2018 News Archive

Feb 23, 2018

Senior Services offers Power Hour exercise classes

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will hold Power Hour classes for those 50 and older to improve muscular strength and endurance using weights and resistance training equipment.

Two classes will be held each Friday in March from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $2 per class. Class size is limited to 14 and preregistration at MPCC is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-461-4852

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Feb 23, 2018

Notice of Public Meeting

The City of Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will host three public meetings to discuss an application to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant. Citizens are invited to discuss the application and review the preliminary design for the project, a splash pad at Carver Recreation Center.

Meetings will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 5pm; Wednesday, March 21 at 4pm; and Friday, March 23 at 11:30am. Each meeting will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 West Watauga Avenue.

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

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Feb 22, 2018

Tennessee VFW names City firefighter Firefighter of the Year

The Johnson City Fire Department (JCFD) is proud to announce that Firefighter Kevin Colbaugh has been named the 2017 Firefighter of the Year for the State of Tennessee by the Tenn. Veterans of Foreign Wars (TVFW). Colbaugh received this honor Saturday, Feb.10, at the TVFW Mid-Winter Conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was selected from among an extensive list of nominees located throughout the organization’s 11 districts.

Colbaugh was nominated by JCFD Lt. Wade Hardin for his selfless dedication to the fire service as both a volunteer and career service member. He is well known for his contagious enthusiasm and genuine concern for others. Colbaugh said, “I thank God for the privilege and opportunity to serve in the greatest profession on this earth. People ask me how long I’ve been a firefighter. My response - I was born a firefighter, that’s what God created me to be.”

“Kevin is truly deserving of this recognition,” said JCFD Chief James Stables. “In my short tenure here, I have witnessed countless examples of his selfless nature and his earnest desire to encourage others as a coach, mentor, and confidant. Kevin’s contributions to our community have played a significant role in supporting our extraordinary team of firefighters who provide excellent service to the residents and visitors of Johnson City.”

Colbaugh began his career in public service in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter for Stoney Creek, where he remains an active member. Five years later, he branched out into emergency medical services as a paramedic for Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. Following eight years of service there, Colbaugh joined Carter County Emergency Medical Services for four years. In 2007, the Veterans Administration in Johnson City called on him to begin a telemedicine program. That move led to his transition to JCFD in 2013.

Throughout his career, Colbaugh has received several awards of distinction. In 1995, he was bestowed Tennessee’s highest honor from then-Gov. Don Sundquist – the Colonel Aide de Camp. This honor recognized Colbaugh’s heroic actions responding to a tragic automobile accident at the Watauga River.

Colbaugh is very active in the JCFD, participating in many departmental activities including various special projects, task forces, and the Medical Quality Assurance Program, where he continues to leverage his education and experience as a firefighter and paramedic.

CONTACT: Chief James Stables
Johnson City Fire Department
423-975-2852


[Photo - from left to right: Vincent “BJ” Lawrence, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of US VFW; Kevin Colbaugh; George “Mike” Scott, State Commander of TVFW]


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Feb 22, 2018

Senior Services offers Cooking Healthy for One or Two

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will help those 50 and older gain confidence cooking healthful, easy-to-prepare, delicious, and budget-friendly meals, perfectly portioned for one or two diners.

This free program is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Preregister at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 19, 2018

Turner named chief of JCPD

Karl Turner, a 27-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, has been promoted to chief, City Manager Pete Peterson announced today. 

“Chief Turner was chosen from among five excellent candidates,” Peterson said. “But his combination of experience and leadership skills set Chief Turner apart as the frontrunner. I am proud that we had a candidate of his caliber from within our own department.”

Turner’s selection came after an in-depth evaluation process that included an assessment by other police chiefs from across the state, written tests, and interviews. 

Chief Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in 1991 as a public safety officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, serving as a first-line platoon supervisor and SWAT team leader. Six years later, he was promoted to lieutenant, assuming a number of new roles and responsibilities including special operations supervisor and operations manager. Chief Turner then earned the rank of captain in 2007 and was assigned as watch commander of one of four patrol platoons. In 2012, he was promoted to major, overseeing the operations side of the Police Department and serving an indispensable role in supporting the now retired Chief Mark Sirois. 

