Flag Day Salute to Veterans

On Friday, June 14, several local groups—William Cocke Chapter DAR, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102, Am Vets Post 75, American Legion Post 41, Dandridge VFW Post 3380,, Parrottsville Quilts of Valor Foundation, and View from the Bunker—will host a Salute to Veterans Buried Within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Meet at the Cosby Campground Pavilion at 4:00 for program, then carpool to Tritt Cemetery for placement of flags. For more information, call 865-475-3463 or 865-654-8473.

Bingo Blitz

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bingo Blitz scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at Newport City Park has been cancelled.

Medic Blood Drive

The annual blood drive and baseball competition for MEDIC Blood Center vs Blood Assurance & Tennessee Smokies vs Chattanooga Lookouts will be next week. On Thursday, June 13, the blood mobile will be at PriceLess Foods, 208 W. Broadway, Newport, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. All donors will receive a free 2019 admission ticket to any TN Smokies home game along with a free t-shirt and a Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

Parrottsville Library Summer Reading

Young readers are invited to enjoy the Parrottsville Summer Reading programs each Wednesday in June starting at 3 p.m. Highlights of the summer will include a visit from Miss Etta Sane (author of the children’s book Dominic Ties His Shoes), Keep Cocke County Beautiful Director Meka Henderson, who will talk about the importance of recycling, a tour of the Parrottsville Fire Department, and the Savards, who will share reading, singing, and fun, and Tammy Palmer, who will read a story about the universe with fun activities to follow. All programs will offer a craft at the end, plus a snack and drinks. A pizza party will highlight the last program.

Summer Drama Workshop

The Newport Theatre Guild will hold a Summer Drama Workshop for students in grades 1-12 on the following dates: June 13, June 20, and June 27. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, except June 27, when hours will be 1:00—6:00 p .m. The workshop will be at The Nurture Center, 517 Second St. (across from First United Methodist Church). Cost is $25, due the first day. Clay Blazer, Hillery Griffin, and Stephanie Williams will be directors. The production is about Alex, the lion, and also features his best friends: Marty, the zebra; Melman, the giraffe, and Gloria, the hippo. Participants will rehearse speaking parts, songs, staging, and choreography, plus learn about the on-stage and backstage elements of productions. For more information, visit The Newport Theatre Guild Theatre Alive on Facebook, or call Blazer (865-705-7887), Griffin (423-608-4570), or Williams (423-742-4466). You may register online at https://tinyurl.com/NTGSummerCamp.

Stokely Memorial Library Summer Reading Program

All children are invited to Stokely Memorial Library’s annual Summer Reading Program this summer on every Thursday in June and July (with the exception of July 4) at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Various readers and performers will be on hand to carry out this year’s theme: “A Universe of Stories.” A craft and light snack will also be provided. On July 25, the program will close with a pizza party. Perfect attendance is not required; readers can still earn prizes by reading library books at any time during the program. Call 423-623-3832 for more information.

Dandridge Senior Center

The Dandridge Senior Center will hold a beef brisket/pulled pork dinner on Friday, July 26, from 4:00—7:00 p.m. or until sold out. Menu also includes baked beans, coleslaw, chips, homemade desserts, and drink. Tickets now available or may be purchased at door. Cost is $12 for adults; $6 for children ages 4-12. for beef brisket dinner; $10 for pulled pork dinner. Proceeds go to help with the center’s expenses. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 865-397-7605. The center is located at 917 Elliott Ferry Road, Dandridge.

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 instructors Denise Webb (423-625-2995) or 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.

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