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American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 1, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Building in Oneida.  All members and potential members are invited to attend.  The post invites anyone who is a veteran or wife of a veteran who thinks he or she may qualify for membership to contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
Persons diagnosed with cancer often have to travel out-of-town for treatments.  Sometimes, they don’t have the financial means or ability to drive to these appointments.  Scott County provides transportation to these residents at no cost; however, the program currently needs your help.  Scott County’s Cancer Treatment Transportation Program is searching for kind and caring individuals who can volunteer their time and talent to drive its cancer van.  There are no special license or insurance requirements; you simply need a little extra time and a willingness to share it.  Drive as often or as little as you like.  If you would like to volunteer and help one of your neighbors, call the Scott County Mayor’s Office today, (423) 663-2000—you’ll be glad you did.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will allow hunting for wild hogs from September 27, 2014, through February 28, 2015.  A permit is required to hunt hogs during this season and may be purchased at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center or online at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/hog-hunting.htm.  The permit costs $5 and is good for both Obed and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area; those who purchase the permit will be requested to participate in a survey at a later date.  A valid hunting license is required to purchase the permit.  Dogs may not be used to hunt hogs.  For more information, contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.
For the Love of Paws, Inc. is offering low cost spaying and neutering for your companion pets, cats/kittens, dogs/puppies.  Once a month they take a van load of animals to Young Williams Animal Center in Knoxville to their surgery center. The prices for spaying and neutering are:  $65 female dog, $55 male dog, $45 female cat, $35 male cat.  All prices include a free rabies shot.  Transportation is provided free of charge.  Call (423) 663-8284 for more information on low cost spaying or neutering.  The organization also helps people to adopt out dogs or cats that they have rescued.  Call for more information regarding adoptions and rescuing.  Check out their Facebook page "For the Love of Paws (of Scott County, Tennessee)".
The Scott County Commission will meet in regular session Monday, September 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
Needing to apply for TennCare?  Call (800) 318-2596 to contact the Health Insurance Marketplace or apply online at www.healthcare.gov. Mountain People's Health Councils, Inc. also has trained and certified assisters on staff to help you.  This is a free service that is available to anyone and isn’t limited to Mountain People’s patients.  To set up an appointment, call (423) 286-4141 extension 27 and talk with Tina Claxton.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute, ranger-led interpretive hike to 113 foot tall Yahoo Falls.  Meet Ranger Doug Singleton at the Yahoo Falls parking area to learn more about the natural and geological features of Big South Fork, and to experience Yahoo Falls, a large rock cave and towering sandstone cliffs.  This fun, fact-filled hike begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. eastern on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the Yahoo Falls parking area.  This ranger-led hike is free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.  The trail is considered to be moderately  difficult because it does contain a long set of stairs.  Everyone is welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
East Tennessee Enterprise Partnership Intermediary Relending Program, funded by the USDA-Rural Development, offers small loans to eligible small businesses that create or save jobs.  For more information, an application, and an appointment, call (423) 286-9090.
New hours for the Scott County Farmer's Market is 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays through September.  The Farmer's Market will not be open on Tuesdays. 
