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Oneida Elementary School will have their annual Fall Carnival Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the school.  The night is action packed with events that you and your children will love!  They will have carnival booths, local vendors, food, and a silent auction.  Drawing for a Disney World trip and other prizes at 7:00 p.m.  They look forward to seeing you there!
Team building for the 7-9 year old girls in the Boys and Girls Club Youth basketball league will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (tonight) at 7:30 p.m. at the club.  Coaches in the division must attend.  For more information, you may contact the Boys and Girls Club at (423) 286-9500.
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.
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.
Get out and explore the national park in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork!  In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting a "Rails to Trails" program on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger Mary Grimm in Stearns, Kentucky, at the Big South Fork Scenic Railway for the 11:00 a.m. departure to Blue Heron.  Enjoy the perspective you get from riding the train as you relax through the Big South Fork.  The adventure continues as we have lunch at Blue Heron and then hit the trail for a moderate 3.7 mile roundtrip hike to Dick's Gap Overlook where we'll soak up the stunning view of the old abandoned coal mining community along the Big South Fork River.  We'll end the day on the 4:30 p.m. train back to Stearns.  Reserve your ticket and bag lunch for the "Rails to Trails" Package at (800) 462-5664 or www.bsfsry.com or meet at Blue Heron at 12:30 p.m. if you choose not to take the train.  Join Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in the Centennial Challenge:  100 Miles for 100 Years as we 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.
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 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, October 17, 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.
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, October 20, 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.
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.
First District Senior Citizens Center in Straight Fork will be closed Thursday, September 29, 2016, due to illness.
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.
Obed Wild and Scenic River announces that Rock Creek Campground is available for reservation via the National Recreation Reservation Service.  Visitors who wish to make a campsite reservation may do so by calling 1-877-444-6777, going online at recreation.gov and searching "Rock Creek Campground TN," or in person at the Obed Visitor Center located at 208 North Maiden Street in Wartburg.  Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.  The campground is open year round.  The rate per night for camping is $10.  Rock Creek Campground was renovated last year, and there are 11 non-hookup sites total with two that are ADA accessible.  Each site has a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring with grill, lantern hook, and paved parking.  A vault toilet is also centrally located in the campground.  If you have questions about Rock Creek Campground, contact the park by calling (423) 346-6294, or email obri_information@nps.gov.
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 Eduction will meet in regular session on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.
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 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.
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.
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, October 3, 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 Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, October 13, 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.
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.
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!
Mayor Virgil D. Cecil and the Winfield City Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, October 11, 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.
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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