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August 2017 in review

Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded a $500,000 HOME Program grant to the Town of Mountain City that will be used to bring substandard homes back up to code. The HOME program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered in part in Tennessee by THDA.
The Rural Roots Music Commission was formed a number of years ago, in Iowa, to find a way to honor excelling recording artists who deal with traditional old-time music, and many other traditional rural musical art forms. Since most traditional music genres have now been locked out of participation at the national level in America, the Rural Roots folks found a way to honor these gifted musicians, vocalists, songwriters, recording artists and small production companies, by honoring them with ‘CD of the Year’ awards. One of the participants in this rather large gathering of musical genres is Kody Norris of Mountain City, Tennessee.
Appalachian Miles for Smiles mobile unit could be found in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in Mountain City this past week. Approximately 100 people had signed up to partake in a free two-day dental clinic that offered not only dental cleanings, but also fillings and extractions. As part of an effort to care for the entire patient, blood pressure checks, x-rays and blood sugar checks were also available.
Old Time Music enthusiasts from around the country and beyond gathered by the shores of Laurel Creek on August 26 and 27th to celebrate the music that has rung through these mountains and valleys for generations. This year’s Old Time Fiddlers Convention marked the 92nd year of musicians trekking into Johnson County to showcase their talent for fans and to compete for the title of best in their class.