Do you have veterans’ questions? Ron Keeton, Scott County Veterans Service Officer, is available to help veterans or their dependents with a variety of veterans’ issues such as, VA benefits they may qualify for, replacing medals/decorations, copies of military records, etc. Mr. Keeton can be reached by calling (423) 663-4289 or by stopping by his office, which is located inside the Scott County Office Building, 2845 Baker Highway, Huntsville.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River announces two programs on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  First, at 9:00 a.m. eastern, and in cooperation with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, the park will host the annual Adopt-A-Crag volunteer event.  Volunteers will participate in a day of clean-up activities along a variety of rock climbing areas of the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  Everyone is also welcome to meet at Lilly Bridge at 2:00 p.m. for the monthly Climb with a Ranger program.  If you have ever wanted to try the sport of rock climbing but did not know where to begin, this is the way to eliminate some of the uncertainty.  The National Park Service provides all the gear and instruction.  Participants only need to bring drinking water, sturdy footwear, a willingness to try new things and a can-do attitude.  Would be rock climbers of all ages are encouraged to attend.  In the event of inclement weather, call the park visitor center at (423) 346-6294 for more information or follow them at ObedWSR on Twitter for updates.  Attend one or both programs.  No reservations are necessary for these free events.  For more infomation regarding these events, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
Looking for help?  Scott Appalachian Industries (SAI) cares about an individuals special needs.  They employ scores of trained care professionals who serve individuals with challenging, long-term health concerns, and they have many other services to offer.  If SAI does not provide a service, they will refer you to who may.  Visit them or contact them by mail at 591 E. Monticello Pike, Huntsville, Tennessee 37756.  You may also call them at (423) 663-9300, extension 0 with any questions.  Some of the services include: disability  services, home services, housing services, personal assistance/independent living assistance, job development and placement, day habilitation and care, therapy, nursing, supported living/assisted living, homeless assistance, special transportation and disability referral service.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints during the week of August 29, 2014, on SR 63 at Norma Road.  Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers that are driving impaired/driving under the influence in the State of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these Sobriety Checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
Tennessee families lose millions of dollars a year because they don't get the food stamps they should.  Food stamps help families raise healthy children.  They help older people stay healthy.  They help make ends meet.  Call or visit the Department of Human Services in your county and find out if you qualify for food stamps.  In Scott County, the Department of Human Services is at 104 Fire Hall Drive in Huntsville.  The telephone number is (423) 663-2821.  Let food stamps help you make ends meet.  Call (423) 663-2821 today.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will celebrate National Public Lands Day by teaming up with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition to host the 15th annual Adopt-a-Crag event at the park on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Interested volunteers will help to treat hemlock trees to protect them from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  Other projects include trail maintenance and litter pickup.  Meet at Del and Marte's Campground at 950 Ridge Road, Lancing, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m. eastern to receive your project assignment.  Please be sure to bring your own bag lunch and water.  You may also choose to bring your own tools for trimming brush, gloves and insect repellent.  After the work is completed around 2:30 p.m., volunteers are encouraged to spend time enjoying the park.  The East Tennessee Climbers Coalition will be hosting dinner, games and announcements at Del and Marte's Campground at 6:00 p.m.  Due to limited parking, carpooling is suggested.  Once on Ridge Road, follow signs to the parking area for the event, located off of Doc Howard Road.  For more information regarding this event, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
Were you in foster care?  If so, you may still be eligible for TennCare/Medicaid.  Children who have aged out of foster care may be able to get TennCare until age 26.  This is  included in the Affordable Care Act that started this year. To apply, go to www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.  If you have questions, Mountain People’s Health Council, also has two people on staff to help with the application process.  Call Melissa Bowlin at (423) 663-2740 ext.28 or Tina Claxton at (423) 286-4141 ext. 27. You do not have to be a patient of Mountain People's Health Council to receive assistance.
The Oneida Special School District will meet in regular session on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.
The Appalachia Habitat Re-sale Store in Sunbright has couches, chairs, appliances and miscellaneous items for sale.  They are also taking donations for the store.  For more information, call (423) 628-2081 or (423) 627-2507.
Mayor Virgil D. Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will be meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the Winfield Municipal Services Building.
CASA of the Tennessee Heartland's Scott County program office is seeking volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are appointed by a juvenile judge and are trained to research a child's life in order to make recommendations to the court relating to securing a permanent, safe home for the child.  Volunteers must pass a background check and successfully complete a training course prior to assuming a case.  To request an application packet or for additional information, please contact the Scott County CASA office at (423) 663-8943.
