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Community Announcements 6-17-2020

Special Notices

Johnson County Schools asks for Back to School feedback- June 19
Attention Johnson County parents, please take a few moments to complete a back to school survey for us. Johnson County Schools will use the results to assist in planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The survey will be available until Friday, June 19th at 3:00p.m. The Google Docs survey is available through the Johnson County Tennessee Department of Education Facebook page and at

ATTENTION PARENTS of Future Head Start, Pre K and Kindergarten Students
Due to recent events and closures we have decided to do our registration process different this year. We will be mailing out parts of our registration packet with information to be filled out by the legal parent/guardian and returned to us in a self-addressed stamped envelope. If your child is currently enrolled in our Head Start/Pre K program you will NOT need to do this because they are currently registered for next year.

If you have a child turning 5 on or before August 15, 2020 your child will need to register for Kindergarten.

If you have a child turning 4 on or before August 15, 2020 you can register for Pre K.

If you have a child turning 3 on or before August 15, 2020 you can register for Head Start.

To receive the paperwork please call (423) 727-2640 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Please provide the following information when calling or emailing in:

  • Parent’s name
  • Child’s name
  • Phone number
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Address
  • School your child will attend

Public Library – Curbside Service
Johnson County Public Library’s curbside service is available at the front door from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Call 727-6544 if you wish to return or checkout items, or have small documents to copy or fax. You must wait outside while we take care of these things for you. The outside book drop will still be available for returning BOOKS ONLY. No fines will be charged during this time.

For Your Information

JCCF Talent Show Canceled
Due to Covid 19 and the social distancing guidelines, the JCCF annual talent show at Heritage Hall, on June 12, has been Canceled. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

St. Anthony Catholic Church Food Pantry open
St. Anthony Catholic Church Food Pantry is open regular hours. Groceries will be placed into cars. For more information please call (423) 440-4159.

Johnson County Recycling Center Closed
The Johnson County Recycling Center at 222 Barlow Way is closed.
(The Johnson County Transfer Station, 378 Industrial Park Rd, remains open, except for designated dates.)

Johnson County Transfer Station
The Johnson County Transfer Station is operating on regular business hours as well as Johnson County Government offices.

Jo Co/Mountain City Community Center – Closed
The Johnson County/Mountain City Community Center will remain closed to the public until further notice.  We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.

JC Schools applying for the Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) Grant
Johnson County Schools is currently applying for the Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) Grant.  This application is due to the state on June 19, 2020.  Our application is available for public comment and review.  If you would like to review our application, please contact Angie Wills at [email protected] or 423-727-2640.

Raising Funds

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.

American Legion & Auxiliary Meetings Canceled
Due to the coronavirus outbreak American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary meetings are canceled until further notice. Our Post Home remains closed to all other activities. The Auxiliary yard sale will be held at a later date to be determined. For more information call 727-5935 or 727-6372.ons.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot – June 20
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday June 20th, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Trade Community Center, 228 Modock Road, Trade, Tennessee.  Competition will be open to anyone shooting stock guns (no modified chokes) 12, 16, 20, and 410 gauges.  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.

Acre Field Cemetery Workday- June 20
There will be a workday at Acre Field Cemetery in Laurel Bloomery, TN on June 13 at 8am. Rain date June 20. All help would be appreciated. Lunch will be provided.

Veterans Food Program – June 24
Veterans Food Program June 24,2020 Second Harvest Food Bank will be at the VFW Building at 179 Depot Street in Mountain City,June 24,2020 at 1:00 P.M. 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 Veterans Program. Remember six feet distancing in line for your food. For further information, call Don Payne, Commander VFW 6908 727-7362 or Second Harvest Food Bank of NE TN 423-279-0430 ext 239.

Doggy “Do” and SNAP Fundraiser –July 4
Come to the Johnson County Farmers Market located at Ralph Stout Park, Mountain City on Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to Noon to support two great causes; Rescue Dog and End of Life Sanctuary animal shelter and SNAP, which is a food assistance program to help those with low or no-income. The Doggy “Do” and SNAP fundraiser will host an Art Sale by local artists, raffle basket drawing, dog walk and a 10:30 a.m. performance by Jan Standish and her dancing dog, Gracie. Social distancing and masks are encouraged.


