
Nov. 2 - Turkey Carving: 1-2 p.m. Ages 50+. Milligan College Occupational Therapy Program students will offer tips to avoid Thanksgiving- and other holiday-related injuries.
Nov. 6 - Swallowing Difficulties: 11 a.m.-noon. Ages 50+. Swallowing difficulties are a common consequence of many medical conditions. The problem also is associated with aging. Amy Sakhare, CCC/SLP from Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, will share recipes for softer foods.
Nov. 8 - Cooking Smart with Your SNAP Dollars: 11 a.m.-noon. Ages 60+. SNAP Coordinator Kathleen McLaughlin will demonstrate how to turn $16 worth of ingredients into three meals. The class will also cover SNAP application assistance. (Registration required by Nov. 6 for this class.)
Nov. 13 - Geriatric Depression: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Ages 60+. Join this class for information and support about depression, which affects many seniors during the holidays. Speaker will be Judith Granda, who holds a master’s degree in education/counseling psychology.
Nov. 16 - Hormones and Your Health: 11 a.m.-noon. Ages 50+. Dr. Richard Jackson will present information about research-proven all-natural medical procedures and products that protect your health.
Nov. 16 - All About COPD: 1-2 p.m. Ages 50+. David Verble, CRT, COPD navigator with Mountain States Health Alliance, will explain this complex disease, treatments and best ways to take care of yourself.

To register/reserve seats, call 423-434-6237. For information, call 423-434-6235. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

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Oct 24, 2017

MPCC offers Me and Dad Rock classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering stay-at-home dads a chance to show kids ages 2-5 that ‘Me and Dad Rock’ with action painting and toolbox printmaking classes. Grab a smock and join the fun on Nov. 2 and 9 from 10-11 a.m. Fee is $10, which covers both classes.
Please register in person at MPCC by Thursday (Oct. 26). For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725


CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

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Oct 24, 2017

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball excursions

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend two East Tennessee State University men’s basketball games for the price of one: $10! Bus transportation will be provided.
• Game one: Nov. 20, game time 7:30 p.m. Bus will leave MPCC at 5:30 p.m. and return at 10 p.m.
• Game two: Nov. 25, game time 4 p.m. Bus will leave MPCC at 2:30 p.m. and return at 7 p.m.
The $10 fee includes tickets to both games. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT: |
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852


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Oct 24, 2017

Senior Services seeks Fit and Toned class instructor

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor for Fit and Toned, an hour-long class for ages 50 and older that includes cardio intervals and strength training. Sessions will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Jan. 3. Potential candidates must hold a current aerobics instructor certification and carry liability insurance. Instructor will be paid $15 per session.

Please contact Lauren Fowler at 423-434-4852 for more information. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-461-4852


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Oct 23, 2017

Carver Rec to host 31st annual Halloween Festival

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host its 31st annual Halloween Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games.
Admission is free for children ages 6-16 in costume, $1 for adults in costume, and $2 for anyone not in costume. Game tickets will be $.50 each. Best costume prizes will be awarded.
For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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

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Oct 23, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 23

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Market and Boone Street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Ninth Avenue (between North Roan and Welbourne streets) – drainage improvements. Road closures possible – detours in place when closed. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• 928 Hunters Lake Drive – generator pad installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 2216 Eddie Williams Road – generator pad installation
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – sewer line maintenance
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 19, 2017

Parks and Rec announces Rotary Park seasonal hours

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announced the upcoming hours of operations for Rotary Park, 1001 N. Broadway St.:
• Inclusive playground: Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 1 through March 31.
• Pavilions: Closed Nov. 1-March 31.

Pavilions rentals will resume April 1. Pavilion rental reservations (all park locations) will begin Jan. 2 online at myjcparks.org. 

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

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


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Oct 18, 2017

MPCC adds ‘touch’ to Trunk-or-Treat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the entire family a chance check out some cool vehicles AND score Halloween candy while they’re at it!
This free Touch-a-Truck/Trunk-or-Treat event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Participants should come dressed in costume, ready to “truck-or-treat” at fire engines, police cruisers, recreational vehicles, and more.

For more information, call 423-434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758
CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Oct 18, 2017

Get ready for holiday season with Carved

Looking forward to Thanksgiving, but want to go ahead and offset those seconds and thirds on pumpkin pie? Join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Carved, an hour-long body-weight workout designed to boost metabolism for ages 50 and older.

Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Cost is $2 per person. Sign in at MPCC prior to each class.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-4852

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-4852

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Oct 18, 2017

Senior Services to offer Diabetes Health Fair

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer free professional CPR demonstrations, blood pressure and blood glucose readings, hearing screenings and pet therapy information at a diabetes-focused health fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Oct. 30.

Vendors will include: Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, Novo-Nordisk, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, State of Tennessee, Tennessee departments of Health and Dental Health, Graybeal Orthotics, Washington County EMS, Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy students, Health Resource Center, Miracle Ears, Providence Companion Care, Changes Medical Spa, Visiting Angels, Heart and Soul, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, Johnson City Community Health Center, First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, ProCare Home Health, Morris-Baker Funeral Home, and Home Instead.

For more information, and/or to register for a free hearing test, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager 
Senior Services 
423-434-6231 


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Oct 17, 2017

BOC workshop set for 4 p.m. Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a Planning and Objectives Workshop in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19). 

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

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Oct 17, 2017

Section of Carroll Creek to be closed overnight Wednesday, Thursday

Carroll Creek Road, from Sweetwater Court/Willows Trace Drive to Harbor Approach, will be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday while water and sewer line maintenance work takes place. This work will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights. Carroll Creek will be reopened by 5:30 a.m. both Thursday and Friday mornings.
The closed section includes the 300-500 blocks of Carroll Creek. Detours will be in place. 

CONTACT:
Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638


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Oct 17, 2017

October Parks and Rec Advisory Board meeting canceled

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting set for Oct. 26 has been canceled. For more 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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Oct 17, 2017

Pumpkin Swim set for Oct. 27

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to visit an aquatic pumpkin patch from 4-5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Swimmers will select a pumpkin from the teaching pool, then move on to the Activities Room to paint/decorate their pick. Cost is $5 per person. Please register at MPCC. For more information, call 423-434-5754. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5754 


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Oct 16, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 16

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• 928 Hunters Lake Drive – generator pad installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 2216 Eddie Williams Road – generator pad installation
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – sewer line maintenance
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 12, 2017

Police Chief Mark Sirois to retire in February

Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois announced Thursday that he will retire Feb. 16, 2018. He has served as chief since June 2012.

“This decision was made after many months of careful contemplation, discussion with my wife and prayer,” Sirois said. “A great consideration during that process was, ‘Am I leaving this department at a higher level of professionalism and achievement?’ And the conclusion I came to was yes. I am fortunate to have come into this office well positioned for success, thanks to my predecessors and their commitment to quality and excellence. The real success of this department, though, must be attributed to the men and women who selflessly serve and keep safe our community each and every day. They are the true heroes.”
Sirois took over the department following the retirement of Chief John Lowry. It was a final step in a 20-year span of climbing the ranks of the department.
Sirois earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in December 1991. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division in 1994 and was promoted to patrol sergeant the following year. He joined the department’s Administrative Division in 1997, heading up the Planning and Research Unit. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1999 and earned the rank of captain in January 2003. In June 2010, he was promoted to operations major, a position he held until being named interim chief in May 2012.
“Chief Sirois has spent 26 years faithfully serving Johnson City, and he is highly respected not just here but across the state,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “He is one of the most level-headed, judicious men I have ever known. He’s wise and fair and cares deeply about the well-being of others, and that extends to both his officers and our citizens. This is a loss for our organization but we are grateful for the legacy he leaves.”
One of the hallmarks of his tenure as chief has been the advancement of community policing in Johnson City. Community policing encourages cooperation and collaboration with citizens to solve short- and long-term community problems. Under his leadership, the Police Department initiated the grant-funded Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project in the Mountain Home/Downtown areas, which proved to be an effective platform for reducing crime and enhancing public safety with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.
Sirois and friend Bill Coleman formed the Johnson City Community Roundtable about three years ago to foster positive relations between the Police Department and the community. The group supports initiatives that increase communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect one for another.
“To serve this community as a police officer for nearly 26 years has been a dream come true and to serve this department and City as chief of police for the past five and a half years has been a special honor, of which I remain humbled and privileged,” Sirois said. “This career has satisfied my calling, which I believe is to serve others and positively impact lives. While I’m not sure the exact way in which I will do that starting next February, I know it is something I will continue.”
Sirois is a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), and served several years as chairman of that organization’s Alarm Management Committee. He was appointed by the governor to represent TACP on the State Homeland Security Council. He has served as chairman of the Tennessee District 1 Homeland Security Law Enforcement Committee for several years.
He has boosted the department’s officer recruitment program through a wide spectrum of initiatives, including community level recruitment, one-to-one personal recruitment, outreach to educational institutions, and recruitment outreach to diverse populations.
During his tenure, Sirois has been progressive in addressing employee morale and job fulfillment through an open-door policy, employee recognition, career development and training, and equipment and technology enhancements. He has brought a personal touch to the chief’s office.
“Under his leadership, the department has grown and realized numerous improvements in service levels and delivery,” Peterson said. “He will be missed but we wish him well as he enjoys his next phase of life and continued service to others.”
The City’s Human Resources Department will begin an immediate search for Sirois’ successor, utilizing resources from professional organizations across the state and country to recruit applicants.

“We will mirror the process we recently used during the search for a Fire chief,” HR Director Steve Willis said. “We’ll keep the job posted 
initially for 30-45 days then take a look at the applicant pool and determine next steps.” 

CONTACT:
Chief Mark Sirois
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6159

CONTACT: Chief Mark Sirois
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6159

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Oct 11, 2017

Backpacking discussion to be held Saturday at Buffalo Mountain Park

Families are invited to learn the basics of backpacking from Wilderness Ranger Scotty Bowman at Buffalo Mountain Park’s Harris Pavilion Saturday (Oct. 14). Bowman will employ visual aids to discuss planning, packing, food storage and other essentials for day trips and longer journeys. This information is perfect for all levels of backpacking experience.
The Buffalo Mountain Park Harris Pavilion is located at 570 High Ridge Road. Cost is $1 per person. Registration is not required.
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 09, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 9

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 2216 Eddie Williams Road – generator pad installation
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – sewer line maintenance
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 09, 2017

Volunteers needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider four appointments to the Board of Building Codes. These vacancies include an architectural representative, a commercial building representative, an engineering representative, and a state- or city-certified gas/mechanical contractor. Each term is three years. Applicants must be City residents.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. 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/boards or may obtain one by calling (423)434-6009. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 30.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Oct 06, 2017

Youth basketball coaches meeting set for Wednesday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a youth basketball coaches meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11) at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower, 4137 Bristol Highway. Anyone age 16 or older who is interested in coaching youth basketball for the 2017-18 season should plan to attend. League rules and information will be distributed at the meeting.

For more information, call 423-283-5822. 

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

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

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Oct 04, 2017

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Wednesday

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

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

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

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Oct 03, 2017

Create 31 Thrilling Monsters at Carver Rec

Children ages 6-11 are invited to make 31 Thrilling Monsters from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Using liquid paint and straws, participants will blow the paint into organic shapes and add googly eyes to make 31 thrilling monsters. 

Cost is $4 per person. Please register in person at Carver by Monday, Oct. 23. For more information, call (423)434-5725. 
 
CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5725


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Oct 03, 2017

Volunteer needed for JCHA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Housing Authority Board. This vacancy is for a resident of public housing. 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 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 (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 31. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Oct 03, 2017

MPCC to offer Double Trouble

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering adults and children 8 and older an opportunity to have twice the fun by exercising together in a circuit-training class. Double Trouble will incorporate free weights, resistance bands and body weight to improve flexibility, balance and strengthen the core. Participants also will utilize the EyePlay Interactive Game Floor system during their workout.

Classes will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct 12- Nov. 10. Cost is $2 per person. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Oct 02, 2017

Super Spooky Saturday returns to MPCC Oct. 21

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host this year’s Super Spooky Saturday from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. All ages are welcome. Families will enjoy free carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, marshmallow roasting, a hayride, face painting, a pumpkin hunt sponsored by Fenders Farm, and much more.
Activities will take place at the following times:
• 5-7 p.m.: Children’s activities and hayride
• 6-9 p.m.: Super Spooky Haunted Walk ($2)
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Oct 02, 2017

Annual fall leaf collection starts Oct. 30

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Oct. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 20. Several trucks will be used throughout the City and a minimum of three 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.
Citizens may also request delivery of full container loads of leaves within city limits. Containers carry approximately 18 cubic yards or three tons of leaves.
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


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

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Oct 02, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 2

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.
• East Market Street (Market Street to Bert Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 154 Judge Gresham Road – water tap; lane closures
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – water tap; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive, West Hillcrest Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 29, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Kids Our Age

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 Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Next up is Kids Our Age on Friday, Oct. 6.
Cost is $5 with a discount for SilverSneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register at the Senior Services desk or pay at the door.

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

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Sep 29, 2017

MPCC offers art classes for toddlers, preschoolers

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering young children the opportunity to explore the world of art.
• ArtsyMe for ages 2-3: Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., $25. Explore, create, learn and experiment with a wide variety of resources.
Please register in person at MPCC. Call (423)434-5725 for more information.
• MyArt for ages 4-5: Tuesdays, 1:30-2 p.m., $30. Create fun art projects each week.

Please register in person at MPCC. Call (423)434-5725 for more information.

Please register in person at MPCC. Call (423)434-5725 for more information.
Please register in person at MPCC. Call (423)434-5725 for more information.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5725





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Sep 29, 2017

Create a mummy family at MPCC

Kids ages 2-5 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 to make “Dummy Mummies” from recycled containers. Yummy mummy snacks will also be served.

Cost is $4 per child. Please register in person at MPCC by Monday, Oct. 16. For more information, call (423)434-5725. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5725

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Sep 27, 2017

FYI: Public Comment for the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Annual Report

The City will have a Public Comment period for the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Annual Report (Stormwater Program) on Thursday (September 28th) from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm. This meetings will take place at the City Service Complex, 209 Water Street, in the Street Division Building (building with a glass foyer).

CONTACT:
Andy Best, PE, Stormwater Manager
Public Works
(423)975-2854

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Sep 26, 2017

Senior Services to host The Pink Ball Oct. 20

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host The Pink Ball to raise breast cancer awareness from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. This year’s theme will be “An Evening in Paris.” The Big Band Theory will provide live music, and refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $5 (SilverSneakers® discount for those eligible). Please pre-register and pay at the Senior Services desk by Tuesday, Oct. 17. For more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 26, 2017

Senior Services to offer vegetarian diet presentation

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older an opportunity to learn how a vegetarian diet can be enjoyable and provide good health. Elizabeth Hall, RDN, will lead this presentation on the complex, multi-faceted dietary choice to go meat-free from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 3. This is a free program, thanks to Food City/K-VA-T Food Stores.

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

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 25, 2017

Senior Services to offer The Golden Workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those ages 50 and older The Golden Workout, a series of classes aimed at increasing strength and mobility. Workout sessions will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 15.
Cost is $20 for all 12 sessions. Please register by Monday, Oct. 9 at either the Senior Services or Recreation desk at MPCC. For more information, please call Jim Hastings at (423)491-0444. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-4852


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Sep 25, 2017

Senior Services to offer ABCs of Medicare

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those already on Medicare, or who soon will be on Medicare, an opportunity to learn how the federal health insurance program works. Melody Conklin with the First Tennessee Area on Aging and Disability will present basic information from 11 a.m.-noon on Friday, Oct. 13. This is a free program.

Please pre-register in person at the Senior Services desk at MPCC or by calling (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Sep 25, 2017

MLK Task Force to meet Tuesday

The MLK Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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Sep 25, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 25

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Sunset Drive – installation of turn lane. One lane closed on both sides of intersection. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 154 Judge Gresham Road – water tap; lane closures
• 5016 Bobby Hicks Highway – water tap; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 22, 2017

Section of South Roan to be closed for sewer repair

South Roan Street between East Highland Road and East Chestnut Street will be closed from 7 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24) until approximately 7 a.m. Monday (Sept. 25) for a sewer line repair. Detours will be in place. 

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


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Sep 22, 2017

Senior Services to host flu, pneumonia vaccination clinic Oct. 2

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a flu and pneumonia vaccination clinic for ages 50 and older from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2. Walgreens Pharmacy will provide the vaccinations, which will be billed to insurance (participants must bring insurance card) or provided for a fee of $31.99 for flu and $220 for pneumonia.

To pre-register and for more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 22, 2017

BOC to hold one October meeting, set for Oct. 12

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet only once during the month of October, on Oct. 12. The October agenda review will take place on Oct. 9. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. 

