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• Jan 7, 2018 at 7:04 PM

Grief support group to meet: The Joshua Tree, a nonprofit grief support group for those who have lost loved ones due to substance abuse, will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. The meetings are held in the fellowship hall of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive. Come to the rear of the building to park. The group is beginning a series of topics, “The Five Stages of Grief plus Three” and will discuss a different aspect of the grieving process each month. Meetings are facilitated by Todd Adams. For information, call 423-747-3484 or visit  www.facebook.com/groups/joshtree.

Genealogy help night set: The Watauga Association of Genealogists will host a genealogy help night in the Tennessee Room at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., Tuesday, Jan 9, at 6:30 p.m. WAGS members will be there to assist you in your search. For additional information, visit the organization’s web site at www.wagsnetn.org.

MercyMe rescheduled for fall: Due to a scheduling conflict, the MercyMe concert originally scheduled to take place on March 1 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at Freedom Hall Civic Center, 1320 Pactolas Road. An opening act for the rescheduled concert will be announced at a later time. Tickets for the original show will be honored at the November concert. Patrons who cannot attend in November and wish to receive a refund can contact the Freedom Hall box office at 423-461-4884. Refunds will only be available until Jan. 18. Call the box office for details. Tickets are on sale now for the November show at the Freedom Hall box office, online at www.freedomhall-tn.com or by phone at 423-461-4884.

Historical association meeting rescheduled: The Watauga Historical Association’s presentation, “If you shake your family tree, watch for the nuts to fall,” set for Thursday, Jan. 4, at Tipton-Haynes State Historical Site, 2620 S. Roan St., has been rescheduled for March 1. 

ETSU to test boiler system Tuesday: East Tennessee State University will test its gas-powered boiler system on Tuesday, Jan. 9, beginning at 7 a.m. The test is scheduled to conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. During the test, steam will be released that may generate a plume as high as 250 feet in the air. The steam vapors are harmless. As the steam is released, a high-pitched whistle sound will be heard. Though the sound is not continuous, it will be repeated several times throughout the test period. Residents in neighborhoods surrounding the campus will likely hear the roaring whistle sounds. This is the first test of the system that has occurred since the new natural gas boilers were installed this past summer. For information, contact ETSU Facilities Management at 423-439-7900.

Send community news to Sheri Walker at [email protected]

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