Cancer Survivor Holiday Valentine Dinner will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Huntsville Presbyterian Church.  Menu will include soup, chili, sandwiches, and desserts.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 5, 2016.  Call VeRhonda Hembree at (423) 663-1978 if you would like to help with the meal or have questions.  All survivors and their family are welcome.  There will be door prizes and lots of fun.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) conducts meetings at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Oneida on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Please enter downstairs.
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 Bee Keepers Association will be meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion office.
The Boys and Girls Club of Scott County basketball league is looking for a coach for its 10-11 year old girls division.  Interested persons should contact the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County, 17025 Alberta Street or (423) 286-9500.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) conducts meetings at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Oneida on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Please enter downstairs.
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.
Mayor Jack E. Lay and the Oneida Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session Thursday, February 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 ( 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
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 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.
If you enjoy meeting and caring for people, then Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott has a place for you.  Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott is looking for caring, compassionate volunteers to assist with various aspects of hospital operations, like providing information to visitors, staffing the reception and help desk, and more.  If you would like to share your time and your heart, consider being a hospital volunteer.  For more information, call Sabrina Terry or Jennifer Sircy at Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, (423) 286-5300.
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.
Adults are needed for full time foster care, weekend/respite caregiving and as mentors.  Foster parenting training will be held at the Boys and Girls Club beginning Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Please RSVP to Allen Carson at (423) 319-9046.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Fifteenth Annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Traditional arts and crafts as well as music will be included as part of the festival throughout the day.  The park would like to extend an invitation to all interested crafts persons, musicians, and volunteers to participate in this year's festival.  The National Park Service's policy regarding arts and craft sales does allow for the sales 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.  This fee can also be applied towards an application to be a part of the Storytelling Festival on September 17, 2016.  All crafters and musicians will need to bring their own tent, chairs and equipment.  Generators are not permitted.  If you are interested in selling your craft and/or music items during this year's event, contact the fee program manager, Letitia Neal, at (423) 569-2404, extension 240, or  Volunteers are always welcome to come demonstrate their craft and/or skills.  Volunteers are also needed to assist with with event activities.  Please contact the park's volunteer coordinator at (423) 569-9778 or  For further information on this special event as well as other events, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 ro visit the website at
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 Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be  hosting the annual Cumberland Trail work day Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Volunteers should meet at Rock Creek Campground at 10:00 a.m. eastern.  Trail maintenance will be performed on the 2.5 mile section of the Cumberland Trail between Rock Creek Campground and Alley Ford.  This section was adopted by TCWP in 1998.  Participants should dress appropriately for winter weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring work gloves, loppers, small bow saws or folding saws, shovels and grubbing tools.  Some tools will be available at the event.  Participants are also encouraged to bring lunch and plenty of water.  The work day should finish at the Rock Creek Campground trailhead at 3:00 p.m.  In the event of excessive rain, snow or ice, this work day will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016.  For updates, call the park visitor center, like them on Facebook as Obed Wild and Scenic River or follow them on Twitter at ObedWSR.  For more information, please contact the park 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.
The National Park Service will be hosting a science meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Historic Rugby Visitor Center.  The public is invited to spend the day with scientists who have been conducting research at the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  The overall goal of the public meeting is to facilitate an increased understanding of the ecosystems of the parks, enhance communication and collaboration among researchers and the public, and encourage future scientific investigations.  Poster presentations at the end of the workshop will provide an opportunity for less formal dialogue with the scientists.  "Our hope is that participants will leave the meeting with a greater scientific knowledge of the park and a renewed dedication to the protection of our natural and cultural resources for future generations," said Niki Stephanie Nicholas, park superintendent.  A fixed price lunch that day will be provided at the Harrow Cafe, and lodging in Rugby can be booked online at or be calling (423) 628-2441 or 1-888-214-3800.  If you would like more information about this free event, please contact Etta Spradlin at (423) 569-9778.
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 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 Special School District has additional openings in the Pre-K enrollment for Oneida Elementary School.  Your child must be 4 years old by August 15, 2016, to be eligible for Pre-K.  You may pick up a packet anytime Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Oneida Elementary School or call Jenny Hatfield at (423) 539-6390.
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.
Mayor David Cecil and the Winfield Board of Aldermen will meet in regular session on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in the Winfield Municipal Services Building.  The meeting is open to the public.
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.
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting to solicit input on planning for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.  The public is encouraged to come to the meeting and meet with representatives of the NPS and the DOE to share their thoughts about the key stoires and interpretive ideas related to the park.  There will be a meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. mountain in Los Alamos County Council Chambers, Los Alamos Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, New Mexico.  For more information about the park, please go to or
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 Scott County Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled work sessions on Monday, March 7, 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.
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 Oneida Lions Club will be meeting Monday, February 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Oneida.
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.
Obed Wild and Scenic River announces a hike along the Emory River Nature Trail on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. eastern.  This walk will explore the rocky and sandy terrain that meanders alongside a section of Emory River.  Discussion along the way will include a variety of important and interesting factors, including erosion, animal life, the human history of the area, and the water itself.  Please meet the National Park Ranger at the Rock Creek Campground parking area, located just after crossing the Nemo Bridge on Catoosa Road in Morgan County, Tennessee.  This mostly moderate hike is a mile in length.  Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and may want to bring a camera.  Please contact the visitor center at (423) 346-6294 for more information.
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 Scott County School Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 11, 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.
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 Obed Wild and Scenic River continues to host a preschool kids program every Friday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. eastern and the next one will be on February 12, 2016.  The kids program will include a different theme every week and should last for about 30 minutes.  This week's kids program will include stories on the bears of eastern Tennessee.  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, wheelchair accessible, and no reservations are required.  For more information, please call the park at (423) 346-6294.
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!
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the 15th annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival event scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The park is currently soliciting musical groups of the traditional Cumberland Plateau style (to include 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 Timothy Smith, Spring Planting event music coordinator, at (423) 569-9778.
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.
American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016, 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 they may qualify for membership, please contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
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.
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