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Get out and explore YOUR Obed Wild and Scenic River!  Kick off the New Year with a ranger led hike on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. eastern.  Ranger Veronica Greear will lead a moderate 2.6 mile hike on the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.  The hike will begin at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends to a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers, which is a great place to enjoy winter views of the river gorge.  The trail ends at a beautiful seasonal cascading waterfall.  Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.  The picnic area is located just before crossing Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks.  Hikers are also welcome to bring well-behaved dogs on a leash.  Participants should expect to spend two hours for this hike.  For more information, please contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center 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.
Burchfield Elementary School is now taking orders for Knickerbockers pictures to be done at the school gymnasium on the weekends of January 27, 28, and 29, 2017.  These are professional photos by photographers from Johnson City, Tennessee.  The package is only $10 and includes one 10x13 oil portrait, two 8x10's, two 5x7's, and sixteen wallets.  They will also be giving a free Sonic card with each package purchase.  If you have had Knickerbockers photos in last two or three months you are still eligible for these photos.  For information or questions, please call (423) 215-9008 or (423) 539-5599.
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 regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. 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.
The Boys and Girls Club Youth Basketball League needs coaches for all divisions, both boys and girls.  Parents of players are eligible to become coaches, and are encouraged to get more involved in the league.  You can make a difference in the lives of your child and others by becoming a mentor to our youth.  Interested persons should contact the Boys and Girls Club, 17025 Alberta Street, in Oneida or call (423) 286-9500.
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 National Park Service will be hosting a science public meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Historic Rugby Visitor Center in Rugby, Tennessee.  Scientists who have been conducting research at Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are invited to present their research.  This meeting is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity for all to learn about the newest scientific developments in the two Upper Cumberland Plateau national parks.  The overall goal of the science meeting is to facilitate an increased understanding of the ecosystem of the parks, enhance communication and collaboration among the public and researchers, and encourage future scientific investigations.  Poster presentations at the end of the workshop will provide an opportunity for less formal dialogue with the scientists.  "Presentations by researchers and scientists play a vital role in the understanding of natural and cultural resources in both parks," said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.
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.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will be meeting Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building (City Hall). The public is welcome to attend.
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 Beekeepers Assocation will be meeting Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oneida American Legion Building.  For more information, call Don Young at (423) 627-2579.
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.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Inc. will be accepting new home loan applications for the 2017 Building Program throughout the month of January 2017.  To obtain an application for a zero-interest home loan, please contact the Habitat office at (423) 627-2507 to make an appointment.  Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Inc. will host two informational meetings regarding the process and qualifications for a new home through this program.  These meetings will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. and Monday, January 9, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  Both meetings will be held at the Appalachia Habitat office at 135 East Robbins Road, Robbins.  Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunities.  They encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or national origin.
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.
Tuesday, January 17 is the deadline to complete the FAFSA form for students participating in the TN Promise Scholarship!
Due to the extended period of dry weather, Oneida Water Department is requesting all of its customers take action to conserve water.  They ask that you please restrict any lawn irrigation, car washing, and other non essential water usage.  Please report any main line leaks that you see and please repair any service line leaks that you may have.   The current water supply is not in a dire emergency situation, however, we do need to conserve as much water as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call (423) 569-4008.
Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects.  Our national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource.  The Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of these special places with a truly dark night sky.  Join the Obed Wild and Scenic River and guest speaker Dr. F. Owen Hoffman on Saturday, January 28, 2107, at 6:30 p.m. eastern to become familiar with the bright stars and constellations of winter and enjoy dark clear skies with views far back in time when looking at the Andromeda galaxy and it's two satellite galaxies, as well as into the Trapezium of the great nebula of Orion.  A telescope will be set up for sky observations.  Participants should meet at the Nemo Bridge picnic area at 6:30 p.m. and are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring a red-light flashlight and blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  The picnic area is located just before crossing Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County, Tennessee.  All ages are welcome for this free event, but children must be accompanied by an adult.  This event is subject to favorable clear sky weather conditions.  Updates for the event will be posted on the Obed Wild and Scenic River Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ObedNPS.  For more information, please contact the visitor center at (423) 346-6294.
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.
Two male blue tick hounds have been found on Lost Creek Road in Lynchburg.  The owner may call (931) 703-9100 or (931) 273-5357.
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.
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.
Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been designated as a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence.  On this day, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by authorizing one night of free camping at the Alum Ford Campground as well as for all backcountry permits.  Alum Ford Campground, located on the Big South Fork, offers a serene camping experience near the edge of the Big South Fork River on the Kentucky side of the park.  There will be six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets.  the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail also passes through the campground.  There are a total of 10 fee free days in 2017 to kick off the next century of the National Park Service!  Other fee free days during 2017 include February 20 to celebrate President's Day; April 15-16 and April 22-23 to celebrate National Park Week; August 25-28 to celebrate the National Park Service's 101st birthday; September 30 to observe National Public Lands Day; and November 11-12 in honor of Veterans Day.  Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm to learn more about fee free days in 2017.  For further information, call 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).
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the 17th annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival event scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017.  The park is currently soliciting musical groups of the traditional Cumberland Plateau style (including Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-time country) to volunteer to perform 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 Lauren Kopplin at (423) 569-9778.
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.
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.
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will hold a Board Retreat on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Helenwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
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, February 6, 2017, 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 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.
A chocolate lab is missing and was last seen at Dr. Coffey's office in the parking lot.  The dog is wearing a blue collar with turtles on it and a Seresto collar.  A $250 cash reward is being offered for it's return, no questions asked.  Call Kristin Reneau at (423) 286-9292 or (540) 816-0087.
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!
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.
The Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 9, 2017, 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.
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.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a healthy hike program on Friday, January 20, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  This free ranger-led hike will explore the park's Boulder Trail and the Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail.  Those in attendance will have a chance to observe the beautiful vista of Clear Creek.  Visitors will also view several of the Obed's large sandstone boulders.  Interested hikers should wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly for the weather.  Feel free to bring your camera and a hiking stick, and all ages are invited to participate.  The hike should conclude by 11:30 a.m.  This is a free event, and no reservations are required.  For more information, please call 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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