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 Penny.Sparks@lhcgroup.com.

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.

Fun with Flags

Celebrate Flag Day with Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore by learning the importance of flags and flag etiquette on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring any U.S. or Tennessee flag that is no longer acceptable to fly. Park staff will collect and properly retire them. Meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at the picnic shelter to participate. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Free spay/neuter vouchers

SNAP will issue free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income Monroe County residents on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cora Veal Senior Center, located at 144 College St. in Madisonville.

Free spay/neuter vouchers can be used for dogs and cats by any Monroe County resident. Pet owners can receive multiple vouchers to “fix” all their pets. If you have kittens or puppies, it is much easier to find them a home if they are “fixed.” This also helps to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.

Spay/neuter vouchers are valid for 30 days. After receiving the voucher, call the designated vet to make an appointment. Please note: State law requires proof of rabies vaccination and the cost of the shot is not covered by the voucher. Participating vets are: PPAW Spay and Neuter Clinic in Greenback, the Monroe County Animal Hospital in Sweetwater or the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Sweetwater.

If a qualified pet owner is unable to attend due to illness, handicap, work schedule, transportation or other problems, a relative or friend can obtain a voucher for the pet owner. The relative or friend must provide all the required information about the pet and owner, including proof of residence.

For more information, contact SNAP President Mike Cleverdon at 423-884-6801.

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, June 17, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St..

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, June 18, 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.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshops

Cancer can strike fear, confusion and helplessness in individuals diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers. Cancers patients/survivors must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions. A self-management approach to cancer education gives cancer patients/survivors the knowledge, tools and confidence to take day-by-day control of their health and treatment decisions.

On June 20, the Monroe County Health Department and University of Tennessee Extension will be offering a free Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshop. The six-week program is designed for people with cancer and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their disease and work effectively with health care professionals. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, please contact Extension Agent Rebecca Layman at 423-442-2433 or Health Educator Jackie Harris at 423-442-3993, ext. 1010.

The Virginia Reel

Bring in summer by learning the Virginia Reel—a fun, easy and popular 18th century dance—at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, June 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No prior dance experience or partner is needed to participate. Participants should meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at the fort. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

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 commemorative walk; 18th century craft vendors and skill demonstrations; and living history tables. There will also be water slides for children, food, concessions and more.

At the First United Methodist Church, located at 215 Southard St. (a half mile from the museum), from 1-2:30 p.m. there will be Tennessee TOTA presentations from Quentin Bass (CNF archaeologist) and Dr. Brett Riggs (WCU archaeologist).

At the Charles Hall Museum at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tonya Dockery will lead a corn husk doll making class. The cost is $5 per doll. At 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., there will be musket firing with SAR. At 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., SAR will do tomahawk throwing.

Around 2:30 p.m. that day, a Trail of Tears Remembrance Walk with the United Keetoowah Band of the Cherokee Indian Youth Conservation Corps group will be held. The walk will begin at the First United Methodist Church and conclude at the garden behind the Charles Hall Museum.

Following the remembrance walk, at around 3 p.m., there will be a Cherokee Remembrance Ceremony at the garden with Cherokee music and prayers.

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.

TN Promise Volunteer Work Day

Are you looking for volunteer hours or just want to improve the hiking trails? Help Fort Loudoun State Historic Area on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon and remove pesky privet that is encroaching on the trails. Volunteers must be 12 years old or older. Bring water and work gloves. All other tools will be provided. Meet park staff at Ridgetop Trailhead, located approximately three-fourths of a mile down the park road. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

North Monroe VFD Fundraising Event

North Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house and fundraising event on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction, bake sale and concession stand food. There will also be bounce houses, face painting and activities for the whole family. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Kayak tour of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at the boat dock at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Sunday, June 23, from 9-11 a.m. for a slow, 2-mile paddle that will look at the nature and history of the area. The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Food preservation classes

Food preservation classes will be offered June 25 and 26 at the UT Monroe County Extension Office in Madisonville, located at 310 Tellico St. South, Suite 3. The schedule is as follows:

  • June 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, pressure canning low acid foods (soup mixtures)
  • June 25, from 1-5 p.m., pickled products (sweet pickles)
  • June 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, water bath canning, (Italian herb tomatoes)

Each class is $15 or all three for $45. Participants will take home all products. Please pre-register and pay by June 20 at the Extension Office so adequate supplies may be purchased.

