Compiled by Jan Runions
The deadline for submitting Area Happenings, Church Events, Cemetery News, Reunions or Society items is Thursday at noon. See our website each week for a full listing of local events: www.claiborneprogress.net. Send all area events to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa for Seniors Program is currently soliciting sponsors for needy seniors. The program is similar to Angel Tree except that it is for low-income and isolated Claiborne County Seniors. Participants must have been nominated to write a Santa Letter by a home health agency or other nonfamily caregiver. The letter will include a wish list, which will be divided among sponsors. Sponsors will receive a number and a wish list. Groceries are always a great choice and we also accept donations for gifts and grocery purchases. The gift will need to be returned, wrapped or inside a gift bag with the number on it, no later than Dec. 16. Each sponsor will receive a donation letter for tax purposes. This year, we have nearly 150 seniors with over $15,000 worth of items, food and services. Most of the people we serve with this program are not on anyone’s Christmas list and would otherwise not be celebrating Christmas. To become a Senior Santa, email email@example.com or call 865-705-9675.
You may now pre-register for the Preserving Foods for the Holidays Workshop, to be held on Nov. 21 We will be talking about food safety as you prepare holiday gifts and will be making chocolate cherry jam, and pepper jelly for a great sweet holiday gift. Cost is $25 to cover the purchase of supplies. Each participant will take home jars of each recipe. The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Tazewell Senior Citizens Center. You must pre-register for each class so supplies can be purchased. To sign up, call the Extension Office at: 423-626-3742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The class is limited to the first 8 people to sign up. This course is open to the public. To learn more about the many services that the UT-TSU Extension offers to Claiborne County residents, visit the office, call 423-626-3742 or visit the website at: claiborne.tennessee.edu. To contact Carol Brandon, Extension Agent III UT Extension, call 423-626-3742 or email her at: email@example.com.
TNT Youth Basketball signups will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in November, and 1st Tuesday & Thursday in December, at Hardee’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
CASH EXPRESS 15th Annual Toys and Coats for Kids Drive will be accepting toys, coats and non-perishable food items in many drop off locations in the area. We ask all donations be received by December 15 in order to have delivered in time for Christmas. One box will be located at the Claiborne Progress.
Inner City Slickers Annual Christmas Party ICS needs Santa’s helpers to donate gifts to at-risk children. The gifts will be distributed during the nonprofit organization’s annual Christmas Party on Dec. 7 at the National Guard Armory. 175 kids attended the party last year. Please take a moment to purchase a $10 gift and place it into a holiday bag. The drop-off site is at Reset Games inside the Fresh & Low shopping center in New Tazewell. Everyone is welcome to come see the smiles that your gifts will bring.
A Victorian Christmas is coming to the historic town of Cumberland Gap on Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this popular annual event.
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ATTENTION TO ALL RESIDENTS OF NEW TAZEWELL. The city will begin leaf disposal every Wednesday, weather permitting, from Nov. 6 to DEc. 31. All requests must be called in to New Tazewell City Hall at 42 626-5242. All leaves must be bagged or raked to the curb side for pick-up. We ask that no limbs or trash be raked with leaves.
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TOWN OF TAZEWELL RESIDENTS There will be a curb side pick-up of BAGGED leaves, Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, for the Town of Tazewell residents. This is specifically leaves; no brush will be picked up. Please call the Tazewell City Hall to request your pick-up at 423-626-5104
New Tazewell Merchants’ Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 23, at the Ingles’ parking lot and will end at Walgreen’s. For more info, or to register, log onto the Merchants’ Parade Facebook page.
A Claiborne County Christmas will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov.23 at the Walters State Community College -Tazewell campus. Included in the event is the Festival of Trees, Silent Auctions, a lineup of entertainment by local children and adults and children’s activities and crafts. Food vendors and other sale items will be on hand. Proceeds will be divided between the creation of the Claiborne County Boys & Girls Club and the restoration of the Graham-Kivett house as a county welcome center. For more info, call 423-626-4149.
Mobile Lifehouse free mobile food pantry will be held on Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Jefferson Middle School. This month’s truck is sponsored by Friends of Mobile Lifehouse. A free meal, clothes and worship service will be offered. For more info, log onto: www.themobilelifehouse.weebly.
Senior Citizens Center 100th birthday celebration for WWII veteran The Tazewell Senior Citizens Center will be holding a birthday celebration for Porter Campbell, who turns 100 years old on Nov. 29. The birthday bash will be held on Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Campbell honorably served in the Phillipines during World War II. For moe info, call Suzie Campbell at: 423-441-9078. The public is invited to attend this event.
