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The public is Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Maple Creek, 107 Gallaher Road in Kingston for the annual dinner and fundraiser in support of Kids First Child Advocacy Centers 20 Years of Giving Hope to Children invited .

This event includes live music, a visual presentation of CAC history and special guest speakers. Dinner is provided by Dead End Bar-B-Que.

Reservations are $100 per person and must be made by April 4th at

All proceeds benefit Kids First CAC.

The Meigs Decatur Friends of the Library are hosting a Meet the Author event on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m

John Suter will speak about his novel Brett Wilson and Coronado’s Door. Suter will give a detailed account of where he gets his inspiration from and how he published his books.

Suter lives on his farm in Sale Creek. His novels are aimed at middle school students and young adult readers.

This event is free and light refreshments will be served.

The Meigs Decatur Public Library is located at 120 E. Memorial Drive in Decatur and can be reached at 423-334-3332.

The Athens Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that the 36th annual Papa Daughter Dance 2022 will take place on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m. will be held in the McMinn County High School Cafeteria.

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Recreation Office at City Hall, 815 North Jackson St., or by calling 423-744-2700 ext. 3.

As of Tuesday, 8 a.m., 52 remaining tickets for Friday 7:30 p.m., 356 remaining tickets for Saturday 1 p.m. and 104 remaining tickets for Saturday 4 p.m. Remaining tickets for the dance on Saturday 7:30 p.m. are sold out. Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on Friday March 25th or until all tickets are sold.

Tickets are $12 each and must be purchased prior to the dance as tickets are not sold at the box office.

Picture coupons are also available for $14, which include two 5x7s and eight wallets. Picture vouchers can be purchased in advance or at the dance.

The Athens Public Works Office announces the following road closure:

The affected area is Long Street from Washington Avenue to Madison Avenue. This closure lasts until Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. The purpose of this closure is a roof replacement.

Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution and pay attention to diversion and traffic guidance signs, pedestrians and work teams. Drivers should allow additional time for traffic delays when driving in this area.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 423-744-2745.

The registration day for the 4-H Junior Camp is Monday, March 28th at 9:00 am at the McMinn Higher Education Center, 2345 Denso Drive in Athens.

This registration is for fourth through sixth grade McMinn County 4-H members. There are limited places available and on this day only there is an offer of $100 off the total camp cost.

Camp dates are June 6-10 and camp will be held at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville. The total cost of the camp is $340 and includes transportation, indoor accommodation, meals, activities and more. or Facebook to watch a video about the camp, or call 423-745-2852 with additional questions.

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department has announced a new health initiative urging McMinn Countians to go for McMinn’s health.

This program is designed to encourage everyone to get outside and exercise. The parks department has organized walking groups at several city parks throughout the week, or participants are encouraged to go out on their own and earn their miles. The goal is for the community to log its miles and by August 23 to have achieved 53,276 miles as a community, which equates to one mile for each McMinn County resident.

“We are extremely excited to launch this new program and to encourage everyone to get more exercise, whether that’s running, rolling, walking or walking. It’s no secret that the obesity rate is insanely high and as a park authority we want to do something about it. We’ve created a quick online form for logging and entering miles, and we encourage schools, businesses, and community organizations to organize their own walks to help us reach our goal. We are planning a graduation ceremony for August 23, 2022, the 200th anniversary of our city’s incorporation. We hope we have a lot to celebrate on the day,” said program coordinator Brianna Baker.

To get your school, business or organization involved, contact Brianna Baker at [email protected]

For more information, call the Office of Parks & Recreation at 423-744-2700 ext. 3.

Nominations for the Athens Young Woman of the Year Award and the Athens Young Man of the Year Award are now being accepted.

Both awards will be presented on April 21 at the Athens Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. These awards are sponsored by Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Candidates for the Young Man of the Year and Young Woman of the Year awards must be 39 years of age or younger and the date of birth should be included in the application. Candidates should demonstrate leadership qualities and engage in providing overall contributions to the community.

Nomination forms are available upon request at 423-746-5202 and nominations should be sent to: President’s Office, Tennessee Wesleyan University, 204 E. College St., Athens, TN, 37303.

Closing date for nominations is Wednesday, March 30th.

The Good Faith Clinic meets this month on Tuesday, March 29 at Christ Community Church on Congress Parkway in Athens.

