Summer Reading Program at library for kids

All children are invited to enroll in the library’s six week Summer Reading Program. This summer’s theme is “Build a Better World.” We will explore our world through group games, science and engineering experiments, music and art, physical challenges, costume creation and more.

Members of Gamma Mu with support from the Friends of the Library will offer the following two programs this summer:

Primary Program-Ages 3-6 will meet on Wednesdays at 11:00

June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, & 19.

School Age Program-Ages 6-11 will meet on Fridays at 11:00

June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21.

In addition, Mr. Bond, the Science Guy will be doing a program for all ages on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:30.

Children who join the summer reading program will enjoy books, crafts, games, and refreshments each week. This will keep their minds active and help them enter school in the fall ready to learn and succeed.

You may register your child for the summer program by stopping by or calling the Johnson County Library, 423-727-6544.

Worley Hall VFW Post 6908 meeting June 3rd

Worley Hall VFW Post #6908 and Auxiliary will meet Saturday, June 3 at VFW building, 291 Depot St. A carry-in meal served at 6 p.m. and the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. VFW Post 6908 is an alcohol-free and smoke-free facility. All members are urged to attend and all veterans eligible for VFW and active duty military are invited. For further information, call James D. (Don) Payne, Commander.

Johnson County Arts Council looking forward to arts center

An arts center in Johnson County has been a dream and goal for so many people.  As a result of the dedication, commitment, and generosity of Mountain Electric’s Operation Pocket Change, the Arts Council and our community,  the Johnson County Center for the Arts will soon be a reality. 

Operation Pocket Change presents a check to the Johnson County Arts Council for the Johnson County Center for the Arts. Pictured are Temple Reece, JCAC Treasurer and Sally Snyder of Mountain Electric.

Farmers State Bank has generously worked with the Arts Council to provide a building for the Center, and renovation is ready to begin.
Nancy Garrick, Johnson County Arts Council President, said “this is a long time dream of mine, and I am so excited about the difference it will make to our young people and all of our community.”
“The Operation Pocket Change grant is one of the first contributions and we are so appreciative”, stated Cristy Dunn, artist and Arts Council Vice President. “Art is for everyone and we need the whole community’s support and involvement.”
The hard working, dedicated committee is excited about the Arts Center and can’t wait for its completion. The committee consists of Evelyn Cook, Cristy Dunn, Russell Love, Celia Pennington, Mona Alderson and Temple Reece.

A sneak peak of how the front of the Johnson County Center for the Arts will look.

Dream of arts center in Mountain City is coming true

Johnson County Arts Council President Nancy Garrick signs the lease for the long awaited Johnson County Center for the Arts.

By Paula Walter

For a long time, the concept of an arts center in Johnson County was a dream.  It is about to become a reality as the Johnson County Arts Council is preparing to opens its doors to a new center located in the Heritage Square area of the county, adjacent to Heritage Hall in downtown Mountain City.
A committee was created to develop plans under the guidance of Cristy Dunn, Temple Reece, Nancy Garrick and Evelyn Cook. “We’ve wanted this to happen for a long time,” said Reece.
Farmers State Bank has partnered with the Johnson County Arts Council to provide a site for the new facility.  According to Temple Reece, the plan is to buy the building at the end of a three-year rental agreement.  “They have worked with us very well, “ Reece stated.
The Johnson County Center for the Arts will provide a facility to offer art and music classes, a coffee shop, a performance space, and a gallery where the unique works of local artists and artisan can be sold.  The center offers an opportunity for shoppers to buy local and support the work of Johnson County artists.
According to the Johnson County Center for the Arts website, enrichment opportunities that can be found will be songwriting, storytelling, creative writing, weekly jams, coffee and pastries, pickin’ on the porch, yoga classes, art classes for all ages.   It will be the headquarters for the Long Journey Home.  Johnson County and Appalachian culture wares will be for sell, along with Appalachian books, as well as books written by local authors.  There will be musician workshops and arts classes for adults with disabilities.  The center will offer small concerts, featured artist exhibits, painting parties, displays of student art, offerings for veterans and seniors.  In addition, there will be family paint night, art therapy, film making, arts for preschool ages children during the day, music program similar to JAM for adults and coffee talks.
The Johnson County Center for the Arts mission statement says:  “The Johnson County Center for the Arts is a comprehensive art center serving the residents of Johnson County and surrounding communities and visitors to the area who are seeking authentic Appalachian artwork as well as meaningful events and enrichment experiences. With a primary focus on young artists, the local art community, and Appalachian culture, the objective is to provide a place for artists of varying ages, abilities and interests to flourish by offering a venue to showcase, sell and encourage growth and learning.“
“Our hopes are to have a ribbon cutting at the Carmen Deedy fundraiser on August 29, 2017,” said Reece.  “It’s been a dream and we knew it would happen.  We didn’t know when or where, but we were going to be sure to make it happened.”

