News Briefs

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will meet Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue restaurant. Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green will speak. The public is welcome. The Hayden club is in their 41st year serving local charities and community projects.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING The JSU Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the chamber office. Phone 274- 2153 to make the necessary appointment.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS announces the following important dates: Today, 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 announces the following important dates: Tomorrow, 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.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1957 will celebrate the 60th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. until ?, at Grace Baptist Church. Bring a dish to share.

HIPP & MURPHREE REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 11 a.m., at Rock Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall at 1905 County Road 6. Phone Jerry Alldredge at 429-3321 or Ivalee Hipp Darmer at 256-572-1946 with questions. Bring a covered dish and photos to share.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION The 83rd annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 Co. Road 109, Bremen. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until the last cousin leaves. Phone Patsy Lee Sandlin Medlock at 995-7988 or email for more information.

ELLIS HERNDON FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Blountsville. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

APPALACHIAN SCHOOL announces the following important dates: Monday, Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. is ‘meet the teacher’ for kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are required to bring proof of residence (current utility bill, lease agreement, deed, etc.) to register and new students must also bring proof of immunization ‘blue card’ and records from the previous school. Lockers/postage for high school students are $14 per year and a parking pass is $10.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Wood Fire Grill in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, Aug. 11 and 18, 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.

LEWISBURG/FULTONDALE JR. HIGH REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 12, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Fultondale Elementary School lunchroom, for those who attended through 1972. Bring a snack and memorabilia to share. Phone Melissa Linton Stephens at 631-7042 for more information.

CRISIS CENTER JUST A CALL AWAY 5K The third annual 5K and one-mile fun run will be Saturday, Aug. 19, in uptown Birmingham. The race begins at 8 a.m., the fun run at 9 a.m., and awards at 9:15 a.m. Race fee is $30 for the 5K, and $20 for the fun run. To register, visit Proceeds benefit the Crisis Center, which provides free 24- hour aid for sexual assault, mental health support, suicide prevention, and much more.

MURPHREE FAMILY REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree are invited to the reunion at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn at 1226 Barwick Road in Blountsville, on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a favorite dish to share. Phone 559-1926 with questions.

SNEAD TOWN PICNIC will be Saturday, Sept. 30. Vendor applications are available for $25 per booth or tent. Phone Jennifer Adams or Lucretia Chiz at 466- 3200, or email for an application.

MASTER GARDENER The Blount County Extension office is taking applications for the fall Master Gardener class to be held every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from Aug. 30 through Nov. 15 at the Hayden Community Center. Topics will include: home orchards, vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification, landscape design, and more. The price for the class is $125 and deadline to register is Aug. 8. Applications may downloaded from the Master Gardener website, picked up at the Extension office at 415 5th Ave. E., #A, Oneonta. Phone 274-2129 or Bethany O’Rear at 612-9524 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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open each Tues-day, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. A drawing will be held each Thursday at 10 a.m. for a market basket of mixed vegetables.

NEED AN ITEM IN NEWS BRIEFS? Email information to, fax to 625-3239, call 625-3231, or drop by our office at 217 Third Street South in Oneonta.