Community Bulletin Board
Updated: March 11, 2014
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Clinton High School’s Class of 1961 will hold its 53rd reunion on Saturday, April 12th at Cove Lake State Park. Invitations are being extend to the classes of 1959, 1960 and 1962 to join us. Please pack a family picnic on Friday April 11th for a gathering at Cove Lake's shelter # 6 for a time of reminiscing around the campfire, which will be lit at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, the 12th, from 12 noon until 6 pm, we will have the pavilion at Cove Lake. Come out and enjoy Rickard's Ridge wonderful barbecue and special time with friends. Snacks and cold drinks will be provided prior to lunch being served at 2 pm. Contact Jim Paul Pemberton at (865) 457-1702 for more information and registration.
You are invited to "Celebrating the Grove Theater,” a kick-off event of a new organization preserving Oak Ridge’s Historic Grove Theater. This is a Special Spring Showcase featuring groups which regularly schedule performing arts activities at THE GROVE. It will take place on Friday March 28, beginning at 7pm. The show will kick off the 70th Anniversary year of an Oak Ridge iconic venue, which has recently come under the management of the FRIENDS OF THE GROVE, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The “Friends of the Grove Theater” was recently formed expressly to support and enhance the historic Grove Theater “for the purpose of better serving its many community partners, as stated in the organization’s formal Mission Statement;” states founding members, Seaira Stephenson, Martin Fischer and David Allred. The Grove Theater with its 70 years of history, is a place that holds many wonderful memories for East Tennesseans and especially, Oak Ridgers. People with a memory connection to the Grove Theater are invited to also join in the fun being planned there later in the month of March. The last weekend in March will mark the ten-year anniversary of the purchase by High Places Community Church and the renovation of the historic theater. An upbeat event called "Celebrating the Grove Theater" will kick off the activities of the new organization. Most of the events during the weekend will be geared toward raising funds by celebrating with the general public and our many community partners that have used the Grove for the support of their own causes. Here are the specific activities planned for the weekend:
"Oak Ridge Has Talent” Friday, March 28th at 7:00 PM
Performances from our community partners and other locals who want to support the Grove. Comedian Tyler Gooch will entertain between acts.
The Ramblers (Oak Ridge Blue Grass Band)
Four Leaf Peat (East Tennessee Irish Band)
Emory Valley Center Puppeteers
The Sound Company Smurfs
Sound Company Senior Soloist
An Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
Oak Ridge Community Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet
Two Dances by Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Dancers
The MOOD (classic Rock and Country)
Talent from the Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Winners
"Irish Pub Quiz Night” Saturday March 29th
The celebration continues with Quiz Night, a traditional Irish pub game brought to the area by friends of Fiddler's Green in Ireland. Teams compete in trivia quizzes for unique prizes (and bragging rights!). Teams may be sponsored by any area business, corporation, or organization. The entry fee is $100 per team / table, which includes traditional Irish fare & fun for the contestants and commemorative prizes.
The Hillbilly66 Event is an event that celebrates hot rods and Harleys to raise money for the Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville. This is our third year and I hope our biggest yet! The day of this event is May 10th from 2 to 8pm at Knoxville Harley Davidson on Clinton Highway. It is open to all 1989 and earlier cars and trucks and all bikes and trikes. We have custom trophies that are hand made moonshine jugs that we give out for the best of the best. We will have a Pin-up girl contest with cash awards. Vendors and a swap meet area the day of our event. The cost of the event is free to the public and $10 pre-registration and $20 registration on the day of show for all vehicles.
There will be a Fish Fry on Monday March 17th at 12 noon at the Blowing Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The menu includes Fish, hush puppies, pot wedges, pinto beans, slaw, desserts and drinks. This Fish fry is free to all Seniors age 60+ and is sponsored by the Anderson County Office on Aging and Council on Aging.