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected from such a talented pool of law enforcement leaders,” Chief Turner said. “I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of dedicated and caring law enforcement officers. This 

includes three former police chiefs whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I thank them for their years of guidance and leadership and of course, my wife Dr. Jessica Turner, for the support and sacrifice that goes along with being a law enforcement spouse.”

Chief Turner attended the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) in 2006 where he received of the SECLA Distinguished Service Medal. He also completed all three levels of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management Academy in 2007, the FBI National Academy in 2009, and FBI’s Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar sessions in 2004 and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2017. He is an active member of the FBI National Academy Alumni Association, the National Tactical Officers Association, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

“My goal as police chief is to continue to build upon the principle of a community and police partnership that allows the Police Department to provide the best service possible. Our department will continue to focus on community policing and calling on our citizens to play an active role in the safety and well-being of our city,” Chief Turner said.

He noted that the department will continue expanding its use of the latest technologies to provide the most effective operations, including greater utilization of crime analysis and mapping to drive the department’s crime prevention efforts.

“Chief Turner is a capable leader, and under his leadership the department will continue to ensure that our community remains a safe place to live, work, and play.” Peterson added. “Johnson City will continue to be well-served by the Johnson City Police Department under the direction of Chief Turner.” 

CONTACT: Karl Turner, chief
Johnson City Police Department 
423-434-6149


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Feb 19, 2018

Senior Services provides health tips on sleep/vision

On Tuesday, March 6, Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering two free informational programs for those 50 and older.

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose: 11 a.m.-noon. Ballad Health Regional Sleep Manager, Jared Gullett, will discuss the impact of sleep on our overall health, provide tips for getting a better night’s sleep, and review common sleep problems and possible solutions.

Macular Degeneration:
1-2 p.m. This leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 will be discussed. Learn about the two types of the disease, how it is diagnosed, and ways to reduce progression.

Preregister for either program at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 19, 2018

Parks and Rec Spring Softball League umpires/scorekeepers meetings scheduled

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold two umpires/scorekeepers meetings for the upcoming 2018 adult/youth softball seasons. Both meetings will be held at the Winged Deer Athletic Tower; one at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb 24 and the other at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The meeting should last about 90 minutes and will cover league rules, dress code, and duties for both umpires and scorekeepers. Umpires will be required to pass the USA softball umpire test prior to participating in the 2018 season.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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

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Feb 16, 2018

Free blood pressure screenings offered at MPCC

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center will provide free blood pressure screenings to those 50 and older from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in its lobby at 510 Bert St. ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy students will be on hand with information about managing blood pressure and medications. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237

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

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Feb 16, 2018

MPCC offers Aikido class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 13 and up to participate in an Aikido class that introduces and furthers the training of this modern Japanese martial art while focusing on both its physical and philosophical aspects of conflict resolution.

Classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. each Monday starting March 19. Cost is $3 per class. For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Feb 15, 2018

Limited Edition/Kids Our Age headline March Friday Night Dances

If you’re 50 or older, lace up your dancing shoes and join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for dances featuring live bands on the first and third Friday of each month.

March dances:

• March 2: Limited Edition, 7-10 p.m.
• March 16: Kids Our Age, 7-10 p.m.
• Cost: $5 per person.

There is no registration deadline. For more information, call 423-434-6237

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-461-4852

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Feb 14, 2018

City receives clean audit

The City of Johnson City has received results from the annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Results of the audit include the following: 
 

• For the seventeenth consecutive year, the City received a “clean” opinion for the FY2017 audit with no significant deficiencies reported by the auditors.

• The City’s overall net position decreased by $151 million. This decrease was due to the transfer of Johnson City Power Board operations to the Johnson City Energy Authority, effective March 31, 2017. Without this transfer, the City’s overall net position would have reflected an increase of $26 million. 

• The City’s governmental funds reported a year increase of $9.7 million.

• The City’s total outstanding long-term debt decreased $39.7 million (15.7%), a large portion of which was attributable to the defeasance of Power Board bonds.

