News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have the annual Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at 106 First Avenue West, Oneonta. Delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, and desserts will be served. The center serves abused children and their caregivers throughout Blount County.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Christmas Open House will be downtown on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Many businesses will offer refreshments and chances to win door prizes. There will be live entertainment and kids can get photos made with Santa at Southern Exposure Photography. For information on all exciting OBA events, email, or visit

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will have a beginner beekeeping class beginning Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Resource Center in Cleveland. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks.

The group 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.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email 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.

AMERICAN PICKERS television show will be filming in Alabama and hosts are looking for unique antique collections and interesting stories. Have a one-of-a-kind collection or item? Phone 1-855- 653-7878 or email Private collections only – no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, or businesses open to the public.

OHS CLASS OF 1964 is planning a special Christmas Memorial in memory of deceased classmates. Contact information for the following class members is needed: Gene Arthur Mason, Mary Elayna Palmore, Joseph Michael Ragsdale, Kellie Wayne Rutherford, and Dorothy Marie Fountain. Phone Gary Conn at 615-478-2636 or email to provide contact information. 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.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM has available for purchase the 2016 collection series Swann Covered Bridge Christmas Ornament by local artist Helen Brown. Magnets and coffee mugs are also available for purchase.

The Rose Garden Club of Oneonta has the Children’s Christmas tree in the front window. New, unwrapped toys may be brought and donated to the group. All toys will be given to the Blount County DHR to benefit Blount County children.

There is a display of Christmas plates, ornaments, and toys of the past.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through the park to view the displays created by area businesses, churches, civic groups, individuals, and park staff. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. View the lights between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every night except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Santa will be at the cottage for photos on Dec. 10, 11, 16, and 17.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB MITTEN TREE is up and ready to accept gifts at the Oneonta Public Library. Needed are mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing, children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small toys. The gifts will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and the Hope House on or before Dec. 21.