2014 News Archive

Dec 31, 2014

Mom can enjoy a morning out Jan. 23


On Friday, Jan. 23, parents are encouraged to take kids ages 3-5 to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for games and crafts during Mom’s Morning Out. Run errands or just relax while the kids have fun at MPCC from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Fee is $10 for first child, $5 for each additional. Participants must be potty trained and should bring a sack lunch and drink.

For more information, please contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749





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Dec 31, 2014

PAC to offer variety of classes to start new year

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer the following programs starting in January:

• Tiny Artists – Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., ages 18 months to 3 years. Fee is $25/month. Tiny artists will be given a chance to explore their creativity and socialize with others. Supplies and materials will be provided. Play clothes are recommended.

• Pre-School Art – Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 1-1:30 p.m., ages 3-5, Fee is $30 per month. Preschoolers will learn about basic art techniques while expressing ideas, imaginations, and moods through paints, sculpting, and collage. Supplies and materials will be provided. Play clothes are recommended.

• After-School Artist – Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4-4:45 p.m., ages 6-11. Fee is $35 per month. Children will create 2-D and 3-D artwork while developing knowledge of art materials and their functions.

• Wee Wednesdays – Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., ages 9-15 months. Fee is $20 per month. Parents can enjoy time with tots while they are encouraged to make creative messes. Supplies and materials will be provided. Play clothes recommended for both baby and parent.

• Story Morning with Miss Kitty – Thursdays, 10-10:30 or 11-11:30 a.m., ages 18 months and older. Miss Kitty and her puppets will share stories from various authors during this free program.

• Make It Myself Monday (adults/seniors) – Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon. Fee is $5 per class or $18 per month. Work on Pinterest projects or other crafts based on shared ideas. Basic materials will be provided; additional supplies will vary by project.

For more information or to register, call PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800


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Dec 30, 2014

Visual arts classes scheduled for Senior Services at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following classes in 2015:

• Intro to Ceramics (ages 50+) – Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m. OR 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $30 for the three-class series. Instructor Sarah Dorr will help participants create three projects while learning to use clay stamping and modeling tools, including glazing and coloring techniques. Pre-registration and payment required.

• Intermediate Ceramics (ages 50+) – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Fee is $15 per session. Recent clay hand-building experience is needed for this class.

• Acrylics (ages 50+) – Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Fee is $10 per session. Talented artist Art Holtsclaw will guide participants through creating a painting. All skill levels welcome. Participants should bring their own supplies.

• Needle and Fiber Arts (ages 50+) – Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. This free program encourages participants to get creative with cloth and yarn or string. Bring along a project you need help with or inspiration for, and this group will help.

• Knitting (ages 50+) – Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. There is no charge to join this group of knitters, who range from beginners to experts.

• Craft of the Month – Last Thursday of each month, 1-3 p.m. Debbie Fogle will lead a new craft each month; fees will vary. Contact Fogle at 434-6231 for more information.

• Creative Memories Scrapbooking – Jan. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. There is no charge for this workshop, which will include creative scrapbooking ideas.

• Share-A-Craft (ages 50+) – Jan. 13, 20, and 27, 2-4 p.m. Fee is $1 per person. Bring a craft to share and your favorite tea cup to celebrate January being tea month.

• Basic Drawing – Jan. 13, 20, and 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Fee is $21 for the three-class series. Beginners will learn how to foster the fundamentals of drawing using observation and imagination in this simplified method of teaching. Participants should bring a No. 2 pencil and a 9x12 sketchbook. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233


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Dec 30, 2014

Walkers and Talkers to take a break from winter

The Senior Services Walkers and Talkers group will take a break from cold weather on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The group will instead gather at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to make healthy trail snacks like dehydrated apples and veggie chips. Join this free program to try flavorful, healthy food with no chemicals or preservatives.

Coming soon, the group will get a view of rookery (a place where large numbers of birds nest, lay eggs, and raise their young) and will visit a scenic countryside location with ponds, gardens, brick-oven bread-making, peacocks, and more.

Call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Dec 30, 2014

PAC offering Art Doll Workshop

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer an Art Doll Workshop for adults and seniors from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 17. Participants will be provided with a sewn and stuffed doll that they can embellish and are encouraged to bring jewelry, buttons, keys, photos, etc., to add for a personal touch. No sewing skills are necessary. Fee is $30. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 9.

For more information, call PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800


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Dec 30, 2014

Beyblade Battle Series slated for Memorial Park Community Center

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Beyblade Battle Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 for ages 5-12. Admission is $5 per player.

Beyblade Metal Fusion Battle Tops, Beyblade Metal Master Battle Tops, rip cords and launchers manufactured by Hasbro (official gear) are allowed.

Hasbro-manufactured electronic tops, IR Spin Control Tops, Tornado Tops, and Electronic Battler Tops are NOT allowed.

Each Beyblade must contain the following five parts:

• Face Bolt

• Energy Ring

• Fusion Wheel

• Spin Track

• Performance Tip

Tournaments are co-ed double elimination.

For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Dec 29, 2014

BBC to meet Jan. 20

The Johnson City Board of Building Codes will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Teresa Johnson, secretary

Development Services – Codes Enforcement

(423)434-6048

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Dec 24, 2014

Put your Christmas tree to good use after the holidays

The City of Johnson City and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are now collecting Christmas trees as part of the annual Treecycle program. TWRA will place the trees in area lakes to create fish habitats, enhancing not only the overall aquatic habitat of our lakes but also fishing opportunities for local anglers.



Live Christmas trees (cleared of any decorations) will be accepted for drop-off through Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Winged Deer Park Boat Ramp parking lot on Carroll Creek Road. Trees should be placed at the northwest side of the parking lot below the recycling drop-off station.



Johnson City residents with regular garbage/recycling collection may place their trees at the curb for pickup through Saturday, Jan. 10. These customers are advised to keep Christmas trees separate from brush to ensure the trees will be designated for the Treecycle program.



For more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 975-2792.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harsh, manager

Public Works – Solid Waste Services

(423)975-2792




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Dec 23, 2014

Water exercise classes offered at MPCC

Let water exercise help wash away those extra holiday pounds. Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St., will offer the following aquatic programs. Each is $3 per class or $25 a month (*unless otherwise noted).

• Cardio Waves – 6-7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. High-intensity water aerobics program. All equipment is provided.

• Silver Sneakers® Splash – Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. A fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.

• Arthritis – 11-11:40 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Low-impact class held in therapy pool designed to help manage arthritis symptoms.

• Fins – 10-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Great leg and cardio workout utilizing fins. *$1 per class.

• Deep Water Aerobics – 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Intense water aerobics utilizing flotation belts (no swimming skills needed). Focuses on toning, endurance, core strength, and cardiovascular health.

• Water Aerobics – 9-10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Shallow water class that combines cardiovascular work, muscle toning, balance and core. A doctor’s clearance is required.

• Power Water Walking – 10-10:45 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Shallow water locomotion class perfect for those who need a low-impact workout.

• Evening Aerobics – 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday. Moderate- to high-intensity shallow water workout.

Pleased call (423)434-5759 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5749


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Dec 23, 2014

JCPD offers tips to prevent home burglaries

Residential burglaries can occur any time of year but December has been a particularly popular month for these crimes. Despite declining by an average of 16 percent the past several years, burglaries in Johnson City have been on the rise lately. The Johnson City Police Department offers the following tips to keep your home and family safe:



1. Don’t make your home an easy target. Secure all exterior doors and windows and keep them locked whenever you are away.



2. Trim any bushes, trees, or other obstructions near windows or doors that may block visibility into your home. Exterior lighting around windows and doors also discourages burglars from lurking in the dark.



3. Consider equipping your home with a quality alarm system. Advertise your home’s alarm system to potential burglars through stickers and yard signs – these can be a great deterrent to potential home burglars.



4. If you plan to leave your home, even for a short time, find ways to make your house look occupied. Leaving on a radio or television or placing interior and exterior lights on timers give the impression that someone is home.



5. Remember to keep curtains, shades, and blinds of large windows closed whenever you aren’t home. Also consider keeping wrapped gifts out of sight.



6. Be very cautious of solicitors during the holiday season. Potential burglars may come to your door posing as solicitors or someone in need of assistance just to peek inside your home for valuables or even map a quick layout of your house for a later return.



7. When possible, plan all home package deliveries for a time when you know someone will be home to accept them. Burglars often walk or drive through neighborhoods looking for unattended packages left on doorsteps.



8. Keep receipts for all major purchases in a safe place. Record the serial number of all valuable items on a list and place them with receipts for safekeeping. In the unfortunate event that your property is stolen, this record will maintain proof of your purchase and help police track down any stolen items.



9. Be careful not to advertise expensive purchases in front of your home before garbage or recycling is collected. Break down boxes for items such as televisions, video game consoles, and computers. Take these boxes to a recycling convenience center if possible.





10. Don’t advertise upcoming travel plans or extended periods away from home on social media and networking sites. Broadcasting your absence lets people know when your home is unoccupied and most vulnerable. Make sure that your children are doing the same and are careful about discussing family travel plans with friends.



11. When traveling, consider asking a trusted friend or neighbor to look after your home. Have all mail and newspapers collected or have your services suspended. Give your neighbor a key so they can make your house look occupied, either by turning lights on at night or moving a car in the driveway. Provide your neighbor with your contact information in case of an emergency.



12. If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, notify the Johnson City Police Department and request extra patrols of your home by uniformed police officers. They can check on your residence frequently while you are away.

CONTACT:

Officer Allan Rutledge

Johnson City Police Department

(423)434-6099




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Dec 22, 2014

Floodplain management actions result in insurance premium reductions for citizens

Homeowners who live within certain floodplains in Johnson City are now eligible for a 5 percent discount on flood insurance premiums, thanks to the City’s voluntary floodplain management actions.

“This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities your community implements to protect lives and reduce property damage,” David Miller, associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, wrote in a letter notifying the City of its new Community Rating System Class 9 rating.

That Class 9 rating is what garnered the discount for citizens and was given based on points earned for each floodplain management activity. These include the adoption of the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, the use of digitized maps in the day-to-day management of the floodplain, informational outreach through brochures and mailings, construction regulations, and many others.

“We already had many voluntary programs in place that qualified us for this rating,” said Development Services Director Angie Carrier. “Being proactive is paying off for our citizens.”

To determine if you live in a floodplain eligible for the 5 percent discount, please visit https://msc.fema.gov/portal. For more information, contact Planner Matthew Young at 434-6073.

CONTACT:

Angie Carrier, director

Development Services

(423)434-5955


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Dec 22, 2014

Commemorative Valentine dance T-shirts available

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now accepting pre-orders for the popular daddy-daughter Valentine dance commemorative T-shirts. Orders will be accepted at MPCC Monday through Friday until Jan. 5. Shirts will be available for pickup at MPCC on Jan. 20.

The dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 7. Tickets will be on sale Jan. 5-30 for $10 per person. Tickets purchased after Jan. 30 will be $20 per person. Tickets sales will end on Feb. 6; no tickets will be sold at the door. Commemorative photo packages will be available for $15. Light refreshments will be served. Dress is semi-formal.

Tickets and photo vouchers may be purchased online at www.myjcparks.org/parksrec or at MPCC. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Dec 22, 2014

MPCC offering volleyball day camps

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer sports day camps for preschoolers and homeschoolers beginning in January.

• Homeschool Sports Volleyball Day Camp (ages 6-12) – Jan. 12, 14 and 16. Fee is $20 for camp or $10 per day. Campers must bring lunch and a drink. This is the first of a five-camp series that will include basketball (Feb. 18, 10, 15, 27), baseball (April 6, 8, 10), tennis (April 20, 22, 24) and football (May 4, 6, 8). Participants who complete at least four camps will reach “all-star” status and will receive a special T-shirt.

• Preschool Sports Volleyball Day Camp (ages 3-5) – Jan. 12 and 16. Camp fee is $15 for camp or $8 per day. Campers must bring lunch and a drink. This camp is designed for beginners, and games will be incorporated to make learning the sport fun. This is the first of a five-camp series that will include basketball (Feb. 20, 27), baseball (April 6, 10), tennis (April 20, 24) and football (May 4, 6, 8). Participants who complete at least four camps will reach “all-star” status and will receive a special T-shirt.

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Please call 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749



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Dec 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Dec. 22

Water/Sewer projects:

• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures

• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) – water lateral replacement; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab

• Steadman Road – restoration



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)



Public Works projects:

• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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Dec 19, 2014

Recycle gift wrap and boxes

Johnson City residents are encouraged to recycle gift wrap and gift boxes. Curbside recycling customers should place these items in recycling bins, which should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Please remember to break down boxes.

Wrapping paper, boxes and other recyclables are also accepted at the following collection sites:

• 91 New St. (Solid Waste Services Complex)

• 3300 W. Market St. (behind Sonic Drive-in)

• 2311 Browns Mill Road (behind Kroger)

• 2544 Boones Creek Road (adjacent to Johnson City Power Board)

• 120 Carroll Creek Road (Winged Deer Park boat ramp parking lot)

As a reminder, plastic packaging and gift wrap with a foil finish are not recyclable and should be discarded in the trash.

For more information, please call the Solid Waste Services at (423)975-2792.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harsh, manager

Public Works – Solid Waste Services

(423)975-2792


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Dec 19, 2014

MPCC fitness classes can help take off those holiday pounds

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers a variety of fitness classes to help shed those holiday pounds.

• TeenFIT – Monday-Friday 4-5 p.m., ages 13-17, $1 per person per day. You’re never too young to start a healthy lifestyle.

• Nuline Dance – Mondays 9-10 a.m., all ages, $3 per class. Easy-to-follow cardio-dance to a wide variety of music, plus toning and mat work. All fitness levels/modifications demonstrated.

• Nuline Dance Fitness – Mondays 5:45-6:45 p.m. or 7-8 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-noon, ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Suitable for all levels. No partner required.

• Beginner Yoga – Mondays 4:30-5:45 p.m., ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Introduction to basics of yoga and meditation.

• Piloxing – Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 16 and older, $5 per class. Piloxing® incorporates cutting-edge research fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. Combines the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates.

• Foundations of Yoga – Mondays 5:45-7 p.m., ages 18 and older, $5 per class. Teaches balance and flexibility and builds muscle while learning to control breathing and relaxing.

• Hatha Yoga – Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 18 and older. $5 per class. Teaches yoga postures, breathing practice, and relaxation.

• Zumba – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 16 and older, $3 per class. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.

• All About Them Arms – Tuesdays 6:30-7 p.m., ages 16 and older, $3 per class. Works exclusively on toning arms.

• Chiseled Abs – Wednesdays 6:30-7 p.m., ages 18 and older, $3 per class. Works exclusively on toning and tightening abs.

Please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:

Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5758




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Dec 19, 2014

PAC to offer Story Morning Thursdays

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Story Morning with Miss Kitty and her puppet friends on Thursdays from 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. This free program presents stories geared toward ages 18 months and older.

For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:

Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center

(423)283-5800


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Dec 19, 2014

Glow Stick Swim set for Jan. 3

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Glow Stick Swim on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 7-8:45 p.m. The lights will be down, and the music will be loud.

Admission is $2. The program is open to ages 15 and younger. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Pleased call (423)434-5759 for more information.

CONTACT:

Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor

Parks and Recreation

(423)434-5749


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Dec 19, 2014

Senior Services offering health programs for 2015

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a series of health-related programs to start off the New Year. All programs are free and open to ages 50 and older unless otherwise noted.

• Vitamin D Talk – Jan. 7, 1-2 p.m. Dr. Andy Clark will cover all the buzz about Vitamin D, like why you need it, how you get it, and what the body does with it.

• Diabetes and Winter Weather – Jan. 14, 10-11 a.m. What special precautions do you need to take in winter if you are diabetic? Does weather cause your blood sugar to go up or down? Get all the answers from Jennifer Persinger.

• Diabetes and Your Diet – Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m. Can you control your diabetes with diet? How do foods you eat affect your blood sugar? Are there foods that are better than others to eat? What has research shown to be beneficial for diet and diabetes? Dr. Andy Clark will be available for questions and discussion.

• Hearing Problems – Jan. 27, 1:30-4 p.m. Dr. Krisztina Johnson, audiologist, will talk about hearing problems and ways to keep or enhance hearing. ETSU students will conduct free hearing tests.

• Winter Blast and Fall Prevention – Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-noon. This energy-filled morning will include tips on how to improve balance and prevent falls. Participants can take a balance test, attend classes and browse vendors.

• Fast Food For Healthy Life – Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Fee is $8 per person. Come hungry and ready to learn and have fun. Learn to stretch your food dollars into three or more chicken-based meals. Menus will include pounded chicken, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, cornbread salad, spinach wraps, taco salads, and more.

• Congestive Heart Failure – Feb. 2, 1-2 p.m. Learn about the warning signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure and how it can be prevented and treated.

• Blood Sugar Screenings – Screenings available for ages 18 and older Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.

• Fasting Blood Sugar Screenings – Wednesdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Conducted by a registered nurse for those 18 and older.

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

CONTACT:

Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor

Senior Services

(423)434-6233




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Dec 18, 2014

City announces holiday schedule

All City offices will close at noon on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) and will be closed Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25). Regular business hours will resume Friday, Dec. 26.

As a reminder, garbage/recycling customers whose regular pickup day is Thursday will have collection on Saturday, Dec. 27.

All City offices will be closed on New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1), and the Board of Commissioners will not hold their regularly scheduled meeting that evening. Regular business hours will resume Friday, Jan. 2.

Garbage/recycling collection will not be affected by the New Year’s holiday.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Dec 18, 2014

MPCC to offer Dancers Dream classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following Dancers Dream Performing Arts classes on Mondays beginning Jan. 5. Instructor Amy Simmons has more than 30 years of experience and is a former Ms. American Clogger.

Class fees are $45 for 45-minute classes and $35 for 30-minute classes. Additional classes may be added for $15 each.

Glitter Dollz – ages 3-5, 5:15-6 p.m. Participants will enjoy creative movement, beginning tap, ballet and acro hoop hop using hula hoops for balance in fun routines. Miss TuTu will show up for weekly dance and art lessons. Glitter Dollz includes seasonal dance parties and a June recital. Parents are invited to dance along in weekly classes.

Glamour Girlz – ages 6-10, 6-6:45 p.m. Glamour Girlz is an energetic dance class with fun, age-appropriate lessons and routines in tap, ballet and hip hop. Designed to improve coordination, grace, and self-confidence, this class will include seasonal dance parties and a June stage production.

Clogging – all ages, 6:45-7:15 p.m. This all-American dance style is a great exercise. Participants will learn techniques from the ground up, with each week becoming more advanced. This all-ages class is perfect for mothers and daughters.

Hip Hop – ages 8 and older, 7:15-7:45 p.m. Hip hop is a great class that can be taken for weight loss, building coordination and fun! This class will provide performance opportunities including a June recital.

Gypsy Heart Fusion Belly Dance – all ages, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Participants will learn basic belly dance movements. Class will incorporate coined skirts, veils, candles, and finger cymbals. Appropriate for all ages, instruction will focus on gaining grace and poise through self-expression.

For more information, please contact the instructor at (540)392-9138 or DDREAMS2000@aol.com.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Dec 18, 2014

First Day Hike slated for Winged Deer Park

Citizens are invited to start the new year connecting to nature with a First Day Hike on Thursday, Jan. 1. From 1-2:30 p.m., families can join a free, slow-paced hike with stops and explanations of Winged Deer Park’s winter environment. Participants will meet at the Disc Golf Parking Lot.

For more information, please call (423)283-5821.



CONTACT:

Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5821

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Dec 18, 2014

BOC to meet with lawmakers Dec. 29

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session with state legislators on Monday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


 

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Dec 15, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 15

Water/Sewer projects:

• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures

• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures

• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab

• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures

• Steadman Road – restoration

• Skyline Drive and Millercrest Apartments – waterline maintenance



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)



Public Works projects:

• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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Dec 15, 2014

Applications being accepted for Industrial Development Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Industrial Development Board. The Industrial Development Board was created as a means of financing business/industrial facilities that would create employment and economic growth. The term of this appointment will expire February 2017.



Potential appointees must be residents of the city and should be interested in community affairs. Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards and at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. Please call 434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 5, 2015.



For more information on the Industrial Development Board, please contact Mitch Miller at (423)202-3510 Ext. 105 or miller@thewcedc.com.



CONTACT:

Becky Buchanan, director

Community Relations

(423)434-6021

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Dec 15, 2014

Forums scheduled to discuss field name

Parks and Recreation will hold two public forums to discuss the proposed name for what was known as “Neighborhood Field,” located at 717 W. Market St. The department accepted name proposals for 30 days and the following was submitted:

• Arrowood-Mashburn Little League Field

Forums to discuss the name will take place at the Kiwanis Park Building next to the field at 5 p.m. on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12.

Please contact Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org for more information.

CONTACT:

Missy Hollifield, administrative coordinator

Parks and Recreation

(423)283-5815


 

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Dec 12, 2014

JCFD offers Christmas tree, light safety tips

The Christmas season has arrived, bringing with it trees and decorations … as well as some safety concerns when using these festive items. The following information will help ensure a safe holiday celebration.
• Between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to a yearly average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused and average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage each year.
• Thirty-nine percent of Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
• Electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in one-third of home Christmas tree structure fires. One in six occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Electric Christmas lights were involved in an average 150 structure fires each year, nine deaths, 16 injuries. Seven percent of home Christmas tree fires were started by candles.

