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Apr 22, 2014

Tennis supervisor, instructors needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for tennis supervisor and instructors. The six-week program begins June 2 and will run through July 10. Rate of pay is $10 an hour for supervisor; $7.25 an hour for instructors.
For more information, please contact the Athletics Office at (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5822

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Apr 22, 2014

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider six appointments to the City's Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board guides the City's Housing and Community Development program under the Development Services Department. All applicants must live in the City, and those applying for the three neighborhood representative positions must reside in one of the following target neighborhoods: Carnegie, Southside and Mountain Home.
Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or by calling (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information on neighborhood boundaries or regarding the board, please contact Community Development Director Steve Baldwin at (423)434-6291 or sbaldwin@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021
 

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Apr 22, 2014

Volunteers needed for Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two county appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation. Each term is three years.
Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must live in the Washington County, Sullivan County or Carter County area of Johnson City (outside city limits). Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or by calling (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Apr 22, 2014

Section of Knob Creek to be closed Monday night, Tuesday morning

A portion of Knob Creek Road, between Pactolas Road and Skyline Drive, will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday (April 28) until approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 29) for pavement milling and overlay of a waterline trench.
Pavement will be milled Monday night in preparation for asphalt placement during the day Tuesday, when lane closures will be present. Flaggers will be directing drivers around the work area, and all lanes are expected to be open by Tuesday afternoon.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible. All work is weather permitting.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Apr 21, 2014

Operation Rx Disposal to be held Saturday

On Saturday (April 26), the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), ETSU College of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Citizens are invited to dispose of pills at the JCPD, 601 E. Main St., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3.4 million pounds of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information on safely disposing of your unwanted medications, call the JCPD Community Policing Unit at 434-6143.

CONTACT:
Sgt. Scott Carrier
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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Apr 17, 2014

May BZA meeting canceled

The regularly scheduled May 6 meeting of the Johnson City Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053
 

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Apr 17, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for April 18-27

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street – sewer line maintenance
• 236 E. Main St. – fire line tap
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line replacements 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36 (Kingsport Highway) – sewer and water line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)
• Interstate 26 (at State Route 75/Bobby Hicks Highway) – water replacement

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Apr 16, 2014

Music at Memorial Park starts April 26

Pack a picnic and head to the amphitheater at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for the kickoff of Music at Memorial Park, Saturday, April 26 from 3-6 p.m. Rain date will be May 3.
This free concert, presented by DOTHERT Recording Studios and the Recreation and Senior Services divisions of Parks and Recreation, will feature winners from JC’s Got Talent and Kingsport Idol in addition to other area talent. The series will continue through the summer and will feature jazz, gospel, swing, and bluegrass.
For more information, please call (423)283-5820.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Apr 16, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to host Princess Ball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls of all ages to put on their prettiest dresses and be princesses for the day on Saturday, May 3. The Princess Ball will be held from 1-3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served while the girls watch “Frozen.” For a special treat, participants can have their hair and makeup done. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, contact Sarah Whitted at (423)461-4852.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Apr 15, 2014

JCPD offers tips bear safety tips

With the weather getting warmer, bears are coming out of hibernation and searching for food. This may lead bears into residential neighborhoods, where food and trash are readily available. Bears should not be fed by humans, either intentionally or by accident. For the safety of bears and people, please take the following safety tips under advisement:
• Never approach a bear.
• Do not leave food inside a car.
• Do not leave pet food outside and accessible to bears.
• Do not put trash outside in plastic bags. Secure it in a trash can and do not place the trash can at the curb the night before trash pickup. Put it out the day of trash pickup.
• Do not leave birdseed out this time of year. Birds do not need seeds right now, and it will attract bears instead.
• Clean grills and smokers well. Bears can be attracted to the smell if these are not cleaned.
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), bears will typically move through areas looking for food. Notifying the TWRA is only necessary if a bear continually lingers around a house or neighborhood. Residents are advised to call 911 if a bear is sighted in a populated area.
A TWRA representative will provide further information at the May 1 City Commission meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
To contact the TWRA, call 1-800-332-0900 or (423)587-7037, or visit http://tn.gov/twra/bearmain.html to learn more.

CONTACT:
Maj. Karl Turner
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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