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May 22, 2018

Senior Services offers Virtual Dementia Tour




On Tuesday, June 5, Tracey Kendall-Wilson from Alzheimer’s Tennessee will conduct two free sessions that incorporate a brief program and virtual tour to provide insight and understanding of the challenges that people with dementia face. Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for those 50 and older.

Please register by calling 423-434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager 
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

CONTACT: Deb Fogle, manager 
Senior Services 
423-434-6231

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May 18, 2018

City seeks feedback on West Walnut Street plans

The City of Johnson City is requesting public input on proposed revitalization plans for the West Walnut Street Corridor.
Kimley-Horn, a consulting firm hired by the City last year to develop a master plan for the corridor, presented its initial recommendations this week. The plans are now available for review at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/westwalnut.pdf.
“These preliminary renderings clearly illustrate great concepts that preserve our existing landmark buildings and businesses while addressing other areas and structures that need to be replaced or repurposed,” said Johnson City Senior Planner Matt Manley. “But these are just that – concepts. We want our citizens to help shape what that area will become.”
Any feedback should be submitted by May 30 to mmanley@johnsoncitytn.org or ben.miskelly@kimley-horn.com.
Kimley-Horn will present a draft written plan to the City by June 30, and the final plan is expected to go before the Planning Commission in August. 

CONTACT:
Matt Manley, senior planner
Development Services
423-434-6059



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May 18, 2018

MPCC offers JC Twirlettes Twirling and Cheering Mini-Camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will introduce basic baton twirling, cheer and pompom skills to boys and girls ages 5-15 at the JC Twirlettes Twirling and Cheering Mini-Camp. Participants will learn a short routine to be performed at the Jonesborough Days Parade on Saturday, June 30.
Camp will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Cost is $30. Participants should wear tennis shoes, fitted clothing, and pull long hair back.
Registration is required in person at MPCC before June 1. Space is limited. For registration information, call 423-434-5749. For specific camp questions, call Amanda Carr at 423-948-1045.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6224

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May 17, 2018

MPCC offers Writing Your College Admissions Essay course

High school juniors and seniors are invited to hone their writing skills for college admissions essays at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The four-week, eight-session class will address successful essays, how to respond to essay questions, writing structure, and how to quickly and efficiently write online.
Instructor Morgen Marshall will guide participants 15 and older through the course from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-27. A certificate of completion will be awarded.
Cost is $40. Participation is limited; registration is required in person at MPCC by June 4.
For more information, call 423-434-6229. 

CONTACT:
John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229


CONTACT: John Harrell, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
423-434-6229




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May 15, 2018

Carver Rec holds Thomas S. Wade Veterans Program

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites citizens of all ages to honor former prisoner of war and longtime Carver community member Thomas S. Wade and other members of the military who have served our country at a special gathering.
Veterans will be honored at the free program and dinner from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, May 25. For more information, call 423-461-8830.

CONTACT:
Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
423-461-8830


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May 15, 2018

Carver Rec to hold School’s Out Christian Block Party

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer a party with live musical performances, inflatables, free food, and bicycle and gift certificate giveaways on Thursday, May 24.
The celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will include performances by Jordan Copas, Brielle Rathbun, P.E.P., Smooth Flo, Jasmine Alexis, Coggins Family, T.R. & Carla Dunn, and Praise Band featuring Carl Hale, Jamieson Hamilton, Jonathan Craft and Ryan Coleman. Sound will be provided by Key of E Productions.
For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

CONTACT:

Herb Greenlee, center supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
423-461-8830

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May 15, 2018

Get ready to Rock, Row & Run

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will unveil its latest twist on summer fun Saturday, Aug. 18 at the inaugural Rock, Row & Run event at Legion Street Pool.
The new adventure is open to kids ages 6-12, who will paddle kayaks with the assistance of lifeguards, then run designated distances designed for their age groups. After the event, parents, friends and attendees can join participants to celebrate with rockin’ music, games and activities.
Where: Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St.
When: Saturday, Aug. 18
Time: Participants must check in by 8:30 a.m. Race starts 9 a.m.
Distances: Ages 6-8: kayak 50 meters, run .5 mile. Ages 9-10: kayak 100 meters, run 1 mile. Ages 11-12: kayak 150 meters, run 1.5 miles.
Early registration: $25, June 4-Aug.10. Commemorative paddle and T-shirt will be given to early registrants.
Late registration: $35, Aug. 11-17. No registration on day of event.
Where to register: Online at myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Packet pickup: MPCC from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. There will be no packets available the day of the race.
This event is sponsored by Mahoney’s Outfitters.

For more information, 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 
CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
423-434-5758 

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May 11, 2018

Smith promoted to JCPD Operations major

Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner announced Friday that Capt. Steve Smith has been promoted to the rank of major. A 39-year-veteran of the JCPD, Maj. Smith will oversee the Operations Division of the department.
“In order to fill the position of Operations Division commander, we began a promotional process that included a thorough written questionnaire and board interview of candidates from the rank of captain within the department,” said Chief Turner. “The Johnson City Police Department is very fortunate to have candidates who possess excellent leadership and management skills. This translates into high quality management for this agency and outstanding police services for our community. I commend each of the participating officers for their hard work and dedication and for their commitment to the department’s mission – community safety.”
Maj. Smith joined the department’s first Public Safety Officer program in 1978. He is a 1978 graduate of East Tennessee State University, a 1991 graduate of the United States Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, and a 1997 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Maj. Smith has served as a public safety officer, Criminal Investigations Division investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and most recently, captain of the Internal Affairs Unit and School Resource Officer Unit.
“Maj. Smith has been responsible for ensuring that our officers adhere to the high professional and ethical standards we entrust them with,” Chief Turner added. “He also has worked closely with the Johnson City School System in the management and expansion of the School Resource Officer program and other student safety initiatives. He is well prepared for his new role, and I look forward to working alongside him in that capacity.”

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May 11, 2018

Carver Rec hosts End of School Block Party

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites grades K-12 to its annual End of School Block Party, where games, music and food will be available.

The free event is from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. For more information, please call 423-461-8830. 

CONTACT:
Herb Greenlee, supervisor
Carver Recreation Center
423-461-8830

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May 11, 2018

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 14

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (in front of 219/University Parkway Baptist) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Princeton Road (in front of 219/Washington County Health Department) – repairs to drainage system. One lane closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Knob Creek Road and Technology Lane) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Highland Avenue (between Whitney Street and Watauga Avenue) – trail installation. Road closed to through traffic for duration on project.
• Sawyers Pond Drive – curb replacement. One lane closed. Please use caution.
• Downtown crosswalks: Buffalo Street at State of Franklin Road, Main Street at Buffalo Street, Market Street at Buffalo Street, Buffalo Street at Main Street, Buffalo Street at Market Street – asphalt patching repairs. Expect lane closures; traffic may be stopped for up to 15 minutes. Areas will be congested, expect delays. Avoid areas if possible.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site
• Patrick and Madden Gray – water line replacement; lane closures
• Earl Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (400-500 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Ford Creek Road (east of Douglas Shed Road) – water line construction; lane closures
• Lilly Lane (off Lone Oak Road) – water line replacement; lane closures
• East 9th Avenue (1200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.


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