Benefit for Tabatha Brown

There will be a benefit dinner/auction for Tabatha Brown on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Grassy Fork Fire Department from 1:00—6:00 p.m. Tabatha recently spent a month in the hospital fighting bacterial spinal meningitis. The menu will be a potluck dinner. Adult plates will be $8; children’s plates $4. Music will be provided by Big Creek Bluegrass, Crossroads, Jill Childress, Randall Williams, and Jayla Sluder. An auction will start at 4:00 p.m. Items for the auction and food for the potluck supper will be appreciated. For more information, call Melaine Rathbone Phillips at 423-487-2938.

Cosby High School Financial Aid Workshop

The Cosby High School Counseling Department will host a financial aid workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the CHS Library. It is open to all seniors and their parents. Financial aide representatives from Walters State Community College will be on hand to discuss various types of financial aid available, including the TN Promise Scholarship. Other topics will include completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Any senior interested in receiving financial aid to pursue a post-secondary education should attend. For more information, call the CHS Counseling Department (423-487-5602, extensions 5356 or 5357).

Kickstands Up Against Cancer

The 6th annual Kickstands Up Against Cancer motorcycle ride will be Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, 222 Heritage Dr., Newport. Registration will be from 9:30—11:00 a.m. at $20 for first rider/$10 for additional riders. Kickstands go up at 11:00 a.m. There will also be an auction, food, and music. Presented by Celebrate Life Cancer Support Group. For more information, call Sharon Taylor-Manning (865-654-2007) or go to www.facebook.com/CelebrateLifeKickstandsUp.

Fall Festival and Holiday Bazaar at CCHS

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Cocke County High School will hold a Fall Festival/Holiday Bazaar in the school gymnasium. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be all sorts of unique gifts, direct sales vendors, handmade crafts, jewelry, paintings, homemade baked goods and concessions. Anyone interested in setting up a table for the purposes of selling should contact CCHS teacher Kim Suggs (423-623-8718-ex. 113 or kimsuggs@cocke.k12.tn.us. Proceeds from the space rentals go to the school to pay for school events, such as student rewards for improved attendance, improved behavior, school shirts, and needed supplies. Concession proceeds will go to the CCHS Beta Club. All are invited.

Financial Aid Night for seniors/parents

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Erika Adams, Outreach Specialist from TN Student Assistance Corporation, will be in the Cocke County High School Library to conduct a financial aid presentation. She will discuss TN Promise, HOPE Scholarship programs, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other federal and state financial aid programs. Admission is free. All high school seniors and their parents/guardians are urged to attend.

Bell Ringing Ceremony

William Cocke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host their annual Bell Ringing Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. in celebration of National Constitution Week. The event will be held on the Cocke County Courthouse lawn with Rep. Jeremy Faison as keynote speaker. Children from various county schools will participate in patriotic activities. All are invited to bring your loudest bell to pay tribute to our nation’s most important document, the Constitution. In case of inclement weather, the activities will be moved to Newport City Hall.

Jason Coleman to perform

Pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of piano legend Floyd Cramer, will present a concert at Salem Lutheran Church, Parrottsville, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. Admission is free but there will be a love offering taken for the HOPE fund, the project to build headquarters for local agencies such as the Bread Basket and Meals on Wheels. All are invited.

Soup bean supper at Grassy Fork

Everyone is invited to Grassy Fork Elementary School’s Soup Bean Supper on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4:00—6:00 p.m. featuring the Grassy Fork Elementary School students. Cost is $8. The menu includes soup beans, potatoes, kraut/wieners, macaroni/cheese, cornbread, drink, and dessert. (Chicken tenders may be substituted for soup beans.) Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new school sign.

St. James Community Center

A concert sponsored by St. James Community Center, in southern Greene County, will feature Carson Peters and Iron Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 pm. Peters performed with Ricky Skaggs at the CMA Awards last November and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 423-312-4392 (Pat Bonnett). The center is located at 3220 St. James Rd., Greeneville, TN.

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, participates 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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