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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.
Silver Sneakers 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.
Senior Center Zumba Fitness Class
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 and Thursdays 3 PM. A four-week session began on Tuesday, February 4. Cost is $3 per class. Come join the fun! For more information, please call the Johnson County Senior Center at 727-8883.
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:
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
T-ball, baseball, and softball Sign-ups
T-ball registration for kids ages 4-12 will be at Cunningham Park located behind the city post office. An age chart is available. Registration will be on February 11,13, 15, 18, 20, and 22. Weekdays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM and weekends from 10 AM to 2 PM. Required materials: birth certificate and 3 proofs of residency. Cost $45 (additional siblings for $25). Baseball and Softball tryouts will be on March 7 (March 14 rain date).
Town of Mountain City seasonal banner project
The Town of Mountain City is in the process of purchasing new seasonal banners for the lamp posts on Main Street. We would like to know if you would be interested in sponsoring a banner in honor or in memory of a local veteran.If there is enough interest, we hope to proceed with the project in time for the banners to be displayed for the Memorial Day Holiday. If you would be interested in sponsoring a banner in honor or in memory of a local veteran, please contact City Hall at 423-727-8005 or come by our office for more information.
FREE Legal Clinic for Seniors; Johnson County Senior Center – Feb. 26
Legal Aid of East Tennessee will be having a FREE Legal Clinic for Seniors at the Johnson County Senior Center on Wednesday, February 26th at 11:00 am. Seniors 60 and older will have an opportunity to meet privately and receive legal advice or receive free preparation of legal documents. Legal Attorneys may provide services about the following: Healthcare, Estate Planning – Wills and Powers of Attorney, Housing Issues, Elder Abuse and Financial Exploration. If you would like more information you can call the Senior Center at (423) 727-8883 or a legal assistant at (866)333-1505.
Sobriety Checkpoint – Mar. 8 and 14
In Partnership with ACTION Coalition, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, and Mountain City Police Department, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on Hwy 421 Mountain City,TN, DURING THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020, AND SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 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!
Friends & Families of Stateline Cemetery the 2020 mowing season is fast approaching. Our cemetery has grown in recent years and with this the cost of maintaining it has grown. If you would like to make a donation to help with the mowing and upkeep, it would be greatly appreciated. Please make all donations payable to: Stateline Cemetery Attn: Clay Wilson 3800 Sugar Creek Rd. Laurel Bloomery, Tn.37680 423-727-6880
Johnson County Humane Society Seeks Donations
The Johnson County Humane Society, Inc. (JCHSI) is pleased to announce its newest animal friendly campaign. MCSNAP or Mountain City Spay Neuter Assistance Program is entirely donor funded and has been established to help Mountain City Animal Control (MCAC) get animals taken in from Johnson County vetted and ready for relocation to a rescue or for adoption. The program pays directly to a vet the cost of the spay/neuter, vaccinations and tests for cats and dogs. Donations made to this wonderful program are tax deductible and 100% of the monies donated goes to this program. For more information please call 423-727-9286. If you wish to donate by check, be sure to put “for MCSNAP” on the note line of your check. Otherwise the donation will go into the JCHSI general fund. Make checks payable to JCHSI and mail to P.O. Box 307, Mountain City, TN, 37683.
Veterans Food Program – Feb. 26
Second Harvest Food Bank will be at the VFW Building at 179 Depot Street in Mountain City, February 26 at 1 PM. To give out free food boxes to Veterans and their families. This is to be a once a month program. This is a Veterans Serving Veteran Program. Please bring your own box or container for your food. For further information, call Don Payne, Commander VFW 6908 423-727-7362 or Second Harvest Food Bank of NE TN 423-279-0430 ext. 239.
4-H Chili Cook Off Fundraiser – Feb. 29
The annual 4-H Chili Cook Off Fundraiser will be held on February 29th, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm. Event will be held at Roan Creek Elementary school. It’s $3.00/person for all the chili you want! We provide a 12oz. drink for cost of admission. Johnson County students prepare pots of chili to compete for chili champion. Guests can come and sample as much chili as they want and vote for their favorite. A dessert auction is at 7:00 p.m. which is used to raise funds for the upcoming year of 4-H projects and events! Call 727-8161 for more information.
Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Feb. 29
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Feb. 29 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.
Souper Leap Day Youth Fundraiser – Feb. 29
There will be a youth fundraiser at Southside Freewill Baptist Church on Saturday, February 29 at 206 S. Church Street in Mountain City. Pay $8 for soup, salad, dessert, and a drink. Options include potato soup, chili, soup beans, taco soup, broccoli and cheese soup, chicken noodle soup, cowboy soup. Eat in or carry out. All proceeds go to Southside’s youth fund.
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.
Jo Co Election Commission special meeting – Mar. 4
The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting on March 4, 2020 at NOON. the Meeting will be held at the Johnson County Election Commission Office, 158 Election Avenue, Mountain City, TN. The election commission expects the agenda of this meeting to include the following items pertaining to the March 3, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary: 1. Compare Votes from Tally Tapes to Tabulated Election Results: 2. Discuss Election Day Procedures. For more information call (423) 727-8592 or email [email protected]
Johnson County Democratic Party meeting – Mar. 5
The Johnson County Democratic Party will hold our monthly meeting on Thursday March 5 at 5:30pm in the meeting room of the Johnson County library. Hope to see you there and thanks for your support.
