This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of Southwest North Carolina…East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of Southwest North
Carolina...East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

.DAY ONE...Tonight

...Strong to isolated severe thunderstorms are expected this
Afternoon and Evening for the Plateau and Central/Southern
Tennessee Valley...

An area of low pressure will move into the Tennessee valley late
today and tonight. This system will produce scattered to broken
areas of storms as they move northeast across the region. Due to
the strong winds and cold air aloft, some of these thunderstorms
will be capable of producing damaging winds and hail up to quarter
size. The potential of severe storms will be mainly across the
Plateau, and central and southern Tennessee Valley from late
afternoon through the evening hours.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday

...Risk of Severe Thunderstorms across the Plateau and southeast
Tennessee late Thursday...

Another storm system will move across the Tennessee valley
Thursday producing showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms
may become severe across the Plateau and southeast Tennessee by
late afternoon and evening.

Johnson County Democratic Party reorganization convention

Johnson County Democratic Party reorganization convention

The Johnson County Democratic Party’s reorganization meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017, to meet in the Lower Courtroom of the JC Courthouse, 9a.m. – 12p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a meet and greet at 10 and the formal meeting at 10:30.

This meeting will result in newly elected or reelected Democratic Party Officers who will lead the party through 2019. Any active or interested Democrats are welcome to join our fellowship, planning and official business with new and old members alike.

This will be a great opportunity for the Democrats to bring in new members and new ideas as we prepare for the next campaign. County reorganization is an exciting opportunity to convene and discuss fundraisers and plans for 2018.

Johnson County rabies clinic

Johnson County rabies clinic

There will be a rabies clinic in Johnson County the week of May 1 through 6 on the following schedule. $8 fee for cats and dogs.

Trade School on 5-1 at 6 p.m.

Shouns School on 5-1 at 7 p.m.

Laurel Bloomery School on 5-2 at 6:30 p.m.

Doe Valley School on 5-3 at 6 p.m.

Old Butler School on 5-3 at 7 p.m.

Roan Creek School on 5-4 at 6 p.m.

Dry Run Fire Department on 5-4 at 7 p.m.

Shady Valley School on 5-5 at 6:30 p.m.

Mountain City Elementary on 5-6 at 11 a.m.

Community Easter Sunrise Service at Ruritan Park

Community Easter Sunrise Service at Ruritan Park

There will be a community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 7:00 am at the Ruritan Park. Join us for a spiritual message, songs and continental breakfast. Everyone is welcome.

 

RECALL: Battery Chargers for XBOX ONE Video Game Controllers

RECALL: Battery Chargers for XBOX ONE Video Game Controllers

Battery Chargers for XBOX ONE Video Game Controllers Recalled by Performance Designed Products Due to Burn Hazard

Recall date: March 14, 2017
Recall number: 17-109

Recall Summary

Name of product:
Energizer XBOX ONE 2X Smart Chargers

Hazard:

The battery chargers can overheat and damage the XBOX ONE video game controller, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Remedy:

Refund


Consumer Contact:

Performance Designed Products at 800-263-1156 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.pdp.com and click on Safety Recall for more information.

Recall Details

In Conjunction With:

Units:
About 121,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 7,250 were sold in Canada and 2,560 in Mexico)

Description:
This recall involves Energizer XBOX ONE 2X Smart Chargers used to charge XBOX ONE video game controllers. The chargers are black plastic and measure about 3.5 inches long, 5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.  “Energizer” is printed on the charger’s label. Item number 048-052-NA is printed on the bottom of the chargers. The chargers hold up to two XBOX controllers.
Incidents/Injuries:

The company has received 24 reports of the chargers overheating and deforming the charger’s plastic cover, including 6 reports of chargers emitting a burning odor. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery chargers and contact Performance Designed Products to return the chargers for a full refund.

Sold At:

Best Buy, GameStop and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other online retailers from February 2016 through February 2017 for about $40.

Importer(s):

Performance Designed Products LLC, of Burbank, Calif.

Distributor(s):

Performance Designed Products LLC, of Burbank, Calif.

Manufactured In:
China

Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs

Announcement

Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.

Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation, however, and after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:

Product Name UPC Code Best Buy Date
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain
Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet
Food for Adult Dogs 12.5 oz can
840243101153 June 7, 2019 (found
on the bottom of the can)

Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.

