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December 31, 2019

Volunteers needed for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. Members serve three-year terms.

The board meets quarterly, and on an as-needed basis, and is charged with recommending procedures regarding the promotion and development of Pine Oaks Golf Course.

Citizens interested in serving as board members may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 5.

For more information about the Golf Advisory Board, please contact Bryan Bentley at 423-434-6250. 

 

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December 19, 2019

Senior Services offers tickets to two ETSU basketball games

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to Freedom Hall to watch the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers take on two conference rivals. Cost is $6 per game and includes roundtrip transportation from MPCC. Bus for both games leaves at 3 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Game time is 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 11: Watch the Bucs take on the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. Purchase tickets by Tuesday, Jan. 4.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25: ETSU plays the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. Purchase tickets by Saturday, Jan. 18.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

                                                  

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December 19, 2019

City announces holiday schedule changes

Please note the following schedule changes surrounding the upcoming holidays:

  • City offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Please call 423-461-1643 for water emergencies.
  • Johnson City Transit will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Operating hours on New Year’s Eve are 6:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • Garbage collection will be modified on Christmas Day only. Regular Wednesday customers will have collection the following Saturday (Dec. 28). Collection will be on regular schedule Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Please recycle gift boxes, cardboard packaging and paper (note: foil paper is not recyclable). Christmas trees may be placed at curb for brush collection.

  • Memorial Park Community Center will be closed Dec. 24-28 and Jan. 1.
  • Carver Recreation Center will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2.

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December 16, 2019

Senior Services offers Yoga for All

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now holding a yoga class from 6-7 p.m. each Wednesday. The class is designed for beginners and older adults but open to those age 18 and older.

With an emphasis on proper alignment and breathing, the class is intended to inspire participants to live happier and healthier lives. All are welcome to join in this restorative practice.

Cost is $5 per class. Register in person at MPCC the evening of class. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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December 11, 2019

Property taxes due by Dec. 31

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2019 are due by Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Postmarks of Dec. 31 or earlier will be honored. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Taxes may be paid at the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building located at 601 E. Main St., weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Payments may also be mailed to the City of Johnson City, P.O. Box 2227, Johnson City, TN  37605, made online at www.johnsoncitytn.org for a fee or by phone at 877-768-5048 for a fee. The property tax bill number and a credit or debit card is required for online or pay-by-phone payments.

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December 10, 2019

Johnson City Police Department offers holiday safety tips

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department is reminding everyone to be extra vigilant and would like to offer citizens the following safety tips when shopping.

•         Keep valuables locked away and hidden. A thief is much more likely to take something that is left in plain sight.

•         Try to shop during busier hours – the crowds may be larger but there will be more people nearby to help if you need it.

•         Don’t shop alone. Go with a friend or family member when possible.

•         Do not leave purses unattended in shopping carts.

•         Do not carry large amounts of cash.

•         Always lock your vehicle, in parking lots and at home.

•         Most importantly, be aware of personal safety. Be aware of what and who is around you. Park in well-lit spaces, and keep your keys in your hand when going in and out of stores – the less time you stand in a parking lot trying to unlock a car and place packages inside, the better. As you leave the store, stop and scan the area between you and your vehicle. If you see something suspicious, go back inside the store and contact store security or call 911.

Shoppers who make their purchases online must be equally cautious. The JCPD recommends, in addition to being on high alert for telephone and internet scams, people should place an emphasis on protecting online purchases from theft by using the following suggestions.

•           Have packages delivered to households where someone is home, a work address or require a signature at the time of delivery.

•           Have packages delivered to a local Amazon locker to be picked up within three days of delivery. This free service is available at the time of checkout on the popular website. 

•           Instead of having items delivered to your doorstep opt for in-store pick up.

•           Sign up for alerts when offered by the retailer or delivery service so you can stay informed as to which packages are being delivered and when.

•           Use internet-enabled security cameras and place them in highly visible locations.

Citizens who believe a package has been stolen should first verify that the package was delivered and then call the police.

“Being the victim of a crime can certainly dampen the holiday spirit,” said Johnson City Police Capt. Matt Howell. “These common sense measures can help everyone stay safe and enjoy the season.”

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December 05, 2019

West Walnut Street preliminary design public hearing scheduled

The City of Johnson City will hold a public hearing on the West Walnut Street preliminary design on Thursday, Dec. 12 at South Side Elementary School, 1011 Southwest Ave. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation by project consultant LDA Engineering. They will provide a general description and be available for specific questions until 8 p.m.

Additional information about the proposed redevelopment in this area can be found on the City’s website, www.johnsoncitytn.org, using the search term “West Walnut Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan.” For more information, call 423.434.6080. 

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December 04, 2019

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade taking place this weekend

Join Josh Smith and City officials at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, when the community Christmas tree is lit for the season beneath the Johnson City landmark sign in King Commons. Music will be provided by the Indian Trail Intermediate School Chorus, and Our Savior Lutheran Church will serve hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

Before the tree lighting, a Budweiser Clydesdale will be available for photos from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at King Commons. A photographer will take pictures, which will be available to download from social media. 

On Saturday morning, the Johnson City Christmas Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at ETSU, traveling down West Walnut Street and through downtown. The Pavilion at Founders Park will be transformed into Whoville Village following the parade, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with tons of activities for kids.

For more information about the parade, visit https://www.jcchristmasparade.org/.

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December 03, 2019

Johnson City Board of Commissioners to hold work session

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 3 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 5) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

November 22, 2019

Solid Waste Services announces Thanksgiving holiday collection schedule

City of Johnson City Solid Waste customers are reminded that there will be no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day. Collection normally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 28 will be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 30. Collection on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29 will be on the regular schedule. 

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

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November 18, 2019

Sesquicentennial Grand Finale Celebration to be held Dec. 1

The Sesquicentennial Commission will conclude Johnson City’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration with a free event at King Commons from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

In addition to comments from Mayor Jenny Brock and Sesquicentennial Commission members, the afternoon will include the first lighting of the commissioned art piece installed in the center of the History Circle, a congressional proclamation from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, and the placing of contents in the sesquicentennial time capsule to be opened in 2069. Capsule contents will include municipal records, educational reports and memorabilia, items from local businesses, and objects that reflect the lives of today’s Johnson Citians. Additionally, actors from Indian Trail Intermediate School will portray important historical figures.  

 “While we are closing out our sesquicentennial celebration, a year spent embracing our history, we wanted to continue our theme of education,” said Joy Fulkerson, a member of the Sesquicentennial Commission. “It is important to remind our citizens of our history, and we wanted to do so in a way that will be fun for kids. They will be ones enjoying the Natural Adventure Area Playground and exploring the important dates on Johnson City’s History Circle. They will be the adults here in 50 years when the time capsule is unearthed, as this city looks back at our contributions to the community.”

Children will be invited to make and take home their own personal time capsules at a craft table. Boxes, decorations and a fill-in-the-blank list of favorite things of 2019 will be provided. Every attendee will have an opportunity leave their mark, in the form of a thumbprint on a hand-drawn tree, on a community art project that will also be placed in the time capsule.

The Sesquicentennial Commission has also commissioned local artist Jason Flack to create a limited edition print featuring panels of different elements of downtown Johnson City. These special prints will be given out to attendees for free on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Flack will be selling other artwork on site. Other vendors include the Johnson City Press selling its new book “Johnson City 150 Years” and Tom Roberts selling his history book featuring a robust collection of postcards depicting the people, places and other events that shaped Johnson City. Dr. Ted Olson will also have the Johnson City Sessions anniversary CD, “Tell It To Me: Revisiting the Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929,” and other regional music available for purchase. Sesquicentennial merchandise will be available for sale at the event as well as online at www.jctn150store.com

Cupcakes will be served and Mason Joe will provide a range of hot drinks.

Additionally, a Downtown Tour of Churches will begin at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Other churches included in the tour are Central Baptist Church, Munsey United Methodist Church, Downtown Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church. Participants will spend approximately 20 minutes at each location. 

Free parking will be available in the Northeast State Community College parking garage. The entrance to the parking garage is located on Buffalo Street.

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

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November 15, 2019

JCFD members receive professional designations, recognized for achievements

This year the Johnson City Fire Department has been a statewide leader in fire service professional designations through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission on Professional Credentialing, a voluntary process of application and peer review to appropriately recognize top performers who have achieved a balance of education, experience, training and community involvement.

“One of the greatest recognitions that a fire department member may achieve is professional credentialing designation,” said Johnson City Fire Department Chief James Stables. “The Johnson City Fire Department is proud to have five of the 34 total Chief Fire Officers designated in the state of Tennessee, which is the most by a single agency in our state. We are also one of very few agencies that has a dual professionally designated member.”

This program requires a continuous commitment to individual professional development, with a three-year renewal requirement. The overall goal of the department is to have every eligible member work toward and ultimately achieve professional designation through this program.

The department members listed below have successfully achieved the following professional designations within the past year.

            David Harrison, Deputy Fire Chief - Chief Fire Officer (CFO)

            Jerome Palmer, District Chief - Chief Fire Officer (CFO)

            Jason Powell, District Chief - Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO)

            David Bell, District Chief - Fire Officer (FO)

            Jonathan Fulmer, District Chief - Chief Fire Officer (CFO)

            Allen Foshie, Lieutenant - Fire Officer (FO)

            Adam Momberger, Lieutenant - Fire Officer (FO)

 

These individuals are among the 94 Johnson City Fire Department members who have successfully completed various state certification programs this year, from entry level firefighter through chief fire officer training, completing approximately 8,300 total outside training contact hours, and successfully passing State of Tennessee Fire Commission testing for certification.

Additionally, several Johnson City Fire Department members are seeking or have completed formal education and advanced career field education from colleges, universities and the National Fire Academy, which is considered the United States premier fire rescue leadership training institution.

These outside trainings are required for members wishing to pursue promotion or enhanced operational capabilities. Before a member can serve as a career firefighter in Johnson City they must complete the minimum firefighter standards training of at least 400 hours, and then also complete specialty emergency medical services training after which, each member has firefighting in-service job-related training requirements of 240 hours minimum per year, per member.

“I commend these dedicated hard-working individuals for their personal commitment to lifelong professional development and their desire to represent the Johnson City Fire Department with dignity, honor and pride,” said Chief Stables. “The fire service community is well represented by these individuals.”

 

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November 08, 2019

Johnson City Fire Department recruits graduate from academy

The Johnson City Fire Department is proud to announce the Nov. 4 graduation of four new firefighter recruits from the Northeast Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association Firefighter Minimum Standards Training Academy.

Rickey D. Carter, Isaac Gragg, Katherine Latham and Kaylon Shepherd completed more than 400 hours of comprehensive fire-rescue training in various areas, including search and rescue, firefighting, emergency medical and hazardous materials response. This training included intensive classroom instruction coupled with high-stress practical skill assessments. The fire recruit candidates completed 20 class exams and skills check-offs, culminating in their successful state certification tests.

“With the graduation of these candidates the Johnson City Fire Department has achieved full staffing of all budgeted positions,” said Johnson City Fire Department Chief James Stables. “I commend these recruits for their dedication, hard work and willingness to represent the Johnson City Fire Department with dignity, honor and pride.”

While the training that candidates completed at the academy was comprehensive, it marks the beginning of their education and training in the fire department areas of responsibility. These candidates will continue their orientation within the department with the intention of becoming permanent firefighters at the end of successful probationary periods.

The recruits will continue to receive training and education for the rest of their careers. All Johnson City firefighters are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of in-service job-related training annually to ensure continued competency.

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November 07, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission to present musical celebration next week

“The Road Home: a Musical Celebration of Johnson City's 150th Anniversary” will be held at 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 as part of the City’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 211 Mayflower Road.

“Johnson City has a rich music history,” said Abby Boone, organizer of the event. “Our intent is to share music that is culturally significant to this area while reflecting on the city that unites us. We are all different. Our backgrounds, our interests, our livelihoods and our family compositions are diverse but we all share the same home of Johnson City.”

The event will celebrate the founding of Johnson City 150 years ago through music with a diverse set of musicians playing an eclectic mixture of sacred music from all genres. Attendees can expect to hear classical and choral music, gospel country and gospel bluegrass, instrumental and acapella.

Scheduled to perform are male and female quartets, a senior citizen choir, a recently established church choir; a recent graduate of a doctoral opera program, an emeritus organ professor, a university instrumental folk-ensemble, and a solo violinist.

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

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October 30, 2019

City replacing computers after last week's ransomware attack

The City of Johnson City’s Information Technology Department is currently replacing or reimaging all of the organization’s desktop computers following a ransomware attack in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 21.

 IT staff spent last week methodically bringing operations back online to ensure there would be no lingering effects. After careful assessment, it was determined that while 170 computers could be reimaged about 300 desktop computers need to be replaced. The new computers are scheduled to arrive in multiple shipments with all new computers distributed to staff within the next several weeks. The total cost for desktop replacements is $215,100.

 “The City budgets approximately $165,000 each year for the purchase of new computers,” said Lisa Sagona, Information Technology director. “This purchase simply expedites the existing process for computer replacement.”

 Employees charged with mission-critical operations were provided reimaged computers last week, while others have been using the 118 unaffected laptops or sharing computers to ensure business continuity and mitigate the impact on City operations.

 “The hyperconverged Storage Area Network (SAN) that became operational three weeks before the attack enabled us to restore our files in a half a day as opposed to several days,” Sagona said. “We were able to fully restore as opposed to losing more than a week’s worth of information fr0m a less sophisticated type of backup. The only information lost were files saved to individual desktops and some files on hard drives.”

