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Community Announcements 10-3-18

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 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.

Farmers Market Finds- October 6
Honey, grapes, pumpkins, butternut squash, cushaw melon, tomatoes, summer squash, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, cabbage, kale, lettuce, salad greens, onions, garlic, and herbs. You’ll find all cuts of pasture raised beef and pork, chicken eggs, fresh roasted coffee, raw milk, kombucha, apple butter, chow chow, jams, jellies and other home canned products.Our bakers will have breads, muffins, quiches and more. There will also be a variety of hand made craft items including bath products, lotions, bird houses, woodwork, and more. 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 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.

Library Closed for construction- October 4
The Johnson County Public Library will be closed on October 4, due to Construction issues.

Scarecrows on Main- October 10
It’s time for “Scarecrows on Main”! Scarecrow exhibit dates will be from October 10 through the 31. 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 26. If you would like more information, please call 423-727-8005.

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.


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.

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.

Remembering Ja’Kari Scholarship- October 6
We are having a yard sale fundraiser for the Remembering Ja’Kari Scholarship Fund on October 6 from 8-3: at the National Guard Armory. It will be a reasonable donation only sale no items will be priced. If you do not plan to attend or cannot attend and would like to donate you may do so. You may directly deposit into the Remembering Ja’Kari Scholarship Fund at Farmers State Bank, there is an account opened there for this fund. We are accepting donations of items that can be sold at our fund raiser, so please if you have any items that you might want to be rid of or would like to donate, please bring them to Beacon Finance and see Carrie Osborne, or 240 Shoun Street, Mountain City, TN 37683. We will be awarding two seniors scholarships with the money raised now and in the future in memory of Ja’Kari Phillips. Ja’Kari was three years old and was victim of child abuse and taken from us way to soon. Thank you and God bless you all.

Shady VFD Breakfast- October 13
Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Department is having a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, October 13 at the fire hall on Highway 421. Select cranberry or regular. Eat in or carry out. Join us to begin your daylong Cranberry Festival activities. Thank you for your support.


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.

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.

Jo. Co. Beekeepers Meeting- October 9
The Johnson County Beekeepers will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 pm in the basement of the Farm bureau building. For more info, email [email protected]

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.

JCFM Annual Meeting- October 11
The Annual Meeting of the JCFM will be held Thursday, October 11 at noon at the basement of the Welcome Center. All market vendors and Friends of the Market are welcome and encouraged to attend. This will be a pot-luck lunch/meeting.

Election Commission Meeting- October 11
Notice is hereby given that The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting. Relevant information regarding the meeting is as follows: Date: October 11, 2018 Time: 12:00 NOON Place: Johnson County Election Commission OfficeAt the time this notice is being prepared, the election commission expects the agenda of its meeting will include the following items pertaining to the November 6, 2018 State and Federal General Election and the Town of Mountain City Municipal Election: 1. Examination and Certification of Early Voting and Election Day Voting Machines 2. Discuss any Election Procedures
Johnson County Election Commission
158 Election Avenue, P.O. Box 106
Mtn. City, TN 37683
Office Hours: 8 AM- 4 PM
Email: [email protected]

Post 61 CPR Class & Meeting- October 12
American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary will meet on Friday, October 12 at the Legion Post at 318 N. Church St. Our meal theme is “Breakfast- It’s What’s for Dinner: with the Auxiliary providing sausage, biscuits and gravy. Members are encouraged to bring an appropriate covered dish/dessert and enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship. Supper begins at 6 pm. This will be our final garden produce swap using unclaimed items as door prized. In lieu of business meetins, reps from the American Red Cross will demonstrate the revised hands-on-only CPR methods for adults and infants followed with time to practive. Dues for 2019 can now be paid. For more information call 727-5935 or 423-361-2951.

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 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-October 6
Calling all Cowboys and cowgirls. Join us for hotdogs with the fixings – chili, chips, cookie and a drink for only $7 – beginning at 4:30 pm on Sat Oct 6 and running until about 6:45.   That should give you time to grab a bite and get over to the Hall for the show at 7 pm. This is happening at the Arts Center -AND if you have your “Riders in the Sky” ticket you can get $2 off your meal AND the first 50 people who buy dinners will receive a free bandana to wear to the concert! Plus there will be some surprise activities for young people in the Arts Center going on… So join us – in your cowboy outfits, if you want and have some fun before and during our upcoming “Riders in the Sky” concert.

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!” . SAdv $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:

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
Fall festival at the Forge Creek Community Center this Saturday, Oct. 6 from 4 PM to 9 PM. Music begins at 5 PM with Megan McEwen and Larry and Brenda Barry followed by more music at 6 PM then at 7 PM music by David Hightower and the country cross band.There will be a drawing for a new Henry 22 lever action “evil Roy edition” rifle plus a 2nd prize of $100.00. Also a car cruise in. Admission is only $1.00   A homemade cake auction will be held. BBQ, hotdogs, and other food available   Bring the family out for a great evening of music and fun.

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.

JCFM Elderberry Syrup Class- October 6
This FREE class will be held Saturday, October 6 at the Johnson County Farmers Market Breakfast Tent at 11:30.

UT Ext. Farm Day- October 8
The UT/TSU Ext. Farm Day is for all 3rd and 4th graders in Johnson County. It falls on Monday, October 8 from 9:30 am-2:00 pm. We bus the students out to Iron Mountain Farms in Butler.While there they will visit different stations learning about the importance of agriculture in everyday life, where their food comes from and about products and by-products of agriculture production.

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.

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

Flag Retirement- October 16
The Johnson County Honor Guard will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Tuesday, October 16 at 5 pm at American Legion Post 61 at 318 N. Church St. The public is invited to attend and bring any used, faded, or tattered American or TN flags for honorable retirement and disposal.For those interested, a limited number of 3’ x 5’ nylon American flags will be available for sale. Flags may also be dropped off at City Hall before the ceremony or place in the Drop Box beside the American Legion Post.

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. The men will meet at 12 noon and women will meet at 2pm. 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.

Storytelling at the Senior Center- October 29
Evelyn Cook will be the featured storyteller at the Johnson County Senior Center on Monday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m. She will be telling “Ghost Stories of Shady Valley.” Anyone 60 or older is invited to come and hear the story. Storytelling is offered the last Monday of every month. Past storytellers include Minnie Miller, Rick Ward from North Carolina, Brenda Johnson, Flo Bellamy, Lois Dunn, and Junior Maze. Most of the stories have an Appalachian flavor and often include local history or local folklore. Anyone interested in telling a story should contact Minnie Miller at 727-6993.