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.

-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)

July 2014

LOCAL TALENT REQUESTED -for July 4th evening event in Maynardville. Church Praise Teams needed, gospel singers & instrumental. If interested call Danny @ 865-992-4556.

The North Side YMCA is Halls is offering free swimming lessons in July. Kids ages 3-13 years are eligible. Lessons will be offered Monday through Thursday for two weeks (8 lessons). Two sessions are planned. The firs session will be from July 7th -17th and the second session will be July 21st-31st. Lessons are planned in the afternoon beginning as early as 4:30 PM. If the is enough interest, morning lessons might be possible. Interested parents should contact: Amanda Roland-Aquatics Director @ 865-922-9622

July 2

BBQ Chicken-4-H Fundraiser- Wednesday, July 2, 2014 pick up beginning at 11 am-Lunch will include a half side of BBQ chicke (breast, leg & thigh) baked beans, chips and small dessert. Call 865-992-8038

Food City Blood Drive Medic Mobile (4344 Maynardville Hwy) Wednesday, July 2 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All donors will receive a FREE pass to Rainforest Adventures with donation!!

July 4

Davis Annual July 4th Jubilee Celebration in honor of Margaret Davis will be held at Wilson Park, Maynardville starting @ 4:30 p.m. Please bring pictures, stories to share, chairs/or blankets for a good time. No tents, coolers or backpacks. Gospel music, fellowship & fun. Christmas in July toy/book donation drive (new or gently used accepted – no stuffed toys). No solicitation or campaigning.

July 7

Training for new substitute teacher applicants will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Professional Development Center located on the campus of Maynardville Elementary School (long white portable building between the playground and old log schoolhouse). Please contact Norma Jones at the Union County Board of Education (865-992-5466 ext. 118) for further information.

The regularly scheduled road commissioners meeting will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Union County Highway Department at 7:00 p.m.

July 10

CITY OF PLAINVIEW - PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA Thursday, July 10, 2014 7:00 p.m. 1) Call to Order 2) Approval of Minutes – June 12, 2014 3) Zoning Officer Report 4) General Planning Discussion 5) Adjournment

July 11

J.C. Baker Lodge Rummage Sale Fundraiser Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, 2014 from 8 am to 4 pm at J.C. Baker Lodge Rain or Shine Lots of Stuff.

July 14

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

Union County Commission-Union County Courthouse Special Called Meeting-Monday, July 14th @ 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-Directory of Finance 9) Budget Amendments & Transfers 10) Safe-T 11) New Business: 12) Old Business: Addendums (if any) 13 Adjourn

July 16

Union County Retired Teachers "Meet and Greet". Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:30 pm. at Pete’s Restaurant All Union County Retired Teachers and those thinking about retiring come to eat and fellowship together.

July 17

Union County Youth Football & Cheer Free Camp! Thursday, July 17th 6-8pm Friday, July 18th 6-9pm At The Horace Maynard Middle School Football Field For Sign-Ups Please Bring: $60 Sign-Up Fee Birth Certificate Recent Photo For Questions Please Call Or Text Wally Or Grasha Goodman 865-599-7644

Regular Workshop Union County Board Of Education Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:00 p.m. (Workshop to be Held at Union County High School Auditorium) Agenda: 1.Discuss Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer 2.Discuss Personnel—Dr. Carter 3.Discuss Self-Evaluation per Policy 1.103—Ronnie Mincey 4.Discuss Board Evaluation of the Director of Schools—Ronnie Mincey 5.Discuss Revision of School Board Policy per TSBA Recommendations: 1.803 Tobacco Free Schools; 4.400 Instructional Materials; 4.401 Textbooks; 4.700 Testing Programs; 4.802 Student Equal Access (Limited Public Forum); 4.803 Recognition of Religious Beliefs, Customs, and Holidays; 5.200 Separation Practices for Tenured Teachers; 5.201 Separation Practices for Non-Tenured Teachers; 6.200 Attendance; 6.312 Use of Personal Communication Devices; 6.317 Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA); 6.4001 Survey Students, Analyses, and Evaluations; 6.600 Student Records—Ronnie Mincey 6.Discuss School Board Policy 5.110—Compensation Guides and Contracts—Dr. Carter 7.Discuss Dress Code—Dr. Carter

