MPL Summer Reading Program

Madisonville Public Library will hold its Summer Reading Program in person this year. The theme will be “Tails and Tales.” Shows are scheduled for Thursday, June 10, and Thursday, July 22, in Houston Park. For every 10 books (20 pages of a chapter book count as one “book”), the child will get to come into the library and pick a toy out of the treasure chest. They will also be entered into a drawing for prizes. Sign ups are going on now at the library.

TPL Summer Reading Program

Tellico Plains Public Library will hold its Summer Reading Program, “Tails and Tales,” from June 5 to July 10. Weekly events will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the library. In addition to reading fun, the program will showcase crafts, games and prizes. To register or for more information, contact the library at 423-253-7388.

VPL Book and Rummage Sale

The Friends of the Vonore Public Library will hold their annual Book and Rummage Sale on June 10-12 at the Vonore Community Center. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. A preview party will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 7-9 p.m. for members; you may join at the party or by stopping by the library. Donations of books, household items, toys, sports equipment, etc., may be dropped off at the library for the sale. Please, no clothes or computer hardware. Volunteers are also needed to help set up the sale on June 7-8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen at All proceeds benefit the Vonore Public Library.

Free Fishing Day activities at Fort Loudoun

Join Park Ranger Savannah Jackson at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in celebrating Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 12, with several fun activities.

From 1-1:30 p.m., Jackson will lead a free edible fishing rod craft. This program will be held at the picnic shelter. Registration is required.

Beginning at 2 p.m., Jackson will help participants make their own river cane fishing rod. As participants make their rods, discussion will center around the history of fishing while the fort was in operation. The cost to participate in this activity will be $10 per person. Participants should meet at the picnic shelter. Registration is required.

From 3-4 p.m., there will be a friendly fishing competition. Those who wish to participate should meet at the park’s fishing pier to test their skills against Ranger Jackson. Please bring your own fishing gear. Registration is not required for the contest, but is encouraged.

To register for any of these activities or for more information, call Fort Loudoun at 423-420-2331 or Savannah at 423-754-1433.

Cars and Coffee

Join the Charles Hall Museum & Heritage Center in Tellico Plains as they welcome car enthusiasts on the second Saturday of the month from April through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next event is Saturday, June 12. Network with like-minded admirers and view their priced possessions. Bring a chair, swap stories, share a hot cup of coffee, shop a while, enjoy the museum and the local scenery. The museum's classic vehicles will remain inside Building #2: the 1922 Model T Telephone Truck and the 1934 Plymouth. Check the museum's Facebook page for updated information in case of heavy rain.

Free spay/neuter vouchers

Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) will issue free spay and neuter vouchers to low-income Monroe County residents on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.

This will be a call-in voucher session. There will be no physical presence required. Those that wish to request a voucher should call one of the following phone numbers: 423-836-2041, 423-595-4007, or 423-404-4206. If the line is busy, try the next phone number. Keep trying until someone answers. Do not leave a message, as messages will not be monitored.

Free spay and neuter vouchers can be used for dogs and cats by Monroe County residents who meet SNAP criteria. Pet owners can receive multiple vouchers to “fix” all their pets. Please do not call vet hospitals as they do not have access to vouchers.

For more information, visit

Monroe in Motion Teen Cooking Camp

If your teenager likes or has an interest in cooking, there will be a Monroe in Motion Teen Cooking Camp from June 14 to June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. Limited spots are available. To reserve a spot, call Lacey at 423-420-9678. This camp is sponsored by Monroe County Coordinated School Health, UT Extension of Monroe County, and the Monroe County Prevention & Wellness Coalition.

Fort Loudoun’s Junior Ranger Camp

The Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will host its annual Junior Ranger Camp virtually this year from July 12 to July 23. The cost is $40 per child and the fee is due at the time of registration. Camp is open to children ages 8 to 11. Registration is open until June 15.

At this time, the camp is limited to 10 campers so make reservations ASAP to save your child’s spot. The registration link and information is available on the park’s Facebook page: Fort Loudoun State Historic Area.

Each day of the camp, rangers will post a couple of short programs on the park’s Facebook page. There will be an activity for each program for campers to complete. To complete each activity, campers will use items from the camp supply box that will be shipped to them before camp starts. By the end of the two weeks and upon completion of all 12 programs and activities, campers will receive a certificate and official Junior Ranger badge.

For more information, contact Ranger Lauren Baghetti at 423-420-2327 or email

McGee-Carson home tour

Join Fort Loudoun State Historic Area Park Ranger Lauren Baghetti for a tour of the McGee-Carson home on Friday, June 18, from 2-3 p.m.

The McGee-Carson home was an antebellum home in Monroe County. Today, the foundation is all that is left, but with some imagination you can picture the house as it once stood. Surrounding the site are native grass plots filled with deer and birds. This hike is rated easy for its short distance and relatively flat land. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring water.

Participants should meet at the parking area, located at the far end of McGee Carson Road. From Madisonville, take Highway 411 North, turn right onto Highway 360, go approximately 2 miles and then turn left onto McGee Carson Road. Parking is available at the shed, located at the far end of the road.

The cost to participate in this tour is $5 per person. No refunds will be given and no dogs are allowed on this tour.

