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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, August 3, 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 one hour ranger-led interpretive hike to 113 foot tall Yahoo Falls on Sunday, August 9, 2015, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Enjoy a hike with Ranger Karen Thompson starting from the Yahoo Falls parking area to learn more about the natural and geological features of Big South Fork and to experience Yahoo Falls, a large rock cave and towering sandstone cliffs.  This fun, fact-filled hike begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. eastern at the Yahoo Falls parking area located on Yahoo Falls Road off Highway 700 near Whitley City, Kentucky.  This ranger-led hike is free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.  The trail is considered to moderately difficult because it does contain a long set of stairs.  Everyone is welcome.  For further directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center t (606) 376-3787.
Due to lack of staffing, the Bandy Creek pool will be closed for the weekend of August 8 and 9, 2015.  Lifeguards are required to be on duty whenever the pool is open for visitor safety.  The pool will re-open Saturday, August 15, 2015, at noon and resume regularly scheduled hours until closing for the season on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.  Take advantage of a cool dip in the pool before summer is over!  For further information, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/biso.
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 Museum of Scott County is seeking interesting items and information from several early businesses, as it plans a temporary exhibit on Scott County Industry.  Among the businesses for which items and information are being sought are the clothes pin factory in Norma, the wood bowl factory in the Buffalo/Smith Creek area, the flour mill in Oneida, the sock and hosiery mill in Oneida, and the hardwood flooring mill in Glenmary.  The Museum is seeking items that it can temporarily borrow.  The deadline for the exhibit is Friday, August 31, 2015.  Call (423) 319-9303 or (423) 223-8139 if you have objects or information that you would like to share.
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.
AYSO soccer sign-ups will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 6, 2015, from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County.  The cost is $30 per player ($5 discount for siblings).  Uniforms will be available for an additional $25 if needed.  All players must be pre-registered online at www.eayso.org prior to coming to registration.
There will be a ranger-led interpretive hike to Crack in the Rocks on a portion of the Blue Heron Loop at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Enjoy a hike with Ranger Don Tetrick starting from the Blue Heron Interpretive Center to learn more about the natural and geological features of the Big South Fork and the diverse landscape of the Blue Heron Community.  The hike begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. eastern on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center located at 8249 Mine 18 Road, Strunk, Kentucky.  This ranger-led hike is free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.  The trail is considered moderately difficult.  Everyone is welcome.  For further directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
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.
There will be a one hour ranger-led interpretive hike to 113 foot tall Yahoo Falls on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Enjoy a hike with Ranger Karen Thompson starting at Yahoo Falls parking area to learn about the natural and geological features of Big South Fork and to experience Yahoo Falls, a large rock cave and towering sandstone cliffs.  This hike begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. eastern at the Yahoo Falls parking area located on Yahoo Falls Road off Highway 700 near Whitley City, Kentucky.  This ranger-led hike is free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.  The trail is considered to be moderately difficult because it does contain a long set of stairs.  Everyone is welcome.  For further directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, August 17, 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.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute program at the Blue Heron Campground on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. eastern.  "Go With the Flow" and join Ranger Karen Thompson on a virtual tour of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River to learn about the cultural and natural history of the river as well as some local tales of the Big South Fork.  This ranger-led program will meet at the campfire circle inside the Blue Heron Campground and is wheelchair accessible.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, nine miles west of Stearns off Highway 742.  The program is free of charge and all are welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
A young female rottweller has strayed to a home on Glasshouse Road.  The owner may call (423) 627-2024.
There will be a 4-H Shooting Sports Interest Meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015, at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville.  This will be a drop-in type of event so you may come anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to get more information about the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.  The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches life skills through shooting sports.  Come meet with the Scott County 4-H Agent, Cassie Young, to learn more about how you can become a certified volunteer!  Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in the disciplines of archery, rifle, hunting, muzzleloader and/or shotgun.
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 East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) is distributing applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for households that have not received assistance since October 1, 2014.  To receive an application, call ETHRA's toll free number at 1-800-552-0127, extension 4825, leaving name and mailing address.  Applications are also available at the local ETHRA office or on ETHRA's website www.ethra.org/publications/2014IHEAPapp.pgf.  The sponsor of this program is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  The goal is to provide assistance to the low-income households to offset the high rise of home energy cost.
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.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville is having fall registration.  Program openings include Administrative Office Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Information Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Power Line Construction and Maintenance Technology, Practical Nursing, Truck Driving, and Welding.  Apply by Friday, July 31, 2015.  For details, please call (423) 663-4900.
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.
There will be a 45-minute, ranger-led program on "Understanding Snakes" at Bandy Creek Campground about snakes on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. eastern in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Join Ranger Raymond Little at the Bandy Creek Campground campfire circle when he talks about this fascinating group of unique animals.  Whether simply curious, passionate, or have mixed emotions about snakes, this evening event will provide greater insight about these often mysterious and misunderstood creatures.  Come join the experience!  This interpretive program is free of charge and seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for this outdoor event.  Everyone is welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting a "Once in a blue Moon" special night sky program on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. eastern, at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  Bring a friend or a youth group and explore the unique features of the full moon with park rangers and Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee's Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating and a flashlight for this nighttime program.  In the event of rain, the program will moved indoors to the Interpretation and Education Building next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  For additional information, contact Christy Strand at (423) 569-9778.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area recently completed a project that establishes the Brewster Bridge trailhead located at the R.M. Brooks General Store at 2830 Rugby Parkway just outside of Rugby.  The hiking/biking trail is a mile ling and follows an old abandoned highway down across the old Brewster Bridge and then to the newly remodeled picnic area and canoe launch.  for more information on recreation opportunities in the Big South Fork, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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, August 11, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in the Winfield Municipal Services Building.  The meeting is open to the public.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces a 45-minute, interpretive program about animals of the Big South Fork on Saturday evening, August 1, 2015.  Enjoy an evening outdoors at the campfire circle with Ranger Don Tetrick to learn more about animals that you may see during your visit, what to do, and what no to do in the presence of wild animals.  The evening activity begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. eastern at the Blue Heron Campground at the campfire circle and is wheelchair accessible.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  The program is free of charge and all are welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
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.
All substitute teachers that are currently employed with the Scott County Schools will meet at Scott High School's Little Theater on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.  You will be provided with updated information for the 2015-2016 school year and will need to sign important documents before you will be placed on the substitute teacher list for the coming school year.
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.
In celebration of the National Park's Service's upcoming centennial birthday, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a 45-minute, ranger-led interpretive evening program on wild bears of the Cumberland Plateau and their ways of life.  This fun-filled evening program begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Bandy Creek Campground campfire circle located between Loops B and C.  This program is free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing.  Children must have a responsible adult present.  Well-behaved dogs on leashes are always welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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, August 3, 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 regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, August 27, 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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the 23rd annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  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 the Fee Program Manager, Letitia Neal, at (423) 569-2404, extension 240, or tish_neal@nps.gov.  All applications need to be submitted no later than Friday, September 4, 2015.  For further information on this special event as well as other events, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/biso.
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.
Fairest of the Fair applications are now available at the following locations:  United Cumberland Oneida and Huntsville locations, First National Bank Oneida and Huntsville locations, Merle Norman, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Deadline to submit applications is Saturday, August 8, 2015.  No applications will be accepted after this date. 
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, August 20, 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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a preschool story time event Friday, August 7, 2015, beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  The event will take 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.  Children will be given a chance to hear stories read by a National Park ranger.  This is a free event, and no reservations are required.  Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow for your children to recline on.  Story time should last for about 30 minutes, followed by coloring or other craft activities.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
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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