GoFundMe for emergency funds for Hiwassee faculty/staff

Hiwassee College alumni and community members are raising money through a GoFundMe page to be able to help the faculty and staff of Hiwassee College who currently live on the campus. With the closure of the school, these individuals will be homeless until they find housing on short notice. Additionally, there are still plenty of faculty and staff that have not been able to find a new job. The campaign has a $10,000 goal and as of press time, more than $3,500 had been raised so far. To donate, visit the following website: www.gofundme.com/housing-transition-funds-for-hc-staff

Young Professionals event

Monroe County Young Professionals will hold their first event, Live After 5, on Thursday, May 23, at Lakehouse Grill in Vonore from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. To become a member of the organization, you must be between the ages of 21-40. There is an annual $25 membership fee. Interested persons can join before the event by sending an email to ypofmonroetn@gmail.com or calling 423-442-3652. You can also become a member by signing up at the event. The group's mission is to “attract, engage and connect emerging leaders and young professionals in Monroe County.”

BINGO for a Cause

There will be a BINGO night to benefit James and Kim Thompson on Thursday, May 23, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5156, located at 137 Veterans Road in Sweetwater. James is currently battling cancer. There are limited seats so tickets are being sold in advance. Tickets are a minimum donation of $25 per person for the dinner and BINGO. There will be hundreds of dollars worth of prizes, including hot seat prizes, and 25 door prize giveaways. For more information, call 423-836-4653. Tickets are available at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office in Madisonville, the Monroe County Buzz, M Salon and Sweetwater Institute of Cosmetology.

TPL Summer Reading

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold a kick off party for its Summer Reading Program, “Universe of Stories," on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. Get your child registered and play some games to kick off a fun summer with reading.

Guided tour of Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti on a guided tour of Fort Loudoun on Saturday, May 25, from 2-3:15 p.m. and learn about the fort's significance, location, defense works and structures. Don't forget your camera! Participants should meet at the Visitor's Center. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery now has two locations in Monroe County! Meetings in Sweetwater are held on Mondays and meetings in Madisonville are held on Tuesdays.

The next meeting in Sweetwater will be on Monday, May 27, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, May 28, at Madisonville Church of God, located at 3895 New Highway 68.

Free refreshments and childcare will be provided. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. Small groups will start around 7:45 p.m. Small groups are divided into men's and women's groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs.

Celebrate Recovery is a program based on Christian principles as applied to the 12 steps and the eight Beatitudes. The only requirement is a desire to come and listen. The groups are led by trained leaders who offer a safe, confidential and positive place to participate with other people looking for healing. The meetings are led by and are for regular people looking for help with hurts, habits or hang-ups. There is no financial or commitment obligation. Meetings will be held each Monday and Tuesday.

For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email Jmoore.mchc@gmail.com.

VPL Summer Reading

The Vonore Public Library is holding a Summer Reading Program for children in grades pre-K and up every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning on May 29. This year's theme is Outer Space. Each session will include arts, crafts, hands-on activities and free lunch. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker. For more information or to register, call 423-884-6729.

Community cookout at Sequoyah

Sequoyah High School will hold a free community cookout on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria to introduce new head football coach Ryan Bolinger to the public. Everyone is invited to attend.

Statehood Day

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore will celebrate Statehood Day on Saturday, June 1, with free admission to the museum and a variety of other activities. On June 1, 1796, Congress approved the admission of Tennessee as the 16th state of the Union.

The museum's 1809 blacksmith shop will be open with demonstrations going on throughout the afternoon. Other activities include: living history displays in the 1800s dog-trot log cabin, corn husk doll making, learning about the Cherokees in the Civil War and more.

Summer Robotics Camp

Sequoyah High School will hold a Summer Robotics Camp on June 3-6 for seventh through 12th graders from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Retired engineer Alex Leus will teach the basic fundamentals of robotics. Campers will be grouped by age and experience. Topics include: basic coding, control sequences and other robotic techniques.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 robots are provided by the camp for use.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to campers.

The cost to participate is $25 per student. The deadline to register is June 3. Please use cash or make a check payable to Sequoyah High School. To register, call 423-442-9230 or email woodyj@monroe.k12.tn.us. The registration form is available on the school's website at sqhs.monroe.k12.tn.us

Sequoyah plans to compete at UT's Engineer Day and other competitions over the year through their Robotics Team.

Bicentennial Homecoming

Monroe County will hold a Bicentennial Homecoming event on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Madisonville to kickoff its 200-year celebration. There will be food, activities and fun for the entire family. Come out and celebrate 200 years of history, heritage and home!

Vendors can register now by visiting www.monroecountytourism.com. As a Bicentennial Homecoming vendor, you have the opportunity to set up at the event and be among the “free for all” members. Instead of a vendor fee, all vendors must give away something free as a door prize, allow everyone to register for a drawing at their booth or give away free items (food/drink or promotional items) directly from their booth.

