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Affordable Care Act Assistance
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins Jan. 1. This means you must sign up for health insurance or be taxed on your W2 form. The city of Harrogate is allowing employee benefit specialists to conduct a meeting with everyone who resides in this area on Oct. 17. The public meeting will explain the options available to you and go over the cost of the plans. Most individuals will be able to sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace for little or no money out of pocket. Plus, there are no health questions. Everyone is being covered. The meeting will be held at Harrogate City Hall at 6 p.m. Be sure to attend this meeting. It is a great opportunity to have any concerns or questions answered concerning the ACA.
There will be a benefit singing and auction Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. at Springdale School. The proceeds will go to help Jennifer Davidson with thyroid cancer treatment expenses that insurance will not cover.
The Claiborne County Public Library is having its annual Fall Book Sale Oct. 7-12 in the basement of the library. Nothing over $1. For more information call 423-626-5414.
Broken Spur Dance Club
The Broken Spur Dance Club offers beginner level line dance classes on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and improver level line classes on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. Classes are $5 each or $15 per month. The club is non-profit. all money taken in is to pay for rent and utilities. Find us on Facebook at Broken Spur Line Dance Club to keep up with activities.
The Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society proudly presents the fourth annual candlelight tour of the old jail. “Ghosts of Prisoners Past” will be held Oct. 25 and 26. Tours in small groups will start at 7 p.m. each night and finish about 10 p.m. Come enjoy this living history of the oldest free-standing jail in Tennessee. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Babes in arms are admitted free. All proceeds go to the restoration fund for the old jail. For more information call the office at 423-526-5737. CCHGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claiborne County. Donations may be sent to CCHGS, P.O. Box 32, Tazewell, TN 37879.
The Third Annual Great Claiborne County Chili Cook-off, Crafts, and Yard Sale is Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Tazewell Municipal Park. There will be yard sale vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and numerous chili competitors vying for your vote as the best chili in Claiborne County. The Tazewell Park offers a basketball court, tennis court, horseshoe pits, children’s play area, baseball field, and over a mile walking trail. Any individual, business, church or school group, or community organization is invited to participate as a chili competitor, craft vendor, yard sale vendor, information vendor or food vendor. The park will be open for everyone. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, basketball, horseshoes, tennis racket, Frisbee, and walking shoes. The Chili Cook-off winners will be chosen by both a “People’s Choice” vote and by a panel of judges. The event is sponsored by the Claiborne County Tourism Commission. For more information or to register, go to www.claibornecounty.com under “events” or call 865-585-7386.
Claiborne County Commission
The Claiborne County Commission meetings are held on the third Monday of the month in the large courtroom in the Claiborne County Courthouse, located on Main Street in Tazewell. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Oct. 21. The public is welcome to attend.
Claiborne County Historical Society
The Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society will hold its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. The public is invited. Final planning for the Fourth Annual Candlelight Tours will be on the agenda. The society is located at the intersection of Hickory and Old Knoxville Rd., across from the library. For more information call the office at 423-526-5737. Research hours are Mon. - Wed. from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. CCHGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claiborne County. Please mail your tax deductible contributions or annual membership dues to: CCHGS, P.O. Box 32, Tazewell, TN 37879.
Cumberland Gap Historical Zoning Commission
The regular monthly meetings for the Cumberland Gap Historical Zoning Commission will be held the first Tuesday (following the first Monday) of every month at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Town Hall meeting room, 330 Colwyn Street. The public is invited.
Eastern Star Tazewell Chapter #232
Regular meetings are held the first Friday of the month with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. The meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge behind Cunningham Drug Store in New Tazewell. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have any questions about membership contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley at 423-626-3321.
Midway Elementary School is having its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. and followed by an auction at 8 p.m. This is the school’s largest fundraiser. There will be games, food, cake walk, moon walk, auction and other activities. Door prizes will be offered. Lots of baskets of goodies will be up for auction, including a Duck Dynasty basket. Everyone is invited. The school is located at 4411 Clouds Road, New Tazewell.
Forge Ridge School Fall Festival
The Forge Ridge School Fall Festival and turkey dinner will be held Nov. 15 from 6-9 p.m. There will be games, coronation, fun, food and an auction.
