News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY SANTA LISTS will be available today, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building Auditorium. The lists are for needy Blount County children and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to those who adopt a child’s list during that time. Phone Alicia at 274-5224 or Laura at 274-5251 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have Abundant Life, the annual dinner and gala, tomorrow, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Ephesians Farm. Guest speaker is Oneonta native Heather Hanson Payne, ‘Forgiven and Set Free,’ Bible study facilitator. Phone 625-5416 for ticket and sponsor information.

GREEN FAMILY REUNION Relatives of Dave and Janie Phillips Green will have a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Phone Pat Hawkins at 274-7507 with questions.

OHS MUSIC AND DRAMA FORMAL CONSIGNMENT SALE will be Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at Oneonta High School. Cash or checks accepted. To place an item for consignment, contact Sara Towns at

CITY OF ONEONTA will have an organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. The newly-elected municipal officials will take office.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have an organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. The newly-elected municipal officials will take office and the regular council meeting will follow.

ONEONTA PARK AND REC BASKETBALL registration for 13 – 18 year-olds is being held Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration fee is $25. Phone 625-3805 or 625-3534 for more information.

VETERANS DINNER Blount County Girl Scout Troop 1281 will host the dinner, open to veterans and family members, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Door prizes will be given away and football games will be shown during the event. RSVP via text to Mandy at 753- 0685 or email to Jeanette at

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low cost. All donations are tax deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Any group, business, church, or family may register through Nov. 14 to decorate a spot at the park. Decorating will begin in November. There is no cost to register and prizes will be awarded. Questions? Phone the park at 274-0017.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY RSVP The Blount County Retired Senior Volunteer Program offices have moved to the Family Services Center (the old Blount Memorial Hospital), address 1000 Lincoln Ave. East, Room 102, phone 625-4901.

THE CRISIS CENTER is now open to serve individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offer medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta. BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students. Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 625-4102, the Oneonta Board of Education at 625-4106, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

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.