4-H Poultry Show and Sale

The Monroe County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the 4-H Pavilion at Kefauver Park in Madisonville. Judging will begin at 5 p.m., with the auction following at 5:45 p.m. Youth from across the county will bring three Black Star pullets—a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing and wearing face coverings is encouraged. For more information, contact Greg Austin or Morgan Cox at 423-442-2433.

SPL update

Due to the decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases in Monroe County, Sweetwater Public Library will roll forward a phase in its re-opening plan. The library is now open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Only 10 patrons will be allowed in the library at any given time. All visits are limited to 30 minutes. Masks and washing hands are recommended. Only 10 items can be checked out per library card. Curbside service is still available during the open hours. A 30-minute express computer is available in the lobby. All other computer usage is available by appointment only by calling ahead to 423-337-5274.

Overhill Trade at Fort Loudoun

Join Park Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Cherokee Summer House to explore the powerful bonds once formed between the Cherokee and Colonial South Carolina, bonds that were cemented through trade.

Participants will gaze upon various trade items and discover the impact trade had on both cultures. This program will offer insight into the over harvesting of fur-bearing animals, the growing dependence upon outside cultures for necessities, and even the heroic efforts of Abraham, a black slave brought into the Cherokee country by one of the traders.

The cost of this presentation is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free. Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 participants.

To register, call Fort Loudoun at 423-420-2331.

Fort Loudoun Island Kayak Paddle

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Monday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a paddle around theisland. 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 recommended easy to moderate.

Kayaks and kayak equipment are available for those who do not have their own. Anyone with their own kayak and equipment is welcome to bring it. The cost to participate is $20 without a kayak rental or $30 with a park kayak rental. Please bring a life jacket if you have one, and bottled water. Space is limited to 10 participants, so register asap.

For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Evolution of Colonial Firearms

Meet Park Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Sept. 25 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.

The cost to participate is $10 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.

Ballplay Ruritan moves meetings to Tellico

Ballplay Ruritan Club has announced that after much thought and consideration, it is moving its meetings to Tellico Plains so the club can continue to grow and help more people. The first meeting at the new location of the Tellico Plains Community Center will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The Ballplay Ruritan Club supports projects in both the Ballplay and Tellico Plains communities. Everyone is invited to see how the club benefits the area and how you can help them on their mission.

RAD class

There will be a free RAD class on Monday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at Chota Community Health Services in Madisonville.

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) is an abduction avoidance self-defense program designed just for women. This class is three hours long, during which participants discuss risk reduction and learn physical self-defense techniques to have as viable options for avoiding aggressors.

This course will be facilitated by a licensed instructor with Monroe STOPe at Chota Community Health Services, free of charge. Pre-registration is required. There are three ways to register: through the Facebook event page, online at www.eventbrite.com/e/rad-class-tickets-96545856255, or by calling 423-519-1232.

The number of participants will be limited to 10 due to social distancing guidelines. Registration spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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