2016 News Archive

Dec 29, 2016

Senior Services to offer Absolute Beginner Line Dance Lessons

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Absolute Beginner Line Dance (Level 1) lessons from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb 9. These lessons will teach basic steps, terminology and sequence. Beginners ages 40 and older are welcome. Instructor will be Martha Davenport.
Participants are required to pre-register and pay by Jan. 10 at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk. Cost is $30 for five weeks or $20 with SilverSneakers® discount.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Chryl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Dec 29, 2016

JCPD conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend

The Johnson City Police Department advises motorists that additional officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this New Year’s holiday. These high visibility “saturation patrols” will be conducted all weekend in partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s Booze It and Lose It holiday impaired-driving campaign. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is providing grant overtime funding for the purpose of removing impaired drivers from city streets.
The Police Department reported a total of 48 alcohol-related vehicle crashes in 2015, 33 (69 percent) of which resulted in personal injuries to motorists. The Police Department also has made 280 DUI arrests so far this year, with 23 (8 percent) of those drivers being under the legal drinking age of 21. The Department made five DUI arrests during the 2015 New Year’s holiday weekend.
The Johnson City Police Department reminds everyone if you drive impaired, you can lose your license, your freedom, or your life. Getting behind the wheel after even just one too many drinks can lead to disaster. 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.
The Johnson City Police Department has benefited significantly from its longstanding partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety office (formerly Governor’s Highway Safety Office). The Department has received consecutive grants from the THSO for over two decades. Previous grants have been used for enforcement on a number of levels (DUI, speeding, red light running, etc.), education (safe driving tips in various media, Cops in Shops), and equipment such as radar guns. The current 2016 grant award funds critical officer overtime hours for enhanced DUI enforcement efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers during peak times when DUI offenses are most likely to occur.
THSO funding has enabled the Department to successfully reduce the number of impaired drivers on Johnson City roadways, thereby decreasing the number of potential alcohol-related vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths. Since 2014, these patrols have resulted in 80 DUI arrests, accounting for 9.6 percent of all 834 DUI arrests made by the Department during that time. These patrols also have produced frequent arrests for other serious crimes such as felony drug offenses, unlawful handgun possessions, and underage alcohol consumption arrests. Without this THSO grant funding, many of these impaired drivers, and many other dangerous offenses, would have likely gone undetected through normal police patrol efforts alone.

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Dec 28, 2016

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment for a plumbing representative on the Board of Building Codes. Applicants must be City residents and hold a state of Tennessee plumbing license.
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/boards or may obtain one by calling (423)434-6009. For more information regarding this board, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at (423)434-6048. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 13.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Dec 28, 2016

Shop With a Cop reaches 51 children, families

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Johnson City Police Department’s Support Wives and Girlfriends (SWAG) group hosted the second annual Shop With a Cop event at Memorial Park Community Center. Officers of the Johnson City Police Department – along with members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Elizabethton Police Department, Nuclear Fuel Services/Murray Guard Inc., and East Tennessee State University Public Safety – took 51 deserving children from the Johnson City school system on a shopping spree for Christmas.

The children were paired with an officer, and the two discussed their Christmas list during a pizza party. The children were then loaded into party buses and limousines and the entourage was escorted by officers to Walmart on Browns Mill Road. After the shopping spree, participants’ families were provided with a Christmas food box and ham as well as additional gifts for Christmas morning.

“Spending time with these kids and being a small part of helping them to enjoy Christmas is the best feeling in the world,” said Johnson City Police Officer Brittney Eberhardt. “We are just so grateful to all of our community partners who made it possible.”

Johnson City’s Shop With a Cop has nearly doubled in just one year thanks to a $7,500 donation from Graphic Disorder; fundraising efforts by Smith Brothers Harley Davidson; toys donated from Toys R Us; sponsorship of approximately 25 children by Keller Williams Realty and Classic Title; monetary donations from citizens; Johnson City Parks and Recreation; Marco’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza and Papa John’s Pizza; Chick-Fil-A, West Market Street; and Walmart.

“We would love to see the event continue growing at this rate so that we can reach even more children,” Eberhardt said. “I feel like our officers get more out of this event than the children do. It’s amazing to see how many of them are so selfless and want to spend their money buying for others. They embody the spirit of Christmas, and we are privileged to be able to be part of it.”

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Dec 27, 2016

Table Tennis Challenge set for January

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a Table Tennis Challenge tournament Jan. 20-22 for ages 12 and older. Registration will take place at Carver Rec Jan. 13-15. Fee is $20 per player. A free cornhole tournament will also be open to participants.
For more information, please call 461-8830.

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


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Dec 27, 2016

MPCC to offer F.A.S.T. Fridays in January

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer F.A.S.T. (Functional Agility Strength Training) classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in January. Designed for ages 50 and older, this old school approach to circuit training uses body weight for strength exercises and includes cardio interval circuits with an emphasis on core stabilization, body alignment, and functional movement.
Cost is $2 per class. Please call 434-5750 for more information.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Dec 26, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 26

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. One lane closed periodically.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures
• Eddie Williams Road – sewer line maintenance

 All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 22, 2016

Solid Waste Services reminds customers of holiday procedures

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays upon us, Johnson City Solid Waste customers are reminded that garbage and recycling collection will be on regular schedule this year.
Additionally, citizens are asked to please recycle their gift boxes, cardboard packaging and paper. The City does not accept foil paper or most plastic packaging. Plastic marked with a 1 or 2 is acceptable. For added convenience, the City offers five drop-off sites for recyclables. Please visit http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/publicworks/solidwaste/recycling/ for more information and locations.
After Christmas, customers may leave live Christmas trees at the curb to be picked up on regular brush collection routes. Trees must be cleared of all decorations. Trees may also be taken to the Cash Hollow Convenience Center, 193 Cash Hollow Road. Please visit http://www.washingtoncountytn.org/departments/solid_waste/locations for more information.
Please call Solid Waste Services at (423)975-2792 with any questions.

CONTACT:
Kathy Harsh, manager
Public Works – Solid Waste Services
(423)975-2767


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Dec 22, 2016

Volunteer needed to serve on Energy Authority

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider an appointment to the Johnson City Energy Authority (formerly the Johnson City Power Board). The Authority 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.
Potential appointees must be Johnson City property owners and must be residents of the City for no less than one year. Any citizen who is interested in serving 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 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed.
Deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 20. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Dec 19, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 19

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. One lane closed periodically.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures
• 1481 Cedar Rock Village – excavate manhole

All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 14, 2016

Senior Services to offer Turtle Triathlon

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Turtle Triathlon starting Monday, Jan. 9 for participants age 50 and older who wish to complete in a triathlon but are unable to do so in one day.
Participants will be given a log book of Turtle Triathlon activities to track their progress. A celebration event will take place on March 6 for everyone who completes the triathlon. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and medal.
Registration fee is $20 per person. Fees for the fitness room and open lap swim will be waived for the eight-week period for all participants who are registered by Jan. 9. Registrants must complete the training log and submit their results to staff weekly in order to continue free use of the fitness room and pool.
Please register in person at the Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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Dec 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 12

Public Works projects:
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Dennis Drive near New Street – water line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 09, 2016

Memorial Park Community Center to be closed Jan. 2-5

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed Monday, Jan. 2 through Thursday, Jan. 5 for floor refinishing. The center will re-open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6 with regular programming; the gym will re-open Saturday, Jan. 7.
Please call (423)434-5753 for more information.

CONTACT:
Amanda Hollifield, operations manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5753


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Dec 07, 2016

Property taxes due by end of year

The City of Johnson City property taxes for 2016 are due by Saturday, Dec. 31. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue on Jan. 4.
Mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Please note that City offices will be closed Jan. 2 so the final day to pay in person without penalty will be Jan. 3.
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. Please note be the last day to pay in person without penalty.
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 online and phone payments.

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


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Dec 07, 2016

MPCC to offer flash sale on tickets for daddy-daughter dance

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a one-day-only flash sale on Friday (Dec. 9) for My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance tickets at the reduced price of $15 for two ($5 each additional ticket). These tickets can be purchased online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks from midnight-11:59 p.m. or in person at Memorial Park Community Center from 12:30-9 p.m.
Tickets will not go on sale again until Jan. 4 and will be $10 per ticket through Jan. 27. Tickets purchased Jan. 28-Feb. 3 will be $20 each.
The My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Feb. 4. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)461-6224


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Dec 07, 2016

Freedom Hall Pool to offer lifeguard training classes

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes for ages 15 and older on the following dates:

• January 6-8, 14-15, 27-29
• February 4-5, 17-19, 25-26
• March 10-12, 18-19

Classes will take place on Fridays 6-10 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

A required pre-test will be offered on Saturdays in January, February and March from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants may register for the class upon completion of the pre-test, which includes:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
• 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to side or to the front.
• 100 yards of breaststroke.
• 100 yards of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke.

2. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point. When returning to the starting point with the object, exit the water without using the ladder of steps, within one minute, 40 seconds.

3. Tread water, without use of hands, for two minutes.

Class fee is $200 per person, which includes book, face mask, and all certifications. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials for the professional rescuer. Certification is valid for two years after completion.

For more information and to sign up for the class, please call (423)461-4872 or (423)434-5754.

CONTACT:
Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749


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Dec 06, 2016

Parks and Rec accepting name proposals for library at Carver

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will accept proposed names for the library at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., through Jan. 6.
Proposals must be in writing and include an explanation of the name’s significance to the property or overall park system. If the proposal is that of an individual’s name, a biography must be included. Proposals may be mailed to: Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, 37601; or emailed to mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.
For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or mhollifield@johnsoncitytn.org.

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


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Dec 05, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Dec. 5

Public Works projects:
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Celebration Court off Carroll Creek Road – water tap installation; lane closures
• Spring and Tipton streets – water tap installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Dec 01, 2016

Section of Watauga Avenue to be closed

The 900 block of Watauga Avenue (at the Brush Creek bridge) will be closed for sewer line maintenance from approximately 3-11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 2). Detour signs will be in place. 

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

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Dec 01, 2016

Applications being accepted for Industrial Development Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider four appointments 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.

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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Nov 30, 2016

Freedom Hall Pool to offer lifeguard training classes

Freedom Hall Pool, 1320 Pactolas Road, will offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes for ages 15 and older Dec. 19-23 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Class fee is $200 per person, which includes book, face mask, and all certifications.

A required pre-test will take place at 8 a.m. Dec. 19 and will consist of:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
• 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to side or to the front.
• 100 yards of breaststroke.
• 100 yards of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke.

2. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point. When returning to the starting point with the object, exit the water without using the ladder of steps, within one minute, 40 seconds.

3. Tread water, without use of hands, for two minutes.

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials for the professional rescuer.

For more information and to sign up for the class, please call (423)461-4872 or (423)434-5754.

CONTACT:
Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5749

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Nov 29, 2016

Senior Services hosting annual Blood Drive at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a blood drive on Monday (Dec. 5). The Blood Assurance mobile unit will be on site from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Eligible donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors should consume fluids, avoid caffeine and eat an iron-rich meal prior to donating.
Please call (423)434-6237 to reserve a time.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, senior services manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Nov 29, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Silver Sneakers® discounts are available for eligible members.
• Friday, Dec. 2 – Jerry Pierce Band, $5 per person
• Friday, Dec. 16 – Christmas Dance featuring Kids Our Age, $7 per person, refreshments will be served

Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services front desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, senior services manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Nov 29, 2016

Senior Services hosting A Christmas Fantasy

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host the musical program A Christmas Fantasy on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. Performers will include the Johnson City Senior Chorale, Musical Voices, Gail Morris and Cherry Smith’s piano and voice students, and Gay Whitt of Erwin Timeless Tappers and Dancers.
There is no charge for this program. Refreshments will be served. Please register at the Senior Services front desk.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Chyrl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226


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Nov 29, 2016

MPCC hosting Parents Night Out featuring Santa

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Parents Night Out with Santa as a special guest on Friday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m. Children ages 3-12 will meet Santa and enjoy pizza, swimming, games and crafts.
Children will be split into age groups, and all participants must be potty trained. Please provide a change of clothes and towel for each child.
Cost is $15 for the first child; $10 for each additional child in a family. Price includes a slice of pizza and a drink. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 8 at Memorial Park Community Center. Space is limited to 50 registered participants.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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

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Nov 29, 2016

Carver, MPCC accepting donations for Gatlinburg

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., and Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will serve as drop-off locations for citizens who wish to donate supplies to families affected by wildfires in Gatlinburg.
Coordinated by 50fifty Sports Tavern, the following items will be accepted at these locations through 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 2):
• Bottled water
• Sports drinks (Gatorade/Powerade)
• First-aid supplies
• Blankets
• Tissue packs
• Ink pens and notebooks
• Crayons and coloring books
• Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Donations may also be taken to 50fifty, 2102 N. Roan St.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820


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Nov 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 28

Public Works projects:
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Poplar Ridge and Webb Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• Celebration Court off Carroll Creek Road – sewer tap installation

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 22, 2016

Golf Advisory Board to meet Dec. 14

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

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

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Nov 21, 2016

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


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Nov 21, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 21

Public Works projects:
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Hales Chapel at Cedar Falls – clean up; lane closures
• Roweland Drive – sewer line maintenance

All work is weather permitting.




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Nov 21, 2016

FYI: Library Thanksgiving schedule

The Johnson City Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, November 26.

For more information about library hours and services call 434-4450, or visit the library’s web site, www.jcpl.net.

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Nov 18, 2016

Citizen Survey open through Wednesday

The City of Johnson City encourages citizens to complete the online Citizen Survey by Wednesday (Nov. 23). Data will be used to determine how the City can best serve the public. The survey is available on the City’s home page: www.johnsoncitytn.gov.
Conducted in partnership with the National Research Center, the survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation 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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Nov 18, 2016

MPCC to offer Little Chefs cooking class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a four-week Little Chefs cooking class from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays beginning Jan. 9. Little Chefs will give parents and children ages 6 and older an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills and techniques in making healthy snacks. Participants will make popovers, homemade jam, sweet potato fritters, and more. All cooking materials will be provided. Kitchen safety will also be taught.
Cost is $10 for all four classes.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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

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Nov 18, 2016

Senior Services offering Twelve Days of Christmas programs beginning Dec. 1

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Twelve Days of Christmas programs for ages 50+ beginning Dec. 1. All programs are free. For every program attended, participants will be entered in a chance to win gift cards.
• Dec. 1 – Healthy Holiday Recipes. Program will take place at the State of Franklin Food City. Bus will leave MPCC at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
• Dec. 2 – How are Your Hands Working?, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 5 – Volunteer Meeting, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 6 - Silversneakers® Yoga, 11:45 a.m. or 1 p.m.
• Dec. 7 – Travel Sign Up, 9 a.m.-noon
• Dec. 8 – What’s Cooking? Holiday Dessert, 11:30 a.m.
• Dec. 9 - Silversneakers® Circuit, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 12 – Herbs for Arthritis, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 13 – Dig Into History, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 14 – Coloring Class, 1 p.m.
• Dec. 15 – Heart Healthy Bingo, 11 a.m.
• Dec. 16 – Pickleball, 8-11:30 a.m.
Please call (423)434-6237 for more information.

CONTACT:  
Deb Fogle, senior services manager
Senior Services
 (423)434-6231

 


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Nov 16, 2016

Applications being accepted for Golf Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two appointments to the Johnson 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.
Potential appointees 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 16. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Nov 16, 2016

MPCC to offer Holiday Winter Craft

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Holiday Winter Craft from 3-4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 14. Participants ages 6 and older will create Christmas ornaments. This is a free program, and all materials will be provided.
Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., or Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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


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Nov 16, 2016

MPCC to hold Travel Sign-Up Day

Senior Services will hold a Travel Sign-Up Day on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Gathering Room at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
The following trips are planned for 2017:
• New Orleans – March 19-25 (Sunday-Saturday), $735 per person, double occupancy
• Chicago – May 21-27 (Sunday-Saturday), $714 per person, double occupancy
• Myrtle Beach – Oct. 2-6 (Monday-Friday), $605 per person, double occupancy
• Miami and Key West – Nov. 11-17 (Saturday-Friday), $739 per person, double occupancy
Travel team volunteers will be on hand to assist with registration and provide detailed information on each trip; door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes. Anyone who registers for a 2017 motor coach trip and pays their deposit by Dec. 12 will be entered to win cash prizes.
Registrations will be handled by Clark Family Tours. Registration forms and envelopes are available at the Senior Services reception desk.
The next JCSC Seniors on the Go meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 12. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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Nov 15, 2016

Thanksgiving décor basket class set for Friday

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a Thanksgiving décor basket class for ages 6-10 Friday (Nov. 18) from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Participants will create a unique handmade centerpiece.
Cost is $5 per person. Please register in person at Princeton Arts Center or call (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801


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Nov 15, 2016

MPCC to host Parents’ Night Out

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Parents’ Night Out on Friday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m. Children ages 3-12 will enjoy pizza, swimming, games, and crafts.
Children will be split into age groups. Cost is $15 for the first child; $10 for each additional child in a family. Price includes a slice of pizza and a drink.
A change of clothes and towel must be provided for each child. All participants must be potty trained.
Pre-registration is required by Dec. 8 at Memorial Park Community Center. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5722


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Nov 14, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 14

Public Works projects:
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – clean up
• Hales Chapel at Cedar Falls – clean up; lane closures
• Joe Hale Drive – sewer tap installation; lane closures
• 299 Douglas Chapel – water tap installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 09, 2016

Practice safe heating behaviors

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 several structure fires that were the result of combustibles being too close to a heating source. 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:
Captain Jonathan Fulmer
(423) 434-6182 


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Nov 09, 2016

Parks and Rec accepting applications for seasonal lifeguards

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for seasonal lifeguards. Applications are available at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
For more information, please call (423)434-5755. 