• Revenue growth exceeded the amended budget by $3.4 million, resulting in $2.9 million net change in the General Fund balance. Healthy tax growth, both local and state-shared, accounted for these favorable results.

• At the end of FY2017, unassigned fund balance for the General Fund was $7.6 million, an increase of $2.7 million.  

• Current property taxes continued a pattern of steady growth, experiencing an increase of 1.5%, with no property tax rate increase. The City’s property tax rate continues to be the lowest of all the surrounding areas. 

• Sales tax collections experienced healthy growth of 2.9%.

• The City made approximately $16 million in principal payments on debt outstanding and invested $40 million in capital improvements. Approximately 40% of the investment was in the utility funds (Water/Sewer and Stormwater). The balance was invested in road and trail improvements, civic center upgrades, school maintenance facility, school energy improvements, playground equipment and the acquisition of departmental vehicles and equipment.  

• The Government Finance Officers’ Association of the United States and Canada awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Johnson City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. This was the City’s sixteenth consecutive year for receiving the award.

City Manager Pete Peterson said he is proud to maintain a AA- debt rating from Standard and Poor’s, a Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investor’s Service, and a AA rating from Fitch. 

“This report reflects our excellent financial condition and is a direct result of guidance and direction from the Board of Commissioners and the hard work of our very dedicated staff,” he added. “While this is a great position to be in, we remain cautiously optimistic about what the future may bring. We remain dedicated to delivering quality services in an affordable manner.”

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

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Feb 13, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU Southern Conference Tournament transportation

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and older tickets and transportation to Asheville, N.C. for the ETSU double-header Southern Conference Tournament. The game schedule will depend upon whether ETSU is the number one or number two seed and is as follows:

Game One

• If ETSU is the number one seed: Saturday, March 3. Bus leaves MPCC at 10 a.m. Game time noon.
• If ETSU is the number two seed: Bus leaves MPCC at 4 p.m. Game time 6 p.m.

Game Two

• Monday, March 5 – Championship game
• Bus leaves MPCC at 7 p.m. Game time 9 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Register/buy ticket at the Senior Services or Recreation Desks by Friday, March 2. Total cost for both games and transportation is $45. No refunds.

Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT
: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-461-4852

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Feb 13, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball outing

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and older tickets and transportation from MPCC to Freedom Hall Civic Center to attend the ETSU vs. Citadel men’s basketball home game on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Cost is $6 per person.

The bus will leave MPCC at 6 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

Please register at Senior Services or Recreation Desk at MPCC. For more information, call 423-491-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Feb 13, 2018

Carver Rec offers Spring Break Fun Adventure Camp

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites K-12 students to join in fun activities like swimming, miniature golf, movies, and a field trip to Fender’s Farm during this year’s Spring Break Fun Adventure Camp.

The camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-16. Cost is $25/person and free to those enrolled in Carver’s after-school program. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

BOC agenda review rescheduled

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for tonight (Monday, Feb. 12) has been moved to 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15). This meeting 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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Feb 12, 2018

Carver Rec celebrates Black History Month with Taste of the Community

Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., invites all ages to celebrate Black History Month from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. This event will feature a presentation on black history and recognize several local African-American entrepreneurs. Afterward, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy Taste of the Community and sample some of the finest soul food dishes in town. The first portion of this event will be free with a $5 charge per person for the dinner. For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

Willow Springs Park educational winter walk

Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites families to learn how our native flora and fauna survive winter during leisurely paced, mile-long educational walk at Willow Springs Park. No advance registration is required but there will be a $2 fee per participant. The hour-long event will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Willow Springs Park main parking lot, 1201 Huffine Rd., Johnson City on Saturday, Feb. 17.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

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

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Feb 12, 2018

Therapy Pool closing for maintenance

The therapy pool at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will be closed for maintenance Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7-11 a.m.
For more information, please call 423-434-5755.

CONTACT: Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5755

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Feb 09, 2018

Senior Services offers Getting to the Heart of Healthy Living

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to participate in discussions about heart healthy lifestyles and how activities like journaling and volunteering can improve wellness of body and mind.

