For Your Information
Butler Museum 2018 Opening
Take a trip back in time to Old Butler by visiting the BUTLER MUSEUM, located at 123 Selma Curtis Rd. 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 BRICK WALK. For information call 768-3534 or go to the website at www.butlermuseumtn.com.
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.
Farmers Market News
Honey, watermelon, grapes, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, green beans, tomatoes, leeks, summer squash, eggplant, green peppers, kohlrabi, potatoes, cabbage, beets, Swiss chard, arugula, kale, collards, mustard greens, salad 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, sauerkraut, apple butter, chow chow, jams, jellies and other home canned products.
Our bakers will have breads, muffins, quiches and more. Wintergreen Farms will have mums, conifers, hydrangeas, butterfly bushes and other garden plants available. There will also be a variety of hand made craft items. 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.Come enjoy the live music each Saturday morning through October at Ralph Stout Park near the playground from 9 until noon.
Cranberry Festival Vendors Needed
The annual Cranberry Festival will be on October 12 & 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 available
If you are a craft vendor interested in setting up at the annual Holiday Fair held October 27 at the Johnson County Farmers Market, applications are available at the Welcome Center, at the Saturday Farmers Market, or on our website JohnsonCountyFM.org. Space is limited. For questions contact Jana at 727-5725.
Young Artists Auditions- September 29
Jo. Co. Young artists will be holding children auditions for “the best Christmas pageant, ever” at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday 9/29 at 10am. Roles for kids 3rd grade and up are available. Play dates are Dec. 6,7 and 8.
Community Theatre Auditions October 1
Jo. Co. Community theatre will be holding adult auditions for “the best Christmas pageant, ever” at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Monday October 1 at 6pm. Roles for adults 18 and up are available. Play dates are Dec. 6,7 and 8.
Medicare Open Enrollment- October 15
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.
Scarecrows on Main- October 10
It’s time for “Scarecrows on Main”! Scarecrow exhibit dates will be from October 10th through the 31st. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded, as well as “People’s Choice”. Please cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” at City Hall from Monday, October 15th through Thursday, October 25.The winner will be announced on October 26th. If you would like more information, please call 423-727-8005.
Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery 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.
Donate bikes for Christmas
Donate your unused bikes to the Community Center. Bikes in any condition and size will be appreciated. They will be refurbished and restored to brand new condition and give to needy children in Johnson County. This is made possible by the Community Center, Beta Theta Club and Northeast Correctional Center. Bikes can be taken to Flo at the Community Center. Any questions, call Leni Smith at 423-440-4159.
Kari’s Home Banquet- September 28
You’re invited to attend the Kari’s Home for Women annual fundraising banquet. The event will take place on Friday, September 28 from 5 pm to 8pm at Boone United Methodist Church. This is a recover/transition home for women in your own backyard (abuse and addictions)! Please support this wonderful endeavor! Call Addie for more information at 386-717-0267.
Fall Rummage Sale- October 4-6
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #61 will have it annual Fall Rummage Sale October 4,5,and 6. The sale will be in the American Legion Hall at 318 Church Street. On Thursday and Friday the sale will be from 9-5. Saturday the sale will run from 9-12 with clothes for $1.00 a bag. Donations are very welcome and can be dropped off at the hall on Tuesday, October 2 from 9-12. Several coats will be given away. The proceeds will help the Auxiliary be able to help local veterans. We want to thank the community for the support they always give to our sales.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting Cancelled- September 27
The Mountain City Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall has been cancelled.
City Board Meeting- October 2
The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in regular session on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.If any additional information is needed, please contact City Recorder Sheila Shaw at 423-727-8005.
Democrats Meeting- October 2
The Johnson County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30 in the meeting room of the Johnson County Library.
VFW Meeting- October 6
VFW 6908 and Auxiliary will meet Saturday, October 6 at the VFW building on Depot Street. A carry-in meal will be served at 6 pm with regular meeting at 7 pm. Any eligible VFW veteran or active duty military is invited to attend. VFW Post 6908 is a smoke free and alcohol free Post.
Farm Bureau Annual Meeting- October 11
All members of the Johnson County Farm Bureau are invited to the Annual Meeting, Thursday October 11, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Johnson County Rescue Squad Crewette Building. Doors prizes will be given and refreshments will be served by the Johnson County Crewettes. We look forward to seeing you.
Quilt Guild Meeting October 20
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will meet Sat., Oct 20th at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church. Anyone interested in quilting and sewing is welcome to attend. We will be given instructions and begin work on sewing a Christmas Tree Wall Hanging of our own. As always you are encouraged to check out our website www.tnsunrisequilters.com to see what we are doing.
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 Closed
The abundant seasonal produce has come to an end. There will be no more mid-week afternoon farmers market this year.
Johnson County Arts Center-September 28
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.
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.
Heritage Hall News- October 6
Saturday, Oct. 6, Riders in the Sky, America’s Favorite Cowboys: For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by The Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos to live life “The Cowboy Way!” Riders In The Sky are exceptional.Their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two). . Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly with several awards including: being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars, the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times, ”Western Music Group of the Year” twice in 5 years, etc. http://www.ridersinthesky.com/bio. Sponsored by Farmers State Bank, Grace Springs Farm, Mountain View Nursery & Landscaping, & Amedysis Home Health Care. Adv $25/Door $28/YouthFor 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: heritagehalltheatre.org.
ACTION Community Summit- October 6
The A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition would like to invite you to join us in “What’s At Stake?” Community Summit on October 6, 2018 from 11am-1pm at the First Christian Church Life Center. Five speakers will give their testimonies from the family aspect Substance Use Recovery as well as personal stories of Substance Use. Youth are encouraged to attend. Come view the Hidden In Plain Sight Room on display. Partnering with the faith community, A.C.T.I.O.N has offered this great opportunity to Johnson County residents to gain insight into the life of Substance Use, resources to understanding substance use, and an opportunity to pray for individuals and our community concerning the drug issue. Everyone is welcome to attend and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information on the Community Summit or other events contact the ACTION Coalition @ 423-727-0780.
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.
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 sponsoring 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. An 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.