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

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Sep 21, 2017

Senior Services to offer Core Fit

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering ages 50 and older Core Fit, a class that focuses on abs, lower back, and glutes to build a stable, stronger and more powerful core. Sessions will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in October. Cost is $2 per class. Participants may bring their own exercise mats

Please register in person at MPCC the morning of each class. For more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

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Sep 21, 2017

Free child safety event set for Oct. 4 at Farmers Market

The Johnson City Police Department will offer a free Child Safety Day at the Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. School resource officers will utilize this time during fall break to perform child safety seat checks to ensure seats are installed properly. They will also be on hand to answer questions, and educate parents and caregivers about child passenger safety, drug abstinence, and other important safety topics.
The Farmers Market is located at the Pavilion at Founders Park between Commerce and Buffalo streets.

CONTACT:
J.T. Holleman, school resource officer
Johnson City Police Department 
(423)335-4753

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Sep 21, 2017

Freedom Hall Pool to offer lifeguard certification course

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes for ages 15 and older Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Sept. 29: 6-9 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 30: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 1: 1-6 p.m.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials for the professional rescuer. A course fee of $200 per person is due prior to the first class. Fee includes face mask and all certifications. Certification is valid for two years.

For more information and to register, please call (423)434-5754. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754

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Sep 20, 2017

Volunteers needed for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service matters and meets quarterly. These appointments will begin in January; one will expire December 2018, and the other two will expire December 2019.
Applicants must be City residents.

Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or can be mailed or faxed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 20. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at (423)434-6018. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Sep 20, 2017

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 7

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 7, 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 (accompanied by an adult) 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. 8, 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, Fire, Community Relations and Parks and Recreation departments; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; and Army National Guard.

For more information, contact the Johnson City Police Department at (423)434-6105. 

CONTACT:
Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6105

CONTACT: Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6105

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Sep 19, 2017

Play bingo, win prizes during Active Aging Week

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a fun way to get involved at the center for Active Aging Week … through bingo! Bingo cards will be available at the Senior Services desk starting Monday (Sept. 25). Each will feature various classes and activities – when a player completes enough to get a “bingo,” the card can be redeemed for a prize. Deadline to redeem cards is 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. One card/prize per person.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231 

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Sep 19, 2017

Senior Services to host Aeronautical Adventure

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering an outing for adults and youth ages 10 and older who are willing to go above the clouds to seek an Aeronautical Adventure. Vietnam Fighter Pilot Lt. Col. Bill Powley will pilot a plane ride from Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 17. A bus will leave at 9 a.m. from Memorial Park Community Center and will return at 2 p.m.
This adventure is made possible by The Foundation for Flight. Powley was enshrined in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. That same year he was the first recipient of the Aviation Person of the Year Award by the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. Powley is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot with extensive experience in the F-4, A-7 and F-16 aircraft, totaling 347 combat missions. He taught ROTC at Unicoi County High School, and his vision established the F.L.I.G.H.T. (Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens) program, which is now in place at Sullivan South High School, where provides Foundation for Flight instruction as well as scholarships for students.
Cost for this Aeronautical Adventure is $25 for adults and $10 for students. The bus ride to Tri-Cities Airport will be an additional $1 per person. Please register in person at the Memorial Park Community Center, Senior Services front desk by Oct. 10.

For more information, please call Jim Hastings at (423)434-6220. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 19, 2017

Volunteer needed for Health and Education Facilities Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination federal and state statutes. 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)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 3.

For additional information regarding the Health and Education Facilities Board, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Sep 19, 2017

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. 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. Each term is three years.
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 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Oct. 20.
For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Mitch Miller at 202-3510 or miller@thewcedc.com. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Sep 19, 2017

JC Transit offering Free Ride Week

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to ride public transportation for free! All fixed-route fares will be waived through Saturday (Sept. 23). Hours are 6:15 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Also this week, passengers may be asked to complete an anonymous survey about Transit services. Everyone who completes a survey will receive a voucher for 10 free rides!

Please visit www.johnsoncitytransit.org for route information or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner. 

CONTACT:
Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

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Sep 19, 2017

Moody’s reaffirms City’s Aa2 rating

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce that an annual credit review by Moody’s Investor’s Service has reaffirmed the City’s Aa2 bond rating. Moody’s ranked the City’s credit position as “very good,” noting that the Aa2 rating is above the national average.
“This is great news for our organization and our citizens,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “The hard work of our staff coupled with wise reinvestment and policy decisions by our Board of Commissioners are paying big dividends.”
Key credit factors positively impacting the rating include a substantial tax base, an acceptable socioeconomic profile, and moderate debt and pension liabilities. In addition to the local economy, unemployment rate, and the City’s tax base, the review evaluated the City’s cash balance and reserve, fund balance, pension liability, and long-term debt.
“Companies like Moody’s look at trends. They look at debt levels. They determine our ability and willingness to pay what we’ve promised. So an Aa2 rating – which is considered high quality with low credit risk – allows us to borrow at better rates, which saves taxpayers money,” Peterson said.
The report noted the Johnson City economy and tax base are “quite healthy” and that the property tax base is growing. The full value of the tax base – which includes residential, commercial, and industrial properties – is above the U.S. median at $6 billion. The City’s tax base increased 3.5 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Johnson City is also positively impacted by the State of Tennessee’s AAA rating. The State’s flexibility in raising revenue, being a Right-to-Work state, moderate unpredictable revenue fluctuations trending between 5 and 10 percent, and minor unpredictable expenditure fluctuations at less than 5 percent annually all contribute a very positive impact on local governments. Also, Tennessee’s economy is continuing to experience growth due to improving residential construction, manufacturing, and consumer spending. The State’s low business costs and ability to attract new manufacturing investment continue to benefit local governments. 

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
(423)434-6002

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Sep 18, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 18

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between Browns Mill Road and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• Knob Creek Road and Sunset Drive – installation of turn lane. One lane closed on both sides of intersection. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 120 Cedar Point Road – sewer tap; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 18, 2017

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 27

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road. Please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838 for further information. 

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

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

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Sep 18, 2017

Senior Services to offer Stepping On fall prevention program

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and older an evidence-based program that offers information, strategies and exercises to reduce falls. Heatherly Sifford, a registered nurse and trauma injury prevention program coordinator with Mountain States Health Alliance, will present the free program from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 15.
Topics include: strength and balance exercises, safe footwear and walking, vision and falls, home and community safety, medication review and management, bone health, and coping with a fall. Participants should wear loose clothing. Activities will be geared toward individual abilities. Snacks will be provided.

Please register by Friday, Sept. 29 by calling (423)434-6237. For more information, call (423)434-6235. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 15, 2017

HZC seeking input on proposed mural guidelines

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission is seeking input from citizens regarding proposed changes to the Downtown Design Guidelines that would allow murals in certain areas of the historic district.
“A committee made up of Historic Zoning Commissioners was created to explore the possibility of allowing murals downtown, within certain parameters,” said Planner Matt Young. “The purpose of the mural moratorium currently in place is to preserve the city’s limited historic building stock from damage that may occur due to the application of latex paints to pre-1940s brick. Recognizing that it may be important to the continued economic growth of downtown, the Commission decided to revisit the topic to see if there is a way to do both – allow murals and preserve our historic facades.”
The HZC public hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The proposed guidelines can be reviewed online at www.johnsoncitytn.org under “Most Popular.”
“We all have an interest in the success of downtown so it’s important to hear what citizens think about the proposed changes,” Young said. “We hope to have a lot of input to consider moving forward.”

Citizen comments and questions may also be directed to Young at myoung@johnsoncitytn.org.

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


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

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Sep 13, 2017

Public art walking tour set for Sept. 30

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Johnson City Public Art Committee will host a walking tour through Founders Park and the surrounding area to view 14 new sculptures on display downtown. Bill Brown, guest juror of this year’s Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, will lead the tour, discuss the selection process and sculptures, and answer questions from participants.
The tour is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to meet at the Pavilion at Founders Park at 1:30 p.m. The tour is expected to take one hour.
For more information about the Johnson City Public Art Committee, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.com/art/ or email ncampbell@johnsoncitytn.org.

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



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Sep 13, 2017

MPCC to host ‘I Pink I Can’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Girls ages 5-13 are invited to dress up in pink and have some fun while celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Participants will be pampered with pink makeup, nail polish and hair color from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The girls will enjoy crafts, music and dancing, and will walk down a pink runway to show off their glamorous looks at the end of the night.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Cost is $7. For more information, call (423)434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Sep 12, 2017

MPCC to offer Start Smart Basketball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program that provides a great opportunity to get children involved in sports at a young age. Start Smart Basketball will teach children ages 3-5 basic motor skills needed to play organized basketball while working one-on-one and spending quality time with their parents. Children and parents will learn basic sports mechanics and skills such as shooting, passing, catching and running without the pressure of competition or fear of getting hurt. Parents are required to participate.
The six-week course will be offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 16. Participants should wear comfortable shoes.
Registration is now open in person at MPCC and online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks. Cost is $25 for city residents (parent and child), and $35 for non-City residents. Session is limited to 20 participants.
For more information, call (423)434-5722.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722

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Sep 12, 2017

MPCC to offer Eat Smart Cooking Program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Eat Smart Cooking, a free class for ages 18 and older using basic recipes for healthy eating. Classes will be offered from 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, October-March. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Sep 12, 2017

Senior Services to offer Bingocize

A fun new activity is making its way to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Bingocize combines Bingo and exercise for an engaging program designed for participants ages 50 and older with all levels of physical and intellectual abilities. Dr. K. Jason Crandall of Western Kentucky University created Bingocize in 2011. It currently is utilized in more than 100 senior living facilities nationwide.
Senior Services will offer Bingocize from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 28.
The program is free. Please pre-register in person at MPCC or by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231 



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Sep 11, 2017

Carver Rec to offer Grandparents and Seniors Day

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer a free day of great activities and brain games for grandparents and senior citizens on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 3-5 p.m. Bring the grandkids and enjoy the fun! The event is open to all ages.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, Sept. 15. To reserve a spot or for more information, please call (423)461-8830. 

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

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

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Sep 11, 2017

Senior Services to offer Oh, My Aging Eyes discussion

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a discussion by Dr. Donny Reeves and Dr. Scott Gentry from Reeves Eye Institute on cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration from 11 a.m.-noon on Monday, Sept. 25. This program is open to ages 50 and older.

To pre-register or for more information, please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 11, 2017

Carver Rec to offer First Responders Day

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a First Responders Day on Monday, Sept. 25 as a thank you to area first responders for their dedication and hard work. All first responders are invited to enjoy a free lunch or dinner from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the center. Identification is required.

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

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

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Sep 11, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 11

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between Browns Mill Road and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• Knob Creek Road and Sunset Drive – installation of turn lane. One lane closed on both sides of intersection. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Lakeview Drive (Watauga Road to Woodland Avenue) – preparing for resurfacing. Expect delays in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 991 West Oakland Avenue – water tap; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 11, 2017

Senior Services to offer Diabetes Series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free diabetes series for those ages 50 and older. The classes, taught by James H. Quillen College of Medicine doctors, will take place from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Oct. 3-31 (no class Oct. 10).
Topics include:
• Oct. 3: Pre-diabetes
• Oct. 17: Being a long-term diabetic
• Oct. 24: Basic blood sugar monitoring
• Oct. 31: Diabetic foot care and foot exams

Please pre-register by calling (423)434-6237. For more information, call Patty Altman at (423)434-6235. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 11, 2017

MLK Task Force to tour King Street area

The MLK Task Force will tour the area of King Street, which has been identified as a street to be considered for renaming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14). The walking tour will begin at the parking lot located at the corner of North Roan and West Millard streets, across from the main entrance to the Johnson City Public Library. 

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

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

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Sep 08, 2017

Senior Services to host atrial fibrillation program

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free program about atrial fibrillation from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Dr. Daniel Merrick will present the program for those who have or know someone who has atrial fibrillation.
To pre-register or for more information, please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Sep 08, 2017

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development board

The City of Johnson City is seeking five volunteers to serve on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board guides the City’s Housing and Community Development program under the Development Services Department. All potential appointees must be Johnson City residents. Each term is two years. Representatives are needed in the following capacities:
• Homebuilders (must be active member of the Johnson City Homebuilders Association)
• West End Neighborhood
• Woodland Addition
• Carnegie Neighborhood
• Pine Grove Neighborhood
Board members must live within the boundaries of the neighborhoods as displayed on this map: http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/uploads/files/devservices/cd/Low%20to%20Moderate%20Income%20Areas.pdf. For more information on residency qualifications, please call Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955.

Interested applicants 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 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Sept. 29.
 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Sep 07, 2017

Senior Services to offer Absolute Beginner Line Dance 1

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is introducing the first series of classes known as Absolute Beginner Line Dance from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12. Participants will learn basic steps, such as a grapevine, scuff, and toe-strut, and how to combine the steps to make line dances.
Cost is $30 or $20 with Silver Sneakers discount. Open to ages 10 and older. Please register in person at MPCC by Monday, Sept. 11. For more information, call (423)434-6237 or email drmd72@hotmail.com. 

CONTACT:
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Sep 07, 2017

Cheer, karate instructors needed

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking the following instructors. Class days/times are to be determined:
• Cheerleading coach for ages 6-12
• Karate instructor for elementary age students. Instruction will be up to black belt level.

Anyone interested is asked to call (423)434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Sep 07, 2017

Smoke testing to begin Friday

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system Friday (Sept. 8). Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.
Crews will begin near Old Gray Station Road near Norwood, Tangency, and Kennesaw Ridge Subdivisions. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Gray’s Pointe
• Cedar Rock Village Subdivision
• Boone Ridge Townhomes
• Peppertree Place Subdivision
• Pepper Ridge Condominiums
• Settlers Way
• Wiltshire Drive and Brittany Drive
• Kingsport Highway from Lexington Court to Lynwood Drive
• Oak Grove Road
• Sheri Street, Shannon View Road, and Russell Drive
• Buttermilk Road and Lake Drive
• Windyhill Drive
• Cindy Anne Drive
• Kate Street, Geraldine Street and Angeline Drive
• Glen Ayre Drive and adjacent streets
• Old Gray Station Road from Greyland Drive to Frog Level Road
• Glen Oaks and The Oaks Subdivision
• Clearview Street and adjacent streets
• Old Stage Road from Old Gray Station Road to Briarwood Drive
• Barton’s Creek Subdivision
• Cora Lane
• Heritage Hills Subdivision
• Rockingham Meadows Subdivision
• Lake Harbor Estates
• Gabriel’s Crossing Condominiums
• The Reserve at Chapel Cove Condominiums
• Williams Landing Subdivision
• Daniel Boone Subdivision
• Kingston Hills Subdivision
• Pickens Bridge Road from North Roan Street to Boone Avenue
• Brightridge Road, Greenbriar Lane, and Roseview Drive
• Boone Avenue and Joe Hale Drive

Smoke testing is expected to continue through the end of October.
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 461-1646 for more information.

CONTACT:
Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)461-1646


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Sep 06, 2017

MPCC to offer Teen Trivia Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free Teen Trivia Night from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. Teens 13-17 will enjoy a fun evening of trivia, including sports, history, geography and general knowledge. Pizza, chips and a drink will be provided.
Participants can register at MPCC. Pre-registration ends Wednesday, Sept. 13. For more information, please call (423)434-5722.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722

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Sep 06, 2017

Go on an adventure in the kitchen at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Adventures in the Kitchen, a free after-school beginner cooking class for ages 11-17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month starting in October. Participants will learn basic safety and simple recipes.

Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Sep 06, 2017

Senior Services to offer Let’s Go Travel Show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer its annual Let’s Go Travel Show from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Seniors are invited to enjoy a fiesta-themed taco bar and desserts while learning about the 2018 charter trips that will be sponsored by the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. Cost is $3 per person. Please register in person at the Senior Services desk by Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

CONTACT: Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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Sep 05, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 4

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between Browns Mill Road and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 123 Highland Church Road – water tap; lane closures
• 509 Austin Springs Road – clearing
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 05, 2017

Senior Services to offer Eating for Diabetics

Not sure how to eat now that you have diabetes? Adults are invited to learn the basics of healthy eating for diabetics from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Crystal West, a licensed and registered dietitian nutritionist with the Health Resource Center, and Elizabeth Renfro with the University of Tennessee Extension, will present.

Please pre-register by calling (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Sep 05, 2017

Wildflower walk scheduled for Saturday at Winged Deer Park

Citizen of all ages are invited to join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan Saturday (Sept. 9) on a walk through the forested section of Winged Deer Park to discover a sampling of diverse fall wildflowers. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the outdoor classroom off the disc golf course, located off Carroll Creek Road.
Cost is $1 per person. Please call (423)283-5821 for more information. 

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

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

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Aug 31, 2017

Senior Services offers Turtle Team Traveler

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Turtle Team Traveler for all ages from Sept. 12-Nov. 7. Become a Turtle Team Traveler by gathering friends, forming a team and taking a guided – yet imaginary – journey through the magnificent Grand Teton Mountains and Yellowstone Park. Travelers will be challenged to complete a 230-mile walk in eight weeks. Team members will add together their miles each week and report a team total. Throughout this virtual adventure, travelers will learn about Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the historic Roosevelt Lodge, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake and end at Jackson Hole, Wyo. Cost is $8 per participant, and finishers receive a T-shirt.
Please register in person at MPCC by Sept. 12. For more information, or for help finding team members, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

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Aug 31, 2017

Senior Services offering Johnson City Senior Chorale

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering adults 50 and older the opportunity to sing and/or play an instrument with the Johnson City Senior Chorale. The chorale is under the direction of Cherry Smith, accompanied by Gail Morris.
Practices are held on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. The group has concerts at local venues, senior centers, and events throughout the year.

