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Aug. 17

Benefit singing for Davis family

There will be a benefit singing for Ray and Linda Davis on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Tellico Plains Community Center. Lisa has multiple blood clots in her legs, heart and brain and needs surgery, but has no insurance. Ray is disabled and has limited income. Singers will be Recognized and others. Plate lunches will be served with your choice of hot dog or barbecue, chips and a drink for $5. There will also be cake walks, a bake sale, and an auction at 2 p.m. To make a donation for the auction, call Diann/Shoal Creek Tabernacle at 423-519-7245.

Aug. 17

SHS Class of '71 dinner

The Sweetwater High School Class of 1971 will have a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Aug. 17

Free spay/neuter vouchers

SNAP will issue free spay/neuter vouchers from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Sweetwater City Hall. Monroe County residents who meet SNAP low-income criteria can obtain multiple vouchers to fix all their pets.

Aug. 17

Free produce/bakery distribution

The Tellico Plains Food Pantry will have free produce/bakery distribtution from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 17. Whiles supplies last.

Aug. 20

MS meeting

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, "Standing up to MS," will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Thai Bistro Restaurant in Tellico Village. This will be a planning meeting, so bring your ideas! For more information call Patricia Garrett at 423-884-3894, or Vicky St. John at 513-477-0453.

Sept. 9

Turkey Creek VFD meeting

Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual board meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Fire Department, located at 611 Turkey Creek Road in Tellico Plains.

Sept. 14

Taylor family reunion

The Taylor family will have a reunion from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Kefauver Park in Madisonville. Please bring a covered dish to share and a chair, and come enjoy the day with family.

Sept. 28

MHS class reunion

The Madisonville High School Class of 1984 will hold their 35th reunion at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Willows Event Center, in Madisonville. Barbecue will be provided. Bring a side and 2-liter soda to share. Cost is $20 per couple, $10 for singles. Please send payment, no later than Aug. 20, to Scarlett Akins Moser, P/O Box 746, Madisonville, TN 37354.

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