Appalachian Promise of Claiborne County, a 501©3 that serves the Tri State area and is insured, invites everyone to attend the new Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group bi-weekly meetings, to be held each Tuesday @ 6 p.m., beginning December 10. These meetings will help educate, comfort and assist caregivers in understanding what is happening with their loved ones and provide coping skills. This program is being provided by a trained facilitator. We are blessed to be providing this service to our area. #prayingforacure. Please call or email the office for further information at: 423-259-8189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appalachian Promise of Claiborne County, a 501©3 that serves the Tri-State area and is insured, is offering help each Monday at 6 p.m. We can assist with drug rehab placement for those in need who are both insured and noninsured. Help is also available for those transitioning from rehab into the workforce with life skills, job skills training, resumes, rebuilding family bonds and building the bridge from being a felon into the workforce with the Fresh Start Program. Money management classes are available the last Monday night of each month. For more info, call 423-259-8189 or email email@example.com.
SunCrest Hospice If you have a passion for helping others who are terminally ill, consider becoming a hospice volunteer. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life. Whether you contribute your time and talents directly with patients, or prefer to work behind the scenes, we invite you to become a member of a dedicated group of compassionate caregivers who serve as vital members of our hospice team. To learn more, call 423-626-1755, or visit 903 Main Street, New Tazewell.
Appalachian Promise of Claiborne County is hosting a workshop for those seeking jobs who are on State and ETHRA Probation. This workshop is for those interested in a new program called PAROLED. To see if you qualify, please attend and bring your current paper work from your probation officer including any I take forms and charges. A photo ID and address must be provided. Classes begin the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. For more info call 423-259-8189.
Dress for Success Share Closet and Resume Hub, sponsored by Appalachian Promise, is provided by local churches and is a free service that helps each recipient with a resume, cover sheet and an outfit for a job interview. Tips for how to apply for jobs and etiquette are also taught through this program. If you wish to donate your time or any items call: 423-259-8189.
Claiborne Public Library ‘Bingo for Books’ event will occur every third Monday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The new program will allow players the opportunity to win books via the library. All ages are welcome to attend. The library will be supplying books appropriate for all ages.
Harrogate Book Station continues its ongoing booksale inside the Shawanee Depot Building at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate. For more info, call 423-869-9777.
( START ) Support Transition And Recovery Training Tuesday Evenings from 6:30—8 p.m, at 325 Straight Creek Rd. in New Tazewell (old Powell Valley electric office). START will address substance abuse and addictive processes and provide support and education to individuals and families to help them overcome the strongholds associated. START will also be providing life skills trainings. The program will be led by James Shoffner, Pastor of Riverview Baptist Church. For more information and how you can help or how we can help you, call James at (865) 279-9661 or contact the Stand in the Gap office at 423-300-1302 or email Standntgap@gmail.com and ask about the START program.
The Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) invites concerned citizens to a monthly Coalition Partners (CP) meeting the first Monday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the back room of the Gondolier in Harrogate, to partner to find solutions to remedy the effects of the plague substance abuse is having on our Tri-State area communities. SIGCO is recognized by the state of Tennessee as Claiborne County’s prevention coalition. SIGCO is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 faith-based organization. For more information, call 423-300-1302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.sigco.org or come by the office or send mail to: SIGCO, 325 Straight Creek Rd., New Tazewell, TN 37825. This project is funded under a grant contract with the state of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Greer Cemetery on Straight Creek Road is in need of donations. Send to: Charlene Smith, 1033 Straight Creek Road; New Tazewell, TN 37825. All donations greatly appreciated.
American Legion Post No. 109. All veterans are invited to attend monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a meal. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 335 Fulkerson St., Tazewell.
Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Let the Educational Opportunity Center help you. Now is the time to complete your financial aid application (FAFSA) for the fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters. Some grants are first-come, first-serve, so complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA requires information from your 2017 income taxes. If you did not file a 2017 income tax, please bring all proof of income, such as child support paid/received, Social Security, SSI, W-2 statements, VA benefits, and any other income or benefit you may have received in 2017. The Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Educational Opportunity Center program is a grant-funded program from the U.S. Department of Education. The Educational Opportunity Center provides assistance with the FAFSA, college/vocational school admissions, financial literacy information, scholarship search, career guidance and test preparation. Our goal is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education whether in college or vocational school.
Honorably/medically discharged veterans The Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard is looking for your participation to honor veterans whose families wish to have full military honors at their gravesite. If you would like more information, or be part of this great organization, please contact Howard Miller, commander, 865-497-3161 or Gary Hansard, adjutant, 423-626-4550. Just like “back in the day” when you actively served, all uniforms are furnished.
The Claiborne Public Library is offering free computer classes for beginners. Participants will learn how to use email, Facebook, Microsoft Word, TEL and R.E.A.D.S. programs and will become familiar with common computer terms and features. The classes last six weeks and will be held each Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, or to register, call 423-626-5414.
Disabled American Veterans meet on the first Tuesday of every month. The meetings are held at 7 p.m. at 1703 Main St. Tazewell (directly next door to the Claiborne Progress office). All vets are welcome. Also, find us on Facebook.