CONTACT:
Karen Henniger, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754

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Nov 08, 2016

Senior Services offering Beginner’s Square Dancing Class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Beginner’s Square Dancing Class from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays starting Nov. 14. Don Williamson will teach the class.
Cost is $5 class. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (423) 434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Nov 08, 2016

Senior Services hosting veterans luncheon, concert Friday

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a luncheon in honor of our veterans featuring a live concert by Ed Niedens on Friday (Nov. 11) at 11:45 p.m. Veterans will also receive a free gift.
Niedens is a member of the Knoxville Musician’s Association and will perform a piano program featuring Big Band era, jazz, pop and swing music from 12:15-1 p.m.
The partnership of the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), and the Film Fund will sponsor the program.
The luncheon is free for veterans and $3 for other attendees. Please register by Thursday (Nov. 10). For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Donna Campbell, office manager
Senior Services
(423)434-6230

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Nov 07, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 7

Public Works projects:
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Roweland Drive – sewer line maintenance
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water tap installation; lane closures
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Hales Chapel at Cedar Falls – sewer tap installation; lane closures
• 299 Douglas Chapel – water tap installation; lane closures
• East Market Street (400 block) – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 07, 2016

2016 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: Randy Collins, Frank Leroy Knisley Jr., and Carl Williams. They will be honored at a banquet next month.

Randy Collins
Randy Collins spent 20 of his 30 years with the City of Johnson City in the Parks and Recreation Department, as Keystone Recreation Center supervisor from 1986-1995 and Legion Recreation Center supervisor from 1995-2000. He also served as volunteer coach for Keystone boys and girls in youth basketball for almost 20 years.
Collins earned the Friend of Recreation Wall of Fame Award in 1991, the Parks and Recreation Staff Support Award in 1999, and the Carver Wall of Fame Award in 2015. He currently serves as the Freedom Hall building manager.

Frank Leroy Knisley, Jr.
Frank Knisely Jr. was a community servant and lifelong supporter of Parks and Recreation until his passing on Oct. 3, 2016. He served on the Bikeway/Greenway Board, Tree and Appearance Board, Board of Building Codes, Planning Commission, and Friends of Buffalo Mountain Park.
An avid outdoorsman and bicyclist, Knisely – along with his friend Tom Dosser – was instrumental in the creation and design of Buffalo Mountain Park, he himself cutting and clearing most of the trails. Knisely was also part of the early conception of the Tweetsie Trail. He was the design architect of the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park.

Carl Williams
A lifelong resident of Johnson City, Carl Williams spent most of his life involved in recreational activities here. Williams taught school in the Johnson City system for 32 years. He spent 22 of those working part-time for Parks and Recreation. He coached elementary boys and girls in basketball, softball, football, and tennis and served as volunteer coach for high school and adult teams. He also worked as a scorekeeper, referee and official.
Williams served as a playground and gym supervisor at several facilities and was a dedicated concessions worker. He was active in the Legion Street Halloween Festival and wrote media releases for weekly wrestling matches at Legion Rec.

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


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Nov 04, 2016

Volunteers needed for Board of Zoning Appeals

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from the provisions of the Zoning Code. The board also considers applications for special exceptions and decides questions of code interpretation. Each term is three years.
Any citizen who is interested in serving as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., or call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. To download an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 2. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals functions, please call Senior Planner Angie Charles at 434-6059.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Nov 04, 2016

Senior Services to host Invigorating Wellness series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a quarterly series on Invigorating Wellness starting this month. Invigorating Wellness will highlight several complementary health approaches identified by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Each session costs $5 and will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The schedule is as follows:
• November 15, 2016 – Essential Oils with Jamie Hyatt, RN
• February 21, 2017 – Massage Therapy with Janet Rice, MT
• May 16, 2017 – Chiropractic with Dr. Timothy Dunne
• August 15, 2017 – Supplements/Herbs with Seth McLaughlin
For more information and to pre-register, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


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Nov 02, 2016

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)434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Monday, Nov. 14. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding Civil Service Commission functions, please contact Richard Lockner at (423)434-6018.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Nov 02, 2016

Parks and Rec to feature Behold the Bat

On Saturday (Nov. 5) from 10-11 a.m., join Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan at the Winged Deer Park outdoor classroom to Behold the Bat and explore our most mysterious group of mammals. Participants will learn about the bat’s benefits and struggles and how to attract a bat with a bat house.
The program is open to all ages, and cost is $1 per person. Participants should park on the far end of the disc golf parking lot off Carroll Creek Road.
For more information, please call (423)283-5821.

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


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Nov 01, 2016

Sesame Street Live coming to FHCC Dec. 7

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other—monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” at Freedom Hall on December 7. Tickets for both performances are on sale now.

Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. Through the razzle-dazzle of this Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork. The universal appeal of a Sesame Street Live production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written scripts, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “The Hustle,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Rockin’ Robin.” “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “Elmo’s World” and “The Alphabet Song.”

What: Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" coming to Johnson City!

When: Wednesday December 7 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Freedom Hall
1320 Pactolas Rd.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Tickets: $15.00 and $25.00. A limited number of $30.00 Gold Circle seats and $55.00 Sunny Seats** are also available Additional fees and special offers may apply.

**The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo!

Tickets are available online at http://www.freedomhall-tn.com. To charge tickets by phone, please call 423-461-4884. For more information, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.


ABOUT SESAME WORKSHOP
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

ABOUT VSTAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
VStar Entertainment Group is comprised of Blue Star Media LLC and VEE LLC. Blue Star Media LLC is one of the nation’s leading producers and promoters of consumer shows and events, and has promoted more than 2,000 shows over the last 20 years. VEE LLC is one of the most experienced and respected names in family-friendly entertainment, and has delighted millions of children around the world with live touring stage shows since Sesame Street Live’s debut performance in 1980. Clients and partners in the corporate, sports, museum and event marketing sector come to VEE for imaginative solutions to capture the undivided attention of their customers and audiences through custom designed/built interactive environments. Together the companies own, operate and promote multiple North American tours, scheduled to visit more than 150 cities in 2016. For more information about VStar Entertainment Group, please visit www.vstarentertainment.com.


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Oct 31, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 31

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed periodically. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.
• Seminole Drive (between Creek Drive and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Roweland Drive – sewer line maintenance
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Hales Chapel and Cedar Falls – sewer tap installation; lane closures
• 299 Douglas Chapel – water tap installation; lane closures
• East Market Street (400 block) – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 27, 2016

MPCC to host Dinner and a Movie mother/son date night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Dinner and a Movie mother and son date night from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 for all ages. Moms and sons will enjoy dinner sponsored by Ole’s Guacamoles, a movie and a craft. Please register at Memorial Park Community Center by Tuesday, Nov. 8. Cost is $10 for each mother and son pair; $5 for each additional child.
For more information, please contact (423)434-5749.

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

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Oct 27, 2016

Swim lessons start Nov. 2 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner to advanced swim lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Nov. 2-Nov. 18.
• Monday, 5-5:30 p.m., Beginner
• Wednesday, 5:35-6:05 p.m., Intermediate
• Friday, 6:10-6:40 p.m., Advanced
• Friday, 6:45-7:15 p.m., Beginner
The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation lifeguards, will teach children ages 4-14 basic skills including breath-holding, floating, and swimming strokes. Cost is $40 per child. Please pre-register at Memorial Park Community Center.
For more information, please call (423)434-5755.

CONTACT:
Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754


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Oct 24, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 24

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Richard Lane (Chinquapin) – moving water line; one lane closed
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• East Market Street (400 block) – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 24, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. (Pricing may vary for special events.) Schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Nov. 4 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Nov. 18 – Eddie Skelton Band
• Friday, Dec. 2 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Dec. 16 – Christmas Dance with Kids Our Age
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Oct 20, 2016

Carver Rec to host 30th annual Halloween Festival

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host its 30th annual Halloween Festival on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games. Admission is free for ages 6-16, $1 for adults in costume, and $2 for adults without costume. Game tickets will be $.50 each. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in three age groups.
For more information, please call (423)461-8830.

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


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Oct 20, 2016

MPCC to host Pumpkin Swim

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Pumpkin Swim from 4-5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 for ages 2-13. Participants will retrieve a pumpkin from the teaching pool and will decorate it after swim time.
Children 6 and younger must have an adult present in the water, and children 7-12 must have an adult in the pool area at all times. Swim diapers are required for non-potty trained children. Capacity for teaching pool is 39. Open swim will be available in the lap pool.
Cost is $5 per person. Registration is not necessary but pumpkins are limited.
For more information, please call (423)434-5755.

CONTACT:
Karen Henninger, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5754


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Oct 19, 2016

Volunteers needed for Senior Center Foundation Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider six 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 434-6009. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 18. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Oct 19, 2016

Maintenance on Cardinal Park/MPCC lot set for next week

Maintenance work will be performed on the Cardinal Park/Memorial Park Community Center parking lot beginning Monday (Oct. 24). One-third of the lot will be closed at various times through Sunday, Oct. 30. The Legion Street entrance will be closed until Friday, Oct. 28, and the Bert Street entrance will be closed for the remainder of the work. The entire lot and both entrances are expected to reopen by 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Please note that any vehicles parked in a closed section of the lot will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Any changes in work schedule will be posted at the parking lot entrances.

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


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Oct 18, 2016

MPCC to offer Mommy & Me Yoga

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Mommy & Me Yoga from 9:45-10:15 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Nov. 3. Children ages 18 months to 3 years will join their mothers for yoga poses and stretches.
Fee is $5 per class. Participants can register and pay before the start of each class and should bring a yoga mat. For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Oct 17, 2016

Section of West Market, Boone streets to be closed starting Tuesday

As part of the project to install a box culvert along West Market Street, two sections of road will be closed for approximately 35 days starting Tuesday (Oct. 18).
West Market will be closed between Commerce Street and Boone Street, with limited access allowed to local businesses in the block between Commerce and McClure Street.
Boone will be closed between West Main and King streets. Customers of OverMountain Outdoors and ZZ Topps will be allowed to enter and park in the closed section of Boone via King Street.
Detours will be posted.
This project will connect the Boone Street stormwater basin with an existing culvert on McClure Street. It will serve as an alternative to the King Creek culvert and will give the Boone Street basin a second connection to the King Creek basin, which is scheduled for construction later this year.

CONTACT:
Allan Cantrell, engineer
Public Works
(423)232-5076

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Oct 17, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 17

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Richard Lane (Chinquapin) – moving water line; one lane closed
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Spurgeon Lane and Highway 75 – sewer tap installation; flaggers present
• East Market Street and Chamber Drive – water tap installation; flaggers present
• Cash Hollow Road and Lakeview Drive – flood wall construction
• Douglas Chapel Road – water tap installation; lane closures
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• East Market Street (400 block) – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.


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Oct 12, 2016

Party in the Park community celebration set for Sunday

The City of Johnson City, Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Community Roundtable invite citizens to Party in the Park from 1-5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 16) at Founders Park, 225 S. Commerce St.
This free event is a celebration of our community and will feature live music, inflatables, face painting, cornhole, and more.
“We’ve seen such an outpouring of support that we wanted to say ‘thank you’ with an event that would celebrate, encourage, and build upon the positive relationships that we have with the community,” Police Chief Mark Sirois said.
Music will begin at the amphitheater at 1 p.m. with Jay Davis (https://www.reverbnation.com/jaydavis7 and https://www.facebook.com/jaydavismusic/), followed by DJ Trey and the UCF Dancers (https://www.facebook.com/KasperTheEntertainer/) at 2 p.m., and Kryss Dula & Friends (www.reverbnation.com/kryssdula and www.facebook.com/kryssdula/) at 3:30 p.m.
The great lawn area of Founders Park will be filled with cornhole, hula hoops, flag football and inflatables for every age – even an obstacle course for adults.
At the Pavilion, attendees can purchase delicious fare from seven popular local food trucks – Backdraft BBQ, Haven Hut, Maria’s Authentic Mexican, Me & K’s, Mimi’s Cookies and Creamery, Noli and Rocky Top Road Grill.
“There’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, and we hope that families will come out and get to know some of our officers on a personal basis,” Chief Sirois said. “One of the most remarkable things about this event is that much of it was facilitated by the community reaching out to us, wanting to help, asking what they could contribute. It really reinforces the fact that we are partners.”
Because of that partnership, the Community Roundtable was formed about two years ago. The group has met on a monthly basis with the mission of fostering positive relationships between the Johnson City Police Department and the community at-large through proactive initiatives that assist all parties in better communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect for one another.
“Our Roundtable members have really gotten to know one another through open, honest discussion about issues that other communities across the country have faced,” said Chief Sirois. “Our motto is ‘Together We Are Stronger.’ We have a great community here that’s based on mutual respect, and the Roundtable thinks that’s worth celebrating.”
Party in the Park is made possible by the support of our sponsors: 50/Fifty Sports Tavern, BoomTown & Co., Mitzi Emig Photography, Signature Properties – Alan Anderson, and Truvie’s Salon. 

CONTACT:
Chief Mark Sirois
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6159


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Oct 12, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The taskforce will review public comments from the second reading of the zoning ordinance to create the West Walnut Street District and prepare to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. Third reading for the West Walnut zoning ordinance is set for Nov. 3.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509


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Oct 12, 2016

Maintenance on Cherry Street lot set for next week

Maintenance work will be performed on the Cherry Street parking lot beginning Monday (Oct. 17). Half of the lot will remain open while the work takes place. Half of the lot will be closed at various times from midnight Monday until Friday morning.
Please note that any vehicles parked in a closed section of the lot will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Any changes in work schedule will be posted at the parking lot entrances.

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

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Oct 11, 2016

MPCC to offer Boom Muscle classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Boom Muscle classes for ages 14 and older from 8:30-9 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 24. Classes will provide a 30-minute, total-body workout through a unique “muscle conditioning block and action interval formula,” which will implement weights and cardio intervals. Classes will be taught by Lauren Fowler.
Cost is $2 per class or free for Silver Sneakers members. Participants may register on the day of class but each session is limited to 20 participants. Exercise mats will be provided.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Oct 11, 2016

Start Smart Basketball registration open

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Basketball, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 8. The program will teach children ages 3-5 and their parents basic basketball skills such as shooting, passing, catching and running. Parents and guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the one-hour instruction.
Registration is open online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec. Fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.
Please call 434-5722 for more information.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722


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Oct 10, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 10

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.
• Browns Mill Road (between Peoples Street and Oakland Avenue) – resurfacing preparations. Expect delays. Detours will be in place.
• Waterbrook Drive at Knob Creek Road – intersection closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Traffic must enter and exit Waterbrook Drive from Judith Drive.

Water/Sewer projects:

• 991 Oakland Ave. at Mountain View Road – sewer tap installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• 112 Spring St. – water tap installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Oct 05, 2016

Senior Services to host Pink Ball for breast cancer awareness

On Friday, Oct. 21, citizens are invited to put on their fanciest clothes and sway into the Pink Ball, a breast cancer awareness dance, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. From 7-10 p.m., participants will enjoy the sounds of Limited Edition.
Cost is $5 per person. The Pink Ball is sponsored by Dominion Senior Living.
For tickets and information call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Chryl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Oct 05, 2016

Volunteers needed for Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Historic Zoning Commission, which places conservation and historic zoning to ensure the preservation of structures of historic value to Johnson City. Each term is five 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Nov. 4. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information about the Historic Zoning Commission, please contact Planner Matt Young at 434-6073 or myoung@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Oct 04, 2016

Civil Service Commission to meet Oct. 14

The Civil Service Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Richard Lockner, HR generalist
Human Resources
(423)434-6018

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Oct 04, 2016

JCPD urges public to 'see something, say something'

On September 29, 2016, Johnson City Police officers responded to the Tweetsie Trail after a citizen reported seeing a suspicious package there. Thankfully, the package was a harmless box used in geocaching but the day before was a different story. That’s when a pipe bomb was discovered on the Elizabethton portion of the trail. These events serve as a great reminder that our community is a safer place when citizens “see something and say something.”
“We are partners,” said Maj. Debbie Botelho. “Keeping Johnson City safe requires a joint effort by the police and community members. Criminals are less likely to break the law in areas where crimes are frequently reported.”
Police ask that any suspicious activity be reported immediately. Suspicious activity can be anything from a vehicle in an odd location to unattended packages to open window or doors that are normally locked.
“What’s considered suspicious can be subjective but we just ask that if it doesn’t seem right to you, call 911,” Maj. Botelho said. “See something, say something.”
In addition to 911, citizens may also report suspicious activities anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 434-6158; by texting 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411); or via the Johnson City Police Department website, www.johnsoncitytn.org/police/cid/.

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Oct 04, 2016

Annual fall leaf collection starts Oct. 31

The City’s annual fall leaf collection will take place from Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Dec. 16. Several trucks will be used throughout the City and a minimum of three 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 service to our citizens, the City will deliver leaves at no charge upon request. Leaves are delivered in full truckloads only – approximately 18 cubic yards or roughly 3 tons – and can be requested by calling 975-2700.

