2018 News Archive

Dec 18, 2018

BOC meetings announced

Please note the below meeting dates for the Johnson City Board of Commissioners. All meetings will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
• The Commission will hold a work session to discuss sesquicentennial initiatives Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.
• The Commission will hold special called meetings at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 for second and third readings, respectively, of Ordinance 4679-18 to convey City property referred to as Tract 11 located on Lark Street to State of Tennessee; Ordinance 4680-18 to convey City property referred to as Tract 15 located on Lark Street to the State of Tennessee; and Ordinance 4681-18 to convey City property referred to as Tract 23 on Lark Street to the State of Tennessee.
• The Commission agenda review meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, Dec. 31, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. 

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

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

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Dec 14, 2018

Carver Recreation Center to host Community Christmas Dinner

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will open its doors for a special Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Community members of all ages are invited to join Carver staff for fellowship, fun and great food.

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

CONTACT:    Herb Greenlee, center supervisor

               Carver Recreation Center

                        423-461-8830

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Dec 14, 2018

MPCC offers after-school program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an after-school program for children 6-12 years old. The program includes homework helpers, activities and snacks.

The 2019 program is available Jan. 7- May 24, and will be held from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. 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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Dec 14, 2018

Sesquicentennial committee hosts “A Day with Tweetsie Trains” events

Johnson City will begin its yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding by focusing on its railroad history, specifically the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) Railroad, popularly known as the “Tweetsie” due to the sound of its steam whistles in the region’s gorges.

Citizens will have two chances to enjoy “A Day with Tweetsie Trains” through both a museum exhibit and film presentation on Jan. 12 and 19.

Train-lovers will have the opportunity to glimpse the colorful past of the Tweetsie rail line, beginning with a tour of the Tweetsie model train exhibit room at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University, Room 108, Campus Center Building. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

At 1 p.m., historic films about the Tweetsie from the early half of the 20th century will be presented at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. These films, narrated by local railroad historian Ken Riddle, feature footage along the narrow-gauge rail line from Tennessee through North Carolina. This is also a free event. 

“We’re excited to host these film showings in conjunction with the exhibit at the George L. Carter Museum,” said Chuck Mohler, chairman of the History and Railroad Committee. “This is a great way for train enthusiasts to learn more about our rich heritage with the Tweetsie and to share that with others. We hope parents and grandparents will bring younger generations to join us for either of these weekends.”

Volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club operate the George L. Carter Railroad Museum’s model railroads. These volunteers also provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading. Also affiliated with the museum are two railroad historical societies: the George L. Carter Chapter National Railway Historical Society and the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad Historical Society.

For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook. Cancelations due to inclement weather will be posted on these sites.

CONTACT:    Chuck Mohler, chairman

                        Sesquicentennial History and Railroad Committee

                       423-833-3912

                        chuckmohler330@gmail.com


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Dec 13, 2018

Property taxes due by Dec. 31, 2018

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2018 are due by Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The City is not responsible for remittance errors made by banks, mortgage companies or taxpayers and therefore cannot waive penalties and interest resulting from such errors.

Taxes may be paid at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or may be mailed to the City of Johnson City, PO Box 2227, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Payments online (www.johnsoncitytn.org) or via phone (877-768-5048) will incur a fee. Tax bill number and credit/debit card number will be required for online and phone payments.

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


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Dec 13, 2018

Volunteers needed for Industrial Development Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider five appointments to the Industrial Development Board. The IDB was created as a means of financing business/industrial facilities that will create employment and economic growth. Four appointments will each serve a term of six years, beginning in February 2019. The remaining appointment will serve a term of two 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 Jan. 25. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

For more information regarding the Industrial Development Board functions, please call Alicia Summers at 794-9173.

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



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Dec 13, 2018

Carver Recreation Center to host free basketball clinic

King University head basketball coach George Pitts and members of his coaching staff will conduct a free basketball clinic at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., from 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17.

Ages 6-15 are encouraged to attend and build their skills. Pitts’ achievements in Northeast Tennessee at the high school and collegiate level are remarkable. He joined King University in 2006, after leading Brentwood Academy to four state titles and Science Hill High School to three.

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

CONTACT:    Herb Greenlee, center supervisor

                      Carver Recreation Center

                      423-461-8830


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Dec 11, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation. 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 Jan. 25. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Nicole Lawrence at 434-6071.

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator

                        Administration

                        423-434-6009


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Dec 10, 2018

Christmas Box Program seeks volunteers to deliver food to seniors

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation’s annual Christmas Box Program needs volunteers to help deliver food and household items to 250 needy and low-income seniors throughout the community on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Boxes will be packed inside Beeson Hall, 403 Harrison St., beginning at 8 a.m. and delivery will follow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers delivering Christmas boxes must use their own vehicles. 

Each box contains staple food items, cleaning supplies and paper goods and has a value of $60. The First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability screens recipients to avoid duplication of services.

To sign up to help with delivery, go to:  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4fabaa23a5fb6-johnson1 or contact Cheryl McLaughlin at 423-434-6226.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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



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Dec 10, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation. 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 Jan. 25. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Nicole Lawrence at 434-6071.

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator

                        Administration

                        423-434-6009


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Dec 07, 2018

MPCC offers Stretch and Sculpt Yoga

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a fitness class that employs floor exercises and encourages those who are suffering the effects of the winter cold to join this gentle, flowing form of yoga.

The class is now underway and held from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $5 per class/$35 per month. 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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Dec 07, 2018

Buffalo Mountain Park entrance to close early Saturday

The Buffalo Mountain Park entrance gate will close at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 due to the forecast of inclement weather. The gate will reopen when the roadway is deemed safe for travel.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT: Jim Hughes, assistant director
        Parks and Recreation
        423-283-5809 
                 



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Dec 07, 2018

New traffic signal in operation at intersection of North Roan and Mountainview

A new traffic signal at the intersection of North Roan Street and Mountainview Road began normal operation today, Friday, Dec. 7. The new signal will has a left-turn arrow in both directions on North Roan Street that includes a flashing yellow arrow. Vehicles turning left with the flashing yellow arrow must yield to oncoming traffic. The oncoming traffic has the right of way.

The State of Tennessee installed the new traffic signal as a safety project at the request of the City of Johnson City in an effort to make the intersection easier to navigate. The new traffic signal replaces flashing yellow lights on North Roan Street and flashing red lights on Mountainview Road.

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




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Nov 30, 2018

Johnson City’s Winged Deer Park chosen as Complex of the Year

USA Softball of Tennessee has named Johnson City’s Winged Deer Park the state’s 2018 Complex of the Year.

Johnson City Vice Mayor Jenny Brock will accept the award at the annual USA Softball of Tennessee Hall of Fame Banquet in Chattanooga on Saturday.

“There were several great nominations this year, and we ultimately chose Winged Deer Park due to the longtime partnership with USA Softball, the number of events held there and the commitment from Johnson City to expand their offerings,” said Tina Gale, State Complex of the Year Committee chairwoman.

The committee recognizes cities that support USA Softball and have made commitments to provide quality facilities for adult and youth softball participants to enjoy.

Winged Deer Park boasts five championship-caliber fields. The state-of-the-art complex opened in April 1991 with a four-field, wagon wheel design. An additional field was added several years later to better accommodate league and tournament play.

The City of Johnson City recently purchased an additional 36 acres adjacent to the park with plans to add diamond and rectangular fields in the near future.

“This will enhance the city’s league and tournament offerings,” said James Ellis, Johnson City Parks and Recreation director. “The relationship between the city and USA Softball began during Howard Johnson’s tenure as the first park director, and it continues today some 50 years later. We have hosted hundreds of invitational, state and regional tournaments in addition to 16 USA Softball National Tournaments.

“The National events held here include all four age groups of the girl’s slow-pitch divisions, the girl’s 10U fast-pitch nationals on three occasions, girl’s 18U fast-pitch twice, the men’s major open slow-pitch nationals three times, the men’s super-slow-pitch division twice and the men’s major church national. These events have pumped millions of dollars into the local community, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels and other businesses have fully supported these efforts.”

Each dugout at the complex utilizes phones to enable communications between the teams and the scorers in the central tower. Both outfield and infield irrigation helps keep the fields in great shape during hot and dry weather.

All five fields are lighted and have scoreboards. The central tower houses restrooms and a concession area on the main level with a meeting area, scorer’s areas and an office upstairs. In addition to having two fenced warmup areas, there are three rectangular fields for additional warmups prior to games.

In addition to the softball complex, Winged Deer Park includes an 18-hole disc golf course, 1.2 miles of paved and lighted trails, mountain bike trails, a lakefront area with a boardwalk, two playground areas, pavilions, and an amphitheater. The complex has over 400 parking spaces with additional parking along the lakefront.

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



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Nov 28, 2018

Senior Services sets lineup for December Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature two Friday Night Dances in December for those 50 and older, including a free Christmas dance.

  • Friday, Dec. 7: Kids Our Age. This is the Christmas dance at which hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
  • Friday, Dec. 21: Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band. Regular dance.

Both dances will be held at the MPCC gymnasium and dining room from 7-10 p.m. The Dec. 7 Christmas dance is free. Cost is $5 per person for the Dec. 21 dance. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $2.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Nov 27, 2018

MPCC begins new WERQ Dance Fitness cardio/dance class

Join certified group fitness instructor Jennifer Howard at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for the fiercely fun WERQ (pronounced “work”) dance fitness workout based on pop and hip-hop music. No dance experience required.

This ongoing class for those 16 and older is held on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class. Register in person at MPCC.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

     Memorial Park Community Center

                     423-434-5758

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Nov 27, 2018

MPCC blends fitness techniques with Bells and Barre class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a 50-minute class called Bells and Barre that combines two, 25-minute segments of today’s most popular and effective strategies.  

Basic kettlebell and strength moves will be performed to music for a total body workout focused on arms, legs and core. Barre Express components include Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises used by dancers to deliver a results-driven workout.

Bells and Barre requires no dance experience and modifications are available for all fitness levels. This ongoing class is open to those 16 and older. Class is $6 per session and will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Please register in person at MPCC.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

      Memorial Park Community Center

        423-434-5758


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Nov 27, 2018

MPCC helps get letters to North Pole with Santa’s Mailbox

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will serve as a special mail center this holiday season. Letters to Santa will be accepted daily Dec.1-Dec. 20. No postage is necessary. Santa’s helpers will pick up the mail every day and make sure it gets to the North Pole before Christmas Eve.

Those 16 and under are invited to take advantage of this free holiday delivery. Letters can be mailed in the MPCC lobby from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Santa will answer all letters that have a return address.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

                      Memorial Park Community Center

                      423-434-5758


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Nov 27, 2018

Inaugural ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday

The newly elected members of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will take the oath of office on Monday (Dec. 3). Citizens are invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 4 p.m. at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

Johnson City voters elected John Hunter, a Johnson City Board of Education member, and re-elected incumbent Jenny Brock to the City Commission. Brock and Hunter join Commissioners Joe Wise, Todd Fowler and Larry Calhoun.

