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Community Announcements 9-2-2020

Special Notices

A.C.T.I.O.N. Addiction Recovery Support
Narcotics Anonymous, Living Free Community, MRT and Freedom that Lasts Classes are beginning in September please call A.C.T.I.O.N today!!! 423-727-0780 or www.actioncoalition.org A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition, our local prevention, treatment, and recovery resource organization has partnered with Families Free Recovery Court to bring recovery support classes to those in need in Johnson County. There is no cost for the classes and a minimal cost for materials.

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

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 Support Center of Johnson County
The Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County has changed our hours of business due to the Covid-19 virus. We will be serving our clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 to 2:00 and by appointment only. We no longer do ultra sounds. We will meet our clients at their cars and bring their supplies out to them. No one but our volunteers will be allowed in the building. All supplies, clothes and equipment are being cleaned and sterilized as best we can. Our phone is 727-6800. We are located at 916 Crossroads Dr. Please call ahead for an appointment. Donations are always welcomed.

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 now open. M-S from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Reminder: We only take paper and cardboard.

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.

Cranberry Festival coming
This year has been different than we all anticipated. Because of the Covid-19 virus, the Shady Valley Cranberry Festival Committee has decided to make some changes to our usual festival. Due to the encouragement of social distancing, we will not be able to have some of the things we have had in the past. We want to continue with this year’s festival to help keep the sense of community alive, while also, keeping our community safe.

  • cancel Friday night festivities- bean supper and auction
  • pancake breakfast replaced with biscuits and gravy with sausage
  • cancel parade
  • open at 10 AM and (possibly) stay open later
  • cancel inflatables

We will encourage masks to be worn and encourage social distancing guidelines. We want this festival to be a great one, while keeping everyone safe. 2020 has certainly been a unique year for all of us. We hope next year we will be able to have the biggest and best Cranberry Festival yet! If anyone would like to make a donation, you can do that by sending it to either the Shady Valley Cranberry Festival or the Olan Bentley Memorial Scholarship at 423 Highway 133 Shady Valley, TN 37688. If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to contact us on Facebook at Shady Valley Cranberry Festival, by email at [email protected], or at the building at 423-739-2422.


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.

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
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 Cemetery of Cold Springs, Inc
Friend and families of Johnson Cemetery of Cold Springs, Inc we are seeking donations for the maintenance and mowing of the cemetery. If you have a family member or loved one buried there, we would appreciate your help. Many of our major contributors are no longer with us and we need your help to maintain the cemetery. Please mail donations to : Brenda Johnson Roark 317 Huggins Road Mountain City, TN 37683, Thank you for your help.

Mast Cemetery Big Dry Run Rd
The trustees of the Mast Cemetery on Big Dry Run Road in Mountain City would like to remind everyone who have loved ones buried in the cemetery that it is the time of year when your donations are of great importance. We need your contributions to help with the cost of keeping the grass cut, trimmed and any upkeep that may occur. You may send your donation to Bill W. Ward, II at 597 Avery Branch Road, Mountain City, TN 37683. 


Meetings

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.

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.

Johnson County Board of Education Special Called Meeting – August 25
Johnson County Board of Education Special Called Meeting August 25, 2020 5:00 p.m. Howard Carlton, Presiding 1. Discussion and approval of Johnson County School System opening plan reassessment due to COVID-19 numbers 2. Revisit calendar options for the 2020-2021 school year 3. Approve transfer of undesignated funds in the amount of $30,000 to the general purpose budget to assist (as needed) for revenue sports 4. Approve adopting the provisions of the Critical Infrastructure (Attachment 4). The Johnson County School System does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the programs and activities which it operates pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336. If you need provisions to attend this Board of Education meeting, please notify Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Schools, at (423) 727-2640. 

VFW Meeting CANCELED – September 5
VFW Meeting canceled Worley Hall VFW Post 6908 and Auxiliary Meeting for September 5 canceled due to the increase of the CORONAVIRUS in Johnson County. Stay safe. Don Payne, Commander.

Johnson County School Board Meeting- Sept. 10
The Johnson County School Board will meet for its regular meeting at 6 PM on Thursday, September 10. Interested parties can tune in on the Johnson County TN Schools YouTube channel.

Trade Community Center Monthly meeting – September 14
The regular September Trade Community meeting will be held on September 14th, 6:30 P.M. at the Trade Elementary School.


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 until February 2021 and all ticket sales have been suspended. Ultimately, our decision is grounded in our responsibility for the well-being of Johnson County citizens. For more specific information regarding cancellations and rescheduling of Heritage Hall events,please see heritagehalltheatre.org or call 423-727-7444 and leave a message.

Trade Mill and Native American Festival – Sept. 19 and 20 CANCELED
The Trade Mill and Native American Festival scheduled for September 19 and 20 has been cancelled due to the virus. Next year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday September 11 and 12, 2021.

2020 Grayson Highlands Fall Festival- Canceled
Rugby Volunteer Fire Rescue along with Grayson Highlands State Park have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Grayson Highlands Fall Festival. The safety and health of our communities, Rugby Volunteer Fire Rescue members, Auxiliary members and Park staff must be our number one priority. We hope everyone understands that after much consideration we made this decision with the health and safety of everyone involved. We would like to thank our community members who support us year-round and all the folks that travel great distances each year just to attended our festival. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we have been unable to hold any fundraising due to the COVID 19 virus. We will continue to provide volunteer emergency services to those in need. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at next year’s festival at Grayson Highlands State Park. Everyone stay safe! Donations can be sent to: Rugby Vol. Fire Rescue – 53 Rugby Road, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 or at our GoFundMe page. gofundme.com/f/Rugby-Vol-Fire- Rescue. Any vendors with questions can send me a message, give me a call, or email me.

Community Calendar information must be received by Monday at noon. Submit your information to [email protected]