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 04, 2016

Baton twirling classes start Thursday at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner and advanced baton twirling classes on Thursdays through Dec. 1.
Beginners (ages 4-16) will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This class will develop fundamentals such as basic wrist twirling, finger twirling, and baton throwing.
Advanced (ages 7-16) will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. These students will perform at local events and venues.
Participants should wear appropriate athletic wear and tennis shoes and must bring their own baton to each class.
Fee is $8 per class. Registration will be taken at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) starting Thursday (Oct. 6). Registration is required by Oct. 20 to participate.
For more information about the classes, please call Amanda Carr at (423)948-1045. For registration information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224


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Oct 04, 2016

Senior Services to host cancer survivor celebration

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host High Fives and Winning: A Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Festivities will include a presentation from the Regional Cancer Center staff, games, refreshments, door prizes, a survivor’s story, and a Trinity Arts Center dance demonstration. This event is free. Participants should pre-register by Oct. 18 at MPCC or by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Oct 04, 2016

MPCC to host Fall Craft Scavenger Hunt

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Fall Craft Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 for ages 6 and older. Participants will collect items to create a fall wreath and will enjoy a holiday snack. Cost is $5 per person. Please pre-register at MPCC by Nov. 3.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Oct 03, 2016

Volunteers needed for Senior Services Advisory Council

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Senior Services Advisory Council. The advisory council makes recommendations to the Parks and Recreation 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)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 4. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information about the Senior Services Advisory Council, please contact Roger Blakeley at (423)283-5809.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Oct 03, 2016

Parking lot improvements to close Legion Street access to Cardinal Park, MPCC

The Legion Street entrance to Cardinal Park and Memorial Park Community Center will be closed Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 21 while parking lot improvements are under way. Both facilities will be accessible via Bert Street.
Additionally, MPCC will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 29 for parking lot paving.
For more information, please call (423)434-5753.

CONTACT:
Amanda Hollifield, operations manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5753

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Oct 03, 2016

Super Spooky event is baa-aack at a new location

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host this year’s Super Spooky Saturday on Oct. 22 from 5-9 p.m. Families will enjoy carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, face painting, and many more surprises. Admission is free. Concessions will be available on site.
Activities will take place at the following times:
• 5-7 p.m.: Children’s activities
• 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Storytelling
• 7-9 p.m.: Nightmare on Bert Street Haunted Walk (A super spooky extra: $2 per person)
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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

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Oct 03, 2016

Freedom Hall seeking temporary workers

Freedom Hall Civic Center is now accepting applications for temporary box office employees ages 18 and older and temporary concession workers ages 16 and older.
Duties and hours will vary according to events and programs.
Applications may be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR/ (click “Paper Application”) and are available in the Human Resources Office at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All applications must be returned to Human Resources.
For more information, please call (423)434-6018.

CONTACT:
Bobbie Shirley, box office manager
Freedom Hall Civic Center
(423)461-4855


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Oct 03, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Oct. 3

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.
• Huffine Road (between West Walnut Street and City limits) – resurfacing preparations. Expect delays. Detours will be in place.
• Browns Mill Road (between Peoples Street and Oakland Avenue) – resurfacing preparations. Expect delays. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures
• VA campus south gate – water tap and meter installation; lane closures

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Sep 30, 2016

Annual fishout slated for Oct. 8

Legion Street Pool will be transformed into a fishing hole on Saturday, Oct. 8, 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 (accompanied by an adult) 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. 9, 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, Fire, Community Relations and Parks and Recreation departments; 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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Sep 30, 2016

Bond refinancing saves Johnson City taxpayers $720,000

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce a direct savings to taxpayers of $720,000 through refinancing of Public Building Authority (PBA) bonds. The $720,000 is a seven-year total bringing the annual savings to more than $100,000.
“The City’s outstanding Aa2 bond rating helped make this possible,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “The credit rating is the result of a stable tax base, strong fiscal management, and well-planned reinvestment in the community that has stimulated private sector growth.”
The City and the PBA refinanced $7.8 million in public facility bonds at an average interest rate of 1.6 percent. The previous interest rate was 4.77 percent. The refinancing closed Thursday (Sept. 29).
The majority of the original bonds were issued in 1999, with a small issue following in 2001. Proceeds were used to purchase land and construct Millennium Centre and associated amenities, including a parking garage. Additional land was purchased around the conference center plot to facilitate future private development supportive of the conference center’s long-term goals and land use plan. Other improvements included roads and public access areas.

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


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Sep 29, 2016

Free child safety event set for Wednesday at Farmers Market

The Johnson City Police Department will offer a free Child Safety Day at the Farmers Market on Wednesday (Oct. 5) from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. School resource officers will utilize this time during fall break to perform child safety seat checks to ensure seats are installed properly. They will also be on hand to answer questions, and educate parents and caregivers about child passenger safety, drug abstinence, and other important safety topics.
The Farmers Market is located at the new Pavilion at Founders Park between Commerce and Buffalo streets.

CONTACT:
J.T. Holleman, school resource officer
Johnson City Police Department 
(423)335-4753


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Sep 29, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. (Pricing may vary for special events.) Schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Oct. 7 – Kids Our Age
• Friday, Oct. 21 – Pink Ball with Limited Edition Band
• Friday, Nov. 4 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Nov. 18 – Eddie Skelton Band
• Friday, Dec. 2 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Dec. 16 – Christmas Dance with Kids Our Age

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

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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Sep 29, 2016

City asks for participation in Citizen Survey

On Wednesday (Oct. 5), 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. Survey data will be used to determine how the City can best serve our citizens.
The residences that will receive these surveys have been chosen at random. Surveys will be mailed Wednesday, Oct. 12 and should be returned to the National Research Center no later than Tuesday, Nov. 8 via postage-paid envelopes that will be included in the survey packets. Selected households may receive a second survey approximately a week later. 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 www.johnsoncitytn.gov on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
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 28, 2016

Civil Service Commission meeting to be rescheduled

The Civil Service Commission meeting set for Oct. 11 has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

CONTACT:
Richard Lockner, HR generalist
Human Resources
(423)434-6018

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Sep 27, 2016

Civil Service Commission to meet Oct. 11

The Civil Service Commission will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Richard Lockner, HR generalist
Human Resources
(423)434-6018

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Sep 27, 2016

Public comment period for stormwater program set for Thursday

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 Thursday (Sept. 29) from 5-6 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Street Division building at the City Services Complex, 209 Water St.

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


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Sep 26, 2016

Functional Fitness Fridays start Oct. 7

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Functional Fitness Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28. Classes will focus on developing muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities. Participants will increase stability and strength using various exercise tools such as fitness balls, kettle bells, stability ball and weights.
Cost is $2 per class. Pre-registration is not required. Participants will need to sign in and pay before each class at the Senior Services desk and should wear exercise-appropriate clothing and shoes. For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


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Sep 23, 2016

JCFD hiring new firefighters

The Johnson City Fire Department is currently accepting registrations for the Firefighter Examination. The exam is the first step in the department’s hiring process.
“Firefighting is a rewarding career,” noted Chief Mark Scott. “The opportunity to save lives in your community is an extreme honor, and we are looking for dedicated men and women who are ready to take on the responsibility that comes with that.”
The Johnson City Fire Department is one of just three departments in Tennessee and 132 nationwide with an ISO Class 1 rating. It offers many professional development and educational opportunities, including training and certifications in Basic Life Support, Arson Investigation, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Confined Space and Vehicle Extrication.
“Our department is comprised of four diverse divisions – Administration, Suppression, Prevention and Training,” Chief Scott said. “We offer many career growth opportunities to facilitate professional success.”
The City of Johnson City offers group health insurance, paid group life insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, and tuition reimbursement among other benefits.
Exam registration will be open through Friday, Sept. 30. Registration requirements are as follows:

Requirements for registering: 21 years of age by 10/18/16, high school graduate or GED, physically able to perform the duties of a firefighter trainee as defined by the City of Johnson City, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation.
To register, present the following to the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601:
? $18 non-refundable examination fee;
? City of Johnson City Application for Employment;
? Release & Waiver Form (print from johnsoncitytn.org);
Copies of the following (Copies will not be made for applicants)
? Birth Certificate;
? High School Diploma/GED or Transcript with Graduation Date;
? Drivers’ License;
? Social Security Card;
? College/University Diploma (if applicable);
? Certification from TN State Fire School (if applicable);
? DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable).
When registering, a test date and time for the firefighter exam and physical agility will be scheduled. For more information, please call (423)434-6020.
EEO/AA

CONTACT:
Kaitlin Asbury, firefighter
Johnson City Fire Department
(865)441-4273


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Sep 20, 2016

Registration now open for MPCC tumbling classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer the following tumbling classes starting Nov. 1. Each session is six weeks.
• Mommy and Me (ages 18 months-3 years): Tuesdays, 3:30-4 p.m., $10
• Preschool (ages 3-5): Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m., $15
• Beginner (ages 4-7): Tuesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. or 5:15-6 p.m., $15
Participants will learn new techniques and execution of basics including rolls, splits, and backbends. Register in person at MPCC, Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-6224


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Sep 20, 2016

Parks and Rec adult basketball registration now open

Registration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation adult basketball is now open. Leagues include men’s church, men’s open and women’s open. Men are allowed to play on one team with a 14-game schedule. Women will play an eight-game schedule. Games will be at Johnson City schools and Carver Recreation Center.
Participants must be 16 and older; 16- to 18-year-olds must have a signed release form from a parent or guardian. Registration is open through Nov. 14. Fee is $400 for men’s teams and $200 for women’s teams, with a $5 fee for each non-city resident on a team’s roster. Teams may pick up rosters at the Winged Deer Athletic Tower Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Entry fee, team roster, and photo IDs of each player must be submitted at registration.
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825


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Sep 20, 2016

Registration for Parks and Rec youth basketball now open

Registration for Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth basketball is now open. Boys and girls ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 will play a 10-game schedule with a post-season tournament. Practices begin the week of Nov. 7; games will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting Dec. 5.
Participants may register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or online at www.myjcparks/parksrec. Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. Registration deadline is Oct. 23; a $20 late fee will be assessed as of Oct. 24.
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5825


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Sep 20, 2016

MPCC to offer Junior Lifeguarding class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Junior Lifeguarding class for ages 11-16 from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 25. Fee is $10 for the six-week program.
Junior Lifeguarding has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED.
Participants should be able to swim and bring a swimsuit to each class.
Please register by Oct. 25 at MPCC Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Program is limited to 20 participants.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Sep 20, 2016

Golf Advisory Board to meet Sept. 28

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Pine Oaks Golf Course, 1709 Buffalo Road.

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


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Sep 19, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 19

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures

Special events:

• The Science Hill High School Homecoming Parade will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. A portion of Liberty Bell Boulevard will be closed during the parade.

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 16, 2016

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)434-6009. To complete an application online, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Deadline for submitting an application is Monday, 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)434-6018.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Sep 16, 2016

BZA Oct. 4 meeting canceled

The Johnson City Board of Zoning Appeals will not meet in October. The next BZA meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Sep 15, 2016

Go on an Evening Owl Prowl Friday

Citizens of all ages are invited on an Evening Owl Prowl Friday (Sept. 16) from 7:30-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park. Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan will discuss Tennessee native species and take participants on a short walk through the wooded trails to locate the owl residents. Participants should meet at the Robert Young Cabin.
Cost 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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Sep 15, 2016

MPCC to offer Teen Open Art in October

Teens ages 13-17 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 12 for Teen Open Art, a free six-week series. Participants will learn a new art craft/skill each week including watercolor, collage, origami, sculpture, and pen drawing. Participants’ artwork will be displayed at MPCC. All art supplies will be included.
Please call (423)434-5749 for more information.

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

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Sep 15, 2016

Waterline work set for Monday

Water and sewer customers along West Market Street – from South Boone Street to Windsor Way – may experience low pressure or possible outages from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 19) while old waterlines are abandoned as part of the drainage project taking place in that area. Crews will work to keep disruption of service to a minimum.

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

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Sep 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 12

Public Works projects:
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement
• Taylor Road and Bristol Highway – fire hydrant installation
• Poplar Ridge Road (Piney Flats) – water line installation; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 12, 2016

Section of Creekmore to be closed

A section of Creekmore Drive (at 2900) will be closed from 11 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 13) until 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 15) while sewer work takes place. Access to businesses will be maintained.

CONTACT:
Jeff Harmon, assistant director
Water and Sewer Services 
(423)975-2624 

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Sep 08, 2016

HZC called meeting set for Friday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting to discuss a Certificate of Appropriateness for 121 Spring St. at 4 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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


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Sep 06, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. A Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members who pre-register and pay before noon the day of the dance. Dance schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Sept. 16 – Eddie Skelton Band
• Friday, Oct. 7 – Kids Our Age
• Friday, Oct. 21 – “Pink Ball” with Limited Edition Band
• Friday, Nov. 4 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Nov. 18 – Eddie Skelton Band
• Friday, Dec. 2 – Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Dec. 16 – Christmas Dance with Kids Our Age
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Chryl McLauglin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226


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Sep 06, 2016

Senior Services announces The Best is Yet to Come

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host The Best is Yet to Come for ages 50 and older on Tuesday, Sept. 13. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., presenters Lori Hamilton, Food City registered nurse, and Andrea Daniels, Walters State Community College exercise instructor, will discuss healthy aging, demonstrate chair exercises and more.
Cost is $5, and pre-registration is required by Saturday, Sept. 10. Snacks will be provided. For more information and to pre-register, please call (423)434-6237 or (423)434-6235.

CONTACT:
Chryl McLauglin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226


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Sep 06, 2016

HZC called meeting set for Thursday

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission will hold a called meeting to discuss a Certificate of Appropriateness for 121 Spring St. at 9 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 8) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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

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Sep 05, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Sept. 5

Public Works projects:
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehab; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• East Holston Avenue – water line replacement; flaggers present
• VA Access Road at West Market Street – water, sewer line replacement

All work is weather permitting.

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Sep 02, 2016

JCPD: Additional officers on roads for Labor Day weekend

The Johnson City Police Department has partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to place additional officers on the streets this Labor Day weekend on the lookout for impaired drivers. The THSO 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 Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reports that 239 motorists lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways in 2015. Tennessee has
experienced 118 alcohol-related fatalities so far in 2016. The Johnson City Police Department arrested six suspected impaired drivers during the 2015 Labor Day weekend. While no traffic fatalities were reported, the JCPD did investigate one alcohol-related crash which resulted in a motorist injury.
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. Of the 433 injury crashes investigated by the Johnson City Police Department last year, 48 (11.1 percent) were alcohol-related. In 2016, 33 motorists have been injured on Johnson City streets in alcohol-related traffic crashes. Working together, we can reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths on Johnson City roadways.

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Sep 02, 2016

Carver Rec to host free meal for first responders

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a free meal for first responders on Monday, Sept. 12 from noon until 7 p.m. Participants can eat-in or carry-out and will receive a free goodie bag in appreciation for their service. ID is required.
Please call 461-8830 for more information.

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

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Aug 30, 2016

New PAC art classes start Sept. 6

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer ArtsyMe and MyArt classes on Tuesdays starting Sept. 6.
• ArtsyMe will encourage ages 2-3 to explore, create, learn, and experiment with a variety of art materials from 10-10:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per month.
• MyArt will teach ages 4-5 to create fun, outrageous art projects from 1-1:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per month.
Please register at PAC or call (423)283-5800.

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

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Aug 29, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 29

Public Works projects:
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – clean up; lane closures;
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 29, 2016

Senior Services to host Aeronautical Adventure

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering an outing for adults and youth ages 10 and older who are willing to go above the clouds to seek an Aeronautical Adventure. Vietnam Fighter Pilot Lt. Col. Bill Powley will pilot a plane ride from Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 18. A bus will leave at 8 a.m. from Memorial Park Community Center and will return at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
This adventure is made possible by The Foundation for Flight. Powley was enshrined in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. That same year he was the first recipient of the Aviation Person of the Year Award by the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. Powley is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot with extensive experience in the F-4, A-7 and F-16 aircraft, totaling 347 combat missions. He taught ROTC at Unicoi County High School, and his vision established the F.L.I.G.H.T. (Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens) program, which is now in place at Sullivan South High School, where provides Foundation for Flight instruction as well as pivotal scholarships for students.
Cost for this Aeronautical Adventure is $26 for adults and $11 for youth. Please register in person at the Memorial Park Community Center, Senior Services front desk by Oct. 11.
For more information, please call Jim Hastings at (423)434-6220.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Aug 24, 2016

Parks and Rec seeking seasonal workers

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for seasonal recreation workers ages 18 and older for Memorial Park Community Center. The positions are for up to 40 hours a week monitoring open gym and programs and answering phones.
Applications may be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/HR/ and are available in the Human Resources Office at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All applications must be returned to Human Resources.
For more information, please call (423)283-5758.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)283-5758


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Aug 24, 2016

Registration open for Milligan girls basketball clinic

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls ages 5-12 to participate in a one-day basketball clinic taught by Milligan Women’s basketball team on Saturday, Sept. 17 from
9-11 a.m. The team will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, shooting, and passing. Participants should wear athletic clothes and shoes. Water bottles are recommended.

Space is limited to 50 participants; register before Sept. 13 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Cost is $10. Registration is open online at https://johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec and at Memorial Park Community Center.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manage
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224

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Aug 23, 2016

Yoga instructor needed

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking an instructor to teach a variety of yoga classes. Any qualified applicant must be certified in yoga instruction. Teaching hours are flexible.
For more information, please call (423)434-5758.

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

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Aug 22, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 22

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – clean up; lane closures
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; lane closures; flaggers present
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• Oakland Avenue and Austin Springs Road – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 22, 2016

JCFD offers free smoke detectors

As a service to citizens, the Johnson City Fire Department is offering installation of free smoke detectors.
“One of the best ways you can protect your family in the event of a fire is to make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Mark Scott. “As a service to our citizens, we will provide and install up to three detectors in residences within city limits. These detectors come with a 10-year battery.”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk of injury can be cut in half by installing at least one working smoke alarm inside and outside each bedroom, and on every level of a home.
According to the State of Tennessee’s State Fire Marshal’s Office, during 2015, fire departments in Tennessee reported a total of 72 fire deaths, down from 75 in 2014. So far in 2016, there have been 50 fire deaths in the state. This reduction in fire deaths is greatly credited to the partnership between the State Fire Marshal’s Office and local municipalities to distribute working smoke alarms in every home. This partnership has enabled fire stations across the state to stock working smoke alarms for anyone to request from their local fire department.
As a reminder, the Johnson City Fire Department asks citizens to:
• Keep portable space heaters and candles 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people, furniture and pets.
• Make sure combustibles are 3 feet away from heating devices that have automatic thermostats.
• Always turn off portable space heaters when leaving a room or going to sleep.
• Have chimneys cleaned and checked regularly.
• Never smoke in bed.
Any city resident who does not have working smoke alarms in their home or need assistance replacing batteries may contact the Johnson City Fire Department at (423) 975-2840. A request for smoke detectors may also be submitted online at https://jcfd.wufoo.com/forms/smoke-detector-request-form/. 

