News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Margretta Smith will read her story ‘My Dog Can Talk’, today at 10 a.m., followed by representatives from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue and Animal Hospital P.C. who will talk about responsible pet ownership and how to teach your dog basic commands.

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have a council work session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, followed by the regular council meeting at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

CITY OF ONEONTA PUBLIC HEARING will be held Tuesday, July 11, immediately after the council meeting, at The Little Brick Church. The hearing will be for the purpose of discussing the downtown master plan. All interested parties are invited. SHELBY AND JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS invite Blount County residents interested in hearing candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat speak, to join them on Thursday, July 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. All eight announced Democrat candidates have been invited. Interested in carpooling or caravanning? Phone 625-6682.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE Auditions for ‘Black Tie America’ will be Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m., and Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Phone 256-582-7469 or visit for more information.

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 Oneonta Worshp Center’s 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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays July 14 and 28, 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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, July 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The OBA, along with Pounder’s Seafood Restaurant and SwampTails Restaurant, presents the band 5ive O’clock Charlie with a live performance. There will be inflatables, food, music, and classic vehicles. Bring a lawn chair and the family to enjoy this free downtown event.

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HOFSTALER MEMORIAL CEREMONY has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at White’s Cemetery, located between Trafford and Locust Fork. Hofstalar was a Revolutionary War veteran and a memorial marker will be placed on his grave by the Josiah Brunson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2017 Covered Bridge Arts & Music Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. Vendor applications are available now. Email Aimee Wilson at for more information on this and other chamber events.

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.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS announces the following important dates: Tuesday, July 18, out-of-district fee deadline, pay at the central office any time by this date from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Wednesday, July 26, schedule pickup for grades 6-12 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (6th graders must provide two proofs of residence – deed, lease, utility bill – in order to pick up schedule, excluding out-of-district students.); Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, schedule change from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 6-12; Wednesday, Aug. 2, new student registration from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 8, open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., kindergarten orientation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., grades 1-5 orientation from 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., grades 6-8 orientation 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., 9th grade orientation from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 10, first day of school for students. LOCUST FORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL announces the following important dates: Monday, July 31, new student registration is between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guardians must provide student’s birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of immunization ‘blue card,’ proof of residence – deed, lease, utility bill, etc., – and medical forms if student requires medication during school hours; Thursday, Aug. 3, open house with a parent information meeting from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m., and ‘meet the teacher’ afterwards until 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 9, first day of school for all Blount County schools. Phone the school at 681-9512 with questions.

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.

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.

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.

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