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

CONTACT: 
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

CONTACT: Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Aug 31, 2017

Senior Services offering Pickleball 101

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Pickleball 101 for adults through its Lifelong Sports Journey program. Sessions will be held outside Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 5-29. Morning sessions will be held from 10-11 a.m.; evening sessions will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

Participants should wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring a racket if they have one. Cost for the eight-session series is $20. Please pre-register and pay in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Aug 31, 2017

Senior Services offers fall prevention lecture

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will present a lecture from Dr. Lakshmi Kallur on preventing falls. Adults are invited to this free event from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Please pre-register by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Aug 28, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 28

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between Browns Mill Road and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• East Oakland Avenue (between East Lakeview Drive and Reston Court) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 123 Highland Church Road – water tap; lane closures
• 509 Austin Springs Road – clearing
• Rambling Road (700 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Stanley Road, Fall Street, Wendover Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flagmen present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 24, 2017

City seeks input on naming of MLK street

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission soon will consider the renaming of a Johnson City street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Three streets are currently under consideration: East and West King Street (from Elm Street to Watauga Avenue), Legion Street, and University Parkway (from State of Franklin Road to Market Street).
A public input session will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 in the Dining Room of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. This will be a drop-in format. Following the session, a taskforce will vote on a recommendation to present to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission.
Please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at acarrier@johnsoncitytn.org or 434-5955 for more information. 

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

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

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Aug 23, 2017

Citizens invited to celebrate Wall of Fame inductees from Langston, SHHS

Citizens are invited to Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave, from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 to celebrate the induction of eight former Langston and Science Hill High School students to the Carver Recreation Center Wall of Fame. Food and drink will be served and games and activities – such as inflatables, disc golf, and corn hole – will be outdoors for the community to enjoy.
Science Hill inductees are Jeremy Stevens, Andrel Anderson, Bart Lyon and Lee Milian. Langston inductees include Will Rhea, Callie Redd, Mary Francis Bridwell and Virginia Goines.

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

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


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Aug 23, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Lightnin’ Charlie

Citizens are invited to dance the night away with Lightnin’ Charlie from 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 1. This performance is part of Senior Services’ Friday Night Dance series, which takes place the first and third Friday each month at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Cost is $5; discount available for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

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

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Aug 23, 2017

Carver Recreation Center offers Chess Club

The Carver Recreation Center Chess Club meets each Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the rec center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Students in grades K-12 are invited to join the club and exercise their brain and improve memory, concentration and problem-solving skills while having fun. The club also participates in field trips. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, call (423)461-8830. 

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

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

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Aug 23, 2017

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. 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. Each term is three years.
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 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Sept. 22.

For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Mitch Miller at 202-3510 or miller@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Aug 21, 2017

Senior Services to offer All Out Fitness

Get ready to go all out with cardio training, as Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers All Out Fitness from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September. Participants will get their cardio on and have their aerobic thresholds challenged. Classes are $2 per session and open to ages 50 and older. Register and pay in person at MPCC the morning of each class. For more information, please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)461-4852

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Aug 21, 2017

MPCC offers Sassy Strides and Strength

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a new fitness program from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Aug. 29. Sassy Strides and Strength is free and open to those 16 and older. Join the sessions during homeschool PE to get in shape. Walking, running and strength training will be incorporated. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5758. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758


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Aug 21, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 21

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• East Oakland Avenue (between East Lakeview Drive and Reston Court) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Oakland Avenue/Lakeview Drive intersection – street improvements. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 295 Possum Hollow Road – water tie overs; lane closures
• 509 Austin Springs Road – clearing
• North Commerce Street (100 block) – sewer lateral replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flagmen present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 15, 2017

Thursday BOC work session canceled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners work session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 17) has been canceled. 

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

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

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Aug 15, 2017

Save the date for Super Spooky Saturday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host this year’s Super Spooky Saturday on Oct. 21 from 5-9 p.m. Families will enjoy carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, face painting, a haunted house and many more surprises.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758



CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Aug 14, 2017

Senior Services to offer Laser Therapy for Back Pain

Adults can learn about laser therapy and its use for back pain from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Chiropractor Kevin Fielden will present the free program. Please pre-register in person at MPCC or by calling (423)434-6237 to reserve a seat.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Aug 14, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 14

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• East Oakland Avenue (between East Lakeview Drive and Reston Court) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Sunset Drive (between Mountcastle Drive and Sundale Road) – sidewalk improvements. One lane closed. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Oakland Avenue/Lakeview Drive intersection – street improvements. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water tie overs; lane closures
• 509 Austin Springs Road – clearing
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (900 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flagmen present
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 11, 2017

BOC work session set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss Golf at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 17) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

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

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Aug 09, 2017

Volunteers needed for JCPL board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Public Library Board. All matters concerning operations of the public library including soliciting, collection, receiving, accumulating, administering and distributing funds are referred to the Johnson City Public Library Board 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Aug. 25. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Library Director Robin Westphal at 434-4450. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Aug 09, 2017

MPCC seeks cooking instructors

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is currently in search of contractual instructors to implement youth and adult cooking classes. Candidates should apply in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5758.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Aug 08, 2017

Portion of West Watauga to be closed overnight

West Watauga Avenue from State of Franklin Road to University Edge will be closed from 11 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 8) until 7 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 9) while sewer line repair work takes place.

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


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Aug 08, 2017

Use clues to become a wildlife detective on Aug. 19

Parks and Recreation invites citizens of all ages to become wildlife detectives on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Mountain Park. Participants will learn about animals that often stay hidden, then develop of list of clues and head out to a stream habitat to find some creek critters.
This program is a nature adventure, so participants should dress accordingly. Fee 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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Aug 08, 2017

PAC to offer Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint event

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint for ages 2-5 from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. Children can wear their pajamas while painting and eating pancakes. All art supplies will be provided. Cost is $5 per child, $2 per adult. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Aug. 16, and space is limited to 15 participants. Please call (423)283-5800 for more information. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801

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Aug 08, 2017

MPCC to offer Teen Movie Nights

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host free Teen Movie Nights for ages 13-17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19. Call (423)434-5749 for movie schedule or more information. 

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722



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Aug 07, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce on Aug. 18

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services on Aug. 18 for a Friday Night Dance featuring Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band.
The dance will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 7-10 p.m. and is open to ages 50 and older. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members.
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Aug 07, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 7

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Hanover Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Traffic shifts on Browns Mill Road.
• East Oakland Avenue (between East Lakeview Drive and Reston Court) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Sunset Drive (between Mountcastle Drive and Sundale Road) – sidewalk improvements. One lane closed. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 457 Pickens Bridge Road (new subdivision) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• 1705 Cherokee Road – fire hydrant tap; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 07, 2017

Employee survey results in

Eighty-three percent of City of Johnson City employees are satisfied overall with their job, according to a recent employee survey conducted by the National Research Center (NRC). This is the first survey of this nature the City has ever conducted.
“It was important that the survey be conducted by the right group so that we could garner the best possible data,” said Human Resources Director Steve Willis. “The NRC has used its proven, scientific survey method in hundreds of municipalities across the country for more than 20 years. The results are trusted and accurate, and now we have the baseline from which we can measure results moving forward.”
Using the NRC – which conducts Johnson City’s Citizen Survey – also allowed the City to compare employee perceptions to those of its citizens.
The return rate from the Employee Survey was 51 percent, which is above average for a first-time survey.
“The level of participation shows that our employees care about this organization and are passionate about our shared success,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “I’m extremely grateful for the employees’ willingness to help guide us because it shows that we have the foundation in place to reach the next level.”
In addition to overall employee job satisfaction, the survey also revealed that:
• 77 percent believe the City is a good employer
• 93 percent plan on working for the City one year from now
• 87 percent know what is expected of them
• 84 percent find their workload manageable
• 79 percent feel they can do their best every day
Some internal support services that also received positive feedback include custodial cleaning, facilities management, Risk Management, and Human Resources.
The survey identified four areas as opportunities for improvement: communication, wages and benefits, employee-supervisor relationships, and employee recognition.
• 53 percent had received recognition in past seven days
• 64 percent feel their supervisor treats employees with respect
• 61 percent feel there is an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence
“There are steps we are implementing immediately, and we will find sustainable ways to make this organization better for years to come,” Peterson said. “We have begun weekly meetings with our leadership team to develop an action plan that addresses the opportunities the survey presented. That plan will be presented to employees for their input so we can work together to create a more positive working environment.

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
(423)434-6002

CONTACT: Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
(423)434-6002

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Aug 04, 2017

Portion of West Watauga to be closed Monday

West Watauga Avenue from State of Franklin Road to University Edge will be closed from 3 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 7) while sewer line repair work takes place. 

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

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Aug 04, 2017

Repair may cause water service disruption along Gray Station Road Sunday

Water and Sewer Services will be repairing a water line in Gray from midnight until approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 6). A disruption in service (low pressure or no water) is expected along Gray Station Road from Patrick Lane to Crystal Springs Circle as well as on Pine Hill Drive, Powers Court, Molton Circle and Snowden Court. 

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


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Aug 03, 2017

Portion of Elm Street to be closed Saturday

Elm Street from East Fairview Avenue to East Millard Street will be closed from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5) while sewer line repair work takes place. 

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


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

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Aug 02, 2017

Registration open for Badges and Ballers 3-on-3 basketball tournament

The Johnson City Community Roundtable will host the first-ever Badges and Ballers 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday, Aug. 26 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Badges and Ballers will bring together Police and the community in a fun, competitive environment featuring former University of Tennessee and Science Hill High School basketball standout Damon Johnson.
• Tournament begins at 12:30 p.m.; slam dunk contest at 3 p.m.
• $15 team entry; $10 slam dunk entry
• Each player gets an awesome T-shirt from BoomTown & Co.
• Prizes will be awarded
• Open to ages 15-adult; co-ed

Register at www.myjcparks.com. 

CONTACT:
Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6105

CONTACT: Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6105

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Jul 31, 2017

Volunteer needed for Health and Education Facilities Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination federal and state statutes. 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)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 22.

For additional information regarding the Health and Education Facilities Board, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009




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Jul 28, 2017

City accepting applications for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service grievances and meets quarterly. The term for this appointment will expire Dec. 31, 2018. Applicants must be City residents.

Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or can be mailed or faxed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, Aug. 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at (423)434-6018. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Jul 27, 2017

MPCC pool offering Girls Night Out water aerobics

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Girls Night Out water aerobics class from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 3) for ages 10 and older. This class will feature new choreography, aqua Zumba, and partner exercises. Fee is $5 per person. Participants must be able to swim independently.

Pre-registration is required prior to Wednesday (Aug. 2). A minimum of eight is required for the class. Sign up in person at the MPCC front desk. For more information, please call (423)434-5754. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754

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Jul 26, 2017

West Mountainview closure extended to Hanover Road

West Mountainview Road will be closed from North Roan Street to Hanover Road starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday (July 31). Homes and businesses will be accessible from both directions but traffic will not be able to access Browns Mill Road from West Mountainview.
West Mountainview from Browns Mill to Roan is expected to reopen late next week. The Hanover to Browns Mill section will remain closed for approximately four weeks.

This closure is to facilitate the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Browns Mill and West Mountainview. 

CONTACT:
Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic 
(423)975-2733

CONTACT: Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic 
(423)975-2733

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Jul 26, 2017

HCDAB, City Commission to meet Monday

The Housing and Community Development Advisory Board and Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. Monday (July 31) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss the HUD Annual Plan.

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

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Jul 25, 2017

Registration deadline extended for fall youth soccer

Registration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth fall soccer program has been extended through Sunday (Aug. 6).
Teams will be formed by Johnson City School districts, with the following age divisions: 3-5 (co-ed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Age cutoff is Aug. 15, 2017. Practice will begin the week of July 31. Season play (two games per week) begins Aug. 26. Nine and younger will play at Civitan Park; 10 and older will play at Winged Deer Park.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting Monday (Aug. 7). Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletics Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In-person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents who wish to volunteer coach or referee can sign up during registration.

For more information, please call 283-5822. 

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825

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Jul 25, 2017

Limited Edition to headline Friday Night Dance

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music. Next up is Limited Edition on Friday, Aug. 4.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.

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

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Jul 19, 2017

Water Quality Report now available

The City of Johnson City’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available online and outlines the safety of the City’s drinking water. Johnson City’s water consistently surpasses state and federal guidelines with no violations found in contaminant levels.
“We strive to make continuous improvements to the system, and this is the reason why,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The end result is safe, reliable drinking water for our customers.”
The Water Quality Report is issued each year and can be found at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/wqr.pdf. It comes just a couple months following a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sanitary survey score of 99. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved. Johnson City has received consecutive TDEC approvals for more than 40 years.

Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 947-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system includes two treatment plants and 100 water facilities. 

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

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Jul 18, 2017

Intersection of Fairview, New to be closed Saturday

The intersection of Fairview Avenue and New Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (July 22) while a sewer manhole replacement takes place.

New Street will be open to local traffic only from Dennis Drive to Fairview Avenue. 

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

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

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Jul 17, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 17

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 457 Pickens Bridge Road (new subdivision) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• West Fairview Avenue (200 block) – water tap installation; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Aspen Drive (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 14, 2017

Asylum Suite to rock Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

East Tennessee-based rock band Asylum Suite – led by vocalist Buddy Capps and guitarist Terry McCoy – will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (July 20).
Asylum Suite has been the opening act for numerous rock greats including Quiet Riot, Great White, Cheap Trick, Pat Travers, Foghat, Firehouse, Blue Oyster Cult, and Jackyl. The band – also featuring Mark White on drums and Mark Spivey on bass – performs tunes from their past albums, mixed with covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule includes:
• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock. 

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

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Jul 13, 2017

Median construction to cause lane closures on North Roan

Construction of a median on North Roan Street just south of Springbrook Drive will result in lane closures July 19-28, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT: Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic
(423)975-2733


CONTACT: Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic 
(423)975-2733

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Jul 13, 2017

Smoke testing begins Monday

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system next week. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.
Crews will begin near North State of Franklin Road from Century Lane to South Greenwood Drive including Johnson City Medical Center. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• West Walnut Street from North State of Franklin Road to LP Auer Road
• West Walnut Street from Helen Court to Mayfield Drive
• West Market Street from North Center Street to Kennedy Street
• Beech Street, Center Street, North Street, Barton Street, Woodlawn Drive, Wesinpar Drive and adjacent streets
• Collins Drive, Lynn Road, Industrial Drive, Leisure Lane
• McKinley Church Road, Clinton Drive
• Spring Valley Subdivision
• McKinley Road from West Walnut Street to McKinley Church Road
• LP Auer Road
• Carter Sells Road from West Walnut Street to McKinley Road
• Embreeville Road and Antioch Road from West Walnut Street to Seminole Drive
• Mayfield Drive
• Signal Drive
• Chatham Drive, Brookhaven Drive, and Windwood Drive
• Westover Hills Subdivision, Midfields Subdivision, Blakemore Circle
• Belmeade Drive and Baron Drive
• Welbourne Area
• Gump Addition
• East Holston Avenue from Roan Street to Earl Street
• East Unaka Avenue from Roan Street to East Fairview Avenue
• East Watauga Avenue from Roan Street to Guy Street
• Watauga Road from East Fairview Avenue to Long Street
• East Fairview Avenue from Watauga Road to North Broadway Street
• North Broadway Street from Peterson Place to East Fairview Avenue
• Oakland Avenue from Llewellyn Wood to East Fairview Avenue
• Country Club Court
• Pine Grove Avenue and Hopson Street
• Steel Street, Smith Street, Guy Street, Roosevelt Street and adjacent streets
• Chamber Drive
• Buffalo Valley Golf Course and Buffalo Ridge Drive

Smoke testing is expected to continue through the end of August.
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 461-1646 for more information. 

CONTACT:
Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)461-1646

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Jul 12, 2017

MPCC to offer Bikin’ and Baseball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Bikin’ and Baseball program on Thursday, Aug. 3 for all ages. The schedule is as follows:
• 5 p.m.: Free bicycle class to cover basic skills, bike maintenance, trail repairs and safety as well as training for beginners and advanced cyclists.
• 6 p.m.: Leisurely ride on the Tweetsie Trail. Distance and participation optional.
• 7 p.m.: Discounted admission to the Johnson City Cardinals game.