No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.  Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or by email at  CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com for more information.

About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is a pet products company that makes natural foods and treats for dogs and cats

Johnson County FFA students help protect watershed

Left to right, Members: Dawson Cress, Taylor Long, Sidney Winters, Gloria McIver, Colton Long, Blake Tester, Rebekah Dugger, Andrew Dugger, Jacob Baker, Alexes Allen, Tayler Kisiah; Advisors: Tracy Dugger, Thomas Boyd, Jerry Agan; Technician: Brian Arnold; not pictured: Dalton Roark, Cheyenne Pugh, Devon Humphrey and Sirrena Wiggins

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 – It’s early on a frosty 28 degree Saturday morning. Most high school students are fast asleep, warm in their beds. For a group of Johnson County FFA Members, their community project means donning coats, warm gloves, boots and grabbing shovels. In cooperation with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Maymead Farm, members planted 1500 trees and shrubs along creek banks in the Neva community. Several species were planted including oaks, maples, and dogwoods. These trees will help control erosion and any runoff from roads and farm land. Agriculture is about protecting the environment for future generations. The work done by Johnson County FFA members will be lasting on the community’s watershed.

Johnson County Farmers’ Market vendor meeting and pot luck

The Johnson County Farmers Market will hold their annual spring vendor meeting and pot luck at the Johnson County Health Department annex conference room at 12 noon on Thursday, April 6th. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours, but, if you are taking your lunch hour, come for whatever part you can. Bring a dish to share and if you can fill out the vendor application to bring with you and read the 2017 updated rules and regulations with the additional information, that will expedite the process. You can find all of that on our website JohnsonCountyFM.org.

This is open to past, present and potential future vendors as well as others in the community interested in the Farmers Market news. We have lots of exciting information to share and look forward to seeing all of you!

 

The Johnson County Farmers market will hold their annual spring vendor meeting and pot luck April 6th at 12 noon.

The Johnson County Farmers market will hold their annual spring vendor meeting and pot luck at the Johnson County Health Department annex conference room at 12 noon on Thursday, April 6th. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours, but, if you are taking your lunch hour, come for whatever part you can. Bring a dish to share and if you can fill out the vendor application to bring with you and read the 2017 updated rules and regulations with the additional information, that will expedite the process. You can find all of that on our website JohnsonCountyFM.org.

This is open to past, present and potential future vendors as well as others in the community interested in the Farmers Market news. We have lots of exciting information to share and look forward to seeing all of you!

Johnson County students perform with Kingsport Symphony in a unique blending of arts

By Wanda Payne

Sunday afternoon, March 12 was a great day to be in Johnson County as Heritage Hall Theatre was truly excited to host Kingsport’s Symphony of the Mountains in a concert for students and their families.
“A Sound Palette”, conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth, was designed to enlighten students to the different “colors” of classical music created by a live, twenty-piece orchestra. The performance also included three visual artists from JCHS, Cristy Dunn and two of her students who demonstrated how the mood of music affects the artist’s rendering. Near the end of the concert, the JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) Band, Mike Taylor director, joined the orchestra in playing Tennessee Waltz, and the musicians accompanied JCMS’s Vocal Intensity, under the direction of Nancy Davis, as they sang Mountain Music.
On Monday morning, the orchestra, along with the JAM Band, Vocal Intensity, and the JCHS artists provided the same experience from Sunday afternoon during two performances for the school system’s fifth and sixth grades, and the Middle School who were bused to Heritage Hall.
This wonderfully educational and enriching experience was made possible by a grant from The Johnson County Community Foundation, sponsorship from Farmers Barbecue and Grill, an enthusiastic group of people from the Symphony of the Mountains who wanted to share their music with our students, and the Heritage Hall team who is devoted to offering live musical and dramatic experiences for the people of Johnson County and their surrounding neighbors.

Johnson County Farmers’ Market hoping for city council approval to move to Ralph Stout Park

The last Farmers’ Market of 2016 offered a variety of canned goods preserved for the winter season.

