Sequoyah Senior Parade

Sequoyah High School will hold a parade for the Class of 2020 on Wednesday, May 20. Students will line up in the back parking lot of the school at 5 p.m. to get their diplomas if all debts to the school are paid. Spectators may only set up along Highway 411 or in downtown to watch the parade go by and take photos. At 6 p.m., the parade will begin with SRO escort to Vonore by leaving campus from Fagin Road, turning left onto Highway 411 North. The parade will continue through Vonore, turning left off of Highway 411 into the North Entrance of the Industrial Park, making two left turns and then turning right back onto Highway 411 headed south toward Madisonville. The parade will then travel to New Highway 68 and turn right onto College Street, traveling to the Courthouse in downtown and turning right onto Main Street between Volunteer Federal Savings Bank and the Courthouse. The route will then turn again onto Tellico Street and go all the way back to Highway 411, where it will end.

TPHS Senior Parade

On May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tellico Plains High School will hold a graduation parade in honor of its senior class. Seniors should arrive at 5:45 p.m. and maintain social distancing guidelines while on campus. Seniors will park in the back parking lot or be dropped off and walk to their assigned location around the school. Seniors will be approximately 30 feet apart around the school drive. Each senior will have a portrait of themselves to stand beside. Parents, extended families, friends, local and state government officials and anyone else who would like to drive around the school and congratulate the seniors is welcome to attend. To avoid major traffic issues, each student will be assigned an approximate time for their guests to drive around.

SHS Senior Parade

Sweetwater High School will hold a parade for the Class of 2020 on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. The route will go from Sweetwater Primary School to Highway 322 to Highway 11/Main Street to Monroe Street, then High Street to Sweetwater High School. Please participate by lining the route safely inside vehicles or with six feet between spectators. Watchers are encouraged to make posters to hold for the seniors, or to decorate properties along the route.

Chamber Banquet

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has announced its Annual Business Awards and Banquet, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at the Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville.

Drug Take Back event

Dispose of your unused medications and help safeguard your home during the countywide Drug Take Back event on Saturday, June 6. This drive thru, no contact event, sponsored by the Monroe County Health Council’s Prevention & Wellness Coalition, will take place from noon until 2 p.m. at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and at the Madisonville, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains and Vonore police departments. You can also dispose of your pet’s unused prescriptions. This project is funded under a grant with the State of Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

National Trails Day Hike

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will host a National Trails Day Hike on Saturday, June 6 from 8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Life at the park takes on a new aura at night. It is quieter, calmer, and clearly, it’s darker. Owls and stars make their way out. Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti on Ridgetop Trail to experience night life at Fort Loudoun. Along the way, listen for nocturnal habitats under the light of the full moon.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water and a flashlight equipped with a red light. If you do not have a red light flashlight, tap red cellophane or red tissue paper over the end.

The cost to participate is $10 per person. This hike is limited to nine participants so reserve your spot as soon as possible. If you register and cannot make it, please contact the park office so that another hiker may have the opportunity to go.

Participants will meet at the boat dock.

For more information, call 423-420-2331.

Graduation dates set

Monroe County Schools has announced the new dates for high school graduations. Celebrations for the Class of 2020 will be held on the following dates:

  • Sweetwater High School on July 30, 2020
  • Sequoyah High School on July 31, 2020
  • Tellico Plains High School on Aug. 1, 2020

More details coming soon.

Animal Shelter open

The Monroe County Animal Shelter now open to the public. For more information or to schedule an appointment to meet a pet, call 423-442-1015.

TPL now open

Tellico Plains Public Library is now open with limitations. The library has limited hours and is limiting the number of patrons inside the building and using the computers. There will be no programming, however, until further notice, but virtual programming options, including Facebook Live story times and Zoom meetings, are in the works.

For curbside pickup, patrons can reserve books online or by phone and the librarians will place materials in a bag outside the door when the patron arrives. Patrons who need copies and faxes can call ahed for services, and it will be handled through the book drop slot.

