The Scott County Extension Office will be offering the following classes:  line dancing, basket weaving, making mozzarella cheese, chalk painting on glass, melt and pour soap, stamped jewelry, wire wrapped jewelry, beginning quilting, beginning bee keeping, painted snowman candy dish, painted barn quilt squares, and a Christmas craft workshop.  These classes will be held November 14-18, 2016.  Please call (423) 663-4777 to register and for time and fee information.
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.
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) is recertifying for USDA commodities during the month of October and November.  If you would like to recertify and receive a new card in order to pick up commodities, come by the ETHRA office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please call (423) 286-6929, extension 6701 or 6702.  This program is funded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
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.
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 "Bike with a Ranger" program on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Chestnut Ridge Trailhead for a five mile easy to moderate bike ride to the John Muir Overlook.  Enjoy this beginner's mountain bike trail that leads to a fabulous overlook of the old Boyatt home place.  Soak in the view while listening to a true story about moonshiners and how it ended in an epic tale of tragedy.  Mountain bikes are not provided; however, reservations for rentals can be made at or call (844) 344-2109 on a first come, first served basis.  Join Big South Fork NRRA in the Centennial Challenge:  100 Miles for 100 Years as we create recreational activities which promote national parks.  Visitors are encouraged to download the activity log sheet at and track their miles.  For more information or directions to the trailhead, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
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.
Friends of the Scott County Public Libraries will have a Used Book Sale Friday, October 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for FOL members only.  If you are not a current FOL member, you can join or renew your membership at the door.  The event will take place at the Roane State Community College community room.  Come and check the wide selection of soft cover and hardcover books, DVDs, audio books, and much more for adults, teens, and children!  There will be something for everyone.  Prices range from .25 cents to $2.  All proceeds from book sales are used to support our Scott County Public Libraries.  
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.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, November 10, 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.
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 ( 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
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, November 17, 2016, 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.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Chuck Grigsby, Marketing Specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, will be speaking on starting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in Scott County.  The event will be held at the Scott County Office building in Huntsville.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more on selling your own farm raised produce.  For more information, call (423) 663-4777.
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 Strunk family reunion (children, grandchildren of Floyd and Rosa Strunk) will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Ann Pattm, 2016 Jeffers Road, Huntsville.  Everyone welcome.  Drinks and main meats provided-hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken.
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.
East 63 Volunteer Fire Department, 9679 Baker Highway, Pioneer, will have a Carnival of Terror Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016, from 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.  Admission will be $5 and ages 5 and under are free.  Conssessions will be available. 
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 Oneida Lions Club will be meeting Monday, October 24, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.
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.
Trick or treat with the Paint Rock Volunteer Fire Department Halloween night Monday, October 31, 2016.  Free candy for the trick-or-treaters beginning at 5:30 p.m.  They will be selling Frito Pies and drinks for $4.  Come out and join them.  The fire department is located at 3710 Tunnel Hill Road in Helenwood.  If you need directions or have questions, call (423) 223-6085 or (423) 539-2230.
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 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.
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 on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Ranger Rick Ryan will lead a moderate 2.6 mile hike on the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.  The hike begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends to a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers--a great place to enjoy the colors of the fall foliage.  Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.  The picnic area is located just before crossing the Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks.  Hikers are 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 visitor center at (423) 346-6294.
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).
Fairview School will have a Fall Carnival on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  There will be a haunted house, king and queen, general store, cotton candy, and plenty of fun and games for the whole family.  For more information, contact the school at (423) 663-3700.
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.
To celebrate the beautiful season of autumn, a park ranger from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will read children's books about this colorful season on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the McCreary County Public Library.  Have you ever wondered how and why leaves turn from green to reds, orange to yellows?  We will also explore what season follows autumn and how animals may be preparing for it.  Our craft project will be doing leaf rubbings from gathered fall leaves!  Story time will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the arts and crafts project.  With over 125,000 acres of public land, the Big South Fork NRRA offers something for everyone.  From exploring the backcountry to taking a stroll along the river, visitors can enjoy the colorful show of autumn in the outdoors in a variety of ways.  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 Monday, November 7, 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, 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, November 10, 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 Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a preschool kids program on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.  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.
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!
Mayor Virgil D. Cecil and the Winfield City Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  The public is welcome to attend.
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 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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