State Farm donates to CASA Monroe

Take a minute out of your day to call your local State Farm agents and mention CASA Monroe to get a quote. State Farm will donation $5 to CASA Monroe for each quote they give. CASA Monroe advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

Sweetwater High graduation

Sweetwater High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in McMinn County High School's gymnasium.

Sequoyah High graduation

Sequoyah High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. on the football field (Rain plan: gymnasium).

Tellico Plains High graduation

Tellico Plains High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. in the school's gymnasium.

Spring into Summer Safety Event

1250 WRKQ Radio will host its fourth annual Spring into Summer Safety event on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the radio station, located at 880 Englewood Road in Madisonville. This free event features a variety of safety demonstrations, in addition to activities from a variety of local sponsors.

Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will hold a free Garrison Weekend on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and see the fort come to life. Soldiers will be drilling, washer women washing, blacksmiths hammering and life in the fort will be as it was in 1757.

Armfield Dance Academy dance recital

Armfield Dance Academy will hold its 44th annual dance recital on Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Townsend Auditorium of Tennessee Wesleyan University. There will be a pointe ballet, Flower Festival, a children's ballet of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, plus jazz, tap, hip hop, baton, preschool and kindergarten dance numbers. Tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for adults are $10 each and tickets for students/senior citizens are $7 each.

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, May 20, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, May 21, 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

Mobile lung CT coach

CHI Memorial's mobile lung CT coach will be at Ingles in Sweetwater on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The low-dose CT scan shows a 3-D image of your lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular x-rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage before there are any symptoms. This is when lung cancer is most curable. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and there is no need to do anything special to prepare for the screening.

Factors that put you at high risk of developing lung cancer include: age 50 or greater, smoking history, family history of cancer and/or exposure to cancer causing agents.

Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. Grant funds are available for eligible uninsured and under-insured people to have the low-dose lung CT screening.

To schedule an appointment or ask questions, call 423-494-LUNG (5864).

Night hike at Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti for a 2-mile, easy-to-moderate hike at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of the park at night. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring a flashlight with a red light. Participants should meet at the Meadow Loop Trailhead located near the park entrance. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Young Professionals event

Monroe County Young Professionals will hold their first event, Live After 5, on Thursday, May 23, at Lakehouse Grill in Vonore from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. To become a member of the organization, you must be between the ages of 21-40. There is an annual $25 membership fee. Interested persons can join before the event by sending an email to or calling 423-442-3652. You can also become a member by signing up at the event. The group's mission is to “attract, engage and connect emerging leaders and young professionals in Monroe County.”

TPL Summer Reading

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold a kick off party for its Summer Reading Program, “Universe of Stories, on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. Get your child registered and play some games to kick off a fun summer with reading.

Guided tour of Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti on a guided tour of Fort Loudoun on Saturday, May 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and learn about the fort's significance, location, defense works and structures. Don't forget your camera! Participants should meet at the Visitor's Center. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

VPL Summer Reading

The Vonore Public Library is holding a Summer Reading Program for children in grades Pre-K and up every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning on May 29. This year's theme is Outer Space. Each session will include arts, crafts, hands-on activities and free lunch. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker. For more information or to register, call 423-884-6729.

Statehood Day

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore will celebrate Statehood Day on Saturday, June 1 with free admission to the museum and a variety of other activities. On June 1, 1796, Congress approved the admission of Tennessee as the 16th state of the Union.

The museum's 1809 blacksmith shop will be open with demonstrations going on throughout the afternoon. Other activities include: living history displays in the 1800s dog-trot log cabin, corn husk doll making, learning about the Cherokees in the Civil War and more.

Summer Robotics Camp

Sequoyah High School will hold a Summer Robotics Camp on June 3-6 for seventh through 12th graders from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Retired engineer Alex Leus will teach the basic fundamentals of robotics. Campers will be grouped by age and experience. Topics include: basic coding, control sequences and other robotic techniques.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 robots are provided by the camp for use.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to campers.

The cost to participate is $25 per student. The deadline to register is June 3. Please use cash or make a check payable to Sequoyah High School. To register, call 423-442-9230 or email The registration form is available on the school's website at

Sequoyah plans to compete at UT's Engineer Day and other competitions over the year through their Robotics Team.

Bicentennial Homecoming

Monroe County will hold a Bicentennial Homecoming event on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Madisonville to kickoff its 200-year celebration. There will be food, activities and fun for the entire family. Come out and celebrate 200 years of history, heritage and home!

Vendors can register now by visiting As a Bicentennial Homecoming vendor, you have the opportunity to set up at the event and be among the “free for all” members. Instead of a vendor fee, all vendors must give away something free as a door prize, allow everyone to register for a drawing at their booth, or give away free items (food/drink or promotional items) directly from their booth.

Vendor check in will be on June 8 from 8-9:30 a.m. in front of the Monroe County Courthouse. Vendors are responsible for supplying needed tents, tables, chairs, etc. Power will not be available so please plan accordingly. All vendors are asked to stay until after 2 p.m. to take down, as the Bicentennial Committee wants all guests to be able to enjoy every vendor that is part of the Bicentennial Homecoming event.

Cherohala Challenge

The 2019 Cherohala Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 8, in Tellico Plains beginning at 7 a.m. at Tellico Plains High School. For more information, visit the Cherohala Challenge page on Facebook.

Summer 4-H Camps

Youth in Monroe County in fourth through eighth grades can attend 4-H Camp at Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville.

The dates for camp are as follows:

  • Junior 4-H Camp (fourth through sixth grades) will be held June 10 through June 14. The cost to attend is $315.
  • Junior High 4-H Camp (seventh through eighth grades) is set for the week of July 8-12. The cost to attend is $330.

Campers can enjoy an Olympic-size, crystal-clear pool with a 130-foot spiral waterslide, a large recreation hall, ball fields and basketball courts. Other facilities include a nature center, woodworking shop and an airbrush center. They can also fish or enjoy a canoe ride on the lake.

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available.

For more information, contact Greg Austin at the UT/TSU Extension Office at 423-442-2433.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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 Trail of Tears Commemorative Walk with Cherokee music and prayers; 18th century craft vendors and skill demonstrations; and living history tables. There will also be water slides for children, food, concessions and more.

For more information, email or, call 423-253-2111, or visit the Facebook event page of Charles Hall Museum.

To include upcoming events and briefs about what is going on in your organizations, contact Reporter Jessica Kent at or call 423-337-7101.

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