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:

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.

Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association

The Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association is in need of full-time (commission based) salespeople for the following counties: Bell, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Harlan, Knox, Lee, Union, Whitley. Send resume to Carl Nichols, president, P.O. Box 555, Cumberland Gap, TN 37824.

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.

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.

Free Eat Smart During Pregnancy Classes

A free six-lesson cooking class, Eat Smart During Pregnancy, will be offered at the Claiborne County Health Department from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays starting Aug. 24 through Sept. 28. This hands-on class for expecting mothers will be taught by Jackie Payne, Program Assistant with UT Extension Claiborne County TNCEP program. Participants will learn how to choose healthy foods, prepare healthy meals, and save money as they prepare and sample new recipes. Each week participants will receive a helpful kitchen tool. To register for this class call Jackie Payne at 423-626-3742 or email [email protected] This workshop and all programs offered by Extension are open to anyone who would like to participate. If you would like to learn more about how UT-TSU Extension serves Claiborne County you can visit the office, call 423-626-3742, visit our website at, like us on Facebook (, or follow us on Twitter @ClaiborneExt.

Joint Operating Commission

The Joint Operating Commission of the Claiborne Economic Partnership will meet August 25 at 2 p.m. at First Century Bank’s Tazewell branch.

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 Aug. 25. 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.

Dog Park Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of the Cumberland Gap Off-Leash Dog Park will be held Aug. 27 at 294 Roslyn Ave. in Cumberland Gap. There is enough parking for 20 cars; you’re asked to park near Gap Creek Coffeehouse and walk on the walking trail for 0.45 mile. The opening will be at noon and everyone is invited to attend.

Tazewell Senior Citizens Center

The Tazewell Senior Center welcomes musician Cameron Sutphin on Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. Cameron plays popular music including oldies and classic country. This is a free event sponsored by the Tazewell Senior Center and the Claiborne County Office on Aging, and is open to anyone aged 60 & and over. Please come out a join us for this fun and entertaining show!

The Tazewell Senior Center and Claiborne County Office on Aging are hosting a focus group on housing for seniors and those with disabilities on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. The purpose of this group is for community members to come and give their opinions and input on floor plans, design, etc. for independent living options. Please plan to join us for this special event. The Tazewell Senior Center is located at 180 Jaycee Lane in Tazewell (behind the fairgrounds). For more information call 423-973-3673 ext. 2 for Denise West, director of the Office on Aging.

Bee Friends

Interested in beekeeping and meeting beekeepers? Whether you are looking for information or just curious, you are welcome to join us, 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. September 1 will be the next meeting. Mike Studer, the Tennessee State Apiarist, will be presenting information and available to answer any questions that you may have. This is also a great time to check the group out, just ask questions, and meet others with all levels of experience. 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.

Relay For Life

Win two Battle at Bristol tickets! Tickets are $10 per chance and can be purchased at Speedwell, Harrogate and New Tazewell Commercial Bank branches. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life. The drawing will be held on Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.

McNew Reunion

The annual McNew Reunion will be Sept. 3 at the Powell Valley Community Center near the Powell Valley Elementary School. The doors will open at 10 a.m. We are asking that you bring old picture, recipes for our cookbook and a picnic lunch. Be sure to invite others. For more information call Nila McNew at 423-869-3482.

PVHS Class of 1981

The Powell Valley High School class of 1981 35 year reunion will be held at the old PVHS vocational building on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. For more information call 606-269-7278.

Hatfield – Sutton Reunion

The 20th annual reunion will be Sept. 4 at Berkau Park, located at 603 Pennlyn Ave. in Cumberland Gap. The reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end when everyone leaves. Lunch will be 12:30-1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, etc. to share with everyone and drinks for your own family. Bring a lawn chair for yourself; bring old pictures and info to share if you want. Also includes surnames Cowan, Blaylock, Yeary, Rosenbalm, Brooks, Maples, Dean, Snavely, Longworth and others. For more info contact, Jeanie Vaughn at 770-943-4974 or [email protected] or Evelyn at 423-489-2749.

