Johnson City News

February 19, 2019

Senior Services offers MPCC Wacky Mini Golf

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. will be transformed into an 18-hole indoor golf course from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. This unique challenge is open to all ages and features different designs at each putting green.

Individuals with special needs are invited to participate in the Wacky Mini Golf Challenge from 10-11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the challenge will be postponed to Saturday, March 23.

Putters will be available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase.

Entry fee is $2 per person for 18 holes. No registration is required. Just come and play.

For more information, call 423-434-5749 or 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6231

 

 

 

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February 19, 2019

Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room now open weekday evenings

The Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room is now open to youth 11-18 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The center, located across the street from Memorial Park Community Center at 601 Bert St., offers Xbox One and PS4 Pro gaming systems, pool, pingpong, foosball, and a comfortable lounge area.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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February 19, 2019

The Shooter Band to headline March Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature The Shooter Band from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of March. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

 

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

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February 19, 2019

City Commission sets Capital Improvement Plan work session

 City Commission sets Capital Improvement Plan work session

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 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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February 15, 2019

Parks and Recreation to host bat presentation

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

 Families are welcome to attend this presentation on Monday, Feb. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

 The event is free and open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229                   

February 15, 2019

Senior Services to offer Beginning French class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 18 and older to participate in a new class, Beginning French, from 1-2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Classes will begin Feb. 20.         

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the French language and culture from a native French speaker and former teacher from Paris.

There is no cost for the class. Please register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6229

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February 15, 2019

Parks and Recreation to host bat presentation

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

 Families are welcome to attend this presentation on Monday, Feb. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

 The event is free and open to all ages. Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

 CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                              Parks and Recreation
                              423-434-6229                   

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February 14, 2019

Senior Services offers tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team. The Bucs will host the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday, March 2 at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Tickets to the game are $6 per person and include round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 4 p.m. Register and purchase tickets at either MPCC desk by Saturday, Feb. 23.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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February 14, 2019

CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER BULLS IS BACK! - Feb. 22nd & 23rd

Come see 40 of the world's greatest athletes and the men who dare to ride them.  The toughest cowboys and the rankest bulls combine for edge of your seat action and professional bull riding at its best!  Friday night is Kids Night with a calf scramble for the kids and Saturday night will have Mexican pinball for those brave enough to try their luck.

  •  Friday, February 22, 2019 8:00 PM Challenge of the Super Bulls 2019  [buy tickets]
  •  Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:00 PM Challenge of the Super Bulls 2019  [buy tickets]
February 14, 2019

CASTING CROWNS "Only Jesus" Tour with special guests Zach Williams and Austin French - March 15th

Tickets on sale now with special VIP Experience packages also available for an intimate pre-show Casting Crowns jam session.

February 14, 2019

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2019 FAN POWERED WORLD TOUR – March 26th

Tickets on sale now.  Be sure to score even more fun by adding a Magic Pass to your order to get pre-show access to amazing Globetrotters tricks, hoops on the court, and  autographs and photos with Globetrotter Stars!

February 13, 2019

Volunteers needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Board of Building Codes. One vacancy is for a gas/mechanical representative and the other vacancy is for an electrical representative. Both appointments will 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 8.

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

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February 13, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission sets regular meeting schedule

The Sesquicentennial Commission will meet at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26. All meetings will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:    Ann Marie French, public information specialist
                             Communications and Marketing
                             423-434-6021

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February 12, 2019

Parks and Rec gets set for girls softball, T-ball leagues

egistration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation girls spring softball and T-ball will begin Monday, Feb. 25.

Fees are $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A $20 late charge will be applied to registrations taken after March 24. Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Leagues include T-ball (ages 5-6), machine pitch, (ages 7-8) and fast pitch (ages 9-10). Practices begin April 1 and games begin April 22.

The first coaches meetings are set for Wednesday, March 13 at the Athletic Office. T-ball coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m., and softball coaches will meet at 6 p.m. 

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-5825

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February 11, 2019

Lane closures continue at 100 block of East Market Street

Johnson City’s Water and Sewer Services Department will be conducting sewer line maintenance at the 100 block of East Market Street between South Roan and Buffalo streets from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. until work is complete. Lane closures will be in place while work is performed. One lane will also be open but drivers are urged to avoid this area when possible.

