News Briefs

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, June 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Munoz Mexican Restaurant in Hayden. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Hal Hendrix of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will give a presentation to adults tomorrow, June 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The movie ‘Flubber’ will be shown outside the library on Friday, June 9, at 8:15 p.m. Refreshments are included, but bring your own seating.

Tuesday, June 13, at 10 a.m., the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will discuss scouting for interested individuals.

Tuesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., teens with an interest in robotics are invited to attend a robotics program. Wednesday, June 14, at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Locust Fork River will lead a children’s program with river-related stories, songs, and activities.

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.

BEASON/BEESON REUNION Descendants of Capt. Edward Beeson will gather on Saturday, June 10, at Union Methodist Church in Steele, at 11 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and a covered dish and memories to share. The church address is 420 Beason Cove Road, Steele.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1948 REUNION will be Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. Lunch will be at 12 noon. For more information, call Charles Murphree at 466-3656.

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

CITY OF ONEONTA PUBLIC HEARINGS The mayor and council of the city of Oneonta will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, June 13, in the council chambers. At 5:15 p.m., there will be discussion of the liquor license application of Pounder’s Seafood. At 5:20 p.m., there will be discussion concerning amending the alcohol ordinance to change fees and language on lounge definition. All interested parties are invited to attend.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY and the Blount County Board of Education is sponsoring ‘Break for a plate’ and will be serving breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the elementary school lunchroom at no charge to children up to age 18. The program will continue Monday through Friday, until July 14.

COFFEE WITH A COP will be Tuesday, June 27, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at Main Street Coffee inside Miller Soda Shoppe. Parents, children, students, businesses, and church groups are invited to discuss citizen concerns, community needs by law enforcement, and learn about programs such as neighborhood crime watch.

BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK COMMITTEE will have a yard sale on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, from 7 a.m. until ?, at the Family Life Center. The group is asking for donations and items can be taken to the Blount County Memorial Museum, or a committee member can pick up items. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Park project. Phone 625-6905 to arrange for item pick up or for more information.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers 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.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email, or visit for more information and times.

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.

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 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit for more 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.

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 for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets at 6:30 p.m., on the last Thursday of each month at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography and any skill level are invited. Phone 559-2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

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. 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.

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.