Tips For a Safe Christmas Season

• Plan where trees will be positioned. Make sure they are at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, and other sources of heat. Do not place trees where they will obstruct exits or where cords are far from outlets.
• When buying a real tree, select one with fresh, green needles. Dry needles are fire hazards. Cut an additional 2 inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy stand. Keep the tree watered at all times.
• Buy lights that are UL approved. Replace any light strands that are damaged. Use the correct lights for indoor and outdoor use.
• Never use electric lights on a metal tree.
• Connect no more than three strands of miniature string lights and a maximum of 50
screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light emitting diode (LED) strands to connect.
• Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use tree lights. Lights with worn, cracked or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used.
• Never use staples or nails to hang lights, and do not overload electric receptacles.
• Remove leaves from gutters before hanging outside lights along the roof.
• Keep extension cords free from damage, and do not place under rugs.
• Always unplug or turn off all holiday lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
• Do not let children play with the wiring or lights.
• Remove live trees from your home when they begin dropping needles, and dispose of them properly. Do not leave in a garage or lean against the home.
• Take lights down after the holidays. Holiday lights are meant to be used only seasonally – not permanently. 
From all of us at the Johnson City Fire Department and the City of Johnson City, we wish you and yours a safe and joyous holiday season. 

Contact: Fire Lt. Mike Hill (423)434-6183

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Dec 11, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to offer Start Smart Soccer

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Soccer, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, beginning in February. Instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, children ages 3-5 will learn the basic motor skills necessary to play organized soccer. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during each lesson.
Start Smart focuses on teaching kids and their parents skills in dribbling/ball handling, passing/kicking, shooting, agility, and running, without the threat of competition or fear of getting hurt. This class will be offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays or Thursdays, from Feb. 2 through March 12. Each week, the exercises will become more challenging as the class progresses and children show improvement.
Registration is available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec through Jan. 30. Program cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be assessed for registrations after Jan. 30. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Space is limited to the first 30 participants in each session. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes (no cleats; instruction will be held in the gymnasium), and bring a water bottle.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Dec 11, 2014

Planning Commission workshop scheduled for Tuesday

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 16) to discuss amending the Zoning Ordinance regarding Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities. This workshop will take place in the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E Main St.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Dec 11, 2014

HZC December meeting canceled

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (set for Tuesday, Dec. 23) has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Jan. 27 at the new regular meeting time of 5 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Matthew Young, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073

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Dec 08, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 8

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements
• Grande Harbor Sewer Pump Station – electrical concrete pads
• Skyline Drive and Millercrest Apartments – waterline maintenance
• South Roan Street and Okolona Road – fire hydrant installation

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)

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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Dec 05, 2014

Popular daddy-daughter Valentine dance one-day ticket sale set for Dec. 12

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a one-day sale on the popular daddy-daughter My Little Valentine Dance, which is scheduled for Feb. 7.
A special, one-day-only offer of $15 for two tickets will be available Friday, Dec.12 beginning at noon. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each. Tickets will not go on sale again until Jan. 5, and the price will be $10 per ticket.
Tickets may be purchased online from noon until 11:59 p.m. at www.myjcparks.org/parksrec or at Memorial Park Community Center from 12:30-9 p.m. on Dec. 12.
For more information, please contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Dec 02, 2014

Property taxes due by end of year

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2014 are due by Wednesday, Dec. 31. Postmarks of Dec. 31, 2014 or earlier will be honored. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 1, 2015.
The City is not responsible for remittance errors made by banks, mortgage companies or taxpayers and therefore cannot waive penalties and interest resulting from such errors.
Taxes may be paid at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or may be mailed to the City of Johnson City, PO Box 2227, Johnson City, TN 37605. Payments online (www.johnsoncitytn.org) or via phone (877-768-5048) will incur a fee. Tax bill number and credit/debit card number will be required for phone payments.

CONTACT:
Janet Jennings, director
Finance
(423)434-6033

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Dec 02, 2014

Senior Services Christmas dance tickets on sale now at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Christmas dance on Friday, Dec. 19 from 7-10 p.m. The formal/semi-formal affair will feature music by Kids Our Age.
Tickets are on sale through Wednesday, Dec. 17, and are $7 in advance; $10 at the door.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233
 

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Dec 02, 2014

Have breakfast with Plez at MPCC

Scott Pleasant, known locally as “The Plez,” will perform at 9:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve at Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services Division, 510 Bert St. Admission is $2 per person and includes breakfast. Pre-registration is required.
Pleasant is a Johnson City native who attended University School and graduated from East Tennessee State University. He began his musical instruction with piano, trumpet, guitar, and ukulele. In his early teens, he began playing other instruments and composed many original songs for his band, The Plez Tones. Pleasant is the coordinator of the Writing Center at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. He is a frequent musical performer in the Myrtle Beach area.
For more information and to make reservations, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Dec 01, 2014

Grant allows for wastewater treatment upgrades, results in cost savings

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce the completion of the Brush Creek Aeration Project and subsequent $20,000-$30,000 monthly savings to taxpayers. This project was made possible through a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant that the City was awarded in 2012.
“This project has allowed us to replace outdated technology and inefficient equipment that is used in the most significant step of the treatment process,” said Jeff Corder, the City’s water/wastewater superintendent. “We are on track to save more than $250,000 annually with these upgrades.”
The project was completed in October by City of Johnson City Water and Sewer Services staff. The $20,000-$30,000 monthly cost savings were realized starting in June, when newly refurbished basins began being placed into service.
“High efficiency air distribution and control equipment was installed in each of the four aeration basins.” Corder said. “We are fortunate to have dedicated and knowledgeable employees on staff with the skillsets necessary to complete this work.”
The $150,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant criteria included energy efficiency, air quality, general public benefit, protection of environmental resources, and creative/new technology. The grant provided 42 percent of the total project funding, resulting in a net cost of $210,000.
The aeration basins contain activated sludge and are the most significant and energy intensive step in the wastewater treatment process. This biological process combines nutrients in the wastewater with an aerobic biomass and dissolved air – waste is converted to carbon dioxide, water and inorganic material. Prior to completion of Brush Creek Aeration Project, two or three 150 horsepower blowers operated continuously to provide adequate dissolved air to the four aeration basins. Since completion of the project, one blower has been sufficient to provide adequate oxygen levels. The blowers and diffusers dated as far back as 1972. The diffusers in all four basins were replaced, along with the air header line feeding the basins. Twenty new air control valves were also installed and all exterior lighting fixtures were upgraded to LEDs as part of the overall project.

CONTACT:
Jeff Corder, water/wastewater superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5999

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Dec 01, 2014

FYI: Bird harassment efforts begin tonight in Gump area

The United States Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services, is scheduled to conduct bird harassment efforts in and adjacent to the Gump Addition neighborhood from December 1st through December 5th. The harassment efforts are an attempt to disrupt the roosting habits of flocks of starlings that have inhabited the neighborhood for the past several years. Harassment efforts will include the use of bird distress calls, light, noise-producing, devices and pest control pyrotechnics. The USDA harassment efforts are scheduled to begin approximately one hour before dark and continue for forty-five minutes to one hour, weather permitting. This effort with the USDA Wildlife Services was approved by the Johnson City Board of Commissioners earlier this year. Residents of the Gump Addition have met with the USDA Wildlife Services, the Johnson City Board of Commissioners, and representatives of several City Departments in an effort to determine a positive solution to this quality of life issue in their neighborhood. 

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Dec 01, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 1

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 
 

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Nov 25, 2014

City of Johnson City awarded Family Justice Center grant

The state’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) has awarded the City of Johnson City a three-year, $240,000 grant to establish a Family Justice Center for Johnson City/Washington County. Administered by the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), this grant will be used to help reach the goals of Governor Bill Haslam’s Public Safety Action Plan to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents locally.
The Family Justice Center model allows a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. These teams include police officers, prosecutors, civil legal service providers, and community-based advocates. Victims can to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, interview with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, receive shelter information, and get transportation assistance, all in one location.
This grant provides funding for a full-time site coordinator. Heather Brack has been selected to fill that role, bringing experience in community development and partnership planning as well as grant management and sustainability for non-profits. Her first task is facilitating a two-year strategic planning phase and identifying a task force to assist in conducting a needs assessment of services currently available for victims of domestic and sexual violence as well as recognizing gaps in services.
“I’m excited to take on this position and am humbled by the task at hand but I understand the significance and the impact the Family Justice Center will have on those who need our support within the community,” Brack said.
Tennessee currently has two established Family Justice Centers, one in Knoxville and one in Memphis. Nashville, Cookeville, and Chattanooga obtained Family Justice Center grants last year.
“We were thrilled to be selected as one of the sites to join in this statewide initiative. The City of Johnson City and the Johnson City Police Department have a history of seeking out community partnerships in order to build successful collaborative projects” said Chief Mark Sirois.

CONTACT:
Becky Haas, director
Targeted Community Crime Reduction
(423)434-6105

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Nov 25, 2014

Johnson City Senior Chorale December concert schedule announced

Johnson City Senior Services has announced the Senior Chorale December concert schedule:
• Dec. 4 – Memorial Park Community Center Senior Services Lobby. The Senior Chorale will be joined by two performing groups for an afternoon of musical expression.
o Heart Strings – 3 p.m., instrumental performance
o Musical Voices – 3:30 p.m., hymns and patriotic songs
o Senior Chorale – 4 p.m., well-known Christmas numbers and folk songs
• Dec. 6 – 12:15 p.m., Jonesborough’s annual Christmas Town Stroll
• Dec. 12 – 6:15 p.m., Jonesborough Art Center, joining the Jonesborough Chorus performance of the Polar Express
• Dec. 13 – 2 p.m., Tipton Haynes Historic Site
• Dec. 18 – 3 p.m., Johnson City Mall (in front of JCPenney)
• Dec. 18 – 5 p.m., Tupelo Honey
• Dec. 20 – noon, Dollywood (just inside entrance)
These performances are made possible by funding provided by the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation and by Arts Build Communities, which is funded through Tennessee specialty license plate sales, and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Johnson City Area Arts Council. Senior Chorale is under the direction of Cherry Smith and accompanist Barbara Knisley.
For more information call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Nov 24, 2014

FYI: Christmas parade set for Dec. 6

The first Saturday in December is the official date for Johnson City’s Christmas Parade and East Tennessee State University’s Winter Celebration.
This special event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, with the parade winding through downtown Johnson City to the ETSU campus, bringing friends and family home and the community together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. In years past, the Christmas Parade has featured over 80 entries, including festive floats, bands, decorated vehicles, dance troupes, and equestrian and community groups.
The 2014 Grand Marshals are Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin, Vice Mayor Clayton Stout and Commissioners Jeff Banyas, Jenny Brock and David Tomita. The most anticipated guests are at the end of the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, riding in the Firehouse Restaurant’s vintage 1925 fire truck.
The parade will begin at 3 p.m. (note: this is an earlier time than originally published), along the same route as last year. Staging begins at 1pm on E. State of Franklin and will include turns onto Colonial Way, to East Main, Buffalo and West Walnut streets before ending at the ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza at 1276 Gilbreath Drive. ETSU will host free music, pictures with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and holiday stories.
Local organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate and compete for the Christmas Parade Star Award given to the Top 3 best parade entries. Participant information and application forms are online at http://downtownjc.org, deadline to enter is December 3. Paper applications are available at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Johnson City Public Library, Hands On Museum and at Nelson’s Fine Art Gallery.
For more information on the Christmas Parade, email Deanna Hays of Friends of Olde Downtowne at blueplumdirector@gmail.com. For information on the ETSU Winter Celebration, email info@etsu.edu.
To stay up-to-date on events, festivals, parades and announcements, “Like” the Friends of Olde Downtowne on Facebook at facebook.com/friendsofoldedowntowne.

CONTACT:
Deanna Hays - (423)797-6449
blueplumdirector@gmail.com

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Nov 24, 2014

JCPD offers holiday shopping safety tips

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department would like to offer citizens the following safety tips.
• One of the best philosophies to fight theft is simple: “Harden the target.” Do not become an easy victim – keep valuables not only locked away but hidden. A burglar is much more likely to take something that is left in plain sight.
• Try to shop during busier hours – the crowds may be larger but there will be more people nearby to help if you need it.
• Don’t shop alone. Go with a friend or family member when possible.
• Do not leave purses unattended in shopping carts.
• Do not carry large amounts of cash.
• Always lock your vehicle, in parking lots and at home.
• Be alert for telephone and internet scams. Do not give out personal information. Only make online purchases from secure, trustworthy websites.
• Most importantly, be aware of personal safety. Be aware of what and who is around you. Park in well-lit spaces, and keep your keys in your hand when going in and out of stores – the less time you stand in a parking lot trying to unlock a car and place packages inside, the better. As you leave the store, stop and scan the area between you and your vehicle. If you see something suspicious, go back inside the store and contact store security or call 911.

“Being the victim of a crime can certainly dampen the holiday spirit,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “These common sense measures can help everyone stay safe and enjoy the season.”

CONTACT:
Maj. Karl Turner
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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Nov 24, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 24

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements
• Medtech Sewer Lift Station – concrete pads

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)

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

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Nov 21, 2014

Volunteers needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering four appointments to the Board of Building Codes. These vacancies include an architectural representative, a commercial building representative, an engineering representative, and a state- or city-certified gas/mechanical contractor. Applicants must be City residents.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years. The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org or may obtain one by calling the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 4.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Nov 20, 2014

Water, sewer work to cause Indian Ridge closure Monday

Indian Ridge Road – between High Street, Miller Street and Sells Avenue – will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 24) for replacement of a sewer manhole and water line modifications. This work zone will be impassable to all traffic including emergency vehicles.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Nov 20, 2014

HZC November meeting canceled

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (set for Tuesday, Nov. 25) has been canceled. The next meeting will take place Dec. 23 at noon in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Matthew Young, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073 

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Nov 19, 2014

MPCC offering Parent’s Night Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering parents a night out without the kids. On Friday, Dec. 12, from 5:30-9 p.m., children ages 3-12 will enjoy pizza, swimming, games, movies, and crafts.
Children will be split into age groups, and all participants must be potty trained. Cost is $15 for the first child; $10 for each additional child in a family. Snacks will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required and will be open online at www.myjcparks.org through Thursday, Dec. 11. Call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Nov 19, 2014

BOC to meet Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., on Monday (Nov. 24) at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation regarding the ETSU Performing Arts Center.

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

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Nov 19, 2014

Community Development, ASP to dedicate new home Sunday

The City of Johnson City, in partnership with Appalachia Service Project Inc., will hold a dedication of a new single-family home at 308 Bettie St. at 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 23).
This home is the first in a partnership between the City’s Community Development Program and the Appalachia Service Projects ASP Tri-Cities Program. The covenant church for this project was Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, with local contractor Tom DeBoard overseeing construction.
“I thank God every day for what he has done for me and want to thank the City, ASP and all the volunteers that were involved in building this new house for me and my family to live in,” said new homeowner James Hammett.
Community Development Director Steve Baldwin said ASP is a perfect partner for the Community Development program.
“It is wonderful to see the first re-construction here in Johnson City under this new partnership with ASP. Hopefully this will be the first of many more,” he said.
ASP President and CEO Walter Crouch is also thrilled with the success of the collaboration thus far.
“Our partnership with Johnson City allows ASP to leverage limited housing funds for the greatest return possible – a brand new home for a family in need. The results of this partnership show the potential of public and private cooperation,” Crouch said.
While the Appalachia Service Project is based in Johnson City, it also operates in four surrounding states and is active in over 30 communities. ASP’s vision is that substandard housing in Central Appalachia will be eradicated and that everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed.
For information about ASP’s Tri-Cities Program, contact the ASP Tri-Cities Supervisor Will Crumley at WCrumley@asphome.org . For all other inquiries, contact Tim Norton at TNorton@asphome.org, call (423) 854-8800, or visit the website at ASPHome.org.

CONTACT:
Steve Baldwin, Community Development director
Development Services
(423)434-6291

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Nov 18, 2014

JCFD offers safe heating tips

The Johnson City Fire Department is asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors and check or replace smoke detectors during the peak months for home heating fires - November through March.

It is easy to place items in front of wall heaters during the warmer months and forget about the consequences when the colder months arrive. Fire codes require that no combustibles be closer than 3 feet to a heater of any type. While only 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, they are involved in 79 percent of home heating fire deaths, according to the report “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Heating equipment continues to be the second leading cause of home fires behind cooking and the second leading cause of home fire deaths behind smoking.

In the past year, the Johnson City Fire Department has responded to seven structure fires that were the result of combustibles being too close to a heating source. And in 2012, the department responded to 21 fires determined to have started by failure of or misuse of heating equipment. The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Other leading factors contributing to home space heater fires were failure to clean, which is principally related to creosote build-up in chimneys, and leaving an operating space heater unattended.

Please remember that wall heaters may still operate and turn on even if the thermostat is in the off position. This feature creates issues when combustibles like clothing, linens, or towels are placed too close to the wall heater.

Safety tips
• Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
• Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
• Never use your oven to heat your home.
• Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
• Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
• Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
• Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
• Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
• Test smoke alarms monthly.

Johnson City Fire Chief Mark Scott reminds us that “no matter how careful you are with home heating, you and your family should be prepared in case fire strikes. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area, test your smoke detectors regularly and replace dead batteries immediately. Also, make and practice a home safety plan. We want everyone living and working in our community to be fire safe.”

Residents of Johnson City needing assistance in obtaining smoke detectors can contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423)975-2840. Residents of other areas can contact their local fire departments about assistance with smoke detectors. 

Contact:
Assistant Fire Marshal Lori Ratliff
(423)483-5832 
 


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Nov 17, 2014

FYI: State issues food safety tips for healthy holiday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Special foods and favorite family recipes are a treasured part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. In addition to enjoying these foods in moderation, the Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to practice safe food handling while preparing, transporting and storing food to protect family and friends from food-borne illness.

“The fall and winter holidays bring lots of celebrations that include wonderful foods made with loving care, but don’t let a celebration go south. Enjoy these foods in moderation and be careful to handle them properly,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “For example, cook food to a proper temperature, handle it safely by not mixing raw meat and raw vegetables on the same surfaces, be really careful if you are deep frying a turkey and stop eating when you are full. Just store food properly and enjoy it again the next day.”

Federal authorities estimate there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses such as norovirus, E. coli, shigella and salmonella in the United States each year–the equivalent of sickening one in six Americans. These illnesses cause an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths nationwide every year.

Safe food handling should start long before a meal is served, beginning with bringing food home from the store and continuing in the kitchen with food storage and preparation. Follow these tips to help keep food safe.

• Wash hands and surfaces: Start with clean hands, counters, utensils and cutting boards before preparing food. Wash surfaces and utensils after each use.
• Don’t cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs securely wrapped and separate from other foods when grocery shopping and in the refrigerator at home. Use separate cutting boards and plates for these items.
• Thaw and marinate foods in the refrigerator. Never thaw or marinate food on the counter, as bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature and make the outside thawed parts dangerous even if the food item is still cold or frozen inside. If planning to use a marinade as a sauce on cooked food, reserve a portion separately before adding raw meat, poultry or seafood. Don’t reuse marinade that has been used on raw food.
• Clean all produce. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water before preparing or serving, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Dry fruits and vegetables with a clean cloth towel or paper towel.
• Keep cold foods cold. Cold food should be stored at 40° Fahrenheit or below and kept at that temperature until serving time to prevent bacterial growth. When taking a chilled dish to a party, transport cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs.
• Cook food thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to be sure food is safely cooked. Steaks, roasts, pork and fish should be cooked to 145° F; ground beef and pork to 160° F; whole chicken, chicken breasts, turkey and ground chicken to 165° F.
• Keep "ready" food hot. Keep prepared hot foods in a warm oven, crock pot or chafing dish to retain proper temperatures at or above 140° F.
• Don't reuse platters or utensils. Using the same platter or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood allows bacteria from raw food juices to spread to cooked food. Use a clean platter and utensils to serve food.
• Chill perishable foods promptly. Leftovers of prepared, perishable foods should be refrigerated within two hours to prevent growth of bacteria. Chilled foods that have remained at room temperature for longer than four hours should be discarded. The refrigerator should be between 32° and 40° F, and the freezer should be at 0° F or below.

Cooks and helpers in the kitchen should wash their hands before preparing food, after handling any raw items and frequently during food prep and cooking. Everyone should wash their hands before eating.

Electric knives, turkey fryers and other cooking gadgets pose a risk of injury if used improperly. Follow all instructions for use of such items and take proper time and care when using them. Turkey fryers also pose a risk for fire, so take care not to overfill with oil and follow manufacturers’ instructions for safe use.

If there’s any question about the safety of a food item before, during or after cooking, remember this rule: “If in doubt, throw it out.”

For more tips on safe food handling and storage, visit www.foodsafety.gov/. You can also learn about the risks of food poisoning in a new web series “Recipes for Disaster,” with fun videos such as “Contaminated Carbo Load” and “Bacteria BBQ” available in both English and Spanish.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit http://health.state.tn.us/.