Pre-registration not required. For more information, please call (423)434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Jul 12, 2017

Get Your Play On with free family fun this Saturday at MPCC

Families are invited for a free day of fun this Saturday (July 15) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. “Get Your Play On: Saturday in the Park” is a celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, and will include the following activities:
• 3-3:30 p.m. – Free Throw Contest (gym)
• 3:30-4 p.m. – 3-Point Shot Contest (gym)
• 4:30 p.m. – Hot Shot Contest (gym)
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Hike Jacob’s Park (bus will leave from MPCC recreation entrance)
• 6 p.m. – Water Balloon Toss
• 6:30 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest
• 6:30 p.m. – Sack Race, Wheelbarrow Race, Egg Race
• 6:45 p.m. – Hoop Dancers Performance
• 7 p.m. – Water Sponge Race
• 7:15 p.m. – Works For Me Demo
• 7:30 p.m. – Obstacle Course
• 7:45 p.m. – Dancer’s Dream Performance
• Dusk – Free movie (E.T.) and popcorn

Other old-fashioned games, cornhole, kickball, badminton, croquet, and inflatables will be on site. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call (423)434-5749. 

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

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Jul 11, 2017

Senior Services to host special veterans Friday Night Dance

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music. The dance slated for Friday, July 21 will include an “Honor Our U.S. Veterans” tribute. This special dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. Kids Our Age will perform.
Veterans will be admitted free with a military I.D. Cost is $5 for all others; Silver Sneakers® discount available for eligible participants. This program is sponsored by Johnson City Eye Clinic.

Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231
CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Jul 10, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 10

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 457 Pickens Bridge Road (new subdivision) – sewer line installation
• 951 Suncrest Drive – booster station installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.


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Jul 07, 2017

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band Thursday

Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band is set to the take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 13). This lakeside concert was rescheduled after being rained out in June.
Band members include Pierce as lead vocalist and saxophone player; Libby Hatcher as the band’s only female vocalist who also plays keyboard and strings; drummer Jim Black, who played with a lot of big name entertainers during the Motown era; and Tom Dickens on bass and backup vocals. With 36 years of entertainment experience, this performance will have everyone dancing to their favorite oldies.
The concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are welcome; concessions will be available on site. 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.
The year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 pm – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 pm – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities Classic Rock.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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

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Jul 03, 2017

Lakeside concert to feature Model City Wrecking Crew

Dancing music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 6) 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 music. Their show features a little something for everyone, including material from Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Chicago, Steppenwolf, the Rolling Stones and more. Model City Wrecking Crew is comprised of Joe Ball on vocals and guitar, Dwight Brown on bass and vocals, Jimmy Dale on keyboard, Alan Wells on vocals and guitar, and Jeff Johnson vocals and drums.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets welcome. 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, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock. 

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

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

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Jul 03, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for July 3

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 951 Suncrest Drive – booster station installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 30, 2017

Fall girls sports registration starts Saturday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will begin registration for girls T-ball (ages 4-6), machine pitch (ages 7-8), and fast pitch softball (ages 9-10) leagues starting Saturday (July 1). Age cutoff is Aug. 15, 2017. Leagues will play an eight-game schedule (two games per week).
Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. Fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A late fee of $20 will be added to registrations received after Aug. 1. Practices begin July 31, with season play starting Aug. 21. Practices and games will be at Carnegie Park. 

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


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Jun 30, 2017

Johnson City tops most affordable list

Johnson City has been named the best place to live in America for households earning $100,000 or more, according to a report by Magnify Money.
The financial education and empowerment website analyzed 381 major metropolitan areas to determine where families earning $100,000 could stretch their dollars the most. Estimates were based on a two-earner household with one child.
Johnson City topped the list, with families spending 62 percent of their income on basic expenses, leaving an average of $2,545 leftover each month. Those in the most expensive metro, Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, spend about 105 percent, leaving them $315 in debt monthly.
Five Tennessee cities were listed the top 10.

The complete analysis can be found at http://www.magnifymoney.com/blog/featured/10-places-can-earn-six-figures-still-broke1352891854. 

CONTACT:
Jenny Brock, vice mayor
(423)791-1262

CONTACT: Jenny Brock, vice mayor
(423)791-1262

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Jun 29, 2017

Join Parks and Rec for July 4 pool party

What’s better than fireworks on the fourth of July? A playful day of water games with friends and family soaking up the sun before the evening’s festivities! Parks and Recreation invites all citizens to a Fourth of July Pool Party from 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St.

Cost is $3 for ages 13 and older, and $2 for ages 12 and under.
For more information, call (423)434-5754.


CONTACT:
Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820



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Jun 29, 2017

Firefighters urge citizens to leave fireworks to professionals

Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents.

The Johnson City Fire Department advises that the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show, like the annual celebration at Freedom Hall. Not only is it illegal to have consumer fireworks within the city limits of Johnson City but they are also extremely dangerous and pose great risk to people and property.

According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments annually. Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken.

Children are especially at risk on July 4. Of those injured, 35 percent of victims with fireworks injuries were under 15. Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers can reach 1200º Fahrenheit.

For more information about fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks. 

Contact:
David Harrison, interim fire chief
(423)330-4987 

Contact: David Harrison, interim fire chief
(423)330-4987 

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Jun 28, 2017

City names Jim Stables of Florida new fire chief

City Manager Pete Peterson announced Wednesday that Jim Stables has been named Johnson City’s new fire chief. Stables’ official start date is Sept. 5.
“Following an exhaustive search and thorough evaluation of a pool of nearly 100 candidates, we are excited to welcome Chief Stables to our organization,” Peterson said. “He not only has the qualifications and experience this role requires but also possesses the crucial leadership qualities we were looking for.”
Stables has served the City of Palm Bay, Fla., for 22 years and was named fire chief there in 2011. He also is the city’s emergency manager. He has more than 33 years of progressive experience in fire service and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University.
“I was a finalist for the chief position in 2010, and my family and I fell in love with Johnson City,” Stables said. “Fast forward to today, and we still love the community like we did then. The only difference is I now have six years of experience as a fire chief to bring with me.”
Stables said his current department consists of six stations that run approximately 15,000 calls a year, serving a population of about 111,000. The Palm Bay department is similar in size, personnel-wise.
“I love Palm Bay but I’m honored and humbled to be selected to lead one of the premier departments in the country,” he said. “Johnson City is one of 138 departments with an ISO classification of 1. That doesn’t happen by accident. That’s a testament to the dedication of the staff. This is not about me – it’s about them. The folks who have been there and are part of that legacy. I just plan to acclimate to what’s already successful and be a positive influence moving forward.”

Stables also holds a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) in addition to numerous fire certifications through the state of Florida. He is an active community member, serving as a Hospital Advisory Board member for Palm Bay Community Hospital and a Senior Board mentor/assessor for West Shore High School in Melbourne, Fla. 

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
(423)434-6002


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Jun 27, 2017

Closures to be in place for July 4 festivities

The following areas will be closed for this year’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, which will take place Tuesday (July 4) on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center:
• Walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium closed all day Tuesday (July 4) until noon Wednesday (July 5)
• Broyles and Seaver ballfields off limits (including practices) beginning Sunday (July 2) until noon Wednesday (July 5)
• West side of stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance) closed to all foot traffic beginning Sunday (July 2) until noon Wednesday (July 5)
• Metro-Kiwanis Park closed Tuesday (July 4)

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


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Jun 27, 2017

MPCC offering Piloxing SSP fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Piloxing SSP fitness classes from 8-9 a.m. on Fridays beginning June 30.
Participants ages 16 and older will experience a unique blend of two of the industry’s most powerful and timeless disciplines – Pilates and boxing. Piloxing SSP adds a third element of dance into this high-energy interval workout.
Cost is $5; sign in and pay before each class. Participants should bring a yoga mat, hand towel, and water bottle.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224





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Jun 27, 2017

Johnson City celebrating Parks and Recreation Month throughout July

Summer is here, which means it’s time to Get Your Play On. This July, discover the power of play with Johnson City Parks and Recreation and celebrate Parks and Recreation Month.
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Parks and Recreation Month. A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks, recreation and conservation have on communities across the United States.
A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities including:
• July 4 – Swim Party, Legion Street Pool, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m., $3 for ages 13 and older; $2 for 12 and younger. Cool off with the Parks and Recreation crew with a fun filled day of games, activities, and water fun!
• July 6 – Hip Hikers, Memorial Park Community Center, 7:30 a.m., adults, free. Meet at MPCC and carpool to Sam’s Gap for a challenging hike.
• July 6 – Proclamation Reading, Municipal and Safety Building, 6 p.m. Mayoral proclamation will name July Parks and Recreation Month in Johnson City.
• July 6 – Lakeside Concert, Winged Deer Park Goulding Amphitheatre, 7-9 p.m., free. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and the whole family to enjoy classic rock from Model City Wrecking Crew.
• July 7 – Friday Night Dance, Memorial Park Community Center, 7-10 p.m., $5. The Shooter Band will provide the evening’s entertainment.
• July 10-14 – Basketball Camp, Memorial Park Community Center, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 6-12, $40. Learn the fundamentals of the game and join in on some challenges.
• July 10-14 – Under the Paint Brush Camp, Princeton Arts Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 6-11, $75. Campers will work with different mediums – paint, pencils, oils, pastels, watercolor, and much more, creating their own unique works of art.
• July 13 – Lakeside Concert, Winged Deer Park Goulding Amphitheatre, 7-9 p.m., free. Grab a partner and dance the night away with Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band.
• July 15 – Get Your Play On Saturday in the Park, Memorial Park Community Center, 3 p.m., free. This celebration of Parks and Recreation Month will kick off with challenging basketball contests and will continue throughout the evening with old-fashioned games, entertainment, and water fun. The event will conclude with free popcorn and an outdoor movie. Concessions will be available for purchase.
• July 17-21 – Teen Adventure Camp, Winged Deer Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 13-17, $60. Enjoy an unforgettable experience while caving, hiking, and river rafting.
• July 17-21 – Teen Volunteer Camp, Memorial Park Community Center, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., ages 14-17, $35. Campers will travel around the city lending a helping hand to make our community a better place.
• July 20 – Lakeside Concert, Winged Deer Park Goulding Amphitheater, 7-9 p.m., free. Lawn chairs allowed but may not be needed when Asylum Suite rocks the lakefront.
• July 21 – Friday Night Dance, Memorial Park Community Center, 7-10 p.m., $5. Kids Our Age will perform at this special dance, which will allow free admission for those with a military ID.
• July 24-28 – Arts at Parks Camp, Princeton Arts Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., ages 6-11, $50. This art adventure will take campers into the parks to explore the world of drawing.
• July 27 – Hip Hikers, Memorial Park Community Center, 7:30 a.m., adults, free. Meet at MPCC and carpool to Lower Higgins Creek Falls in Unicoi County for a challenging hike.

Visit www.nrpa.org/July for more information on how to Get Your Play On. NRPA encourages everyone who supports parks and recreation to share why play is important to them on social media using #PlayOnJuly and #JCPARKSREC.

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



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Jun 27, 2017

Beach Nite Band to headline this week’s lakeside concert

Carolina beach music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (June 29) when the Beach Nite Band takes the stage. The Beach Nite Band consists of three vocalists, two keyboards, two brass instruments, drums, and a highly qualified sound engineer. Their traditional beach sound features soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie, and memorable oldies. Based out of Western Virginia/Southern West Virginia, the Beach Nite Band has provided live entertainment for decades.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are welcomed. 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, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by the News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock.

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


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Jun 26, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 26

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 951 Suncrest Drive – booster station installation
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Commerce Street (between West Market and Roan streets) – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 23, 2017

Section of West Mountainview to be closed starting Monday

West Mountainview Road will be closed between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road for approximately two weeks starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday (June 26). Homes and businesses will be accessible via North Roan. This closure is to facilitate the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Browns Mill and West Mountainview.

CONTACT:
Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic
(423)975-2733


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Jun 23, 2017

Fall adult softball league registration to open July 1

Registration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation fall adult softball will begin July 1. Leagues include Women’s Open, Men’s Open and Church, and Coed Open and Church.
All leagues will play a 10-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament. Entry fee per team is $300 plus $5 for every non-City resident. Teams will play twice a week.
Entry fee, roster, and photo identification for each player must be submitted at the time of registration. Ages 16-18 must have parental consent. Registration deadline is Aug. 4. League play will begin Aug. 21 at Winged Deer Park.
Registrations will be accepted at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825


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Jun 22, 2017

July 14 last day to take brush to Cash Hollow

Citizens and contractors are advised that Friday, July 14 will be the last day that brush will be accepted at the Cash Hollow Brush Collection Site. Brush deposited there is ground into mulch – and the facility’s mulch storage is overcapacity.
“We’re just out of room for now,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “The City is working to find a sufficient outlet for mulch, and when one is located, we anticipate accepting outside brush again.”
He noted that the ban will not affect curbside brush collection services for City residents and businesses.
The Brush Collection Site, located at 191 Cash Hollow Road, is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please call the Public Works Street Division at 975-2700.

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

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Jun 22, 2017

BOC to meet Friday morning

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 7 a.m. Friday (June 23) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider approval of two temporary occasion licenses for the Rotary Club to sell beer at Founders After 5 on June 23 and June 30. 

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

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

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Jun 22, 2017

BOC to meet Monday morning

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 7 a.m. Monday (June 26) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider:
• Third Reading of Ordinance 4637-17, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Copies of these items are available for review at the City Recorder’s Office.
• Adoption of Public Records Policy

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


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Jun 20, 2017

Citizen input needed for transportation planning

The Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is seeking input from citizens to help shape the Long Range Transportation Plan for our region. This plan includes Johnson City, Jonesborough, Bluff City, Elizabethton, Unicoi and Watauga as well as portions of Washington, Carter, Sullivan and Unicoi counties. It covers not only needed roadway improvements but also walking, biking and transit opportunities.
“This plan is the foundation for projects like the much needed improvements at the Boones Creek Exit on Interstate 26,” said Glenn Berry, transportation planning coordinator for the Johnson City MTPO. “I get calls throughout the year about transportation issues from trails to bridges. I look at a lot of issues, but I don’t always see them all. So this is the community’s opportunity to have input on the future of transportation in our region. After all, without a plan for the future, we’re just maintaining what we have in the present.”
Citizens can provide valuable feedback through a brief, five-minute online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2045MTPlan through July 31. The MTPO also will host two public input sessions on Monday (June 26):
• Elizabethton City Council Chambers
136 S. Sycamore St.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Johnson City Commission Chambers
601 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601
4-6 p.m.
Additionally, comments are welcome in writing via email to jcmpo@jcmpo.org or mail to MTPO Coordinator, 137 W. Market St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
For more information, please visit www.jcmpo.org.

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


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

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Jun 20, 2017

Volunteers needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to 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. Any citizen who is interested in serving 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Tuesday, July 18. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration 
(423)434-6009

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Jun 19, 2017

PAC to offer decluttering workshop

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer “Transform Your Nest: A Workshop on Decluttering and Organizing Your Home” from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, July 8-29.
Workshop topics include:
• What Kind of Home Do You Want?
• Cherished or Cluttered?
• Arranging Your Rooms and Belongings to Fit Your Lifestyle
• Keeping Your Home in Order
Cost is $50 for all four sessions. Please register in person at Princeton Arts Center by Wednesday, July 5. For more information, call (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5801


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Jun 19, 2017

Asylum Suite to rock Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

East Tennessee-based rock band Asylum Suite – led by vocalist Buddy Capps and guitarist Terry McCoy – will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (June 22).
Asylum Suite has been the opening act for numerous rock greats including Quiet Riot, Great White, Cheap Trick, Pat Travers, Foghat, Firehouse, Blue Oyster Cult, and Jackyl. The band – also featuring Mark White on drums and Mark Spivey on bass – performs tunes from their past albums, mixed with covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule includes:
• Thursday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock.

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


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Jun 19, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 19

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of wheelchair-accessible ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.
• Browns Mill Road and Mountainview Road – installation of roundabout. Possible lane closures with flaggers present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 1751 Todd Drive – excavation work
• 2400 Aspen Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Commerce Street (between West Market and Roan streets) – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 13, 2017

JC Transit offering Free Ride Week June 19-24

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to ride public transportation for free June 19-24. All fixed-route fares will be waived from 6:15 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.jctmyride.com or www.johnsoncitytransit.org to view routes or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner.

