2019 News Archive

Jan 23, 2019

Parks and Rec offers Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator Day

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a seed swap from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Attendees will swap native, heirloom and veggie seeds. 

Attendees who do not have seeds to swap will find plenty of information jumpstart their gardens. The event will include exhibits – many emphasizing pollinator needs and citizen science opportunities – a guest speaker and children’s activities.

The event is free and open to all ages. 

9 a.m.: Doors open

                       9-9:45 a.m.: Exhibits available for viewing

                       9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Dr. Darrell Moore, ETSU Biological Sciences professor

                       10:15 a.m.-noon: Guests welcome to visit exhibits and swap seeds.

Sponsors/partners include Boone Watershed Partnership, Build It Up TN, ETSU Art & Design Dept., HERBalachia, What’s the Buzz, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Tennessee Smart Yards, Wild Ones, Zoo Knoxville, Carver Peace Gardens, ETSU Biology Department staff and students, Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, Tri-Cities Food Cooperative Interest Group.  

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

CONTACT:    Connie Deegan, nature program coordinator

                       Parks and Recreation

                       423-283-5821


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Jan 22, 2019

Parks and Rec sets Adult Spring Softball League registration, schedule

Adult spring softball leagues are forming. Divisions and associated fees include: men’s open/church ($400/14 games), women’s open/church ($200/eight games), and coed open/church ($300/10 games). A $5 non-resident fee applies.

Registration begins Monday, Feb. 4 and ends Friday, April 5. Please register at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entry fee, completed roster and photo IDs are required when registering. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or coed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed parental consent form. 

Practices begin March 4 and games begin April 22. The coaches meeting is Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletic Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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Jan 22, 2019

Senior Services offering tickets and transportation to ETSU basketball games

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team and take advantage of special pricing on tickets and bus transportation to Freedom Hall Civic Center for two games in February.

The ticket cost is $6 per person per game and includes round-trip transportation from MPCC.

The Bucs will host the Wolford College Terriers on Thursday, Feb. 7. The bus will leave MPCC at 6 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. The game begins at 7 p.m.  Register and buy tickets for this game by Jan. 31.

The Bucs will host the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16. The bus will leave MPCC at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game begins at 4 p.m.  Register and buy tickets for this game by Feb. 9.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

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Jan 18, 2019

Tweetsie Train historic film showing postponed

The Tweetsie Train historic film presentation scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Memorial Park Community Center has been postponed. This event will be rescheduled. 

Train-lovers still have the opportunity to glimpse the colorful past of the Tweetsie rail line, with a tour of the Tweetsie model train exhibit room at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University, Room 108, Campus Center Building. The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

Volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club operate the George L. Carter Railroad Museum’s model railroads. These volunteers also provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading. Also affiliated with the museum are two railroad historical societies: the George L. Carter Chapter National Railway Historical Society and the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad Historical Society.

For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook. Cancelations due to inclement weather will be posted on these sites.

CONTACT:    Chuck Mohler, chairman

                       Sesquicentennial History and Railroad Committee

                       423-833-3912

                       chuckmohler330@gmail.com


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Jan 18, 2019

Section of Pardee Street closed today

Pardee Street from Mary Key Street to Bert Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 18 for sewer line maintenance. Emergency traffic will not be able to pass. 

CONTACT:     Jason Duncan, general supervisor
                       Water and Sewer Services
                       423-483-5985


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Jan 17, 2019

Johnson City receives clean audit report and upgraded credit rating

The City of Johnson City has received results from the annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Results of the audit include the following:

  • For the 18th consecutive year, the City received a “clean” opinion for the FY2018 audit with no significant deficiencies reported by the auditors.
  • The City’s overall net position increased by $29 million.
  • The City’s governmental funds increased by $20 million, due mainly to strong tax collections and principal payments on long-term debt. Business-type activities reported a $9 million increase due mainly to principal payments on long-term debt and positive operational performance by the utility funds.
  • The City’s total outstanding long-term debt decreased by $16 million (7.6 percent) due to principal payments. No new debt was issued during the year.
  • General Fund revenues were $900,000 over projections, and – thanks to lower spending by City departments and healthy growth in taxes and building permits – expenditures came in $2 million below budget. The strong performance resulted in a $1.6 million surplus that was set aside for economic development and the rainy day fund.
  • Total fund balance in the general fund grew from $25.4 to $27 million, $7.4 of which is unassigned, $13.9 million of which is restricted, $2.1 million of which is committed for specific purposes, and $3.6 of which is assigned.
  • Current property taxes continued a pattern of steady growth, experiencing an increase of 2.2 percent, with no property tax rate increase. The City’s property tax rate continues to be the lowest in the Tri-Cities.
  • Local and state sales tax collections experienced growth of 2 percent.
  • The City invested $31 million in capital improvements including the renovation of Freedom Hall Civic Center concessions and restrooms; the completion of the Mountainview Road and Browns Mill Road traffic circle; culverts for stormwater management on Boone and Sevier streets; and the completion of numerous water and sewer line extensions, replacements and upgrades.         
  • 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, 2017. This was the City’s 17th consecutive year receiving the award.
  • Standard & Poor’s upgraded the City’s credit rating from AA- to AA during the fiscal year; the City maintains a Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service and a AA rating from Fitch Ratings.