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Nov 17, 2014

MPCC offering youth camps over holiday break

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host several camps next month for kids ages 6-12.
• Krazy Kamp Dayz: Dec. 22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $20 per child. Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an extra $10 per child. Participants will provide their own lunch and snacks.
• Half Day Sports Camp: Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10 per child. No early drop-off or late pick-up available for this camp.
• Winter Break Camp: Dec. 29-Jan. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $30 per child. No camp on Jan. 1. Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an extra $10 per child. Participants will provide their own lunch and snacks.
Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC starting Nov. 24. For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750 

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Nov 17, 2014

Applications being accepted for PBA appointment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. 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 Friday, Dec. 12.
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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Nov 17, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 17

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – gate repair
• Weaver Hill at Lillers Chapel – water line replacement; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehabilitation
• East Lakeview Drive – sewer construction
• Medtech Sewer Lift Station – concrete pad

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)

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 
 

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Nov 12, 2014

JCTV moved to Charter channel 192

JCTV, the City’s Government Access Channel, has moved to channel 192 on Charter cable. Charter representatives said that basic cable customers still have access to this channel.
Anyone with questions about the new channel lineup should contact their local Charter office.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Nov 10, 2014

Johnson City set to begin construction of King Street stormwater basin

The City of Johnson City closed Friday on the former U-Haul property downtown. With this acquisition, Public Works crews are set to begin the next phase of downtown’s flood mitigation plan.
“We are certainly pleased that we can begin working on the King Street basin,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “We also are pleased that U-Haul has relocated to a prime location at 2805 N. Roan St. in Johnson City. Our acquisition of the former U-Haul site is essential to our ongoing efforts in the downtown area.”
The old U-Haul building is set for demolition following an environmental review. A stormwater detention basin will substantially increase the capacity of the McClure Street basin. This will allow stormwater to accumulate and slowly release back into King Creek.
Currently in the design phase, the project also will include sidewalk repairs and additional parking along Commerce Street, which will be rebuilt to improve drainage flows during high water events.
“We not only want to route stormwater away from flood-prone areas on Market and Commerce, we want to create a greenspace that is aesthetically pleasing,” Pindzola said.
Completion of the King Street basin is targeted for next year.

CONTACT:
Phil Pindzola, director
Public Works
(423)434-6080

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Nov 10, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 10

Water/Sewer projects:
• Judson Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• Shadden Road – bores; lane closures
• Greenwood Subdivision – galvanized waterline replacements
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehabilitation
• East Lakeview Drive – sewer construction

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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

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Nov 06, 2014

2014 Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame inductees announced

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Wall of Fame Nominating Committee is pleased to announce this year’s inductees: Charles B. “Charlie” Campbell, Albert “Tom” Dosser, and Phil Pindzola. They will be honored at a banquet next month.

Charles B. “Charlie” Campbell
• Coach, Parks and Recreation basketball (6-year-old division) – 1986/87-1991/92 season
• Coach, JC National Little League Minor Division – 1988-1990
• Vice President, JC National League Minor Division – 1990-1992
• Manager, JC National Little League Team Major Division – 1993-2010
• President, JC National Little League – October 2010-Present

Campbell credits his friend and mentor Henry Joy Jr. with teaching him what it meant to be a good coach. In 1990, Joy asked Campbell to assist him in coaching the Hamilton Bank Little League team. From then until 1992, Campbell says he learned a tremendous amount about baseball from Joy. The love for the game, the kids and Little League that Joy instilled in him are the reasons he remains in Little League. Campbell started the 1993 season as manager of his own Little League team and continued to manage in the Johnson City National Little League until 2010. In fall 2011, Campbell became president of the Johnson City National Little League and remains in that position today.
Campbell’s awards include:
• 1990 Parks and Recreation “Award for Youth Involvement”
• 1991 Parks and Recreation “Outstanding Service Award”
• 2014 Johnson City National Little League “Doc Whitmore Lifetime Service Award”

Albert “Tom” Dosser
Dosser had an idea that he literally wanted to “put on the map.” He worked with the City of Johnson City and the Department of Forestry to receive permission to cut a new trail on the western slope of Buffalo Mountain. The 2-mile trail runs from a tiny parking area on Dry Creek Road to the mountain’s high point of Tip Top. Dosser’s trail gave visitors a different way to access the park, utilizing the back side of the mountain and providing a longer hike with beautiful views. Though Dosser received help from different scouting and hiking groups, it is well-known that the majority of the labor-intensive work was completed by Dosser, who is in his 80s! Dosser’s trail, known as the Lone Oak Trail, provides a wonderful outdoor nature opportunity for hikers, walkers, bikers, birders and photographers alike.

Phil Pindzola
Pindzola has gone above and beyond in assisting the Parks and Recreation Department over the past 20 years. His contributions include:
• Buffalo Mountain Park – Supervised grading of access road.
• Cardinal Park – Assisted with lighting and performed work on the plaza at park entrance.
• Carnegie Park – Worked to purchase land for the parking area on Watauga Avenue.
• Civitan Park – Actively involved with complete park renovation including installation of light poles.
• Keystone Park – Oversaw construction of structures and installation of drainage.
• Kiwanis Park – Responsible for drainage work as well as re-contouring the creek.
• Lions Park – Installed drainage to prevent constant flooding of ballfields; supervised parking lot project; assisted with bridge project; working on additional parking.
• Metro-Kiwanis Park – Oversaw improvements to area adjacent to tennis courts.
• Paul Christman Park – Successfully spearheaded campaign to purchase property to build the park.
• Pine Oaks Golf Course – Directed crews to completely rebuild every tee on the course.
• Powell Square Park – Responsible for constructing sidewalks around the park.
• Rotary Park – Supervised installation of concrete pads and electric system; will be extensively involved with construction of the Boundless Playground project.
• Science Hill High School – Responsible for drainage, landscaping and walkways.
• Tweetsie Trail – Oversaw construction of trail.
• Winged Deer Park – Led construction of boat ramp and amphitheater; championed the grading/paving of lakefront property.
Pindzola also has been directly involved with the model airplane runway at Bowers Ridge, workshop at Dawn of Hope, walking/jogging path at Lake Ridge Elementary School, Founders Park and public art. In addition, Pindzola served as a Parks and Recreation basketball referee for several years and serves on numerous community and civic boards such as the Salvation Army, Rotary Club, Children’s Advocacy Board, and Stepping Stone Youth Group.

CONTACT:
James Ellis, assistant director
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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Nov 06, 2014

HCDAB meeting will be held Nov. 20

This month’s Housing and Community Development Advisory Board meeting has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 20 at noon and will take place at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.

CONTACT:
Steve Baldwin, Community Development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6291

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Nov 06, 2014

Sewer work to cause lane closure on East Lakeview next 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. Monday through Friday (Nov. 10-14) while sewer work is performed. 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.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Nov 04, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 3

Water/Sewer projects:
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• Shadden Road – bores; lane closures

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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 
 

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Nov 03, 2014

Carver Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 20

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. The meal, provided by area churches and Carver staff, is open to citizens of all ages.
Please call 461-8830 for more information.

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

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Nov 03, 2014

Golf Advisory Board to meet Nov. 19

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Oct 31, 2014

Oak Grove water customers may experience temporary low water pressure

Johnson City water and sewer customers in the Oak Grove area of the SR-36 TDOT construction project may temporarily experience low water pressure or no water on Monday (Nov. 3) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The contractor will be connecting a new water main to existing water lines on the side streets between Orchard Street and Ed Martin Road and making a repair at Gilliam Lane. Any disruption of service should last one to two hours. All work is weather permitting.
For more information, please contact the Water and Sewer Services Department at 461-1645.

CONTACT:
Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2669

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Oct 31, 2014

Senior Services announces ‘paw-parazzi’ photo contest

Senior Services, will host a Pet Paw-parazzi photo contest at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., beginning Monday (Nov. 3).
• Up to five photos (3x5 or 4x6) will be accepted.
• Place name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo submitted.
• Bring photos to MPCC Senior Services reception desk anytime through Friday (Nov. 7).
• Photos will be on display in the Senior Services lobby.
• Judging will take place by senior members and staff Monday, Nov.10 through Friday, Nov. 21.
• Prizes will be awarded Wednesday, Nov. 26 for Best Photo, Cutest Photo, and Funniest Photo.
For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6237
 

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Oct 31, 2014

Freedom Hall Pool closed Saturday-Friday

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will be closed for maintenance tomorrow (Sat., Nov. 1) through Friday (Nov. 7). Those interested in open and lap swim may contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)461-4850.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)461-4872

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Oct 31, 2014

MPCC offering Homeschool Soccer Camp next week

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a three-day Homeschool Soccer Camp on Nov. 5, 7 and 14. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day, participants ages 6-12 will learn the basics and fundamental of soccer.
Fee is $20 per child. Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. For more information, call (423)461-4851 or email rensor@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851

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Oct 31, 2014

PAC to feature Bob Ross workshops

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will host two Make it and Take it Bob Ross workshops for children ages 8 and older. The theme for the first workshop, on Nov. 8, is winter snow. The second workshop, set for Nov. 22, will feature autumn.
Each workshop is $40 and will be held from 10 a.m. until noon.
For more information or to register, call PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800

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Oct 29, 2014

BOC to meet Monday; Thursday’s work session canceled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will meet in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., on Monday (Nov. 3) at 5:30 p.m. for presentation of the GIS Strategic Plan.
The joint work session of the BOC and Board of Education scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 has been canceled.

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

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Oct 29, 2014

City public safety departments offer Halloween safety tips

The Johnson City Fire and Police departments offer the following safety tips to help ensure a happy Halloween for our community:
• Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision.
• Drivers should be extremely cautious of trick-or-treaters and others walking along roadways.
• Trick-or-treaters should not approach homes that aren’t well lit. Front porch lights are a universal sign that trick-or-treaters are welcome.
• When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. Make sure eye holes in masks are large enough so children can see clearly.
• Provide children with flashlights or glowsticks to carry.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
• It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Be sure to place lit pumpkins far away from anything that can burn and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
• Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

CONTACT:
Jerome Palmer, assistant chief 
Johnson City Fire Department 
(423)483-5830
 

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Oct 29, 2014

Local artists to be featured at PAC next month

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will showcase the art of Elizabethton’s Wayne Ritchie and artists from the Arc of Washington County throughout November. Ritchie’s featured works will be large-scale oils. The Arc display will include a variety of mixed media.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800

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Oct 29, 2014

MPCC offering Fitness with Kalen

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Fitness with Kalen classes for teens, adults and seniors. Certified instructor Kalen Arnold is specifically licensed in Zumba and Piloxing.
• Piloxing: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5 per class
• Booty Blast: Mondays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3 per class
• Zumba: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $3 per class
• All About the Arms: Tuesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3 per class
• Chiseled Abs: Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3 per class
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851 

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Oct 29, 2014

Crafts for Kids and Kids at Heart to be offered Monday

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Crafts for Kids and Kids at Heart from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 3). Instructor Sarah Dorr will teach participants crafts they can do with kids and/or grandkids. Open to adults; class fee is $3.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6237

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Oct 27, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 27

Water/Sewer projects:
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• Highway 75 – restoration
• Browns Mill Road – sewer line tap; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.
• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 
 

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Oct 23, 2014

Nuline dance classes offered at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Nuline dance class and Nuline dance fitness beginning Monday, Nov. 3. Class schedules are as follows:
Nuline dance:
• Beginners – Mondays, 5:45 p.m. and Tuesdays, 1 p.m.
• Intermediate – Mondays, 7 p.m.
Nuline dance fitness:
• Mondays, 9 a.m.
In addition, monthly Saturday night dance parties will be scheduled. Nuline uses all genres of music for all ages and skill levels. It is a great way to learn dance while enjoying a low-impact physical and mental workout. Fee is $5 per class. No partner required.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749 or email rachelp@nulinedance.com.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Oct 22, 2014

JCFD offering free smoke detectors, installation

On Saturday, Nov. 8, representatives from the American Red Cross will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout the city to take requests from citizens for free smoke detectors to be installed. The Johnson City Fire Department will follow up with those residents to set up an appointment for installation. This service is part of the JCFD’s smoke detector program, which provides detectors and installation free of charge for those living with the Johnson City city limits.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms sounded in just half of all home fires reported between 2007 and 2011. Three out of every five home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.
Anyone living in Johnson City may request this service by contacting the department at 975-2840 or smokedetectors@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Jerome Palmer, assistant chief 
Johnson City Fire Department
(423)483-5830
 

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Oct 21, 2014

Skyline widening to begin Monday

On Monday (Oct. 27), Public Works crews will begin widening Skyline Drive. The road will be closed from Robin Hood Lane to Clearview Drive from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays. The project will begin at 1100 Skyline Drive and proceed southwest. Residents living southwest of the 1100 block (including Miller Crest, Anderson Ridge, and Fox Glen) will need to enter and exit their neighborhood by using Indian Ridge Road and Clearview Drive or North State of Franklin Road. Residents of the 1100 block should expect delays while this project under way.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area, as construction equipment and personnel will be present during work hours.

CONTACT:
Keith Swift, general supervisor
Public Works – Street
(423)975-2855

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Oct 20, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 20

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – restoration; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – restoration; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• Highway 75 – sewer line construction; lane closures
• Indian Ridge Road – sewer rehab
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible. 
 
 

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Oct 20, 2014

Palmer named assistant chief

The Johnson City Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Capt. Jerome Palmer to the rank of assistant chief of operations. Assistant Chief Palmer will manage the operations of the Fire Suppression Division, which is responsible for all fire response, emergency medical response, hazardous materials response, and urban search and rescue response in the city. It is the department’s largest division, consisting of 108 personnel, nine fire stations, and 15 pieces of equipment.

“Assistant Chief Palmer holistically possesses the education, training, and job experience necessary to fulfill this position,” said Chief Mark Scott. “He has always been an asset to the department, and I am confident that he will be a positive influence in moving the department forward.”

His education includes a master’s degree in executive fire leadership, a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a certification as an executive fire officer from the National Fire Academy. He has been an employee of the Johnson City Fire Department for 21 years and was previously employed by the Jonesborough Fire Department for more than two years. For five and a half years, he managed the Fire Training Division and served as coordinator for the Regional Recruit Training School. Assistant Chief Palmer also served in the rank of lieutenant in the Fire Suppression Division for nine years. He most recently held the rank of Captain for approximately one year and worked as the interim assistant chief of operations.

Assistant Chief Palmer is a lifelong resident of the area and is a second generation firefighter. His father, Franklin Palmer, was a 20-year veteran of the Johnson City Fire Department until losing a courageous battle with cancer. Assistant Chief Palmer has one son, Ethan, and one daughter, Emily. Ethan is junior at East Tennessee State University, where he is majoring in physical therapy. Emily is freshman at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she is majoring in American history and education. Assistant Chief Palmer was recently married to Melissa Dickard of Charlotte, N.C. 

Contact: Chief Mark Scott, 975-2852 
  

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Oct 15, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Oct. 23

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road. 

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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Oct 14, 2014

Cost savings, voter turnout reasons to consider municipal election date change

With early voting set to begin tomorrow – and Election Day three weeks away – the City of Johnson City wants voters to be informed about the Home Rule Charter Amendment on the ballot. This amendment states: Shall the Charter of the City of Johnson City be amended to move the election of the City Commissioners and School Board Members to coincide with the general state election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and extending the terms of the current office holders also to coincide with the general state election held in November and thereafter setting the terms of office for the Board of Commissioners and School Board Members to a term of four (4) years with the beginning of such term on the first Monday in December after the general state election?
Currently, City elections take place the fourth Tuesday in April of every other (odd) year. Commissioners and school board members take office the first Monday in May following each election.
The consideration of changing election dates primarily is based on the savings to taxpayers. The last municipal election (April 2013) cost $77,867. According to the Washington County Election Commission, the City would incur no cost should the election date be moved to coincide with the November general election cycle.
Additionally, voter turnout would likely increase significantly. Between 9 and 12 percent of registered voters have shown up over the past three City elections, whereas more than 60 percent voted in the most recent general election.
For more information regarding the Home Rule Charter Amendment, feel free to contact Assistant City Manager Charlie Stahl at 434-6002.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Oct 13, 2014

Carver Rec Halloween Festival set for Nov. 1

The annual Halloween Festival at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games. Admission is: $1 for children in costume, $2 for children not in costume, and $3 for adults. Game tickets are 50 cents each. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in three age groups.
For more information, please call Carver Rec at 461-8830.

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

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Oct 13, 2014

BOC, BOE to hold joint work sessions

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will hold joint work sessions for budget discussions on Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20. These meetings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Oct 13, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 13

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Creek Road – waterline lateral replacement
• McKinley Road and State of Franklin Road – root removal
• Cedar Point Drive – retaining wall extension
• University Parkway – waterline repair; lane closures
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

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Oct 10, 2014

Indian Ridge closure set for week of Oct. 20

Sewer rehabilitation work on Indian Ridge Road (from Market Street to Harding Avenue) has been postponed due to rain. The updated advisory is as follows:
Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Harding Avenue: Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, Indian Ridge Road from West Market Street to Harding Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. while approximately 350 linear feet of sewer line is excavated and replaced. This is expected to take four days, weather permitting.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Oct 10, 2014

Applications being accepted for Civil Service Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission addresses Police and Fire employees’ civil service grievances and meets quarterly. Each term is two years.

Applications may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or may be mailed or faxed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at (423)434-6195. 

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021
  

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Oct 10, 2014

Senior advisory council, foundation board to hold joint meeting Nov. 6

The Senior Services Advisory Council and the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board will hold a joint called meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please call Donna Campbell at 434-6230.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6237
 

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Oct 06, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 6

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Creek Road – waterline lateral replacement
• McKinley Road and State of Franklin Road – root removal
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

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Oct 02, 2014

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Foundation Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering three appointments to the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board. The foundation is responsible for supporting and participating in special events and assisting in fundraising efforts to benefit Senior Center operations, services and/or capital improvements. Each term is three years.
Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6021. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Senior Center Foundation, please call Donna Campbell at 434-6230.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Oct 02, 2014

Parks and Rec basketball registration under way

Parks and Recreation youth basketball registration under way
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Athletic Division is now accepting registrations for the youth basketball program. Divisions offered are boys and girls ages: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Registration fee is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-Johnson City residents. Registration deadline is Oct. 25. Late registrations will be assessed a $20 fee.
Practices will begin Nov. 8, and games will begin Dec. 1.
Register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday or online at www.myjcparks.org. Please call 283-5822 for more information.

Youth basketball coaches, refs and scorekeepers to meet next week
Anyone interested in participating in Parks and Recreation youth basketball as a referee, scorekeeper or coach is asked to attend an organizational meeting. Returning and new coaches will meet Oct. 6. Returning and new referees and scorekeepers will meet Oct. 22. Both meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. Please call 283-5822 for more information. 

Adult basketball registration under way
The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Athletic Division is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 adult basketball season. Leagues offered are Men’s Open-Church and Women’s Open. Registration fee is $400 plus $5 for each non-Johnson City resident on the roster. Rosters and photo IDs of each player are due at time of registration. The season includes a 14-game schedule plus a single-elimination tournament. Entry deadline is Nov. 7, and league play will begin the week of Dec. 1.
Registrations can only be taken in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. Please call 283-5822 for more information.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5822 


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Oct 02, 2014

Boot Scootin’ Boogie dance party set for Oct. 30

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold a Boot Scootin’ Boogie Line Dance Party. So put on your boots and your pink – in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and join Martha Davenport and Fran Pair for line dancing from 6-8 p.m.
Admission is $2; donations go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.
For more information call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Oct 01, 2014

Volunteers needed to serve on Tree and Landscape Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering appointments to the Tree and Landscape Board. Each term is three years. This board advises the Board of Commissioners on the promotion and management of the urban forest and the overall appearance of Johnson City.

A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may be picked up at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may be mailed or faxed by calling 434-6021. Deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 31.

For more information regarding Tree and Landscape Board functions, please contact City Forester Pat Walding at 975-2681 or walding@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Oct 01, 2014

Annual fall leaf collection starts Nov. 3

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Dec. 19. Several trucks will be used throughout the City and a minimum of two pick-ups should occur within each neighborhood during the leaf collection period.

Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street). Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

As a reminder, brush collection takes place year-round but may be altered due to leaf collection. The City defines brush as: tree trimmings, shrubbery (with no roots), limbs, etc., generated by routine maintenance of a property by the homeowner. Here are some collection guidelines to help homeowners as they clear brush and prepare for fall yard work.

• Brush piles must not exceed 10-foot lengths, must be piled straight and placed behind or on the curb for collection. Do not place brush on center medians or islands.
• Do not place brush next to objects such as fences, guy wires, and poles or under trees. Equipment is restricted in those areas.
• Brush may not be mixed with other debris. Brush mixed with leaves, grass, lumber, dirt, rock, concrete, building materials or other debris will not be collected until properly separated.

Anyone hired to trim or remove trees, shrubs, etc., is required to remove the resulting brush from the property. Failure to do so may result in a court citation.

CONTACT:
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2700

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Oct 01, 2014

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 11

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 11, with 2,000 rainbow trout up for grabs in Johnson City’s annual “Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” fishout. Children ages 3-14 are invited to participate from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in this free event. Poles and bait will be provided, and hundreds of prizes will be given. Volunteers will clean the fish caught by youth so they can take them home to cook!

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 12, the rest of the community is invited to fish for the remaining trout for a donation of $10 per hour (proceeds go to the fishout program). Fishing will take place from noon until 5 p.m.

“Say YES to Fishing, Say NO to Drugs” was started in 1989 as a way to get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity.

“We want to encourage young people’s interest in the positive things life has to offer, and to discourage involvement with drugs,” said Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois.

The program has seen broad-based community support ever since. Area sponsors provide prizes, exhibits and activities for participants. Local volunteers donate their time to work the event, along with representatives from the Johnson City Police and Fire departments, Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Army National Guard.

For more information, contact the Johnson City Police Department at (423)434-6122.

