Congrats to Officer Zeigler!

Congrats to Officer Zeigler! He is one of Jonesborough Police Department’s newest recruits, and was recently honored with the top Academic award and Leadership award at the Regional Law Enforcement Academy.

 

May 2021 Employee of the Month – Skye McFarland

Skye McFarland was named Employee of the Month for May 2021. Skye has gone above and beyond her job description, not just this month, but since March of 2020, when the McKinney Center had to cancel classes and begin re-thinking and creating ways to meet our mission which is to provide educational programming to the community.

Yes, Skye’s job is “outreach” but there is nothing in her current job description about marketing, taking photos and video, editing video, managing social media, or designing graphics and posters.  Skye has gone above and beyond her job description by taking on these duties with excitement and dedication.

When COVID-19 hit in the spring of 2019, many of the fairs and festivals that Skye usually attended were cancelled.  Skye was instrumental in quickly planning new educational programming that met the mission of the McKinney Center.  She helped create hundreds of “take and make” craft kits for Washington County school children who were doing school virtually, each week through the end of the school year.  She helped do the same for many of the movie nights downtown. Skye filmed instructional, “how to” videos for the take and make crafts which were extremely popular with the school kids.

In March of 2020, Ballad Health reached out to the McKinney Center and asked us to help them recruit people who could make masks for their staff.  During that time, PPE was scares for health care professionals and home-made masks needed to meet specific specifications.  Skye was able to help by creating a graphic and sending the request out through our social media platforms.  Our friends at Ballad were very grateful for the assistance.

Before schools closed, Jules was conducting a play program at Jonesborough Middle School.  Although we could not complete the program, Skye was able to publish 14 poems that the students in the program created.  This provided a way for us to celebrate the student’s work and to showcase it to their friends, families, and teachers.  The student poetry posts reached over 1.1K viewers.

Skye developed our online, “Try-It Challenges,” where we challenged individuals to re-create works of art at home.  This provided educational information about specific artists or specific types of art.  Participants would email or message us photos of their artwork.  The artwork was displayed online for a week and would be voted on by viewers.  Winners would receive a gift certificate from a downtown business. This program again, helped provide art education for students at home, and adults!  And, it also helped downtown business and traffic.  Try-It Challenges received over 11K views on Facebook.

Skye has worked to capture art demos and photos throughout the year to again, provide education programming and to also showcase our community artists to help them as well.  We did two online exhibitions with Carol McCreary and Beverly Jenkins. Skye took all the photos for these web-based exhibitions. We also did a hybrid exhibition with the Heritage Alliance with their collection of Historic Quilts.  Individuals could call and schedule their private viewing of the exhibition or watch the exhibition opening video that Skye filmed.  This video has been watched 6.2K times.

The Juried Art exhibition in the fall of 2020, was another hybrid event where people could schedule a private viewing or watch Skye’s opening video.  The Juried Art video was watched 1.3 K times.  These are events where we would normally expect 125 – 200 people to be in attendance and instead we reached thousands.

Skye became our photographer and videographer during 2020,  using her own equipment much of the time. She made our online Story Time video possible each week.  She has helped secure different and diverse book readers each week focusing on different themes including, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, etc.  We have read over 200 books during this program and we have had well over 10,000 viewers since March 2020.

We knew that it would be important to really push fall 2020 classes in order to see good registration numbers.  Skye posts for classes almost every day.  Sometimes she creates social media ads for 2 or 3 classes each day.  We also did a recorded video where I explained all the COVID precautions we would be taking during fall classes to help parents and students feel comfortable coming back to the McKinney Center.  Skye’s video had over 10.5 K views.  Skye also took live video footage during the fall open house reaching 1.3K views.  Our registration numbers for fall classes were great considering COVID numbers were going up at that time in our region.

We could not do in-person student exhibitions at the end of the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters and Skye used her talents to create a video featuring photos of the student’s artwork and classes in way that we could still celebrate our student’s hard work and accomplishments in a safe way. This took a great deal of communication with teachers, and taking almost 150 photographs of student art.  While we can normally fit around 200 friends and family in the auditorium for this event, the fall student video had 1.1K views, reaching more people than we could have ever done in person.   

Skye is also dedicated to making sure our programming is accessible to everyone in the community.  Readers for our StoryTime program are a diverse group of people from many walks of life.  Skye created the Conversations that Matters program which features two individuals from the community each month as they recount their personal experiences and stories.  This is an amazing program focusing on diversity in the community.  This program has reached over 4,000 viewers since its inception.

Skye had to re-envision this year’s MLK Day of Service.  While we are normally out in the community doing a project, we opted to do an online program and food drive for the JAMA food pantry.  Skye received over 700 pounds of food for the pantry, over $300 in monetary donations, and the online program had over 1.6 viewers.  Our July 4th online program was a partnership with the Heritage Alliance and featured actors reciting excerpts of important documents throughout history.  This video reached almost 2,000 people.

