Area Happenings

Compiled by Marisa Anders -

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

Budget Committee

The Claiborne County Budget Committee will meet at the Claiborne County Courthouse in the large courtroom at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 13.

Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society

The Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society is located on Old Knoxville Road across from the library. For more information call the office 423-526-5737. We will be open on Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CCHGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claiborne County. Please mail your tax deductible contributions or annual membership dues to: CCHGS, P.O. Box 32, Tazewell, TN 37879.

Kiwanis Club

The Wilderness Road Kiwanis Club of Harrogate has regular club meetings the second Tuesday and fourth Tuesday of each month at Gondolier in Harrogate. The next meeting is Aug. 25. The meetings will be in the back, glassed-in room of the restaurant at noon. Wilderness Road Kiwanis would like to welcome anyone from the community to attend. Kiwanis is a community service club. The Kiwanis Club’s main focus is to help children in the community. The efforts of Kiwanians support a variety of causes including literacy, leadership, wellness and many other special needs of children. Randall Wright, president; Belle Tuttle, secretary; Joyce Rucker, treasurer.

Claiborne County ECDB

The Claiborne County Economic & Community Development Board (ECDB), formerly the Industrial Development Board, will hold its next scheduled meeting at noon on Aug. 14 at The Old Town Grill, 1440 North Broad Street, Tazewell. The public is welcome to attend.

Benefit Ride

There will be a benefit bike ride for Shawn New to help with medical expenses after a motorcycle accident. The ride will be Aug. 15, with registration from 9-11 a.m. at Old Town Grill (OTG) in Tazewell. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. The fee is $20 per bike. The ride begins and ends at OTG. After the ride returns Old Town Grill will offer burger and fries plates for $5 and all sales will be donated to the event. There will be an auction, Baddest Bike Contest (voted on by the crowd) and Loudest Bike Contest. Entertainment will be provided by Southern Steel around 4 p.m., Slick Nickel at 6 p.m. and Bad Decision at 8 p.m. For more information visit the event Facebook page at “The Ride” for Shawn Event Page.

Car Show

The Springdale Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show will be held at Springdale Elementary School on US Hwy. 25E South. Admission to the public is free. There is a $15 entry fee for each vehicle, over 100 trophies will be awarded. Vendors are welcome to set up booths for $15 (no food or drink vendors, please). We’ll have good food and good fun so come on out and see the fine vehicles on display that these owners have worked so hard on. All profits go to the Springdale Volunteer Fire Department. For more information contact Bill W. Smith at 423-626-9816 or Ray Rowe at 423-626-4559.

Bryant & Johnson Reunion

There will be a truck driving reunion at Shawnee Lodge Hall at 10.30 a.m. on Sept. 5. Please bring a covered dish.

Eldridge Reunion

Here we have another opportunity to come to gather as a clan and swap some happy memories with the younger or next generations. Please share your ideas we want to make the experience enjoyable, if only for the next time. Here are the details (as of this printing) for the reunion: The Eldridge Reunion will be held Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 5 at the Tazewell City Park pavilion and kitchen. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please bring a covered dish item to eat, drinks or a dessert. Bring pictures you want to share. We will try to bring a copier and some picture quality paper, if you would like something copied (donation please). There is always email and Facebook. Please let us know if you plan to make the family reunion with the info provided. Info for coordination: Will and/or Rebecca Eldridge, 490 Shipley Lane, Tazewell, 423- 626-6832, Will cell: 865 323-3018, Rebecca cell: 865 585-0738,,, Facebook for sharing.

Hurst Family and Friends Reunion

The Hurst family and friends reunion will be at Caney Valley American Christian Church on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. It will be a covered dish meal. All family and friends are invited. There will be a memoral table in memory of the loved ones who are no longer with us. Please contact Jill Duff at 423-626-6767 for more information and if you want to bring a picture for the table. Please come and join us for a day of fun and fellowship.

Free Classes

The Claiborne County Adult High School will be offering classes for students to earn credits to receive their Tennessee state high school diploma. Flexible scheduling will be available for both day and evening classes. If you do not have your high school diploma, please contact the Claiborne County Adult High School at 423-626-8222 for more information.

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.

Bailey Cemetery

Donations are needed for upkeep. Please send them to Carol Bailey at 376 Bailey Hollow Rd., Tazewell, TN 37879.

Career Education

Career and Technical Education programs at Claiborne High School and Cumberland Gap High School provide our students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and relevant career and technical education program that leads to academic achievement and successful employment in a global economy. Claiborne County Schools offer the following courses in the Career and Technical field (but not limited to): Medical Therapy, Health Science, Forensics, EMS, Ag. Power & Mech., Forestry, Technical Education Classes, Family & Consumer Science, Child Development, Nutrition Science, Career Management Success, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Greenhouse, Wildlife Management, Turf Grass, Horse/Animal Science, Collision Repair, Textiles & Apparel, Masonry, Hydroponics, Horticultural & Green House, Carpentry, Agriculture Green House, and Computer Aided Design. We welcome and encourage any student who may be interested in these programs to contact the guidance office at either school. It is the policy of the Claiborne County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inquiries regarding compliance with title IX, Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to Denise Howard, 504 Coordinator, Claiborne County Board of Education, 1403 Tazewell Rd. , Tazewell, TN 37879, Phone 423-626-7979, or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society

The Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society is located on Old Knoxville Road across from the library. For more information call the office 526-5737. Research hours are Sundays from 1-5 p.m. CCHGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claiborne County. Please mail your tax deductible contributions or annual membership dues to: CCHGS, P.O. Box 32, Tazewell, TN 37879.

