Free Community Health Fair

Chota Community Health Services is partnering with East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine to provide a free health fair to the Monroe County community on Thursday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chota’s Madisonville clinic, located at 4798 New Highway 68. The health fair includes free health screenings, physical exams, vision screenings, diabetic eye exams, pap smears and basic fasting labs. MEDIC will also be on site for blood donation, as well as many other vendors.

In addition, the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center will be on site to perform mammograms. This, however, is not a free service. KCBC accepts more insurances or you can self pay for $150. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. To schedule an appointment with KCBC, call Chota at 423-442-2622.

Resurrection Run 5K

The Resurrection Run 5K will be held on Saturday, April 20, at Houston Park in Madisonville. The rolling course begins with a loop around Houston Park and goes through downtown Madisonville before heading to Highway 68 and back to the park. Both walkers and runners are welcome. The races will be timed but not chip timed.

The race proceeds go to benefit God’s work in Nicaragua and Haiti. The majority of proceeds will support the Stockton family and the ministry in Nicaragua. Straight Street International exists to support local churches in Nicaragua and make the name of Christ known around the world.

The cost to register for the 5K is $30 and the cost for the one-mile Kid Race is $20. To register in advance, stop by Sweetwater Fitness or go to the website at www.straight

Registration on the day of the race starts at 7 a.m. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. The one-mile Kid Race begins at 8:45 a.m.

The entry fee for both races includes a T-shirt and a ticket to the Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast at First Baptist Church, which follows the race. The pancake breakfast benefits H.O.P.E. 4 Haiti, a ministry which strives to provide a quality Christian education to the children in Les Anglais, Haiti.

Earth Day kayak tour of Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti on Monday, April 22, from 2-4 p.m. for a kayak paddle around Tellico Lake and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore. You will get wet, so please wear appropriate clothing and bring water. Meet at the boat dock. The tour is limited to 12 participants. The cost is $20 to participate if you rent a kayak at Fort Loudoun, or $10 if you bring your own kayak. For more information or to register, call the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Toastmaster meeting

Monroe County Toastmaster, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet this month on Wednesday, April 24, at noon at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office in Madisonville. Come see how the program can help you. The Monroe County club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Chamber Office. For more information, call 423-442-4588.

Relay For Life

Relay for Life of Monroe County will be held on Friday, April 26, at Kefauver Park. To get involved in the 2019 Relay For Life, register a team online or donate by visiting the website at See more information on the event in an upcoming edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

Events at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold an class on “Understanding Affordable Health Care” on Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Earlier that morning, at 10 a.m., the library will hold a basic computer class.

Farm to Table Dinner

Sweetwater Main Street will present the Farm to Table Dinner on Friday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Sweetwater Depot and Visitor Center. The Farm to Table Dinner is a fundraiser for Main Street featuring a live performance from Blue Moon Rising. The featured food includes the Dinner Bell, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Philpott Farms, Sweetwater Valley Farms, Grain Bin Commodities and Kyndall’s Sweet Dreams Bakery. Tickets are $55 each and are on sale now at Sweetwater City Hall, by calling 423-337-6976, or online at www.blooms

Tim Kelley Memorial 5K

The annual Tim Kelley Memorial 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) race is a two-lap course that will start at the Tellico Plains High School Alumni Center and continue into Cherokee Subdivision. The race was created to raise money for the high school’s Alumni Center, but since the Alumni Center was completed, proceeds from the Tim Kelley Memorial 5K now go to support the track and cross country programs at the high school. The entry fee is $25. There were will awards given in each age division. Registration forms are available online at For more information on the Tim Kelley Memorial 5K, e-mail Carroll at car

Guided tour of Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti on Saturday, April 27 from 2-3:15 p.m. on a guided tour of Fort Loudoun. The fort’s significance, location, defense works and structures will be discussed. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at the Visitors Center. For more information or to register, call the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Spring Rabies Clinic

There will be a Spring Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 4, from 9-11 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Monroe County Health Department. All pets in Tennessee over the age of 3 months old must be vaccinated and may only be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Locations are as follows:

  • Tellico Plains-Across the street from the Post Office (hosted by Monroe County Animal Hospital);
  • Sweetwater- At the Sweetwater Farmer’s Co-Op parking lot (hosted by Monroe County Animal Hospital);
  • Madisonville-At Sequoyah High School’s front parking lot (hosted by Notchey Creek Veterinary Clinic).

The cost is $10 per pet. Please bring all pets in a crate and/or on a leash to each site.

For more information, call the clinics listed above or 423-442-3993.

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