The American Association of Retired People presents 55 Alive/Mature Driving Course for those 50 years or older. It is a one-day course that emphasizes both the mental and physical changes that effect our driving ability in our senior years. There are no driver tests or written exams. State law allows an insurance discount to be given for a period of three years after the course has been completed. The course will be presented from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 11, 2012, at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center. You must attend the full day class to receive the "Course Completion Certificate." The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Please call 423-869-8080 as soon as possible to register. At least 10 people must sign up for the class.
Autism Awareness Walk
There will be an Autism Awareness Walk on Friday, April 6, 2012, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone needs to meet at the gazebo in Lincoln Park in Middlesboro, Ky. The walk will go through downtown and end at First Baptist Church on Cumberland Ave. You can form teams and make your own t-shirts. Anyone is welcome to participate. If you have questions, contact Whitney Durham at 606-670-1193 or email@example.com.
The 5th Annual Rams Spring Classic Basketball Tournament will be Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at Grace Christian Academy High School, 5914 Beaver Ridge Rd., Knoxville, TN 37931. Grades that will be playing will be 5th-9th boys and girls, with three guaranteed games and a Championship (Top Teams). The cost is $150 and all teams are welcome. For information call Phillip Hester 865-207-2352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bass Fishing Tournament
The Claiborne County Rescue Squad's Eleventh Annual Bass Fishing Tournament is scheduled for April 7, 2012. Entry forms are available for Rescue Squad members. Prizes include: 1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $500.00, 3rd Place: $350.00, 4th Place: $200.00, 5th Place: $150.00, 6th Place: $100.00, 7th Place: $75.00, 8th Place: $50.00, and 9th Place: $25.00. Boat entry fee is $50.00 per boat. Come and support your local Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Broken Spur Dance Club
A new Beginners' Line Dance Class will begin Monday, April 9, 2012, at 7 p.m. We will meet every Monday evening for approximately six weeks. Each class is $5 per person. Line dancing is an excellent and fun way to get some exercise. Come on out and shake the winter blues off and learn to line dance. We are located in the American Legion Building on the top floor, next to Soldiers Memorial Middle School. If you have any questions, call 423-441-0468.
The Tennessee Forestry Department is requiring a Burning Permit through May 15. A permit will be available online at burnsafetn.org for small leaves and brush eight feet in diameter only. If you have any questions please call, 423-869-8275.
The Claiborne County Solid Waste Association will meet April 10, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Claiborne County Courthouse for their regular monthly meeting.
Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
The annual Chamber of Commerce banquet will be held at the LMU Dining Hall on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet are available now thru April 20th. Tickets are $30 per person. Due to limited space, tickets will only be sold in advance. To purchase or reserve tickets, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (423) 626-4149.
CHS Golf Outing
Claiborne High School's annual Golf Outing will be Friday, April 13, at Woodlake Golf Club, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the outing are used to supplement the various, nonrevenue producing sports, such as golf, tennis, soccer, track, baseball, softball, volleyball, etc. The ongoing support of the community helps in the effort to provide these sports to the student body. Outing registration deadline is April 6, 2012. Registration forms are available by calling Dean Neal, Michael Brooks or Claiborne High at 626-3532. Come out and support the Bulldogs. Teams are $300, hole sponsorships are $100. Individuals are $75 and will be assigned to a team. There will be prizes for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.
CHS Project Graduation
Claiborne High School Project Graduation is an all-night, chaperoned, substance-free celebration for the graduating seniors at Claiborne High School. The purposed of this event is to congratulate the seniors for a job well done, as well as to provide an evening of fun and safety on graduation night. CHS Project Graduation is May 19, 2012. Donations are needed for this year's event. Money and/or prizes are welcome. If you wish for a Project Graduation committee member to pick up your donation or for more information, call Alisa Young at 865-585-6580or Becky Neely at 423-526-4459. Thank you for your support.
Claiborne County Animal Shelter
The Claiborne County Animal Shelter is now offering grooming from a professional groomer. A portion of the earnings will benefit the shelter. The grooming will be done on Tuesday and Thursday to start but we will gladly add additional days if there is enough demand. For a list of services and fees, please call the shelter at 423-626-2686, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society
The Claiborne County Historical and Genealogy Society is located on Old Knox Road across from the library. The office is now open two days a week on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for genealogy research. For more information call the office 526-5737. We would also like everyone who has old ink jet or laser cartridges to bring them to our building as part of our recycling fundraiser. You may also drop off cartridges on Saturdays or Sunday at our booth at the Centre Brick Flea Market in New Tazewell or Monday through Friday at Lambert Bookkeeping at 1805 Main St Tazewell. CCHGS is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claiborne County. Please mail your tax-deductible contributions or annual membership dues to: CCHGS, PO Box 32: Tazewell, TN 37879.
