Gradfest 2020: A modified Gradfest celebration for Cocke County and Cosby High School Class of 2020 graduates will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at the picnic pavilions at Newport City Park from 5:00—8:00 p.m. Donations of gift cards from local businesses are needed. Call Elizabeth McNabb (423-237-1546) to pick up the donations or you may mail them to her at 136 Robinson St., Newport, TN 37821. Graduates planning to attend are asked to call McNabb as soon as possible so that food can be ordered and to give her your t-shirt size so they may be ordered.
Cosby Elementary School: Students planning to enroll at Cosby Elementary School for the first time this year may register any Monday or Wednesday between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bring a copy of birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization records. Please wear a mask when you enter the school. Any student entering the 7th grade must have taken the TDAP Booster before school starts. For more information, call 423-487-3850.
Parrottsville Fire Department Supper: The 2020 Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department Supper will be Saturday, July 25, from 5:00—8:30 p.m. at Parrottsville Elementary School. This year only carry-outs will be available. Cost is $9 per plate. The menu includes choice of ham or chicken, baked or green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, slaw, homemade rolls, and dessert. To place orders call Capt. Tony Heavner at 423-258-8070.
Douglas Cherokee seeking children for Head Start: Children for the Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority Head Start programs in Cocke County are being sought. Head Start serves children who are or who will be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 15, 2020, and who meet certain eligibility requirements set by federal guidelines. Head Start began in 1965 and is currently operated by the Department of Health and Human Services as a program for preschoolers. The program is also interested in the recruitment of children with disabilities or other health impairments that require special education and/or related services. For more information or to enter a child, call 423-623-3287 or 423-623-2516.
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.
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.
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.
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.