Food City Health Initiatives Director Lori Hamilton will lead this free event scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Please preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 09, 2018

MPCC offers Johnson City/Washington County Schools Spring Break Camp

Spring Break, while a welcome vacation for students, often presents challenges for families. The Parks and Recreation annual Spring Break Camp may be just the thing to help. Students ages 6-12 are invited to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for activities including sports, arts and crafts, movies, games and swimming during one of two sessions scheduled for the weeks of Johnson City and Washington County School’s respective spring breaks.

• Johnson City Schools Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-16 (M-F).
• Washington County Schools Camp: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. March 26-30 (M-F).
• Cost is $40 per week. A $10 optional early drop off/late pick up (7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.) applies.
• Registration for both sessions begins Feb. 12. Preregistration is encouraged as participation is limited to 60 students per camp session.
• Campers are asked to bring a packed lunch and swim clothes daily.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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


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Feb 08, 2018

Senior Services offers healthy take on popular game show

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to play Health Jeopardy, a game modeled after the popular game show.

The free event hosted by nurse Jeanne Clarke will take place from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Please preregister at the Senior Services desk or by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Feb 06, 2018

Senior Services offers Dining 2 Know

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Dr. Raymond Merrick’s Getting to Know Your Heart presentation during the latest in the Dining 2 Know informational luncheon series on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $1. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 9; call 423-434-6237

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

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Feb 05, 2018

Nature Program presents Snakes of Northeast Tennessee

Snakes! Whether you love them or hate them, there’s a lot we can learn from these amazing animals. Get to know our native snake species from a local herpetologist during an hour long presentation at Memorial Park Community Center (510 Bert St.) on Monday, Feb. 12. This free event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is appropriate for all ages. Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237. For more information, call 423-434-5821.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Senior Services offers free hearing screenings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host free hearing screenings performed by an East Tennessee Hearing Center audiologist for those 50 and older from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.

To attend, please schedule an appointment at the Senior Services Desk or by calling 423-434-6237. Limited spots are available.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Senior Services encourages community to get On the Ball

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to improve balance and strength in a fun atmosphere using a stability ball. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment as availability of exercise mats and stability balls will be limited.

Classes cost $2 and will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays throughout February. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-461-4852

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Jan 30, 2018

Parks and Rec seeks youth soccer officials

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is seeking soccer officials for the 2018 spring season. Those interested must be 16, able to pass a background check, and knowledgeable on soccer rules.

Those interested should apply at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office before Sunday, Feb. 25. There will be a soccer officials meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 14; the season begins April 9.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

Parks and Recreation seeks youth soccer coaches

The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department invites soccer coaches to volunteer for its youth league spring season. Candidates must be over 18, able to pass a background check, well organized, and knowledgeable of the sport. Practices begin March 17 and the 10-game schedule begins April 9. There will be a coaches meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. To apply or for more information, call 423-283-5822.

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

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Jan 30, 2018

February Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. The next meeting is slated for Tuesday, March 13.
For additional information, please contact Development Services at 423-434-6074. 

CONTACT:
Nicole Lawrence, administrative coordinator
Development Services
423-434-6071


CONTACT: Nicole Lawrence, administrative coordinator
Development Services
423-434-6071
CONTACT: Nicole Lawrence, administrative coordinator
Development Services
423-434-6071

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Jan 29, 2018

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair Feb. 8

Job seekers looking for part-time or seasonal work should mark Thursday, Feb. 8 on their calendars. The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Job Fair will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Keystone Community Center, 601 Bert St.

Available positions include: 

• Maintenance – Seasonal maintenance employees will be responsible for, but not limited to: mowing, edging, ball field preparation, limited equipment operation, and event setup. Knowledge of basic work etiquette and manual labor required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license to apply. 

• Programming – Summer youth program assistants will supervise and facilitate activities for children ages 6-16 in a day-camp setting. All applicants must be able to communicate effectively, have general knowledge of recreational activities, and be able to work uninterrupted for seven weeks.

• Lifeguards – Lifeguards conduct safety surveillance of all pools and slides and are also responsible for upkeep of pools and slides including vacuuming, sanitizing, and general janitorial duties. All candidates should be lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross to apply. If a qualified lifeguard applicant is not certified, Parks and Recreation will certify the candidate upon completion of a proficiency swim test. 

