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Mid-County Fire Department will host its 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Scott County Fairgrounds in Oneida.  Featured bands include County Line, Standing Stone and the Beach Fork Boys.  Door prizes will be given away.  A silent auction will be held.  Concessions will be available.  Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free.  All proceeds will benefit the fire department.
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 Farmer's Market is looking for new vendors.  For a list of items that can be sold, please call the U.T. Extension Office at (423) 663-4777.  The Farmer's Market will be open beginning May 7, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and go through September.
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.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building (City Hall). The public is welcome to attend.
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.
the UT-TSU Extension Scott County will be hosting a program for meat goat and sheep producers.  The program will be four nights with presentations in the area of health, marketing, production, forage production, farm safety and much more.  Speakers will be goat and sheep specialists across Tennessee.  Participation in the program will allow the producer to receive additional cost share on equipment, hay barns, genetics and much more.  The program starts Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and pre-registration is required.  The cost for program materials and certification will be $75 per person.  Call (423) 663-4777 or email jwest@utk.edu for more information.
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 regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, May 16, 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.
If you enjoy meeting and caring for people, then Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott has a place for you.  Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott is looking for caring, compassionate volunteers to assist with various aspects of hospital operations, like providing information to visitors, staffing the reception and help desk, and more.  If you would like to share your time and your heart, consider being a hospital volunteer.  For more information, call Sabrina Terry or Jennifer Sircy at Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, (423) 286-5300.
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.
Girl scout troop #22114 is having a fund raiser to help For the Love of Paws.  They are asking for any donation of pet items such as but not limited to:  leashes, collars, bowls, blankets, harnesses, treats, food, toys, flea medications, shampoos, beds, and any other pet items.  This will go directly to the rescue.  If you would like to donate money it will go to the rescued animal's vet bills.  They appreciate everyone's help.  To donate, please call (423) 539-8230 or (423) 319-8446.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Fifteenth Annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Traditional arts and crafts as well as music will be included as part of the festival throughout the day.  The park would like to extend an invitation to all interested crafts persons, musicians, and volunteers to participate in this year's festival.  The National Park Service's policy regarding arts and craft sales does allow for the sales of demonstrated arts and crafts.  A one-time fee of $25 is required for craft vendors interested in selling crafts or for musicians who wish to sell their music items during this one-day festival.  This fee can also be applied towards an application to be a part of the Storytelling Festival on September 17, 2016.  All crafters and musicians will need to bring their own tent, chairs and equipment.  Generators are not permitted.  If you are interested in selling your craft and/or music items during this year's event, contact the fee program manager, Letitia Neal, at (423) 569-2404, extension 240, or tish_neal@nps.gov.  Volunteers are always welcome to come demonstrate their craft and/or skills.  Volunteers are also needed to assist with with event activities.  Please contact the park's volunteer coordinator at (423) 569-9778 or effie_houston@nps.gov.  For further information on this special event as well as other events, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 ro visit the website at www.nps.gov/biso.
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.
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 4th Aunnual Autism Awareness Ride/Walk will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Scott High School.  Registration will be at 8:00 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:00 a.m.  The fee for the walk is $10 per person.  Ride registration begins at 10:00 a.m., kickstands up at 1:00 p.m.  The fee for the ride is $15 single rider and $20 for double riders.  Post ride meal ticket and raffle ticket provided with ride fee.  The ride will be through the scenic Big South Fork and back to Scott High School for food and entertainment.  Pre-ride giveaways!  Scott County Heritage Museum and the USS Tennessee Museum will be open for free tours.  All proceeds will benefit Scott County Schools autism programs.
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 Scott County Bee Keepers Association will be meeting Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville.  The guest speaker will be Ken Dell, Vice President of the East Tennessee Bee Keepers Association.  For more information, call Larry Walker at (423) 628-6455.
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 Friends of the Scott County Public Libraries are excited to announce that the Winfield Public Library Director, Missy Chitwood, has a new children's story time for children from birth to age 5.  The Little Bookworms Story Time is being held on Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Winfield Public Library located at the Winfield City Park.  Parents and grandparents along with their pre-schoolers are invited to join them every Wednesday morning.
