The Advocate & Democrat runs most community calendar and church calendar items free of charge. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Items will run as space is available and we cannot guarantee items will run more than one time. Submissions can be emailed to Due to the current coronavirus situation, all calendar items are considered tentative and subject to change.

Sept. 10

Celebrate Recovery-Watts Bar Church

The Celebrate Recovery Community will meet at Watts Bar Church, located at 1517 State Highway 68 W in Decatur, on Thursday, Sept. 10. A free meal will be served at 6 p.m., followed by worship and large group at 6:45 p.m. Around 7:50, attendees will break into small groups. Small groups are divided into men's and women's groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs. Child care is provided.

Sept. 12, 19 & 26

Free produce, bakery giveaway

The Food Pantry and Thrift Store of Tellico Plains will give away free produce and bakery items every Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the gazebo in Town Square. For more information, call Diana Murphy at 423-295-5518.

Sept. 14

Celebrate Recovery-Sweetwater

The Sweetwater location of Celebrate Recovery Community will meet at Engleman Park, located at 1200 Monroe St., on Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. for large group only. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Masks will be required. If you do not have one, one will be given to you. Social distancing measures will be in place. Please only attend if you are 100% comfortable in doing so. Those defined as high risk by the CDC are highly encouraged to stay home and watch on Facebook Live. Please refrain from shaking hands and hugging. The next scheduled meeting is Sept. 28.

Sept 14

Turkey Creek VFD annual meeting

The Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual board meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at the fire department, located at 611 Turkey Creek Road in Tellico Plains.

Sept. 15

Celebrate Recovery-Madisonville

Celebrate Recovery will meet in Madisonville on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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. For more information, visit, call 423-545-3015 or email

Sept. 22

SPL Policy & Planning Committee meeting

The Sweetwater Public Library Policy & Planning Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at noon in the downstairs meeting room.

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