Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

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SEPT. 29

Teen Challenge Woman’s Ministry from Knoxville will be at Living Hope Church, located at 347 Shawanee Road in Harrogate, on Sept. 29 at the 10:30 a.m. service. Teen Challenge mission is to provide teens and adults freedom from addiction and other life-controlling issues through Christ-centered solutions. The group will be ministering in inspirational songs and testimonies of being set free from additions.

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

OCT. 1-31

October is set aside as “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and there’s no better time than now to find your next best furry friend. For the entire month of October, the Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) will be paying half the adoption fee for any puppy or adult dog adopted from the Bell County Animal Shelter. That means you pay only $35. That price covers having your pet spayed or neutered, examined and vaccinated for rabies, parvo and distemper.

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. 4-5

The 45th annual Dillion Asher Reunion will be held Oct. 4 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Oct. 5 at Cardinal House, Queendale, Clay County. The schedule includes: Friday — dinner (buffet/order from menu) in the dining room from 4 to 9 p.m. and social hour and business meeting in the Ray Harm Room from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday — all day pot luck picnic beginning at noon (bring a covered dish). For more information, contact Janene Carole Simpson at

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. 7

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with the Middlesboro Public Library to host a free Crock Pot Cookin’ program monthly starting Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The Healthy Choices for Every Body Curriculum lessons will be paired with easy and tasty Crock Pot recipes. Each participant will be able to sample a recipe with each lesson. Attend all seven lessons and your name will be entered in a drawing for a free Crock Pot. To register, call the Extension office at 606- 337-2376 or the Middlesboro Library at 606-248-4812.

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. 13

Indian Creek Baptist Church will host The Hawkins Family, of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13.

OCT. 18-19

The annual Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days will be held Oct. 18-19 in Cumberland Gap featuring genealogy, history, crafters, lectures and living history along with the 200th anniversary celebration of the Newlee Iron Furnace with Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. For more information, log onto

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. 24

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a town hall meeting on the drug problem in Bell County at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Middlesboro Public Library. Recognizing that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” this meeting will focus on prevention and education. Special guests will be Debra Hampton of the Cumberland River Regional Prevention Center, Tom Vicini from UNITE and Farra Shoffner from the Middlesboro School System. The public will be encouraged to participate, to ask questions and make comments and suggestions.

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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RCIA inquirer sessions have begun at St. Julian Catholic Church, located at 118 East Chester Avenue in Middlesboro, for anyone wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays following 6:30 p.m. Mass (approximately 7:15 p.m.) in the Adult Education room in the parish hall. All are welcome.

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. Men’s and women’s support groups meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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.

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.

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.