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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FOR YOUR INFORMATION...

Tennessee Highway Patrol to hold safety checkpoints

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 9/15-9-21 on the following roads in Johnson County: State Routes 67, 91, 133, 167, and U.S. Highway 421. An additional safety checkpoint will take place during the week of 10/6 on Big Dry Run Road and during the week of 10/11 on U.S. Highway 421.

September is Voter Registration Month

Mike Long of the Johnson County Election Commission would like to remind voters that September is National Voter Registration Month. The Election Commission urges those that are not registered to vote to come in and exercise their right to vote. Currently registered voters are also encouraged to come in and check the accuracy of their voter registration information. For more information visit www.GoVoteTN.com.

Roe staff to hold office hours in Mountain City

Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced he will send staff to hold office hours in Mountain City on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Johnson County Courthouse from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roe’s staff will be available to assist First District constituents.

Library to hold computer classes

The Johnson County Public Library will have computer classes starting September 24, 2013, which will cover a variety of subjects. The classes will meet in the Kathleen S. Mount meeting room on the north end of the library. There is no fee. Class size is limited to 10 people; please call 727-6544 to sign up.

Tues, Sept. 24 & Tues Oct. 1, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Computer Basics, two 2 hr classes. This class is an introduction to computers for beginners who have never used a computer before.

Tues, Oct 15, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Working with files, one 1 hr class. This class will cover creating & saving, opening & closing, uploading & downloading, copying & moving files. Knowledge of basic computer skills is a pre-requisite for this class.

Tues, Oct 29, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Intro to Microsoft Office, one 1.5 hr class. This class will introduce you to Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Publisher. Knowledge of basic computer skills is a prerequisite for this class.

Tues, Nov 5, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Creating Mailing Labels, one 1 hr class. This class will show you how to use Microsoft Word to create labels. Knowledge of basic computer skills & an introduction to Microsoft Word is a pre-requisite for this class.

Tues, Nov 12, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Downloading eBooks, one 1.5 hr class. We will go through the steps to download free electronic books to your computer or other reading device. Knowledge of basic computer skills is a prerequisite for this class.

JCYA to hold auditions for upcoming production

The Johnson County Young Artists will hold auditions for their upcoming holiday performance of “Yes, Virginia – The Musical” on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am-11:00am at Heritage Hall Theater in Mountain City. Any child age 8-12 is welcome to audition.

Local college graduates encouraged to promote Gear Up program

Johnson County Community Members and Businesses, GEAR UP TN (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs in Tennessee) aims to develop long-term, successful partnerships to support students in reaching college and providing them with the resources to succeed in college. We need your participation for supporting the students of Johnson County! To celebrate and promote post-secondary education, Johnson County Middle and High School will be participating in College Application Week. On October 3rd, Johnson County Schools will be participating in a system-wide (K-12) College Day, where students and staff will be wearing college t-shirts. We would love if our community and local businesses would show their support in the students of Johnson County in their post-secondary education success in participating by wearing their Alma Mater! Thank you for your encouragement in the Class of 2014!

Cranberry Festival Yard Sale to be held

The Cranberry Festival Yard Sale will be Saturday, October 12 during the annual Cranberry Festival in Shady Valley. Please call 739-2422 and ask for Kim Tolliver for more information and to reserve your spot.

4-H to hold Horse Judging Clinic and Show

The Johnson County 4-H will be hosting a Horse Clinic & Show on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Chamber Park. The horse clinic will begin at 9:00a.m. and is available to all 4th -12th graders. Students do not have to own a horse to participate in the clinic. The 4-H Horse judging team will be hosting a fundraiser lunch at 12:00 for $5.00 a plate (pizza, chips and drink) take out plates will be available. The annual 4-H Horse Show will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is open for 4th -12th grade students to enter. Show participants must bring their own horse. Join us for some family fun and support your local 4-H.

JCCT to hold auditions

Johnson County Community Theatre will be holding auditions for "It's a Wonderful Life" Friday, September 20 at 7-8pm and Saturday September 21st at 1-2 pm at Heritage Hall. The performance dates are December 4, 5, 6 and 7. You must be able to practice Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays If you are unable to attend these this auditions and are interested in a speaking part please contact Kathy Terrill at 943-6466.

FUND RAISERS...

Levi Retirees to hold country breakfast

On Saturday, September 21, from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., the Levi Retirees will host a fundraising country breakfast with proceeds going to Johnson County Safe Haven. The breakfast will take place at the Rescue Squad Crewette Building and will consist of sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage, eggs, grits, potatoes, homemade jam and jelly, orange juice and coffee. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-12. Carry out will be available.

