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Community Announcements 9-5-18

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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.

Raising Funds

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.

Pregnancy Center BBQ- September 7
Do you have the best BBQ? Put it to the vote Sept. 7! The Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County is hosting a BBQ COOK OFF, Sept. 7, 4-8 pm at the National Guard Armory. Adults $4, Families $10, (kids under 5 FREE). BBQ, roll, slaw, beans, dessert, & drink. Call 423-727-8600 to sign up your BBQ or to donate food items. Tell your friends and family-Let’s eat some BBQ!

Animal Shelter Benefit Sale-September 8
There will be a yard sale to benefit the Mountain City Animal Shelter on Saturday, September 8 from 8am to 2pm at Roberts’ Family Enterprises, 340 S. Shady St. in Mountain City. To donate your clean, useable, working items call 727-7880 and leave a message. Donations of supplies or money for the shelter are also welcome.

Levi Retiree Country Breakfast- September 8
The Levi Retiree Country Breakfast will be held at the Johnson County Crewette Building on September 8 from 6am-10am. Breakfast includes homemade biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, potatoes, grits, jam, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Carryout is available. Proceeds go to the American Legion.


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.

Al-Anon fellowship meeting
Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Changed attitudes can help recovery. Al-Anon has but one purpose: To help families and friends of addicts. We do this by the Twelve Steps and giving support, understanding and encouragement to the addict and their families.Every Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 401 W. Main St., Mountain City.For more info, call Anne at 423-727-5605. Please leave phone number and we’ll return your call.

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]

Town Hall Meeting- September 7
SAFE BABY COURT of Johnson County Kickoff: 9 AM – 3:45 PM. Introduction of SBC to community partners and services provided through the program to the community. Guest speaker include: Leah Charland, SBC Coordinator, Melissa McGee and Diane Moreland. PhD. A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition presents: “Breaking Barriers to RX Drug Abuse” Guest speakers include: Angela Hagaman, MA, LPCA talking about the prescription drug overview and the rising opioid epidemic. She also call the community to action. Dr. James Shine, MD and Officer Chris Lipford will briefly touch on what they are seeing in the medical and law enforcement sides and answer questions from the community. Lunch will be provided by ACTION Coalition RSVP to Leah Charland 423-440-4491 or Kandas Motsinger 423-727-0780

Jo. Co. Court Security Meeting- September 7
The Johnson County Court Security Committee will be meeting on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. in the lower courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse in Mountain City, Tennessee. The public is invited to attend.

Planning Commission Meeting- September 10
The Johnson County Planning Commission will meet on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Upper Courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, Tennessee. The meeting is open to the public.

Beekeepers Meeting- September 11
The Johnson County Beekeepers will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11 th at 7 p.m. in basement of Farm Bureau office.For more info email [email protected]

Election Commission Meeting- September 13
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: September 13, 2018Time: 12:00 NOON Place: Johnson County Election Commission Office. At 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. Lock Ballot Boxes 2. Approve Ballot 3. Discuss any Election Procedures
Johnson County Election Commission
158 Election Avenue, P.O. Box 106| Mountain City, TN 37683 (423) 727-8592|Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
E-Mail: [email protected]

Jo. Co. GOP Meeting- September 13
The Johnson County GOP will meet September 13, lower level courthouse at 6:00. Please plan to attend.

Disabled Access Meeting- September 17
The Disabled Access Committee will meet on Monday, September 17 at 5 PM in the lower courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse at 222 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.


JCHS Class of 1955 -September 8
The JCHS Class of 1955 will hold their 63rd class reunion on September 8th, beginning at 11:am. This will be at The Farmer’s Barbeque and Grill. We welcome anyone who has a connection with our class. For more information call Lydia @423-739-2042 or [email protected]/753-6961

JCHS Class of 1956- September 8
The JCHS Class of 1956 will be having its 62nd mini reunion on September 8th at Farmers BBQ & Grill. Gathering at 3pm and meal at 4pm. RSVP by August 25 to Selma Fifer 423-727-6442.

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 7
Johnson County Arts Center will have its first Friday opening on September 7. Come by between 4pm and 6pm. Chuck Skarsaune will perfom and light refreshments will be served.

Farmers Market Finds- September 8
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.

Heritage Hall News- September 15
Saturday, Sept. 15, Moutain Rose Band; Coming from deep mountain musical roots, each member of the group brings to life a traditional element of Appalachian music. The band’s style includes elements of foot-tapping acoustic, three-finger style banjo picking, lead and rhythm guitar, mandolin, fiddle and doghouse bass. Their close harmonies and their touch of rock are impressive and memorable. Sponsors: GSC Electronics, JC Rescue EMS; $10Adv/$12 Door/$5 Youth. 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:

Square Dance Lessons- September 17
Square Dance lessons begin Monday September 17 from 6:30- 7:30pm at the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, located at 128 N. Church St. in Mountain City across the street from the library. $3 per lesson. Singles and couples welcome. For further information contact Paul at 423-727-0759 or Joe 423-727-1433.

26th 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.