Area Happenings

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:

1970 Class Reunion

The Claiborne County High School Class of 1970 reunion will be held Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the new Claiborne High School. Please RSVP by July 15 or ASAP. The cost is $20 per person. Make checks payable to Mary Jo Brogan or Dorothy Davis and mail to P.O. Box 126, Tazewell, TN 37879. No letters are being sent out. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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.

Buchanan Reunion

The annual Buchanan Reunion will be held June 28 at Springdale School. Lunch will be served around 1 p.m. Plates, utensils and drinks will be provided. Please bring a covered dish.

Budget Committee Meetings

The Claiborne County Budget Committee of the Claiborne County Commission will meet in the large courtroom at the Claiborne County Courthouse, located on Main Street in Tazewell, at 6 p.m. on the following days: June 23, June 25, June 30, July 9, July 16, July 21, July 23, July 28 and July 30. The public is invited to attend.

Canning Classes

UT Claiborne County Extension is sponsoring several “Canning College” classes during the upcoming weeks. These classes are designed to teach, through hands-on demonstrations, the “ins and outs” of home canning. Whether you are an experienced canner who has preserved food for years or a novice wanting to learn more about home canning, this is the course for you. Classes will be held on the following dates:

• July 9 and July 16 (two evening classes) at the LMU Garden Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. If you are interested in registering for the course please call the UT Extension office at 423-626-3742 by July 6.

• July 11 at the LMU Garden Center from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you are interested in registering for the course please call the UT Extension office at 423-626-3742 by July 6.

• July 25 at Servolution Health Services in Speedwell from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you are interested in registering for the course please call the UT Extension office at 423-626-3742 by July 22.

There is a $60 registration fee to cover the costs of supplies and produce for the class. Participants will take home a dozen canning jars mostly filled with items canned during class. In addition, each participant will receive a copy of So Easy to Preserve, which normally retails for $18. This 375-page book is the definitive source for home food preservation and will serve as the textbook for this course.

This course is open for anyone regardless of race, color, age, national origin, or sex, who would like to learn more about preserving the wonderful produce from your garden or from the farmers market, so you will have home canned foods to eat all year long. For additional information or to register, please call Carol Brandon at 423-626-3742 or email at

Claiborne County Correctional Partnership Act Committee

The CCCPAC (commonly known as the Jail Committee) will meet at the training room of the Justice Center at 4:30 p.m. on June 25.

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 Educational Cooperative

The Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative will meet June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Clinch-Powell central office in Tazewell. The meeting is open to the public.

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.

Community Yard Sale

A community yard sale will be held on Main Street in New Tazewell on July 11 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Reserve your spot for $10. For information, call Mandalyn Noe at Shear Design at 526-1941 or Kyle Prichard at Eden Floral Design at 626-3535. Proceeds from the set-up fee will go toward the Main Street Christmas Tree Lighting event.

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.

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.

Estes Cemetery

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

Foster Parenting Classes

Camelot will be conducting foster parenting classes begining July 7. Classes will be held at Camelot’s LaFollette Office located at 240 W. Central Ave., LaFollette. Classes will run from 5:30 – 8:30pm each Tuesday night for eight weeks. For more information or to enroll contact Susan Sharp at 423-566-2451 or at

Gulley Family Gathering

All family members of the late B.F. and Bertha Gulley of Harrogate are welcome to attend the reunion. It will be at C.J. Brown Dam and Revervoir on June 27 at 11 a.m. The address is 2630 Croft Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45503. There is a playground area for the children.

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. In Knoxville, call 865-546-4813 for more information.

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 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.

Library Summer Reading Program

The Claiborne County Public Library’s summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” began June 9. The program is open to children preschool through 12 years. The schedule of programs is as follows:

June 30 – Balloon artist, clown and storyteller David Claunch will be performing.

July 7 – The Zoomobile from the Knoxville Zoo will be at the Library.

July 14 – National History Educational Company will present Heroic Herps with live reptiles and insects.

July 21 – End of Summer Reading Program Party with a clown, balloons, games and face painting.

Refreshments will be served after each local program. All programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the program begins June 1. For more information call the Library at 423-626-5414 or visit All programs are free of charge.

Riverview Cemetery

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

Sandefur Family Reunion

The Sandefur Family Reunion will be at Blairs Creek Church on June 28 at 1:30 p.m. We hope everyone can attend.

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.

Young Family Reunion

A reunion for the descendants of Bill and Nancy Young of the Snake Hollow Community will be at Springdale School on June 27 at noon. Bring a covered dish and drink.

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