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

Me & My Guy Dance

Monroe STOPe will hold its Me & My Guy Dance on Saturday, June 19, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Rescue Squad Building on New Highway 68 in Madisonville. This year’s theme is “Roll Out the Red Carpet.” The dance is free to attend, but a $10 deposit is required to make a reservation. The $10 will be returned to guests upon arrival, or can be used to pay for photos. There are a limited number of tickets available this year due to social distancing protocols; be sure to reserve your spot ASAP!

The Monroe STOPe Me & My Guy Dance is a dance for girls and their fatherly figures. The event is a domestic violence prevention effort by Monroe STOPe and the Monroe County Health Council with the intention of promoting healthy father-daughter relationships and educating the community on the importance of parental involvement in regards to healthy relationships.

Canning classes

Do you want to learn how to preserve your garden’s bounty? UT Extension of Monroe County is offering a series of canning classes in June. Each class is $15, which must be paid at the Extension Office, located at 310 Tellico Street South, Suite 3, Madisonville, by June 17. Everything will be provided and participants will take home the completed product. Each topic will be repeated twice and class size is limited.

Select from the following classes:

  • Pressure canning green beans: June 21 or June 22 at 1:30 p.m. each day;
  • Pickles: June 23 at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.;
  • Salsa: June 24 at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

UT Extension will be following United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research based food preservation practices for these classes.

UT Extension programs are available to all interested persons.

For more information, contact UT Extension of Monroe County at 423-442-2433, or email

Pollinator Hike at Fort Loudoun

Join Park Ranger Savannah Jackson at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area on Saturday, June 19, from 9-11 a.m. for a free pollinator hike. This is a 2.5-mile hike of Meadow Loop trail. On the hike, you will learn about what Fort Loudoun does to support pollinators. Please bring plenty of water and proper footwear. Participants should meet at the Meadow Loop trail head, located just inside the park’s entrance to the right as you come in the gate.

For more information or to register for the hike, call 423-420-2331.

Horns and Hackers

CASA Monroe presents the second annual Horns and Hackers event on June 25-26.

On Friday, June 25, the event will kick off with a cattle roping rodeo hosted at Spotted Bottom Ranch, located at 901 Stinnett Road in Madisonville. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, June 26, enjoy a four-man team golfing competition in the morning and afternoon at Madisonville Golf Course. Tee off will be at 9 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The cost for a four-man team is $400 and includes lunch.

Then, bring your dancing shoes to GG Farms for the Kick Your Boots Off Celebration and enjoy live music and food. Tickets for the celebration are $10 each. GG Farms is located at 2057 Green Road in Madisonville. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the celebration.

For more information, contact CASA Monroe at 423-442-2750. To register a golf team for the competition or to purchase celebration tickets, visit the website at

Volunteer Work Day at Fort Loudoun

Looking for volunteer hours or just want to give back? Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is having a volunteer work day on Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. until noon. The project will be removing privet from the Tellico Blockhouse front gates. Privet is an invasive plant that grows tall, blocking out sunlight that native wildflowers need.

Volunteers should bring work gloves and water. All tools will be provided.

This volunteer day is for ages 10 and older only. It is a family-friendly event, but the location is not wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call Fort Loudoun at 423-420-2331.

Duck Drop

The Vonore Historical Society will hold its eighth annual Duck Drop on Saturday, July 3, at 11 a.m. The ducks will drop from the Vonore fishing pier and the race will end behind Vonore Fire Department. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Vonore Heritage Museum, Vonore City Hall, Vonore Public Library, as well as numerous businesses in Vonore. Historical Society members also have tickets. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded for first, second and third-place ducks. A variety of other prizes will be awarded. You do not have to be present to win. For more information, call 423-884-2989 or 423-351-4611.

New temporary hours at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library has announced new temporary hours. The library will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be reserved for curbside pickup and computer use only. The library will be closed on Thursday and Sunday.

Computer use is limited to 45 minutes.

Please place all returns in the drop box or on the return cart to be checked in and sanitized.

Masks and social distancing are recommended. The library is taking all precautions necessary to ensure everyone’s health and safety so it can keep progressing forward and remain open.

Operation Military Masterpiece

Vet to Vet Tennessee has partnered with the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) for a very special art opportunity. The two groups have launched Operation Military Masterpiece, a national art contest for students and adults with cash prizes and opportunities to have your artwork displayed for all to see. For more information, visit to see the rules and regulation forms for the contests. Submissions are due by Sept. 22.

Christmas Festival on the Square announced

The Downtown Madisonville Alliance is planning Madisonville’s Christmas Festival on the Square spanning over three weekends beginning Friday, Nov. 26. There will be Christmas lights galore, activities for the whole family, holiday eats and treats, and shopping opportunities. More details coming soon.

Performers are needed for the festival. If you are a church, school, band, cheer squad, dance team, twirler, musician, comedian, juggler, magician, or any other type of performer and would like information on performing Nov. 27, Dec. 4 or Dec. 11, visit the Downtown Madisonville Alliance Facebook page and comment on the performer post.

Venders registration is also open for the festival. Choose one day or select to be a vender each day of this magical Christmas event. The application to be a vender can also be found on the Facebook page.

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