New limited hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with curbside pickup from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SPL remains closed

While Sweetwater Public Library is still closed to the public until further notice, the staff is available to help with printing needs. Staff members are available to run copies, fax and receive documents, and help community members print wirelessly from their own devices. These services are available from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the library at 423-337-5274.

Follow the library’s Facebook page and website for updates. The library hopes to re-open as soon as possible.

MPL closed

In an effort to prevent community spread of the coronavirus, the Madisonville Public Library will be following guidelines set forth by President Donald Trump and staying closed until further notice. Follow the library’s Facebook page for updates, as well as suggestions for engaging things you can do to keep yourself and your children entertained and learning while schools are closed. Any library materials you have in your home—please keep them until the library reopens. There will be no fines accruing during this time period.

Additional TPHS senior dates

  • On May 20 at noon, Monroe County Schools and guests will be presenting a tribute to the seniors. The event will be recorded and posted to Facebook and on the school’s website.
  • The Class of 2020 will hold its Baccalaureate service on July 26.
  • On July 31, the senior class will meet for graduation practice and senior breakfast.
  • On Aug. 1, the TPHS Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be held. Because the school’s gymnasium is too hot in August for a graduation ceremony, the school is considering moving the ceremony to the football field, unless the school can raise enough money to be able to get the gym air conditioned.

More details to be released.

Additional Sweetwater senior dates

Sweetwater High School has released the following information regarding events and announcements for the Class of 2020:

  • On May 21-22, seniors can pick up their free yard sign from the bowl on the school campus.
  • July 30 is the tentative date for the school’s graduation.

Diploma and yearbook pickup is yet to be determined. More details to be released.

Prom updates

  • Sweetwater High School’s prom has been tentatively rescheduled for June 19 at RiverView Family Farm.
  • The Tellico Plains High School prom will be held on July 10 at The Barn at Faith Farms in Niota at 6 p.m. Prom tickets can still be purchased by emailing Kayla Adams or sending her a message on Facebook.
  • Sequoyah High School’s prom will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Airport Hilton in Alcoa. This year’s theme is “Roarin’ 20s.” Only juniors and seniors can purchase tickets. Outside date forms must still be turned in and approved before the sale of tickets. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased with cash or checks made to Sequoyah High School. Contact for more information.

Junior Ranger Camp

Junior Ranger Camp at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is coming up on July 13-17. During this week-long camp, children learn about what life was like during the French and Indian War by practicing marching and musketry, defending the area from the French attacks, trading deer skins for good, various trades, Cherokee culture, and much more. Junior Ranger Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The camp is open to ages 8-11. Registration is $35 per child, and camp is limited to 30 participants. To register, parents/guardians must come to the visitor center and complete the registration packet. Registration packets will not be accepted by mail. Registration will be on June 12. For additional information, contact Ranger Lauren Baghetti at 423-420-2327 or

MACA events cancelled

The Monroe Area Council for the Arts will be cancelling all summer art programs due to the growing concerns to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). “The health and safety of our students, teachers, artists and staff are our top priority,” said MACA Administrator Rebecca Inman. As part of this, MACA’s Art Alliance art show, the Monroe County student art show, Summer Arts Intensive, Music Intensive, Theatre Camp and Kids Art Camps are cancelled.

Celebrate Recovery meetings cancelled

In accordance with CDC guidelines and local government recommendations, regularly scheduled Monday meetings of Celebrate Recovery at Sweetwater First Baptist have been cancelled until further notice. However, organizers are working on bringing a video teaching series with Paul Tinsley to the Facebook page: Celebrate Recovery Community.

Celebrate Recovery meetings at Madisonville Church of God on Tuesday nights are cancelled until further notice.

Community dinners cancelled

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Food Pantry & Thrift Store of Tellico Plains has announced its Thursday community dinners at the Tellico Plains Community Center are cancelled until further notice.

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