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

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February 11, 2019

MPCC offers after-school program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an after-school program for children 6-12 years old. The program includes homework helpers and snacks. Children will also be able to utilize the gymnasium and pool as well as participate in arts and crafts.

The program is available Feb. 11-May 24, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. Register in person at MPCC.     

For more information, call 423-434-5749.


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

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February 11, 2019

MPCC offers after-school program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an after-school program for children 6-12 years old. The program includes homework helpers and snacks. Children will also be able to utilize the gymnasium and pool as well as participate in arts and crafts.

The program is available Feb. 11-May 24, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. Register in person at MPCC.     

For more information, call 423-434-5749.


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

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February 10, 2019

ESG Public Notice - Workshop 2019

MEETING NOTICE
The Johnson City Housing Authority will hold two workshop meetings to discuss the application process for the City of Johnson City Set Aside 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Non-Profit agencies seeking to apply for ESG funds must be eligible according to Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) requirements, including being an active participant in their local Continuum of Care (CoC).

The workshop meetings are scheduled as follows:

Date: 2/12/19
Time: 10 AM
Location: 901 Pardee Street Johnson City, TN. 37601

Date: 2/11/19
Time: 10 AM
Location: 901 Pardee Street Johnson City, TN. 376012/14/19

Submittals will need to be returned to the Johnson City Housing Authority (JCHA) by 4:30 PM on 2/28/19.

Questions concerning the upcoming meetings should be directed to Adam Williams at 423-232-4784.

February 07, 2019

Senior Services to host trip to Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older transportation on Friday, March 1 to the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2019 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show features appearances by Julia Collin Davison, host of America’s Test Kitchen, and Laura Leboutiller of Garden Answer. The event also includes several hundred exhibitors and vendors. Visit the show's site here.

Cost is $28 per person for transportation only. Tickets are $12 for the show, and will be purchased individually upon arrival. A motorcoach operated by Todlow Coach will depart MPCC at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at the show around 10:30 a.m. Lunch is not provided but will be available from vendors at the show. The motorcoach will depart at 3 p.m. and return to MPCC at 7:30 p.m. The return trip will include a stop for a meal. 

Please register at the Senior Services or recreation desk by Saturday, Feb. 23. No refunds.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Donna Campbell, senior services office manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6230                   

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February 07, 2019

Senior Services to host trip to Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older transportation on Friday, March 1 to the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2019 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show features appearances by Julia Collin Davison, host of America’s Test Kitchen, and Laura Leboutiller of Garden Answer. The event also includes several hundred exhibitors and vendors. Visit the show's site here.

Cost is $28 per person for transportation only. Tickets are $12 for the show, and will be purchased individually upon arrival. A motorcoach operated by Todlow Coach will depart MPCC at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at the show around 10:30 a.m. Lunch is not provided but will be available from vendors at the show. The motorcoach will depart at 3 p.m. and return to MPCC at 7:30 p.m. The return trip will include a stop for a meal. 

Please register at the Senior Services or recreation desk by Saturday, Feb. 23. No refunds.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Donna Campbell, senior services office manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6230                   

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February 05, 2019

Lane closures continue at 100 block of East Market Street

Johnson City’s Water and Sewer Services Department will be conducting sewer line maintenance at the 100 block of East Market Street between South Roan and Buffalo streets from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through Friday (Feb. 8). Lane closures will be in place while work is performed. Drivers are urged to avoid this area when possible.

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



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February 04, 2019

City Commission sets wayfinding signage work session

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss wayfinding signage at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7) 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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February 04, 2019

Senior Services to offer free health programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following health services beginning in February:  

