2018 News Archive

Jun 19, 2018

Volunteers needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This board makes policy recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding the provision of recreation services and the use of facilities, including acquisition and disposal of property related to the City’s Parks and Recreation program.
A potential appointee should be interested in parks and recreation and be a resident of the city. 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. Deadline is Friday, July 20. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org. 

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

 

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Jun 19, 2018

National Wildlife Federation certifies new wildlife habitat in Johnson City


The National Wildlife Federation has recognized Johnson City’s Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, placing the site among a prestigious group of NWF members across the country committed to protecting and nurturing wildlife.
“Staff and volunteers have done extensive work planting native species and removing invasive species,” said Parks and Recreation Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan. “You will find many plants here that you will not find elsewhere. Plantings were done with pollinator value in mind.”
The park was awarded the certification for creating a garden that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements. This includes natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise offspring.
The NWF, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, created Certified Wildlife Habitats through its Garden for Wildlife Program. This program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive as well the planting of native species, such as milkweed, while discouraging chemical pesticide use.
“Over the last 40 years, more than 200,000 wildlife gardeners have joined the NWF’s Garden for Wildlife movement, and these individuals have helped restore wildlife habitat in their own yards and neighborhoods,” said David Mizejewski, NWF naturalist. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an apartment balcony, a 10-acre farm, or a schoolyard or business park, everyone can create a home for local wildlife. Turning your space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun, easy and makes a real difference for neighborhood wildlife.”
The City’s new Certified Wildlife Habitat garden is now also part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create a million gardens that provide habitat for declining pollinator insects, such as butterflies and bees.
Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek is a City park consisting of 28 acres of restored wetlands and steep wooded slopes. Its development was spearheaded by local attorney Bill Francisco in honor of his son Jacob, who died in 2004 of a bacterial infection caused by E. coli thought to have come from the creek. The restoration of Sinking Creek and the development of an environmental education park at Sinking Creek is a perfect legacy for how Jacob lived: exploring, learning, caring. Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek addresses public health concerns of water quality, childhood obesity, and recreation for seniors and adults with intellectual disabilities within the neighborhood.
Hundreds of volunteers have built nearly two miles of hiking trails through the woodlands and along the creek and wetlands at 1220 King Springs Road. The park is wheelchair accessible, and all ages are welcome to enjoy.
“This urban park has a lot packed into a small area,” Deegan said. “Wetlands, meadow and hardwood forest habitats are begging to be explored. It is easy to get to and you can pick and choose the walk you’d like to have – short and easy, staying on level ground in the meadow and wetland area, or stringing a few of the park trails together and getting a couple of miles in without seeing the same thing twice.”
To learn more about Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, go to https://jacobfrancisco.com or call Deegan at 423-283-5821.

For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat, or call 1-800-822-9919. Yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes can be certified as wildlife sanctuaries. 

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

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Jun 19, 2018

Girl’s Travel Softball League registration begins July 2

Registration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s Girl’s Travel Softball League will begin Monday, July 2. Teams consisting of age 8 and under, 10 and under, and 12 and under will play an eight-game schedule starting Monday, Aug. 13. Games will be played at Metro-Kiwanis Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Carnegie Park will host games on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
Teams must register in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, by Friday, Aug. 3. Cost is $200 per team, plus $5 for each non-City resident.
For more information, please call 423-283-5822.


CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Jun 18, 2018

Senior Services sets lineup for July’s Friday Night Dances

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature the following dances in July for those 50 and older:
• Friday, July 6: Shooter Band (regular Friday Night Dance)
• Friday, July 20: Kids Our Age (special dance to honor veterans; veterans admitted free)
Both dances are in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinatorSenior Services 
423-461-4852


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Jun 18, 2018

Public forums on naming of Lions Park pavilion set for July

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two public forums regarding the proposed name of the pavilion at Lions Park, 801 Country Club Court Lane. Based on proposals accepted during the month of May, the name under consideration is: Ralph D. Jones.
Public forums will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 2 and 17 at the pavilion.
For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org. 

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


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Jun 14, 2018

MPCC offers Budgeting and Planning for College Using Excel

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a four-week course to help college-bound teens budget their time and money so classwork gets done, and adequate time is available for work and an enjoyable social life. Instructor Morgen Marshall will guide those 15 and older through this course to learn to concentrate on the things that matter, including budgeting money for food and housing throughout the school year.
Cost is $20. Classes are Mondays, July 2, 9, 16 and 23. In-person preregistration is required by July 1 at MPCC. Space is limited.
For more information, call 423-434-6229.

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

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Jun 14, 2018

Lakeside Concert Series features Ivy Road on Thursday

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase fan favorite Ivy Road on Thursday (June 21).
Ivy Road has been entertaining audiences for the past 25 years. Their wide variety of music styles has allowed the band to open for acts such as Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker and Black Oak Arkansas, as well as venture overseas to play festivals in Scotland. There is always something for everyone at an Ivy Road concert, from Motown to country, from classic rock to blues, from soul to Americana.
The concert will take place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and your dancing shoes. Concessions will be available. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call 423-283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, June 28, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 12, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. – CrossRoad Band
• Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Thursday, August 2, 7-9 p.m. – Heavy Country
• Thursday, August 9, 7-9 p.m. – Shellem Cline

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

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

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

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Jun 13, 2018

New pavilion at Willow Springs Park officially open

Matthew Adkins, an Eagle Scout with Troop 237 and recent Science Hill High School graduate, decided last spring he wanted to build a picnic pavilion at Willow Springs Park, where he spent much of his formative youth.

Adkins – along with City officials, Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members, scouts and others – celebrated the completion of the 20-by-20 amenity with a ribbon cutting Wednesday.

“I’d like to thank City Manager Pete Peterson and Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis for the opportunity,” Adkins said. “I also want to thank Parks and Recreation employee Rich Marosites for his guidance and help with construction.”

After sifting through several suggestions from City Manager Pete Peterson about projects that would help the city, the 18-year-old hit on the idea. Adkins and seven members of his troop began construction about eight months ago. Others helped, including family, friends and city employees.

The project cost $3,300, with Adkins receiving $2,100 in donations.

“In doing this project, I learned about overseeing a group of people, coordinating time and more about the overall construction process,” Adkins said. “I also learned that the finished project is not always what you start with.”

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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Jun 12, 2018

Personal fireworks prohibited in Johnson City

With summertime celebrations upon us, the Johnson City Fire and Police departments remind the public that the City’s ordinance related to fireworks is strictly enforced.
“Residents and visitors should be aware that fireworks are prohibited in Johnson City,” said Police Chief Karl Turner. “Besides the risk of injury, those in possession of fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated. We ask all citizens to abide by this ordinance to help ensure everyone’s well-being and prevent property damage.”
The City encourages citizens to enjoy permitted fireworks displays like the Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Freedom Hall: www.freedomhall-tn.com.
“Leave the fireworks to professionals for a safe and enjoyable celebration,” Turner said.
Ordinance 11-139 in Johnson City Municipal Code states:
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or toy cannon, discharged by percussion caps by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

(2) No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and the city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder. 

CONTACT: Maj. Steve Smith
Police Department 
423-434-6147

CONTACT: Maj. Steve Smith
Police Department 
423-434-6147



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Jun 08, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 11

Public Works projects:
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic for duration on project.
• Ninth Avenue (Oakland Avenue to Lester Harris Road) – closed to thru traffic for improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (400-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Lilly Lane (off Lone Oak Road) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 3508 Bristol Highway – water line installation; lane closures
• Allison Road (300-400 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 08, 2018

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters Thursday

On Thursday (June 14), Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of a decades-long favorite of music fans locally, nationally and internationally. Known worldwide for his charismatic personality and dynamic stage show, Lightnin’ Charlie is a natural entertainer with a virtual encyclopedia of classic American music styles.
Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters play an award-winning combination of blues and soul, rhythm and blues rock ‘n’ roll … a jumpin’ mix of American roots music that LC simply calls “good music for good people!”
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at the Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road and is presented by The News & Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock.
For more information, visit www.lightnincharlie.com or call 423-283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, June 14, 7-9 p.m. – Lightnin’ Charlie & the Upsetters
• Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, June 28, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce & the Nightlife Band
• Thursday, July 12, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. – CrossRoads Band
• 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


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Jun 05, 2018

June Planning Commission meeting rescheduled

This month’s Johnson City Regional Planning Commission has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19. The Commission will not meet June 12.
For additional information, please contact Development Services at 423-434-6074. 

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

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

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Jun 04, 2018

Senior Services presents Blood Pressure Control and Changing Guidelines

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn the latest information about managing blood pressure and the new American Heart Association guidelines. Dr. Sarah Arif will discuss the impact of long-term high blood pressure and the importance of keeping it under control.
The free session at MPCC will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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Jun 01, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 4

Public Works projects:
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to through traffic for duration on project.
• Strawberry Fields Drive – curb replacement. One lane closed. Please use caution.
• Tweetsie Trail parking lot at Legion Street – possible closure for gas line work and parking lot improvements
• Ninth Avenue (Oakland Avenue to Lester Harris Road) – closed to thru traffic for improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (400-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Lilly Lane (off Lone Oak Road) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 3508 Bristol Highway – water line installation; lane closures
• Allison Road (300-400 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting. 

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May 31, 2018

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

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

Potential appointees must live within the city limits of Johnson City. Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards and at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Please call 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through June 22.

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

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, Administrative Coordinator
Legal
423-434-6009


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May 31, 2018

Blue Plum taking celebration to the streets

The Blue Plum Organization announced today it will enact the festival’s rain contingency plan that moves events outside of Founders Park to ensure the safety and comfort of attendees. The announcement follows the City’s decision to immediately close Founders Park because of high water volume in Brush Creek and an overly saturated great lawn area.
“Founders Park is a flood control project,” noted City Manager Pete Peterson. “With the amount of rain we’ve already seen and forecasts of localized flooding over the next few days, we cannot risk festivalgoers gathering around a high, rapidly moving creek.”
Peterson also pointed out the amount of damage the water-logged lawn would suffer under the feet of thousands of Blue Plum attendees.
“By closing the park, stages will move onto paved areas where our citizens and guests can stay safe and out of the mud,” he said.
The festival footprint includes the closure of West Market Street from Buffalo Street to Boone Street; West Main Street from Buffalo Street to Boone Street; Wilson Avenue between Commerce Street and Boone Street; and Commerce Street between Boone Street and Roan Street. Road closures will be in place 7 a.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Sunday.
For a complete festival map and schedule, please visit www.blueplum.org.

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


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May 29, 2018

Senior Services offers basic, intermediate Shag classes

Adults are invited to Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., where they can learn the Shag. No partner is needed for the six-session basic or intermediate class led by Carl and Lana Edwards.
Cost is $40. Sessions will be held Thursdays from June 14-July 19. The basic classes will take place from 7-8 p.m.; intermediate 8-9 p.m.
Please register at the Senior Services or recreation desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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May 25, 2018

It’s time to splash, soak, dunk, dive, laugh and cool off

The wait for Johnson City’s watery outdoor opportunities will end Monday, when Rotary Park splash pad and Legion Street Pool open to the public.

Memorial Day will mark the second year of operation for the Rotary Park Inclusive Playground’s extremely popular splash pad at 1001 N. Broadway St. The free, handicapped accessible pad has 10 different water sequences, and it is the first of its kind in Johnson City.

