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, Dec. 16. at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright Street.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Madisonville Church of God, located at 3895 New Highway 68.

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 hmrhymesmchc@gmail.com

Healing Art class

Monroe STOPe has partnered with 3 Generations Art Studio to present a free healing art painting class for survivors of domestic violence on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will create-to-keep Christmas ornaments while learning how art can be used as a coping technique and self-care skill. This class is free to those who have been affected by domestic violence. All supplies will be provided at no cost. RSVP is required by Dec. 13 online at www.monroehealth.org/healing-art or by phone at 423-519-1232 or 423-836-2906.

18th century Christmas traditions

Learn about what both soldiers and civilians did during the yuletide and during the 12 days of Christmas during a presentation at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 18th century drinks and sweets will be provided. Meet Ranger Justin Rexrhode in the Commander's Quarters, located at the top of the fort. The cost to participate is $10. This event is limited to 20 people so be sure to register in advance by calling 423-420-2331. Participants should dress for the weather.

Retirement party for Dr. Ameen

Sweetwater Hospital Association and the Board of Directors invite the community to a reception celebrating the retirement of Dr. John Ameen on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 2-4 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room. Light refreshments will be provided. Dr. Ameen has dedicated nearly 24 years to caring for Monroe County.

East TN Polar Plunge

The annual East TN Polar Plunge will be held at Tellico Lake this year. Registration will open soon. Stay tuned.

Christmas Light Recycling Drive

Keep Monroe County Beautiful and Tellico Girl Scout Troop #40005 are hosting their seventh annual Christmas Light Recycling Drive this season. Christmas lights will be accepted until Jan. 17, 2020.

Each year, the organizations have recycled more lights than the previous year and last year, they diverted more than 500 pounds of unwanted lights from landfills to recycling centers.

You can drop off any unwanted lights at the Monroe County Convenience Centers in Madisonville, Sweetwater and Tellico Plains, as well as at Coker Creek Welcome Center, Tellico Mountain Realty and the Chamber of Commerce office in Madisonville.

For more information, please contact Sandy Akins at 423-442-3535 or Melissa Wiseman at 423-261-4891.

Cherokee language classes

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore is offering beginner, intermediate and advanced refresher Cheorkee language classes on the following Mondays: March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6-8 p.m. each night. The cost of the class is $40 for all four evenings.

The class will be taught by Lou Jackson, Brett Jones and Joel Turner, who are enrolled members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian. The language classes will be held in the museum’s multi-purpose room.

Anyone interested in taking this class should contact the museum at 423-884-6246 or seqmus@tds.net to register by Jan. 13.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located at 576 Highway 360 in Vonore.

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