Cumberland Gap Meetings
The regular monthly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Board of Mayor and Alderman will be held the first Monday evening of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. The Cumberland Gap Beer Board meeting will follow. The public is invited to attend.
At least one week before the regular scheduled meeting the board holds a planning meeting to review and finalize the agenda. Those meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are usually held the Monday before the regular scheduled meeting. The public is invited to attend.
The regular quarterly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will be held the last Monday in February, May, August and November at 5:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. The public is invited to attend.
The regular monthly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Planning Commission will be held the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. (If no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held.) The public is invited to attend.
The regular monthly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Historical Zoning Commission will be held the first Tuesday (following the first Monday) of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. (If no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held.) The public is invited to attend.
There is a Narcotics Anonymous meeting each Thursday at 8 p.m., located at 1501 Tazewell Rd., Tazewell, behind Hardee’s.
NA meetings are also held every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. For more information call 606-670-4356.
Do you or someone you know living in Claiborne County have a severe intellectual and/or physical disability? There may be public assistance available for their special needs. Call Greene County Skills Inc. at 423-798-7137 or 7144 and ask Karin or Teresa about the Family Support Program. Family Support is a Tennessee state-funded program geared to serve individuals of all ages who are currently not enrolled in a Tennessee medical waiver program. Family Support may be able to help with respite or homemaker services, minor home or vehicle modifications, specialized equipment and more. We also serve individuals with disabilities in Greene, Hamblen, Union and Grainger counties.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Cumberland Mountain Industries has announced participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be provided at no separate charge to eligible adults served at CMI, located at 1214 Cedar Fork Rd., Tazewell. For more information, contact CMI at 423-626-6757.
Adult High School
Need a high school diploma? The Claiborne County Adult High School is now offering free classes. Flexible scheduling is offered to accommodate working adults. “The tassel is worth the hassle” – with a diploma, you can earn higher wages, have better job opportunities, can attend college, enter technical school and have careers in the military. For more information, call 423-626-8222.
Free Drug Testing Kits
The Stand in the Gap coalition (SIGCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization and provides free saliva-based drug testing kits with instructions. They are called “give me a reason” (GMAR) kits. Anyone with questions about or needing to obtain GMAR kits or information regarding addiction treatment or anyone interested in getting involved with SIGCO or volunteering in the office, with the jail ministry or in any other area of SIGCO can call the Stand in the Gap office, located at 325 Straight Creek Road in New Tazewell, at 423-300-1302. Leave a message with contact information and someone will return the call. You may also email email@example.com.
City of Harrogate Meetings
The following meetings are held at Harrogate City Hall, 138 Harrogate Crossing: Board of Mayor and Aldermen – fourth Monday each month at 6 p.m.; work sessions – each month on the Tuesday prior to the BMA meetings, at 6 p.m.; Parks and Recreation Committee – second Monday of the month at 6 p.m., on an as-needed basis; Planning Commission – second Monday each month at 6:30 p.m. The Book Station Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Harrogate Book Station, 310 Bristol Road. All meetings are open to the public.
Cumberland Gap Meetings
The regular monthly meetings for the Cumberland Gap Historical Zoning Commission will be held the first Tuesday (following the first Monday) of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. (If no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held.) The public is invited to attend.
The regular monthly meetings for the Cumberland Gap Planning Commission will be held the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town, 330 Colwyn Street Cumberland Gap (if no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held). The public is invited to attend.
The regular monthly meetings for the Town of Cumberland Gap Board of Mayor and Alderman will be held the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street. The Cumberland Gap Beer Board meeting follows the board meeting each month. At least one week before the regular scheduled meeting the board meets in a study session to review and finalize the agenda. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is usually held the Monday before the regular scheduled meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.
Greene County Skills
Greene County Skills Inc. is seeking individuals in Tennessee that have developmental or physical disabilities. Tennessee has a grant program offering assistance. For more information, call Greene County Skills Inc. at 423-798-7137, ask for Karin Hagenburger or 423-798-7144, Teresa Crawford, Family Support Coordinator.
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project
Outreach workers Tommy Brooks and Erin Haverland will be available to assist eligible veterans with enrollment in the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project. HVRP helps veterans find secure employment through case management, job training, and referrals and links with other local service providers. Outreach workers can arrange visits with veterans in outlying areas who are unable to travel to the program office. Veterans Can Help is located at 511 Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Phone: 865-524-3926.
Town of New Tazewell Meetings
The Town of New Tazewell board meetings for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are conducted at New Tazewell City Hall at 413 First Avenue, the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshops are held one hour prior to the regular meeting. The Planning Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
Town of Tazewell Meetings
The board meetings for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Tazewell are conducted at Tazewell City Hall at 1830 Main Street, the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The BMA Workshops are on Wednesday, prior to the scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. as needed. The Planning Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to attend these meetings.