Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Appalachian Promise of Claiborne County (APCC), a 501(C)3 faith-based organization, has announced new office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office, provides smart recovery services for those battling addiction provided by a licensed facilitator, these services are by appointment only, rehab placement services are also available. Job placement services and money management classes are also offered. For more information, call 423-259-8189.


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The Main Street Pineville summer event schedule includes: July 3, Independence Day in Pineville; July 11, Main Street Live! with Dave Shoemaker; July 25, Summer Reading finale “Man on the Moon” presented by Bell County Public Library; July 27, Main Street Live!; Aug. 3, Kidsfest; and Aug. 17, Main Street Live!

JULY 3, 4

A Hometown Celebration will be held on the Courthouse Square in downtown Pineville on July 3. The schedule includes: 6 p.m., Golf Cart Parade ($100 prize) and vendors open on the square; 7 p.m., The Sandlot at the Bell Theater; 9 p.m., street dance; and 10 p.m., fireworks. On July 4 there will be an All-Day Pool Party at Pineville City Pool featuring free admission, pool competitions with prizes, hot dogs, music and the Lil’ Miss Firecracker competition. The first 100 people will receive a free water bottle.


The city of Middlesboro will host a fireworks celebration beginning at dusk on July 4 along U.S. 25E. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be held on July 6 in conjunction with the inaugural veterans event, Vietnam Welcome Home in downtown Middlesboro.


The Bell County Chamber of Commerce and Tri-State Veterans will host a “Vietnam Welcome Home” celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 6 in downtown Middlesboro to honor those who have served in the Vietnam War and ll wars of our country. The celebration will include a parade, vendors and entertainment. Vendors will be set up on the city parking lot from 2 to 8 p.m. The parade will take place at 4 p.m. starting on 15th Street and ending on 20th Street. Following the parade, the celebration continues in the city parking lot with posting of the colors and singing of the national anthem and entertainment.

St. Julian Catholic Church, located at 118 East Chester Avenue in Middlesboro, will have a church yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon on July 6. Rent a table for $10 and keep your proceeds.

A benefit singing for New Harvest will begin at 6 p.m. on July 6 at Katie’s Restaurant featuring music by New River Rising, Joseph Hensley, The Roberts Sisters and Second Chance, food and fellowship. Proceeds will help buy new equipment that was recently lost in the Campbell County flood. Donations can also dropped off at the restaurant or mailed to: Greg Marlow, 179 S. Village Lane, Lafollette, TN 37766. Make checks payable to New Harvest/Greg Marlow.


The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet on July 9 at David’s Steak House in Corbin. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Larry Totten, statewide president of Kentucky Public Retirees. Retirees (and spouses) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS are welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or at For more information call 606-260-0490.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension District Board will meet at 10 a.m. on July 10 in the Bell County Extension Office at the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.


A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 13 at the St. Julian Catholic Church parish hall, located at 118 East Chester Avenue in Middlesboro. Sponsored by the St. Julian Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, the menu includes 2 slices of bacon or sausage, three pancakes with syrup, coffee or orange juice. Meals are $6, adults; $3, children (2 pancakes); and children 5 and under eat free.


Bell County Democrats will meet at 4:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library on 20th Street featuring a presentation about Emerge Kentucky.


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has set aside June as Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month. To celebrate the occasion, Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) will pay half the usual adoption fee of $70 for any cat or kitten adopted through July 15. That means you can adopt your next best friend for only $35. That price also includes the spay or neutering service, one set of shots and a deworming.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host Tasty Tuesday at 1 p.m. on July 16. Participants will be making a watermelon refresher. To register, call the Bell County Extension Office to register at 606-337-2376.