Johnson City Board of Education incumbents Tom Hager and Kathy Hall will be joined by newcomers Michelle Treece, Robert Williams, and Paula Treece. Paula Treece is filling a midterm vacancy while the remaining four will serve four-year terms.

The Rev. Lester D. Lattany, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, and the Johnson City Police Department Honor Guard will participate in the inauguration ceremony. Science Hill student Angela Shipley will perform the national anthem. A reception will follow.

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
                   Communications and Marketing
                   423-434-6249

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Nov 26, 2018

Senior Services offers health-related programs for December

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following discussions for those 18 and older.

  • Shoulder Pain: 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Dec. 4. Dr. Larry Waldrop II will talk about common shoulder conditions and treatments that can help reduce pain and restore function. 
  • Live to 100: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10. Tim Dunne, a doctor of chiropractic, will talk about how to get and stay healthy.
  • Healthy Eating for the Holidays and Beyond: 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Dec. 11. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet during this time of year. Dietician Crystal Woods will share some fresh ideas and tasty recipes for healthier choices this season and into the new year.

Please preregister for all programs or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, manager

                      Senior Services

                      423-434-6231


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Nov 26, 2018

Senior Services offers fitness classes, fitness-planning event

The Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two new, ongoing fitness classes, a special December class, and a fitness-planning event.

  • Pound (new, ongoing): 5-5:45p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4. A 45-minute, full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Participants also will use Ripstix® (lightly weighted drumsticks) to transform drumming into an effective way to work out. Cost is $3 per class. Participants should bring an exercise mat to class. Register in person at MPCC the evening of each class. Open to individuals 18 and older.
  • Cardio Drumming (new, ongoing): 5-5:45p.m., Wednesdays beginning Dec. 5. A 45-minute workout in which participants will engage in high-energy routines using drumsticks to hit an exercise ball sitting atop an 18-gallon bucket. Cost is free. Participants must bring bucket and exercise ball to class. Drumsticks will be provided. Register in person at MPCC the evening of class. Open to all ages. 
  • Fitness Planning (one-time event): 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. Everyone’s body is unique. So are everyone’s goals. Participants will create an exercise/training plan during this fitness planning session to achieve their individual goals for the coming year. There is no cost for this event. Registration is not required. Open to ages 18 and older.  
  • Carol of the Kettlebells (December only): 8:30-9:30 a.m., Fridays in December, beginning Dec. 7. Kettlebells offer a unique and targeted approach to training in a challenging and engaging way. Cost is $2 per class. Register in person at MPCC the morning of each class. Open to individuals 50 and older.

  For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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




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Nov 21, 2018

Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade

Join Josh Smith and City officials at 7 p.m. Friday, November 30, when the community Christmas tree is lit for the season at its new location, beneath the Johnson City landmark sign in King Commons. Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature the Johnson City Senior Chorale, Science Hill Chamber Ensemble and Indian Trail Choir. The Johnson City Public Library will provide activities for children, and hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by Our Savior Lutheran Church.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, local officials will lead the crowd in a community singalong of the 12 Days of Christmas before everyone is invited to Main Street for the Hometown Holiday Street Fest. Then, on Saturday morning, the Johnson City Christmas Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at ETSU, traveling down West Walnut Street and through Downtown. The Pavilion at Founders Park will be transformed into Whoville Village following the parade, from noon-2 p.m., with tons of activities for kids.
For more information about the parade, visit https://www.jcchristmasparade.org/.

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
Communications and Marketing
423-434-6249

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Nov 20, 2018

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

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will sell tickets for the 2019 Daddy-Daughter Dance at a discounted price on Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets may be purchased in person at MPCC from 12:30-8 p.m. and at myjcparks.org from midnight to 11:59 p.m.
Discounted, one-day-only tickets are $15 for two tickets and $5 for each additional ticket. On Jan. 7, tickets will go on sale at the regular price of $10 per ticket.
The Daddy-Daughter Dance is Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Fathers, grandfathers and guardians are invited to dress up and dance the night away with their daughters. The event features a live DJ, a special guest appearance and refreshments. Children 3 and under are free. More details will be forthcoming.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

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

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Nov 19, 2018

Thanksgiving holiday reminders

Citizens are asked to take note of the following Thanksgiving holiday advisories:
• City offices and services will be closed Thursday and Friday.
• Residents whose regular garbage/recycling collection day is Thursday will have pick-up on Saturday (Nov. 24).
• The 13th annual Turkey Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at the corner of State of Franklin Road and Legion Street. A race map is attached. Race route closures will begin at 7 a.m. and include the intersections of Main and Bert streets; Main and Legion streets; and State of Franklin Road and Roan Street. State of Franklin will reopen shortly after the race begins; all other roads are expected to reopen by 11 a.m.
For further Turkey Trot info, please visit jcturkeytrot.com.
The City of Johnson City wishes all our citizens a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
Communications and Marketing
423-434-6249

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
Communications and Marketing
423-434-6249
CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
Communications and Marketing
423-434-6249

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Nov 16, 2018

MPCC offers holiday celebration: Who Stole Christmas?

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites residents to a Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. Santa will join in the fun. Goodies, crafts and door prizes will also be available. A limited number of copies of the popular children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be distributed. 

The event is free. Register in person at MPCC through the day of the event.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

423-434-5758


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Nov 14, 2018

MPCC blends fitness techniques with Bells and Barre class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a 50-minute class called Bells and Barre that combines two, 25-minute segments of today’s most popular and effective strategies.  

Kettlebell AMPD Express combines basic kettlebell and strength moves performed to music for a total body workout focused on arms, legs and core. It employs a low weight-high rep formula.

Barre Above Express blends the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of strengthening exercises used by dancers to deliver a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic but that also will sculpt your body.

Bells and Barre requires no dance experience and modifications are available for all fitness levels. Class is $6 per session and will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Please register in person at MPCC.

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

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

423-434-5758


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Nov 14, 2018

Senior Services offers Household Air Pollution and COPD presentation

In conjunction with National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Month, Dr. Mildred Maisonet with East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, will present an educational session on COPD and home air pollution from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Maisonet will also provide information about a new study by ETSU and Johns Hopkins University on home air pollution and its effects on COPD mortality.

The presentation is free, and open to those 18 and older. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, manager

                      Senior Services

                      423-434-6231


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Nov 14, 2018

City officials issue warnings about bus stop, pedestrian safety

The recent uptick in the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents at school bus stops across the country has prompted local officials to issue warnings reminding drivers to pay attention behind the wheel. While it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that has stopped to load or unload children, bus drivers see it happen on a daily basis.

“Whenever possible we develop bus routes that allow the door to open up directly to the bus stop so that children do not have to cross the road to board the bus,” said Johnson City Transit Director Eldonna Janutolo. “In fact, on more heavily traveled roads we have two separate bus routes, one going in each direction to avoid road crossings.”

Janutolo said motorists need to take a more active role in the safety of students by being more attentive when driving and abiding by the law. She said school bus drivers regularly report sightings of drivers on cell phones, speeding and passing stopped buses. The illegal activity is reported to the Transit Department as well as the Police Department.

“When we receive reports of an issue we will send a unit to look into it,” said Johnson City Police Department Lt. Becky West. “Another area of concern is the pedestrians who walk to and from school. Not everyone rides a school bus.”

Since the start of the school year, the Johnson City Police Department has issued 800 traffic charges in school zones. Those charges include speeding (617), using a handheld mobile phone in an active school zone (28), and texting while driving (2). The remaining 153 include warnings as well as citations for equipment or driver license violations.

Both Janutolo and West encourage drivers to slow down and stay off mobile devices while being cognizant of the bus schedule in their area. Once the school year has started Janutolo said buses travel the same roads, at the same times, and stop in the same places each school day. In addition to altering their own schedules to avoid bus routes, drivers can take other precautions to keep children safe.

The National Safety Council recommends:

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

CONTACT:    Lt. Becky West

                      Police Department

                      423-434-6143


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Nov 12, 2018

Senior Services to offer Introduction to Level 1 Pilates

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a four-week, eight-session program designed to teach participants the basics of Pilates. Pilates is comprised of movements that enhance muscular strength, improve flexibility and overall health, and wellness. All movements will be performed on exercise mats, and participants are encouraged to bring their own mats to each class.

The sessions are from 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Cost is $8 per participant for the entire series. This program is open to those 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC. Class size is limited.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                      Senior Services

                      423-461-4852



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Nov 07, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department to begin winterization of facilities

Due to freeze warnings, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will begin winterization procedures for the following areas:

  • All restroom facilities that do not currently have heat
  • Carver Park garden
  • All water fountains that are not frost proof
  • Irrigation systems
  • Equipment

We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more info, call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT:    Jim Hughes, assistant director

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-283-5815


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Nov 06, 2018

Parks and Recreation presents Wildlife Detectives

Johnson City Parks and Recreation staff will host a family-friendly presentation about animal signs at Buffalo Mountain Park from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. This event will help participants identify the signs animals leave behind to signal their presence in an area. Participants will help draft a list of the different ways people can determine if animals have been present before heading down to Catbird Creek to catch and release “stream critters.”

Participants should meet at Harris Pavilion located in Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 High Ridge Road. Cost is $2 per person. No registration is 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 06, 2018

MPCC hosts Cardboard Boat Race

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Cardboard Boat Race from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Children 12 and older are invited to bring their families and friends to this event. Individual participants and/or groups will create vessels in hopes of sailing across the center’s lap pool.

Creative ideas, names and costumes are encouraged but not required. Each boat must be constructed from cardboard and held together with adhesive materials. Boats can be made at home, but space will be provided at MPCC for construction prior to the race.  

Cost is $5 per entry. Please register in person at MPCC.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

CONTACT:     Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-434-5754

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Nov 02, 2018

13th Annual Turkey Trot Kickoff Held at Sulphur Springs Elementary School

(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.)The place to be on Thanksgiving morning is the 13th annual Turkey Trot in Johnson City.

 

The 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk is set for Thursday, Nov. 22. 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. This year, classrooms are asked to choreograph a signature Turkey Trot dance to the song “Let’s Turkey Trot” by Little Eva. Video submissions will be posted on Facebook, and the one with the most likes/shares wins. The winning students will be featured on WJHL, receive vouchers to Quantum Leap, and will perform their original dance routine on stage at the Turkey Trot. The classroom will receive $500.

 

“We discovered this great song that just needs a great dance to go with it,” said Race Director Karen Hubbs. “We can’t wait to see all our participants shaking their tail feathers Thanksgiving morning.”

 

Details about the contest can be found at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Deadline for entries is Nov. 11.

 

Charitable Giving

In the past 10 years, the Turkey Trot has awarded more than $156,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. From last year’s event, more than $24,000 was given to Tannery Knobs Bike Park, East Tennessee State University, the Turkeys in Training program, the Johnson City Police Department, and the Johnson City Fire Department.

