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Community announcements 09-19-18

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Butler Museum 2018 Season
Take a trip back in time to Old Butler by visiting the BUTLER MUSEUM, located at 123 Selma Curtis Road in Butler. Many historical exhibits available for viewing. On the museum grounds are other sites, including the restored STANLEY STOUT STORE from Old Butler, the VETERANS’ MEMORIAL, and the MEMORY BRICKWALK. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm until 4pm for guided tours. Cost by donation. For more information call 768-3534 or go to the new website at

Safe Haven available to victims of abuse
Johnson County Safe Haven, Inc. offers services for victims of domestic violence. We provide a 24- hour crisis line (423-727-1914) and a public office (423-727-0202) located at 311 South Church Street in Mountain City. If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can help.

GED classes in Mountain City
Call (423) 460-3330 or drop by the all-new Johnson County/Mountain City Adult Education Classrooms today- located at 372 Cold Springs Road (side entrance of the Department of Human and Child Services building). Classes are held four days a week, along with 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. Take that first step towards changing your life today.

Pregnancy Center services to community
The Johnson County Pregnancy Center, located at 917 Crossroads Drive in Mtn. City, is currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated. The center is always in need of gently used small baby clothing up to size 18 months. Any gently used toys or equipment for babies and young children are welcome too.New moms also need personal items such as shampoo, soap, cleaning supplies, etc. and always appreciated are diapers and wipes plus all other baby needs. There is a crib program where clients can earn a crib with 10 visits to their doctor. Clients can always get a free pregnancy test and the center offers limited ultrasounds with an appointment. The director of the Johnson County Pregnancy Center is Judith (Kip) Hoekstra and any questions can be directed to her or any of the volunteers during normal hours at 423-727-8600.

Free senior fitness program
The Johnson County Senior Center has a fitness program for you. Silver Sneakers is a free fitness program for seniors that’s helping millions of people on Medicare defy the odds, shatter stereotypes and answer every challenge with, “I can do this!”  It’s offered every Mon., Wed. and Fri. at 10 a.m. at the center.  You will have lots of fun and make new friends while working to achieve your personal goals, regain new strength, become more energized and have less pain while becoming more active. Our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable teachers will guide you through our unique Strengtherapy System and prepare you for a new lease on life. Come out and join us.

Johnson County Senior Center
The place to be for fun exercise. Sarah Ransom, UT Extension Agent, teaches Arthritis Class every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am at the senior center. There is no fee for the class it’s offered FREE! You will have fun exercising and make new friends as well. Come and see for yourself. It’s always a great day at the Johnson County Senior Center.

Senior Center Arthritis Class
The Johnson County Senior Center is the place to be for fun exercise. Sarah Ransom, UT Extension Agent, teaches Arthritis Class every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am at the senior center. There is no fee for the class it’s offered FREE! You will have fun exercising and make new friends as well. Come and see for yourself. It’s always a great day at the Johnson County Senior Center.

Cranberry Festival Vendors Needed
The annual Cranberry Festival will be on Saturday, October 13. The theme for this year is “A Time to REMEMBER” to reflect the 80th year of educating children in our rock school.   We are looking for crafters and yard sellers to set up at the festival. Interested parties should call Shady Valley School at 423-739-2422 for more information or an application. Applications will be accepted until the end of September.

New 60+ Transportation Program
MY RIDE Johnson County is a new program being implemented through Johnson County Senior Center. This program will provide rides within Johnson County to citizens 60 plus. Ride could be to doctor appointment, grocery store, pharmacy, beauty shop, etc. Membership applications for volunteer drivers and for riders are available at Johnson County Senior Center. For further information call 727-8883.

JCFM Holiday Fair applications now available
If you are a craft vendor interested in setting up at the annual Holiday Fair held October 27th at the Johnson County Farmers Market, applications are available at the Welcome Center, at the Saturday Farmers Market, or on our website Space is limited. For questions contact Jana at 727-5725.

Medicare Open Enrollment Event
Medicare’s Part D Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 – December 7. This is the period each year when Medicare beneficiaries can join, switch or drop their Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage coverage.Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans change their coverage and costs each year, so it is important to review your plan and compare it to others on the market every fall. This year, the Johnson County Senior Center is partnering with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) and ETSU’s College of Public Health to provide free and objective assistance in comparing Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. Trained Medicare counselors will be on hand on October 18 from 9am-12pm to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families in comparing Part D or Medicare Advantage plans for 2019. For more information and to set up an appointment please call (423) 727-8883.

Tennessee SHIP is a free program designed to help people in Tennessee with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained to answer questions and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare. SHIP receives grant funding from the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on one, counseling sessions (both in-person and over the phone), presentations, and public education event.