CONTACT:
Glenda Aschenback, administrative coordinator
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6170

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Oct 01, 2014

Westbound lanes of University Parkway at Franklin Street closed

The westbound lanes of University Parkway at Franklin Street are closed due to a waterline break. Traffic is being diverted to the eastbound lanes, which are now two-way. Notice will be sent when the line is repaired and the road reopened.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638

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Oct 01, 2014

Indian Ridge closure to begin next week

The sewer rehabilitation work on Indian Ridge Road (from Market Street to Harding Avenue) that was scheduled to begin tonight has been postponed until next week. The updated advisory is as follows:
Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Harding Avenue: Beginning Monday (Oct. 6), Indian Ridge Road from West Market Street to Harding Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. while approximately 350 linear feet of sewer line is excavated and replaced. This is expected to take four days, weather permitting.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Sep 30, 2014

MPCC to offer Start Smart Basketball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball for ages 3-5. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach participants the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball without the intimidation of competition or fear of injury. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with children during instruction. Age-appropriate instruction in dribbling, ball handling, passing, catching, shooting and agility will be provided. Classes are available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays or Thursdays from Oct. 13 through Nov. 20. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt.
Space is limited, and registration is open through Oct. 16 at MPCC and www.myjcparks.org. Program cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. Participants should wear tennis shoes and athletic clothing and should bring their own water bottles.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Sep 30, 2014

Country Picnic and Barn Dance set for Oct. 21

Senior Services is inviting citizens 50+ to put on their boots and hats and head to Grace Meadow Farm in Jonesborough for a Country Picnic and Barn Dance on Tuesday, Oct. 21. From 4-7 p.m., Martha Davenport will lead seniors in line dancing to live music by Art and Cathy and Friends.
Admission is $3 per person and limited transportation is available from Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for an additional $2 per person. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair and snacks to share. Drinks and hotdogs will be provided.
For more information call (423) 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Sep 29, 2014

Buffalo Valley to host 12th annual JCSC Foundation Golf Tournament

On Friday, Oct. 17, Buffalo Valley Golf Course will host the 12th annual Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Golf Tournament. The four-person select shot tournament is $60 per player. All funds will support Senior Services. Hole-in-one prizes include $15,000 cash; three night/two round “stay and play” vacation at TPC San Antonio; four day/three night golf vacation at French Lick Resort; and Travis Mathew head-to-toe signature outfit plus $500 online shopping spree. Prizes also will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams; longest drive men, women, and senior; closest to pin; and closest to line. Tournament schedule is as follows:
• Registration – 10 a.m.
• Putting Contest – 11:30 a.m.
• Lunch – Noon
• Tee-Off – 1 p.m.
• Shotgun start
For more information call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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Sep 29, 2014

Fall nature programs coming up at Winged Deer Park

Parks and Recreation is offering a couple unique opportunities to experience fall nature. Both programs are open to all ages with a fee of $1 per person. These are nature adventures, so participants should dress accordingly.
• Oct. 8: Full Hunter’s Moon Hike at Winged Deer Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Take advantage of Fall Break and join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan for some sights and sounds of twilight. This is sure to be a completely different sensory experience as the nocturnal animals take over. The leisurely, family-oriented walk will follow the wooded trails around the “back 40” area of the park. The program will begin at the outdoor classroom (park at the far end of the disc golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road and follow the signs). Participants are asked to bring a flashlight.
• Oct. 11: Behold the Bat at Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin, 10-11 a.m. Open to all ages. Fee is $1 per person. Just in time to get in the mood for Halloween, participants will learn the dos and don’ts of attracting bats with a bat house. Come learn all about these incredible and misunderstood animals.
For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821
 

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Sep 29, 2014

Medical students to bring anatomy display to Carver Rec

Citizens are invited to Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to learn all about the human body. Quillen College of Medicine students will be on hand to explain how the brain, kidneys, liver, and other body parts function.
For more information, please call Carver Rec at 461-8830.

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

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Sep 29, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 29

Water/Sewer projects:
• Timberlake Road/Oakstone Drive – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Steadman Road – waterline extension; lane closures
• Combs Road – waterline replacement; lane closures
• Elizabethton Highway (Chinquapin) - waterline replacement; lane closures
• Cedar Creek Road – waterline lateral replacement
• 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)

Public Works projects:
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Knob Creek Road to Med-Tech Parkway) – roadway improvements. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street at Alabama Street – crosswalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 
 

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Sep 29, 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.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233 

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Sep 26, 2014

FYI: Rabies vaccine baits to be distributed Sept. 27-Oct. 4

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will be distributing oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in portions of east Tennessee to vaccinate raccoons and prevent the spread of rabies in the state.
Residents of Bradley, Carter, Cocke, Franklin, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hawkins, Lincoln, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Sequatchie, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties will see lowflying fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft and also slow moving vehicles distributing rabies vaccine by air and ground from Sept. 27-Oct. 24. ORV baits are small white plastic packets that are coated in fishmeal crumbles or inserted into a fishmeal block and placed in suitable raccoon habitat.
ORV baits should be left alone whenever possible. However, if found where children or pets play, they should be moved into a fencerow, woodlot, ditch or other raccoon habitat with a gloved hand. Damaged baits should be bagged and disposed of in the trash. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly after skin contact with any ORV bait.
ORV baits are not harmful to your pets, although eating too many may cause vomiting or diarrhea. Do not risk getting bitten by taking bait away from your pet. Instead, confine your pet and check and remove any additional bait found in the area. If your pet does eat a bait you should avoid your pet’s saliva for 24 hours and wash any skin that may have been licked.
If you have additional questions about ORV or find ORV bait please call 866-487-3297 for additional information.

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Sep 25, 2014

MPCC offering Zumba Pink for breast cancer awareness

From 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.15, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a one-time Zumba Pink class with all proceeds going toward the support of breast cancer awareness. Class fee is $5 per person.
Do something for your health while supporting a worthwhile cause. The person who brings the most guests will win a prize. Participants are asked to wear pink.
For more information call (423)461-4851 or email rensor@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851
 

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Sep 25, 2014

Sewer work to cause Indian Ridge closures

Due to ongoing sewer rehabilitation work, the Water and Sewer Services Department has issued the following traffic advisories:
Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to High Street: Beginning Monday (Sept. 29), portions of Indian Ridge Road between West Market and High streets will be reduced to one lane. Flaggers will be directing traffic around the work areas. This work is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Harding Avenue: Beginning Wednesday (Oct. 1), Indian Ridge Road from West Market Street to Harding Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. while approximately 350 linear feet of sewer line is excavated and replaced. This is expected to take four days, weather permitting.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Sep 24, 2014

Drug Take Back event set for Saturday

Citizens are invited to a free drug disposal event Saturday (Sept. 27) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and Insight Alliance, Operation Rx Disposal allows citizens the chance to dispose of unused or expired medications in a safe manner. Pharmacists will be on-hand to answer medication questions.
“Keeping medications that will not be used in the home poses a safety risk because they could be accidentally ingested or stolen,” said Johnson City Police Sgt. Scotty Carrier.
Environmental Auditor Jim Culbert added that medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain.
“Medications that are improperly discarded pose a great threat to our waterways and wildlife,” he said. “Disposing of medications through a safe and secure means, such as at the Police Department, is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected.”
Anyone who is unable to attend Saturday’s event may discard medications at a drop box located in the JCPD lobby from 6 a.m.-midnight, Monday through Friday.
For more information, please contact Sgt. Carrier at 434-6143.

CONTACT:
Sgt. Scotty Carrier
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6143

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Sep 23, 2014

Public comment period for stormwater program set for Monday

The City of Johnson City will hold a public comment period for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Annual Report (Stormwater Program) on Monday (Sept. 29) from 5-6 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Andy Best, stormwater manager
Public Works
(423)975-2854

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Sep 23, 2014

Applications being accepted for PBA appointment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. 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 Tuesday, Oct. 7.
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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Sep 23, 2014

Take Charge of Your Diabetes at MPCC

Having trouble managing your diabetes? Join Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a free six-week program that will help those living with diabetes identify common problems, develop healthy eating habits and physical activity, and manage medication and blood sugar. Participants will develop a management action plan. Senior Services will host the program at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursdays starting Oct. 9. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Sep 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 22

Water/Sewer projects:
• 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
• 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)

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 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 citizensurvey@johnsoncitytn.org or call 434-6196.

CONTACT:
Lora Grogg, budget manager
Administration
(423)434-6196

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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 http://health.tn.gov/healthyhomes. 
 

 

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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.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749 

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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.

CONTACT:
Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053

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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.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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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. 

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

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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.

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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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.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Sep 08, 2014

MPCC to host Fall Break Sports Camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Fall Break Sports Camp for both Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $30, and children will enjoy participating in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, kickball, arts and crafts, swimming, and much more. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch, snack, and swim clothing every day. Camp will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.
• Johnson City: Oct. 6-10
• Washington County: Oct. 20-24
Register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Please call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Renee Ensor, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Sep 08, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 8

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 04, 2014

Winged Deer boat ramp to be closed Sept. 12-14

The Winged Deer Park lakefront public access boat ramp off Carroll Creek Road will be closed Sept. 12-14 for the US Title Series “Tennessee’s Wettest Half Mile Boat Race.” In addition, no boats will be allowed to dock along the shoreline during the three-day schedule.
For information on the US Title Series race go to www.ustitleseries.net or search Facebook for “Winged Deer Quake on the Lake.”

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

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Sep 02, 2014

Public invited to offer input on Winged Deer Park master plan

The City of Johnson City’s Parks & Recreation Department will host three public meetings on Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 8 to discuss the master plan for Winged Deer Park and its lakefront. Public input is encouraged.
The Sept. 25 and Oct. 23 meetings will be held at 4 p.m. in conjunction with regularly scheduled Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings. The third meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. All meetings will be held in the Dining Room at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
To request special accommodations or assistance, please contact Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, administrative coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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Aug 29, 2014

Civil Service Commission to meet Thursday

The Civil Service Commission will meet Thursday (Sept. 4) 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)434-6195

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Aug 29, 2014

Food co-op survey now available

The Livable Communities Committee of the Community Partnerships Initiative of Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County is exploring interest in and support for a food co-op in the Johnson City area. Citizens are encouraged to visit www.johnsoncitytn.org and click on “Johnson City Food Cooperative Survey” under “Most Popular” to provide vital feedback on this endeavor. Participants will have the option to provide contact information so they can be kept up-to-date on potential development of a co-op.

CONTACT:
Steve Baldwin, Community Development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6291

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Aug 29, 2014

East Main Street work to resume Wednesday

Public Works crews will resume work on the road improvements to East Main Street next week. To allow for construction of new curbs on the north side of the street, the westbound lane will be closed between South Broadway Street and Bert Street starting Wednesday morning (Sept. 3). 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 be in place for approximately three weeks.

CONTACT:
Mike Arsenault, assistant director
Public Works
(423)975-2707
 

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Aug 29, 2014

MPCC to offer Wiffle-Waffle Breakfast and Game

In honor of National Waffle Week, Senior Services will offer a Wiffle ball game and waffle breakfast on Tuesday (Sept. 2) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Game starts at 9 a.m.; breakfast will be served to participants from 9:30-11 a.m. Entry fee is $2 per person.
For more information and registration, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Aug 29, 2014

Senior Olympics entry form now available at MPCC

First District Tennessee Senior Olympics entry forms are now available at the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Entry deadline is Sept. 12 (no late registrations will be accepted). Entry fee is $25; extra fees apply to golf and bowling. The Olympic Games will be held Oct. 11-22 at various locations throughout the Tri-Cities.
For more information and registration, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Aug 29, 2014

Line dance party set for Sept. 13

In honor of National Line Dance Week, Senior Services will offer a line dance party on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-5 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The party will include a Cutest Western Outfit contest with prizes, corn hole, refreshments, a photo booth, and beginner line dances for the first hour. Admission is $3 per person. The event is open to all ages.
For more information and registration, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Aug 27, 2014

FYI: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this Labor Day weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this busy holiday weekend.
The Johnson City Police Department reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. Preliminary figures indicate there have been 3,981 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers on Tennessee roadways from January 1 through August 15, 2014. That is 339 fewer (down 7.8%) than the 4,320 crashes during those same time period in 2013.
During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 16 motorists died in 15 fatal traffic crashes across Tennessee, six of which were alcohol-related (38%). That is an increase from the 13 people killed (23.1%) in vehicle crashes during the 2012 holiday weekend. Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. So far in 2014, 50% of all motor vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a safety restraint. 

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Aug 27, 2014

Senior Services announces vacation photo contest

Senior Services wants to see your best shot! Beginning next Tuesday (Sept. 2), residents are encouraged to submit up to five vacation photos to the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Name, address and phone number must be placed on the back of each submitted photo. Senior Services members and staff will select Best Photo and Runner-up, Funniest Photo and Staff Favorite. Prizes will be awarded Sept. 24.
Only 3x5 and 4x6 photos will be accepted. Deadline for entry is Sept. 5; photos will be on display in the lobby through Sept. 19.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233
 

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Aug 26, 2014

Customers advised of temporary water/sewer emergency number

Johnson City Water and Sewer customers are advised that from 6:30 until 8:30 tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 26), the published Water and Sewer Services emergency number will not be available. This line also will be down for about 10 minutes overnight.
Any water/sewer emergency or outage during these times should be reported to 218-7634. 

CONTACT:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6061
 

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Aug 26, 2014

Agenda review moved to Wednesday

Due to the Labor Day holiday, next week’s Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 3) at 6 p.m.

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

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Aug 25, 2014

Carver Rec middle school basketball clinic starts next week

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a six-week middle school basketball clinic from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 2.Instructors Herb Greenlee and Buzzy Love will lead participants through fundamentals, skill building, drills and competition.
Fee is $1 per session. Clinic is open to boys and girls ages 11-13. Registration deadline is Saturday (Aug. 30).
For more information, call Caver Recreation at 461-8830.

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

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Aug 25, 2014

Friendship Walkers program now at Carver Rec

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., is challenging citizens to start walking! The Friendship Walkers will walk year-round, Monday through Friday, 8-9 a.m. or 4-6 p.m. Incentives will be given to participants throughout the year. There is no charge for the program.
Gather friends, family and neighbors, and get started to prepare for the 100-Man Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11. From 9-11 a.m., participants will walk as many laps as they can, with the person walking the most laps winning a prize package with certificates from local restaurants. Registration opens on Oct. 6, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. Entry fee is $3 per person.
For more information, call Caver Recreation at 461-8830.

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

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Aug 25, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 25-Sept. 2

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• 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.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Cedar Creek and Bobby Hicks Hwy - Waterline replacement
• Timberlake Road - Waterline replacement; lane closures 
• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel - Waterline extension; lane closures 

Thomas Construction:
Galvanized Waterline Replacements – McKinley, S. Barton, Burleson, S. Center, First Street, S. Beech (all located between W. Market and McKinley), Greenwood Subdivision 

Summers-Taylor:
SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) - TDOT’s Contractor – Water & Sewer Replacement
Interstate 26 @ SR-75 Exit (Bobby Hicks) – TDOT’s Contractor – Water Replacement

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Aug 19, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet at 3 p.m. Aug. 21

The Aug. 21 meeting of the Freedom Hall Advisory Board has been moved to 3 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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Aug 18, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to host basketball clinic

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a basketball clinic for ages 6-16 on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon. The clinic – instructed by the Milligan College men’s basketball team and led by Coach Bill Robinson – is designed for all skill levels. Fee is $10 per person.
For more information, call 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4851
 

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Aug 15, 2014

TCCRP wins NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program award

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is proud to honor the Johnson City Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP) with its Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Southern Region in recognition of their work in preventing crime and improving public safety. The award is given out annually at the National Forum on Criminal Justice. This year’s awards were given out at a luncheon on August 12 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

"The Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project is honored to receive this prestigious award and recognizes that the success of the program is due to the collaboration and commitment of the many partnering agencies involved," said TCCRP Director Becky Haas.
Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, the TCCRP seeks to prevent crime, rebuild neighborhoods, improve law enforcement and provide offender intervention for probationers and parolees. Program efforts include evidence-based prevention, enforcement and intervention strategies to reduce juvenile delinquency, as well implementing Data-Drive Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, crime mapping software and neighborhood and business watch initiatives. The TCCRP also collaborated with the local corrections community to create a unique probation in the state of Tennessee, a Day Reporting Center that builds coping skills, sobriety, and education and job opportunities for probationers and parolees.

“What makes the Johnson City Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project unique is the true collaboration and the willingness to find new and better ways to address crime and recidivism,” said William Scollon, director of the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs. “Between the project evaluators and the many local partners, both funded and unfunded, there is little doubt about sustainability with this project.”
Since the program began in April 2013, the TCCRP has implemented 19 initiatives to achieve its goal and Johnson City has seen overall reductions in arrests and incidents. At the Science Hill Alternative School, juvenile disciplinary actions decreased from 2.0 incidents per child to 1.6 incidents per child, while juvenile absences from the school dropped 15.8 percent. In areas of high crime targeted by TCCRP actions, the number of neighborhood incidents has decreased by 26 percent and arrests have declined by 19 percent. Business owners and residents have also reported that they feel safer and that the quality of life has improved. By the collaborative effort of the local corrections community, the program created the first probation of its kind in the state of Tennessee, a Day Reporting Center that builds coping skills, sobriety, education, and job opportunities, as well works to reduce recidivism for probationers and parolees.

The NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are given out annually to five criminal justice programs as a way to seek out and share successful criminal justice programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. The winning programs are innovative and can document concrete results. Programs are evaluated on the following dimensions:

• Address an important criminal justice issue;
• Demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies and disciplines
• Provide quantitative evidence of accomplishing program goals;
• Are a good example of used of federal funds to initiate the program that is subsequently supported through state and local funds or is self-sustaining; and
• Can be easily replicated in other jurisdictions.

For more information on NCJA, please visit http://www.ncja.org. To learn more about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program awards and view previous winners visit http://ncja.org/outstanding-criminal-justice-program-awards. 
 
 

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Aug 15, 2014

Palmer promoted to JCFD captain

The Johnson City Fire Department is pleased to announce that Jerome A. Palmer has been promoted to the rank of captain in the Fire Suppression Division. Capt. Palmer is a 21-year veteran of the JCFD and is a second generation firefighter. Prior to joining the City of Johnson City, Capt. Palmer was a Jonesborough firefighter for two years.
“His years of experience and training combined with a strong educational background has proven to be a great asset to the department,” said Chief Mark Scott, noting that Capt. Palmer holds a master’s degree in executive leadership, a bachelor’s degree in political science, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program.
Capt. Palmer has served as interim captain since October 2013. This position required him to supervise the operations of nine fire stations, 12 pieces of fire equipment, and 36 personnel. Chief Scott said that Capt. Palmer excelled in the position, demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and strong values.

CONTACT:
Chief Mark Scott
Johnson City Fire Department
(423)975-2840
 

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Aug 15, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 15-24

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• 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. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Cedar Creek & Bobby Hicks Hwy - Waterline replacement
• Bryant Lane - Waterline extension; lane closures at Indian Ridge
• Ned King - Water lateral replacement
• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel - Waterline extension
• Winged Deer Park - Waterline Maintenance

Thomas Construction:
Galvanized Waterline Replacements – McKinley, S. Barton, Burleson, S. Center, First Street, S. Beech (all located between W. Market and McKinley)

Summers-Taylor:
SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) - TDOT’s Contractor – Water & Sewer Replacement
Interstate 26 @ SR-75 Exit (Bobby Hicks) – TDOT’s Contractor – Water Replacement 

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Aug 13, 2014

JC Community Concert Band to play Monday at MPCC

The Johnson City Community Concert Band will perform a free concert at the Memorial Park Community Center Amphitheatre, 510 Bert St., at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 18).
Parks and Recreation invites you to bring the family for this special outdoor show, which will feature a variety of musical selections including showtunes, James Bond themes, and marches.
For more information, please call (423)283-5815.

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

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Aug 13, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Aug. 21

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road. 

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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Aug 12, 2014

Wastewater facilities earn six awards in July

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 its fourth consecutive Gold Peak Performance Award. Gold status recognizes treatment facilities that have achieved 100 percent compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for an entire calendar year. The Brush Creek and Knob Creek wastewater treatment plants achieved Silver status. While Silver awards allow for up to five NPDES permit violations in a calendar year, both of those facilities had just one.
The other three awards came from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. Each plant was recognized for Operational Excellence for achieving permit compliance with no more than one NPDES permit violation.
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 1 billion gallons a year. The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves Central, West, and South Johnson City and processes 3.7 billion gallons a year. The Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant serves North Johnson City and processes 1.3 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:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6061

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Aug 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Aug. 8-17

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• 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. 

Water and Sewer Services projects

• Cedar Creek and Bobby Hicks Highway – Waterline replacement
• Bryant Lane – Waterline extension; lane closures at Indian Ridge
• Ned King – Water lateral replacement
• 3411 North St. – Manhole installation and waterline maintenance
• Shadden Road and Hales Chapel – Waterline extension
• Winged Deer Park – Waterline maintenance 
 
Thomas Construction
Galvanized waterline replacements – McKinley, S. Barton, Burleson, S. Center, First Street, S. Beech (all located between W. Market and McKinley)

Summers-Taylor (TDOT projects)
SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water and sewer replacement
Interstate 26 @ SR 75 Exit (Bobby Hicks) – water replacement 

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Aug 05, 2014

Citizens invited to complete Senior Services survey

Senior Services is asking for citizens’ input to assist in planning programs and events at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. A survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeniorServices-MPCC. Those without access to a computer can visit the lab at MPCC Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The staff of Senior Services values your input.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Aug 05, 2014

Sign up today for the Senior Services Fall Fun Challenge

Senior Services will offer a Fall Fun Challenge on Wednesday, Sept.17. This innovative new wellness program is free but pre-registration is required. Challenges will combine mind and body health through specialized programming and classes. Challenges will be conducted every four months to evaluate progress.
Sign up for your Fall Fun Challenge session at the Senior Services reception desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. This program is open to all fitness levels.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233
 

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Aug 05, 2014

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering one appointment to the Board of Building Codes. This vacancy is for a licensed gas/mechanical contractor who lives inside the city limits.
This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. The board also decides questions of code interpretation and recommends any code changes to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years. The board meets at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month on an as-needed basis.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Building Codes may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards or may call the Community Relations Department at (423)434-6021 to have an application mailed or faxed. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Aug. 20.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Aug 05, 2014

Festival road closures start Thursday

Several downtown road closures are planned in conjunction with this weekend’s Umoja Unity Festival:
From 5 p.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Sunday, the following streets will be closed for the main festival: Main Street from Buffalo Street to Colonial Way; Buffalo Street from South Roan Street to State of Franklin Road; South Roan from Buffalo to State of Franklin; Market Street from Buffalo to Colonial Way; Tipton Street from Buffalo to Spring Street; and Spring from East Main to State of Franklin.
From 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, the Umoja Unity 5K road race will take place in the Tree Streets area bordered by Buffalo Street, West Locust Street, Cedar Place, Cherokee Street and West Walnut Street.
From 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, the Umoja Parade will begin at Carver Recreation Center and will travel from Jackson Avenue to Unaka Avenue to West Main Street and ending at Commerce Street.
Drivers are urged to take alternate routes when possible and to be aware of festivalgoers and activities this weekend.