Contact:
Fire Prevention Capt. Jonathan Fulmer 
423-434-6182






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Aug 22, 2016

On-street parking on East Holston not permitted during construction

Waterline replacement on East Holston Avenue – from North Roan Street to Welbourne Street – will begin Wednesday morning (Aug. 24). It will continue on from Welbourne to Elm Street beginning Aug. 29.
This work is expected to take two weeks, and during that time on-street parking will not be available. Vehicles left on the street during construction will be subject to towing. Driveway access will be maintained during construction.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience. Please call (423)461-1646 for more information.

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


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Aug 19, 2016

Kids Our Age rescheduled to play Winged Deer Park concert series

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (Aug. 25) for an enthusiastic and contagious performance by Kids Our Age. This three-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians who have performed for thousands over their long careers. Showtime is 7-9 p.m.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
The last lakeside concert of the year is set for 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, when the Johnson City Symphony will take the stage.

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


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Aug 18, 2016

Fourth annual Kids Triathlon set for Saturday

It’s time for girls and boys ages 6-12 to show off their athletic skills in the fourth annual Kids Triathlon Saturday (Aug. 20) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. The last day for registration is Friday, Aug. 19. Registration is available at www.myjcparks.org/parksrec or in person at Memorial Park Community Center. Fee is $35 per child.
The triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. This is a great way to introduce children to the triathlon world of swimming, cycling and running at a young age.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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





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Aug 17, 2016

Salamander hike set for Saturday on Buffalo Mountain

Nature Coordinator Connie Deegan will lead a salamander hike from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 20) at Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 Highridge Road. Hikers will get an overview of how salamanders survive and will take a short walk to the creek in search of these hard-to-spy amphibians.
This program is $1 per person and is open to all ages. Hikers will meet at the Harris Pavilion. For more information, contact Deegan at (423)283-5821.

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

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Aug 17, 2016

Animal Shelter candidates to be interviewed Saturday

The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Board will conduct interviews for the Animal Shelter executive director and operations manager positions Saturday (Aug. 27). The interviews will be held the shelter, 3411 N. Roan St., beginning at 8 a.m. Five candidates are set to be interviewed at this time.

CONTACT:
Gary McAllister, chairman
Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Board
(423)557-7912


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Aug 15, 2016

BOC, BOE meeting set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 18) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider approval of the Employee Health Center contract with Blue Ridge Medical Management Corp.

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

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Aug 15, 2016

Princeton Arts Center to offer Yoga – the Basics classes

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer a six-week course on Yoga – the Basics for beginners ages 10 and older. Classes will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Sept. 6. Fee is $10 per class. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
For more information and to register, call (423)283-5800.

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


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Aug 15, 2016

MPCC to host Fairy Garden Creations

Youth ages 6 and older are invited to create their own magical fairyland at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Fairy Garden Creations will be offered from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Thursdays in September. Participants will build fairy accessories including a house, bench, pool, gate and more for individual miniature gardens. Each participant will take home their completed fairy garden at the end of the program.
Cost is $10 for the month. Please register in person at MPCC before Aug. 30.
For more information, call (423)434-5750.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749



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Aug 15, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 15

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.
• Boone and West Market streets – installation of box culvert. Intersection closed. Multiple lane and sidewalk closures in place over course of project.


Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – clean up; lane closures
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Baker Street – water/sewer tap, line installation; lane closures
• Snyder Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• SR 326 interchange/East Poplar Street between Grover and Clairborne streets – move sewer line, install manholes; road closed
• 459 Matson Road – clean up; lane closures
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

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Aug 12, 2016

Eddie Skelton Band to join the Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre will host the Eddie Skelton Band on Thursday (Aug. 18). Showtime is set for 7 p.m.
The Eddie Skelton Band plays a little pop, a little country, and lot of ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Eddie Skelton Band
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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

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Aug 11, 2016

JCPD encourages travel safety during school year

With area schools now in session – and classes at East Tennessee State University set to begin Aug. 24 – the Johnson City Police Department reminds drivers and pedestrians to travel with caution.
• Drivers should be aware of children waiting at bus stops, particularly as mornings become darker.
• Always stop for buses when the stop arm is out.
• Allow extra time for travel before and after school hours, when buses are picking up and dropping off students.
• Motorists should be alert for students walking on and near the ETSU campus.
• ETSU students are advised that crossing State of Franklin Road in the area of Millennium Centre may result in a jaywalking citation. Pedestrians must use the pedestrian bridge or a nearby crosswalk.
• Pedestrians of all ages are encouraged to use caution near traffic. Do not become distracted and look at cell phones or wear headphones when crossing streets.
“We all play a role in public safety,” said Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois. “Practicing safe travel habits will contribute to a safe and successful school year for our students.”

CONTACT:
Sgt. Jim Tallmadge
Johnson City Police Department 
(423)434-5741

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Aug 09, 2016

Start Smart Lacrosse registration open

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Start Smart Lacrosse, an introductory lacrosse sports program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6. The program, instructed by Parks and Recreation staff, will teach children ages 7-9 the basic skills of lacrosse with developmentally appropriate equipment and stations. Parents or guardians are required to be involved one-on-one with their child during the one-hour instruction.
Space is limited to 15 participants, and registration is now open online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec. Program fee is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt. Participants should wear appropriate athletic clothing, tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.
Please call 434-5749 for more information.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5749


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Aug 08, 2016

Section of Lake Drive Extension to be closed

The first 500 feet of Lake Drive Extension, off Lynnwood Drive, will be closed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (Aug. 9-11) while sewer rehabilitation work takes place. Lake Drive Extension will be accessible via Crystal Springs Drive.

CONTACT:
Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)461-1646

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Aug 08, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 8

Public Works projects:
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Alabama Street) – trail extension and improvements. Expect lane shifts and lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Weaver Hill Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Baker Street – water line replacement; lane closures
• 4309 N. Roan St. – clean up; lane closures
• 459 Matson Road – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Oak Grove area – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – clean up; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

 All work is weather permitting.

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Aug 04, 2016

Lauren Cole Band to headline Lakeside Concert Series

Music will fill the air at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 11, when the Lauren Cole Band takes the stage. Showtime is set for 7 p.m.
The Lauren Cole Band is a blues-driven rock band from Johnson City. Cole’s dynamic vocal range has captured the attention of audiences in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. She is backed by a tight four-piece ensemble that perfectly complements her vocals. Dom Avento plays the bass, and it’s when he gets out the upright that the fun really begins. Guitarists Joe Avento and Mike Murphy are joined by drummer Josh Shores. The band’s upbeat playlist has made the band an area favorite.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, and the Goulding Amphitheatre is off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studios, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
This year’s remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – The Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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



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Aug 02, 2016

City calling on citizens to help name King Creek basin

The City of Johnson City is asking citizens for suggestions on what to name the King Creek basin area located between West King and North Commerce streets. The 3-acre space will include a newly opened King Creek, solar-lit walkways, murals, stone walls and a plaza.
This is an exciting chance to leave your mark on your community. Please visit https://cojctn.wufoo.com/forms/name-the-king-creek-basin/ to submit possible names for the site. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 31. 

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

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Aug 02, 2016

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board





The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three 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 Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown.

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 Friday, Aug. 19. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or cantler@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Aug 01, 2016

MPCC to host Dollie & Me Wonderland Tea Party Sept. 10

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls ages 3-12 to a Dollie & Me Wonderland Tea Party Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10-11 am. Participants should wear tea party attire and bring their favorite doll. Craft projects and light refreshments will be provided.
Cost is $5 per child. Please pre-register by Sept. 9 at Memorial Park Community Center.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program manager
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5749


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Aug 01, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Aug. 1

Public Works projects:
• Martindale Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• 4309 N. Roan St. – vault installation; lane closures
• 459 Matson Road – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 1010 W. Main St. – water/sewer line work; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 29, 2016

Ivy Road to headline Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

Ivy Road’s dynamic duo and their boogie woogie piano-style music will headline Winged Deer Park’s popular Lakeside Concert Series on Thursday (Aug. 4). 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, and have headlined at the The Little Chicago Blues Festival. Locals may know them from the Blue Plum Festival, Abingdon’s Highlands Festival, Grandfather Mountain’s 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 Goulding Amphitheatre 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, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Bane
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studio, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.

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


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Jul 29, 2016

Family yoga instructor needed

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., is seeking a certified family yoga instructor. Teaching hours are flexible. For more information, call Mary Lee Baker at (423)283-5801.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801

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Jul 28, 2016

Tri-Cities Otters announce game time change

The Tri-Cities Otters vs. Middlesboro FC game scheduled for Saturday (July 30) at Kermit-Tipton Stadium has been moved to 6 p.m.
Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children 4-15, and free for ages 3 and younger.
For more information, please call (423)557-6800 or visit www.ottersoccer.com.

CONTACT:
Michael Balluff, co-owner/president
Tri-Cities Otters
(423)557-6800


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Jul 27, 2016

Installation of culvert to cause closures on West Market

Installation of a box culvert along West Market Street between Boone and McClure streets will begin Monday (Aug. 1). Drivers and pedestrians should expect multiple lane and sidewalk closures, which will change as work progresses over the next four months. Johnson City Transit and Greyhound buses will have full access to the Transit station. The intersection of Boone Street and West Market will be closed, and Boone Street traffic will be detoured.
This project will connect the Boone Street stormwater basin with an existing culvert on McClure Street. It will serve as an alternative to the King Creek culvert and will give the Boone Street basin a second connection to the King Creek basin, which is scheduled for construction later this year.

CONTACT:
Allan Cantrell, engineer
Public Works
(423)232-5076


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Jul 26, 2016

Back to Homeschool art classes start Aug. 4 at PAC

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Back to Homeschool art classes for ages 4-11 from 10-11:15 a.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 4-25. The series will introduce homeschool students to different art materials and projects. All supplies will be provided.
Cost is $3 per class. Please register in person at Princeton Arts Center or call (423)283-5800.

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Princeton Arts Center 
(423)283-5801

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Jul 26, 2016

Parks and Rec soccer officials clinic set for Wednesday

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a clinic for soccer officials at 5 p.m. Wednesday (July 27) at Winged Deer Park Soccer Field No. 1, 4137 Bristol Highway. Anyone 16 and older who is interested in being a soccer official for the 2016 season is asked to attend.
For more information, call (423)283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5825


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Jul 25, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to hold community meeting Aug. 2

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the cafeteria of South Side Elementary, 1011 Southwest Ave. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509


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Jul 25, 2016

Smoke testing now under way

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system next week. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.
Crews will begin in the Keystone Addition including Orleans Street, Bert Street from Market Street to Orleans, Broadway Street from Short Street to Orleans, Main Street from Bert to Ham Road, and Market from Bert to Broadway. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Orleans Addition
• Georgia Terrace Subdivision, Bell Ridge Subdivision and Orleans Terrace
• Market Street from Minga Drive to Faith Circle
• Poplar Hill Drive, Faith Circle, and Hopper Road
• HB Gregg Subdivision
• Indian Ridge Road from Market Street to Warrior Court
• Huntington Green, Carriage Hills, and Indian Trail Subdivisions
• Westover Park, Kennedy Acres, and Samples Farm Subdivisions
• Pierce Lane
• Indian Point Subdivision and Woodland Village Condominiums
• Brandonwood Drive and Appaloosa Trail
• Perma R Subdivision
• Green Pond Road, Kinley Drive, and Salvage Lane
• Tamarack Drive and Halfway Court, Washington Heights Subdivision and Partridge Lane
• Ridgewood Lane, and Walnut Street from Green Pond Road to McKinley Road
• Martindale Estates Subdivision
• Milligan Highway from Arlington Drive to Okolona Road and all adjoining streets
• Laurels Road from Okolona Drive to Rock House Road
• Fairlawn Drive, Ridgeland Drive, and Bishop Road
• South Roan Street from Mayflower Road to Okolona Drive
• Price Road from Frontage Road to Forest Hill Drive
• Primrose Court, Glacier Road, and Watson Road
• Rock House Road, Arrowood Drive, and Horseshoe Drive
• Idlewylde Subdivision
• Rocky Ridge Road
• Jessica Drive, Lillian Lane, Renee Drive, Peggy Lane, Cindy Drive, and Elvin Shirley Road
• Okolona Road from Milligan Highway to Rock House Road
• Buffalo Road, Jewell Street, Joy Drive, Jerome Street, and Victor Drive
• Laurels Road

Smoke testing is expected to continue through September.
During the test, City crews will send white smoke designed for this type of testing into the sanitary sewer system by blowing it into a manhole. It is then forced out through lines and cracks, openings, or plumbing vents on or near roof tops. The smoke is safe, odorless, non-toxic and non-staining.
Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well-vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1646 for more information.

CONTACT:
Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)461-1646

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Jul 25, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 25

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – trail improvements. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – roadway improvements. Road closed. One lane of Water Street/Buffalo Street closed at times.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Market Street at South Roan Street – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

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Jul 22, 2016

Benny Wilson to take over Winged Deer lakefront Thursday

Benny Wilson, along with talented band members Gary Southerland, Tommy Starnes, Chris Simmons and Bill Bentley, will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (July 28).
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with and around a lot of very talented people in my career,” Wilson said, noting Wells Fargo Co. and Flat Creek in the ‘70s and Dave Friday in the ‘80s. Wilson also spent seven years with Encore Records and completed a six-year stint with the Statler Brothers, both on tour and on their television show.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age (rescheduled)
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

For more information, call (423)283-5815, or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studios, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.

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


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Jul 21, 2016

Governing bodies to meet for leadership dinner

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners, Bristol (Tenn.) City Council, and Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet for a regional leadership dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, (July 26) at Giuseppe’s, 2539 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport. This is an informal dinner with no agenda or business to be discussed.

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

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Jul 21, 2016

Pokémon in the Parks set for this weekend

Johnson City Transit and Parks and Recreation are teaming up to offer Pokémon in the Parks. This Friday, Saturday and Monday, players can ride a new Transit bus to Johnson City parks, where Pokémon are known to gather. The routes will travel from the Transit Station at 137 W. Market St. to Founders Park, Memorial Park Community Center, and Winged Deer Park. Each Pokémon in the Parks run will last approximately two hours, with 30 minutes spent at each park.
“We wanted to provide Pokémon Go players a safe way to gather Pokémon at City facilities,” said Transit Planner Bradley Osborne. “This eliminates some of the dangers of searching for Pokémon while driving and venturing into potentially dangerous areas.”
Pokémon Go players of all ages are invited to ride but those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Portable battery chargers will be available on buses for players’ convenience.
“Lures will be placed at various Pokéstops to enhance players' chances of catching a good Pokémon,” said Sam Miller, recreation services manager for Parks and Recreation. “We hope players enjoy some of our City’s parks and recreation facilities while playing Pokémon Go.”
This event is free but space on the Transit buses is limited, and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
A complete schedule is below. For more information, please contact Osborne at 434-6260 or bosborne@johnsoncitytransit.org.

Friday, July 22

Depart Transit – 6:15 p.m.
Founders Park – 6:20-6:50 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 6:55-7:25 p.m.
Winged Deer Park – 7:40-8:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23
Depart Transit – 10:15 a.m.
Founders Park – 10:20-10:50 a.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 10:55-11:25 a.m.
Winged Deer Park – 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 12:30 p.m.

Monday, July 25
Depart Transit – 6:15 p.m.
Founders Park – 6:20-6:50 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center – 6:55-7:25 p.m.
Winged Deer Park – 7:40-8:10 p.m.
Return to Transit – 8:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820

Bradley Osborne, transit planner
Johnson City Transit
(423)434-6269


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Jul 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 18

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – trail improvements. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Barnes Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed, one lane of Water/Buffalo Street closed at times
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Market Street at South Roan Street – water/sewer line replacement; lane closures
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.



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Jul 18, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet July 27

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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Jul 18, 2016

Run for Your Life program for teens starts Aug. 1 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Run for Your Life, a running program that will give teens ages 13-16 the chance to compete and socialize, from 3-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Aug. 1. Runners will meet in the Recreation Lobby at MPCC.
This program is free but pre-registration is required at Memorial Park Community Center (Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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



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Jul 15, 2016

Southern Countrymen Band returns to Lakeside Concert Series lineup

On Thursday (July 21), the Southern Countrymen Band will return to Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series with the best in classic country music. The Southern Countrymen Band plays regularly around the Tri-Cities and features David O’Roark on rhythm guitar and vocals. O’Roark has opened for many Nashville artists and counts Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and George Jones among his influences. Lead guitarist is Ronnie Hood, who was in the popular Up Town Country Band, as was bass guitarist Ron Smith. The Southern Countrymen Band is rounded out by Charlie Powell on steel guitar and Daryl Goodman on drums.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows
• Thursday, July 21, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age (rescheduled)
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
The Lakeside Concert Series takes place at the Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road and is presented by Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studio, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.