ETHRA will be distributing USDA commodities on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Helenwood Baptist Church fellowship hall from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Please bring your own bags or boxes.  You may pick up for 3 households only.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
TENNderCare is Tennessee's commitment to see that children and teens have the best start to a healthy life.  TENNderCare is a free program of check-ups and health care services for children from birth to age 21 who are TennCare eligible.  A check up includes a health history, complete physical exam, lab tests (as appropriate), vision/hearing screening, developmental and behavioral screenings (as appropriate) and advice on how to keep your child healthy.  In addition, dental and behavioral health services are available.  In Scott County, call the local health department at (423) 663-2445 for more information.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment.  Anyone wishing to volunteer should be at Oscar Blevins Farm located off West Bandy Creek Loop Road by 9:00 a.m. eastern.  A safety briefing will be conducted prior to beginning work.  Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers are needed for trail clearing and trash pickup.  Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray and drinking water.  More information can be found at www.publiclandsday,org, or you may call Effie Houston, Volunteer Coordinator, at (423) 569-9778.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications for zero-percent interest home repair loans for Scott and Morgan Counties.  In some cases, a partial grant for the work may be available.  For more information and/or an application, contact the office at (423) 627-2507, P.O. Box 36, 135 East Robbins Rd., Robbins, TN 37852.  This project is funded in part by USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints during the week of September 26, 2014 on SR63  at Norma Road in Scott County.  Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers that are driving impaired/under the influence in the State of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these Sobriety Checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
Support CASA with a CASA Vase Arrangement from Andy's Flower Shoppe of Oneida.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to CASA.  CASA's mission is to empower volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in juvenile court.
The Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. These meetings are open to the public.
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for a job, a seasoned employee wanting a career change, an unemployed worker, or an employer expanding your business or a new employer needing a space to interview prospective workers, the local Tennessee Career Center offers services that can meet your employment needs. Services include internet-ready computer workstations to give job seekers access to the Tennessee jobs database, where they can search for jobs or complete resumes, land-based telephone and fax services to effectively communicate with employers and government assistance agencies, and more. The center is located on Oneida campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which is located at 180 Eli Lane.  Services provided Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call (423) 569-9348.
Mayor George W. Potter and the Huntsville Board of Aldermen regular monthly meeting will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Huntsville City Hall. The public is welcome.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call (423) 569-3333.  If you would like information about domestic violence or are interested in attending a support group, please call (423) 569-3355.  Support groups meet on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
The Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Scott County School System Central Office in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
The Scott County Christian Care Center is a free medical clinic for anyone who has no insurance and is not entitled to disability benefits.  For more information and guidelines of care, call (423) 569-2450.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is one of only a few National Park Service units legislated to allow hunting.  Wild hogs may be hunted from September 28, 2014, through February 28, 2015, in both Tennessee and Kentucky.  A permit is required to hunt hogs during this season and may be purchased at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center or online at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/hog-hunting.htm.  The permit costs $5 and is good for both Big South Fork and Obed Wild and Scenic River; those who purchase the permit will be requested to participate in a survey at a later date.  A valid hunting license is required to purchase the permit.  Dogs may not be used to hunt hogs.  For further information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
There will be a benefit singing, auction and dinner Saturday, September 5, 2014, at the Pine Knot Fire Department, beginning at 5:00 p.m. to help with Kenny Bell's funeral expenses.  There will be several singers.  Dinner will be $5.  For more information, call Cynthia at (606) 376-8182 or Pernie at (606) 354-3255.
The Tennessee Drivers' License Service Center in Huntsville has relocated to the Scott County County Court Clerk's office inside the Scott County Courthouse.  The center is now open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, you may contact the office at (423) 663-9555.  The local center can renew and make duplicates of existing Class D drivers licenses and photo IDs.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center, which serves 28 hospitals in a 21-county region, is urging people with O-positive, O-negative and A-negative blood to contact the blood center in Knoxville at (865) 524-3074, or visit MEDIC's website at www.medicblood.com, to find out where they can donate blood.  Although these supplies are critically low, donors of all blood types are always needed.  MEDIC must collect blood from 300-350 donors everyday of the work week in order to supply the region's hospitals.