Clean Up of Lake
A clean up of the lake around Blue Springs Boat Dock in Speedwell will take place on April 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. Everyone needs to bring a box of trash bags, and any donations of snacks, drinks or trash bags will be appreciated. For more information email Brittany Goins at email@example.com.
Clinch-Powell Early Head Start Registration
The Clinch Powell Early Head Start Program is currently taking applications for the 2012-2013 program year in both the center-based and home-based program options for families with children 0-36 months of age and for pregnant women. Center-based services are provided five days a week with extended hours to accommodate parent's work or school schedules. Home-based services include a home visit and a parent/child socialization session each week. Services are provided for children with special needs. The program provides transportation for field trips and for the weekly parent and child activity days. Services are free to all participating families. Applications are now being taken Monday-Friday at the CPEC Child Development Center located at Blue Top Road. Please call 626-6423 or 626-9270 for additional information.
Heavenly Blessings, sponsored by Greer's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Harrogate, will be holding a clothing giveaway on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are needed. Please contact Diana Billingsley for details at 869-2873.
Are you interested in beginning computer classes? Maybe you would like to do a resume or get help filling out an on-line job application. Maybe you would like to get an email address or start a facebook account. The Claiborne County Library will be offering classes in the near future. If you are interested, you must call the library and register. The library can be reached at 626-5414. We hope to see you!
Divorce Care at Pump Springs
Divorce Care will be meeting Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Pump Springs Baptist Church. There aren't many people around you who understand the pain your separation or divorce has caused. To you. Your family. Your friends. That’s the reason for Divorce Care! It’s a special weekly support group seminar conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. Most importantly, you'll learn how to deal with the pain of your past and look forward to rebuilding your life. Contact information: 423-869-8323 or www.pumpsprings.org.
Dogwood Scholarship for Graduating Seniors
The Dogwood Chapter of UT Extension, Family, Community, and Education (FCE) will award a $1,000 scholarship in May 2012 for a senior graduating from either Claiborne or Cumberland Gap High Schools. Those interested in applying for the scholarship should see their High School Career Counselors where application packages are available. Application packages outline the procedures and mailing instructions. A selection panel will be convened to review applications and select the most deserving individual. Applications must be received no later than April 11, 2012. For more information call Gail Williams 865-585-0399.
Don't Keep Your Heap!
The economy is showing signs of recovery even with the rising cost of gas. Many people who held on to their car during the recession are now looking to replace it with a more fuel efficient one. If you are one of those people, you have to figure out what to do with your car. If your vehicle does not get good gas mileage, has a lot of miles, is more than 5 years old or is not in good condition, the dealership won’t offer you much for it as a trade in. They won’t want it because there is no demand for it. It will be difficult to sell it privately for the same reason. One alternative is to sell it for a couple of hundred dollars to a junk yard. A better alternative is to donate your car to charity. Cars4Charities will gladly take your old car, no matter what shape it is in. In return for your generosity, you will get a tax deduction of $500 or more. They have hundreds of charities that can be helped by your car donation. For details, please go to http://www.cars4charities.org/ or call 866.448.3487.
Flea Market Benefit
A Flea Market will be held Sat., April 14, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Union County High School parking lot. The charge will be $10 per space. You must provide your own tables. All clubs, sports teams and individuals are invited to sell. Everyone is welcome. Concessions, hot dogs and drinks will be sold by the UCHS Spanish Club. Other different food items may be sold by other groups. For more information or to reserve a space contact Roberto Guillen or Pat Phillips at UCHS at 992-5232. Proceeds will go to the UCHS Spanish Club trip to Europe in 2013.
Foster Parents Needed
Youth Villages is looking for caring people in Tazewell and the rest of Claiborne County to become foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues and need a home. More than 50 children in East Tennessee are currently in need of a home. These children desperately need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.
If the children become available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. Youth Villages’ foster parents receive a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household.
Candidates should be single or married adults over the age of 25 and living in the Claiborne County area who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.
For more information about upcoming open houses or how you can change the life of a child, contact Jamie Hughes, foster parent recruiter at 423.283.6554.
Free Computer Classes
Free computer classes will be offered at the Claiborne County Board of Education. The classes will include: basic computer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. For more information please contact Jammie Mullins at 626-8222 ex. 2222.
Free GED Classes
Free GED Classes, Don't Delay - Call Today! Claiborne County Adult Education, Great Classes, Great Locations, Unlimited Opportunities, 423-626-8222. www.claibornecountyschools.com/adulted.