Claiborne County Pre-K Program

We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 school year. You are required to bring your child’s immunization and physical certificate, valid birth certificate, social security number and proof of income. Children registering at these locations must be four before August 15. The Alpha School is now taking applications for children ages 30 months to four years old. Applications can be picked up at The Alpha School, 910 Alpha Dr., New Tazewell.

Clinch-Powell Head Start Registration

The Clinch-Powell Head Start program is currently taking applications for children 3 and 4 years of age at all Head Start Centers in Claiborne County for the 2015-2016 program year. The child must be 3 years old by August 15, 2015, to be age eligible for the program. Services are provided five days a week with centers open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation services may be provided dependent upon availability. The program provides services to special needs children, including children with severe disabilities. All services, meals and snacks are provided at no cost to the family. For more information, or to complete an application, please contact: Child Development Center – 626-6423, Clairfield Center – 784-7700, Ellen Myers Center – 869-4513, Powell Valley Center – 869-0222, SMMS Center – 626-1622, Springdale Center – 626-5152, TNT Center – 626-5708.

Drug Testing

Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) is sponsoring free saliva-based drug test kits designed to be provided to parents and guardians to keep and use for their children as they feel necessary. The program, Give Me a Reason (GMAR), gives individuals a reason to say no to drugs when tempted by peer pressure or whatever the circumstances are. There are complete information and instructions in each kit. These kits can be obtained at the Stand in the Gap office at 502 Pennlyn Ave. in Cumberland Gap on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in at least 44 different distribution points in the tri-state area. For more information and locations of the distribution points please call 423-300-1302 or 423-494-1849.

Estes Cemetery

Donations are needed for upkeep of Estes Cemetery. Please send them to Margaret Shipley, 504 Giles Dr., Tazewell, TN 37879.

Harrogate Book Station

There is a book sale until the end of summer at the Harrogate Book Station, located in the Shawanee Depot Building at 310 Bristol Rd., Harrogate. For more information call 423-869-9777.

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.

Hopewell Cemetery

Donations are needed for upkeep. Please send them to Thelma Buchanan, 580 Mt. Hearman Road, Harrogate, TN 37752, or Judith Harmon, 838 Harmon Rd., New Tazewell, TN 37825.

Keck Reunion

It’s that time again – the third Saturday in July and time for the John Guider and Conrad Keck family reunion. All descendants of the Keck family will gather July 18 at 10.30 a.m. at the Pleasant Point school house. Friends and neighbors are all invited to join in for lunch and fun.

Riverview Cemetery

Donations are needed for upkeep. Please send them to Hazel Gilbert at 537 Pump Springs Rd., Harrogate, TN 37752.

Rose Cemetery

Donations are needed for help on expense for mowing. Anyone who will help with this expense, please send donations to Don Rose, P.O. Box 28, Tazewell, TN 37879. Thank you.

Seals Chapel Cemetery

It is mowing season again. Donations are needed for the mowing in Seals Chapel Cemetery. They can be given to or mailed to Joyce Morris, 216 Bull Lane, Tazewell, TN 37879. Thank you for your support.

Shoemaker Cemetery

Donations are needed for the upkeep of Shoemaker Cemetery. If you have loved ones whose final resting place is in this beautiful cemetery, your help is greatly needed. Please send your donations to Shoemaker Cemetery in care of Neta Munsey, P.O. Box 443, New Tazewell, TN 37824. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.

Thompson Chapel Cemetery

Donations are needed for mowing. Donations can be deposited at Citizens Bank in New Tazewell, c/o Thompson Chapel Cemetery Fund or sent to Bud Butler, 302 Ball Creek Rd., New Tazewell, TN 37825. All donations are greatly appreciated, and are used solely for mowing the cemetery.

Town of Tazewell BMA

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 public is invited to attend all meetings of the board.

Tri-State Christian Academy

Tri-State Christian Academy is now accepting applications for K-3 through 12th grade. The school is located in Arthur. For more information call 423-869-8008.

Woods Cosby Cemetery

The Woods Cosby Cemetery needs donations to help keep the cemetery mowed. Send to Mike Cosby at 542 Goins Chapel Road, Tazewell, TN 37879 or to Citizens Bank/ Woods Cemetery Account.

Wylie Cemetery

Donations are needed for the upkeep of the Wylie Cemetery. Please send donations to Eula Luckadoo, 323 Blairs Creek Rd., Tazewell, TN 37879, or take them to First Century Bank in Tazewell and make a deposit.

Yoakum Cemetery

Donations are needed for mowing and upkeep of the cemetery. Send to: Yoakum Cemetery Fund, 327 Greary Hollow Rd., c/o Joann Moore, Speedwell, TN 37870.

Compiled by Marisa Anders

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