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Nov 17, 2017

Volunteer needed for JC Regional Planning Commission

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will consider one appointment to the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. This vacancy is a mayoral appointment and will fill the remainder of an existing term that expires July 2019.
The Planning Commission 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.

Applicants must live within the Johnson City city limits. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Dec. 15. Applications are kept on file for current year only. For additional information regarding the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission, please contact Nicole Lawrence at 423-434-6071. 

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


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Nov 17, 2017

Public Art Committee to host market Dec. 1-3

The Johnson City Public Art Committee is pleased to announce an inaugural Splash: Fine Art and Craft Showcase Market the first weekend in December at 309 West Main Street in Downtown, Johnson City featuring area fine art and craft makers. Giftable artwork and crafts will be available for purchase with all proceeds supporting the makers. A silent auction of artworks by the participating artists will take place all weekend with proceeds benefitting the Johnson City Public Art Committee.

Dates and times for Splash are December 1st from 12 – 8:30 p.m., December 2nd from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and December 3rd from 12 – 5 p.m.

A public reception will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on Splash contact Nancy Fischman at nancyfischman@gmail.com or Sarah Dorr at sarahjdorr@gmail.com

Johnson City Public Art is non-profit with a mission to establish a public art program with high artistic quality and enduring value. For more information on Johnson City Public Art visit jcpublicart.com.

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Nov 16, 2017

Johnson City Downtown in December Events

The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means Downtown in December is just around the corner. Downtown in December is a series of holiday events in the heart of Downtown Johnson City. The holiday cheer will follow you from event to event, as you participate in family friendly activities, parties, shopping, and more!

The festive winter experience begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1. The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the plaza on Buffalo Street in Downtown Johnson City. Santa will lead the tree lighting ceremony and the Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. The tree is larger this year, making it 30 feet tall. This will make for a great photo opportunity with your family!

The Johnson City Christmas Parade is the following morning, Saturday, December 2, at 11:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is A Storybook Christmas. The parade route begins on the corner of University Parkway at W. Walnut to Buffalo Street, down E. Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ends in the old burley lot at the Corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street. The “Best Float” will be awarded $1,000 to be donated to a non-profit of their choice. Awards will also be given to 2nd and 3rd place winners. To register or find out more information about the parade visit: jcchristmasparade.org.

After the Christmas Parade, head to the Pavilion at Founders Park for Whoville Village from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Pavilion will be thriving with holiday activities for kids including choo-choo train rides, craft stations, photo opportunities with Whoville Village characters, a dance area with a DJ and various other activity stations available. Whoville Village is free and open to the public! Be sure to stroll Downtown after Whoville Village to shop and dine with our local merchants. Storefront windows will be decorated with beautiful holiday scenes.

Throughout the holiday filled weekend visit Holiday Splash Fine Art & Craft Market at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom, located at 315 E. Main Street. The sale will feature arts and crafts made by local and regional artisans. It’s the perfect place to purchase Christmas presents! On December 1, the market is open from 12:00-8:30 p.m., on December 2, the market is open from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and on December 3, the market is open from 12:00- 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Johnson City Public Art.

Information about these events and more can be found on our Downtown Johnson City Facebook Events page or at downtownjc.com.

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Nov 15, 2017

Smoke detector sweep set for Saturday

On Saturday (Nov. 18), Johnson City firefighters and volunteers will assist the State Fire Marshal’s Office in a smoke detector sweep across several neighborhoods including the Tree and President street areas. During these sweeps, smoke detectors will be inspected and/or installed in homes without them. The goal is to reach 500 homes between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

To see sweep areas, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/fire and click on “Smoke Alarm Sweep Map” under “Programs.” For more information, please contact Fire Capt. Jonathan Fulmer at 434-6180. 

CONTACT:
Capt. Jonathan Fulmer
Johnson City Fire Department
423-434-6180


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Nov 14, 2017

Senior Services Friday Night Dance to feature Eddie Skelton Band

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services for a Friday Night Dance. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host The Eddie Skelton Band on Friday (Nov. 17) from 7-10 p.m.
Cost is $5 with a discount for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants. Please pre-register at the Senior Services desk or pay at the door. 

For more information, call 423-434-6237.
 
CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
423-461-4852


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Nov 14, 2017

2017 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: Bill Francisco, Scott Lusk and Jeremy Stevens.

