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Oneida Elementary School Meet and Greet will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  Class rolls will not be available until that day.  Informational parent meetings will be at the following times in the cafeteria:  Pre-K/Kinderstart 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Kindergarten/1st grade 3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.; 2nd grade/3rd grade 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; 4th grade/5th grade 5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call (423) 569-8340.
Organizers congratulate the Huli-miliators; winners of the 1st Annual Jami Huling Memorial Basketball Tournament held last weekend at the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County.  They would also like to thank all persons that volunteered their time and talent to make it a success; including the concession workers, scorers, referees, news media, and especially all the players and the club for use of the facility.  Of course, the biggest winners were the Huling family, who, thanks to the generosity of the people who attended, will receive the proceeds from the event.  
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.
Burchfield cheerleaders will have a BBQ fund raiser Friday, July 29, 2016, from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  BBQ sandwich, chips, soft drink, and cake for $6 per plate.  Pick up or delivery.  Call (423) 215-1664 on Thursday for delivery.
Sign-ups for the Boys and Girls Basketball League are underway.  Teams in three divisions, ages 5 and 6; ages 7, 8, and 9; and 10 and above. For division placement, age is the child’s age on August 31.  Cost is $40 per player. Application packets are available at the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County.  For more information, you may contact the club at (423) 286-9500.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is looking for enthusiastic and helpful volunteers to assist in staffing Bandy Creek Visitor Center during the 24th Annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Storytelling predates writing, with the earliest forms of storytelling usually oral combined with gestures and expressions.  Stories have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values.  This annual event celebrates this time-honored tradition.  Join the team by volunteering at the visitor center, interacting with the visiting public, and enjoy a fun-filled day of stories, music, crafts, and more.  Training will be provided and all you need to bring is your enthusiasm, a smile, and a can-do attitude.  If you enjoy meeting new people, and sharing your interest and knowledge of the park, then this is a great opportunity.  For more information about the event, or for directions to Bandy Creek Visitor Center, please call (423) 286-7275, or park headquarters at (423) 569-9778, or visit them online at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.
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.
Get out and explore the national park in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork!  In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting a healthy hike along Oscar Blevins Loop on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for an easy 4.3 mile hike.  Oscar Blevins Loop is the perfect trail for the whole family to enjoy beautiful rock formations, rock shelters, historical remnants of early settlements, and the Oscar Blevins homestead.  Bring water, snacks, and wear comfortable shoes.  Well-behaved dogs are welcome too; however, leashes are required.  Join Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in the Centennial Challenge:  100 Miles for 100 Years as they 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/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm and track their miles.  For more information or directions to the trail head, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session Thursday, August 18, 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.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, August 15, 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.
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) on a one hour interpretive natural history program about coyotes in Tennessee titled "Coyotes, Dispelling common Myths" at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork.  This one hour program is on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. central.  Understanding coyote behavior and their natural history in Tennessee provides many people a sense of why some coyotes are a nuisance and others are not.  Information discussed will include providing awareness of typical wildlife behavior and ways of resolving common nuisance issues.  Many think they understand this animal, but would likely be surprised by the facts.  Good or bad, you decide!  Join Ranger Mime Barnes, a Wildlife Information Specialist with TWRA, who has worked with wildlife for over 23 years.  She hold an M.S. in Ecology and considers wildlife her passion and her job a dream.  This program is free of charge and wheel chair accessible.  Everyone welcome.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.  For directions or additional information, please call the Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755 or Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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) will be accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Scott County.  You must call the LIHEAP Energy Line at 1-844-309-0416 to make an appointment.  Applications will be taken at the ETHRA office in Oneida during the month of July.  The sponsor of this program is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  The goal is to provide assistance to low income households to offset the high costs of home energy.
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 annual Michael's Mission Back-to-School Sale-Abration is changing!  The community is coming together for a fantastic event celebrating back to school for everyone!  In addition to the Michael's Mission/YSLI back to school sale where you can purchase new and gently used clothing at phenomenal prices--plus get a FREE cinch pack full of school supplies--there will also be FREE makeup, hygiene products, drawings for FREE haircuts from local hairdressers, child protection fingerprinting, drawing for a bicycle, dental education and free toothbrushes, hot dogs for a quarter and FREE drinks, plus much more.  This event will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County.
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.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is home to a diverse wildlife population.  Join a park ranger at the Blue Heron Campground on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. eastern to learn about wildlife diversity of the area.  A wide variety of natural conditions have combined to provide a high diversity of habitats within the Big South Fork.  The Big South Fork River contains over 60 species of fish, and the park has a number of large mammals including the white-tailed deer, black bear, and elk which have migrated into the area from state-managed lands.  Small mammals ranging from raccoon to bobcat and gray fox are also present throughout the park.  The National Park Service hosts ranger programs on a variety of topics every Saturday evening through Labor Day weekend at the Blue Heron Campground.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  This program is free of charge, handicap accessible and all are welcome.  For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.
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 Tax Assessor's Office will be closed Thursday, August 4, 2016, for Election Day.
There will be a benefit yard sale on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, 2016, beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day.  Donations accepted.  This is to help with the funeral expenses of Fenely Harness.  To donate, call (423) 539-2091 or (423) 539-0879.
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 announces a 45 minute, interpretive program about the different types of snakes you may find in the Big South Fork.  Please come and enjoy an evening outdoors with guest speaker Park Ranger Raymond Little for an introduction to the identification of the common snakes in the Big South Fork area and why they are important.  This fun, fact-filled evening activity begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. eastern on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Blue Heron Campground.  This ranger led program will meet at the campfire circle inside the Blue Heron Campground and is handicap accessible.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of the 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.
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).
A black and white treeing walker hound has been lost.  If found, please call (423) 627-7665. 
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.
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 Cumberland Trail section to Alley Ford on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger Rick Ryan at the Rock Creek Campground parking area for a moderate to strenuous five miles round trip hike that will highlight the spectacular beauty and human history of the area.  Experience the beauty of sandstone rock formations and the sounds of the Emory and Obed Rivers on the hike.  The parking area is located just after crossing the Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water, snacks, and bug spray.  Hikers area also welcome to bring well behaved dogs on a leash.  Participants should expect to spend three hours for this hike.  For more information, please contact the visitor center at (423) 346-6294.
The 42nd annual Blevins reunion (descendants of Jonathan Blevins) will meet Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. central at the Jamestown Community Center.  Bring the whole family and a dish to pass.  Plates and utensils will be provided.  Any questions may be directed to Martha Cain at (865) 671-0453.
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 meet for a work session on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the central office conference room.
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, August 1, 2016, 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 Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, August 11, 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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area 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, July 30, 2016, the evening program is all about some of those well recognizable, but not so often seen, larger mammals that reside in the park, the ones that catch your attention when they cross the trail or travel through your campsite.  This program begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern at the Bandy Creek campfire circle which is located on the campground between the swimming pool parking lot and Loop C bath house.  All ranger led campfire programs are free of charge.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing.  In the event of inclement weather, the program will be presented inside the Interpretation and Education building located next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  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.
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!
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular sesson on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the central office conference room.
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.
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.
Join a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky's largest waterfall, Yahoo Falls.  The hike begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the Yahoo Falls parking area 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 from the 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.
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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