• Athletics – Positions available include soccer referees for youth programs, umpires for youth and adult softball, softball scorekeepers and tennis instructors for youth and adult programming. General knowledge of sports rules required. Some training provided.

All applicants must be 16 or older and be able to pass a background check. Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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

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Jan 29, 2018

MPCC offers Sweets and Paint Night

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those between ages 13-17 to attend Sweets and Paint night to create a personalized masterpiece with the help of an artist instructor. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 22 and requires preregistration by Feb. 20. Art supplies are included with the $7 admittance fee and participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

To register, or for more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

Senior Services hosts Love Your Heart Foods

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn about 15 foods essential for optimizing heart health. Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, Food City dietician will lead this free presentation from 11-noon on Monday, Feb. 12.

Register at the Senior Services desk or call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

Senior Services offers Shellem Cline concert

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Christian country music artist Shellem Cline, whose popular hit “Blue Jeans and Biscuits” was named Christian Country Song of the Year in 2017.

The free concert is from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Please reserve a seat by calling 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 26, 2018

JCPD searching for suspects

On 01/26/2018 at approximately 8:12 AM, officers of the Johnson City Police Department were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 2915 W. Market Street, in reference to a shots fired call.  An investigation into the incident revealed that a patron of the business observed a white male acting suspicious while exiting Wal-Mart with several items in a buggy that were not bagged.  The patron approached the suspicious male as he was loading items into a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee and asked to see a receipt for the items.  The male jumped into the suspect vehicle as a passenger and the driver displayed what the patron believed to be a handgun and pointed it in his direction.  The patron, who has a valid handgun carry permit, fired a round from the weapon he was carrying prior to the suspects fleeing the parking lot onto W. Market Street.

A witness to the event followed the suspect vehicle onto McKinley Road off of W. Market Street for a short distance.  The driver of the suspect vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway, exited the vehicle while displaying a handgun, and ordered the witness to quit following him.  The suspects then fled the area.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early-2000’s model gray Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing Tennessee tag 6D1-5Z9.  The middle row passenger side window is covered with plastic.  It was reported stolen out of Bristol, TN on 01/21/18.  At the time of the incident, the vehicle was occupied by two males, one white and one of unknown race, and a white female.  

Officers recovered approximately $1,350 in items left by the suspects that were stolen from Wal-Mart.  No injuries or damage have been reported at this time. 

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.



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Jan 26, 2018

Freedom Hall management firm presentations set for Thursday

On Thursday (Feb. 1), the City of Johnson City will hear presentations from two firms that have submitted proposals to manage Freedom Hall Civic Center. These presentations are set for 9 a.m. and 1:30 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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Jan 26, 2018

Agenda review canceled; workshop set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners agenda review meeting set for Monday (Jan. 29) has been canceled. Also, the Commission will hold a workshop with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

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


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

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Jan 25, 2018

Parks and Rec gets set for 2108 Adult Spring Softball League

Divisions, entry fees and schedules are as follows:

• Men’s open-church ($400/14-game schedule). Women’s open-church ($200/8-game schedule. Co-ed open-church ($300/10-game schedule. A $5 non-resident fee applies.
• Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Participants may play on only one men’s, women’s or co-ed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed consent form from guardian.
• Registration begins Feb. 5 at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. The registration deadline is April 6. Practices begin March 19; games will begin April 23. Coaches meeting is April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Winged Deer Park Athletic Office. All games played at Winged Deer Park.

For information, call 423-434-5822

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

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Jan 25, 2018

New domestic violence support group to launch in February

A new support group will begin meeting next month, offering a confidential setting of healing and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
“The hope is to bring together women who have shared experiences in a safe and supportive environment to let them know they are not alone,” said Victoria Wells, a master’s degree in social work candidate who will lead the group.
The Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center brings awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence, provides one-stop access to services, and helps identify and bring new programs to the community.
“The Family Justice Center serves anyone in our community who has been impacted by domestic violence,” said Director Heather Brack. “While safety is immediate and paramount, it is also crucial to provide a chance to heal emotionally.”
The group will be formed with the support of the East Tennessee State University Department of Social Work, which provides individual and group counseling services through the Family Justice Center. There are few if any no-cost support groups or counseling opportunities for women impacted by domestic violence in Washington County. All services at the Family Justice Center are free.
Individuals who are interested in this new program can contact the Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center at 423-722-3720 or email fjc@johnsoncitytn.org. 