 

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

The Wellness Center, City of Johnson City, Elizabethton Federal, ABC Tri-Cities/NewsChannel 11, WXBQ/Bristol Broadcasting, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Food City, Johnson City Cardinals/Boyd Sports, Katz Americas, Johnson City Press, Pepsi, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-Cities Turtles, Dr. Carlson & Associates, Quantum Leap, 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 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Early registration by 9 p.m. Nov. 19 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and younger). Late registration (Nov. 20-21) 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 noon -8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 21.

 

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.

Note to media: Please contact Keisha Shoun – 434-6249; kshoun@johnsoncitytn.org – to schedule media appearances.

 

Karen Hubbs, Race Director 423-946-3784

Jenny Brock, Race Chair 423-791-1262

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Nov 02, 2018

Turkey Shootout challenges roundballers in 3-point competition

Johnson City youth will have an opportunity to show off their shooting skills during the annual Turkey Shootout on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The 3-point contest begins at 3 p.m. for ages 11-14 before teens over 15 get their chance at 3:30 p.m.
The individuals in each of the two age groups who sink the most 3-point shots in one minute will receive a frozen turkey and a special prize.
Register in person the day of the event. No entry fee.
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 01, 2018

MPCC hosts Mother-Son Date Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother-Son Date Night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. Participants will enjoy a dinosaur-themed event featuring a catered meal, dessert, crafts and a movie.

Cos is $7 per person. Preregistration is required in person at MPCC by Nov. 9.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

                       Memorial Park Community Center

                       423-434-5758

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Nov 01, 2018

Citizen Survey open through end of November

The City of Johnson City is conducting its biennial Citizen Survey. Collected data will be used to determine how the City can best serve the public. The online survey is available on the City’s home page: www.johnsoncitytn.gov.

Conducted in partnership with the National Research Center, the survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is crucial to planning projects and providing services. All input is greatly appreciated. Citizens are encouraged to complete the online Citizen Survey by Friday, Nov. 30.

Responses from previous surveys have resulted in improvements to the downtown area, including enhanced street sweeping and maintenance and the addition of LED lighting. The last survey, conducted in 2016, indicated an increase in satisfaction among residents in the areas of downtown safety, overall cleanliness, storm drainage, and walking trails. 

“The Citizen Survey is a great indicator of how we are doing,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “It lets us know what our stakeholders want and gives us direction for strategic planning.”

For more information, please email citizensurvey@johnsoncitytn.org or call 434-6196.

CONTACT:    Lora Grogg, budget director

                       Administration

                       423-434-6196

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Oct 31, 2018

MPCC offers Teen Trivia Night

Youth ages 12-17 are invited to Teen Trivia Night at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. The evening will include pizza, trivia, and games.

This program is free. Please register at MPCC.

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

 

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CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

                       Memorial Park Community Center

                       423-434-5758

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Oct 29, 2018

City soliciting input on ADA accessibility

The City of Johnson City is providing two tools to help improve ADA accessibility throughout our community. The first, an online survey, will be available through Nov. 20. This brief questionnaire seeks input about City facilities, services and programs. The second is an interactive map that allows users to identify locations where accessibility issues may exist and report them in detail.
These tools, and further information about the City’s ADA program, can be found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/ADA.

CONTACT: Randy Trivette, facilities director
Administration
423-434-5718

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Oct 29, 2018

Senior Services to offer Thanksgiving-themed workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Carved, an hour-long, body-weight workout designed to boost metabolism and offset holiday pounds. This class is for those 50 and older and will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in November with the exception of Nov. 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Cost is $2 per person. Register in person at MPCC the morning of each class.                                                          

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                        Senior Services

                        423-461-4852

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Oct 29, 2018

Explore the possibility of life beyond Earth at MPCC presentation

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will welcome Dr. Gary Henson on Tuesday, Nov. 6 as he offers an overview of the study of life on Earth and in space. The presentation, “Astrobiology and the Possibilities of Extraterrestrial Life,” will include a discussion about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life in the universe.

Henson, an East Tennessee State University Physics and Astrology Department professor, will speak from 10-11:30 a.m. The presentation is free, and those 18 and older are welcome. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

 

CONTACT:    John Harrell, program coordinator

                       Senior Services  

                       423-434-6229

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Oct 26, 2018

Volunteer needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. This appointee will fill a vacant term set to expire July 2020. 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 Friday, Nov. 23. 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.

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Oct 25, 2018

Senior Services offers health-related presentations for November

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following classes, discussions and services aimed at improving quality of life.

  • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program: 12:30-2 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11. This six-week series will educate, empower and encourage participants to better manage diabetes. Ages 18+.
  • Ask the Cardiologist: 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8. Gain a better understanding about how the heart works in this informal Q&A with Dr. Daniel Merrick, which will address heart health, managing blood pressure, common heart conditions, and cardiac procedures and treatments. Ages 50+.
  • Suicide: 1 Life Lost is 1 Too Many: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Attendees will learn about local statistics, available resources, warning signs, and how to get help for themselves or a loved one. Ages 18+.
  • Soups On!: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Warm up with some nutritious soup. Get ideas for simple, quickly made, healthful and tasty soup. Samples and recipes provided. Ages 50+.  
  • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Learn about the latest options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Johnson City Medical Center Orthopedics Director Misty Jenkins will talk about what to expect before and after surgery and will provide recovery information and tips. Ages 50+.
  • Staying Mentally Healthy During Winter: 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Lisa Bausell, LPC, CEAP, will discuss the effect of winter on our mood. Some feel more tired, irritable or sad. Others may be grieving, which can be especially difficult during the holidays. Learn strategies to help ward off the winter blues. Ages 18+.
  • Heart-Valve Problems: 11 a.m.-noon. Monday, Nov. 19. Cardiac surgeon Dr. Bryan Helsel will provide information and answer questions. Learn about heart-valve diseases, symptoms, testing and treatments, including the latest replacement and repair options. Ages 18+.

    Please preregister for all programs or seek further information by calling 423-434-6237.

    CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager

                          Senior Services

                          423-434-6231

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Oct 24, 2018

November Friday Night Dance entertainment announced

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature two Friday Night Dances in November for those 50 and older.

  • Friday, Nov. 2: Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
  • Friday, Nov. 16: Shooter Band

Both dances will be held at the MPCC gymnasium and dining room from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person for each event. Registration is not required.

CONTACT:    Lauren Fowler, program coordinator

                        Senior Services

                        423-461-4852

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Oct 24, 2018

Senior Services offers tickets, transportation to ETSU’s football finale

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers in their final regular season home game. The Bucs will host the Samford University Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 17 at William B. Greene Jr. Stadium.

Tickets to the game are $21 per person. Round-trip transportation from MPCC is provided. Bus will leave at noon and return about 3:30 p.m. Register at either MPCC desk.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:   Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                      Senior Services

                      423-461-4852

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Oct 23, 2018

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. This board meets on a quarterly basis, as needed, and is charged with recommending procedures regarding the promotion and development of Pine Oaks Golf Course 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 Nov. 23. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

For more information about Pine Oaks Golf Course or the advisory board, please contact Mike Jennings at 423-434-6250.

 

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator

                        Administration

                        423-434-6009

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Oct 22, 2018

Nature Program to host bat presentation

Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will host “Behold the Bat,” a presentation designed to help attendees learn about the benefits and struggles of one of our most mysterious groups of mammals. The presentation will also address the do’s and don’t’s of attracting them to your property with a bat house.

Families are welcome to this presentation on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Winged Deer Park’s outdoor classroom (park in the Disc Golf parking lot and look for signs). Cost is $2 per person. Registration 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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Oct 22, 2018

Inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K set for Nov. 10

The inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run is set for Nov. 10, and this event is not to be missed by big or little caped crusaders! Your mission: to save the day for children in need. All proceeds from the race will go toward the Johnson City Police Department’s Shop With a Cop event, set for Dec. 13. Area children, selected from the Johnson City School System, are treated to dinner before a Police escort takes them to Walmart for a shopping spree. Each child’s family receives a food box, and if there are siblings in the home, they receive gifts as well.

“Spending time with these kids and being a small part of helping them to enjoy Christmas is the best feeling in the world,” said Officer Brittney Eberhardt. “They are so sweet. They can buy anything they want on the shopping spree, and most all of them end up buying presents for their family. We had the privilege of helping 61 children last year, and this year we hope to increase that to 70.”

Register today to take part in this super fun, superhero-themed event. The whole family is invited to join in fighting villains along the route, in their pursuit of justice and Christmas cheer.

“It’s going to be unlike any other 5K in our area, and the kids will love it,” said Eberhardt. “And of course there’s the added bonus of knowing your registration fee is helping a local child.”

Registration for the Shop With a Cop 5K and Family Fun Run is now under way at http://thegoosechase.org/shop-with-a-cop-5k/. Participants may register for the 5K event or the 1-mile Family Fun Run. Online registration will close at 9p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Early registrants (by Oct. 26) are guaranteed a T-shirt. Early registration for each event is $25 per entrant and $15 for participants 10 and under. Late registration (Nov. 9) is $30 per entrant and $20 for participants 10 and under.

Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m. near the start/finish line located on East Tennessee State University’s campus near The Quad, which is outside of Brooks Gym.

Event management for the inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run is provided by The Goose Chase.

 

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director

                 Communications and Marketing

                 423-434-6249

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Oct 22, 2018

Carver Recreation Center to host Halloween Festival

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is hosting its annual, family friendly Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. Cash prizes will be awarded for best children’s costume in three age groups, and there will be lots of games and inflatables.
Admission is $1 for those in costume; $2 for those not in costume. Game tickets are 50 cents.
For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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

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Oct 22, 2018

MPCC hosts Pumpkin Swim

Kids 4-12 will dive for their pumpkin of choice at Memorial Park Community Center’s teaching pool on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-5:45 p.m. Children can decorate their Halloween prizes before taking them home.
Cost is $5 per child. No registration required.
For more information, call 423-434-5754.

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

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Oct 19, 2018

Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek Arboretum to be unveiled at grand opening

Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek will host the official opening of its latest environmental learning feature on Monday, Oct. 29, from 4:30-6 p.m. The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has certified the feature as a Level I arboretum, making Jacob’s Nature Park Arboretum the third in Washington County to hold the certification.

The arboretum includes signage identifying nearly three dozen tree species, with more signs planned. Signs will include codes that direct smartphone users to a Jacob’s Park Arboretum link on PlantsMap.com, on which visitors can identify each tree by its scientific and common names, as well as the butterfly and/or moth species supported by the tree type.  

“I was very moved when I read the story of how Jacob’s Park came into existence, and this arboretum seems a perfect addition to such a natural, peaceful setting,” said Jill Smith, TUFC executive director.

Attendees will gather at the park’s entrance at 1220 King Springs Road where information will be provided about the arboretum, how the idea came about, what it adds to the park’s value, how the digital resource makes learning more robust, and how the arboretum was joined with the park’s pollinator element.

