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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is looking for enthusiastic and helpful volunteers to assist in staffing Bandy Creek Visitor Center during the 24th Annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Storytelling predates writing, with the earliest forms of storytelling usually oral combined with gestures and expressions.  Stories have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values.  This annual event celebrates this time-honored tradition.  Join the team by volunteering at the visitor center, interacting with the visiting public, and enjoy a fun-filled day of stories, music, crafts, and more.  Training will be provided and all you need to bring is your enthusiasm, a smile, and a can-do attitude.  If you enjoy meeting new people, and sharing your interest and knowledge of the park, then this is a great opportunity.  For more information about the event, or for directions to Bandy Creek Visitor Center, please call (423) 286-7275, or park headquarters at (423) 569-9778, or visit them online at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.
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.
Did you know that while black bears are large, powerful, animals who are well equipped to eat meat, they are actually omnivorous?  Join a park ranger on Saturday, September 3, 2016, to learn more about one of Big South Fork's largest mammals, American Black Bear.  Topics covered include black bear biology, how to stay safe in bear country, and your role in keeping bear populations wild.  This fun, fact-filled evening activity begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern at the Blue Heron Campground amphitheater.  Historically, black bears were found throughout the Cumberland Plateau.  However, through habitat changes black bear were all but eliminated from the area.  In the mid-1990's, 14 female black bears were released in the Big South Fork area.  The bear population has increased ever since in the park and surrounding area.  The National Park Service hosts ranger programs every Saturday evening through Labor Day weekend at the Blue Heron Campground.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  This program is free of charge, handicap accessible and all are 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.
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, September 15, 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, September 19, 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.
Registration for the Boys and Girls Club Youth Basketball League has been extended through Saturday, August 27, 2016.  Parents can sign up now through Friday, August 26, 2016 at the club between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, August 27, 2016, final registration will held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The league to open to all youth; both boys and girls.  Currently, there is a great need for girls in the 5-6 year old division and both boys and girls in the 10-year-old and up division.  Cost is $40 per player.  For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club at (423) 286-9500. 
Park rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will read children's books about protecting our nation's streams and rivers on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the McCreary County Public Library.  Story time will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by an arts and crafts project.  Humans are not the only ones to rely on the Big South Fork watershed, so do wildlife and plants.  A healthy watershed for a toad or mussel manes a healthy watershed for us.  Come hear how amphibians, native grasses, and reptiles are signs of a healthy water environment.  The Big South Fork watershed covers approximately 1, 123 square miles primarily in Fentress, Scott and McCreary Counties with smaller areas of Anderson, Campbell, Morgan and Pickett Counties.  For more information about our watershed, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/learn/nature.rivers.htm.
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.
East 63 Volunteer Fire Department will have their 4th Annual Firehouse Run Car Show, Silent Auction, and Singing on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 cars and awards will be given.  Firehouse entertainment will begin at 11:00 a.m.
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.
Join a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky's largest waterfall, Yahoo Falls.  The hike begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Yahoo Falls parking area located on Yahoo Falls Road, off of Highway 700 near Whitley City, Kentucky.  Yahoo Falls is 113 feet tall and flows into the Big South Fork River.  Starting from the Yahoo Falls parking area, the trail descends a series of steps to actually pass behind the falls, under one of the largest rock shelters in the area.  Looping around, it crosses the creek at the top of the falls where there are gorgeous views from the towering sandstone cliffs above the rock shelter.  This ranger led hike is free of charge.  The trail is a 1.2 mile loop rated easy/moderate and does contain a long set of stairs.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information or directions, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the 24th annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Traditional arts and crafts as well as music will be included as part of the festival throughout the day.  The park encourages all interested craft persons to participate in this year's festival.  The National Park Service's policy regarding arts and craft sales does allow for the sale 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.  All crafters will need to bring their own tent, table, chairs, and equipment.  Generators are not permitted.  Interested individuals should contact Letitia Neal, Fee Program Manager, at (423) 569-2404, extension 240, or tish_neal@nps.gov.  All applications need to be submitted no later than Friday, September 9, 2016.  For further information on this special event as well as other events, call Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, or visit online at https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.
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.