Vendor check in will be on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in front of the Monroe County Courthouse. Vendors are responsible for supplying needed tents, tables, chairs, etc. Power will not be available so please plan accordingly. All vendors are asked to stay until after 2 p.m. to take down, as the Bicentennial Committee wants all guests to be able to enjoy every vendor that is part of the Bicentennial Homecoming event.

Cherohala Challenge

The 2019 Cherohala Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 8, in Tellico Plains beginning at 7 a.m. at Tellico Plains High School. For more information, visit the Cherohala Challenge page on Facebook.

Summer 4-H Camps

Youth in Monroe County in fourth through eighth grades can attend 4-H Camp at Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville.

The dates for camp are as follows:

  • Junior 4-H Camp (fourth through sixth grades) will be held June 10 through June 14. The cost to attend is $315.
  • Junior High 4-H Camp (seventh through eighth grades) is set for the week of July 8-12. The cost to attend is $330.

Campers can enjoy an Olympic-size, crystal-clear pool with a 130-foot spiral waterslide; a large recreation hall; ball fields; and basketball courts. Other facilities include a nature center, woodworking shop and an airbrush center. They can also fish or enjoy a canoe ride on the lake.

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available.

For more information, contact Greg Austin at the UT/TSU Extension Office at 423-442-2433.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th annual golf tournament — the Chamber Classic — on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Rarity Bay Golf & Country Club in Vonore. The entry fee is $400 for a four-man team and includes green fees, cart, complimentary beverage cart, continental breakfast, buffet-style lunch and the Longest Drive, Hole in One and Closed to the Pin contests. Prizes will be awarded for the top teams. To celebrate the anniversary of the tournament, 30 prizes will be given away — all you have to do is play to be entered to win. Reserve your spot today by registering online, or calling 423-442-4588. For more information, call the Chamber office or visit the Facebook event page.

Great Tellico History Day

Join the Tennessee Trail of Tears Association and the Charles Hall Museum of History & Heritage for a Great Tellico History Day on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles Hall Museum, located at 229 Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains. This is a Monroe County Bicentennial event, which will reflect on and remember the Cherokee from the Greater Tellico Plains areas in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Both admission and parking is free for the event.

The event will feature the museum's displays of American Indian and Cherokee relics and maps; historical displays and presentations about the Cherokee in Great Tellico; Fort Armistead, the Unicoi Turnpike and the Indian Removal; a Trail of Tears Commemorative Walk with Cherokee music and prayers; 18th century craft vendors and skill demonstrations; and living history tables. There will also be water slides for children, food, concessions and more.

For more information, email bradleyfolks@aol.com or charleshallmuseum@hotmail.com, call 423-253-2111, or visit the Facebook event page of Charles Hall Museum.

Freshmen orientation at Sequoyah

Sequoyah High School will hold freshmen orientation on Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. Parents and students will receive a wealth of information to help make the transition to high school as smooth as possible. Students will meet teachers, speak with advisors and administrators and get their schedules and have the chance to run through them.

Freshmen supply list at Sequoyah

Sequoyah High School has announced the following supply list for freshmen students.

  • English I — three-ring binder, loose leaf notebook paper, dividers for notebook, composition notebook, blue or black ink pens, pencils and highlighters.
  • Algebra I — college-ruled notebook paper, 1-inch or larger three-ring binder, dividers for notebook (at least five), blue or black ink pens, pencils and a ruler. A TI 84 CE calculator is also recommended. If you do choose to purchase the graphing calculator, please save your reward points on the back of the package and give them to your algebra I teacher.
  • Business/Comp Apps — flash drive and a composition notebook.
  • Health science — loose leaf notebook paper, 1-inch or larger three-ring binder, dividers for notebook (at least four) and pencils.
  • Physical science — loose leaf notebook paper, dividers for notebook, blue or black ink pens, pencils, colored pencils and pens, and a 1-inch or larger three-ring binder.
  • Agriscience — composition notebook, three-ring binder, pencils, colored pencils, colored pens (no felt-tip), blue or black pens, glue sticks, pencil sharpener, scissors, small stapler, pencil box to hold supplies, and different colored highlighters.
  • Structural systems — respect, positive attitude, manilla folder, no. 2 pencil, and 150 pieces of loose leaf paper.

Donations of these items would also be greatly appreciated for classrooms: box of crayons, glue sticks, scissors, Kleenex, Clorox (any brand) wipes, dry erase markers (any color), highlighters, pens and pencils.

To include upcoming events and briefs about what is going on in your organizations, contact Reporter Jessica Kent at jessica.kent@advocateanddemocrat.com or call 423-337-7101.

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