Attendees can tour the park’s lower section and ridge, time permitting. Overflow parking will be available at Rich Acres Freewill Baptist Church, 1245 King Springs Road.

To learn more about Jacob’s Nature Park, visit jacobfrancisco.com. For information about the arboretum grand opening, call 423-283-5821.

 

CONTACT:    Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-283-5821                   

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Oct 18, 2018

National pickleball doubles champion to host clinic at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 18 and older an opportunity to learn from a champion. Ty Petty, national pickleball doubles champion, will host a Pickleball Clinic, Thursday, Nov. 1, 6-7 p.m. at the MPCC. Entry fee is $5 per person.

Register and pay in person at MPCC’s Senior Services desk. Registration will be accepted up to the start of the clinic.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, manager

                       Senior Services

                       423-434-6231

 

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Oct 16, 2018

Smoke testing now under way

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


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 Miami Drive from King Springs Road to Daytona Drive

Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Sunrise Terrace
• Daytona Court
• Daytona Drive
• East Maple Street from East Highland Road to Grande Avenue
• Grand Avenue
• Grand Avenue Extension
• Baker Street
• Young Street
• Circle Road
• Southview Drive
• Hiwassee Hill Drive
• Hiwassee Hill Extension
• Edgehill Circle
• Ridgefield Drive
• Ravine Drive
• Hiwassee Heights Drive
• Milligan Highway near Twin Oaks Drive to Hiwassee Heights Drive
• Twin Oaks Drive
• Quarry Road
• South Roan Street from University Parkway to Plymouth Road
• Lafe Cox Drive
• University Parkway from Cherokee Road to near South Roan Street
• Hoover Street
• West Magnolia Avenue
• Knox Street
• Holly Street
• Holly Hill Subdivision
• Buffalo Street from Holly Street to University Parkway
• Linden Avenue
• Sinking Creek Road from Elizabethton Highway to near Weaver Hill Road
• King Springs Road
• Ferrell Drive
• Preston Road
• Stoneybrook Subdivision
• Meadow View Addition
• The Village at King Springs
• Bell Ridge Road
• East Ridge Subdivision
• Preservation Pointe
• Ocala Drive
• Dave Buck Road from King Springs Road to Greenlee Road
• Fox Road
• Pearman Road
• John Exum Parkway from near North Roan Street to West Market Street
• Science Hill High School
• Gilmer Park
• Highland Heights
• West Park Addition
• Big Springs Addition
• Gardenview Subdivision
• Dunbar Development
• Carver Park
• HH Carr Addition


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

Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well-vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1646 for more information.

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


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

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


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

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Oct 15, 2018

BOC applicant interviews to be held tonight

In conjunction with tonight’s Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting, commissioners will conduct interviews with applicants for the board’s vacant seat.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration
423-434-6002



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Oct 15, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Oct. 23

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Tuesday, Oct. 23 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Keystone Community Center, 601 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 is required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license to apply.
• Programming – Program assistants will supervise and facilitate activities for children ages 6-16 in a recreational setting. All applicants must be able to communicate effectively, have general knowledge of recreational activities and be able to work uninterrupted.
• Lifeguards – Lifeguards conduct safety surveillance of all pools and slides. Lifeguards are also responsible for the 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 basketball referees and scorekeepers for youth and adult programs. General knowledge of sports rules are required. Some training will be provided.

All applicants must be 16 years of age or older and be able to pass a background check. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.


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Oct 12, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 15

Public Works projects:
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Ridgeway Road (Forest Avenue to Woodland Avenue) - curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Broyles Drive (East Mountcastle Drive to North Roan Street) – preparing for resurfacing. Northbound lane closed to all traffic. Broyles Drive closed at East Mountcastle Drive – all traffic wanting to enter from Mountcastle will be detoured to North Roan Street. Traffic accessing Broyles Drive from Princeton Road will have one lane only to travel. Please avoid the area if possible. This work should last approximately one week.
• Dennis Drive – road widening. Road closures possible. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Austin Springs Road (200-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road and Gentry Hamilton Road – water line construction; lane closures
• West Locust Street (from University Parkway to Cherokee Road) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East Market Street (700 block) – water line replacement
• Carroll Creek Road (2000 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Hicks Acres Drive at Highway 75 – water line extension

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Oct 12, 2018

MPCC offers family friendly Transportation Station

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Transportation Station at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The entire family will have a chance to check out cool vehicles while collecting Halloween candy in costume.
The event includes hands-on opportunities for children to see and/or climb on trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery, and more. Please bring your own bag for candy collection.
Kid-friendly concessions will be sold. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

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

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Oct 10, 2018

Children invited to create mummies, monsters at MPCC

Youth are invited to participate in hauntingly creative events on Friday, Oct. 26 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Dummy Mummies: 10-11 a.m. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $4 per child. Make a dummy mummy family with recycled materials, and fill your tummy with yummy snacks.
Thrilling Monsters: 4-5 p.m. Ages: 6-11. Cost $4 per child. Design thrilling monsters with spooky supplies.

Please preregister by Monday, Oct. 22 in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, program coordinator 
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-5725

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Oct 08, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 8

Public Works projects:
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Broyles Drive (East Mountcastle Drive to North Roan Street) – preparing for resurfacing. Northbound lane closed to all traffic. Broyles Drive closed at East Mountcastle Drive – all traffic wanting to enter from Mountcastle will be detoured to North Roan Street. Traffic accessing Broyles Drive from Princeton Road will have one lane only to travel. Please avoid the area if possible. This work should last approximately one week.
• Dennis Drive – road widening. Road closures possible. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (200-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road and Gentry Hamilton Road – water line construction; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East Market Street (700 block) – water line replacement
• Carroll Creek Road (2000 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Hicks Acres Drive at Highway 75 – water line extension

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 08, 2018

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 five 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 nine vacancies; 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 Oct. 26. 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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Oct 08, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation. 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 Nov. 9. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Nicole Lawrence at 434-6071. 

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

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Oct 08, 2018

Senior Center offers Community Input Day

The Johnson City Senior Center at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Community Input Day on Friday, Oct. 26. Staff will gather comments from those age 18 and older about the center and its operations as part of its reaccreditation process.
Participants are invited to offer feedback at either a breakfast (8-10 a.m.) or lunch (noon-2 p.m.) session. Please register by Monday, Oct. 22 for one of the two meetings.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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


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Oct 08, 2018

Repairs to Native American sculpture at Metro-Kiwanis Park underway

Sculptor Peter Wolf Toth began work Monday to rehabilitate and redesign Junaluska, the 30-foot-tall Chestnut Oak image of a Cherokee chief originally erected at Metro-Kiwanis Park in 1986.
Water damage caused the majestic piece to crack and deteriorate, but Toth is confident he can restore the memorial to Tennessee’s Cherokee, Creek and Chickasaw in two to three weeks.
“Your city has gone out of its way to honor Native Americans, and I appreciate that,” said Toth, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. “When I make a statue, I consider where I left it my hometown.”
Park Services staff set up scaffolding and handrails from which Toth will remove a portion of Junaluska’s back to rid the structure of decayed wood. He then will treat the wood with a preservative and insert an I-beam and steel plates for support.
“A new top will be constructed from steel and fiberglass, and I’m going to reconfigure the feathers so it looks like they’re blowing in the wind,” he said. “I will also be giving him a facelift, which will make him look even more distinguished. This is my attempt to intertwine the spirit of the tree and the Native American.”
Metro-Kiwanis is a 15-acre community park used primarily for softball league play. Junaluska faces Knob Creek Road within a 3-acre special-use area, Friendship Gardens.
Toth’s studio/museum is located near Daytona, Fla. His creations can be found in virtually every state, as well as about a dozen other countries.
For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

CONTACT: James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5809


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Oct 08, 2018

Senior Services to host flu clinic Monday

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a flu clinic for those ages 18 and older from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Monday (Oct. 15). West Towne Pharmacy will provide flu shots. Participants should wear loose clothing and bring insurance cards, as the pharmacy will bill insurance companies. To preregister or for more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Oct 04, 2018

Annual fall leaf collection starts Oct. 29

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Oct. 29 through Thursday, 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

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Oct 02, 2018

MPCC offers hands-on experience to assist Gray Fossil Site

Pick through the past and assist with ongoing fossil research at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Gray Fossil Site Collections Manager April Nye and East Tennessee State University graduate students will conduct a free, interactive class for those 50+ on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10:30-noon.
The class includes an introductory PowerPoint presentation on the fossil site’s history and a search to identify fossils within samples brought from the site. Identified fossils will become part of the East Tennessee Museum of Natural History collection in Gray.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Seating is limited. 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-6229 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-6229 

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Oct 02, 2018

2018 Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame inductees announced

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Wall of Fame Nominating Committee convened Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Memorial Park Community Center and agreed to induct three new members.

“We recognize these folks because they’ve been big contributors to Parks and Recreation, Johnson City and our community,” said Harry Gibson, committee chair.

The committee is pleased to announce the following 2018 inductees: Barbara Stevens, Larry Manis and Todd Fowler.

Barbara Stevens

A Parks and Recreation employee from 1972-1996, Stevens is well known for her work ethic and dedication. She began working under Howard Johnson, the city’s first Parks and Recreation director, and her initial duties included overseeing a summer playground program and supervising the Kiwanis Park Recreation Center and programming offered there.

Stevens volunteered as a basketball coach in the men’s, women’s and youth programs, with her basketball teams winning numerous league championships. In addition to role as a coach, she also served as the skating supervisor for the ever-popular skating program.

Long after her scheduled work hours, Stevens could be found at Legion Recreation Center or at one of the parks assisting with programs and events when others could not work. She also volunteered to work any and all special events, sometimes working concessions at weekend tournaments, putting in 18-hour days, sleeping a few hours, then heading back in for another long day. Stevens also ran the Halloween Festival, worked wrestling matches, and at Cardinal Park.

During her tenure, she became a mentor to many young children in the community, and a second parent to hundreds of kids who could not afford admission fees to skating, wrestling or other events. It also was a common for her to pay for a child’s hotdog, candy bar or drink when they were no able to do so.

Today, many adults feel Stevens made a considerable impact on their lives at important moments in their youth. Her passion, dedication and love for the Parks and Recreation program was evident throughout her more than 24 years of service to citizens.


Larry Manis

U.S. Air Force veteran Larry Manis created and chartered the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation and served as Johnson City Senior Center assistant director from 1973-1988. The Blountville High School graduate lettered in track and field and cross country. He later garnered a full scholarship to East Tennessee State University in those sports and was a two-time all-conference cross-country runner in the Ohio Valley Conference. After graduation, he began helping organize track meets and recruiting former runners and alumni to help officiate various events, eventually becoming coordinator of officials for ETSU’s track and field program. He has since volunteered to coordinate ETSU meets for 32 years. He officiated more than 40 Collegiate Conference Track & Field Championships and an equal number of high school meets.

