Area Happenings

Compiled by Marisa Anders - [email protected]

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:

LEGO Club at Library

A LEGO Club is meeting at the Claiborne County Public Library. All ages are welcome to attend. The club meets on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of each month from 4-5 p.m. to create, build and express your imagination with LEGOs. All LEGO supplies will be provided by the library. No sign up is required – just show up for a building good time. The library is located at 1304 Old Knoxville Road in Tazewell, below Walters State. For more information call 423-626-5414.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) be accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Claiborne County. You must call ETHRA’S Energy Line at 1-844-309-0416 to make an appointment. Applications will be taken at the ETHRA office located at 1120 Church St., Suite 2, Tazewell. The following information is required on the day of your appointment: Proof of all household income dated 2016 (last eight weeks of check stubs or social security award letter for 2016, or income printout from DHS.) Bank statements cannot be accepted. Government issued ID for applicant only, social security cards for all household members, 12 month printout from your utility company that shows usage and dollar amount along with name, address and account number, fuel receipts from last winter. The sponsor of this program is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The goal is to provide assistance to the low-income households to offset the high rise of home energy costs.

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.

Library Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as the Claiborne County Public Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” during the annual summer library program. The Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 12, with programs, prize drawings, story times, a reading club and more. The Claiborne County UT Extension Office will also present a weekly program at the library, Adventures in the Kitchen. Registration for “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” is under way. For more information call the library at 423-626-5414, visit the website, or like them on Facebook.

Food Giveaway

Wolfenbarger Baptist Church in Tazewell and VanHuss Grove Baptist Church in Rose Hill, Virginia, will have a food giveaway on July 16 beginning at 10 a.m. until food is given away. For more information, call Gary Fletcher at 423-489-5787 or Ashley Yeary at 423-259-1981.

CHS Pig Roast

The Claiborne Lady Bulldogs will be having their annual pig roast July 16 from 5-10 p.m. at Claiborne High School. The cost is $6 a plate, including roast pork, sides and a dessert. Drink is not included. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the food, entertainment and more. Live entertainment will include: Forgiven, Jordan Bullins, Southern Steel and more. Local politicians will have booths and there will be activities for children. For more information contact Tater Petty at 865-585-1331.

Harrogate Book Station

There will be a yard sale at the Harrogate Book Station July 16 from 8 a.m. until ? The book station is located at 310 Bristol Rd. in Harrogate. Donations are welcome and all proceeds go toward the library. For more information call 423-869-9777.

Keck Family Reunion

Descendants of the John Guider Keck and Conrad Keck families will be meeting July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Point schoolhouse for a reunion. All relatives, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.

Atkins-Daniels Reunion

The family of Allen (Pug) Atkins and Nancy Daniels Atkins will be July 24 at TNT School, starting at 10 a.m. Everyone please come and bring a covered dish.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Time change: Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet the last Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Laurel Manor Nursing Facility. The next meeting will be July 28. 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.

Relay For Life

The Relay for Life of Claiborne County will be hosting a Team Captain’s Meeting on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Century Bank Operations Center in Tazewell. Teams will be signing up for campsites, concession, bank night and much more. For more information call 865-771-1045.

FSA County Committee Elections

FSA (Farm Service Agency) County Committee Elections will be held this year in Local Administrative Areas (LAAs) No. 2 and No. 3. LAA No. 2 includes the Claiborne County communities of Bacchus, Sandlick, Harrogate, Big Spring Union and Midway. LAA No. 3 consists of Claiborne County communities Cedar Fork, Sycamore, Lone Mountain, Springdale and Union Chapel. On June 15, postcards were mailed to each eligible voter in these communities with information on how to nominate a candidate. Nomination petitions can be accepted at the County Office through August 1 either in person or postmarked. FSA encourages all eligible producers to nominate themselves, or another eligible producer, to run for office. Nomination forms (FSA-669A’s) will be available at the County Office, in person or by mail by request, and online at

Cosby Family Reunion

The 17th annual Cosby Family Reunion will be held August 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tazewell Municipal Park, 207 Richardson Rd. Tazewell. The descendants of Rebecca, Paris, Richard and Aaron Cosby are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and beverages for your family. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Wilson at 865-585-2172 or email [email protected]

Car, Truck, Tractor, Motorcycle Show

The Springdale Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Car Show Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 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 125 trophies will be awarded. Vendors are welcome to set up booths for a $15 fee (no food or drink vendors please). There will be 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.

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.

Bee Friends

Interested in beekeeping and meeting beekeepers? Whether you are looking for information or just curious, you are invited to join us at 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 Community College in the auditorium. 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.

Story Time at Library

The Claiborne County Public Library will be having a Story Time every week in the Children’s Room. Story Time will be held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with books, music and crafts. Children of all ages are welcome. Call the library at 423-626-5414 for more information.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] . 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.

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.

Town of Tazewell Brush Pickup

Brush pickup for the residents of the Town of Tazewell is resuming. A maximum quantity of two brush piles 4 ft. wide x 4 ft. tall x 10 ft. long will be collected from each household per visit. Brush and limbs shall be neatly stacked in 4 ft. x 4 ft. piles with the ends facing the same direction. Exceptions: Leaves or other debris may not be mixed with brush. No stumps will be picked up or limbs larger than 6 inches in diameter. Brush must be brought to the curbside and not placed in the street or on sidewalks. Lumber or construction waste materials will not be collected. No commercial, industrial, construction, or land clearing projects are included in the brush collection program. To schedule pickup call the Tazewell City Hall at 626-5104.

Compiled by Marisa Anders

[email protected]

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