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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: jan.runions@claiborneprogress.net.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center will be at The Break Room, located at 1805 N. Broad St. in Tazewell on May 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who donate blood will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card. Appointments are preferred, however walk-ins are welcome. Priority will be given to those with appointments due to potential wait times. All donors receive a free MEDIC gift and a coupon for a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer. To schedule an appointment, go online to:  tndonor.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/74144 or call 865-524-3074.

The East TN Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) is accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for residents of Claiborne County. Applications can be mailed or taken by appointment at the ETHRA Office in Tazewell. To schedule an appointment, call 423-973-3669. To have an application mailed, call 865-691-2551. PLEASE NOTE:  if you have received assistance since Oct. 1, 2020, you cannot apply again at this time. Sponsoring this program is the TN Housing Development Agency (THDA).

Walters State Community College registration for summer and fall semesters is now open. Summer sessions: May 10 (early, extended early and fall term) with April 29 fee deadline; June 3 (10 week and first 5 week sessions) with June 2 fee deadline; July 7 (second 5 week session) with June 28 fee deadline. Fall semester begins Aug. 23 with first fee deadline on Aug. 18. Late fee payment deadlines are available. WSCC will continue to offer traditional, hybrid and online classes. For more info, email: admissions@ws.edu or call 423-585-2685. To apply for admissions, log onto: www.ws.edu/admissions. Campuses are located in Tazewell, Greeneville, Morristown, Sevierville and Newport. Advisors are available on each campus by appointment.

NOW-MAY 16

Claiborne Walks: the UT/Claiborne County Extension Office in conjunction with the Claiborne County Health Council is spearheading Claiborne Walks, a series of walks for youth and adults to be held from April 5 through May 16. For 6 weeks, teams of 8 individuals will compete in the adult walk to see who can log the most miles. The team logging the most miles across Tennessee will win. Youth teams will consist of 9 youths with and an adult captain. Registration deadline is April 4. You may register by logging onto: www.tiny.utk.edu/claibornewalksadult or: www.claiborne.tennessee.edu/claiborne-walks-adult. You may also drop by the U.T. Extension office, located beside the Claiborne Courthouse on Main St. in Tazewell to pick up the registration forms. For more info, contact Carol Brandon at: 423-626-3742 or email her at: cbrandon@utk.edu.

MAY 3-8

The Claiborne County Public Library Spring Book Sale will be held the week of May 3-8 in the downstairs of the building. Hours are: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Items are reasonably priced at $1 ea. for hardback books, audio books, puzzles, movies and music, paperback books and magazines for .10 cents each and trade backs for .50 cents ea. Bibles are free. Everything will be sold ‘as-is.’ All who attend this event are asked to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask.

MAY 13, MAY 20

CAB Rolling Resource Fair: the Claiborne County Community Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring two drive-thru resource fairs. Swag bags full of community resources and goodies will be handed out to those attending the event. Cherokee Health will be holding its drive-thru on May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cherokee Health Services located at 1596 Hwy. 33 south in New Tazewell. Servolution Health Services will be holding its drive-thru on May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at 181 Powell Valley School Lane in Speedwell.

MAY 14

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge #188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road (west of Rose Hill, Va.), will have a Fish & Chicken Dinner on May 14 from 4 p.m. to  7:30 p.m. Menu will be fish or chicken tenders, fries, baked beans, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and drinks.  Cost: $9 each plate. Carry out and limited seating available. Proceeds will benefit the Lodge’s Scholarship & Benevolence Fund.

MAY 15-16

 The 39th annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games will be held on May 15-16 at Maryville College, home of “The Scots.” The festival is the largest in Blount County and ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 Scottish FestivalsGuests will experience Celtic entertainment, genealogical inquiry, sheepdog presentations, kid’s activities, authentic Celtic fare and merchandise and more. For more info, or to purchase early bird tickets, log onto: www.smokymountaingames.org.

MAY 19

The Claiborne County Emergency Communications Board will hold its monthly meeting on May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. inside the Claiborne Justice Center training room. The public is invited to attend.

MAY 25

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative will hold its regular monthly board of directors’ meeting on May 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its New Tazewell office located at 420 Straight Creek Rd. Due to continuing developments with COVID-19 and the possibility of changes, check the PVEC website at: pve.coop for meeting updates.

JULY 15 & JULY 22

The Eastern Region 4-H Quilt Camp will be holding classes on old timey quilting on July 15 and July 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The classes will be held at the Eastern Region Extension Office in Knoxville, TN. Cost: $25 total for the two days plus lunch and snacks. Sewing machines and quilting tools will be provided. You provide the quilting fabrics. The supplies list will be sent once registered. The classes are limited to the first 12 individuals who register. For more info, call 423-626-3742.

 Seeking those homebound elderly and/or dependent adults wanting to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination: Tennessee is contracting with home health agencies to identify those who qualify and to provide this service. If you are truly homebound and have not yet received or are not yet scheduled to receive the vaccination, you are eligible to be put on the list to receive it at home. To be added to the list, contact Becky Pierce at: 865-705-9675 or email her at: bpierce@ethra.org. For more info about the vaccine or how to obtain it, call: 866-836-6648.

SEASONAL EMPLOYEES: the town of New Tazewell is currently seeking certified lifeguards for the 2021 pool season. Pick up an application at the New Tazewell City Hall Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The deadline for applications is April 9. For more info, call 423-626-5242. Jerry Beeler, mayor

Stand in the Gap Coalition has changed the day for its START (Support Transition and Recovery Training) group meetings. These weekly meetings will now be held each Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with refreshments served at 6 p.m. Location: 325 Straight Creek Rd. in New Tazewell, inside the old Powell Valley Electric office. Pastor James Shoffner officiates these meetings.

The Shepherd’s Closet is now open each Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. The nonprofit is located behind Thompson’s Chapel at 1015 Old Hwy. 33 near DeRoyal. For more info, call Diane at: 423-626-3913.

G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Loving Ourselves Seriously Sober) is helping those with addictions to find their way back to sobriety. The organization offers those without rides to probation appointments, court, rehabilitation and other destinations a way to get there. There are on-site recovery coaches and one-on-one counseling. The organization is currently accepting donations of money and items like clothing, hygiene products and food to help the homeless, whose population includes many recovering addicts. For more info, call Kelly at: 423-489-2689.

Live Free Recovery Program at the Hill Church is a state-certified program that collaborates with organizations like Metro Drug and the TN Dept. of Health & Substance Abuse. Program participants meet each Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a different speaker each evening. Weekly recognition of recovery milestones are discussed prior to the participants splitting into small groups depending on individual needs. Groups include such diverse subjects as substance abuse, self-care, anger control and ‘Adulting 101’. For more info, call Pastor Kyle Prichard at: 423-526-5655. The Hill Church is located at 1216 Cedar Fork Road in Tazewell.

Need Help with FAFSA? Free services are still available online and by phone. In Claiborne, Grainger and Hancock counties, contact Melanie Powell at: 423-748-4634 or mpowell@douglascherokee.org.

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