In celebration of Oneida Special School District's Centennial Anniversary, former Oneida High School football players from 1980-2013 will be honored Friday, September 12, 2014, before the Watertown/Oneida game at M.E. Thompson field.  Game time is at 7:30 p.m. and former players will be introduced at 7:00 p.m.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the presentation time, and be sure to sign in at the registration table, which will be located just behind the ticket gate.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has over twenty fields at seven locations in both Tennessee and Kentucky that need to be maintained as open grass fields.  The park is making some of those fields available for hay production.  The fields are managed by the park for a variety of purposes including protecting historic landscapes, maintaining open areas for wildlife and native plants and for hunting.  Farmers who sign up for this opportunity may be required to lime their fields, depending on soil conditions.  Fields will need to be cut at least once a year for up to five years.  The National Park Service will require a narrow conservation buffer to be left unharvested around the field edge and wet areas for wildlife habitat.  For more information about specific fields and the permitting process, contact Letitia Neal at (423) 569-9778.
The Boys & Girls Club facility may be rented by individuals, clubs, businesses, etc. Rental charges in general are - gym: $35 per hour; cafeteria, $25 per hour; playgrounds, $20 per hour (includes supervisor). Call (423) 286-9500 for more information.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 91and American Legion Post 136 and their Ladies Auxiliary will present a fun filled evening Friday, Sept 5, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Building located on Alberta Avenue.  Performing on stage will be the Parrott Brothers, from Clinton Tennessee, singing classic rock, country and original songs.  Cruise-in will be conducted outside the building with special parking for antique and special interest vehicles.  The public is invited to attend.  A BBQ dinner with trimmings will be served including the entertainment for $8 per plate, for entertainment only $4.  All proceeds go to repairs and upkeep of the War Memorial Building.  For more information, contact Bill Boyatt at (423) 569-8234.
The Scott County Homeless Shelter would like to announce the grand opening of its new Thrift Store, located at 1513 Jeffers Road in Huntsville next door to the Food Pantry.  The store will be open Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. then closing for the food pantry, and re-opens from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., and open from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Fridays.  All Scott County residents are encouraged to come by and shop with them, pick up some free food in their pantry on Tuesdays, or bring in donations of their own!  All proceeds assist the shelter in operations.  Anyone who has questions about the shelter's programs or donations can call (423) 663-3333.  Thank you for your support!
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute, ranger-led interpretive program about Big South Fork's nocturnal animals.  Enjoy an evening outdoors with Ranger Don Tetrick at the campfire circle to learn more about a myriad nocturnal animals that are awake during the night, how these animals have adapted to a life in the dark, and how we can keep these wild animals....wild!  This fun, fact-filled evening activity begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. eastern on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Blue Heron Campground.  This campfire program is free of charge and wheelchair accessible.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing.  Everyone is welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
What does a CASA volunteer do?  A CASA volunteer does a lot of investigating, reading, sitting, waiting and writing.  They ask a lot of questions and answer a lot as well.  Sometimes there is no answer.  They give their time without the need of a material reward.  Their reward is lying in bed at night knowing that their CASA child is sleeping in a safe environment.  Or finding out their CASA child was doing well in school.  CASA volunteer work is a work of small miracles.  Many people wonder what they can do to help.  If you have been looking for a way to help our communities in very personal way, call and ask more about becoming a CASA volunteer.  Training classes will be starting soon, so call today.  CASA can be reached at (423) 663-8943.
Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee will be at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on Saturday, August 30, 2014, for the always popular dark skies astronomy program.  Saturday night at dark, 9:30 p.m. eastern, Paul Lewis will describe which objects to look for in the night sky.  The program will be held in the parking lot across from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  Telescopes will be available for night sky observation when darkness descends upon the Cumberland Plateau.  You may want to bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  There is no charge to attend these programs.  In the event of inclement weather, the evening program will be moved indoors to the Interpretation and Education building next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  For directions or additional information, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
The Oneida High School Band will be hosting an alumni band night on Friday, October 3, 2014.  All former players, color guard, drum majors, and majorettes are invited to attend and participate.  Alumni will perform pre-game with the current band.  If you are in need of an instrument, they may be able to help.  For further information, go to "The Oneida High School Pride of the Tribe Marching  Band" on Facebook or email wb6@highland.net.
Sometimes getting there is half the challenge.  The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program helps cancer patients find a ride to their treatments.  For more information, call the Scott County Mayor's Office at (423) 663-2000.
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