Genealogy Jamboree 2012
In June, history will come alive in the streets of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. On June 7, 8 and 9, 2012, the Second Annual Genealogy Jamboree will be hosted by the Cumberland Gap Fire Department. This free, one-of-a-kind, three-day event combines genealogy with period re-enactors and craftsmen in a historic setting. One of the most prominent features will be lectures, demonstrations and storytelling by nationally renowned speakers such as award winning historical authors and Appalachian authors. Native Americans, dressed in tribal regalia, will be represented. Many of these craftsmen will also have their wares for sale. The Jamboree will be held on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://genealogyjamboree.us.
Handgun Safety Classes
Tennessee Certified Handgun Safety Classes (Concealed Carry) are held at the Powell Valley Conservation Club (212 Wellspring Road, Lafollette, TN 37766) in an Indoor Range and Classroom. A safe handgun, 50 rounds of ammo, eye & hearing protection are required and available at a nominal fee. The eight-hour class starts at 8 am. Contact Rodger Moore with Pathfinders Tri-State Firearms LLC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: pathfinderstri-state.com or by calling (865) 585-6539.
Harrogate BMA Meetings
The regular monthly meetings for the Board of Mayor and Alderman of the City of Harrogate for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 will be conducted at City Hall, 138 Harrogate Crossing, the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. A monthly planning session is conducted each month at the City Hall on Tuesday prior to the scheduled meeting of the board at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend all meetings of the Board.
Healthcare Needs Assessment
Servolution Health Services, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) company is conducting a Healthcare Needs Assessment. The purpose of this survey is to determine the status of the community’s overall health and how best to improve access to healthcare for the uninsured and those underinsured. The information obtained from this survey will aid in the application for a grant to open a medical, dental and mental health clinic for the residents of Claiborne County TN, Bell County KY, Lee County VA within a 30 minute drive of Speedwell. The assessment should only be taken by individuals living in those three counties since the information to be used in the application must be representative of those residents only. Any information obtained from outside the service area will not be accepted. To take the survey, visit the Claiborne Progress or Middlesboro Daily News Facebook page or the Pump Springs Baptist Church website. After you have taken the assessment click ‘Submit’ to record your answers. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. This assessment has also been distributed through the community in churches and schools. Thank you in advance for your help!
The Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day event that energizes and inspires, motivates and encourages, and animates and energizes. Speakers will include Tim Tebow, Soledad O'Brien and Andy Stanley among others. It will be held as a simulcast at LMU's Duke Hall on Friday, May 4, 2012. It is an all-day event and lunch will be provided. The proceeds will benefit First Priority Tri-States. Tickets are going fast, so get yours today! For more information on the Leadercast, call the First Priority Tri-States office at 888-718-3787 or visit the website at www.fpts.org. The local Leadercast also has a page on Facebook.
Little League Football and Cheerleading
Little League Football and Cheerleading signups will be held May 5th and 12th for children that played last year and May 19th and 26th for new players. All four dates will be 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the equipment room. Questions for football please call 423-851-2249; cheerleading questions call 865-279-9433. If your child didn't play last year, you will need to bring a copy of the child's birth certificate.
Lunch and Learn
Claiborne County Hospital will be offering a Lunch and Learn April 12, 2012, at 12 p.m. in the hospital conference room. Dr. Tom Livesay will be presenting "So, you think you need antibiotic for that?" If you would like to attend please call Linda Majors at 423-526-2250.
Organic Gardening Project
The LMU Organic Gardening project will have their regular weekly meeting on Monday evening, April 16, at 6 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Carol Brandon of the Claiborne County Extension Office. She will be conducting a healthy eating class. The meeting will be at the Garden Center on the LMU Campus. Everyone welcome!
For information on the LMU Organic Gardening Project you can email Bill Clayton at
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Powell Valley Community Center
Powell Valley Community Center now has air conditioning and heat. Reserve your reunion, baby shower, or other gathering now. Only $50. PVCC is a smoke, drug, and alcohol free building. Contact Judy at 423-869-2428.
Powell Valley High School Reunion
There is an upcoming reunion for everyone who attended to Powell Valley High School. The first evening will be at the old PVHS in the Gym on April 28 starting at 6 p.m. Spouses or guests are welcome as well. The second day will be at Harrogate City Park on April 29, when you can bring your family (children, grandchildren, etc.) and bring a picnic lunch starting at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Pictures will be taken both days for free and will be sent to you via e-mail at no charge or sent to Walgreens where you can pick them up for a small fee.
The meal will be catered for Saturday night: BBQ pork, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, BBQ sauce and a drink for $6 per person. There will also be some special snacks provided as well as desserts. Everything must be prepaid by April 1; please mail and make your checks or money orders to Sherri Hoskins (PVHS DINNER FUND) and mail them to: Sherri Taylor Hoskins, P.O. Box 176, Middlesboro. KY 40965. For more information call 606-269-4073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on Facebook there are six other hosts that can help you with any information. If you have decorations that you wish to do or have to contribute, please contact Sherri Hoskins. A lot of planning has gone into this reunion, and any help is appreciated.