CONTACT:
Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119


CONTACT: Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

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Jun 12, 2017

Learn the FUNdamentals of Yoga at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering FUNdamentals of Yoga from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays. This ongoing class offers a fun take on yoga while teaching proper alignments, poses, breathing, and more. The program is designed for beginners and older adults but all adults 18 and older are welcome to enjoy this restorative practice.
Participants should register and pay in person before each class. Fee is $5.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT: 
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

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Jun 12, 2017

Senior Services to host Veterans Monthly Meet and Greet Share Time

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer adults a free Veterans Monthly Meet and Greet Share Time from 9:30-11 a.m. the fourth Monday of each month beginning June 26. Ken Sheppard from Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 9 will offer a different topic each month. This program is sponsored by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jun 12, 2017

Shades of Refinement to play Lakeside Concert Series

On Thursday (June 15), Shades of Refinement will hit the stage as part of Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series. This group of talented musicians performs a variety of tunes including rockabilly, blues, jazz standards, and originals. Shades of Refinement features Mary Munsey, music director at Virginia Highlands Community College, on saxophone, keyboard and vocals. Drummer Bob Ballengee is a band director in Glade Springs, Va., and guitarist/vocalist Mack Partain holds a music degree from the University of Alabama. Chase Johner and Brad Hawkins, two fine vocalists and instrumentalists, add their own unique talents to the group. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Goulding Amphitheatre, located off Carroll Creek Road.
This year’s concert schedule, presented by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, includes:
• Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. – Shades of Refinement
• Thursday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 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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Jun 12, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 12

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.
• Browns Mill Road and Mountainview Road – installation of roundabout. Possible lane closures with flaggers present. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2400 Aspen Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Commerce Street (between West Market and Roan streets) – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 09, 2017

BOC agenda review rescheduled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for Monday (June 12) has been moved to Thursday (June 15) at 4 p.m. This meeting will be held 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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Jun 05, 2017

Senior Services to host Good News for You Tea

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free Good News for You Tea on Thursday, June 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. This celebration of cancer survivorship will include personal journey stories, a storyteller from Jonesborough Storytelling Guild, door prizes, snacks, cool summer teas, and back massages.

Sponsors include Avon Beauty Center, Home Instead Senior Care, and Jones Chiropractic Clinic.

Please call Senior Services at (423)434-6237 to pre-register by Tuesday, June 13.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231
CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jun 05, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 5

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2400 Aspen Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Commerce Street (between West Market and Roan streets) – water line maintenance; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 02, 2017

Volunteers needed for senior boards

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider appointments to two senior boards:
• The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board is responsible for supporting and participating in special events and assisting in fundraising efforts to benefit Senior Center operations, services and/or capital improvements. This board has two vacancies; each term is three years.
• The Senior Services 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. This board has one vacancy; each term is three years.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is June 23. Applications are kept on file for current year only.


CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Jun 02, 2017

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band Thursday

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of the Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band on Thursday (June 8). Band members include Pierce as lead vocalist and saxophone player; Libby Hatcher as the band’s only female vocalist who also plays keyboard and strings; drummer Jim Black, who played with a lot of big name entertainers during the Motown era; and Tom Dickens on bass and backup vocals. With 36 years of entertainment experience, this performance will have everyone dancing to their favorite oldies.
The concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are welcome; concessions will be available on site. 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.
The year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, June 8, 7-9 pm – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, June 15, 7-9 pm – Shades of Refinement
• Thursday, June 22, 7-9 pm – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 pm – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 pm – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
CONTACT: Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities Classic Rock.

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


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

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Jun 01, 2017

Johnson City Fire Department places new fire engine into service

On Saturday, May 20, the Johnson City Fire Department placed its newest fire engine into service. The custom engine was built by Toyne Fire Apparatus in Breda, Iowa.
“We designed the truck to meet our specific needs,” said Assistant Chief David Harrison. “We selected the engine, transmission, pumps, and other emergency features, and designed both the inside and outside.”
The engine is housed at Fire Station 6, located at 4501 Browns Mill Road. It is the “first due” engine in the Boones Creek area, meaning it is typically the first to arrive on calls there. It is staffed with three firefighters who are also certified EMTs. Station 6 responds to more than 800 calls for service each year.

Planning, funding, designing and manufacturing of this new fire truck took more than a year to complete through collaboration of the JCFD, City Administration, Board of Commissioners, and Toyne. The engine cost $487,000 and is expected to last approximately 15 years as a front line engine with another 10 years as a reserve engine. The engine it replaced is 21 years old.
“We typically rotate old engines and ladder trucks into the reserve fleet,” Harrison said. “Right now we have four in reserve, which helps us stay compliant with our ISO Class 1 requirements and ensures we always have an adequate number of trucks available.”


CONTACT: David Harrison, assistant chief
Johnson City Fire Department
(423)926-7161 

CONTACT: David Harrison, assistant chief
Johnson City Fire Department 
(423)926-7161 

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Jun 01, 2017

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., hosts Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. The Eddie Skelton Band will perform Friday, June 16.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jun 01, 2017

BZA meeting moved to June 20

The June 6 meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals has been moved to Tuesday, June 20. This meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Asongayi Venard, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053


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May 31, 2017

Applications being accepted for JC101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for the 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 June 20. Class size is limited, and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be downloaded at https://cojctn.wufoo.com/forms/jc101-application/.
“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


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

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May 31, 2017

City increases TDEC water system approval score to 99

Johnson City’s water system has increased its Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sanitary survey score to a 99. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved. Johnson City’s previous score was a 98 in 2015.
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.
“Since the last survey, we have continued to replace neighborhood lines, implemented a safer and more efficient disinfectant system at the Watauga Water Treatment Plant, began replacement of the Tannery Knob Water Storage Reservoir, and added an emergency generator the State of Franklin Water Booster Station,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “None of that would’ve been possible without the City Commission’s continued dedication to investing in the system.”
Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 947-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system, which includes two treatment plants and 100 water facilities, has received consecutive approvals for more than 40 years.
“There are far more pieces and parts to operating a water system than most people realize, and our staff does a tremendous job ensuring that every detail of our system is in compliance with regulatory standards,” Witherspoon said.

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



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

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May 25, 2017

Senior Services to host Grands Adventure Day

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer grandparents the opportunity for an outing with grandchildren 10 and older on Tuesday, June 6. “Grands” Adventure Day includes an exciting excursion to North Carolina. A charter bus will leave Memorial Park Community Center at 9 a.m. en route to the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville. Exhibits will include:
• Appalachian Station – Reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.
• Otter Falls – North American river otters and aquatic turtles.
• World Underground – Life under the soil featuring raccoons and foxes.
• Appalachian Predators – Coyotes, wolves, and bobcats; Red Wolf Run will examine the endangered red wolves.
• Black Bear Ridge – American black bears, hawks, owls and white-tailed deer.
• Western North Carolina Farm – Cotswold sheep, chicken, rabbits, donkeys and goats.
• Trillium Nature Trail – A .6-mile trail along the Swannanoa River.
Participants will also visit the Asheville Folk Art Center (home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild) for traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, a bookstore, library, three galleries, and the Guild’s oldest craft shop.

Cost is $10 per person (price does not include lunch at J&S Cafeteria). The bus is scheduled to return to MPCC at 5 p.m. Pre-registration and signed consent forms are required by Thursday, June 1.
For more information, please call (423)434-6229. 

CONTACT:
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

CONTACT: Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-622

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May 25, 2017

Fifth annual Kids Triathlon coming to MPCC Aug. 19

Memorial Park Community Center will host the fifth annual Kids Triathlon on Aug. 19 for ages 6-12. Registration opens June 5 online at www.myjcparks.org (credit card only) and in person at Memorial Park Community Center (cash or check only). Registration fee is $30, with a late fee of $10 applied beginning Aug. 12.
A one-day flash sale will take place June 2 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Special pricing will be $20 on this day only.
Memorial Park Community Center is open Monday through Friday (8 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Registration closes on Aug. 18. There will be no race day registration.

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

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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May 25, 2017

MPCC offering PiYo fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering PiYo fitness classes on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
Participants ages 16 and older will experience a fun, challenging class that combines the cardio of Pilates and the stretching of yoga to burn calories, increase muscle tone, and improve balance.
Cost is $5 per class. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Please pre-register at MPCC.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6224

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May 25, 2017

MPCC to offer dance fitness dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Works for Me, a physically and mentally uplifting 60-minute, total body dance fitness program for all ages. Classes are held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Fee is $3 per class. For more information, please call (423)434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758


CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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May 24, 2017

Mains named assistant Parks and Rec director



The City of Johnson City announced Wednesday that Mike Mains has been named assistant director of Parks and Recreation. Mains will fill the vacancy left by James Ellis, who was named director of the department in March.
"I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Johnson City and look forward to working directly under the guidance and leadership of James Ellis, someone I consider one of the top recreational professionals in our state,” Mains said. "Joining this team of professionals is something I have wanted to be a part of as I have noticed their accomplishments through the years and have seen the dedication and successful services they continue to provide the City of Johnson City.”
Mains joined the City of Elizabethton’s Parks and Recreation Department in 1991 and was named director in 1999. He is also currently the general manager of the Elizabethton Twins.
“Mike was selected from a field of more than 200 applicants,” Ellis said. “His more than 25 years of parks and recreation experience in leadership roles made him a great choice to fill the position. We look forward to Mike joining our hardworking and dedicated staff.” 
Mains will begin his career with Johnson City on June 13. He will oversee day-to-day operations of the Parks and Recreation Department and assist with capital projects, capital equipment and budgeting. 

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


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

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May 24, 2017

BOC to meet with 180 Health Partners

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet with 180 Health Partners at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (May 25). This meeting will be held on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Lamb Hall Room 116, 156 South Dossett Drive.

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


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

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May 22, 2017

Southern Countrymen Band kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

On Thursday, June 1, the Southern Countrymen Band will kick off this year’s Winged Deer Park Lakeside Concert Series with the best in classic country music. The Southern Countrymen Band plays regularly around the Tri-Cities and features David O’Roark on rhythm guitar and vocals. O’Roark has opened for many Nashville artists and counts Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and George Jones among his influences. Lead guitarist is Ronnie Hood, who was in the popular Up Town Country Band, as was bass guitarist Ron Smith. The Southern Countrymen Band is rounded out by Charlie Powell on steel guitar and Daryl Goodman on drums.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows
• Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, June 8, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band
• Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. – Shades of Refinement
• Thursday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series takes place at the Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road and is presented by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities Classic Rock.

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


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

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May 22, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Next up is Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band on Friday, June 2.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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May 22, 2017

Senior Services seeking instructor for Fit and Toned, Love Handles classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor to teach Fit and Toned and Love Handles classes for ages 18 and older. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, May 31-June 28, from 8:30-10 a.m.
Fit and Toned is an hourlong class (8:30-9:30 a.m.) consisting of cardio intervals and strength training. Love Handles is a 30-minute class (9:30-10 a.m.) focusing on training core muscles.
Instructors are required to have current aerobics and CPR certifications and must carry liability insurance. Rate of pay is $15 for 1.5 hours of teaching.
Interested applicants should contact Lauren Fowler at (423)461-4852 or lfowler@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

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May 18, 2017

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks set for July 4

Pepsi Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 32st Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Tuesday, July 4th. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged.
There will not be a rain date for this event. The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.
The following schedule* may be useful in planning your evening:

5:00- 8:15 p.m. PARK & RIDE -
FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex parking lots

5:00 p.m. Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start
NOTE: Only Authorized Food/Craft Vendors will be allowed

5:00- 5:45 p.m. Music by Ashley Tragler with Six Gun

5:00- 7:00 p.m. On-site registration for a chance to win prizes:

  • GRAND PRIZE - 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion 
  • Chevrolet/ Cadillac
  • Dixie Stampede/HearthSide Cabins - Super Pack Getaway 
  • (4) tickets to Dixie Stampede 
  • 2-night stay Hearthside Cabins (2 bedroom) 
  • (4) tickets Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures
  • August Race Weekend at BMS
  • (2) tickets to UNOH 200 Truck Series 
  • (2) tickets to Food City 300
  • (2) tickets to Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 
6:00- 6:40 p.m. Music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbriar

6:45- 6:50 p.m. Tribute to: Gold Star Families and Police Department
Music by Elizabeth Painter
(Former Miss Watauga Valley & lead singer for the band Daisi Rain)

7:00- 7:45 p.m. Music by Austin Moody

8:00- 8:10 p.m. National Anthem by sung by T.R. Dunn, Carla Dunn, and Kasey Coggins
Tribute to our Military including Color Guard
Patriotic songs by local T. R. and Carla Dunn
Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Johnson City Whitney Shelton and Miss Historic Jonesborough Morgan Munsey

8:15- 9:15 p.m. Music by Clare Dunn
(Opening entertainer for Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line)

8:15 p.m. PARK & RIDE
Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park

9:20-9:35 p.m. Prize drawings on stage

9:40- 9:45 p.m. Tribute to all Armed Forces
Patriotic song by Elizabeth Painter

9:50 p.m. Welcome by a Johnson City Commissioner and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks

9:55-10:15 p.m. Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN
Live remote of event by WJHL-TV News Channel 11 with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting of fireworks music

10:20 p.m. PARK & RIDE
FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park

10:20-11:00 p.m. Entertainment resumes on stage with Austin Moody

*Schedule subject to change
  • CHARCOAL GRILLS OR ANY OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED
  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED
  • PETS SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME FOR THE SAFETY OF THE ANIMALS AND ATTENDEES

MASS TRANSIT SERVICES
- Coolers and lawn chairs will be allowed on the FREE Johnson City Transit
buses; charcoal grills or any other incendiary devices will not be allowed on the buses

- Only "service" animals will be allowed on the buses - no household pets


PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PATRONS

- Lift-equipped buses will be available at ETSU and Winged Deer Park to bring physically challenged patrons to the event

- Handicapped parking passes and instructions may be obtained by calling Freedom Hall no later than Friday, June 30th at 461-4884 weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

- Portable restroom facilities for the physically challenged will be located on-site


PERSONAL VEHICLES AND PROPERTY

- Patrons driving personal vehicles to Freedom Hall are encouraged to remember to leave all valuables (cellular telephones, laptop computers, money, jewelry, purses, wallets, CDs, shopping bags, etc.) at home.

- Any valuables left in personal vehicles should not be left in plain sight and vehicles should remain locked at all times.


TRAFFIC ADVISORIES
- No thru vehicle traffic will be allowed at the Science Hill Vocational School; pedestrian traffic will be allowed access from the Vocational School Parking Lot I to the entertainment areas

- Sections of Morningside Drive will be designated for JCT bus traffic only

- No thru traffic will be allowed on Guaranda Drive, Longview Drive, North Gilmer Park, Lacy Street, Sells Street, Mullins Street, Belmeade Drive, and Baron Drive. Only those showing drivers' licenses with home addresses will be allowed access

- Residents of these streets inviting guests to fireworks parties should provide police officers blocking the roads with a copy of their invitation list - all others will not be allowed access

- Pedestrian traffic will be stopped on Guaranda Drive at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

- Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be stopped on Liberty Bell Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

- Following the fireworks, one-way traffic only will be allowed on Sundale Drive, Longview Drive and Guaranda Drive

- Use the Knob Creek - State of Franklin connection to get between Bristol Highway, I-26 and Freedom Hall

- When leaving the fireworks, use I-26 (rather than Kingsport and Bristol Highways), State of Franklin Road and Highway 381


KERMIT STADIUM (TRACK) SCHEDULE
The Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Tuesday, July 4th. The entrance to the track from the west side (Liberty Bell Blvd.) will be closed on Sunday, July 2nd and reopen at noon on Wednesday, July 5th. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at 423-283-5815.


EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
- Ambulances will be located around the periphery of the Freedom Hall site

- Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be posted at the command post location near the Freedom Hall pool

- EMS personnel on bicycles and golf car mini-med will circulate throughout the crowd

- Johnson City Fire Bureau personnel will be able to travel into the crowd via specially equipped golf cars to deliver emergency medical and fire suppression services

DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWORKS
The best fireworks show in town will begin at 9:55 p.m. Please do not endanger yourself or others in the crowd by bringing your own fireworks

JOHNSON CITY CODE - Sec. 16-43 Fireworks -

(a) 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 cannon, discharged by percussion caps or by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

(b) 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 and dealers outside the city and sell same to such outside dealers and 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 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. (Code 1964, § 21-32)


FREEDOM HALL POOL JULY 4th SCHEDULE
The Freedom Hall Pool is closed for the summer due to ongoing construction and renovations at Freedom Hall. For more information, please call Recreation Services at 423-434-5749.

CONTACTS:
Keith Cochran, Pepsi Beverages Company, 423-928-9211
Lisa Chamness, Freedom Hall, 423-461-4855


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May 17, 2017

Registration under way for youth fall soccer program

Registration is now under way for Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth fall soccer program. Teams will be formed by Johnson City School districts, with the following age divisions: 3-5 (co-ed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Age cutoff is Aug. 15, 2017. Practice will begin the week of July 31. Season play (two games per week) begins Aug. 26. Nine and younger will play at Civitan Park; 10 and older will play at Winged Deer Park.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting July 24. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletics Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In-person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Athletics Office will also be open for registration Saturday, July 22 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.); and Sunday, July 23 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Parents who wish to volunteer coach or referee can sign up during registration.
For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825


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May 17, 2017

Baton twirling classes start May 25 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner and advanced baton twirling classes on Thursdays, May 25-July 27.
• Beginner (ages 4-16), 5:30-6:30 p.m. Students will develop fundamentals such as basic wrist twirling, finger twirling, and baton throwing.
• Advanced (ages 7-16), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Students will perform at local events and venues.
Students must provide their own baton and bring it to class each session.
Fee is $8 per class. Registration will begin Monday (May 22) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Participants must register by the second week of class in order to be eligible for the summer session and to perform at community events.
For class information and baton sizing instructions, please call Amanda Carr at (423)948-1045. For registration information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224
CONTACT: Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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May 17, 2017

Senior Services to offer Senior Fitness Day

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free Senior Fitness Day from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 25 for ages 50 and older. Activities will include disc golf, the EyePlay interactive game system, and blood pressure and heart rate checks by East Tennessee State University nursing students. Please pre-register at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT: 
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852 

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852 

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May 16, 2017

BOC agenda review rescheduled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review set for Monday, May 29 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held 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 16, 2017

Section of East Main to be closed Wednesday

East Main Street between and Buffalo and South Roan streets will be closed Wednesday (May 17) from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Equipment will be in the street while the canopy roof is removed from the pedestrian walkway that connects East Main to the Downtown Square parking lot. Detours will be posted; drivers are asked to use alternate routes. 

