SongFarmers of Tellico Plains

SongFarmers of Tellico Plains will hold its monthly singalong and playalong on Friday, July 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Tellico Plains Community Center. There is no charge to participate, and anyone is welcome to attend the event. “Pot luck” refreshments and snacks are welcomed. Visitors are encouraged to bring any acoustic instruments to participate in the informal gathering. SongFarmers meets in Tellico Plains on the first Friday of every month.

Kayak tour of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, July 6, from 9-11 a.m. for a paddle that will look at the nature and history of the area. This paddle is rated easy. The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. Space is limited to nine participants. Participants should meet at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot. For more information or to register, contact 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, July 8, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, July 9, 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, call 423-545-3015 or email

MACA's Annual Meeting

Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will host its Annual Meeting and Social on Monday, July 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 520-Suite A Cook Street in Madisonville. All supporters of MACA and the public are welcome to attend and learn more about the programs and activities MACA offers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 423-442-3210.

Free art camp

Three Generations Art Studio in Sweetwater will be holding a free art camp for children on July 8-12 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities will include: wheel throwing, hand building, drawing, painting with acrylics, water colors, oil paints and science experiments.

The camp is limited to 30 children and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration forms are available at the studio, located at 712 N. Main Street in Sweetwater. The studio also asks for medical information on attending children.

Each family will be required to bring lunches and two snacks.

Donations will be accepted, but are not required to attend, to assist with the cost of materials and providing future camps.

Beekeepers Association meeting

The Monroe County Beekeepers Association will meet on Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Journey of Faith Church in Madisonville. Honey producing days are waning for the year and many have started extracting. Final extractions are rapidly approaching. What is next? How about doing something with the wax cappings? At this meeting, Michelle Enriquez will be sharing the secrets of cleaning the wax, using it for lotions, balms, candles and more. These are often great ideas for gifts and salable products. Anyone interested in learning about this process is invited to attend.

Simple square basket class

Want to learn the basics of basket weaving? UT Extension of Monroe County will hold a simple square basket class on Wednesday, July 10, starting at 9 a.m. at the Farm Bureau building in Madisonville. The basket will be approximately 7-inches square and 4-inches tall. The cost of the class is $15 per person and must be paid at the UT Extension Office in Madisonville by July 2 as the materials have to be ordered in time to receive them before the class. The class is limited to the first 10 people to pay. When you pay, you will be given a list of items to bring and additional information about the class. The UT Extension Office is located at 310 Tellico St. S., Suite 3, in Madisonville. For more information, call 423-442-2433.

Summertime Story Hour at VPL

Children of all ages are invited to the Vonore Public Library at 611 Church St. to listen to stories and enjoy lunch beginning on Wednesday, July 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and continuing at the same time every Wednesday in July.

Parents should register their children in advance at the library or by calling the library at 423-884-6729. There is no charge for the story hour and lunch is free for anyone under 18 years of age.

Medicare Minute at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library will host a Medicare Minute meeting on Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. The Medicare Minute program consists of monthly community presentations throughout the country that help older adults and people with disabilities understand Medicare and related health insurance coverage. For more information about the program, call David Olako at 865-253-3590 or

Toastmasters meeting

Monroe County Toastmasters, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet on Wednesday, July 10, 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.

Special story hour at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold a special story hour on Thursday, July 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with several community and county leaders, including Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones II, Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram, State Rep. Mark Cochran, Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins, and County Commissioner Chris Wiseman.

Dive-in Movie at Sweetwater City Pool

The City of Sweetwater's Parks and Recreation Department will present a Dive-in Movie Night at Sweetwater City Pool on Friday, July 12. “Aquaman” will be the featured film. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. Concessions will also be available. The pool gate will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dark. You may bring your own float, which will be allowed in the pool as long as there is enough room. You may also bring your own cooler, but no alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the premises.

Lip Sync Battle fundraiser

Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit dedicated to serving the students of Monroe County with food over the two-week Christmas break, will hold a Lip Sync Battle fundraiser on Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at Madisonville Primary School. There is no admission fee, but refreshments and concessions will be available for purchase.

