Kindergarten, Pre-K registrations postponed

All kindergarten and Pre-K registrations have been postponed until further notice. There is currently no estimate as to when it might be rescheduled. Applications will not be accepted at Central Offices at this time.

AM Legion meeting cancelled

Sweetwater American Legion Post 106 has cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting on April 14 due to health concerns. Post 106 will hold the May 12 monthly meeting and dinner starting at 6 p.m. pending further notice. For more information or if you have questions, call Mark Stewart at 423-442-9513.

Fort Loudoun visitor center, museum closed

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore has announced that in the interest of public health, the visitor center and museum are closed until at least March 31. This closure may be extended as needed. Despite this closure, the rest of the park and the fort remain open for the public to utilize walking trails, etc. Park rangers remain available to assist with pertinent questions and in the event of an emergency. Restroom facilities are available in the picnic area. For more information or if you need assistance, call 423-420-2331.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum closed

After careful consideration, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum has announced it is closed until further notice. “We have been closely monitoring the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Thank you for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you and your families remain healthy during this difficult time and we look forward to visiting with you in the very near future,” read the release. To reach museum staff, call 423-884-6246 or 423-519-1000 a leave a message. Messages with be checked periodically.

Animal Shelter closed

The Monroe County Animal Shelter is closed to the public until further notice. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the shelter is short staffed. That, coupled with concern for the public and maintaining the best care for the animals, led to the decision, said shelter staff. See more details in this week’s Pet of the Week article.

Ramp Festival cancelled

The Ballplay Ruritan Club's 10th annual Ramp Festival, which was scheduled for April 18 at the Tellico Plains Community Center, has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. “Having a large public gathering is not advisable for the foreseeable future,” wrote the Ballplay Ruritan Club in the Facebook announcement. “Unfortunately, we aren’t able to postpone the Ramp Festival because the ramps can only be harvested once in early spring. We’re considering other options so follow our Facebook page for updates.”

The Ramp Festival is normally the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Ruritan Club and proceeds from the event go to help with community projects.

Community Health Fair canceled

Chota Community Health Services’ free Community Health Fair, which was scheduled for April 23, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tellico’s Trout Festival on hold

As of Monday, Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins said the Town of Tellico Plains’ new Trout Festival is on hold. A final decision on the festival will be made within the next couple weeks.

Tellico updates

Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins has announced that all Community Center activity is suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus threat. The ball courts are also closed to the public.

The Tellico City Council meeting on Thursday, April 2, has been canceled.

The Tellico Plains City Hall lobby is closed to the public, but they are taking phone calls and will allow appointments if needed.

“Only essential business will be conducted,” said Hawkins. “Please utilize online bill paying, U.S. mail, local drop box and local bank drive-thrus for your utility payments.”

TPL closed

Due to the coronavirus and concern for everyone’s health, Tellico Plains Public Library has announced it will be closed until March 31. Library staff are available to answer questions via phone at 423-253-7388 or email at or Please follow the library’s Facebook page for updates, contests, live story readings and resources.

MPL closed

In an effort to prevent community spread of the coronavirus, the Madisonville Public Library will be following guidelines set forth by President Donald Trump and staying closed until further notice. Follow the library’s Facebook page for updates, as well as suggestions for engaging things you can do to keep yourself and your children entertained and learning while schools are closed. Any library materials you have in your home — please keep them until the library reopens. There will be no fines accruing during this time period.

SPL closed

Sweetwater Public Library is also closed to the public. “We hope to be open again on Monday, March 30,” wrote library staff on their Facebook page. Staff will be conducting their planned library inventory during the closure and will be available to answer questions by phone at 423-337-5274 or on the library’s Facebook page. The library has also compiled a list of online resources accessible to the public for use from home.

Celebrate Recovery meetings cancelled

In accordance with CDC guidelines and local government recommendations, regularly scheduled Monday meetings of Celebrate Recovery at Sweetwater First Baptist have been cancelled until further notice. However, organizers are working on bringing a video teaching series with Paul Tinsley to the Facebook page: Celebrate Recovery Community.

Celebrate Recovery meetings at Madisonville Church of God on Tuesday nights are cancelled through the end of March.

Community dinners cancelled

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Food Pantry and Thrift Store of Tellico Plains has announced its Thursday community dinners at the Tellico Plains Community Center are cancelled until further notice.

Chamber Banquet postponed

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has announced its Annual Business Awards and Banquet, originally scheduled for March 19 at the Cora Veal Senior Center, have been postponed until May 21 (tentatively). “We realize the potential impact of the coronavirus and do not want to contribute to its spreading,” wrote Chamber leaders. “Protecting our volunteers, event attendees and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce staff is our first priority.”

MACA Golf Tournament postponed

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, the Monroe Area Council for the Arts has postponed its annual Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament, originally scheduled for March 21, until Oct. 10 at The Links at Kahite. For more information, to be a sponsor or to register to play in the tournament, visit, email, or call 423-442-3210.

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