  • Think Pink — Cooking to Prevent Cancer: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. A hands-on experience for attendees to learn easy, quick and healthy recipes that will be sampled after class. The program also focuses on the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings. Reservation required. All ages. Free.
  • Dining with Diabetes: Mondays, Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 11 a.m.-noon. For people with diabetes and their support persons. Includes tips for managing the disease and preparing meals that help control blood sugar. Elizabeth Renfro with the University of Tennessee Extension Office will provide information, cooking demos, samples and recipes. Space limited. All ages. $5 per session/$10 for all three.
  • Relief for Dry Eyes: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cindy Larkin, a certified ophthalmic assistant and dry eye specialist with Johnson City Eye Clinic, will discuss the cause of dry eyes, factors that may be making symptoms worse, and innovative new treatments. All ages. Free.
  • Memory Loss — What’s normal, What’s not?: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tracey Kendall Wilson with Alzheimer’s Tennessee will offer strategies for keeping the brain healthy. Attendees will learn the differences between normal, age-related forgetfulness and serious medical problems. Take-home resources available. All ages. Free.
  • All About Arthritis: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn more about the most common types of arthritis and treatment options, plus tips for managing everyday pain and stiffness. All ages. Free.   
  • Free Hearing Test: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9-11:30 a.m. Screenings provided by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Space limited. All ages. Free.
  • Thyroid Disease: Thursday, Feb. 28.  Noon-1 p.m.Dr. Deepika Reddy Nallala, an endocrinologist, will discuss how the thyroid gland impacts health. Attendees will learn what affects the thyroid and how disorders are treated. All ages. Free.

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

CONTACT:   Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                            Parks and Recreation
                            423-434-6231

 

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February 04, 2019

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 20

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Tuesday, Feb. 20 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Available positions include:

  • Maintenance – Seasonal maintenance employees will be responsible for but not limited to mowing, edging, ball field preparation, limited equipment operation, and event setup. Knowledge of basic work etiquette and ability to perform 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. Candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross. 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 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.

 

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February 04, 2019

Senior Services to offer free health programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following health services beginning in February:  

  • Think Pink — Cooking to Prevent Cancer: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. A hands-on experience for attendees to learn easy, quick and healthy recipes that will be sampled after class. The program also focuses on the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings. Reservation required. All ages. Free.
  • Dining with Diabetes: Mondays, Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 11 a.m.-noon. For people with diabetes and their support persons. Includes tips for managing the disease and preparing meals that help control blood sugar. Elizabeth Renfro with the University of Tennessee Extension Office will provide information, cooking demos, samples and recipes. Space limited. All ages. $5 per session/$10 for all three.
  • Relief for Dry Eyes: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cindy Larkin, a certified ophthalmic assistant and dry eye specialist with Johnson City Eye Clinic, will discuss the cause of dry eyes, factors that may be making symptoms worse, and innovative new treatments. All ages. Free.
  • Memory Loss — What’s normal, What’s not?: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tracey Kendall Wilson with Alzheimer’s Tennessee will offer strategies for keeping the brain healthy. Attendees will learn the differences between normal, age-related forgetfulness and serious medical problems. Take-home resources available. All ages. Free.
  • All About Arthritis: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn more about the most common types of arthritis and treatment options, plus tips for managing everyday pain and stiffness. All ages. Free.   
  • Free Hearing Test: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9-11:30 a.m. Screenings provided by East Tennessee Hearing Center. Space limited. All ages. Free.
  • Thyroid Disease: Thursday, Feb. 28.  Noon-1 p.m.Dr. Deepika Reddy Nallala, an endocrinologist, will discuss how the thyroid gland impacts health. Attendees will learn what affects the thyroid and how disorders are treated. All ages. Free.

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

CONTACT:   Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                            Parks and Recreation
                            423-434-6231

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February 04, 2019

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 20

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Tuesday, Feb. 20 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Available positions include:

  • Maintenance – Seasonal maintenance employees will be responsible for but not limited to mowing, edging, ball field preparation, limited equipment operation, and event setup. Knowledge of basic work etiquette and ability to perform 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. Candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross. 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 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.

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February 01, 2019

February Friday Night Dance to feature PF Flyers

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature The PF Flyers from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

Based in Piney Flats, the PF Flyers are a five-piece band that plays traditional and classic rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, beach music, ballroom dance, and some country.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of February. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

 

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February 01, 2019

Senior Services offers Heart Wise Health Fair

Senior Services is hosting a Heart Wise Health Fair from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The event will include heart health and wellness information, free massages, food samples, screenings, and giveaways. This event is free and no registration is required.

Attendees can participate in cholesterol and blood sugar level screenings between 8-10 a.m. The cholesterol panel includes screenings for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Attendees should fast eight to 12 hours prior to the screening for best results. The cost for the cholesterol screening is $15. The A1C screening measures average blood sugar over three months and no fasting is required. The cost for the A1C screening is $20. 