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

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Jul 14, 2016

Public invited to offer comments on accreditation standards

The Johnson City Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), the Accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. The Assessment Team will also take comments by phone to (423)930-4809 from 2-4 p.m. that day. Comments may also be mailed to: the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.
Phone comments and those made in person are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Johnson City Police Department. For more information, please contact Sgt. David Lowe at (423)434-6104 or dlowe1@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Sgt. David Lowe
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6104


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Jul 14, 2016

Tumbling starts Aug. 2 at MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 7 years starting Tuesday, Aug. 2. Beginner tumbling will teach techniques and execution of basics including rolls, cartwheels, splits, and backbends. Instructor Lauren Fowler will focus on each child’s individual ability.
Classes will be held:
o Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 p.m. or Wednesdays 10-10:45 a.m. for ages 18 months-3 years.
o Wednesdays 11-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-5
o Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 p.m. or 5:30-6:15 p.m. for ages 4-7 years
Fee is $15 per month. Registration will be taken at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Pre-registration is required.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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


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Jul 12, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday (July 13) in the Media Room at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Property owners are invited to attend and discuss how the proposed new district would impact their property or business.

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


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Jul 11, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 11

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed, one lane of Water/Buffalo Street closed at times
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Austin Springs Road (100 block) – water/sewer line installation; flaggers present at times
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present
• Chilhowie Avenue and Welbourne Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 08, 2016

Commissioners, park board to meet Monday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday (July 11) to discuss athletic fields. This meeting will take place 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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Jul 08, 2016

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Bakersfield Band Thursday

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of the Bakersfield Band on Thursday (July 14). Bakersfield brings a taste of Texas to our area, playing honky-tonk and country music as authentic as sawdust on a dance hall floor.
Lead singer Kermit Monk’s vocals harken the era when country ruled the air waves, and he also plays a gritty, twangy electric guitar. With David Martin on vocals and steel guitar, Jim Price bringing in the harmony and electric bass, and Bob Cordell keeping time on the drums, Bakersfield Band puts on a great live show with blue collar American music.
This concert takes place from 7-9 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Concessions are also available on grounds. Winged Deer Park’s lakefront Goulding Amphitheatre is located off Carroll Creek Road. For more information, call (423)283-5815 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. – Bakersfield Band
• Thursday, July 21, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson Band
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony
This year’s Lakeside Concert Series is sponsored by Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studio, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor.

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


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Jul 07, 2016

Lakeside concert postponed due to weather forecast

Due to forecasts of heavy thunderstorms, tonight’s Lakeside Concert Series performance has been postponed. Kids Our Age will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 25.
“This was necessary to ensure the safety of the audience and the performers,” said Mary Ann Kinch, marketing and events manager for Parks and Recreation. “We’re thrilled that Kids Our Age was able to reschedule, and we look forward to an exciting performance from them next month.”
For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 7, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Thursday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. – Bakersfield Band
• Thursday, July 21, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson Band
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age RESCHEDULED
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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


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Jul 07, 2016

Rock Steady Geology Camp set for next week at Winged Deer Park

Children ages 7-12 are invited to learn about sinkholes, gems, fossils, rock types, and more at Rock Steady Geology Camp set for July 11-15 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Campers will also take a trip to Appalachian Caverns.
Fee is $75. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) available for an additional charge of $20 for the week.
Register online at www.myjcparks.com or in person at Winged Deer Park, Memorial Park Community Center (510 Bert St.) or Carver Recreation Center (322 W. Watauga Ave.).
For more information, call (423)283-5821.

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


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Jul 05, 2016

Senior Services offering Preserving Your Photos

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a free class in preserving your photographic treasurers at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13 for ages 18 and older.
Please call (423)434-6237 to reserve your spot.

CONTACT: 
Chryl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6229


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Jul 04, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 4

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 01, 2016

Funds raised at golf tourney presented to Special Olympics organizers

On Friday, June 3, 2016, officers of the Johnson City Police Department hosted the first-ever Area 3 Special Olympics Benefit Golf Tournament. Ten teams gathered from across the region to play a select shot tournament at Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course, raising a total of $1,250. On Monday, June 20, 2016, Johnson City Police officers presented Area 3 coordinators Rachel Keller and Kim Britt with the donation. The funds raised will stay in Tennessee’s Area 3 to support Special Olympics athletes in Washington, Carter, Unicoi and Johnson counties.

Contact:
Maj. Debbie Botelho
Johnson City Police Department
(423)434-6123

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Jul 01, 2016

JCFD offers grilling safety tips

For many, the Fourth of July weekend will be full 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 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.

Contact:
Capt. Jonathan Fulmer
(423) 434-6182



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Jul 01, 2016

Lakeside Concert Series kicks off July 7 with Kids Our Age

Head to Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre Thursday (July 7), when Kids Our Age will kick off this year’s Lakeside Concert Series with an enthusiastic and contagious performance. This three-member band features some of our area’s most talented musicians who have performed for thousands over their long careers. Showtime is 7 p.m.
The free Lakeside Concert Series takes place at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road. Sponsors include Bristol Broadcasting, DOTHERT Recording Studio, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, and the News and Neighbor. For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, July 7, 7-9 p.m. – Kids Our Age
• Thursday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. – Bakersfield Band
• Thursday, July 21, 7-9 p.m. – Southern Countrymen Band
• Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. – Benny Wilson Band
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. – Ivy Road
• Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Lauren Cole Band
• Thursday, Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m. – Gospel Night
• Sunday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

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


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Jul 01, 2016

Local teen commended for being ‘Saved by the Belt’

When Sydney Bradley rear-ended a vehicle that had slammed on its brakes on Interstate 26 last December, she never imagined she would be faced with an almost identical scenario in almost the exact spot five months later.
In that initial accident, the vehicle behind Sydney was able to avoid crashing into her by pulling off onto the shoulder of road. But when Sydney tried to do the same thing during her May accident … “I failed,” she said. “Miserably.”
Sydney overcorrected, hit a tree and flipped into a ditch just before the Gray exit. It was days before her 17th birthday, which she may not have seen if she hadn’t been wearing her seatbelt.
“We have a saying in my family,” Sydney said. “In a car, ‘you’re a missile!’ We’ve always said that because without a seatbelt you can literally be shot right out of a vehicle.”
Johnson City Police Officer David Smith agrees.
“Had she not been wearing her seatbelt, due to the speed on I-26, striking the tree head on, and then overturning, she could have easily been ejected and seriously hurt or even killed,” he said.
That’s why Officer Smith nominated Sydney for the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office “Saved by the Belt” award. Smith and other JCPD officers recently presented Sydney with a lapel pin and a certificate commending her “lifesaving choice and for the strong example you provide to others on the importance of wearing safety belts.”
“It’s important to recognize Sydney because with the recent juvenile deaths from motor vehicle crashes we have seen in the area, this is one that was avoided simply by her wearing her seatbelt,” Officer Smith said.
Sydney says she’s grateful that she walked away from her accident uninjured.
“I can’t imagine if one of my family members didn’t wear a seatbelt and was in an accident,” she said. “I just can’t imagine losing one of them from something so reckless.”

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

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Jun 30, 2016

ETSU students gain real world experience with City’s water/sewer department

During the summer months, Johnson City’s Water and Sewer Services Department focuses on integral programs like flushing of hydrants and valves, acoustic testing of pipes to find cracks and blockages, and sampling wastewater discharge. But there’s something special about the employees who conduct this important work.
For four years now, students from East Tennessee State University’s Department of Environmental Health program have gained hands-on experience in the environmental systems necessary for quality operations of a water and sewer utility. The education and background these interns offer are valuable in field collection of information, analytical work and other programs that don’t necessarily need an entire year’s worth of resources.
“The City and ETSU are great partners in many ways, and for us as a department it just makes sense to utilize the resources we have in these students,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services.
The program has grown each year, and the six interns now working for the City are tasked with water main flushing and lab analysis to assist in maintaining drinking water quality; acoustic condition assessments of wastewater collection systems lines which help prioritize repetitive maintenance activities like root cutting; and sampling and analytical work in the wastewater collection systems downstream of pump station discharges to help minimize corrosion by optimizing treatment.
“It’s not glamorous work,” said intern Emily Russ. “But I’ve learned a lot, working with a team to help the City.”
“It’s a great experience,” said her internship partner Elizabeth Quintero. “There are all these processes involved in Water and Sewer Services that people don’t even know about.
Quintero says she’d like to work for the City someday – a goal not uncommon to these interns. Of the 16 who have conducted this kind of work for the City, four are now permanent employees. One of those is Gerald Perea, the department’s water quality maintenance supervisor.
“During my internship, I set out to gain as much knowledge as possible, develop strong relationships with several employees, and strengthen the morale of the team,” he said. “Seeing that there are some great guys and gals who work for the City, I knew this was the place for my career to begin.”
Perea was a temporary worker when his predecessor retired and, with the help of his on-the-job experience, he was named to the position. Now, he works with interns just like himself.
“I like going through the city, looking for hydrants and valves,” Nick Carey said, while flushing a hydrant with Perea and fellow intern Hannah Thomas. “It’s like a big scavenger hunt. It’s an adventure.”
Witherspoon said he’s been very pleased with the amount and quality of work the interns have provided since 2013.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said. “And it’s helping us find our next generation of great employees.”

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

Steve Harsh, assistant superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2636


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Jun 29, 2016

Volunteers needed for JCPL board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider two appointments to the Johnson City Public Library Board. All matters concerning operations of the public library including soliciting, collection, receiving, accumulating, administering and distributing funds are referred to the Johnson City Public Library Board for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, July 29. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Library Director Bob Swanay at 434-4457.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Jun 29, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. The Al Curtis Orchestra will perform Friday (July 1), and Kids Our Age will perform on July 15.
Cost is $5 with a discount for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants who pre-register and pay before noon the day of the dance. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-6231


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Jun 29, 2016

Parks and Rec to set meeting for soccer referees

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold a soccer referees meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower, 4137 Bristol Highway. Anyone age 16 or older who is interested in officiating soccer for the 2016 season should plan to attend.
For more information, call (423)283-5822.

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

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Jun 29, 2016

Volunteers needed for Public Art Committee

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider three appointments to the Public Art Committee. All matters concerning public art, monuments, murals, or other creative efforts of individuals or groups are first referred to the Public Art Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. Each term is three years.
Any potential appointee should be interested in community affairs and must be a resident of the city. Interested citizens may submit an application online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, Aug. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080.
cation at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, Aug. 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.
For more information, contact Public Works Director Phil Pindzola at 434-6080.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Jun 29, 2016

Adult softball registration under way

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for fall adult softball. Leagues include Men’s, Women’s and Coed Open-Church.
All leagues will play a 10-game schedule with a single elimination tournament. Entry fee per team is $300 plus $5 for every non-City resident. Coed teams will play Mondays and Wednesdays. Men’s and Women’s leagues will play Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Entry fee, roster, and photo identification for each player must be submitted at the time of registration. Ages 16-18 must have parental consent. Registration deadline is Aug. 5. League play will begin Aug. 15.
Registration will be accepted at the Winged Deer Park Athletics Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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


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Jun 28, 2016

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:
Capt. Brian Rice
Police Department 
(423)434-6153


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Jun 27, 2016

Golf Advisory Board to meet July 6

The Johnson City Golf Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at Pine Oaks Golf Course, 1709 Buffalo Road.

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


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Jun 27, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 27

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 27, 2016

Closures set for July 4 festivities

The following areas will be closed for this year’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, which will be held Monday on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center:
• Walking track at Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Monday until noon Tuesday.
• Broyles and Seaver ballfields will be off limits Saturday through Tuesday.
• West side of the stadium (Liberty Bell Boulevard entrance) will be closed Saturday through Tuesday.
• Metro-Kiwanis Park will be closed Monday.
To fine alternate parks and facilities to use, please visit http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/facilities/.

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


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Jun 27, 2016

Agenda review set for July 5

Monday’s Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday due to the Independence Day holiday. This meeting will take place 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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Jun 22, 2016

Golf courses to honor veterans with free golf, cart

Pine Oaks and Buffalo Valley golf courses will offer veterans and current military a free round of golf plus cart on Monday, July 4, from noon until closing. Participants must provide their military ID.
“This is the third year we’ve offered free golf as a thank you to our veterans, and it’s just a small token of our appreciation for their service to our country and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom,” said Golf Director Jim Hughes.
Veterans will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be placed in groups as is necessary for efficient play.
For more information, please call 434-6250.

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

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Jun 22, 2016

Youth soccer registration deadline Sunday

The deadline for Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer registration is quickly approaching. Sunday (June 26) is the last day to sign up for youth soccer without a $20 late registration fee. Practices will begin the week of July 18; games begin the week of Aug. 8 (one weekday and one Saturday game). Ages 3-5 will be on coed teams, and ages 6-15 will be divided into boys and girls teams.
Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.com and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8-3 p.m. Saturday, and 9-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, please call 283-5822.

CONTACT:
David Carmichel, athletics manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)434-5825

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Jun 20, 2016

MPCC to offer Tai Chi for Arthritis and QiGong classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two fitness classes for ages 50 and older July 6 through Aug. 29. Each class is $64 for 16 sessions or $5 a class ($32 or $2.50 a class for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants.) Pre-registration and payment are required in person at MPCC by July 6. All 16 sessions are recommended for optimum results. 

• Tai Chi for Arthritis: 11 a.m.-noon, Mondays and Wednesdays. This is a low-impact class modified for seniors and is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation and CDC for arthritis relief and fall prevention.
• QiGong: noon-1 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. QiGong is an ancient Chinese system of self-healing exercises using proper body alignment with slow, controlled movement.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT: Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Jun 20, 2016

MPCC to offer Beach Mania fitness classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Beach Mania fitness classes at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays, July 1-22. These classes are open to adults and will include workouts (on land, not water) with beach balls. Cost is $2 per class.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jun 20, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 20

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• North Hills Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 334 Roland Drive – sewer line maintenance
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

 All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 20, 2016

BOC special called meeting set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday (June 23) in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to consider the following:
• Third Reading of Ordinance 4602-16, to establish the property tax rates, appropriate funds, and adopt a budget for fiscal year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Copies of these items are available for review at the City Recorder’s Office.

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



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Jun 15, 2016

MPCC to host outing to Sherrod Library/Archives of Appalachia

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host an outing for all ages to East Tennessee State University’s Sherrod Library/Archives of Appalachia on Friday, July 15. Participants will use the Archives to research genealogy and Appalachian history.
The Senior Services bus will leave from Memorial Park Community Center at 9:45 a.m. Cost is $1 per person, and space is limited. Pre-registration and payment at the Senior Services front desk is required by Thursday, July 14.
For more information, please call (423)434-6229.

CONTACT: 
Chryl McLaughlin, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6226

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Jun 15, 2016

Registration deadline extended for women’s fast-pitch league

Registration for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation women’s fast-pitch softball league has been extended through Monday (June 20). Games begin the week of June 27 at Metro-Kiwanis Park and will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Teams will play a 10-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season. This is the only women’s fast-pitch league in the Tri-Cities and Western North Carolina region.
The league is open to adult women but 16- and 17-year-olds may play with guardian’s permission. Cost is $300 per team plus a $5 fee for non-City residents. Registrations will be accepted at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Entry fees, roster and photo IDs must be submitted with registration.
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

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


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Jun 14, 2016

Volunteer needed for Board of Building Codes

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider an appointment for a general contractor who builds residential homes (residential building representative) to the Board of Building Codes. 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/boards 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 Wednesday, June 29.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Jun 13, 2016

Volunteers needed for kids triathlon

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is in need of volunteers for the fourth annual Dive, Ride & Stride Kids Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 20. Assistance will be needed for water stations, safety patrol, award distribution, and transition areas. Most volunteers will be asked to report to Legion Street Pool by 7:30 a.m. on race day.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Kelly Finney at (423)434-5758 or kfinney@johnsoncitytn.org.

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

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Jun 13, 2016

Speed and Agility Camp set for MPCC

Students in fifth grade through college are invited to Speed and Agility Camp at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Camp will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 13 through Aug. 5. Participants will improve skills, quickness-explosion, and lateral movement. Drills will also be included to improve 40-yard dash time. Coach Jim Hastings will provide instruction.
This is a free camp. Please register in person at MPCC Monday through Friday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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

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Jun 13, 2016

PRAB special called meeting set for June 23

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, to discuss property updates.
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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Jun 13, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 13

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.
• Seminole Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Lane closures possible. Detours will be in place.
• Creek Drive (between Ashley Road and Forestdale Lane) – drainage improvements. Closures possible. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1930 W. Walnut St. – fire hydrant relocation
• 334 Roland Drive – sewer line maintenance
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 10, 2016

City to smoke test through mid-August

As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews will begin smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Knob Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system next week. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system.
Crews will begin near North State of Franklin Road and Skyline Drive in the Hunters Lake and Sherwood Forest subdivisions. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• Knob Creek Road including Biltmore Estates, Camelot, and Belmont Acres subdivisions
• Med-Tech Corridor including Med-Tech Parkway
• Sunset Drive from Knob Creek Road to Valley Lane
• West Mountainview Road including Hanover Road and Homestead Lane, and Roundtree, Pine Timbers, Briarwood, and Berkshire subdivisions
• West Oakland Avenue from West Mountainview Road to North State of Franklin and Franklin Terrace Court
• Marketplace Boulevard
• McInturff Lane and Brandonwood Drive including Darwin Court, Holland Hills and Brandon Woods subdivisions and Fairridge Road
• Peoples Street including Johnson City Crossing, Sharon Drive, McGregor Place, and Greenline Road
• North State of Franklin Road from Interstate 26 to Skyline Drive including near Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Hamilton Place, Knob Creek Business Park, and Northpoint Professional Park
• Browns Mill Road from Peoples Street to Swanee Drive, Mimosa Lane, Heatherly Lane, Swanee Drive, and Pioneer Avenue
• East Springbrook Drive, Wesley Street, and East Oakland Avenue from North Roan Street to Princeton Road
Smoke testing is expected to continue through mid-August.
During the test, City crews will send white smoke designed for this type of testing into the sanitary sewer system by blowing it into a manhole. It is then forced out through lines and cracks, openings, or plumbing vents on or near roof tops. The smoke is safe, odorless, non-toxic and non-staining.
Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well-vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1646 for more information.

