Area Happenings

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DEADLINE: The deadline for submitting Area Happenings, Church Events, Cemetery News, Reunions or Society items is Thursday at noon. See our website each week for a full listing of local events:

Free Classes

The Claiborne County Adult High School is now offering free classes for students to earn credits to receive their Tennessee state high school diploma. Flexible scheduling is available for both day and evening classes. For more information, contact the Adult High School at 423-626-8222.

Town of Tazewell Meetings

The board meetings for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Tazewell are conducted at Tazewell City Hall at 1830 Main Street, the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The BMA Workshops are on Wednesday, prior to the scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. as needed. The Planning Commission Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to attend these meetings.

Cumberland Gap Meetings

The regular monthly meetings for the Cumberland Gap Historical Zoning Commission will be held the first Tuesday (following the first Monday) of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street Cumberland Gap (if no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held). The public is invited to attend.

The regular monthly meetings for the Cumberland Gap Planning Commission will be held the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town, 330 Colwyn Street Cumberland Gap (if no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held). The public is invited to attend.

The regular monthly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Board of Mayor and Alderman will be held the first Monday evening of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street, Cumberland Gap. The Cumberland Gap Beer Board meeting follows the board meeting each month. At least one week before the regular scheduled meeting the board meets in a study session to review and finalize the agenda. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is usually held the Monday before the regular scheduled meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

Greene County Skills

Greene County Skills, Inc. is seeking individuals in Tennessee that have developmental or physical disability. Tennessee has a grant program offering assistance. For more information, call Greene County Skills, Inc. at 423-798-7137, ask for Karin Hagenburger or 423-798-7144 Teresa Crawford, Family Support Coordinator.

Youth Basketball Signups

TNT Youth Basketball signups will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights in November from 6-8 p.m. at Hardee’s in Tazewell. TNT Youth Basketball is open to boys and girls ages 5-15.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. For more information call 606-670-4356.

Bee Friends

Interested in beekeeping and meeting beekeepers? Whether you are looking for information or just curious, you are welcome to join Bee Friends, a local beekeeping group. We meet monthly, on the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Tazewell Campus of Walters State in the auditorium. There will not be a meeting in December. This is a great time to check the group out, just ask questions, and meet others with all levels of experience, especially if you are interested in learning more about bees next year. There will be a sign at the door from the parking lot. As always, coffee and dessert will be served. For more information call 423-648-4785.

Driver License Safety Checkpoints

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Nov. 13-19 on TN Route 63 in Claiborne County. Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee. The THP has found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

Christmas Parade

The New Tazewell Merchant Association will present the Annual Merchant Parade on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. The parade theme this year is “The Music and Magic of Christmas” and the Grand Marshal is Bo Williams from WATE-TV. The Honored Merchant this year is His and Hers Styling Salon. Vannah Shipley and Misty Givens are co-owners of His and Hers Styling Salon. The parade will begin in the Walmart and Ingle’s parking lot and will end at the traffic light beside Walgreen’s.

Community Charity Event

There will be a community charity event Nov. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 505 Old Knoxville Hwy., New Tazewell. The event will include a bake sale, silent auction, face painting, food & drinks, T-shirts, live music and vendors. There will also be a special keynote speaker and a special recognition ceremony for National Survivors of Suicide Day as well as a balloon release. Community members are encouraged to come together to show love and support for those who have suffered loss and to bring awareness to suicide. Knowledge and awareness is the first step needed to begin making changes, and organizers are dedicated to changing the stigma surrounding suicide and depression and helping to save lives in Claiborne County. All proceeds from this event will go to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

Claiborne Christmas Shopping Expo

In support of Small Business Saturday, there will be a Christmas Shopping Expo on Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in New Tazewell. The event will celebrate Small Business Saturday by hosting direct selling businesses such as Avon, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pure Romance, Tupperware, Pink Zebra and many more. There will also be handmade craft vendors on hand. Come for a unique Christmas shopping experience! There is still a need for handmade craft vendors. If you sell handmade wreaths, ornaments, wooden signs, T-shirt or cup designs, etc. you are invited to attend. For more information contact 865-585-2917.

Bagged Leaf Pick-Up

There will be a curbside pick-up of bagged leaves for the Town of Tazewell residents beginning Nov. 28 and continuing through the month of December. This is specifically leaves; no brush will be picked up. Please call the Tazewell City Hall to request your pick-up at 423-626-5104.