CONTACT:
Anthony Todd, engineer
Public Works – Traffic
(423)975-2733 

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Aug 04, 2014

Sponsorships needed for Jeanne Robertson performances

Senior Services is accepting sponsorships for two November performances featuring dynamic speaker Jeanne Robertson. A Veterans Appreciation Evening event is set for Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., and the Laughter is Medicine lunch will be held Nov. 12 at noon. Both performances will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:
• Stage Sponsor: $2,500 (recognition at both events)
• Veterans Appreciation Evening Sponsor: Purchase tickets to provide free of charge to veterans – 10 tickets for $250; 15 tickets for $375; 20 tickets for $500; 25 tickets for $625; 50 tickets for $1,250
• Laughter is Medicine lunch Sponsor: Provide lunch for 350
• Sound Sponsor: Provide system and monitor for events
• Lodging Sponsor: Provide two nights’ lodging
Table sponsorships and bulk ticket purchases are also available. Please call (423)434-6237 for details.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Aug 04, 2014

Fall into tennis at Memorial Park Community Center

Fall is just around the corner, and so is tennis at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Men’s and women’s doubles/singles league play begins Monday, Aug. 25. Top four teams in each division will play in a double elimination tournament for prizes.
Fee is $25 per player for doubles and $35 for singles. For more information or to register, email Marley Woods at tennisinjc@gmail.com or visit www.myjcparks.org. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 21.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Jul 31, 2014

Johnson City portion of Tweetsie not yet open to public

Citizens are advised that the portion of Tweetsie Trail from Alabama Street to Lauderdale Drive in Johnson City is not yet open to the public. This section of the trail is still under construction and therefore may be hazardous to unauthorized persons. Use of this portion of the trail is prohibited until construction is complete.

CONTACT:
Phil Pindzola, director
Public Works
(423)434-6080 

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Jul 31, 2014

Next Thursday’s lakeside concert features Lauren Cole Band

Music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre next Thursday (Aug. 7) when the Lauren Cole Band takes the stage. This family band from Johnson City can best be described as soulful, bluesy rock. Cole – whose influences include Gin Wigmore, Amy Winehouse, Imelda May, and Selah Sue – has a dynamic voice and amazing range. Bassist Dom Avento, guitarist Joe Avento, drummer Josh Shores and guitarist Mike Murphy round out the Lauren Cole Band.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. 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. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 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 coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827

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Jul 30, 2014

Registration under way for Aug. 30 Trek

The official opening of the Tweetsie Trail is just a month away … have you registered to be one of the first to take a trek? On Saturday, Aug. 30, the trail’s opening day will be celebrated with the Tweetsie Trail Trek, a run/walk/bike event open to all ages. The first 3,000 registrants are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt and medallion.
Participants will start at Lions Field in Elizabethton, then follow the historic 4.3-mile trail to Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC) in Johnson City, where festivities will take place following the trek. Runners will begin at 8:30 a.m.; walkers at 9 a.m. Cyclists will take a roundtrip trek, starting from MPCC at noon.
For race details or to register, please visit www.TweetsieTrail.com/Trek. Register by Aug. 22 to receive special pricing. Family discounts also are available.
Volunteers are needed for the Tweetsie Trail Trek as well, particularly for helping with packet pickup on Aug. 27-29. Visit www.TweetsieTrail.com/Volunteer to sign up.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jul 30, 2014

Temporary lane closures on Knob Creek planned for next month

The City will be drilling boreholes to collect soil samples along Knob Creek Road between Marketplace Boulevard and Simmons Ridge throughout August. One lane of traffic is expected to be closed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. while work is under way. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes if possible.
Please call the Public Works Department at 434-6080 for more information.

CONTACT:
Brandon Pachol, civil engineer
Public Works
(423)232-1967
 

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Jul 29, 2014

Carver Rec after-school orientation dates set

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will hold after-school program orientation on Aug. 4, 11, and 18 at 6:30 p.m. Carver’s after-school program is open to students ages 6-16. Cost is $50 for the year, which includes fall and spring break camps. Transportation is available from Science Hill High School; Liberty Bell Middle School; Indian Trail Intermediate School; and North Side, Mountain View and South Side elementary schools.
At orientation, parents can register youth and will learn about new activities, continuing programs, and special events set for the 2014-15 school year. Registration deadline is Aug. 18.
For more information, please call 461-8830.

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

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering youth tumbling classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer youth tumbling classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13. Participants will develop the basic fundamentals of tumbling such as cartwheels, backbends, handstands, and more. Instructors will focus on individual abilities and encourage fun through games and instructions. Pre-registration is required. This is a beginner level class.
• Ages 18 months-3 years (Mommy and Me Tumbling): Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month.
• Ages 3-5 (Pre-School Tumbling): Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m. Cost is $5 a class or $15 a month. Participants must be potty-trained.
• Ages 5-8: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
• Ages 9-12: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $6 a class or $20 a month.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852
 

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Jul 29, 2014

MPCC offering Fitness with Kalen

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is now offering Fitness with Kalen classes for teens, adults and seniors. Certified fitness instructor Kalen Arnold is licensed in Zumba and Piloxing and is accepting participants in the following classes:
• Piloxing: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5/class. Piloxing incorporates cutting-edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add some exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning workout that will leave you feeling physically and mentally empowered.
• Zumba: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $3/class. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.
• Get Fit with Kalen: Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., $3/class. This class offers 30 minutes of nonstop activity, using hand weights and floor work to tone every part of your body.
• Body Rock: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m., $3/class. The focus of this class is calorie burning and fat blasting, with emphasis on high intensity cardio and toning.
For more information, please call Memorial Park Community Center at 434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Jennings, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852

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Jul 25, 2014

Catfish Frye Band to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

“Rockin’ boogie blues” music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday (July 31), when the Catfish Frye Band takes the stage. Duane “Catfish” Frye plays the old-school Chicago harmonica along with the more modern overblow style that is growing fast in the blues/rock world. Catfish plays from the soul, and it’s evident from the first note. Blues guitarist Adam Graybeal is well-known across the region, and his seasoned vocals shine through as well. Aaron Faust is the backbone of CFB on drums, and his high-end vocals can bring chills. And with every thump of his bass, it’s clear that Dave Wampler is the heartbeat of this band.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. 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, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 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 coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827 

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Jul 23, 2014

Carving classes begin next month at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer classes in both wood and soap carving starting Aug. 7.
• Soap Carving: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring two large bars of Ivory soap and a butter knife. Soap carving can be enjoyed by all ages, and the resulting sculptures can be displayed or used as soap. Fee is $1 per person.
• Wood Carving: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn about tools, wood, techniques, and safety. Fee is $65 for the four-week series. (Fee includes all supplies; personal kits may be purchased for an additional charge.)
For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 23, 2014

There’s a 'Killer in the Kitchen' at MPCC

On Friday, Aug. 29, head to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., to figure out whodunit. Killer in the Kitchen, presented by Murder Mystery Caravan, will begin at 6 p.m. Finger foods will be served.
Admission is $7, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233 

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Jul 22, 2014

Registration now open for Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon

Registration for the second annual Dive, Ride, and Stride Kids Triathlon is now open. This event will provide children ages 6-12 an introduction to the triathlon world. Competitors may enter as individuals or in teams of three (teammates must be in same age division). Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets and goggles.
When: Saturday, Aug. 16
Where: Race begins at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 8 a.m. to set up bikes in the transition area. The race will conclude at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Registration: Early registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 8 (Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.) There will be no race day registration.
Fees: By Aug. 8 - $25 per child
Aug. 9-14 - $40 per child
How to register: Online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/ (click on the Dive, Ride, and Stride logo) or in person at Memorial Park Community Center.
Packet pickup: Packets will be available Friday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center. There will be no race day packet pickup.
For more information about distances, requirements, and deadlines, please call 434-5750.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jul 21, 2014

Out of the Box Bash benefit for Christmas program set for Sept. 26

On Friday, Sept. 26, Senior Services will host an Out of the Box Bash at Memorial Park Community Center. This dinner and auction will serve as a fundraiser for the Senior Services Christmas Box program.
Local bakers are encouraged to enter their best desserts for this special event. Attendees will bid on their favorite dessert, and awards will be given to the baker raising the most funds.
The Out of the Box Bash will take place from 6-10 p.m. and will include delicious dishes prepared by the chefs from Maple Lane Farms, using Christmas Box ingredients. Live music and dancing will follow the dinner and auction. Tickets are available at MPCC, 510 Bert St., for $20 each or $35 per couple, $25 for seniors and teens, and $10 for children ages 6-12.
Bakers may sponsor a table for family, friends, employees, or clients for $150.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information or to enter as a baker.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

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.
Potential appointees may complete applications 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)434-6002 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 15.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6079. 

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

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Jul 21, 2014

Jeanne Robertson coming to MPCC

Senior Services will host two performances featuring dynamic speaker Jeanne Robertson at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Nov. 11 and 12.
Southern Lady Magazine had this to say about Robertson: “There is just something about Jeanne Robertson. Maybe it’s her beauty queen-esque good looks. Or maybe it’s that she’s six-feet-two inches tall. Regardless of what it is, once you hear her speak, you’ll remember her – that is, if you can quit laughing long enough to catch your breath.”
Tickets for each of the following performances will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at the Senior Services Reception Area of MPCC:
Nov. 11, 6 p.m.: This performance will honor our nation’s veterans. Organizations may sponsor a table for $150. Individual tickets are $25.
Nov. 12, noon: Grab your BFF and come learn how Robertson says we can use laughter to better handle holiday stress. Individual tickets are $25.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

Senior Services plans two daytrips for September

Senior Services invites citizens to the following daytrips:
Sept. 3 – Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, Va.: This state-of-the-art German-themed dinner theatre nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia promises audiences the most unique theatre and dining experience around. The evening’s performance, “Then Sings My Soul,” is an inspirational gospel/contemporary praise and worship show featuring songs from the Carter family, Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, The Gaithers, and many more. Fee is $37 per person.
Sept. 30 – Dixie Stampede, Pigeon Forge: Dixie Stampede is filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horseriding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course feast. Fee is $36 per person.
All tickets sales are final. For more information or to register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Jul 21, 2014

Applications being accepted for PBA appointment

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment to the Public Building Authority Board of Directors. 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 Monday, Aug. 4.
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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Jul 18, 2014

Hillbilly Bad headlines next week’s lakeside concert

Hillbilly Bad will take the stage Thursday (July 24) for the third installment of this year’s Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park. With backgrounds in bluegrass, rock and everything in between, this band plays original songs with catchy lyrics and music that won’t let you sit still.
Concert-goers may recognize some of the band members, which include Jason Lloyd on bass and vocals and Mike Malone on guitar. “Frog” Nelms, who spent more than 15 years with the Christian band Fortress, is on drums, and Lynn Allen Shirley is on rhythm guitar. Last but not least, Hillbilly Bad features Benny Wilson on harmonica and vocals.
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. 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, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 24, 7-9 p.m. – Hillbilly Bad Band
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 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 coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827

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Jul 17, 2014

FYI: JCPD accepting applications for Citizens Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for the 43rd session of the Citizens Police Academy. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The nine-week academy is designed to develop a better understanding and awareness of the police role in the community through a hands-on approach.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, physically able to meet training requirements, available to attend nine three-hour weekly sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, available to ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.
Applications may be obtained from the Johnson City Police Department Community Services, 601 E. Main St. After 5 p.m., applications may be obtained from Johnson City Police Records at the same address. Applications can also be accessed on Johnson City's website at www.johnsoncitytn.org.
Deadline for registration is Aug. 18. Applications must be returned by that date for processing.
For more information, call Glenda Aschenback at 434-6170. 

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Jul 17, 2014

Homecoming tournament set for Pine Oaks Golf Course

On Saturday, Aug. 16, Pine Oaks Golf Course will host a Homecoming 51 Memory Tournament in recognition of the course’s 51st anniversary. Advanced preferred tee times will be available from noon until 2 p.m. for the two-person select-shot format tournament. Prizes will be awarded in each flight. Entry deadline is Aug. 14; fee is $51 per team.
Players are encouraged to select a “memory partner” – someone they may have paired with over the years – or a “fresh partner” with whom they can form new memories in the future. Food and entertainment will be provided from 4:30-6 p.m.
For more information, please call 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838
 

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Jul 17, 2014

Tuesday’s HZC meeting canceled

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (set for Tuesday, July 22) has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at noon in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Angie Charles, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6059
 

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Jul 17, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for July 18-27

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• 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.
• East Mountainview Road (from Roan Street to Cimarron Drive) – Closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23 for tree removal. Detours will be in place. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Skyline Drive – water tap
• Highland Parc Subdivision – sewer line installation
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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Jul 17, 2014

Senior Center Foundation to hold community yard sale

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will hold a community yard sale from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 2. The sale will take place on the parking lot of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Vendors are encouraged to visit the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center for an application. Spaces are $25 for a single (10x18) or $40 for two adjoining spaces. Payment is due with application submissions, and fees are non-refundable. Setup will begin an hour prior to the sale, at 6 a.m.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6237

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Jul 16, 2014

City of Johnson City citizen reporting software now available

See a problem. Report a problem. It’s the simple tagline behind 311GIS, the citizen reporting software recently implemented by the City of Johnson City.
“311GIS offers our citizens a convenient and immediate solution for submitting non-emergency requests to the appropriate City department,” said IT Director Lisa Sagona. “It’s available as a free app on smartphones and tablets and as a website on personal computers. So, for example, if you are taking a walk and see a pothole in the road, you can immediately report it with the 311GIS app utilizing GPS. Likewise, if you are driving and spot graffiti, you can wait until you are back home to safely report the problem on your home computer by clicking the location on the map.”
When requests are submitted to the City, authorized administrators can approve requests, make comments, and provide status updates about how the issues are being resolved. Another unique feature of 311GIS is the ability to follow other users’ requests, allowing anyone interested in a particular issue to track its progress.
“This software allows our citizens to become more engaged in their community,” Sagona said. “We really want to offer them an opportunity to be part of the solution. It’s exciting to know you can effectuate change.”
“Johnson City’s use of 311GIS is unrivaled in the state of Tennessee,” added Luis Miranda, sales and marketing manager for Geographic Technologies Group, the developer of 311GIS. “A few other cities utilize some form of 311 service but none match the depth and ease of use that Johnson City is providing its citizens.”
311GIS utilizes a geofence that ensures issues can only be reported within the City’s service area. Citizens are reminded that this service is not to be used for emergency situations or in place of 911.
Citizens may sign up for 311GIS at 311GIS.com and may download the app from the iTunes or Android Play Store, being sure to select “311 GIS” and not “311 Internal.” Visit www.johnsoncitytn.org or email 311@johnsoncitytn.org for more information.

CONTACT:
Lisa Sagona, director 
Information Technology 
(423)232-1789

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Jul 15, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to offer Start Smart tennis

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart tennis for children ages 5-7 on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 9. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children the basic motor skills necessary to play organized tennis. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.
Start Smart, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, focuses on teaching skills such as ground strokes, serving, volleying, and running/agility, without the threat of competition or fear of getting hurt. This class will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 9-Oct. 14. Each week, the exercises will become more challenging as the class progresses and children show improvement.
Registration is available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec from July 28-Sept. 2. Program cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be assessed for registrations after Sept. 2. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Space is limited to the first 20 participants.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Sarah Whitted, Program Coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749 

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Jul 14, 2014

Lakeside Concert Series welcomes Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters

On Thursday (July 17) Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of a fan favorite known locally, nationally and internationally for his charisma and dynamic stage show. Lightnin’ Charlie has been entertaining crowds with his virtual encyclopedia of classic American music styles for four decades. Join him and the Upsetters as they play an award-winning mix of blues, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll … a jumping mix that Lightnin’ Charlie calls “good music for good people!”
This free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. 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, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 17, 7-9 p.m. – Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters
• Thursday, July 24, 7-9 p.m. – Hillbilly Bad Band
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 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 coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5827

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Jul 10, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for July 11-20

Public Works projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• 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. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Hawthorne Church Road – water line maintenance
• Bristol Highway at Tractor Supply – right-of-way clearing
• Holston Avenue (300 block) – fire hydrant installation
• 1216 Huffine Road – fire hydrant installation; lane closures
• Isenburg Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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 

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Jul 10, 2014

Senior Center Foundation to hold community yard sale

The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation is looking for vendors to participate in a community yard sale from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 2. The sale will take place on the parking lot of Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Setup will begin at 6 a.m.
Spaces are $25 for a single (10x18) or $40 for two adjoining spaces. Applications are available at the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center. Payment is due with application submissions, and fees are non-refundable.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
(423)434-6237

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Jul 10, 2014

Water service disruption possible next week in Oak Grove area

Johnson City water and sewer customers in the Oak Grove area of the State Route 36 TDOT construction project may temporarily experience low water pressure or no water between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday (July 15 and 16). The contractor will be connecting the new water main to existing water lines on side streets between Oak Grove Road and Circle Drive (weather permitting).
Any disruption in service should last one to two hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call the Water and Sewer Services Department at (423)461-1645 for more information.

CONTACT:
Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2669

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Jul 09, 2014

FYI: JCPB crews working to restore power in Piney Flats

Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) crews are working to restore power in the Piney
Flats area. There are a number of customers affected by the outage, which is a result of an automobile accident. Damage to poles and lines is rather extensive. Crews estimate it will take several hours before all power is restored. Multiple businesses have been affected.

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Jul 09, 2014

Volunteer needed to serve on JCPB board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Power Board. This board works to ensure customers are provided with reliable electric service at the lowest reasonable rates consistent with good business practices by approving policies, regulations, rate structures, and annual budgets. Appointees serve four-year terms.
A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of the city. Applications may be submitted online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. For an application to be mailed or faxed, please call 434-6002.
Deadline for submitting and application is July 24. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

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

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Jul 09, 2014

Golf Advisory Board to meet Wednesday

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (July 16) at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road. 

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Jul 08, 2014

Founders Park ribbon cutting, public art dedication set for Saturday

Citizens are invited to celebrate the opening of Founders Park and the city’s new public art exhibition with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday (July 12). A walking tour of the 16 new sculptures will take place following the ceremony, which will be held at the park entrance at the corner of Commerce Street and Wilson Avenue.
For more information, please contact Eva Hunter at 979-6318.

CONTACT:
Eva Hunter, public art coordinator
Public Works
(423)979-6318
 

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Jul 08, 2014

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. Each appointee’s term is three years.
This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of downtown Johnson City.
Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6002. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is July 24. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Johnson City Development 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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Jul 07, 2014

No clubs, no problem: Junior golf club giveaway set for July 26

On Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, Pine Oaks Golf Course will be distributing junior golf clubs for free. Golf Pro Mike Jennings will be on hand to fit golfers age 6-16 with the proper size clubs, while supplies last.
Please call 434-6250 for more information.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Jul 03, 2014

FYI: JCPB issues warning about employee impersonators

The Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) recently learned that two men have approached customers posing as JCPB employees in the Jonesborough area. The two men were unable to provide JCPB identification and did not have JCPB marking on their vehicles. One of their vehicles has been described as a tan truck. These men were seeking entry into a Jonesborough home on Cherokee Mountain Road and told the homeowner that they were Power Board inspectors. The homeowner denied the men entry and called the authorities when the pair could not furnish identification. The sheriff’s department has been notified and is monitoring the area.

JCPB cautions its customers to be wary of anyone who claims to be a JCPB employee or attempts to enter a customer’s home under that pretense. If there is ever any question as to the true identity of a JCPB representative, concerned customers should ask for the representative’s name, department, and phone number and should then contact JCPB customer service at (423) 952-JCPB (5272) to confirm the representatives identity and the validity of their requests. Additionally, each JCPB employee has an employee badge to prove their identification.

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Jul 02, 2014

Moth event set for July 23

Citizens of all ages are invited to Winged Deer Park on Wednesday, July 23, as Parks and Recreation celebrates National Moth Week (July 19-27). At 9 p.m., behind the Parks and Recreation Administration Offices, participants will help count, classify and photograph moths. This event is part of an ongoing study taking place at Winged Deer.
National Moth Week events are held around the world, according to nature program coordinator Connie Deegan. “Citizen scientists” often hang white sheets and turn on lights outdoors in backyards, parks, camps, fields and woods during to observe and document one of nature’s most diverse creatures. Last year, more than 400 moth-watching and educational events were held in all 50 states and 41 countries during National Moth Week.
National Moth Week expands awareness of moths’ ecological significance. There are hundreds of thousands of moth species, many as beautiful as their colorful cousins – butterflies – and just as important to the ecosystem, Deegan said. Moths also can tell us a lot about our changing environment by their geographical and seasonal distribution.
For more information about National Moth Week, visit nationalmothweek.org.
For more information about the local event, please contact Larry McDaniel at larry@porchlightinsects.com or 773-9234 or Deegan at conniedeegan@johnsoncitytn.org or 283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Jul 02, 2014

Child/teen safety program set for July 10

The Johnson City Police Department invites families to a free Community Child/Teen Safety Day on Thursday, July 10 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Parents are encouraged to come and gather information about child/teen safety issues. JCPD officers will be on hand to answer any questions parents or children may have.
In addition, child seat technicians will be available to inspect/install car seats. Children must be present for seats to be properly inspected.
Parents also can have Kid Print identification cards made at the event. These cards include a child’s photo, fingerprint, date of birth, height and weight, making them useful tools if a child is missing.
The Community Child/Teen Safety Day, sponsored by the JCPD School Resource Officer Unit, will take place at the Science Hill High School Career and Technical Education Building, 251 Cotty Jones Lane.