Johnson County Humane Society to hold rummage sale

Johnson County Humane Society will hold their annual rummage sale on Saturday, September 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. All proceeds raised from the benefit will be matched by the home office of Modern Woodman of America up to $2,500. The money will be donated to Johnson County Humane Society and will be used to provide spay/neuter vouchers for area resident’s pets. If you’d like to donate items to the rummage sale, please do so on Tuesday-Friday, September 17-September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Cruise-In to be held in Damascus

The 8th Annual Veterans Memorial Cruise-In will be held on September 21 with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Food City Shopping Center parking lot, Damascus, Virginia. Come out and enjoy music, door prizes, and food. Your entry fee goes to support the Veterans Memorial of Damascus. For more information call (276) 475-5112 or (423) 384-1886.

First District VFD to hold chicken barbeque dinner

The First District Fire Department will be having their annual Chicken Barbecue Dinner on September 28, 2013. Dinners will be served at the Fire Department from 2-6pm or until they run out. Meals include: 1/2 chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, roll, dessert and a drink for $9.00. Any other donations are appreciated. The department is located at 7176 Hwy 91N in Laurel Bloomery.

Legion and Auxiliary to hold Flea Market

American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary is having an inside Flea Market on October 3, from noon to 6 p.m. and October 4, all day. It will be at the Legion building on North Church Street. Free Coffee all day. Please call 727-6899 for donations.

Doe Elementary to hold Fall Festival

Doe Elementary will be having its Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28. Food, music, games, cakewalks, and a dunking booth will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. An auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will last until every item is sold. Chances will be offered on the following: A Disney mini vacation which includes four (one day) Disney Park Hopper passes and a $50.00 BP/Shell gas card, a Pigeon Forge Pack that includes two adult tickets to Dollywood and a camera, four tickets to a ASU home game, two adult tickets to Country Tonight Theatre and Titanic tickets, and a 39 inch flat screen television. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, and free for children under age two. Come out and join the fun and support Doe Elementary!

JCMS Volleyball team to hold bake sale

The Johnson County Middle School volleyball team will hold a bake sale on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Howard Family Enterprises. Please come out and support the team.

Butler Ruritan to hold yard sale

Butler Ruritan will hold their annual yard sale on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. We will be set up in two locations. All clothing and household items will be at the Ruritan building located at 291 Piercetown Rd., above the fire department and the other location, which has bigger items will be beside of Watauga Lake Real Estate also on Piercetown Rd. The money is used in our community and in the Johnson County areas for different types of needs. If you'd like to donate items to our yard sale, please call 768-3177 to arrange a time to meet at the Ruritan building.

MEETINGS...

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

There is an A.A. Meeting held every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the JC/MC Community Center in Mountain City. For more information call Chuck at 423-768-0643.

County Commission to meet

The Johnson County Commission will meet in regular session September 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be in the Johnson County Courthouse upper courtroom, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City Tennessee.

Election Commission to meet

The Johnson County Election Commission will meet in regular session on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at the Johnson County Election Commission Office, 158 Election Ave., Mountain City, TN.

UETHDA Board of Directors to meet

The annual meeting for the Board of Directors of the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. will be Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Douglass Community Room 301 Louis Street – North Entrance, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Animal Control Committee to meet

The Johnson County Animal Control Committee will meet Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Johnson County Courthouse lower courtroom, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City Tennessee.

DMRA Roads and Trails Committee to meet

The Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Roads & Trails Committee will meet Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Johnson County Courthouse lower courtroom, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City Tennessee.

DMRA Board to meet

The Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Board will meet Tuesday, October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Meeting location will be First Tennessee Development District conference room, 3211 North Roan Street, Johnson City Tennessee.

TAFL movement to meet

The TAFL movement will meet on September 24 at the American Legion Hall in Mountain City beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members will begin “The American Heritage” series by David Barton. All are welcome and there is no charge for attendance. Coffee and finger foods will be available.

Budget Committee to meet

The Budget Committee will meet on September 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 W. Main Street, Mountain City.

Shrine Club to meet

The Johnson County Shrine Club will meet on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge. A member of the Jericho Divan will attend. All Shriners are encouraged to come out a support the club.

REUNIONS...

