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Sep 18, 2014

City asks for participation in Citizen Survey

Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 19), postcards will be mailed to 2,000 households notifying them of a forthcoming Citizen Survey that Johnson City is conducting in partnership with the National Research Center. The residences that will receive these surveys have been chosen at random. The City requests submission of completed surveys no later than Friday, Oct. 24. Survey data will be used to determine how the City can best serve our citizens.
Selected households may receive a second survey around the first of October. This is the exact same survey but will be mailed twice just as a reminder. If you receive a second survey but have already completed the first, please feel free to pass the extra along to a friend or neighbor. Everyone will have the opportunity to complete the Citizen Survey, when the online version becomes available at the end of October (details TBA).
Participation in this survey is crucial to planning projects and providing services. All input is greatly appreciated. For more information, please email or call 434-6196.

Lora Grogg, budget manager

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Sep 17, 2014

FYI: State Department of Health warns against dangers of carbon monoxide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fall is almost here, a time when many people attempt to reduce their home heating costs by using alternative heat sources and making their homes as air-tight as possible. Tennessee Department of Health officials say both tactics can increase the risk of deadly Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

“Every year we see emergency room visits and tragic deaths from carbon monoxide that can be prevented with greater awareness,” said Emergency Preparedness Director Paul Petersen.
“We encourage Tennesseans to keep themselves and their family safe by using caution and taking steps to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas found in combustion fumes produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal or wood in a fireplace. Carbon monoxide from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, and people and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing the gas.

The first symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion and are often mistaken for common winter illnesses such as severe colds and flu. Over time, exposure to carbon monoxide can cause brain damage and death.

The best way to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home. These work very much like smoke detectors, giving a loud beep or other signal when carbon monoxide is detected. The inexpensive devices are available at most hardware stores.

Other ways to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

• Have your chimney inspected each year by a qualified person to make sure it is not blocked and that it ventilates properly.
• Never use a gas range, cook top or oven to heat a home.
• Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern or portable camping stove inside a home, tent or camper.
• Never run a generator, pressure washer or any gasoline-powered engine inside a garage, basement, crawlspace or other enclosed structure, even if the doors and windows are open.
• Never leave the engine running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.

For life-threatening carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911. For other questions about carbon monoxide poisoning, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

To learn more about carbon monoxide and preventing exposure in your home, visit the TDH Healthy Homes website at 


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Sep 17, 2014

It’s baa-aack … Super Spooky Saturday is Oct. 18

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a Super Spooky Saturday event for all ages at Winged Deer Park on Saturday, Oct. 18. From 5-9 p.m., families can enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, games, a pumpkin hunt, marshmallow roasting, face painting, and lots of fun for the whole family! Admission is free, hayrides are $2 person, and concessions will be available on site.
• 5-7 p.m.: Children’s Hayrides ($2 per person)
• 5-7 p.m.: Pumpkin Hunt sponsored by Fenders Farm
• 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Storytelling
• 7-9 p.m.: Haunted Hayrides ($2 per person)
Parents are asked to plan accordingly because the darker the sky, the scarier the ride! All activities will be held at the Robert Young Cabin, adjacent to the Park and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation

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Sep 16, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 15

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cedar Creek Road - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Timberlake Road - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Steadman Road - waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized waterline replacements
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements

TDOT projects:
• State Route 36 (Kingsport Highway) – sewer and water 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)
• Interstate 26 (at State Route 75/Bobby Hicks Highway) – water replacement

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. The westbound lane of East Main Street will be closed to traffic between South Broadway and Bert streets. Traffic coming from the direction of Elizabethton will be detoured at the intersection of Broadway. Traffic going toward Elizabethton will be able to travel eastbound as usual. This closure is expected to remain in place for approximately three weeks beginning Sept. 2.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street) – curb and gutter installation. One lane closed during construction. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

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Sep 16, 2014

October BZA meeting canceled

The regularly scheduled Oct. 7 meeting of the Johnson City Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services

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Sep 16, 2014

Sewer work to cause lane closure on East Lakeview this week

One lane of East Lakeview Drive, between Oakland Avenue and Cash Hollow Road, will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily while sewer work is performed. Lane closures are expected to be in place through Friday (Sept. 19). The contractor will flag traffic around work zones.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible. All work is weather permitting.

Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services

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Sep 15, 2014

Animal Control Board to meet Thursday

The Animal Control Board will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 18) at Ferguson Enterprises, 1000 Quality Circle. 

Beth Greene, executive assistant

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Sep 12, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Sept. 22

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Monday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center

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Sep 11, 2014

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 24

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road.

Jim Hughes, Golf director

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Sep 09, 2014

Senior Services offering programs on mind health

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two free programs targeting mind health next month:
• Oct. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Just Let Me Keep My Mind (normal aging versus Dementia)
• Oct. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Keeping Our Brain Healthy
The programs will be presented by Tracy Wilson of Home Instead. Snacks will be provided, and pre-registration is required.
For more information and registration, please call 434-6237.

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services

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