Fall events/classes at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library has several new classes and events this fall.

Sign language classes with Annette Michaels will be every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Sept. 5. Please bring the book “Signing for Kids” by Mickey Flodin. The book can be purchased online on Amazon, Google Books, Penguin or E-Bay.

There will be a fall open enrollment Medicare Minute meeting with David Olako on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at noon. A light brown bag lunch will be provided.

iPad classes with Nakienya Ledford will be held every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6.

Ehtra/Legal Issues Facing the Elderly and Aging classes with Trina Hughes will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

Toastmasters meeting

Monroe County Toastmasters, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 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.

Bicentennial football bowl games

The Monroe County Bicentennial Committee is teaming up with the McMinn County Bicentennial Committee to sponsor three football bowl games in honor of both counties’ 200-year histories. Both Monroe and McMinn counties celebrate its Bicentennial in 2019.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, the Sequoyah High School Chiefs will play McMinn County High School’s Cherokees at McMinn County High.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, the Tellico Plains High School Bears will face off against the McMinn Central High School Chargers at McMinn Central.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, the Sweetwater High School Wildcats will travel to McMinn Central.

Commemorative Bicentennial footballs, sponsored by Chota Community Health Services, will be thrown out during halftime of the games.

The winner of each game will receive a special Bicentennial Bowl trophy. The Bicentennial Committees are splitting the cost of the trophies.

In addition, the Monroe County football teams have been given special helmet stickers to wear this football season in honor of the Bicentennial.

Kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, for a kayak paddle. Along the way, the group will enjoy scenery of Unicoi Mountains, trees and perhaps waterfowl. The group will also learn some of the history of Fort Loudoun, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the importance of waterways in Tennessee. The tour will depart from and end at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot.

This paddle is rated easy.

The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. Space is limited to nine participants.

For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

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, Sept. 2 at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright Street.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3 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.

Cherokee Fall Festival

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will hold its 28th annual Cherokee Fall Festival on Sept. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts, demonstrations, music and dance. Visit the website at www.sequoyahmuseum.org for more information.

TN Serves at Fort Loudoun

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and his wife Maria are challenging Tennesseans to get out and serve their community, and September has been designated to serve state parks. As the most visited site at the park, Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is seen by thousands each year. With many visitors exploring the buildings and the buildings being exposed to weather, the fort needs some sprucing up. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, come help the staff give the fort a thorough cleaning so it will be ready for the biggest and most visited re-enactment of the year—the annual Trade Faire. Projects may include sweeping, repairing a few loose siding, evicting spiders and setting up the commissary. Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring work gloves and water. All other tools will be provided. Participants should meet at Fort Loudoun. For more information, call 423-420-2331.

CASA volunteers wanted

If you have a heart for children and would like to befriend an abused or neglected child, while speaking up for their best interests in Juvenile Court, consider working with CASA Monroe. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and they will be training volunteers in September to work with these children and their families.

Want to learn more? An information meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the CASA office at 301 College Street North in Madisonville. CASA Monroe staff will be on hand to explain how the program works and what volunteers will be doing with and for the children.

Anyone ages 21 and older is eligible to become a CASA advocate. Training and background checks are provided free by the organization.

If you plan to attend the Sept. 10, event, please RSVP by calling 423-442-2750. In the meantime, get a head start on information by visiting the website at www.casamonroe.org.

Beekeepers Association meeting

The Monroe County Beekeepers Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Journey of Faith Church in Madisonville. This month’s topic will be fall cleaning and winter planning. This is also an important business meeting as new officers and directors will be elected.

10th annual Feet of Faith 5K

The 10th annual Feet of Faith 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hiwassee Church of God in Madisonville. The fundraiser will benefit Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit dedicated to serving the students of Monroe County with food over the two-week Christmas break. More information to be released soon.

Rally 4 Recovery

The Monroe County Health Council’s second annual Rally 4 Recovery, a celebration of hope event, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Engleman Park in Sweetwater. Admission is free. Throughout the evening, there will be testimonies, vendors and a kid’s zone. There will also be free Narcan training and giveaways, along with Hep. A shots from the Monroe County Health Department. Concessions will be sold and all proceeds will benefit Celebrate Recovery programs in Monroe County.

Tellico Blockhouse Tour

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode for a Tellico Blockhouse Tour from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 15, for a mile-walk around that will teach participants about the history behind the creation of the Tellico Blockhouse, the soldiers who manned it, the political representatives surrounding it and the Native Americans it influenced. This is an easy walk and wheelchair friendly.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under can participate for free. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and prepare for the summer heat.

Participants should meet at the Tellico Blockhouse parking lot, located at 149 Blockhouse Road in Vonore. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Monroe County Tourism Partnership meeting

Monroe County Tourism will host a Monroe County Tourism Partnership meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office in Madisonville, located at 520 Cook Street, Ste. A. Anyone interested in helping expand and unit tourism efforts in the county is welcome to attend.

Evolution of Colonial Firearms

Meet Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 for a presentation on Evolution of Colonial Firearms.

During this presentation, Ranger Kinton will discuss and demonstrate the loading and firing of each weapon during the course of the program and talk about the importance of firearms during early America.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free.

Participants should meet at the fort sidewalk. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

World of Wine

Merrill Lynch and the Monroe Area Council for the Arts will present World of Wine, a fundraiser and tasting event, from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.on Friday, Sept. 20 at the new Kahite Community Center, which will be magically transformed for this special occasion. This evening will promote and provide the support for the arts programs for the children of Monroe County and surrounding area.

Come out and taste new wines and food while joining in the fun around the Wine Pull event—where every player wins. You will receive complimentary raffle tickets (you may purchase more if you like) and try for the items you like most. There will be live music. Stroll by the select art show and take home a piece if you like. The art is provided by the Art Alliance and will showcase some selections from MACA's more than 300-piece student art show.

