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American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 4, 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.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute, ranger-led interpretive program about Big South Fork's nocturnal animals.  Please come and enjoy an evening outdoors with Ranger Chelsea Lauber at the campfire circle to learn more about a myriad nocturnal animals that area 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 2, 2014, at the Blue Heron Campground.  The campfire circle 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.
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.
A tiger striped cat has been lost at the Bethlehem Baptist Church walking track.  A reward is offered for it's return.  If found, please call 272-4738.
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, August 25, 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.
Oil Slick Car Show will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Oneida City Park.  Cars, rat rods, motorcycles.  They will be parking cars from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $10 per entry.  All participants must be present by 12:30 p.m. if you want your vehicle to be judged for the trophies.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies available.  Concessions will be available.  A brown bag special will be $5 and includes hamburger, chips, drink and a brownie.  Hot dogs will also be sold.  Free items will be available.  come on out for a good day of clean family fun.  Thank you for supporting the local Cub Scouts Pack 333 of Huntsville.
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.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute, ranger-led interpretive hike to 113 foot tall Yahoo Falls.  Please come and enjoy a hike with Ranger Doug Singleton starting 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 3, 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 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.
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.
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.
Orange seats for the Oneida High School football season are now available.  They are $75 each.  Please come by the Oneida High School Office to purchase.
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 is beginning a reoccurring array of children's programs every Friday at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  These programs will include, but are not limited to, Animal Fur and Skull Discovery, Mammals of the Obed, Creatures of the Night, Read with a Ranger, and many more.  These fun hands-on activities will allow participants to learn about the wildlife around them, ecosystems, and what makes the Obed Wild and Scenic River a special place.  The event will take place at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, and must be accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
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.
Boaters Education class has been scheduled for August 5 and 7, 2014, at the Scott County Justice Center in the court room from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  You have to have a boaters education card to operate a boat/PWC (jet ski) if born after January 1, 1989.  You will need to pick up a Type 600 license from your license vendor of choice or purchase online before you can take the test.  Know your SSN, and bring something to write with (i.e. black pen).  For more information, contact Dustin Burke at dustin.burke@tn.gov or pull up http://www.tn.gov/twra/boated.html.
A red Boxer has been lost in the Paint Rock area.  The dog is wearing a blue collar.  If found, please call (423) 539-0483.
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.
There will be a benefit dinner at the Pine Knot Fire Department Friday, August 8, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Menu includes pinto beans and cornbread with sides, dessert and drink for $5.  There will also be different singers.  Proceeds will help with the purchase of a shelter and benches for the Wilson Ridge Cemetery.  For more information, call Doris Hall at (606) 376-5536 or Pernie West at (606) 354-3255.
Mayor Virgil D. Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will be meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 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.
Big South Fork National Park Passport Stamps designed specifically for the Historic Rugby (Tennessee) and Gateway to the Big South Fork (Crossville) Visitor Centers are now available.  These two new stamps are part of a program available to nearly all of the 401 National Park Service units.  These National Park Passport Stamps, which are free, are similar in nature to passport cancelation stamps stamped in a traveler's national passport.  The Passport to Your National Parks program was started in 1986 as a way to make visitors aware of the many opportunities available to visit all of the wonderful national park sites across the country.  The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has three other park passport stamps specific to Bandy Creek (Tennessee), Blue Heron (Kentucky), and Stearns (Kentucky).  For more information, call park headquarters at (423) 569-9778.
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.
The 2nd Annual Fire House Run Car Show will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the East 63 Volunteer Fire Department, 9679 Baker Highway, Pioneer.  There will be a silent auction and entertainment.  Entry fee is $10.  Pre-registration is not required.  Cars, trucks, motorcycles, all makes and models welcome.  Entertainment will include Inman Blugrass, Shane Blevins, The Hughetts, Lois Blue, Charles Green, God's Little People and Ryan Sexton.  All proceeds will benefit the East 63 Volunteer Fire Department.
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.
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 Monday, August 4, 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.
There will be a benefit singing, auction and dinner Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Pine Knot Fire Department beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Garden of Hope has helped over 100 families this year that couldn't afford to buy seeds and plants.  This benefit is help purchase a green house so they can help more familes next year.  Please come out and help support this benefit.  There will be plenty of food, several singers and some nice auction items including primitive items.  For more information, call Don Coffey at (606) 376-2171, Missy Strunk at (606) 310-0658, Gayla Vanover at (606) 376-6995 or Pernie West at (606) 354-3255.
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 Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, August 14, 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 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.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity will be hosting a special fund raiser event for Bailey Evans, 4 year old daughter of Brandon and Amanda Evans of the Burrville Community in Morgan County.  Bailey is a special needs child and Appalachia Habitat for Humanity has felt led to help her family reach their goal in raising enough funds to build a much needed addition to her bedroom.   The event will be held at Frozen Head State Park, Friday, August 1, 2014, from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  
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.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Oneida Plaza from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Donors must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more (16 year-olds weighing 120 pounds or more can donate but must have parental consent) and all donors must have positive identification.  
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River announces two programs on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  First, bring any questions you have and come join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee at Lilly Bridge from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. eastern.  Then, meet at Lilly Bridge at 11:00 a.m. for their Climb with a Ranger program.  If you have ever wanted to try the sport of rock climbing but did not know where to begin, let them help you eliminate some of the uncertainty for you.  They provide the gear.  All that you need to bring is drinking water, sturdy footwear, a willingness to try new things and a can-do attitude.  Depending on participant interests and ability levels, they will travel to one is several different climbing areas around the park and will have participants back to the vehicles by approximately 3:00 p.m.  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 program or both.  No reservations are necessary for these free events.  For more information regarding these events, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
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.
Applications for the Fairest of the Fair pageants are available at First National Bank and United Cumberland Bank.  The deadline for the applications is Saturday, August 2, 2014.
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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