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Community Calendar 11-6-19

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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 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.

Town of Mountain City offices closed – Nov. 11
The Town of Mountain City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of the Veteran’s Day Holiday. There will be no garbage pick-up this day. Regular garbage routes will resume on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. In the event of a water/sewer emergency, please call 423-727-5200.

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.


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.

Pasta with a Purpose – Nov. 7
Johnson Co. High School Student Council Dinner and Auction Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Johnson Co. High School, 290 Fairground Hill, Mountain City. Auction to be held at 6:30 pm. $10 per person. Meal includes Pasta, salad, green beans, garlic knot, drink. and dessert.

Legion Auxiliary Unit #61 Fall Rummage Sale – Nov. 7 and 8
Fall Rummage Sale at the Legion Hall 318 North Church Street Mountain City. Annual Fall Sale with many nice coats for the cold weather, lovely clothes and household items. Reasonable prices and all the proceeds of the sale help The Auxiliary and Legion assist local veterans and their families. Sale dates Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Donations are gladly ac­cepted. Please call 608-201-2830 or contact any Auxiliary member. Or you can drop off donations at the Legion Hall on Set-up day, Tuesday, November 5, from 9-11:00 a.m.

Levi Retirees Breakfast- Nov. 9
Stop by the Johnson County Crewette Building between 6 AM and 10 AM for homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, sausage, eggs, potatoes, home­made jam, coffee, and orange juice. Adults: $6. Chil¬dren (6-12): $3. Hosted by the Levi Retirees. Proceeds go to the Senior Heating Assistance Fund.

Trade Community Center Turkey Shoot- Nov. 9
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, Nov. 9 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.

Harvest Dinner Fundraiser – Nov. 12
Tuesday, November 12, 6pm – 8pm join the Watauga Watershed Alliance and Johnson County Center for the Arts for a Harvest Dinner Fundraiser at Watauga Lake Winery. There will be a Seafood Dinner with live music and a Silent Auction. Enjoy good food, friends, and art for a great cause. A limited number of tickets are available for $20 each.

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.


Johnson County Democratic Party – Nov. 7
The November meeting of the Johnson County Democratic Party will be held Thursday, Nov 7 at 5:30 in the meeting room of the Johnson County Library.

Purple Heart Recipients to be recognized – Nov. 8
The members of the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center and the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to recognize those who have been awarded the Purple Heart for their acts of courage during their military service. If you or someone you know has been awarded this honor please call the Johnson County Senior Center at 423-727-8883 and give your name, the branch of service, dates of service phone number. Recipients will be recognized at the Veterans Day Program at the Senior Center on Friday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Searching for the Oldest Veteran in Johnson County, TN – Nov. 8
The search is on for the oldest veteran in Johnson County! The Johnson County Senior Citizens Center and the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution plan to recognize the oldest veteran in Johnson County on Friday, November 8 at the annual Veterans’ Day Program at the Senior Center. If you think you or a loved one might qualify as the oldest veteran in Johnson County, call 423-727-8883 and give your name, birthdate (month/day/ year), phone number, the branch of service and dates of service. All persons interested must call no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7.

Legion Meeting- Nov. 11
American Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary will meet on Monday, November 11 around 12:30 PM, immediately after the Veterans Day ceremony. This is a special day as we celebrate the American Legions’ 100th birthday. Rather than our thanksgiving dinner, our meal will be simpler with chili and hot dogs. The Auxiliary and Post will provide the dogs, buns, condiments, and a sheet cake for dessert. Members are encouraged to bring their favorite ap­propriate side dishes. Larger portions are desirable as we will be expecting a greater than normal attendance. Dues are still payable for 2020. For more information call 727-5935 or 727-6372.

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Phil Roe – Nov. 6
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced he will hold a Town Hall meeting for constituents in First District on Wed., Nov. 6, 2019 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to attendees and seating will be first-come, first-served. This event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required to attend.

Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Alder­men – Nov. 12
The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen regular meet­ing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 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.

The Johnson Co. Beekeepers Meeting- Nov. 12
The Johnson County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm in the basement of the Farm Bureau. For more info, email johnsoncountybeekeep­[email protected]

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

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

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.

Johnson Co. Democratic Party Meeting – Nov. 7
The November meeting of the Johnson County Democratic Party will be held Thursday, Nov 7 at 5:30 in the meeting room of the Johnson County Library.

Veterans Day Children’s Program at the Johnson County Library – Nov. 8
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a Veterans Day Program at the Johnson County Library for children on Friday, November 8 from 3:30-4:30. All children are welcome!

Veterans Day Program at the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center – Nov. 8
All veterans are invited to the Veterans Day Program at the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center on Friday, November 8 at 11:00. Please call 423-737- 8883 to make reservations. All veterans registering by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 will receive a certificate of appreciation during the program, those registering after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 will be able to pick up their certificates at the Johnson County Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday, November 12. All veterans will be provided lunch following the program.

Thanksgiving fundraiser Roan Creek Lodge – Nov. 10
Butler Chapter Order of the Eastern Star is having a Thanksgiving fundraiser at Roan Creek Lodge, 138 Rainbolt St. Butler, on Sunday, November 10th from 12-2p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds will be used for community projects.

Veterans Day Ceremony- Nov. 11
Show your support for our hometown heroes at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony to be held Monday, November 11 at 11 AM at Heritage Hall. This year’s theme will celebrate the 100th birthday of the American Legion. Former Legion Department of Tennessee Commander Robert Hensley will be the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers scheduled to attend include State Senator Jon Lundberg, State Representative Timothy Hill, County Mayor Mike Taylor, and City Mayor Kevin parsons. Nancy Davis along with the Johnson County Community Children’s Chorus under the direction of Marie- Jo Thum will provide musical tributes. There will also be a surprise guest making a presentation. As always, all veterans will be saluted with a service song medley. WMCT will provide live coverage for those unable to attend.

FREE Admission, Museum of East Tenn. History for Veterans and their families – Nov. 11
The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans, active duty mili­tary, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Monday, November 11, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., prior to and following the downtown Knoxville Veterans Day Parade. Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

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.

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.