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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.
Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center's Mobile "Digital" Mammography Coach will be at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. for the benefit of women in the community.  Please contact the Senior Citizens Center in Oneida and ask for Kathy or Kay at (423) 569-5972 for more information or an appointment.
For the Love of Paws, Inc. is offering low cost spaying and neutering for your companion pets, cats/kittens, dogs/puppies.  Once a month they take a van load of animals to Young Williams Animal Center in Knoxville to their surgery center. The prices for spaying and neutering are:  $65 female dog, $55 male dog, $45 female cat, $35 male cat.  All prices include a free rabies shot.  Transportation is provided free of charge.  Call (423) 663-8284 for more information on low cost spaying or neutering.  The organization also helps people to adopt out dogs or cats that they have rescued.  Call for more information regarding adoptions and rescuing.  Check out their Facebook page "For the Love of Paws (of Scott County, Tennessee)".
The Scott County Commission will meet in regular session Monday, April 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Building in Oneida.  All members and potential members are invited to attend.  The post invites anyone who is a veteran or wife of a veteran who thinks he or she may qualify for membership to contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
Needing to apply for TennCare?  Call (800) 318-2596 to contact the Health Insurance Marketplace or apply online at www.healthcare.gov. Mountain People's Health Councils, Inc. also has trained and certified assisters on staff to help you.  This is a free service that is available to anyone and isn’t limited to Mountain People’s patients.  To set up an appointment, call (423) 286-4141 extension 27 and talk with Tina Claxton.
The Grandparents as Parents Program (GAPP) will meet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Senior  Citizens Center in Oneida at 11:00 a.m.  Mary Lyn Goodman, Staff Attorney with Legal Aid Society, will be the guest speaker.  Anyone interested is welcome and invited to attend this free meeting.  For more information, please contact Jonnie Lewis at (423) 569-3303 or Terri Keeton at (423) 663-2159.
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.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building (City Hall). The public is welcome to attend.
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 Hwy., Huntsville.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Oneida Lions Club will be meeting Monday, April 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.
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.
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 Winfield Coon Hunters Club will be having their monthly meeting and their field trails on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Follow signs.  A bbq pork plate, dessert and drink will be served for $6.  For more information, call (423) 319-6787 or (423) 569-6291.
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.
Kick off National Park Week and join Ranger Chance on a hike to the Lilly Bridge Overlook on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  Participants should meet at Lilly Bridge Overlook parking lot area at 12:00 p.m. eastern.  During this half mile round-trip hike they will be looking at wildflowers and discussing some of the many wonders of National Park Service units nearby and easy to visit.  All ages are encouraged to attend, and no reservations are needed for this free program.  Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing.  National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage, runs from April 19 to 27, 2014, this year.  Get to know one or more of your national parks during National Park Week.  Check out www.nationalparkwee.org; there you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips.  Contact the Obed Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
Mayor Virgil D. Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will be meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the Winfield Municipal Services Building.
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.
The Annual Obed River Clean Up will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014.  The morning will start at 8:30 a.m. eastern by signing up at the Obed Visitor Center at 208 Maiden Street, Wartburg.  Clean up sites are located along Clear Creek and Obed River.  Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent and sun block and wear sturdy shoes.  Anyone who has volunteered at Obed Wild and Scenic River during the past year and participants of this event are invited to return to the Obed Visitor Center around 12:30 p.m. for a volunteer appreciation lunch.  Burgers, veggie burgers, chips, cookies and lemonade will be provided, and everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share.  Call the park at (423) 346-6294 for additional information.  For more information about volunteer opportunities at Obed, contact Moria Painter, Obed Wild and Scenic River volunteer coordinator, at (423) 346-6294.
TENNderCare is Tennessee's commitment to see that children and teens have the best start to a healthy life.  TENNderCare is a free program of check-ups and health care services for children from birth to age 21 who are TennCare eligible.  A check up includes a health history, complete physical exam, lab tests (as appropriate), vision/hearing screening, developmental and behavioral screenings (as appropriate) and advice on how to keep your child healthy.  In addition, dental and behavioral health services are available.  In Scott County, call the local health department at (423) 663-2445 for more information.
Appalachia Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications for zero-percent interest home repair loans for Scott and Morgan Counties.  In some cases, a partial grant for the work may be available.  For more information and/or an application, contact the office at (423) 627-2507, P.O. Box 36, 135 East Robbins Rd., Robbins, TN 37852.  This project is funded in part by USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant.