Contact:
Heather Brack, director
Family Justice Center
hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org
423-722-3720
 

Contact Info:
Heather Brack, director
Family Justice Center
hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org
423-722-3720

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Jan 24, 2018

Senior Services offers free neck and shoulder massage

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., offers those 50 and older a chance to relax with a free, 10-minute neck and shoulder massage provided by Jones Chiropractic.

Massages will be provided form 10 a.m.-noon on Monday, Feb. 5. Please schedule an appointment at the Senior Services desk. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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

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Jan 23, 2018

Registration under way for youth soccer program

Registration under way for youth soccer program
Registration is now open for the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer program. Practices will begin the week of March 17; games begin the week of April 9. Five age groups are available for boys and girls between 3-15, and 10 games will be played at least twice weekly. Age groups are 3-5 (coed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15.

Cost is $25 for city residents and $30 for non-city residents. A late registration fee of $20 will be applied after Feb. 26. 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 (including Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25).

For more information, please call 283-5822

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

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Jan 22, 2018

MPCC offers free, friendly shuffleboard competition

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites players of all ages to compete in free shuffleboard events held from 8:30-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 8 to March 8.

This relaxing sport offers an opportunity to socialize in a fun, safe, and friendly competitive environment.

Register upon arrival or call 423-434-5749 for more information.

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

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Jan 19, 2018

MPCC Fitness Expo rescheduled

The Fitness Expo scheduled for Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. this evening has been rescheduled for Thursday (Jan. 25). The Expo will introduce to community members of all ages a free overview of the center’s fitness class offerings from 5-7 p.m.

This event will take place while classes like RIPPED, Zumba, yoga, and SilverSneakers are under way, and attendees should wear tennis shoes and athletic gear in the event they would like to participate. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT: Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial park Community Center
423-434-5758

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Jan 19, 2018

Public invited to learn about new gaming systems at MPCC

The staff at Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invite citizens of all ages to attend eight free sessions of Open Game Room to learn about the new EyePlay and tWall interactive systems and Wii video game console.

Sessions will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February beginning Feb. 1. Please register in person at MPCC prior to each session.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Jan 19, 2018

City UAV program under way

The City of Johnson City announced Friday that its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is ready to take flight. Following a yearlong planning process and development of an internal policy, the City is now set to operate UAVs (commonly called “drones”) for a multitude of uses including project management, public safety, economic development, mapping, and surveying among others.
“The City’s UAV can capture visual images as well as non-visual data such as thermal or infrared so we will be able to tell, for instance, if a City building is losing heat or where a fire might be originating,” added Geospatial Project Manager Link Elmore, one of the City’s two Federal Aviation Administration-certified pilots.
The other pilot, Officer Steve Crow, will assist with the UAV program for the Police Department. Officers will be able to utilize drones in emergency situations such as searching for a missing person or a dangerous fleeing suspect.
“Essentially having another set of eyes in sky to assess places and situations we couldn’t before makes this a groundbreaking tool for us,” Elmore said. “Better data will lead to better decision-making for our citizens, and at the end of the day that’s really what it’s all about.”

CONTACT:
Link Elmore, geospatial project manager
Information Technology
423-434-5783


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Jan 18, 2018

Applications being accepted for Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering three, three-year appointments to the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review. This board, which meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 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 434-6009 for an application to be mailed or faxed. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 12.

For additional information regarding the Board of Dwelling Standards and Review, please contact the Codes Enforcement Division at 423-434-6048.

CONTACT: Sheri Keenan, Administrative Coordinator
Legal
423-434-6009

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Jan 17, 2018

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance adds Sensory Sensitive Hour

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., will host the inaugural Sensory Sensitive Hour for families with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 3 prior to the 2018 My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance.

