Area Happenings

DEADLINE: 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.

Claiborne Co. Kindergarten Registration

Children who will be five by August 15 are asked to pre-register for kindergarten. You are required to bring your child’s updated immunization and physical, a valid birth certificate, child’s social security number and SNAP or Families First Number, if applicable. Remaining school registration dates and times: TNT, May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Springdale, May 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Claiborne Library Spring Book Sale

Drop by the basement of the library May 7-12 to peruse an assortment of books, movies, CDs, magazines, puzzles and audio books deeply discounted for your enjoyment. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 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. Prices range from 10 cents to $1.

Tri-State Youth Choir

The Tri-State Youth Choir is now performing in local churches. The choir, in existence for over 30 years, ministers to local churches and then travels on a mission trip to another area. Performances coming up include: May 20, Midway Baptist Church in New Tazewell; May 27, Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate. All performances begin at 6 p.m. The annual dinner and auction, the choir’s major fundraiser, will be held May 11 at Pump Springs Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend the performances and activities.

Benefit Yard Sale

A yard sale to benefit the Tri-State Youth Choir was rescheduled for May 12, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the parking lot of Livesay Middle School in Harrogate. Anyone may rent a space/table for $20; if your proceeds are donated to the choir, the fee is waived. Proceeds go toward the choir’s mission trip this summer. To reserve a table or for more information call 606-499-4501.

Appalachian Ballad and Story Swap

In 1917, British folklorist Cecil Sharp came to the Appalachian mountains in search of American folk traditions. What he found was a “community in which singing was as common and almost as universal a practice as breathing.” The repertoires of these singers included English and Scottish ballads, “love songs” as the singers called them, that had been passed down from the early European settlers of the region. His published collection, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, includes multiple versions of 122 distinct ballads. Several of these were collected on the campus of LMU. Today, this tradition continues with young singers from across the Appalachian region. Join Claiborne County native Ian Kirkpatrick May 12 at 6 p.m. as he welcomes old friends and new acquaintances to perform together for the first time on the campus of LMU at Duke Hall. Tickets are $10, or $5 for LMU students. Money will be collected at the door. This event is sponsored by LMU Arts in the Gap. All proceeds go directly to the artists.

Crazy Aunt Sadie’s Yard Sale

Crazy Aunt Sadie’s Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast will be held May 12 in Cumberland Gap, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be parking spaces down Main Street for $10 per space, $5 extra for electricity. Bring your own table, tent and whatever needed. Spaces limited. Reservations recommended by visiting Cumberland Gap Town Hall. For more information call 423-869-3860. The Pancake Breakfast will be $5 per plate. Fees and breakfast proceeds go to support the Cumberland Gap Volunteer Fire Department.

Powell Valley Masonic Lodge

There will be a country breakfast May 12, from 7-10 a.m. at the Powell Valley Community Center in Speedwell, located beside the Powell Valley Elementary School. Donation is $6 for all you can eat. Sponsored by the Powell Valley Masonic Lodge. Everyone welcome.

CCSWA Board

The Claiborne County Solid Waste Authority will hold its monthly meeting on May 14 at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Claiborne County Courthouse.

McDowell Reunion

There will be a reunion May 26, gather at 10 a.m. Lunch served at noon. 1559 Back Valley Road, Speedwell. For information call Carolyn McNew, 865-278-0539.

CCHS Reunion

The Claiborne County High School class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. It will be at the Claiborne High School auditorium, located at 815 Davis Drive in New Tazewell. Catering by Anderson Farms. Please RSVP by July 1 to: Emily Campbell, 543 Woodlake Blvd., Tazewell, TN 37879. The cost is $20 per person. For more info call Bridget Day, 423-526-7863 or Mildred Moyers, 423-526-3045.

Computer Classes

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.

DAV Meetings

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.

American Legion Post #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 is at 7 p.m. at 335 Fulkerson Street in Tazewell.

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, Cumberland Gap. 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, Cumberland Gap. 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, 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 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, Cumberland Gap (if no items are to be discussed a meeting will not be held). The public is invited to attend.

Narcotics Anonymous

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.

Family Support

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. There is flexible scheduling 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 is providing 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 502 Pennlyn Ave. in Cumberland Gap, at 423-300-1302. Leave a message with contact information and someone will return the call. You may also email standntgap@gmail.com or mail P.O. Box 539, Cumberland Gap, TN 37724.

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 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 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 evening of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Town Hall, 330 Colwyn Street, Cumberland Gap. 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 disability. 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 HVRP. The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project 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. In Knoxville, call 865-546-4813 for more information.

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.