Honeybee swarm removal

We are in honeybee swarm season. The Monroe County Beekeepers Association will remove honeybee swarms. For more information, call David Bonham at 423-295-4858.

High Fives and School Supplies

Monroe County Coordinated School Health and the Family Resource Center are gearing up for their annual High Fives and School Supplies event, which will be held on Thursday, July 26, from 4-6 p.m. at Madisonville Primary School. This year's theme will be hometown sports. If you or your child need service or scholarship hours, volunteers are needed! Organizers are also looking for any high school athletes from Sequoyah High School, Sweetwater High School or Tellico Plains High School to participate. Athletes are asked to come to the event in their school uniforms and visit with the children. For more information, call Lacey at 423-420-9678. More details about the event to be announced at a later date.

Events at Cora Veal

Cora Veal Senior Center has the following activities planned for June:

  • On Tuesday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m., a group will gather for a Plants, Lunch and Dollar Shopping day. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
  • New this month, the center will show matinee movies every Wednesday in June from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is a $2 donation.
  • The center will play pickleball every Wednesday in June from 2-3 p.m.
  • Vendors are currently being sought for the center's Christmas in July event on July 25-28. Registration forms are available at Cora Veal.
  • Eating Smart, Moving More Classes will be held on Tuesdays in July from 1-2 p.m. The class is sponsored by the UT Extension Office in Monroe County.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 18, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St. 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. The last meeting of this month will be on June 25. Meetings in July will be held on July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email carmonroehealth@gmail.com

News from Tellico Library

Brenda Bertino, the new director of the Tellico Plains Public Library has announced the Summer Reading Program will go through July 20. The theme is “Libraries Rock.”

The library will have weekly events on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. On June 21, Perry Brake will be playing bluegrass music. Barry. W. Miller, a geologist from the Tennessee Geological Survey in Knoxville, will present on June 28. July events to be announced at a later date.

Bertino said the library is also planning to host a series of classes on using the computer, internet safety and accessing health care information.

The library is also holding genealogy classes on the third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

Do you have concerns about how to better manage your diabetes? Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a free six-week class that can help. A class at Chota Community Health Services (conference room) in Madisonville will be held on Mondays beginning June 25 and continuing through July 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The class covers a variety of methods that will help you better manage diabetes including: meal planning, monitoring blood glucose levels, ways to cope with high or low blood glucose levels, talking to health care providers, and much more. Each week, you will practice the skills learned during class and receive encouragement from others who suffer from diabetes. Past participants in this class report lower A1Cs, weight management, greater understanding of carbohydrates, how to manage their blood glucose levels and have a better understanding of the diabetes and its complications.

Pre-register by calling the UT Extension Office in Monroe County at 423-442-2433 or the Monroe County Health Department at 423-442-3993, ext. 1010, at least one week prior to class. To ensure that there is enough copies of the educational materials.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Parade of Flags

The Downtown Madisonville Association's Parade of Flags Ken White Memorial event began June 14 and runs through July. The flags are being flown at the Monroe County Courthouse and Madisonville City Hall and can be dedicated to honor or memorialize the service or actions of military, law enforcement, emergency responders or citizens by flying an American flag in their honor.

Flags cost $25 each and you can pick them up by July 31 or you can leave it as a donation to the Downtown Madisonville Association. All proceeds will be used by the Downtown Association to improve and beautify the downtown area.

You can purchase a flag by calling Susan Saunders at 423-261-5140, Linda Hensley at 423-295-4151 or Madisonville City Hall at 442-9416.

This is a cooperative effort by the Downtown Madisonville Association, Monroe County and the City of Madisonville.

Music in the Park

The Good Shepherd Center will host Music in the Park on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kefauver Park in Madisonville. There will be musical acts all day, in addition to games, food, arts and crafts, a raffle and a children's area. The Good Shepherd Center is asking each church to host a booth and donate the proceeds from the booth to the center. Funds can be raised anyway that you like. For more information or to register your church's booth, call 423-420-8888 or visit the website at www.goodshepherdcenter.info

MS Support Group

The monthly meeting of the MS Support Group will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Thai Bistro in Tellico Village. The MS Support Group meets every third Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Pat Garrett at 423-884-3894 or Vicky St. John 513-477-0453.

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce's 29th annual Chamber Classic golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at Rarity Bay Golf Club. The entry fee for a four-man team is $400 and includes green fees, a cart, complimentary beverage cart, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, goodie bags, and the longest drive, hole in one and closest to the pin contests. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third-place teams. For more information or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call the Chamber of Commerce at 423-442-4588.