Splash pad hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. The splash pad is open to all ages. Adult supervision is encouraged for children.

Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. The season also runs through Labor Day. However, starting Aug. 5, the pool will be open on weekends only.

The pool is open to all ages. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older. Fees: 13 and older, $3; 12 and under, $2; 3 and under, free.

For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

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

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May 25, 2018

Senior Services offers free healthful screening, updates, tips

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide free services in the coming weeks aimed at improving the quality of life for those 50 and older.
  • Physical Function Screening: 1:30-4 p.m., Thursday, June 7. ETSU physical therapy students will provide a functional screening, which includes strength, flexibility, vital signs and balance. Preregister by June 6 at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237. 
  • Osteoporosis Update: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 5. Get the latest news on osteoporosis, including strategies to build and maintain strong bones and new medications used to treat bone loss. Dr. Boonpheng will answer questions and share tips on ways to reduce the risk of fractures. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 
  • Impact of Stress on Your Health: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12. Stress may be affecting you in ways you don’t realize. Dr. Adams Briscoe will discuss how stress contributes to many health problems and explore options to better manage stress. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 
  • Hearing Screening: 9-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14. Free hearing screenings will be provided by an East Tennessee Hearing Center audiologist. Though screenings will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, it is recommended you preregister by calling 423-434-6237. 
For information on these and other Senior Services programs, call 423-434-6237.

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

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May 23, 2018

Lane closures planned at State of Franklin intersection

Johnson City Water and Sewer Services will be performing sewer maintenance at the intersection of State of Franklin Road and Skyline Drive from approximately 9 p.m. Thursday (May 24) until 6 a.m. Friday (May 25). This work will require lane closures. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. 

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

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

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May 22, 2018

Senior Services offers Virtual Dementia Tour




On Tuesday, June 5, Tracey Kendall-Wilson from Alzheimer’s Tennessee will conduct two free sessions that incorporate a brief program and virtual tour to provide insight and understanding of the challenges that people with dementia face. Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for those 50 and older.

Please register by calling 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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May 18, 2018

City seeks feedback on West Walnut Street plans

The City of Johnson City is requesting public input on proposed revitalization plans for the West Walnut Street Corridor.
Kimley-Horn, a consulting firm hired by the City last year to develop a master plan for the corridor, presented its initial recommendations this week. The plans are now available for review at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/westwalnut.pdf.
“These preliminary renderings clearly illustrate great concepts that preserve our existing landmark buildings and businesses while addressing other areas and structures that need to be replaced or repurposed,” said Johnson City Senior Planner Matt Manley. “But these are just that – concepts. We want our citizens to help shape what that area will become.”
Any feedback should be submitted by May 30 to mmanley@johnsoncitytn.org or ben.miskelly@kimley-horn.com.
Kimley-Horn will present a draft written plan to the City by June 30, and the final plan is expected to go before the Planning Commission in August. 

CONTACT:
Matt Manley, senior planner
Development Services
423-434-6059



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May 18, 2018

MPCC offers JC Twirlettes Twirling and Cheering Mini-Camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will introduce basic baton twirling, cheer and pompom skills to boys and girls ages 5-15 at the JC Twirlettes Twirling and Cheering Mini-Camp. Participants will learn a short routine to be performed at the Jonesborough Days Parade on Saturday, June 30.
Camp will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Cost is $30. Participants should wear tennis shoes, fitted clothing, and pull long hair back.
Registration is required in person at MPCC before June 1. Space is limited. For registration information, call 423-434-5749. For specific camp questions, call Amanda Carr at 423-948-1045.

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

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May 17, 2018

MPCC offers Writing Your College Admissions Essay course

High school juniors and seniors are invited to hone their writing skills for college admissions essays at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The four-week, eight-session class will address successful essays, how to respond to essay questions, writing structure, and how to quickly and efficiently write online.
Instructor Morgen Marshall will guide participants 15 and older through the course from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-27. A certificate of completion will be awarded.
Cost is $40. Participation is limited; registration is required in person at MPCC by June 4.
For more information, call 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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May 15, 2018

Carver Rec holds Thomas S. Wade Veterans Program

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites citizens of all ages to honor former prisoner of war and longtime Carver community member Thomas S. Wade and other members of the military who have served our country at a special gathering.
Veterans will be honored at the free program and dinner from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, May 25. For more information, call 423-461-8830.

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


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May 15, 2018

Carver Rec to hold School’s Out Christian Block Party

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer a party with live musical performances, inflatables, free food, and bicycle and gift certificate giveaways on Thursday, May 24.
The celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will include performances by Jordan Copas, Brielle Rathbun, P.E.P., Smooth Flo, Jasmine Alexis, Coggins Family, T.R. & Carla Dunn, and Praise Band featuring Carl Hale, Jamieson Hamilton, Jonathan Craft and Ryan Coleman. Sound will be provided by Key of E Productions.
For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

CONTACT:

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

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May 15, 2018

Get ready to Rock, Row & Run

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will unveil its latest twist on summer fun Saturday, Aug. 18 at the inaugural Rock, Row & Run event at Legion Street Pool.
The new adventure is open to kids ages 6-12, who will paddle kayaks with the assistance of lifeguards, then run designated distances designed for their age groups. After the event, parents, friends and attendees can join participants to celebrate with rockin’ music, games and activities.
Where: Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St.
When: Saturday, Aug. 18
Time: Participants must check in by 8:30 a.m. Race starts 9 a.m.
Distances: Ages 6-8: kayak 50 meters, run .5 mile. Ages 9-10: kayak 100 meters, run 1 mile. Ages 11-12: kayak 150 meters, run 1.5 miles.
Early registration: $25, June 4-Aug.10. Commemorative paddle and T-shirt will be given to early registrants.
Late registration: $35, Aug. 11-17. No registration on day of event.
Where to register: Online at myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Packet pickup: MPCC from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. There will be no packets available the day of the race.
This event is sponsored by Mahoney’s Outfitters.

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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May 11, 2018

Smith promoted to JCPD Operations major

Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner announced Friday that Capt. Steve Smith has been promoted to the rank of major. A 39-year-veteran of the JCPD, Maj. Smith will oversee the Operations Division of the department.
“In order to fill the position of Operations Division commander, we began a promotional process that included a thorough written questionnaire and board interview of candidates from 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. This translates into high quality management for this agency and outstanding police services for our community. I commend each of the participating officers for their hard work and dedication and for their commitment to the department’s mission – community safety.”
Maj. Smith joined the department’s first Public Safety Officer program in 1978. He is a 1978 graduate of East Tennessee State University, a 1991 graduate of the United States Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, and a 1997 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Maj. Smith has served as a public safety officer, Criminal Investigations Division investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and most recently, captain of the Internal Affairs Unit and School Resource Officer Unit.
“Maj. Smith has been responsible for ensuring that our officers adhere to the high professional and ethical standards we entrust them with,” Chief Turner added. “He also has worked closely with the Johnson City School System in the management and expansion of the School Resource Officer program and other student safety initiatives. He is well prepared for his new role, and I look forward to working alongside him in that capacity.”

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May 11, 2018

Carver Rec hosts End of School Block Party

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites grades K-12 to its annual End of School Block Party, where games, music and food will be available.

The free event is from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. For more information, please call 423-461-8830. 

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

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May 11, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 14

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (in front of 219/University Parkway Baptist) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Knob Creek Road and Technology Lane) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to through traffic for duration on project.
• Sawyers Pond Drive – curb replacement. One lane closed. Please use caution.
• Downtown crosswalks: Buffalo Street at State of Franklin Road, Main Street at Buffalo Street, Market Street at Buffalo Street, Buffalo Street at Main Street, Buffalo Street at Market Street – asphalt patching repairs. Expect lane closures; traffic may be stopped for up to 15 minutes. Areas will be congested, expect delays. Avoid areas if possible.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (400-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Lilly Lane (off Lone Oak Road) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East 9th Avenue (1200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.


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May 10, 2018

Senior Services to provide free information during Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn more about causes, warning signs, and what to expect at the hospital and during rehabilitation if a stroke occurs.

Informational services will be provided in the Senior Services lobby from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, May 23. Registration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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May 10, 2018

Senior Services offers Music Arts Camp

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a free multigenerational art, music and movement camp for third graders through senior adults on Thursday, May 31. Participants will take part in group activities and will pick two specialized classes from:
• Basic musical note reading;
• Basic stringed instrument skills (ukulele);
• How to move to music;
• How to play hand chimes;
• Basic notes on the keyboard; and
• Fundamental art skills.

The Music Arts Camp will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Preregister at the Senior Services or MPCC desk by Tuesday, May 29. For more information, call 423-434-6226.  

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

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

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May 10, 2018

Lions Clubs help beautify Tweetsie Trail

The Tweetsie Trail just got a little prettier, thanks to the Johnson City and Elizabethton Lions Clubs. Club representatives – along with officials from both cities – dedicated landscaping at the Trail’s Milligan Depot on Thursday.
“Last July the Johnson City Lions accepted a challenge from the Elizabethton club to help improve the Tweetsie Trail,” said Johnson City Lions Club member Ken Gough. “We were delighted to take this on as a joint project.”
Johnson City’s City Forester Pat Walding designed the 2,000-square-foot area, which was built and planted by the City’s Public Works staff. Plants – including flowering and evergreen trees and shrubs – were purchased by Lions Club members.
“We kept everything low-growing so not to obstruct the view,” Walding said.
“Since the Tweetsie Trail was conceived from the beginning as a way to link Elizabethton and Johnson City, the cities’ Lions Clubs are very proud to cooperate in making it an even better and more beautiful experience,” Gough added. “Milligan Depot overlooks Happy Valley, with a great view of the mountains beyond. It’s the prettiest spot on the trail, as well as one of the most historic, and now will be even better.” 

CONTACT:
Ken Gough, member and past president
Johnson City Lions Club
423-571-1470
 


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May 10, 2018

Senior Services sets June Friday Night Dance schedule

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host two Friday Night Dances in June for those 50 and older, including a special senior prom. Both dances will be held in the MPCC gymnasium and dining room.
• Friday, June 1: The senior prom will feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band.
• Friday, June 15: Shades of Refinement will entertain guests at the regular Friday Night Dance.

Both dances are from 7-10 p.m. and cost $5 per person. 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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May 09, 2018

Annual Carver Awards Banquet set for May 17

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites citizens to join its staff in honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the center and community throughout the year.

The banquet will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, May 14 in person at Carver or by calling 423-461-8830. 

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

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

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May 07, 2018

Learn how to spot Amphibians with Attitude this Saturday

Families are invited on an excursion at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, where they will learn about critters that cavort, call and carry on in this wetland and forested habitat. Following a brief discussion, participants will try their luck at spotting Amphibians with Attitude along the park’s vernal pools and trails.
Join the fun from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday (May 12). Cost is $2 per person. No registration is required. The park is located at 1220 King Springs Road in Johnson City.
For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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



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May 07, 2018

JC Transit offering Free Ride Week May 14-19

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to ride public transportation for free! All fixed-route fares will be waived from 6:15 a.m.-11 p.m. May 14-18 (Monday-Friday) and from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. on May 19 (Saturday). This promotion does not include Paratransit, Job Access or Dial-A-Ride services.

