Recent News

Aug 28, 2015

Section of Bart Greene, Old Gray Station to be closed Monday, Tuesday nights

Bart Greene Drive and Old Gray Station Road at North Roan Street will be closed overnight Monday and Tuesday while new sewer line is installed. The closure will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 31) until 6 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 1) and again from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2).

For more information, please call 461-1643.

CONTACT:

Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2638


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Aug 27, 2015

MPCC to offer health coaching

Memorial Park Community Center will offer health coaching appointments beginning Tuesday (Sept. 1). Cost is $30 for each 45-minute session.

Health coaching by Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer Rachel Irwin is a great idea for anyone wanting to improve their health. Health coaching can help with a variety of fitness goals like developing a consistent exercise routine, determining what exercise is safe for different health issues, and learning what core exercises are good for back trouble.

Please call (423)827-6887 to make an appointment.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852


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Aug 27, 2015

MPCC announces new fitness classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following new fitness classes beginning Thursday (Sept. 3). All classes are $5 and will be led by instructor Aleasha Brown.

• Zumba® Kids Jr.: Thursdays, 5-5:30 p.m., ages 4-7. This class features high-energy dance parties with kid-friendly routines. Steps are broken down, games added, and activities and cultural exploration elements are built into the class structure. Classes will help develop a healthy lifestyle, leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, and cultural awareness.

• Zumba® Kids: Thursdays, 5:30-6 p.m., ages: 7-11. Offers kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. Class structure offers the same benefits as Zumba® Kids Jr.

• Cardio Kickboxing: Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 p.m., ages 18 and older. Participants will punch, kick, and block their way through a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout that strengthens muscles, increases coordination and burns up to 700 calories an hour. This class is a combination of intense kickboxing and dance moves. Requires no previous experience.

• Fitness in Heels: Thursdays, 7:30-8:15 p.m., ages 18 and older. Participants will build self-confidence while working out to a burlesque-type fitness dance. Tighten and tone abs while having fun! Heels are not required.

Pre-registration is not required. Payment is due day of class.

Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-4852



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Aug 27, 2015

Civil Service Commission to meet Thursday

The Civil Service Commission will meet Thursday (Sept. 3) at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Richard Lockner, HR generalist

Human Resources

(423)434-6018



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Aug 26, 2015

Daisi Rain to play lakeside concert tomorrow

Daisi Rain will take the stage tomorrow night (Aug. 27) as part of Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series. This show was rescheduled from its initial July date due to weather.

Daisi Rain is an East Tennessee-based country-pop band established in 2004 by siblings Cameron, Donovan and Amelia Brown. They have earned credibility opening for major Nashville artists like Jerrod Niemann, Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, and Easton Corbin. The band has been working under the consultation of Grammy Award winner Linda Davis.

This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

This remainder of year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Daisi Rain

• Sunday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, and the News and Neighbor.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827


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Aug 26, 2015

MPCC to host chronic diseases health fair

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Taking Control of Your Chronic Diseases Health Fair for ages 50 and older on Wednesday (Sept. 2) from 12:30-3 p.m. Vendors will be on hand with information about pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart problems/hypertension, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Group activities will be held, and participants will leave with a “Feel Better Action Plan.” Door prizes will be awarded.

This event is free, and participants may pre-register at the Senior Services desk.

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

CONTACT:

Debbie Fogle, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6231


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Aug 26, 2015

Applications being accepted for PBA appointments

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. One of these terms will expire in August 2019; the other two will expire in August 2021. This board meets monthly and is in charge of overseeing the operation of Millennium Centre and development of Millennium Park in accordance with the adopted Millennium Park Master Plan.

Potential appointees must be residents of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the PBA Board may apply online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call 434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Application deadline is Sept. 15.

For more information regarding the Public Building Authority, please contact Rebecca Davis at 202-3510 or davis@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Aug 25, 2015

Wastewater facilities earn six awards

The City of Johnson City’s wastewater treatment facilities recently received a total of six awards from two separate organizations.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the City’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant with a Platinum Peak Performance Award. Platinum status recognizes treatment facilities that have achieved five years of perfect compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants achieved Gold status, recognizing 100 percent compliance for the calendar year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was presented a Silver Peak Performance Award.

The other three awards came from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. Each plant was recognized for Operational Excellence for achieving multiple years of permit compliance.

Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services, attributed the awards to investments in infrastructure and a vigilant operations staff.

“This continued high level of compliance is a reflection of the City Commission’s investment on behalf of our customers to provide the necessary funding to keep facilities reliable and positioned for future growth,” Witherspoon said. “And our employees provide round-the-clock oversight 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year to ensure protection of the environment.”

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – serving Boones Creek, Gray and the Tri-Cities Airport areas – processes .75 billion gallons a year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves Central, West, and South Johnson City and processes 3 billion gallons a year. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves North Johnson City and processes 1 billion gallons a year. Approximately 8,000 analytical tests and more than 24,000 internal process control tests are conducted on an annual basis to ensure compliance.

CONTACT:

Jeff Corder, water/wastewater superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2631




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Aug 24, 2015

BOC meeting rescheduled for Sept. 2

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners first regularly scheduled meeting in September has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002



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Aug 24, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 24

Public Works projects:

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

• North State of Franklin Road at Sunset Drive – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically on both roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.



Water/Sewer projects:

• South Roan Street (Unicoi Drive) – water line replacement; flaggers present

• South Roan Street (between Main and Market streets) – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

• Windyhill Drive and Sourwood Drive (Gray) – galvanized water line replacements; lane closures

• Central Point – clean up

• Carter Sells Road (at Chatham Drive and Newton Street) – water line replacement

• Hales Chapel Road – water line extension



TDOT projects:

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays in this area. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project. Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project. These closures should not last more than a few minutes. Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove. Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels. Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road. Orchard Avenue is closed. Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

All work is weather permitting.









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