CONTACT:
Jonathan Lane, P.E. engineer
Water and Sewer Services
(423)461-1646

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Jun 10, 2016

Applications being accepted for JC101

The City of Johnson City is accepting applications for the summer school edition of JC101, an adult educational program designed to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of government’s role in the community. This eight-week program on the basics of government includes presentations, tours, and question-and-answer periods.
Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning July 5. Class size is limited, and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, by calling 434-6021, and can be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/cr/jc101.
“JC101 not only gives our citizens a comprehensive overview of how their government works, but it is the perfect way to really get involved in the community, whether you are a lifetime resident or a newcomer,” said Community Relations Director Becky Buchanan. “The course has become increasingly popular with couples, and some of our participants have gone on to serve the community on various boards and committees.”
For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 434-6021.

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

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Jun 10, 2016

Monday’s agenda review canceled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for Monday (June 13) has been canceled.

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

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Jun 09, 2016

Volunteers needed for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering four appointments to serve three-year terms on the Johnson City 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/boards; may pick up an application at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.; or may call (423)434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. The deadline for submitting an application is July 8. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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Jun 09, 2016

Senior Services to host cancer survivor celebration

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Keep On, Keeping On: A Cancer Survivor Celebration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. Adult cancer survivors are invited to bring a guest and enjoy a meal, music, art, education, door prize drawings, and a storyteller.
This event is free but space is limited. Participants should pre-register by Monday, June 13 in person at Memorial Park Community Center or by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Jun 09, 2016

Junior nature camp set for next week at Winged Deer Park

Children ages 7-12 are invited to learn about animals, trees, fossils and more at Junior Naturalists Unite Nature Camp set for June 13-17 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.
Camp fee is $75. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pickup (5:30 p.m.) available for an additional charge of $20 for the week.
For more information, call (423)283-5821.

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


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Jun 06, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of June 6

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.

Water/Sewer projects:

• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 334 Roland Drive – sewer line maintenance
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; closed between Roan and Boone streets
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present
• Circle Drive and Dogwood Street – water line replacement; flaggers present

All work is weather permitting.

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Jun 06, 2016

Tai Chi and Qigong demo set for June 24

Citizens are invited to learn exactly what Tai Chi and Qigong are all about during a free demonstration and education session at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 11 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 24. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, June 22 in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk or by calling (423)434-6237. A new series of Tai Chi and Qigong classes will be offered in July for adults.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Jun 06, 2016

Registration now open for Aug. 20 Kids Triathlon

Registration is now open for Memorial Park Community Center’s fourth annual Kids Triathlon, set for Saturday, Aug. 20. The race is open to ages 6-12.
Ages 

6-8:   Swim 50 meters, bike 1 mile, run .5 mile

9-10:   Swim 100 meters, bike 1.5 miles, run 1.5 miles

11-12:   Swim 150 meters, bike 2 miles, run 1.5 miles

Participants are responsible for bringing their own bikes, helmets, and goggles and must arrive by 8 a.m. to have bikes in the transition area and to check-in. Race begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Start at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., and end at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Fees and Registration: $25 through Friday, Aug. 12. Late registration (Aug. 13-19) will be $35. There will be no registration day of race. Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal. Register online at www.myjcparks.org (credit card only) or in person at MPCC (cash or check only).
Packet Pick Up: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Memorial Park Community Center. There will be no pick up day of race.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

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




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Jun 03, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday (June 8) in the Media Room (Room 146) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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Jun 03, 2016

BOC budget work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (June 9) 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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Jun 01, 2016

Gospel music day set for June 18 at MPCC

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host the second annual DOTHERT Gospel in the Park event Saturday, June 18, at the Memorial Park Community Center Amphitheater, 510 Bert St. This free concert event will take place from noon-8:30 p.m. and will feature Friendship Baptist Church, Grace Freewill Baptist, 4-HIM, Stacie Wilson, Jordan Copas, Cary Steward and New Nation, Loretta Bowers, Tammie Vega, and more.
Concessions will be provided by the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation.
For more information, please contact Memorial Park Community Center at (423)434-5758.

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

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Jun 01, 2016

MPCC seeking sharpest minds to compete in Brain Games

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for the smartest seniors in town! From 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays starting June 2, teams of three will compete in trivia with the winners going on to compete in the Brain Games at the Jonesborough Senior Center on Aug. 19.
The competition is open to ages 50 and older, and there is no charge to participate. Participants can enter in teams of three or will be partnered with others. Please register in person at the Senior Services desk or by calling (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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May 31, 2016

Native American Nature Camp set for next week at Winged Deer Park

Youth ages 7-12 are invited to Native American Nature Camp, set for June 6-10 at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Participants will learn from many guest speakers about local history, how Native Americans used handmade tools and medicinal plants, and how they traded goods with frontiersmen. This camp is a great opportunity to meet new friends, hike, enjoy field trips, and meet some native animals.
Camp fee is $75. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) available for an additional $20.
Registration is available online at myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, or Winged Deer Park.
For more information, call (423)283-5821.

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


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May 27, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 30

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Holston Avenue (between Stuart Street and New Street) – traffic calming device installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1700 block of Skyline Drive – sewer tap installation; flaggers present
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; flaggers present
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present

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May 27, 2016

City earns top ISO rating

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce – less than a year after earning a 2/2X – that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) has increased to the top rating of a 1. ISO’s PPC service evaluates the capacity of a local fire department to respond to and fight structure fires.
“We are extremely proud to be among just three cities in the state and 132 in the country to hold a PPC of 1. This puts us in the top 1 percent of communities in the country when it comes to fire service for our citizens,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “This has been the primary focus of our chief and the administrative staff in the Fire Department. Because of their efforts, we are more efficient and effective which, at the end of the day, saves lives and property.”
Johnson City held a PPC of 3 since 1982 prior to improving to a 2/2X last year. Fire Chief Mark Scott said that the 2015 evaluation was extremely close to a 1, prompting he and the rest of Fire Administration to aggressively pursue the best rating possible.
“Our firefighters really stepped up and did a fantastic job to meet the requirements for the 1 rating,” he said. “We focused a great deal on fire prevention, particularly our smoke detector installation program. Several years ago, the city’s fire death rate was seven times the national average. Since that time, we have installed more than 600 smoke detectors in homes. And I’m happy to say that we have not had any fire deaths in the city in the past two years.”
While the Fire Department carries the rating, the evaluation process involves a review of the Water and Sewer Services (WSS) Department and 911 communications. The rating is a compilation of individual scores of the Fire Department (50 percent), Water and Sewer Services (40 percent), and Washington County 911 (10 percent). This helps to encourage continual collaboration between organizations.
Water and Sewer Services has made a number of capital improvements that have helped earn the ISO PPC 1 including expansion of the Watauga Water Treatment Plant and construction of the new intake in 2002; addition of standby power at key treatment and pumping facilities; and installation of major transmission lines in the water distribution system, which help move large volumes of water for fire events.
Annually, WSS has focused on replacing neighborhood lines and system valves, improving hydrant flow testing, and interconnecting various portions of the distribution system to improve the amount of water delivered from hydrants.
“Our staff has worked diligently to improve our facilities, equipment and processes to get us where we are today,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The rating is really a testament to the cooperation between City departments. We are all partners, and we rely on each other every day to provide the best services possible.”
Washington County 911 is one of those partners, and in recent years it has updated its generator to meet ISO standards, added software for dispatching calls, and implemented quality assurance and training for dispatchers.
“Fire, Water and Sewer Services and 911 may be the only departments that ISO evaluates but there are many others with whom we couldn’t have made the necessary improvements to earn a 1,” Chief Scott said. “Information Technology, Development Services … this list goes on. We are grateful to all of our City partners and the Board of Commissioners for the investments they’ve made.”
Additional steps taken by the Fire Department in the past year include:
• Flow testing and inspection of of all City-owned fire hydrants;
• Implementation of performance measures to ensure that response times are met;
• Completion of 10 hours of Community Risk Reduction Training by all personnel;
• Purchase of additional equipment and tools; and
• Implementation of Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL) System for all services (operational this summer).
The ISO PPC rating (a 1-10 range, with 1 being highest) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. An improved rating could mean a reduction in insurance premiums for many property owners.
“Any changes will be determined by individual insurance companies, but we certainly hope this will save our citizens money,” Peterson said. “Businesses can look at Johnson City and know that they will receive the highest level of service and see a cost savings as well.”

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
(423)434-6002

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May 26, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday (June 1) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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May 25, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dance June 3

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. on June 3 for a Friday Night Dance. Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will provide musical entertainment for the dance, which will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Cost is $5 in advance (at MPCC Senior Services desk by noon day of dance) or $7 at the door.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-6231


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May 23, 2016

BOC budget work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (May 26) 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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May 23, 2016

City seeking input on website

The City of Johnson City is calling on citizens to offer feedback on the City’s website, www.johnsoncitytn.gov. The City’s web design team will collect input from the short, 10-question survey and use it to make enhancements that reflect the community’s use of the site.
The survey is available through June 30 under the Most Popular section of the City’s homepage or via direct link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cojcwebsurvey.

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

Wendy Graham, communications specialist
Information Technology
(423)434-6076


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May 23, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 23

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – finishing trail installation (backfilling).
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Holston Avenue (between Stuart Street and New Street) – traffic calming device installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1700 block of Skyline Drive – sewer tap installation; flaggers present
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• 602 Highway 75 – water line installation

All work is weather permitting.


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May 20, 2016

Home Sweet Homicide murder mystery at MPCC June 10

Citizens are invited to a whodunit at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Friday, June 10. Home Sweet Homicide will be presented by Murder Mystery Caravan. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the 1890s Sherlock Holmes spoof starts at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10, which includes dinner. Pre-registration and payment are required by Tuesday, June 7. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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May 17, 2016

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider five 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 Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown.

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 Friday, June 3. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or cantler@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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May 17, 2016

MPCC pool closed

The Memorial Park Community Center pool, 510 Bert St., will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a maintenance issue.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820


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May 16, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 16

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – finishing trail installation (backfilling).
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (at Antioch Road) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1838 Bristol Highway – water line maintenance
• 606 N. Roan St. (Watauga Avenue-Myrtle Avenue alley) – water tap; flaggers present at times
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

 All work is weather permitting.

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May 16, 2016

Applications being accepted for EMS board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider one appointment to the Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors. This board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Board members are responsible for the oversight of Washington County/Johnson City EMS, which includes ambulance transport, first responder medical response, and rescue services. Each term is three years.
Any citizen who is interested in serving 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 June 3.
For more information regarding EMS, please contact Dan Wheeley at 975-5500 or dwheeley@wcjcems.org.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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May 12, 2016

31st annual Independence Day celebration set for July 4 at FHCC

Pepsi Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 31st Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Monday, July 4th. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged.
There will not be a rain date for this event. The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.
The following schedule* may be useful in planning your evening:

5:00- 8:15 p.m. PARK & RIDE -
FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex parking lots

5:00 p.m. Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start
NOTE: Only Authorized Food/Craft Vendors will be allowed

5:00- 5:45 p.m. Music by Brad Puckett

5:00- 7:00 p.m. On-site registration for a chance to win prizes:

? GRAND PRIZE - 2016 Chevrolet Sonic LS from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac

? Dixie Stampede/HearthSide Cabins - Super Pack Getaway
- (4) tickets to Dixie Stampede
- 2 night stay Hearthside Cabins (2 bedroom)
- (4) tickets to Dolly’s Lumberman Jack Dinner Theater

? August Race Weekend at BMS
- (2) tickets to UNOH 200 Truck Series
- (2) tickets to Food City 300
- (2) tickets to Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbriar

7:00- 7:45 p.m. Music by Austin Moody

8:00- 8:10 p.m. Tribute to our Military including Color Guard

Patriotic songs by local New Victory Quartet & Miss Johnson City Hannah Everhart

Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Historic Jonesborough
Jacquelyn Crawford

8:15- 9:15 p.m. Music by Season Seven (2014) Winner of the Voice Craig Wayne Boyd

8:15 p.m. PARK & RIDE
Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park

9:20-9:35 p.m. Prize drawings on stage

9:40- 9:45 p.m. Tribute to all Armed Forces honoring 50th Anniversary of Vietnam veterans, military Fallen Heroes and recognition of military Survivors and Gold Star families

Patriotic Songs by New Victory Quartet

9:50 p.m. Welcome by Johnson City Commissioner and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks

9:55-10:15 p.m. Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN,

Live remote of event by WJHL-TV News Channel 11 with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting of fireworks music

10:20 p.m. PARK & RIDE
FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park

10:20-11:00 p.m. Entertainment resumes on stage with Austin Moody

*Schedule subject to change

CHARCOAL GRILLS OR ANY OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED
PETS SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME FOR THE SAFETY OF THE ANIMALS AND ATTENDEES

MASS TRANSIT SERVICES

- Coolers and lawn chairs will be allowed on the FREE Johnson City Transit
buses; charcoal grills or any other incendiary devices will not be allowed on the buses

- Only "service" animals will be allowed on the buses - no household pets. Lift- equipped buses for the handicapped will be available both pick-up sites

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PATRONS

- Lift-equipped buses will be available at ETSU and Winged Deer Park to bring physically challenged patrons to the event

- Handicapped parking passes and instructions may be obtained by calling Freedom Hall no later than Friday, July 1st at 461-4884 weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

- Portable restroom facilities for the physically challenged will be located on-site

PERSONAL VEHICLES AND PROPERTY

- Patrons driving personal vehicles to Freedom Hall are encouraged to remember to leave all valuables (cellular telephones, laptop computers, money, jewelry, purses, wallets, CDs, shopping bags, etc.) at home.

- Any valuables left in personal vehicles should not be left in plain sight and vehicles should remain locked at all times.

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES:

- No thru vehicle traffic will be allowed at the Science Hill Vocational School; pedestrian traffic will be allowed access from the Vocational School Parking Lot I to the entertainment areas

- Sections of Morningside Drive will be designated for JCT bus traffic only

- No thru traffic will be allowed on Guaranda Drive, Longview Drive, North Gilmer Park, Lacy Street, Sells Street, Mullins Street, Belmeade Drive, and Baron Drive. Only those showing drivers' licenses with home addresses will be allowed access

- Residents of these streets inviting guests to fireworks parties should provide police officers blocking the roads with a copy of their invitation list - all others will not be allowed access

- Pedestrian traffic will be stopped on Guaranda Drive at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

- Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be stopped on Liberty Bell Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

- Following the fireworks, one-way traffic only will be allowed on Sundale Drive, Longview Drive and Guaranda Drive

- Use the Knob Creek - State of Franklin connection to get between Bristol Highway, I-26 and Freedom Hall

- When leaving the fireworks, use I-26 (rather than Kingsport and Bristol Highways), State of Franklin Road and Highway 381


KERMIT STADIUM (TRACK) SCHEDULE

The Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Monday, July 4th. The entrance to the track from the west side (Liberty Bell Blvd.) will be closed on Friday, July 1st and reopen at noon on Tuesday, July 5th. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at 423-283-5815.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

- Ambulances will be located around the periphery of the Freedom Hall site

- Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be posted at the command post location near the Freedom Hall pool

- EMS personnel on bicycles and golf car mini-med will circulate throughout the crowd

- Johnson City Fire Bureau personnel will be able to travel into the crowd via specially equipped golf cars to deliver emergency medical and fire suppression services


PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWORKS

• The best fireworks show in town will begin at 9:55 p.m. Please do not endanger yourself or others in the crowd by bringing your own fireworks

• JOHNSON CITY CODE - Sec. 16-43 Fireworks -

(a) 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 cannon, discharged by percussion caps or by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

(b) 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 and dealers outside the city and sell same to such outside dealers and 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 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. (Code 1964, § 21-32)

FREEDOM HALL POOL JULY 4th SCHEDULE

The Freedom Hall Pool is currently closed to ongoing construction and renovations at Freedom Hall. For more information, please call Recreation Services at 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: 
Lisa Chamness
Freedom Hall
423-461-4855


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May 12, 2016

Martial arts instructor needed

Memorial Park Community Center is in search of a certified black belt martial arts instructor to teach ages 6-12. Anyone interested should call center supervisor Kelly Finney at 434-5758.

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


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May 12, 2016

Family camping experience returns to MPCC

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. invites all ages to participate in an overnight Family Fun Camp Out from 6 p.m. May 20 until 7 a.m. May 21. Games, family entertainment and dinner will be provided. Activities will include tent decorating, family flag designing, s’mores, glow stick swim, and more family fun.
This is a great way to celebrate the beginning of the summer and create a family tradition and memory that will last a lifetime. Campers must bring their own tents. Pre-registration at MPCC is required by May 19. Cost is $15 per family.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center 
(423)434-5722

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May 11, 2016

Rotary Park reservations extended through July 31

Reservations for Rotary Park pavilions will be accepted through July 31. Reservations may be made online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the following locations:
• Parks and Recreation Administration Office, Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway – Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. – Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For additional information, please contact Missy Hollifield at (423)283-5815 or jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

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


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May 10, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet May 18

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in the Conference Room of the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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May 09, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 9

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – finishing trail installation (backfilling).
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (at Antioch Road) – sidewalk installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1838 Bristol Highway – water line maintenance
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2301 Lakeview Drive – pump installation
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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May 09, 2016

Horton Sports Memorial Day Fast Pitch Classic slated for Winged Deer Park

The Parks and Recreation Foundation has teamed up once again with Horton Sports to bring Johnson City an action-packed fun-filled weekend of fast-pitch softball.
In its first three years, the Memorial Day Classic had more than 50 teams from four states participating. This year’s event, set for May 27-28, is expected to be one of East Tennessee’s premier competitions with openings in the 8/U Coach-Pitch, 10-12, 14-16, and 18/U divisions. Organizers have assembled a tremendous prize package that will award players on the top three teams in every age group.
The tournament format will be two pool games followed by a double-elimination bracket to determine the champions. Berths to the Tennessee ASA state tournaments will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.
All teams are required to show proof of ASA registration or must register on site. All bats must be ASA approved, and tournament softballs will be furnished. Coaches are reminded that proof of age (as determined by ASA Code) must be provided. Due to the anticipated number of entries, Friday night starts may be required.
Entry fee is $75 for 8/U Coach-Pitch and $200 for all other age groups. Entry forms are available at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. All proceeds will go to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Foundation, a non-profit 501C3 organization established to assist the department in program offerings, materials, supplies, equipment, etc.
For more information, please call (423)747-9883 or email ellisjmha@charter.net.