Watauga Lake Winery will be holding their 5th annual fundraiser for our Tennessee Fisher House

Watauga Lake Winery will be holding their 5th annual fundraiser for our Tennessee Fisher House on Sunday, May 28th from noon until 4 p.m.  They are located 6952 Big Dry Run Rd, Butler, TN

Our Tennessee Fisher House is located at the Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro.  The house supports the families of members of our armed services, retirees, and veterans by providing shelter and support at no cost to the veteran’s families while their loved one is receiving treatment for an illness, disease or an injury.

The Tennessee Fisher House opened in November of 2013 and has 12 bedroom/bath suites to provide “a home away from home” atmosphere for our veteran’s families.  Our fundraiser will help with the cost of providing this much-needed assistance.

Bratwurst will be grilling and the excitement will begin as we are planning a day of fun, food, and DANCE!!!!  Did someone say DANCE!

You may have heard of “Dancing with the Stars” – well we are doing something a little different – “Dancing FOR the STARS & STRIPES”.  Please consider helping for this very beneficial cause.  Come out and vote ($1.00 per vote) for the couple that dances the best or the worst – it does not matter it is all for fun!  All of the proceeds go the TN Fisher House.

There will be a 50/50 drawing; a silent auction and so much more.  So join us this Memorial Day Sunday, the 28th, as we help to pay back those that have paid so much for all of us.

FFA greenhouse open till mid-June

FFA greenhouse open till mid-June 

The Johnson County FFA High School Greenhouse is open through June 16. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8:10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

We have a wide selection of hanging baskets, flowering and vegetable bedding plants available. Please feel free to stop by and check us out.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

There is an A.A. Meeting held every Monday and Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the JC/MC Community Center in Mountain City. For more information call Chuck at 423-768-0643.

Town accepting funding requests

Town accepting funding requests

The Town of Mountain City has begun the Fiscal Year 2017 / 2018 Budget process that includes the tax rates, projected revenues and operational expenditures which also include depreciation and debt service along with fee schedules.

This notice is to any interested party or organization who may seek funding through the Town’s Fiscal Year 2017 / 2018 Budget. To receive consideration by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, all submittals must be received by City Recorder Sheila Shaw at City Hall on or before May 22, 2017. Please include with the request for funds your financial statement and / or audit copy.

Please understand submitting a request does not guarantee allocation of funds as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will base these requests upon availability of projected revenues and other Town budget needs

Memorial Day ceremony to honor Cpl Worley Hall

Memorial Day ceremony to honor Cpl Worley Hall

Come join us for a day of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at Ralph Stout Park. This year we will honor Johnson County native Cpl. Worley Hall, killed in action in Vietnam 50 years ago. Judge Bliss Hawkins, a Worley Hall classmate, will be the guest speaker. Others scheduled to attend include State Sen. Jon Lundberg, State Rep. Timothy Hill, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter and Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons. Nancy Davis, the Johnson County Middle School group “Vocal Intensity,” and Lindsey DeBord Yoggerst will provide patriotic musical tributes. We will also remember those Johnson County veterans who passed away in the past year with a wreath laying, rifle salute, and the playing of “Taps.” WMCT will provide live coverage for those unable to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at the Community Center.


Heritage Hall news from Mountain City

Heritage Hall news from Mountain City

Saturday, May 20, 7pm. Local favorite Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys will return to the HH stage for his annual homecoming concert. A high- energy blue grass musician, Kody Norris’s roots run deep in Johnson County, and Heritage Halls’ regular patrons have enjoyed watching him grow into a showman, a polished, professional musician and entertainer. Kody has packed the house for the last eleven years, and we have no reason to believe this year will be any different. He and his fiancé Mary Rachel Nalley along with the “boys” deliver an impressive show, and the energy is contagious. Because of sponsors like State Farm Insurance, Heritage Hall provides Johnson County with great shows for good prices.