Forestry Short Course at Hiwassee

Hiwassee College will hold a Forestry Short Course on Tuesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. The short course will present issues that are important to the management of forestland. The public is invited to attend.

Topics of discussion will include: how to handle a timber sale, tree identification of major species, what makes a good tree good, how to make a good tree better, the importance of knowing how well stocked your forest is, tree measurement and evaluation, and wildlife management.

The first evening class on June 26 will be held in room 26 of the Lundy Science Building. Forest management concepts, timber sale management and other forestry issues will be presented. The second evening class on June 28 will be in the forest area at Hiwassee for an “on the ground” application session.

There is no admission fee. Water and snacks will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please contact Paul Ensminger at ensmingerpa@hiwassee.edu or 423-506-3543.

Toastmaster meetings

Monroe County Toastmaster, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet  on June 27 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 every other week on Wednesdays at the Chamber Office. For more information, call 423-442-4588.

Free Healing Art Class

Join Monroe STOPe for a free healing art class on Friday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Farm Bureau in Madisonville. This class, facilitated by Julie Whited, is for those directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence. Supplies will be included in the class and you will get to take home your painting. Please RSVP by June 25 to 423-519-1232 or 423-836-2906. Limited seating is available.

Dance on the Square

The Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club will host the annual Dance on the Square in downtown Tellico Plains on Saturday, June 30, 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.

Crowd-favorite Tim Childress and the Dixie Rose Band will headline the entertainment and call the dances for the night, tentatively taking the stage around 7 p.m.

Returning again this year is the Kid Zone. For $5 for an unlimited play wristband, children can play on inflatables and participate in games. There will also be safe archery by Debbie Thompson and Dr. John Freeland. Children can take five archery shots for $1.

A variety of food will be available for purchase, and vendors will be set up throughout Town Square.

Kiwanis Club President Kent Mathews encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair and come enjoy a fun night for a good cause.

Fireworks Show in Tellico

The Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club and the Charles Hall Museum invite everyone to come out for an Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, July 3. Activities begin at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and listen to music by Backwater Saints. Concessions will be available, along with Shipwreck Ice Cream. For $5, children can participate in a variety of activities. Parking is $5. A fireworks show will conclude the night. Location to be determined.

Independence Day Celebration in Sweetwater

Join the City of Sweetwater in the historic downtown for the annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a free 5K road race, followed by the 4th annual kids fun run, The Duck Park Dash, for children ages 12 and under. A parade will be held at 3 p.m. and will kick of the rest of the activities. There will be a kids zone with inflatables, live music, vendors, food, dancing in the streets with Salt and Light Studios, and a spectacular fireworks show by Pyro Shows at dark. Admission is free. For more information, visit the City of Sweetwater Tennessee Government page on Facebook.

Smart Driver Course

Cora Veal Senior Center will hold an AARP Smart Driver Course class on Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You must attend both classes to participate. Attending can lead to a discount on your auto insurance. The cost for AARP members is $16 and the cost for non-members is $21. For more information or to sign up for the class, call 423-442-2022.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening will be at the Cora Veal Senior Center on Tuesday, July 10. Life Line Screenings go beyond regular checkups to look inside your arteries for signs of plaque build-up. For $139, you can get all five screenings — carotid artery/plaque screening, heart rhythm screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, peripheral arterial disease screening, and osteoporosis risk assessment. There are three ways to register for an appointment. Register by calling toll-free 866-229-0469, online at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle, or by texting the word circle to 797979.

Alzheimer's Support Group

An Alzheimer's Support Group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. at Access Medical Care of Monroe County, located at 4211 Highway 411 in Madisonville. The next meeting will be held on July 10. Please park in the rear of the building. A sign will be posted on the entrance door. Refreshments will be provided. Share experiences and struggles, and learn more about dementia with support and resource information. Call Linda at 423-442-8084 to RSVP.

Sequoyah new student enrollment

Sequoyah High School will hold open enrollment for all new students (excluding rising ninth graders who attended Madisonville Middle or Vonore Middle schools) on Monday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enrollment will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Please bring the following with you to enrollment: birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record (on TN school form), copy of most 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.

Muscadine Festival vendors

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has announced that the National Muscadine Festival will be held at Tsali Notch Vineyard on Sept. 28-29. The weekend festival features wine and juice tastings, muscadine pickin', live music, a craft market, food trucks, speciality treats and a kids' fair. Organizers are now accepting applications for vendors for the two-day festival. To apply, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 423-442-4588 or visit the Facebook page: National Muscadine Festival, Monroe County.

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