And the winners are …

The Tomahawk Christmas Gift and Celebrations Give-A-Way Contest winners Clara Smith, left, and Laurie Reece pose with their gift baskets. Photos by Rita Hewett

Filler’ up?

Mountain City resident, Steve Howd keeps an eye on the price while getting gasoline at a local filling station. Howd is just one of many area motorists who have noticed that gas prices in town remained high, while they have seen a considerable drop per gallon in the state, and across the country. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Oh Tannenbaum

Johnson County 4H Chapter with their submission to the Festival of Trees “Best Tree” contest. Ornaments are from their recycled ornament contest that was used to promote recycling
in our area. Photo by Bethany Anderson


Mountain City resident Jose Marcos, 19, finishing up his creation, (left), thanks to plenty of snow courtesy of the 2018 season’s first major snow storm. As the weather cleared, local residents went to work to display their artistic style and flair of building a snowman, or snowwoman. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Snow Angels

With schools closed for the day in Mountain City, McKayla Campbell, 8, Emily Houser, 10, Ryleigh Campbell, 3 and Emma Brown 9, are enjoying the season’s first major snow in the region on Monday. The children did not at all mind the major weather event, which ended with more than 12 inches of snow covering the region. Several inches more fell in some parts of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

A Royal Visit

Cheri Doane speaks to seniors about the importance of senior citizens volunteering during her recent visit at the Johnson County Senior Center. Doane is the current Ms. Senior Tennessee United States. Submitted photo.

Big Spud

“Four year old Zeak Timbs, son of Danny & Chassie Timbs, shows off this 2 lb. 10 ounce potato grown by Gerald & Louise Lawrence.” Submitted photo.

Conference champs

Conference Champs

Johnson County Longhorns running back, Nathan Lane (4) is filled with pride while leading his teammates toward a major 35-12 Region One 3A Championship victory against Unicoi County. Lane found the end zone five times during the game helping Johnson County repeat as conference champions in their derailing of the No.10 Blue Devils. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Imagination Library thanks Chris Mullins

Mullins family

Chris Mullins, owner of Mullins Real Estate and Auction is reading one of this month’s free books to his daughters, Lexi, and Allie. Johnson County Imagination Library would like to thank Mullins, for his participation in the
Hometown Labels program. The program is presently serving 722 pre-K children in Johnson County. Pleasecontact the library at 727-6544 for information on how to sign up for pre-K and to receive a free book each month until age five. Photo Submitted.

Fall is in the air on Main Street

Constance Blankenship

Mountain City Elementary student, Constance Blankenship, 10, of Laurel Bloomery poses with a pumpkin last week after she was enjoying lunch with her mom. The beautiful sunny day was the perfect time to checkout the annual “Scarecrows on Main” displays now going on in downtown Mountain City. Photo by Tamas Mondovics.

Cleaning up

Watauga Lake Cleanup

A young volunteer, Vera Genille, proudly takes part in the 2018 Annual Watauga Lake Clean up. The event organizers would like to thank all 65 volunteers who participated in this year’s event held last month, as parents and grandparents brought their little ones to help the cleanup effort.  The children have learned the valuable lesson of refraining from casually tossing trash out their car windows or leave it behind in a public campsite, while helping to keep Watauga Lake one of the cleanest bodies of water in America.
Photo by Dennis Shekinah

Get your motor runnin’


Mountain City TN resident, John Wayne Jeffries enjoys a photo op, while taking his 1967, Dodge Coronet, 440 for a spin aroundtown. The region boasts of many classic car enthusiasts who make use of local events to show off their prized possessions. Photo By Tamas Mondovics.

First responders on the job

Firemen Laurel Bloomery

Johnson County Emergency Communications director and District 1 Fire Chief, Kevin Colson, left, instructs firefighters as they are entering an Eastridge Lane home last week following a call to dispatch of a structure fire. According to preliminary reports, the fire was electrical that started around the entertainment center in the family room but was quickly attended to by three units from District 1, 2 and Mountain City. Following the initial response, firefighters continued to put out hotspots, mopping up and removing burned and charred materials from the home. Photo By Tamas Mondovics.

Everyone loves a parade

Johnson County senior attendant, Renie Morrow, smiles while she is driven down Main Street during the 2018 Homecoming Parade in Mountain City. The annual parade made its way through town, ending at Paul McEwen Stadium ahead of the JC Longhorns 35-7 football game victory against the West Greene Buffaloes. Please see our complete Homecoming coverage in our “B” section. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

RCE August students of the month

Roan Creek Elementary August Students of the Month Roan Creek elementary students Blake Greene, Vada Clifton, Claira Porter, Kayden Epperly Maria Olmedo, Josie Cox, Lexie Faircloth, proudly present their certificates as the students of the month of August. Not Pictured: Desirea Robinson Aleya Hargett. Photo Submitted.




Doe Elementary leaders of the week

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A group of Doe Elementary School students smile big for a photo after a chance to be in the spotlight as leaders of the week. This year Doe has implemented “Leader in Me”! that selects
leaders from each homeroom and recognizing them throughout the week. Front row (left to right) – Nicole Leigh, Kaleb Walker, Abagail Garland, Danielle Dugger, Jasmine Katsaitis. Back row (left to right) – Jaycee Bunting, Skyelyn Lawley, Daniel Palmer, Parker Lundy, Ryleigh Perry, Gavin Lunceford, Keiana Wastell, Ian Lewis. Photo Submitted

Afternoon delight

Front Cover Photo Officers

Mountain City Police Sgt. Matt Mullins, left, and Assistant Chief of Police Joey Norris pause for some treats last week in Mountain City. Mullins had a sandwich, while Norris enjoyed a banana split during the afternoon break. Photo By Tamas Mondovics.

Double wedding ring quilt

Earning ‘Best of Show’ a Double Wedding Ring quilt hangs proudly at the 2018 Annual Appalachian Fair held earlier this month in Gray, TN. The quilt was pieced by Virginia McAninch, 90, a member of the Mountain City Senior Quilters last year. The Double Wedding Ring quilt is a traditional quilt design with a rich history of romance and love stories to tell but that continues to inspire quilters today. The interlocking rings are a symbol of the marriage – two people joining together to become one story. Historically made by mothers and grandmothers for their children to be given on their wedding day or anniversaries, and treasured for many years to follow.