 The City of Johnson City has placed a priority on additional technology security. Implementation of the SAN is one of the many security enhancements completed in recent months. In addition to moving forward with the scheduled improvements currently in progress, the IT Department will work with a partner agency to determine if other security measures should be added and provide additional training to City employees.

 

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October 29, 2019

City, Chamber invite kids to Treat. All. Out. on Halloween night

With heavy rain and wind in the forecast for Thursday, the City of Johnson City and Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring trick-or-treating indoors for area children. Treat. All. Out. will take place from 4-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Area businesses, City departments and partner agencies will be on hand to provide candy and other goodies.
“The possibility of Halloween being rained out was just too sad,” said Johnson City Communications and Marketing Director Keisha Shoun. “In the spirit of Johnson City’s motto, “Go. All. Out.,” we decided not to just sit back and let the weather take over. We worked with our Chamber of Commerce and Parks and Recreation Department to find a solution so that kids – and their parents – could still enjoy the holiday.”
Trick-or-Treat on Walnut Street will still take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and citizens are advised that trick-or-treaters still may come knocking Thursday.
“This event is not to take the place of traditional trick-or-treating but rather to offer families an indoor venue for those activities,” Shoun said.

October 29, 2019

Turkey Trot details announced

Get ready to Trot. All. Out. Thursday, Nov. 28 in the 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk. As always, the event will begin at 8:30 Thanksgiving morning on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center. An awards ceremony for the overall winners will be held at Cardinal Park immediately following the race.

 “In Johnson City, we go all out for fun, health, and family,” said Race Chairwoman Jenny Brock. “That’s why we want to encourage everyone to Trot. All. Out. Thanksgiving morning. Kick off the holiday season in a big way, with a healthy run or walk alongside 4,000 of your friends and neighbors.”

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

 Children have a strong presence at the Turkey Trot, and area schools are awarded cash prizes based on participation. Classrooms are asked to choreograph a signature Turkey Trot dance to the song “Let’s Turkey Trot” by Little Eva. Video submissions will be posted on Facebook, and the one with the most likes/shares wins. The winning students will be featured on WJHL, receive vouchers to Quantum Leap, and will perform their original dance routine on stage at the Turkey Trot. The classroom will receive $500.

 Details about the contest can be found at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Deadline for entries is Nov. 13.

 Charitable Giving

The Turkey Trot has allowed Up & At ‘Em to donate more than $200,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. Up & At ‘Em also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions, with $50,000 being given directly to area schools since the Turkey Trot began.

 Sponsors To Date

The Wellness Center, City of Johnson City, ABC Tri-Cities/NewsChannel 11, WXBQ/Bristol Broadcasting, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Culligan Water, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Dr. Carlson & Associates, Food City, Johnson City Cardinals/Boyd Sports, Johnson City Press, Katz Americas, Krispy Kreme, Natural Pet Supply, Pepsi, Quantum Leap,  Re/Max Checkmate, Summit Leadership Foundation, Wallabies, and Zak’s Fine Furniture

 Registration Information

Registration for the Turkey Trot is now under way at www.jcturkeytrot.com. Early registrants (by Monday, Nov. 25) are guaranteed the best price and one of the always-popular long-sleeved Turkey Trot T-shirts. Online registrations will close at 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Early registration by 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and younger). Late registration (Tuesday, Nov. 26-Wednesday, Nov. 27) is $30 for adults; $25 for students. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Monday, Nov. 25. There will be no registrations the day of the event.

 Packet pick-up and late registrations will be at Memorial Park Community Center from noon -8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

 A wheelchair division will be offered again this year, and strollers are allowed. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to start at the back of the pack, and owners are asked to please pick up after their pets.

For more information about the 5K USATF-certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit www.jcturkeytrot.com and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.

Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.

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October 22, 2019

Public Information Meeting scheduled to discuss revisions to the new animal control ordinance

The City of Johnson City will hold a Public Information Meeting to discuss revisions to the Animal Control Ordinance on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center located at 510 Bert Street, Johnson City, Tennessee.  Please notify us in advance of any meeting, program or activity with special accommodation/assistance requests.

October 21, 2019

City begins reconnecting network following cyber attack

The City of Johnson City is taking measured steps to reconnect all computer network systems following an apparent ransomware attack early Monday morning. The note left by hackers did not demand money but indicated some City files had been locked and told users to contact them regarding their release. City staff did not engage the hackers. 

"Thankfully, our Board of Commissioners invested in a hyperconverged Storage Area Network (SAN) that became operational three weeks ago, and that has enabled us to restore our files in half a day as opposed to several," said Lisa Sagona, Information Technology director. "We also were able to fully restore as opposed to losing more than a week's worth of information from a less sophisticated type of backup." 

While data has been restored, IT staff are methodically bringing operations back online to ensure there are no lingering effects from the threat.
City staff were asked to shut down computers Monday morning while the issue was identified and resolved. Some transactions typically completed electronically were conducted via paper. Phone systems were not affected.

"We have contingencies in place to ensure business continuity," Sagona noted. "While a breach is the last thing we would ever want, we were prepared and able to mitigate the impact on City operations."

Financial software and customer credit card information were not compromised. There is no indication that any personal information was accessed in the attack. 
"It is highly unlikely that the hackers obtained any actual data," said Michael Mingle, a senior systems engineer with BCTI, which provides technology support to the City. "In 99 percent of these types of attacks, they are looking for ransom money, not information. In our service area alone, we are seeing about one to two of these a month." 

As cyber attacks have become more frequent, particularly in government settings, the City of Johnson City has placed a priority on technology security. Implementation of the SAN is one of the many security enhancements completed in recent months. In addition to moving forward with the scheduled improvements currently in progress, the IT Department will review today's incident to determine if other security measures should be added.
October 17, 2019

Police Training Facility opens

The Johnson City Police Department opened its new $1.4 million Police Training Facility Thursday (Oct. 17) afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

City commissioners and administrators, police officers and former police chiefs joined Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner for the occasion. The 5,000-square-foot building, located at the Rick Collins Police Training Complex on Bull Rowland Boulevard, replaces portable classroom buildings, doubling the space previously available.

“This new building gives the department a safe and comfortable environment with modern amenities to conduct training for our officers and law enforcement personnel from around the region,” said Chief Turner.  

The multiuse facility includes a 60-person classroom, conference room, administrative offices, a file room, a large storage area, and a small kitchen.

“We will use this facility to conduct all state required in-service and specialized training classes, including those we provide to outside agencies,” said Johnson City Police Department Sgt. Keith Sexton, who oversees the department’s Training Unit. “This space will be used for hiring assessments, meetings, conferences, and to host programs from professional law enforcement training entities.”

Construction of the new building began June 30, 2018. It is the centerpiece of the training complex, which was dedicated in memory of the late Police Training Officer Rick Collins in 2017.

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October 17, 2019

Volunteer needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Historic Zoning Commission, which ensures 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 Johnson City. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Historic Zoning Commission may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards.

For more information about the Historic Zoning Commission, please contact Senior Planner Matt Manley at 423-434-6059 or mmanley@johnsoncitytn.org.

 

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October 17, 2019

Volunteers needed for Senior Services Advisory Council

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider five appointments to the Johnson City Senior Services Advisory Council. The Senior Services Advisory Council makes recommendations to the Parks and Recreation director and the City of Johnson City on matters affecting planning, support and programming. The council provides direction and guidance for long-range planning that will improve the quality of life for older citizens of the area. The appointments are each for a full term of three years.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 8.

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October 17, 2019

Sesquicentennial Black Tie Gala tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for the Sesquicentennial Black Tie Gala, a public event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Johnson City’s founding. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the VENUE at King Centre.

“This event is sure to be one of the highlights of our Sesquicentennial year,” said Nora Jane Wexler, co-chair of the Gala committee. “So many people, lifelong residents as well as newcomers, love Johnson City. This is a special way to come together and celebrate our wonderful corner of the world.”

The Sesquicentennial Black Tie Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres and a six-course meal prepared by River Creek Farm as well as dancing to the live music of Lucky Pocket. The celebration will continue into the evening with a mayoral proclamation, cutting of the cake, and a midnight toast to commemorate the Dec. 1, 1869 founding of Johnson City.

“The Sesquicentennial Commission has spent the year celebrating our city’s history and we have followed their lead,” said Kathy Calhoun, co-chair of the Gala committee. “The décor and other special touches have been chosen to give guests the feeling of being in a dining car on a passenger train.”

Individual, couple and table tickets are available now at www.jctn150.eventbrite.com. Limited seating is available and all guests must be 21 years of age. Guests may select a gluten-free meal option or choose to forgo the dinner portion of the event and purchase tickets for the late night festivities only. For additional information, please contact Ann Marie French at 423-434-6021.

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

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October 15, 2019

Senior Services offers Department of Health training course

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a Tennessee Department of Health training program that teaches individuals how they can aid in saving lives in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or emergency.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives is a free course available to those 18 and older. Attendees will learn the five simple steps that may help them save a life: call 911, stay safe, stop the bleeding, position the injured, and provide comfort.

This course will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Oct. 28 at MPCC.

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

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October 11, 2019

MPCC to host second Family Fun Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a chance to break up the school week at Family Fun Night from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

All ages are welcome to share some free family fun by playing unique games and old-fashioned favorites. Refreshments will be served. No registration required.

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

October 08, 2019

300 block of West Locust Street closed today

The 300 block of West Locust Street, from Earnest Street to Buffalo Street, will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 8) for a sewer line repair. This work requires an open road cut in the center of the street at 315 West Locust St. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. Emergency traffic will not be able to pass during work hours.

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October 07, 2019

Smoke testing now under way

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing sanitary sewer lines in the Knob Creek and Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant collection systems this week. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.

Crews will begin on Carroll Creek Road near Timberlake Road to near Willows Trace Drive.

Testing will then continue in the areas of:

  • Lake Ridge Pointe Subdivision
  • Lake Ridge Elementary School
  • Lake Ridge Estates Subdivision
  • The Estates Subdivision
  • The Villages at Lake Ridge Subdivision
  • Willows Ridge Subdivision
  • Willows Ridge at Waters Edge Subdivision
  • Duncans Retreat Subdivision
  • Highland Church Road from Boones Creek Road to near Boones Station Road
  • Boones Creek Elementary School
  • The Ridges Subdivision
  • Garland Farm Estates Subdivision
  • Highland Parc Subdivision
  • The Gates at Highland Ridge Subdivision
  • Old Boones Creek Road from Boones Creek Road to near Thompson Road
  • Thompson Road
  • The Sanctuary Subdivision
  • Claude Simmons Road from Knob Creek Road to West Market Street
  • Mizpah Hills Subdivision
  • Simmons Ridge Subdivision
  • Sterling Springs Subdivision
  • Sawyers Pond Subdivision
  • Strawberry Field Subdivision
  • Alexander’s Grove Subdivision
  • Sellcrest Subdivision
  • Minga Drive
  • West Market Street from Claude Simmons Road to Minga Drive

 Smoke testing is expected to continue through the end of December.

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

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

CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
                             Water and Sewer Services
                             423.461.1646

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October 04, 2019

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 12

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 12, with hundreds of rainbow trout up for grabs in Johnson City’s annual “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” fishout. Children ages 3-14 (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in this free event. Poles and bait will be provided, and hundreds of prizes will be given. Volunteers will clean the fish caught by youth so they can take them home to cook!

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 13, the rest of the community is invited to fish for the remaining trout for a donation of $10 per hour (proceeds go to the fishout program). Fishing will take place from 8 a.m.-noon.       

“Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” was started in 1989 as a way to get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity.

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

The program has seen broad-based community support ever since. Area sponsors provide prizes, exhibits and activities for participants. Local volunteers donate their time to work the event, along with representatives from the Johnson City Police, Fire, Communications and Marketing, and Parks and Recreation departments; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; and Army National Guard.

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

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October 03, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission breaks ground on Natural Adventure Area

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission and Fundraising Committee, joined by the Board of Commissioners, on Thursday broke ground on the Natural Adventure Area playground, the second phase of the sesquicentennial legacy project.

Located in King Commons, the sesquicentennial legacy project was selected by the Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City’s founding. The Natural Adventure Area will be a multigenerational, all-inclusive site where families will gather in downtown Johnson City.

“This project – which will impact the local economy as the downtown landscape continues to positively transform – would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors,” said Donna Noland, chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Commission’s Fundraising Committee. “We are thrilled and honored that they chose to leave this legacy for future generations.”

The individual elements of the Natural Adventure Area include an outdoor classroom and music play structures as well as more traditional play areas that allow children to run, jump and climb. The space is a nod to the natural beauty of our area, with most elements made of natural materials.

The playground will be located across the street from the first phase of the project, a history circle listing key dates and information about Johnson City’s history and a “tri-star” area that pays tribute to the Tennessee state flag. A commissioned art piece selected by Johnson City’s Public Art Committee will stand in the center of the history circle. The sesquicentennial time capsule will also be buried beneath the plaza.

“The health and well-being of our youth is near and dear to my heart, and providing a space for families to be physically active in the heart of downtown is a need for our community,” said Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock. “I can’t wait to see children, including my own grandchildren, enjoying this Natural Adventure Area.”

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

 

October 03, 2019

Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club hosting artists reception

The Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, will host an artists reception on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The event is free and open to the public.

During the month of August, photographers were asked to submit photographs that focus on the people, places, events and environments that exist in Johnson City. All entries will remain on display at MPCC throughout the month of October.

