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Jan. 23

Monroe County Health Council meeting

The Monroe County Health Council’s monthly board meeting will be held at the Monroe County Health Department on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information about the Health Council, visit monroehealth.org.

Jan. 24

Ribbon cutting at Food Pantry and Thrift Store of Tellico Plains

The Food Pantry and Thrift Store of Tellico Plains will have a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Jan. 24 at noon to celebrate the opening of their new location at 110 Scott Street in downtown Tellico Plains. Everyone is invited to attend.

Jan. 27

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery will meet in Sweetwater on Monday, Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church, located at 303 Wright Street. 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. For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email hmrhymesmchc@gmail.com

Jan. 27

Ballplay Ruritan Club meeting

The Ballplay Ruritan Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting of Ballplay Fellowship Hall, located at 157 Ballplay School Road in Tellico Plains. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Jan. 28

Prevention & Wellness Coalition meeting

The Monroe County Prevention & Wellness Coalition (PWC) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Sweetwater Hospital in the cafeteria conference room from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coalition meetings are open to the public. Any individual interested in joining local substance abuse prevention and reduction efforts are invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch is sponsored by Sweetwater Hospital.

Jan. 28

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery will meet in Madisonville on Tuesday, Jan. 28 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. For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email hmrhymesmchc@gmail.com

Feb. 3

VFW meeting

VFW Post #5150 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the post, located at 101 Maremont Parkway in Loudon.

Feb. 17

Support group

A support group for survivors of domestic violence meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For more information, call 423-836-2906. The next meeting is Feb. 17.

Feb. 18

Friends of TPL meeting

Friends of the Tellico Plains Public Library will hold their annual business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Tellico Plains Public Library. The meeting will be to elect officers and discuss new business, including fundraising for the new library addition. All members are urged to attend.

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