High fives and school supplies
The Monroe County Schools Coordinated School Health and Family Resource Center is hosting the annual High Fives and School Supplies event at Madisonville Primary School on Thursday, July 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The first 500 students to get through will receive free backpacks, school supplies, and a t-shirt. This event is open to all Monroe County and Sweetwater City students. If your church, business, or other organization would like to volunteer, sponsor a table, or donate, please call Lacey at 423-420-9678.
Back to the school block party
The City of Madisonville is hosting a Back to School Block Party Thursday, July 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Park across from Madisonville City Hall. Celebrate the last days of summer vacation before school starts again with food trucks, karaoke, a splash zone, dance music, door prizes and more!
Community Fun Day
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Community Fun Day on Saturday, July 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Justice Center at 4500 New Highway 68 in Madisonville. There will be bouncy castles, water slides, games, pay-for hot dogs, corn holes, basketball, fun and fellowship with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office. Everyone is invited.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 30 at Rarity Bay Golf Course in Vonore. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30am with start time at 8:30am
Entry fee is $400 per team of four and includes round of golf, green fees, golf cart, complimentary beverage cart, continental breakfast and lunch, and an opportunity to win prizes. There will be competitions for longest drive, next pin, hole-in-one, and team prizes for first, second, and seventh place.
Sponsors are also being sought for the golf tournament. Sponsorships range from $150 to $1,500.
For more information, to register or to find out more, visit the event page on Facebook: GOLF TOURNAMENT-33rd Annual Chamber Classic or call the Chamber at 423-442-4588.
Christmas in the 18th Century at Fort Loudoun
Join Ranger Savannah Couser on Saturday, July 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore to celebrate Christmas in July. Participants will learn how to prepare an 18th-century Christmas dinner. Pre-registration is required for this event. The cost per participant is $10. To reserve your spot, call the fort at 423-442-2331 or visit reserve.tnstateparks.com/register/18th-century-christmas-in-july-
Red Sand Project
The Red Sand Project, a statewide human trafficking awareness initiative, is scheduled for the week of August 1-5 in Monroe County. World Day Against Human Trafficking is July 30th. Molly Gochman’s The Red Sand Project is an interactive art exhibition designed to raise awareness of human trafficking. By placing red sand in the pavement crevices, the project draws attention to those who have ‘fallen through the cracks’ in society. This initiative is led locally by Monroe STOPe and the Monroe County Health Council. Call 423-545-3015 to learn more or to request a Red Sand installation at your place of business.
Pep rally in the park
The City of Madisonville and the Downtown Madisonville Alliance are hosting a Pep Rally in the Park Monday, August 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in downtown Madisonville. There will be food trucks, live music by Cole Sitzlar, a chance to meet the new Sequoyah High School soccer coach and team, performances by the Sequoyah High School band, majorettes and cheerleaders.
Flower bed maintenance project in Fort Loudoun
Join Ranger Savannah Couser on Tuesday, August 2 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore for a flower bed maintenance volunteer project. The park needs volunteer help to maintain the native flower beds and English garden. Work includes cutting back last year’s growth, pruning plants, blowing out fall leaves, weeding and general grooming.
If you are knowledgeable about native plants, the fort could use your help in making plant identification tags to place next to the plants. If you have an available electronic device such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, please bring it with you to look up information.
This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours for scholarships, school or scouting badges.
Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. If you have work gloves and hand scissors, feel free to bring them with you; All other tools are provided.
Participants should meet at the visitor center.
For more information, call the park office at 423-420-2331.
Pop-up art camps
The East Tennessee Arts Center is hosting free pop-up art camps for kids ages 10-17 this summer.
The remaining camps will take place as follows:
- Saturday, August 6 at Vonore Baptist Church;
- Saturday, September 24th at the Tellico Plains Community Center.
Registration starts at 10:30 am. A drawing session starts at 11:00 am. Lunch is served at midday, followed by a painting session at 12:30pm. Clean-up takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email email@example.com. Please provide the names, ages, addresses and telephone numbers of all participating children and the names of their parents or legal guardians.
Please provide your child with a packed lunch. All art materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to contribute to the art materials as the East Tennessee Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.
Sequoyah Memorial Day
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore is celebrating Sequoyah Memorial Day and Sequoyah’s contribution to the Cherokee Indians through the creation of a writing system, the Cherokee syllabary, with free admission to the museum from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday, August 7th .
The printing press and forging demonstrations will run along with others throughout the day.
SVCA Summer Concert Series
Monroe Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts will present a new Summer Music Concert Series at the Bandstand at Sweetwater Duck Park. These concerts are free to the public. Food trucks will be on site. Bring a beach chair or blanket. The concerts start at 7 p.m
The rest of the line-up is as follows:
- August 12: Beth Snapp;
- August 26: Hillbilly Jedi.
cars and coffee
Join the Charles Hall Museum & Heritage Center in Tellico Plains as it welcomes car enthusiasts on the second Saturday of every month from April to October from 10am to 2pm. The next event will take place on Saturday 13 August. Network with like-minded admirers and view their prized possessions. Bring a chair, swap stories, share a hot cup of coffee, shop for a while, enjoy the museum and the local scenery. In the event of heavy rain, check the museum’s Facebook page for updated information.
Take responsibility for your diabetes
Are you busy during the day and need an evening class to learn how to manage your diabetes? Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a free six-week course that can help, taught by the Monroe County Health Department and the University of Tennessee Extension. Classes begin August 18 on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville.
Throughout the six weeks, you’ll be introduced to a variety of methods to help you better manage your diabetes, including: meal planning, monitoring blood sugar levels, ways to manage high or low blood sugar levels, talking to healthcare providers, and more. Each week, you’ll practice the skills learned during the class and receive encouragement from others who have diabetes. Previous participants on this course report lower A1C levels, weight control, a better understanding of meal planning, how to control their blood sugar levels, and a better understanding of diabetes and its complications.
Please pre-register for Take Charge of Your Diabetes by calling the UT Extension Office in Monroe County at 423-442-2433 or the Monroe County Health Department at 423-442-3993 ext. 1010, until August 16th. This ensures that there are enough copies of the course materials for everyone.
UT Extension offers equal opportunity in programs and employment.
United Way Golf Tournament
The United Way of Monroe County is hosting its annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 20th at Rarity Bay Golf Course in Vonore. Registration begins at 8am with a shotgun start at 9am
Entry fee is $400 per team of four and includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, thank you and lunch. There will be competitions for longest drive, closest to pin, winning team, losing team and more. Registration and payment deadline for teams is Thursday 4th August.
Sponsors are also being sought for the golf tournament. Sponsorships range from $150 to $1,500. Sponsorship and payment deadline is Friday 29th July.
Payments and forms for sponsorship and registration may be mailed to: United Way of Monroe County, PO Box 722, Sweetwater, TN 37874. Checks should be made payable to the United Way of Monroe County.
Smash the Stigma Community Water Balloon Fight
To support International Overdose Awareness Day awareness efforts, the Monroe County Prevention Coalition (PWC) is partnering with the City of Madisonville and the Downtown Madisonville Alliance to host the first annual Smash The Stigma Community Water Balloon Fight on Saturday, August 27th to align The fight starts at 6 p.m. Come early to secure a seat and BYOB (balloons, that is). Food trucks will be set up on site in Memorial Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Come ready with your filled water balloons/water pistols (no other items are allowed). Line up on both sides of Tellico Street. Ready, aim and launch (and expect to get wet)!
First responders drive along the route, so be prepared for return fire!
The coordinators hope the event will raise awareness of the stigma attached to substance abuse and help break that stigma.