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Community Announcements 11-27-19

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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.

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.

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.

Town of Mountain City Offices closed – Nov. 28 & 29
The Town of Mountain City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019, and Friday, November 29, 2019, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. There will be no garbage pick-up these days. Garbage routes will resume on Monday, December 2, 2019, with a city-wide pickup. In the event of a water/sewer emergency, please call 423-727-5200.

Johnson County Courthouse closed – Nov. 28 & 29
The Johnson County Courthouse and the Johnson County Clerk’s office will be closed Nov 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Johnson County Election Commission Office closed – Dec. 4 – 6
The Johnson County Election Commission Office will be closed December 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2019 for the ETACEO Seminar. The office will reopen on Monday, December 9, 2019.


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 jonimarsica[email protected] Applications will be accepted on or before 30 Dec 2019.

Johnson County FFA Greenhouse – Poinsettia Sale
The Johnson County FFA is currently having its annual Christmas Poinsettia Sale in the FFA Greenhouse at Johnson County High School. Please stop by and check out our selection of poinsettias and hope to support the students of the Johnson County FFA.

Jo. Co.y FFA Alumni Dinner and Auction – Dec. 6
On Friday, December 6, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. you are cordially invited to the Johnson County FFA Alumni Dinner and Auction. This event will be held in the Commons Area of the Johnson County High School. Tickets may be purchased from the FFA advisors and members, tickets will also be available at the door. $10 per person, $5 children 10 years old and under.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Dec. 7
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 pm at the Trade Community Center, 228 Modock Road, Trade, TN. The 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.

2019 Annual Christmas Tour of Homes – Dec. 8
The 21st Annual Rotary Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by The Rotary Club of Mountain City will be held on December 8, Sunday afternoon between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $10.00 per person and on the day of the Tour $12.00 per person. Tour of Homes will show off the wonderful homes in the area and the decorating talents of each of the various homeowners. Also featured on the tour this year will be the Johnson County Arts Council – a great place to start the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center or from any Rotarian. On the Tour day, tickets may also be purchased at the Welcome Center any time after 12:00 noon; or at the Johnson County Arts Center or at any showcased tour home during tour hours 1-5 PM. Tickets will include a map and directions to each tour site, then you will be on your own to visit each place at your leisure. Your ticket will be stamped at each place as you enter.


Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meeting held every Monday and Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the JC/MC Community Center in Mountain City. For more information, call Chuck at 423-957-0171.

Disabled Access Committee meeting – Dec. 2
There will be a special called meeting for the Disabled Access Committee Members on Monday, December 2, 2019, at 5:00 pm in the lower courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse located at 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN.

Retired Teachers Meeting- Dec. 4
The next meeting of the Johnson County Retired Teachers Association will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4. It will be held at the VFW Building on Depot St. at 12 noon. Lunch will be prepared and served by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. This will be our Christmas Party. Members are asked to bring a gift, valued at approximately $10.00 for the “Dirty Santa” gift exchange. Also please bring a smaller gift , that will be used as a door prize at a meeting during the year. All retired teachers living in Johnson County, no matter where you taught, are invited to attend. This is a fun meeting! Please join us, we would love to spend some time with you. This is the last meeting of the year, our next meeting will be April 15th, 2020. Any questions, please call Joann Stollenmaier at 908-399-6177 Hope to see you on Dec. 4th.

Johnson County Democratic Party meeting – Dec. 5
The Johnson County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 in the meeting room of the Johnson County Library. Please plan to attend as we will be accepting nominations of officers.

Jo. Co. Planning Commission meeting – Dec. 9
The Johnson County Planning Commission will meet on Monday, December 9 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the Upper Courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, Tennessee.

Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting– Dec. 9
The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen regular meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, December 9, 2019, 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.

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

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.

Johnson County Christmas Craft Show – Nov. 30
On Saturday, November 30th the Johnson County Arts Council will be sponsoring their annual Craft Show in the National Guard Armory building. This is the 19th year the Council has sponsored this event. This year there will be m42 vendors from Johnson County as well as other Tennessee locations and North Carolina. The doors will open at 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. In addition to the Show, there will be a Reindeer Run on Friday and Saturday to support Small Business Saturday sponsored by the Arts Council and the Johnson County Center for The Arts. More information will be available in the Tomahawk, at the Arts Center, and at participating businesses. Plan to spend the day in Johnson County and enjoy all the holiday activities mon Saturday, November 30th!

Christmas in the Park, Butler TN – Nov. 30
On Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. join us for Christmas in the Park at the Butler Community Park. Start your Christmas season by lighting up the park and singing Christmas carols. The Ruritan will be serving hot cocoa and home-made cookies. Weather permitting, we will roast marshmallows. Sponsored By Butler Ruritan.

Mountain City Christmas Parade – Dec 7
Saturday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. the Town of Mountain City will hold it’s annual Christmas parade. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Christmas”. Bring your family to downtown Mountain City and enjoy the holiday festivities.

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.