TN Promise deadline extended

TnAchieves has announced the TN Promise application deadline for the Class of 2021 has been extended from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1. Students must apply by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the scholarship. The application is available online at

Medical Care in the 18th century

Join Park Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Nov. 13, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the fort’s infirmary to delve into medical care in the 18th century. Dr. Maurice Anderson, surgeon’s mate James Steel, and a host of revolving nurses were the faces of Fort Loudoun’s medical care. Their different roles and challenges will be discussed, along with the prevailing medical wisdom of that age. During this presentation, you will also see surgical tools like those once used for tooth extractions, amputations, and even trepanning (relieving pressure from the brain), as well as early examples of vaporizers, inhalers and even some of the plant-based medicinals used with them.

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. Visitors are welcome to stay afterwards for additional information.

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, Nov. 14, 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. Please do not call vet hospitals as they do not have access to the vouchers.

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.

For more information, visit

Sweetwater Celebrate Recovery to resume

Sweetwater Celebrate Recovery will resume regular meetings beginning Monday, Nov. 16 at First Baptist Church, located at 303 Wright Street, in the fellowship hall. Refreshments/meal begins at 6 p.m., followed by large group at 6:30 p.m. Small share groups will start around 7:30 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. Social distancing will be in place, and masks will be provided to attendees who do not have one.

Celebrate Recovery is an internationally-recognized, Christ-centered program to help people overcome anger, codependency, eating disorder, food addiction, love and relationship addiction, physical-sexual-emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, sexual addiction, gambling addiction, and any other hurts, habits, and hang ups. This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility and teaches participants to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help them make those changes. The 12 steps with accompanying scriptures and the eight principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship, bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time.

Sweetwater’s Celebrate Recovery is also in need of a variety of volunteers and welcome any availability. You can volunteer as often as you would like, but you do not have to commit to serving every week or for the entire evening. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: to work in the kitchen, greeters, back up audiovisual, childcare, and general cleaning. For more information or to learn how to volunteer, contact Tammie George at 423-545-3015.

Colonial Trade at Fort Loudoun

Join Park Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Cherokee 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.

Small Town Christmas

Sweetwater plays host to A Small Town Christmas every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s event is Nov. 28, which is also Small Business Saturday where shoppers are urged to shop small, local stores. From 5-8 p.m., attendees can enjoy carriage rides, letter writing to Santa, vendors at the depot, downtown shops and eateries, photos with Santa and “Frozen” characters, inflatables for children, entertainment by Salt & Light Studios, music by pianists Danette McCrary and Mary Kough, a kid’s gift shop, and more.

The 2020 Christmas Critter Pageant will be held during the event. Dress up your pet in his/her best Christmas attire and sign them up. The top three critters will win prizes. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Duck Park and the pageant will begin at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Sweetwater Main Street.

For more information about Small Town Christmas or the Christmas Critter Pageant, or to become a vendor, call City Hall at 423-337-6979.

Candlelight tour of Fort Loudoun

Join Ranger Lauren Baghetti for a candlelight tour of Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Monday, Nov. 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. After a day of military drill, raiding with the Cherokee and fort repairs, what did the soldiers do? Join Ranger Baghetti for a glimpse of night life at the fort. Lanterns will be provided.

The cost to participate is $10. This program is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331.

First Fridays—Christmas Market

The final First Friday of 2020 will feature a Christmas Market at the Main Street Marketplace in downtown Sweetwater. In addition to the downtown shops and eateries being open late, vendor spaces will be set up for guest to shop local for the holidays. This is also the night of the Sweetwater Christmas Parade! To sign up to be a vender at the event, register at

Sweetwater Christmas Parade

Sweetwater Kiwanis Club will once again jointly sponsor Sweetwater’s annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The parade route will leave from Mayes Avenue, traveling through downtown Sweetwater, and end at the Plaza 68 Shopping Center on Highway 68. For more information, contact Harris Lovingood at 423-337-5088 or Charles Ridenour at 423-337-6123, or mail to P.O. Box 450, Sweetwater, TN, 37874, stating the type of entry, correct mailing address, telephone number and an email address for the sponsoring group and the person in charge of the float or group entry.

Vonore Christmas Parade

The Town of Vonore will hold its Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. Line up will begin at noon. Judging will start at 12:30 p.m. Line up will start at Vonore Middle School. Floats, fire trucks, wreckers, and horses will line up on the road in front of the school, while all other participants should line up in the parking lot. The parade route will proceed from the school down Hall Street to Church Street, ending at Vonore Baptist Church.

Madisonville Christmas Parade

“The Healing Power of Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s Madisonville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, scheduled to be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. The parade will form on Anderson Drive by the Monroe Farmers Co-op, travel north on College Street past the Courthouse, and then follow the route from last year.

Judged floats will be parked by the Co-op, and non-judged floats will be parked on Anderson Drive. Floats competing for prizes should be in place for judging by 2 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, third-place and Judges’ Choice. An application to be judged must be submitted to City Hall by noon on the Friday before the parade (Dec. 4). There are no fees to participate.

Four-wheel vehicles are not allowed and parade participants are asked not to distribute candy because of COVID-19.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Dec. 12.

For information, contact Parade Chairman Don Edmands Jr. at 423-884-3806.

Candlelight Walk

The Town of Tellico Plains and the merchants of the historic downtown square will host the annual Candlelight Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m. This free event features family fun, caroling and open houses in the shops and restaurants in downtown. Luminaries will line the streets in town, leading the way to a variety of holiday activities, including a live Nativity scene, visits and photographs with Santa and the Grinch, the popular cookie caper and more. There will be a special collectible ornament available for purchase, as well.

More details to be announced.

Tellico Christmas Parade & Cookies ‘n Claus

Along with the Town of Tellico Plains, the Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club is proud to once again sponsor the annual Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. and will feature Smokey the Bear as the grand marshal and a veterans’ float. All veterans are invited to participate, and are asked to meet at the gazebo in downtown by 2 p.m.

The parade route will start on Veterans Memorial Drive (near the gazebo) and travel through Town Square, taking a right on Babcock Street then a left on Cherohala Skyway, before taking a right onto Bank Street and ending at the Community Center.

Prizes for float entries will be as follows: first place $300, second place $200, and third place $100. The Charles Hall Award for best decorated horse also comes with a $100 prize. An entry form must be filled out to compete in judging, which will begin at 1:45 p.m. prior to the parade. Entry forms are available at Tellico Plains City Hall and on the Tellico Plains Kiwanis Facebook page. Completed forms can be dropped off at City Hall, emailed to, or mailed to Tellico Plains Kiwanis at P.O. Box 104, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Forms need to be received by Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.

Festivities will kick off prior to the parade with Cookies ‘n Claus at 2 p.m. Parade attendees can enjoy free cookies from Tellicafe, along with coffee or hot chocolate, at five hospitality stations: the parking lot of Volunteer Federal Savings Bank, the parking entrance to the Cherohala Skyway Visitor’s Center, the Charles Hall Museum Gift Shop, Cherohala Skyway at Bank Street, and Town Square.

During Cookies ‘n Claus, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor’s Center. To maintain social distancing recommendations, this year’s photo opportunity with Santa will feature a three-dimensional photo prop, but will still provide a great holiday experience with the jolly man himself.

For more information about this year’s festivities, contact Joyce McDaniel by phone at 423-253-6530 or 615-347-0086, or by email at

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