COMMUNITY LINE
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.
A female Chihuahua is missing from the Oneida area near the Oneida Public Library.  The dog is black with brown spots above her eyes on her cheeks and on her feet.  She is about 3 pounds.  If seen or found, please call (423) 223-2180 anytime.
American Legion Post 136 and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015, 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 verteran who thinks they may qualify for membership, please contact the post at (423) 569-4680 or (423) 663-4289.
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 Norma High School reunion will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Fairview School.  All graduates, former students and their guests are invited to attend.  A meal will be served around 6:00 p.m.  The cost will be $10 per person and can be paid at the door.  If you can help in any way, with dessert, etc., or for more information, please call Janis Mason Owens at (423) 663-3566.  
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)".
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 Town of Huntsville will pick up garbage on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, instead of Monday, May 25, 2015.
The regular meeting of the Scott County Commission will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015. 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.
Scott High School Color Guard is seeking donations for a yard sale to be held on June 5 and 6, 2015, in the parking lot of Perdue's Dollar Deals just off Scott High Drive.  If you have donations you can drop them off at Perdue's Dollar Deals or at Burchfield School, or someone will pick up.  For more information, call (423) 215-3164 or Facebook Crystal Perdue.
A female Chihuhua has been found on Echo Point Road in Oneida (near the Church of God).  The owner may call (423) 627-7595.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is delighted to announce that the Bandy Creek pool will be open again this summer.  The pool will be open to the public from noon to 6:00 p.m. eastern on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day starting Saturday, May 23, 2015.  Daily use fees are free for 5 years old and under, $2 for 6 to 12 year olds, and $3 for 13 and older.  Make this the summer that you #FindYourPark at Big South Fork!  For more information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or contact them by email at biso_information@nps.gov.
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.
A walking cane has been lost in the Walmart parking lot.  If found, please call (423) 223-1019 or return to Walmart lost and found.
The Scott County Unit of the Salvation Army is accepting donations for the disaster in Nepal.  You may send checks to:  The Salvation Army, 475 Industrial Lane, Oneida, Tennessee 37841.  Please note "Nepal" in the memo section of you check.  One hundred percent of you donation will be sent to help with the needs of the citizens of Nepal.
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.
In celebration of the National Park Service's upcoming centennial, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a Healthy Hike on Saturday, May 23, 2015, on the Emery River Nature Trail.  Participants should meet at 1:00 p.m. eastern in the Rock Creek Campground parking area.  This ranger-led hike of one mile will traverse mild to moderate terrain.  Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  Well-behaved dogs on a leash are always welcome.  Healthy Hikes provide the public with ranger-led activities that will allow park visitors to improve their fitness and provide the opportunity to further discover national parks.  For more information, please contact the Visitor Center 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.
There will be a free community carnival Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Oneida City Park.  There will be inflatables, games, prizes, food, music and face painting.  Special fun with some clowns.  Lots of good fun and suprises.  Bring the kids and lawn chairs for some family fun.
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, June 9, 2015, at 7:00 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.
The Scott County Courthouse will be closed Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25, 2015, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
In celebration of the National Park Service's upcoming centennial, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a Healthy Hike on Friday, May 29, 2015, on the Middle Creek Trail.  Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. eastern at the Middle Creek Trailhead off the Divide Road.  This ranger-led hike of 3.5 miles will traverse mild to moderate terrain on one of Big South Fork's first trails.  Middle Creek  holds some of the park's most beautiful rock shelters and some threatened plant species.  Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  Wall-behaved dogs on a leash are always welcome.  Healthy Hikes provide the public with ranger-led activities that will allow park visitors to improve their fitness and provide an opportunity to further discover national parks.  For more information, please contact the visitor center at (423) 286-7275.
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.
Free Wi-Fi is now available in the Big South Fork National Rive and Recreation Area at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center in the depot area.  The park is providing the service to help visitors plan their time the  Big South Fork.  Eventually the Blue Heron Outdoor Interpretive Center will also be incorporating Wi-Fi technologies in some of the educational displays.  Wi-Fi is also available at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  For more information, call the park headquarters at (423) 569-9778.
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, June 1, 2015, 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.
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.
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 will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting to Thursday, June 25, 2015, 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 Obed Wild and Scenic River will be having a special bear program on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.  Children and adults of all ages are invited to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.  Immediately following the bear program, the park will have a special Junior Ranger program, where children ages 5 to 12 will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.  Upon finishing their booklet, participants will earn an official Obed Junior Ranger patch and badge.  This is a free event and no reservations are required.  This free event begins at 1:00 p.m. eastern, and will conclude by 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please call the park at (423) 346-6294.
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.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the 23rd annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  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 the Fee Program Manager, Letitia Neal, at (423) 569-2404, extension 240, or tish_neal@nps.gov.  All applications need to be submitted no later than Friday, September 4, 2015.  For further information on this special event as well as other events, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/biso.
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.
Celebrate 100 years of Oneida Schools by participating in the Show Your Glow 5k15 and one mile Fun Run Friday, May 22, 2015.  Registration information can be picked up at Oneida Elementary, Middle or High Schools and at the central office during normal school hours.  Registration fee is $25.  Each participant receives a t-shirt and goody bag.
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, June 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.
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!
There will be a benefit dinner for Sammie Jo Lindsay at the Elgin Community Center on Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  Menu will include chicken or turkey dumplings, green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, dessert and drink for $6.  Sammie Jo is the 16 year old daughter of Sam and Lou Lackey Lindsay and has a rare disease.  Proceeds will go towards medical treatment in Florida.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.  For more information, call (931) 879-4001.
There will be a $5 Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale Monday, June 1, 2015, from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Scott County Senior Citizens Center.  Proceeds benefit the Scott County Senior Citizens Center.
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.
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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