Following the health fair, Ballad Health is sponsoring a free “Love Your Heart Lunch” from noon-1 p.m. Nurse Practitioner Spencer Maden will serve as guest speaker and will provide tips on how to maintain a healthy heart.

Preregistration is required for lab tests and lunch. Please call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-6231

 

 

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February 01, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission sets work session, regular meeting

The Sesquicentennial Commission will hold a work session at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and a regular meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Both meetings will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

 CONTACT:    Ann Marie French, public information specialist
                              Communications and Marketing
                              423-434-6021



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February 01, 2019

February Friday Night Dance to feature PF Flyers

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature The PF Flyers from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

Based in Piney Flats, the PF Flyers are a five-piece band that plays traditional and classic rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, beach music, ballroom dance, and some country.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of February. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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January 29, 2019

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board changes regular meeting time

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has voted to change its regular meeting time to 4 p.m., effective Feb. 28.

The board meets the fourth Thursday of each month in the boardroom of the Winged Deer Park Administrative Office, 4137 Bristol Highway.

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

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

 

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January 29, 2019

City Commission sets work session with PBA

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a joint work session with the Public Building Authority at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) 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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January 29, 2019

BOC agenda review canceled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting scheduled for Monday (Feb. 4) has been canceled. The City Commission meeting will convene as regularly scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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January 29, 2019

Volunteers needed for Industrial Development Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Industrial Development Board. The IDB was created as a means of financing business/industrial facilities that will create employment and economic growth. This board meets on an as-needed basis.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is March 22. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

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

Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
423-434-6009

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January 29, 2019

Firefighter Examination Registration Information

Registration dates:   February 4, 2019 – March 7, 2019

 Requirements for registering:  18 years of age by 3/23/2019, high school graduate or GED, physically able to perform the duties of a firefighter trainee as defined by the City of Johnson City, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation.  Applicants must possess a valid drivers’ license with NO suspensions or revocations within the past 24 cumulative months.

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

$25.00 Non-refundable examination fee;
City of Johnson City Application for Employment;
Release & Waiver Form (print from johnsoncitytn.org);

 Copies of the following (Copies will not be made for applicants):

  • Birth Certificate;
  • High School Diploma/GED or Transcript with Graduation Date;
  • Drivers’ License;
  • Social Security Card;
  • College/University Diploma (if applicable);
  • Certification from TN State Fire School (if applicable);
  • EMT Certification (A or B) (if applicable);
  • DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable).

When registering, a test date and time for the firefighter exam and physical ability will be scheduled.  For more information, call 423-434-6018.

EEO/AA 

 

January 28, 2019

Parks and Recreation offers Girl Squad program

Keystone Community Center will serve as Girl Squad headquarters for girl bosses ages 13-17. Participants will have fun making trendy creations, taking selfies with action shots and backgrounds, and sharing common interests through journaling.

The program will be held 3-5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, beginning Feb. 11. There is no charge for the program. Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

CONTACT:    Mary Lee Baker, program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-5725

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January 25, 2019

100 block of East Market Street lane closures announced

Johnson City’s Water and Sewer Services Department will be conducting sewer line maintenance at the 100 block of East Market Street between South Roan and Buffalo streets from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 28-Feb. 1. Lane closures will be in place while work is performed. Drivers are urged to avoid this area when possible.

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

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January 24, 2019

Sewer Line Maintenance to impact traffic on West Main Street

Work crews from the City’s water and sewer services department will be conducting sewer line maintenance at 127 W. Main St. from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 24, as well as Friday, Jan. 25. The right hand lane will be closed.

CONTACT:     Jason Duncan, general supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423-483-5985

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January 24, 2019

Volunteers needed for Health and Education Facilities Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination federal and state statutes. Each term is three years.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling 423-434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 22.

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

 

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

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January 23, 2019

Parks and Rec offers Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator Day

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a seed swap from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Attendees will swap native, heirloom and veggie seeds. 

Attendees who do not have seeds to swap will find plenty of information jumpstart their gardens. The event will include exhibits – many emphasizing pollinator needs and citizen science opportunities – a guest speaker and children’s activities.

The event is free and open to all ages. 

