Newport American Legion Post turning 100

The Newport American Legion Post 41 was chartered on Nov. 6, 2019. The post will celebrate their 100th anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from noon until 4 p.m. Because the Memorial Building cannot be open to the general public, the celebration will be held at the Newport Community Center. Several items from the Memorial Building will be displayed, along with photographs of the building in its present condition. Refreshments will be provided by Smoky Mountain Home Health Care and William Cocke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. All are invited.

Grassy Fork Fall Festival

The Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will hold a Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at Rafting in the Smokies in Hartford. Vendor spots are available for $25 per day, or $50 for both days. Contact Angie Hall at or Tonya Ochs at for more information.

Reservations being taken for Thanksgiving meals

The Cocke County Office on Aging is currently accepting meal reservations for their annual Thanksgiving Meal Program. The meals are delivered to the recipient’s home. Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 11. Call 423-623-7296, ext. 4, and leave name, telephone number, and address. Someone to call to confirm your reservation. Volunteers are needed to help package and/or deliver the meals. Groups and churches are welcome to participate by providing individually wrapped desserts. For more information, call the above number.

4-H Chick Chain Auction

The UT Extension Office will hold a Chick Chain Auction on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Courthouse Annex. Breeds available during the auction will be Black Sex-Link Chickens, Barred Rock and Rhodes Island Red breeds. All proceeds from the auction go to support the county 4-H program. For more information contact 423-623-7531.

Dandridge Senior Center

There will be a salad luncheon at the Dandridge Senior Center, 917 Elliott Ferry Rd., (behind First People’s Bank), on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cost is $7. Advance tickets are available at the center or may be purchased from members or at the door the day of the event. Proceeds go to help with Center’s expenses. For more information, call 865-397-4835.

Job Fair for Senior Citizens

Experience Works and the Cocke County Office on Aging will host a Senior Workforce Job Fair for individuals ages 55 and older on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Quality Inn of Newport, 1010 Cosby Hwy. If you are retired and looking for something to do, but are not interested in working, volunteer opportunities are available. Please bring a resume, if you have one. Attendees are asked to dress for the occasion. Interested employers are invited to reserve a space and interview possible candidates for either part-time or full-time employment. Non-profits are invited to reserve a space to recruit volunteers for their programs. Deadline to reserve space is Oct. 4. For more information, call the Office on Aging (423-623-7296, ext. 4).

Music at Bruners Grove

Bruners Grove Music Barn: (formerly Bruners Grove Grocery), 2401 Knob Creek Rd., Bybee; music every Saturday night featuring Ronnie Kelley and Southern Performance; all invited for family fun; no alcohol; no profanity; food available for purchase; for more information, call 423-625-1343 or 423-623-6026.

Empower Cocke County

The Empower Cocke County “Buy the Pound” thrift store now has free Bibles and Christian literature, plus free children’s books and stuffed animals for any children. The store is open Thursday—Saturday from 10-3.

LIHEAP applications being accepted

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. is accepting applications for the annual Energy Assistance program. Applicants must provide a printout from their energy vendor showing the usage charges for the last 12 months. Applicants may have applications mailed to them by calling 423-623-3066 or 423-318-6933. Applications may be mailed back to DCEA, P.O. Box 68, Newport, TN 37822 or turned in at the Douglas-Cherokee Neighborhood Service Center, 353 Driskill Circle, Newport, TN 37821.

DAV Open House/Service Hours

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 102, Pine St., holds Open House with coffee and fellowship Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Officers are available to discuss possible disability benefits on that day, plus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m.

Tai Chi Classes

New Tai Chi classes begin monthly. Contact instructor Rita Orick (423-487-2876) for times and locations. Classes are free and sponsored by Cocke County Office on Aging/Senior Center

Free meals for senior citizens

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc.’s Senior Nutrition Program offers free hot meals Mondays-Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Jones Building, 203 Bowman Dr. to those 60 or older or spouses of those age 60 or older.

Child/Adult Care Food Program

Telamon Corporation TN Head Start Program’s Bybee Center, 144 Bybee Road, Newport, and 3-D Day Care, 211 Carson Springs Rd., Newport, participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be provided at no separate charge to eligible children/adults without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability based on USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

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