“Our goal was for photographers to showcase present day Johnson City as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration,” said Maureen Mulroy, spokesperson for the Amateur Photographers Club. “We are thrilled with the submissions we received. The photographs on display reflect the many reasons people choose to live, work and visit Johnson City.”

A panel of judges will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons to youth and amateur submissions in the color photograph category as well as the black and white category. A first-place ribbon will be awarded in the professional category.

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

The Amateur Photographers Club meets monthly at Memorial Park Community Center. The club’s purpose is to promote the use and appreciation of photography as a hobby and as a personal and artistic means of self-expression. Membership is free and open to anyone with a digital picture-taking device.

 

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October 02, 2019

Annual fall leaf collection starts Oct. 28

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Dec. 20. Several trucks will be used throughout the City and a minimum of three pickups should occur within each neighborhood during the leaf collection period.

Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street). Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

Citizens may also request delivery of full container loads of leaves within city limits. Containers carry approximately 18 cubic yards or three tons of leaves. 

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

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

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

 

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September 27, 2019

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Foundation

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider 11 appointments to the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. The Senior Center Foundation 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. One appointment will fulfill the remainder of a current term set to expire in December 2020. The remaining appointments are each for a full term of three years.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 25.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation, please call Sheri Keenan at 434-6009.

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                             Administration
                             423.434.6009

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September 26, 2019

500 block of Robinson Drive closed today

The 500 block of Robinson Drive, from North Belmont Street to John Exum Parkway, will be closed today (Thursday, Sept. 26) until 3 p.m. for a sewer line repair. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 26, 2019

Volunteers needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments 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. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 28.

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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September 23, 2019

City to hold public comment period for the City's Stormwater Program

The City of Johnson City will hold a public comment period for the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Annual Report (Stormwater Program) from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the City Services Complex, 209 Water St., in the Street Division Building (building with the glass foyer).

CONTACT:    Jeremy Jones, operations manager
                             Public Works
                             423.434.5784

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September 23, 2019

500 block of West Highland Road closed today

The 500 block of West Highland Road from Hoover Street to Sevier Street will be closed until 3:30 p.m. today (Sept. 23) for a sewer line repair.

 

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 23, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission to unveil fiberglass train artwork

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission at 10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 28) will unveil fiberglass train artwork that was created in celebration of the City’s founding 150 years ago. This event will be held in conjunction with the kickoff of the Art Struck Festival at Founders Park, 225 Commerce St.

“This project was born out of the Sesquicentennial Commission’s arts and culture committee and is intended to foster an appreciation of our city’s history as well as the city’s strong art community,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Joy Fulkerson. “The artists were each provided a fiberglass train and asked to create a piece of art that depicted the spirit and history of the City of Johnson City and its residents. Seeing their diverse interpretations of that request has been fascinating.”

Cher Cornett with Create Appalachia worked closely with the Sesquicentennial Commission to identify and select local artists to participate in the painting of eight trains. The participating artists and the name of their work are:

Ariel Adams, “Fireflies and City Nights”

Bode Alaka, “Dashiki (The Train of 1000 Tribes)”

Ian Butler/Virginia Salazar Buda, “The Little Engine That Could”

Jason Matthew Flack, “Live City Live”

Marty Henley, “Etched in History”

Angelique Lynch, “Tennessee Is Where I Want To Be”

Catherine Murray , “Pollination”

Katherine Thrower, “The Insides of Our Community”

The unveiling will include comments from Mayor Jenny Brock, Sesquicentennial Commissioner Joy Fulkerson and Cher Cornett. Several of the artists will be available to speak about their pieces of work and the inspiration behind them. The trains will remain on display for the duration of the Art Struck Festival before being moved to the windows of the former JCPenney building, 309 E. Main St., before moving to the Johnson City Public Library. The trains will be permanently installed outdoors at locations around the downtown area in the spring.

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

 

CONTACT:    Joy Fulkerson
                             Sesquicentennial Commission
                             423.439-8328
                             fulkersj@etsu.edu

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September 18, 2019

200 block of West 10th Avenue closed tomorrow

The 200 block of West 10th Avenue, from North Boone Street to Montgomery Street, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 19) for a sewer line repair. This work requires an open road cut in the center of the street at 206 W. 10th Ave. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 17, 2019

200 block of Peachtree Street closed for sewer line repair

The 200 block of Peachtree Street from East Hillcrest Drive to Fall Street will be closed until 3:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Sept. 17) for a sewer line repair. This project will require an open road cut at 207 Peachtree Street.

 CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                               Water and Sewer Services
                               423.975.2601

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September 17, 2019

Johnson City Board of Building Codes to meet

The City of Johnson City Board of Building Codes will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Contact Brenda Davis at 423-434-6047 or bdavis@johnsoncitytn.org for additional information.

CONTACT:    Brenda Davis
                             Development Services
                             423.434.6047

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September 17, 2019

Volunteers needed to serve on Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service matters and meets quarterly. These appointments will begin in January and expire December 2021. Applicants must be city residents.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Civil Service Commission may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at 423-434-6018 or rlockner@johnsoncitytn.org.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 1.

CONTACT:    Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

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September 16, 2019

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host its inaugural Art Struck Festival on Sept. 28 at Founders Park, 225 Commerce St., in downtown Johnson City from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The festival will bring together artists and arts organizations to celebrate and support the arts community while highlighting the public art pieces that have been installed throughout downtown. This festival will include art vendors, art activities and demonstrations, and live performances.

One defining feature of the festival will be the Puppet March with the Cattywampus Puppet Council, which will involve the display of giant, paper mache puppets as community members and the council march through Founders Park. Road roller printmaking will take place on Commerce Street under the supervision of artist Laken Bridges. This large-scale block printmaking will generate 4-by-8 foot prints of Bridges’ original, hand-carved Johnson City-themed design. Prints will be offered for sale to the public. An art picnic activity in the performance area will allow kids of all ages to doodle and embellish large, painted picnic blankets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy other hands-on activities such as a community mural, a weaving fence, wand making, and art puzzles. Other highlights included pop-up music, dance, and theater performances and other types of performance art, a sculpture walk, and plein air painting demonstrations, among others. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The following artists and organizations will be participating in the festival:

 

                 Art Vendors

Allyn Amore

Rhonnie Miller

Sealea Bennett

Bri Morelock

Ruby Berry

Katie Murphy

Leah Bessette

Jessica Parks

Elena Corradino

Marcy Parks

Misty Dempsey

Rachel Pimentel

Sarah Dorr

Shawn Quilliams

Tara Elouafi

Robert Roberts

Tommy Farmer

Alice Salyer

Courtney Farquharson

Tommy Schuette

Jason Flack

June Simmons

Hannah Matthia Gatlin

McKenzie Stevens

Edward Griggs

Stacey Suarez

Amy Harrison

Ginny Tallent

Wesley Jones

Katie Walser

Hetvi Joshi

Mandi Wild

Hollie LaRue

Melissa Wiley

Christina Majic

Stacie Williams

Logan McClelland

Whitney Williams

 

 

Art Demo/Activity Hosts

Cultural Connections Unlimited

Tennessee Craft Northeast

McKinney Center

Top Stitch Studios

Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters

William King Museum of Art

Johnson City Parks & Recreation Art Group

Youth Villages

 

 

Informational Booths

ETSU Art Department

Milligan College Art & Music Department

Essyx Exhibits & Displays

Tennessee Craft Northeast

Johnson City Community Drum Circle

Tusculum University Art Department

Johnson City Public Library

Umoja Festival

King University Art Department

 

 

Performers

Mosaic Dance Collective: 11 a.m.-noon

Roxanne McDaniel: noon-1 p.m.

Jasmine Henderson: 1:10-1:30 p.m.

Cory Jeter: 1:40-2:40 p.m.

East Tennessee Twirling Academy: 2:45-2:50 p.m.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre: 3-4 p.m.

Johnson City Community Drum Circle: 4-5 p.m.

Shakespeare in Johnson City: 5-6 p.m.

The Dependents: 6-7 p.m.

Tweetsie Trio: 7-9 p.m.

 

To learn more about the Art Struck Festival or the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit https://jcpublicart.com/.

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September 13, 2019

Board of Commissioners to hold work session about retail recruitment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss retail recruitment and other items at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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September 12, 2019

Smoke testing now under way

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing sanitary sewer lines in the Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system next week. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.

Crews will begin on Buffalo Road near the Pine Oaks Golf Course from Cherokee Road to Boggs Lane.

Testing will then continue in the areas of:

  • Cherokee Road from University Parkway to near the intersection of Paty Drive
  • Thrush Drive and Beech Drive
  • University Place
  • Wexford Place Condominiums
  • College Heights Drive
  • Galen Drive
  • Southwest Avenue from College Heights Drive to Cherokee Road
  • Merrywood Drive
  • Concord Street
  • Scenic Drive
  • Buccaneer Drive
  • Rural Ridge Subdivision
  • Alpine Road
  • Parkwood Lane
  • Cherokee Valley Subdivision
  • Cherokee Ridge Condominiums
  • Cherokee Hills Subdivision
  • Tunbridge Subdivision
  • Strawberry Lane
  • Sinking Creek Road near Savannah Drive to Cherokee Road
  • Miller Lane
  • David Miller Road
  • Berea Drive and Spencer Lane
  • Shadybrook Drive
  • Hickory Lake
  • Pleasant View Drive
  • Jared Drive
  • Rolling Hills Drive
  • Rolling Hills Subdivision
  • Arbor Drive

 

Smoke testing is expected to continue through the end of December.

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

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

CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
                             Water and Sewer Services
                             423.461.1646

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September 12, 2019

400 block of East 8th closed today

The 400 block of East 8th Avenue, from Elm Street to Baxter Street, will be closed today (Thursday, Sept. 12) while water/sewer work takes place. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601



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September 10, 2019

200 block of Peachtree Street closed for sewer line repair

 The 200 block of Peachtree Street from East Hillcrest Drive to Fall Street will be closed until 3:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Sept. 10) for an emergency sewer line repair. This project will require an open road cut at 208 Peachtree Street.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 10, 2019

400 block of East 8th closed today

The 400 block of East 8th Avenue, from Elm Street to Baxter Avenue, will be closed today (Tuesday, Sept. 10) while water/sewer work takes place. This closure may extend to Wednesday if necessary. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 10, 2019

400 block of East 8th closed today

The 400 block of East 8th Avenue, from Elm Street to Baxter Avenue, will be closed today (Tuesday, Sept. 10) while water/sewer work takes place. This closure may extend to Wednesday if necessary. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 06, 2019

Johnson City earns first-place honors in national competition for brand launch

The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), the nation’s premier network of local government communicators, presented the City of Johnson City with the first place Savvy Award in the category of Marketing and Tools – Branding/New Logo for a population up to 90,000. The award was presented Sept. 5 during the 3CMA national conference in Denver.

The 3CMA’s 2019 Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency, or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing. This year, 3CMA received more than 707 entries in 92 categories.

“It is a real honor to be recognized by 3CMA for our new brand,” said Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock. “This new city brand truly defines our essence – that here in Johnson City, we Go. All. Out. And true to form, our City employees, residents, business owners and numerous partner agencies have embraced the brand. In these early months of the brand roll out, we have seen it unify the community. We look forward to sharing it with people outside of our area as it helps identify what sets Johnson City apart and why people want to live or do business here.”

The City of Johnson City tapped North Star Destination Strategies, the nationwide leader in community branding, to help complete a branding initiative for Johnson City, culminating in the development of its new community-wide brand and tagline of ‘Go. All. Out.’

The brand, unveiled in January, promotes the area as the outdoor, commercial, educational and cultural hub of Northeast Tennessee. Johnson City’s new identity incorporates the mountains in its logo, embracing and promoting itself as an outdoor destination that celebrates its authenticity, culture and self-sufficiency.

The city is working to roll out new brand elements throughout the community and is using ‘Go. All. Out.’ as a call to action to get outdoors, do your best and become involved. It is an invitation to explore the city’s mountain setting and economic opportunity. It also encourages innovative thinking and a spirit of perseverance and resiliency.

As part of the 3CMA conference, the City’s Communications and Marketing director Keisha Shoun and Digital Communications Manager JT McSpadden were the featured speakers in a session titled The Nature of Your Place: How Your City’s Natural Assets Can Inspire Your Brand. Sharing Johnson City‘s story with communications and marketing professionals from across the country, the two highlighted how our outdoor amenities inspired a robust brand that effectively conveys who we are.

CONTACT:    Keisha Shoun, director
                             Communications and Marketing
                             423.557.5177

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September 06, 2019

Johnson City Police Department to offer safety awareness training

As a service to our citizens, the Johnson City Police Department will offer a free safety awareness training 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 at Memorial Park Community Center dining room, 510 Bert St.

This two-hour training will enhance awareness on how individuals should prepare, prevent, and react during a shooting or mass attack in business settings or other environments. JCPD officers who have received specialized training on providing instructions to civilians, business owners and their employees, and religious organizations will conduct this training. 

“We are proactively partnering with the community to raise awareness on safety options in a worst case scenario. These incidents can happen anywhere and adversely impact the quality of life. We want our community to know how to react and how law enforcement would respond should an incident occur,” said Chief Karl Turner.

Topics covered will include: the history of these events, civilian response options, information about the body’s physiological response to stressful situations, what to expect from law enforcement when they respond, and what officials need from the public in order to control the situation as safe and quickly as possible. 