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


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

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May 15, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 15

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – clean up; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 857 Riverview Road – grading
• East Holston Avenue (1500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2400 Aspen Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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May 10, 2017

Carver Recreation Center to host awards ceremony Thursday

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host an awards ceremony to honor scholarship recipients from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday (May 11). Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.
Please call (423)461-8830 for more information.

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




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May 10, 2017

Registration under way for youth summer tennis

Registration is now under way for Johnson City’s six-week summer tennis program at Liberty Bell Tennis Center, 505 Liberty Bell Blvd., for ages 5 and older.
Sessions will be classified by age and skill level, and will be held 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, June 5-July 13.
Cost is $50 ($55 for non-city residents). Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In-person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825


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May 08, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 8

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 374 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension

All work is weather permitting.

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May 05, 2017

BOC to hold budget work sessions Monday, Tuesday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold budget work sessions at 6:15 p.m. on both Monday (May 8) and Tuesday (May 9) 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 02, 2017

Senior Services seeking Zumba instructor

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking a Zumba instructor to teach classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m., May 16 through Aug. 10.
Instructors are required to have current certifications in Zumba or Zumba Gold and CPR and must carry liability insurance.
Please contact Lauren Fowler at (423)461-4852 or lfowler@johnsoncitytn.org for more information.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852 

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May 02, 2017

Senior Services to host Life Story Video Festival

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free Life Story Video Festival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 for all ages.
The festival, presented by videographer Robert King II, will highlight life experiences and lessons learned in 15-minute videos featuring Mary Collins, Jerry Gehre, George Granger, Willis Jones, Ann McConnell, Cathie Phillips, and Peter Speropulos Jr. A meet-and-greet reception with refreshments will follow the presentation.
Please register in person at MPCC or call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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May 02, 2017

Water aerobics instructor needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking a water aerobics instructor who is certified by the Aquatics Exercise Association or an equivalent agency. Additional certifications in aquatic arthritis therapy and Silver Sneakers® Splash are preferred. The instructor will lead several well established water aerobics programs already in place at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday each week.
For more information, please call (423)283-5820.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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May 01, 2017

MPCC to host Candy Land Spring Carnival

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free Candy Land Spring Carnival for all ages from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 (rain date May 12). Head to the amphitheater for games, face painting, magic shows, music, crafts and candy! Free hot dogs will be available for the first 200 participants.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758


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May 01, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 1

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 374 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension

All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 27, 2017

City hosting free mulch giveaway May 6

The Johnson City Public Works Department invites the public to a free mulch giveaway Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cash Hollow Convenience Center, 191 Cash Hollow Road. Staff will be available to assist with loading; there is no limit on amount.
This mulch has been ground with a grinder from brush that the City has collected. It is not compost and may contain weed material.
For more information, please call the Public Works Street Division at 975-2700.

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


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Apr 27, 2017

HZC called meeting to be held Wednesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting to discuss changes to the Downtown Design Guidelines at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 3). This meeting will take place 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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Apr 26, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Lightnin’ Charlie

Citizens are invited to dance the night away with Lightnin’ Charlie from 7-10 p.m. on May 5. This performance is part of Senior Services’ Friday Night Dance series, which takes place the first and third Friday each month at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Cost is $5; discount available for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Apr 26, 2017

JC Parks to offer teen camps

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer the following teen camps this summer:
• Teen Adventure Quest Camp (ages 13-17): July 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin. Camp fee is $60 (additional minor usage fees may apply). Campers will gain a sense of pride and accomplishment with the unforgettable experience of Adventure Quest Camp. Participants will tour a rock quarry and fish hatchery, build survival shelters, explore a cave, hike, swim, go river rafting, and more. Daily field trips and two meals are included in camp fee. Camp is sponsored by Mountain River Guides, powered by USA Raft.
• Teen Volunteer Camp (ages 14-17): July 17-21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Campers will depart from Memorial Park Community Center at 8:30 a.m. to various sites. Camp fee is $35. Participants will earn 40 hours of volunteer experience while making a difference in the community. Campers should pack a lunch.

Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and in person at Carver Recreation Center, Memorial Park Community Center, and Winged Deer Park. Walk-in registrants must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate.
For more information, call (423)283-5820.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820


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Apr 24, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 24

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 374 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension

All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 24, 2017

MPCC to offer dance fitness dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Works for Me, a physically and mentally uplifting 60-minute, total body dance fitness program for ages 16 and older. Classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 2.
Fee is $3 per class. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758


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Apr 24, 2017

MPCC to offer Senior Hatha Yoga

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Senior Hatha Yoga for ages 50 and older from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning May 3. Participants, from beginner to intermediate, will learn basic flow and hold yoga moves taught by Instructor Carrie Maggard.
Participants should bring a mat and water bottle. Fee is $5 per class.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT: 
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-4852

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Apr 24, 2017

Senior Services to offer Double Trouble circuit workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Double Trouble circuit workout classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays, May 5-June 30.
Participants will use free weights, resistance bands, and body weight to strengthen and improve flexibility, balance and core strength. This class is open to citizens age 50 and older of all fitness levels. Cost is $2 per class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-4852

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Apr 21, 2017

Golf Advisory Board to meet May 3

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road. Please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838 for further information.

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


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Apr 21, 2017

Parks and Rec Advisory Board to tour facilities

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday (April 27) will be a tour of several parks and facilities. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to call the meeting to order then board the bus.
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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Apr 20, 2017

Freedom Hall Pool to be closed for renovations

Renovations to Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will begin May 1. The pool will be closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to last through the summer and includes repainting and pool deck resurfacing.
Lap swimming, open swim sessions, and water aerobics will be available at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Apr 20, 2017

Section of West Market to be closed tonight

West Market Street, between Buffalo and Commerce streets, will be closed from approximately 10 p.m. tonight (April 20) until 5 a.m. Friday (April 21) while utility repairs take place. Traffic will be detoured around the work area.

CONTACT:
Mike Carver, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2687

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Apr 18, 2017

Volunteer needed for JCHA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment 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 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 (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is May 26. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Apr 17, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 17

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 347 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension
• Market Street (between Roan and Buffalo streets) – utility connections; closed 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday until 6 a.m. the following morning

All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 17, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature The Shooter Band

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. Friday (April 21) for a Friday Night Dance featuring The Shooter Band. The dance is open to ages 50 and older and will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. Patrons may pay at the door.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, senior services manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Apr 12, 2017

Section of East Market to be closed overnight Tuesday, Wednesday

Johnson City Water and Sewer Services will begin construction of a new sewer line crossing and fire tap at 116 E. Market St. at 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 18). This work will continue through the night until approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday and will take place during the same hours Wednesday into Thursday morning as well. East Market will be closed between Buffalo and South Roan streets during construction hours, and detours will be in place. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained.

CONTACT:
Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638


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Apr 12, 2017

Senior Foundation to meet Monday

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will hold a special called meeting at noon Monday (April 17) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, please contact Debbie Fogle at (423)434-6231.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Apr 11, 2017

BOC to visit athletic fields Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners along with City staff will tour the 13-field Tyger River Park in Reidville, S.C., and the 16-field MESA Soccer Complex in Greer, S.C., on Thursday (April 13). They will depart from the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., at 7:30 a.m.
In 2016, the Convention and Visitors Bureau contracted with the National Association of Sports Commissions to evaluate Johnson City's existing sports facilities. The association determined that additional fields are needed to better serve the needs of citizens and to have the ability to host major sporting events, which will produce economic returns. Thursday’s visits will allow City officials the opportunity to see what has made these facilities successful in meeting the needs of their communities.

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

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Apr 10, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 10

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 347 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension

All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 10, 2017

Willow Springs Dog Park to be closed for mulching

The Willow Springs Dog Park will be closed for mulch installation on Thursday, Friday and Monday (April 13, 14 and 17). The park will re-open on Tuesday, April 18.
Please call (423)283-5827 for more information.

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


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Apr 07, 2017

Senior Services to host Bounce into Spring Health Fair at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer adults a free Bounce into Spring Health Fair on Wednesday, April 19 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hearing, blood pressure and glucose screenings will be available. Activities will include flexibility exercises and EyePlay interactive floor system demos.

Please check in at Senior Services desk upon arrival. Call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Apr 07, 2017

MPCC to offer PiYo fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer PiYo fitness classes from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays beginning April 13.
Participants ages 18 and older will experience a fun, challenging class that combines the cardio of Pilates and the stretching of yoga to burn calories, increase muscle tone, and improve balance.
Cost is $5 per class. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Please pre-register at MPCC before April 13.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6224

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Apr 07, 2017

City hosting free mulch giveaway April 15

The Johnson City Public Works Department invites the public to a free mulch giveaway Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cash Hollow Convenience Center, 191 Cash Hollow Road. Staff will be available to assist with loading; there is no limit on amount.
This mulch has been ground with a grinder from brush that the City has collected. It is not compost and may contain weed material.
For more information, please call the Public Works Street Division at 975-2700.

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


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Apr 06, 2017

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair April 25

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Tuesday, April 25 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Available positions include:
• Maintenance – Seasonal maintenance employees will be responsible for but not limited to: mowing, edging, ball field preparation, limited equipment operation, and event setup. Knowledge of basic work etiquette and manual labor required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license to apply.
• Programming – Summer youth program assistants will supervise and facilitate activities for children ages 6-16 in a day-camp setting. All applicants must be able to communicate effectively, have general knowledge of recreational activities, and be able to work uninterrupted for seven weeks.
• Lifeguards – Lifeguards conduct safety surveillance of all pools and slides and are also responsible for upkeep of pools and slides including vacuuming, sanitizing, and general janitorial duties. All candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross to apply. If a qualified lifeguard applicant is not certified, Parks and Recreation will certify the candidate upon completion of a proficiency swim test.
• Athletics – Positions available include soccer referees for youth programs, umpires for youth and adult softball, and tennis instructors for youth and adult programming. General knowledge of sports rules required. Some training provided.
All applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call (423)283-5815.

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


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Apr 05, 2017

Teens invited to group hike at Jacob’s Nature Park

Teenagers ages 13-17 are invited to Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek on Saturday, April 15 for a free nature hike. This two-hour excursion will begin at 10 a.m. at the park’s parking lot, 1220 King Springs Road. Participants will learn about the wetlands and hardwood forest of Jacob’s Nature Park.
Pre-registration is required in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by Friday, April 14. Center hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call MPCC at (423)283-5821 for more information.

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


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Apr 05, 2017

Senior Services to offer Silver Sneakers® Game Day

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Silver Sneakers® Game Day for ages 50 and older from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Various games such as shuffleboard, pickleball, table tennis and more will be set up in the gym.

Cost is $3 or free for Silver Sneakers® eligible members.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-4852


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Apr 04, 2017

Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad now open

Members of the Johnson City Rotary Club along with City officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad on Tuesday. The facility, located at 1001 N. Broadway St., provides 22,000 square feet of play area designed for all ages and abilities.

“This playground allows full accessibility and enjoyment by all, with specifically designed features for those using assistive devices such as wheelchairs as well as our visually and hearing-impaired citizens,” said James Ellis, director of Parks and Recreation.

In addition to the main treehouse-style play component, the playground features “Zero-G” swings that enable users with special needs to swing alongside friends, “Impression Swings” for children and adults to swing facing one another, and a merry-go-round with a center section that allows a non-walking user to enjoy the ride. The cushioned artificial turf helps protect against falls.
The 1,000-square-foot splash pad area includes many water features and will operate on the same schedule as outdoor pools (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

“The vision of this playground began in 2010, when we approached the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board about it,” said Rotary Club Past President Mike Mefford. “To see it come to fruition today is truly a dream come true.”

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant for the project from the state in 2015. The Rotary Club raised matching funds, and the City of Johnson City budgeted $250,000 as well. Ground was broken on Aug. 9, 2016. 

While the playground has just opened, it is already award-winning. The project received the 2017 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Development District Association. The award was given on the basis of nomination by the First Tennessee Development District and is presented to local governments and other agencies for special contributions to the improvement of infrastructure and/or quality of life for their citizens. It has also been named a National Demonstration Site by the equipment developer/manufacturer, PlayCore.

Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad
1001 N. Broadway St., Johnson City, TN
Playground open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, April 1-Oct. 31
Splash Pad open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day (weather permitting)

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

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Apr 03, 2017

Volunteers needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission – an at-large and a county representative. 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.
The at-large member must live within the Johnson City city limits. The county representative must live outside city limits but within the City’s planning boundary. A map of this boundary can be found at http://goo.gl/xOolXA or by clicking the “Planning Boundary Map” link at www.johnsoncitytn.org/devservices/planning/.
Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, May 3. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Apr 03, 2017

Section of West Mountainview closed Tuesday, Wednesday

West Mountainview Road will be closed between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road Tuesday and Wednesday (April 4 and 5) while storm drains are installed. This work is part of the roundabout project at West Mountainview and Browns Mill. Detours will be in place.

CONTACT:
Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic 
(423)975-2733


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Apr 03, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 3

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (between Buffalo and Water streets) – crosswalk installation starting March 22. Intersection completely closed for approximately two weeks. Detours will be in place. No through traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 347 Delmer Salts Road (Gray) – sewer extension

All work is weather permitting.

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Mar 31, 2017

BBC to meet Tuesday

The Johnson City Board of Building Codes will meet Tuesday (April 4) at 4 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Teresa Johnson, secretary
Development Services
(423)434-6048



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Mar 29, 2017

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt set for April 13

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites children ages 3-12 to a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 13. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with games and photos with the Easter Bunny followed by the hunt at 8 p.m. A separate hunt will take place for ages 5 and younger.
Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights. This special event is free and sponsored by the Knoxville TVA Credit Union.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Mar 29, 2017

Senior Services offers Dining with Diabetes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Dining with Diabetes from 10 a.m.-noon on April 4, 11 and 18. Open to ages 50 and older, this class will teach practical skills for food choices, quick and healthy cooking techniques, how to analyze recipes to determine nutritional value, how to identify food sources, the importance of physical activity, and more. The program is sponsored by the Washington County UT Extension Office.
Fee is $5 for all three classes. Please register and pay at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Mar 29, 2017

Senior Services to offer mixed doubles pickleball

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer mixed doubles pickleball from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays beginning April 4. Pickleball is a modified version of tennis and will be played on MPCC’s outdoor tennis courts.
This program is free and open to all ages. Participants may register prior to each session at the Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852


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Mar 28, 2017

MPCC to offer hoop dance class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner hoop dance classes from 6-7 p.m. on Fridays starting April 7. Hoop dance is an aerobic workout using various dance techniques. Mary Beth Parker, a member of the American Dance Therapy Association, will be the instructor. Hoops will be provided.
Hoop dance is open to ages 16 and older and is $5 per class. Please register in person at MPCC on the first day of class.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224


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Mar 27, 2017

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

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

Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, May 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or cantler@thewcedc.com. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Mar 27, 2017

Senior Services to offer Power Hour classes in April

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Power Hour classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in April for ages 50 and older. Participants will focus on building muscular strength and endurance. Exercises will be performed with weights and other resistance training equipment.
Cost is $2 per class. Participants may register in person at MPCC on the day of each class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852


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Mar 27, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce on April 7

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services on April 7 for a Friday Night Dance featuring Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band.
The dance will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 7-10 p.m. and is open to ages 50 and older. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members.
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


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Mar 27, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 27

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (between Buffalo and Water streets) – crosswalk installation starting March 22. Intersection completely closed for approximately two weeks. Detours will be in place. No through traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Mar 27, 2017

Volunteers needed to serve on Tree and Landscape Board

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

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of Johnson City or Washington County. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, May 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009



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Mar 24, 2017

Ellis promoted to Parks and Rec director

Johnson City City Manager Pete Peterson announced Friday that James Ellis, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, has been promoted to director effective immediately.
“James has been a dedicated employee for nearly 40 years,” Peterson said. “He’s a proven leader who has always gone above and beyond, and we are confident that he will continue to successfully lead the Parks and Recreation Department.”
Ellis joined the department in July 1978 and was promoted to recreation supervisor in 1980. Three years later he was named athletic director, a position he held until October 2011, when he was promoted to assistant director. Ellis has overseen department operations since former director Roger Blakeley left in December.
“I’m honored and grateful for this opportunity,” said Ellis, who was selected from a field of 147 applicants. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of this department for 39 years, which have been filled with tremendous growth and expansion. I look forward to taking the department to the next level of service.”
Ellis cited completion of existing projects such as the Rotary Park inclusive playground and splash pad and improvements to the Civitan Park soccer complex as priorities.
“We are also focused on the acquisition of additional sports fields not only for our citizens but as an economic development tool,” he said.
“James has decades of increasingly responsible experience and service in every aspect of parks and recreation operations, including programming, athletics, personnel administration, maintenance, and planning, as well as working with City management, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, civic and citizen groups, and the general public to advance projects, programming and facility improvements,” said Assistant City Manager Charlie Stahl. “He has the knowledge and certainly the experience to be a successful department director.”