Jo Co Election Commission special meeting – Mar. 6
The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a special meeting March 6, 2020, at noon. The meeting will be held at the 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 March 3, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary: 1. Count Provisional Ballots. 2. Discuss Election Day Procedures.
Johnson County Democratic Party Presidential Convention – Mar. 7
Mountain City, TN March 7, 2020- The Johnson County Democratic Party will hosts its Presidential Convention at the Johnson County Library to select representation from the county to attend the mDistrict Convention on March 21, 2020. The doors open at Noon, the event is open to all registered voters in the county who are supporters of the Democratic Party, who have voted in March 2020 Presidential Primary, and who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2020 Presidential election. The convention will begin at 1pm when caucuses will be held for the top vote getting presidential candidates in Congressional District 1.
JCHS Class of ’65 Reunion- July 18
Plans are in progress to celebrate our 55 year reunion. We’ll soon email you with details including where to mail checks, deadlines, menu, and cost when it’s up and running. We’ll also have a mailer for those without email Keep watching for more updates.
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
Zumba Fitness Class Johnson County Senior Center
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 in 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 3 p.m. Class instructed by Joey Beth Souder. Cost will be $3 per class. Come join the fun! For more information, please call the Johnson County Senior Center at 727-8883.
Johnson County Senior Center presents ALASKA with Norwegian Cruise Line
The Johnson County Senior Center presents ALASKA with Norwegian Cruise Line on May 15-22, 2021 for 8 days/7 nights. This incredible group discounted trip ranges from 3,000-4,000 per person depending on the Cabin Categories. You can make payments up until December 15th, 2020. A $100.00 trip deposit will be due upon signing. Space is filling up fast. There will be a meeting on Thursday, February 13 at 2:00pm at the Senior Center if anyone is interested. More information will be available at the meeting. A passport is required for the trip and Circuit Court Clerk, Melissa Hollaway and staff will be at the Senior Center at that time to provide passports for anyone interested in the trip. They will take passport photos during that time.as well. You must bring – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or Photo ID card and will need to know your parents full name and date of birth. Passport required for this trip is only the passport card and will cost $30.00 plus photo and execution fee of 45.00. If you wish to purchase Passport Book for out of country travel the price will be more. Checks will need to be made to the Circuit Court Clerk. You can call the Senior Center for more information 423-727-8883.
Heritage Hall Theatre; Jeff Little Trio – Feb. 22
Heritage Hall Theatre from Mountain City, offering affordable, world- class entertainment
Saturday, February 22 at 7pm; Jeff Little Trio. Jeff Little is an award winning musician from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. Jeff has not only been recognized as a critically acclaimed musician but also a true innovator in acoustic music. The Jeff Little Trio, comprised of Steve Lewis, the two-time national banjo champion as well as a multi-award winner at many guitar competitions, and Jeff’s son, Luke Little on mandolin, brings amazing energy and musicianship to the stage.
“On sale” dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be an- nounced on our website, heritagehalltheatre.org. New Box Office days Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM where you can still purchase tickets. Please call 423 727 7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.
Ash Wednesday Services – Feb. 26
Two Ash Wednesday Services will be held at First United Method- ist Church, 128 N. Church St. in Mountain City, on February 26, at Noon and 6 pm. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the first day of the Lenten Season which is the six weeks of penitence leading up to Easter Sunday. It is a solemn and reflective service to which everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 423 727 7554 and leave a message.
Jo Co Center for the Arts; Coffee Talk with Minnie Miller – Feb. 29
Minnie Miller will be the guest speaker at the Johnson County Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 29th at 1:30 p.m. Her topic will be “Handmade Toys of the Appalachian Mountains.” Miller will demonstrate and talk about several handmade toys with colorful names like Whimmy Diddles, Flipper Dingers, fire starters, rattlers, whirly gigs, and cornhusk toys. The toys in Miller’s collection are approximately 50+ years old but represent toys made in the 1800’s and early 1900’s when there were no toy stores and parents and grandparents made toys for their children. Everyone is invited and there is no charge for the presentation.
Halfway Home Sunday Singing at Heritage Hall – Mar. 1
The public is invited to the Halfway Home Sunday Singing at Heritage Hall on Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. The gospel event is sponsored by the Long Journey Home (LJH) Committee, is open seating, and is free to the public. It will feature the following groups: “Nowhere Valley” “The Potter Family” and “Backroads Bluegrass.” LJH received so many requests for gospel music more than once per year that they added a Halfway Home session. If you like good gospel music, don’t miss this event.
Jo Co Center for the Arts; Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild – Mar. 6
Join us Friday, March 6 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m to celebrate new works by the Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild there will be refreshments and live music.
Heritage Hall Theatre; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver–Mar.7
Saturday, March 7 at 7pm; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Doyle Lawson is an American traditional bluegrass and Southern gospel musician. He is best known as a mandolin player, vocalist, producer, and leader of the 6-man group Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Sponsored by: Farmers State Bank • Mountain View Nursery & Landscaping • Redden Realty. Tickets: $25 in advance | $28 at the door | $10 Youth “On sale” dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be announced on our website, heritagehalltheatre.org New Box Office days Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM where you can still purchase tickets. Please call 423 727 7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.
Free Hunter Safety Class – March 9
There will be a free Hunter Safety Class starting on Monday, March 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Johnson County Health Department Annex Building at 715 West Main Street Mountain City, TN. More dates include March 10 and March 12-14. Register online for Event #6686 at www.tn.gov/twra using the Mountain City zip code 37683. Questions? Call Jerry Jordan at 727-7238.