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May 29, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 29

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Knob Creek Road and Market Street – installation of handicap ramps at all corners of intersection. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Downtown Square Parking Lot – resurfacing. Closed in sections. Cars parked in closed section will be subject to towing.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – clean up; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2400 Aspen Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Commerce Street (between West Market and Roan streets) – water line maintenance; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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May 25, 2017

Fifth annual Kids Triathlon coming to MPCC Aug. 19

Memorial Park Community Center will host the fifth annual Kids Triathlon on Aug. 19 for ages 6-12. Registration opens June 5 online at www.myjcparks.org (credit card only) and in person at Memorial Park Community Center (cash or check only). Registration fee is $30, with a late fee of $10 applied beginning Aug. 12.
A one-day flash sale will take place June 2 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Special pricing will be $20 on this day only.
Memorial Park Community Center is open Monday through Friday (8 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Registration closes on Aug. 18. There will be no race day registration.

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

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

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

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May 25, 2017

MPCC offering PiYo fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering PiYo fitness classes on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
Participants ages 16 and older will experience a fun, challenging class that combines the cardio of Pilates and the stretching of yoga to burn calories, increase muscle tone, and improve balance.
Cost is $5 per class. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Please pre-register at MPCC.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6224

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May 25, 2017

MPCC to offer dance fitness dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Works for Me, a physically and mentally uplifting 60-minute, total body dance fitness program for all ages. Classes are held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Fee is $3 per class. For more information, please call (423)434-5749. 

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


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

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May 25, 2017

Senior Services to host Grands Adventure Day

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer grandparents the opportunity for an outing with grandchildren 10 and older on Tuesday, June 6. “Grands” Adventure Day includes an exciting excursion to North Carolina. A charter bus will leave Memorial Park Community Center at 9 a.m. en route to the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville. Exhibits will include:
• Appalachian Station – Reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.
• Otter Falls – North American river otters and aquatic turtles.
• World Underground – Life under the soil featuring raccoons and foxes.
• Appalachian Predators – Coyotes, wolves, and bobcats; Red Wolf Run will examine the endangered red wolves.
• Black Bear Ridge – American black bears, hawks, owls and white-tailed deer.
• Western North Carolina Farm – Cotswold sheep, chicken, rabbits, donkeys and goats.
• Trillium Nature Trail – A .6-mile trail along the Swannanoa River.
Participants will also visit the Asheville Folk Art Center (home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild) for traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, a bookstore, library, three galleries, and the Guild’s oldest craft shop.

Cost is $10 per person (price does not include lunch at J&S Cafeteria). The bus is scheduled to return to MPCC at 5 p.m. Pre-registration and signed consent forms are required by Thursday, June 1.
For more information, please call (423)434-6229. 

CONTACT:
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

CONTACT: Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-622

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May 24, 2017

Mains named assistant Parks and Rec director



The City of Johnson City announced Wednesday that Mike Mains has been named assistant director of Parks and Recreation. Mains will fill the vacancy left by James Ellis, who was named director of the department in March.
"I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Johnson City and look forward to working directly under the guidance and leadership of James Ellis, someone I consider one of the top recreational professionals in our state,” Mains said. "Joining this team of professionals is something I have wanted to be a part of as I have noticed their accomplishments through the years and have seen the dedication and successful services they continue to provide the City of Johnson City.”
Mains joined the City of Elizabethton’s Parks and Recreation Department in 1991 and was named director in 1999. He is also currently the general manager of the Elizabethton Twins.
“Mike was selected from a field of more than 200 applicants,” Ellis said. “His more than 25 years of parks and recreation experience in leadership roles made him a great choice to fill the position. We look forward to Mike joining our hardworking and dedicated staff.” 
Mains will begin his career with Johnson City on June 13. He will oversee day-to-day operations of the Parks and Recreation Department and assist with capital projects, capital equipment and budgeting. 

CONTACT:
James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815


CONTACT: James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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May 24, 2017

BOC to meet with 180 Health Partners

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet with 180 Health Partners at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (May 25). This meeting will be held on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Lamb Hall Room 116, 156 South Dossett Drive.

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


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

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May 22, 2017

Southern Countrymen Band kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

On Thursday, June 1, the Southern Countrymen Band will kick off this year’s Winged Deer Park Lakeside Concert Series with the best in classic country music. The Southern Countrymen Band plays regularly around the Tri-Cities and features David O’Roark on rhythm guitar and vocals. O’Roark has opened for many Nashville artists and counts Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and George Jones among his influences. Lead guitarist is Ronnie Hood, who was in the popular Up Town Country Band, as was bass guitarist Ron Smith. The Southern Countrymen Band is rounded out by Charlie Powell on steel guitar and Daryl Goodman on drums.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows
• Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, June 8, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band
• Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. – Shades of Refinement
• Thursday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series takes place at the Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road and is presented by News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities Classic Rock.

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


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

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May 22, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Next up is Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band on Friday, June 2.
Cost is $5 with a Silver Sneakers® discount for eligible participants. Please pre-register and pay in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

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


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

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May 22, 2017

Senior Services seeking instructor for Fit and Toned, Love Handles classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor to teach Fit and Toned and Love Handles classes for ages 18 and older. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, May 31-June 28, from 8:30-10 a.m.
Fit and Toned is an hourlong class (8:30-9:30 a.m.) consisting of cardio intervals and strength training. Love Handles is a 30-minute class (9:30-10 a.m.) focusing on training core muscles.
Instructors are required to have current aerobics and CPR certifications and must carry liability insurance. Rate of pay is $15 for 1.5 hours of teaching.
Interested applicants should contact Lauren Fowler at (423)461-4852 or lfowler@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)461-4852

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