Participants must be at least 18 to attend. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Please register by contacting Planning and Research Manager Heather Brack at 423.434.6105 or hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org.

 

CONTACT:    Heather Brack, Planning and Research Manager
                             Johnson City Police Department
                             423.434.6105

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September 06, 2019

400 block of East 8th closed next week

The 400 block of East 8th Avenue, from Elm Street to Baxter Avenue, will be closed Monday (Sept. 9) and Tuesday (Sept. 10) between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while water/sewer work takes place. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

CONTACT:    Traye Townsend, crew supervisor
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2601

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September 04, 2019

Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter seeks entries for Sesquicentennial contest

Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is hosting a poetry contest for high school students and adults.

“The Sesquicentennial celebration has served as an opportunity to reflect on Johnson City’s history, its progress and the many reasons people call it home,” said Rose Klix, president for the Poetry Society of Tennessee-Northeast Chapter. “We believe poetry is a fantastic method of capturing the feelings these reflections evoke.”

Contest entries must be original, unpublished, the work of one poet and may not have won a cash prize in any other contest. Poets may only submit one poem for consideration. There is no entry fee. All poems should be about Johnson City (i.e. the city’s history, culture, people, iconic architecture, environment, parks, gardens, growth, etc.). Submissions in the student category are required to be in the form of an acrostic poem using either the letters in Johnson City or those in Sesquicentennial. Submissions in the adult category may be in any form with a maximum of 30 lines. Full contest rules and entry requirements can be found on the Sesquicentennial website, www.jctn150.com.

All entries will be blind-judged. Monetary awards will be given to the first- ($25), second- ($15), and third- ($10) place winners in each category, and up to seven honorable mentions may be named in each category. All winners will be notified by mail. Winning poets’ names and poem title will be posted on the Facebook page of Poetry Society of Tennessee – Northeast Chapter (@poetrysocietytnne) as well as the Johnson City Sesquicentennial Celebration (@JCTN150). Winning poems will be included in the 2019 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule.  Winners and honorable mentions will be invited to read their submissions at a recognition ceremony in November. 

The Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Tennessee chapter represents a group of authors dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of poetry and poetry writing. Group members strive to perfect the craft while supporting poetry through education of the community.

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

CONTACT:    Rose Klix
                             Poetry Society of Tennessee-NE
                             423.262.8724

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September 03, 2019

Johnson City Fire Department requests citizen feedback

The Johnson City Fire Department is asking for citizens’ help in developing a community-driven strategic plan in cooperation with the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

A short survey is available at https://utk.questionpro.com/t/AOjrVZe1xb.

The Johnson City Fire Department is pursuing International Fire Accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and the development of a community-driven strategic plan is an integral component to ensure success.

Participation will ensure that citizens’ expectations are taken into account and will help determine whether the Johnson City Fire Department is meeting overall needs and expectations.

Please call (423)975-2840 or visit any Johnson City Fire Station for more information.

Contact: James Stables, Fire Chief, 423-975-2840

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September 03, 2019

Senior Services offers class to help protect people from identity theft

Those 50 and older are invited to join instructor Allen Sifford from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for a free program on protection from identity theft.

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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September 03, 2019

MPCC to host first-ever Family Fun Night

The entire family is invited to come out from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., and enjoy a free, entertaining evening featuring fun and active games.

All ages welcome. No registration required.

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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August 30, 2019

Johnson City Police Department opens hiring process Sept. 9

The Johnson City Police Department will begin the process of hiring new officers on Sept. 9. Qualified applicants should demonstrate integrity, good judgement, and the willingness to make a difference in our community.

The first step in the department’s hiring process is the Police Officer Examination. Registrations for the upcoming test date will be accepted Sept. 9-Oct. 4.

The Johnson City Police Department currently has multiple openings. New officers receive nine weeks of paid training at the police academy, followed by 16 weeks of on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced field training officers. New officers will start on one of five patrol units, working 12-hour shifts with an uninterrupted seven-day break each month. Starting trainee pay is $35,415.46 and moves to $37,198.14 after completion of the probationary period.   

Johnson City Police officers have the opportunity to serve on numerous specialty units such as the Canine Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Bomb Squad, and the School Resource Officer Program. The department also has officers who work with federal programs in the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

To register for the Police Officer Examination, applicants must be 21 years of age by Oct.15, 2019 and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. The Police Department has a tattoo policy that is available in full from Human Resources. 

Registration must be completed in person at the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601. A $25 non-refundable examination fee is due at the time of registration.

Applicants must provide copies of the following (copies will not be made):

  • City of Johnson City Application for Employment (available at www.johnsoncitytn.org/hr)
  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Diploma/GED  or Transcript with Graduation Date
  • Driver License
  • Social Security Card
  • College/University Diploma (if applicable)
  • Proof of P.O.S.T. Certification (if applicable)
  • DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable)
When registering, a test date and time for the Police Officer Examination will be scheduled. For more information, please call 423.434.6020.
August 29, 2019

Agenda review moved to next Thursday

Due to Monday’s Labor Day holiday, the Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold its agenda review meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 5) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

 

August 28, 2019

400 block of the East 8th closed tomorrow

The 400 block of East 8th Avenue, from Elm Street to Baxter Avenue, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 29) while water/sewer work takes place. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

August 20, 2019

Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club accepting entries for exhibition

The Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is accepting photo submissions through the end of the month for an upcoming competition and exhibition.

“Our intent is for photographers to showcase present day Johnson City as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration,” said Maureen Mulroy, spokesperson for the Amateur Photographers Club. “We want them to focus on the people, places, events and environments that exist in the City that reflect the many reasons people choose to live, work and visit here.”

Printed photo submissions, mounted on foam board no smaller than 8x10 inches and no larger than 11x14 inches, are being accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays throughout the month of August at the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Submissions must have a completed entry form attached to the back of each entry. Entry forms are available at the Senior Services desk beginning and online at www.jctn150.com. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted; entry fee is $5 per photograph.

All entries will be displayed at MPCC during the month of October with an artists reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. A panel of judges will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons to youth and amateur submissions in the color photograph category as well as the black and white category. A first-place ribbon will be awarded in the professional category.

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

The Amateur Photographers Club meets monthly at Memorial Park Community Center. The club’s purpose is to promote the use and appreciation of photography as a hobby and as a personal and artistic means of self-expression. Membership is free and open to anyone with a digital picture-taking device.

 

CONTACT:    John Harrell, senior services program coordinator
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6229

August 20, 2019

Johnson City Current Land Use Committee to meet

The Johnson City Current Land Use Committee, a subcommittee of the Planning Commission, will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss private drives.

CONTACT:    Asongayi Venard, development coordinator
                             Development Services
                             423.434.6053

August 16, 2019

BOC to meet Tuesday morning

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Tuesday (Aug. 20) at 7:30 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider details of the Crown Laboratories expansion. 

August 12, 2019

Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission to meet Tuesday afternoon

 The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 13) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider Certificate of Appropriateness 272-2019 218 E. Main St. — Breezeway Wall. 

CONTACT:    Matt Manley, senior planner
                             Development Services
                            423.434.6059

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August 09, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission launches Go. All. Out. Challenge

The Sesquicentennial Commission is celebrating the August theme of outdoor recreation with a challenge designed to encourage community members to enjoy the many outdoor activities Johnson City has to offer. 

Challenge cards are available for pick up at the following locations: Atlantic Ale House, Carver Recreation Center, Fleet Feet, Local Motion Cyclery, Mahoney’s, Memorial Park Community Center, Norris Bicycles, The Bike Shop, Trek Bicycle, Yee Haw Brewing Company and the Chamber of Commerce. To complete the challenge, participants must post a selfie to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #GoAllOut showing them engaged in one of the following activities: hiking to the top of Buffalo Mountain, walking/biking the Tweetsie Trail, playing disc golf at Winged Deer Park, riding/hiking Tannery Knobs, attending a Johnson City Cardinals game, walking the art trail at Founders Park, visiting the mural in King Commons, or attending the Meet the Mountains Festival.

“Johnson City is unique in that we have so many outdoor adventures in close proximity to our downtown,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Jenna Moore. “We hope this challenge increases awareness of the multitude of activities available as well as encourages people to take their activity levels up a notch.”

Completed challenge cards can be exchanged for a prize at Johnson City’s “Go.All.Out.” tent during the 2019 Meet the Mountains Festival on Aug. 23 and 24 or at the Chamber of Commerce, 603 E. Market St., through Aug. 31. All completed challenge cards will be entered into a drawing with the winner receiving a Johnson City swag bag at a later date.

Other events this month include:

  • The Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is accepting photo submissions for competition and exhibition. The purpose of this contest is to showcase “present day” Johnson City in a tasteful, artistic manner through photography. The focus will be on the people, places, events, and environments that exist in Johnson City and display the many reasons why people choose to live, work, and visit here. Complete entry information can be found at www.jctn150.com.
  • The Meet the Mountains Festival will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 24, ending at 10 p.m. both days. The free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include classes, clinics, hands-on demos, off-site events, competitions, music and more. Visit www.mtmfest.com for more information.

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

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August 09, 2019

Playground at Carver Recreation Center closed for repairs

The playground at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is closed for repairs and will reopen upon completion of work.

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August 09, 2019

Senior Services to provide information regarding healthcare and retirement

Those 50 and older are invited to join instructor David Beeman from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for a free program that examines the key factors of retirement, finances and healthcare.

Some topics include important dates regarding Medicare, a review of healthcare costs (how they are paid for and by whom), healthcare powers of attorney, and advance directives and budgeting to prepare for healthcare costs.

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

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August 08, 2019

100 block of West Poplar Street closed to all traffic today

The 100 block of West Poplar Street from Spring Street to South Roan Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, Aug. 8 for sewer line maintenance. This project will require an open road cut and emergency traffic will not be able to pass during work hours. 

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August 07, 2019

Tweetsie Trail bridge to be closed for repairs

Bridge No. 7 along the Tweetsie Trail – located between mile markers 4.6 and 4.8, near the corner of West G Street and Gap Creek Road in Elizabethton – will be closed Aug. 13-14 for repairs.

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August 07, 2019

BOC to meet Thursday morning

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 8) to consider a temporary occasion license for the Little Chicago Festival. This meeting will take place at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
July 24, 2019

Johnson City Police Department to conduct Hands Free Campaign

The Johnson City Police Department is conducting a Hands Free Campaign the week of July 29-Aug. 2. The goal is to make the public aware of the law and the consequences for violating it as it pertains to school zones. The first day of school in Johnson City is Aug. 5. 

The law allows for the usage of hands free devices in active school zones for persons 18 and older. An active school zone is defined as warning flashers in operation. If a violation occurs in an active school zone, the fine is $200 and requires a referral to Sessions Court. 

While the law permits hands free devices in school zones, research shows the danger of using a device while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2017 over 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers in the United States. Additionally, a study by the University of Utah showed that using a cell phone while driving is equivalent to a blood alcohol content level of .08.   

Johnson City Police Department records revealed that 120 traffic crashes occurred within one quarter mile of city schools between July 17, 2018 and July 17, 2019. Thirty-seven percent of those crashes occurred near Science Hill High School.

“Traffic safety is important to the Johnson City Police Department,” Goff said. “Statistics show that distracted driving is a factor in numerous crashes. Through the Hands Free Tennessee Campaign, we are striving to create awareness to gain voluntary compliance of the law.”

 

July 23, 2019

Golf Advisory Board to meet Aug. 7

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The board meets at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road.

 

CONTACT:    Bryan Bentley, golf manager
                             Pine Oaks Golf Course
                             423.430.2354

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July 16, 2019

Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission to hold public hearing about signage

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Policy 10A – Signage of the Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in the Municipal and Safety Building.

The purpose of this update to the Design Guidelines is to continue to provide greater clarity for new businesses and those wishing to install signs in Downtown Johnson City. Copies of the proposed language is available upon request from the City’s Planning Division. Please email Matt Manley at mmanley@johnsoncitytn.org for more information. 

 

CONTACT:    Matt Manley, senior planner
                             Development Services
                             423.434.6059

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July 16, 2019

Johnson City Public Art to hold second annual 5x5 Art Exhibition, Fundraiser

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host its second annual 5x5 Art Exhibition and Fundraiser at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., in downtown Johnson City from 5:55-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Last year’s exhibition was a huge success with more than 50 artists donating more than 100 artworks for sale. Now in its second year, the event will feature even more pieces available for purchase as the number of participating artists has increased and the number of donated artworks has nearly doubled.

Each donated artwork, measuring 5-by-5 inches, will be sold for $25. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Johnson City Public Art.
Participating artists as of July 9, 2019 include:     

Allyn Amore
Dale Atkinson
Joanna Barnett
Sam Barnett
Jamison Bell
Ruby Berry
Michelle Black
Laken Bridges
Meara Bridges
Heather Bruglia
Deborah Bryan
Hillary Buckner
Monique Carr
Jose Castillo
Trinity Lancaster
Keith Larson
Hollie LaRue
Liz Layton
Linda Loffmin
Angelique Lynch
Jocelyn Mathewes
Bill May
Shannon Mettler
Catherine Murray
Mary Nees
Greg Nobles
Sarah Nobles
Kristen Olinger

Nicole ChildresS
Cher Cornett
Kaitlin Cwikla
Lori Devoti
Karen Dorr
Sheri Earnhart
Bailey Eshbach
Tommy Farmer
Nancy Fischman
Jason Flack
Brian Fletcher
Helen French
Kathy Gibian
Lyn Govette
Mary Olsen
Josh Paul
Cecilia Pippin
Lynn Price
Elizabeth Reid
Nina Rizzo
Ann Ropp
Lori Rouse
Andy Russell
Elise Russell
Alice Salyer
Sylvia Salyer
Kim Schneider
Pat Sheets

Randy Greear
Will Griffith
Art Harris
Chasidy Hathorn
Collin Hawley
Nate Hook
Rupa Hook
Hannah Howard
Jon Jennings
Barbara Jernigan
Elvis Kee
Suzie Kelly
Maddie Kuziel
Susan Lachmann
Angie Shepherd
Eric Drummond Smith
Sarah Stanley
Suzanne Stryk
Stacey Suarez
Kelly Swift
Ginny Tallent
Lillian Travis
Michelle Treece
Dianna Lynne Tucker
Christy Ward
Nathan Little-Warner
Kristen Wilhoit
Stacie Williams
Eugene Wolf

 

To learn more about the 5x5 Art Exhibition and Fundraiser or the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit https://jcpublicart.com/.

