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Community Announcements 11-13-19

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Earn Your Diploma
Adult Education (GED) Classes Available during the summer! Call (423) 460-3330 or drop by the all-new Johnson County/Mountain City Adult Education Classrooms TODAY- located at 370 Cold Springs Road, at the Department of Human Services Building- side entrance~ We have Day and 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! So call (423) 460-3330.

Pregnancy Center services to the 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.

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 10:00 am 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.

Free Senior Stretching Class
A free senior stretching class is open to all adults who want to improve their flexibility and balance. The class meets in the fellowship hall at First Christian Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please call Phil Walter with any questions at 727-6130.

Sobriety Checkpoint – Nov. 17 and Nov. 23
In Partnership with ACTION Coalition, Johnson County Sheriff’s
Department, and Mountain City Police Department, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted at Crossroads Dr. and God’s Country Church DURING THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019, AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Oct. 15 – Dec. 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 24th from 10 am-12 pm to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families in comparing Part D or Medicare Advantage plans for 2020. Appointments are preferred for this event. For more information and to set up an appointment please call (423) 727-8883.

Help a child have a Merry 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 given to needy children in Johnson County. This event is made possible by the Community Center, Beta Theta Club, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, and Northeast Correctional Center. Bikes can be taken to Flo Bellamy at the Community Center, 214 College St. Mountain City, Tennessee 37683. Any questions, call Leni Smith at 423-440-4159.


Acre Field Cemetery
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Acre Field Cemetery for upkeep can make or send donation to Van Neely. If anybody has a veteran buried at Acre Field please let me know so we can put a flag on the grave for Memorial Day. We need to make a list of all veterans buried at Acre Field. Van Neely, 735 Hawkins Rd, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680. 423-727-6025.

Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery
The mowing season is upon us once again. If you have loved ones buried in our cemetery and would like to help with upkeep, donations are much appreci­ated. Please make checks payable to Burley Shoun Memorial Cemetery at 909 Swift Hollow Road, Mountain City, TN 37683. Thank you!

Charity Quilt Applications
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will be accepting applications from Johnson County non-profits and charitable organizations for the 2020 Charity Quilt. Every year the guild completes a bed size quilt to be donated to a local qualifying organization for their use as a fundraising tool. Application forms may be requested by emailing [email protected] Applications will be accepted on or before 30 Dec 2019.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Nov. 23
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1pm at the Trade Com­munity Center, 228 Modock Road, Trade, TN. Competition will be open to anyone shooting 12, 16, 20, and 410 gauges. Stock arms only. No modified chokes allowed. Multiple cash awards will be offered to winners. Refresh­ments are available. Proceeds go to maintain the Mill and Trade Community Center grounds and other community projects. For more information, please contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Trade Mill Community Center – Nov. 24
The Trade Mill Community Center at 228 Modock Rd., Trade, TN will hold a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admittance for adults $8; children under 12 years of age $5; Children under 5 years of age FREE. Enter for chances to win a full-size microwave oven. Music provided by the Cleveland Road gospel band. All proceeds will benefit the Trade Mill Community Center in its efforts to restore and maintain the Mill and Trade Community Center grounds. For more information, please contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.


Rep. Phil Roe to hold Staff Office Hours in Johnson Co. – Nov. 13
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced he will send staff to hold office hours in Mountain City on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Johnson County Courthouse from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roe’s staff will be available to assist First District constituents. Some of the ways that Roe’s district offices can be of assistance: Senior Citizens: Social Security and disability. Students: financial aid, entrance to U.S. Service Academies. Veterans: VA claims and military service problems. Small Business: SBA loan applications, technical assistance, and interpretation of federal regulations. Home Buyers: FMHA, FHA, and VA home loan application problems. Local Governments: disaster assistance, regulation compliance, and federal grant application problems. Taxpayers: IRS tax problems

Jo. Co. Republican Party meeting – Nov. 14
On Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm the Johnson County Republican Party will meet in the Johnson County Library community meeting room. The speaker will be Senator Jon Lundberg. Come and join us.
For more information, Karen Weaver, Chairman, [email protected], 423 707-5058 RSVP would be appreciated.

Quilt Guild meeting – Nov. 16
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will meet Nov 16th at 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church. Anyone interested in quilting and sewing is welcome to attend. We will have a lesson on wool embroidery and making a penny rug. As always you are encouraged to check out our TN Sunrise Quilt Guild Facebook page to see what we are doing.

