News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 The annual picnic will be tomorrow, Aug. 17, at Rotary Cabin in Guntersville, beginning at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. The group will furnish barbecue and chicken.

ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL has scheduled a work session to be held Thursday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m., to discuss the 2017- 18 budget.

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 5:15 p.m., in the council chambers to discuss the Oneonta downtown entertainment district. Interested residents are invited. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Friends of the Library will meet tomorrow, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m., to elect officers. The public is invited.

A seminar on seed saving with speaker Charlotte Hagood, founder of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank, will be Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m.

LOCUST FORK TUBE FLOAT will be Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The group will meet at Hazelrig Orchards in Cleveland and the easy, slow float should be over by 1 p.m. Bring an inner tube, water shoes, towel, and a brown bag lunch and water. The event is free but preregister at, or phone 429-4120 for more information.

CRISIS CENTER JUST A CALL AWAY 5K The third annual 5K and 1-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.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will meet Monday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue. The guest speaker will be Lions District 34A Governor Mark Stevens. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Aug. 25, at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and visit friends old and new from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

ONEONTA CLASS OF 1955 will have a reunion on Friday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES The ‘Share a snack day’ will be Friday, Aug. 25, 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.

GARGUS FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 27, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and photos to share. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. Phone Sandy at 274-8440 or 601-8623, or email for more info

TOWN OF CLEVELAND LABOR DAY BBQ The annual fundraiser will be held Monday, Sept. 4, at the park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local bands will provide music, there will be barbecue and chicken plates and fried pies for sale during the event, and there will be activities for the entire family. Pre-ordered Boston butts are $25, whole chickens are $10, and a slab of ribs are $15 each. Phone Olivia Blackwood at 274-9418 to order. All proceeds benefit park projects.

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.

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.

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. A drawing will be held each Thursday at 10 a.m. for a market basket of mixed vegetables.

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.

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.

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.

THE HAYDEN LIONS CLUB is appealing to the public for old photos of Blount County covered bridges. Of special interest are those covered bridges from the past that are no longer in existence today. Of that group, of particular interest are Nectar Covered Bridge, Standridge Covered Bridge, and two West Blount low-water bridges, Vaughn Bridge and Deans Ferry Road Bridge. Photos will be copied and returned. This is in connection with the Lions Club project to build a replica of Easley Covered Bridge for display adjacent to Hayden Primary School. If you have photos of these or other old covered bridges, please contact Hayden Lions Club president Tim Sosebee at (205) 568- 0076 to arrange a brief loan.

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. Tax deductible donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays at 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The large pavilion is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY A snapshot contest will be held through tomorrow, Aug. 17, and the winner will enjoy a private after hours movie with up to 10 guests. Phone the library for details on how to enter the contest.

Patrons may check out up to four DVD or BlueRay movies for up to seven days. New releases are limited to two per card for a maximum of three days. An increased late fine of $1 per day is now in effect.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The Blount County Historical Society is searching for someone or a group to commit to the maintenance and upkeep of the Exploit of Murphree Sisters historical marker and Battle of Royal historical marker. Both markers are located on County Road 26, in Royal near the river bridge. If interested, contact Kathy Self Fowler at 308-8614.

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