See what the Johnson County Farmers Market has to offer for this Saturday’s market

This Saturday at the Johnson County Farmers Market

Fresh picked strawberries, beets, kohlrabi, snap peas, kale, swiss chard, arugula, spinach, collard & mustard greens, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, asparagus, green onions, and select herbs. We’ll have grass fed beef, pasture raised chicken eggs, home- made jellies, jams, applesauce, fresh baked breads, lemon and chocolate lled croissants, gluten free baking mixes, organic granola and homemade fudge. You will also nd handmade soaps, beautiful hand carved woodwork items, jewelry and many other hand crafted items. This week we will have face painting for the kids!Read any good cereal boxes lately?

Did you know that the back of select varieties of Food City’s Food Club brand cereal boxes have been promoting the use of public libraries?
Johnson County Public Library will have a cereal box campaign to promote awareness of public libraries and what they have to offer.

During the month of June, the Library will accept cereal boxes (any brand) to pay for Library nes.
For each empty cereal box, (no bags please,) the Library will forgive $1.00 in nes.

For each full cereal box, (no bags please,) the Library will for- give $3.00 in nes and donate the cereal to a local food bank


Johnson County 2010-2011 Special Education records to be destroyed

2010-11 Special Education records to be destroyed

Please be advised that the Johnson County Board of Education, Special Education Department, 211 North Church St., Mountain City, TN will be destroying Special Education records for the 2010-2011 school year. Items included are psychologicals, IEPs and assessment data. These records need to be picked up no later than June 17, 2016 if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

Farm Bureau in Johnson County invites you to meet the candidates

Farm Bureau invites you to meet the candidates

The Johnson County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at Heritage Hall on June 21st at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this is to meet the candidates running to replace retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and those running for the Tennessee House of Representatives District 3 Seat and to get their standings on issues related to Johnson County and agriculture.

Any questions that you would like to have considered to be asked of the candidates may be submitted to the Johnson County Farm Bureau of ce or emailed to

Mountain City Council to hold special session June 14th

City Council special session June 14th

The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in a special called session on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. There will be a public hearing and second and nal reading of Ordinance #1496, an ordinance appropriating funds for the operation of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee, to set the property tax rate and the Town of Mountain City’s water and sewer rates and other fees for the scal year 2016/2017. The board will also consider approval of the Town of Mountain City’s Internal Control Policy. The public is welcome to attend. If any additional information is needed, please contact City Recorder Sheila Shaw at 423-727-8005.

Benefit fund-raiser for Venia Stout

Benefit fund-raiser for Miss Venia Stout on June 17, 2016 at the Crewette building from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please come out and help Miss Venia. She has been sick and unable to work. Her medical bills and medications are very expensive and not covered under any medical plans – additionally, she can no longer drive and her expenses are mounting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Breakfast will consist of sausage, eggs, gravy and biscuits and drink. $7 per plate, child $4. Lunch and dinner menu will be one hamburger or two hotdogs with coleslaw, chili, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and drink for $7; child $4.
Yard sale items available. We deliver. For raffle tickets, call 423-361-7131, 727-5900, 268-0044, 957-7672, 297-3694. Sponsored by Nightline, Inc.

Public meeting of the Johnson County Election Commission

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the Johnson County Election Commission

 Notice is hereby given that The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting. Relevant information regarding the meeting is as follows:

Date: June 16, 2016

Time: 12:00 NOON

 Place: Johnson County Election Commission Office

At the time this notice is being prepared, the election commission expects the agenda of its meeting will include the following items pertaining to the August 4, 2016 State Primary and County General:

  1. Approve Poll Workers
  2. Lock Ballot Boxes

New mobile app option feeds love of local foods

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s “Pick Tennessee” mobile app now offers followers an easy way to feed their love of local foods. Users can search for restaurants committed to serving ingredients sourced from the area, and access GPS mapping to the establishments.

This latest mobile app option is a result of the new Pick Tennessee Farm and Restaurant Alliance. Buyers for restaurants often find it difficult to increase local food options on menus. The Farm and Restaurant Alliance is connecting chefs with farmers, increasing choices for customers who want to know that what went into their meal came from nearby. Meeting that demand will also build farm incomes and support the state’s flourishing local foods movement.

Tennessee chefs and restauranteurs who pioneered the state’s prominence in authentic regional cuisine are enthusiastic proponents. Chef Tandy Wilson of Nashville’s City House used produce from one of his favorite Middle Tennessee suppliers, Delvin Farms, to cook for about 150 guests at a Pick Tennessee farm-to-table in dinner in 2014. Wilson was recently named the 2016 James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast. National publication Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized 212 Market Restaurant in Chattanooga as the best farm-to-table restaurant in Tennessee for 2016. The restaurant’s chef, Susan Moses, was on the advisory board to form the alliance.

During development of the alliance, farmer-to-chef workshops were held in several cities across the state. Area farmers and food service professionals came together to meet, hear about each sector’s issues and challenges, and learn to do successful business together. Chefs and farmers who participated took educational materials and workbooks back to kitchens and farms.

Farmers and chefs can go to and click on “About Us” to apply for membership in the alliance.  For a list of member restaurants, download the Pick Tennessee mobile app or visit

MADD Tennessee may lose license plate

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tennessee is in danger of losing a key funding piece that matches funds, enabling MADD TN to offer free victim services. Nationwide, over 10,000 people are killed—and 300,000 people are injured—in drunk driving crashes each year. In 2015, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, TITAN, there were 8,278 impaired driving related crashes resulting in 375 deaths and 5,764 injuries. All of these crashes are 100% preventable.