By Jana Jones

Johnson County Farmers Market Manager

Growth is a good thing, right?  Outgrowing a space is a wonderful dilemma to have.  Our goal at the Johnson County Farmers Market has been to grow in order to better serve our community.  As we grow, we are able offer more local produce, more farm fresh meats, more vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, etc. as well as highlight more of the artisans of our area – be they bakers, crafters, or candle-stick makers.
During our 2016 season we grew from an average of 8 to 10 vendors each week to an average of 15 vendors, with as many as 22 vendors during the height of our season.  We are very grateful to Mayor Potter for allowing us to set up in the courthouse parking lot, but there is no more room for growth within the confines of the parking lot.
In order for the market to continue to grow and be successful, there are 5 essential elements needed for any property we would consider:  visibility, accessibility, plenty of parking, bathroom facilities, and the ability to expand.  Ideally, we would build a permanent covered pavilion so customers can shop out of the rainy weather.  Grant monies allocated for economic growth are available to us for this building project, but we need land to build upon.  We have limited resources and are not able to acquire land of our own, therefore we are dependent on the generosity of the City Council to allow us to use city property.  Ralph Stout Park meets all of the 5 essential requirements and is considered an ideal location for the Johnson County Farmers Market by many community members.
In addition to housing the Farmers Market 3 hours a week, the pavilion we build could serve as a multi-use recreational facility. It would be available at all other times to the community for use as a covered basketball, soccer or volleyball practice area, or to be rented out for weddings, reunions, dances, club events or retirement parties.  This is a vision shared by many who would like to build tourism in our area as well as offer our youth more outlets for healthy physical activity.
If you share this vision and would like to see the proposal for this pavilion go forward into the planning stage, then we need you to speak up!  Let your aldermen know if you wish to see the Johnson County Farmers Market allowed to partner with them in building this multi-use pavilion at Ralph Stout Park.  You can do this by writing to the four City Aldermen at 210 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.  They will be voting on this proposal at the City Council meeting on April 4th.
Your Farmers Market exists primarily to provide locally grown food and serve the health of our residents.  I believe the market could not only succeed in this goal but thrive and contribute to the community gathering atmosphere should we find a home at Ralph Stout Park.  So, please, let your voice be heard.

Butler Ruritan soup contest

Butler Ruritan soup contest

The Butler Ruritan Club will hold a soup contest on Saturday, March 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Will be held at the Butler Ruritan Hall (above the Butler Fire Department) 291 Piercetown Road.  A variety of soups and chili as well as a tossed salad, a dessert and a drink will be served at a cost of $5.00 per person.

The soup contest is open to everyone and the rules are as follows:

(1) Contestants must bring a minimum of four quarts of soup.

(2) The soup must be ready to eat and easily heated in an electric crock-pot.

(3) Entries must arrive at the Ruritan Hall by 4:15 p.m.

(4) An ingredients list must be provided with the entry.

For additional information please call Nioka (Ruritan secretary) at 768-3177.  The first place winner will receive a trophy and a gas card.  Second and third place prizes will be awarded too.  Elected officials and business people will act as judges.

JCHS Class of 1967 reunion

JCHS Class of 1967 reunion

The Johnson County High School class of 1967 is planning their 50th year class reunion on Saturday, June 3, 2017. We are attempting to locate anyone who was in our class anytime during high school, whether or not you graduated in 1967. If you are a classmate or know of one who did not get a preliminary notification postcard, please contact:

Jane Payne Winters, 256 McElyea Rd. Mtn. City, TN 37683; phone: (423) 727-7105; or email: janepwinters@embarqmail.com .

Jerry/ Novella Tester, 556 Noah Snyder Rd. Mtn. City, TN 37683; phone (423) 727-6002; or email: vellam@embarqmail.com .

Janie Bunton Nelson, 2611 Cold Springs Rd. Mtn. City, TN 37683; phone: (423) 727-7589; or email: tjnelson@embarqmail.com .

 

Town public meeting to discuss drainage project

Town public meeting to discuss drainage project

The Town of Mountain City has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the upcoming drainage project in the Homar Subdivision, specifically the Collins Drive and Adams Road areas. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Residents of these areas will be given the opportunity to ask questions concerning the project and discuss the temporary effect the project will have on the areas during construction. Residents of Collins Drive and Adams Road are urged to attend.

Daughters of the American Revolution meeting

Daughters of the American Revolution meeting

An interest meeting for women interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Library.  Members and non-members are invited to attend.