Victorian Christmas in the Gap

The Victorian Christmas in the Historic Town of Cumberland Gap will be held Dec. 3. Father and Mother Christmas will see children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 517 Colwyn Avenue, followed by cookies and cider with Father and Mother Christmas from 4-5 p.m. at Festival Park with a photo opportunity. The tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reading of the original Christmas story from the book of Luke. Each business in town will be having open house, with a door prize drawing.

PVES Holiday Vendor Fair

Calling local vendors and crafters — Powell Valley Elementary School is holding a Holiday Vendor Fair on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Powell Valley Middle School Cafeteria. The PVES PTIA is in search of local vendors and crafters who are interested in participating in the first annual Holiday Vendor Fair. For more details or an application form please email or call 423-801-0087. All proceeds will go right back into the school. Direct sales businesses will be first come, first served and no direct sales companies will be duplicated.

Lunch & Learn

Claiborne Senior Smiles — Neighbors driving Neighbors. There will be a Lunch & Learn at Servolution, located at 245 Powell Valley School Lane in Speedwell on Dec. 6. Sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be at noon. Please RSVP to 423-526-6040.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Laurel Manor Nursing Facility. Community partners: Alzheimer’s Tennessee; Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice; Laurel Manor Nursing Facility; Lambert Bookkeeping & Financial Services; Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc.; Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home; Eastridge Apartments LLC; Claiborne County Office on Aging. Everyone welcome.

American Legion Post #109

All veterans are invited to attend monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a meal. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 335 Fulkerson Street in Tazewell.

Beginner’s Computer Class

The Claiborne County Public Library is hosting a beginner’s computer class at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center every other Friday at 1 p.m. For more information call the library at 423-626-5414.

Free Tech Classes at Library

Need help with technology? Would you like to learn more about your mobile device? You can now schedule an appointment at the Claiborne County Public Library for free help sessions. The library will be able to help with the following: Computers, tablets, phones, use of apps, etc.

Come prepared with: The device you need help with; any necessary usernames and passwords needed to access your device and/or accounts; the device fully charged, if not, please bring a charger; questions and/or concerns about your device.

The library staff will not: Run diagnostics; troubleshoot or fix any malfunctioning devices (unless related to library services); run antivirus scans; computer maintenance; replace parts on a device; credit card transactions.

Call for information, more details or to schedule an appointment at 423-626-5414 or email at One-on-one or group appointments are available.

Drug Test Kits Available

Free Saliva Based Drug Testing Kits are available, provided and sponsored through UNITE and (SIGCO) Stand in the Gap Coalition. Give Me a Reason (GMAR) is designed for parents/guardians to use to talk with their children and randomly test them, which gives them a reason to say “no” when tempted or offered drugs. They can be obtained at 44 different distribution points throughout tri-state area & at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Ave., Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. For more information where to find a distribution point near you contact the SIGCO office at 423-300-1302 or to pick one up stop by on Thursdays between noon and 5:30 p.m.

Arthur Community Center Association

The Arthur Community Center Restoration Organization has regular meetings the second Thursday and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur Community Center. All residents of Arthur Community are encouraged to attend. The ACCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Arthur Community Center for the public to use for meetings, family reunions, wedding receptions, etc.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project

Outreach workers Tommy Brooks and Erin Haverland will be available to assist eligible veterans with enrollment in HVRP. The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project helps veterans find secure employment through case management, job training, and referrals and links with other local service providers. Outreach workers can arrange visits with veterans in outlying areas who are unable to travel to the program office.Veterans Can Help is located at 511 Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Phone: 865-524-3926. In Knoxville, call 865-546-4813 for more information.

Free Spay and Neuter

The Animal Welfare League of Claiborne County is sponsoring a free spay/neuter for dogs and cats in the Claiborne County area for families with income less than $30,000 per year, depending upon the number of people in the household. Pick up applications at Harrogate Hospital for Animals, Russell Veterinary Services or Rowland Veterinary Services. You can also request spay applications at . Complete application, including proof of income and mail to AWLCC, 200 Hatfield Morgan Lane, New Tazewell, TN 37825 or scan/email to email address above. Be sure to include a phone number.

Compiled by Marisa Anders

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