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May 20, 2015

PAC summer art camps start June 8

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will present three summer art camps for ages 6-12.

• Big Top: June 8-12, 9-1 p.m., $40

• PLAYtime: June 22-26, 9-1 p.m., $40

• Mess Makers: July 13-17, 9-4 p.m., $75

Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) will be available for an additional $20 a week. Register online at For more information, call (423)283-5800.


Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center


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May 19, 2015

JCPD: Beware of home improvement scams

Spring weather brings on home improvement projects for many citizens – and also draws out scam artists looking to make hundreds if not thousands of dollars off unassuming homeowners.

Johnson City Police urge citizens to be extremely cautious of anyone offering to perform services such as paving, tree cutting/trimming, painting, and roofing – particularly if they show up unexpectedly. Scammers will often go door-to-door, pointing out alleged problems and promising a “good deal” on repair work.

“The best tip we can offer property owners is to not pay for any work up front,” said Police Lt. Scotty Carrier. “Don’t feel pressured or intimidated. A legitimate contractor will understand if you would like to do some research or obtain other estimates.”

Transient scammers often want customers to pre-pay for work. They may do shoddy work or not do the job at all before heading out of town to another unassuming community.

“This happens most commonly to senior citizens,” Lt. Carrier said. “The scam artists prey on the vulnerabilities of those who may not be capable of doing the work themselves.”

Citizens are encouraged to do research before hiring a contractor to find one who’s reputable.

“When in doubt, just don’t,” Lt. Carrier said. “And if you think someone is trying to run a scam in your neighborhood, call 911 so we can determine if they are reputable.”


Lt. Scotty Carrier

Johnson City Police Department


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May 19, 2015

MPCC Senior Services to hold Wellness Quest May 27

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day – Wednesday, May 27 – with a fun-filled morning of activities and health information. Wellness Quest will take place from 8-9 a.m., and will include a Conductorcise® warm-up by David Dworkin as well as a presentation by area pharmacy students about sun protection.

Participants will be divided into teams and will take on a variety of physical and mental challenges. Health fair booths will be set up in the Senior Services lobby. This program is free and open to ages 50 and older.

For more information, please call (423)434-6237.


Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services


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May 19, 2015

MPCC announces new N2iT Youth Organization USA programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin cheerleading and karate classes by N2iT Youth Organization USA, a non-profit that specializes in providing teamwork skills that can boost a child’s self-confidence and help improve school grades. Each program is 14 weeks, and classes will be held on Mondays starting June 1.


• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:15 p.m., ages 7-10

• 7:15-8 p.m., ages 11 and up

• No class July 6 and Sept. 7


• 5:45-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6

• 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 7-9

• 7:30-8:30 p.m., ages 10 and up

• No class June 29 and Sept. 7

Students can register up to the third week of class at Memorial Park Community Center. Cost is $7 weekly for karate or cheer. For more information, call (423) 434-5749.


Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center


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May 18, 2015

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

Applicants must live inside city limits. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6021. To submit an application online, please visit Applications are due no later than June 5.

For additional information regarding the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review, please contact the Codes Enforcement Division at (423)434-6048.


Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations


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May 18, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 18

Public Works projects:

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – road improvements. Road closed.

• West Market Street (100 block between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – road improvements. Road closed periodically. Detours will be in place during closures. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin to Cherry Street) – installation of new crosswalk and curb improvements. Buffalo Street will be closed for approximately one week or until crosswalk can be safety traveled over by vehicles. Detours will be posted. Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained.

Water/Sewer projects:

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – clean up, flushing/testing extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Old Bristol Highway (Chinqaupin) – cleanup; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – raising manhole frames, covers; lane closures

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension

• Judson Drive – water line extension

TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer 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)

All work is weather permitting.

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May 18, 2015

Carver Rec hosting End of School Block Party May 28

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites students in grades K-12 to an End of School Block Party on Thursday, May 28 from 2-4 p.m. Youth can celebrate their accomplishments from the school year with hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill along with great music, games and activities. This event is free! Please call 461-8830 for more information.


Herb Greenlee, center supervisor

Carver Recreation Center


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May 18, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center announces Family Fun Camp Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens of all ages to an overnight Family Fun Camp Out starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Games, family entertainment and dinner will be provided. Activities will include tent decorating, family flag designing, s’mores and more. This is a great way to celebrate the beginning of the summer and create a family tradition and memories that will last a lifetime.

Pre-registration is required and may be done in person at MPCC. Cost is $15 per family. Families must provide their own tent.

For more information, please call 434-5749.


Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center


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May 14, 2015

Section of Buffalo to be closed starting Monday

At 8:30 a.m. Monday (May 18), Public Works crews will begin installation of a new crosswalk and some curb replacements on Buffalo Street at the intersection of State of Franklin Road. Buffalo Street will be closed from State of Franklin to Cherry Street for approximately a week, or until the crosswalk can be safely traveled over by vehicles. Detours will be posted. Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained.


Mike Arsenault, assistant director

Public Works


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May 13, 2015

Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services presents Simplifying Your Life

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will present Simplifying Your Life at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 19). Jesse Shelton, local author of Life Without Work, will discuss more than 340 specific ways to eliminate work and start enjoying life. He will cover subjects such as energy and water, food and drink, health and cleaning, transportation, work-eliminating housing retrofits, financial decisions and investments, travel, and how to set up automated incomes.

This event is free and open to all ages. Please pre-register in person at the MPCC Senior Services Desk or by calling (423)434-6237 or (423)434-6229.


Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services


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