The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present “Healthy Trees – Healthy Tennessee” on Thursday, March 13th at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, 7:00 p.m. Alex Wyss, Director of Conservation Programs with the Tennessee Nature Conservancy will be giving the presentation, an interactive slide show program to educate and engage the public about several forest pests that are impacting Tennessee urban and rural forests and what people can do to help stop the spread of these destructive insects. According to the Tennessee Nature Conservancy, Tennessee's trees and forests are under attack from foreign invaders, but we can fight back with the public’s help. Trees are essential to our lives. They capture rainfall and help control urban storm water runoff, provide shade, reduce excessive temperatures, and remove dust and pollutants from the air. Trees also provide a number of intangible benefits to people, such as year-round beauty, reduced stress and a greater sense of safety. The Nature Conservancy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee trains volunteers in tree stewardship and tree health monitoring. They also engage the public and tree care professionals in tree pest identification, tree health monitoring, and long term care of trees. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of trees and what people can do to keep trees healthy through education and outreach. See more at: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/tennessee/explore/healthy-trees-healthy-tennessee.xml#sthash.Je2CO5Ja.dpuf. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 483-3571.
“Practical Skills for the Backyard Garden” will be the focus of the Master Gardeners of Roane County Spring Gardening Workshop. The Master Gardeners of Roane County and University of Tennessee Extension will host their annual spring workshop on Saturday March 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for adults in the community. This year’s workshop will focus on providing practical skills that the average homeowner can use in a backyard garden. Morning training will include: soils/soil testing, composting, square foot gardening, raised bed gardening and growing potatoes using potato box towers. After lunch the focus will shift to the grafting of apple trees. Classroom instruction on grafting will be conducted by UT Extension Director Grant Palmer. This will be followed by hands-on grafting of apple trees. Participants will be given an opportunity to graft their own apple trees to take home. There will be a nominal fee of $25.00 to cover supplies for this workshop and includes lunch. Space is limited so register early. Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing Lisa Deutsch at email@example.com.
Marlow Volunteer Fire Department will hold an All-You-Can-Eat Community Chili Supper at Grand Oaks School, 1033 Oliver Springs Highway, on Saturday, March 15. Chili and hot dogs with all the trimmings will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. Bear Stephenson will auction home made desserts provided by Marlow volunteers. Tickets are $5.00. Kids 5 and under eat free. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for Marlow’s firefighters. Marlow provides fire protection for a 65-square mile area of Anderson County.
On Thursday, March 27th, there will be a Chili Supper Cook-Off & Silent Auction hosted by the City of Kingston from 5 to 8 pm at the Kingston Community Center. You are invited to come out and experience some great chili and fun. All of the Kingston departments will be competing for the "Golden Ladle Award." Tickets are $5 in advance and increase to $7 at the door. All proceeds go to the July 4th event, "Smokin’ the Water 2014". For more information call 865-376-1356.
There will be a gospel singing at Union Valley Baptist Church (three miles outside Oliver Springs on Windrock Road) on Saturday March 22nd at 7 pm featuring Walking by Faith, the Union Valley Trio and the Praise Him Youth Choir. All singers are welcome. Call 865-435-4150 for more information.
The Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and Altrusa International of Oak Ridge will once again present their annual “Lunch 4 Literacy” event on Tuesday March 18th at 11:30 am at Oak Ridge High School. Proceeds from the annual luncheon support literacy efforts in our area and this year’s special guest will be Denise Kiernan, the author of “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” Tickets are $40 and are available at the Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square, Mr. K’s Used Books & CDs on South Illinois Avenue or from any member of Altrusa or Rotary. Following the luncheon on the 18th, Ms. Kiernan will appear at “One City One Book Oak Ridge” event at the Library, admission to which will be $5. For more information on reservations or corporate sponsorship, call Patricia Vanek at 865-298-1241 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Normally, a child must be five years old on, or before, August 15th to start kindergarten but the Anderson County school system has announced that they are accepting applications to allow certain children to begin a little earlier than they might normally. From now through April 17th, the school system says that if a child is going to be five years old between August 16th and September 30th of this year, parents may apply to have their child admitted to kindergarten. Parents will need to bring their child’s birth certificate and a photo ID plus any applicable legal documents like custody papers or guardianship information when they come to apply. The applications are due to the principal of the school your child would attend or to the Anderson County schools’ Special Education Office by April 17th.