Burley Shoun Memorial Seeking Donations
As you know, it takes some upkeep to keep the cemetery in good shape. Unfortunately, donations to the cemetery fund have slowed down and our funds are being depleted. If you have family/friends buried at Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery and would like to contribute to the upkeep, it would be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to: Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery at 909 Swift Hollow Rd in Mountain City, TN 37683. Thank you.

Cress Cemetery Seeking Donations
Cress Cemetery is in need of money for the remainder of the mowing season. Thank you to all who have given. Mail checks to Norene Smith at 687 Corner Rd in Mountain City, TN. 423-297-5351.

FFA Greenhouse Mum Sale
The Johnson County FFA is currently having its annual Fall Chrysanthemum Sale at the FFA Greenhouse at Johnson County High School. Please stop by and check out our selection of Fall Mums and help support the students of the Johnson County FFA. House: 8 am-3:30 pm.

Memorial Car Show- September 21
Come out and join us for the Deputy Allen Lipford Memorial Car, Truck and Bike Show on Friday, September 21. The event will start at 6 pm in the Food Country parking lot. Admission is free to the public. There is a $10 entry fee for vehicle registration. Plaques will be awarded. Proceeds go to the Deputy Allen Lipford Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact Tina or Dan Lipford with any questions at 423-727-9978, 423-291-1082 or [email protected]

First District FD BBQ- September 22
Come help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a chicken BBQ dinner on September 22 from 12 pm to 4 pm or until we sell out. The event will be held at the fire department at 7176 Hwy 91N Laurel Bloomery, TN. Price is $10. Meals Include: ½ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, roll, dessert and drink. Eat in or carry out.


Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
There is an A.A. Meeting held every Monday and Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the JC/MC Community Center in Mountain City. For more information call Chuck at 423-957-0171.

The Jo. Co.Community Children’s Chorus
The Chorus meets each Monday, 4:30 — 5:30 pm at St. Anthony’s Church on Hwy 67 west of Rite-Aid. Grades 2 and up are welcome. You are invited to join this singing group (no charge) to practice for singing events in Mountain City during the rest of the year. For questions, contact: Marie-Jo @ 561-901-4322 or Pat @ 727-0272 or Leni @ 440-4159. Make Music, Make Friends, Make a Difference.

Join Johnson County Leadership
Are you interested in the Leadership of Johnson County? Do you want to learn more about Johnson County past, present and future? If so, then Johnson County Leadership is for you! JC Leadership is part of the TN Association for Community Leadership (TACL) and sponsored by the JC Chamber of Commerce. If you believe you, a co-worker, an employee or someone you know has the potential to be a leader in Johnson County then this is a program you will want to be a part of. We meet one day a month for 6 months and have two 2-day sessions. There is a cost to participate but sponsorships are available. If interested, please contact Celeste Simcox Dunn at (423) 727-7922 or [email protected]

ACTION Coalition Monthly Meetings
Meetings are open to anyone and any organization. Membership is free and open to anyone supporting the mission of the Coalition. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Mountain City Community Center. Lunch is provided.

County Commission Meeting- September 20
The Johnson County Commission will meet Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Johnson County Courthouse Upper Courtroom, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City Tennessee. The Budget Committee will not meet.

Republican Women Meeting- September 20
The Johnson County Republican Women will Meet on Thursday the 20th of Sept. at 12:00 at the Johnson County Library meeting room.. Please call or e-mail your food order from Honey Bs. Call Gwen at 727-5726 to be placed on the agenda. See you there!

LEPC Meeting- September 26
The next LEPC, (Local Emergency Planning Committee) meeting will be held on, Wednesday, September 26 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at 216 Honeysuckle St., Mountain City, Tn. It will be held in the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center room.


JCHS Class of 1961- September 22
The Johnson County High School Class of 191 is having a get together on September 22 at 4pm at the Crewette Building. The Levi Retirees will be providing food. All classmates are welcome. Everyone will pay at the door. For more information call Barb at 423-727-6686.

JCHS Class of 1973- October 6
The JCHS Class of 1973 will be having its 45th reunion on October 6 at the Johnson County Senior Center. For additional information, contact Joy Snyder at 423-727-8063 or Diane Bentley at 423-739-9242.

Things to Do

Tuesday Farmers Market
The Johnson County Farmers Market is holding a mid-week market at Ralph Stout Park each Tuesday from 3:30 until 6:30 pm as long as the local produce is abundant.

Johnson County Arts Center-September 19
Join us at the Arts Center for the Doug McGuinn coffee talk about local trains on Sept 22 12:30. Cristy Dunn will teach a series of classes on Friday afternoons, 3:45-5:00, called Drawing and Painting Fundamentals. There will be 8 classes covering the elements of art. The first class will be on September 21.Projects will include a charcoal portrait and a still life painting in oils. Dates are Sept 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26, November 9, 17, 23. Ages 12 to 99. cost $10/lesson. $5/students under 21. Materials provided. Now that the weather is cooling down, expect more classes and activities at the Arts Center.

