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The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA)  will distribute USDA commodities on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the Helenwood Baptist Church fellowship hall from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Bring your own bags or boxes and you may pick up for 3 households only.  In accordance with Federal Law and USDA policy, ETHRA  is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River announces a black bear and Junior Ranger kids program on Sunday, May 29, 2016.  Children and adults of all ages are invited to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears, the most common bears found in eastern Tennessee.  After the discussion on black bears, youngsters will get a chance to fill out an Obed Junior Ranger booklet.  In it they'll find fun puzzles, mazes, park trivia, and information on the Obed and its variety of resources.  Upon finishing their booklet, participants will earn an official Obed Junior Ranger Badge!  This free program begins at 1:00 p.m. eastern inside the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  No reservations are necessary.  The program should conclude by 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
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 26, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building (City Hall).  The public is welcome to attend.
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, June 20, 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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a preschool kids program on Friday, May 27, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  The kids program 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.  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.
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 Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet for a work session on Tursday, May 24, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the Central Office Conference Room.
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.
The Oneida Lions Club will be meeting Monday, May 23, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.
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 Recreational Area announces that the Bandy Creek pool will open for the season starting Saturday, May 28, 2016.  The pool will be open to the public from noon to 6:00 p.m. eastern on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Daily use fees include:  free for 5 years old and under; $2 for 6-12 years old; $3 for 13 and older.  The pool will also be available for after hours rentals for Saturdays and Sundays as well as hourly rentals during the week.  The fee is $25 per hour for up to 25 persons.  Pool rental reservations must be made at least two days in advance.  Make reservations by calling (423) 286-8368.  For more information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or email biso_information@nps.gov, or for more information go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/banyd-creek-swimming-pool.htm.  Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday this year by making a splash at Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area.
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.
All Scott County government offices located in the Scott County Office Building and Scott County Courthouse will be closed Friday, May 27, 2016, and Monday, May 30, 2015.
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 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.
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oneida High School Library.
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 will be having a ranger program on how the Obed became a national park in 1976.  This unique program will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, inside the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  The starting time for the program is 1:00 p.m. eastern.  This ranger talk will focus on the various grassroots efforts from local citizenry, which persuaded Congress to preserve the Obed.  The talk will also include a discussion on the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the park's 40 year history.  Immediately following the talk, the park film, the Obed:  Find Yourself Here, will be shown.  For more information regarding this event, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River at (423) 346-6294.
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 Winfield Volunteer Fire Department will host a fish dinner Saturday, June 4, 2016, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Winfield Municipal Building.  Menu includes fish, french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert, and drink for $6 per person.  They will be taking donations on a Ruger AR-15.  Donations are $5 for one ticket or $10 for 3 tickets.
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.
Get out and enjoy a ranger led program in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area!  Bog South Fork presents ranger led evening programs every Saturday night all summer long starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at the Bandy Creek Campground.  On Saturday, May 28, 2016, we will be looking up at the stars for the pleasure of it.  Paul Lewis of University of Tennessee, along with amateur astronomy enthusiasts from across the region, will be  here to find and describe the most fascinating stellar objects to look for in the sky.  Telescopes will be set up for sky observations.  We will be exploring our solar system's brightest and only star, the sun, at 3:00 p.m. eastern.  Then at 9:30 p.m., we will begin gazing farther across the universe at more distant stars.  Both these events are being held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking area.  All ranger led campfire programs are free of charge.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing.  You may want to bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  In the event of inclement weather, the solar viewing program will be postponed and an alternative dark skies program will be presented in the Interpretation and Education building located next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  Bandy Creek Visitor Center is located at 3550 Bandy Loop Road in Oneida.  For directions or additional information, please call (423) 286-7275.
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, June 6, 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.
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 healthy hike along the Rock Creek Loop on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Rock Creek Trailhead for a strenuous 7.1 mile hike.  This all day hike passes along the gently flowing Massey Branch and Rock Creek with rock houses and large boulders.  This is one of the only places in the Big South Fork area where the original railroad ties of Stearns Logging Railroad are still visible!  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes.  Bring water and snacks too.  Well behaved dogs are welcome, however, leashes are required.  Visitors can access the Rock Creek Trailhead from Highway 154.  Turn on Divide Road and look for the Hattie Blevins Cemetery sign on your left.  Rock Creek trailhead is at the end of the road.  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 trailhead, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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, June 9, 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!
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.
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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