Area Happenings

Published 11:41 am Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Howards Quarter School Reunion has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to have one next year. Watch the newspaper for details.

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Claiborne Landfill is now open under normal business hours with no restrictions. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Town of Cumberland Gap: All parks, including Burkhau and Festival Parks, located inside the town of Cumberland Gap are now open to the public.

JULY 14-17

 The Claiborne County Soil Conservation District will be taking applications for BMP cost-share practices with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Ag Resources Conservation Fund during the week of July 1417 by PHONE. You may call: 423-626-3811 ext. 101 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office has not reopened for visitors, but will make an appointment with you. If you have an application on file from a previous sign up, you will still need to contact the office. All paperwork needs to be reviewed and updated. For more information please contact Kimberly Lane at: 423-626-3811, ext. 101.


Powell Valley Electric Cooperative will hold its regular monthly Board of Directors meeting on July 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the cooperative’s New Tazewell office located at 420 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, TN.  Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 virus and the possibility of changes, please check PVEC’s website ( for updates regarding the meeting.


E.T.H.R.A. will distribute USDA Commodities on July24, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Barn. Please bring your own boxes, and you may pick up for three households only. In accordance with federal law, both ETHRA and USDA are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color national origin, sex, age or disability.

Heritage Christian Academy Pre-K Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. This program is designed for 3 and 4 year olds. Submit applications at the Academy anytime during school hours. The Academy is located at 428 Harmon Rd. in New Tazewell, directly above Cherokee Health Systems. For more info, call the school at 423-626-2807 or the headmaster at 423-441-0331.

The City of Harrogate meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for Fiscal Year 2021 will be conducted at Harrogate City Hall, 138 Harrogate Crossing, Harrogate, TN, 37752, on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. The Board conducts a monthly work session on Tuesday at 6 p.m., prior to the monthly Board meetings. All meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are open to the public.

The Annual Harrogate Labor Day Celebration has been cancelled this year, per Mayor Linda Fultz, due to COVID-19 concerns.

The U.T. Extension Office in Claiborne County is not able to hold its usual summer group classes this year, due to COVID-19 concerns. Carol Brandon, extension agent, will be providing instructional articles as an outreach program. Look for those to be published in the Claiborne Progress.

Claiborne County Public Library is in the midst of its Virtual Summer Reading Program, which began May 31. There’s still time to join the fun. You may sign up at to use the book log this year. If you don’t have internet at home, please feel free to come to the Library and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and laptops to watch the performers, who will be providing their individual brands of entertainment virtually. For more info, call: 423-626-5414.

 The Claiborne Medical Center Emergency Room (ER) will be relocated temporarily for remodeling. This project was scheduled earlier in the year, but was postponed. The ER will be relocated to another hospital area beginning June 5. During this remodeling, the hospital will continue to provide care for patients 24 hours a day. Staff will be available to guide patients to the ER. Please share this information with your friends and family members.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Pinnacle Road, Restrooms and most picnic shelters are now open, as of May 29. Visitors must strictly follow social distancing guidelines. The Pinnacle Road is not open to vehicles over 20 feet in length. All picnic shelters, except for the O4 site located within the Wilderness Road Campground, will be available for use provided group size is 10 or fewer. On June 29, in accordance with Kentucky guidelines, group size can be 50 or fewer. Picnic shelter reservations can be made by calling the park at 606-248-2817 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. With public health in mind, the Wilderness Road Campground and visitor center continue to remain temporarily closed. Tours of Hensley Settlement and Gap Cave remain suspended.

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

Walters State Community College has rescheduled commencement exercises for July 29 and 30. Graduation was originally scheduled for May 9. Health programs graduates will participate in the July 29 ceremony and all other graduates will take part in one on July 30. Both ceremonies will be held at the Morristown campus. These dates are subject to change based on the coronavirus situation and the status of restrictions on large public gatherings at the end of July. If the college is unable to hold commencement on July 29 and 30, spring 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in the college’s December 2020 graduation ceremony.

From the desk of the Claiborne County Mayor: From now until further notice, anyone wanting to conduct business at any of the Claiborne County Courthouse offices or the Finance Department will be required to wear a mask before being allowed to enter either of these two locations. Based on CDC recommendations, cloth face covers are a good means to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cloth face covers do not protect the wearer but does protect others by catching droplets that are emitted from coughing, sneezing and speaking. Cloth face covers should not replace social distancing. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you in order for you to conduct any necessary business you may have within these two county locations.

NARCONON New Life Retreat: With the spread of COVID-19, many families are struggling. Added to this stress, some have realized the extent of their loved ones addiction. Narconon would like everyone to know that this essential business is open and servicing clients. Fentanyl has been making headlines recently, this is because the incredibly potent chemical has been contributing to the increase in overdose deaths across America. Most people however do not know much about the chemical. For instance many don’t know that one of the things that makes fentanyl so dangerous is the fact that it can be absorbed into the system through skin contact. Meaning getting it on your skin could cause a potentially fatal overdose. To learn more about Fentanyl visit: ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754. For more information visit:

TRASH PICKUP via Centers for Disease Control guidelines: All trash must be contained in sealed bags or containers. NO loose trash will be picked up by city trash services, in particular by the City of Tazewell.

Claiborne Economic Partnership has introduced a Facebook page to inform/update the public on area eateries hours of operation, etc. Log onto the CEP FB Page and scroll down to find where you can join.

Red Cross Training Opportunities are available to volunteers right now in Claiborne County. To join other volunteers, contact Adrian Riser at: 865-599-6774 or To learn more about Red Cross in Claiborne County or to access services call: 423-765-4222. You can also check out the American Red Cross of Northeast TN by visiting and entering your zip code. The American Red Cross is not a government agency. It is funded entirely by donations from many individuals, and local organizations. You can make a financial contribution at the web address.

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.