Friday, Saturday, June 2,3,9,-7pm & June 10- 3pm; JC Community Theatre’s Doublewide, Texas, another Jones, Hope, Wooten hilarious comedy, June 2,3,9,& 10. All the residents of the trailer park are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their “trailer-trash” ways, especially their keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year ’round. But these friends, enemies, and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they—and their way of life—have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by “the big guys.” The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter!

NEXT UP AT HH: Jeff Little Trio, Saturday, June 24, 7pm. Call today for reservations. 423-727-7444

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the area with great shows at good prices. Most evening shows start at 7pm; most tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door, and most youth seats are $5. For tickets, or reservations, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office is normally open on Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm at 126 College Street

HISTORY OF HERITAGE HALL booklet is now on sale for just $5 at the Johnson County Welcome Center. Content goes back to the Twenties when the High School Auditorium was the center of the community and hosted a variety of events, contains several “way back when” pictures. This booklet was written by Evelyn Cook with layout design and editing by Celia Pennington. It makes wonderful gifts for those who graduated from the old high school or for those who have an interest in local history. For more information, call 423-727-1054.

Free senior stretching class

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.

Johnson County historical lectures

Johnson County historical lectures

The Johnson County Historical Society, which is celebrating its 40th year of serving the citizens of our community, is pleased to announce its 2017 Program of Lectures and Special Events. The lectures will be held at the Johnson County Welcome Center (716 S Shady St., Mountain City, Tennessee 37683) on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at 2:00 pm, beginning Sunday, May 21 2017.

The monthly lecture topics have been selected to appeal to both newcomers to the area and those whose family has lived in the county for many generations; to the young and the old; to those with a passion for history, and those who are simply curious about the historical legacy of those who have come before them into this rugged but beautiful section of the southern Appalachian Mountains:

May 21: The Founding Families of Johnson County Tennessee

June 18: The History of Mountain City: Key events, Landmarks, and Historic Buildings

(Details of a walking tour of downtown Mountain City will be announced separately)

July 16: Long Journey Home: The Musical Heritage of Johnson County

August 20: The Historical Society’s Annual Picnic (no lecture – details to be announced separately)

September 18: The Watauga Purchase of 1736: The Origin of today’s Deeds of Trust

October 22: Before the White Man Came: The History of Native Americans in Johnson County

November 19: Tracing Your Family Tree: Genealogical Resources Available in Johnson County

Attendance at these events is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Johnson County school teachers and their students are encouraged to attend. Those interested in joining the Historical Society may do so at any of these events. Annual dues are just $7.00 for singles; $10 for couples.

Comments or questions regarding this program may be referred to Bob Morrison, President, Johnson County Historical Society, through the Welcome Center at (423) 727 5800.

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: .

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

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

JCHS Class of 1958 reunion

JCHS Class of 1958 reunion

The JCHS Class of 1958 Reunion on July 15, 2017 will be held at the Crewette Building at 12:00 noon for a social hour and lunch at 1:00 p.m.  If you would like to attend please send $11.00 per person to Daisy Everett, 310 North Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 or Mary Ann Worley at 1237 Roan Creek Rd. Mountain City, TN  37683.   Also, you are invited to breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on 07-15-17 at Hardee’s your expense.  We hope to see you on July 15, 2017.

JCHS Class of 1955 reunion

JCHS Class of 1955 reunion

The JCHS class of 1955 62nd reunion will be held at Farmers Barbecue and Grill, 424 S Church St. in Mountain City on June 3rd.

We will meet for a social hour beginning at 11:30am and order lunch around 12:30pm. If you have ever been a part of the class of 1955, we would like to hear from you.

For more information, call Nancy @753-6961 or Lydia @739-2042.


Republican Women meeting May 18th

Republican Women meeting May 18th

Republican Women of Johnson County announce our monthly meeting for May 2017. Please come join us for our meeting at the Mountain City Welcome Center on May 18. Our guest speaker will be Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons. Lunch starts at 12:30, $10 per person. Please RSVP by May 16 to or call Jeannie at 423-956-3426. Meeting starts promptly at 1 p.m. All are encouraged to attend. RWJC helping to make Johnson County greater!