“Under the guidance and direction of the Board of Commissioners and with the hard work of our dedicated employees, the City of Johnson City remains in a solid financial position,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “This report is a direct reflection of our collective commitment to providing quality services to our citizens in an affordable way while positioning us for the future.” 

CONTACT:    Janet Jennings, director

                       Finance

                       423-434-6033


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Jan 17, 2019

City Commission sets work session with BrightRidge

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session with BrightRidge and to discuss other City business at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 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 16, 2019

Spring youth soccer registration opens Jan. 28

Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth soccer registration will be open from Monday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Feb. 28.

Cost is $25 for Johnson City residents, $30 for non-residents. A $20 late fee will apply beginning March 1. Practices start March 16; games begin April 6.

Age groups are 3-5 (coed), 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. Children are placed according to Johnson City school districts. An average of two games will be played each week (per team) during a 10-week season. Games played at Civitan Park and Winged Deer Park.

Register online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office, 4137 Bristol Highway., Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged as team placement is not guaranteed.

Age cutoff date is Aug. 15, 2018.

For more information, call 423-283-5822.

CONTACT:    Amanda Hollifield, athletics manager

                      Parks and Recreation

                      423-434-5825



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Jan 16, 2019

MPCC seeks certified instructors for yoga, tumbling, and dance classes

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for certified instructors to lead its Mommy and Me yoga, tumbling and dance classes. Classes will be held Monday-Friday. Times will vary according to schedule.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

423-434-5758

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Jan 14, 2019

City Commission sets work session to discuss West Walnut Street Plan

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss the West Walnut Street Plan at 3 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. 

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Jan 11, 2019

Block of East Myrtle closed Monday

The 200 block of East Myrtle Avenue – between Welbourne and Elm streets – will be closed Monday (Jan. 14) between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for sewer line and manhole maintenance. This work will be weather permitting. 

CONTACT: Mike Carver, supervisor
Water and Sewer Services
423-975-2687


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Jan 11, 2019

My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance tickets now on sale

The very popular My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance is coming to Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m., and tickets are now on sale for those who want to get dressed up and dance the night away.

Tickets are $10 per person through Jan. 24, and $20 per person from Jan. 25-Feb. 8. Children under 3 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at myjcparks.org, or in person at MPCC. Tickets purchased online must be picked up before the day of the dance.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is open to dads, grandads, guardians and daughters of all ages who will enjoy an evening of DJ music, refreshments, special guests and door prizes. Photo packages can be purchased for $15 online, or in person the day of the dance. The package includes four to five digital images that will be emailed to you for personal use. 

No tickets will be sold the day of the dance.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Rachel Bowers, program coordinator

                      Memorial Park Community Center

                      423-434-6224


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Jan 11, 2019

MPCC offers interactive Fitness Expo

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will showcase new classes at a free Fitness Expo. Visitors are welcome to bring their tennis shoes and workout gear and join in.

Tours of the facility will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. Some of the classes featured will include: pool aerobics, R.I.P.P.E.D., Pound, WERQ, Bells and Barre, yoga, Zumba and SilverSneakers®.

All ages are welcome. No registration required. Door prizes will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, call 423-434-5749.

CONTACT:    Kelly Finney, center supervisor

Memorial Park Community Center

423-434-5758


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Jan 09, 2019

MPCC hosts Glow Stick Swim

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host special swimming event. The pool will be filled with glow sticks, the lights will be turned down and the music turned up for an evening of fun from 7-8:45 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 11). 

Cost is $2 for age 12 and under; $3 for age 13 and over. All ages are welcome. Parents or guardians must accompany children under 6. No registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-5754.