CONTACT:
James Ellis, tournament director
ellisjmha@charter.net
(423)747-9883


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May 04, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. May 6 will feature pre-recorded music, and Kids Our Age will perform on May 20.
Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Cost is $5 in advance (by noon day of dance) or $7 at the door. Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423) 434-6231


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May 04, 2016

MPCC to offer new yoga classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer two new yoga classes for ages 18 and older beginning the week of May 16. Each class session is $5.
• Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning May 16. Power Yoga uses “Vinyasa” or flow yoga, which synchronizes movement to breath, increasing stamina and flexibility.
• Gentle Flow Yoga – from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning May 20. Gentle Flow Yoga will combine both the physical and mental practices of yoga to increase balance and core strength while reducing stress and anxiety.
Participants are asked to bring a mat, towel and water. Please register in person at Memorial Park Community Center, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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


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May 03, 2016

Senior Services to host Boardwalk of Health

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Boardwalk of Health on Wednesday, May 25 for adults 50 and older. This is a free program in recognition of National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The schedule is as follows:
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
• 8:30-9 a.m. Registration
• 9 a.m.-noon Participants will move through the following stations:
o Education Corner
o Nutrition Lane
o Brain Boulevard
o Active Alley
Pre-registration is required by May 20; please call (423)434-6237. 

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231

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May 02, 2016

FYI: Blue Plum Organization to donate to the Johnson City Public Art Committee

The Blue Plum Organization board voted unanimously to donate a portion of the proceeds from this year’s Blue Plum Festival to the Johnson City Pubic Art Committee for the completion of a mural in downtown Johnson City.
The Blue Plum Organization mission is to invest in Downtown Johnson City through cultural experiences that create lifelong memories for today and tomorrow.
“Investment in Downtown Johnson City goes beyond creating events. Donating money to a mural is a perfect opportunity to give back to downtown in a meaningful and long term way,” said Deanna Hays, director of the Blue Plum Festival and First Fridays.
The Johnson City Public Art Committee has been very productive in leasing public art the last few years. Founders Park, Buffalo Street, and State of Franklin Road are filled with a rotation of public art. This is the board’s first foray into a permanent piece of public art.
“The construction of the new King Creek Park on the previous UHaul site allows us another opportunity for public art,” said Jose Castillo, Chair of the Johnson City Public Art Committee. “Our board has selected a location for a mural in that area and we are thankful for the commitment from the Blue Plum Organization to make this plan a reality.”
Construction of the new park is currently underway. Weather permitting both the park and the mural installation will finish approximately the same time.
“The artist selection process will begin in May with installation in late 2016 or early 2017,” said Johnson City Public Works Director Phil Pindzola.
Tax-deductible donations to the Johnson City Public Art Committee can be written to Parks and Recreation Foundation with the words “Public Art” in the memo line and sent to Public Works Administration 601 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601.
The Blue Plum Festival is set for June 3 – 4 in Founders Park, the Pavilion at Founders, and the adjacent parking lot. Half the festival is free and the main music stages located in Founders Park requires a ticket. Weekend passes start at $40 and can be purchased by going to www.blueplum.org.
THE BLUE PLUM ORGANIZATION is a non profit, volunteer led board responsible for the production of the Blue Plum Festival, First Fridays, and the Christmas Parade in Downtown Johnson City. For more information, visit www.blueplum.org or call 423.797.6449.

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May 02, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 2

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (at Southwest Avenue) – installation of handicap ramps and sidewalks. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Cimarron Drive – water line maintenance; lane closures
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• 2301 Lakeview Drive – pump installation
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

Other events:
• The Blue Plum organization will host First Friday on May 6. Various streets downtown will be closed from 5-10 p.m.
• Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee will host the Girls on the Run 5K road race on May 7. Various streets will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon.
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May 02, 2016

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with a historic resource quest

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 historic resource quest. 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 $50 gift card to Yee-Haw Brewing and White Duck Taco.
Brochures are online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/devservices/planning/historic/ and can also be found at the May 6 First Friday Event, the Johnson City Public Library, and the Municipal and Safety Building’s Codes Division lobby (back side of building), 601 E. Main St. Participants may return the completed brochures to the lobby or by scanning and emailing to myoung@johnsoncitytn.org. Deadline is May 31.
For more information, please contact Planner Matt Young at 434-6073.

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

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May 02, 2016

Parks and Rec to offer tennis lessons

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer tennis lessons for ages 5 and older at Liberty Bell Tennis Center, 505 Liberty Bell Blvd. Lessons will take place Monday through Thursday beginning June 6 from 8-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m. Students are required to bring their own tennis rackets.
Cost for the six-week program is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. Registration is now open at www.myjcparks.com and at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. In person registration hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Apr 28, 2016

PAC to offer Pallet Art Project

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., invites artisans ages 15 and older to participate in a Pallet Art Project. Entry fee is $10 per pallet. Participants will have two weeks to complete their project, which will be on display at PAC through July. Schedule is as follows:
• June 6-10: Wooden pallets may be picked between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• June 27-July 1: Pallets must be returned to Princeton Arts Center.
• July 8: Artisan reception and unveiling of Pallet Art Projects from 6-8 p.m.
• Aug. 1: Pallets may be picked up from PAC.
For more information, please call (423)283-5800.

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


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Apr 28, 2016

PAC to offer Summer Art Mini Camps

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Summer Art Mini Camps for ages 6-12. Each camp costs $40 and will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
• Movin’ HeARTS: June 22-23; registration deadline June 15. Participants will move their bodies and paint brushes to create movement art with all their heart.
• Project Blank Space: July 13-14; registration deadline July 6. Transform nothing into something by using offbeat objects to create unique pieces of artwork.
• My Studio: July 27-28; registration deadline July 19. Participants will show their stories through their art.
For more information and to register, call (423)283-5800.

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

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Apr 28, 2016

Volunteers needed for Health and Education Facilities Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three appointments to the Health and Education Facilities Board. This board meets on an as-needed basis and aids medical and educational facilities in obtaining tax-free loans as allowed by a combination federal and state statutes. Each term is three years.

Applicants should be interested in community affairs and must be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through May 20.

For additional information regarding the Health and Education Facilities Board, please contact Sheri Keenan at (423)434-6009.

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Apr 28, 2016

Registration under way for women’s fast-pitch league

Registration is now open for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation women’s fast-pitch softball league. Practice will begin the week of May 23; games begin the week of June 7 at Metro-Kiwanis and Carnegie parks. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Teams will play a 10-game schedule with a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season. This is the only women’s fast-pitch league in the Tri-Cities and Western North Carolina region.
League is open to adult women; 16- and 17-year-olds may play with guardian’s permission. Cost is $300 per team plus a $5 fee for non-residents. Please register in person at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Entry fees, roster and photo IDs must be submitted with registration.
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

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


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Apr 26, 2016

MPCC to host Princess Ball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls of all ages to wear their prettiest princess dresses and attend the Princess Ball from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Participants will enjoy the movie “Brave,” crafts and light refreshments. Special guests will include Merida (2-3 p.m.) and the newly crowned Miss Tennessee (1-3 p.m.). Princesses can also have their hair and makeup done at the event. This event is a great way for mothers, grandmothers, or guardians to enjoy a day with the special girls in their lives.
Cost is $5 for children and $2 for adults; children 3 and younger are free. Tickets are available at MPCC and must be purchased in advance. There will be no ticket sales the day of the event.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

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

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Apr 26, 2016

MPCC to offer INSANITY LIVE and P90X Live fitness classes

Beginning the first week of May, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will add new, challenging workouts to its schedule of group fitness classes. Classes are open to ages 18 and older and cost $5 per session. Pre-registration is not required.
• INSANITY LIVE: Wednesdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
This class is includes easy-to-follow but challenging group-focused athletic training, cardio conditioning, and total body strength designed for adults.
• P90X Live: Mondays, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
P90X features workouts with a rich variety of routines from cardio to resistance training, strength training, plyometric, and ab work. Using the science of “Muscle Confusion,” P90X constantly switches things up to help class members bust through their plateaus. Modifications are added for participants of all fitness levels.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

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

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Apr 25, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 25

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (at Southwest Avenue) – installation of handicap ramps and sidewalks. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised use caution in this area.
• Watauga Avenue at Wilson Avenue – sidewalk repairs. Lane closures possible. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Walnut Street (between Buffalo Street and University Parkway) – resurfacing. Expect lane closures. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Detours will be in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Rovan, Cimarron and Linkwood drives – water line maintenance; lane closures
• 515 Dean Archer Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• 1909 Sinking Creek Road – water line replacement; lane closures
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

Other events:

• Rise Up! will host Run For Your Mom 5K road race on Saturday, April 30. Various streets near Rotary Park will be closed from 8-11 a.m.
All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 25, 2016

MPCC to host Mother’s Day Tea

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host a Mother’s Day Tea for all ages from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Participants will enjoy sweet treats, a craft and tea.
Cost is $5 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance (by May 6) at MPCC. There will be no tickets sold the day of the event.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

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

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Apr 22, 2016

BOC to hold budget work sessions

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold the following budget work sessions in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.:
• Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.;
• Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.;
• Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m.;
• Monday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.; and
• Thursday, May 12 at 3 p.m.

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

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Apr 21, 2016

MPCC offering cardio, conditioning class

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering a Cardio and Strength Conditioning class from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in May.
Pre-registration is not required – just stop by the Senior Services desk sign up and pay prior to the first class. Cost is $2 a class. Please wear appropriate shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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Apr 21, 2016

Senior Services offering Lifelong Sports Journey – Golf

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Lifelong Sports Journey program featuring golf for adults from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 3-26. Participants will learn the basics of golf.
Pre-registration and payment must be made in advance by May 2 at the Senior Services desk. Cost is $25 for 8 sessions. Participants are asked to bring their own clubs; a limited number of clubs will be available for those who don’t have their own.
Please call (423)434-6237 to reserve a seat.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Apr 21, 2016

Senior Services offering Beginner Line Dance Level 2 lessons

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Beginner Line Dance (Level 2) lessons from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays in May. This class is designed for adults who have completed the Absolute Beginner class or anyone who knows the basics of line dancing.
Participants are required to pre-register and pay by May 3 at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk. Cost is $24 for four classes.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Apr 19, 2016

Johnson City’s Got Talent set for Carver Recreation Center

Citizens are invited to watch local talent live on stage at the Johnson City’s Got Talent show at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (April 23).
The $1 admission fee will help cover expenses for Carver youth to go on a three-day trip to Sevierville and enjoy Dollywood and Ripley’s Aquarium. Raffle tickets for a variety of door prizes can also be purchased at the show.
For more information, please call 283-5820 or 461-8830.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820


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Apr 19, 2016

PAC Casual Coloring classes set for May 6

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will offer Casual Coloring classes from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays starting May 6. Participants can relax while coloring Mandala or Zentangie pages. All pages and supplies will be provided; participants are welcome to bring their own as well.
These classes are open to adults, and there is no fee. Please register by calling PAC at (423)283-5800 by May 2.

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


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Apr 18, 2016

City seeking input on walkability

The Johnson City Public Works Department is seeking citizen input on the walkability and health of our community. An online survey about the use of sidewalks and trails within Johnson City is now available on the home page of www.johnsoncitytn.gov or via direct link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8FXYSR6.
“We are looking for feedback from the community on how they currently use trails and sidewalks, and how we may provide more or better access to them in the future,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola.
The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete and will be available through April 25. For more information, please contact Public Works intern Cheyenne Peavler at zacp10@etsu.edu.

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


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Apr 18, 2016

BOC to hold workshop Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (April 21) to discuss the results of the Traffic Engineering Study for Unmanned School Zone Enforcement. This workshop will be held 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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Apr 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 18

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (at Med-Tech corridor) – turn lane closed until further notice.
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Forest Acres Drive – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (at Southwest Avenue) – installation of handicap ramps and sidewalks. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised use caution in this area.
• Watauga Avenue at Wilson Avenue – sidewalk repairs. Lane closures possible. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:

• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Rovan, Cimarron and Linkwood drives – water line replacement; lane closures
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – cleanup; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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



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Apr 18, 2016

Umpires, scorekeepers, officials needed

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking softball umpires and scorekeepers as well as soccer officials. Applicants must be 16 years old. Background checks will be conducted.
Interested applicants should contact the Athletic Office at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please call (423)283-5822.

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

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Apr 15, 2016

PAC seeking artists for Featured Artist of the Month

Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., is seeking artists of all ages to display their original artwork in the gallery for the center’s Featured Artist of the Month program. Reception dates are available to schedule for opening of show.
Additionally, facility rental opportunities are available to independent contractors for arts and humanities instruction and activities.
For more information, please call (423)283-5800.

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


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Apr 15, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Monday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Monday (April 18) in the Police Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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Apr 14, 2016

Special Olympics torch run set for April 29

First responders and their families from a four-county area are invited to join Johnson City Police as they carry the Special Olympics torch from the Municipal and Safety Building to East Tennessee State University on Friday, April 29.
The JCPD hosts the torch run for Special Olympics Tennessee Area 3, which covers Carter, Washington, Unicoi and Johnson counties. Participants will gather in the parking lot of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., at 8 a.m. to run together to ETSU’s Mini-Dome (approximately 1.6 miles), where the official Special Olympics torch will be lighted during opening ceremonies.
Community members are invited to cheer on the first responders and athletes they will be escorting as they enter the Mini-Dome. Admission to the games is free.
For more information, contact JCPD Officer Brittney Eberhardt at beberhardt@johnsoncitytn.org.

CONTACT:
Officer Brittney Eberhardt
Johnson City Police Department
beberhardt@johnsoncityn.org


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Apr 12, 2016

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two, three-year appointments to the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review. This board, which meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., determines action regarding substandard housing and/or commercial structures within the city limits. The board responds to complaints submitted by citizens, the Codes Enforcement staff, and/or a board member.
Potential appointees must live within the city limits of Johnson City. 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 April 29.
For additional information regarding the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review, please contact the Codes Enforcement Division at (423)232-1226.

CONTACT:
Hedy Bartley, secretary
Development Services
(423)232-1226


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Apr 12, 2016

Deerslayer obstacle course race set for Saturday

(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.) - The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will host Tri-Cities first full 5k Obstacle Course Race and Fun Run on Saturday, April 16th at Winged Deer Park.

The Deerslayer will be a 3.1-mile course across mixed terrain that will test endurance, strength, agility, balance and speed. The course includes 18 to 20 obstacles including the bucket carry, monkey bars, tire flip, rope climb, balance beams, multi-height walls, and a great water slide.

Participants will take part in the competitive category for cash prizes and in the Just For Fun category, which is exactly that – just for fun! Teams can help each other with obstacles in this category. All participants will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Medals will be presented to everyone who completes the course, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females in the competitive group.

“You’ve done 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons and mud runs well come finish your athletic resume with a race that will challenge you and your friends,” states Race Director, Frank Caldara. “Whether you are a Competitive athlete or a weekend warrior you will find the Deerslayer 5k Obstacle Course Race both fun and a challenge.”

Registration Information
Registration for the Deerslayer is under way online at www.JCDeerslayer.com now through Wednesday. Participants can also register during Packer Pick on Thursday and Friday 4 – 8 PM at Memorial Park Community Center (510 Bert St.). There will be no registrations the day of the event.

As a THANK YOU, the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation Board is recognizing the contributions and sacrifices the first responders, military members and veterans have made for our country and our community with a discounted fee of $45. To find out more information or to register for the Deerslayer, please visit www.JCDeerslayer.com.

Charitable Giving
This event is considered a fundraiser for the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation. Your participation will help us continue to support our area seniors. This past year, the Foundation was able to finalize purchase of a wheelchair-accessible bus for the Senior Center, provide financial support for free health information and screenings for seniors, fund fellowships for low-income seniors to participate in activities at the Senior Center at reduced fees, and supplied 136 Christmas boxes to homebound elderly in our community.

Sponsors To Date
The City of Johnson City, Ameriprise Financial The Torbett Group, Modern Woodsman, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Mahoney’s, Michelob Ultra, Classic Hits 102.7, Alpha Phi Omega, Otter Professional Soccer Team, Katz Americas, Mashburn Outdoors, Food City, Pepsi, Promo Pro LLC, Snyder Signs, Texas Roadhouse, Farmers Insurance – Barry Carson, The Goose Chase, Crestpoint Health, Comfort Suites, Krogers, Sweet Snaps Photography, The Fresh Market, Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine, Washington County Rescue Services, Wheeler’s Bagels, WJHL, Chick-Fil-A West Market St. Superfly Fabulous Events, and Johnson City Parks Services

For more information about the Obstacles, trophy categories, parking areas, and other race information, please visit www.JCDeerslayer.com and like the Deerslayer 5k Obstacle Course Race and Fun Run on Facebook.