Manis played and coached Church League Softball in Parks and Recreation leagues from 1974-1994 for North Johnson City Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church. He was a volunteer cross-country coach at Science Hill High School and a past member of the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Church Athletic Board for 15 years, serving as its chair for 10 years.

He also is a former assistant coach with Johnson City/Washington County Boys Club T-ball and Johnson City Little League Baseball’s Gordan Yankees. Manis coached youth basketball for two years in the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation program and organized and coached the Senior Softball League from 1976-1988, twice going to the nationals in Atlanta and Clearwater, Fla.

In 1987, he received the Parks and Recreation Award for Outstanding Service. One year later, he was recognized for Outstanding Service by the Tennessee Commission on Aging. He formerly served as Johnson City United Way division chair and on the Washington County Board of Equalization. He also served on the City’s first Homeless Committee with Dr. Shirley Chapman and Dr. Bert Allen, supervising the collection and compilation of surveys.

Todd Fowler

Dr. Todd Fowler, an Arkansas native, moved to Johnson City in 1993. He practices at Watauga Orthopaedics and is licensed in Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma.
He was elected to the City Commission in 2016 and is actively trying to increase the number of sports fields for the city. He has participated in men's and coed softball leagues and helped sponsor Johnson City Parks and Recreation teams over the years on behalf of himself and Watauga Orthopaedics. His children have participated in various local sports teams and leagues over the last 20 years, including soccer, softball and baseball. He has either coached, helped coach or played an active role as a parent in all these activities.
As a physician, Fowler has been the team doctor for Science Hill High School for 25 years, and has performed physical examinations for many sports and teams over the years. He, and with Watauga Orthopaedics, also volunteer to be on hand at Parks and Recreation tournaments.
He went to Austin Peay State University on academic leadership and athletic (golf) scholarships and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he obtained a doctor of medicine degree.
From 1990-1993, Fowler was team physician for Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City; Thomas Edison High School, Tulsa; Oral Roberts University, Tulsa; University of Tulsa, Tulsa; Tulsa Oilers, CHL Hockey and the Tulsa Drillers, AA Baseball.
He was team physician for ETSU from 1993-2006. From 1993 to present, he has served as team physician for Science Hill High School, Tusculum College, Milligan College, the Johnson City Cardinals and Elizabethton Twins.

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






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Oct 02, 2018

MPCC offers helpful presentations to assist seniors

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host three, free presentations aimed at improving knowledge about charitable giving and legacy planning, mobile device functions and uses, and legal aid for estate planning.

Charitable Giving and Legacy Planning: Thursday, Oct. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Western & Southern Life’s Jack Duncan will discuss charitable giving through life insurance.

Mobile Devices: Friday, Oct. 19, 2-3 p.m. Office Depot associates will answer questions about laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, external hard drives and printers. Technology such as USB hubs, flash drives and Bluetooth components also will be discussed.

Legal Aid/Estate Planning: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m. Participants will receive assistance to help them prepare documents, such as a last will and testament, power of attorney and an advanced health care plan/living will.

Register for the presentations at MPCC’s recreation or Senior Services desks, or by calling
423-434-6237.

For more information, call 423-434-6229. 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-6229 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-434-6229 

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Oct 02, 2018

Senior Services presents SilverSneakers® Harvest Hoedown

Head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Tuesday (Oct. 9) for an old-fashioned country barn dance without the barn. Art Lang and his band, along with a square dance caller, will get everyone’s feet stomping. A barbecue picnic is included.
The event is from 4-6 p.m. and open to those 50+. Cost is $3 per person and free to SilverSneakers-eligible participants. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237 by Friday (Oct. 5).

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

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

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Sep 27, 2018

Senior Services offers tickets, transportation to ETSU football game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers as they host the Western Carolina University Catamounts on Saturday, Oct. 27 at William B. Greene Jr. Stadium.
Tickets to the game are $21 per person. Round-trip transportation from MPCC is provided. Bus leaves at 2:30 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. Register and buy tickets by Oct. 20 at either MPCC desk.
For more information, call 423- 434-6237. 

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


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

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Sep 27, 2018

Super Spooky Saturday returns to MPCC Oct. 20

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is preparing for this year’s Super Spooky Saturday, which produced a very large turnout of ghosts, goblins and revelers last year. All ages are welcome, and everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. The event is set for 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, with children’s activities taking place from 5-7 p.m.
There will be games, arts and crafts, face painting, a cake walk, pumpkin hunting, marshmallow roasting, inflatables, a costume contest, silent disco and much more. The Haunted Walk: Return to Redrum Asylum is back this year and is expected to be scarier than ever.
General admission is free. The Haunted Walk is $2 per person. Ticket sales will end at 8 p.m. Concessions will be on sale.

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

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

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Sep 26, 2018

Party in the Park community celebration set for Oct. 7

The City of Johnson City, Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Community Roundtable invite citizens to Party in the Park from noon-5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 7) at Founders Park, 225 S. Commerce St.
This free event is a celebration of our community and will feature live music, inflatables, face painting, cornhole, and more.
“This is our third annual Party in the Park event,” said Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator for the Johnson City Police Department. “The purpose behind it is to celebrate, encourage, and build upon the positive relationships that we have with the community.”
This year’s entertainment includes Liberian dancers at 1 p.m. and music by Hollow Ground, which will take the stage at 2 p.m. Among other activities, MOMAC will be painting faces, Hands On! Discovery Center will offer a children’s activity, and Downtown Yoga will host yoga in the park from noon-1 p.m.
At the Pavilion, attendees can purchase delicious fare from popular local food trucks Li’l Delights, Bistro Snacks, Caribbean Grill, Feeding Frenzy, Me & K’s, and Top Dogs.
“There’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, and we hope that families will come out and get to know some of our officers on a personal basis,” Haas said. “We also encourage our law enforcement partners from across our community to join us.”
The Community Roundtable was formed about four years ago. The group has met on a monthly basis with the mission of fostering positive relationships between the Johnson City Police Department and the community at-large through proactive initiatives that assist all parties in better communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect for one another. 

CONTACT: Becky Haas, community crime prevention programs coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
423-434-6159



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Sep 25, 2018

Smoke testing to begin 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 Knob 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 East Lakeview Drive from Sandy Drive to East Side Avenue, and East Oakland Avenue from Lake Drive to near Woodland Avenue.
Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Glen Ridge Subdivision
• St. Mary’s Court Subdivision
• Willowbrook Subdivision
• Oak Park Subdivison
• Lake Drive Extension
• Lynwood Drive
• Hickory Hill Subdivision
• Holston Hills Subdivision
• Woodland Avenue
• Country Club Addition
• Piedmont Road
• East 7th Avenue
• Gibson Street
• Sherri Hill Road
• Patrick Drive

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

Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well-vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1646 for more information.  

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


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Sep 25, 2018

Senior Services offers health-related presentations for October

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide services in the coming weeks aimed at improving the quality of life.

• Eat Well, Feel Well: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 31. Whitney Marshall with the UT Extension office will share some great ideas for simple meals, healthy food choices, practical cooking tips, food safety info and tasty recipes. The program is free. Preregister by calling the Senior Services desk at 423-434-6237. Ages 50+.

• Looking to Enroll in Medicare Part D?: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays Oct. 13 and 27. ETSU Pharmacy students will be on hand to assist you in determining which Medicare D plan might be best for your specific needs. Bring your list of medications or your medications so they can help review the various plans online with your needs in mind. Medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. This is a free community services for seniors 50+. No registration required. Drop in.

• Understanding Migraines: 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 23. Migraines are more than just a bad headache. Learn the causes, triggers, management and treatment options. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. All ages welcome.

• Foods that Fight Inflammation: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. Crystal Woods, RDN, LDN from the Health Resource Center will discuss which foods promote inflammation and which help to fight it. Practical tips and recipes will be available during this free program. Ages 18+. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

• CPR Family and Friends / Basic First Aid: 9-11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Learn CPR life-saving, AED usage, relief of choking and first aid. Be prepared in case of an emergency. No testing or completion card will be provided. Hands on practice will be practiced. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. Ages 18+. Cost: $7 per person.

• Delay the Disease™ – Parkinson’s Exercise Program: 1-2 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Oct. 29. The 12-sessions exercise program is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s to take control of their disease and help delay the progression of symptoms. Specifically geared to help counteract the physical challenges, this evidence-based program involves exercises to promote greater mobility, improve balance, increase confidence, independence and hope. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. Ages 18+. Cost: $48 per 12 sessions.

• FTAAAD and Resources for Seniors: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. Kathy Whitaker, Director of the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability will share the services and programs offered to the region. The free program will provide a wealth of information and help coordinate resources to support independence and improve quality of life. Ages 50+.

For information on these and other Senior Services programs, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, senior services manager
Memorial Park Community Center 
423-434-6231 


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Sep 24, 2018

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 27th) 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:
Jeremy Jones, Operations Manager
Public Works
(423)434-5784


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Sep 21, 2018

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 for the remainder of an existing term that expires June 2020.
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, Oct. 12. 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

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

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Sep 21, 2018

Volunteer needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. This appointee will fill a vacant term set to expire July 2020. 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 Friday, Oct. 19. 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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Sep 21, 2018

MPCC offers 3-on-3 basketball tournament

Head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This tournament will offer three age brackets (10-12, 13-17, and 18 and older) with four players per team; males and females welcome. Prizes will be awarded. Fee is $40 per team.

Register in person beginning Oct. 1 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

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Sep 19, 2018

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. These appointments will begin in January and expire December 2020. 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. 19. 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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Sep 19, 2018

BOC to hold special called meeting Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 20) to discuss the process of filling the vacancy on the board. This meeting will take place at 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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Sep 19, 2018

Youth and adult basketball registration opens Oct. 1

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration will be open from Monday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis, by school district and a previous playing history with a returning coach.
Divisions include: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 for both boys and girls. Registration fee is $25 for Johnson City residents; $30 for non-city residents. Practices begin Monday, Nov. 5. Games begin Monday, Dec. 3. The first youth basketball coaches meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.
Adult basketball team applications will be accepted starting Monday, Oct. 1. Entry deadline is Thursday, Nov. 8. League play begins Monday, Dec. 3.
Adult league play is open to ages 16 and older and includes: Men’s Open, Men’s Church and Women’s Open. Registration fees are $400 plus $5 for each non-city resident on the roster. Photo IDs and team rosters are due at time of registration. The league offers a 14-game schedule and a single-elimination tournament. A coaches meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.
Register for the youth league at myjcparks.org or Winged Deer Park Athletic Office Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adult league registration must be conducted at Winged Deer Park.

Basketball referees and scorekeepers meeting
The first basketball referees and scorekeepers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Returning referees and scorekeepers, as well as anyone interested in refereeing or scorekeeping, are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more information, call 423-283-5822. 

