Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

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SEPT. 21

The fifth annual Log Mountain Rod Run will be held from 11 a.m.t o4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Bell County Area Technology Center, located in Pineville new to Bell County High School. The entry fee is $15 and includes T-shirt (more shirts available). Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, Fan Favorite and Best Custom. Rev it Up Contest begins at 3 p.m. Pulled pork will be provided by Bowman’s Best Barbecue. Sponsored by the Bell County ATC SkillsUSA Club, all proceeds go to students to help pay for region/state.

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SEPT. 22

Riverside Baptist Church in Harrogate’s homecoming will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. All are welcome to attend. Special singing by Prodigal Sons with Pastor Charlie Longworth preaching.


The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will be held at the downtown Middlesboro Levitt Lot each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 19. Experience free, live music with this lineup of impressive artists: Mike Farris & the Fortunate Few, Sept. 19. The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn setting. There will be food trucks and vendors on site. Admission is free. Visit for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

SEPT. 20

Shawanee Lodge No. 546 is having a soup bean dinner on Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 and carryout is available. The lodge is located at 646 Shawanee Road in Harrogate.


The ICE House Entrepreneurship Program will be holding events each Monday in September with the exception of Labor Day. The event will be held at the SKCTC Middlesboro Campus, Education Alliance Center, Community Education Room 106. Dates for the event is as follows: Sept. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program enables participants to learn directly from the firsthand experience of real-world entrepreneurs who share their knowledge and experience throughout the course.

SEPT. 24

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host Learn, Laugh, and Craft at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Extension Office of the old courthouse. Participants will be making a scarecrow out of Popsicle sticks. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.

SEPT. 29

Stevens Family Tradition will be singing at Indian Creek Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 29.Lunch will be served.

OCT. 1

UPPER Cumberland/KEA Retired Teachers will hold their annual fall meeting on Oct. 1 at David’s Steaks in Corbin. Lunch (provided) at 11:30 a.m. and meeting at noon. Business will be involvement in the 2019 November election and any other items of interest to members.

OCT. 2, 6

Revival at Gospel Outreach Baptist Church, located at 126 Parker Lane in Middlesboro, will start Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Homecoming begins at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.

OCT. 6

Homecoming at Indian Creek Baptist Church will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 6. The Beason Family will be singing. Lunch will be served following morning worship services.

OCT. 8

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service, in cooperation with Pineville-Bell County Public Library, will host Bell County 4-H Outdoor Skills Club at 3:30 p.m. at the Pineville-Bell County Public Library the second Tuesday of each month, beginning Oct. 8. All youth ages 9-18 are welcome. For more information, contact Brian Good, Bell County 4-H agent, at 606-337-2376.

OCT. 11-13

Homecoming at LMU will be held Oct. 11-13. The schedule includes: Thursday — homecoming registration, Railsplitter 5K; Friday — Alumni & Friends Golf Outing, Dedication of Alumni Park, Bus Tour and Ice Cream; Saturday — Coffee and Conversation, Reunion Lunch, Halls of Fame Inductions and Gather in the Gap. For more information, visit

OCT. 19

Claiborne County High School class of 1969 50th Reunion will be held on Oct. 19 at Jimmy’s Place at Norris Landing, 1015 Marina Landing Road in Tazewell, from 5 to 6:30p.m. Gathering time, 6:30 to 7:30p.m. buffet, 7:30 to 9 p.m. time to renew old friendships or start new ones. Tickets are $25 each. Buy at or send a check to Betsy Payne Blackstock, 826 Rising Mist Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922 no later than Oct. 1. Friends from other years are welcome to join.

OCT. 29

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will be host Holiday Ideas at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the third floor meeting room of the old courthouse. To register, call the office 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


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 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

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The Middlesbsoro Elementary School SBDM Council will meet every second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a process established for the universal church as a journey of faith for those who may not be Catholic, and want to learn more about the faith and practices. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or just want to know more about the faith, contact Fr. Kiran or the St. Julian Church office at 606-248-2068 or Carolyn at 606-269-0017.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older: Improve your reading, writing, mathematical skills, and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information please call Southeast Campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, or Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044

Want to improve your reading, writing, and mathematical skills? We can help! We also offer help with introduction to computers, resume creation, and personal finances/budgeting. For more information please call Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, Bell County Skills U at 606-248-3175, or Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044.

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.

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.

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.