Stand in the Gap Coalition will host Support Transition and Recovery Training (START) on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 325 Straight Creek Road in New Tazewell (old Powell Valley Electric office). START, conducted by James Shoffner, pastor of Riverview Baptist Church, will address substance abuse and addictive processes as well as provide support and education to individuals and families to help them overcome the strongholds associated and will also be providing life skills trainings. For more information, contact Shoffner at 865-279-9661 or the Stand in the Gap office at 423-300-1302, email

JULY 17-OCT. 9

Those who are mourning the death of a loved one are invited to attend the Griefshare at New Beginning Baptist Church in Harrogate. This non-denominational Christ-centered program features biblical teachings by grief experts and testimonies of grieving people. GriefShare offers insights that help to renew hope for the future as well as providing the chance to be around other that understand. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:30 pm, July 17 through Oct. 9. For more information, contact the church office at 423-7378 or Bob and Nancy Jackson at 423-869-4422. You may also visit or

JULY 22-26

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Highway 63 in Harrogate, will be in revival July 22-26 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Dr. Ronnie Owens, pastor of Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport, will be preaching. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. For more information, call the church office at 423-869-7378 or visit


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering an All About Animals 4-H Day Camp beginning at 10 a.m. on July 25 at Veteran’s Park. This program is for children ages 4-8 and is free. Presenters at this program will be Zoodles discussing animal education and Mitch Whitaker presenting the raptor program. Lunch will be provided. To register, call the Bell County Extension Office to register at 606-337-2376.

AUG. 3

The annual Middlesboro Wing Fling Festival will be held Aug. 3.

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Effective the first week of August, Appalachian Promise of Claiborne County (APCC), a 501(C)3 faith-based organization, will provide monthly support meetings for MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, located inside the office, located at N. 1718 Broad Street in Tazewell. Meetings will be held weekly, times will be announced. A victims advocate is available now. You may stop in for assistance or by calling. For more information, call 832-377-5223 or 877-ASK-MADD for the 24-hour victim line.

Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith-based organization, along with local churches in the Tri-State area is hosting an evening out for grandparents and caregivers by providing childcare on the second Tuesday of each month. SIGCO is located at 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, Tennessee. A service of SIGCO is to provide free saliva-based drug testing kits with instructions, called Give Me a Reason. For more information on the evening out, addiction treatment or how you can help “Stand in the Gap“ call 423-300-1302, email or mail P.O. Box 539, Cumberland Gap TN 37724.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. For more information, contact the following: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Council on Literacy at 606-248-2014 or the Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044.

Volunteers are needed for the Kentucky Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Cumberland Valley District) to read a while, play a game of checkers, discuss the day’s events, reminisce or just sit and watch TV with a local senior. If you currently visit someone in a long-term care facility or would like to become involved, contact Arlene Gibson at 606-864-7391, ext. 119.

Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason is designed for parents/guardians to use to talk with their children and randomly test them, which gives them a reason to say no when tempted or offered drugs. Kits can be obtained at 44 different distribution points throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, at 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, Tennessee. For more information, contact the SIGCO office at 423-300-1302. To pick up a kit, stop by on Mondays from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond to single- and multi-family home fires in the Lake Cumberland service area, which includes Bell, Harlan, Knox and Whitley counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a home fire – often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning. Volunteers may apply online by visiting or by contacting chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or

The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter, at 117 South Pine Street in Pineville, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 606-337-9736.

Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County non-residential support groups are held at the Lighthouse Mission Center, 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187 or Ules Baker at 606-670-1949. Men’s and women’s support groups meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Youth support groups (ages 10-18) meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Lighthouse Ray of Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The “Something Different” Narcotics Anonymous group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the First Christian Church of Middlesboro, at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, will have food giveaways at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. Emergency food boxes are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

A military support group for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you face financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.

GED classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, at 980 Old Bell High Road off of U.S. 119 in Pineville. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

Benchmark Family Services, serving Bell, Harlan, Clay, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties, invites you to become a foster parent. Free orientation classes are held from 5 to 6 p.m. on any Tuesday. For more information, call 606-526-6992 or toll free at 866-526-6992.

Applications are available for the Lighthouse Medical Clinic, 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visits are by appointment only. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

Narcotics Anonymous will meet at the Living Clean Group Wallsend Community Room in Pineville. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on Mondays; at noon on Wednesdays, closed for addicts only; and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 606-499-0238 or 606-302-6972.

Narconon is reminding families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling, get them the help they need. For a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs, call 800-431-1754 or visit Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.