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, Feb. 4, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright Street.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5 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.

Quarterly Chamber member social

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly member social on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 520 Cook Street, Suite A, in Madisonville. All Chamber members are invited to attend and bring a friend to enjoy networking, door prizes and lunch.

TPJHS parent conferences, Book Fair

Tellico Plains Junior High School will hold parent conferences on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the school. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held the same week, Feb. 4-8.

Sign Language class at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold beginning Sign Language classes starting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 a 5 p.m. in the library. The public is welcome to attend. Contact the library or Annette Michaels for more information. You will need to have the textbook, “Signing for Kids” by Mickey Flodin, to participate.

AM Legion Post 256 meetings

American Legion Post 256 in Vonore extends an invitation to all veterans to join them at their meetings on the first Thursday of each month at the Fellowship Hall at The First Baptist Church of Tellico Village. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and includes an optional breakfast buffet for $12. If you would like to come and have the breakfast, reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to the meeting. For reservations, call Tony Adams at 423-884-3024 or email adamsaj@aol.com. Breakfast is followed by an informative guest speaker and updates on community and veteran's services projects. For directions and more information, visit www.TellicoLakePost256.org. The next meeting is Feb. 7.

Veterans Benefit Meeting

The Cora Veal Senior Citizens Center welcomes local veterans to a Veterans Benefit Meeting on Friday, Feb. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monroe County Veterans Service Officer Andy Boyd, along with representatives from the offices of Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, and Monroe County Government and the judiciary will be present for an open forum to hear more about benefits that are available to veterans. Lunch will be provided.

Missoula Children's Theatre presents 'Robin Hood'

The Monroe Area Council for the Arts welcomes Missoula Children's Theatre for the 20th year, thanks to contributions from MACA supporters and the United Way of Monroe County. This year, Missoula Children's Theatre will perform “Robin Hood” using more than 50 local children, who audition for the performance at the beginning of the week and practice hard throughout the week to appear in the show.

Missoula week begins with auditions on Monday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center. Those auditioning should arrive by 3:45 p.m. to register. This is a group audition and no advance preparation is necessary. All students in kindergarten through 12th grades are welcome to audition. If selected for the production, rehearsals will be held from Tuesday, Feb. 5 to Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night.

Following a week of rehearsals, public performances of “Robin Hood” will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets to the show are $10 for adults or $5 for students. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. Reserve advanced tickets online at monroearts.com, by contacting MACA by phone at 423-442-3230 or by email at maca491@gmail.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the performances.

A performance will be held for schools on Friday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. To sign your class up to attend, contact MACA.

In addition, all former cast members of Monroe County's Missoula Children's Theatre productions are invited to attend a 20-year celebration on Feb. 8. Prior to the Friday night performance, MACA will hold a pre-show celebration to recognize all those who have been a part of MCT over the past two decades. The display cases in the lobby of the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center have been decorated with photographs and programs from past Missoula shows in honor of the 20th year.

Free spay/neuter vouchers

SNAP will resume issuing free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income Monroe County residents on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cora Veal Senior Center, located at 144 College Street in Madisonville.

Free spay/neuter vouchers can be used for dogs and cats by any Monroe County resident. Pet owners can receive multiple vouchers to “fix” all their pets. If you have kittens or puppies, it is much easier to find them a home if they are “fixed.” This also helps to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.

For more information, contact SNAP President Mike Cleverdon at 423-884-6801.

Tellico Thunder softball signups

Tellico Thunder softball will hold signups from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at Tellico Plains High School's gymnasium. Girls ages 7-14 are eligible to play. The cost to participate is $50. First-time players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate. Parents: Uniforms will be sized at the signups so please bring the players with you!

Valentine's Dinner at Friends Meeting

Friends Meeting of Ballplay will hold a Valentine's Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. This year's theme is the 1950s. Wear your 1950s attire and enjoy dinner and entertainment by the church's youth group and church members. The menu will consist of hamburgers, fries and milkshakes with banana splits for desserts. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds go toward the Youth Fund.

Frozen kayak paddle at Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Justin Rexrode on a 2-mile paddle around Fort Loudoun on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. Learn the history of the waterway, Fort Loudoun and the Tellico Blockhouse while paddling. Paddling during the winter gives a unique opportunity to view animals and birds that are active foraging and may not be seen as often during warmer weather. Please wear warm, dry clothing and bring a bottle of water. This is recommended for experienced paddlers. Participants should meet at the boat dock. The cost to participate is $10 if you bring your own personal kayak or $20 if you rent one from Fort Loudoun. Please register in advance by calling 423-420-2331 as spots are limited.

Beekeepers Association meeting

The Monroe County Beekeepers Association will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Journey of Faith Church in Madisonville. Equipment is ready, but how are the bees? Hungry with all the warm weather and recent flying activity. The meeting will focus on feeding bees this month—the pros and cons of the various ways to accomplish this. A healthy, strong colony is essential for a good honey year.