Dewey School alumni to hold reunion

Alumni of Dewey Elementary School will gather for their reunion Saturday October 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Crewette Building in Mountain City. The meal will be catered by Levi Retirees and the cost is $12.00 per person. Please mail your check to Lois Church Long 156 Butler Lane Mountain City Tennessee 37683 (423) 727-9137.

JCHS Class of 1973 to hold reunion

The JCHS Class of 1973 will hold a class reunion on Saturday, October 5, at 4:00 p.m. at Bill Icenhours’ cabin. A planning meeting will take place on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Teammates Pizza. For more information call Vanessa at 291-1766.

JCHS Class of 1983 to hold reunion

On October 18 at the JCHS Vs. Elizabethton football game, members of the JCHS Class of 1983 and their families are encouraged to sit together on the home side bleachers.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, class members and their families are invited to meet in the lower level of the Welcome Center (parking behind facility). A buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The reunion will continue through the afternoon.

The cost for lunch (meats, sides, desserts, bread, and tea/lemonade) is $15 per person. Payment can be made at or mailed to Johnson County Bank, 241 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 ATTN: Bonnie Reece. The deadline for payment is October 11.

Register for the reunion via email at jc83classreunion@gmail.com or call Mona Roberts at 423-727-9394. Please provide your name, phone number, and number of people in your party.

JCHS Class of 1983 to hold reunion

On October 18 at the JCHS Vs. Elizabethton football game, members of the JCHS Class of 1983 and their families are encouraged to sit together on the home side bleachers.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, class members and their families are invited to meet in the lower level of the Welcome Center (parking behind facility). A buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The reunion will continue through the afternoon.

The cost for lunch (meats, sides, desserts, bread, and tea/lemonade) is $15 per person. Payment can be made at or mailed to Johnson County Bank, 241 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 ATTN: Bonnie Reece. The deadline for payment is October 11.

Register for the reunion via email at jc83classreunion@gmail.com or call Mona Roberts at 423-727-9394. Please provide your name, phone number, and number of people in your party.

Oscar Burrow Family to hold reunion

The Oscar Burrow Family Reunion will be held on September 21, 2013 at 12:00 at Doe Valley Methodist Church Picnic Shelter. In case of rain we will meet in the fellowship hall. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a day of good food and fun connecting with family.

THINGS TO DO...

Free Senior Stretching Class

A free senior stretching class is open to all adults who want to improve their flexibility and balance. The class meets in the fellowship hall at First Christian Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please call Phil Walter with any questions at 727-6130.

Heritage Hall News

Saturday, September 21 - Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little, & Helen White -a fixture at Heritage Hall. They are not only extremely talented and entertaining; they are also so comfortable in this setting that they create a homelike atmosphere. They all grew up in this area of the nation where jamming bluegrass music is a tradition from old store buildings to concert halls. Every show turns into a party where the audience are their guests, and we're all just sittin' around talkin', listen' to good music and amusing stories, and we all like that, sponsored by Farmers State Bank.

Saturday, September 28, Gary Flegal, Magician - An award-winning entertainer whose performances have been called "charismatic, professional, and truly dynamic," "the best we ever had," "a rare find in today's sophisticated world," and "a masterpiece."

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to bring quality performing arts events for affordable pricing to Johnson County and the surrounding area and to provide a nice facility for local schools and organizations to perform. Tickets may be purchased by phone with a credit or debit card and retrieved the night of the performance at the door. For further scheduling information, visit www.heritagehalltheatre.org. For tickets, or reservations, visit the Box Office at 126 College St., Tues. – Fri., 12 – 2, or call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. A staff member will contact you within 48 hours.

Johnson County Hiking Club announces upcoming hikes

The Johnson County Hikers Club is open to everyone. You do not have to be an experienced hiker; beginners and children are welcome. We meet in the Food Lion parking lot on the highway side. We gather at 8:45 a.m. and leave sharply at 9:00 a.m. unless other wise stated. We will carpool to the hike sites. Bring a walking stick, your lunch and water. All hikes are on Saturday unless otherwise noted (*). If you have questions call Carol at 727-5947. For more information and photos see us on Facebook at Johnson County Hikers.

September 21- Today we will hike our very own Doe Mountain, if possible. If it's not open we will hike Bradley Gap in the Roan Mountain area. It's about 5 miles with a moderate uphill grade that lead to some very beautiful views. Both are worth your time so be sure to join us

October 5- We are off to Linville falls today. There are 3 trails there --some more of a challenge than others, but each leads to a different view of the falls and all of them very doable. The total miles will be under 5. This will be a beautiful time to be in these wonderful old woods.