CONTACT:
Frank Caldara, Race Director, 423-747-9918
Jimmy Pierce, Assistant Director, 423,791-5285
Mary Ann Kinch, Media Relations, 423-483-5854

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Apr 11, 2016

Fourth annual Kids Triathlon coming to MPCC Aug. 20

Save the date for Memorial Park Community Center’s fourth annual Kids Triathlon. Youth ages 6-12 are invited to compete on Saturday, Aug. 20. Registration will open June 6 online and in person at Memorial Park Community Center.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

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

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Apr 11, 2016

MPCC to host Teen Trivia Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Teen Trivia Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 for ages 13-18. During trivia (6:30-7:30 p.m.), pizza and refreshments will be served. Open gym will be available from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $1 per person. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, please contact (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Matt Williams, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5722

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Apr 11, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 11

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (at Med-Tech corridor) – turn lane closed until further notice.
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.
• Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Forest Acres Drive – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• University Parkway (at Southwest Avenue) – installation of handicap ramps and sidewalks. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• Rovan, Cimarron and Linkwood drives – water line replacement; lane closures
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – cleanup; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

Other events:
• The Johnson City Rotary Club and the Tri-Cities Road Club will host the Jacob’s Memorial Ride and Awareness Walk held on Saturday, April 16. Various streets will be closed from 7-11 a.m.
• The Atlantic Ale House will host a Craft Beer Event on Saturday, April 16. The 100 block of McClure Street will be closed from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

All work is weather permitting.




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Apr 08, 2016

Softball registration deadline extended through Monday

The deadline for Johnson City Parks and Recreation spring adult softball registration has been extended through Monday (April 11) at 5:30 p.m.
Leagues include: Men’s Open and Church; Coed Open and Church. Men’s leagues play a 14-game schedule (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with a single-elimination tournament. Men’s entry fees are $400 plus $5 for every non-City resident. Coed leagues play a 10-game schedule (Mondays and Wednesdays) with a single-elimination tournament. Coed and Women’s fees are $300 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.
Registrations will be accepted at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please call 283-5822.

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

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Apr 07, 2016

Yoga instructor needed

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is seeking a Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor. Any qualified applicant must be certified in yoga instruction; certification in women’s health/prenatal is a plus. Teaching hours are flexible.
For more information, please call (423)434-5758.

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


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Apr 06, 2016

Roan Street project begins Monday

The City of Johnson City will begin the third and final phase of the Roan Street utility and streetscape replacement project next week. This project will close South Roan between Market and Buffalo streets for approximately five months.
Construction will begin at 8 a.m. Monday (April 11). Traffic will be routed around the construction area via East Main Street, East Market Street and Buffalo Street. Detours will be posted. Pedestrians will have access to all businesses.
The first part of Phase III, which should take 10 weeks, will include replacing original water and sewer lines dating back to the late 1800s. Upon completion of the utility replacement, repaving and installation of new crosswalks, sidewalks and curbs will begin. That portion is expected to take eight to 10 weeks.

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

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Apr 06, 2016

Four promoted in JCPD

Chief Mark Sirois is pleased to announce the promotion of four officers within the Police Department. The promotions were effective March 21, following the recent retirement of Maj. Garry Younger and promotion of Debbie Botelho into that position. The Police Department’s thorough promotional process consists of a written test, job-specific written exercises, and an assessment/interview. Points are also awarded for education level, and the candidate’s work history is evaluated.

“Our department and our citizens are fortunate to have many qualified officers to consider for promotions,” said Chief Mark Sirois. “These four collectively have more than 90 years of law enforcement experience and with that comes invaluable knowledge. I’m proud of each of them and the service they provide to our community.”

Captain Scott Jenkins – Capt. Jenkins is a 21-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, with a major in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a minor in Political Science. Capt. Jenkins has served in a number of capacities within the Police Department including, most recently, lieutenant on Platoon 3. He has also served as a sergeant on Platoon 2, investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division, and a member of the Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit, Recruitment Team, and Honor Guard. Capt. Jenkins is a graduate of the 2005 Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (UT-Chattanooga). Capt. Jenkins will remain in the Operations Division (Patrol) and will serve as the watch commander of Platoon 4.

Lieutenant Kevin Peters – Lt. Peters is a 25-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, with a major in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a minor in Sociology. Throughout his career, Lt. Peters has served in several different capacities, including patrol officer, traffic enforcement officer, and investigator. He also served as a platoon sergeant, and sergeant in charge of the Department’s Community Policing Unit. He most recently served as a squad sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. Peters is a 2006 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staffing and Command. Lt. Peters will remain in the Criminal Investigations Division where he will serve as the assistant division commander.


Sergeant Keith Sexton – Sgt. Sexton brings nearly 26 years of law enforcement experience to his promotion. He has served with the Johnson City Police Department for the past eight years. Prior to coming to the Police Department, Sgt. Sexton served 18 years with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with the last 15 of those being in a supervisory capacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel University, where he majored in Criminal Justice. Sgt. Sexton has served in several different capacities within the Police Department including in the Criminal Investigations Division as the Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer. Sgt. Sexton will remain in the Administration Division’s Training Section and will serve as the training unit supervisor.

Sergeant Chris Carney – Sgt. Carney has served the Johnson City Police Department for more than 15 years as a patrol officer. Sgt. Carney began his career as a correctional officer in the Johnson City Jail. He then transitioned to Platoon 1 as a patrol officer. Prior to joining the Police Department, he served in the U.S. Army for five years as a Military Police Officer. He is currently a member of the Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit and previously served on the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit/Bomb Squad. Most recently, he served as a field training officer and the community policing liaison on Platoon 1. Sgt. Carney will remain in the Operations Division (Patrol) and will serve as sergeant assigned to Platoon 1.

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Apr 05, 2016

Drug take back event set for April 30

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of their unused or expired medications safely and responsibly at the Operation Rx Disposal event, set for Saturday, April 30. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., representatives from Insight Alliance, ETSU’s Gatton College of Pharmacy, and the Johnson City Police Department will be in the parking lot of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., to collect medications and answer 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 Lt. 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 the April 30 event may discard medications in a drop box located in the JCPD lobby from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please contact Lt. Carrier at 434-6143.

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


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Apr 04, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 4

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (at Med Tech corridor) – turn lane closed until further notice.
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Skyline Drive – water line installation
• Rovan and Cimarron drives – water line replacement; lane closures
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – cleanup; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

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Apr 01, 2016

Franchise expo set for April 19

Johnson City, Tenn. – Have you ever thought about owning your own business? A group of Tri-Cities organizations are offering a one-day event for those wanting the freedom and control of owning their own business. A large number of franchise companies looking to expand into the Tri-Cities and the surrounding areas, as well as business experts who can assist in buying and growing a business, will be in the Tri-Cities for one day.

The Tri-Cities Franchise Business EXPO 2016 will be held at The Millennium Centre, 2001 Millennium Place, in Johnson City on Tuesday, April 19, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

While the majority of the EXPO is available for attendees to wander and visit as they like, select events will be taking place at specific times. A free buffet lunch for attendees will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops and panel discussions on “Franchise Funding Options,” “Finding the Right Franchise Fit,” and “What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur” will also be held at specific times. The schedule and more information can be found online at www.TCExpo2016.eventbrite.com.

Jerry Bird, who heads FranNet of Alabama & East Tennessee, helps individuals determine potential franchise opportunities and is responsible for helping coordinate the event and bringing the franchise companies to the Tri-Cities.

“We want it to be fun and educational,” said Bird. “There are over 3,200 franchises out there in more than 90 industries. What is a great match for one person might be the worst choice for another.”
“This event will allow those people who have always had a desire to own their own business but fear the unknown the opportunity to take a look at several franchises at one time while also having access to funding options and the ability to meet with many organizations that can help you on the way to business ownership all in one place.” concluded Bird.

Featured franchises include leaders in the categories of Low Cost, Senior Care, Boutique Retail, Automobile Care/Repair, Event Planning/Organizing, Business Coaching/Training, Staffing B2B, Digital Imaging/Signage & Graphics, Home Improvement/Repair, Fast Casual Food/Frozen Desserts, Business to Business Services, and more.

Sponsoring organizations for this event include the Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC), FranNet of Alabama & East Tennessee, City of Johnson City, City of Kingsport, KOSBE, City of Bristol (TN), Mitch Cox Realtor Inc., Carter County Tomorrow, Washington County Economic Development Council, and Bank of Tennessee.

There is no cost to attend the event for those who pre-register. Admission will be $10 at the door. Details on the raffle and door prizes can be found at the registration table at the event. For additional information, email Jerry Bird at jbird@FranNet.com. To pre-register for this exciting event, visit www.tcexpo2016.eventbrite.com.

Contact:
Angie Carrier, Development Services director
City of Johnson City
Phone: 423-434-5955
E-Mail: acarrier@johnsoncitytn.org

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Apr 01, 2016

Showing Our Colors opening at PAC set for April 11




Princeton Arts Center (PAC), 2516 E. Oakland Ave., will showcase a colorful display of talent from friends and family of Core Services of Northeast Tennessee on Monday, April 11 from 4-6 p.m. A splatter paint activity will be held on site. There is no charge for the program.
After the opening, Showing Our Colors will be on display in the PAC gallery for the remainder of the month. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Other viewing times will be available upon request.
For more information, please call (423)283-5800.

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

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Apr 01, 2016

MPCC to host Princess Ball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites girls of all ages to wear their prettiest princess dresses and attend the Princess Ball from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Participants will enjoy the movie “Brave,” crafts and light refreshments. Special guests will do makeup and hair for the princesses! This event is a great way for mothers, grandmothers, or guardians to enjoy a day with the special girls in their lives.
Cost is $5 for children and $2 for adults; children 3 and younger are free. Tickets are available at MPCC and must be purchased in advance. There will be no ticket sales the day of the event.
For more information, call (423)434-5749.

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

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Mar 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 28

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (at Med Tech corridor) – turn lane closed until further notice.
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• State of Franklin Road and Skyline Drive – water line installation; lane closures
• Amoyee Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• 4504 Bristol Highway – hydrant relocation
• 4341 N. Roan St. – meter installation
• Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

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

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Mar 25, 2016

Arthritis series to be offered at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease – Arthritis, a five-week series for adults from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 6 through May 4. Each session will include 30 minutes of arthritis education and 30 minutes of exercise. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Cost is $8 for the series. Participants must pre-register and pay by April 5 at MPCC.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Mar 25, 2016

Functional Fitness Fridays start April 8

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Functional Fitness Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Classes will include functional activities focusing on balance and stability to improve daily living for ages 50 and older.

Cost is $2 per class. Pre-registration is not required but participants will need to sign in and pay before each class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Mar 25, 2016

Lifelong Sports Journey – Tennis starts April 5

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Lifelong Sports Journey – Tennis series from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 5. This four-week program, open to ages 50 and older, will teach tennis basics.

Participants must register and pay the $25 program fee by April 4 at the Memorial Park Community Center front desk. Participants should bring their own tennis rackets (rackets may be provided if needed).

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

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231

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Mar 25, 2016

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for April 2

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday, April 2 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive, from 9 a.m. until the supply of seedlings run out. More than 2,600 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Varieties will include White Dogwood, Yellow Poplar, Japanese Maple (green leaf), Redbud, Prairifire Crabapple (dark pink bloom), Peking Lilac, and Sugar Maple. A limited number of seedlings will be available per person. Since Spring 2010, the City has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing a total of 20,450 trees to the public.
This Arbor Day marks the 16th 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 participating in the Tree City USA program, Johnson City is able to highlight its commitment to green infrastructure for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike. The annual recognition helps draw attention to the fact that trees and other plants are an important part of life in our community,” said City Forester Patrick Walding.

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


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Mar 24, 2016

Volunteers needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering two 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 be city residents. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6021. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. Applications will be accepted through April 29.

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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Mar 23, 2016

JCPD steps up efforts to prevent traffic crashes

Traffic crashes – both with and without injury – increased 10 percent in 2015, and traffic fatalities went from three in 2014 to nine last year. With this data on hand, Johnson City Police now plan to focus on primary contributing factors: following too closely, distracted driving, not wearing seatbelts, speeding, and driving under the influence (DUI).
Consistently, the leading cause of crashes in Johnson City is following too closely.
“We issue these citations often at the scene of a crash but we will now be more proactive in stopping vehicles that are not maintaining a safe following distance in an effort to drive down crash rates,” said Chief Mark Sirois.
Following distance should be adjusted according to speed and weather conditions. For example, a vehicle going 25 miles per hour (mph) is traveling at a rate of 37 feet per second, while a vehicle going 65 mph is traveling 96 feet per second. The distance needed for safe stopping is also greatly impacted by the weather.
The department also will be executing a concerted strategy to address distracted driving and particularly texting while driving, which is against the law in Tennessee. JCPD officers issued 42 citations for this offense last year.
“As our society and technology continue to develop, the natural outgrowth is a tendency to multitask,” Sirois said. “While this may be permissible in many venues, it has no place on our roadways.”
Finally, seatbelt, speeding and DUI enforcement efforts will be enhanced. With very few exceptions, most traffic fatalities will involve one of these factors. The department is partnering with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) for the “Seatbelts are for Everyone” (SAFE) campaign, and officers will be conducting seatbelt – as well as DUI – checkpoints throughout the city.
“We are serious about saving lives in Johnson City,” said Sirois. “Each year, we see multitudes of individuals’ lives changed drastically because of serious traffic crashes that involve injury or death. We are committed to protecting our citizens and will take the necessary steps to do so.”

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


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Mar 23, 2016

FYI: Public hearing on HUD grant and HOME consortium set for Thursday

CITY OF JOHNSON CITY 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FOR YEAR ONE FY 2016-17 HUD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BLOCK GRANT AND HOME PROGRAMS

A Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 12:00 Noon in the Community Room of the Carver Park Recreation Center, 322 West Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 for the purpose of hearing the views of citizens with regards to the City’s proposed HUD Community Development Block Grant and HOME Consortium FY 2016-2017 Annual Plan. The Community Development Block Grant program provides funding annually to help the City assist low and moderate income citizens with housing, support services and economic development opportunities. The HOME program provides annual funds to the City to help provide affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income, special needs and homeless and at-risk citizens. This annual plan will guide the City’s affordable housing, community support services and community and economic development resource allocations for the next one-year period beginning July 1 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017.

This Public Hearing will also begin a required 30 day public comment period on the annual plan that will cover the period of March 24th through April 26th, 2016. Copies of the draft FY 2016-2017 HUD CDBG and HOME Annual Plans will be available beginning on March 24th, 2016 and ending on April 26th, 2016 and may be reviewed by the public at the Community Development Office in the City’s Municipal and Safety Building, 601 East Main Street, the main office of the Johnson City Public Housing Authority, 901 Pardee Street, the Johnson City Public Library, 103 South Roan Street, Carver Park and Recreation Center, 322 West Watauga Avenue, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church all in Johnson City, Tennessee. Comments can be communicated to the Community Development Office by email at: HYPERLINK “mailto:sherryt@jchousing.org” or by phone at 423-323-4784.

The following is a proposed list of project activities to be funded with anticipated revenue under the City of Johnson City’s FY 2016-2017 HUD CDBG Program and the Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME consortium Program:

HUD CDBG FY 2016-2017
1. Community Planning and Development Administration $ 91,296
2. Housing Program Administration $65,000
3. Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Grant Program $300,052
Total Proposed CDBG Funding = $456,348

NORTHEAST TENNEESEE/VIRGINIA HOME CONSORTIUM PROGRAM FY 2016-2017
Homeownership assistance Program $ 17,000
Homeowner Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program $150,293
Total Proposed HOME Consortium Funding = $167,293

This Consolidated Plan funding represents anticipated revenues from the following resources:

HUD CDBG FY 2016-2017 Allocation $456,348
Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium Funding (Estimated) $167,293
Tennessee Housing Development Agency Emergency Solutions $112,242
Grant FY 2016 Allocation
TOTAL FY2016-2017 HUD CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PLAN FUNDING = $735,631

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Mar 23, 2016

Section of Skyline to remain closed for waterline work

Skyline Drive, from North State of Franklin Road to the back entrance to the Food City shopping center, will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (March 24-25) and Monday through Wednesday (March 28-30) while water line work continues.

Drivers are asked to find alternate routes when possible and use caution in the construction areas.

CONTACT:
Michael Manuel, assistant water/wastewater maintenance superintendent
Water and Sewer Services
(423)975-2638


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Mar 23, 2016

Bluebell Wildflower Hike set for April 2

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites participants of all ages to take a stroll around the wooded section of Winged Deer Park and observe a large collection of naturalized Bluebell flowers. Hikes will take place from 10-11:15 a.m. and 1-2:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Cost is $1 per person. Participants will meet at the disc golf parking lot across from the Kinch Landing boat ramp.
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 21, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 21

Public Works projects:
• State of Franklin Road (at Med Tech corridor) – turn lane closed until further notice.
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – trail installation. Road closed to thru traffic. Detours in place.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• State of Franklin Road and Skyline Drive – water line installation; lane closures
• Amoyee Drive – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road – water line installation; lane closures
• North Hills subdivision – water line replacement; lane closures
• Boone Avenue, Brightridge Drive, Roseview Drive – water line replacement; lane closures

TDOT projects:

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

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Mar 21, 2016

Knob Creek lane closures planned for Tuesday, Wednesday

Motorists are advised of lane closures on Knob Creek Road in the area of North Hills Drive starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday (March 22) through 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 23). Both northbound lanes will be closed while water line work takes place. Traffic will be shifted to the southbound lanes. Please use caution in this area.

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


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Mar 21, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet March 29

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509


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