CONTACT: Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5822

CONTACT: Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5822

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Sep 13, 2018

‘Chased by the Wolf’ authors to give presentation

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Jill and Fred Sauceman on Tuesday, Sept. 25 as they talk about their new book “Chased by the Wolf: A Life with Lupus and the Kidney Transplant That Saved It.”
The free presentation is from 10:30 a.m.-noon and open to all ages. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Registration will continue through the day of the event.
For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229
CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229

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Sep 13, 2018

City announces traffic, security plans for Saturday event

In preparation for Saturday’s TriPride Festival and parade, the City of Johnson City notifies citizens of the following:
• On Saturday, the Johnson City Farmers Market will move to the corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road.
• A portion of downtown streets will close at noon Friday in preparation for Saturday’s parade, which begins at noon. Streets will open at the conclusion of the festival.

• Parade spectators and festival goers will be required to enter through security access points. A list of prohibited items is below.

• Access to businesses along the parade route will be maintained but patrons may be required to pass through access points.
• An area will be designated for demonstrators.
“Our priority is public safety, and we believe these measures will ensure that,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner. “As with all large events, we ask the public to partner with us in keeping our community safe. If they see anything out of the ordinary, we ask that they call 911 immediately.”

ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE PARADE AND FESTIVAL AREAS WILL BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH FOR WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS ITEMS AND WILL BE SCANNED BY METAL DETECTORS

ALL SIGNS, FLAGS, AND BANNERS ARE PERMITTED IF HELD DIRECTLY BY HAND.  NO POLE, STICK, OR OTHER SUPPORT WILL BE ALLOWED

PROHIBITED ITEMS

NO WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE INCLUDING FIREARMS, KNIVES, ELECTRICAL WEAPONS, CHEMICAL WEAPONS OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED A WEAPON

NO GLASS, THERMAL, PLASTIC, OR METAL CONTAINERS INCLUDING FOOD, LIQUID, OR DRINK CANS, BOTTLES, OR COOLERS OF ANY KIND TO INCLUDE WATER BOTTLES

NO CONTAINERS, BAGS, PURSES, FANNY PACKS, OR BACKPACKS (ONLY REQUIRED MEDICAL ITEMS WILL BE ALLOWED) EXCEPT FOR A SMALL, CLUTCH-STYLE PACK

NO POLES, STICKS, CLUBS, BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL BATS, GOLF CLUBS, UMBRELLAS, SELFIE STICKS, OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE USED AS A WEAPON

NO MASKS, INCLUDING GAS MASKS OR ANY TYPE OF FACE COVERING

NO TORCHES, LANTERNS, FIREWORKS, OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT USES FIRE OR FUEL

NO AEROSOLS, SPRAY CANS, OR PRESSURIZED CANISTERS

NO TOY OR REPLICA WEAPONS, NO LASER POINTERS

NO ANIMALS EXCEPT WORKING SERVICE ANIMALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

NO MISSILES, PROJECTILES, OR ITEMS THROWN THAT COULD CAUSE INJURY

NO ITEMS DETERMINED TO BE POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARDS



CONTACT:
Karl Turner, chief
Johnson City Police Department 
423-434-6149




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Sep 13, 2018

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 13

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 13, with hundreds of 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. 14, 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.

“The fishout is a great way for our officers to engage with the community and encourage children to become involved in positive activities,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner.

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, Communications and Marketing 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

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Sep 11, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 10

Public Works projects:
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East Unaka Avenue (1000 block – between Oakland Avenue and Hale Street) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Roan Street at Sunset Drive – gas line repair starting at 10 p.m. Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, with work being complete by 6 a.m. the following mornings. Southbound right lane to be closed while work takes place.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Chamber Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-300 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Peoples Street (2600 block) – water tap installation; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – fire hydrant installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (1900-2100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
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Sep 11, 2018

Evening Owl Prowl set for Friday night

Families are invited to Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin for a discussion about what makes an owl an owl, from their silent flight to their amazing eyes. Following the discussion, participants will stroll through the park’s wooded areas and use specific calls to locate some of the owls that call Winged Deer Park home.
The Evening Owl Prowl is set for Friday (Sept. 14) from 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Registration is not necessary. The cabin is near the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.
For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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


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Sep 07, 2018

Spike it Up Tweetsie Challenge starts Sept. 16

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering a new way to improve fitness for runners, hikers and bicyclists 18 and older. The eight-week Spike it Up Tweetsie Challenge will run from Sept. 16-Nov. 10 and costs just $8 per person.
Each week, participants will set goals to hike, run and/or ride on Johnson City’s Tweetsie Trail for 150 minutes. The program will include a kickoff meeting, group excursions like geocaching, and a special celebration at the program’s conclusion. Everyone will receive a Spike it Up T-shirt.
Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., by Monday, Sept. 17.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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


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Sep 07, 2018

Senior Services encourages circuit training with Double Trouble

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older a circuit workout employing a variety of formats including strengthening, stretching, balance and core exercises. Participants will use their own body weight, free weights, resistance bands and MPCC’s interactive fitness equipment.
Double Trouble takes place Fridays in September from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $2 per class.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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


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Sep 05, 2018

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 for the remainder of an existing term that expires June 2020.
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, Sept. 21. 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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Sep 05, 2018

Freedom Hall searching for temporary employees

Freedom Hall Civic Center is currently accepting applications for temporary concessions employees. Work hours are typically nights and weekends on an as-needed basis. Rate of pay is $8.50 an hour. Applicants must be 18 or older.
Please print and complete the paper application found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR and return in person to Freedom Hall, 1320 Pactolas Road, during normal business hours.

For more information, call 423-461-1855. 

CONTACT: Bobbie Shirley, box office manager
Freedom Hall Civic Center
423-461-4855

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Sep 05, 2018

Upcoming meeting changes

The following changes have been made to the City’s meeting calendar:
• The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s monthly meeting has been moved to Sept. 12. This meeting will take place at noon in the board room of the Administrative Offices at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. The Board will not meet on Sept. 27.
• The Sept. 27 meeting of the Community Development Advisory Board has been canceled.

CONTACT: Keisha Shoun, director
Communications and Marketing
4123-434-6249


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Sep 04, 2018

Senior Services to hold free health-related presentations

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer four free presentations in September with the goal of improving health and well-being.

• Get to Know Medicare: Monday, Sept. 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get empowered to make more informed Medicare decisions. Refreshments provided. Ages 50+.
• Female Urinary Incontinence – Regain Control: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2-3 p.m. Join Dr. R Keith Huffaker, a board-certified urogynecologist, to learn how you can stop planning activities around bathroom breaks. Ages 50+.
• Tooth Wisdom – Get Smart About Your Mouth: Friday, Sept. 21, 10-11 a.m. Brittany Smelcer, SMILE On 60+ community dental health coordinator, will discuss the basics and importance of oral care, how to make brushing easier, and how to deal with various oral problems. Participants will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, and a list of low-cost dental care resources for all participants. Ages 50+. (Please schedule an appointment to participate in the optional dental screening following the program.)
• Atrial Fibrillation: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Get the facts about atrial fibrillation, one of most common types of abnormal heart rhythms. This condition increases your risk of stroke and other heart-related conditions. Symptoms, treatment options and preventative strategies will be discussed. Ages 18+.

Please preregister for all presentations by calling 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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Aug 31, 2018

MPCC fuses fitness, creates Bells and Barre class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a new, 50-minute class called Bells and Barre that combines 25-minute segments of two of today’s most popular and effective techniques for overall fitness.

Kettlebell AMPD Express combines basic kettlebell and strength moves with inspiring music to create a fun total body workout focused on arms, legs and core. It employs a low weight-high rep formula that can be easily modified for all fitness levels.

Barre Above Express blends the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises used by dancers to deliver a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic, but that also will sculpt your body. This is a low-impact toning and sculpting class focused on legs and core. No dance experience is needed, and modifications are available for all fitness levels.

The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 12. Cost is $6 per class. Please register in person at MPCC.

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

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

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Aug 31, 2018

Senior Services offers fitness video and discussion series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend a free fitness video series that will be held twice a month on an ongoing basis. The 30-minute videos will be followed by a group discussion.

The Sept. 13 topic is “Components of Fitness.” The Sept. 20 topic is “How Fit Are You?” Sessions are from 1-2 p.m.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Aug 31, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU football outings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the ETSU Buccaneers at two September home football games.

Saturday, Sept. 22:
ETSU vs. Furman University Paladins. Cost: $21, includes roundtrip transportation. Bus leaves MPCC at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Must register and buy tickets by Sept. 15 at either MPCC desk.

Saturday, Sept. 29: ETSU vs. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. Cost: $26, includes roundtrip transportation. Bus leaves MPCC at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Must register and buy tickets by Sept. 22 at either MPCC desk.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                        Senior Services

                        423-461-4852



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Aug 31, 2018

Buffalo Valley Golf Course topsoil project update set for Wednesday

Citizens are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday (Sept. 5) to learn more about a topsoil removal project at Buffalo Valley Golf Course. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the project site in Unicoi, Tennessee (intersection of Unicoi Drive and Country Club Road).

CONTACT:
Andy Best, assistant director
Public Works
423-434-2854

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Aug 30, 2018

Public discussion on King Commons set for Tuesday

Citizens are invited to a public discussion Tuesday (Sept. 4) to share input on proposed improvements to King Commons. Set for 6 p.m. at The Venue, 300 E. Main St., the session will include a presentation from Barge Solutions. Proposed amenities include a natural adventure area, splash pad, and cascading water feature. 

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


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Aug 30, 2018

BOC agenda review canceled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will not hold an agenda review meeting Monday (Sept. 3).

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


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Aug 30, 2018

MPCC offers Start Smart Basketball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball, a six-week program for 3-5 year olds that teaches them the basic rules of the game.
Skills such as shooting, passing, catching and running will be taught during the program. Exercises will become increasingly more difficult as improvements are made, and parents are required to participate with their children. Participants should wear comfortable shoes.
The program will be conducted each Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 27 through Oct. 18. Cost is $25 for City residents; $35 for non-City residents. Register in person at MPCC or at myjcparks.org from Sept. 10 until Sept. 25.

For more information, call 423-434-5722. 