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

CONTACT:
Johnson City Transit
(423)929-7119

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May 07, 2018

Parks and Rec board meeting moved to May 17

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s regularly scheduled meeting set for Thursday, May 24 has been moved to Thursday, May 17 for a tour of parks and facilities. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to call the meeting to order and discuss any business before boarding the bus.
For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at 423-283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org. 

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

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

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May 04, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week May 7

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (in front of 219/University Parkway Baptist) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Knob Creek Road and Corporate Drive) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to through traffic for duration on project.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Allison Road (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Lilly Lane (off Lone Oak Road) – water line replacement; lane closures

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May 04, 2018

Senior Services wants you to be Golf Ready

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering Golf Ready, which will cover conditioning and basic golf techniques for those 50 and older. Eight flexibility/conditioning classes will be held at MPCC, and three lessons (putting, short game, sand trap) will be held at Pine Oaks Golf Course.
Classes will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, May 14-June 22. Cost is $40 per person. Registration is required by May 11. For more information and to register, call 423-434-6237.

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

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May 04, 2018

Volunteer needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Historic Zoning Commission, which places conservation and historic zoning to ensure the preservation of structures of historic value to Johnson City. Each term is five years.

Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, June 8. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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

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May 03, 2018

Senior Services offers a blast from the past with Rockin’ 50s Health Fair

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day at the Rockin’ 50s Health Fair. The event includes health and wellness displays, information, screenings, cooking demonstrations, food samples, fun fitness activities, and lots of ‘50s-style fun. Grab your poodle skirt and blue suede shoes and make the scene.
The free health fair is from 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 30. No registration is required.

For information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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May 03, 2018

BOC, BOE budget work session set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session with the Johnson City Board of Education at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 8) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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

 

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May 02, 2018

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

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

Potential appointees must live within the city limits of Johnson City. Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards and at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Please call 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through May 31.

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

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, Administrative Coordinator
Legal
423-434-6009

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May 02, 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 May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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

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Apr 30, 2018

Parks and Recreation accepting names for Lions Park pavilion

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will accept proposed names for the small pavilion located at Lions Park, 801 Country Club Court Lane, until May 31.

Proposals must be in writing and accompanied by a biography that details the person’s contributions to the park, facility or overall park system. Submissions may be sent to mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org or mailed to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601.

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

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

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

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Apr 30, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch to be held at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will host a Mother’s Day Brunch for those ages 6 and up. Participants are encouraged to bring and share brunch items to enjoy while a local artist helps them complete a canvas painting to take home as a Mother’s Day gift. Supplies, snacks, and beverages will be provided.


The event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Cost is $7 per person and registration is required at MPCC by May 3. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Apr 27, 2018

Senior Services beginning Basic Home Repair series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to join free monthly presentations on basic home repairs.
The presentations are from 10:30 a.m.-noon the second Wednesday of each month, May 9-Nov. 14. A new topic will be covered each month. Telena Moore, a state-licensed engineer, will kick off the series with an overview of cordless power tools used for home/lawn maintenance, the use of fasteners, and DIY installations.

Please register for the first presentation by Tuesday, May 8 at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237. 

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


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

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

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Apr 27, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 30

Public Works projects:
• West Market Street (between Commerce and Dodge streets) – resurfacing area. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Boone Street (between Watauga Avenue and Main Street) – resurfacing area. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East Ninth Avenue (from North Roan Street to Welbourne Street) – drainage improvements. Road is closed to thru traffic for duration of project.
• University Parkway (in front of 219/University Parkway Baptist) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (between Colonial Way and Legion Street) – railroad repairs. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between State of Franklin Road and Corporate Drive) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to through traffic for duration on project.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• 144 Faith Circle – sewer tap; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• University Parkway at intersections of South Roan and Buffalo streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures

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Apr 27, 2018

Lane closures planned at University Parkway intersections

Johnson City Water and Sewer Services will be performing sewer line maintenance along University Parkway next week. This work will require lane closures in the South Roan Street and Buffalo Street intersections during the following times:
• University Parkway at South Roan Street intersection: Sunday (April 29), 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
• University Parkway at Buffalo Street intersection: Tuesday (May 1) at 8:30 a.m. through Thursday (May 3) at 8 p.m. 

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

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



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Apr 26, 2018

MPCC offers hula hoop wreath workshop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering adults a chance to get in on the latest do-it-yourself trend: super-sized wreaths created with hula hoops, greenery, artificial flowers, ribbon, and washi tape.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, May 16. Cost is $10. Register at MPCC by Friday, May 11.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

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

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Apr 26, 2018

Senior Services offers Dining 2 Know

Ballad Health Orthopedic Services Director Misty Jenkins, RN, will give a presentation on osteoporosis as part of the Dining 2 Know informational lunch series at Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
This presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. Cost is $1. Registration is required by May 8. For more information or to register, 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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Apr 26, 2018

Summer tennis program registration starts Tuesday

Registration begins Tuesday (May 1) for Johnson City Parks and Recreation’s popular summer tennis program.
• Registration: May 1-June 22. Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or online at myjcparks.org.
• Classes: June 4-July 12, 8-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, Liberty Bell Tennis Center
• Ages: 5 and older
• Cost: $50 for Johnson City residents; $55 non-city residents

For more information, call 423-283-5822. 

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager 
Parks and Recreation 
423-434-5825

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager 
Parks and Recreation 
423-434-5825
CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager 
Parks and Recreation 
423-434-5825

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Apr 26, 2018

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development Board

The City of Johnson City is seeking eight volunteers to serve on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board oversees the City's Community Development program and assists in the development of the annual HUD Consolidated Plan and major affordable housing partnerships that work to develop and redevelop affordable housing and support services for low, moderate income and special needs citizens in the community. All potential appointees must be Johnson City residents. Each term is two years. In addition to four at-large members, board members are needed in the following capacities:
• Lender
• Non-profit/public service
• Ministerial/faith-based
• Development organizations

Interested applicants may apply online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is June 22. 

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

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

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Apr 23, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 23

Public Works projects:
• West Market and West Main streets (between Commerce and Boone streets) – crosswalk replacement. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East Ninth Avenue (from North Roan Street to Welbourne Street) – drainage improvements. Road is closed to thru traffic for duration of project.
• University Parkway (in front of 219/University Parkway Baptist) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (between Colonial Way and Legion Street) – railroad repairs. Road will be closed starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will reopen Friday. No thru traffic. Detours will be in place.
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• 144 Faith Circle – sewer tap; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures

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Apr 23, 2018

MPCC offers Outshine Fitness outdoor workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Outshine Fitness on Fridays in May. This class will feature an outdoor, go-at-your-own-pace class for those 50 and older who want to add to their fitness regimen. Open to all fitness levels, Outshine will combine a walk/run with weighted exercises – as strength and energy increase, so will the level of difficulty.
Class will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and is $2 per session. 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 

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Apr 23, 2018

Senior Services offers free discussions/information

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to the following free informative classes, workshops and demonstrations:

Osteoporosis Awareness: Monday, April 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Learn about this disease that thins and weakens the bones. Members of East Tennessee State University’s Osteoporosis Center will be in the lobby to provide information. Individuals can register for free osteoporosis screenings provided by ETSU in May. No registration required.

Senior Assistance Options: Monday, May 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lisa White will discuss NET Trans, paratransit, First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, physician groups, social workers, adult day care, in-home care, independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing home care, veterans Aid & Attendance benefits, the Veterans Choice Program and more. Preregister at the Senior Services desk or call 423-434-6237.

Diabetes – Create Your Plate: Thursday, May 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get practical tips for meal planning and ideas. Learn how to better manage blood sugar. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

Caring for Our Skin as we Age: Thursday, May 24, 10-11 a.m. Physician Assistant Pam Davis will discuss skin care, changes and treatment options. Preregister at the Senior Services desk or call 423-434-6237.

Restore Control – Regain Your Life (bladder/bowel incontinence): Thursday, May 24, 1-2 p.m. Dr. Keith Huffaker will discuss common incontinence problems and solutions, from lifestyle changes to medications. Preregister at the Senior Services desk or call 423-434-6237.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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Apr 20, 2018

Senior Services offers Billy Graham Library visit

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to discover the life and legacy of “America’s pastor” at the 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Designed to reflect Graham’s journey from humble farm boy to international ambassador for the message of Jesus Christ, the barn-shaped building is situated on 20 acres just miles from his childhood home.

Trip includes:
• Visit to Billy Graham Library
• Lunch voucher
• Charter bus provided by Todlow Coach
• Snack in Black Mountain or Asheville area

Travelers will depart MPCC at 8 a.m. and return at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Cost is $36 per person. Register at the Senior Services desk by Wednesday, May 9.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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Apr 20, 2018

Section of East State of Franklin to be closed for railroad repair

East State of Franklin Road will be closed between Colonial Way and Legion Street Tuesday-Thursday (April 24-26) while repairs are made on the adjacent railroad. Detours will be in place.

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


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

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Apr 19, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation offers seasonal jobs

The Parks and Recreation Department currently has openings for seasonal employees. The following positions are available:
• Park Services is seeking to fill several positions, including ballfield maintenance and mowing.
• Athletics is in need of soccer referees, softball umpires and scorekeepers, and tennis instructors.
• Recreation Services is searching for up to 20 lifeguards to work at the Memorial Park Community Center, Freedom Hall and Legion Street pools. Lifeguards must be certified by the American Red Cross. Certification classes are offered.
All applicants must be 16 years of age or older and able to pass a background check. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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

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Apr 18, 2018

May Friday Night Dance lineup features Kids Our Age, Jerry Pierce

Citizens age 50 and older are invited to join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for Friday Night Dances featuring Kids Our Age on May 4 and Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band on May 18.

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 Recreation Services desk.

For more information, call 423-434-6237. 

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

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

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Apr 17, 2018

Police recruitment day set for Thursday

The Johnson City Police Department will host a recruitment event from 2-6 p.m. Thursday (April 19) at the Rick Collins Training Complex, 899 Riverview Road.
Those interested in a law enforcement career can talk with officers and watch special operations demonstrations from K-9, SWAT and Explosive Ordinance Disposal units. Human Resource representatives will be on hand to discuss the hiring process and City benefits.
For more information, please call 423-434-6119.

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


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

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Apr 16, 2018

Section of East Market to be closed overnight Tuesday

East Market Street from South Roan Street to Buffalo Street will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 17) until 6 a.m. Wednesday (April 18) for waterline maintenance. Detours will be in place, and pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. 

