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Community Announcements 9-29-2021

For Your Information

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.

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 ultrasounds. 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.

Make a Resolution to Earn Your Diploma in 2021
Adult Education Classes- Both ‘In-Person’ (masks required) and ‘Online’, Are Available in Mountain City! Call (423)460-3330 or drop by the 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 available to accommodate our working adults. Some students are able to earn their diplomas’ in less than a month! Classes are FREE and HiSet (formerly known as GED) Testing is FREE! Call (423)460-3330 or Drop by, and Take that first step towards changing your life TODAY!

Home Repair Assistance
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a non-profit specializing in providing home repairs and replacement for income eligible households. ASP is headquartered in Tennessee and provides critical services across the Central Appalachian region. Repairs range from accessibility modifications, new roofs, added insulation, new floorcoverings and many more – all in an effort to help make homes warmer, safer and drier. New homes are built when a home is unable to be sufficiently repaired. Our partnerships with local and federal organizations are crucial in funding these projects, and ASP is seeking funding assistance from the USDA for work in various counties in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Appalachian Kentucky, regarding Rural Development Housing Preservation Grants. If awarded, this specific partnership would allow ASP to further reach those living in the rural regions of Central Appalachia to assist with healthy and safe housing and work in accordance with USDA initiatives in the field. For comment or more information, including a request to review proposed Statement of Activities to USDA, please visit This is an equal opportunity program. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal Law.

Earn Your Diploma
Adult Education Classes Are Available- With your diploma you can get that desired job, get that promotion, join the U.S. Military, or attend College or Technical school for Free!Take that first step and Call (423)460-3330 or drop by the 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 available to accommodate our working adults. Classes are FREE and Testing is FREE! Call (423)460-3330, call or text (423)202-4386, or Drop by and Take that first step towards changing your life TODAY!

The Johnson County Senior Center Offers Computer Learning
An informative computer class will be offered on Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. with one-on-one help to learn the basics or if you just need a refresher course on new things happening today on the computer with emails, searching the web, social media, etc. Contact the Senior Center at 423-727-8883 for more information.

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Hours Change
The Northeast Regional Health Office announces local health departments changed their testing hours as of Monday, September 27th. COVID-19 PCR drive-through testing is done by a nurse with a nasal swab. The Johnson County Health Department will provide PCR drive-through testing Tuesdays and Thursdays between
8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Self-testing kits are available Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. You will need access to a SMART phone to complete the test.
Johnson County Health Dept. is located at 715 W. Main St., Mountain City TN. 423-727-9731

Support the Arts — Join the Johnson County Arts Council
The Johnson County Arts Council is a non-profit organization that provides support for local artists and art-related organizations. Many local arts programs began under its umbrella. Currently the Arts Council is sponsoring JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) and the Annual Christmas Craft Show. The Arts Council also awards annual scholarships to area high school seniors. We are able to provide that support because of people like you and your interest in promoting local artists and art programs. For more information go to

ZUMBA GOLD® Thursdays at the Senior Center
ZUMBA GOLD® At the Johnson County Senior Center every Thursday at 3 p.m. for $3.00. This 45 minute class is taught by licensed instructor Joey Beth Souder. Perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance! Come join us and have fitness fun! 

Johnson County Community Foundation Talent Show Postponed Due to Rising Cases in Region
The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) advisory board has made the difficult decision to postpone their October 29, 2021, fundraising event planned to be held at the Heritage Hall Theatre. With the recent increase of COVID-19 Delta variant cases in the area, the decision to postpone was determined to be in the best interest of the contestants, community, and guests. JCCF will identify a new date for the event in the future. JCCF would like to thank Johnson County for your support and understanding.

Johnson County Senior Center upcoming events

Music Class – Sep. 29
The Johnson County Senior Center has received a grant to offer arts classes to seniors. September is Music with teacher Sherry Tester. All classes will be provided at no cost to participants. Contact the Senior Center for class times.

Theatre Classes- Oct. 7,14,21,28
The Johnson County Senior Center is offering “All the World is a Stage ‘’ Theatre Classes every Thursday in October with instructor Ray Branch. The class is part of the Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant and is available to all ages FREE of charge. Come build stories and have fun with us on 10/7,10/14,10/21 & 10/28 at 2pm.