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Mar 24, 2017

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for April 1

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday, April 1 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive, from 9 a.m. until the supply of 2,500 seedlings run out. Seedlings will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will include Dogwood, Red Maple, Sweetgum, Bald Cypress and Swamp White Oak varieties. A limited number of seedlings will be available per person.
Since 2010, the City has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing a total of 20,450 trees to the public. This Arbor Day marks the 17th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. To maintain the Tree City USA designation, the City must have an Arbor Day observance, a tree ordinance, a tree board, and meet the minimum funding requirements for tree maintenance and planting.
“By participating in the Tree City USA program, Johnson City is able to highlight its commitment to green infrastructure for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike,” said City Forester Patrick Walding. “The annual recognition helps draw attention to the fact that trees and other plants are an important part of our community.”

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

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Mar 24, 2017

MPCC to offer Little Chefs cooking class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a four-week Little Chefs cooking class from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 3. Little Chefs will give parents and children ages 6 and older an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. All cooking materials will be provided. 
Cost is $10 per child for all four classes. Please pre-register at MPCC by March 29.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758 

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Mar 23, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE: 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant and Home Programs


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
CITY OF BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
2017-18 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT & HOME PROGRAMS

AVISO DE AUDIENCIAS PÚBLICAS, CIUDAD DE BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
2017-18 PROGRAMA DE BLOQUE DE DESARROLLO DE LA COMUNIDAD Y PROGRAMA INICIAL

THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM THE CITIZENS OF BRISTOL, TN & VA, BLUFF CITY, SULLIVAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON COUNTY, KINGSPORT AND JOHNSON CITY OF PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR BOTH THE CDBG AND HOME CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS’ 1-YEAR ACTION PLAN. THE 1ST PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE MEMORIAL PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 510 BERT STREET, JOHNSON CITY, TN ON MARCH 28, 2017, 6:00 PM. THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL PROVIDE CITIZENS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS VIEWS REGARDING THE IDENTIFICATION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CONSORTIUM. A 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD RUNS FROM MARCH 28 TO APRIL 27.

ACTIVITIES ADDRESSED BY THE CDBG PROGRAM MUST MEET AT LEAST ONE NATIONAL OBJECTIVE AS FOLLOWS:
A. PROVIDE BENEFIT TO LOW AND MODERATE INCOME FAMILIES
B. AID IN THE PREVENTION OR ELIMINATION OF SLUMS AND BLIGHT
C. ADDRESS OTHER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS HAVING A PARTICULAR URGENCY BECAUSE IT POSES A SERIOUS OR IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE HEALTH OR WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND WHERE THERE ARE NO OTHER FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM IS AUTHORIZED TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND TO EXPAND THE SUPPLY OF DECENT, SAFE, SANITARY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VERY LOW-INCOME AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.

A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN WILL BE HELD AT THE MAY 2, 2017, BRISTOL, TN CITY COUNCIL MEETING WITH A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FROM APRIL 2 THRU MAY 2, 2017. DRAFT COPIES OF THE ACTION PLAN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE BRISTOL, TN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 104 8TH STREET. ADDITIONALLY, DRAFT COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FIRST TN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, 3211 N. ROAN STREET, JOHNSON CITY, TN, THE BRISTOL, VA PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 300 LEE STREET, THE JOHNSON CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, 901 PARDEE STREET AND AT THE CITY OF KINGSPORT, 225 WEST CENTER ST.

APPROXIMATE ALLOCATIONS FOR 2017-18 ARE:

BRISTOL, TN CDBG, $177,211
HOME CONSORTIUM, $843,989

CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO SUBMIT WRITTEN OR ORAL COMMENTS TO CHRISTINA BLEVINS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, CITY OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE, 104 EIGHTH STREET, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE 37620 OR BY CALLING (423) 989-5521. PERSONS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS OR INTERPRETATION MAY CONTACT MRS. BLEVINS. DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS ARE DIRECTED TO USE THE CITY’S TTY (TDD) NUMBER (423) 989-5600.

A LOS CIUDADANOS SE PIDEN PRESENTAR COMENTARIOS ESCRITOS O ORALES A CHRISTINA BLEVINS, ESPECIALISTA DE DESARROLLO COMUNITARIO, CIUDAD DE BRISTOL TENNESSEE, 104 OCTAVA CALLE, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE 37620 O LLAMANDO (423) 989-5521. LAS PERSONAS QUE REQUIEREN ASISTENCIA ESPECIAL POR DAÑOS O INTERPRETACIÓN DE MOVILIDAD PUEDEN CONTACTAR A LA SRA. BLEVINS. LOS INDIVIDUOS SORDOS Y AUDITIVOS SON DIRIGIDOS A USAR EL NÚMERO DE TTY DE LA CIUDAD (TDD) (423) 989-5600.

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Mar 20, 2017

Planning Commission meeting rescheduled for Tuesday

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission meeting set for March 14 has been rescheduled for Tuesday (March 21). The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a work session preceding at 5 p.m.

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


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Mar 20, 2017

MPCC to host Glamping Sleepover

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites youth ages 4-14 and an accompanying adult to a Glamping Sleepover starting at 7 p.m. March 31. Participants will enjoy glamorous-style camping with mud masks, manicures and pedicures in addition to dinner, a DIY dessert, a craft and a “chick flick” inside MPCC’s gymnasium. Participants should bring their own sleeping bag/air mattress, blankets, etc. The event will conclude at 7 a.m. April 1.
Cost is $15 per person with a $10 multiple child discount. Participants should pre-register at Memorial Park Community Center by March 29. Space is limited to 50.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224


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Mar 20, 2017

MPCC to offer You Got Game Skills and Drills

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer You Got Game Skills and Drills, a free event on Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. Participants ages 13 and older will show off their ball-handling and 3-point skills.
Please register in person at MPCC by Monday, April 3. The event is limited to 30 participants.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722

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Mar 20, 2017

Start Smart Soccer registration open

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Soccer, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 30-May 4. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 3-5 the basic skills necessary to play soccer. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during instruction.
Registration is open online at https://.apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks and is limited to 20 participants. 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/shoes and bring a water bottle.
Please call 461-4850 for more information.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722

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Mar 20, 2017

MPCC to offer Tai Chi, QiGong classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two fitness classes for ages 18 and older on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 3-May 24:
• Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention: 18 sessions from 11-11:50 a.m. This is a low-impact class modified for seniors and is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation and Harvard Medical School for fall prevention.
• QiGong for Beginners: 18 sessions from noon-1 p.m. QiGong is an ancient Chinese system of self-healing exercises using proper body alignment with slow, controlled movement.
Both classes will be taught by Medical QiGong Practitioner Tonya Van Hook. Cost is $72 for 18 sessions or $5 per class, with a Silver Sneakers® discount available for eligible participants. Wheelchair users are welcome.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-4852


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Mar 20, 2017

Walkers and Talkers group to resume in April

The Senior Services Walkers and Talkers group will meet on Tuesday, April 4 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to walk part of the Tweetsie Trail and learn about its history. The group will begin at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
This free program allows participants to exercise and enjoy nature. Participants should wear appropriate shoes/clothing and sunscreen.
Please register at MPCC or call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Mar 20, 2017

Senior Services offering Johnson City Senior Chorale

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering adults 50 and older the opportunity to sing and/or play an instrument with the Johnson City Senior Chorale. The chorale is under the direction of Cherry Smith, accompanied by Gail Morris.
Practices are held on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. The group has concerts at local venues, senior centers, and events throughout the year.
For more information, please call Chyrl McLaughlin at (423)434-6226.

CONTACT:
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Mar 20, 2017

Freedom Hall Pool to offer lifeguard training classes

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will offer two sessions of American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes for ages 15 and older on Fridays from 6-10 a.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:
• First session: March 31, April 1, 2, 8 and 9
• Second session: April 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30
Course fee is $200 per person, which includes book, face mask, and all certifications. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials for the professional rescuer. Certification is valid for two years after completion.
For more information and to register, please call (423)434-5754.

CONTACT:
Chelsey Weddle, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754


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Mar 20, 2017

South Roan, Buffalo/Water intersection to be closed starting Wednesday

The intersection of South Roan Street and Buffalo/Water streets will be closed for approximately two weeks starting Wednesday (March 22) for paving and installation of new crosswalks. The intersection will be completely blocked to all traffic. Detours will be posted; drivers are urged to use alternate routes.

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


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Mar 13, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 13

Public Works projects:
• Sunset Drive (between Ferguson Road and West Mountcastle Drive) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Please use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Please use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Please use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Mountain View Road at Browns Mill Road – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2224 Muddy Creek Road – sewer tap installation

All work is weather permitting.

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Mar 13, 2017

Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission meeting set for Tuesday (March 14) has been canceled due to lack of quorum. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

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

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Mar 06, 2017

Turtle Trek Challenge coming to MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Turtle Trek Challenge for all ages. The challenge will run from Saturday, April 1 through Wednesday, May 31. Cost is $8 per person for the two-month program.
Participants will walk or run a total of 26.2 miles (a full marathon) within the two-month period. Participants may choose to walk anywhere. Staff will be at park locations on certain days to play games and hand out prizes. Participants will check in weekly. A celebration cookout is schedule for May 31 at Winged Deer Park’s Meredith Pavilion.
Register in person by April 8 at the Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852

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Mar 06, 2017

PAC offering a decluttering workshop

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer “Transform Your Nest: A Workshop on Decluttering and Organizing Your Home” on Tuesdays from March 21-April 11. Each hour-long session will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Instructor is Rachel Chipley.
Workshop topics will include:
• What Kind of Home Do You Want?
• Cherished or Cluttered?
• Arranging Your Rooms and Belongings to Fit Your Lifestyle
• Keeping Your Home in Order
Cost is $45 for all four weeks.
Please register at Princeton Arts Center or by calling (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801


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Mar 06, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Kids Our Age

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., hosts Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Next up is Kids Our Age on Friday, March 17.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Mar 06, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 6

Public Works projects:
• Sunset Drive (between Ferguson Road and West Mountcastle Drive) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Please use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Please use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Please use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Deere Drive and Browns Mill Road – hydrant installation; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Mar 06, 2017

MPCC to host Leprechaun Lap Swim Challenge for seniors

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Leprechaun Lap Swim Challenge from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Participants ages 50 and older will swim a 200-yard challenge. The winner with the fastest time will win a pot of gold!
Cost is $2 for senior lap swim with no additional cost for Leprechaun Lap Swim Challenge.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852

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Mar 03, 2017

2nd annual Deerslayer Obstacle Course Race slated for April 1

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will host the 2nd annual Deerslayer Obstacle Course Race and DEERSLAYER JR. Race on Saturday, April 1 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
The Deerslayer features an approximately 5K course across mixed terrain that will test endurance, strength, agility, balance and speed. The course includes 18-20 obstacles including last year’s most popular ones and some new challenges. The race offers Competitive and For Fun categories and is open to ages 15 and older.
The DEERSLAYER JR., open to ages 7-14, is a 1-mile course across hilly terrain that will include eight to 10 obstacles.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, medal, and goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded in both races.
Registration is open online at www.jcdeerslayer.net or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., in Johnson City. Pricing starts at $55 for Deerslayer and $35 for DEERSLAYER JR. Discounts are available for first responders. All proceeds from the event support the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation, which provides outreach and program support for adults 50 years and older through the Johnson City Senior Center.
Special thanks to our sponsors: AO Smith, Blue Lizard, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Johnson City Power Board, and SunTrust.
Sponsors and volunteers are needed; please call (423)747-9918, (423)791-5285, or (423) 283-5827.
www.jcdeerslayer.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jcdeerslayer
YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/jcparks00/parksrec

CONTACT:
Frank Calderala, co-race director – (423)747-9918
Jimmy Pierce, co-race director – (423)791-5285
Mary Ann Kinch, media relations – (423) 283-5827

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Mar 03, 2017

Real estate, property taxes to be filed in Chancery Court April 3

On Monday, April 3, all unpaid 2015 real estate taxes and 2016 personal property taxes will be filed in Chancery Court for collection. To avoid having taxes filed in Chancery Court, payments – including penalty and interest charges – must be submitted to the City of Johnson City’s Finance Department by 5 p.m. Friday, March 31. Payments may be submitted:
• Via mail or in person: Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601
• Online: www.johnsoncitytn.org/cityservices/online/
• Via phone: (877)768-5048.
Postmarks will not be honored. All payments made after Monday, March 13 must be in the form of a cashier’s check or cash due to a high volume of returned checks.

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


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Mar 02, 2017

Lions Park pavilion dedication set for March 16

Citizens are invited to join Johnson City Parks and Recreation and members of the Johnson City Lions Club to dedicate a new 16x20 covered pavilion at Lions Park, 801 Country Club Court Lane, on Thursday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.
The Johnson City Lions Club funded the project ($7,152), which was constructed by the Parks and Recreation Park Services crew. The 12-seat pavilion was the Lions Club’s Centennial Legacy Project, which is part of the Lions International 100-year celebration. The pavilion will have a lasting impact on the community and is a much needed addition to Lions Park.

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


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Mar 01, 2017

MPCC to host Teen Rap Battle

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is giving teens an opportunity to show off their rapping skills. This free Teen Rap Battle will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 10 for ages 13-17. Competitors will have a maximum of 30 seconds per round. Lyrics must be appropriate. Pizza and beverages will be provided to all competitors. Pre-registration is required in person at MPCC by Thursday, March 9.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749. 

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224


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Mar 01, 2017

Carver Rec to offer St. Patrick’s Day crafts

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer free St. Patrick’s Day crafts for grades K-12 on Thursday, March 17 from 4-5 p.m. Artwork will be displayed at the center.
For more information, call (423)461-8830.

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

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Feb 24, 2017

Commission meetings now available via live stream

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce that beginning March 2, City Commission and Planning Commission meetings will be available via live stream. Viewers can access the live stream in one of three ways:
• The “LIVE” button at the top of the City’s home page: www.johnsoncitytn.org
• By the using direct link: www.johnsoncitytn.org/streaming/
• Or from the City’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC29T7V0d1u8J2IzzmlCMDtA
“The City is always looking for no- or low-cost ways to provide services in a more efficient manner,” said Information Technology Director Lisa Sagona. “Live streaming does just that – it opens up the meetings to anyone, anywhere with Internet access. Additionally, it increases our transparency, which is key to our relationship with our citizens.”
The meetings will also be archived on the City’s website and YouTube channel, providing new access to previous meetings. Meetings held prior to the streaming availability can be requested through Communications Specialist Wendy Graham at (423)434-6076 or wgraham@johnsoncitytn.org.
The Board of Commissioners meets the first and third Thursdays at 6 p.m. Planning Commission meetings take place the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. These meetings also air live on Charter Communications channel 192 and Comcast channel 17.
For questions, please email streaming@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Wendy Graham, communications specialist
Information Technology
(423)434-6076

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Feb 24, 2017

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to 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 Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. The Eddie Skelton Band will perform Friday (March 3).
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-6231

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Feb 23, 2017

JCPD urges pedestrian safety

As spring weather quickly approaches, more pedestrians will be out and about. Johnson City Police encourage pedestrians to use caution as they travel near traffic and urge drivers to be especially cautious of those on foot and using a wheelchair.
“There are legal obligations for both pedestrians and drivers at crosswalks,” said Lt. Scotty Carrier. “However, if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, the driver must yield.”
Other legal obligations of drivers include completely stopping the vehicle prior to a crosswalk with a pedestrian present, never blocking a crosswalk at a stoplight, and ensuring that no pedestrians are crossing a roadway prior to making a right-hand turn.
“A driver should only blow the horn at a pedestrian if the pedestrian is in immediate danger,” added Lt. Carrier.
Technology can be a distractor from safe practices on roadways. Lt. Carrier advises pedestrians and motorists to avoid texting and using headphones near traffic.
“Be alert, whether you are in a vehicle or walking,” he said. “That means looking and listening at all times.”
Other safety tips for pedestrians include:
• Walk on sidewalks if available and if not, walk facing traffic to be more aware of potential danger.
• Always utilize a crosswalk or intersection when crossing a roadway.
• Even in a crosswalk or with a “WALK” pedestrian signal, be sure to look both ways for traffic and only cross when an approaching vehicle has come to a complete stop.
• Do not walk behind vehicles that are backing up.
• Wear reflective clothing at night.
“Our goal as police officers is to encourage voluntary compliance with the law,” Lt. Carrier said. “It’s our collective responsibility as a community to reduce traffic crashes and injury through safe travel practices.”

