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Jul 26, 2016

Back to Homeschool art classes start Aug. 4 at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Back to Homeschool art classes for ages 4-11 from 10-11:15 a.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 4-25. The series will introduce homeschool students to different art materials and projects. All supplies will be provided.
Cost is $3 per class. Please register in person at Princeton Arts Center or call (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801

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Jul 26, 2016

Parks and Rec soccer officials clinic set for Wednesday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a clinic for soccer officials at 5 p.m. Wednesday (July 27) at Winged Deer Park Soccer Field No. 1, 4137 Bristol Highway. Anyone 16 and older who is interested in being a soccer official for the 2016 season is asked to attend.
For more information, call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5825


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Jul 25, 2016

Smoke testing now under way

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing of 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 in the Keystone Addition including Orleans Street, Bert Street from Market Street to Orleans, Broadway Street from Short Street to Orleans, Main Street from Bert to Ham Road, and Market from Bert to Broadway. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Orleans Addition
• Georgia Terrace Subdivision, Bell Ridge Subdivision and Orleans Terrace
• Market Street from Minga Drive to Faith Circle
• Poplar Hill Drive, Faith Circle, and Hopper Road
• HB Gregg Subdivision
• Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Warrior Court
• Huntington Green, Carriage Hills, and Indian Trail Subdivisions
• Westover Park, Kennedy Acres, and Samples Farm Subdivisions
• Pierce Lane
• Indian Point Subdivision and Woodland Village Condominiums
• Brandonwood Drive and Appaloosa Trail
• Perma R Subdivision
• Green Pond Road, Kinley Drive, and Salvage Lane
• Tamarack Drive and Halfway Court, Washington Heights Subdivision and Partridge Lane
• Ridgewood Lane, and Walnut Street from Green Pond Road to McKinley Road
• Martindale Estates Subdivision
• Milligan Highway from Arlington Drive to Okolona Road and all adjoining streets
• Laurels Road from Okolona Drive to Rock House Road
• Fairlawn Drive, Ridgeland Drive, and Bishop Road
• South Roan Street from Mayflower Road to Okolona Drive
• Price Road from Frontage Road to Forest Hill Drive
• Primrose Court, Glacier Road, and Watson Road
• Rock House Road, Arrowood Drive, and Horseshoe Drive
• Idlewylde Subdivision
• Rocky Ridge Road
• Jessica Drive, Lillian Lane, Renee Drive, Peggy Lane, Cindy Drive, and Elvin Shirley Road
• Okolona Road from Milligan Highway to Rock House Road
• Buffalo Road, Jewell Street, Joy Drive, Jerome Street, and Victor Drive
• Laurels Road

Smoke testing is expected to continue through September.
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 roof tops. 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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Jul 25, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 25

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.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – trail improvements. 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.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Market Street at South Roan Street – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

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Jul 25, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to hold community meeting Aug. 2

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the cafeteria of South Side Elementary, 1011 Southwest Ave. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509


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Jul 22, 2016

Benny Wilson to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

Benny Wilson, along with talented band members Gary Southerland, Tommy Starnes, Chris Simmons and Bill Bentley, will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (July 28).
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with and around a lot of very talented people in my career,” Wilson said, noting Wells Fargo Co. and Flat Creek in the ‘70s and Dave Friday in the ‘80s. Wilson also spent seven years with Encore Records and completed a six-year stint with the Statler Brothers, both on tour and on their television show.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age (rescheduled)
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studios, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.

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


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Jul 21, 2016

Pokémon in the Parks set for this weekend

Johnson City Transit and Parks and Recreation are teaming up to offer Pokémon in the Parks. This Friday, Saturday and Monday, players can ride a new Transit bus to Johnson City parks, where Pokémon are known to gather. The routes will travel from the Transit Station at 137 W. Market St. to Founders Park, Memorial Park Community Center, and Winged Deer Park. Each Pokémon in the Parks run will last approximately two hours, with 30 minutes spent at each park.
“We wanted to provide Pokémon Go players a safe way to gather Pokémon at City facilities,” said Transit Planner Bradley Osborne. “This eliminates some of the dangers of searching for Pokémon while driving and venturing into potentially dangerous areas.”
Pokémon Go players of all ages are invited to ride but those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Portable battery chargers will be available on buses for players’ convenience.
“Lures will be placed at various Pokéstops to enhance players' chances of catching a good Pokémon,” said Sam Miller, recreation services manager for Parks and Recreation. “We hope players enjoy some of our City’s parks and recreation facilities while playing Pokémon Go.”
This event is free but space on the Transit buses is limited, and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
A complete schedule is below. For more information, please contact Osborne at 434-6260 or bosborne@johnsoncitytransit.org.

Friday, July 22

Depart Transit – 6:15 p.m.
Founders Park – 6:20-6:50 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 6:55-7:25 p.m.
Winged Deer Park – 7:40-8:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23
Depart Transit – 10:15 a.m.
Founders Park – 10:20-10:50 a.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 10:55-11:25 a.m.
Winged Deer Park – 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 12:30 p.m.

Monday, July 25
Depart Transit – 6:15 p.m.
Founders Park – 6:20-6:50 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 6:55-7:25 p.m.
Winged Deer Park – 7:40-8:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 8:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

Bradley Osborne, transit planner
Johnson City Transit
(423)434-6269


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Jul 21, 2016

Governing bodies to meet for leadership dinner

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners, Bristol (Tenn.) City Council, and Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet for a regional leadership dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, (July 26) at Giuseppe’s, 2539 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport. This is an informal dinner with no agenda or business to be discussed.

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

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Jul 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 18

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.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – trail improvements. 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.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed, one lane of Water/Buffalo Street closed at times
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Market Street at South Roan Street – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.



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Jul 18, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet July 27

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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