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)

September 2014

ADDICTION COUNSELING-Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs 800-431-1754

September 1

Convenience Center Notice-Effective Saturday, September 6th, 2014 the Sharps Chapel Convenience Center Saturday hours will be 8 am until 12 noon. All Union County Convenience Centers will be closed Monday September 1st for Labor Day.

September 2

The regularly scheduled road commissioners meeting will be held on TUESDAY, September 02, 2014 at the Union Co Highway Department at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is Tuesday for the month of September due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday the 1st.

Union County Heritage Festival - The Union County Heritage Festival’s Board of Directors will be celebrating its Tenth Year on October 4th at Wilson Park! Don’t miss the largest event in Union County. Applications are now available for craft and food vendors as well as sponsors; the deadline for returning them is September 2nd in order to be mentioned in the book that will be given to every vendor in attendance. Call or text Marie at 865/679-1071 for an application.

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

Convenience Center Notice-Effective Saturday, September 6th, 2014 the Sharps Chapel Convenience Center Saturday hours will be 8 am until 12 noon. All Union County Convenience Centers will be closed Monday September 1st for Labor Day.

Beason family reunion will be held on Saturday, September 6th in the recreation hall at Big Ridge State Park at 12 O’clock, food will be served at 1 O’clock

September 7

Wyrick Reunion-Sunday, September 7th starting @ 12 noon @ Luttrell Park behind Luttrell Elementary School. Bring your lawn chair a covered dish and pictures to share.

September 8

The regular scheduled meeting of the American Legion Post 212 has been postponed till Sept 8th, 2014 due to Labor Day.

Union County Commission - Union County Courthouse - Meeting Monday, September 8th 2014 – Time 7:00 P.M.
1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Roll Call
5. Announcements (if any):
6. Elect Chairman for 2014/2015 County Commission
7. Elect Vice Chairman for 2014/2015 County Commission
8. Approve Minutes from previous meeting
9. Approve Notaries (if any)
10. Monthly Report – Director of Finance
11. Budget Amendments & Transfers
12. Report on Debt Obligation – Police Cars
13. Appoint new members for Solid Waste Committee
14. Comcast
15. Paulette Fire Department
16. New Business: Discuss 911 Ctr & Sheriff’s Parking Lot (Chris Upton)
17. Old Business: Addendums (if any)
18. Adjourn

September 22

Hunter Education Class The class will start September 22, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the commons area at Union County High School. Students will need to go online to to register for the class. The class is free, and anyone born after January 1, 1969, must complete the course before they can legally hunt.

September 27

Home School Support Group of Union County and surrounding communities is hosting a picnic at Big Ridge for persons interested in homeschooling and wishing to meet other homeschoolers. Saturday, September 27, at noon, at Big Ridge State Park at the pavilion above the pool. Bring a dish to share and games for the kids. Paper products and ice provided. For more information contact: Connie Dickey 992-3629.