COMMUNITY LINE
American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 1, 2014, 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.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River announces a program highlighting Native American culture on Saturday, November 29, 2014.  Visitors will have a chance to look back into the ways of the Native American people of the East Tennessee area and view many artifacts from Native American peoples from all over the United States.  Standing Oak and Sparrow Hawk will be demonstrating how the ways of life for the Native American peoples have changed over the years.  The program begins at 2:00 p.m. eastern and will conclude around 3:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact the park at (423) 346-6294.
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.
The Scott County Commission will meet in regular session Monday, December 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
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.
A brown and white pygmy goat with collar has been lost off of the Leatherwood Road near the old Black Oak Baptist Church.  If found, please call (423) 421-5330.  This is a child's pet.
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.
ETHRA will be recertifying for USDA commodities during the month of November.  If you would like to get a new Commodity Card, in order to receive commodities at the next distribution, please come by the ETHRA office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please call (423) 286-6929 extension 6701 or 6702.
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, December 4, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oneida High School Library.
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.
A middle aged male redbone is missing in the Coopertown/Station Camp area.  The dog  has an orange hunting collar with name and number.  A female Golden Retriever is also missing.  She is 3 months old and close to 35 pounds.  The dog is wearing a pink collar and goes by the name of "Molly".  A reward is offered for the return of both dogs.  If found, please call Brooke at (423) 215-4506, Kevin at (423) 215-4505 or Highland Veterinary Hospital.
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.
For the Love of Paws, will have a "spay-ghetti" dinner Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.  Tickets are $5.  Dine in or carry out.  Menu includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert.  For take out orders, please call (423) 663-7123 (deadline is November 30, 2014).  Proceeds benefit For the Love of Paws, Inc. of Scott County.
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 recessed session on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 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.
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, December 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. These meetings are open to the public.
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, December 18, 2014, 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 School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, December 11, 2014, 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 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.
There will be a Masquerade  $5 jewelry and accessories sale at the Scott County Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida Friday, November 28, 2014, from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the Scott County Senior Citizens Center.  Cash and credit/debit cards accepted.
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 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.
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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