Republican Women meeting March 23

Republican Women meeting March 23

The Johnson County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be held on March 23 at the Panda Garden. Lunch starts at 12:30. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Mike Long, newly elected County GOP First Chairman. Also our president will speak on her trip to the National Spring Convention. Please come join us and bring a friend.

 

Johnson County Democratic Party reorganization convention

Johnson County Democratic Party reorganization convention

The Johnson County Democratic Party’s reorganization meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017, to meet in the Lower Courtroom of the JC Courthouse, 9a.m. – 12p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a meet and greet at 10 and the formal meeting at 10:30.

This meeting will result in newly elected or reelected Democratic Party Officers who will lead the party through 2019. Any active or interested Democrats are welcome to join our fellowship, planning and official business with new and old members alike.

This will be a great opportunity for the Democrats to bring in new members and new ideas as we prepare for the next campaign. County reorganization is an exciting opportunity to convene and discuss fundraisers and plans for 2018.

Adult Education Open House

Johnson County/Mountain City Adult Education Classroom

‘OPEN HOUSE’

Please Join Us on Friday, March 24th 11am-1pm,

372 Cold Springs Road (side entrance of DHS/DCS Building) Mountain City, Tennessee, to Celebrate the Grand Opening of the ALL NEW ‘Adult Education HSE Classrooms’ (formerly known as GED classes).

‘Live Broadcast with Jim Gilley of WMCT Radio’

Stop in and register to win a $100 Visa Gift card- Drawing during Broadcast

Johnson County Adult Education Program

372 Cold Springs Road

Mountain City, Tennessee 37683

(423)460-3330 or toll free (844)637-5697

Weather Alert

Weather Alert
Special Weather Statement issued March 10 at 4:38AM CST until March 12 at 9:00AM CST by NWS Knoxville

…Widespread Snowfall expected Saturday night into Sunday Morning with much colder air anticipated over the weekend into next week… Winter will return this weekend as a weather system brings widespread snowfall to the area Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow accumulations along and north of I-40 and east of I-81 will be in the 2-5 inch range with locally higher amounts above 3500 feet in the east Tennessee mountains. Elsewhere, expect accumulations of about 1-3 inches. The snow will be heavy enough to cause scattered to numerous travel issues across the region late Saturday into early Sunday. Temperatures should warm enough Sunday to alleviate most travel issues by afternoon. In addition, much colder temperatures are expected next week with morning lows in the 20s most mornings with teens possible in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Please stay tuned for further updates over the next couple of days.

First Christian to allow community use of planned Christian Life Center

By Paula Walter

First Christian Church will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 am at 401 West Main Street in Mountain City. This site will be the location of the First Christian Life Center, a new facility that can be utilized not only by the church and its members, but the entire community. First Christian previously purchased the land where Dr. Joe Ray’s home and dental office once stood adjacent to the church.
According to Dwayne Dickson, pastor of First Christian Church, the new building will be approximately 5,000 square feet and will hold one large room with high ceilings, big enough to house a basketball court.  There will be enough space for a large kitchen and classrooms.
The design of the new building is similar to the church, including the same style tower that tops First Christian Church located on Main Street. Dickson added they are hoping to use the facility for organized after school programs for middle school and high school students.  “When Pastor Dickson presented his church plans to construct the life center with me, I was immediately enthusiastic that one of his goals is for it to be a multipurpose facility,” said Mayor Kevin Parsons. “I’m excited for his church and how it seems to fit in to what I want to do toward revitalizing downtown. I can certainly see how the potential new foot traffic could incubate more opportunities for new business on Main Street.”
According to Dickson, the church plans to use local craftsmen to construct the facility and wants to purchase the necessary materials locally.  “We want to use local people as much as possible,” Dickson said. The goal is to have the facility completed by November or December of this year.
In addition to opening the new building up for community events, the facility will be used for Fifth Sunday Services at the church where the entire church gathers at one church service and then shares a meal together. Approximately 300 people will be able to be seated in a banquet setting.
“The building will be a great and beautiful addition to downtown Mountain City, but more importantly, it will be a great asset for the community and God’s kingdom,” Dickson said.” Come help us celebrate what God is doing at First Christian Church and in Johnson County.”
First Christian Churches extends an invitation to all friends of the church to join them in celebration as they break ground on the new center at 401 West Main Street. Music and pulled pork will be available for all to enjoy.