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Community Announcements 1-22-20

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Earn Your Diploma
Adult Education (GED) Classes Available during the summer! Call (423) 460-3330 or drop by the all-new Johnson County/Mountain City Adult Education Classrooms TODAY- located at 370 Cold Springs Road, at the Department of Human Services Building- side entrance~ We have Day and Night Classes to accommodate our working adults! Some students are able to earn their diplomas’ in less than a month! Classes are FREE and HiSet (GED) Testing is FREE! So call (423) 460-3330.

Pregnancy Center services to the community
The Johnson County Pregnancy Center, located at 917 Crossroads Drive in Mtn. City, is currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated. The center is always in need of gently used small baby clothing up to size 18 months. Any gently used toys or equip­ment for babies and young children are welcome too. New moms also need personal items such as shampoo, soap, cleaning supplies, etc. and always appreciated are diapers and wipes plus all other baby needs. There is a crib program where clients can earn a crib with 10 visits to their doctor. Clients can always get a free pregnancy test and the center offers limited ultrasounds with an appointment. The director of the Johnson County Pregnancy Center is Judith (Kip) Hoekstra and any questions can be directed to her or any of the volunteers during normal hours at 423-727-8600.

SilverSneakers at Johnson County Senior Center
Silver Sneakers is a program encouraging older adults to participate in physical activities that will help them to maintain greater control of their health. SilverSneakers sponsors activities and social events designed to keep those 65 and older healthy while encouraging social interaction. Come and join SilverSneakers at the Johnson County Senior Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. The program is free to everyone.

Senior Center Arthritis Class
The Johnson County Senior Center is the place to be for fun exercise. Sarah Ransom, UT Extension Agent, teaches Arthritis Class every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am at the senior center. There is no fee for the class it’s offered FREE! You will have fun exercising and make new friends as well. Come and see for yourself. It’s always a great day at the Johnson County Senior Center.

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 Senior Center Book Club
Start 2020 off on the right page by joining the Book Club at the Johnson County Senior Center. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 12:30-1:30.
Books for discussion in 2020 include:
February—Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
March—Ballad of Tom Dooley (select your favorite version)
April—Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
May—Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
June—Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B Ross
July—Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgens Clark
August—Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik Ping Zhu
September—Cheaper by the Dozen by Ernestine Gilbreath Carey
October—The Call of the Wild by Jack London (banned book)
November—Mountain Windsong A Novel of the Trail of Tears by Robert J. Conley
December—A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Sobriety Checkpoint- Jan. 19 & 25
In Partnership with ACTION Coalition, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, and Mountain City Police Department, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted at HWY 421 & Davis Glass DURING THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020, AND SATURDAY,  JANUARY 25, 2020.


Acre Field Cemetery
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Acre Field Cemetery for upkeep can make or send donation to Van Neely. If anybody has a veteran buried at Acre Field please let me know so we can put a flag on the grave for Memorial Day. We need to make a list of all veterans buried at Acre Field. Van Neely, 735 Hawkins Rd, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680. 423-727-6025.

Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery
The mowing season is upon us once again. If you have loved ones buried in our cemetery and would like to help with upkeep, donations are much appreci­ated. Please make checks payable to Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery at 909 Swift Hollow Road, Mountain City, TN 37683. Thank you!

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Jan. 18
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1pm at the Trade Community Center, 228 Modock Road, Trade, TN. Competition will be open to anyone shooting 12, 16, 20, and 410 gauges. Stock arms only. No modified chokes allowed. Multiple cash awards will be offered to winners. Refreshments are available. Proceeds go to maintain the Mill and Trade Community Center grounds and other community projects. For more information, please contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.

Veterans serving Veterans Food Program, VFW – Jan. 22
Second Harvest Food Bank will be at the VFW building on Depot Street in Mountain City TN, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. To give out free food boxes to veterans or their families. This will be a once a month program. This is a Veterans serving Veterans Food Program. For further information, call Don Payne, Commander 727-7362 or Second Harvest Food Bank of North East, TN 423-279-0430 ext.239.

Silent Auction to Celebrate Pie Day – Jan. 23
The Johnson County Senior Center will celebrate National Pie Day on Thursday, January 23 with a variety of activities including a Silent Auction of pies made by some of the best bakers in Johnson County. Homemade pies will be displayed and ready for auction on Thursday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. Stop by or call the Senior Center at 727-8883 to place your bid. All money donated through the Silent Auction will benefit the Johnson County Senior Center.


Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meeting held every Monday and Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the JC/MC Community Center in Mountain City. For more information, call Chuck at 423-957-0171..

Forge Creek Community Center meeting – Jan. 26
Forge Creek Community Center will have a monthly meeting this Sunday January 19 at 3:00. All interested community members are invited to attend.

Johnson County Health Council meeting – Jan. 28
On Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Johnson County Health Council will meet in the Johnson County Health Department conference room at the Johnson County Health Department building on 715 w. Main Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37857. Agenda items include: 2021 Community Health Assessment Process with Ms. Jayne Harper and Mr. Corey Paulson. Next meeting date will be Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

Things to Do

Jo. Co. Indoor Farmers Market
The Johnson County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 am-noon, downstairs at the Welcome Center, 716 S. Shady St, Mountain City, TN 37683

March for Life – Jan. 24
The 4th Annual March for Life will be held on Friday, January 24 starting at 5 PM. All participants will meet in front of Johnson County Bank. Please contact Megan McEwen if you have any questions at (423) 213-0040 or [email protected]

Storytelling at Senior Center- Jan. 27
Vikki Woods will be the guest storyteller at the Johnson County Senior Center on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Her story will be “Family” about her grandmother who drove an ambulance during World War I and her grandfather who was a war correspondent. Woods owns a local bed & breakfast and has claimed Johnson County as her home for several years. Storytelling is on the last Monday of the month. If you would like to share a story with the Center, contact Minnie Miller at 727-6993.  Miller says everyone has a story to tell; some are funny and entertaining, some are serious, and some are lessons of history.

New Knitting-Crocheting Circle forming at Johnson County Senior Center – Feb. 3
A new knitting-crocheting circle is forming at the Johnson County Senior Center. “Chicks with Sticks” will meet on Mondays from 10-1:30 a.m. and seniors of all experience levels are invited to attend. You may bring your own yarn or use yarn that is available at the center. Everyone is encour- aged to bring their own knitting needles or crochet hook. The project for February will be lap blankets for Hospice. Please make plans to join Chicks with Sticks for the first meeting on Monday, February 3, at 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Senior Center.

Senior Center Zumba Fitness Class- Feb.4
Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired group aerobic exercise class that incorporates music and easy-to-follow dance moves from around the world to create a one-of-a-kind program that makes exercise fun! The Zumba class the Johnson County Senior Center will be adapted to fit the needs of active senior participants and does not require any special equipment. The activity will consist of low-intensity, cardio-respiratory, aerobic and low-to-no impact activities performed in a standing position. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes with low tread, and bring a water bottle. Class will be held at the Johnson County Senior Center on Tuesdays 9 AM-9:30 AM. A four-week session will begin on Tuesday, February 4. Cost will be $3 per class. Come join the fun! For more information, please call the Johnson County Senior Center at 727-8883.