Art Fest 2022
The East Tennessee Arts Center is partnering with Salt & Light Studios for Art Fest 2022, an art show and sale for high school, college, and university students. Art Fest is open to all art students in East Tennessee. Showcase your craftworks and artwork and sale it to the public during the holiday season.
Awards will be presented to the Most Creative Student by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg) for a workshop certificate totaling $135 and to the Best Student Art Displays by 3 Generations Art Studio and Gallery (Sweetwater) for first place ($100), second place ($50), and third place ($25).
This event will take place at Salt & Light Studios, located at 152 Old Athens Pike in Sweetwater. It will be open to the public on Friday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be presented towards the end of the show on Saturday. The cost of admission will be a $2 donation.
The cost to set up a table is $19 per day or $30 for both days. To obtain a registration form and for more information on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are due by Friday, Nov. 16.
Youth Coalition meeting
The Monroe County Youth Coalition will meet on Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Prevention & Wellness Coalition office, located at 615 Warren St. in Madisonville (behind the Post Office). Pizza will be served. All private, public and home-schooled Monroe County students in fifth grade and higher are welcome.
Lunch & Learn
The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 22, at noon with tnAchieve. This Lunch & Learn will provide an update on the TN Promise program and student success data in Monroe County, in addition to an update on new programs available to students and information about how community members can support local students as tnAchives mentors.
Cherohala Skyway Beautification Day
The Tennessee Department of Transportation, along with the Monroe County Department of Tourism, the Cherokee National Forest, the Town of Tellico Plains, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe County Department of Solid Waste are partnering together to hold a Cherohala Skyway Beautification Day on Friday, Sept. 23. Volunteers are needed to assist in the cleaning up of the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway to kick off fall foliage season. Volunteer check in will be inside the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center from 9-10 a.m. Assignments will include litter cleanup, weed removal, sign restoration efforts and more. Once you check in, you will receive your area assignment and the supplies you need for the day.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Drive
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Drive on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning from 8 a.m. to noon at the Monroe County Highway Department, located at 3475 New Highway 68 in Madisonville. This is event is sponsored in coordination with Keep Monroe County Beautiful, TDEC and the Monroe County Office of Solid Waste. The following items will be accepted: household cleaners (drain openers, oven cleaners, wood/metal polish, toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, etc.), automotive products (fuel and oil additives grease and rust solvent, starter fluids, and cleaners), lawn and garden products (herbicides, pesticides and fungicides), and home maintenance products (medicines and prescription drugs, thinner and wood preservation, paint strippers and removers, adhesives, aerosols or compressed gas, pool chemicals, etc.). Do not bring explosives/ammunition, medical waste (except needles and sharps in a puncture-proof container), infectious waste, or radioactive materials, including smoke detectors. This event is free for Tennessee residents. Qualifying small businesses may set up an appointment to dispose of their waste for a fee by calling 615-643-3170. For more information, call the Solid Waste office at 423-442-2497.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Monroe County will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Monroe County Justice Center. All county and city police officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Forestry Department officers are invited to attend this special luncheon. Sponsorships are available, and donations are being sought for goodie bag items and door prizes. The community is invited to come out to shake officers hands and thank them for their service. For more information about the event or to sponsor, contact Christine at 423-429-2232 or Harrold at 423-967-3932.
Food Truck Night & Jeep Mania
The Downtown Madisonville Alliance will host a Food Truck Night & Jeep Mania on Monday, Oct. 3, from 5-8 p.m. at Memorial Park in downtown Madisonville. There will be a variety of food trucks, along with live entertainment by 45 RPM and fellowship. This will be the last Food Truck Monday of 2022!
Tire Recycling Drive
Keep Monroe County Beautiful will hold a Tire Recycling Drive on Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Monroe County Highway Department, located at 3475 New Highway 68 in Madisonville. Up to eight tires per household will be accepted. Only tires will be accepted; no wheels or rims. No tires from businesses, tires larger than 20” or tractor tires will be accepted. If you have more than eight tires, call Keep Monroe County Beautiful prior to the event for more information. The tire drive will end at noon unless 1,200 tires are reached or the collection trailer is filled. Workers will be on hand to unload the tires for you. For more information, email email@example.com or call 423-442-3535.
Cars and Coffee
The last Cars and Coffee event of the season will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Charles Hall Museum & Heritage Center in Tellico Plains. Network with like-minded car enthusiasts and admirers and view their prized possessions. Bring a chair, swap stories, share a hot cup of coffee, shop a while, enjoy the museum and the local scenery. Check the museum's Facebook page for updated information in case of heavy rain.
Taste of Monroe
The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Taste of Monroe event on Monday, Oct. 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in downtown Madisonville. Taste of Monroe highlights Monroe County’s best foods and beverages with a one-of-a-kind event for the whole family. The event will feature food tastings, live music by Sarah Williams, a Chamber member business expo, a car and motorcycle show, and entertainment for children.
The cost for Chamber members is $10 per person. Adult tickets are $12 each, while children ages 4 to 12 will be admitted for $5. Children ages 3 and under will get in free. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Interested in setting up your business or entering the car and motorcycle show? Contact the Chamber office at 423-442-4588. Learn more at MonroeCountyChamber.com
Me & My Guy Dance
Monroe STOPe will host a Me & My Guy Dance on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Monroe County Rescue Squad Building in Madisonville. The theme for this year’s dance is 80s party.
There is a free event, however, a $10 deposit is required to register. Those interested can 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.
Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available. Photography will be available for a $10 donation 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 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.
Historic Halloween in Sweetwater
Sweetwater Main Street and the Sweetwater Merchants & Property Owners Association will host a Historic Halloween in Sweetwater on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. There will be a trick-or-treat trail, children’s activities and more. If you are a church or business interested in setting up downtown for the trunk-or-treat or a vendor who would like a spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Watch Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore come to live during Garrison Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, 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.
Christmas Festival on the Square
Vendors are now being accepted for Madisonville's Christmas Festival on the Square, which will be held in downtown Madisonville on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2-8 p.m. The event will kick off with a Lighting of the Square on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with the one-day festival being held on Saturday, Dec. 3. For more information, visit the Madisonville Christmas Festival on the Square page on Facebook.
Madisonville Christmas Parade
This year's Christmas Parade in Madisonville will be the town's first night-time parade since 2013 and will be the finale to the Christmas Festival on the Square. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. This year's theme is "A Taste of Christmas." The Madisonville Kiwanis Club continues to be the sponsor of the annual parade. More information coming soon.