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Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by Heartland Apothercary, will be at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Huntsville campus, to supply food for the needy on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or until the food is gone.  If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help hand out the food on this date, please contact Amy Lyons at (423) 663-4900.
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.
A Scott County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at the Scott County Chamber of Commerce office located at 12025 Scott Hwy in Helenwood. The purpose of this meeting is to gather public input for Scott County's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will include the Towns of Huntsville, Oneida and Winfield.  This meeting is open to the public.
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.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of America's national parks, Big South National River and Recreation Area is sponsoring "Centennial Challenge:  100 Miles for 100 Years."  From January 1, 2016, through December 10, 2016, participants will have the opportunity to get out and experience many of the unique cultural and natural features of the park along their 100 mile journeys.  This is a self-paced activity for visitors to hike, ride (mountain bike or equestrian), and/or paddle along this park's 500 mile multi-system trail including 70 plus miles of the Big South Fork river and its tributaries.  All finishers are eligible to receive a patch that was specially designed for this event.  Please visit the park's website http://nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm and download the Centennial Challenge log sheet.  The honor system applies--as you accumulate miles, record them.  When completed, bring the log sheet to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center or mail to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 4564 Leatherwood Ford Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841 or email via the park website at httP://ww.nps.gov/biso/contacts.htm.  There will be a culminating Centennial Challenge celebration program at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  At the event, park rangers will recognize both the youngest and oldest males and females who completed 100 miles along with participant(s) who accomplished the challenge incorporating the most categories (hike, ride, etc.).  All participants who completed the challenge will also have the opportunity to participate in a group photo at the event.  Participants are also highly encouraged to photograph their favorite places and memories along their journeys.  Selected submitted images of participants' journeys may be printed for exhibition at the visitor center and may be displayed on the park's website and other venues.  Join us in our yearlong celebration as we strive to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates for our national parks.  For more information on how you can be involved, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
The Boys and Girls Club Youth Basketball League needs coaches for all divisions, both boys and girls.  Parents of players are eligible to become coaches, and are encouraged to get more involved in the league.  You can make a difference in the lives of your child and others by becoming a mentor to our youth.  Interested persons should contact the Boys and Girls Club, 17025 Alberta Street, in Oneida or call (423) 286-9500.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016. The meeting, which will convene at 6:00 p.m., will be held in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public and can be seen live on Oneida Cable and Video Channel 4 on ComCast Cable and Channel 119 on Highland Media.
For the Love of Paws, Inc. is offering low cost spaying and neutering for your companion cats/kittens, dogs/puppies.  Twice a month they take a van load of animals to Young Williams Animal Center in Knoxville or the Humane Society in Knoxville for spaying and neutering. The prices for spaying and neutering start at $70 for dogs and $45 for cat.  All prices include a free rabies shot. Financial assistance to further reduce the cost of spay and neuter is available to those who qualify. Transportation is provided free of charge.  Call (423) 223-8241, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., for more information on low cost spaying or neutering. Visit their website (www.4theloveofpaws.org) for more information regarding spay/neuter, adoptions and rescuing. Have a missing pet or found a lost dog? Check out their "lost and found" photo album on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4loveofpaws.
The National Park Service will be hosting a science public meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Historic Rugby Visitor Center in Rugby, Tennessee.  Scientists who have been conducting research at Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are invited to present their research.  This meeting is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity for all to learn about the newest scientific developments in the two Upper Cumberland Plateau national parks.  The overall goal of the science meeting is to facilitate an increased understanding of the ecosystem of the parks, enhance communication and collaboration among the public and researchers, and encourage future scientific investigations.  Poster presentations at the end of the workshop will provide an opportunity for less formal dialogue with the scientists.  "Presentations by researchers and scientists play a vital role in the understanding of natural and cultural resources in both parks," said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.
A.A. meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Oneida.  Please enter the Church Avenue entrance.  Parking available in the lower parking lot and on Church Avenue.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will be meeting Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building (City Hall). The public is welcome to attend.
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.
Obed Wild and Scenic River will be rehabilitating the Nemo picnic area, with work scheduled to begin (weather permitting) Thursday, December 1, 2016.  The picnic area will be closed for paving Friday, December 2, 2016.  Otherwise the area will remain open with access to the comfort station, parking, and river access.  This project includes replacement of existing picnic tables, concrete pads, and cooking grills.  Once complete, the Nemo picnic area will be ADA accessible to include pathways and parking.  For more information, please visit them online at www.nps.gov/obed.
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 Scott County Senior Citizens Center will have BBQ and bluegrass on Friday, December 2, 2016.  Featured will be Whitewater.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. at the senior center.  Admission will be $3 or $6 with food.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  All proceeds from the night will go to the senior center.