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

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

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Apr 16, 2018

Parks and Recreation announces family friendly Tot Triathlon

It’s never too early to offer opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, and the new Tot Triathlon set for Saturday, June 9 is designed for just that. Participants ages 3-6 will begin by running the bases at TVA Credit Union Ballpark, then jump on their bicycles, tricycles or Big Wheels and ride a designated distance before crossing a wet but safe finish line.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and the event starts at 10 a.m. Participants should have swimsuits, towels, helmets and bikes/trikes. Snacks will be available following the event.
Cost is $10 per participant from May 1-June 2; $15 for late registrations, June 3-8. There will be no event-day registration. Please register in person at MPCC or online at myjcparks.org. (Online registration through midnight on June 7 only.)
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Apr 16, 2018

BOC budget work sessions set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold the following budget work sessions:
• Public Works/Stormwater/Solid Waste – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23
• Police and Fire – 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26
• Development Services and Transit – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7
• General fund overview – 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10
• General government departments and general fund – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21
• Parks & Recreation and Freedom Hall – 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24
• Water & Sewer Services – 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 31
All work sessions will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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


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

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Apr 16, 2018

Great American Cleanup is Saturday

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of unwanted household items from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (April 21) during the Great American Cleanup. Drop-off locations will be at the corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road and Freedom Hall at Parking Lot I (near the vocational school).
Acceptable items include household items not normally collected by City crews as well as recyclable materials such as metals, e-waste, plastics marked with a 1 or 2, cardboard, aluminum, and paper.
Prohibited items include air conditioners, hazardous waste, paint, and tires. Loads larger than pickup truck size are not allowed.

Please call Solid Waste Services at 423-975-2792 with any questions.

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


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

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Apr 16, 2018

Will Graham Celebration coming to Freedom Hall

The Tri-Cities Region Will Graham Celebration, coming to the Freedom Hall Civic Center, April 27-29, 2018, will feature a weekend full of free concerts by some of the top artists in Christian music.

A regular at Will Graham Celebrations, Aaron Shust will headline the Friday evening program. Aaron received the 2007 Dove Award’s New Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year (for “My Savior, My God”) commendations. He will be joined by The Adoration Band and The Moore Brothers Band.

On Saturday evening, the focus will be on teens as Crowder takes the stage. Former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning David Crowder Band, he has released two studio albums since beginning his solo career in 2012 – “Neon Steeple” in 2014 and “American Prodigal” in 2016. Both works hit the coveted top spot on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. His current single, “All My Hope,” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Christian Music chart, and is still tracking in the Top 10. April Taylor Barnes will also perform on Saturday.

Sunday’s closing service will be headlined by Ellie Holcomb. Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., Ellie began her musical career with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, a Memphis-based Americana band headlined by her husband. She released her first solo album, “As Sure as the Sun,” in 2014, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and garnering her the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. Her second full-length record, “Red Sea Road,” was released in 2017 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. Aaron Shust will also perform on Sunday, along with Jenniffer Trent.

A special program for children and families will take place the morning of Saturday, April 28. The fun begins outside the Freedom Hall Civic Center at 9 a.m. with inflatables, a petting zoo, games, snacks and face-painting. At 10:30 a.m., KidzFest will begin inside the Civic Center. The program includes a live play called “The Greatest Journey,” featuring local actors and a KidzChoir made up of local children, and a brief message from Will Graham.

About the Tri-Cities Region Will Graham Celebration:
The Tri-Cities Region Will Graham Celebration is a free, family-friendly event coming to the Freedom Hall Civic Center, June 27-29, 2018. In addition to live music from nationally-known Christian bands, the Celebration will feature inspirational messages from evangelist Will Graham, who is the grandson of Billy Graham and the son of Franklin Graham. Approximately 235 churches from across the area are working together to host the Celebration. For more information, visit www.TCRCelebration.org.

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Apr 13, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 16

Public Works projects:
• West Market Street (between Commerce Street and Boone Street) – Crosswalk replacement. Closed to thru traffic. Detours in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West Watauga Avenue at North Boone Street – Curb replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• East 9th Avenue (from North Roan Street to Welbourne Street) – Drainage improvements. Road closed to thru traffic for the duration of the project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Market Street (from South Roan Street to Buffalo Street) – water tap installation; closed from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. April 17-18
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures

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Apr 10, 2018

BOC work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 12) to hear a presentation by North Star Destination Strategies. This session will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main
St. 

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


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

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Apr 06, 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 Fit and Toned class. The class, held on Mondays and Wednesdays, includes cardio intervals and strength training. Qualified applicants will be 18 or older, carry liability insurance, and hold current aerobics instructor and CPR certificates.

For more details, call Lauren Fowler at 423-461-4852.

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

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Apr 04, 2018

Shooter Band headlines Friday Night Dance


Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend the second event of this month’s Friday Night Dance series featuring the Shooter Band in the MPCC gym and dining room on April 20 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Register at either the Senior Services or MPCC desks.

For more information, call 423-434 6237.

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

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Apr 04, 2018

Senior Services to host Aeronautical Adventure

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., is offering an opportunity for adults and all students enrolled in Tennessee schools seeking to soar above the clouds in its Aeronautical Adventure outing. Lt. Col. Bill Powley, a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot, will host 20 minute flights from Tri-Cities Airport in a Cessna 172.
The flights take place on Wednesday, April 25. Cost is $20 for adults/$10 for Tennessee students. Transportation will be available for $1 from MPCC (leaving at 9 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m.) Seating is limited so please preregister at the Senior Services or MPCC Desks by April 22.

For more information, call Jim Hastings at 423-434-6237.

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

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Apr 03, 2018

Senior Services offers creative classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in three hands-on workshops in April designed to unleash creativity.

• Creative Card Making: 3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12. Learn card-making skills, and never have to buy another card from the store. Cards suited for all-occasions will be made. Cost is $7 with all materials supplied. Register at the Senior Services desk by April 9. Seats are limited.

• Make Your Own Sugar Scrub: 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Leah, from downtown Johnson City’s Skillville, will lead a workshop on making Sugar Scrub from natural ingredients and essential oils. Take what you make. Cost is $15. Register at the Senior Services desk by April 17.

• Beginning to End …Canvas Creations: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 26. No talent required! Join instructor Charline Hughes and learn how to create a canvas you will be proud to display in your home. Learn fundamental skills, including how to add shadows, depth, and dimension in this “make and take” class. All supplies are furnished and no talent required! Register at Senior Services desk by April 23.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Apr 03, 2018

Slope rehabilitation under way at Science Hill Sports Complex

Work is under way to stabilize soil on a slope alongside Charlie Roller Field within the Science Hill Sports Complex. On March 12, Thomas Construction began removing unstable soil from the slope to prepare for the installation of two concrete retaining walls and terraces facing Kermit Tipton Stadium.

A temporary haul road will be cut from Liberty Bell Boulevard to the construction site, requiring the removal of one of the field’s light poles. Activities at Charlie Roller Field will be subject to interruption throughout the duration of the project (set for completion by mid-July) but activities at Kermit Tipton Stadium and other facilities within the Science Hill Sports Complex should not be impacted.

CONTACT: Allan Cantrell, city engineer
Public Works
423-232-5076

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Apr 02, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider one appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a gas/mechanical contractor to serve a three-year term. Applicants must be City residents.

This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or may obtain one by calling 423-434-6009. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at 423-434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 27.

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

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Apr 02, 2018

Rock, Row & Run is coming soon

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s inaugural Rock, Row & Run is coming to Legion Street Pool Aug. 18. This exciting new summer event will allow kids ages 6-12 to get physical while paddling a canoe or kayak and running designated distances designed for their age groups. A celebration for all participants and attendees will take place at a rockin’ after-event party.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details. Registration begins June 4.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Apr 02, 2018

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for Saturday

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway this Saturday, April 7, at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Dr. The event will begin at 9 a.m. when 1900 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Varieties offered include Dogwood, Redbud, Trident Maple, Bald Cypress, Sweet Bay Magnolia, American Hornbeam, Dwarf Red Buckeye, and Nuttall Oak. Please note, a limited number of seedlings will be offered for each person attending.

This Arbor Day marks the 18th consecutive year Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. During those years, the City’s Public Works Department has handed out nearly 24,000 trees for local residents to plant. Maintaining the Tree City USA designation requires the City to have an Arbor Day observance, a tree ordinance, a tree board, and to meet the minimum funding requirements for tree maintenance and planting.

City forester, Patrick Walding said “by participation in the Tree City USA program, Johnson City is able to highlight its commitment to the urban forest for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike. The annual recognition helps draw attention to the fact that trees are an important part of our community.”

CONTACT: Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works – Street Division
423-975-2681

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Mar 30, 2018

Annual spring leaf collection starts April 2

The City of Johnson City’s annual spring leaf collection is held the first two full weeks of April. This year’s collection period will take place from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 13.
Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street) no later than 7 a.m. on April 2 to ensure pickup. Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

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

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

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

The City will also offer free mulch and leaves to residents on Saturday April 7th, 2018 from 7-3 p.m. at the Cash Hollow demolition site, 193 Cash Hollow Rd. City employees will assist loading mulch and leaves into pickups, trailers, and larger trucks. Loading of all bagged-type mulch will be the recipient’s responsibility. Please note, available mulch is not compost and may contain weed and ivy material along with brush items.

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

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Mar 29, 2018

Parks and Recreation to conduct open interviews

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department invites those interested in seasonal positions to attend open (walk-in) interviews from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the Winged Deer Park Administration Office, 4137 Bristol Hwy., Johnson City.

Available positions: Golf; one maintenance and one administrative position, Recreation Services; summer camp counselors and recreational aides, Athletics; soccer officials, softball umpires and scorekeepers, one tennis supervisor and tennis instructors, Park Services; grounds maintenance and park attendants.

Applicants must bring at least two forms of identification: A Social Security card or birth certificate, as well as a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

For more information, please call 423-283-5815.


CONTACT: James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation

423-283-5809

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Mar 28, 2018

SilverSneakers English country dance on tap for seniors

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to watch the Sabine Hill Social Society perform an English country dance. English country dancing is similar to Contra dancing, but employs a wider variety of moves at a slower pace. A meal will be served during the event.

The performance is from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The event is free for SilverSneakers- eligible members with a $3 charge for non-eligible participants. Please register in person at MPCC by April 6.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 27, 2018

Senior Services presents healthful tips

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer eight free classes in April for those 50 and older to help improve their quality of life.

• Eating Smart and Moving More: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18 and 25. May 4, 9. Learn how to eat well, cook healthful meals, save money, plan meals, keep food safe, and be more active. Offered in conjunction with UT Extension. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or call 423-434-6237.

• Olive Oil Tasting: 2-3 p.m., Monday, April 9. Shirley Mueller from Olive Oil Divine will teach the health benefits of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sample different types of healthful oils and learn how to incorporate them and vinegar into your diet. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237. Limited spots available.

• Get Real About Weight Loss: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. Crystal Woods, MS, RDN, LDN, will help you get real and get healthy with presentations on real food, real portions, really simple meals, realistic goals and real reasons why you may be struggling to lose weight. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or call 423-434-6237.

• First Aid Kit Checklist: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, April 12. ETSU pharmacy students will be in the lobby with information on how to assemble a first aid kit. No registration required.

• Be Stroke Smart: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 17. Learn about strokes, how they are treated, and how rehab can aid in recovery. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

• The Microbiome & Optimizing Your Health: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, April 23. Dr. Andrew Clarke, a nutritional biochemistry specialist, will explain what the microbiome is and how it impacts digestion, the immune system and more. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or call 423-434-6237.

• Blood Pressure Control & Changing Guidelines: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 24. Learn the latest information about regulating blood pressure and the new American Herat Association guidelines with Suhitha Madhavaran, MD. Preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

• Vein, Vein Go Away: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25. Melanie Harrison, PA, from The Vein Company, will discuss causes, symptoms and treatments for various vein conditions. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or call 423-434-6237.