Join a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky's largest waterfall, Yahoo Falls.  The hike begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the Yahoo Falls parking area located on Yahoo Falls Road, off of Highway 700 near Whitley City, Kentucky.  Yahoo Falls is 113 feet tall and flows into the Big South Fork River.  Starting from the Yahoo Falls parking area, the trail descends a series of steps to actually pass behind the falls, under one of the largest rock shelters in the area.  Looping around, it crosses the creek at the top of the falls where there are gorgeous views from the towering sandstone cliffs above the rock shelter.  This ranger led hike is free of charge.  The trail is a 1.2 mile loop rated easy/moderate and does contain a long set of stairs.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information or directions, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
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 Education will meet for a work session on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Office Conference Room.
On Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10, 2016, the Museum of Appalachia will celebrate its 5th annual "Days of the Pioneer" Antique Show.  This two day event features the finest selection of 18th and 19th century antiques from over 60 of the nation's preeminent dealers.  It will be held on the grounds of the Museum of Appalachia.  The event will also feature mountain music, Revolutionary and Civil War encampments and traditional craftsmen demonstrating pioneer skills.  Admission to the antique show includes a tour of the Museum mountain farm and village.  Advance tickets are available at a discount through Monday, August 22, 2016, and can be purchased online at www.museumofappalachia.org, by phone, or in person.  For more information, call (865) 494-7680.
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.
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 Paddle with Ranger program on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Rangers Mary Grimm and Gary Shreffler at Blue Heron boat ramp for an easy five mile half day paddling experience to Yamacraw Bridge.  Expect Class 1's on this stretch of water.  Equipment and shuttles are not provided.  Visitors can reserve kayaks or canoes, all necessary equipment, and a shuttle ride back to Blue Heron through Sheltowee Trace Outfitters at 800-541-RAFT or go online at ww.ky-rafting.com; however, a first come, first served policy will be implemented for this trip.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and wear boating shoes or tennis shoes.  No flip flops are allowed.  Participants area strongly encouraged not to bring valuables due to the strong possibility that you may get wet!  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 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).
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be  hosting an Art in the Park reception on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center located at 151 Stable Road in Oneida.  The reception will start at 5:00 p.m. eastern.  The event will include a display of photographs from the recent Big South Fork photography contest.  Visitors to the event may select their favorite photograph and place their vote for a "People's Choice" award winner.  During the event, the contest's winning entries will be revealed.  Local bluegrass musicians, South Sycamore, will be performing as light refreshments are served.  The winning entries have been judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit.  For more information or directions, please call 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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a preschool kids program on Friday, August 26, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  The kids in attendance 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.  The event takes place at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  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.
The 13th Annual Wings Over Big South Fork Air and Car Show will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Scott Municipal Airport in Oneida.  The all day event will feature a classic car show and various WW2 aircraft, stunt planes, and other static displays.  The event hosts approximately 6,000 spectators annually and offers free admission to the public.  Non-food vendor spaces are still available for those interested in offering various merchandise items such as arts, crafts, and other items.  Spaces are also available for business and non-profit promotion and start at $40 and up.  Contact the Scott County Chamber of Commerce for more information at (423) 663-6900 or visit www.wingsoverthebigsouthfork.com for an application.
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 and the Obed Wild and Scenic River are two of only a few National Park Service units legislated to allow hunting within their boundaries.  Wild hogs may be hunted from September 24, 2016, through February 28, 2017, in Tennessee and from September 3, 2016, through February 28, 2017, in Kentucky.  A permit is required to hunt hogs during these seasons and may be purchased at one of the visitor centers or online at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/hog-hunting.htm or http://www.nps.gov/obed/planyourvisit/permits.htm.  The permit costs $5 and is good for both Big South Fork and Obed Wild and Scenic River; those who purchase the permit will be requested to participate in a survey later.  A valid hunting license is required to purchase the permit.  Dogs may not be used to hunt hogs.  For further information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.
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.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Tuesday, September 6, 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, September 8, 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.
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969, must take and successfully complete an Agency approved hunter education program in order to hunt.  Persons interested in becoming certified in Hunter Education need to register now for class to be held in September.  A course will be taught on August 29 and 30, 2016, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and September 1 and 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tennessee National Guard Armory located near the airport in Oneida.
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, September 13, 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.
In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100 years old, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting a combined birthday party and an Art in the Park reception on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. eastern.  The National Park Service has been celebrating its impending centennial for over a year, but August 25, 2016, marks the actual day when the National Park Service can claim 100 years of protecting our nation's most treasured places.  The festivities will include light refreshments, a birthday cake, and live music by Shelter Road.  The event will also include a display of photographs from the recent Obed photography contest.  During the evening, the contest's winning entries will be revealed for five categories:  fauna and flora, landscapes, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit.  For more information, please contact the park at (423) 346-6294.
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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