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2017-03-15 / News Briefs

News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM Kim Cross, author of the book What Stands in a Storm, a recounting of events during the 2011 tornadoes, will speak tomorrow, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. The book includes social media exchanges among victims timed to actual television broadcasts. A reception will be hosted by the Blount County Museum beforehand and books will be available for purchase.

FIRST RESPONDERS PANCAKE BREAKFAST All first responders and their families are invited to a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., at New Beginnings Baptist Church. The free breakfast is to show gratitude and appreciation to all first responders for their dedication and hard work to the communities they serve. The church is located at 5375 Ala 160 in Hayden. Phone Cathy at 647-8933 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION will be held throughout the month of April at all county schools. Bring a valid birth certificate, record of immunization (blue slip), proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms. Visit or the local school for forms. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The annual Daffodil Festival will be Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring music, vendors, food, and historic activities.

Bring children dressed in Easter finery for photos on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The large pavilion is now complete and ready for reunions, picnics, weddings, receptions, and other events. Phone 429-2468 for event reservation information.

J.B. PENNINGTON FARM EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION will be Saturday, March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. Consignment fee is 10% and items may be brought to the school before noon on Friday, March 24. All types of farm equipment will be sold. Donated items will be accepted with 100% of proceeds to benefit the school’s FFA program. No junk. Viewing of equipment will be Friday, March 24, from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. For more information, phone the school at 429-4101 or Van Alldredge at 237-5915.

LANDSCAPE READY WORKSHOP The Blount County Extension office will have the workshop on Monday, April 3, at the Frank Green Building auditorium. The $10 class fee includes lunch and is limited to 50 attendees. The workshop will cover pruning, lawn maintenance, insect and disease problems, plant selection, and other home landscape issues. Phone 274-2129 to register.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. For more information, phone 589-2311.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information. COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays March 24, April 7 and 21, and May 12 and 26, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274-7780 or 274-0596.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL of Blount County will host the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp for children entering first grade through seniors. This year’s show will be The Tortoise Versus the Hare. Auditions and role assignments will be Monday, June 12, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Oneonta High School auditorium. Camp will run that week with the performance on Saturday, June 17. For more information, email or visit

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Current displays and subject matter include the L&N Railroad, Hobnail glassware, vintage sewing, powder/music boxes, and vintage toys. The museum has books dating back to the early 1800s for sale. Hardback books are $2 and paperback books are $1. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS are needed as transportation specialists to deliver lifesaving blood to hospitals. Learn more at

BLOUNT SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM will sponsor low-cost spay and neuter for pets of Blount County residents during April. B-SNAP will pay $30 toward the cost of a female spay and $20 toward the cost of a male neuter. The program is dedicated to the memory of Eugene Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Blount County Animal Shelter. Phone 647-8340 to make an appointment.

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