Johnson County Historical Society – Nov. 17
The Johnson County Historical Society will meet Sunday, November 17 at 2 P.M. in the basement of the Welcome Center. Our guest speaker will be Johnny Graybeal who will be talking about the trains and railroads that used to be in Johnson County. Mr. Graybeal’s research of the RRs is ongoing and he is currently researching to write a book on the subject. He requests that those who might have family photos of the railroads or businesses that the railroad served, to bring those to the meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

Johnson County Election Commission – Nov. 21
The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting on November 21 at NOON in the Johnson County Election Commission Office at 158 Election Avenue, P.O. Box 106, Mountain City, TN 37683, (423) 727-8592. The Election Commission expects the agenda of its meeting will include the following items: Regular Meeting Items (Minutes and Review Budget); Discuss TACEO Seminar; County Attorney, Perry Stout. For more information contact e-mail: [email protected] or visit our website:

Republican Ladies Luncheon – Nov. 21
The Johnson County Republican Ladies will have a luncheon on Thursday, November 21st at the Johnson County Library in the community meeting room. Lunch starts12:30 P.M. and the discussions at 1:00 P.M.
at the Johnson County Library meeting room. We are having elections, and several other important matters to discuss. It is imperative that you come. We will be ordering from Honey Bees, so get your order in by Tuesday the 19th. See you there.

Johnson County Commission meeting – Nov. 21
The County Commission will meet Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm in the upper courtroom of Johnson County Courthouse 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683. The budget committee will meet at 6:00 pm in the lower courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse prior to the County Commission meeting.

Things to Do

Jo. Co. Indoor Farmers Market
The Johnson County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 am-noon, downstairs at the Welcome Center, 716 S. Shady St, Mountain City, TN 37683

Jo. Co. Hikers
The Johnson County Hikers is open to everyone. You do not have to be highly experienced though the ability to hike the length of the trail is essential. Beginners and supervised children are welcome. We meet in the parking lot of the Food Lion at 8:45 and leave at 9:00 SHARP unless otherwise stated. All hikes are ever other Saturday unless otherwise stated. We carpool to hike sites when possible. Bring a walking stick, lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen or a hat. Unexpected weather or events may necessitate a destina­tion substitution for something more fitting for the conditions. If you have questions call Carol at 727-5947. For more information see Johnson County Hikers Club Facebook page

Heritage Hall – The Has Beens – Nov. 16
Saturday, November 16, The Has Beens, sponsored by Humphrey Masonry. The Has-Beens were formed in 1981 and more than 145 musicians have been a part of this swing band. You will hear the music of the big band era of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and some of the best music of the 60’s and 70’s. They do a great show especially for those who enjoy music from those decades. Adv $10/Door $12.

“On sale” dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be announced on our website, New Box Office days Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM where you can still purchase tickets. Please call 423 727 7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Dry Run Vol. Fire Dept. – Nov. 16
Dry Run Volunteer Fire Department, 5646 Big Dry Run Rd., Butler, TN, will hold a Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. $7 Adults, $3.50 Children 6-12 years of age, FREE for Children under 5 years of age. Eat-in or carry-out. Meal includes Turkey or ham, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams green beans, cranberry sauce, roll, dessert, and drink.

Heritage Hall – Barter Players’ Frosty – Nov. 18
Monday, November 18, Barter Players’ Frosty, sponsored by Dr. Don & Carole Tarr & Mullins Real Estate. A wonderful, affordable must-see classic for the entire family. This is Frosty’s third performance at Heritage Hall and many of the same folks will return once more to re-experience the magic in the hat placed on Frosty’s head and watch the entire cast sing and dance their way into discovering the Christmas magic known as love. All seats are only $5.

“On sale” dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be announced on our website, New Box Office days Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM where you can still purchase tickets. Please call 423 727 7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.

Christmas at the O.K. Corral – Nov. 22 & 23
On Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 — 7 P.M. at Heritage Hall, The Johnson County Young Artist will present the holiday musical Christmas at the O.K. Corral! “Will Bubble Gum Bart go up the town? Will the folks of Snow Gulch celebrate Christmas this year? Who can save them?” Tickets are $5 at the door.

DHT Thanksgiving Meal – Nov. 28
The Lord has blessed DHT again this year and as a way of showing our appreciation to the community and to help those in need, we would like to offer a FREE Thanksgiving meal at the Johnson County Senior Center at 1128 College Street to anyone in our community that does not have a family to spend Thanksgiving with; all are welcome. Dine-in, take-out, or delivery.  Dine-in is from 11- 12:30 PM. Deliveries must RSVP by November 15 to Gabrielle Phipps from DHT at (423) 727-9061 ext. 3123.

Children’s Christmas Party – Dec. 14
The Johnson County Library will be hosting a free Christmas party for Children on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30 – 12:00. There will be stories, singing, crafts, games, food, and a gift for each child who attends. Please sign up by calling (423-727-6544) or going to the library before December 12.