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

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

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Mar 26, 2018

Nature Program provides eye-catching Bluebell Wildflower Hike

Simply put, the Bluebells are beautiful! Winged Deer Park is home to the largest collection of naturalized Bluebell wildflowers in Northeast Tennessee and they only bloom for a very short period. Families are invited to take a slow-paced stroll around the “back forty” to admire the many things an early spring woodland hike has to offer.

The hike is from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 31. Cost is $2 per person, and no registration is required. Meet in Winged Deer Park’s disc golf parking lot across from the boat ramp.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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Mar 23, 2018

Bulk up with Brain-a-cise

Overall wellness includes a healthy brain that efficiently processes information while controlling muscle movements and breathing. Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer free classes for those 50 and older designed to support brain health using various brain-stimulating activities. The classes will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each Thursday beginning April 5. Please register in person at MPCC prior to each class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 22, 2018

MPCC offers Glamping Sleepover

Enjoy camping in glamorous style with friends and family inside of Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., when the facility hosts its second Glamping Sleepover. Glamping activities will include facial masks, manicures, pedicures, crafts, a “chick flick,” dinner, and a do-it-yourself dessert. Participants are asked to bring their own sleeping bags, air mattresses and blankets.

This event is for children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult and will take place from 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 through 7 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Cost is $15 per person/$10 multi-child discount. Preregistration required March 12-April 11 at MPCC. Space is limited to the first 50 participants. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Mar 21, 2018

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

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

Potential appointees must live within the city limits of Johnson City. Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards

and at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Please call 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through April 20.


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

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, Administrative Coordinator
Legal
423-434-6009

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Mar 21, 2018

Senior Services offers Pickleball 101 and 102

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer two pickleball classes for those 50 and older interested in either trying out or improving their skills in this increasingly popular sport.

Pickleball 101: Have you wanted to try but you’re not sure how to play? This class will allow you to learn the game and help build your skills in just a few weeks.

Pickleball 102: Are you an intermediate player looking to improve your skills? This class is designed for the player who is ready to take his/her skills to the next level. Learn new tricks and techniques to fine tune your game.

Cost for either lass is $20. Both classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10-May 3. Pickleball 101 will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Pickleball 102 from 9-10 a.m. Please register in person at MPCC by April 10.
Register in person at MPCC the morning of class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 20, 2018

Senior Services invites you to learn the Carolina Shag

Come learn the Carolina Shag without going to the beach! Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., is offering those over 18 a chance to learn the basic moves of this internationally recognized dance done primarily to “beach music.” Classes in this six-week series will be geared toward beginners interested in learning the basic steps. No partner needed.

Cost is $18, and classes will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10 and 17. Preregister in person at MPCC by April 5.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 19, 2018

Senior Services offers daily CrossFifty workout

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to join a cross-training class. Activities will include weighted exercises, various functional movements and cardio intervals. Participants will exercise at their own pace and are encouraged to bring their own mats.

Cost is $2 per person. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in April beginning April 4.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 19, 2018

Friday Night Dance features Jerry Piece and the Nightlife Band

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to its Friday Night Dance on April 6. Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will set the mood in the MPCC gym/dining room from 7-10 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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


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Mar 19, 2018

Carver Recreation Center hosts Tri-Cities Table Tennis Tournament

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will hold its first-ever Tri-Cities Table Tennis Tournament in April. Participants are guaranteed to play in five pool games and single elimination. Cornhole will also be available for all players free of charge.

The event will take place between 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., April 13-15. Entry deadline is April 6. Entry fee is $20 per player. Participants will compete in one of three age divisions within their gender: 12-19, 20-48, and 50 and over.

For more information, call 423-461-8830.

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

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Mar 16, 2018

Annual spring leaf collection starts April 2

The City of Johnson City’s annual spring leaf collection is held the first two full weeks of April. This year’s collection period will take place from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 13.

Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street) no later than 7 a.m. on April 2 to ensure pickup. Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

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

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

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

The City will also offer free mulch and leaves to residents on Saturday April 7th, 2018 from 7-3 p.m. at the Cash Hollow demolition site, 193 Cash Hollow Rd. City employees will assist loading mulch and leaves into pickups, trailers, and larger trucks. Loading of all bagged-type mulch will be the recipient’s responsibility. Please note, available mulch is not compost and may contain weed and ivy material along with brush items.

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

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Mar 15, 2018

Senior Services sets 2018 Turtle Trek Challenge

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., welcomes those of all ages to enter this year’s Turtle Trek Challenge. During this two-month long event, participants will walk or run a total of 26.2 miles (a full marathon) while keeping a log to report their progress weekly. Periodically, announcements will be made to specify times and locations where City staff will host games and award prizes along mapped trails within City parks. Maps of park trails will be available upon registration.

The challenge will take place from April 1-May 31 and costs $8 per person. Preregister in person at MPCC by April 8. A celebration cookout will be held on May 31 at Winged Deer Park’s Meredith Pavilion.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 15, 2018

Senior Services hosts Blood Pressure Refresher

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to attend a free class on the basics of blood pressure. Topics covered include what the numbers mean, how to properly check blood pressure at home, and a review of the American Heart Association’s new guidelines.

The class will take place from 10-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 22. Nurses will be available before and after the class to check your blood pressure. Participants are welcome to bring their home monitor to make sure they are being used properly.

Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 13, 2018

Ease into fitness with Sassy Strides and Strength

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites women 16 and older to participate in Sassy Strides and Strength, a class designed for those with beginner to moderate fitness levels. The class will focus on walking or running and some light to moderate strength training. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits.

Classes will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. each Tuesday from March 27-May 22. Register in person at MPCC. Cost is $1 per class.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Mar 12, 2018

Nature Program presents Welcome to Spring Hike

Families are invited to mark the beginning of spring at Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek on a slow-paced mile-long walk. Along the way, the group will make stops to appreciate the landscape and learn information about wetland, meadow, and hardwood forest habitats. Expect some uphill travel to navigate the park’s ridge.

The hike is from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Cost is $2 and no registration is necessary. To attend, meet at the park’s main entrance at 1220 King Springs Rd., Johnson City.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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Mar 08, 2018

Senior Services offers Beginning to End Canvas Creations

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to join instructor Charline Hughes and learn how to create a canvas you will be proud to display in your home. Learn fundamental skills, including how to add shadows, depth, and dimension in this “make and take” class. All supplies are furnished and no talent required!

The class is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Cost is $8. Seats are limited, so please preregister and prepay at the Senior Services Desk.
For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 06, 2018

Senior Services focuses on health information and services

This month, Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature classes, presentations, and screenings to improve the health and well-being of those 50 and older during four free events. These include:

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet: Tuesday, March 20, 1-3 p.m.
ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy students will be in the Senior Services lobby to share tips on cleaning out your medicine cabinet, when and where to discard used medicines, and general medication safety. No registration is required.

Thyroid Disease: Monday, March 26, noon-1 p.m.
Local endocrinologist Deepika Reddy Nallala, MD, will talk about the importance of hormones produced by the thyroid gland and treatments for various thyroid disorders. Preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

Diabetes Alert Day: Tuesday, March 27, 10 a.m.-noon.
Nine of 10 Americans at the highest risk for type 2 diabetes don’t know it. Have your blood sugar checked, take a risk test, and learn more about prevention. No registration required.

Balance Screening: Wednesday, March 28, 1-3 p.m.
Students from ETSU Physical Therapy Department will provide free balance screenings. Space is limited. Preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

For more information, call Senior Services at 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 05, 2018

Senior Services and clinical specialist present Happy Colon Means Happy Life

In recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Month, Holly Scheller, RN and clinical specialist at Franklin Woods Community Hospital, will host a presentation and discussion at Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., focusing on how peoples’ mindsets and lifestyles play key roles in their colon health. This free event is offered to those 50 and older and will focus on prevention, stress management, the benefits of consuming healthful bacteria, and the importance of colonoscopies.
The presentation is from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 05, 2018

Senior Services offers Dining 2 Know

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a presentation by the Ballad Health Hospice team titled The Elephant in the Room, during the Dining 2 Know informational lunch series on Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $1. Preregistration is required by March 7. For more information call 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 05, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider one appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a gas/mechanical contractor to serve a three-year term. Applicants must be City residents.

This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or may obtain one by calling 423-434-6009. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at 423-434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 30.

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

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Mar 05, 2018

Notice of Public Meeting

The City of Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will host three public meetings to discuss an application to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant. Citizens are invited to discuss the application and review the preliminary design for the project, a splash pad at Carver Recreation Center.

Meetings will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. and Friday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. Each meeting will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322, West Watauga Avenue.

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

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Mar 05, 2018

Carver Rec hosts March Madness

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites those 6 and older to celebrate March Madness. The center will host activities in honor of the collegiate basketball tournament including free-throw contests, three-on-three games, spot shot, and general skill building. Additionally, teams will be formed for bracket play with the winning team to receive a prize.

Activities for this free event will take place from 4-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays throughout the month of March.

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

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

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Mar 02, 2018

Johnson City named official Hidden Heroes City


The City of Johnson City is proud to announce that upon adoption of mayoral resolution, it is now an official Hidden Heroes City. Hidden Heroes board members Amanda Arwood, Karyn Carriger, Phil Carriger, and Maxine Phillippi accepted the resolution from Vice Mayor Jenny Brock – who is also the chairwoman of Hidden Heroes – at the March 1 Board of Commissioners meeting.


Founded by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the mission of Hidden Heroes is to bring vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solution for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. The organization works to inspire individuals, businesses, communities, and civic, faith, and government leaders to take action in supporting military caregivers in their communities and to better connect them to helpful resources and support.

“When my husband Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for an extended period of time in 2011, my eyes were opened to the tremendous challenges facing the loved ones caring for our wounded, ill and injured warriors,” Dole said. “Following Bob’s hospitalization, I established the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to help raise awareness and seek solutions for our military caregivers.”

Sen. Dole commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct the first national comprehensive evidence-based study of military and veteran caregivers. With more than 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the United States, the research revealed a societal crisis requiring a holistic national response. Countless spouses, parents, and other loved ones transform their lives and set aside their own careers to care for those who served our country. These caregivers are often in total isolation, without any support.

“We don’t want that to be the case in our community,” said Arwood. “These caregivers are truly ‘hidden heroes’ and by creating this network locally, we encourage them to come out of the shadows and discover a whole new support system that can help sustain them through their journey.”

Military caregivers can visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/hiddenheroes for more information and are asked to register with Arwood by calling 423-461-0044.


CONTACTS: Maxine Phillippi
ladymaxxw@gmail.com
423-202-3527

Amanda Arwood
amandaa@voamid.org
423-431-0044

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Mar 02, 2018

Volunteers needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission for at-large representatives. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation. Each term is three years. All at-large members 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, March 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services administrative coordinator Nicole Lawrence at 423-434-6071.


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

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Mar 01, 2018

Senior Services serves up Super Salads and Homemade Dressings

Why settle for store-bought salad dressings when you can create a tastier, healthier alternative of your own? Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to bring home recipes for making flavorful dressings that are low in sodium, sugar and other unhealthy additives.

The free program is from 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, March 19. Recipes and samples will be provided. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Mar 01, 2018

Johnson City launches community-wide branding program

The City of Johnson City has launched an intensive branding program designed to discover, define, and design Johnson City’s competitive differentiator – or, what makes the city special so it can stand out in the marketplace. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to attract more businesses and tourists to the city and to improve/maintain quality of life for existing citizenry.

