Attention: Incoming Freshmen!

Cocke County High School will host a night for incoming freshmen (Fall, 2020), on Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. Information about registration, course offerings, CTE pathways, all they acronyms in their future, and general high school information will be provided. All incoming 9th graders, parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about what’s coming your way!

Douglas Lake Clean-up

Volunteers are needed and welcome to help with the annual Spring Clean-up of Douglas Lake on Tuesday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meet at the pull-off across from O’Dell Road. Grabbers, trash bags, food, and water will be provided. In case of inclement weather, meet same place, same time on Tuesday, March 24.

Spring Bazaar at CCHS

Cocke County High School will hold a Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sixty vendors have registered and will offer unique gifts, including handmade crafts, jewelry, paintings, homemade baked goos, and other items. Direct sales vendors will be present; there will also be concessions. Proceeds will go to the school’s general fund for operating expenses.

Kiwanis Club fundraiser

The Newport Kiwanis Club will host Gerry Izzy, a Black Hawk Super 65 helicopter pilot, who was in the 18-hour Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $15 for reserved seated (available online only at The event will benefit the continuing renovations of the school auditorium.

MEDIC blood drive

The MEDIC mobile will be at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, 222 Heritage Blvd., on Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. All donors will receive a free MEDIC gift card and a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

Dandridge Senior Center

The Dandridge Senior Center will host their annual corned beef/cabbage dinner on Friday, March 13, from 4:00—7:00 p.m. (or until food sold out). Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available from center members or may be purchased at door. Carry-outs will be available, starting at 4 p.m. The menu also includes potatoes, carrots, soda bread, dessert, and drink. Proceeds help with center’s expenses. The center is located behind People’s Bank, 917 Elliott Ferry Rd., Dandridge. For more information, call 865-397-7605.

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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