Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Friday, October 11, 2019

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OCT. 12-13

Homecoming at LMU will be held Oct. 12-13. The schedule includes: Saturday — Coffee and Conversation, Reunion Lunch, Halls of Fame Inductions and Gather in the Gap. For more information, visit

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OCT. 12

Come out and meet Andy Beshear, candidate for governor of Kentucky. The rally will be held at the Middlesboro Community Center Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Food and refreshments will be provided.

OCT. 13

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

OCT. 14

The Bell County Board of Education will convene in a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Bell County Administration Building in Pineville.

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H Junior Homemaker Club will meet at 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the Extension Office at the old courthouse in Pineville. To register, call 606-337-2376.

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, A.F. & A.M., located at 5195 Dr. Thomas Walker Rd, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have their Stated Communication on Oct 14. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Members and visiting brethren are encouraged to attend.

OCT. 15

The Bell County/Pineville Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Sagebrush. The speaker will be Michael Caudill, Upper Kentucky District president. Bring canned corn/green beans donations for the RISE Center Thanksgiving meal.

OCT. 17

Page School Center’s fall festival will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 featuring games, food, a haunted house and live auction. Vocal auction starts at 6:15 p.m.

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. 18

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road,west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have a catfish and chicken dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Menu will be fish or chicken tenders, fries, baked beans, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9.00; age 6-12, $6. Carry out available. Proceeds will benefit the Lodge’s Scholarship & Benevolence Fund.

OCT. 19

St. Julian Catholic Church, located at 118 East Chester Street in Middlesboro, will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 19 in the parish hall, sponsored by St. Julian Church Knights of Columbus (Father Jerome Stern Council). The menu includes: two slices of bacon or sausage, three pancakes with syrup, coffee or orange juice. Meals are $6, adults; $3, children (two pancakes). Children under 5 eat free.

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.

Homecoming at Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church, located 225 South 38th Street in Middlesboro, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 20. Message by Joe Beason and special music by Bruce Waltzer Jr. Pastor Jeff Greene invites everyone to attend.

Homecoming at Trinity Full Gospel, 1990 Tiprell Road in Arthur, Tennessee, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 and at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20. Rev. Nash will be preaching. Lunch served after the service.

OCT. 21

On Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., Dr. Corumn will present an oral history in the Community Room at the Pineville Library hosted by the Bell County Historical Society.

OCT. 21, 24

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a district board meeting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the third floor meeting room of the old courthouse in Pineville. RSVP by Oct. 21 by calling the Bell County Extension office at 606-337-2376.

OCT. 22

There will be a special meeting of the Middlesboro Independent School District Finance Corporation on Oct. 22 in concert with the regular meeting of the Middlesboro Independent Board of Education (approximately 4:45 p.m.) at Middlesboro Middle School, 4400 Cumberland Avenue.

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. 25

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Oct. 25 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 87th District State Rep. Adam Bowling. 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.

OCT. 26

Clay County minister Jason Root will be leading a community-wide prayer meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Middlesboro Community Center, located on 30th Street. Anyone desiring prayer is welcome to attend.

Hayride at Riverside Baptist Church in Harrogate will begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 with fun and food. Everyone is welcome to attend. A preaching service will also be held at 6 p.m.

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.

OCT. 31

Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church, located 225 South 38th Street in Middlesboro, hosts its 10th annual trunk or treat on Oct. 31 for ages ages 12 and under in costume.


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.


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 Freedom at the Hill Recovery Program meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Hill Church, located at 1216 Cedar Fork Road in Tazewell. Groups for Addiction Recovery, Setting Boundaries in Relationships, Anger Management and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 423-526-5655.

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.

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.