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.
In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area is partnering with the Knoxville Track Club to  hold three trail runs on the Oscar Blevins Nature Trail during the 16th Annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The three run includes a one mile kids fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. eastern; then at 10:00 a.m. there will be a 3.5 mile run.  Runners may pre-register in person that morning or at runsignup.com/Race/TN/Oneida/OscarBlevinsTrailRunatBigSouthForkNRRA.  All participants will meet at the Bandy Creek "F Loop" picnic shelter thirty minutes prior to start times.  This event is free and open to the public.  Join Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in the Centennial Challenge:  100 Miles for 100 Years as they create recreational activities which promote health and fitness and provide you with opportunities to create priceless memories when discovering national parks.  Visitors are encouraged to download the activity log sheet at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm and track their miles.  For more information or directions to the trail head, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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.
Join a park ranger at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area for a 2 hour ranger-led hike while learning about Big South Fork's local wildflowers, plant communities, forest ecology, and geology.  The hike starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. eastern on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the gazebo near Leatherwood Ford.  Please come and enjoy a hike on the Angel Falls viewing trail to learn more about local wildflowers in bloom, special features of riverside plant communities, and about the history of logging and mining in the area.  The hike will be approximately 1 mile each way.  Those who would like to may continue on to Angel Falls, which is an additional 1 mile each way.  This hike is free of charge.  The trail is considered to be easy to moderate.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable hiking footwear.  Everyone is welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Bandy Creek vistior Center at (423) 286-7275.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be having a guided birding walk on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Participants will meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. eastern and join Dr. Charles (Chuck) Nicholson on the walk.  Chuck has over 35 years of birding experience on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, including the Big South Fork area.  He is an active member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and has served as president and editor of its journal.  Chuck studied birds for his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and is the author of the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Tennessee, the comprehensive source book on the distribution and biology of the birds nesting in this state.  He has also taught a course in bird-watching in the University of Tennessee non-credit program for several years and led numerous birding field trips.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing.  For more information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.  for more information about this special event, as well as other events, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, or visit online www.nps.gov/biso.
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.
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.
Schools, churches, child care facilities and other organized youth activities such as Vacation Bible School, and academic or sports day camp, may be eligible to provide free meals to kids, 18 and under.  Scott Appalachian Industries (SAI) is again participating in the Summer Youth Food Program, which provides free nutritious meals to kids 18 and under througout the summer at approved sites in the community. To become an approved site, you must attend a brief training to learn about the program and the limited documentation required. Training will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Scott Appalachian Industries, 591 East Monticello Pike, in Huntsville. For more program information, contact Trina Terry at (423) 663-9300 extension 141.
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.
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, May 2, 2016, at 5:00 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, May 12, 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.
For the Love of Paws will have a fund raiser at Possum Trot in Winfield Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  There will be a photo booth, fun stuff for kids, and a dog show.  Ask about adopting pets.  The Girl Scout Troop #22114 will be taking donations of pet items.
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!
A small house dog has been found in the Marcum Road/Verdun Road area.  The owner may call (423) 286-7574.
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.
Scott County Soil Conservation District, located at the Oneida City Hall, is having a tree and shrub sale.  They are there Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  They have Azalea, crab apple, Dogwood, Holly, Juniper, Nandina, Sweetspire, apple trees, cherry trees, pear trees, and blueberries.  Call Susie at (423) 569-8960.  If they don't have what you want they can try to order it for you.  Prices range from $15-$28 for 3 to 5 gallon plants.
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 Clinch-Powell Head Start Program is currently taking applications for children 3 and 4 years of age at all Head Start Centers in Scott County for the 2016-2017 program year.  The child must be 3 years old by August 15, 2016, to be age eligible for the program.  Services are provided five days a week with centers open 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Transportation services may be provided dependent upon availability.  The program provides services to special needs children including children with severe disabilities.  All services, meals and snacks are provided at no cost to the family.  For more information or to complete an application, please contact:  Burchfield Center at (423) 569-4647, Huntsville Center at (423) 663-4668, Winfield Center at (423) 569-2147, Fairview Center at (423) 663-9301, Robbins Center at (423) 627-4647.
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.
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