Fall Fun Day- Oct 1
The Johnson County Senior Center will be taking a trip to the Trade Gristmill Pavilion from 10:30-1:30. The event is sponsored by Silver Angels and will include free food (Hotdogs, slaw, chili, chips, desserts & drink), music from The Kody Norris Band, a tour of the Trade Museum and Gristmill . Door Prizes will be given away compliments of Trade Days Committee. In the event of inclement weather, Fall Fun Day will happen inside the Trade School.

National Savings Day- Oct. 12
National Savings Day is on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and the Johnson County Senior Center is having a “Save for a Rainy Day” Class at 10:30-11:30 FREE to anyone. Great resources and information will be available and also coffee and doughnuts will be served. Class is taught by Janette Eastridge. Come join us and it’s never too late to start saving!

Forge Creek/Wood’s Hill/Shouns Stories of the Past- Oct 19
Members of the Johnson County Senior Center are invited to the home of Bob and Minnie Miller on October 19th for an October storytelling event to hear stories about the Forge Creek/Wood’s Hill/Shouns area. The event will be an outside event on the deck and lawn. Included in the stories will be Clarence “Tom” Ashley’s home place and cemetery, the John Wood’s store, the first prison in Johnson County, Lilly Shaw’s murder and the hanging of Finley Preston, and the importance of the Shoun’s Depot to the area. After the stories, there will be drive-by visits to the places mentioned in the stories. Participants will be treated to a “Lassy Cookie” in memory of Tom Ashley and a bottle of water. (In case of cold weather or rain, the stories will be told at the Senior Center followed by a van drive-by of the places in the stories. 

Raising Funds

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!

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.

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

Mast Cemetery Big Dry Run Rd
The trustees of the Mast Cemetery on Big Dry Run Road in Mountain City would like to remind families and friends 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.

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.

Reece Cemetery Maintenance
The Reece Cemetery on Bulldog Rd. in Trade TN has been nicely maintained by donors whose family members are buried there, and we really appreciate that assistance. If you have one or more family members in this cemetery, and would like to continue to or begin to donate money toward its upkeep, please send your contributions to Debbie Wills Felty 145 Eggers Br. Rd. Trade, TN.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale – Oct. 1—Dec. 31
The friends of the library fall book sale at the Johnson County public library will begin on Friday October 1. For the safety of the public, access to the book sale will be by appointment only and limited to three people at a time. Masks are mandatory to enter the library. This sale will continue until the end of the year. Book sale hours will be from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00-12:30 on Saturday.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot – Oct. 9
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. 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 Bird at 973-296-1658.

Imagination Library Raffle Drawing – Nov. 27
Our Johnson County Imagination Library Kids’ Carnival has been postponed until Spring 2022 but
the annual fundraising raffle is still being held this year with the drawing on November 27th. There is an amazing assortment of themed gift baskets as well as numerous other wonderful items, services and gift certificates..  $1 tickets can be purchased at the Johnson County Library where the items are on display.  There, choose how you would like to distribute your tickets among the drawings or give tickets as gifts.   All proceeds benefit Imagination Library’s effort to promote early childhood literacy in Johnson County.   Contact the Johnson County Public Library for more information, 423-727-6544.


Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meets at 6 p.m. in the Mountain City / Johnson County Community Center, 214 College St., Mountain City on Monday and Thursday evenings. For more information on AA and recovery resources contact Chuck at 423-957-0171.

AA weekly meetings – Mon. and Thurs. 6 p.m.
AA meets at 6 p.m. in the Mountain City / Johnson County Community Center, 214 College St., Mountain City on Monday and Thursday evenings. For more information on AA and recovery resources contact A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition at 727-0780

Making It Count, NA chapter weekly meetings – Tue. 7 p.m.
The “Making It Count” Johnson County chapter of Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7PM in the Families Free Office at 108 Court St., Mountain City. For more information on “Making It Count” (NA) and recovery resources contact A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition at 727-0780.

Worley Hall VFW Post 6908 and Auxiliary Meeting – Oct. 2
The Worley Hall VFW Post 6908 and Auxiliary Meeting VFW Post 6908 & Auxiliary will meet Saturday,October 2, 2021 for their regular meeting on Depot Street. A carry-in meal is served at 6 P.M. Regular meeting to follow at 7P.M . All members are urged to attend. Any VFW eligible veteran or Active duty military is invited. VFW Post 6908 is an alcohol and smoke free Post. James D. Payne (423-727-7362) Commander.

