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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.
American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015, 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 verteran who thinks they may qualify for membership, please contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
There will be a fundraiser yard sale at the Oneida Nursing and Rehab Center, behind the Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation.
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 Norma Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015.  This is for all graduates and former students who attended Norma High School.  More details will be announced later.  For more information, call Janis Owens at (423) 663-3566 or email janfowens@gmail.com.
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)".
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 regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015. 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.
Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available in Scott County on the following dates and places:  Friday, May 1, 2015, at Robbins Fire Hall from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 2015, at D.J.'s Pitstop from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; Friday, May 8, 2015, at the old Winfield Grocery from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 2015, at B&B Metals in Oneida from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  The cost of the vaccination is $10 for each dog and $10 for each cat.  Tennessee law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.
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.
A 25 pound male tan and white beagle/hound mix dog has been lost in the Pleasant Grove Road area in Winfield.  The dog is wearing a blue and white checked collar that may have an ID tag on it.  He answers to the name of "Blondie" and is skittish.  If seen or found, please call (423) 286-7224.
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.
All students entering the 7th grade during the 2015-2016 school year are required to have one Tdap vaccination and two Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccinations before they enroll in school next year.  The Scott County Health Department will be offering an extended hour clinic to help students meet this requirement.  The clinic will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.  Please call the health department at (423) 663-2445 for an appointment and information on cost of vaccinations and insurance billing.
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 Big South Fork Saddle Club will host a "Trade Day" on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Fork Tack in Oneida.  Vendor set-up fee is $10.  Horse tack and accessories, yard sale items, garden plants, flowers, etc. are welcome.  Breakfast items will be available for purchase.  A portion of the proceeds will go towards the funding of the 2016 Big South Fork Saddle Club Scholarship Program.  If thunderstorms and/or heavy rains "Trade Day" will be re-scheduled.  For more information, call (423) 223-7721. 
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 Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 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.
In celebration of National River Cleanup Day, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have an annual Obed River clean up on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  Participants are asked to meet at the Obed Visitor Center at 208 North Maiden Street in Wartburg at 8:30 a.m. eastern.  Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent, sun block and wear sturdy shoes.  Volunteers share their time and talents and are worth their weight in gold at the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  To show appreciation for their invaluable efforts, they would like to invite anyone who has volunteered at the Obed Wild and Scenic River during the past year and participants of this event to return to the Obed Visitor Center at 12:00 p.m. for a volunteer potluck lunch.  Burgers, veggie burgers, lemonade, tea and water will be provided, and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share.  For more information about this event, please call the Obed Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.
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 David Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Winfield Municipal Services Building.  The meeting is open to the public.
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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River announces a birding walk with Dr. Charles P. Nicholson on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  Participants should meet Dr. Nicholson and park staff at Lilly Bridge at 8:00 a.m. eastern and are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and to bring binoculars and drinking water.  Over 160 bird species have been documented in the Obed Wild and Scenic River, and spring is an excellent time to observe the park's Neotropical migrants which winter in Central and South America along with the area's year-round residents.  Attendees will be provided with a checklist of birds documented in the Obed Wild and Scenic River for use both during Dr. Nicholson's walk and during future birding outings.  Both experienced and novice bird watchers are encouraged to attend.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for directions or additional information.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River announces two programs on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  First, the public is encouraged to bring any questions and join National Park Service (NPS) rangers for a free cup of coffee at Lilly Bridge from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. eastern.  Then, beginning at Lilly Bridge at 11:00 a.m., NPS rangers will be leading another Climb with a Ranger program.  Participants will be back at their vehicles by approximately 3:00 p.m.  These programs will be held regardless of weather conditions.  Attend one or both.  No reservations are necessary for these free events.  For more information, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
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 Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Monday, May 4, 2015, 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.
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 Oneida Special School District is sponsoring Early Childhood Screening Days for children 5 years of age who have not yet attended school.  This is not a preschool registration, but a free screening in a number of different areas which will give parents important information about their child.  It will be held on Monday, May 2, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Scott County Boys and Girls Club on Highway 27.  Although you do not have to have an appointment, there are advanteges of making one.  Parents whishing to schedule an appointment date and time may call (423) 569-9380 and talk with Cathy Buttram or Vicki Payne.  The screening includes vision, hearing, motor development, developmental history and skills, speech, language/communications skills, and general health.  Trained personnel will perform all screenings, and all results will be shared with parents while you are at the screening.  All information is completely confidential.  Refreshments and fingerprinting will be available.  Please bring your child's birth certificate, shot record, and Social Security number.  If you do not have them, applications will be available for you.  Each child will receive a gift bag and balloon as he or she leaves the screening.  There will be at least a dozen gift cards from local restaurants to be given away through drawings.
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, May 28, 2015, 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 car show, gospel singing and live auction Saturday, May 2, 2015, at South Pine Knot Church of God.  Registration starts at 10:00 a.m.  Registration fee is $10.  Singing will be 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. with several groups including Danny Neal and the Gospel Soldiers and Southern Grace.  Auction will be 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.  Concessions will be available.  All proceeds will go to help with the building fund for South Pine Knot Community  Center which will be used for a food pantry, clothes distribution, after school outreach and a fellowship hall.  For more information, call Lesley (423) 539-1272.
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 black and tan female mixed breed dog is missing from the vicinity of 4540 Buffalo Road in Oneida.  The dog is wearing an orange collar with a current rabies tag.  It is very friendly and answers to the name of "Freya."  If found, please call Jim or Ellen Smollock at (423) 286-2280.
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.
Celebrate 100 years of Oneida Schools by participating in the Show Your Glow 5k15 and one mile Fun Run Friday, May 22, 2015.  Registration information can be picked up at Oneida Elementary, Middle or High Schools and at the central office during normal school hours.  Registration fee is $25.  Each participant receives a t-shirt and goody bag.
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 14, 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 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!
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.
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.
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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