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Jun 30, 2016

ETSU students gain real world experience with City’s water/sewer department

During the summer months, Johnson City’s Water and Sewer Services Department focuses on integral programs like flushing of hydrants and valves, acoustic testing of pipes to find cracks and blockages, and sampling wastewater discharge. But there’s something special about the employees who conduct this important work.
For four years now, students from East Tennessee State University’s Department of Environmental Health program have gained hands-on experience in the environmental systems necessary for quality operations of a water and sewer utility. The education and background these interns offer are valuable in field collection of information, analytical work and other programs that don’t necessarily need an entire year’s worth of resources.
“The City and ETSU are great partners in many ways, and for us as a department it just makes sense to utilize the resources we have in these students,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services.
The program has grown each year, and the six interns now working for the City are tasked with water main flushing and lab analysis to assist in maintaining drinking water quality; acoustic condition assessments of wastewater collection systems lines which help prioritize repetitive maintenance activities like root cutting; and sampling and analytical work in the wastewater collection systems downstream of pump station discharges to help minimize corrosion by optimizing treatment.
“It’s not glamorous work,” said intern Emily Russ. “But I’ve learned a lot, working with a team to help the City.”
“It’s a great experience,” said her internship partner Elizabeth Quintero. “There are all these processes involved in Water and Sewer Services that people don’t even know about.
Quintero says she’d like to work for the City someday – a goal not uncommon to these interns. Of the 16 who have conducted this kind of work for the City, four are now permanent employees. One of those is Gerald Perea, the department’s water quality maintenance supervisor.
“During my internship, I set out to gain as much knowledge as possible, develop strong relationships with several employees, and strengthen the morale of the team,” he said. “Seeing that there are some great guys and gals who work for the City, I knew this was the place for my career to begin.”
Perea was a temporary worker when his predecessor retired and, with the help of his on-the-job experience, he was named to the position. Now, he works with interns just like himself.
“I like going through the city, looking for hydrants and valves,” Nick Carey said, while flushing a hydrant with Perea and fellow intern Hannah Thomas. “It’s like a big scavenger hunt. It’s an adventure.”
Witherspoon said he’s been very pleased with the amount and quality of work the interns have provided since 2013.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said. “And it’s helping us find our next generation of great employees.”

CONTACT:
Jeff Corder, superintendent 
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5999

Steve Harsh, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636


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Jun 29, 2016

Volunteers needed for JCPL board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments 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 potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, July 29. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Library Director Bob Swanay at 434-4457.

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


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Jun 29, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. The Al Curtis Orchestra will perform Friday (July 1), and Kids Our Age will perform on July 15.
Cost is $5 with a discount for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants who pre-register and pay before noon the day of the dance. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-6231


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Jun 29, 2016

Parks and Rec to set meeting for soccer referees

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a soccer referees meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower, 4137 Bristol Highway. Anyone age 16 or older who is interested in officiating soccer for the 2016 season should plan to attend.
For more information, call (423)283-5822.

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

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Jun 29, 2016

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three 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; 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 Monday, Aug. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080.
cation 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 Monday, Aug. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
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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Jun 29, 2016

Adult softball registration under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for fall adult softball. Leagues include Men’s, Women’s and Coed Open-Church.
All leagues will play a 10-game schedule with a single elimination tournament. Entry fee per team is $300 plus $5 for every non-City resident. Coed teams will play Mondays and Wednesdays. Men’s and Women’s leagues will play Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Entry fee, roster, and photo identification for each player must be submitted at the time of registration. Ages 16-18 must have parental consent. Registration deadline is Aug. 5. League play will begin Aug. 15.
Registration will be accepted at the Winged Deer Park Athletics Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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


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Jun 28, 2016

Fireworks ordinance to be strictly enforced

In the interest of the safety of all citizens, the Johnson Fire and Police departments will strictly enforce the City ordinance related to fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day holiday period.
“We encourage residents and visitors to Johnson City to enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “And that safety can be enhanced greatly by following the City ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within the city limits. Besides the risk of injury, those in possession of fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated. We ask all citizens to abide by these ordinances to help ensure everyone’s well-being and prevent property damage.”
Ordinance 11-139 in Johnson City Municipal Code states:
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or toy cannon, discharged by percussion caps by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

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

CONTACT:
Capt. Brian Rice
Police Department 
(423)434-6153


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Jun 27, 2016

Golf Advisory Board to meet July 6

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at Pine Oaks Golf Course, 1709 Buffalo Road.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838


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Jun 27, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 27

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 27, 2016

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 Monday on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center:
• Walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Monday until noon Tuesday.
• Broyles and Seaver ballfields will be off limits Saturday through Tuesday.
• West side of the stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance) will be closed Saturday through Tuesday.
• Metro-Kiwanis Park will be closed Monday.
To fine alternate parks and facilities to use, please visit http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/facilities/.

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827


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