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Jan. 17

Night of fun with VFW Post #5150

Veterans and spouses are invited to join VFW Post #5150 on Friday, Jan. 17 for a night of music, food and dancing from 5-8 p.m. at the post, located at 101 Maremont Parkway in Loudon. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the post from 3-8 p.m. daily or by contacting Sally Green at 423-856-0724.

Jan. 18

Free produce and bakery

The Food Pantry and Thrift Store of Tellico Plains will give away free produce and bakery items on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the gazebo in Town Square. The Food Pantry and Thrift Store is currently in the process of moving. They ask everyone to bear with them during the transition. No donations are being accepted at this time (until they reopen at the new location). For more information, call Diana Murphy at 423-295-5518.

Jan. 23

Monroe County Health Council meeting

The Monroe County Health Council’s monthly board meeting will be held at the Monroe County Health Department on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information about the Health Council, visit

Jan. 27

Ballplay Ruritan Club meeting

The Ballplay Ruritan Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting of Ballplay Fellowship Hall, located at 157 Ballplay School Road in Tellico Plains. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Jan. 23

Prevention & Wellness Coalition meeting

The Monroe County Prevention & Wellness Coalition (PWC) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Sweetwater Hospital in the cafeteria conference room from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Coalition meetings are open to the public. Any individual interested in joining local substance abuse prevention and reduction efforts are invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch is sponsored by Sweetwater Hospital.

Feb. 3

VFW meeting

VFW Post #5150 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the post, located at 101 Maremont Parkway in Loudon.

Feb. 18

Friends of TPL meeting

Friends of the Tellico Plains Public Library will hold their annual business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Tellico Plains Public Library. The meeting will be to elect officers and discuss new business, including fundraising for the new library addition. All members are urged to attend.

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