Trade Community Center Monthly Meeting – Oct. 4
The regular Trade Community Center Monthly meeting will be held on Monday October 4, at 6 p.m. in the Trade Elementary School.

Johnson County Airport Advisory Committee meeting – Oct. 5
The Johnson County Airport Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in the upper courtroom or the Johnson County Courthouse.

Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet – Oct. 5
The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in regular session on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Board will consider the approval of a bond resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation refunding bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,300,000. The public is welcome to attend. If any additional information is needed, please contact City Recorder Sheila Shaw at 423-727-8005.

Johnson Co. Democratic Party meeting – Oct 7
The Johnson County Democratic Party will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct 7 at 5:30 in the meeting room of the Johnson County Library.

Farm Bureau Annual Meeting – Oct. 14
All members of the Johnson County Farm Bureau are invited to attend the Annual Meeting, Thursday October 14, 2021 at 6:30pm at the Johnson County Rescue Squad Crewette Building. Door prizes will be given and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you.

Things to Do

Heritage Square Scavenger Hunt
KIDS ACTIVITY: The Johnson County Center for the Arts Heritage Square Scavenger Hunt is a free family friendly scavenger hunt through downtown Mountain City’s Heritage Square district. Pick up your map at the Center for the Arts and look for the clues created by local artist.

Jo. Co. Center for the Arts – (OPEN Thur., Fri.and Sat.)
The Johnson County Center for the Arts, located at 127 College Street, is now open on Thursday and Friday 10 – 5 and on Saturday 10 – 1. Please come by to see all the one-of-a-kind pieces from the many talented artists in Johnson County. You will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a special gift or f a treat for yourself, The Arts Center is the place to visit. For more information regarding our institution and facility, go to

Johnson County Farmers Market – Saturdays
Johnson County Farmers Market will be at Ralph Stout Park Saturday from 9-12.  Summer is here, and the summer produce is rolling in!  Some new arrivals at the market are summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, and the tomatoes have finally made their first appearance!!  At JCFM you can expect to find a variety of fresh local produce, local USDA certified beef and pork, eggs, handmade crafts, jewelry, soaps, lotions, baked goods, plants, and so much more!  Our featured vendor this week is C2C Farms. Be sure to stop by their tent and see their fresh produce, plants, handmade wood crafts, and Cala’s wonderful local photography!  

Mountain Farm & Craft Market – Saturdays
The Mountain Farm & Craft Market is happening every Saturday at the Neva Schoolhouse Commons located at 5500 Roan Creek Rd. Mountain City from 9 a.m. to Noon (12 p.m.) Fresh local produce, eggs, meat, baked goods, plants, soap and crafts.

Johnson County Hikers Schedule
The Johnson County hikers meet at the Mountain City Food Lion parking lot (Hwy. 421) at 8:45 a.m. and leave at 9 a.m. Hikers should be prepared with a walking stick, a lunch, and water. Water is a must.

Sept. 29: Laurel Falls in Hampton this season. This is a walk along a stunning creek, to beautiful falls at lunch time. The footing along the way is tricky so please wear your non-slip hikers. The total route is about 5 miles.

Oct. 13: Hike along the railroad tracks to see the Doe River Gorge. This is on private property so we are going where you can’t just arrive without permission. Hike is under 5 miles.

Oct. 27: The last hike of the season. Rich Mountain along the Blue Ridge. It’s a wonderful and rather easy hike up a slow incline that should give us a beautiful view. Questions? Call Carol 727-5947

Fall Fun Day at Pine Grove – Oct. 9
All children and students (through grade 6) are invited to Fall Fun Day at Pine Grove Oct 9 from 9am-12pm. There will be games, crafts, stories, food and fun. The church is located at 936 Big Dry Run Road in Mountain City. Parents are welcome or you can drop your children off at 9 and pick them up at 12. Text 423-291-9207 if you have any questions.


JCHS Class of 1976 Class Reunion – Oct. 2
The JCHS 45th year Class Reunion scheduled for October 2nd at Lois’ Café on West Main St. Please contact Sandy Osborne, Gaylia Smith Whetsel, Pam Smith Poteet, Linda Potter Snyder, Melvin Huyard, Dennis “Pug” Tester and/or David and Jane Campbell via Facebook, email, text or phone. Sandy Osborne [email protected] or phone # 423-291-9400. Linda’s email is [email protected], Pam’s is [email protected], Gaylia’s is [email protected]

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