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Jul 31, 2015

JC Transit offering Free Ride Day Aug. 8

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to try public transportation for free! All fixed-route fares will be waived on Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.). Visit www.johnsoncitytransit.org to view routes or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner.

CONTACT:

Johnson City Transit

(423)929-7119



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Jul 30, 2015

Next week’s lakeside concert to feature Hollow Ground

Bluegrass and gospel music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre next Thursday (Aug. 6) when Hollow Ground takes the stage. Hollow Ground is comprised of local musicians including Robert Edwards (lead guitar/lead vocals), Millard Edwards (banjo/tenor vocals), Bran Vicchio (rhythm guitar/bass vocals), Dr. Josh Jessee (mandolin/baritone vocals), David Holtsclaw (dobro) and Mike Adams (bass).

This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Winged Deer Park is located at 4137 Bristol Highway, and the lakefront amphitheater is off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org, or go to www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

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

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

The 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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Jul 28, 2015

Senior Services announces Aging Without Fear support group

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers a free Aging Without Fear support group for citizens ages 60 and older on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6-7 p.m. Participants discuss common issues regarding aging and support one another through the process.

August’s presenters will be:

• Aug. 6 – Kim Sells, RN, MSN and associate professor at ETSU School of Nursing will present “Dealing with Loneliness.”

• Aug. 20 – Martha Davenport, line dance Instructor, will lead an interactive demonstration on fun ways to exercise.

Please call (423)434-6235 to reserve a seat.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Jul 27, 2015

Start Smart Tennis registration now open

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Tennis, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 5-7 the basic skills necessary to play traditional tennis. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.

Registration is now open at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec or in person at MPCC during normal business hours (7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday). Program fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.

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

CONTACT:

Matt Williams, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749



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Jul 27, 2015

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering 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)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Aug. 14. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080. 

CONTACT:

Phil Pindzola, director

Public Works

(423)434-6080












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Jul 27, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 27

Public Works projects:

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

• East Main Street (1800 block) – storm drain improvements; one lane closed periodically.



Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street – water line replacement; lane closures

• South Roan Street – water line replacement

• Peninsula Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

• Central Point – 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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Jul 24, 2015

Whiskey Sticks to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

No gimmicks, just good music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 30), when the Whiskey Sticks takes the stage. The Whiskey Sticks lineup consists of Scott Mand, Kris Carlson, Todd Kane, and Brandon Renfro. Mand and Carlson developed many of their musical skills writing and performing with another well-known Tri-Cities band, Doc Bonhomie. Mand brings to the band original material and lyrics, while Carlson demonstrates why he teaches guitar lessons for a living.

Kane and Renfro founded the local hard-driving, blues-based rock band Stormy Monday in 1996 and rocked from Knoxville to Charlotte for over a decade. Most know Kane for his explosive capabilities on slide guitar; however he is also an accomplished bassist. The musical foundation of this motley crew is Renfro. Aside from being a “drummer’s drummer,” Renfro belts out lyrics and vocal tones that one might describe as “Allmanesque.”

The Whiskey Sticks performs originals and covers from artists like Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Little Feat and the Allman Brothers.

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, July 30, 7-9 p.m. – Whiskey Sticks

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. – Hollow Ground

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age

• 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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Jul 23, 2015

HZC called meeting set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting Tuesday (July 28) at 5 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to discuss revisions for the Downtown Design Guidelines.

CONTACT:

Matthew Young, planner

Development Services

(423)434-6073


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Jul 23, 2015

Tonight’s lakeside concert rescheduled for Aug. 27

Due to weather forecasts of heavy thunderstorms, tonight’s Lakeside Concert Series performance has been postponed. Daisi Rain will now take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 7-9 p.m.

“This was necessary to ensure the safety of the audience and the performers,” said Mary Ann Kinch, marketing coordinator for Parks and Recreation. “We’re just thrilled that Daisi Rain was able to reschedule.”

The Lakeside Concert Series features a broad range of performers. The updated schedule is as follows:



• Thursday, July 30 – Whiskey Sticks – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 6 – Hollow Ground – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 13 – Model City Wrecking Crew – 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 20 – Kids Our Age – 7-9 p.m.

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

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



The Lakeside Concert Series is brought to you by these community-minded sponsors: Bristol Broadcasting, News and Neighbor, and Johnson City Parks and Recreation.

CONTACT:

Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5827




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Jul 21, 2015

PRAB to meet Monday

The Johnson City Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Monday (July 27) in the boardroom of the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, office manager

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


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