LMU-DCOM and the Harrogate Bookstation will present a children’s Halloween program Oct. 12 at the Harrogate Bookstation. The program will be held from noon until 2 p.m. There will be games, stories, crafts and a snack. Participants are welcome to dress in costume.
Handgun Permit Class
The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Handgun Training School will be hosting a handgun carry permit class on Oct. 12 at the Claiborne County Justice Center, beginning at 9 a.m. The class will cost $80 (cash only). The seating is limited to 50 students per class. Please bring a safe working handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition and eye and ear protection. Qualification will be conducted at the New Tazewell Range on Airport Lane, off Blue Top Road. Please call Lt. Stephen Hurley to pre-register at 865-206-4700.
Harrogate Planning and Zoning Commission
The City of Harrogate Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Harrogate City Hall, 138 Harrogate Crossing. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14. All meetings are open to the public.
Harrogate Senior Citizens Center
Art classes are held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the center. The instructor is Pat Howard. Call the center to register. For more information concerning any of the services or activities at the center, please call Donna Williams at 423-869-8080.
Heart of Hope Pregnancy, Rescue Center
The Heart of Hope Pregnancy and Rescue Center in Harrogate is in need of donations. Crib and baby mattresses, toddler beds, diapers in sizes two through five and other baby items are needed. Contact 423-869-9060 for donation information.
High School Equivalency Class
Enroll in High School Equivalency Class today at Claiborne County Adult Education. Call 423-626-8222 for more information.
The Keck and Meyers reunion will be Oct. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. and ending ? It will be at Midway School. All relatives and friends are invited.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Available
The East Tennessee Human Resources Agency (ETHRA) is now distributing applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). To receive an application by mail, call ETHRA’s toll free number at 800-552-0127 extension 4825, leaving your name and mailing address. Applications are also available on ETHRA’s website at www.ethra.ord/publications/2013LIHEAPapp.pdf. The sponsor of this program is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The goal is to provide assistance to the low-income households to offset the high rise of home energy costs.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), in conjunction with United Healthcare, will host the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Oct. 19 in the LMU-DCOM parking lot on the LMU main campus in Harrogate. The Mobile Food Pantry will be available from 9 a.m. until noon, or until the food runs out. For more information, contact Jordan Noble, LMU-DCOM student activities director, at 423.869.6290 or jordan.noble@LMUnet.edu.
The Ramsey and Mullins reunion will be Oct. 13, beginning at noon at Springdale School. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and a drink.
Road to Recovery Drivers Needed
Every day, people with cancer need transportation to treatment. To become a volunteer driver through the Servolution Ministries partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, you must own a safe and reliable vehicle, have a current and valid driver’s license, have proof of adequate automobile insurance, a good driving record and attend a local volunteer training through ACS. Call 865-558-4044 for information.
The Rouse and Keck reunion will be Oct. 12 at the Sharps Chapel Community Center. It will be an all-day event. Come on down. For information call 423-626-9905 or 423-626-5676.
Stand In The Gap
There will be a prayer meeting Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Stand in the Gap office. Also, everyone is invited to attend the quarterly meeting Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in the office, which is located at 502 Pennlyn Ave., Cumberland Gap.
Tazewell Planning Commission
The regular meetings of the Tazewell Planning Commission are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Tazewell City Hall at 1830 Main Street. The public is invited to attend. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Town of Tazewell BMA
The meetings for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Tazewell for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 will be conducted at Tazewell City Hall at 1830 Main Street, the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The BMA workshops are on Wednesday prior to the scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m., as needed. The public is invited to attend all meetings of the board. The next BMA meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11.
Walk With Ease
The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease. The program will help you: Motivate yourself to get in great shape, walk safely and comfortably, improve your flexibility, strength and stamina and reduce pain and feel great. The program consists of safe, doctor recommended exercise for people age 60 and over. It began Oct. 3 and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Tazewell Municipal Park through Nov. 25. There is no cost to participate. Space is limited, so sign up today. For more information or to register, call Denise West, director of the Claiborne County Office on Aging (CCOA), at 423-626-9471. The CCOA is funded in part by ETHRA.