The Anderson County school system’s open enrollment period for students to transfer to a school within the system with available space for the 2014-2015 academic year will begin on Saturday March 1st and run through March 31st. Parents are asked to contact the principal of the school they wish their child to transfer into. Administrators will ask you to provide information on your students’ attendance, grades and disciplinary history. The transfer form can be found on the school system’s website at www.acs.ac.
Anglers of any ilk, whether fishing with fly rods or conventional tackle, can find excitement in going after the oft-maligned common carp, according to Allen Gillespie, tournament director of the 3 Rivers Carp Cup. Gillespie, owner and managing partner of 3 Rivers Angler in Knoxville, will amplify on all angles of carp fishing on Thursday, March 13, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris. Gillespie says carp are “beginning to gain popularity among anglers in the United States in both the fly and conventional tackle worlds. Carp are strong, they’re cagey, you can find them almost anywhere, and carp fishing with a fly rod is perhaps the most exciting sight-fishing you can do in fresh water. In East Tennessee, carp are one of the few species where anglers can expect to catch a 10- to 20-pound specimen on a regular basis.” The Clinch River Chapter's mission is to conserve and protect the Clinch River tailwater trout fishery and its watershed, through conservation projects and through education of children and adults in aquatic natural resources. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, except when outdoor activities are scheduled. For more information, visit crctu.org or contact the chapter president, Dick Geiger, at email@example.com or(865) 599-2604.
(Submitted) The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business. The TSBDC advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners in our area at no cost to them. This free seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce office, 245 N. Main St., Ste., 200, Clinton, with Jutta Bangs, Senior Business Specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan guarantee programs. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your space by contacting the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, 865-457-2559 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the TSBDC visit www.tsbdc.org.
(Submitted) The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) advises and assists future and existing business owners. Jutta Bangs, Sr. Business Specialist, is available for free and confidential counseling sessions on Thursday, March 20, 9 – 10 am at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, 245 N. Main Street, Ste. 200, Clinton. To make an appointment for this, or another day, please call 865-457-2559 or email email@example.com. To learn more about the TSBDC visit www.tsbdc.org.
Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes spring cleanups. The Five County Norris Lake Spring Clean Up will be held on March 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be multiple launch points in each county. You can find all the information at www.yallcome.org/anderson-county-highlights/norris-lake-cleanup.
When: March 22, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: There are several launch points for the clean up. The list below includes al the launch points divided by county. For more information, please call or email the contact person for the launch point that you are interested in.
Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged wear appropriate footwear and bring gloves.
Former University of Tennessee All American Monica Abbott will be in Oak Ridge March 8-9 to host a camp. This is a great chance for all local players to learn from one of the top players in the world. Please visit www.tricountycomets.com to register. Space is limited so register quickly!
If you need your income taxes filled out, the Lake City Public Library is once again a VITA site. That means that beginning January 28th volunteers will be available to fill out your tax return and e-file it for you free of charge. To participate, you must be income-eligible. For more information on the program or to schedule an appointment, call the library at 865-426-6762.
The AARP is making free tax assistance available to Norris area residents beginning on February 6th. While the program is aimed at serving seniors ages 60 and older, others are welcome to apply. IRS-certified volunteers will be available at the Norris Community Buildings in Norris every Thursday from February 6th to April 10th. Hours will be from 9 am to 12 noon each week. Although reservations are not required, taxpayers are encouraged to call 865-230-0011 for an appointment. Walk-ins will be assisted as time permits.
The Phillips/Lowe Family Reunion will be held May the 4th at Frozen Head State Park’s Building C from 11 am to whenever they finish.