The Obed Wild and Scenic River announces the premiere of its park movie on Friday, May 23, 2015, from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. eastern at the park's visitor center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  The film, which lasts approximately fifteen minutes, will be shown every half hour, with live musical interludes by the Shelter Road Band.  This new park movie was more than a year in the making, with footage shot across all four seasons and featuring many of the park's most prominent outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater paddling, fishing and camping.  To capture the heart of the Obed Wild and Scenic River and t's spectacular scenery, the Silver Fir Media film crew braved ice storms, Class IV rapids and the park's steeply overhinging cliffs to give visitors a glimpse of the park like never before seen.  The result is an unconventional, artistic and breathtakingly intimate look into the heart of a park whose beauty is inseparably linked to its remoteness and inaccessibility.  Visitors are encouraged to join park staff as they roll out the red carpet for an evening of live music, popcorn and refreshments and the unveiling of a truly unique short film.  This is a free event, and no reservations are required.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
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 Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville. These meetings are open to the public.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Walgreens, from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more (16 year-olds weighing 120 pounds can donate but must have parental consent forms) and all donors must have positive identification.
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for a job, a seasoned employee wanting a career change, an unemployed worker, or an employer expanding your business or a new employer needing a space to interview prospective workers, the local Tennessee Career Center offers services that can meet your employment needs. Services include internet-ready computer workstations to give job seekers access to the Tennessee jobs database, where they can search for jobs or complete resumes, land-based telephone and fax services to effectively communicate with employers and government assistance agencies, and more. The center is located on Oneida campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which is located at 180 Eli Lane.  Services provided Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call (423) 569-9348.
Mayor George W. Potter and the Huntsville Board of Aldermen regular monthly meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Huntsville City Hall. The public is welcome.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call (423) 569-3333.  If you would like information about domestic violence or are interested in attending a support group, please call (423) 569-3355.  Support groups meet on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
The Scott County 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.
The Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Scott County School System Central Office in Huntsville. This meeting is open to the public.
The 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.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a preschool story time event Friday, April 25, 2014, beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern.  Story time should last for 30 minutes.  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.  Children are encouraged to bring their favorite book to be read by a ranger and a pillow or blanket if desired.  This is a free event, and no reservations are required.  The Obed staff hope to see you there!
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has over twenty fields at seven locations in both Tennessee and Kentucky that need to be maintained as open grass fields.  The park is making some of those fields available for hay production.  The fields are managed by the park for a variety of purposes including protecting historic landscapes, maintaining open areas for wildlife and native plants and for hunting.  Farmers who sign up for this opportunity may be required to lime their fields, depending on soil conditions.  Fields will need to be cut at least once a year for up to five years.  The National Park Service will require a narrow conservation buffer to be left unharvested around the field edge and wet areas for wildlife habitat.  For more information about specific fields and the permitting process, contact Letitia Neal at (423) 569-9778.
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.
As part of National Park Week, April 19-27, 2014, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be presenting a Junior Ranger program at the Visitor Center in Wartburg on Saturday, April 27, 2014.  The Obed is inviting young visitors to "Explore, learn, protect."  Participants should arrive at 12:00 p.m. eastern to take part in this hands-on junior ranger event.  Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, and must be accompanied by an adult.  This activity will lead children through a very busy day in the life of a park ranger.  Participants will learn about the Obed Wild and Scenic River and what being a park ranger can be like.  After the completion of the program, children will be sworn in to become Junior Rangers.  Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for further details and information.
The Oneida Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.
The Scott County Homeless Shelter would like to announce the grand opening of its new Thrift Store, located at 1513 Jeffers Road in Huntsville next door to the Food Pantry.  The store will be open Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. then closing for the food pantry, and re-opens from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., and open from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Fridays.  All Scott County residents are encouraged to come by and shop with them, pick up some free food in their pantry on Tuesdays, or bring in donations of their own!  All proceeds assist the shelter in operations.  Anyone who has questions about the shelter's programs or donations can call (423) 663-3333.  Thank you for your support!
The Scott County Health Department will be offering an after-school clinic on Thursday, May 1, 2014, for students in the sixth grade who need Tdap and Varicella vaccinations prior to entering the seventh grade next year.  A Tdap vaccination after age 11 years and two varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations are required for all students entering the seventh grade.  If you have questions regarding your child's immunization status, you can call your doctor's office or health department to receive additional information.  If your child needs these vaccinations, call (423) 663-2445 to schedule an appointment for this clinic.
What does a CASA volunteer do?  A CASA volunteer does a lot of investigating, reading, sitting, waiting and writing.  They ask a lot of questions and answer a lot as well.  Sometimes there is no answer.  They give their time without the need of a material reward.  Their reward is lying in bed at night knowing that their CASA child is sleeping in a safe environment.  Or finding out their CASA child was doing well in school.  CASA volunteer work is a work of small miracles.  Many people wonder what they can do to help.  If you have been looking for a way to help our communities in very personal way, call and ask more about becoming a CASA volunteer.  Training classes will be starting soon, so call today.  CASA can be reached at (423) 663-8943.
Sometimes getting there is half the challenge.  The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program helps cancer patients find a ride to their treatments.  For more information, call the Scott County Mayor's Office at (423) 663-2000.
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