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 30, 2018

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 Sept. 21. 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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Aug 29, 2018

State-of-the-art playground opens at Carver Recreation Center

Carver Recreation Center added a first-class children’s playground to its growing list of amenities on Wednesday, Aug. 29, when Johnson City officials marked its completion and dedication at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Once the long-awaited Carver Park playground officially opened to the public, those in attendance joined in the celebration with food, fun and play.
“A playground is a vital item,” said Herb Greenlee, center supervisor. “It improves the quality of life. If you’re old enough to walk, it will grab your attention. This is going to increase the number of kids coming to our center, and add to our overall amenities.
“Parents working in our garden or walking will be able to watch their children. It will also increase the number of children coming here from local schools and bring more children from Head Start, Dawn of Hope’s Children and Youth Project, as well as different groups in the community.”
Johnson City Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis said the playground’s completion is a benchmark within the City’s long-range plan.
“In 2012, we began the effort to improve our playgrounds, and the City has allotted us funds to accomplish that goal,” Ellis said. “These are state-of-the-art play structures with a synthetic surface beneath. Kids from around our area are going to enjoy these amenities for a long, long time.”
Ellis said playground regulations and testing are very stringent. The new playground has been inspected and approved by Playground Guardian, which specializes in municipal and school monitoring and on-site safety inspections.
Ellis also learned last week Johnson City has been awarded approximately $200,000 from the state's Local Park and Recreation Fund, which will help fund a new splash pad at Carver to complement its new playground.
North Carolina-based Playworld Preferred manufactured the new playground equipment. The company named this new model “Branch Out,” and Carver is the first location in Tennessee to have it. The playground’s design was inspired by nature, and its main structure is shaped like extended tree branches on which climbing ropes are connected. Swings, three slides, rock-climbing features, an elevated narrow crossing, and additional climbing and stepping features are included.
“This is designed to be our most challenging playground,” said Sam Miller, Recreation Services manager. “It’s meant to encourage imaginative play – meaning there is no one way to utilize its features. It is also physically challenging, requiring balance and core strength.”
The playground includes designated areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12, and features several handicapped-accessible components.
The Park Services Division landscaped the area around the playground. New picnic tables, benches and waste containers also were installed.
The playground opening coincides with the well-recognized community center’s 60th anniversary of service to Johnson City residents. A weeklong series of anniversary events is slated for Sept. 16-22.
Established in 1958, Carver is a 6-acre facility located at 322 W. Watauga Ave. The center offers a full-size indoor gymnasium, weight room, library, teen room, community room, arts and crafts area, kitchen and meeting space. Carver also provides the community with well-respected after-school programming, a fitness trail, garden, outdoor pavilion, multi-use courts and more.
For more information about all of Carver’s offerings, please call 423-461-8830.
CONTACT: James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-283-5815

State-of-the-art playground opens at Carver Recreation Center
Carver Recreation Center added a first-class children’s playground to its growing list of amenities on Wednesday, Aug. 29, when Johnson City officials marked its completion and dedication at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Once the long-awaited Carver Park playground officially opened to the public, those in attendance joined in the celebration with food, fun and play.
“A playground is a vital item,” said Herb Greenlee, center supervisor. “It improves the quality of life. If you’re old enough to walk, it will grab your attention. This is going to increase the number of kids coming to our center, and add to our overall amenities.
“Parents working in our garden or walking will be able to watch their children. It will also increase the number of children coming here from local schools and bring more children from Head Start, Dawn of Hope’s Children and Youth Project, as well as different groups in the community.”
Johnson City Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis said the playground’s completion is a benchmark within the City’s long-range plan.
“In 2012, we began the effort to improve our playgrounds, and the City has allotted us funds to accomplish that goal,” Ellis said. “These are state-of-the-art play structures with a synthetic surface beneath. Kids from around our area are going to enjoy these amenities for a long, long time.”
Ellis said playground regulations and testing are very stringent. The new playground has been inspected and approved by Playground Guardian, which specializes in municipal and school monitoring and on-site safety inspections.
Ellis also learned last week Johnson City has been awarded approximately $200,000 from the state's Local Park and Recreation Fund, which will help fund a new splash pad at Carver to complement its new playground.
North Carolina-based Playworld Preferred manufactured the new playground equipment. The company named this new model “Branch Out,” and Carver is the first location in Tennessee to have it. The playground’s design was inspired by nature, and its main structure is shaped like extended tree branches on which climbing ropes are connected. Swings, three slides, rock-climbing features, an elevated narrow crossing, and additional climbing and stepping features are included.
“This is designed to be our most challenging playground,” said Sam Miller, Recreation Services manager. “It’s meant to encourage imaginative play – meaning there is no one way to utilize its features. It is also physically challenging, requiring balance and core strength.”
The playground includes designated areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12, and features several handicapped-accessible components.
The Park Services Division landscaped the area around the playground. New picnic tables, benches and waste containers also were installed.
The playground opening coincides with the well-recognized community center’s 60th anniversary of service to Johnson City residents. A weeklong series of anniversary events is slated for Sept. 16-22.
Established in 1958, Carver is a 6-acre facility located at 322 W. Watauga Ave. The center offers a full-size indoor gymnasium, weight room, library, teen room, community room, arts and crafts area, kitchen and meeting space. Carver also provides the community with well-respected after-school programming, a fitness trail, garden, outdoor pavilion, multi-use courts and more.

For more information about all of Carver’s offerings, please call 423-461-8830. 

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

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

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Aug 27, 2018

Senior Services offers All Aboard Wellness Expo

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer an All Aboard Wellness Expo from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10. Citizens of all ages are invited to the Senior Services lobby to learn more about the Spike it Up Tweetsie Challenge and other fitness opportunities at MPCC, the community and the region.
Flu shots will be provided by Walgreens, and there will be health screenings, vendors, door prizes and giveaways.
Wellness workshops will include:
• 11:15 a.m.: Cook Once and Eat for Days with Food City Registered Dietician Elizabeth Hall
• Noon: Belly Fat – Your Middle Matters with Ballad Health Registered Nurse Teri Hurt
• 12:30 p.m.: Fitting in Fitness – Tips to Help You Stay on Track with Johnson City Senior Services Program Coordinator Lauren Qualls

Please register for workshops by calling 423-434-6237. 

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


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Aug 21, 2018

Church promoted to JCPD captain

Chief Karl Turner is pleased to announce the promotion of Lt. Billy Church to the rank of captain, effective Aug. 18, 2018.
“The Johnson City Police Department conducted a promotional process this summer to select a candidate for the rank of captain within the department,” said Chief Turner. “The Johnson City Police Department is very fortunate to have candidates who possess excellent leadership and management skills and are dedicated to serving their community. I commend each of the participating officers for their hard work and their commitment to the department’s mission – community safety.”
Capt. Church has been employed by the Johnson City Police Department since 1994. He has served the Police Department as a patrol officer and investigator. Capt. Church also has held supervisory positions in both the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a graduate of both the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (UT-Chattanooga) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va. Capt. Church is a 2018 graduate of Bethel University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He most recently has served as an assistant platoon watch commander in the Operations Division, where he will now serve as watch commander.

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Aug 20, 2018

Senior Services offers Trail Mix and Mingle

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Friday, Aug. 31 by creating their own snacks at a trail mix bar. Participants will then head to the Tweetsie Trail for a moderately paced walk.
Beginning at 1 p.m., staff will lead three separate walking groups. Participants can choose from a 1-, 2-, or 3-mile distance. Cost is $2 per person or free for SilverSneakers-eligible participants. Preregister before Thursday, Aug. 30.
For more information, please call 423-434-6237.

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


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Aug 17, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 20

Public Works projects:
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Briarwood Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. No on-street parking will be allowed once work begins. City will patch street and contractor will mill, level and resurface. Workers and equipment will be present; congestion and street closures expected.
• Berkshire Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. No on-street parking will be allowed once work begins. City will patch street and contractor will mill, level and resurface. Workers and equipment will be present; congestion and street closures expected.
• West Walnut Street (at Carter Sells Road intersection) – crews will be making asphalt repairs. Traffic will possibly be delayed for an extended amount of time. Flaggers will be present.


Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-300 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Kingsport Highway (6400 block) – water line installation; lane closures
• Willmary Road at Carters Landing – sewer line installation; lane closures

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Aug 14, 2018

MPCC to host an evening with Valerie Houston

Johnson City Senior Services and ETSU’s Slocumb Gallery will welcome Valerie Houston to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., where she will perform excerpts from her theatrical presentation of “Madam C.J. Walker.”
Through storytelling, singing, and acting, Houston will present a story about challenges overcome by America’s first African-American female millionaire. Houston – a singer, actress, playwright and composer – started performing at a young age. As a teenager, she sang blues music on Beale Street in Memphis and traveled the blues circuit as a background singer for various artists. Houston also composes, performs, and records gospel music.

The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and will include dinner followed by a question-and-answer session. Cost is $2 per person, and the event is open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC by Tuesday, Sept. 4. For more information, please call 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-6229 

CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-6229 
CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-6229 


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Aug 14, 2018

Senior Services seeks instructor for Fit and Toned class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor for its hour-long fitness class, which includes cardio intervals and strength training. The Fit and Toned instructor must be 18 or older, hold a current aerobics instructor certificate, be CPR certified, and carry liability insurance.
The class is held from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Instructor will receive 70 percent of class revenue.
For more details, call Lauren Qualls at 423-461-4852. 

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


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Aug 13, 2018

Very Basic Tree ID hike set for Saturday

Join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 for a Very Basic Tree ID hike through Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek. Participants will identify some of the many species of trees at the park and learn interesting facts about them during this family friendly 1-mile hike.
Cost is $2 per person. Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek is located at 1220 King Springs Road in Johnson City. No registration is required.
For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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Aug 13, 2018

August Planning Commission meeting rescheduled

This month’s Johnson City Regional Planning Commission has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30. The Commission will not meet Tuesday (Aug. 14).
For additional information, please contact Development Services at 423-434-6074.

CONTACT: Nicole Lawrence, administrative coordinator
Development Services
423-434-6071


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Aug 10, 2018

Season’s last lakeside concert features Heavy Country Band

On Thursday (Aug. 16) from 7-9 p.m., the Heavy Country Band will play Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series. The Heavy Country Band plays regularly around the Tri-Cities with the best in classic country music, featuring 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. Band members include Danny Fields on lead guitar and vocals, Carlis Hinkle on drums, Gary Kembry on bass, and David Martin on steel guitar and vocals.
The show will close out this year’s concert series, which takes place at Winged Deer’s lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road. Admission is free.
The Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by the News & Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock.
For more information, please call 423-283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org. 

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



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Aug 10, 2018

MPCC lap pool closed for repairs

The lap pool at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will be closed through Monday (Aug. 13) for pump repairs.
For more information, call 423-434-5754.

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


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Aug 10, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 13

Public Works projects:
• East Ninth Avenue (Oakland Avenue to Lester Harris Road) – closed to thru traffic for improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Briarwood Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. No on-street parking will be allowed once work begins. City will patch street and contractor will mill, level and resurface. Workers and equipment will be present; congestion and street closures expected.
• Berkshire Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. No on-street parking will be allowed once work begins. City will patch street and contractor will mill, level and resurface. Workers and equipment will be present; congestion and street closures expected.
• West Walnut Street (at Carter Sells Road intersection) – crews will be making asphalt repairs. Traffic will possibly be delayed for an extended amount of time. Flaggers will be present.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-300 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive, Knob Creek Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Kingsport Highway (6400 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Willmary Road at Carters Landing – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 08, 2018

West Walnut workshop set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce and the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Consultants from Kimley-Horn will be in attendance to discuss the West Walnut Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan.
For additional information, please contact Development Services at 423-434-6071. 

CONTACT: Nicole Lawrence, administrative coordinator
Development Services
423-434-6071



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Aug 02, 2018

Lakeside concert postponed

Due to forecasts of heavy thunderstorms, tonight’s Lakeside Concert Series performance has been postponed. Heavy Country will now take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m.

