The Union News Leader's Calendar Of Meetings & Events

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-The Union County Adult Education Center would like to invite anyone interested in getting a GED to please contact our office for an appointment. We are offering the test on a monthly basis and all pre-testing is free of charge. Classes for anyone that is not quite ready for the test are on Monday and Tuesday evening from 3:30-6:30 in the white modular building behind the Adult Education Office. The Union County Commission and Mayor Mike Williams have made it possible again this year for all residents of Union County to take the GED test free. Students that are not residents of Union County will have the test paid for through funding the center has been able to procure through individual donations, and the drink machine we have in the classroom. Please call today for an appointment to enroll in the adult classes. Classes will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 3:30-6:30. Anyone who does not have a high school diploma should call today and get started on getting the GED. The test will be changing in January 2014 to a computer based test, and from all indications will be different from the test we are administering at the present time. The cost of the test will be more expensive and funding for the test could possibly not be available. Anyone who has not passed a subtest should get in and take the part of the test that was not passed. When the new test begins in January 2014, anyone who has not passed all parts of the GED will have to take the complete online test. We are not able to do portions of the test that have not been successfully taken and will not be accepted after the January, 2014 new testing begins.  -Melissa Carter

-Douglas Cherokee HeadStart - Union County is participating in the 2013-2014 school Buck program we would like to ask anyone that would like to help our program to link their value card with us. Our school Bucks Bar Code is 41215. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-Sharps Chapel Senior/Community Building Rental Information: Anyone who is interested in renting the Sharps Chapel Senior Citizens & Community Building can now do so by contacting Sherry at 865-257-3978. If you’ve already made a reservation, call Sherry to make arrangements to pick up the key at the Sharps Chapel Bookstation/Library.

-The MOMS Club of the Maynardville area has expanded its region, now including two new zip codes: the Big Ridge Area (Andersonville/Heiskell) 37705 & 37754. The complete list includes: Maynardville & Big Branch 37807; Sharps Chapel 37866; Luttrell 37779; Plainview & Corryton 37721 and now the Big Ridge Area (Andersonville/Heiskell) 37705 & 37754. If you are interested in joining the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) club for fun, local, low cost activities and playgroups with local Moms and their children or for more information please contact Darlene at 712-4560 or Eden at 687-2469.

-The regular meeting of the Union County Lions Club is the third Monday of each month at Hardee’s in Maynardville. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

-Union County Cancer Support Group meets every 3rd Tuesday at Plainview Community Center. Survivors, caretakers and in-treatment all welcome.

-The Union County Democratic Party meets at 10:00 AM on the last Saturday of the month in the small courtroom of the courthouse. Any changes will be posted. Mary Ann Page, Chair., email:, 865-247-8155.

-Wanted: Pickers, dancers and spectators!!! Bluegrass, country and gospel music-4th Saturday of each month at Old Rush Strong School, Leadmine Rd. (top of the ridge, Sharps Chapel) from 7:00 pm till ? Coffee and snacks available. Donations appreciated.  Y’ALL COME!

-Union County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) Meetings are held quarterly. Open to the public. For more information or meeting dates, please contact Karen Kirk at 865-992-5816 or e-mail at

-Sharps Chapel Book Station Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday

-Feel like you “don’t get around much anymore”? Don’t feel like “puttin’ on the Ritz”? Let the Union County Office on Aging help! From information on home assistance services to food pantries to Medicare questions, the Office on Aging is here to serve you! Feel free to contact Samantha anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (865) 992-3292 or at (865) 992-0361, or drop by the Union County Senior Citizens Center at 298 Main Street, behind the Maynardville Public Library.

-Convenience Centers in Union County  If you have any questions for any of the County Convenience Centers call:  Sharps Chapel Center 278-4007, Hubbs Grove Center (Maynardville) 992-4212, Cedar Grove Center 992-8498, Highway 61 West Center 992-1312, Wolfe Road Center (Luttrell/Plainview) 992-2666 and the Blue Springs Center (Speedwell) 423-562-7922.  To see a list of items that can be recycled at the Centers, go to and click on “Union County Convenience Centers”.

-Union County Democratic Party now has a Facebook Page! Sign on and "Like" us. We will be posting additional information online. The direct address is

-Plainview City Hall New Hours Effective Tuesday, July 10, Plainview City Hall’s new office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 3:30 (closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch).

-Handgun Carry permit classes-The Union County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting handgun carrying permit classes on a monthly basis. Anyone interested in taking the class can contact the Sheriff's Department at 992-5212 or 992-9407 ext.20 and leave message for more information.

-Farm Market Season - May 4th to October 26, 2013. Seeking farmers, hobby gardeners, nursery and other as vendors. Application and one time fee of $10.00. Please contact UT extension office Phone: 865-992-0838 or stop by 3925 Maynardville Hwy-Maynardville, TN. for an application.

-Need a ride to work, doctors appointments and to the store? Call ETHRA. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fees: in county trips $3.00; every county line $3.00; extra stops $1.00; kids under 6 $1.50. Visit our website at www.ETHRAPUBLICTRANSIT.ORG or www.ETHRA.ORG or call 1-800-232-1565 or (865) 691-2551 Ext. 4280.

Union County Solid Waste Center Holiday Closings: Saturday, April 19, 2014 (Easter) - Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) - Saturday, July 5 (for July 4th) - Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) - Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving) -Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) - Thursday, December 25 (Christmas) - Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

April 2014

April 3

School Board Meeting Rescheduled The Union County School Board Workshop and meeting that was scheduled this past Thursday, March 27th has been reset for this coming Thursday, April 3rd. The workshop will begin at 6:00pm and the meeting will follow.