“Our MADD TN license plates are rolling billboards raising awareness about impaired driving and thousands of dollars to help MADD’s efforts in Tennessee,” noted volunteer Norris Skelley of Cookeville, Tennessee. Norris and his wife, Aline, were two of the chief volunteers that campaigned to get the MADD TN plate that went into production in 1997.

If MADD TN fails to maintain a minimum of 500 plates in circulation by June 30, 2016 the plate will be retired and the organization will lose over $15,000 of annual funding, as well as the awareness that it creates.  Currently, MADD TN needs approximately 70 plates to be purchased.  The MADD plate costs $35, with $30.75 going towards MADD’s efforts to make Tennessee roadways safer.

MADD volunteers are urging concerned citizens across the state to step forward and make a MADD dash to their county clerk’s office to purchase a plate that will support MADD Tennessee’s work to save lives and serve victims.

State Program Director Kate Ritchie said, “I am very thankful to our faithful Tennessee volunteers and supporters, who made the license plate initiative possible and who are now reaching out to their family and friends to keep the MADD TN plate. Their dedication is inspiring. With 95 counties in Tennessee, we would exceed our goal if one person from each county purchased a plate. It’s proof that one person can make a change.”

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads.  Learn more at or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

Historical Society needs recipes

Historical Society needs recipes

The Johnson County Historical Society is beginning work on a new cookbook to be published in the fall of 2016. We are looking for recipes which have not been published in either of the Historical Society’s previous cookbooks. If you have recipes that you would like to contribute (up to three recipes per person), you can drop them off at the Johnson County Welcome Center, mail them to the Historical Society, PO Box 123, Mountain City, TN 37683 or email to janie_gentry@yahoo. com. We would like to have a short history of the origin of the recipe. Was it handed down from someone in your family or did you create it yourself? Please include your name and phone number so we can contact you if we have any questions.

Trade Community Center to hold ‘pig picking’

Trade Community Center ‘pig picking’

The Trade Community Center will hold its 4th annual pig pickin’ event on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Trade Community Center school grounds, 228 Modock Road, Trade, TN. There will be barbecue and bluegrass music from 2 till 8 p.m. with children’s activities. Music will be by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys plus Jack Pro t and the Crossroads Bluegrass Band.

The mill will be open for viewing as we continue restoration and repair towards its reopening. Everyone is welcome, and please join us for a country day of activities and fun. For more information, please contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.

ACTION invites kids to Camp Discovery

ACTION invites kids to Camp DiscoveryLooking for something to entertain your child during the summer? Camp Discovery is the camp to be in! A fun lled week of discovering lots of different things (Healthy bodies, drug education, science experiments, a hike, team building and making good choices and even a eld trip to the Hands On Museum in Johnson City and much more!) Lunch and snacks will be provided. $20 which covers the cost of the eld trip and t-shirt. Ages 5-11 on June 2 July 1, Ages 12-16 on July 4-8. Please contact Denise at 727-0780 if your child is interested!!!!

Community Theatre to present ‘Guacamole Queens’


Community Theatre to present ‘Guacamole Queens’

Johnson County Community Theatre presents the Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy, “The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens.” The Verdeen cousins plan an all class high school reunion. Of course, nothing goes as planned, but earthquakes, explosions and a puppet sure make it interesting! Performed at Heritage Hall on Friday June 3rd at 7pm and Saturday June 4th at 3pm and 7pm. Then again the next weekend June 10 and 11th at 7pm. Note that there is no Sunday show, instead we will have a Saturday matinee the rest weekend. Call 727-7444 for tickets and information.

There will be a free health clinic in Mountain City on Thursday, June 6.

Free Mtn City Health Clinic: Thursday, June 6, 2016, 4:00PM-6:30PM, ETSU Student Center, Kellogg Drive, Mountain City (past the Phoenix Medical Office, next to the old Levi Strauss Building) TN walk-ins only! Services to include: sick walk-ins, cholesterol check, blood glucose, additional blood work if indicated, physicals, sports physicals, school physicals, blood pressure, height and weight, hearing exam, EKG if indicated, Pap smear and women’s health, men’s health and physicals, and lung function screening. For more information, contact Carolyn Sliger (423) 439-6737 This event is brought to you by James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU, third year medical students, physicians and Mountain States Health Alliance.

Taylorsville Masons to meet

The regular stated communication of Taylorsville Lodge #243 will be held at 7:00 PM, Monday, June 6th at the Masonic Lodge on College Street. Members are encouraged to attend.  Visiting Brethren are always welcome.

Big event coming to Doe Mountain this weekend

Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin

East Tennessee ATV and Mountain Trail Rider Association will be hosting free-guided demo days that will feature Can-Am and Polaris.  The event will be held at the Doe Mountain Recreation area in Mountain City, Tennessee on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Country music artist Aaron Tippin will be performing. Ride begins at 12:3 pm to 5:00 pm.  There will be free bluegrass/country band.  Hot dogs will be served.  Mike Penland, National GNCC Champion will be in attendance.For more information, call East Tennessee ATV at 423-542-6109. Visit the following websites for more information:, and or look for more information on Facebook by searching East Tennessee ATV, Doe Mountain Recreation Area, Mountain Trail Riders Association.If you bring your own machine you will need a pass for driver/passenger for the day.  $18.00 driver pass and $3.00 passenger.