Bill Francisco
Bill Francisco’s advocacy for improving public health, water quality and environmental awareness resulted in the 28-acre Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek. He partnered with numerous public entities to remove tires and trash, build park benches and develop nearly two miles of hiking trails through forested ridges and wetlands within the park.
Further collaboration with state agencies and local businesses resulted in construction of an educational kiosk and boardwalk ramp over the wetlands as well as a bridge over Sinking Creek connecting wetland to woodland hiking trails. He also coordinated fundraising events and co-wrote a state grant which, combined, brought in nearly $87,000 to add infrastructure and an outdoor classroom.
Francisco is the Jacob’s Nature Park’s volunteer project director for Boone Watershed Partnership Inc. He received the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Environmental Education and Outreach and Parks and Recreation’s Friends of Nature Award in 2014 and 2016.

Scott Lusk
Scott Lusk was instrumental in working with Parks and Recreation to name two Johnson City Major Little League ballfields: Arthur Lady Field and Arrowood-Mashburn Field (for Kenny Arrowood and John Mashburn). He was involved in many upgrades and renovations to both facilities.
The lifelong Johnson City resident grew up playing ball in the Parks and Recreation system, and he played in the city’s Major Little League for Coach Arthur Lady’s American Legion team from 1965-1968. The team won the Major Little League championship in 1968. Lusk also was a member of the league’s all-star team that took the runner-up spot in 1968 in the Tennessee Little League Tournament.
In 1997, Lusk joined the Johnson City Major Little League as a coach and a Board of Directors member, on which he served in many capacities, most recently as vice president. In 2005, he received the Arthur Lady Award from the Jonson City Major Little League for outstanding service.

Jeremy Stevens
Jeremy Stevens’ compassion, beliefs and genuineness were manifested in every aspect of his life. He had a mischievous laugh, unmistakable smile, luminous spirit and phenomenal heart.
Stevens was well-known for his dedication to Carver Recreation Center and as being Carver Director Herb Greenlee’s wing man. He followed in Greenlee’s footsteps as he grew up, developing a deep love, passion and respect for sports that remained with him throughout his life. Stevens’ legacy continues to impact those who loved him. He turned every negative into a positive.
He worked closely with the Science Hill High School basketball and football programs and was a dedicated employee of Daniel Boone’s janitorial services in addition to Carver Recreation Center.

CONTACT:
James Ellis, director
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5815



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Nov 14, 2017

MPCC to offer Teens Rock Out!

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites teens ages 12-17 to enjoy a night of fun on Tuesday (Nov. 21) with dinner and music at followed by a bus trip to Holiday Lanes bowling alley.

Cost is $5 per person. Dinner is at 4 p.m.; the bus leaves for the bowling alley at 5 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Parents must sign a waiver for teens younger than 16. Participants should wear or bring socks for bowling. Pre-register in person at MPCC by Monday (Nov. 20). Space is limited. For more information, call 423-434-5749. 

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


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Nov 13, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of Nov. 13

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 Market and Boone street intersections – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Orleans Street (between Broadway Avenue and Legion Street) – Road improvements. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• Med Tech Parkway (between Technology Lane and Hope Well Drive) – curb replacement. Flaggers present. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Locust Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Langston neighborhood – water lateral replacements; lane closures
• East Holston Avenue (1300-1500 blocks) – water tie overs; lane closures
• Sigman Hollow Road, Bluff City (200 block) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Oak Street, South Mountain View Circle, New Street, Hale Street, East 9th Avenue, North Mountain View Circle, Lester Harris Avenue, Shady Lane – water line replacement; lane closures
• Carroll Creek Road (500-700 block) – sewer line installation; lane closures
• 240 Reservoir Drive – tank construction; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Nov 09, 2017

Build Thanksgiving Table Toppers at Carver Rec

Light up your Thanksgiving table through fun arts and crafts activities at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Adults with special needs and children are invited to create distinctive centerpiece table toppers on Friday, Nov. 17. Adults with special needs will meet from 10-11:15 a.m.; children ages 6-11 meet from 4-5:15 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person. Deadline to register in person at Carver Recreation Center or by phone at 423-461-8830 is Wednesday, Nov. 15.

For more information, call 423-461-8830. 

CONTACT:
Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725
CONTACT: Mary Lee Baker, center supervisor
Parks and Recreation
423-434-5725

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Nov 09, 2017

Rotary Park playground to be closed for maintenance

The inclusive playground at Rotary Park, 1001 N. Broadway St., will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 14-15) while maintenance work takes place.

For more information, please call 423-975-2670. 

CONTACT:
John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
434-975-2670

CONTACT: John Grindstaff, park services manager
Parks and Recreation
434-975-2670

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