CONTACT:
Officer Lorrie Goff
Johnson City Police Department
(423)791-4309

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Jul 02, 2014

Playground closures set for Tuesday

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will be installing playground mulch at Willow Springs Park and Winged Deer Park Tuesday (July 8). The Willow Springs playground will be closed from 8 a.m. until noon, and the Winged Deer lakefront playground will be closed from noon until 4 p.m.
For more information, please contact Park Services Manager John Grindstaff at (423)975-2670.

CONTACT:
John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)975-2670
 

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Jul 01, 2014

DUI patrols in place for July 4 weekend

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this July 4 weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this busy holiday weekend.

“The Independence Day holiday is a time for celebrating our nation’s heritage,” said Chief Sirois. “Celebrating responsibly, and making the decision not to drive impaired and put oneself and others at risk, is simply the right thing to do.”

The Johnson City Police Department also reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. According to the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, 16 people were killed statewide last year in 14 total crashes reported during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, compared to 21 vehicular fatalities during the 2013 Independence Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Safety reports that traffic fatalities across the state have actually decreased 4.3 percent from 443 to 424 deaths from January to June 2014 when compared to 2013 numbers.

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Jul 01, 2014

Fireworks ordinance to be strictly enforced

In the interest of the safety of all citizens, the Johnson Fire and Police departments will strictly enforce the City ordinance related to fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day holiday period.
“We encourage residents and visitors to Johnson City to enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely,” said Police Chief Mark Sirois. “And that safety can be enhanced greatly by following the City ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within the city limits. Besides the risk of injury, those in possession of fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated. We ask all citizens to abide by these ordinances to help ensure everyone’s well-being and prevent property damage.”
Ordinance 11-139 in Johnson City Municipal Code states:
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or toy cannon, discharged by percussion caps by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.
(2) No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and the city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jul 01, 2014

Garbage/recycling on regular schedule July 4

The City of Johnson City reminds citizens that garbage and recycling collection will be on regular schedule on Friday, July 4 and the rest of the holiday weekend. The only days of the year that garbage/recycling schedules are altered are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
All other City offices/services will be closed Friday, with the exception of Legion Street Pool.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021 

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Jul 01, 2014

Lakeside Concert Series kicks off July 10 with Ivy Road

Ivy Road’s dynamic duo and their boogie woogie piano-style music will kick off Winged Deer Park’s popular Lakeside Concert Series on Thursday, July 10. Ivy Road has opened for Johnny Winters, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Black Oak Arkansas. They have played festivals in Scotland, at Fan Fair in Nashville, Binion’s Horseshoe Lounge in Mississippi, and have headlined at the The Little Chicago Blues Festival. Locals may know them from the Blue Plum Festival, Abingdon Highlands Festival, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and many other venues.
This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. 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, or visit jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 10, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, July 17, 7-9 p.m. – Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters
• Thursday, July 24, 7-9 p.m. – Hillbilly Bad Band
• Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. – Catfish Frye Band
• Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age Band
• Sunday, Sept. 7, 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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Jun 30, 2014

Agenda review moved to Wednesday, Commission to meet with BOE

Tonight’s Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday (July 2) at 6 p.m. The Commission will meet with the Board of Education prior to the agenda review, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss the Science Hill field house project. Both meetings will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jun 27, 2014

Tonight's Commission meeting to be broadcast on JCTV

Tonight's special called meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be televised on JCTV (Charter Channel 16 and Comcast Channel 17). This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The BOC will consider third reading of Ordinance 4548-14, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year 2015.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jun 27, 2014

Soccer, softball registrations start July 1

Soccer registration starts July 1
Johnson City Parks and Recreation will begin registration for youth soccer starting July 1. Ages 3-5 will be in a co-ed league. Boys and girls leagues are available for ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A late fee of $20 will be added to registrations received after Aug. 10. Practices begin Aug. 16, with season play starting Sept. 6.
Organizational meetings for anyone interested in serving as a volunteer coach or referee for the upcoming youth soccer season will be held July 21 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower. Potential coaches will meet at 5:30 p.m.; potential refs will meet at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

Fall softball registration starts July 1
Registration for the 2014 adult fall softball season will begin July 1. Leagues offered are: Men’s Open and Church, Women’s Open, and Coed Open and Church. Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration fees are $300 plus $5 for each non-Johnson City resident on the roster. Rosters and photo IDs of each player are due at time of registration. The season includes a 10-game schedule plus a single-elimination tournament. Entry deadline is Aug. 9, with league play starting the week of Aug. 18. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at 283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5822

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Jun 25, 2014

South Broadway near East Market down to one lane tomorrow

The Water and Sewer Services Department will be performing sewer line maintenance on South Broadway Street at East Market Street from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, June 26). Traffic will be reduced to one lane in this area. Drivers are urged to use caution and take other routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Steve Harsh, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636

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Jun 25, 2014

Track to be closed for festivities

The walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Friday, July 4 until noon Saturday, July 5 due to the Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks on the grounds of Freedom Hall.

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

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Jun 25, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES June 27-July 6

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Highway 75 (between Shadden Road and Gray Commons) – cleanup
• Spring Street and State of Franklin Road – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Sunset Drive and State of Franklin Road – PRV removal
• Isenburg Drive – water line replacement
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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 

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Jun 24, 2014

BOC to meet Friday night

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Friday (June 27) to consider third reading of Ordinance 4548-14, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year 2015. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Jun 24, 2014

Golf specials for kids offered at Pine Oaks, Buffalo Valley

Monday through Thursday, at both Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley golf courses, youth ages 15 and younger can play nine holes with an adult golfer for just $20 – that’s for both players!
When children learn to golf, they learn much more than just the game. They learn patience, good manners, concentration and discipline. Early exposure to sports can keep kids active throughout their lives.
“You can play golf at any age, which is why it’s such a wonderful game,” said Golf Pro Mike Jennings.
For more information, please call 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Jun 20, 2014

PAC offering mom-and-tot workout

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., is offering moms and tots a chance to have fun and get into shape together. On Tuesdays beginning July 8, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to combine stretching, creative movement, ballet, and tumbling into a fun workout. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing. Program fee is $35 per month. Registration deadline is July 3.
For more information, contact PAC at 283-5800. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800
  

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Jun 20, 2014

Tuesday’s HZC meeting canceled

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (set for Tuesday, June 24) has been canceled. The next meeting will take place July 22 at noon in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Angie Charles, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6059

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Jun 20, 2014

Volunteer needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering one appointment to serve a three-year term on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This board makes policy recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding the provision of recreation services and the use of facilities, including acquisition and disposal of property related to the City’s Parks and Recreation program.
A potential appointee should be interested in parks and recreation and be a resident of the city. Any citizen who is interested in serving may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org; 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 July 26. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 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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Jun 20, 2014

MPCC to offer Self-Rescue swimming for infants, toddlers

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer an Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) Self-Rescue swimming program for babies and children ages six months to 6 years. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, 7-9:30 a.m., starting Monday (June 23). A one-time fee of $105 to ISR is required, and classes are $65 per week (non-refundable). A 25 percent discount applies to additional children in the same family.
ISR Self-Rescue is a comprehensive five- to seven-week program that customizes lessons to each child. More than 240,000 babies and toddlers have been successfully trained in the program.
• 6-12 months – Infants learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.
• 1-6 years – Children learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim with their heads down and eyes open, roll onto their backs to float, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out. Once skilled, children practice these techniques fully clothed.
“Not everyone is aware that drowning is the leading cause of death for infants and children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control,” said Shalene Hill, an ISR certified instructor. “Infant Swimming Resource is designed to teach children the skills they will need should they reach the water alone. My aim is to help prepare children for the unexpected and to help them access their own inner strength and abilities instead of waiting on another to ‘save’ them.”
For more information, please visit www.infantswim.com.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5755

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Jun 19, 2014

Golf courses to honor veterans with free golf, cart

Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley golf courses will offer veterans a free round of golf plus cart on Friday, July 4, from noon until closing. Participants must provide their military ID.
“It’s our way of thanking our veterans for their service to our country and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom,” said Golf Director Jim Hughes.
For more information, please call 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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Jun 19, 2014

State of Franklin lane closure expected tomorrow, next week

The Water and Sewer Services Department will be performing sewer line maintenance on State of Franklin Road at Spring Street from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 20) as well as next Monday-Friday (June 23-27). One eastbound lane will be closed. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area and take other routes when possible.

CONTACT:
Steve Harsh, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636

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Jun 19, 2014

Tuesdays belong to the ladies at Pine Oaks Golf Course

Pine Oaks Golf Course is making it easy for women to give golf a shot. On Tuesdays, ladies can play 18 holes of golf for $22, including cart.
Golf is a great way to spend time with friends and get some exercise – the average golfer burns about 1,500 calories every full round of golf. Johnson City Golf provides something for women of every age and skill level. Visit www.johnsoncitygolf.org or call 434-6250 to learn more.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838
 

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Jun 18, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for June 20-29

Public Works projects 
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Crouch Road (Pickens Bridge Road to Boring Chapel Road) – Street repairs. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Highway 75 (between Shadden Road and Gray Commons) – sewer line installation
• Presnell Drive – sewer line extension
• Jay’s Drive – water lateral replacement; lane closures
• Isenburg Drive – water line replacement
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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Jun 18, 2014

MPCC to offer Start Smart Football

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Football July 28-Sept. 1. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 5-7 the basic motor skills necessary to play organized flag football. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with children during instruction. The program focuses on throwing, catching, kicking/punting, and running/agility in a safe, non-competitive environment. Parent-child groups move through various stations during one-hour sessions – Mondays from 6-7 p.m. – for six weeks. Each child will receive a Start Smart t-shirt.
Space is limited, and registration is open through July 21 at www.myjcparks.org. Program cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. Participants should wear tennis shoes (no cleats) and athletic clothing and should bring their own water bottles.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5749


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Jun 17, 2014

Eat, play, win at Pine Oaks Golf Course

On July 12, 19 and 26, “Blakeley’s Greenside Grille” will offer $5 lunches from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Pine Oaks Golf Course. Enjoy a round of golf and grab some food at the turn – a hamburger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink for just $5. All lunch purchases will include a chance to win a free round of golf! Food tickets will be available for purchase at the Pro Shop. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of playground equipment by Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation. For more information, please call 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838


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Jun 17, 2014

BOC to meet Friday morning

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 7 a.m. Friday (June 20) to consider second reading of Ordinance 4548-14, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year 2015. This meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021


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Jun 17, 2014

Johnson City Senior Center Foundation seeking golf tournament sponsors

The 12th annual Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at Buffalo Valley Golf Course. The foundation is seeking sponsors in the following categories:
• Event Sponsor - $10,000
• Presenting Sponsor - $5,000
• Premier Sponsor - $2,000
• Golf Shirt Sponsor - $1,500
• Corporate Sponsors - $1,000
• Platinum Sponsors - $500
• Gold Sponsors - $400
• Silver Sponsors - $300
• Hole Sponsors - $200
• Cart Sponsors - $100
Items to fill golf player goodie bags also are needed. For more information, please contact Golf Chairwoman Rebecca Hennessee at 341-7330 or rjhennessee@embarqmail.com. Funds will be used to support Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center.

CONTACT:
Rebecca Hennessee, golf chairwoman
johnson City Senior Center Foundation
(423)341-7330

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Jun 16, 2014

Free golf lessons offered at Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley

Golf Pro Mike Jennings will conduct free golf lessons at both Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley golf courses through July. The lesson schedule is as follows:
• June 20, 9-11 a.m. – Buffalo Valley – putting lessons
• June 27, 9-11 a.m. – Pine Oaks – chipping lessons
• July 11, 9-11 a.m. – Pine Oaks – golf lessons
• July 18, 9-11 a.m. – Buffalo Valley – putting lessons
• July 25, 9-11 a.m. – Pine Oaks – golf lessons
To check availability of other dates and times, call Jennings at 434-6250.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838


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Jun 16, 2014

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider five appointments to the City's Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board guides the City's Housing and Community Development program under the Development Services Department. All applicants must live in the City and represent one of the following:
Carnegie Neighborhood. Boundaries are: west – Baxter Street; east – Steele Street; north – East Holston Avenue; south – East Fairview Avenue.
Southside Neighborhood. Boundaries are: west – Southwest Avenue; east – Roan Street; north – Walnut Street; south – University Parkway.
Mountain Home Neighborhood. Boundaries are: west – Veterans Way; east – South Boone Street; north – West Market Street; south – State of Franklin Road.
Lender. Must be a loan officer in the Mortgage Division of a lender in Johnson City.
Non-Profit. Must work for or be on the board of a non-profit organization (501c3) in Johnson City.
Applications are available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, June 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, please contact Community Development Director Steve Baldwin at (423)434-6291 or sbaldwin@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021


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Jun 06, 2014

Waterline maintenance planned for Brown Road

Water service to Brown Road (off Boones Creek Road) will be interrupted from 9 a.m. until noon Monday (June 9) while water line maintenance is performed.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638


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Jun 06, 2014

Learn to square foot garden at MPCC Senior Services

Citizens are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 10-11 a.m. Monday (June 9) for a free class on Square Foot Gardening, taught by Scott Thompson, certified square foot gardening instructor. Thompson will cover the basics of square foot gardening, extending the growing season, vertical gardening, composting, organic gardening, and building boxes and structures.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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Jun 06, 2014

Johnson City Senior Chorale to perform at MPCC

On Thursday (June 12) at 3 p.m., the Johnson City Senior Chorale will perform in the Gathering Room of the Senior Services lobby at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Refreshments will be served and the event is free.
The group was organized on March 5, 2014 and is directed by Cherry Smith and accompanied by Barbara Knisely. This will be their first public performance. Senior singers are invited to join the new Johnson City Senior Chorale, which meets at MPCC on Thursdays at 3 p.m. through the end of June and will resume on Sept. 4.
For more information, call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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Jun 05, 2014

JCPD accepting applications for Junior Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Department’s Junior Police Academy. The Academy will be geared toward area youth, both males and females between the ages of 15 and 18. The Academy will be held at the Johnson City Police Department Training Grounds during the week of July 7-July 11, 2014.
The program will focus on youth and young adults who have an interest in the law enforcement profession. It has been designed to take the mystery out of police procedures and policies while informing and educating the cadets involved toward police officers and their role in society. The cadets will attend a 40-hour course climaxing in a team-oriented competition that involves skills, knowledge, and abilities they have learned through interesting and knowledgeable instruction.
During their week of instruction, the cadets will experience what it is like to go through a real police academy and, although not as comprehensive or demanding, the cadets will learn the same skills. It will also aid in adding potential participants to the Johnson City Police Department’s Explorer Program.
The Junior Police Academy is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for a hands-on learning experience for young people in topics such as Crime Scene Investigations, Traffic Stops, DUI Enforcement, and Police Use-of-Force as well as learning about the Johnson City Police Department’s Explorer Program.
Anyone interested in participating in this academy can contact Officer Jaeda Burkey through Johnson City Police Department’s Records Division (423) 434-6125, Glenda Aschenback at (423) 434-6122, or come by the Records Division to pick-up an application. Deadline for applications will be June 20, 2014. Each class is limited to 25 students.

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Jun 05, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for June 6-22

Public Works projects 
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (from Roan Street to Buffalo Street) – street improvements, median installation. One westbound lane will be closed. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Crouch Road (Pickens Bridge Road to Boring Chapel Road) – Street repairs. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects 
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Brown Road and Highway 354 – water line relocation
• Highway 75 (between Shadden Road and Gray Commons) – sewer line installation
• Presnell Drive – sewer line extension
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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Jun 03, 2014

Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation to host Olympic triathlon

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation will host an Olympic triathlon, Race for the Playground, at the Winged Deer Park Lakefront Festival Plaza, 205 Carroll Creek Road, on Saturday (June 7). The race, open to ages 13 and older, will begin at 8 a.m. and will include a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Relay teams are welcome.
Pre-registration is available on www.active.com. Race day registration will be held from 6-7:30 a.m. at the Lakefront Festival Plaza parking lot. Packet pickup will be Friday (June 6) from 5-7 p.m. at the same location.
Registration fee is $85 per person or $120 for relay registration. Awards will be distributed for overall, grand masters, and age groups. Each competitor will receive an event T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation for new playgrounds.
For more information, please call Race Coordinator Janine Pleasant at (423)426-7184.

CONTACT:
Janine Pleasant, race coordinator
(423)426-7184


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Jun 02, 2014

Save the date: Dive-Ride-Stride Kids Triathlon set for Aug. 16

Save the date for the second annual Dive-Ride-Stride Kids Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. The event is open to youth ages 6-12 and is a great way for them to gain experience and knowledge needed for future fitness challenges.
This year’s event will allow participants to compete individually or on self-organized teams of three. Further event details and registration information will be available soon. 

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Jun 02, 2014

HZC called meeting set for Wednesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting to discuss two Certificates of Appropriateness on Wednesday (June 4) at 11:30 a.m. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073


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Jun 02, 2014

Applications being accepted for Tri-Cities Regional Airport Authority

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering an appointment to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport Authority. The business of the Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN-VA, is managed and controlled by this board, whose membership is divided among the owners of the airport: Washington and Sullivan counties, and the cities of Johnson City; Kingsport; Bristol, Tenn.; and Bristol, Va.

A potential appointee must be a resident of Johnson 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 June 20. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021


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May 30, 2014

FHCC offices to temporarily relocate due to electrical work

Freedom Hall Civic Center will be closed for approximately two to four weeks starting Tuesday (June 3) while electrical upgrades are under way. Freedom Hall staff will temporarily relocate to Liberty Bell Middle School, Room 429 (first school building across from Parking Lot B). Directional signage will be placed in and around the FHCC/Liberty Bell Complex to assist patrons. Phones will be routed to the temporary location, and all FHCC administrative and box office functions will continue normal operations. Patrons are encouraged to visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/freedomhall/ for event information and ticket purchases.
Electrical work is expected to be completed no later than July 1.

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855


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May 29, 2014

Golf Advisory Board workshop set for Wednesday

The Golf Advisory Board will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (June 4) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838

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May 28, 2014

Budget work session set for tomorrow

The Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to review the FY 2015 budget at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, May 29). This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021


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May 23, 2014

Senior Services offering crime prevention academy at MPCC

Senior Services will offer a Senior Crime Prevention Academy on Thursday, June 12 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The program, planned and organized by the Washington County S.A.L.T. Council, will provide education and awareness about elder abuse from professionals who deal with those issues on a daily basis.
The program is free but pre-registration is required. Breakfast and snacks will be provided by the Johnson City Senior Foundation Inc. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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May 23, 2014

Murder Mystery Dinner set for June 13

Citizens are invited to a “whodunit” at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 13. This Murder Mystery Dinner presented by Murder Mystery Caravan will feature dinner, dessert, and a performance of “Bedlam in Cabin B.”
Admission is $10, and pre-registration is required. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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May 23, 2014

Summer nature camps scheduled at WDP

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of nature opportunities for ages 7-13 this summer at Winged Deer Park’s Robert Young Cabin. All camps run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Fee is $75 per camper. Early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) will be available for an extra $20 per week. Camps are limited to 36 participants. Register online at www.myjcparks.com.
June 9-13 – Crawl on Your Belly Like a Reptile Camp
o From snakes to salamanders to turtles, toads, and more, campers will learn about the remarkable adaptations reptiles and amphibians make to survive on land and in water.
June 16-20 – Rock-On Geology Camp
o Rocks rock! Campers will learn why rocks and minerals are uniquely important parts of our everyday lives, past and present. Guest speakers will cover sinkholes, fossils, gems, rock types, and cave critters. Camp will include a trip to Bristol Caverns.
June 23-27 – Boone Lake Kidventures Camp
o The sky is the limit! Campers will experience the fields, woods, playground, and shoreline of Boone Lake. They will learn about outdoor survival camping, and the history of how the ancients fished without using a rod and reel. Camp will include a picnic at Rock Creek Park.
July 7 – 11 – All Critters Tennessee Camp
o Campers will spend time on the trails working as animal detectives and meeting some native animals up close. They will discover what native plants in our area are edible and which ones were used as medicine. Native Americans will discuss how children would have spent their time in the not-so-distant past. A field trip to Buffalo Mountain Park is also part of the program.
July 14-18 – Jr. Naturalists Unite Camp
o This will feature a little bit of everything. Topics such as ecosystems, food webs, animal adaptations, the incredible water cycle, and how to read the forest with animal tracking and tree identification techniques will be explored. A Rock Creek field trip is also planned.
July 19-20 – Nature Summer Camp Out/Bonus Sleepover Camp
o This bonus camp is for those who participate in the nature summer camp program this year. Campers are asked to bring bedding, air mats, clothing, bug spray, etc. A tent is suggested. Sleepover will include pizza and an evening walk followed by s’mores and campfire stories. Camp is weather permitting. Staff will be on hand to supervise.
For more information, please call Connie Deegan at (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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May 23, 2014

Parks and Rec to offer summer sports camps

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of half-day sport camps for ages 6-12 this summer. Each camp will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.
• Football Camp: June 9-13, Kermit Tipton Stadium
• Soccer Camp: June 16-20, Civitan Park
• Basketball Camp: June 23-27, Memorial Park Community Center
• Golf Camp: June 30-July 3, Pine Oaks Golf Course
• Baseball Camp: July 7-11, Keystone Park
• Volleyball Camp: July 14-18, Memorial Park Community Center
Fee is $30 per camper. Register online at myjcparks.org or at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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May 23, 2014

It’s a date! … with history!