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

The remainder of this year’s Lakeside Concert Series schedule is now as follows:

• Thursday, August 9, Shellem Cline – 7-9 p.m.
• Thursday, August 16, Heavy Country (rescheduled) – 7-9 p.m.

The Lakeside Concert Series is brought to you by these community-minded sponsors: 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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Aug 02, 2018

Lakeside Concert Series features Shellem Cline

On Thursday (Aug. 9), Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will feature Christian country music artist Shellem Cline, whose popular hit “Blue Jeans and Biscuits” won the 2017 Christian Country Song of the Year.
The free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Concessions are available on grounds. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 9, Shellem Cline – 7-9 p.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 16, Heavy Country (rescheduled) – 7-9 p.m.
This year’s series is sponsored by The News & Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities Classic Rock. For more info, call 423-283-5815.

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

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Aug 01, 2018

MPCC offers Hidden Heroes Family Retreat

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites veterans, their caregivers, and their children to enjoy an afternoon together. This free event will be held at MPCC on Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon-4:30 p.m.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at noon, followed by billiards, cards, games, sharing time, basketball, and pickleball for veterans; neck massages, stress management, crafts, and sharing time for caregivers; and games, swimming, and crafts for children.

Participants must call 423-434-6237 to register by Sept. 10. 

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
423-434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
423-434-6231

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Jul 30, 2018

Heavy Country Band featured for Thursday’s lakeside concert

On Thursday (Aug. 2) from 7-9 p.m., the Heavy Country Band will play Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series. The Heavy Country Band plays regularly around the Tri-Cities with the best in classic country music, featuring 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. Band members include Danny Fields on lead guitar and vocals, Carlis Hinkle on drums, Gary Kembry on bass, and David Martin on steel guitar and vocals.
Concerts are held at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, at the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road. Admission is free. This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by the News & Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock. The rest of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. – Shellem Cline
For more information, please call 423-283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org. 

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

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

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Jul 30, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 30

Public Works projects:
• East Ninth Avenue (Oakland Avenue to Lester Harris Road) – closed to thru traffic for improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Briarwood Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. Expect lane closures. Motorists should use caution in this area.
• Piney Grove Neighborhood – resurfacing neighborhood. No on-street parking. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays and should use caution in this area. Work should be complete in about three weeks.

• John Exum Parkway (North Roan Street/Liberty Bell Boulevard to Longview Drive) – intersection improvements/sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Drivers are encouraged to use caution in this area.

• West Walnut Street (at Carter Sells Road intersection) – crews will be making asphalt repairs at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Traffic will be delayed for an extended amount of time. Flaggers will be present.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Allison Road (300-400 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Suffolk Road – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Willmary Road at Carters Landing – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 27, 2018

Applications now being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 47th session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Tuesday, Sept. 11. 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 nine 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, Aug. 31.
For more information, please contact Glenda Aschenback at 423-434-6170. 

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

 

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Jul 26, 2018

Dine with the Cardinals at Wild Wacky Mystery Supper

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a Wild Wacky Mystery Supper, at which citizens of all ages are invited to meet and greet Johnson City Cardinal baseball players. Attendees will be surprised with a “mystery menu” that won’t be revealed until served.
The evening of fun, food and fellowship will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Cost is $7 per person; 5 and younger are free. Preregister in person at MPCC by Monday, Aug. 13.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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


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Jul 25, 2018

Boones Creek water outage set for late Thursday, early Friday

Severe weather has delayed water work for the new Boones Creek K-8 school until late Thursday and early Friday. Customers in the following areas may experience low pressure and/or outages from 10 p.m. Thursday until 5:30 a.m. Friday:
• Highland Church Road
• Michael’s Ridge Boulevard
• Laurel Canyon
• Sunset Ridge Court
• Sunset Meadows Court
• Hales Chapel Road
• Highland Parc
• The Ridges
• Garland Farms
• Keeland Drive
• Trotter Land
• Paul Saylor Road
• AA Deakins Road
• Highland Church Road
• Olde Oaks Drive
• Magnolia Ridge Drive
• Chestnut Ridge Drive
• Hairetown Road
• Shadden Road
• Sulphur Springs

Residents in these areas are advised not to irrigate while work takes place.
All work is weather permitting. The City apologizes for any inconvenience. For more information, please call 461-1645. 

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


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Jul 25, 2018

BOC meeting, agenda review rescheduled

The Aug. 2 regularly scheduled Johnson City Board of Commissioners meeting and the July 30 regularly scheduled agenda review meeting have been rescheduled to the following dates:
• Agenda Review: Monday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room
• City Commission Meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers

Both meetings will take place at 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

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

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Jul 25, 2018

Senior Services offers free health-related classes and programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites community members to take advantage of the following free classes and programs:
Diabetes Prevention – You Can Change Your Future; We Can Help: On Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., a session will introduce a new program designed to help prevent diabetes in people with prediabetes or those at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Participants who qualify for the program will be led by a trained lifestyle coach for one year, meeting once a week initially then transitioning to once a month for the last six months. All ages are welcome, and registration is required. Please call 423-434-6237.
Cooking Matters: On Wednesdays from Aug. 8-Sept. 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., those 50 and older are invited to learn shopping, cooking, and smart eating tips from Whitney Marshall with the UT Extension Office. Any number of the six sessions may be attended. Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.
New Medicare Cards – Don’t be Scammed: On Monday, Aug. 13 from 10:30-11:15 a.m., those 50 and older are invited to discuss the recent scams, Medicare fraud prevention, and the top 10 questions about new Medicare cards with Harley Jeter with the FTAAAD TN SHIP program. Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.
Get the Facts About Cataracts: On Thursday, Aug. 16 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., those 50 and older are invited to learn about the leading cause of vision loss among those 55 and older, what symptoms to watch for, and the latest advances in cataract surgery with Dana Morganstern, from the Johnson City Eye Clinic. Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.
Senior Assistance Options: On Monday, Aug. 20 from 2-3 p.m., those 50 and older are invited to learn about area resources, including NET Trans and JC Paratransit, FTAAAD, physician group social workers, adult day care, in-home and nursing home care, VA AID and Attendance benefits for veterans and their spouses, and the Choice program. Please call 423-434-6273 to preregister.
ABCs of Hepatitis: On Monday, Aug. 20 from 6-7 p.m., a session for all ages will describe the differences between hepatitis A, B, and C and discuss transmission, testing, and treatment for the different types. Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.
For more information, please 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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Jul 23, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 23

Public Works projects:
• East Ninth Avenue (Oakland Avenue to Lester Harris Road) – closed to thru traffic for improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Forest Avenue (Between Lester Harris Road and Ridgeway Drive) – sidewalk and curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Lester Harris Road (between Forest Avenue and Woodland Avenue) – curb installation. Road closures possible. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Briarwood Subdivision – preparation for resurfacing. Expect lane closures. Motorists should use caution in this area.
• Piney Grove Neighborhood – resurfacing neighborhood. No on-street parking. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays and should use caution in this area. This work should be completed in about three weeks.

• John Exum Parkway (North Roan Street to south of Science Hill High School) – will be closed from 6 p.m. Monday (July 23) until 6 a.m. Tuesday (July 24) while removal of the Science Hill pedestrian bridge commences. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes for the remainder of the week, as lane closures are expected until work is complete.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Austin Springs Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Allison Road (300-400 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Guaranda Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Highland Church Road (100-200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Suffolk Road – sewer line install; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 23, 2018

Boones Creek water outage planned

Johnson City water customers in and around Highland Church Road may experience low pressure and/or outages late Tuesday and early Wednesday while work is performed for the new Boones Creek K-8 school. The following areas may be affected from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday:
• Michael’s Ridge Boulevard
• Laurel Canyon
• Sunset Ridge Court
• Sunset Meadows Court
• Hales Chapel Road
• Highland Parc
• The Ridges
• Garland Farms
• Keeland Drive
• Trotter Land
• Paul Saylor Road
• AA Deakins Road
• Highland Church Road
• Olde Oaks Drive
• Magnolia Ridge Drive
• Chestnut Ridge Drive
• Hairetown Road
• Shadden Road
• Sulfur Springs

Residents in these areas are advised not to irrigate while work takes place.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience. For more information, please call 461-1645. 

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

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Jul 20, 2018

Portion of John Exum to be closed Monday night, Tuesday morning

John Exum Parkway, from the intersection of North Roan Street and Liberty Bell Boulevard to just south of Science Hill High School, will be closed from 6 p.m. Monday (July 23) until 6 a.m. Tuesday (July 24) while removal of the Science Hill pedestrian bridge commences. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes for the remainder of the week, as lane closures are expected until work is complete. 

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

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

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Jul 20, 2018

Senior Services sets August Friday Night Dance schedule

Citizens 50 and older are invited to join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for two Friday Night Dances in August.
Aug. 3: Shooter Band
Aug. 17: Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
Cost is $5 per person. Both dances will be held from 7-10 p.m. in the MPCC gym/dining room. Register at either the Senior Services or MPCC desk.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jul 20, 2018

Lap, open swim times available at Freedom Hall Pool

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, offers both lap and open swim at the following times:
• Lap Swim: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:35-8:35 p.m. Cost: $2 per person.
• Open Swim: Friday, 7:35-8:45 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4:45 p.m. Cost: $2 for ages 12 and younger; $3 for 13+.

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

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


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Jul 20, 2018

Stay F.I.T. with Functional Interval Training



Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50+ a high-energy interval training class that combines athletic aerobic movements with strength and stabilization exercises. F.I.T workouts are designed to help participants maximize success and reach fitness goals while offering a challenging, fun, interactive and efficient way to get there.
Classes are from 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in August (3, 10, 17, 24, 31). Cost is $2 per class. Participants are encouraged to 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

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

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Jul 20, 2018

Kids Our Age to headline Lakeside Concert Series

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (July 26) for an enthusiastic and contagious performance by Kids Our Age. This three-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians, who have performed for thousands over their long careers. Showtime is 7-9 p.m.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include The News & Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock. For more information, call 423-283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Thursday, Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. – Heavy Country

• Thursday, Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. – Shellem Cline 

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 16, 2018

Sesquicentennial Commission meeting canceled

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission will not meet Wednesday (July 18). The next meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

CONTACT: Rebecca Henderson, chairwoman
Sesquicentennial Commission
423-929-3515

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Jul 13, 2018

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art including monuments, murals and other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 17. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080. 

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

 

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Jul 11, 2018

MPCC offers Microsoft PowerPoint series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and instructor Morgen Marshall will guide participants through how to create compelling Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in a four-part series from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July. Class schedule is as follows:
July 10: Making and embedding video
July 17: Presentation of Week One PowerPoint
July 24: Preparing and inserting outside documents, tables and graphs
July 31: Presentation of Final PowerPoint
Cost is $5 per class. Ages 18 and older are welcome. Some computer knowledge is necessary. Participants will need to bring a “thumb” or USB drive. Please register in person at the Senior Services desk.