A Lip Sync Battle is a time where you and your friends become stars by singing along (lip singing) to your favorite song while putting on a show. You can dress up like the original singers, put on a skit, etc. The creativity is unlimited — all props, dance moves, clothing attire, etc., must be kid-friendly.

A winner will be selected by audience votes. There will be jars at the table for you to cast a vote. One penny equals one vote, one dollar equals 100 votes, $20 equals 2,000 votes, etc. The act with the most votes (money) wins. You can vote as many times as you want and for as many singers/groups as you want.

Those willing to perform should pick out their song (first come, first serve on availability). A $10 donation is requested for each song/act to participate. Email the following information to or send a message to Loaves and Fishes on Facebook: name of your group, name of song and artist you will perform, your name and/or all performers' names in your act, and category you are entering. Each act is responsible for bringing all props/costumers they need.

Acts will be divided into categories. Solo, duet, trios or groups can participate in the following categories: country, '80s bands, oldies (anything before 1980), pop, rock, movie soundtracks or TV shows, kids (any group where ages are 12 and under), and other (anything that doesn't fit in the other categories). After each category, the table will be open for 10 minutes to finish casting votes. You can also cast votes at any time during the performances.

All songs must be submitted before July 4. Each song will be reviewed by Loaves and Fishes to ensure it is appropriate lyrics. You will receive an email back stating it is approved and ways to make arrangements to pay the entry fee prior to the performance. A master list of acts will be sent out the week of the event with approximate performance times. Bring a fan base to help support you!

All proceeds go to Loaves and Fishes.

For more information, visit the Loaves & Fishes Facebook page.

Sequoyah Golf Tournament

The Sequoyah High School Golf Team will hold a golf tournament on Saturday, July 13, to raise money for students' membership fees for practice facilities and season costs. The tournament will be held at the Madisonville Golf Course.

The cost to participate is $60 per person. Tournament will be competitions between three-player teams (22 total teams). Cash prizes will be awarded, including prizes for Closest to the Pin and Long Drive.

You can register in advance at the Madisonville Golf Course or through one of the Sequoyah High School golf players.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 8 a.m. and the tournament start will follow at 9 a.m. An award ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. and lunch will provided.

Born 2 Danz summer dance camp

Born 2 Danz will host a summer dance camp on July 15-19 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).

B-Bops for ages 4-6 will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. This is a fun hip-hop and jazz funk class for children who are just starting out. Campers will dance, play games, do a craft and more.

Funky Bunch is for ages 7-9 will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This group will dance, play games, learn about current hip-hop fashion, do a craft and more.

Jammerz is for ages 10 and up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This class will learn new dances to popular songs, how to break down a song and choreograph dances, play games and more.

A snack will be provided each day and a T-shirt comes with the price of camp tuition. Space is limited.

Friday will be a performance day and party day. The children will perform beginning at 5:30 p.m. what all they learned during camp.

Profits from the camp will benefit the Sequoyah High School Dance Team. For more information or to register, visit the website at

Movie on the Square

The Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club will hold a free Movie on the Square, sponsored by Tellico Mountain Realty, on Friday, July 19, starting at dusk. The featured film will be “Back to the Future.” Concessions will be available by K&J Concessions. The Kiwanis Club encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and come out to enjoy an evening of family entertainment.

Free pool party

The Monroe County Health Council & Wellness Coalition will hold a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) pool party on Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. at the Sweetwater City Pool. This summer event is free for families with youth in middle or high schools in Monroe County or Sweetwater City schools. For more information, call 423-519-1232.

5-Art Workshops

Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) and its Visual Arts Alliance will hold five art classes on Thursday, July 25, at the Vonore Community Center, located at 611 Church Street, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 per workshop for non-members of the Visual Arts Alliance or $10 for members (unless noted below).

Each two-hour workshop will be taught by experienced artists, who will give direction and guidance to help accomplish specific goals. Regardless of your skill level, be it a novice, someone who has not painted in a while or you just want to try something new, come and enjoy your interest in the visual arts by expressing your artistic side. You will gain knowledge of materials and equipment all in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere.