On Tuesdays beginning June 10, Senior Services will offer an eight-week series of outings featuring visits to Oak Ridge, the Tennessee Air Museum, Roan Mountain, the Tennessee Theatre, and more. Hear from the area’s most knowledgeable speakers, and meet fascinating people.
A $50 fee covers the entire eight-week series. Departure times vary with each trip.
Pre-registration is required. Please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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May 23, 2014

PAC offering summer camps

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer the following summer camps:
• June 3-30 – Summer Playdates with Kindermusik: For ages newborn to 5. Camp fee is $15. These fun classes are one-time, 45-minute playdates. They include an instrument and a play card to download class music. Classes will be:
o June 3, 10:30 a.m. – A-Z with Dr. Seuss
o June 9, 5:30 p.m. – Around the World
o June 16, 10:30 a.m. – On the Go!
o June 19, 5:30 p.m. – A Trip to the Ocean
o June 24, 5:30 p.m. – A Day at the Fair
o June 30, 5:30 p.m. – Patriotic Picnic
• June 9-13 – ArtActive Camp: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For ages 6-12. Camp fee is $40 per camper. Students will create realism art and will be challenged to convert their pieces into abstract expressionism, sculpture, or 3-D.
• June 9-13 or June 23-27 – Performing Arts Camp: 1-5 p.m. For ages 5-11. Camp fee is $50 per camper. Participants will learn to tumble, sing, dance, cheer, act, play, and paint.
• June 23-25 – Camp Rock: 2-5 p.m. For ages 7-10. Camp fee is $60 per camper. Students will learn to play guitar and keyboard percussion, will write and record a song, and will work on vocals.
• June 30-July 3 – Artitude Camp: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. For ages 6-12. Camp fee is $70 per camper. Campers will define their artwork with attitude and confidence using canvas, enlarged drawings, and watercolors. Artwork will be displayed at Memorial Park Community Center July 7-11.
For registration and more information, please call 283-5800.

CONTACT:    
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor

Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800


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May 22, 2014

JCFD offers fire safety tips for grilling season

For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a season of outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. The Johnson City Fire Department would like to suggest the following fire safety tips to make your holiday and summer season more enjoyable and accident-free. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the most common reason for accidental home fires and personal injuries is cooking fires. The NFPA reports that more grilling accidents occur during June and July than any other months of the year and offers these recommendations to reduce the chance of injury or property loss while grilling.

GRILLING SAFETY TIPS
1. Set up your grilling area at least 10 feet away from your house, carport, porch, breezeway, combustible mulch, or other surface that could catch fire.
2. Inspect gas grills for hose cracks, proper connections, leaks, etc., and follow all manufacturers’ instructions for proper set up, use and care of your grill.
3. Keep all open flames away from open LP gas valves and lighter fluid for charcoal. Never add fuel to an already lit fire.
4. Charcoal produces carbon monoxide, so never use charcoal grills inside. LP (propane) tanks are highly flammable and should never be used or stored inside.
5. Never leave a grill unattended. Do not grill if you are sleepy or drinking alcohol.
6. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grilling area.
7. Properly dispose of charcoal in approved containers or in a non-combustible area.
As much as we plan and prepare for any gathering, accidents can happen. One way to better protect your family and guests is by installing and maintaining working smoke alarms throughout your home to provide early warning in the event of a fire. Approximately two out of three fire deaths happen in homes either without smoke alarms or with smoke alarms that were not in working order, according to NFPA statistics.

SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS
1. Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
2. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms that are hardwired with battery backup so that when one sounds, they all sound.
3. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working or use test smoke. Never use real smoke to test smoke alarms.
4. There are two kinds of alarms: ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
5. A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or no lower than 12 inches below a flat ceiling. Keep smoke alarms at least 10 feet from the kitchen stove and other areas that produce steam from hot water such as the bathroom.
6. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
7. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

The Johnson City Fire Department invites anyone needing more information or smoke alarms for their home to call 975-2840 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Citizens also are invited to stop by one of the nine fire stations throughout the city. Please visit www.nfpa.org/education for more safety tips.

For more information, contact Assistant Fire Marshal Lori Ratliff at lratliff@johnsoncitytn.org or (423)434-6184.

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May 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for May 23-June 8

Public Works projects 
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Buffalo Street (from State of Franklin Road to Cherry Street) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects 
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line testing, restoration
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street/Buffalo Street – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Skyline Drive (near State of Franklin Road) – water line maintenance
• Brown Road and Highway 354 – water line relocation
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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May 20, 2014

‘Dive-in’ movie set for May 30 at MPCC

Celebrate the end of school with a Dive-In Movie at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Friday, May 30 from 6-9 p.m. Bring all your friends and dive into fun with the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served during the movie. Open to all ages. Admission is $5 per person.
Call (423)434-5749 for more information. 

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749

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May 19, 2014

Carver block party, cookout set for May 28

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host an End of School Block Party and Cookout for grades K-12 on Wednesday, May 28, from 4-6 p.m.
Celebrate the end of school with little outdoor fun, food, games, and music. There is no charge for the program. 

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

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May 16, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for May 16-25

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects 

• 1420 and 1416 Oakland Ave. – water lateral replacement
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street/Buffalo Street – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• Science Hill – sewer line maintenance
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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May 16, 2014

Senior Services offering QUEST at MPCC

In celebration of National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 28, Senior Services will offer QUEST, a mind and body team challenge, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Teams will be comprised of seniors and ETSU nursing students competing together to complete physical and mental challenges.
The schedule is as follows:
• 9 a.m. Meet and greet (light breakfast)
• 9:30 a.m. Board bus to challenge location
• 10 a.m. Challenges begin
• 12:30 p.m. Closing ceremonies
This program is free but pre-registration required. The event will be conducted rain or shine. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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May 16, 2014

Budget workshops set for next week

The Board of Commissioners will hold budget workshops on the following days:
• Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m.
These meetings will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021


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May 14, 2014

Parks and Rec board May meeting moved to MPCC

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 22 will be held in the Media Room at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more 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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May 14, 2014

Carver awards set for May 22

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites citizens to an awards banquet to honor volunteers, youth and others who have made outstanding contributions to Carver Park and Recreation Center throughout the year. This year’s banquet will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. Veteran Thomas S. Wade (POW) also will be honored at the banquet. This is a free event.
For more information, please call Carver Rec at 461-8831.

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


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May 14, 2014

Volunteer needed for Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering one city appointment to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation. Each term is three years.
Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must live inside city limits. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or by calling (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955. 

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955


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May 13, 2014

Section of South Beech closed Wednesday-Friday

A portion of South Beech Street near McKinley Road will be closed for water line installation and paving starting Wednesday (May 14) at 7 a.m. It is expected to reopen Friday (May 16) at 4 p.m. Access to South Beech will be maintained at Gray and First streets.

CONTACT:
Benjamin Whitehead, civil engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2669


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May 08, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for May 9-18

Public Works projects 
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street – restoration; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street/Buffalo Street – sewer line maintenance
• 179 Edgefield Road – sewer tap installation
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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May 08, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Thursday

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, May 15 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

CONTACT:
 Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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May 07, 2014

HZC to hold downtown design workshop May 21

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a workshop to discuss the Downtown Design Guidelines on Wednesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073


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May 06, 2014

Senior Services offering financial program May 22

Senior Services will offer a free Focus on Finance program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Designed for seniors, this program will provide information on protecting financial resources upon retirement.
For more information or to register, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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May 06, 2014

Safety fair, lunch set for May 14

Senior Services will host a Safe Today Healthy Tomorrow safety fair on Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. until noon at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The fair will feature vendors, door prizes, and more. It is free and open to adults.
A barbecue lunch sponsored by Asbury Place of Johnson City will be held at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $2.
For more information or to register, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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May 06, 2014

Senior Services Iris Festival trip planned for May 17

Senior Services will host a trip to the 20th annual Iris Festival in Greeneville, Tenn., on Saturday, May 17. The bus will depart from the center promptly at 9 a.m. and will return at 3 p.m. Participants will have lunch on their own. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 14. A $3 transportation fee is due at registration.
For more information or to register, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233


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May 05, 2014

Golf Advisory Board to meet May 14

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838


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May 05, 2014

Senior Services to offer AARP Driver Safety Program

Senior Services will offer an AARP Driver Safety Program at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 12:30-4:30 p.m., May 12-13. Participants must attend both days. The program will cover blind spots, following distance, changing lanes, busy intersections, safety belts, air bags, antilock brakes, technology, skills monitoring, effects of medications, and more.
The program is open to adults. Fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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May 05, 2014

Tree Trivia program set for May 17 at WDP

Parks and Recreation invites citizens to hone their basic tree identification skills with some Tree Trivia from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.
Hikers will meet at the Winged Deer Park disc golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road. The program will take place in the outdoor classroom. Please dress accordingly for this nature adventure. Fee is $1 per person. For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821
 

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May 05, 2014

Winged Deer Park Twilight Nature Walk set for May 15

Citizens are invited to join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan on Thursday, May 15 from 8-10 p.m. for a Twilight Nature Walk at Winged Deer Park. This leisurely family- oriented stroll will follow the wooded trails and will feature brief discussions on some of the nocturnal animals taking over the night. The walk will conclude with a check-in at the Moth Study being conducted at the park, so participants should bring along cameras for a little insect photography.
Walkers will meet at the Robert Young Cabin, next to the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, 4137 Bristol Highway. Please dress accordingly for this nature adventure. Fee is $1 per person. For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821


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May 01, 2014

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with a scavenger hunt

The City of Johnson City and the Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) are encouraging citizens to get to know the historic resources in our community. To recognize May as Historic Preservation Month, the HZC has organized a downtown scavenger hunt that begins today (Thursday, May 1). Fifteen architectural elements are pictured in a brochure, and participants are tasked with identifying the building on which those elements can be found. Each survey that correctly identifies all 15 buildings will be placed in a drawing for two free passes to Hands On! Regional Museum and a $50 gift card to Tupelo Honey Café, which will be opening in the historic train depot this fall. 
Brochures can be found here, the Johnson City Public Library or at the Municipal and Safety Building’s Codes Division lobby (back side of building), 601 E. Main St. Participants may return the completed brochures may to the lobby or by scanning and emailing to jharmon@johnsoncitytn.org. Deadline is May 30. 
For more information on the scavenger hunt or the HZC, please contact Planner Jessica Harmon at 434-6073.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073


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May 01, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for May 2-11

Public Works projects 

Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects 
Althea Street – restoration; lane closures
Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
Cherry Street/Buffalo Street – sewer line maintenance
236 E. Main St. – fire line tap
179 Edgefield Road – sewer tap installation
McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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


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May 01, 2014

Section of Knob Creek to be closed Monday night, Tuesday morning

A portion of Knob Creek Road, between Pactolas Road and Skyline Drive, will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday (May 5) until approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (May 6) for pavement milling and overlay of a waterline trench. 
Pavement will be milled Monday night in preparation for asphalt placement during the day Tuesday, when lane closures will be present. Flaggers will be directing drivers around the work area, and all lanes are expected to be open by Tuesday afternoon. 
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible. All work is weather permitting. 

CONTACT:    
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969


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Apr 29, 2014

FYI: JCPB advises customers how to report outages

As thunderstorms loom across our region, electric service could be interrupted. Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) advises its customers that the best way to report power outages is via its Outage Management System (OMS). The OMS recognizes phone numbers directly associated with customers’ electric accounts. Customers should call 423.952.5272(JCPB) to report power outages during severe weather and to verify the phone number associated with their account is correct.

JCPB provides an outage map at jcpb.com so that customers may track power outages. Customers are also encouraged to visit jcpb.com to learn more about SmartHub. SmartHub is a web app by which customers may better manage their electric accounts. Customers may also report power outages via the SmartHub app.

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Apr 28, 2014

Work scheduled to start tonight on Knob Creek postponed

Due to impending heavy rains, a closure on Knob Creek Road that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The construction – pavement milling and overlay of a waterline trench between Pactolas Road and Skyline Drive – will be rescheduled.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969
 

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Apr 28, 2014

MPCC to offer line dancing workshop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a line dancing workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. This program is open to adults and youth ages 5-12 (all youth must be accompanied by an adult).
Instructor Rachel Pearson will offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, using a variety of contemporary dance moves to various musical genres. Light refreshments will be served.
Fee is $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Apr 28, 2014

Legal Aid program scheduled for May 12

The Senior Services Division at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Legal Aid program at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 12. Deborah Yeomans-Barton from Legal Aid of Tennessee will talk about Power of Attorney, Advanced Directives, and Conservatorships. A question-and-answer segment will follow the program. Admission is free but pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Apr 28, 2014

MPCC to offer Mini Jump Start Camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide a Mini Jump Start Camp for ages 3-5, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 10 through July 24. Camp fee is $100 per child. Camp hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Early drop-off is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $10 per week.
Children will play games, learn new sports, participate in tumbling activities, go swimming, and have lots of other fun! Children must be potty trained to attend. Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants. Registration is now open online at www.myjcparks.org. Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758
 

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Apr 23, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for April 25-May 4

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street – restoration; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street/Buffalo Street – sewer line maintenance
• 236 E. Main St. – fire line tap
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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Apr 22, 2014

Tennis supervisor, instructors needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for tennis supervisor and instructors. The six-week program begins June 2 and will run through July 10. Rate of pay is $10 an hour for supervisor; $7.25 an hour for instructors.
For more information, please contact the Athletics Office at (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5822

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Apr 22, 2014

Volunteers needed for Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider six appointments to the City's Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. This board guides the City's Housing and Community Development program under the Development Services Department. All applicants must live in the City, and those applying for the three neighborhood representative positions must reside in one of the following target neighborhoods: Carnegie, Southside and Mountain Home.
Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or by calling (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information on neighborhood boundaries or regarding the board, please contact Community Development Director Steve Baldwin at (423)434-6291 or sbaldwin@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Becky Buchanan, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021
 

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Apr 22, 2014

Volunteers needed for Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two county appointments to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and is responsible for administering the City’s Subdivision Regulations and for advising the City Commission on matters of long-range development policy, zoning and annexation. Each term is three years.
Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must live in the Washington County, Sullivan County or Carter County area of Johnson City (outside city limits). Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or by calling (423)434-6021 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To complete applications online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Development Services Director Angie Carrier at (423)434-5955.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Apr 22, 2014

Section of Knob Creek to be closed Monday night, Tuesday morning

A portion of Knob Creek Road, between Pactolas Road and Skyline Drive, will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday (April 28) until approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 29) for pavement milling and overlay of a waterline trench.
Pavement will be milled Monday night in preparation for asphalt placement during the day Tuesday, when lane closures will be present. Flaggers will be directing drivers around the work area, and all lanes are expected to be open by Tuesday afternoon.
Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible. All work is weather permitting.

CONTACT:
Jim Sipe, project manager
Water and Sewer Services
(423)483-5969

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Apr 21, 2014

Operation Rx Disposal to be held Saturday

On Saturday (April 26), the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), ETSU College of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Citizens are invited to dispose of pills at the JCPD, 601 E. Main St., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3.4 million pounds of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information on safely disposing of your unwanted medications, call the JCPD Community Policing Unit at 434-6143.

CONTACT:
Sgt. Scott Carrier
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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Apr 17, 2014

May BZA meeting canceled

The regularly scheduled May 6 meeting of the Johnson City Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053
 

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Apr 17, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for April 18-27

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street – sewer line maintenance
• 236 E. Main St. – fire line tap
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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

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Apr 16, 2014

Music at Memorial Park starts April 26

Pack a picnic and head to the amphitheater at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for the kickoff of Music at Memorial Park, Saturday, April 26 from 3-6 p.m. Rain date will be May 3.
This free concert, presented by DOTHERT Recording Studios and the Recreation and Senior Services divisions of Parks and Recreation, will feature winners from JC’s Got Talent and Kingsport Idol in addition to other area talent. The series will continue through the summer and will feature jazz, gospel, swing, and bluegrass.
For more information, please call (423)283-5820.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Apr 16, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center to host Princess Ball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls of all ages to put on their prettiest dresses and be princesses for the day on Saturday, May 3. The Princess Ball will be held from 1-3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served while the girls watch “Frozen.” For a special treat, participants can have their hair and makeup done. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, contact Sarah Whitted at (423)461-4852.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Apr 15, 2014

JCPD offers tips bear safety tips

With the weather getting warmer, bears are coming out of hibernation and searching for food. This may lead bears into residential neighborhoods, where food and trash are readily available. Bears should not be fed by humans, either intentionally or by accident. For the safety of bears and people, please take the following safety tips under advisement:
• Never approach a bear.
• Do not leave food inside a car.
• Do not leave pet food outside and accessible to bears.
• Do not put trash outside in plastic bags. Secure it in a trash can and do not place the trash can at the curb the night before trash pickup. Put it out the day of trash pickup.
• Do not leave birdseed out this time of year. Birds do not need seeds right now, and it will attract bears instead.
• Clean grills and smokers well. Bears can be attracted to the smell if these are not cleaned.
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), bears will typically move through areas looking for food. Notifying the TWRA is only necessary if a bear continually lingers around a house or neighborhood. Residents are advised to call 911 if a bear is sighted in a populated area.
A TWRA representative will provide further information at the May 1 City Commission meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
To contact the TWRA, call 1-800-332-0900 or (423)587-7037, or visit http://tn.gov/twra/bearmain.html to learn more.

CONTACT:
Maj. Karl Turner
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6149

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Apr 14, 2014

BOC to meet Saturday

The Board of Commissioners will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 19) to discuss strategic planning. This work session will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021 

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Apr 11, 2014

MPCC to offer line dancing workshop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a line dancing workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. This program is open to adults and youth ages 5-12 (all youth must be accompanied by an adult).
Instructor Rachel Pearson will offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, using a variety of contemporary dance moves to various musical genres. Light refreshments will be served.
Fee is $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Apr 11, 2014

MPCC to offer Special Day for Special Kids

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a “Special Day for Special Kids,” designed for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families, on Saturday, April 26. From 1-3 p.m., the entire family is invited for lunch, holiday-themed crafts and other surprises. This is a free event. Please call 434-5749 by Friday, April 25 to register.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5750

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Apr 11, 2014

Bobby Horton to perform at MPCC Monday

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host famed historian and instrumentalist Bobby Horton from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday (April 14). The program is free and open to the public.
Horton will perform tales of riverboat culture and the music that influenced Mark Twain’s childhood and shaped his memorable characters.
The program is presented by the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and the Senior Services Division.
For more information, please call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Apr 09, 2014

Senior Center Foundation Board to meet next Thursday

The Senior Center Foundation Board will hold a called meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. For more information, contact Sue Orr at 434-6232.

CONTACT:
Sue Orr, director
Senior Services
(423)434-6232

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Apr 08, 2014

FHCC Advisory Board to meet April 17

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Thursday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

CONTACT:
Lisa Chamness, director
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855

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Apr 07, 2014

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for Saturday

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday (April 12) at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive. From 9 a.m. until noon, 2,700 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Varieties offered will include Flowering Dogwood, Prairiefire Crabapple, Apple Serviceberry, Hedge Maple, Japanese Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, and Sycamore. A limited number of seedlings will be available per person. Since Spring 2010, the City has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing a total of 14,100 trees to the public.
This Arbor Day marks the 14th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. To maintain the Tree City USA designation, the City must have an Arbor Day observance, a tree ordinance, a tree board, and meet the minimum funding requirements for tree maintenance and planting.
“By exceeding the Tree City requirements, Johnson City continues to demonstrate a commitment to seeing more trees planted and properly maintained for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike,” said City Forester Patrick Walding.

CONTACT:
Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2681

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Apr 07, 2014

WSS sewer inspections to take place over next two days

The Water and Sewer Services Department has been performing investigations in the Cash Hollow Sewer Basin over the past few weeks. The investigations have included manhole inspections and closed circuit television inspections of the sewer, among other activities. All of this work is part of the City’s ongoing sewer maintenance and will result in system improvements.
Over the next couple days, an engineering firm and subconsultant for the City will be performing inspections of the system at night. The work will involve opening manholes and observing and measuring flows in the pipes during and after a rainfall event. Most of the work will occur within the street rights-of-way, but some manholes may be in the City’s sewer easement on homeowners’ properties. Residents in the following areas area advised that these crews are doing work for the City and should not request access to the inside of homes: Lakeview Drive, East Oakland Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Johnson City Country Club and East Side Avenue.
For more information, please contact Jim Sipe at 461-1646.