9 a.m.: Doors open

                       9-9:45 a.m.: Exhibits available for viewing

                       9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Dr. Darrell Moore, ETSU Biological Sciences professor

                       10:15 a.m.-noon: Guests welcome to visit exhibits and swap seeds.

Sponsors/partners includeBoone Watershed Partnership, Build It Up TN, ETSU Art & Design Dept., HERBalachia, What’s the Buzz, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Tennessee Smart Yards, Wild Ones, Zoo Knoxville, Carver Peace Gardens, ETSU Biology Department staff and students, Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, Tri-Cities Food Cooperative Interest Group.  

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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

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January 22, 2019

Parks and Rec sets Adult Spring Softball League registration, schedule

Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies.

Registration begins Monday, Feb. 4 and ends Friday, April 5. Please register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed parental consent form. 

Practices begin March 4 and games begin April 22. The coaches meeting is Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletic Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

 

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423-434-5825

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January 22, 2019

Senior Services offering tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball games

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team and take advantage of special pricing on tickets and bus transportation to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two games in February.

The ticket cost is $6 per person per game and includes round-trip transportation from MPCC.

The Bucs will host the Wolford College Terriers on Thursday, Feb. 7. The bus will leave MPCC at 6 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. The game begins at 7 p.m.  Register and buy tickets for this game by Jan. 31.

The Bucs will host the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16. The bus will leave MPCC at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game begins at 4 p.m.  Register and buy tickets for this game by Feb. 9.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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January 18, 2019

Section of Pardee Street closed today

Pardee Street from Mary Key Street to Bert Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 18 for sewer line maintenance. Emergency traffic will not be able to pass.

CONTACT:     Jason Duncan, general supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423-483-5985

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January 17, 2019

Johnson City receives clean audit report and upgraded credit rating

The City of Johnson City has received results from the annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Results of the audit include the following:

  • For the 18th consecutive year, the City received a “clean” opinion for the FY2018 audit with no significant deficiencies reported by the auditors.
  • The City’s overall net position increased by $29 million.
  • The City’s governmental funds increased by $20 million, due mainly to strong tax collections and principal payments on long-term debt. Business-type activities reported a $9 million increase due mainly to principal payments on long-term debt and positive operational performance by the utility funds.
  • The City’s total outstanding long-term debt decreased by $16 million (7.6 percent) due to principal payments. No new debt was issued during the year.
  • General Fund revenues were $900,000 over projections, and – thanks to lower spending by City departments and healthy growth in taxes and building permits – expenditures came in $2 million below budget. The strong performance resulted in a $1.6 million surplus that was set aside for economic development and the rainy day fund.
  • Total fund balance in the general fund grew from $25.4 to $27 million, $7.4 of which is unassigned, $13.9 million of which is restricted, $2.1 million of which is committed for specific purposes, and $3.6 of which is assigned.
  • Current property taxes continued a pattern of steady growth, experiencing an increase of 2.2 percent, with no property tax rate increase. The City’s property tax rate continues to be the lowest in the Tri-Cities.
  • Local and state sales tax collections experienced growth of 2 percent.
  • The City invested $31 million in capital improvements including the renovation of Freedom Hall Civic Center concessions and restrooms; the completion of the Mountainview Road and Browns Mill Road traffic circle; culverts for stormwater management on Boone and Sevier streets; and the completion of numerous water and sewer line extensions, replacements and upgrades.         
  • 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, 2017. This was the City’s 17th consecutive year receiving the award.
  • Standard & Poor’s upgraded the City’s credit rating from AA- to AA during the fiscal year; the City maintains a Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service and a AA rating from Fitch Ratings.

 “Under the guidance and direction of the Board of Commissioners and with the hard work of our dedicated employees, the City of Johnson City remains in a solid financial position,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “This report is a direct reflection of our collective commitment to providing quality services to our citizens in an affordable way while positioning us for the future.” 

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

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January 17, 2019

City Commission sets work session with BrightRidge

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session with BrightRidge and to discuss other City business at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 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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January 16, 2019

Spring youth soccer registration opens Jan. 28

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer registration will be open from Monday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Feb. 28.

Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning March 1. Practices start March 16; games begin April 6.

Age groups are 3-5 (coed),6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Children are placed according to Johnson City school districts. An average of two games will be played each week (per team) during a 10-week season. Games played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park.

