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Community Announcements 2-5-2020

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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.

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 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.

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

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).

County Courthouse holiday hours – Feb. 17
The Johnson County Courthouse will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day.

County Transfer Station holiday hours – Feb. 17
The Johnson County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day.


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!

Stateline Cemetery
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.

Elvis does Valentines Day – Feb. 14
The Trade Community Center invites you to a Spaghetti Dinner with Elvis and other entertainment on Valentines Day, February 14, from 4 PM to 8 PM. During dinner from 4 PM to 7 PM, there will be live music with an appearance from Elvis from 6 PM to 8 PM. Admission includes dinner and is $6 per person and children under 5 eat free. All proceeds go to the Trade Community Center. For more information call (423) 895-2213.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Feb. 15
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Feb. 15 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.


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.

Johnson County Election Commission Meeting- Feb.6
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: February 6, 2020
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 March 3, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary:

  1. Inspect Early Voting and Election Day Voting Machines

Johnson County Election Commission
58 Election Avenue, P.O. Box 106
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 727-8592
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
E-Mail: [email protected]

Johnson County Beekeepers meeting – Feb 11
The Johnson County Beekeepers will meet Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm in the basement of the Farm Bureau building. If no school due to weather or if weather gets bad during the day, we will not meet.

Johnson County Republican Party meeting – Feb. 13
The Johnson County Republican Party Meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 at 6 pm at the Welcome Center – Lower Level Come and join us! Speaker Matthew J Lewis, Assessor of Property, will explain the taxation process! For more information, contact Karen Weaver, Chairman [email protected] 423 707-5058 *** RSVP appreciated.

County Advocacy Group First Meeting – Feb. 20
The Johnson County Advocacy Group will meet for the first time in the lower level of the Welcome Center on February 20 at 6 PM. This meeting will be a brainstorming session and an opportunity to add members. Speak to John Coolahan or Sylvia Silverburg for more information.



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

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 encouraged 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.

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 win- ning 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, 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.