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July 15, 2019

Johnson City Community Concert Band to perform in honor of Sesquicentennial

The Johnson City Community Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Christian Zembower, will celebrate Johnson City’s 150th anniversary with an outdoor concert that includes the world premiere of “Echoes of 1869,” a piece commissioned for the community by the City’s Sesquicentennial Commission.

The free concert will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

“The work pays homage to the founding year of Johnson City,” said Dr. Joe Moore, director of marching bands for East Tennessee State University, who composed the piece based on music that was either popular or written in 1869. “It is appropriate that the Johnson City Community Concert Band will premiere this piece of music since the town band was the most common instrumental ensemble during that era.”

Local bands during this period evolved from the military bands of the American Civil War. Their repertoire consisted of marches, arrangements of popular music, hymns, and transcriptions of orchestral and operatic works.

“Echoes of 1869” includes three movements, which can be performed independently as well as together as a single piece. The first movement, entitled “Quickstep,” is based on two quickstep marches found in the band books of the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band:  “Twinkling Stars Are Laughing” and “Annie of the Vale.”The second movement is based on the hymn “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” which was composed in the year 1869. The third movement is based on popular songs from the time period and includes, “Shoo Fly,” “Little Brown Jug,” and “Listen to the Mockingbird.” The latter being particularly appropriate since the mockingbird was designated as the state bird by the Tennessee legislature in 1933.

The Johnson City Community Concert Band was founded in 1983 and currently includes 85-100 musicians. The band plays between four and eight free concerts each year.

The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.

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

CONTACT:    Ann Marie French
                             423.434.6021
                             afrench@johnsoncitytn.org

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July 12, 2019

Section of North North Street closed today

The section of North North Street from West Market Street to Elmwood Street will be closed until 8 p.m. today (July 12) for sewer frame and cover replacement. Emergency traffic will be able to pass.

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July 08, 2019

Applications being accepted for JC 101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for JC 101, an adult educational program designed to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of government’s role in the community. This eight-week program on the basics of government includes hands-on activities, tours, presentations, and question-and-answer periods.

Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Aug. 6. Class size is limited, and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be downloaded at https://cojctn.wufoo.com/forms/jc101-application/.

“JC 101 not only gives our citizens a comprehensive overview of how their government works, but it’s a fun way to get involved in the community, whether you are a lifetime resident or a newcomer,” said Communications and Marketing Director Keisha Shoun.

For more information, call the Communications and Marketing Department at 434-6021.

CONTACT:    Ann Marie French, public information specialist
                             Communications and Marketing
                             423.434.6021

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July 03, 2019

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider five appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art, monuments, murals, or other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.  

Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080. 

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                             Administration
                             423.434.6009

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July 02, 2019

JCPD encourages citizens to see something, say something

With the Independence Day celebration upon us, the Johnson City Police Department is encouraging citizens to be aware of their surroundings at special events. Though being aware of one’s surroundings is good advice any time of the year, the Fourth of July holiday is an excellent time to remind the public of this safety practice.  

“Our police department depends upon the public in helping ensure a safe and secure environment. A key component of that partnership is our citizens being the eyes and ears of the department for anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary,” said Police Chief Karl Turner. “This awareness is often simply stated in the slogan see something, say something.”  

In order to report suspicious activity, call 911. Citizens should obtain and relate as many details as possible, such as who or what they observed, at what time, where it occurred, and why it appears suspicious.

“This is a time of celebration, and we hope everyone enjoys all the festivities have to offer. At the same time, we all should be mindful of suspicious behavior or activity. If anything seems out of the ordinary, report it immediately,” Turner said.

This could include unattended bags, packages, carts or other items, as well as people who are hanging back from and watching a crowd. If the behavior or activity doesn’t seem right or seems out of place, report it to 911.

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

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

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June 26, 2019

Closures set for July 4 festivities

The following areas will be closed for this year’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, which will be held Thursday, July 4 on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center:

  • Walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium: all day Thursday (July 4) until noon Friday (July 5)
  • Broyles and Seaver ballfields (including practices): all day Monday (July 1) until noon Friday (July 5)
  • West side of stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance): all day Monday (July 1) until noon Friday (July 5)
  • Metro-Kiwanis Park: all day Thursday (July 4)

CONTACT:    Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.283.5827


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June 26, 2019

Johnson City receives Municipal League award for Excellence in Fire Services

The Tennessee Municipal League (TML), a voluntary, cooperative organization established by the cities and towns of the state for mutual assistance and improvements, has awarded the Johnson City Fire Department its 2019 Excellence in Fire Services Award. The award is given in recognition of the efforts made by the department to not only plan for today’s needs but to strategically plan for the City’s future fire service needs.

“The Johnson City Fire Department is committed to excellence in public safety,” said Johnson City Fire Department Chief James Stables. “By engaging in proactive planning and collaboration with multiple entities, we have been able to improve staffing levels, initiate plans for new fire stations, and facilitated upgrades and the replacement of aging equipment.”

After working with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (UT-MTAS) to complete a comprehensive fire management study, the Johnson City Fire Department devised a formal planning effort that works within the City’s budget limitations.

The department also worked with UT-MTAS to launch a comprehensive customer-driven fire department strategic plan that will gather input from internal and external customers, as well as City stakeholders to determine the needs, expectations, strengths and challenges of the department, and to address any gaps in expectations.

In addition, the Johnson City Fire Department is working toward an accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Fire Accreditation and encouraging department members to seek professional certifications on their own to better the department as a whole.

Contact: James Stables, fire chief, (423) 975-2840

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June 20, 2019

Tire collection to take place Saturday

The City of Johnson City, in partnership with Boone Watershed Partnership and Tennessee Department of Transportation, is providing a free household Wild Tire Roundup Day for residents of the surrounding area on Saturday (June 22). Tires will be accepted at 116 Legion St., across from Legion Street Pool.

 The event begins at 10 a.m., and tires will be accepted until 2 p.m. or until capacity is reached. Participants are asked to abide by the following guidelines when bringing tires to the event:

-       Passenger vehicle tires only

-       Eight tire limit per household

-       Tires on wheels accepted, but no wheels only

-       35-inch maximum tire diameter

-       No semi-truck tires accepted

-       ID with address is required

-       Tires from businesses or commercial operations will not be accepted.

 

CONTACT:    David Rock, stormwater inspector
                             Public Works
                             423.202.2243

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June 20, 2019

JCPD to host 4th Annual Area 3 Special Olympics Benefit Golf Tournament

Officers of the Johnson City Police Department will host the 4th Annual Area 3 Special Olympics Benefit Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. Teams from across the region will gather at Elizabethton Golf Course to play in the select-shot tournament.

Community members may register individually or as a team. Cost is $50 per player or $200 per team. Prizes will be awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place teams in two flights as well as for the closest to the pin on all par-3 holes. Long drive contests (women, men and seniors) will also be held. Door prizes will be given away.

Local businesses may sponsor individual holes for $50 each. Sponsorship includes a yard sign at the sponsored hole.

All funds raised will stay in Tennessee’s Area 3 to support Special Olympics athletes in Washington, Carter, Unicoi and Johnson counties.

For more information, contact Tony Ward at 423-791-4305 or tward@johnsoncitytn.org or Lorrie Goff at 423-525-3662 or lgoff@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:    Officer Tony Ward
                             423.791.4305
                             tward@johnsoncitytn.org

 

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June 20, 2019

New leased sculptures installed in and around Founders Park

The final piece in Johnson City Public Art’s 2019-2021 Biennial Sculpture Exhibition was installed this morning at the intersection of West State of Franklin Road and University Parkway.

Entitled “Intestinal Fortitude,” the sculpture was positioned on the pedestrian walkway at the corner of the intersection closest to McDonald’s. Artist Mike Hansel constructed the 15-foot-tall piece from stainless steel. Hansel describes the work as an “arching, tubular structure which reaches in multiple directions while implying an organic quality of motion … the organic form has its origin in drawings made of saltwater coral formations.” 

A sculpture walk will take place during the Art Struck Festival on Sept. 28 for those who would like more information about the 13 new, leased pieces and the artists. Sarah Stanley, the juror of the exhibition, will lead the guided tour, which is free and open to the public. 

The Biennial Sculpture Exhibition began in 2013 and has become a defining feature of Founders Park and the downtown area. The sculptures create a strong artistic presence, encouraging residents and visitors to linger.

The Public Art Committee uses private and corporate donations to lease sculptures from regional artists for a two-year period. The leased sculptures are available for purchase, either for personal enjoyment or for donation to the City. Every two years a new round of sculptures are selected from a pool of applicants.

To learn more about the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit https://jcpublicart.com/.

The 2019-2021 leased art includes:

1. Column A, Column B, Shawn Morin

2. Cube in Motion, Hanna Jubran

3. Settle, Marc Maiorana

4. Pipe Dream, James Westermann

5. Landbuoy, Roger Halligan

6. Sustain, Charlie Brouwer

7. Flight, Bob Doster

8. Fractured Memories, Adam Rathbun

9. The Feather, Kirk Seese

10. Brave New Worlds, Charles Pilkey

11. In Free Fall, Hanna Jubran

12. Creatures of the Sky Arch II, Jim Gallucci

13. Intestinal Fortitude, Mike Hansel

CONTACT:    Cheyenne Kumbhare
                             423.975.2706
                             ckumbhare@johnsoncitytn.org

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June 17, 2019

Applications being accepted for BrightRidge Board of Directors

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the BrightRidge Board of Directors. One appointment will be for a full four-year term while the other appointment will fill an unexpired term that ends July 1, 2021.

This board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 4:15 p.m. at BrightRidge, 2600 Boones Creek Road, Johnson City.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or by calling 423-434-6009.  The deadline for submitting an application is July 12. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                             Administration
                             423.434.6009

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June 17, 2019

Volunteers needed to serve on JCPL board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Public Library Board. All matters concerning operations of the public library including soliciting, collection, receiving, accumulating, administering and distributing funds are referred to the Johnson City Public Library Board for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.  

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Johnson City Public Library Board may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or by calling 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through July 5 and will be kept on file for current year only.

 

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                             Administration
                             423.434.6009

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June 13, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission breaks ground on Legacy Plaza

The Sesquicentennial Commission and Fundraising Committee, joined by the Board of Commissioners, broke ground at King Commons today for the first phase of the sesquicentennial legacy project — the Legacy Plaza, which includes a history circle and “tri-star” area. The second phase, a natural adventure area playground, will be located across King Street.

The sesquicentennial legacy project was selected by the Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City’s founding. The project will be a multigenerational, all-inclusive site for families to gather in downtown Johnson City.

“We wanted to celebrate our past while leaving behind something that will continue to inform future generations about our rich history,” Noland said. “This project does that in a way that provides a gathering space for families to enjoy.”

The history circle design includes four concentric rings featuring 31 engraved blocks that list key dates and information about Johnson City’s history. At the center of the rings will be a commissioned art piece selected by Johnson City’s Public Art Committee.

The sesquicentennial time capsule will also be buried beneath the plaza. Completion is set for Dec. 1, the date the City received its charter from the state. The sesquicentennial will commence on that day, with a public celebration and time capsule burial.

The “tri-star” area pays tribute to the Tennessee state flag, which was designed by Johnson City resident Colonel Le Roy Reeves.

“We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our founding throughout this year,” said Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock. “Once these celebrations are behind us, this Legacy Plaza will remain a visible reminder of this milestone and be yet another draw to our downtown.”

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

CONTACT:    Donna Noland
                             Sesquicentennial Commission
                             423.439.4211, nolandd@mail.etsu.edu

 

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May 31, 2019

Princeton Road and Broyles Drive Intersection to close next week

The intersection of Princeton Road and Broyles Drive will be closed from 7 p.m.-midnight on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4. Emergency traffic will not be able to pass during work hours.

 

CONTACT:    Public Works — Street Division
                             423.975.2700

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May 31, 2019

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. All appointments will be for three-year terms.

The Johnson City meets the second Friday of each month at 8 a.m. at King Centre. This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown. 

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Johnson City Development Authority Board may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or by calling 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed.

For additional information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 423-202-3510 or cantler@northeasttn.com. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 21.

 

CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                             Administration
                             423.434.6009

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May 30, 2019

City of Johnson City receives grant funding for school bus replacement

Johnson City Transit will be replacing some of its 78-passenger school buses after receiving $234,375 in funding through the State of Tennessee Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust School Bus Replacement Grant Program.

