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 on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. at the CASA office at 301 College St., 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.

Parking permits at Sequoyah

Beginning Aug. 8, Sequoyah High School student drivers can purchase parking permits in the school store from 7:30-7:55 a.m. or 3-3:30 p.m. (except on Fridays). The cost per permit is $10.

Students must provide copies of the following (copies can be made at the school): a Tennessee driver’s license and proof of current auto insurance. These must be paper copies. If you do not have a paper copy, request that your insurance company send you one or email an electronic copy to coffeltw@monroe.k12.tn.us with the student’s name in the subject line.

Students must also provide a Signed Vehicle Rules form and Car Registration form, which must be signed by both the parent/guardian and student. These forms are available on the school website or can be picked up in the school office.

Please note: Purchasing a permit does not reserve a specific parking space, but allows a student to drive on campus and park in an open parking space. A parking lot diagram will also be available on the school website.

Free community lunch and learn

Chota Community Health Services will host a lunch and learn on Thursday, Aug. 8, at noon at the Madisonville clinic. Enjoy a free lunch and conversation about the early physicians and medical history of Monroe County. Attendees will also learn about the services that Chota offers and go on a tour of the clinic.

This lunch and learn is part of the National Health Center Week celebration and Monroe County's Bicentennial Celebration. This year's theme for National Health Center Week is “Rooted in Communities.”

Movie on the Square

The Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club will hold a free Movie on the Square, sponsored by Tellico Mountain Realty, on Friday, Aug. 9, starting at dusk. The featured film will be “Back to the Future.” Concessions will be available. The Kiwanis Club encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and come out to enjoy an evening of family entertainment.

Garrison Weekend

Watch Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore come to live during Garrison Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garrison Weekend is a free, family-friendly, living history event that features the daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun. View an 18th century infirmary, soldier's barracks, the commander's quarters, blacksmith shop, as well as a Cherokee encampment. Musket, artillery firing and laundry demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Dual enrollment registration at SHS

Sweetwater High School will have dual enrollment registration with students on Monday, Aug. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. Parents are not required to attend.

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, Aug. 12, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright Street.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13 ,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.

Beekeepers Association meeting

The Monroe County Beekeepers Association will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Journey of Faith Church in Madisonville. At this meeting, discussions will center around the post-extraction season as a presentation will be given on hive inspection and medications. Scott and Bob, two local inspectors, will be the guest speakers.

Toastmasters meeting

Monroe County Toastmasters, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 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.

Business After Hours

Mountain Trust Mortgage in Madisonville, a division of Peoples Bank, will host a Chamber Business After Hours event on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments, door prizes and networking opportunities.

Honey Bees at the Fort

Meet Park Manager Eric Hughey at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. for a 30-minute presentation about the park's newest inhabitants—honeybees! Hughey will also talk about beekeeping and how bees play an important role in the environment. This is a free program.

Participants should meet at the Meadow Loop Trailhead near the park entrance. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331.

Free spay/neuter vouchers

SNAP will issue free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income Monroe County residents on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sweetwater City Hall, located at 203 Monroe St.

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.

Spay/neuter vouchers are valid for 30 days. After receiving the voucher, call the designated vet to make an appointment. Please note: State law requires proof of rabies vaccination and the cost of the shot is not covered by the voucher. Participating vets are: PPAW Spay and Neuter Clinic in Greenback, the Monroe County Animal Hospital in Sweetwater, or the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Sweetwater.

If a qualified pet owner is unable to attend due to illness, handicap, work schedule, transportation or other problems, a relative or friend can obtain a voucher for the pet owner. The relative or friend must provide all the required information about the pet and owner, including proof of residence.

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

Island kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Monday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an island 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 is an advanced paddle.

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. 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.

Hairdresser Project

The Monroe County Health Council & Wellness Coalition will host the Hairdresser Project on Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse in Sweetwater. This is free for those in the beauty industry, including students. The Hairdresser Project is a campaign hosted by Monroe STOPe to equip those in the beauty industry with the knowledge and skill-set to identify and refer possible victims to services for those affected by domestic violence. Discussions will include possible warning signs, conversation starters and how/where to refer your clients for further assistance. This project is not intended to teach or promote crises response or solution. Registration is required before Aug. 5. The meal is being provided by Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse. For more information or to register, visit the website at www.monroehealth.org/hairdresser-project or call 423-519-1232.

Evolution of Colonial Firearms

Meet Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. for a presentation on Evolution of Colonial Firearms.

During this presentation, Ranger Kinton will discuss and demonstrate the earliest black powder weapons. This program will begin with the hand gonne, a weapon that resembles a gun barrel on a broom stick. This weapon saw service during the last years of knights in armor and would eventually replace the English longbow. The next weapon that will be discussed and fired is the matchlock, the musket with a burning rope attached. The flintlock musket, like those weapons in use at Fort Loudoun during the 1750s, will be the final type of weapon presented during the program. Not only will the standard .75-caliber musket be discussed and fire, but also a massive 70-pound, .94-caliber “wall gun” will be used as the grand finale.

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.

Dance the Virginia Reel

18th century colonial life was hard. Families worked hard to survive. Though their bodies labored, their souls found replenishment through games, song and dance. The socialization and camaraderie 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.

Come learn the Virginia Reel at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. This interactive program touches on the history of the dance, but focuses primarily on teaching the steps. No prior dance experience or partner is needed to participate.

Participants should meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at the fort. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Ballplay Ruritan Club meeting

Ballplay Ruritan Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 26 at Friends Meeting of Ballplay's fellowship hall, located at 157 Ballplay School Road. Mingling begins at 6:15 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting following.

Kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon 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.

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 nonprofit dedicated to serving the students of Monroe County with food over the two-week Christmas break. More information to be released soon.

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.

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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