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American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 2, 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 veteran who thinks he or she may qualify for membership to contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
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.
Enrollment for health insurance through the Federal Marketplace is open and will continue through February 15, 2015.  If you do not have health insurance, this is the only time during the year you can apply for health coverage through the marketplace.  If you’re enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends December 31, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during the 2015 Open Enrollment period.  If you need assistance in filing for your 2015 benefits, Tina Claxton and Melissa Bowlin, Outreach Enrollment Specialists at Mountain Peoples Health Councils Inc., can help guide you through the process.  There is no charge for the service, and you do not have to a patient at Mountain Peoples to receive assistance.  For more information, call Tina Claxton at (423) 286-4141, ext 27 or Melissa Bowlin at (423) 539-1695.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival even scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The park is currently soliciting musical groups of the traditional Cumberland Plateau style (to include Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-time country) for live performances during the Spring Planting event.  Volunteer performers would benefit from exposure at the event, as well as an optional opportunity to sell their music at a permitted booth.  Camp sites are available for approved volunteers.  For more information, please call Timothy Smith, Spring Planting event music coordinator at (423) 569-9778.
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.
Due to President's Day, the regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, instead of Monday, February 16.  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 be hosting a Memories of the Obed program on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. eastern.  This free program will be  held inside the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg, and is part of a series of regular programs that explores the unique river-related memories of local individuals.  Each month a different speaker shares their memories of life in the vicinity of the river.  Georage Dagley, Jr., hometown local and World War 2 veteran, will be the featured Memories guest.  Mr. Dagley is the son of George Dagley, Sr., who was the Morgan County Mayor during the 1930s.  Memories to be shared include a glimpse of life in Wartburg during the 1930s, including childhood adventures at Potters Falls, school times and his experience druing wartime.  No reservations are required to attend this free program.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
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 Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints during the week of January 30, 2015, on SR63 at Norma Road.  Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers that are driving impaired/driving under the influence in the State of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these Sobriety Checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of  Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
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 Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room.
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.
Bear Creek Youth League Baseball signups will be January 9, 2015, thru February 28, 2015.  Pick up applications at the Oneida Municipal Building or the Boys and Girls Club.  Signups can also be completed online at www.townofoneida.com/bcyl.  New this year WEE-BALL for ages 3-4 boys and girls.  Age groups:  5-6 T-ball, 7-8 coach pitch, 9-10 baseball, 11-12 baseball, 11-12 girls softball.  The cost is $30 per child.  This fee includes a uniform and hat.  Please join them at the Oneida Sports Complex for a fun and exciting season of baseball.  Contact Teresa Cox (423) 286-4153 with any questions. 
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.
Mayor David Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session on Tuesday, February 10, 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.
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 Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints during the week of February 27, 2015, on SR 63 at Norma Road.  Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers that are driving impaired/driving under the influence in the State of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these Sobriety Checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
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, February 2, 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.
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, February 26, 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.
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.
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.
It's Relay for Life time!  Get your teams together.  A team meeting will be held  Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.  Contact Rena Smith for information at (423) 215-2064.
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, February 12, 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!
There will be a Relay for Life cancer survivor Valentine's dinner on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.  Bring your Valentine.  Soup, chili, sandwiches, and dessert.  RSVP to Verhonda Hembree at (423) 663-2821, extension 112.  Reserve your dinner today!
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.
A gray tabby cat with tan coloring has been lost in the Ross Cemetery Road/Winfield area.  She has a pink collar with a bell and is approximately 4 1/2 months old.  She is missed by her family.  If found, please call (423) 223-1206.
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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