The buses scheduled for replacement are 2006 models with engines from 2004-2006. They will be replaced by 2020 model buses that possess Cummins ISB 6.7 220 HP engines, which conform to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 certified engine specifications.

“Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation partially funded our grant application after reviewing the data collected and presented by multiple departments within the City of Johnson City,” said Johnson City Transit Planner Bradley Osborne, who submitted the grant application. “The collaboration between departments allowed us to submit a strong application.”

Of the 59 agencies throughout the state that applied for the $8.8 million in available funding, the City of Johnson City was one of 39 to receive funding. The local match is expected to be 50 percent. Johnson City Transit should receive the new buses by early winter, and they will be placed in service shortly thereafter following completion of inspections.

CONTACT:    Bradley Osborne, transit planner
                             Johnson City Transit
                             423.434.6269

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May 24, 2019

BOC budget work session set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., in the Administrative Conference Room. 

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May 10, 2019

Johnson City Public Art unveils new project

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will unveil “Johnson City: 150 Years,” a multi-panel mural created by nine local schools and the Johnson City Parks and Recreation art group, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 on the 200-foot wall behind Johnson City Transit, 137 W. Market St.

The 5-by-10 foot panels will be installed as part of the City’s yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration. Participants were encouraged to include images that expressed what they find exciting about Johnson City. The mural captures the early history of Johnson City to the most recent.

The community along with participating teachers, students, and art group members are invited to attend this special event. Mayor Jenny Brock, Sesquicentennial Commissioner Donna Noland and Johnson City Public Art Chairwoman Nancy Fischman will briefly speak to kick-off the unveiling.

The Johnson City Public Art Committee was responsible for the project’s design concept and coordination. A subcommittee oversaw the project. Mary Nees served as creative director. Michelle Treece assisted with coordination, and Andy Russell provided technical support. Johnson City Public Works also assisted with coordination and will install the 10 panels.

The following schools and art group made this project possible: Ashley Academy led by Maryam Awan, Cherokee Elementary led by Beth Bartchy-Smith, Johnson City Parks and Recreation art group led by Mary Lee Baker, Liberty Bell Middle School led by Brooke Velsor, Mountain View Elementary led by Joanna Barnett, Providence Academy led by Kim Milburn, Saint Mary’s School led by Felicia Faniola-Gregory, Science Hill High School led by Mike Austin, Topper Academy led by Lyn Govette, and Towne Acres led by Louann Sharp.

To learn more about the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit https://jcpublicart.com/. For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

 

CONTACT:    Cheyenne Kumbhare
                             423.975.2706
                             ckumbhare@johnsoncitytn.org

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May 09, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission to host "Then and Now" concert

The Sesquicentennial Commission will host “Then and Now: A Musical Portrait of the 1860s and Present Day” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St.

Featuring various instruments and musical genres, the concert will also include recorded sounds of trains from this region. Musical compositions have been selected from the late 1860s as well as present day to create a “then and now” experience for audience members, allowing them to experience the changes in music that have taken place since Johnson City’s founding.

The featured performers, faculty members from East Tennessee State University, include Dr. Matthew Geiger (snare drum), Dr. Heather Killmeyer (oboe with electronics), Dr. Brett Long (cornet and trumpet), Dr. Esther Park (piano), and Dr. Justin Waller (trombone). 

Other events this month include:

  • May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak St.: The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn), an all-male vocal ensemble, will present a concert titled “On the Move.” The concert theme was chosen to correspond with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Johnson City in 1869. To commemorate this milestone, AMEn will perform a wide variety of songs relating to trains in honor of the historical connection of the Tri-Cities region to the railroad. Concert selections will come from a wide variety of genres, including jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and folk. The choir will also premiere a new arrangement of “Get On Board!” by Lou Dyar, written specifically to commemorate Johnson City’s 2019 sesquicentennial. 
  • May 18 at 10 a.m. behind Johnson City Transit, 137 W. Market St.: The Johnson City Public Arts Committee will unveil “Johnson City: 150 Years,” a mural completed by 10 local schools and art groups. Made of multiple panels, the mural depicts images that express what the participants find exciting about Johnson City.
  • May 27 at 9 a.m. at the Doughboy Statue, Memorial Park Community Center amphitheater, 510 Bert St.: The Kings Mountain Post 24 will conduct a dedication to honor all who served in the defense of or nation since 1974.
  • May 19 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 105 South Boone St.: The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn), an all-male vocal ensemble, will present a concert titled “On the Move.” The concert theme was chosen to correspond with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Johnson City in 1869. To commemorate this milestone, AMEn will perform a wide variety of songs relating to trains in honor of the historical connection of the Tri-Cities region to the railroad. Concert selections will come from a wide variety of genres, including jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and folk. The choir will also premiere a new arrangement of “Get On Board!” by Lou Dyar, written specifically to commemorate Johnson City’s 2019 sesquicentennial. 

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

CONTACT:    Ann Marie French
                             423.434.6021
                             afrench@johnsoncitytn.org

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May 09, 2019

City earns TDEC water system approval score of 99

Johnson City’s water system again has earned a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sanitary survey score of 99. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved. Johnson City’s previous score of 99 came in 2017.

 This process occurs approximately every 18-24 months and involves a multi-day onsite inspection by TDEC personnel. Areas of focus and grading include: system management and operation; operator compliance; sources of water; treatment of water; monitoring and data verification; finished water storage; and distribution and cross-connection control.

 Since the last survey, the City has reinvested in water line replacements throughout the service area and other major projects including:

  • Tannery Knob reservoir replacement - $4 million
  • Austin Springs  area water transmission line - $1.75 million
  • Bunker Hill reservoir replacement - $400,000
  • Ford Creek area water service expansion - $700,000

 “The City Commission’s committed investment is critical to keeping the system operating and allowing us to deliver services without interruption,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services.

Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 966-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system, which includes two treatment plants and 106 water facilities, has received consecutive approvals for more than 40 years.

 “Safe, clean drinking water is a priority. There are far more pieces and parts to operating a water system than most people realize,” Witherspoon said. “Our staff does a tremendous job ensuring that every detail of our system is in compliance with regulatory standards, and we are pleased to have the hard work of our employees recognized by TDEC.”

 

CONTACT:    Tom Witherspoon, director
                             Water and Sewer Services
                             423.434.6062

 

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May 06, 2019

City hires staff attorney

The City of Johnson City recently welcomed Sunny Sandos to the position of staff attorney.

Sandos most recently served as the Executive Director of Planned Giving at East Tennessee State University, where she was responsible for planned gift arrangements through the drafting of proposals for trusts, gift annuities, wills, life insurance policies and life estates. Sandos also owns Sandos Law, PLLC, which serves the entire state of Tennessee through a web-based practice focused on estate planning. Her experience also includes seven years in private practice, with an emphasis on civil litigation and municipal law.

Sandos is a faculty member of the National Business Institute in estate planning and previously served as an adjunct professor at ETSU. In 2018, she was recognized as a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP). The designation acknowledges her commitment to a nationally recognized standard of ethics.

Sandos now serves as legal counsel for the City and is responsible for the interpretation of laws, rulings and regulations in regard to municipal government.

“Having previously served on the Johnson City Planning Commission as well as the Historic Zoning Commission, Sunny is extremely knowledgeable about City affairs and has a strong desire to serve,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “We are fortunate to have an attorney with that background in addition to her professional experience.”

Sandos, who grew up in Greeneville, holds a bachelor’s in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. During her time at ETSU, she spent a session in Nashville as a legislative intern with the 104th Tennessee General Assembly.  The summer following graduation, she served as a congressional intern to former Tennessee Representative William “Bill” Jenkins.

While earning her doctorate of jurisprudence from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., she received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing, was a member of the Negotiation Team and served as the school’s representative to the American Bar Association. She also founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Society during her time as a student.

“I am excited to be able to combine my professional interests with my personal desire to serve the community,” said Sandos. “I look forward to being a part of the many positive efforts taking place in the City.”

Sandos currently serves as chairperson of the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Planned Giving and Endowment Council. She also serves as treasurer for the Washington County Bar Association. Sandos is a member of 100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care and the Washington County Women’s Leadership Society. She resides in Johnson City with her husband and their three children.

 

CONTACT:    Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

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May 06, 2019

It's all in a Name: Encouraging Citizen Input

It’s all in a Name: Encouraging Citizen Input

The effort to name our region continues to move forward, and the next step is to ask our citizens. It is important we hear from those who live and work in our region. They have relevant stories to add and insight to offer, which will assist North Star, the consulting firm, in developing a name recommendation that works for the region. While one opinion is simply that - an opinion - a collection of opinions can be powerful.

Please take a moment to complete the survey here. It will take about 15 minutes, and only one completed survey is allowed per IP address. The link will be available until Wednesday, May 22.

For more information on the regional naming initiative, please visit www.nameourregion.com.

Alicia Phelps
Executive Director
Northeast TN Tourism Association (NETTA)
423-262-0238
alicia@northeasttennessee.org

Heather Cook
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
City of Kingsport
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23-502-0541
heathercook@kingsporttn.gov

Keisha Shoun
Director of Communications and Marketing
City of Johnson City
423-557-5177
kshoun@johnsoncitytn.org

Terri Talbert
Director of Community Relations
City of Bristol
423-989-5500 Ext 2055
Tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org

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Previously released – April 26, 2019

It’s all in a Name: An Effort to Unite Our Region

What do you think of, when you think of home? Our mountains, our history, all our people with unique stories—all of that’s home.

It’s hard to put a name to, but that’s why we’re here. We want to create a name for our region that evokes all that pride and common experience—that sense of home—not just for the people that live here, but for people who might want to visit, start a business in or move to our region. We want a name that honors what we have and invites others to come share and help grow it.

That’s why our partners in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have recently begun a research-driven, community-wide naming initiative to help us stand out as we look to the past for guidance and grow toward the future. And we want everyone’s input, because it’s our region. This process works best when our communities, religious groups, organizations and businesses all unite to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas about our identity.

The best identities are grounded in reality but aspirational in vision. They are uncovered and brought to life through a process that brings people together, and they serve the interests of diverse groups in the community that have varying agendas. By working together, we can ensure that the name we choose will be a true representation of our region, our pride in the past and our hope for what’s to come—of our home.

To bring outside objectivity to this initiative, regional partners are working with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies. North Star has helped develop community names and brands for more than 200 communities in 45 states nationwide, including Downtown New Orleans and Johnson City, Tennessee.

To begin, qualitative and quantitative research will paint a thorough picture of where the region is today. This research is underway and includes an assessment of the environment; perceptions of visitors, neighboring communities, residents and stakeholders; and a review of current communications and the competition. 

The next step will be our community survey. Anyone can join our process by participating in this survey, which will be released in the next few weeks. Citizen and stakeholder input is critical to the success of the research effort.

The statistically significant body of qualitative and quantitative data we’ll get from this research and opinion gathering will ensure our new name recommendation is informed by the reality of all perceptions—from residents, consumers and stakeholders alike. The more research we do, the more valid the final recommendation will be.

Giving our home a name takes time and effort, and it should—because it’s home, and it’s important. Our hope is that this process will be another strong point for continued partnership and growth in our region that benefits residents, visitors, businesses, and beyond.

For more information and to stay up to date on the region’s naming initiative, please visit www.nameourregion.com.

 

May 02, 2019

City of Johnson City wins 2018-2019 High-Performance Government Award

Cartegraph, a leader in high-performance government software and services, has awarded the City of Johnson City its 2018-2019 High-Performance Government Award. The prestigious honor recognizes local government organizations that leverage modern operations management technology to solve problems, work smarter and improve their communities.

The City of Johnson City was among 10 municipalities to earn the national award based on their accomplishments using Cartegraph software in several core areas, including infrastructure management and improvement, operational efficiency, citizen engagement and data-driven decision-making.

“In our first year with this product, City employees have embraced this technology to rethink the way we operate, allowing us to better serve our citizens,” said Lisa Sagona, director of Information Technology for the City of Johnson City. “Having Cartegraph acknowledge these efforts is immensely satisfying.”

In its adoption of Cartegraph, the City integrated unrelated applications into a single solution to manage the workflow of multiple departments. The departments of Public Works and Water and Sewer Services have 240 employees using Cartegraph. These users complete an average of 1,000 tasks each week. Two other departments, Facilities Management and Parks and Recreation, are expected to begin using the software this year.

“The credit really goes to the employees on the frontline,” said Link Elmore, geospatial manager in the Information Technology department. “Individually and collectively our employees had to make modifications to the way we do business. To have Cartegraph recognize their success in doing so confirms that the City is moving in the right direction.”

This software allows the City of Johnson City to build an asset inventory and track related work history. As more data is generated employees will be able to make data driven decisions to deploy maintenance resources more efficiently.

 

CONTACT:    Link Elmore, geospatial manager
                              Information Technology
                             423.434.5783

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April 26, 2019

It's all in a Name: An Effort to Unite Our Region

What do you think of, when you think of home? Our mountains, our history, all our people with unique stories—all of that’s home.

It’s hard to put a name to, but that’s why we’re here. We want to create a name for our region that evokes all that pride and common experience—that sense of home—not just for the people that live here, but for people who might want to visit, start a business in or move to our region. We want a name that honors what we have and invites others to come share and help grow it.

That’s why our partners in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have recently begun a research-driven, community-wide naming initiative to help us stand out as we look to the past for guidance and grow toward the future. And we want everyone’s input, because it’s our region. This process works best when our communities, religious groups, organizations and businesses all unite to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas about our identity.