To bring outside objectivity to the project, Johnson City has partnered with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies. North Star has helped develop community brands for more than 200 communities in 45 states nationwide.

“Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not around. In other words, your reputation,” said Don McEachern, chief executive officer of North Star. “People have chosen to move to a city – without ever visiting – based wholly on the word-of-mouth about it. Branding is what you do to change or refine that message. We are delighted to be working with the City of Johnson City in this capacity.”

“It was important to City staff and our Board of Commissioners that this process be led by a firm with extensive experience in community branding,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “North Star’s methodology not only allows for discovery of our unique identity, it provides valuable data and feedback that can be used for strategic planning purposes.”

The integrated process includes research, strategy, and creative development. To begin, qualitative and quantitative research paint a thorough picture of where Johnson City is today. This research began in January and includes an assessment of the environment; perceptions of visitors, neighboring communities, residents, and stakeholders; and a review of current communications and the competition.

Now, North Star is asking the community for their input via an online survey that can be found at www.BrandJC.com. This questionnaire has been carefully crafted to determine Johnson City’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities.

“One of our priorities with this initiative is to ensure our citizens play an integral role in the process,” Peterson said. “The City of Johnson City is facilitating the project but at the end of the day, the input of those who live and work here is crucial to its success.”

Printed surveys will also be available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.; Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Avenue; and Winded Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Printed and electronic surveys must be completed and submitted by March 25.

Upon conclusion of the survey, North Star will develop a brand strategy that is relevant to Johnson City’s current situation but that also differentiates the city to consumers.

The final stage of the project will involve using the research-driven brand strategy and representing that “essence” through creativity and action. The ultimate outcome is to uncover, define and bring to life what is most compelling and unique about Johnson City.

“At the conclusion of this process, we will have a better idea of who we are and how that can best appeal to others,” Peterson said. “We want to clearly convey what makes Johnson City so special.”

To learn more about Johnson City’s branding initiative, visit BrandJC.com

CONTACT: JT McSpadden
Community Relations
423-434-2206


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Feb 28, 2018

Senior Services offers Creative Card Making

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to learn card crafting skills like stamping, cutting, punching, and embossing to create inexpensive and attractive birthday cards. Two classes will be held on Thursday, March 8, one from 3-4:30 p.m. and another from 5-6:30 p.m. There is a $7.00 fee per class and all supplies will be furnished. Those planning to attend should register at the Senior Services Desk by March 6.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 27, 2018

MPCC hosts RIPPED workout

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a popular and highly efficient body workout. The Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics (jump training) and Diet (RIPPED) method combines the best fitness elements in a comprehensive 55-minute long workout session.

This ongoing class costs $5 per person and is held Mondays 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Feb 27, 2018

BOC March meetings rescheduled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold its second March meeting on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. That meeting’s agenda review will be held on Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 East Main Street.


Accommodations will be made for citizens with disabilities. Please notify us in advance of any meeting, program or activity with special accommodation/assistance requests.

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

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Feb 27, 2018

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Foundation

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering four appointments to the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation (JCSCF). JCSCF meets on the first Thursday of each month and is responsible for supporting and participating in special events and assisting in fundraising efforts to benefit Senior Center operations, services, and/or capital improvements. Each term is two years.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through March 30.

For additional information regarding JCSCF, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.

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

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Feb 26, 2018

Volunteers needed for Washington County Board of Equalization

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the Washington County Board of Equalization. This board meets on an as-needed basis and is responsible for reviewing the tax assessment rolls hearing complaints and appeals of taxpayers within their jurisdiction. Each term is two years.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through March 30.

For additional information regarding the Washington County Board of Equalization, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.

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

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Feb 23, 2018

Senior Services offers Power Hour exercise classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will hold Power Hour classes for those 50 and older to improve muscular strength and endurance using weights and resistance training equipment.

Two classes will be held each Friday in March from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $2 per class. Class size is limited to 14 and preregistration at MPCC is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 23, 2018

Notice of Public Meeting

The City of Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will host three public meetings to discuss an application to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant. Citizens are invited to discuss the application and review the preliminary design for the project, a splash pad at Carver Recreation Center.

Meetings will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 5pm; Wednesday, March 21 at 4pm; and Friday, March 23 at 11:30am. Each meeting will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 West Watauga Avenue.

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

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Feb 22, 2018

Tennessee VFW names City firefighter Firefighter of the Year

The Johnson City Fire Department (JCFD) is proud to announce that Firefighter Kevin Colbaugh has been named the 2017 Firefighter of the Year for the State of Tennessee by the Tenn. Veterans of Foreign Wars (TVFW). Colbaugh received this honor Saturday, Feb.10, at the TVFW Mid-Winter Conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was selected from among an extensive list of nominees located throughout the organization’s 11 districts.

Colbaugh was nominated by JCFD Lt. Wade Hardin for his selfless dedication to the fire service as both a volunteer and career service member. He is well known for his contagious enthusiasm and genuine concern for others. Colbaugh said, “I thank God for the privilege and opportunity to serve in the greatest profession on this earth. People ask me how long I’ve been a firefighter. My response - I was born a firefighter, that’s what God created me to be.”

“Kevin is truly deserving of this recognition,” said JCFD Chief James Stables. “In my short tenure here, I have witnessed countless examples of his selfless nature and his earnest desire to encourage others as a coach, mentor, and confidant. Kevin’s contributions to our community have played a significant role in supporting our extraordinary team of firefighters who provide excellent service to the residents and visitors of Johnson City.”

Colbaugh began his career in public service in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter for Stoney Creek, where he remains an active member. Five years later, he branched out into emergency medical services as a paramedic for Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. Following eight years of service there, Colbaugh joined Carter County Emergency Medical Services for four years. In 2007, the Veterans Administration in Johnson City called on him to begin a telemedicine program. That move led to his transition to JCFD in 2013.

Throughout his career, Colbaugh has received several awards of distinction. In 1995, he was bestowed Tennessee’s highest honor from then-Gov. Don Sundquist – the Colonel Aide de Camp. This honor recognized Colbaugh’s heroic actions responding to a tragic automobile accident at the Watauga River.

Colbaugh is very active in the JCFD, participating in many departmental activities including various special projects, task forces, and the Medical Quality Assurance Program, where he continues to leverage his education and experience as a firefighter and paramedic.

CONTACT: Chief James Stables
Johnson City Fire Department
423-975-2852


[Photo - from left to right: Vincent “BJ” Lawrence, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of US VFW; Kevin Colbaugh; George “Mike” Scott, State Commander of TVFW]


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Feb 22, 2018

Senior Services offers Cooking Healthy for One or Two

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will help those 50 and older gain confidence cooking healthful, easy-to-prepare, delicious, and budget-friendly meals, perfectly portioned for one or two diners.

This free program is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 19, 2018

Turner named chief of JCPD

Karl Turner, a 27-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, has been promoted to chief, City Manager Pete Peterson announced today. 

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

Turner’s selection came after an in-depth evaluation process that included an assessment by other police chiefs from across the state, written tests, and interviews. 

Chief Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in 1991 as a public safety officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, serving as a first-line platoon supervisor and SWAT team leader. Six years later, he was promoted to lieutenant, assuming a number of new roles and responsibilities including special operations supervisor and operations manager. Chief Turner then earned the rank of captain in 2007 and was assigned as watch commander of one of four patrol platoons. In 2012, he was promoted to major, overseeing the operations side of the Police Department and serving an indispensable role in supporting the now retired Chief Mark Sirois. 

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected from such a talented pool of law enforcement leaders,” Chief Turner said. “I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of dedicated and caring law enforcement officers. This 

includes three former police chiefs whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I thank them for their years of guidance and leadership and of course, my wife Dr. Jessica Turner, for the support and sacrifice that goes along with being a law enforcement spouse.”

Chief Turner attended the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) in 2006 where he received of the SECLA Distinguished Service Medal. He also completed all three levels of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management Academy in 2007, the FBI National Academy in 2009, and FBI’s Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar sessions in 2004 and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2017. He is an active member of the FBI National Academy Alumni Association, the National Tactical Officers Association, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

“My goal as police chief is to continue to build upon the principle of a community and police partnership that allows the Police Department to provide the best service possible. Our department will continue to focus on community policing and calling on our citizens to play an active role in the safety and well-being of our city,” Chief Turner said.

He noted that the department will continue expanding its use of the latest technologies to provide the most effective operations, including greater utilization of crime analysis and mapping to drive the department’s crime prevention efforts.

“Chief Turner is a capable leader, and under his leadership the department will continue to ensure that our community remains a safe place to live, work, and play.” Peterson added. “Johnson City will continue to be well-served by the Johnson City Police Department under the direction of Chief Turner.” 

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


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Feb 19, 2018

Senior Services provides health tips on sleep/vision

On Tuesday, March 6, Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering two free informational programs for those 50 and older.

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose: 11 a.m.-noon. Ballad Health Regional Sleep Manager, Jared Gullett, will discuss the impact of sleep on our overall health, provide tips for getting a better night’s sleep, and review common sleep problems and possible solutions.

Macular Degeneration:
1-2 p.m. This leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 will be discussed. Learn about the two types of the disease, how it is diagnosed, and ways to reduce progression.

Preregister for either program at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 19, 2018

Parks and Rec Spring Softball League umpires/scorekeepers meetings scheduled

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two umpires/scorekeepers meetings for the upcoming 2018 adult/youth softball seasons. Both meetings will be held at the Winged Deer Athletic Tower; one at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb 24 and the other at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The meeting should last about 90 minutes and will cover league rules, dress code, and duties for both umpires and scorekeepers. Umpires will be required to pass the USA softball umpire test prior to participating in the 2018 season.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Feb 16, 2018

Free blood pressure screenings offered at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center will provide free blood pressure screenings to those 50 and older from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in its lobby at 510 Bert St. ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy students will be on hand with information about managing blood pressure and medications. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237

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

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Feb 16, 2018

MPCC offers Aikido class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 13 and up to participate in an Aikido class that introduces and furthers the training of this modern Japanese martial art while focusing on both its physical and philosophical aspects of conflict resolution.

Classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. each Monday starting March 19. Cost is $3 per class. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Feb 15, 2018

Limited Edition/Kids Our Age headline March Friday Night Dances

If you’re 50 or older, lace up your dancing shoes and join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for dances featuring live bands on the first and third Friday of each month.

March dances:

• March 2: Limited Edition, 7-10 p.m.
• March 16: Kids Our Age, 7-10 p.m.
• Cost: $5 per person.

There is no registration deadline. For more information, call 423-434-6237

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

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Feb 14, 2018

City receives clean audit

The City of Johnson City has received results from the annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Results of the audit include the following: 
 

• For the seventeenth consecutive year, the City received a “clean” opinion for the FY2017 audit with no significant deficiencies reported by the auditors.

• The City’s overall net position decreased by $151 million. This decrease was due to the transfer of Johnson City Power Board operations to the Johnson City Energy Authority, effective March 31, 2017. Without this transfer, the City’s overall net position would have reflected an increase of $26 million. 

• The City’s governmental funds reported a year increase of $9.7 million.

• The City’s total outstanding long-term debt decreased $39.7 million (15.7%), a large portion of which was attributable to the defeasance of Power Board bonds.