(Clinton Public Library) The Clinton Public Library will be offering a variety of free programs in the month of February in addition to its regular programming. These programs include classes for adults, a Valentine’s Party for teens, and an exhibit for the entire family. On Monday, February 3, the library will offer a Valentine’s themed craft class at two times: 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Adults and high-schoolers are invited to join Janie Wolfenbarger in making a heart-shaped paper wreath, the perfect homemade gift for the Valentine in your life. Limited seating is available for these classes, so register today by calling the library at (865) 457-0519. A free Computer Basics Class will be offered by the library on Friday, February 28, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This class will teach a basic understanding of computer hardware and peripherals, Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, the Internet, and search engines. There are only eight seats available for this class. To reserve your seat, call the library at (865) 457-0519. Each Tuesday in February, Local Historian Stephanie Hill will be teaching basic genealogy workshops from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. These workshops will be offered on February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th and are titled Organizing and Planning a Research Trip; Exploring Local, State, and Federal Resources; Exploring Internet Resources; and Getting the Most out of Census Records. Sign up for any or all of these workshops by calling the library at (865) 457-0519. Throughout the month of February, adults are invited to sign up for the library’s annual Winter Reading Club. This year’s theme is “Take a Vacation… with a Book!” After signing up, adults are challenged to read or listen to three books of their choice by Saturday, March 15, in order to win a “beachy” book tote. Adults may register at the library or at www.clintonpubliclibrary.org. Whether in love or flying solo, teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to a Valentine’s Party on Monday, February 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This party will include games, DIY cake pops, and a Valentine’s button craft. In observance of Black History Month, the library will be displaying an exhibit in its foyer throughout the month of February provided by the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. This exhibit will pay tribute to the Clinton 12, the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the South. Visit the library at 118 S. Hicks Street to view this exhibit. For more information about these programs, call the library at (865) 457-0519 or visit the library website at www.clintonpubliclibrary.org.
On the first Thursday of every month, the Clinton Public Library will hold an open computer lab just for job seekers from 2:00-3:30 pm. During this time, an instructor will be available to assist patrons with job searches, job applications, resumes, and cover letters.
if your plans today—or any Wednesday during basketball season—involve eating out, consider Chili’s on Clinton Highway in Knoxville. If you eat there, be sure to tell your server that “this is for Clinton High School basketball” and 10% of your total bill will be donated to the Clinton High School basketball program. It is an easy—and tasty—way to support local student-athletes.
South Clinton Baptist invites everybody to join them this Sunday and every Sunday for church. Sunday School begins at 9:45 am and the church service begins at 11:00 am. They also have Children's Church (BLAST) for children in Pre-K through 5th grade. If anybody young or old or anybody in between needs a ride, please call the church office at 865-457-0863.
Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Harriman has started a Clothes Closet and Food Bank for people in need. The new ministry will be open every Tuesday from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, contact Faye Daniels at Walnut Hill Baptist Church by phone at 865-590-7192.
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 needed; vision and hearing screenings; developmental and behavioral screenings when appropriate; and advice on how to keep your child healthy. In addition, dental and behavioral services are also available. In Anderson County for more information call the Health Department at 865-425-8800.
SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life) is an exercise program that can be done seated or standing at the Clinton Community Center beginning May 13th with sessions set for Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00-2:00. Older adults who do strength and balance exercises regularly can decrease their risk of falling. For more info please contact the Anderson County Office on Aging at 865-457-3259.
To find out more about Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention--or ASAP--of Anderson County, call 865-457-3007 or visit them online at www.ASAPofAnderson.org.
The City of Clinton has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city. Messages delivered via the CodeRED system will include major fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, natural disasters, abductions, major water system problems, bomb threats and other emergencies. Residents who live inside the city limits will also have the option to be notified when the National Weather Service issues tornado warnings and other severe weather information. All individuals and businesses are urged to log onto the city of Clinton website (www.clintontn.net) and follow the link to the CodeRED enrollment page. Those without Internet access may call the Clinton Police Dept dispatch center at 865-457-3112, Monday through Friday, (10am-5pm) and supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code and primary phone number. Additional phone numbers can be entered as well. All businesses and individuals, who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number should register.
The Free Medical Clinic of Briceville sponsored by the Clinton Baptist Association is open, providing basic health care to uninsured, low-income residents of Anderson and surrounding counties. The facility is located in Briceville on Highway 116 across the road from the Post Office. Appointments are taken on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon by calling 865-426-0037. Patients will be seen each Wednesday beginning at 9 am.