CONTACT:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6061

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Apr 04, 2014

Senior Services to offer Tennis 4 Living

On Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 8, Senior Services will offer Tennis 4 Living at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Instructor Marley Woods will offer beginner-level instruction in the game’s fundamentals including strokes, strategy, rules, terms and equipment.
Classes will be held indoors, from 9:30-11 a.m. for four weeks. Fee is $5 per session; free for Silver Sneakers® beneficiaries.
Please call 434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Apr 02, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for April 4-13

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Bristol Highway (between Willmary Road and Carroll Creek Road) – turn lane installation. Left southbound lane closed from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for approximately two weeks. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Antioch Road (from Justus Drive to Willow Springs Park entrance) – prep work for sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Flagmen will be present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Roan Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Ronald Lane – water lateral replacement; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• State of Franklin Road (between Buffalo and Sevier streets) – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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) 
 
 

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Apr 02, 2014

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the ohnson City Golf Advisory Board. This board meets on a quarterly basis, as needed, and is charged with recommending procedures regarding the promotion and development of golf facilities to the city manager. The duties of the board are advisory rather than policy-making. Each term is three years.
A potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and 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 April 30. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information about Johnson City Golf or the advisory board, please contact Jim Hughes at (423)483-5838.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Apr 01, 2014

Music at Memorial Park starts April 26

Pack a picnic and head to the amphitheater at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for the kickoff of Music at Memorial Park, Saturday, April 26 from 3-6 p.m. Rain date will be May 3.
This free concert, presented by DOTHERT Recording Studios and the Recreation and Senior Services divisions of Parks and Recreation, will feature winners from JC’s Got Talent and Kingsport Idol in addition to other area talent. The series will continue through the summer and will feature jazz, gospel, swing, and bluegrass.
For more information, please call (423)283-5820.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Apr 01, 2014

MPCC offering preschool craft programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Crafty Preschool Workshop from 10-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16. The program is perfect for creative and artistic thinkers ages 3-5. Participants will create age-appropriate crafts to take home and display. Cost is $5 per person.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Apr 01, 2014

Use clues to become wildlife detectives on April 19

Parks and Recreation invites citizens of all ages to become wildlife detectives on Saturday, April 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Mountain Park. Participants will learn why we don’t see as many animals as we’d like to, then develop of list of clues and head out in search of the signs that indicate animals have been around.
This program is a nature adventure, so participants should dress accordingly. Fee is $1 per person. For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821
 

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Apr 01, 2014

Carver announces Easter programs

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will offer the following Easter programs:
• Easter Crafts and Egg Coloring – April 16 and 17, 4-6 p.m. Open to all ages. Youth will experiment with marbleizing and fingerprint Easter egg coloring and make an Easter bear to take home. There is no charge for the program.
• Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout – April 18, 4-6 p.m. Easter egg hunts will be held for ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The program will include a cookout.
For more information, please call Carver Rec at 461-8830.

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

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Apr 01, 2014

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt set for April 11

Youth of all ages are invited to participate in the Memorial Park Community Center’s first Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 11. From 7-9 p.m., the grassy area at MPCC, 510 Bert St., will be turned into an Easter egg paradise. Light refreshments will be served and the movie Hop will be showing on the big screen before the hunt. A separate hunt will be held for ages 5 and younger. This event is free. Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Mar 28, 2014

HZC to host walking tour Wednesday

Weather permitting, the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will host a walking tour of the downtown area on Wednesday (April 2). The tour will begin at 4 p.m. from the Cherry Street parking lot.
Please call 434-6073 for more information.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073 

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Mar 28, 2014

PAC taking ballet, hip-hop, tumbling registrations

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., has openings for ballet, hip-hop, and tumbling instruction. Fees are $25 per month, per person.
• Ballet (ages 3-7): Wednesdays beginning April 2, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
• Hip-Hop (ages 6-10): Wednesdays beginning April 2, 7:15-7:45 p.m.
• Tumbling (homeschoolers): Mondays beginning April 7, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
For registration and more information, call 283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800

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Mar 28, 2014

Participants needed for Johnson City Senior Chorale

Senior singers are invited to join the new Johnson City Senior Chorale Thursdays at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Come experience the joy of music by singing folk, Broadway, light classical and a few fun tunes thrown into every practice.
Anyone who plays an instrument is encouraged to bring it along.
Directed by Cherry Smith and accompanied by Barbara Knisely, this new group intends to bring back area singers who have taken a break. The chorale has several performance dates for late spring and early summer.
There is no charge to participate. For more information, call 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Mar 27, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for March 26-April 6

 Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Bristol Highway (between Willmary Road and Carroll Creek Road) – turn lane installation. Left southbound lane closed from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for approximately two weeks. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Sevier Street (between Lamont Street and West State of Franklin Road) – asphalt repair. Closures expected. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• West State of Franklin Road (from Buffalo to South Road Streets) – curb and gutter installation. Eastbound lane will be closed Monday, March 31 at 8 a.m. until further notice. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street/Ronald Lane – water lateral replacement; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Broadway and Main streets – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• 236 W. Main St. – fire line tap
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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) 

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Mar 27, 2014

JCPB plans outage for South Roan area on March 30

Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) wishes to advise its customers in South Johnson City of planned power outage on March 30th at 2:00 AM. Customers in the areas of the intersection of South Roan and University Parkway, Milligan Highway, Lafe Cox Drive, and Rolling Hills Drive will be effected. The outage is necessary so that crews may safely make repairs to the Southeast Substation. Approximately two hours is needed to make the repair. An estimated 4,525 metered services may be effected.
JCPB apologizes for the inconvenience to its customers. Please be advised crews will work to minimize outage times and customers affected.

CONTACT:
Brian Bolling, Chief Customer Relations Officer
(423) 952-5124 or bbolling@jcpb.com
Angela Shrewsbury, Energy Services & Marketing Administrator
(423) 952-5079 or ashrews@jcpb.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 26, 2014

State of Franklin lane closures planned for next week

Sewer line maintenance will take place from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily next week (Monday, March 31-Friday, April 4) on State of Franklin Road near Earnest Street. Traffic in both the east and west directions will be down to one lane. Drivers are urged to use caution in this area and find alternate routes if possible.

CONTACT:
Steve Harsh, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636
 

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Mar 25, 2014

Trail Task Force to meet at SmokeHouse restaurant in April

The Trail Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at The SmokeHouse BBQ Company, 1941 Milligan Highway, Elizabethton. The task force will resume meeting in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., on Tuesday, May 6.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Mar 25, 2014

Smoke detectors available for City residents

As a service to our citizens, the Johnson City Fire Department provides smoke detectors and installation free of charge to anyone living within the city limits. Residential smoke detectors are vital for early detection of potential fire, as most fire deaths occur in homes.
City residents who do not have smoke detectors are encouraged to call the Johnson City Fire Department Administration Office at 975-2840 to request installation.

CONTACT:
Lt. Tommy Verran
(423)975-2844

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Mar 24, 2014

Hillrise Boulevard meeting set for Thursday

The Board of Commissioners and Public Works Department will hold a Gump Addition neighborhood meeting/workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday (March 27) to discuss improvements to Hillrise Boulevard. This meeting will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021

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Mar 20, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for March 21-30

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• Water Street (between Elm and Roan streets) – installing conduit for traffic signals. Closed from March 25 at 7 a.m. until March 26 at 6 p.m. Detours will be in place.
• Sinking Creek Road (between Lone Oak Road and David Miller Road) – tree removal. Closed daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Detours will be in place.
• Bristol Highway (between Willmary Road and Carroll Creek Road) – turn lane installation. Left southbound lane closed from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for approximately two weeks. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.
• State of Franklin Road (between West Market Street and Briarcliff Road) – one lane closed Monday, March 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for sidewalk repairs. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street/Ronald Lane – water lateral replacement; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Scenic Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Broadway and Main streets – water line maintenance
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• State of Franklin Road at Spring Street – sewer line maintenance; lane closures
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line replacements
• Highway 75 and State Route 36 – water line maintenance 

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) 
 

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Mar 19, 2014

Wildflower Tour set for April 5

Citizens of all ages are invited to join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 to tour the forested section of Winged Deer Park in search of Virginia Bluebells. Participants are asked to park in the rear Disc Golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road and follow the signs to the outdoor classroom. Fee is $1 per person.
For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Mar 19, 2014

Senior Services offering Garden and Things Workshop at MPCC

Senior Services will offer a Garden and Things Workshop at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Topics and speakers include:
• 10 a.m. – Raised Garden Beds with Master Gardener Ben Hunter
• 11:30 a.m. – Organic Gardening with Linda Sorrell
• 12:30 p.m. – Water Wise with Mara Holley of Washington County Soil Conservation covering green roofs, permeable pavers, pollinator plants, and more
• 1:30 p.m. – Soil Preparation/Planning for New Planting Areas with Shaun Barr of Evergreen
This program is free; vendors will be selling items on site. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Kamela Easlic, program development supervisor
Senior Services
(423)434-6233

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Mar 19, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center offering Couch-to-5K® training program

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the Couch-to-5K® Training Program at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting April 7. This six-week course is open to teens and adults and costs $25.
Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week, which is the amount of moderate exercise for optimum fitness recommended by numerous studies. Progress can be measured by time or distance.
Participants will be transformed from couch potatoes to runners and will be prepared to run a 5K (3.1 miles) in just two months.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Mar 18, 2014

Golf Advisory Board to meet March 26

The Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Pine Oaks Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 1709 Buffalo Road. 

CONTACT:
Jim Hughes, Golf director
(423)483-5838
 

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Mar 18, 2014

Annual spring leaf collection starts April 7

The City of Johnson City’s annual spring leaf collection is held the first two full weeks of April. This year’s collection period will take place from Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 18.
Residents are asked not to bag leaves and to have leaves piled behind the curb (not in front of the curb or on the street) no later than 7 a.m. on April 7 to ensure pickup. Leaves will not be collected in alleys. All leaf piles should be free of trash, debris and limbs or they will not be collected.

As a reminder, brush collection takes place year-round but may be altered due to leaf collection. The City defines brush as: tree trimmings, shrubbery (with no roots), limbs, etc., generated by routine maintenance of a property by the homeowner. Here are some collection guidelines to help homeowners as they clear brush and prepare for spring yard work:

• Brush piles must not exceed 10-foot lengths, must be piled straight and placed behind or on the curb for collection. Do not place brush on center medians or islands.
• Do not place brush next to objects such as fences, guy wires, and poles or under trees. Equipment is restricted in those areas.
• Brush may not be mixed with other debris. Brush mixed with leaves, grass, lumber, dirt, rock, concrete, building materials or other debris will not be collected until properly separated.

Anyone hired to trim or remove trees, shrubs, etc., is required to remove the resulting brush from the property. Failure to do so may result in a court citation.

CONTACT:
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2700

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Mar 18, 2014

Start Smart Golf begins April 8 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Golf, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning April 8. The six-week program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 5-7 the basic motor skills necessary to play traditional golf. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the instruction.
Registration is available online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec. Program fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. A $20 late fee will be assessed for registrations after March 31. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Mar 17, 2014

HZC to hold called meeting Wednesday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 19) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Jessica Harmon, planner
Development Services
(423)434-6073

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Mar 17, 2014

Learn how to brown bag a healthy lunch at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a twist on the brown bag lunch. Each Thursday in April (April 3, 10, 17 and 24) from 6-7 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to see how fun making their lunch can be. Participants will decorate their brown bag and then learn how to make a healthy lunch to put inside. The following day, they can take it to school and show off their handiwork. Class fee is $3 per child, and all materials will be provided.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758

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Mar 14, 2014

FYI: Extra JCPD officers on streets for St. Patrick's Day weekend

The Johnson City Police Department will be placing additional officers on the streets this St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. These high visibility patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for Johnson City officers to conduct these DUI enforcement patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from the road during this busy holiday weekend.

The Johnson City Police Department reminds everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the 2011 St. Patrick’s Holiday, one of which was alcohol-related. In 2011, one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States every 53 minutes, and most of the drunk drivers involved had blood alcohol concentrations nearly double the legal limit of .08. Although Tennessee’s legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08, even a slight alcoholic “buzz” that’s well below legal limits can be unsafe for drivers and lead to their arrest for impaired driving.

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Mar 14, 2014

BZA moves monthly meeting to first Tuesday

Beginning April 1, the Johnson City Board of Zoning Appeals will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. These meetings will continue to take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Steve Neilson, development coordinator
Development Services
(423)434-6053

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Mar 14, 2014

MPCC Camp Gladiator to start next week

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will begin MPCC Camp Gladiator on Monday (March 17). Class will meet from 6:45-7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for six weeks. Each class will consist of a 45-minute body toning workout. This class promises a motivating and challenging workout for all fitness levels. Cost is $3 per class or $45 for the camp.
For more information, please contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Sarah Whitted, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4852

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Mar 13, 2014

Section of Spring Street to be closed next week

Spring Street at the intersection of State of Franklin Road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. next Monday through Friday (March 17-21) while water/sewer work takes place. The inside lanes of State of Franklin will be closed at this intersection as well. Drivers are asked to use caution in the construction area.

CONTACT:
David Garland, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638 

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Mar 13, 2014

Planning Commission workshop scheduled for Tuesday

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (March 18) to discuss the rezoning of Highland Parc Phase 4. This workshop will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Angie Carrier, director
Development Services
(423)434-5955

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Mar 12, 2014

Public meetings to discuss park grant set for March 27, April 7

Public meetings to discuss park grant set for March 27, April 7
The City of Johnson City’s Parks and Recreation Department will host two public meetings to discuss an application to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grant. Citizens are invited to discuss the application and review the preliminary design for the project, which is the Rotary Park Boundless Playground.
The first meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The next will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Both meetings will be held in the Administrative Offices at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
To request special accommodations or assistance, please contact Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815

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Mar 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for March 14-23

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street/East Oakland Avenue – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Scenic Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Victory Lane – water line installation
• Broadway and Main streets – water line maintenance
• Mountain View Road – fire hydrant relocation
• Jays Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cherry Street alley – sewer line replacement; closed
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line 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) 

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Mar 10, 2014

FootGolf organizational meeting set for March 20

Parks and Recreation will host an introductory meeting about the new, up-and-coming sport of FootGolf on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Administrative Conference Room at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
Anyone who is interested in playing FootGolf and would like to learn more about its history and rules is encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Robin DiMona, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

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Mar 10, 2014

PAC offering card workshop

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a fun and relaxed card craft workshop led by Stamping in the Valley. Participants will make six handmade cards using Stampin’ Up products. The workshop, designed for adults, will be held on Friday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Fee is $15.
Call PAC at 283-5800 to register.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center
(423)283-5800 
 

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Mar 07, 2014

Bristol Highway turn lane installation to start March 24

The left southbound lane of Bristol Highway between Willmary Road and Carroll Creek Road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for approximately two weeks starting Monday, March 24. This lane closure is due to turn lane installation. Drivers are urged to use caution in this area.

CONTACT:
Mike Williams, project manager
Public Works – Street
(423)975-2706

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Mar 06, 2014

Real estate, property taxes to be filed in Chancery Court April 1

 On Tuesday, April 1, all unpaid 2012 real estate taxes and 2013 personal property taxes will be filed in Chancery Court for collection. To avoid having taxes filed in Chancery Court, payments – including penalty and interest charges – must be submitted to the City of Johnson City’s Finance Department by 5 p.m. Monday, March 31. Postmarks will not be honored. All payments made after Friday, March 14 must be in the form of a cashier’s check or cash due to a high volume of returned checks. Payments may be made in person at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Janet Jennings, director
Finance
(423)434-6033 

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Mar 05, 2014

Willow Springs playground to be closed March 18-19

The playground at Willow Springs Park will be closed for improvements on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19.

CONTACT:
John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)975-2670

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Mar 05, 2014

Memorial Park Community Center seeking instructors

Memorial Park Community Center strives to keep up with the latest trends and provide the community with valuable programming. The center is currently in search of certified instructors to teach ballet and hip hop classes on a weekly basis.
Please contact program coordinators Sarah Whitted at 461-4852 or Renee Ensor at 461-4851 if you are interested in leading weekly programs or classes.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)461-4849

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Mar 03, 2014

MPCC to host Spring Break Sports Camps for city, county schools

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Spring Break Sports Camp for both Johnson City and Washington County students ages 6-12. Camp fee is $20, and children will enjoy participating in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, kickball, arts and crafts, swimming, and much more. Participants are required to bring a packed lunch and swim clothing every day. Camp will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:15 p.m.) available for an additional $10.
• Johnson City: March 10-14 (Limited to first 60 paid registrants.)
• Washington County: March 31-April 4 (Limited to first 40 paid registrants.)
Register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Please call MPCC at 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Mar 03, 2014

Learn about Spider Science on March 22

On Saturday, March 22, join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan to learn all about Spider Science. This program is free and designed for families.
Participants will learn all about hunting, web building, egg sacs, and venomous spiders. Large live specimens from the East Tennessee State University Department of Biological Sciences will be on hand and, weather permitting, participants will head outdoors to seek out and identify spiders.
This program will take place from 10-11:15 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Please call 283-5821 for more information.

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821

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Mar 03, 2014

BOC to meet Saturday

The Board of Commissioners will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (March 8) for a presentation and discussion of the International City/County Management Association’s operational review of public safety functions. This meeting will take place at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021 

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Mar 03, 2014

WDP to participate in moth study

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that Winged Deer Park is taking part in Discover Life’s long-term project to study moth populations.
The project will require volunteers who would like to participate as “citizen scientists.” The study will be conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights, about an hour after sunset, from now through October or November. Volunteers will meet at the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Lights will be set up to attract and photograph the insects being observed.
A study site reception featuring guest speaker John Pickering, creator of Discover Life, will take place at the Admin Offices at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26. Anyone interested in volunteering should attend this kickoff event.
Please call Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan at 283-5821 for more information. 

CONTACT:
Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5821
 
 

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Feb 28, 2014

Volunteer needed for Senior Services Advisory Council

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering an appointment to the Senior Services Advisory Council. The advisory council makes recommendations to the Senior Services director and the City of Johnson City on matters affecting planning, support and programming. The council provides direction and guidance for long-range planning that will improve the quality of life for older citizens of the area. 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, March 14. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:
Becky Hilbert, director
Community Relations
(423)434-6021
 

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Feb 28, 2014

MPCC offering line dance workshop

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a workshop on line dancing from 6-9 p.m. on March 15 and April 26. This program is open to adults ($8) and youth ages 5-12 ($5). Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Rachel Pearson will offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, using a variety of contemporary dance moves and musical genres. Light refreshments will be served.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Feb 28, 2014

MPCC offering preschool craft programs

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Crafty Preschool Workshop from 10-10:45 a.m. on March 19 and April 16. The program is perfect for creative and artistic thinkers ages 3-5. Participants will create age-appropriate crafts to take home and display. Cost is $5 per person.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749
 

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Feb 26, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for Feb. 28-March 9

Public Works projects
• Broadway Street and East Main Street – intersection upgrades. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area. 

Water and Sewer Services projects
• Althea Street/East Oakland Avenue – water line replacement; lane closures
• 127 Austin Springs Road – sewer tap installation
• Boone Ridge Drive – sewer line extension
• Scenic Drive – water line replacement
• Victory Lane – water line installation
• Broadway and East Main streets – sewer line maintenance
• Skyline Drive and Robin Hood Lane – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Skyline Drive and State of Franklin Road – water line maintenance; lane closures
• McKinley Road, South Barton Street, Burleson Street, South Center Street, First Street and South Beech Street – galvanized water line replacements 

TDOT projects
• State Route 36/North Roan Street (between SR 354 and SR 75) – 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) 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Feb 25, 2014

Public meeting to discuss park grant set for March 6

The City of Johnson City’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a public meeting to discuss an application to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grant. Citizens are invited to discuss the application and review the preliminary design for the project, which is the Rotary Park Boundless Playground.
This meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
To request special accommodations or assistance, please contact Missy Hollifield at 283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Missy Hollifield, office manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5815 

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Feb 25, 2014

MPCC to host special needs artist reception

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Special Needs Meet and Greet Artist Reception on Saturday, March 8 from 3-5 p.m. This event is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served. Artwork created by area special needs children will be on display, and the artists will be on hand. Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749

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Feb 25, 2014

Johnson City earns Tennessee Recycling Coalition honors

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition (TRC) at its annual conference in Franklin, Tenn., recently recognized Johnson City for 25 years of recycling.
“The agency and I commend Johnson City on 25 years of common sense environmental leadership in Tennessee,” said Bob Martineau, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation commissioner. “What began 25 years ago with the pioneer spirit of a community recognizing the value of recycling has become a city leading with thoughtful, innovative solutions that improve our shared environment and the overall quality of life for all residents.”
On February 27, 1989, Johnson City began curbside collection, serving 800 households. Today it is a robust program with 7,100 weekly collections at households, businesses, government offices, and schools. Johnson City continuously adds new commodities while expanding service offerings.
“When we started bringing recycling opportunities to the front door of every homeowner in the community 25 years ago, it was considered as a way to reduce society’s dependency on landfills and provide an opportunity for responsible environmental stewardship through each individual,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “Today, it has simply become a way of life. We are honored to be the first municipal program in the state, and someday we hope that it is not the first of many but rather first of all communities in the state.”
TRC President Gail Randolph added that recycling has many benefits beyond conservation.
“Recycling is a fiscally sound activity for the organizations as well as a boost to our local economies since the recycling value chain is a critical industry in Tennessee,” Randolph said.
The Tennessee Recycling Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices. They are a coalition of industry, business, government, non-profits, and individuals networked together to raise recycling as the standard in Tennessee.

CONTACT:
Eva Hunter, recycling marketing coordinator
Public Works – Solid Waste Services
(423)979-6318

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Feb 24, 2014

Adult softball registration under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for spring adult softball. Leagues include: Men’s Open, Church and Industrial; Coed Open, Church and Industrial; and Women’s Open.
Men’s leagues play a 14-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament. Men’s entry fees are $400 plus $5 for every non-City resident.
Coed and Women’s leagues play a seven-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament. Coed and Women’s fees are $250 plus $5 for every non-City resident.
Entry fee, roster, and photo identification for each player must be turned in at the time of registration. Deadline for entries is April 4. League play will begin the week of April 21. The firs