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.

June 27 and July 4, 11, 18 & 25

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.

June 30

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery will meet in Madisonville on Tuesday, June 30 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

June 30

PECCA meeting

Monroe County Schools and the Monroe County Education Association will be holding a PECCA meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Interested individuals may contact Cynthia George or Shauna Bowers to participate in the meeting.

July 16

SMPOA meeting

The Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association plans to meet on Thursday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Sweetwater City Hall. The organization will limit the number of attendees, as provided by the state at the time of the meeting.

July 4

Vonore Duck Drop

The annual Vonore Duck Drop, a fundraiser for the Vonore Historical Society, will be held on Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m. Ducks will be dropped from the Vonore Baptist Church yard and cross the finish line across from the Vonore Heritage Museum. Ducks are $5 each and can be purchased from Vonore Historical Society members. There are several prizes up for grabs, including a $300 first-place prize. For more information, call 423-884-2989 or 423-351-4611. Due to the coronavirus, it is not required to be present to win.

July 4

Sweetwater’s Independence Day Celebration

The City of Sweetwater will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4. There will be live music featuring The Crew at the bandstand at the Duck Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., vendors and a fireworks show by Pyro Shows at dark. City officials ask that attendees bring their own chairs and use proper social distancing measures with people outside of their households.

July 20

Domestic violence support group

A support group for survivors of domestic violence and their families will begin meeting again on Monday, July 20. For additional information, including the time and location, please call Monroe STOPe at 423-8519-1232.

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