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Community Announcements 3-11-2020

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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 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:
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

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.

Shady Valley Elementary School Preservation Society
We are pleased to announce our creation and state to the community our purpose. The purpose of this corporation is to engage in maintaining the historic structure and to provide a service to the citizens of Shady Valley. Additionally, this corporation may engage in or transact lawful activities or business permitted under the laws of the United States, the State of Tennessee, or any other state, county, territory or nation. From Articles of Incorporation/2020 The Preservation Society will be made up of a five-member board that will have a responsibility to encourage the use of the facility by the Shady Valley Community. The Board will meet on a regular schedule that will be announced and shared. Our structure also is designed to have what we call “a chair” at the table of each meeting. All interested entities will be invited to have a chair at the table during each meeting. Those interested will also be added to an email list which will be the primary means of correspondence and sharing of information. We invite ideas and recommendations from everyone; this is a daunting task that will require the total effort from our citizens. The board has a strong desire to be inclusive with all who wish to engage with this opportunity and make preservation and usefulness of “The Old Rock School” a continuing success.

Jo. Co. Senior Center Inclement Weather Policy
The Johnson County Senior Center has adopted ani nclement weather policy. From this point forward, the Johnson County Senior Center will be closed and programs and trips will be cancelled when the Johnson County Schools are closed due to inclement weather. Scheduled hours of operation may be modified due to weather. Each situation will be a case by case decision, and we encourage members to use their own judgment and caution.For the most up to date information, call the Johnson County Senior Center at 423-727-8883 and listen to the answering machine which is always up to date with the latest schedule change. You can follow the Johnson County Senior Center on Facebook or tune into WMCT Radio for any schedule changes.

Sobriety Checkpoint – March 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!

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.

Positive Thinkers Soup Bean Supper – Mar. 13
The Positive Thinkers will hold a Soup Bean Supper March 13 from 5 PM — 7 PM at The Crewette Building in Mountain City TN. Dinner includes Soup Beans or Chili Beans, corn bread, slaw, drink and dessert. Hot Dogs are also available for children. $7 adults; $4 for children ages 2-years to 10-years; FREE for children 2 years of age and under. Tickets are available from Positive Thinkers members, at Johnson County Bank or at the door the day of the event.

Trade Community Center Breakfast and Shotgun Shoot – Mar. 14
The Trade Community Center will be having a breakfast and shotgun shoot on Saturday march 14, 2020. Country breakfast of eggs, sausage/ bacon/fried bologna, taters, biscuits and gravy will be served from 7 to 10am. Breakfast is $6 children under S free. Shoot will start at 10 am. Shoot rules – no chokes, open sights, any gauge, open to all ages. Several cash prizes to be won. Proceed go to support the Trade Community center in effort to maintain the center and upgrade the Mill. For more info, contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.

New to You Crafter’s Supply Sale – April 4
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will host a Crafter’s Supply Sale 4 April – 9am – 1pm at the Johnson County Library. Supplies of all types to include fabric, books, patterns, trims, children’s crafts, needle work, decorating and lots more will be available. All funds go to support the Quilt Guild’s various charitable projects like the annual charity quilt and the many hugs quilts donated annually to the Pregnancy Center, Cancer treatment and dialysis treatment patients, and a variety of other local charitable organizations.


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.

Roe holds staff office hours in Johnson Co. – Mar. 11
On Wednesday, March 11th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in MOUNTAIN CITY, TENN – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced he will send staff to hold office hours at the Johnson County Courthouse. Some of the ways that Roe’s district offices can be of assistance:
•Senior Citizens: Social Security and disability
•Students: financial aid, entrance to U.S. Service Academies
•Veterans: VA claims and military service problems
•Small Business: SBA loan applications, technical assistance and interpretation of federal regulations
•Home Buyers: FMHA, FHA, and VA home loan application problems
•Local Governments: disaster assistance, regulation compliance, and federal grant application problems
•Taxpayers: IRS tax problems

Johnson County Historical Society meeting – Mar. 15
The Johnson County Historical Society will meet Sunday, March 15th, at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the Welcome Center. B.C. Stout will be speaking on “Lime Kilns, Tobacco Fields (and other things)”. Have you heard of Lime Kilns? Come and hear BC tell why they were so important to agriculture in Johnson County! He will also be touching on other aspects of early life in Johnson County.

Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter DAR meeting – Mar. 17
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the DAR will meet Tuesday, March 17th at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Library.

Jo. Co. Election Commission special meeting – Mar. 18
The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting at Noon on March 18. 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. Certify the Election 2. Discuss Election Day Procedures.

Johnson County Republican Women meeting – Mar. 19
The Johnson County Republican Women plan to meet March 19th at the Johnson County Library at 12:30 pm for lunch and the meeting will begin at 1 pm. Lunch orders need to be placed by Tues. the March 17th, at noon. We hope the meeting can go as planned, however weather could be a factor, as well as National events. We do have several seniors who have health issues myself included. If the experts advise that those folks stay in,we will cancel. Praying for good health for all.and that this crisis passes soon.

Legion & Auxiliary Meeting – Mar. 19
American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, March 19 at the Legion Post at 318 N. Church Street for a potluck supper beginning at 6pm. Short business meetings will follow. For those who have not renewed their membership for 2020, dues must be received by the Adjutant not later than April 1 in order to receive pre-printed cards for the 2021 membership year. If schools are closed due to inclement weather or an illness outbreak, the meeting will be cancelled. For more information call 727-5935 or 727-6372.merican Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, March 19 at the Legion Post at 318 N. Church Street for a potluck supper beginning at 6pm. Short business meetings will follow. For those who have not renewed their membership for 2020, dues must be received by the Adjutant not later than April 1 in order to receive pre-printed cards for the 2021 membership year. If schools are closed due to inclement weather or an illness outbreak, the meeting will be cancelled. For more information call 727-5935 or 727-6372.

Johnson County Commissioners meeting – Mar. 19
The Johnson County Commissioners meeting will be Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm at the Johnson County Courthouse upper courtroom. The budget committee will meet prior to the commission meeting at 6 pm in the lower courtroom.

Quilt Guild Meeting – Mar. 21
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will meet Sat., Mar 21st at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church. Anyone interested in quilting and sewing is welcome to attend – beginners and experts alike. We will begin sewing on our 2021 Charity Quilt. There is work for everyone! Visit our TN Sunrise Quilt Guild Facebook page for more information on Guild activities.


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.

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 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 – Mar. 11 & Mar 17
Wednesday, March 11, 7pm; Barter Players present “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, classic tale of mystery and intrigue by Washington Irving, a treat for entire family; all seats $5, sponsored by Johnson County Community Foundation, H&R Block, Dr. & Mrs. Donald Tarr.Saturday, March 17, 7pm; “A Down Home Evening” with Steve Dunfee, the 2019 Artist of the Year (Folk | Americana | Bluegrass) at the Josie Music Awards, and the 2017 Indie Artist Magazines Coalition Songwriter of the Year. Steve is an independent artist who blends traditional country, folk, classic soft rock, and a hint of bluegrass into his songwriting and performances. Adv $10//Door$12. Sponsor: WMCT Radio, 102.9 FM/1390 AM.“On sale” dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be announced on our website, 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.

Rainbow Mennonite Church Revival – Mar. 22-27
The annual Rainbow Mennonite Church Spring revival will be held March 22- 27. And March 28. Services will be at 7:00 each night. Preachers will be: Sunday Rev Frank Woods. Monday Rev Greg Poe. Tuesday Rev Homer Vanover. Wednesday Rev Shannon Courtner. Thursday Rev John Hammett. Friday Rev Tony Potter. Sunday (29th). Rev Berry Dunn. Rainbow Mennonite Church wants to invite everyone to join them each night to hear God’s word preach and draw closer To Him. Call 727-6230 for more info.

15th annual Johnson County Community Foundation Talent Show – Apr. 3
The Johnson County Community Foundation will hold its annual Johnson County Talent Show, 7 PM, Friday, April 3rd, at Heritage Hall. Tickets cost $8.00 and can be purchased at the Heritage Hall Box Office or on line at their website at