Sensory Sensitive Hour offers a subdued environment for dancing to low-volume music by a live DJ in a low-light setting from 5-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available along with an opportunity to create a craft keepsake.

Afterward, the Daddy Daughter Dance (open to dads, grandfathers, guardians and daughters) will kick off with increased volume and light intensity between 6-8 p.m. 

Registration for both events is required and is $10 per person through Jan. 26; $20 per person Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (Children 3 and under free). Register online at myjcparks.org or in person at MPCC. Photos will be available and vouchers may be purchased for $15 online or at MPCC prior to the event. Tickets will not be available at the door for either event.
For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 17, 2018

Shades of Refinement headlines February Senior Services Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Shades of Refinement at its Friday Night Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those 50 and older may register at either the Senior Services or Recreation Services desks by Jan. 31. Cost is $5 ($3 for SilverSneakers® members).

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Jan 16, 2018

Senior Services to offer Winter Softball Conditioning

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is offering those 50 and older an opportunity to stay in shape with physical training related to softball. The free class begins Feb. 1, and will take place in the MPCC gym each Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:50 a.m. until temperatures raise enough to move outdoors.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Jan 12, 2018

BOC agenda review canceled; work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will not meet for an agenda review on Monday (Jan. 15).
The Commission will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) to discuss athletic field development with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the Capital Improvements Program. This session will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
The Commission will meet as regularly scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Commission Chambers.

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


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

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Jan 11, 2018

MPCC offers Start Smart Soccer

Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St., invites parents to get the ball rolling with their 3-5 year olds in Start Smart Soccer. This program will cover basic rules and skills of soccer in a fun and safe environment during six sessions held each Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.


Participants should bring their own water bottle and shin guards and a parent or guardian must be present throughout each class. Cost is $25 for City residents and $30 for all others. Register by Jan. 22 at MPCC or online at www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

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

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Jan 11, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

At 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 13), Wesley United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast featuring the Rev. C.C. Mills from Friendship Baptist Church, Greeneville, Tenn. In addition, several community members will be honored: Becky Buchanan, Rev. C.H. Charlton, Faye Rutledge, Mark Sirois and Michele Treece. 

Tickets are available at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., for $15 a person or $120 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. 

On MLK Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15), the following free events will be held at Carver Rec:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., open to all ages. Youth will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and music. Lunch will be provided. This program is provided in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

• NAACP American Red Cross Blood Drive: Noon until 5 p.m. Ages 18+.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Join the Carver staff in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with food and musical entertainment.

In conjunction with the Carver events will be:

• United for Change Unity Walk and Program: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unity walk will begin and end at Greater Love International Church, 130 Garden Drive, with program immediately to follow. Chili will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please call (423)434-2749 or email pastor@thegreaterlove.com for more information.

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

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Jan 10, 2018

Senior Services offers classes on thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to learn more about thyroid and Alzheimer’s disease during two free sessions:

• Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon: Endocrinologist Dr. Deepika Eddy Nallala will speak about what affects the thyroid and treatments available for thyroid hormone imbalances.

• Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-noon: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Regional Director Tracy Kendall Wilson will define dementia and speak about available treatment options for family and loved ones.

Please call 423-434-6237 to register.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

WSS urges residents to protect pipes

During this extended period of extreme cold, it becomes increasingly important to take precautions for protecting water pipes to prevent bursting. The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their homes especially when they are out of town or away from home throughout the day.

• Eliminate drafts – Keep doors and windows in the basement and garage tightly closed. Close off crawl space vents and doors, and seal cracks in basement or crawl space walls.

• Insulate – Insulate pipes in unheated portions of the house such as exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements, cabinets, or any enclosure where air can't circulate. Be alert for damp insulation; water soaked insulation can cause a freeze-up.

• Protect meter – Make sure the meter box cover is not broken, missing, or ajar. These conditions allow freezing cold air to penetrate the box's insulation. Report missing or broken covers to the Water and Sewer Services Department at 423-461-1645.

• Protect outside faucets – Outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected and drained. Any space between faucet and exterior wall should be caulked. Check with your plumber about frost-proof faucets.