The Claiborne County Animal Shelter will be having a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, April 14 and April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter. Wellness shots: rabies, cat booster, and dog booster are $10 each. For more information call 423-489-3389, M-F from 9:30 am to 2 pm.
Red Cross Accepting Donations
If you are interested in donating to The American Red Cross please call 1-888-578-7531 or visit redcrossnetn.org all donations would greatly appreciated.
Scholarships for Claiborne High School Students
Two $1,000 (minimum) scholarships are available to qualified graduating Claiborne High School seniors. Through the University of Tennessee, the Shade and Dollie Pressnell, and the Faye Pressnell Layne Memorial Scholarships have been made available by the children of Shade and Dollie Pressnell. Each will be renewed for three additional years providing guidelines are met. Each scholarship could be rewarded later if a vacancy should occur. Interested seniors should contact the Development office at UT-Knoxville at 1-865-974-3131.
School Board Meetings
The public is invited to attend any and all of the coming up School Board meetings. The Board meets the second Thursday of every month. Scheduled meetings are as follows: April 12, 2012, at Cumberland Gap High School; May 10, 2012, at Clairfield Elementary School; June 14, 2012, at Ellen Myers Primary School. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Spay and Neuter Clinic
The Claiborne County Animal Shelter will be having a Spay and Neuter Clinic on Saturday, April 14 and April 28 at the shelter. $60 to spay or neuter dogs and $45 to spay or neuter cats. Current certificate of rabies must be shown or rabies shot required at additional $10. To schedule an appointment call 423-489-3389 Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stand in the Gap Meeting
There will be a Stand in the Gap Meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in Duke Hall on the LMU campus. (The date has been changed.) Come and see what's going on with the movement!
The TENNderCare program wants babies, children, teens, and young adults to get the health care they need. Good health begins at birth, so it’s important to "Check In, Check Up, and Check Back" with your doctor every year. The program continues to increase the rate of children receiving health care services every year. Call today to set up a TENNderCare visit with your doctor or go to the Claiborne County Health Department. For information call 1-866-311-4287 or www.tennessee.gov/tenncare/tenndercare.
Tennessee Teen Institute
The 2012 Tennessee Teen Institute will be held at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., June 10th -15th, 2012. The Teen Institute is an exciting and educational 5-day youth leadership assembly sponsored by JACOA (Jackson Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency) and the Tennessee Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. TTI provides education and training for teens ages thirteen to eighteen in areas of personal development, leadership and alcohol/drug abuse prevention. The mission of the Tennessee Teen Institute is to challenge the youth of Tennessee to unlock their potential, lead by example and take a proactive role in making a positive impact in their own communities. Participants will enjoy outstanding keynote presenters and workshops as well as the fun-filled TTI night time activities. If your school, church, or organization is interested in sponsoring a team to attend this thrilling experience or if you would like more information, please contact the Teen Institute Director, at JACOA (731) 423-3653 or visit www.tnteeninstitute.net.
If you are interested in enrolling at Tusculum College you can drop by the Claiborne County Walters State Campus from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 5. Ask to speak to Lindsey Seal. For additional information, contact an Enrollment Representative at 888-488-7285 or 423-581-5002.
VFW Fish Fry
VFW Post 8779 will be having a Fish Fry on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 12 noon until sold out. They will have fish, fries, slaw, and hush puppies. $8 to go and $10 all you can eat. All proceeds will go to the Christmas Angel Fund. For more information call 423-626-3220.
Weight Watchers meetings are at the Upper Room Ministries (Hwy. 33, New Tazewell, TN), every Thursday at 6 p.m. (weigh-in at 5:30). Come and learn about the PointsPlus Program, and get some great tips for keeping your weight under control! Come and meet new people, learn new cooking ideas and get great tips on how to lose weight and keep it off. For more information call 423-489-9987.
White Lightning Trail Festival
Come help us celebrate East Tennessee’s rich culture and history along the “White Lightning Trail.” The White Lightning Trail Festival is currently booking food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, art and craft demonstrators, antique dealers, antique and vintage cars, entertainers, musicians, variety acts, line dancers, cloggers, cheerleading squads, information booths, etc. Females, baby through 21 y/o, ask about the “Miss White Lightning Trail Pageant”. If you are interested in participating in the festival, contact: Carl Nichols, Director of Tourism, at 865-585-7386.
Wrestling Practice has started at the previous location of Doc's Gym and the old Civic Center on Mon., Tues. and Thurs. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information call 626-1931.