Area Happenings: The Claiborne Historical Society reopens

Published 11:21 am Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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  • The Claiborne County Historical & Genealogical Society will be reopening to the public on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for research and inquiries. Due to COVID-19 the organization will be taking it very slowly and will be practicing social distancing. The organization is looking for volunteers to help prepare for this fall’s Candlelight Tour of the OLD JAIL. The society is located at the intersection of Hickory and Old Knoxville Roads, across from the Library. For more info, call the office at: 526-5737. Email your research questions to: CCHGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.

AUG. 21

•The Claiborne County Democratic Party will hold a Biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new leaders on Aug. 21, 2021. The meeting will take place at Tazewell Municipal Park, 207 Richardson Rd, Tazewell, TN 37879.  Doors open for registration at 9 a.m. with the convention start time at 10 a.m.

AUG. 23

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•The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Jonesville, VA office located at 331 Church St. Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 virus and the possibility of changes, please check PVEC’s website at: for meeting updates.

AUG. 25

•Mobile Lifehouse will hold its next free mobile food pantry sponsored by Second Harvest Food Bank on Aug. 28 beginning at 11 a.m. while supplies last. Free hot meal, free haircuts and Taylor’s Closet will be available. Location- Jefferson middle School-ENTER AT FRONT OF SCHOOL-drive thru pick up. The organization will be collecting clothes, toiletries and school supplies as well. For more info, log onto:

SEPT. 11

  • The CCHS Class of 1956 will hold its 65th Reunion at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Duncan Hall, located on First Ave. in New Tazewell. The menu will be pizza and memories. Discussions will include memories, successes, failures, life and grandkids (not medicines or surgeries). All are welcome, including other class members who wish to see how young the ’56 class members have remained. For further info, contact Edith McAfee Collingsworth at 865-586-5898.
  • 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)
  • 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: For more info about the vaccine or how to obtain it, call: 866-836-6648.
  • 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. The website is: