News Briefs

APPLACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL will sponsor the play, The Ribbon, on Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m., at the school. Tickets are $5 per person, free admission for children 5 and under.

SPRING RIVER WALK sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River, will be Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. Senior naturalist Zac Napier will direct 2-3 hour walk. Register at for further directions and information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Maria Brindle and Pat Lyles will conduct a seminar on herbs, spices, and seasonings and their unique uses and health benefits on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

The library is conducting a change drive to collect funds for J.B. Pennington’s library. The program is ‘Pennies for Pennington’ and the library encourages local businesses to participate also. Visit the library to donate or for promotional materials. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit for more information on library programs.

TOM BELL MEMORIAL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT The annual high school invitational golf tournament hosted by Oneonta High School will be held April 10-11 at Limestone Springs Golf Course. The 18 high school teams will compete in the seventh annual event in remembrance of Tom Bell and his support and love for the game and the kids that play it. The tournament has provided more than $12,000 in scholarships over the seven year history. To donate to the scholarship fund or volunteer, visit

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.

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

SUSAN MOORE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD is accepting bids for the spring and summer mowing and upkeep of the park. Proposals must include contact, licensing, and insurance information. Proposal packets are available at town hall for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Phone 466- 7400 with questions.

WALLACE STATE ADULT EDUCATION The school is now offering a program for those who didn’t complete their high school education. The nontraditional high school diploma is available to those who completed all the necessary credits and received a Certificate of Attendance but failed a portion of the exit exam. The diploma (not a GED) is issued after the course has been completed. Phone John Glasscock at 256-352-8077 or 256-352- 8078, or visit for more information.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT will sponsor a women’s self defense class ‘Refuse to be a victim’ held at Blountsville Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them short term. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in fostering a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 625-6026.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays 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.

MORTON REUNION The annual event will be Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Snead Baptist Church fellowship hall. Bring a covered dish and photos to share. For more information, email

ONEONTA FIRE DEPARTMENT will be conducting fire hydrant testing beginning Monday, April 10, through Friday, May 12, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This procedure could produce a slight discoloration in the water but does not affect the safety or taste. The flushing is necessary to test the function of the hydrant. Phone OFD at 274-2752 with questions.

ORGANIZATIONAL BLOUNT COUNTY CIVITAN CLUB Interested in creating and joining a local civitan club? Learn about the club and its services at the discovery organizational meeting to be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m., at Heritage Golf Course Clubhouse. A complimentary light dinner will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Donna Grice at 256-506-5113 or, or Catherine Muir at 256- 778-8936 or

APPALACHIAN PTSO BANQUET will be Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m., at the school gym. The all-you-can-eat dinner will be catered by Whiskers Catfish. Entertainment will be provided, and there will be a live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit Appalachian schools. Tickets are available at the school office or at the door the day of the banquet.

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

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, April 29, beginning at 1 p.m., at Heritage Golf Club in Oneonta. Entry fee is $240 per four-man team. Proceeds benefit Lions Club projects in the community. For more information or to register, phone Doug Reid at 531- 6801 or Tim Sosebee at 568-0076.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Currently has for sale Blount County covered bridge pillows, shoulder and book bags, postcards, coffee mugs, magnets, and Christmas ornaments. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

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.

BACKYARD TOMATO WORKSHOP The Blount County Extension office will have the workshop on Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. The $15 fee includes lunch and 10 tomato plants to take home. Topics covered will be tomato production, selecting varieties, insect and disease identification, and more. Registration deadline is April 5 and limited to 50. Phone or visit the extension office at 274-2129 or 415 5th Ave. East, #A, Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD is asking for a $40 donation per household to help with operating expenses. A complimentary 10 x 13 family portrait will be given as thanks for the donation. The rescue squad hopes to purchase a command post and continue the life-saving service. All donations are tax deductible. Phone Steven Tuck at 256-506-7622, Jeff Baril at 353-6191, or Olivia Gean at 559-4457 for more information or to make a donation.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will offer the Practical Yards sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Palisades Park. The all-day seminar costs $20 per person and includes lunch and snacks and a special plant sale for attendees. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 2:30 p.m. and will cover topics such as edible landscapes, small garden spaces with large appeal, Japanese Maples, and native azaleas. Contact Sherilyn Osborne at 681-9896 or email to register. It is advised to register early, as the seminar fills quickly.

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.

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.