Regular Meeting Union County Board Of Education Thursday, July 17, 2014 Meeting To Immediately Follow 6:00 p.m. Workshop at the Union County High School Auditorium Agenda: 1.Approve/Disapprove Agenda 2.Union County Education Association 3.Special Recognition 4.Announcements •TRANE Committee to Meet July 22, 2014 5.Approve/Disapprove Consent Agenda (a) School Field Trips--NONE (b)Board Minutes June 19 and 26, 2014 6.Approve/Disapprove Budget Amendments and Transfers 7.Approve/Disapprove First Reading of Revision to School Board Policy 5.110 8.Approve/Disapprove First Reading of Revision of School Board Policy per TSBA Recommendations: 1.803 Tobacco Free Schools; 4.400 Instructional Materials; 4.401 Textbooks; 4.700 Testing Programs; 4.802 Student Equal Access (Limited Public Forum); 4.803 Recognition of Religious Beliefs, Customs, and Holidays; 5.200 Separation Practices for Tenured Teachers; 5.201 Separation Practices for Non-Tenured Teachers; 6.200 Attendance; 6.312 Use of Personal Communication Devices; 6.317 Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA); 6.4001 Survey Students, Analyses, and Evaluations; 6.600 Student Records 9.Approve/Disapprove Procedures for Dress Code 10.Set Time and Date of Next Meeting 11.Adjourn

July 19

Martin Miller Family Reunion all descendents and relatives (Sharp, Russell, Cook, Keck, etc.) July 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.@ the Community/Senior Center in Sharps Chapel. Lunch will be at 12 noon, please bring food and drinks for your family. Also, bring photos and family history to share. Join us for fun and fellowship.

Spaghetti Supper at Blazing Star Lodge #455 FA&M Saturday Night July 19th 6-8 pm. Spaghetti , Salad, Bread, Dessert and Drink for $5.00 donation.

YMCA COMMUNITY YARD SALE. The North Side Family YMCA in Halls (7609 Maynardville Pike, across from TSC) will hold a community yard sale on Saturday July 19th from 8:00am until noon. All money raised from space rentals benefit their Annual Campaign and will be used for scholarships, youth outreach, community outreach and much more. Any money raised from selling items will be the seller’s to keep. The Y is renting spaces in their field for $20 each and charging $5 for tables if anyone needs them. To sign up for a space, sellers just need to call the North Side Y at (865) 922-9622 or drop in and sign up. Sellers need to sign up before the day of the event.

July 22

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - for the new Union County Courts Records Building located at the Union County Highway Department lot on Tuesday, July 22 at 12:30pm - Everyone Invited.

July 26

Stand in the Gap-Singing in the Gap, July 26th, 7:00 pm at the Stand in the Gap Office/Church at 502 Pennlyn Ave. Guest singers are: The Gibson Family from Sneedville and the Horizon Gospel Music nominee for Best New Group of the Year are the Branscomb Family from Dayton, Ohio. Free admission but donations appreciated ! Please make plans to attend

August 2014

August 2

25th Silver Reunion for Standard Knitting Mill will be held on August 2nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the O’Connor Senior Center. Refreshments will be received and served (limited to finger foods only). Anyone wishing to attend can bring memorabilia to share with friends and extended family. For more info call J.T. Morgan (865) 523-5463.

September 2014

September 6

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services is having their 25th Annual Walk A Thon and Memorial Balloon Launch on September 6th beginning at 11 am to 12pm at Lil’ Jo’s Barbeque 2805 Maynardville Highway. Hillbilly Jedi will be performing from 12-2pm.Prizes awarded to the top 3 walkers that raise the most money. Come out and help us help the elderly of Union County to maintain their independence and dignity by continuing to live in the comfort of their own homes or in a home environment. For Walking Forms and Memorial Balloon cards or more Information please contact Kim Partin 865-964-5367 or Joanne Rosenbalm 423-259-1108