Night hike at Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will hold a night hike on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti to experience the sights and sounds of Fort Loudoun at night. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, and bring water and a flashlight (preferably one with a red light). The cost to participate is $5. For more information or to register, call 423-420-2331.

Winter Lecture Series

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore’s Winter Lecture Series will focus on Wayne’s Legion on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. After utter defeats at the hands of the Northwest Territory Natives, the U.S. Army was in peril. President George Washington calls upon his old friend and brother-at-arm, “Mad” Anthony Wayne, to lead the army into a new decade of success. Known as “The Legion” or “Wayne’s Legion”, the army embarked on a crusade to reel in the frontier and prove to the rest of the world the United States was not only an “experiment.”

Join Ranger Justin Rexrode in the Visitor Center for a talk on how the army was reformed under Wayne and the troops that would eventually build and man the Tellico Blockhouse. The lecture will take place at the auditorium. Admission is free and lectures last approximately one hour.

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, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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

2020 Chamber Annual Membership meeting

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2020 Annual Membership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Vonore Baptist Church. The cost is $10 for Chamber members or $20 for future members. Promotional bags will be passed out. Enjoy lunch while networking with community leaders and business professionals. Call the Chamber office for more information or to purchase tickets.

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.

Winter Lecture Series continues

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore’s Winter Lecture Series will continue on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti for a talk about environmental impacts caused by people in the Southern Appalachian region of North America. Topics will include Spanish, Cherokee, and early U.S. impacts on the landscapes and then move to modern intrusions.

The lecture will take place at the auditorium located at the Visitor Center. Admission is free, and lectures last approximately one hour.

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. The class will be held at the Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 21.

During the six weeks, 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 A1C’s, weight management, greater understanding of meal planning, how to manage their blood glucose levels and have a better understanding of the diabetes and its complications.

Pre-register for Take Charge of Your Diabetes 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, by Jan. 17. This will ensure there are enough copies of the educational materials for everyone.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Winter Lecture Series continues

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore’s Winter Lecture Series will continue on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. Join Ranger Will Kinton to discover how several of America's founding fathers survived the struggles and developed the skills which would become crucial in America's fight for Liberty. The “Late War with France,” as many of the founders called the French & Indian War, was bound tightly to the American Revolution through military, economic and political connections.

This lecture will explore the ties between these times, perhaps unveiling a glimpse of America and her sons through the uncertainties, sacrifices, and developing status as the “Land of the Free” and the “Home of the Brave.”

The lecture will take place at the auditorium located in the Visitor Center. Admission is free, and lectures last approximately one hour.

Fort Loudoun tour

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti for a tour of Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-2:15 p.m. As you tour the buildings of Fort Loudoun, Baghetti will explain the roles of the fort and its many parts. This tour is not merely a study of architecture though. Discussions of the past will be revisited as you uncover how the fort's location was determined, how the Little Tennessee River impacted all who lived within its valley, and how constant the challenge was to supply such a remote location. Together, you will step back in time to experience Fort Loudoun on a more personal level, examining the lives of those who both thrived and struggled within the walls of this wilderness outpost. The cost to participate is $5. Register in advance by calling 423-420-2331. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center.

Radon awareness class

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will hold a free radon awareness class on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 7-8 p.m. Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that surrounds us and can be harmful. This program will explain what radon is, where it comes from, how it affects our health, and what we can do to stay safe. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center. For more information or to register, call 423-420-2331.

Tellico Blockhouse Tour

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will hold a Tellico Blockhouse Tour on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 1-3 p.m. This mile walk around the Tellico Blockhouse will teach about the history behind its creation, the soldiers who manned it, the political representatives surrounding it, and the Native Americans that it influenced. This walk is wheelchair-friendly. The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can register for free. Participants should meet at the Tellico Blockhouse parking lot at 149 Blockhouse Road in Vonore. For more information or to register, call 423-420-2331.

Medical Care in the 18th Century

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will hold a presentation on medical care in the 18th Century on Friday, Jan. 31, from 1-3 p.m. Dr. Maurice Anderson, Surgeon’s Mate James Steel, and a host of revolving nurses were the faces of Fort Loudoun’s medical care in the 18th century. Their different roles and challenges will be discussed, along with the prevailing medical wisdom of that age.

Join Park Ranger Will Kinton to see surgical tools like those once used for tooth extractions, amputations, and even trepanning (relieving pressure from the brain). You will learn the medical theories behind bloodletting and the frequent uses of mercury, as well as other medicinals now known to be poisonous. You will discover why the body’s reactions to such poisons were believed to be in the best interests of improving one’s health. Participants will lay eyes upon early examples of vaporizers, inhalers and even some of the plant-based medicinals used with them.

Space is limited to 25 so be sure to sign up early and reserve your spot. The cost for the presentation is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free. For more information or to register, call 423-420-2331.

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 p.m. to 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.

TPL expansion

Tellico Plains Public Library will be adding a new learning center with designated children and adult learning areas. For more information, visit www.tellicoplainspubliclibrary.org/new-addition.html or call 423-253-7388. If you would like to share in the library’s dream, it welcomes and appreciates your support. All donations are tax-deductible. Make check’s payable to: Friends of the Tellico Plains Public Library (memo: building project). Donations can be mailed to: Tellico Plains Public Library Learning Center Building Fund, Attn: Sherri Raby, at P.O. Box 658, Tellico Plains, TN 37385.

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