Tickets are $75 each and are available by calling 423-442-3210.

Island kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, for a five-mile kayak paddle around the island. Along the way, the group will enjoy scenery of Unicoi Mountains, trees and perhaps waterfowl. The group will also learn some of the history of Fort Loudoun, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the importance of waterways in Tennessee. This paddle is recommended for experienced paddlers. The cost to participate is $20 without a kayak rental or $30 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. Space is limited to nine participants. Participants should meet at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

True Purpose Ministries Festival

Russell Cellular in Sweetwater will hold a True Purpose Ministries Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon until 6 p.m. There will be bounce houses, a car wash, music and food. Raffle items have been donated by Jacky Jones Ford and others. All festivities will be by donation only. Proceeds from the event will be given to True Purpose Ministries—a faith-based, long-term addiction recovery program that provides evidence-based treatment and housing to men and women. Russell Cellular is located at 914 A TN-68 in Sweetwater.

National Muscadine Festival

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual National Muscadine Festival on Friday, Sept. 27 (VIP Night) and Saturday, Sept. 28 at Tsali Notch Vineyard, located at 140 Harrison Road in Madisonville.

Friday’s VIP Night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and only a limited number is available.

Admission to the festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be wine and juice tastings, muscadine pickin’, live music and entertainment, a craft market, food trucks, speciality tasty treats and a kids fair.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, vendor applications are available online.

For more information, visit the National Muscadine Festival, Monroe County Tennessee event page on Facebook.

National Public Lands Day Hike

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will participate in National Public Lands Day by hosting a free hike from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 28. Enjoy Tennessee’s public lands by hiking Ridgetop Trail. Along the way, you will see native flora and fauna and evidence of families that lived here before the park was established. Participants should meet Park Ranger Eric Hughey at the Visitor Center. Please bring water to enjoy this easy 1.5-mile hike through the woods. For more information or to register for the event, call 423-420-2331.

Good Shepherd Center Dinner & Auction

The Good Shepherd Center, a 501(c)3 organization, will hold its annual Dinner and Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 10. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The buffet-style meal will be catered by Donna's Old Town Cafe. A live auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Surfers. Tickets to the event are $40 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-420-8888.

The Good Shepherd Center is supported financially by churches, local businesses and individuals. Additional funds are provided through grants, auxiliary groups, Monroe County government agencies and fundraising events such as this. The Good Shepherd Center provides food to more than 1,100 people per month, personal care products (such as diapers as requested), clothing to each person per household per month, miscellaneous items (such as shoes, dishes, bedding, toys, etc.) per month, transportation via ETHRA for medical appointments, emergency housing for fire victims, utilities vouchers and more.

Monroe STOPe dance

Monroe STOPe will host a Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Tsali Notch Vineyard in Madisonville. Fatherly figures and their little ladies will dance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Motherly figures and their little boys will dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is a free event, however, a $10 deposit is required to register. Register online at www.monroehealth.org/me-my-guy-dance. Your deposit will reserve your spot and validate your commitment to attend. Only one deposit is necessary per registration, regardless of how many people are in your party. Deposits will be returned to guests at the door on the night of the event. Should you choose not to attend, your deposit will not be returned and instead will be used to cover the cost of food that will be purchased in anticipation of your attendance.

Professional photography will be offered by Julie Fitch Photography for $10 per couple. You can use your refunded deposit to pay for photos!

Any funds generated from this event will be used to cover the cost of the event and/or future domestic violence prevention, community education and awareness events.

For more information or if you are unable to make a deposit due to unfortunate circumstances, call Heather at 423-519-1232 or 423-545-3015 to request scholarship deposits.

The Monroe STOPe dance, originally the ‘Me and My Guy Dance’ is planned as a domestic violence prevention effort, with the intention of promoting healthy father-daughter relationships and educating our community on the importance of parental involvement in regards to healthy relationships. Statistics show that high levels of father involvement are correlated with sociability, confidence and high levels of self-control; which are all characteristics beneficial to one’s ability of making good choices for themselves in regards to future relationships. It has further been proven that children who have engaged, positive, male role-models are less likely to act out in school or engage in risky behaviors as adolescents.

18th Century Trade Fair

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will hold its annual 18th Century Trade Faire on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20. The largest event at Fort Loudoun gives visitors the opportunity to visit with re-enactors, shop for fine 18th century goods from numerous vendors and enjoy lively performances by musicians and magicians. Soldiers will demonstrate artillery and musketry drills throughout the day. Be sure to stay and watch the Great Battle between the English and French each day. The Sons of Liberty will be performing throughout the two-day fair. For more information, call 423-420-2331.

Sequoyah sports passes

Sequoyah High School is selling sports passes for the 2019-20 seasons. An all-sports pass is $100. A football season pass is $25, and a basketball season pass is $60. Passes are on sale in the front office at the school (see Gloria) and at Mason’s Furniture store in Madisonville.

Honey bee project donation

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area has joined the Tennessee State Park Honey Project. The fort has recently established several beehives at the park. Honeybees play an important role in the ecosystem. They promote pollinator and environmental health in the parks, provide an experiential learning opportunity for visitors and produce sweet treats for guests.

Be a part of this project and make a donation. Donations will go towards purchasing needed supplies and equipment to maintain hives. Pricing is as follows: $10 to Feed the Bees; $25 to be a Friend of the Hive; $50 to Adopt a Bee; $100 to Adopt a Swarm; or $500 to Adopt a Hive.

Learn more about the TSP Honey Project at https://tnstateparks.com/honey-project.

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

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