Farmers Market Finds- September 19
Honey, watermelon, grapes, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, green beans, tomatoes, leeks, summer squash, shelly beans, eggplant, green peppers, kohlrabi, potatoes, cabbage, beets, Swiss chard, arugula, kale, collards, mustard greens, onions, garlic, and herbs. You’ll find all cuts of pasture raised beef and pork, chicken eggs, fresh roasted coffee, raw milk, apple cider vinegar, kombucha, kimchi, apple butter, chow chow, jams, jellies and other home canned products.

Our bakers will have crusty French rounds, loaf breads, pecan cinnamon sticky buns, muffins, quiche, pepperoni rolls, and granola. There will also be a variety of hand made craft items.Enjoy breakfast at the market while you listen to live music. Bring the kids to participate in our GoJoCo kids Club activities and they will receive some tokens to spend at the market. Our Fresh Savings Program gives double dollars from an EBT card that allow for free fruits and vegetables.We are located at Ralph Stout Park near the playground and open from 9 until noon each Saturday through October.

Theater Workshop- September 22
“Applause!” is a no-fee “Introduction to Theater” workshop for young people presented by the Johnson County Young Artists. Join us on Saturday, September 22 from 9 am to 12 noon at Heritage Hall. Classes on drama, dance and song available for students 3rd grade and up. Sign up at the Community Center, the Arts Center & the library. For more information, contact Director Marie-Jo Thum at 561-901-4322.

Doe Elementary Fall Festival – September 28
Doe Elementary will be having their fall festival Friday, September 28. Food, music, games, face painting, cake walks, hay maze, and dunking booth will begin at 5:30 pm and continue until 7:30 pm. An auction will begin at 7:30 pm and last until every item has been sold. Chances will be offered on the following: Handmade pie safe made by NECC and a $100 Gas Card. There is no cost to get in but games will require tickets to participate. We have lots of great items to be auctioned off some of which include a 2002 Mazda Tribute donated by Hot Rod Diesel, 2 Dollywood tickets, 4 Tweetsie Tickets, and many more are attraction tickets. Also each classroom had created a themed basket that is loaded with great items. We have had many great donations from the community that we are very thankful for. This is a wonderful time to start your Christmas shopping and enjoy fun with the entire family. Please come out and support our fall festival.

Forge Creek Festival- October 6
Forge Creek Community Center will be having a fall festival on Saturday, October 6 from 4 PM until 9 PM. There will be music by various groups, homemade cake auction, food, and a raffle for a “ Henry lever action .22 lr “Evil Roy” rifle which you can now purchase tickets from any community center member. For more info call 727-6230.

Laurel Fall Festival- October 6
Join us for our annual Fall Festival on October 6 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Students are racing to sell tickets for chances to win 2 rocking chairs or 2 Adironack chairs with a table. Tickets cost $1. Each classroom will have a King and Queen (top ticket sells) and receive a trophy and $25 Walmart gift card. The King and Queen who sell the most receive a crown, trophy and $50 Walmart gift card. Games for all ages and face painting.

Heritage Hall News- October 6
Saturday, Oct. 6, Riders in the Sky, America’s Favorite CowboysFor tickets, reservations, group or youth pricing, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office opens on Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm, 126 College Street. For more information:

Annual Cranberry Festival- October 12 & 13
October 12-13 ~ 26th Annual Cranberry Festival Shady Valley, TN Shady Valley Elementary School. Friday: Bean Dinner 5 pm, Auction 7 pm. Saturday: 7 am Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station followed by parade “A Time to Remember’ at 10 am . Crafts, exhibits, quilt show, food, music, demonstrations and kids entertainment. Free admission & parking. 423.727.5800 or 423.739.2422. [email protected] For Yard Sales or Food Vendor info Dianna Howard, 423.739.2422 (8 – 3); Crafters, Judy Gentry 423.739.3996. Parade Entry Betty Judy, 423.739.2031. Shady Valley Elementary School has been providing education to local children for 80 years.

Infant Memorial Service- October 15
The 5th Annual Community Infant Memorial Service will be held on Oct. 15 at the Sunset Memorial Park located at 999 Honeysuckle St., Mountain City, TN (behind Burger King). This event is at 6 pm and will be open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy, for ANY reason.

Senior Center 8-Ball tournament Oct 17-19
The johnson County Senior Center will be sponsosring an 8-Ball Tournament on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Oct 17-19) for members of the Center. There will be separate divisions for men and women. First and second place trophies will be awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Complete rules are posted in the pool table area of the Senior Center. tAn optional “Rules Meeting” will be held on Tuesday, October 16, to explain and clarify the “Center” rules (The same rules used in previous tournaments). The men will meet at 12 noon and women will meet at 2pm. The referee’s decision, however, will be final in all cases. There is no required entry fee for the tournament but a $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of the event. The registration and/or withdrawal deadline is 12 noon on Friday, October 12.