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway., Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged as team placement is not guaranteed.

Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2018.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager
                             Parks and Recreation 
                             423-434-5825

 

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January 16, 2019

MPCC seeks certified instructors for yoga, tumbling, and dance classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for certified instructors to lead its Mommy and Me yoga, tumbling and dance classes. Classes will be held Monday-Friday. Times will vary according to schedule.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

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

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January 11, 2019

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance tickets now on sale 

The very popular My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance is coming to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m., and tickets are now on sale for those who want to get dressed up and dance the night away.

Tickets are $10 per person through Jan. 24, and $20 per person from Jan. 25-Feb. 8. Children under 3 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at myjcparks.org, or in person at MPCC. Tickets purchased online must be picked up before the day of the dance.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is open to dads, grandads, guardians and daughters of all ages who will enjoy an evening of DJ music, refreshments, special guests and door prizes. Photo packages can be purchased for $15 online, or in person the day of the dance. The package includes four to five digital images that will be emailed to you for personal use. 

No tickets will be sold the day of the dance.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

 

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January 11, 2019

MPCC offers interactive Fitness Expo

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will showcase new classes at a free Fitness Expo. Visitors are welcome to bring their tennis shoes and workout gear and join in.

 Tours of the facility will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. Some of the classes featured will include: pool aerobics, R.I.P.P.E.D., Pound, WERQ, Bells and Barre, yoga, Zumba and SilverSneakers®.

 All ages are welcome. No registration required. Door prizes will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served from 5-7 p.m.

 For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

 

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January 11, 2019

Block of East Myrtle closed Monday

The 200 block of East Myrtle Avenue – between Welbourne and Elm streets – will be closed Monday (Jan. 14) between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for sewer line and manhole maintenance. This work will be weather permitting.

CONTACT:   Mike Carver, supervisor
                            Water and Sewer Services
                           423-975-2687

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January 09, 2019

MPCC hosts Glow Stick Swim

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host special swimming event. The pool will be filled with glow sticks, the lights will be turned down and the music turned up for an evening of fun from 7-8:45 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 11). 

Cost is $2 for age 12 and under; $3 for age 13 and over. All ages are welcome. Parents or guardians must accompany children under 6. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

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

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January 08, 2019

Carver's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to include Van Brocklin tribute

The Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held 9-11 a.m. onSaturday, Jan. 19, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road. Former state representative Johnnie Turner will serve as guest speaker. This event will include a special tribute to Ralph Van Brocklin. The Rev. Vincent Dial of Bethel Christian Church and his wife, Mary Dial, will be recognized. Donnie Hamilton and Terry Phillips, who are retiring from Johnson City Transit, will also be recognized.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church; Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.; and Money Services, 1111 N. Roan St. Proceeds will benefit the Carver Youth Historical Committee. Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the event.                                                          

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, the following events will be held at Carver Recreation Center:

Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Youth will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, crafts and music. Lunch will be provided. The program is free and open to all ages. The program is provided in partnership with ETSU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

NAACP Blood Drive: noon-6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with musical entertainment and food. The Rev. Ernest Widby, New Zion Faith Center, will be the guest speaker. In addition, Bill Adams will be inducted into the Carver Wall of Fame for his community service. Retired bus driver Carolyn Brady and retired schoolteachers Thelma Norris and Peggy Crumwell also will be recognized. The program is free and open to all ages.

For more information, call 423-461-8830.

 

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

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January 08, 2019

Watauga Road traffic detours in effect Jan. 5

A traffic detour for a section of Watauga Road will be in effect 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Work crews from the City of Johnson City’s water and sewer services department will be in the area for a planned sewer line repair.

Details of the closure include:

  • All southbound traffic on Watauga Road will be routed to Mose Street through Charles Street to East Lakeview Drive.
  • Northbound traffic will still be allowed on Watauga Road during the repair.
  • No left turn will be allowed from East Fairview Avenue to Watauga Road.
  • No left turn will be allowed from Watauga Road to Bernie Street.
  • Bernie Street will be closed to all traffic during repair.

CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, engineer   
                             Water & Sewer Services
                             423-975-2629


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January 04, 2019

Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band to headline January Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of January. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

 

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January 04, 2019

Senior Services sets trip to ETSU basketball game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team. The Bucs will host the UNC Greensboro Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Tickets to the game are $6 per person and include round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 4 p.m. Register and purchase tickets at either MPCC desk by Jan. 12.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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January 03, 2019

Senior Services offers new chess club

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites players of all ages and skill levels to participate in its new chess club. Join others who enjoy the practice of strategy and persistence in a casual atmosphere each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

No fee or registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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December 31, 2018

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

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

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 25. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

For more information about Pine Oaks Golf Course or the advisory board, please contact Jim Hughes at 423-483-5838.

 

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

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December 31, 2018

Open house for Keystone Community Center Teen Game Room set for Jan. 10

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will host an open house for Keystone Community Center’s new Teen Game Room from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. The center is located at 601 Bert St. across from Memorial Park Community Center.

Area teens are invited to the newly renovated Teen Game Room where they can test their skills on the latest gaming systems (Xbox One and PS4 Pro). Teens can also play a game of pool, pingpong or foosball and enjoy the comfortable lounge area. Parents and family are welcome. The first 30 teens arriving at the open house will receive a T-shirt. Snacks and drinks will be available.

The open house is free and registration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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December 28, 2018

Sesquicentennial Commission launches legacy project fundraising campaign

Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission is offering citizens a chance to leave behind a legacy as part of the City’s 150th birthday.

A two-part Legacy Project located in the King Commons area of downtown will include a Natural Adventure Area with state-of-the-art play features to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities as well as a History Plaza that will incorporate important historical dates and facts relevant to Johnson City’s heritage.

“We were tasked with designing a project that would honor our City’s history while fueling its future by nourishing the local economy and encouraging community engagement,” said Donna Noland, a member of the Sesquicentennial Commission Fundraising Committee. “The design and features included in this Legacy Project reflect the interests and suggestions of residents and business owners, and upon completion will serve as a tangible reminder of this milestone birthday.”

As the engineering and design phase for the project nears completion, the Fundraising Committee is asking community members and businesses to support the project through monetary or in-kind donations. Naming rights of play features are also up for grabs.

The City of Johnson City has committed $1.3 million in funding for the Legacy Project, including the engineering and design work currently underway by Barge Design Solutions. As part of a workshop session on Dec. 19, City Commissioners expressed their satisfaction with new design renderings.

 Noting the project’s proximity to the public library, designers have included an outdoor classroom and a storybook station in the Natural Adventure Area as well as more traditional playground items such as a slide, climbing features, and a musical play area.

The History Plaza prominently features the three-star emblem of the Tennessee state flag, which was designed by Johnson City resident LeRoy Reeves. Stone bands circling an ornamental dome would highlight significant events and people in City history.

Both areas meet the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act standards, including ramps, bridges and a variety of seating options available throughout. A restroom is also included in the plans.  

According to Dr. Jon Smith, associate professor of economics at East Tennessee State University and the director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, downtown parks increase downtown foot traffic and become urban gathering spaces where visitors linger. The increase in downtown foot traffic has a direct relation to increased sale volumes. As retail sales rise, property values, rents and tax collections also increase.

“This has the potential to be transforming for Johnson City, especially the downtown area,” said Noland. “Not only will this Legacy Project create a community space but it will also inject dollars into our local economy.”  

In addition to the funds contributed by the City, the Fundraising Committee is seeking to raise an additional $1 million through private funding and grant opportunities. Sponsorship of playground equipment and historical markers are just a few ways the public can contribute. Online donations and commitment forms are available on the Sesquicentennial website, www.jctn150.com.

 

CONTACT:   Donna Noland

                      Sesquicentennial Commission Fundraising Committee

                      nolandd@mail.etsu.edu

December 28, 2018

Sesquicentennial Commission to host kickoff celebration Jan. 5

Citizens of all ages are invited celebrate the start of Johnson City’s sesquicentennial year on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Sesquicentennial Commission will kick off the City’s 150th birthday celebration with the unveiling of contents from the 1969 time capsule. Community members are invited to join in the festivities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the old Penney’s building at 309 E. Main St.

The more than 50 items buried as part of the City’s centennial celebration will be placed on display for public viewing following the reveal. Among the items in the capsule are sealed letters addressed to the “Mayor of 2019,” which will be opened and read aloud by Mayor Jenny Brock.

