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The Scott County Extension Office will be having the “Nutritious and Delicious” class the first Thursday of each month at the Scott County Office Building located in Huntsville.  The next class is Thursday, July 7, 2016.  Classes are scheduled for 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and repeat that evening from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Join them as we enjoy learning new recipes for feeding our families healthy and affordable meals.  Call (423) 663-4777 to register or for more information.  This class is FREE,  all supplies are provided by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
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.
Join in the Veterans Memorial Walk in the Fireman’s 4th parade in Huntsville.  Participants are encouraged to wear patriotic colors and carry pictures or posters of their families veterans.  Line-up is at 10:30 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m.  A minimum $5 donation is suggested but not mandatory.  Money raised will be used to purchase flags to decorate Veterans graves Memorial Day 2017.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session Thursday, July 21, 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.
A female hunting dog has been found on Smith Creek Road.  The dog is not wearing a collar.  The owner may call (423) 663-2654.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, July 18, 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.
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.
Get out and explore YOUR Obed Wild and Scenic River!  In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial birthday, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a healthy hike along the Emory River Nature Trail on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  This walk will explore the rocky and sandy terrain that meanders alongside a section of the Emory River.  The mostly moderate hike is a mile in length and will highlight local flora, fauna and human history of the area.  Participants will meet at the Rock Creek campground parking area, located just after crossing the Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County, Tennessee.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water.  Hikers are welcome to bring well-behaved dogs on a leash.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for additional information.
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.
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.
There will be a free Community Carnival Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Oneida City Park.  They will have inflatables, games, prizes, food, face painting, awesome music, special fun with some clowns, lots of good food, fun and suprises.  Bring the kids and lawn chairs and join them for some FREE family fun!  The carnival is sponsored by Mission of Hope and First Baptist Concord.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a preschool kids program on Friday, July 1, 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.
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 Oneida Lions Club will be meeting Monday, June 27, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting a Native American music presentation at the Crossville/Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork.  This hour plus program is on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. central.  Learn how music is played an integral role in shaping the Cumberland Plateau's Native American culture from ceremonial purposes, recreational activities, natural expression, medicinal healing and almost all aspects of their lives.  Join local Native American Rocky Garfield (Starchild) and Cathy Wilson (Songcatcher) as they play authentic Native American music using traditional drums, flutes and percussion instruments all while learning more about how thsi great culture once lived and played on the Cumberland Plateau.  This program is free of charge and wheel chair accessible.  Children must be accompained by an adult.  Everyone is welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755 or 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.
A female black lab wearing a red shock collar has been lost in the Jeffers Road area across from the Oneida City Park.  The dog answers to the name of "Riley."  If found, please call (423) 569-4825.
The Scott County Homeless Shelter will  have a shoe giveaway and a huge clothing sale on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
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.
Big South Fork presents a 45 minute, ranger led evening program every Saturday night all summer long through Labor Day weekend at the Bandy Creek Campground.  On Saturday, June 25, 2016, the program will be a family oriented discovery hike along the John Litton Trail.  The distance is less than one mile round trip with a degree of difficulty of easy to moderate.  This program begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern at the Bandy Creek pool pavilion.  All ranger led campfire programs are free of charge.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing.  In the event of inclement weather, this hike will be postponed to a later date.  Bandy Creek Campground is located at 3550 Bandy Loop Road in Oneida.  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.
Join a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky's Yahoo Falls.  The hike begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Yahoo Falls parking are 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 at 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.
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.
The Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 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.
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, July 14, 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.
The Unicorn Fund Star Spangled Rock-A-Thon Talent Show honoring our Troops will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Building.  Categories are 0-12, 13-21, 21 and older.  Prizes will be $75, $50, and $25 per category winners.  Call (423) 346-7035 for more information.  Stephen Kasper, a representative with TBCH, will be available during the program to assist veterans with supportive services.  There will also be a silent auction.
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!
Get out and explore the national park in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area!  In celebration of the National Park Service's birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting a healthy hike to Charit Creek Lodge on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger May Grimm at the Charit Creek Trailhead for a strenuous 6 mile hike.  This all day hike starts off with a stop at Charit Creek Lodge, one of the oldest standing lodges in national parks.  Go back in time as you hear about the long hunter, Jonathan Blevins, who first settled Charit Creek in the early 1800s.  The hike continues down Station Camp Creek to the Jonathan Blevins Cemetery where there will be a discussion on the importance cemeteries play in the history of the Big South Fork.  Reserve your memorable Charit Creek lunch at http://www.ccl-bsf.com/reservations-1-1/, or bring your own sack lunch.  Reservations are nonrefundable, but gift certificates are available.  Bring water and snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and bring bug spray.  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 trailhead, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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.
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, June 25, 2016, to learn more about Big South Fork's largest mammal:  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 bears 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 Big South Fork and the surrounding area.  the National Park Service hosts ranger programs every Saturday evening through the Labor Day weekend at the Blue Heron Campground.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of the Big South NRRA, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  This program is free of charge, handicap accessible and all are welcome.  for directions or additonal 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.
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session  on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in 6:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.
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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