Harrogate Labor Day Celebration

The annual Labor Day Celebration by the City of Harrogate will be held Sept. 5 at the Harrogate City Park. Entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. with fireworks. There will be crafts, food vendors, inflatables, train rides and more – fun for all ages.

Catfish Dinner

Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a Catfish Dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 9 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

Rosson Family Reunion

The Rosson Family Reunion will be held Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Point Fellowship Hall in New Tazewell.

Learn To Paddle Day

Learn to Paddle Day will be held Sept. 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Riverside Rentals. This is a great chance to get out on the Powell River and find out how easy it is to paddle a kayak or a canoe. There will be boats, instructors and volunteers on hand to help you in and out of the boats. Hot dogs will be available as well. The event is free of charge. For more information visit or contact Kyle Prichard at 423-489-1927.


The Claiborne County Solid Waste Authority board will meet for the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Claiborne County Courthouse.

Dulcimer Convention

The 40th annual Great American Dulcimer Convention will be held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park Sept. 23 and 24 featuring free learning workshops during the day on Saturday and must-see evening concert on Friday and Saturday. The Frontier Night Buffet will also be held on Saturday at the Mountain View Restaurant with buffalo and elk entrees. For more information, visit or call 606-337-3066.

Glow Run 5K

A Glow Run 5K will be held Sept. 24 on Main Street in New Tazewell. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. The entry fee before the event is $20 to race, $25 the day of the race; kids 10 and under are free. A prize will be given for the wackiest dressed runner and all runners will receive a T-shirt and glow sticks. The proceeds will go toward Harvest Fest on Main Street, which will be held Oct. 22. Race it, jog it, walk it or run it – just come out and do it. Register at the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce. Call 423-626-4149 for more information or visit

Chili Cook Off

The Claiborne County Chili Cook Off will be held Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Tazewell Municipal Park, located at 201 Richardson Road, Tazewell. The competition is open to any individual, business, church/school group or community organization. If you think your chili is the best, let the voters and judges decide! The cost to enter is $15, and judging will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Judge’s Favorite and People’s Choice. There will be arts, crafts and antique vendors as well. For more information or to register, contact the Claiborne Economic Partnership Chamber of Commerce at 423-626-4149 or visit The office is located at 1732 Main Street in Tazewell.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The inaugural Sporting Clays Tournament will be held Sept. 30 at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville. The tournament proceeds will benefit the Children’s Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties. The tournament is sponsored by the Office of the Eighth District Attorney General in conjunction with the Children’s Centers of the Eighth Judicial District. This is a 100-shot competition in which shooters will participate in teams of four people. The entry fee is $125 per shooter, which will include lunch and a golf cart per team. There will be a morning and afternoon flight. Individual and team prizes will be given. The morning flight registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the afternoon flight registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The shoot will take place rain or shine. Pick up a registration form at the Claiborne County Office of the District Attorney General, located at 411 Blue Top Rd., Suite 2, Tazewell. The tournament location is 7601 Old Railroad Bed Rd, Maryville.

Harvest Moon Art Festival

The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op is extending an invitation to all Tri-State artists and artisans of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to participate in The Harvest Moon Art Festival on Oct. 8, where your work will receive great exposure. Call 606-269-1281 for more information and to register.

Fire In The Gap Festival

The Fire In the Gap Festival, chili and cornbread cook off with music and a street dance will be held Oct. 15 in downtown Cumberland Gap. Crazy Aunt Sadie’s Yard Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the festival will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a 5K run, bike run, a fall pageant with overalls, classic cars, best beard contest, a kid’s area, homemade Halloween costumes, food, crafts and art vendors and more. If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor, call Katrina at 423-300-8225.

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 [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.

Compiled by Marisa Anders

[email protected]


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