CONTACT:
Lt. Scotty Carrier
Johnson City Police Department 
(423)434-6143



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Feb 22, 2017

Registration under way for girls T-ball, machine pitch

Registration is now open for Johnson City Parks and Recreation girls T-ball (ages 4-6) and machine pitch (ages 7-8) leagues. Practices will begin the week of April 3 at Carnegie Park. Teams will play two games per week beginning April 24.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting March 28. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825

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Feb 21, 2017

Senior Services to offer On the Ball Fitness classes in March

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer On the Ball Fitness classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in March for ages 50 and older. Participants will use their own stability balls to balance, shape, and strengthen the body in a unique workout experience. Stability balls will be provided to participants who don’t have one.
Cost is $2 per class. Participants may register in person at MPCC prior to each class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852


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Feb 21, 2017

Parks and Recreation accepting applications for seasonal positions

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for tennis instructors, camp counselors, umpires/scorekeepers, maintenance/turf staff, lifeguards, and recreation workers for Carver Recreation Center, Memorial Park Community Center, and Princeton Arts Center.
Applications may be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR/ and are available in the Human Resources Office at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All applications must be returned to Human Resources.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815


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Feb 21, 2017

POUND coming to MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer POUND, a fitness craze that invites participants to channel their inner rock star with a full-body cardio jam session of a workout inspired by drumming. Classes will be taught by certified instructor Jessica Bullock from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 28. Cost is $5 per class; open to ages 16 and older. Class can be done without drumsticks. Participants may purchase drumsticks at www.poundfit.com or inquire with the instructor about purchase.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Feb 14, 2017

Citizen Survey shows positive results for Johnson City

The results of the 2016 Citizen Survey are in, and 84 percent of respondents think Johnson City provides an excellent or good quality of life.
“It’s always encouraging to know that our citizens are happy here,” said Budget Director Lora Grogg, who facilitates the survey in conjunction with the National Research Center (NRC). “More importantly, the survey serves as a guide for how and where we appropriate funds, based on what is most important to our citizens.”

Safety was identified as a primary area of focus with 73 percent of respondents indicating that a safe community is essential. Fifty-one percent of respondents also considered additional transportation improvements a priority.
Areas that have seen a significant increase in excellent or good ratings since the City began the every-other-year survey in 2012 include: storm drainage (43 to 70 percent), paths/walking trails (36 to 62 percent), welcoming citizen involvement (42 to 58 percent), and land use/planning/zoning (36 to 52 percent).
“These trends are indication of how we have prioritized what our citizens told us needed improvement in that initial survey,” Grogg said. “It’s such an important tool in providing the best services possible and measuring our success.”
Excellent or good ratings were also high for overall appearance of Johnson City (76 percent), services provided by Johnson City (80 percent), and those who would recommend Johnson City as a place to live (90 percent).
The survey was mailed to 2,000 random households in October, with an online survey available as well. Complete results from the survey can be found at: www.johnsoncitytn.org/budget.

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

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Feb 14, 2017

Swadley Road to be closed Sunday

Swadley Road will be closed from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 for water line maintenance. Residents will have access via Milligan Highway only. Flaggers will be present, and detour signs will be in place. 

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



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Feb 14, 2017

MPCC to host Spring Break camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Spring Break camps for Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $40, and children will participate in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, kickball, arts and crafts, movies, games, and swimming. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are preferred. Camp will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.
• Johnson City Schools: March 13-17. Registration open Feb. 13-March 13. Camp is limited to 80 participants.
• Washington County Schools: March 27-31. Registration open Feb. 13-March 27. Camp is limited to 40 participants.
Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Please call MPCC at (423)461-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722


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Feb 13, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Feb. 13

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – clean up; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – clean up
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Mountain View Road at Brows Mill Road – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Bayless Road (100 block) – valve replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Feb 07, 2017

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 46th session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, April 18. The nine-week academy is designed to develop a better understanding of the police role in the community through a hands-on approach.
Participants must sign required waivers and agreements, have no criminal history, be at least 21 years old, and be physically able to meet training requirements. Participants are expected to attend three-hour weekly sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, and to ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts.
Applications may be obtained online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/police and at the Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 7.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 434-6170.

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



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Feb 07, 2017

The Beach Boys coming to Freedom Hall April 4

 The Beach Boys are coming to Freedom Hall Civic Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.!

TICKETS GO ON SALE Friday, February 17 at 10:00 .am. Tickets may be purchased at the t Freedom Hall Box Office, online at www.freedomhall-tn.com or can be charged by phone at 423-461-4884. Ticket prices range from $45.00 to $72.50 plus applicable ticketing and parking fees.

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America's musical history. The group has become synonymous with the California lifestyle and has become an American icon to fans around the world.

Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys first hit, “Surfin’ ” (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “I Get Around”, “California Girls”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “Barbara Ann”, “Good Vibrations”, “Wouldn't It Be Nice”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo”.

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, they have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI's 30-track collection of the band's biggest hits, achieved triple-platinum success selling more than three million copies in the U.S. along with it’s companion The Warmth of the Sun, The Beach Boys renewed interest has again rocked the world.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.

Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again!

Don't miss The Beach Boys; on their 50 Years of Good Vibrations Tour playing hit after memorable hit at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 17 @, 10am at Freedom Hall Box Office, online at FreedomHall-TN.com or charge by phone at
423-461-4884.

This is a concert you won't want to miss!!

Official Ticketing Site: www.freedomhall-tn.com
Official website: www.theBeachBoys.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebeachboys/

VIP Packages can be purchased at www.MikeLove.com and www.theBeachBoys.com (tickets for event not included in VIP Packages)

Contact:
Lisa Chamness, lchamness@johnsoncitytn.org




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Feb 07, 2017

$5 Valentine discount on Deerslayer registrations Feb. 13-15 only

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a three-day Valentine discount on Deerslayer Obstacle Course Race registrations Feb. 13-15. Register online at http://www.JCDeerslayer.com/ or in person at Memorial Park Community Center with the promo code: DEERVALENTINE to receive $5 off!
The Deerslayer Obstacle Course Race will be held at Winged Deer Park on April 1. For more information, please call (423)434-6231.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Feb 06, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Feb. 6

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Buffalo Road (between Lafe Cox Road and Cherokee Road) – one lane closed periodically between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for sidewalk installation.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – clean up; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – water line installation
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Mountain View Road at Brows Mill Road – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Feb 03, 2017

Registration under way for youth co-ed kickball

Registration is now under way for Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth co-ed kickball. Teams will be formed by Johnson City School districts, with 6-8 and 9-11 age divisions. Age cutoff is Aug. 15, 2016. Teams will practice twice a week starting March 20 until the season begins April 4. There will be two games a week at Carnegie Park.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied starting March 6. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration 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)283-5825

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Jan 30, 2017

Civil Service Commission to meet Feb. 6

The Civil Service Commission will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 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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Jan 30, 2017

BOC to hold workshops Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold two workshops Thursday (Feb. 2):
2 p.m.: Capital Improvements Plan update
4:30 p.m.: Brush Creek Interceptor Project update
Both workshops 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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Jan 26, 2017

City calling on citizens to help name King Creek basin

The City of Johnson City is asking citizens for suggestions on what to name the King Creek basin area located between West King and North Commerce streets. The 3-acre space will include a newly opened King Creek, solar-lit walkways, murals, stone walls and a plaza.
This is an exciting chance to leave your mark on your community. Please visit https://cojctn.wufoo.com/forms/name-the-king-creek-basin/ to submit possible names for the site. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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

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Jan 25, 2017

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 Friday, Feb. 10. Registration requirements are as follows:

Requirements for registering: 21 years of age by Feb. 23, 2017, 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 Feb. 10); 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:
Maj. Debbie Botelho
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6123

 

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Jan 24, 2017

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 25) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce
(423)202-2509


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Jan 23, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Jan. 23

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• 103 Mohler Road – booster pump station installation
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – water line installation
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jan 23, 2017

MPCC to offer Functional Interval Training (F.I.T.)

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Functional Interval Training (F.I.T.) for ages 50 and older from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in February.
Participants will experience a high-energy class that combines aerobic movements with strength and stabilization exercises. F.I.T. workouts offer the ability to reach fitness goals in a challenging yet fun way.
Cost is $2 per class. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852

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Jan 23, 2017

Senior Services to offer Silver Sneakers® Classic

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Silver Sneakers® Classic from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 7.
This class is for beginner to intermediate participants ages 50 and older, who will exercise to increase muscle strength, range of motion and daily living activities. Resistance equipment such as hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and Silver Sneakers® balls will be offered. Chairs will be available for seated exercises and standing support. Participants can adapt exercises based on fitness levels and abilities.
Cost is $3 or free for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852


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Jan 23, 2017

Fall Into Winter Photo Essay scheduled for Feb. 13 at MPCC

Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will lead a Fall Into Winter Photo Essay at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Participants will learn interesting facts about our environment, observing photos that were taken weekly as fall turned into winter.
This free program will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and is perfect for homeschoolers as well as seniors.
For more information, call Deegan at (423)283-5821.

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


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Jan 20, 2017

Intersection project to begin Monday with closure of Indian Ridge sidewalk

Beginning Monday (Jan. 23), the sidewalk along the south side of Indian Ridge Road from Barton Street to North State of Franklin Road will be closed. Access to the sidewalk on the opposite side of Indian Ridge will be maintained. Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians where to cross to the open sidewalk. The closure will be in effect until June 2018, or until the new sidewalk and bridge are complete. Vehicular traffic will not be affected.
The sidewalk/bridge construction is part of the State of Franklin Road/Indian Ridge Road Intersection Project, which will add a right-turn exclusive lane for northbound and southbound traffic on State of Franklin. The project will also widen Indian Ridge Road to five lanes and Skyline Drive to four lanes at the intersection.

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

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Jan 20, 2017

Senior Services to host Sweetheart Ball Feb. 3

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services for the Sweetheart Ball from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Tickets are $5 and must be purchased by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Tickets will not be for sale at the door. Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. Refreshments will be served. Sponsors include Tetrick Funeral Home & Cremation Services and Mountain States Health Alliance Heart and Soul.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jan 19, 2017

Public forum regarding Carver library name to be held Jan. 26

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a final public forum on Thursday, Jan. 26 regarding the naming of the library at Carver Recreation Center.
This public forum will take place at 4 p.m., during the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s regularly scheduled meeting, at the Parks and Rec Administrative Offices, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
Proposed names include:
• Dorothy Christman
• Eugene Gillespie
• Georgia Gillespie
• Herb Greenlee
• Samantha Jones
• Robert McKinney
For more 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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Jan 18, 2017

Senior Services to offer knee replacement discussion

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Total Knee Replacement Surgery, a free discussion for adults 50 and older from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. Dr. Gregory Stewart, an orthopedic surgeon with Watauga Orthopedics, will offer the specifics of this surgery and recovery time.
For more information and to reserve a seat, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jan 17, 2017

Golf Advisory Board to meet Feb. 1

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road. Please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838 for further information.

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


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Jan 16, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Jan. 16

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• 103 Mohler Road – booster pump station installation
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – water line installation
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jan 12, 2017

Senior Services to offer Mental Health Fair

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer adults 50 and older a free Mental Health Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. Discussions will cover depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, PTSD, borderline personality disorders, and treatments.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information and to register.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jan 12, 2017

Tri-Cities Senior Softball League accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Tri-Cities Senior Softball League, a slow-pitch league for men ages 60 and older of all skill levels. League play begins in March, and Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer winter conditioning for all players at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 2. A softball camp will be held in late February.
Registration forms are available at MPCC, Winged Deer Park, and online at www.tricitiesseniorsoftball.com/. Fee is $40 per player, which includes hat and T-shirt. An organizational meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at MPCC.
Games will be played at Winged Deer Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays through November. The season will include intra-league games, tournaments, and regional play.
For more information, contact Jim Hastings at (423)491-0444, Ron Settle at (423)538-9612 or Charlie Mattioli at (423)543-1962.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Jan 12, 2017

Basketball officials, scorekeepers needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking basketball officials and scorekeepers. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Background checks will be conducted. For more information, please call (423)283-5822 or visit the Athletic Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825

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Jan 12, 2017

MPCC Fitness EXPO set for Tuesday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free Fitness EXPO for all ages on Tuesday (Jan. 17) from 5-7 p.m. Participants will be introduced to fitness equipment and classes such as Piloxing, Zumba, P90X, Yoga, Silver Sneakers®, and pool aerobics. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758


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Jan 12, 2017

PAC to offer Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint event

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host Pancakes, Pajamas and Paint from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Participants ages 2-5 can wear their pajamas while painting and eating pancakes. All art supplies will be provided. Cost is $5.
Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Princeton Arts Center or by calling (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801


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Jan 12, 2017

WSS offers tips for protecting pipes

Cold weather has arrived, and that can mean bad news for water pipes. The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their pipes. These precautions are especially important when homeowners are out of town and temperatures are below freezing.
• Eliminate drafts – Keep doors and windows in the basement and garage tightly closed. Close off crawl space vents and doors, and seal cracks in basement or crawl space walls.
• Insulate – Insulate pipes in unheated portions of the house such as exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements, cabinets or any enclosure where air can't circulate. Be alert for damp insulation; water soaked insulation can cause a freeze-up.
• Protect meter – Make sure the meter box cover is not broken, missing or ajar. These conditions allow freezing cold air to penetrate the box's insulation. Report missing or broken covers to the Water and Sewer Services Department at (423)461-1645.
• Protect outside faucets – Outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected and drained. Any space between faucet and exterior wall should be caulked. Check with your plumber about frost-proof faucets.
• Drain pipes if leaving town – When away from home for extended periods and heat is not left on, turn water off at cutoff and drain the lines.
• Leave faucet running – When temperatures reach low teens, leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one tap. It is important to note, however, that faucets left running may have an adverse effect on septic tanks. Other precautions should be taken.
• Open cabinet doors – If a sink is on an outside wall, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach water pipes.
• Thaw carefully – Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe. Use hot air from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner exhaust, heat tape or light bulb.
• Locate shut-off valve – Don't wait until a water pipe is broken to find the shut-off valve. While the Water and Sewer Services Department is responding to your emergency call, you will be able to minimize your damage by quickly stopping the flow of water. The City's plumbing code requires a shut-off valve. This is usually located inside near where the main water line enters the house. It may also be located in the basement, beneath the floor, in the garage or utility room. Check with your builder or plumber to assist in locating the shut-off valve.

For more information about water pipe maintenance, contact Water and Sewer Services at (423)461-1645.

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

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Jan 11, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 14), Wesley United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast featuring Anthony Duane Hancock, former University of Tennessee and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver. Tickets are available at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., for $15 a person or $120 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
On MLK Jr. Day, Monday (Jan. 16), the following events will be held at Carver Rec:
• Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., open to all ages. Youth will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is provided in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Join the Carver staff in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with food and musical entertainment.
In conjunction with the Carver events will be:
• United for Change Unity Walk and Program: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unity walk will begin and end at Greater Love International Church, 130 Garden Drive, with program immediately to follow. Chili will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please call (423)434-2749 or email pastor@thegreaterlove.com for more information.

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

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Jan 09, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Jan. 9

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Bristol Highway at Taylor Road – water line installation
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.


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Jan 09, 2017

Public forums to be held regarding Carver library name

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two public forums regarding the naming of the library at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. The proposed names include:
• Dorothy Christman
• Eugene Gillespie
• Georgia Gillespie
• Herb Greenlee
• Samantha Jones
• Robert McKinney
Public forums will be held:
• Jan. 12 – 4 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
• Jan. 26 – 4 p.m. at Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway (at Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s regularly scheduled meeting)
For more 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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Jan 09, 2017

Senior Services to offer Winter Wonderland Dance featuring Shooter Band

Citizens are invited to dance the night away with Senior Services at a special Winter Wonderland Dance from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Cost is $5 per person. Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


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Jan 09, 2017

BOC to hold workshop Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 12) to review the Capital Improvements Program and discuss future planning. 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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Jan 06, 2017

Inclement weather changes for Jan. 6-7

Johnson City Transit – All Transit services will end at 6:15 p.m. today (Friday, Jan. 6). Evening fixed route and evening Job Access services will not run. All Transit services will begin operation at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7), road conditions permitting.
Memorial Park Community Center – MPCC will close at 5 p.m. today (Friday, Jan. 6). Tonight’s Glow Stick Swim has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
Parks and Recreation basketball – All youth/adult basketball games are canceled for tonight (Friday, Jan. 6). Coaches will send notifications if schedules change tomorrow.

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Jan 04, 2017

BOC to hold workshop Saturday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a planning workshop at 8 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 7) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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Jan 02, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Jan. 2

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures
• Circle Drive at Walnut Grove Road – water line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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