The Anderson County Volunteer Rescue Squad is looking for dedicated, community-minded individuals 18 years old or older to volunteer to serve their community. Support members are always needed to handle things like paperwork, maintenance and fundraising. If you are interested in search operations, rope work, swift water rescue or using the jaws of life, the Squad provides all training and equipment as well as free medical training to those interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Responder. Come by the Rescue Squad station at 145 JD Yarnell Industrial Parkway in Clinton on the first, second or fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to pick up an application, or call 865-457-7121. You can also visit www.acvrs.net to find out more.
The Marlow Volunteer Fire Department is in need of help! They need firefighters and support personnel ASAP! All skills and talents can be put to good use. For more information call 865-457-7846 or 865-310-1955. Help them help you!
The Atomic Trades and Labor Council announces its Medical Screening Program. As a former hourly or salaried worker at Y-12 or X-10, are you aware that you may have been exposed to radioactive or toxic substances such as asbestos, uranium, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, solvents, thorium and beryllium? In some cases, it can take years for symptoms to develop from these types of exposures. The purpose of the exam is to detect work-related illnesses as early as possible. You will receive a complete physical exam, chest x-ray, hearing test, breathing test and blood work including a beryllium blood test. For more information call 865-483-8471 or visit www.atlcunion.org.
The Anderson County Solid Waste Management department operates a recycling facility for Anderson County residents at 1480 Blockhouse Valley Road. The hours of operation at the center are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the FIRST and THIRD Saturdays of every month. Residents can recycle tires at the center and there is no limit as to the number of tires you can bring in. If you have a large tire load, call the department at 463-6845 to let them know your are coming. Automotive oil and oil filters, along with antifreeze, can be recycled provided the fluids are poured into sealed plastic containers. Major appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners and water heaters will be accepted, along with just about any type of battery you may have. Latex and oil-based paints can be recycled in 1-, 2-, or 5-gallon containers ONLY. Substances like varnishes, thinners, stains or other hazardous household waste cannot be recycled, instead, they are collected during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection events held during the year. Cell phones, fluorescent bulbs and toner and printer cartridges can also be recycled. The center on Blockhouse Valley Road is for private citizens only, not for businesses. For more information about the recycling services available in Anderson County, contact Solid Waste Management at 865-463-6845.
Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County: www.ASAPofAnderson.org
Anderson County Veterans Service Officer Leon Jaquet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinton High School Football: www.clintondragonsfootball.com
Anderson County Trustee's Office: http://www.andersoncountytrustee.com/
Anderson County Chamber of Commerce: www.andersoncountychamber.org
Anderson County Sheriff's Department-- www.tnacso.net
Anderson County Clerk's Office-- www.andersoncountyclerk.com
City of Clinton--- www.clintontn.net
Anderson County Election Commission--- www.acelect.com
Tennessee Wildlife Federation-- www.tnwf.org
Do Not Call-- www.donotcall.gov
Anderson County government: www.andersontn.org
American Red Cross-- www.redcross.org
Medic Regional Blood Center-- www.medicblood.com
Coal Creek Watershed Foundation-- www.coalcreekaml.com
Anderson County Tourism-- www.yallcome.org
Anderson County Property Assessor-- www.acgis.net
Anderson County School System-- www.acs.ac
Discover East TN-- www.DiscoverET.org
City of Oak Ridge-- www.cortn.org
Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited-- www.crctu.com
Green McAdoo Cultural Center & Museum-- www.greenmcadoo.com
American Museum of Science and Energy-- www.amse.org
Mayor's Commission On Clinton's 21st Century-- www.walktothefuture.com
First Baptist Church of Clinton-- www.firstbaptistclinton.com
Roane County Election Commission--- www.roaneelections.com
Blount County Government: http://www.blounttn.org
Alcoa City Government: www.cityofalcoa-tn.gov/
Maryville City Government: www.maryvillegov.com/
Clinton City Schools: www.clintonschools.org
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