The five workshops are as follows:

  • Intro to Acrylics from 9-11 a.m. This class will be taught by Alicia Fugitt. The course will consist of learning about and mixing color, transferring an image and creating a painting using three colors. The class fee includes easels, canvas, paint and brushes.
  • Rock painting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This class will be taught by Karen Stevens, and the class fee includes rocks and paint.
  • Graphite drawing from 2-4 p.m. This class will be taught by Allan Sibley. The following supplies will be required: drawing paper or pads (any size, multimedia), graphite pencils 6B to 4H and an eraser. A still life subject will be provided.
  • FIMO clay sculpting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This class will be taught by Melonie Todd. This class has a fee of $30 for non-members or $15 for Visual Arts Alliance members. The fee includes FIMO clay and sculpting tools. A subject will be provided or you can bring your own.
  • Color pencil drawing from 7-9 p.m. This class will be taught by Allan Sibley. The following supplies will be required: drawing paper or pads (any size, multimedia), adult coloring books and colored pencils. Subjects will be provided or you can bring your own.

The classes are open to all residents of Monroe County and the surrounding area. Please note: All classes are subject to minimum attendance of 10 participants.

For more information about the workshop classes, email or call 423-442-3210. Applications for the workshops can be downloaded on MACA's website at

Healing art painting class

The Monroe County Health Council & Wellness Coalition will host a free healing art painting class for those affected by domestic violence on July 26 in Madisonville. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the website at or call 423-519-1232.

Tellico Blockhouse Tour

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode for a Tellico Blockhouse Tour on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

This mile-walk around the Tellico Blockhouse will teach participants about the history behind its creation, the soldiers who manned it, the political representatives surrounding it and the Native Americans it influenced. This is an easy walk and wheelchair friendly.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under can participate for free.

Participants should meet at the Tellico Blockhouse parking lot, located at 149 Blockhouse Road in Vonore. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Island kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to noon for an island kayak paddle around the island. Along the way, the group will enjoy scenery of Unicoi Mountains, trees and perhaps waterfowl. The group will also learn some of the history of Fort Loudoun, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the importance of waterways in Tennessee. This is an advanced paddle. The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. Space is limited to nine participants. Participants should meet at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Evolution of Colonial Firearms

Meet Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m. for a presentation on Evolution of Colonial Firearms.

During this presentation, Ranger Kinton will discuss and demonstrate the earliest black powder weapons. This program will begin with the hand gonne, a weapon that resembles a gun barrel on a broom stick. This weapon saw service during the last years of knights in armor and would eventually replace the English longbow. The next weapon that will be discussed and fired is the matchlock, the musket with a burning rope attached. The flintlock musket, like those weapons in use at Fort Loudoun during the 1750s, will be the final type of weapon presented during the program. Not only will the standard .75-caliber musket be discussed and fire, but also a massive 70-pound, .94-caliber “wall gun” will be used as the grand finale.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free.

Participants should meet at the fort sidewalk. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Volunteer opportunities

UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults ages 18 and older who are interested in becoming volunteers with the program. No medical experience is required. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Penny Sparks by phone at 865-544-6279 or by email at

Cats only free spay/neuter vouchers

A Special Outreach Program (SOP) grant of $5,000 was provided to SNAP by Maddie’s Fund to spay/neuter cats for low-income residents of Monroe County. Free spay/neuter surgeries and free rabies shots are provided for cats only. SOP sterilization surgeries and vaccinations are provided by People Promoting Animal Welfare (PPAW) in Greenback. Dogs are not included in this grant.

For information, call or leave message at 865-659-1905 or contact Sherri Murphy on Facebook (bio ref -Mastercraft).

Vouchers can be obtained for all Monroe County cats, pet cats, free roaming cats, neighborhood cats, barnyard cats or any cat that can be put in a carrier and delivered to PPAW.

Hairdresser Project

The Monroe County Health Council & Wellness Coalition will host the Hairdresser Project on Monday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Cup Runneth Over in Sweetwater. This is free for those in the beauty industry, including students. This project will teach how you can help “cut out” family violence in the Monroe County area. Registration is required before Aug. 5. For more information or to register, visit the website at or call 423-519-1232.

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