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This week’s community announcements- 11/21/18

For Your Information

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.

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.

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.

Charity Quilt Applications
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will be accepting applications from Johnson County non-profits and charitable organizations for the 2019 Charity Quilt. Every year the guild completes a bed size quilt to be donated to a local qualifying organization for their use as a fund raising tool. Application forms may be obtained on our website Applications will be accepted on or before 15 Dec 2018. For further information please contact Shirli Pollard at [email protected] or 423-768-0331.

Christmas Craft Show Space
The Johnson County Arts Council Christmas Craft Show still has booth space available for this year’s show being held at the Armory on Nov. 24. must be homemade arts and craft items. Contact Renee Proffitt at 423-291-9029.

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.

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.

Medicare Enrollment- Oct.-Dec.
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.

Earn Your Diploma- Nov.
Adult Education (GED) Classes are starting this month. 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 or Drop by, and take that first step towards changing your life TODAY!

Santa’s Mailbox- Nov. 21
Calling all kids! Santa’s Red Letter Box will be back out in front of the court house starting Wednesday, November 21. Letters mailed to Santa in this mailbox will be delivered directly to the North Pole and will NOT need postage. Children will need to be sure to put their name and address in the letter so that Santa will know who wants what and where to find you! The Red Letter box will remain in place until December 19th. Don’t delay too long, start thinking about your own letter today!

Election Office Closure- Nov. 21-23
The Johnson County Election Commission Office will be closed November 21 -November 23 for Thanksgiving. The office will re-open on Monday, November 26.

Town Closure- Nov. 22 & 23
The Town of Mountain City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. There will be no garbage pick-up these days. There will be city wide garbage pick-up on Monday, November 26, 2018. Regular garbage routes will resume on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. In the event of a water/sewer emergency, please call 727-5200.

Courthouse/Station Closure- Nov. 22 & 23
The Johnson County Courthouse will be closed Nov 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.The Johnson County Transfer Station will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

MyRide driver training- Nov. 28
MyRide Johnson County is holding a volunteer driver information class/training. November 28 at 2pm at the Johnson County Senior Center. We need more drivers as this program is taking off to a great start! For any current volunteer drivers, anyone interested in how to become a volunteer driver or anyone wanting to learn how the program works please come join us. Any questions please call MyRide JC at 423-460-6012.


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.

Trade Turkey Shoot – Nov. 24
There will be a “Turkey Shoot” on Saturday, November 24 at 1 PM at the Trade Community Center, 228 Modock Road, Trade, Tennessee. 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.


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.

VFW Post 6908 Meeting- Dec. 1
Worley Hall VFW Post 6908 and Auxiliary will meet December 1 for their regular meeting with carry-in meal served at 6 PM and meeting to follow. All members are urged to attend and any active duty military or VFW eligible veteran is invited to attend. VFW Post 6908 is an alcohol and smoke free Post. For further information, call James D. (Don) Payne at 727-7362.

Grandparent informational seminar- Dec. 3
Raising grandchildren can be a tremendous challenge. 2.7 million grandparents are now raising their grandchildren. Grandparent caregivers need a support system to help with the many tasks and challenges they face. The Johnson County School System will be hosting its first Things Grandparents Need to Know session on December 3 from 5:30 PM-7 PM in the boardroom at Central Office (located behind the library). Officer Mike Sumner will be discussing drug and alcohol abuse among children and teens. ACTION Coalition will be on hand to offer assistance on how to talk to your grandchilren about drugs and alcohol abuse. Refreshments will be probided. Please come and join us! For more information, contact Edna Miller at 727-2640.

Quilt Guild Meeting- Dec. 8
The Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild will meet Dec 8 at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church. We will celebrate with our annual Christmas Party and gift exchange. As always you are encouraged to check out our website to see what we are doing.

Things to Do

Johnson County Arts Center- Nov. 24
Johnson County Center for the Arts is your destination for locally made art and fine craft from the East Tennessee Mountains. You can sign up for scheduled classes or use the materials in our Maker Space anytime. Volunteers are always ready to help get you started. We serve coffee and pastries.“ART is for ​Everyone!”

Join us for Small Business Saturday from 10 AM- 5PM! Patrons can warm up with hot chocolate and enjoy free gift wrapping inside. For more information, stop by the center, call (423) 460-3313 or check out our website at

Heritage Hall- Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-2
Fri., Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1 at 7pm & Dec. 2 at 3pm; JC Community Theatre & JCHS Players present Annie, the popular musical in which an orphaned child finds comfort and support in the home of NYC millionaire Daddy Warbucks who sets out on an epic mission to find Annie’s parents. Meanwhile, Miss Hannigan, in partnership with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to make some money out of this unique situation. The stories become intertwined as the lovable Annie’s story hits the national spotlight. This great show for the entire family provides a wonderful holiday outing and a perfect way to support the arts. Adv seats $10/Dorr $12. For 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:

Free Thanksgiving Dinner- Nov. 22
Free Thanksgiving Meal to anyone who is in need on November 22, 2018. Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery – While It Lasts –Dine-In 11 AM– 12:30 PM at Johnson County Senior Center 128 College Street in Mountain City, TN 37683. Must RSVP By November 9 727-9061 ext. 3123. Gabrielle Phipps Danny Herman Trucking.

Christmas on Main- Nov. 30
On Nov 30 at 5pm -8pm Main Street will decorated with lights and vendors and local businesses will be open for business so that you can find that perfect gift for your friends and loved ones. See Santa and get your picture! Come out and enjoy the festivities.Christmas tree lighting 6 PM with special singing.

Annual Christmas Parade- Dec. 1
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas parade on Saturday, December 1, 2018 on Main Street Mountain City at 5:30 pm. Ribbons will be presented in the three categories of : Business, Non Profit Organizations, and Churches. This years theme is “The Miracle and Magic of Christmas”. For applications and further information, please call the Welcome Center at 727-5800 or Nancy Drake at 727-7368.