The McKinney Center building turned 80 years old last year.  Originally, we hoped to plan a Booker T. Washington alumni reunion but had to cancel these plans due to COVID.  Instead, Skye put together historic photos and excerpts from oral histories that have been gathered from Booker T. alumni and into a video reaching 1.8K viewers.

Due to the inability to really plan, many of the MKC programming last year was spontaneous and online.  While the Marketing Team was always helpful and supportive, it made more sense to have the MKC staff coordinate social media efforts during the height of the pandemic.  Thank goodness Skye had the skills to do this work during the pandemic and while one of the Marketing Team’s critical positions was vacant.   The fact that the MKC had someone focused on social media marketing made a huge impact on the Center’s ability to reach thousands of people during a year where we could not have as many people coming through our doors.  By the spring of 2021 our classes registrations were back up and higher than ever, and our online reach and engagement has grown exponentially.

Keeping community engagement up on social media has been critical during a year of limited visitation and physical events.  We are hearing wonderful comments and feedback regarding all our online programming and we could not have done it without Skye.  Even during a normal year, we could never fit as many people in our building as we have been able to reach online.  As things return to normal the McKinney Center will still maintain many of the online programs that we started in 2020, all thanks to Skye, her creativity and dedication.

Thank you, Skye McFarland! You are appreciated!

Town of Jonesborough Advertising For Proposal

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CONSTRUCTION MANAGER/GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR NEW JONESBOROUGH SCHOOL

Sealed RFP’s for Construction Manager/General Contractor for the New Jonesborough School [RFP # 1-2021], will be received by the Town of Jonesborough, Town Administrator at 123 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659 until 4:00 PM EDT, on July 7, 2021.  RFP’s received after that time will not be considered. A MANDATORY pre-proposal conference is set for June 15, 2021 at 2:00PM EDT at the Jonesborough Visitor Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659.

Work shall include, but not be limited to: This project scope is for site preparation and construction of a 2-story school of approximately 140,000 sf to accommodate up to 1100 PreK – 8th Grade students.

You may download from this page  or call 423-753-1030 to request a proposal package.

The Town of Jonesborough reserves the right to reject any and all RFP’s, to waive informalities, and to accept the response that is judged to be in the best interest of the Town. The Town of Jonesborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The information is divided into two portions and these are large files so they may take a few minutes to download.

If you need any additional information please call 423.753.1030.

 

USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants

Program is to provide loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. More info: HERE

Jonesborough Days Festival – July 3rd & 4th

It is time to celebrate Jonesborough!!  The planning and preparations for our annual Jonesborough Days Festival have begun. We are currently  accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors as well as applications for the Parade: HERE    More festival information coming soon!

Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7 pm.  The meeting will remain open to the public but you are encouraged to take advantage of the live stream.  It is requested for those in attendance to wear a mask, practice social distancing by sitting 6 feet away from one another as well as sanitizing before entering and after exiting the board room. There will be sanitizer stations at the door.

If you need additional information, please call 423.753.1030.

Click HERE to view the Livestream.

May 2021 Employee of the Month – Ron Gillenwater

Ron Gillenwater was named Employee of the Month for May 2021. Ron provides daily maintenance and facility upkeep at the Visitors Center, Garage facilities, downtown restrooms, Gillespie Building and the town gym/recreation building. He is also solely responsible for all set ups and take downs of private and community/committee rentals in the auditorium and community rooms at the Visitors Center as well as set up/clean up of community events that are held at the Visitors Center. With rental set ups, it can require Ron to work on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes working seven days a week and being back at 7am on Monday morning. He is also very familiar with working nights and weekends throughout the year to help out when additional assistance is needed during large town events, such as Jonesborough Days, Chocolate Fest and the National Storytelling Festival.

Over the past year with the COVID pandemic, Ron has worked double time in keeping our essential workers healthy while on the job. During this time, he maintained a schedule of sanitizing shared and public spaces that helped us keep our workforce present and our offices and buildings clean.

Ron is the type of person that will arrive early and stay late in order to ensure that a job has been completed, not just completed but done well. He continually goes above and beyond his job duties and tasks, and always with a smile on his face. He is the first person to jump in and offer assistance when help is needed. Ron always maintains a positive attitude with coworkers and Town of Jonesborough staff at the various facilities in which he provides maintenance. He keeps our facilities in “tip top” shape for staff and visitors. The Visitors Center welcomes many guests to Tennessee’s Oldest Town through their doors and they are always receiving feedback about the cleanliness of the facility and its restrooms. Ron is also great to help out with the maintenance of other town facilities when staff have had to be out, and he does so with no strain to any of his full-time duties.

Ron is a valued member of our team and well-deserving of the honor of Employee of the Month.

Thank you, Ron Gillenwater! You are appreciated!