Other scheduled activities include an update on the Sesquicentennial Commission’s Legacy Project, a children’s art project, and an opportunity for community members to record a video message for inclusion in the 2019 time capsule.

For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

CONTACT:   Dianna Cantler
                             Sesquicentennial Commission 
                             423-557-6869

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December 27, 2018

Senior Services to offer free health programs

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following health services in January: 

  • Delay the Disease: A 12-session Parkinson’s wellness program. A free introduction will be held Monday, Jan. 7, followed by pre-testing on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The introduction and pre-testing are from 1-2 p.m. Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 27 from 1-2 p.m. There is no class on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Feb. 21). Ages: 18 and older. Cost: $48 per person.
  • Eating Smart and Moving More: A 10-week series on Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 13 from 11 a.m.-noon. The workshops are designed to help attendees eat smarter and be more active by featuring recipe demonstrations, and money- and time-saving tips. Cooking tools and recipes provided. Ages: 50 and older. Free.
  • Invisible Danger of Radon:  Wednesday, Jan. 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan Compton with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will share facts about this cancer-causing gas that can reach high levels during winter. Attendees will learn how to get a free testing kit and ways to address concerns. All ages. Free.
  • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Misty Jenkins, Johnson City Medical Center orthopedic director, will discuss the latest options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Attendees will learn what to expect before and after surgery. All ages. Free.
  • Natural Treatment Options for Pain: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Amanda Leuthardt, a licensed acupuncturist, will discuss drug-free options to minimize pain and simple steps to sustain relief. All ages. Free.
  • Lose Weight Even if You Don’t Have Willpower: Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sarah Haas, certified nutrition coach, will share practical solutions to lose weight without feeling deprived, and ways to reduce cravings, balance blood sugar and improve your metabolism. All ages. Free.   

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

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

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December 27, 2018

Senior Services encourages community to get On the Ball

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 18 and older a unique and fun approach to fitness by using stability balls to balance, shape and strengthen the body.

Cost is $2 per person. Classes will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Participants are encouraged to bring their own exercise mat and stability ball to class.

Register in person at MPCC the morning of class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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December 26, 2018

Applications being accepted for BrightRidge Board of Directors

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the BrightRidge Board of Directors. This board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 4:15 p.m. at BrightRidge, 2600 Boones Creek Road, Johnson City.

The appointee will fill an unexpired term that expires on July 1, 2022.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 25, 2019. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

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

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December 21, 2018

MPCC announces closure for gym repairs 

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed to the public Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan.5 for gymnasium, dining room and exercise floor repairs.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

 

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December 21, 2018

Senior Services to offer Pilates

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering an hourlong Pilates class. Pilates is a system of movements that incorporate the body and mind to enhance muscular strength, improve flexibility and boost overall health and wellness.

Classes will be held 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 8. Cost is $2 per participant per class. This program is open to those 18 and older. Register in person at MPCC prior to each class.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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December 21, 2018

First Day Hike offered at Winged Deer Park 

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites citizens to take their first steps of 2019 in the best place possible – the outdoors! Parks and Recreation staff will lead a leisurely paced, 1.5-mile hike at Winged Deer Park, making stops along the way to learn about the park’s winter environment.

The free outing is for all ages and lasts from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1. Meet at the Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course parking lot off Carroll Creek Road. No registration required.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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December 14, 2018

MPCC offers after-school program

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

The 2019 program is available Jan. 7- May 24, and will be held from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $20 per child per month. Register in person at MPCC.     

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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


 

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December 14, 2018

Carver Recreation Center to host Community Christmas Dinner

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

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

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

 

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December 14, 2018

Sesquicentennial committee hosts "A Day with Tweetsie Trains" events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:    Chuck Mohler, chairman
                              Sesquicentennial History and Railroad Committee
                              423-833-3912
                              chuckmohler330@gmail.com

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December 13, 2018

Volunteers needed for Industrial Development Board

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

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 25. Applications are only kept on file for the current year.

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

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

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December 13, 2018

Carver Recreation Center to host free basketball clinic

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

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

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

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

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December 11, 2018

Volunteer needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation. Each term is three years. 

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 25. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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

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December 10, 2018

Christmas Box Program seeks volunteers to deliver food to seniors

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

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

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

To sign up to help with delivery, go to:  

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

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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