The best identities are grounded in reality but aspirational in vision. They are uncovered and brought to life through a process that brings people together, and they serve the interests of diverse groups in the community that have varying agendas. By working together, we can ensure that the name we choose will be a true representation of our region, our pride in the past and our hope for what’s to come—of our home.

To bring outside objectivity to this initiative, regional partners are working with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies. North Star has helped develop community names and brands for more than 200 communities in 45 states nationwide, including Downtown New Orleans and Johnson City, Tennessee.

 To begin, qualitative and quantitative research will paint a thorough picture of where the region is today. This research is underway and includes an assessment of the environment; perceptions of visitors, neighboring communities, residents and stakeholders; and a review of current communications and the competition.

The next step will be our community survey. Anyone can join our process by participating in this survey, which will be released in the next few weeks. Citizen and stakeholder input is critical to the success of the research effort.

The statistically significant body of qualitative and quantitative data we’ll get from this research and opinion gathering will ensure our new name recommendation is informed by the reality of all perceptions—from residents, consumers and stakeholders alike. The more research we do, the more valid the final recommendation will be.

Giving our home a name takes time and effort, and it should—because it’s home, and it’s important. Our hope is that this process will be another strong point for continued partnership and growth in our region that benefits residents, visitors, businesses, and beyond.

For more information and to stay up to date on the region’s naming initiative, please visit www.nameourregion.com.

Heather Cook
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
City of Kingsport
423-502-0541
heathercook@kingsporttn.gov

Keisha Shoun
Director of Communications and Marketing
City of Johnson City
423-557-5177
kshoun@johnsoncitytn.org

Terri Talbert
Director of Community Relations
City of Bristol
423-989-5500 Ext 2055
Tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org

Alicia Phelps
Executive Director
Northeast TN Tourism Association (NETTA)
423-262-0238
alicia@northeasttennessee.org

April 25, 2019

Volunteers needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. One appointment will be to a full term, which will run from July 2019 until July 2022. The second appointment will fulfill the remainder of a current term set to expire in June 2021.

The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Regional Planning Commission may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or by calling 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. For additional information regarding the Regional Planning Commission, please contact Nicole Lawrence at 423-434-6071. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 24.

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April 25, 2019

BOC budget work sessions set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold the following budget work sessions:

  • 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 2
  • 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 9
  • 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 16
  • 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20
  • 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23

 All work sessions will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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April 24, 2019

Peoples Street and Greenline Road construction to begin next week

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Peoples Street and Greenline Road soon will be alleviated with the addition of a traffic signal and increased turn lanes.

The City of Johnson City’s Public Works department will begin the three-month reconstruction project Monday, April 22. Crews will be working weekdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the intersection, the segment of Peoples Street between Chuck E. Cheese’s and Best Buy will also require reconstruction.

The project will convert the crossing from a four-way stop to a lighted intersection. It will increase the number of right-turn lanes from Greenline Road to Peoples Street as well as increase the number of left-turn lanes from Peoples Street to Greenline Road.

“Peoples Street is already a high traffic area and we’ve studied ways to improve flow for a while now,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “With additional development on the horizon at the former Kmart property, it’s important to prepare for even more volume.”

Traffic controls will be in place to accommodate lane closures throughout the period of construction but drivers should expect delays in the area and use alternative routes if possible. Access to Home Depot, Best Buy and stores in Johnson City Crossing will be best accessed through Knob Creek Road.

After work hours, excavation areas will be covered with plates and opened to traffic. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution in the area.

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April 22, 2019

JCPD seeking community participation in Torch Run Thursday

The Johnson City Police Department is inviting the community to join them in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for the Special Olympics at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25.

Known as “Guardians of the Flame,” law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” to the East Tennessee State University Mini-Dome to mark the beginning of the summer games for Tennessee’s Area 3, which encompasses the counties of Washington, Carter, Unicoi, and Johnson. Every law enforcement agency within Area 3 has been invited to attend.

“The mission of the Torch Run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics,” said Officer Brittany Eberhardt. “Donations will be used to help send local athletes to participate in the Summer Games. Our department really enjoys participating in this event, and we would like to see members of the community join us this year.”

Participants should report to the back parking lot of the Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St., at 8:45 a.m. As a group, participants will jog the 2.2 miles to the Mini-Dome. A shuttle will be available to take participants back to the police station at the end of the event.

T-shirt orders are still being accepted. Made by BoomTown, the tees are a tri-blend material and available for $18 in small, medium, large and extra-large. The shirts are also available in sizes 2X and 3X for $20. Proceeds go toward Special Olympics.

For additional information about the event or to order a T-shirt, please contact Eberhardt at beberhardt@johnsoncitytn.org.

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April 22, 2019

City Commission sets strategic planning workshop

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a strategic planning workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 24) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

 

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April 19, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission to host Henry Johnson's Birthday Bash

The Sesquicentennial Commission is celebrating our founding father’s birthday with an 1800s-themed birthday party at King Commons, 112 N. Commerce St., 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Henry Johnson was an entrepreneur and is credited with the founding of Johnson City. In addition to being a long-serving postmaster, he operated a store, hotel and the first railroad depot in the City. In 1870, Johnson was elected as the City’s first mayor.

“This event is full of activities for people of all ages that are reminiscent of the time period when Johnson City was founded,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Dianna Cantler. “Those in attendance will enjoy live music as well as learn dances and play games popular during the 1800s.”

Ed Snodderly, owner of The Down Home, is one of several musicians performing during the event. Robin Beals, owner of Dance Productions Royale, will offer dance lessons to attendees. A variety of games, including Johnson’s favorite pastime of checkers, will also be available. In addition to the games, children can participate in arts and crafts activities. The City of Johnson City will provide attendees an opportunity to make a video message for inclusion in the 2019 time capsule. Birthday cake and root beer floats will be served.

A downtown scavenger hunt, beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26 will culminate at the Henry Johnson Birthday Bash. Two versions of the scavenger hunt — 12 and under or 13 and older — will be available. Depending on age, participants will be asked to find 10 or 20 downtown locations based on clues developed by eighth-grade students in Liberty Bell’s Beta Club. Clue cards can be picked up at Johnson City Brewing, Atlantic Ale House, Trek Bike Shop and Owls Nest. The cards will have a space to answer the clues but extra points will be awarded to participants who snap at least five pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag #HJBirthdayBash. All answer cards must be submitted at the Henry Johnson Birthday Bash by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Multiple prizes will be awarded.

Free parking will be available in the Northeast State Community College parking garage. The entrance to the parking garage is located on Buffalo Street.

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

 

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April 19, 2019

Peoples Street and Greenline Road construction to begin next week

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Peoples Street and Greenline Road soon will be alleviated with the addition of a traffic signal and increased turn lanes.

The City of Johnson City’s Public Works department will begin the three-month reconstruction project Monday, April 22. Crews will be working weekdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the intersection, the segment of Peoples Street between Chuck E. Cheese’s and Best Buy will also require reconstruction.

The project will convert the crossing from a four-way stop to a lighted intersection. It will increase the number of right-turn lanes from Greenline Road to Peoples Street as well as increase the number of left-turn lanes from Peoples Street to Greenline Road.

“Peoples Street is already a high traffic area and we’ve studied ways to improve flow for a while now,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “With additional development on the horizon at the former Kmart property, it’s important to prepare for even more volume.”

Traffic controls will be in place to accommodate lane closures throughout the period of construction but drivers should expect delays in the area and use alternative routes if possible. Access to Home Depot, Best Buy and stores in Johnson City Crossing will be best accessed through Knob Creek Road.

After work hours, excavation areas will be covered with plates and opened to traffic. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution in the area.

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April 11, 2019

Great American Cleanup scheduled for April 20

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of unwanted household items from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 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, 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
                            423.975.2792

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April 11, 2019

Concord Street to close next week for sewer line replacement

Two blocks of Concord Street will be closed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the week of April 15 for a sewer line replacement.

The closure will affect 1714-1716 Concord St. The northern section of Concord will be accessible from Merrywood Drive. The southern section will be accessible from Cherokee Road. No through traffic will be allowed on Concord Street during work hours. After work hours, excavation areas will be covered with plates and opened to traffic.

CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, civil engineer
                             Water and Sewer Services
                             423.975.9269

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April 09, 2019

City Commission sets strategic planning session

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a strategic planning session at 10 a.m. Thursday (April 11) 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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April 04, 2019

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 November and December), determines action regarding substandard housing and/or commercial structures within the city limits. The board responds to complaints submitted by citizens, the Code Enforcement staff, and/or a board member.

Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or by calling 423-434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. For additional information regarding the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at 423-434-6048. Applications will be accepted through April 26.

 CONTACT:    Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
                              Administration 
                              423.434.6009

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March 28, 2019

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for April 6

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday, April 6 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive. The event will begin at 9 a.m., when 1,900 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Varieties offered will include Dogwood, Redbud, Trident Maple, Sweet Bay Magnolia, White Fringe Tree, Saucer Magnolia, Red Maple, Serviceberry and Scarlet Oak. Please note, a limited number of seedlings will be offered to each person attending.

This Arbor Day marks the 19th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Since 2010, the City’s Public Works department has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing 25,700 to local residents for planting. 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.

“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,” said Patrick Walding, city forester for the City of Johnson City. “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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March 26, 2019

Bristol Highway lane closures to remain in place through Wednesday evening

Crews from the City’s Water and Sewer Services department will be performing line maintenance at 3519 Bristol Highway through 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

Two lanes of traffic will be closed from Green Valley Drive to Timberlake Road for the duration of the maintenance. One lane of traffic will be open going southbound on Bristol Highway into Johnson City. Both northbound lanes will remain open.

 

CONTACT:    Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater superintendent
                             Water and Sewer Services
                             423.975.2638

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March 22, 2019

Water and sewer line maintenance to impact traffic on Bristol Highway

Crews from the City’s Water and Sewer Services department will be performing line maintenance at 3519 Bristol Highway beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24 and continuing through 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Two lanes of traffic will be closed from Green Valley Drive to Timberlake Road for the duration of the maintenance. One lane of traffic will be open going southbound on Bristol Highway into Johnson City. Both northbound lanes will remain open.

 CONTACT:    Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater superintendent
                              Water and Sewer Services
                              423.975.2638

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March 22, 2019

Johnson City announces new recycling guidelines for plastics

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The City of Johnson City has adjusted the types of plastics it collects curbside and at drop-off sites to align with the requirements of a new recycling vendor. The change in vendors occurred in mid-March following the closure of Tri-Cities Waste Paper, which previously bought the City’s cardboard and plastic recyclables. No changes have been made to the other items collected by the City.

 “The recycling market is ever-changing for a variety of reasons and right now, we’re finding that some of the plastics we were able to accept before are simply not being taken by vendors,” said Phil Pindzola, director of Public Works. “Thankfully – while other municipalities across the country have had to stop recycling plastic altogether – the way in which we collect has allowed us to make adjustments and keep the majority of the types of plastics we collect in the recycling stream.”

 Residents can help ensure that items are diverted from the landfill by placing only approved items in the recycle bin and making sure the approved items have been cleaned properly and have lids and/or caps removed.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to expand our plastics collection at a later date,” Pindzola said. “Until then, we are asking our citizens to pay extra attention to the plastics they are placing in the recycle bin.

 The new list of accepted plastic items is limited to milk jugs, water bottles, juice containers, soda bottles, laundry detergent containers, fabric softener containers, bleach bottles and windshield solvent bottles marked with a plastic code of “1” or “2.” All other containers, even those marked with a “1” or “2,” will not be accepted and must be placed in the trash. The new guidelines apply to both curbside and drop-off sites.

 In Fiscal Year 2018, the City of Johnson City collected and recycled about 6,000 tons of material. Most of the material was cardboard (3,171 tons) and paper (1,322 tons), which are the easiest items to recycle due to market demand. The City also recycled 640 tons of glass, 309 tons of plastic and 31 tons of aluminum. The remaining tonnage came from garbage carts, scrap metal, batteries, e-waste, and oil.

 “Being diligent about recycling the other items we accept – especially paper and cardboard – is a great way citizens can contribute to the recycling program,” Pindzola added. “We also encourage everyone to reduce plastic waste like straws, bags, and packaging as much as possible.”

 Recycling Guide

 PLASTICS

 RECYCLE: Milk jugs, water bottles, juice containers, soda bottles, laundry detergent containers, fabric softener containers, bleach bottles and windshield solvent bottles. All items must have a plastic code of “1” or “2.”
COLLECTION: Empty contents, rinse and crush; remove lid or cap.
NON-RECYCLABLE: Above listed items with plastic codes other than “1” or “2.” Other plastics not listed above. Styrofoam, plastic wrap and bags, butter and yogurt bowls, motor oil/antifreeze containers.

 CARDBOARD and PAPER  

RECYCLE: Phone books, newspapers, magazines and inserts, catalogs, paperback books, discarded mail, cereal boxes, soft drink cartons, cardboard, paper and grayboard (cereal boxes, etc.).  
COLLECTION: Remove inner materials and flatten. Flatten corrugated cardboard and reduce to 24” widths.  
NON�€�RECYCLABLE: Shredded paper. Do not include paper products in inclement weather conditions.  

ALUMINUM CANS

RECYCLE: Beverage cans.  
COLLECTION: Empty contents.  
NON�€�RECYCLABLE: Food cans, paper and plastic cans, paint cans, buckets and foil plates.  

GLASS

RECYCLE: Clear, green and brown glass.  
COLLECTION: Empty contents and rinse; remove lid.  
NON�€�RECYCLABLE: Light bulbs, plate glass, mirrors, and drinking glasses.

