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Senior Center hosts annual Luau, boasts of future services

Senior Center Luau
Johnson County Senior Center director Kathy Motsinger (center) is joined by John Payne, Danea Marchall, Ollie Phipps, Bob and Minnie Miller for a photo during the center’s annual Luau festivities held last week in Mountain City. The event was well attended and was a great success. Photo by Tamas Mondovics.

By Tamas Mondovics

The Johnson County Senior Center (JCSC) 128 North College Street, located in the heart of Mountain City TN, is known as a multi-purpose center providing services for people 60 and older and for keeping its guests busy, with a wide variety of daily activities. The center’s reputation was confirmed once again last week during the annual Johnson County Senior Center Luau, which has seen an excellent turnout bringing more than 122 residents together from across the county. According to JCSC director Katherine Motsinger, the event was a great success.

“The event was well attended, enjoyed and much appreciated by everyone,” Motsinger said but added that while at times passed other functions drew a much larger crowd, it was a nice event for area senior. “We were very pleased.”

Since taking the helm, Motsinger, formerly at the Johnson County High School, has been working hard improve things including working to receive much-needed grants for the center as well as drawing on her community friends and local contacts. One such support recently awarded to the center came as the result of teamwork, seeking a grant for establishing a new transportation program in the county. The proposed initiative hoped to provide residents with rides to the doctor appointments, the senior center, and other transportation needs. Under the direction of Motsinger and the support of a large number of local officials and community advocates, the center is asked for volunteers to help the program come to the county and make a difference in the lives of local seniors.

The effort did not fall on deaf ears as representatives from the JCSC met with officials from the Tennessee chapter of the Southwest Area Agency of Aging and Disability to determine eligibility to establish the My Ride Johnson County program with excellent results.

“I am happy to report that we did receive a grant,” Motsinger said, adding that the group is now working on making good use of the support that meeting earlier this week discussing the Transportation Grant that was awarded to the center. This program will benefit many senior citizens in our county,” she said.

JCSC also hosted a Brian Games Competition ahead of the District Senior Brain Games Competition scheduled for Thursday, August 23. The Regional Competition will be held on Monday, September 24.

“Our team “First Sunrise Seniors” has a very good chance of winning,” Motsinger said.

For more information about the many exciting events and activities at the Johnson County Senior Center, please visit its page on Facebook.