Toastmaster meeting

Monroe County Toastmaster, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon 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.

Medical care in the 18th century

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, during a presentation on Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore. During this hour-long presentation, you will 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. Visitors will also lay eyes upon early examples of vaporizers, inhalers and even some of the plant-based medicinals used with them. In several respects, 18th century medical care can be viewed as the foundation of modern treatment. Space is limited to 25 participants. The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free. Reserve your spot by calling 423-420-2331. Participants should meet at the Fort Loudoun infirmary.

Dance the Virginia Reel

18th century colonial life, whether in the city, frontier, or wilderness, was hard. Families worked hard just to survive. Though their bodies labored, their souls found replenishment through games, song and dance. The socialization and comradery provided by group activities, such as the Virginia Reel, helped form the bonds of friendships while also renewing the spirits of individuals and strengthening the sense of community. Join Park Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. for an interactive program that touches on the history of the Virginia Reel dance, but focuses primarily on teaching the steps. Be prepared to move and have a good time. Partners are not required. Participants will dance in the Grand Barracks; in case of inclement weather the dance will be moved to the Visitor Center. The cost to participate is $5 per person. Register by calling 423-420-2331.

Voluntary Pre-K community meetings

The Monroe County School System will hold community meetings in February for those interested in applying for Voluntary Pre-K Program for the 2019-20 school year. The Voluntary Pre-K program is open to children who will be 4 years old by Aug. 15.

Meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • Vonore Elementary School in the cafeteria on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
  • Tellico Plains Elementary School in the library on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Madisonville Primary School in the cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

This will be a question and answer session regarding the Voluntary Pre-K Program offered through a grant by the State of Tennessee through Monroe County Schools.

For more information, visit the Monroe County Schools' website at www.monroe.k12.tn.us. Under the Departments tab, find the Pre-K link.

Lost Shoe Hike

Join Park Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore for a free Lost Shoe Hike on Monday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is an easy to moderate 2-mile hike. Participants should meet at the Meadow Loop Trailhead near the park entrance. For more information, call 423-420-2331.

Weed Wrangle

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will hold a Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Invasive species grow up often shading out native plants. Help save native wildflowers and keep the scenic view of Tellico Lake open by giving back to the park and getting volunteer hours. Be prepared to pull, cut, and carry small shrubs. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes and bring work gloves and water. Tools will be provided. Participants should meet at the Tellico Blockhouse parking lot.

Main Street Marketplace re-opening

Sweetwater Main Street Marketplace will reopen on Saturday, March 16.

Applications for merchants are being accepted now. The cost is $20 a day for spots with electricity or $10 a day for non-power spots. Sign up and pay for two months rent and get the third month free when you sign up and pay in full by March 16.

To celebrate the reopening, Lucky the Leprechaun will be on hand to take photos with visitors. In addition, there will be a kids scavenger hunt with prizes. Stay tuned for more information.

For more information or to sign up for a spot at the Marketplace, contact Main Street Director Kassie Kelley-Watson at 423-337-5976.

SHS cheerleading tryouts

Tryouts for Sweetwater High School's cheerleading squad will be held soon. An informational meeting for new parents and potential cheerleaders will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. A tryout clinic will be held on March 18-19 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the gymnasium. Tryouts will follow on March 21 in the school gym. Cheerleaders are asked to wear blue shorts, white T-shirts and athletic shoes for tryouts. Students who are interested in cheer can pick up packets from cheer coaches and teachers Jaclyn Cleveland and Dinah Ledford.

Chamber's annual Business Awards Banquet & Auction

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Business Awards Banquet & Auction on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Coral Veal Senior Center in Madisonville, located at 144 College Street. Tickets for the event are $40 for members and $50 for future members. A table of eight is $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 423-442-4588.

Lunch & Learn with Google

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch & Learn with Google on Thursday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Cleveland State Community College's Monroe County Center, located at 121 Grand Vista in Vonore. Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. The discussion will also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., following by the learning session from noon to 1 p.m. Chamber members can attend for free. The cost for non-Chamber members is $25. Reservations are required. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 423-442-4588 to reserve your spot today.

Step into Spring

The Step into Spring Committee has announced the date for the 15th annual Step into Spring Brunch and Fashion Show. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rymer Dining Hall on the Hiwassee College campus. Proceeds help fund campus beautification.

Ladies of the community will be modeling fashions provided by The Lily Pad Boutique of Sweetwater. Door prizes will be given out and gift certificates will be awarded for the best vintage hat, best spring hat and most creative hat.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person. Individuals and organizations may sponsor tables of eight for $275. To reserve your space, please call the Office of the President at 423-420-1225. You may also send your reservation by mail to: Hiwassee College, Office of the President, 225 Hiwassee College Drive, Madisonville, TN 37354.

Free Community Health Fair

Chota Community Health Services is partnering with East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine to provide a free health fair to the Monroe County community on Thursday, April 18 at Chota's Madisonville clinic. More details to be announced soon.

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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