American Legion & Auxiliary Meetings Canceled
Due to the coronavirus outbreak American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary meetings are canceled until further notice. Our Post Home remains closed to all other activities. The Auxiliary yard sale will be held at a later date to be determined. For more information call 727-5935 or 727-6372.

The 2020 Lincoln Day Dinner Canceled
Due to the COVID-19 social distancing we do not have a venue/location to support our Lincoln Day Dinner. With regrets, there is no alternative but to cancel our 2020 Lincoln Day Dinner. For those who have purchased dinner tickets and/or advertising, I will be giving you all a call to offer a refund or if you wish to donate what you have already paid to our Johnson County Republican Party. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Karen Weaver, Chairman Johnson Co. Republican Party 423-707-5058 [email protected]

Johnson County Commission meeting – June 18
Johnson County Commission will meet Thursday, June 18 at 7 P.M. The meeting will be held in the upper courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN. The budget committee will not meet this month.

Doe Mountain Recreation Area Concessions Committee meeting – June 22
There will be a Concessions Committee meeting for Doe Mountain Recreation Area on June 22. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm at Doe Mountain Adventure Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mayor Taylor’s office at 727-9696.

Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting – June 23
The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in a special called session on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  This meeting will be held electronically at and can be accessed by going online and using the meeting ID#929 9567 3900 and password 833367.  There will be a Public Hearing and Second and Final Reading of Ordinance #1688, an ordinance appropriating funds for the operation of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee, to set the property tax rate and the Town of Mountain City’s water and sewer rates and other fees for the fiscal year 2020/2021.  The Board will also consider approval of resolutions authorizing the appropriations to nonprofit organizations for the fiscal year 2020/2021.  The public is welcome to attend.  If any additional information is needed, please contact City Recorder Sheila Shaw at 423-727-8005.

Things to Do

Johnson County Center for the Arts
Johnson County Center for the Arts is happy to announce that we are now open Fridays from 10 to 5. We will be following social distancing safety measures; we prefer customers wear masks; No more than 5 visitors in the center at once and our Maker Space and Coffee Bar are closed.
Johnson County Farmers Market
The Johnson County Farmers Market is held Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at Ralph Stout Park in Mountain City, TN. The Farmers Market offers locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, canned jams and jellies, and Artisan created crafts.
Heritage Hall Theatre News Concerning COVID-19 Changes
Based on the changing dynamics and heightened levels of risk of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Heritage Hall executives have made the difficult decision to suspend ALL Heritage Hall Theatre related shows, practices and operations through the end of May. Ultimately, our decision is grounded in our responsibility for the well-being of Johnson County citizens. All ticket sales have been suspended.

The JC Young Artists’ “101 Dalmatians” has been cancelled for 2020 and will probably be rescheduled for Spring 2021.  Kenny Price’s May 29 event has also been cancelled with the possibility of rescheduling for this season. The Community Theatre’s “Ghost of a Chance” has been cancelled. Long Journey Home’s documentary and the JC Community Foundation’s Talent Show have both been cancelled along with The Richard Lynch Band, scheduled for June 20.  HH events presently rescheduled include Rockin’ the Hall, Aug 8 and The Kody Norris Show, Sept. 18. Please check for up to date changes or if you have any questions, call 423 727 7444 and leave a message.

JC Library Summer Reading Program – Starts June 5
The Summer Reading Program at Johnson County Library provides children with books,activity packets,snacks and fun. On Fridays from June 5 to July 17 children may pick up items at the Johnson County Library during library hours. A new activity packet will be available each week.There will be Stories and Music available on the Johnson County Public Library Facebook Page. Due to COVID-19 things may look a little different this year but there is lots of fun available in our new format.


JCHS Class of 1958 on Saturday, July 18 – Canceled
Circumstances beyond our control necessitates that we cancel our JCHS Class of 1958 Reunion planned for Saturday, July 18, 2020. It is very difficult to plan a time or place under the current conditions.   We do not feel we can expose our classmates to the potential of the current Corona-19 virus, since our age group is a prime target.  Be sure we will plan our class reunion in 2021 on the third Saturday in July.