April 4

RIDE FOR CARLEY Land of Brothers R.C. will hold a Benefit Ride for Carley who is 7 years old and battling cancer. The ride will start at Li’l Jo’s BBQ-2805 Maynardville Hwy on April 19, 2014. Sign in-10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Kick Stands up at NOON! Li’l Jo’s will give a food discount with ride participation $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Come out and enjoy live music by the RufKut Band. Come out and support the cause!! Contact: Brian 865-389-0139 or Charlie @ 865-748-8784

April 7

The Regularly Scheduled Road Commissioners Meeting will be held on Monday, April 07, 2014 at the Union Co. Highway Department at 7:00 p.m

April 8

The Union County Ambulance Committee will meet on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the small courtroom at the courthouse.

April 12

Plainview Community Trash Pickup Day-April 12 @ 9:00 am. Anyone wishing to participate is more than welcome!

April 14

The Union County Joint Economic & Community Development committee and Executive Committee will meet in joint session at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14th in the conference room at Cherokee Health Systems (just south of Food City) in Maynardville.

Union County Commission - Union County Courthouse Monday, April 14 - Time: 7:00 P.M.
Agenda:1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Pledge of Allegiance 4. Roll Call 5. Announcements (if any): 6. Approve Minutes from previous meeting 7. Approve Notaries (if any) 8. Monthly Report – Director of Finance 9. Budget Amendments & Transfers 10. 2014 Annual Debt Report 11.Clerk & Masters ( Computers ) 12. KUCB Resolution approval for LITTER GRANT 13. Co Commission County Wide Tourism Board. 14. Union County Chamber of Commerce (Tourism District) 15. Old Business a. Records Building consider a new location for building (Highway Dept.) and approve the funds to build (not rent). b. Medical Examiner c. Safe-T - JAIL 16. New Business a. Appoint Audit Committee. Addendums (if any): 17. Adjourn

April 17

The Union County Board of Education regular workshop and meeting will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Union County High School Auditorium. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow. The agenda is not available at press time

April 18

Egg Hunt Saturday April 18th at 1:00 at Fellowship Christian Church on Tazewell Pike, Luttrell. Everyone Welcome. Sunrise Service at 6:30 Easter Morning April 20th. at Fellowship Christian Church Tazewell Pike, Luttrell. Morning Worship Service at 11:00.

Everyone Welcome.

April 19

Big Ridge State Park 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, April 19, 2014-10:00 am – 2 year olds & under (parents may help) 10:30 am – 3-4 year olds, 1:00 pm – 5-7 year olds, 1:30 pm – 8-10 year olds-Big Ridge State Park 1015 Big Ridge Park Road, Maynardville, TN 37807 (865) 992-5523 @ Big Ridge State Park is located on Highway 61 between the cities of Andersonville and Maynardville, twelve miles east of I-75 exit #122. *12,000 eggs will be filled with a toy or candy! Some will contain extra prizes. Age groups are listed above. We have lots of great prize eggs, plus each age group has its own grand prize! Toys!! Bicycles!!! Food Coupons!! Bring the whole family and make a day of it. For more information, contact the Big Ridge State Park office at (865) 992-5523.

The Sharps Chapel Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Sharps Chapel Community Park on Sharps Chapel Road on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. for children 12 years old and under. The event, sponsored by the Sharps Chapel FCE (Family and Community Education) Club, will feature special prizes for the winners in each age group, plus lots of other prizes. The Easter Bunny will be there and members of the Sharps Volunteer Fire Department will also visit. Participants should meet about 15 minutes before the egg hunt time, rain or shine, with their Easter baskets, in front of the Sharps Chapel Senior/Community Center.

April 23

The Bits ‘n Pieces Quilt Guild will be meeting April 23rd at the Norris Community Center. Social time will begin at 1:00pm, with the meeting to start at 1:30pm. Members Patty Ashworth and Cyndi Herrmann will talk about labels for quilts. Guests and new members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Pat Melcher 498-0124 or email

April 26

Blazing Star Lodge # 455 F&AM in Sharps Chapel will be hosting a benefit for Sharps Chapel School on April 26th from 6 p.m. - ? Hot dogs, chips and a drink $5.00 donation. Special Blue Grass and Gospel Music, cake & pie auction, snacks available for purchase.

 May 2014

May 10

The Union County Republican Party is hosting a gathering on Saturday, May 10th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Wilson Park. Free hot dogs, chips and drink.

May 31

2nd ANNUAL THUNDER ROAD BLUES BIKE RIDE Law Enforcement Explorer Post # 790 Come and see the motorcycles and ride through a couple of the state parks (Big Ridge State Park, Norris Dam) approximately 66 miles round trip off the beaten path. On May 31, 2014 with rain date June 7th, 2014 @ Wilson Park in beautiful downtown Maynardville, TN. The ride is to support the Law Enforcement Explorer Post # 790 members of the Boy Scouts of America and nonprofit organizations that represent Union County and state and regional competitions. Come enjoy the free bike show, live music, and corn hole tournaments. Food and drinks will also be available with all proceeds going to the Law Enforcement Explorer Post # 790.*Motorcycle registration begins @ 9:45 am * Bike show begins @ 10:00 am *Music begins at 11:00 am * Judging from the bike show will be done @ 11:00 am * Kick stands up at noon (bike ride) * Drawings during the ride * Ride ends back @ Wilson Park with trophies awarded in 4 categories: Mr. Handlebars, Bike Babe, Unique Bike, Best in Show. Bike show and music free to the general public "donations are appreciated". For information on registration call: Roger @ 865-363-3377, Chris @ 865-748-3662 or Tim @ 865-621-0015.