Special Olympics Torch Run

On Friday, April 29th, first responders and their families from a four-county area are invited to join Johnson City Police as they carry the Special Olympics torch from the Municipal and Safety Building to East Tennessee State University. The JCPD hosts the torch run for Special Olympics Tennessee Area 3, which covers Carter, Washington, Unicoi and Johnson counties. Participants will gather in the parking lot of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., at 8 a.m. to run together to ETSU’s Mini-Dome (approximately 1.6 miles), where the official Special Olympics torch will be lighted during opening ceremonies.

Community members are invited to cheer on the first responders and athletes they will be escorting as they enter the Mini-Dome. Admission to the games is free. For more information, contact JCPD Officer Brittney Eberhardt at beberhardt@johnsoncitytn.org.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Saturday, April 30th @ 9am-1pm

Washington County will host its annual household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, April 30th at Daniel Boone High School (1440 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN) from 9am - 1pm. Items that are accepted include household chemicals, paint thinners, cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, flammables, fertilizers and insecticides. Visit the Washington County Solid Waste website or call (423)753-1652 for more information.

2016 Arbor Day Festival

Saturday, April 30th @ 10am - 3pm - Carver Recreation Center

Members of the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener Association, with support from the Johnson City Power Board and Appalachian Sustainable Development, will be sponsoring a festival to celebrate the role, function, and beauty of the many trees, shrubs, and bushes that surround our homes and beautify the landscape surrounding our community.

A free, day long program of educational programs, activities, and experiences including Miss Arbor Day Contest, an ETSU Tree Identification Walk, tree and gardening-related workshops, woodcarving & Birdhouse building demos, tree give-aways, photography contest and more.

This free event will also have vendors for gardening, landscaping and tree services. Parks and recreational program information will be available as well. For more information, visit http://arbordaytn.webs.com.

Operation Rx Disposal Event

Saturday, April 30th - City of Johnson City Municipal & Safety Building

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of their unused or expired medications safely and responsibly at the Operation Rx Disposal event, set for Saturday, April 30th. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., representatives from Insight Alliance, ETSU’s Gatton College of Pharmacy, and the Johnson City Police Department will be in the parking lot of the City of Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to collect medications and answer questions.

“Keeping medications that will not be used in the home poses a safety risk because they could be accidentally ingested or stolen,” said Johnson City Police Lt. Scotty Carrier. Environmental Auditor Jim Culbert added that medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain. “Medications that are improperly discarded pose a great threat to our waterways and wildlife,” he said. “Disposing of medications through a safe and secure means, such as at the Police Department, is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected.”

Anyone who is unable to attend the April 30th event may discard medications in a drop box located in the Johnson City Police Department lobby from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact Lt. Carrier at 434-6143.


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