CONTACT:     Rachel Evans, aquatics supervisor

                        Parks and Recreation

                        423-434-5755

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Jan 08, 2019

Carver’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to include Van Brocklin tribute

The Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road. Former state representative Johnnie Turner will serve as guest speaker. This event will include a special tribute to Ralph Van Brocklin. The Rev. Vincent Dial of Bethel Christian Church and his wife, Mary Dial, will be recognized. Donnie Hamilton and Terry Phillips, who are retiring from Johnson City Transit, will also be recognized. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church; Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.; and Money Services, 1111 N. Roan St. Proceeds will benefit the Carver Youth Historical Committee. Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the event.     
                                                      

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, the following events will be held at Carver Recreation Center: Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Youth will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through stories, crafts and music. Lunch will be provided. The program is free and open to all ages. The program is provided in partnership with ETSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. NAACP Blood Drive: noon-6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: 6-8 p.m. A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with musical entertainment and food. The Rev. Ernest Widby, New Zion Faith Center, will be the guest speaker. In addition, Bill Adams will be inducted into the Carver Wall of Fame for his community service. Retired bus driver Carolyn Brady and retired schoolteachers Thelma Norris and Peggy Crumwell also will be recognized. The program is free and open to all ages. 

For more information, call 423-461-8830. 

CONTACT:    Herb Greenlee, supervisor 

                      Carver Recreation Center

                      423-461-8830 


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Jan 04, 2019

Human Trafficking 101 and Community Night Event

Johnson City, Tenn. —The Johnson City / Washington County Family Justice Center (FJC) is partnering with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT) for the first ever “Human Trafficking 101 and Community Night” event on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5-7 p.m.

Natalie Ivey of CCAHT, will present “Human Trafficking 101”—an in-depth look into human trafficking in the Northeast Tennessee area. The presentation covers the prevalence of human trafficking across the region, as well as how to identify and report suspected cases.

“I’m excited to educate the community at large on this very serious crime, and to help dispel the many common misconceptions the general public holds to be true about human trafficking,” Ivey said.

Kelsey Fish, of the FJC, will discuss the Family Justice Center, the role it serves in the community, and how individuals can get involved. After the presentations, attendees will enjoy refreshments, have the opportunity to ask questions, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, and network with other community members and partners.

The FJC is located at 196 Montgomery St. in Johnson City. Please RSVP by calling 423-722-3720.
About CCAHT
The Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking was founded in 2009 after a severe need for resources and help for human trafficking victims was identified in East Tennessee. The organization serves to build awareness, conduct trainings, engage in successful intervention, and provide adequate aftercare for the victims. CCAHT prides themselves on being client focused, collaborative, and passionate about their cause. For more information, visit ccaht.org.

About FJC
The Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center was founded in 2016 and seeks to provide services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The FJC works with multiple partner agencies throughout the community, and can provide services such as: advocacy, safety planning, orders of protection, civil-legal support, shelter, and counseling. The Family Justice Center prides itself on being a safe location for individuals to ask questions and seek help for themselves or others. For more information, visit the FJC Facebook page or call 423-722-3720.

Contact: Kelsey Fish, Family Justice Center
Phone: 423-722-3720
Email: kfish@johnsoncitytn.org

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Jan 04, 2019

Senior Services sets trip to ETSU basketball game

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to cheer on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers basketball team. The Bucs will host the UNC Greensboro Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Tickets to the game are $6 per person and include round-trip transportation from MPCC. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 4 p.m. Register and purchase tickets at either MPCC desk by Jan. 12.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:   Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                      Senior Services

                      423-461-4852

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Jan 04, 2019

Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band to headline January Friday Night Dance

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will feature Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.

The dance, for individuals 50 and older, will be held at the MPCC gymnasium/dining room. This is the only scheduled dance for the month of January. Cost is $5 per person. SilverSneakers® members can attend for $3. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Lauren Qualls, program coordinator

                        Senior Services

                        423-461-4852

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Jan 04, 2019

Watauga Road traffic detours in effect Jan. 5

A traffic detour for a section of Watauga Road will be in effect 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Work crews from the City of Johnson City’s water and sewer services department will be in the area for a planned sewer line repair.

Details of the closure include:

  • All southbound traffic on Watauga Road will be routed to Mose Street through Charles Street to East Lakeview Drive.
  • Northbound traffic will still be allowed on Watauga Road during the repair.
  • No left turn will be allowed from East Fairview Avenue to Watauga Road.
  • No left turn will be allowed from Watauga Road to Bernie Street.
  • Bernie Street will be closed to all traffic during repair.


CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, engineer       

                        Water & Sewer Services

                        423-975-2629


CONTACT:    Jonathan Lane, engineer       

                        Water & Sewer Services

                        423-975-2629


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Jan 03, 2019

Senior Services offers new chess club

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites players of all ages and skill levels to participate in its new chess club. Join others who enjoy the practice of strategy and persistence in a casual atmosphere each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

No fee or registration is required.

For more information, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    John Harrell, program coordinator

                      Senior Services

                      423-434-6229                   


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