To learn more about the City’s recycling efforts and how to prepare items for collection, visit https://www.johnsoncitytn.org/services/recycling.php

 

CONTACT:    Phil Pindzola, director
                             Public Works
                             423.434.6079

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March 18, 2019

Human Trafficking 102 community event set for Tuesday

The Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center (FJC) is partnering with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT) to host “Human Trafficking 102” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday (March 19) at Memorial Park Community Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

The program, a follow-up to the “Human Trafficking 101” program offered earlier this year, will provide attendees with detailed instruction on identifying and responding to trafficked individuals. This event is free and open to the public. Attendance at the previous program is not required.

“This training will provide practical tips for identifying exploitation and trauma-informed responses for working and building relationships with individuals who have experienced trafficking,” said presenter Natalie Ivey, director of advocacy and outreach for the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking. “The audience will gain an appreciation for the reality a trafficked individual might face, which will result in a better understanding of the dynamics of trauma bonds and how social stigmatization contributes to the cycle of exploitation.”

The Family Justice Center is committed to bringing education and advocacy to the community. 

 “Human Trafficking is a topic that is now raising public awareness with news headlines,” said Kelsey Fish, coordinated community response coordinator with FSJ. “We want our community to know that the FJC’s role is to bring education and conversation to the difficult topics like human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. We want you to know signs of trafficking, that this is something that happens locally and globally, and that we are here to help.” 

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About CCAHT

The Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking was founded in 2009, after a severe need for resources and help for human trafficking victims was identified in East Tennessee. The organization serves to build awareness, conduct trainings, engage in successful intervention, and provide adequate aftercare for the victims. CCAHT prides themselves on being client focused, collaborative, and passionate about their cause. For more information, visit their website at ccaht.org.

About FJC

The Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center was founded in 2016, and seeks to provide services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The FJC works with multiple partner agencies throughout the community, and can provide services such as: Advocacy, Safety Planning, Orders of Protection, Civil-legal Support, and Counseling. The Family Justice Center prides itself on being a safe location for individuals to ask questions and seek help for themselves or others. For more information, visit the FJC Facebook page or call 423-722-3720.

CONTACT:     Kelsey Fish, coordinated community response coordinator
                              Family Justice Center
                              423.722.3720
                              kfish@johnsoncitytn.org

March 15, 2019

Sesquicentennial Commission to host Business and Industry Showcase

The Sesquicentennial Commission is celebrating business and industry in Johnson City throughout the month of March.

A Business and Industry Showcase will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday (March 20) at the Carnegie Hotel. More than 25 businesses will be on hand to speak with community members about their history and the contributions they have made to Johnson City.

“Our goal with this event is to spotlight some of the businesses and industries that have helped shape Johnson City,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Jenna Moore. “We want to show where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed. We also hope folks will come by and leave with a little more knowledge about what all is made right here in our community.”

In addition to booths featuring companies such as General Shale, AO Smith and StartUp Tri-Cities, the City of Johnson City will provide attendees an opportunity to make a video message for inclusion in the 2019 time capsule. Local restaurants will provide food and drink at the event.

Other events to be held this month include:

  • The Business & Biscuits professional development series sponsored by Young Professionals of the Tri-Cities. Lisa Carter, CEO of Niswonger Children's Hospital will be the featured speaker. This event will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Maple Street Biscuit Company.  
  • The Regional Business Excellence Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County TN. This event will be held March 28 at Millennium Centre.  Find more information at the Chamber’s website, http://www.johnsoncitytnchamber.com/regional-business-excellence-awards/.

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

 

CONTACT:    Jenna Moore, Sesquicentennial Commissioner
                             Sesquicentennial Business and Industry Committee
                             423.534.2061
                             moore@johnsoncitytnchamber.com

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March 15, 2019

Commission to tour EMA, 911 facility

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will tour the Emergency Management Agency and 911 facility on Lake Park Drive at 3 p.m. Thursday (March 21).

CONTACT:   
Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

 

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March 14, 2019

Johnson City Board of Dwelling Standards and Review to meet next week

The Johnson City Board of Dwelling Standards and Review will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 19) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to hear an appeal regarding property maintenance of 2203 McKinley Road, Unit 211. 

CONTACT:    Hedy Bartley, secretary
                             Development Services
                             423.232.1226

 

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March 08, 2019

Annual spring leaf collection starts April 1

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 1 through Friday, April 12. 

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 1 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.

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March 04, 2019

Police chief announces promotion of Hilton and Morgan to sergeant

Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner announced two promotions on Monday (March 4). The Police Department’s promotional process consists of a written test, job-specific written exercises, and an assessment/interview. In addition, candidates have their work history evaluated and are awarded points for education level.

“I’m proud to announce the promotions of Sgt. Hilton and Sgt. Morgan,” said Chief Turner. “Their leadership is an asset to our organization, and I’m happy to see them move to the next level in their careers.”

David Hilton has been named a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). A native of East Tennessee, Sgt. Hilton began his career with the Johnson City Police Department in 2002 following his graduation from Milligan College. He served as a master police officer and field training officer before transferring to CID in 2014. As an investigator, Sgt. Hilton was the lead detective on two high profile, demanding homicide cases that were solved as a result of his diligence and dedication to the victims and their families.

Josh Morgan will return to the Patrol Division as a sergeant. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Sgt. Morgan began his law enforcement career with the Cape Coral (Fla.) Police Department. After returning to East Tennessee, Sgt. Morgan spent a year with the Kingsport Police Department before becoming a Johnson City Police officer in 2014. He has since served as an investigator and an FBI Task Force officer.

CONTACT:    Karl Turner, chief
                             Johnson City Police Department
                            423.434.6149

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March 01, 2019

Commission to open "Sesquicentennial Headquarters"

The Sesquicentennial Commission will open the old JCPenney’s building for select dates in March and April to allow for public viewing of the 1969 time capsule contents, historical photos, a model train, and other memorabilia. The building, located at 309 E. Main St., will be open 1-4 p.m. on March 15, 16 and April 6, 27.

The centennial time capsule contents were first unveiled as part of the City’s kickoff of the Sesquicentennial Celebration on Jan. 5. Several hundred people attended that event to view the more than 50 items including religious materials, municipal records and materials, industrial reports, medical records, educational reports and items, commercial items, and cultural and current life items. The Johnson City Kiwanis Club was instrumental in organizing the collection of items for the time capsule, which was buried on the grounds of Science Hill High School.

Visitors to the Sesquicentennial Headquarters will have the opportunity to offer suggestions for what should be placed in this year’s time capsule, which will be buried on the anniversary of the City’s founding, Dec. 1. Sesquicentennial merchandise will also be available for purchase.

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

CONTACT:   Ann Marie French, public information specialist
                            Communications and Marketing
                            423.434.6021

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February 25, 2019

Johnson City Board of Commissioners to host joint work session with BOE

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a joint work session with the Board of Education at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss Liberty Bell Middle School.

CONTACT:    Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

 

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February 25, 2019

Johnson City Board of Commissioners to tour EMS Headquarters

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will visit and tour the Emergency Medical Services Headquarters, 296 Wesley St., at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28).

CONTACT:    Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

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February 22, 2019

Citizen Survey shows continued positive results for Johnson City

The 2018 Citizen Survey found 85 percent of respondents gave a rating of excellent or good for overall quality of life in Johnson City. The results of the survey are on par with previous surveys conducted every two years since 2012; however, the most recent survey found residents giving higher ratings to public places where people like to spend time, their neighborhoods, and to the overall image of the city.

“The 2018 survey results confirm what we already know – Johnson City is a wonderful place to live,” said Budget Director Lora Young, who facilitates the survey in conjunction with the National Research Center (NRC). “More importantly, the data collected is used in planning projects and providing services to the public.”

Citizen responses indicated that safety within the city and the economy of the city were the two most important characteristics of the community. About eight in 10 residents gave excellent or good ratings to the overall quality of City services in Johnson City. The top rated services listed on the survey were related to safety, City parks and garbage collection with about nine in 10 residents offering positive marks.

The 2018 Citizen Survey asked respondents to prioritize City efforts for the next five years. About nine in 10 survey participants indicated that tax incentives for new business development and additional transportation improvements should be a priority for the City. When asked about their level of satisfaction with several efforts made by the City in the past two years, residents expressed the highest satisfaction levels for downtown improvements and recreational opportunities.

“These trends are a reflection of the City prioritizing citizen feedback from previous surveys to make needed improvements in City services,” Young said. “The citizen survey is tool that allows us to measure our success and provide the best services possible.”

The survey was mailed to 2,000 randomly selected households in October, garnering a 25 percent survey response rate, which is on par with national rates. A supplemental online survey, identical in content to the mailed survey, was open to the City’s daytime population including individuals that work, study, shop, dine, or visit the city.

Complete results from the survey can be found at www.johnsoncitytn.org. For more information, please email citizensurvey@johnsoncitytn.org or call 434-6196.

 

CONTACT:    Lora Young, budget director
                             Administration
                             423-434-6196

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February 22, 2019

Johnson City Board of Commissioners to meet Monday evening

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday (March 4) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider the second reading of Ordinance 4684-19, an ordinance to rezone a parcel located at 220 E. Millard St. from B-3 (Supporting Central Business District) to I-1 (Light Industrial District).

CONTACT:    Beth Greene, executive assistant
                             Administration
                             423.434.6002

 

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February 21, 2019

Senior Center hosts Community Input Day

The Johnson City Senior Center at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a free lunch as part of its annual Community Input Day from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

 Attendees are encouraged to submit comments about the senior center and its operations for use in its reaccreditation process. Please preregister by Friday, March 1, in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237. Those 18 and older are invited.

 For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation
                             423.434.6231

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February 19, 2019

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                   

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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 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 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 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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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

 

 

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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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to meet Sept. 12

The Sept. 26 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 12. This meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in the board room of the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

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

JCFD to host open house and "push-in ceremony"

The Johnson City Fire Department will host an open house at Fire Station 9, 105 Carroll Creek Road, at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The event will also include a “push-in ceremony” to place a new fire engine into service. The ceremony honors a tradition that dates back to the days of the horse-drawn carriage when firefighters had to wash their fire trucks before physically pushing them into the station. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event.

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April 14, 2020
For immediate release

Volunteer needed for Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Board. The appointment must be filled by a licensed veterinarian and will be for a term of three years.

This board supervises and governs the policies and activities of the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Program and Center, which is responsible for the enforcement of regulations and codes pertaining to animals and prevention of cruelty to animals. This board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, 411 N. Roan St.

Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for applications is May 15.

  

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May 7, 2019
For immediate release

Residents reminded of best practices for garbage and recycling collection

The Solid Waste Division of the City of Johnson City’s Department of Public Works is operating as normal and on schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our employees, their families, our customers and our community-at-large is our highest priority. Solid Waste customers can assist us in our efforts by following collection guidelines.

Do Not Place Material Outside of Carts: It is the policy of Johnson City Solid Waste not to collect material placed outside of provided carts and recycle bins.

Bag All Landfill Trash: Bagging trash, especially items like used tissues, limits the potential for critical service employees to come into contact with viruses and bacteria. Recycle bins will not be emptied if they include gloves, paper towels, tissues, cleaning wipes or masks.

Empty All Liquids: Emptying containers of liquids, which can carry viruses and bacteria, limits the splashing onto drivers when trash and recyclables are emptied decreasing their risk of exposure. All lids and/or caps must be removed.

• Wipe/Disinfect Cart Handles and Lids: The two main touch points on a cart for drivers are the lid and the handles. Wiping those areas down with disinfectant or soapy water minimizes the danger of shared contact areas.

Seal and Mark All Sharps/Needles: Customers who must dispose of medical sharp objects such as syringes should place them in a rigid plastic container sealed with duct tape and clearly marked as “Sharps.” The labeled and sealed container should be placed in the trash.

Place Cart and Bin at Curb by 6 a.m.: To ensure collection, carts and bins should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m.

 Recycling Guide

 PLASTICS

 RECYCLE: Milk jugs, water bottles, juice containers, soda bottles, laundry detergent containers, fabric softener containers, bleach bottles and windshield solvent bottles. All items must have a plastic code of “1” or “2.”

COLLECTION: Empty contents, rinse and crush; remove lid or cap.

NON-RECYCLABLE: Above listed items with plastic codes other than “1” or “2.” Other plastics not listed above. Styrofoam, plastic wrap and bags, butter and yogurt bowls, motor oil/antifreeze containers.

 CARDBOARD and PAPER  

 RECYCLE: Phone books, newspapers, magazines and inserts, catalogs, paperback books, discarded mail, cereal boxes, soft drink cartons, cardboard, paper and grayboard (cereal boxes, etc.).  

COLLECTION: Remove inner materials and flatten. Flatten corrugated cardboard and reduce to 24” widths.  

NON€RECYCLABLE: Shredded paper. Do not include paper products in inclement weather conditions.  

 ALUMINUM CANS

 RECYCLE: Beverage cans.  

COLLECTION: Empty contents.  

NON€RECYCLABLE: Food cans, paper and plastic cans, paint cans, buckets and foil plates.  

 GLASS

 RECYCLE: Clear, green and brown glass.  

COLLECTION: Empty contents and rinse; remove lid.  

NON€RECYCLABLE: Light bulbs, plate glass, mirrors, and drinking glasses.

 To learn more about the City’s recycling efforts and how to prepare items for collection, visit

https://www.johnsoncitytn.org/services/recycling.php

 

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