During these classes, you will learn USDA recommended canning procedures to ensure safe food preservation and use of pressure equipment. Space is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. All participants will receive a canning foods book, which is a comprehensive guide to canning fruits and vegetables, as well as pickles, relishes, jams, jellies and preserves.

If you have questions, feel free to call Extension Agent Rebecca Layman at 423-442-2433.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Toastmasters meeting

Monroe County Toastmasters, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 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.

Mobile food pantry at CCES

Second Harvest Food Bank's Mobile School Pantry is coming to Coker Creek Elementary School on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. The pantry is open to any Coker Creek Elementary students and families in need. For more information, contact Second Harvest at 865-243-8206.

Island kayak tour

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at the boat dock at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a 5-mile kayak trip around the “island” of Fort Loudoun and Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. This is recommended for experienced paddlers. The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Please bring sunscreen, water and prepare to get wet. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Dance on the Square

The Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club will host the annual Dance on the Square in downtown Tellico Plains on Saturday, June 29 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free. The event is the main fundraiser for the organization and all proceeds go to improve the quality of life or programs for the children in the Tellico Plains area.

More information to be announced at a later date.

Duck Drop in Vonore

The Town of Vonore will hold its annual Duck Drop on Thursday, July 4. Duck tickets are $5 each. The grand prize is $1,000. Other prizes include Lost Sea passes, tickets for a train excursion from Etowah, a Benton's country ham and various other items.

There will be a 5K race starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Vonore Heritage Museum. The cost to participate in the 5K is $15 for adults or $10 for children. This is a race for you — whether you can run, walk or waddle. Contestants will receive a free T-shirt.

The annual children's beauty pageant will begin at 11 a.m. at Vonore Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall. The fee to enter is $10 for ages infant to 16.

The Duck Drop will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 423-884-2989 or 423-351-4611. Entry forms are at the Vonore Heritage Museum. Tickets for the Duck Drop can be purchased at the museum, the Vonore Public Library, Volunteer Federal Bank in Vonore or Food City in Vonore.

Proceeds will go towards the Veterans Memorial Park. Everyone is invited to stop by the Veterans Memorial Park to see the progress that has been made there.

Independence Day Celebration in Sweetwater

The City of Sweetwater will once again host its annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4, in the historic downtown.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K road race, followed by a free kids 1-mile fun run for children ages 12 and under. The 5K race will be chip timed by Endurance Sports Management with live results on runsignup.com. All race proceeds will benefit Monroe County Young Life.

A parade at 3 p.m. will kick off the rest of the activities. Admission is free. There will be a kids' zone with inflatables, live music, vendors, food and dancing in the streets with Salt and Light Studios. A fireworks show at dark by Pyro Shows will conclude the celebration.

Old Glory Celebration in Madisonville

The City of Madisonville will hold an Old Glory Celebration and fireworks show on Saturday, July 6, beginning at 3 p.m. in downtown around the Courthouse Square. There will be activities for the entire family leading up to the fireworks show at dusk. More details to be announced at a later date.

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 St. 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.

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.

Open enrollment at Sequoyah

Sequoyah High School will hold open enrollment on July 29 for all new students (excluding rising ninth graders who attended Madisonville Middle or Vonore Middle schools) who are wanting to attend the school in the 2019-20 school year. Enrollment will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a closed lunch break from 11 a.m. to noon.

Please bring the following items with you to register: birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record on a Tennessee school form, a copy of a recent physical from doctor, proof of residence (light bill or lease), custody paperwork if parents are not married, and previous school paperwork (withdrawal form/transcript/IEP).

For more information, call 423-442-4464. Sequoyah High School is located at 3128 Highway 411 in Madisonville.

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.

New student registration at SHS

Sweetwater High School will hold its new student transfer registration day on Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.

Dual enrollment info at SHS

Sweetwater High School will hold a dual enrollment parent information session at the school on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Freshmen orientation at SHS

Sweetwater High School will hold freshmen orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Dual enrollment registration at SHS

Sweetwater High School will have dual enrollment registration with students on Monday, Aug. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. Parents are not required to attend.

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.

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