• Revenue growth exceeded the amended budget by $3.4 million, resulting in $2.9 million net change in the General Fund balance. Healthy tax growth, both local and state-shared, accounted for these favorable results.

• At the end of FY2017, unassigned fund balance for the General Fund was $7.6 million, an increase of $2.7 million.  

• Current property taxes continued a pattern of steady growth, experiencing an increase of 1.5%, with no property tax rate increase. The City’s property tax rate continues to be the lowest of all the surrounding areas. 

• Sales tax collections experienced healthy growth of 2.9%.

• The City made approximately $16 million in principal payments on debt outstanding and invested $40 million in capital improvements. Approximately 40% of the investment was in the utility funds (Water/Sewer and Stormwater). The balance was invested in road and trail improvements, civic center upgrades, school maintenance facility, school energy improvements, playground equipment and the acquisition of departmental vehicles and equipment.  

• The Government Finance Officers’ Association of the United States and Canada awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Johnson City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. This was the City’s sixteenth consecutive year for receiving the award.

City Manager Pete Peterson said he is proud to maintain a AA- debt rating from Standard and Poor’s, a Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investor’s Service, and a AA rating from Fitch. 

“This report reflects our excellent financial condition and is a direct result of guidance and direction from the Board of Commissioners and the hard work of our very dedicated staff,” he added. “While this is a great position to be in, we remain cautiously optimistic about what the future may bring. We remain dedicated to delivering quality services in an affordable manner.”

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

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Feb 13, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU Southern Conference Tournament transportation

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and older tickets and transportation to Asheville, N.C. for the ETSU double-header Southern Conference Tournament. The game schedule will depend upon whether ETSU is the number one or number two seed and is as follows:

Game One

• If ETSU is the number one seed: Saturday, March 3. Bus leaves MPCC at 10 a.m. Game time noon.
• If ETSU is the number two seed: Bus leaves MPCC at 4 p.m. Game time 6 p.m.

Game Two

• Monday, March 5 – Championship game
• Bus leaves MPCC at 7 p.m. Game time 9 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Register/buy ticket at the Senior Services or Recreation Desks by Friday, March 2. Total cost for both games and transportation is $45. No refunds.

Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 13, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball outing

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and older tickets and transportation from MPCC to Freedom Hall Civic Center to attend the ETSU vs. Citadel men’s basketball home game on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Cost is $6 per person.

The bus will leave MPCC at 6 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

Please register at Senior Services or Recreation Desk at MPCC. For more information, call 423-491-6237.

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

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Feb 13, 2018

Carver Rec offers Spring Break Fun Adventure Camp

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites K-12 students to join in fun activities like swimming, miniature golf, movies, and a field trip to Fender’s Farm during this year’s Spring Break Fun Adventure Camp.

The camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-16. Cost is $25/person and free to those enrolled in Carver’s after-school program. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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

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

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Feb 12, 2018

BOC agenda review rescheduled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for tonight (Monday, Feb. 12) has been moved to 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15). This meeting will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

Carver Rec celebrates Black History Month with Taste of the Community

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites all ages to celebrate Black History Month from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. This event will feature a presentation on black history and recognize several local African-American entrepreneurs. Afterward, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy Taste of the Community and sample some of the finest soul food dishes in town. The first portion of this event will be free with a $5 charge per person for the dinner. For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

Willow Springs Park educational winter walk

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites families to learn how our native flora and fauna survive winter during leisurely paced, mile-long educational walk at Willow Springs Park. No advance registration is required but there will be a $2 fee per participant. The hour-long event will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Willow Springs Park main parking lot, 1201 Huffine Rd., Johnson City on Saturday, Feb. 17.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

Therapy Pool closing for maintenance

The therapy pool at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed for maintenance Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7-11 a.m.
For more information, please call 423-434-5755.

CONTACT: Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5755

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Feb 09, 2018

Senior Services offers Getting to the Heart of Healthy Living

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to participate in discussions about heart healthy lifestyles and how activities like journaling and volunteering can improve wellness of body and mind.

Food City Health Initiatives Director Lori Hamilton will lead this free event scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Please preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 09, 2018

MPCC offers Johnson City/Washington County Schools Spring Break Camp

Spring Break, while a welcome vacation for students, often presents challenges for families. The Parks and Recreation annual Spring Break Camp may be just the thing to help. Students ages 6-12 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for activities including sports, arts and crafts, movies, games and swimming during one of two sessions scheduled for the weeks of Johnson City and Washington County School’s respective spring breaks.

• Johnson City Schools Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-16 (M-F).
• Washington County Schools Camp: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. March 26-30 (M-F).
• Cost is $40 per week. A $10 optional early drop off/late pick up (7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.) applies.
• Registration for both sessions begins Feb. 12. Preregistration is encouraged as participation is limited to 60 students per camp session.
• Campers are asked to bring a packed lunch and swim clothes daily.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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


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Feb 08, 2018

Senior Services offers healthy take on popular game show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to play Health Jeopardy, a game modeled after the popular game show.

The free event hosted by nurse Jeanne Clarke will take place from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Please preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 06, 2018

Senior Services offers Dining 2 Know

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Dr. Raymond Merrick’s Getting to Know Your Heart presentation during the latest in the Dining 2 Know informational luncheon series on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $1. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 9; call 423-434-6237

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

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Feb 05, 2018

Nature Program presents Snakes of Northeast Tennessee

Snakes! Whether you love them or hate them, there’s a lot we can learn from these amazing animals. Get to know our native snake species from a local herpetologist during an hour long presentation at Memorial Park Community Center (510 Bert St.) on Monday, Feb. 12. This free event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is appropriate for all ages. Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237. For more information, call 423-434-5821.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Senior Services offers free hearing screenings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host free hearing screenings performed by an East Tennessee Hearing Center audiologist for those 50 and older from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.

To attend, please schedule an appointment at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237. Limited spots are available.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Senior Services encourages community to get On the Ball

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to improve balance and strength in a fun atmosphere using a stability ball. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment as availability of exercise mats and stability balls will be limited.

Classes cost $2 and will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays throughout February. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Parks and Rec seeks youth soccer officials

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking soccer officials for the 2018 spring season. Those interested must be 16, able to pass a background check, and knowledgeable on soccer rules.

Those interested should apply at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office before Sunday, Feb. 25. There will be a soccer officials meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 14; the season begins April 9.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Jan 30, 2018

Parks and Recreation seeks youth soccer coaches

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department invites soccer coaches to volunteer for its youth league spring season. Candidates must be over 18, able to pass a background check, well organized, and knowledgeable of the sport. Practices begin March 17 and the 10-game schedule begins April 9. There will be a coaches meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. To apply or for more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Jan 30, 2018

February Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. The next meeting is slated for Tuesday, March 13.
For additional information, please contact Development Services at 423-434-6074. 

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


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

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Jan 29, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 8

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Thursday, Feb. 8 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5-7 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 required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license to apply. 

• Programming – Summer youth program assistants will supervise and facilitate activities for children ages 6-16 in a day-camp setting. All applicants must be able to communicate effectively, have general knowledge of recreational activities, and be able to work uninterrupted for seven weeks.

• Lifeguards – Lifeguards conduct safety surveillance of all pools and slides and are also responsible for upkeep of pools and slides including vacuuming, sanitizing, and general janitorial duties. All candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross to apply. If a qualified lifeguard applicant is not certified, Parks and Recreation will certify the candidate upon completion of a proficiency swim test. 

• Athletics – Positions available include soccer referees for youth programs, umpires for youth and adult softball, softball scorekeepers and tennis instructors for youth and adult programming. General knowledge of sports rules required. Some training provided.

All applicants must be 16 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.

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

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Jan 29, 2018

MPCC offers Sweets and Paint Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those between ages 13-17 to attend Sweets and Paint night to create a personalized masterpiece with the help of an artist instructor. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 22 and requires preregistration by Feb. 20. Art supplies are included with the $7 admittance fee and participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

To register, or for more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

Senior Services hosts Love Your Heart Foods

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn about 15 foods essential for optimizing heart health. Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, Food City dietician will lead this free presentation from 11-noon on Monday, Feb. 12.

Register at the Senior Services desk or call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

Senior Services offers Shellem Cline concert

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Christian country music artist Shellem Cline, whose popular hit “Blue Jeans and Biscuits” was named Christian Country Song of the Year in 2017.

The free concert is from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Please reserve a seat by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

JCPD searching for suspects

On 01/26/2018 at approximately 8:12 AM, officers of the Johnson City Police Department were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 2915 W. Market Street, in reference to a shots fired call.  An investigation into the incident revealed that a patron of the business observed a white male acting suspicious while exiting Wal-Mart with several items in a buggy that were not bagged.  The patron approached the suspicious male as he was loading items into a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee and asked to see a receipt for the items.  The male jumped into the suspect vehicle as a passenger and the driver displayed what the patron believed to be a handgun and pointed it in his direction.  The patron, who has a valid handgun carry permit, fired a round from the weapon he was carrying prior to the suspects fleeing the parking lot onto W. Market Street.

A witness to the event followed the suspect vehicle onto McKinley Road off of W. Market Street for a short distance.  The driver of the suspect vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway, exited the vehicle while displaying a handgun, and ordered the witness to quit following him.  The suspects then fled the area.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early-2000’s model gray Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing Tennessee tag 6D1-5Z9.  The middle row passenger side window is covered with plastic.  It was reported stolen out of Bristol, TN on 01/21/18.  At the time of the incident, the vehicle was occupied by two males, one white and one of unknown race, and a white female.  

Officers recovered approximately $1,350 in items left by the suspects that were stolen from Wal-Mart.  No injuries or damage have been reported at this time. 

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.



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Jan 26, 2018

Freedom Hall management firm presentations set for Thursday

On Thursday (Feb. 1), the City of Johnson City will hear presentations from two firms that have submitted proposals to manage Freedom Hall Civic Center. These presentations are set for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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


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Jan 26, 2018

Agenda review canceled; workshop set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for Monday (Jan. 29) has been canceled. Also, the Commission will hold a workshop with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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


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

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Jan 25, 2018

Parks and Rec gets set for 2108 Adult Spring Softball League

Divisions, entry fees and schedules are as follows:

• Men’s open-church ($400/14-game schedule). Women’s open-church ($200/8-game schedule. Co-ed open-church ($300/10-game schedule. A $5 non-resident fee applies.
• Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Participants may play on only one men’s, women’s or co-ed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed consent form from guardian.
• Registration begins Feb. 5 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. The registration deadline is April 6. Practices begin March 19; games will begin April 23. Coaches meeting is April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. All games played at Winged Deer Park.

For information, call 423-434-5822

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Jan 25, 2018

New domestic violence support group to launch in February

A new support group will begin meeting next month, offering a confidential setting of healing and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
“The hope is to bring together women who have shared experiences in a safe and supportive environment to let them know they are not alone,” said Victoria Wells, a master’s degree in social work candidate who will lead the group.
The Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center brings awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence, provides one-stop access to services, and helps identify and bring new programs to the community.
“The Family Justice Center serves anyone in our community who has been impacted by domestic violence,” said Director Heather Brack. “While safety is immediate and paramount, it is also crucial to provide a chance to heal emotionally.”
The group will be formed with the support of the East Tennessee State University Department of Social Work, which provides individual and group counseling services through the Family Justice Center. There are few if any no-cost support groups or counseling opportunities for women impacted by domestic violence in Washington County. All services at the Family Justice Center are free.
Individuals who are interested in this new program can contact the Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center at 423-722-3720 or email fjc@johnsoncitytn.org. 