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.
Get out and explore YOUR Obed Wild and Scenic River!  In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a healthy hike on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. eastern.  Come celebrate the  upcoming winter solstice with Ranger Rick Ryan as he leads a moderate to strenuous out-and-back hike of 4.2 miles total on the Point Trail to the famous Tierrany Roofs.  The trail culminates on an exposed ridge where hikers can look on either side of the trail down the river gorges of Clear Creek and Obed River.  Observant hikers will find a hidden gem near the end of the trail--the Lilly Arch rising almost 50 feet from its base to its top.  A short descent near the end of the trail leads to the famous Tierrany Roofs, an imposing wall of rock overhung by an enormous roof that forms a natural amphitheater that is popular for rock climbers.  Participants should meet at Lilly Overlook parking area.  The parking area is located just after crossing the Lilly Bridge Road in Morgan County, Tennessee.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks.  Hikers are also welcome to bring well-behaved dogs on a leash.  Participants should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours for this hike.  For more information, please contact the visitor center at (423) 346-6294.
Due to the extended period of dry weather, Oneida Water Department is requesting all of its customers take action to conserve water.  They ask that you please restrict any lawn irrigation, car washing, and other non essential water usage.  Please report any main line leaks that you see and please repair any service line leaks that you may have.   The current water supply is not in a dire emergency situation, however, we do need to conserve as much water as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call (423) 569-4008.
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is presenting a one hour Tall Tales Folklore and Legends program at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, beginning at 2:00 p.m. central.  Come and enjoy the Edu-Tellers (Betty and Mike Roe--local storytellers and musicians) narrate a plethora of oral accounts from folklore and to true history around our surrounding area.  Delight in individual stories and tales told in tandem, peppered with accompanying music, as these expert narrators expand the mind and delight the soul in regaling myths, legends and historical facts.  this program is free of charge and wheelchair accessible.  Everyone welcome.  Children should be accompanied by and adult.  For directions or additional information, please call the Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755 or Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
The Town of Winfield picks up residential trash every Tuesday.  Since employees begin the route early each collection day, residents are respectfully requested to have garbage on the curb by 8:00 a.m.   Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  For more information, you may contact the Town’s offices at (423) 569-6139.
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oneida High School Library.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a ranger-led prowl program on Friday, December 2, 2016.  The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot, which is located just off of Ridge Road in Morgan County, Tennessee.  Participants will get a chance to learn about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern Screech Owl and the Barred Owl.  We will walk a short distance along the Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail while we use recorded owl calls to try to attract these birds of prey.  Participants are asked to bring flashlights and wear sturdy shoes.  Reservations are not necessary for this free event, which should conclude by 7:30 p.m.  For more information, please call the park office at (423) 346-6294.
The Appalachia Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Oneida and Sunbright have furniture, appliances, clothing, household items along with other miscellaneous items for sale. The ReStores are always in need of donations for the store.  All profits are used to further the building ministry of Appalachia Habitat for Humanity.  For more information, call (423) 569-3229 (Oneida), (423) 628-2081 (Sunbright) or (423) 627-2507 (Office).
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.
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) will distribute USDA commodities on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Scott County Farmer's Market across from the Justice Center.  Please bring your own boxes, and you may pick up for three households only.  In accordance with federal law, both ETHRA and USDA are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
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.
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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a preschool kids program on Friday, December 9, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  The kids in attendance will be learning about the different fish of the Obed by playing a fun fish trivia game and will get a chance to do some indoor "fishing" as well.  The event takes place at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  All preschool children (and their parents or guardians) are invited to attend.  This is a free event, is wheelchair accessible, and no reservations are required.  For more information, please call the park at (423) 346-6294.
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 Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. These meetings are open to the public and can be seen live on Oneida Cable and Video Channel 4 on ComCast Cable and Channel 119 on Highland Media.
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.
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.
The Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Scott County School System Central Office in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
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.
The Scott County Homeless Shelter's Thrift Store, located at 1513 Jeffers Road in Huntsville next door to the Food Pantry, is 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!
N.A. meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Oneida.  Please enter the Church Avenue entrance.  Parking is available in the lower parking lot and on Church Avenue.
Winfield City Council meet in regular session on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  The public is welcome to attend.
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.
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.
Come dance with the U.T. Extension Office of Scott County!  They have partnered with their own Fran Jeffers to offer this wonderful class.  Come have fun and exercise at the same time.  Class will be held every Monday at the Scott County Farmers Market.  Class cost is $5 (pay at the door).  Call (423) 663-4777 for more information.
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 Tina Claxton at (423) 286-4141 ext. 27 or Melissa Bowlin at (423) 663-2740 ext. 28.
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.
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