Recent News

Jul 19, 2017

Water Quality Report now available

The City of Johnson City’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available online and outlines the safety of the City’s drinking water. Johnson City’s water consistently surpasses state and federal guidelines with no violations found in contaminant levels.
“We strive to make continuous improvements to the system, and this is the reason why,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The end result is safe, reliable drinking water for our customers.”
The Water Quality Report is issued each year and can be found at http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/wqr.pdf. It comes just a couple months following a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sanitary survey score of 99. Water systems must earn a 95 or higher to be considered approved. Johnson City has received consecutive TDEC approvals for more than 40 years.

Johnson City operates a water system in portions of four counties through a 947-mile pipe network from two water sources. The system includes two treatment plants and 100 water facilities. 

CONTACT:
Tom Witherspoon, director
Water and Sewer Services
(423)434-6062

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Jul 18, 2017

Intersection of Fairview, New to be closed Saturday

The intersection of Fairview Avenue and New Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (July 22) while a sewer manhole replacement takes place.

New Street will be open to local traffic only from Dennis Drive to Fairview Avenue. 

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

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

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Jul 17, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 17

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 457 Pickens Bridge Road (new subdivision) – sewer line installation; lane closures; flaggers present
• West Fairview Avenue (200 block) – water tap installation; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Aspen Drive (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.

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Jul 14, 2017

Asylum Suite to rock Lakeside Concert Series Thursday

East Tennessee-based rock band Asylum Suite – led by vocalist Buddy Capps and guitarist Terry McCoy – will take the stage at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (July 20).
Asylum Suite has been the opening act for numerous rock greats including Quiet Riot, Great White, Cheap Trick, Pat Travers, Foghat, Firehouse, Blue Oyster Cult, and Jackyl. The band – also featuring Mark White on drums and Mark Spivey on bass – performs tunes from their past albums, mixed with covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The remainder of this year’s concert schedule includes:
• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 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 News and Neighbor and 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock. 

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

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Jul 13, 2017

Median construction to cause lane closures on North Roan

Construction of a median on North Roan Street just south of Springbrook Drive will result in lane closures July 19-28, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes when possible.

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


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

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Jul 13, 2017

Smoke testing begins Monday

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 near North State of Franklin Road from Century Lane to South Greenwood Drive including Johnson City Medical Center. Testing will then continue in the areas of:
• West Walnut Street from North State of Franklin Road to LP Auer Road
• West Walnut Street from Helen Court to Mayfield Drive
• West Market Street from North Center Street to Kennedy Street
• Beech Street, Center Street, North Street, Barton Street, Woodlawn Drive, Wesinpar Drive and adjacent streets
• Collins Drive, Lynn Road, Industrial Drive, Leisure Lane
• McKinley Church Road, Clinton Drive
• Spring Valley Subdivision
• McKinley Road from West Walnut Street to McKinley Church Road
• LP Auer Road
• Carter Sells Road from West Walnut Street to McKinley Road
• Embreeville Road and Antioch Road from West Walnut Street to Seminole Drive
• Mayfield Drive
• Signal Drive
• Chatham Drive, Brookhaven Drive, and Windwood Drive
• Westover Hills Subdivision, Midfields Subdivision, Blakemore Circle
• Belmeade Drive and Baron Drive
• Welbourne Area
• Gump Addition
• East Holston Avenue from Roan Street to Earl Street
• East Unaka Avenue from Roan Street to East Fairview Avenue
• East Watauga Avenue from Roan Street to Guy Street
• Watauga Road from East Fairview Avenue to Long Street
• East Fairview Avenue from Watauga Road to North Broadway Street
• North Broadway Street from Peterson Place to East Fairview Avenue
• Oakland Avenue from Llewellyn Wood to East Fairview Avenue
• Country Club Court
• Pine Grove Avenue and Hopson Street
• Steel Street, Smith Street, Guy Street, Roosevelt Street and adjacent streets
• Chamber Drive
• Buffalo Valley Golf Course and Buffalo Ridge Drive

Smoke testing is expected to continue through the end of 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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Jul 12, 2017

MPCC to offer Bikin’ and Baseball

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a Bikin’ and Baseball program on Thursday, Aug. 3 for all ages. The schedule is as follows:
• 5 p.m.: Free bicycle class to cover basic skills, bike maintenance, trail repairs and safety as well as training for beginners and advanced cyclists.
• 6 p.m.: Leisurely ride on the Tweetsie Trail. Distance and participation optional.
• 7 p.m.: Discounted admission to the Johnson City Cardinals game.

Pre-registration not required. For more information, please call (423)434-5749. 

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

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

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Jul 12, 2017

Get Your Play On with free family fun this Saturday at MPCC

Families are invited for a free day of fun this Saturday (July 15) at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. “Get Your Play On: Saturday in the Park” is a celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, and will include the following activities:
• 3-3:30 p.m. – Free Throw Contest (gym)
• 3:30-4 p.m. – 3-Point Shot Contest (gym)
• 4:30 p.m. – Hot Shot Contest (gym)
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Hike Jacob’s Park (bus will leave from MPCC recreation entrance)
• 6 p.m. – Water Balloon Toss
• 6:30 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest
• 6:30 p.m. – Sack Race, Wheelbarrow Race, Egg Race
• 6:45 p.m. – Hoop Dancers Performance
• 7 p.m. – Water Sponge Race
• 7:15 p.m. – Works For Me Demo
• 7:30 p.m. – Obstacle Course
• 7:45 p.m. – Dancer’s Dream Performance
• Dusk – Free movie (E.T.) and popcorn

Other old-fashioned games, cornhole, kickball, badminton, croquet, and inflatables will be on site. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call (423)434-5749. 

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

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Jul 11, 2017

Senior Services to host special veterans Friday Night Dance

Citizens are invited to join Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away to live music. The dance slated for Friday, July 21 will include an “Honor Our U.S. Veterans” tribute. This special dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. Kids Our Age will perform.
Veterans will be admitted free with a military I.D. Cost is $5 for all others; Silver Sneakers® discount available for eligible participants. This program is sponsored by Johnson City Eye Clinic.

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

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

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

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Jul 10, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of July 10

Public Works projects:
• Commerce Street (between Market and Roan streets) – drainage improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• West Mountainview Road (between North Roan Street and Browns Mill Road) – installation of roundabout. Road closed. Homes, businesses accessible via North Roan.

Water/Sewer projects:

• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• 457 Pickens Bridge Road (new subdivision) – sewer line installation
• 951 Suncrest Drive – booster station installation
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Douglas Chapel Road (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Chadwick Road (100 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• East Lakeview Drive (200 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• Chamber Drive and Dennis Drive – tank construction; road closed at construction site

All work is weather permitting.


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