Fill-ups are at 3:00 p.m. and doctor visits at 3:30 p.m

Appointments for the annual health fair are also made during the March clinics.

Artwork is currently on display at the Etowah Carnegie Library by artist Barbara Ensley of the Community Artist League.

Ensley’s exhibition The Invisible Thread celebrates the interconnectedness of life. This series of 20 paintings was not painted consecutively. Instead, Ensley alternated between canvases, allowing each layer of acrylic to dry in between. The color left over after completing one painting became the beginning of the next painting. The result of this process is an “invisible thread of color” that connects all of these parts together in a fluid but cohesive manner.

The library is located at 723 Ohio Ave in Etowah and can be reached at 423-263-9475.

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for certified lifeguards and a pool manager for the Ingleside Pool.

The summer pool season starts on May 23rd and runs until the end of September for parties. The City of Athens is seeking mature, reliable and friendly personnel to continue operating Ingleside Pool in a professional capacity.

Fill out the application and submit it to the HR department. Applications are available online or from the Human Resources department at City Hall.

If you are interested in a lifeguard position but are not yet certified, the City of Athens is hosting a Red Cross lifeguard course from 19th to 23rd May. You can register online or at the park administration.

The City of Niota is hosting a drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Main Street near the old library building.

The website operates on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Those interested can register online at or in person and by phone at 1-800-336-9507.

The PCR (nasal or oral) 48 to 72 hour rapid test is available.

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department has announced a Food Truck Night with an exhibition of vehicles and equipment from the City of Athens Fleet at Market Park on March 31 from 17:00 to 20:00

Participants are encouraged to have dinner from a food truck and explore the trucks and machines that the city of Athens operates.

Food trucks must be checked and pre-registered by the health department. All interested food trucks should return a completed application to the Parks and Recreation Department, limited to the first six food trucks.

“We held our first food truck night with such success this fall and we have been really looking forward to planning another. We had a great crowd and the food trucks sold out, so it was a win for all of us,” said Brianna Baker, Athens Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator.

For more information, call the Office of Parks & Recreation at 423-744-2700 ext. 3.

The Etowah Arts Commission and East Tennessee Arts Center have announced the Regional Middle School Student Art Show open to all middle school students in Bradley, London, McMinn, Monroe, Polk, Meigs and Roane counties.

This is a juried art exhibition with awards for the best two and three dimensional artworks. The exhibition will be held at the Etowah Arts Commission’s Nancy Cantrell Dender Gallery for the month of April 2022 with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday 9 April from 6pm to 9pm

The show is open from April 6th to April 30th, Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Submissions are due April 1st and 2nd and only one artwork can be submitted per student.

For more information, contact Venesa Vanskiver, Director of the Etowah Arts Commission, at [email protected] or by phone at 423-263-7608.

Polk County High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame nominations are being accepted. Nominations are open to all PCHS graduates.

Each nominee must be a PCHS graduate from 1913 to the present who has distinguished themselves in speaking positively about PCHS and the educational opportunities offered to them. The candidate should have made a significant contribution to the community, county, or country in which they live that benefits the well-being of all of its residents.

Nominees may have distinguished themselves in academic, medical, legal, charitable, spiritual, or other fields or endeavors.

Nominations will be accepted in writing by April 1st.

Nominations should include a list of the nominee’s qualifications and an essay by the nominator, no more than 200 words, explaining why the nominee would be a worthy inductee for the Hall of Fame.

Posthumous nominees are welcome.

Those responsible for the alumni association act as the nominations committee and are solely responsible for selecting the winners.

The induction takes place at the annual Alumni Association banquet on the first Saturday in June.

Nominations should be emailed to LaMone Lowery Rose at [email protected]

south.netor by mail to Polk County Alumni Association, PO Box 353, Benton, TN 37307.

The 2021 McMinn County Mother of the Year will be announced at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 21.

Nominations for Mother of the Year 2021 are now being accepted by the Chamber of Commerce. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available from the Chamber Office, located at 13 North Jackson St., Athens. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 423-745-0334.

Deadline for nominations is March 28th.

The 76th Annual Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Faith Farms

At the event, the chamber honors members of the community with various awards each year.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office at 13 North Jackson St. or by calling 745-0334.

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