• Drain pipes if leaving town – When away from home for extended periods and heat is not left on, turn water off at cutoff and drain the lines.

• Leave faucet running – When temperatures reach low teens, leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one tap. It is important to note, however, that faucets left running may have an adverse effect on septic tanks. Other precautions should be taken.

• Open cabinet doors – If a sink is on an outside wall, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach water pipes.

• Thaw carefully – Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe. Use hot air from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner exhaust, heat tape or light bulb.

• Locate shut-off valve – Don't wait until a water pipe is broken to find the shut-off valve. While the Water and Sewer Services Department is responding to your emergency call, you will be able to minimize your damage by quickly stopping the flow of water. The City's plumbing code requires a shut-off valve. This is usually located inside near where the main water line enters the house. It may also be located in the basement, beneath the floor, in the garage or utility room. Check with your builder or plumber to assist in locating the shut-off valve.

These tips may also be found in a short video on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEAl9sRz01M.

For more information about water pipe maintenance, contact Water and Sewer Services at 423-461-1645.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers tips on how to declutter and downsize

Brookdale Johnson City’s Lisa White will share with those 50 and older ways to declutter and downsize their homes and lives. White will offer free tips from 11 a.m.-noon on Jan. 24.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 423-434-6237. There is no registration deadline.

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

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services offers ETSU basketball outings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer those 50 and up tickets and transportation from MPCC to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two ETSU men’s basketball home games.

• Jan. 20: ETSU vs. Western Carolina. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 13.

• Feb. 3: ETSU vs. Chattanooga. Register/buy ticket by Jan. 27.

The bus leaves MPCC at 3 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. for both games. Participants must use transportation provided by Senior Services.

Cost is $5 per game. Please register in person at MPCC. For more information, call 423-491-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852

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Jan 04, 2018

Senior Services Friday Night Dance to feature Shooter Band

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Shooter Band at its Friday Night Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Jan. 19. Those 50 and older can register for $5 at either the Senior Services or Recreation Services Desk by Jan. 17.

There will be just one Friday Night Dance during January and none in February. The event’s regular schedule will resume in March with dances hosted on the first and third Fridays of each month.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT: Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services
423-434-4852


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Jan 04, 2018

MercyMe concert rescheduled for Nov. 11

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the MercyMe concert originally scheduled to take place on March 1 has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 11, at Freedom Hall Civic Center (1320 Pactolas Road) in Johnson City, Tenn. An opening act for the rescheduled concert will be announced at a later time.

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale now at the Freedom Hall Civic Center box office, online at www.freedomhall-tn.com or by phone at (423) 461-4884. Tickets for the originally scheduled March 1, 2018 show will be honored at the November 11, 2018 concert.

Refunds:
Patrons who cannot attend the newly rescheduled date and wish to receive a refund can contact the Freedom Hall Box office at 423-461-4884. Refunds will only be available until January 18, 2018 and will be given as follows: Tickets purchased by credit/debit card will have a credit issued to that same card and a receipt will be mailed following processing. If for some reason, the card that was used to purchase tickets is no longer active, a check will be sent from the City of Johnson City to the original cardholder. Tickets purchased by cash will receive a check from the City of Johnson City along with a receipt.

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MercyMe closed 2017 on a high note with a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Even If” and for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Lifer, after the wrapping of their successful headlining “Lifer Tour.” Also this year, MercyMe has accumulated three GMA Dove Award wins, including the Artist of the Year title, and their sixth American Music Award (AMA) nomination. Much of the fanfare stems from their most recent No. 1 album, LIFER, which debuted earlier this year, and includes “Even If,” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1 and the movement-infused “Happy Dance.”

The much-anticipated new movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” a true story based on the life of Bart Millard, who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father to cancer, opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.

About MercyMe:
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 28 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC) and “So Long Self.” Their radio success has continued with recent singles “Flawless" (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and "Greater" (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard's 2015 Year End charts. MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. MercyMe’s eighth studio album, Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods, four radio hits, has been certified gold by the RIAA and continues to be a top selling title. LIFER, their latest chart-topping and award-winning album, is available now.

For more information, visit www.mercyme.org and www.freedomhall-tn.com.

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