Contact:
Heather Brack, director
Family Justice Center
hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org
423-722-3720
 

Contact Info:
Heather Brack, director
Family Justice Center
hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org
423-722-3720

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Jan 24, 2018

Senior Services offers free neck and shoulder massage

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers those 50 and older a chance to relax with a free, 10-minute neck and shoulder massage provided by Jones Chiropractic.

Massages will be provided form 10 a.m.-noon on Monday, Feb. 5. Please schedule an appointment at the Senior Services desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 23, 2018

Registration under way for youth soccer program

Registration under way for youth soccer program
Registration is now open for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer program. Practices will begin the week of March 17; games begin the week of April 9. Five age groups are available for boys and girls between 3-15, and 10 games will be played at least twice weekly. Age groups are 3-5 (coed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15.

Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied after Feb. 26. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.com and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (including Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25).

For more information, please call 283-5822

CONTACT: David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5825

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Jan 22, 2018

MPCC offers free, friendly shuffleboard competition

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites players of all ages to compete in free shuffleboard events held from 8:30-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 8 to March 8.

This relaxing sport offers an opportunity to socialize in a fun, safe, and friendly competitive environment.

Register upon arrival or call 423-434-5749 for more information.

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

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Jan 19, 2018

MPCC Fitness Expo rescheduled

The Fitness Expo scheduled for Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. this evening has been rescheduled for Thursday (Jan. 25). The Expo will introduce to community members of all ages a free overview of the center’s fitness class offerings from 5-7 p.m.

This event will take place while classes like RIPPED, Zumba, yoga, and SilverSneakers are under way, and attendees should wear tennis shoes and athletic gear in the event they would like to participate. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 19, 2018

Public invited to learn about new gaming systems at MPCC

The staff at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invite citizens of all ages to attend eight free sessions of Open Game Room to learn about the new EyePlay and tWall interactive systems and Wii video game console.

Sessions will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February beginning Feb. 1. Please register in person at MPCC prior to each session.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 19, 2018

City UAV program under way

The City of Johnson City announced Friday that its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is ready to take flight. Following a yearlong planning process and development of an internal policy, the City is now set to operate UAVs (commonly called “drones”) for a multitude of uses including project management, public safety, economic development, mapping, and surveying among others.
“The City’s UAV can capture visual images as well as non-visual data such as thermal or infrared so we will be able to tell, for instance, if a City building is losing heat or where a fire might be originating,” added Geospatial Project Manager Link Elmore, one of the City’s two Federal Aviation Administration-certified pilots.
The other pilot, Officer Steve Crow, will assist with the UAV program for the Police Department. Officers will be able to utilize drones in emergency situations such as searching for a missing person or a dangerous fleeing suspect.
“Essentially having another set of eyes in sky to assess places and situations we couldn’t before makes this a groundbreaking tool for us,” Elmore said. “Better data will lead to better decision-making for our citizens, and at the end of the day that’s really what it’s all about.”

CONTACT:
Link Elmore, geospatial project manager
Information Technology
423-434-5783


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Jan 18, 2018

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

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

Potential appointees must live within the city limits of Johnson City. Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards and at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Please call 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 12.

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

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, Administrative Coordinator
Legal
423-434-6009

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Jan 17, 2018

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance adds Sensory Sensitive Hour

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will host the inaugural Sensory Sensitive Hour for families with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 3 prior to the 2018 My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance.

Sensory Sensitive Hour offers a subdued environment for dancing to low-volume music by a live DJ in a low-light setting from 5-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available along with an opportunity to create a craft keepsake.

Afterward, the Daddy Daughter Dance (open to dads, grandfathers, guardians and daughters) will kick off with increased volume and light intensity between 6-8 p.m. 

Registration for both events is required and is $10 per person through Jan. 26; $20 per person Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (Children 3 and under free). Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. Photos will be available and vouchers may be purchased for $15 online or at MPCC prior to the event. Tickets will not be available at the door for either event.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 17, 2018

Shades of Refinement headlines February Senior Services Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Shades of Refinement at its Friday Night Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those 50 and older may register at either the Senior Services or Recreation Services desks by Jan. 31. Cost is $5 ($3 for SilverSneakers® members).

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 16, 2018

Senior Services to offer Winter Softball Conditioning

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older an opportunity to stay in shape with physical training related to softball. The free class begins Feb. 1, and will take place in the MPCC gym each Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:50 a.m. until temperatures raise enough to move outdoors.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 12, 2018

BOC agenda review canceled; work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will not meet for an agenda review on Monday (Jan. 15).
The Commission will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) to discuss athletic field development with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the Capital Improvements Program. This session will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
The Commission will meet as regularly scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Commission Chambers.

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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Jan 11, 2018

MPCC offers Start Smart Soccer

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites parents to get the ball rolling with their 3-5 year olds in Start Smart Soccer. This program will cover basic rules and skills of soccer in a fun and safe environment during six sessions held each Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.


Participants should bring their own water bottle and shin guards and a parent or guardian must be present throughout each class. Cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for all others. Register by Jan. 22 at MPCC or online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 11, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

At 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 13), Wesley United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast featuring the Rev. C.C. Mills from Friendship Baptist Church, Greeneville, Tenn. In addition, several community members will be honored: Becky Buchanan, Rev. C.H. Charlton, Faye Rutledge, Mark Sirois and Michele Treece. 

Tickets are available at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., for $15 a person or $120 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. 

On MLK Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15), the following free events will be held at Carver Rec:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., open to all ages. Youth will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is provided in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

• NAACP American Red Cross Blood Drive: Noon until 5 p.m. Ages 18+.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Join the Carver staff in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with food and musical entertainment.

In conjunction with the Carver events will be:

• United for Change Unity Walk and Program: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unity walk will begin and end at Greater Love International Church, 130 Garden Drive, with program immediately to follow. Chili will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please call (423)434-2749 or email pastor@thegreaterlove.com for more information.

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

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Jan 10, 2018

Senior Services offers classes on thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn more about thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease during two free sessions:

• Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon: Endocrinologist Dr. Deepika Eddy Nallala will speak about what affects the thyroid and treatments available for thyroid hormone imbalances.

• Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-noon: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Regional Director Tracy Kendall Wilson will define dementia and speak about available treatment options for family and loved ones.

Please call 423-434-6237 to register.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

WSS urges residents to protect pipes

During this extended period of extreme cold, it becomes increasingly important to take precautions for protecting water pipes to prevent bursting. The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their homes especially when they are out of town or away from home throughout the day.

• Eliminate drafts – Keep doors and windows in the basement and garage tightly closed. Close off crawl space vents and doors, and seal cracks in basement or crawl space walls.

• Insulate – Insulate pipes in unheated portions of the house such as exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements, cabinets, or any enclosure where air can't circulate. Be alert for damp insulation; water soaked insulation can cause a freeze-up.

• Protect meter – Make sure the meter box cover is not broken, missing, or ajar. These conditions allow freezing cold air to penetrate the box's insulation. Report missing or broken covers to the Water and Sewer Services Department at 423-461-1645.

• Protect outside faucets – Outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected and drained. Any space between faucet and exterior wall should be caulked. Check with your plumber about frost-proof faucets.

• Drain pipes if leaving town – When away from home for extended periods and heat is not left on, turn water off at cutoff and drain the lines.

• Leave faucet running – When temperatures reach low teens, leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one tap. It is important to note, however, that faucets left running may have an adverse effect on septic tanks. Other precautions should be taken.

• Open cabinet doors – If a sink is on an outside wall, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach water pipes.

• Thaw carefully – Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe. Use hot air from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner exhaust, heat tape or light bulb.

• Locate shut-off valve – Don't wait until a water pipe is broken to find the shut-off valve. While the Water and Sewer Services Department is responding to your emergency call, you will be able to minimize your damage by quickly stopping the flow of water. The City's plumbing code requires a shut-off valve. This is usually located inside near where the main water line enters the house. It may also be located in the basement, beneath the floor, in the garage or utility room. Check with your builder or plumber to assist in locating the shut-off valve.

These tips may also be found in a short video on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEAl9sRz01M.

For more information about water pipe maintenance, contact Water and Sewer Services at 423-461-1645.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers tips on how to declutter and downsize

Brookdale Johnson City’s Lisa White will share with those 50 and older ways to declutter and downsize their homes and lives. White will offer free tips from 11 a.m.-noon on Jan. 24.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 423-434-6237. There is no registration deadline.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball outings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and up tickets and transportation from MPCC to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two ETSU men’s basketball home games.

• Jan. 20: ETSU vs. Western Carolina. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 13.

• Feb. 3: ETSU vs. Chattanooga. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 27.

The bus leaves MPCC at 3 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. for both games. Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

Cost is $5 per game. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-491-6237.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services Friday Night Dance to feature Shooter Band

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Shooter Band at its Friday Night Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Jan. 19. Those 50 and older can register for $5 at either the Senior Services or Recreation Services Desk by Jan. 17.

There will be just one Friday Night Dance during January and none in February. The event’s regular schedule will resume in March with dances hosted on the first and third Fridays of each month.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
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Jan 04, 2018

MercyMe concert rescheduled for Nov. 11

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the MercyMe concert originally scheduled to take place on March 1 has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 11, at Freedom Hall Civic Center (1320 Pactolas Road) in Johnson City, Tenn. An opening act for the rescheduled concert will be announced at a later time.

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale now at the Freedom Hall Civic Center box office, online at www.freedomhall-tn.com or by phone at (423) 461-4884. Tickets for the originally scheduled March 1, 2018 show will be honored at the November 11, 2018 concert.

Refunds:
Patrons who cannot attend the newly rescheduled date and wish to receive a refund can contact the Freedom Hall Box office at 423-461-4884. Refunds will only be available until January 18, 2018 and will be given as follows: Tickets purchased by credit/debit card will have a credit issued to that same card and a receipt will be mailed following processing. If for some reason, the card that was used to purchase tickets is no longer active, a check will be sent from the City of Johnson City to the original cardholder. Tickets purchased by cash will receive a check from the City of Johnson City along with a receipt.

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MercyMe closed 2017 on a high note with a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Even If” and for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Lifer, after the wrapping of their successful headlining “Lifer Tour.” Also this year, MercyMe has accumulated three GMA Dove Award wins, including the Artist of the Year title, and their sixth American Music Award (AMA) nomination. Much of the fanfare stems from their most recent No. 1 album, LIFER, which debuted earlier this year, and includes “Even If,” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1 and the movement-infused “Happy Dance.”

The much-anticipated new movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” a true story based on the life of Bart Millard, who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father to cancer, opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.

About MercyMe:
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 28 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC) and “So Long Self.” Their radio success has continued with recent singles “Flawless" (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and "Greater" (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard's 2015 Year End charts. MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. MercyMe’s eighth studio album, Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods, four radio hits, has been certified gold by the RIAA and continues to be a top selling title. LIFER, their latest chart-topping and award-winning album, is available now.

For more information, visit www.mercyme.org and www.freedomhall-tn.com.

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