Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at For more details, call 606-909-4145.


The Davis FAMILY REUNION will begin at 11 a.m. on July 25 at the Middlesboro Community Center, located on North 30th Street, for all generations related to Ben and Gertrude, Ike and Betty and beyond. Meal will begin at noon — bring a covered dish. Family fun with photos, stories and a raffle. Bring yard sale items for a small auction. For more information, contact Renee at 423-869-9511.

Victory Church, located on Hwy. 63, two miles past Harrogate Park on the left, will host a SUMMER SPLASH BLAST from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25 with free water inflatables, hot dogs and drinks.

The Stand in the Gap Coalition quarterly meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on July 25. The meeting is tentatively planned at Duke Hall on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

The TURNER FAMILY REUNION will be held at noon on July 25 at the Clear Fork Baptist Church, located on State Road 188 in Middlesboro (Colmar). Barbecue and iced tea will be provided, bring side dishes and/or desserts. Lawn chairs are also suggested. For information contact, Yvonne Turner Bice at 386-690-5416.


Middlesboro Middle School’s ENROLLMENT for new students will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27 — bring birth certificates and immunization records.

An ALUMNI AND FRIENDS Association meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on July 27 at the Middlesboro Middle School library. All alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will have a Bud GRAFTING WORKSHOP at 6 p.m. on July 27 in the third floor meeting room of the Bell County Courthouse. To register, call 606-337-2376.


A Super Star CHEF CLASS will begin at 10 a.m. on July 28 at the Bell County Extension Office for ages 7-14. Participants will make a fruit pizza, learn basic food preparation skills and receive a scrubbing brush, mixing bowl and colander. To register, contact the extension office at 606-337-2376.

AUG. 1

Discover Downtown Middlesboro will host a DUCKY DASH at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1. Ducks will be raced through the canal and will be available to purchase for $5. Presales of ducks are available at Mikel’s Pharmacy, Avenue Café and local banks. The first place cash prize of $250 goes to the first duck over the finish line. Prizes will also be available for second and third place winners.

Following the Wing Fling and Ducky Dash, there will be a FREE CONCERT at 7 p.m. at the new Levitt AMP, located downtown. The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will present Jenna & Her Cool Friends. Stay informed at

Shawanee Masonic Lodge will have a FISH FRY from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 — carryout is available.


To be entered for a chance to win a fragrance basket of your choice, donate school supplies to Cooperative Christian Ministry in Middlesboro. Drop off supplies in the Belk’s children’s department until Aug. 1 to have your name entered.

AUG. 1, 8

The eighth annual Christian Community Fellowship Golf Tournament, GOLF FOR LIFE, will be held Aug. 8 at Elk Run Golf Course (formerly Mountain Pub Links). Due to a large number of participants, RSVP by Aug. 1. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 9 a.m. for this four man scramble format tournament. The cost is $200, four man team, or $50, single player (will be placed on a team on tournament day). All proceeds will go to sponsor the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center. For more information or to register, call 606-433-0700.

AUG. 2

Southside Baptist Church, located at 411 Doncaster Avenue in Middlesboro, will host a BACK TO SCHOOL BASH from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 2 for first- through sixth-grades with inflatables, food, prizes and fun. For transportation, call 606-269-2692 before 3 p.m.

Indian Creek Baptist Church will begin REVIVAL services at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2. Services will begin at 7 p.m. throughout the week. The evangelists will be Matthew Sandefur and Tommy Louthen. Pastor Steve Moyers welcomes everyone.

AUG. 3

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at Middlesboro Elementary School will be held Aug. 3 Open house for kindergarten will begin at 5:30 p.m., and first-grade at 7 p.m.

AUG. 3-OCT. 26

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63, four miles west of Harrogate, Tenn., will host GRIEFSHARE MEETINGS on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 through Oct. 26. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. For more information, contact church office at 423-869-7378 on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Bob and Nancy Jackson at 423-869-4422.

AUG. 4

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at Middlesboro Elementary School will be held Aug. 4 Open house for second-grade will begin at 5:30, and third- through fourth-grade at 7 p.m.

AUG. 6

BEE FRIENDS, a group of local beekeepers (new and experienced), will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Tazewell campus of Walters State. Mike Studer, state apiarist, will be speaking about beekeeping in Tennessee, pests in the hive and will also answer questions. There will also plenty of time to meet and talk one on one with other local beekeepers. As you enter the parking lot for Walters State, there will be a yellow banner sign at the auditorium door. Coffee and dessert will be served. For more information, call or text A.C. Mann at 865-356-6033.

AUG. 8

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, Tennessee, will have a YARD SALE beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8. Donations welcome. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

The annual REUNION for descendants of Hugh Parker Browning will be held Aug. 8 at Sugar Run Park (all day). For more information, contact Ron Browning at 606-654-2301.

AUG. 9

Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular MONTHLY SINGING will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 with special singing by Willing Hearts, of Tazewell, Tennessee, and others. Everyone is welcome to attend.

AUG. 12

THE PRINCIPLE’S will be at Riverside Baptist Church, located in Harrogate, Tenn., on Aug. 12 during regular Sunday service. Sunday School begins at 10 and worship at 11 a.m.


New Beginning Christian Academy is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. NBCA is a ministry of New Beginning Baptist Church and is located at 2305 Hwy. 63, about four miles west of Hwy. 25E. The school will offer K-4 through fifth-grade this school year using the A Beka curriculum. The Claiborne County school calendar is followed and the first day of school is Aug. 5 (half day). For more information or to request an application, contact the church at 423-869-7378 on Thursdays or Fridays, or Pastor Donnie Bannister at 423-526-4491. You may also stop by the church on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to pick up an application.

AUG. 7,

21; SEPT. 4

Summer Nights LINE DANCING at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Upper Shelter through September. Dates include: July 17, Aug. 7, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4. Learn basic line dancing to some of your favorite tunes with the Broken Spur Dance Club. The instructor led class is $5 per person. For more information, email [email protected]

AUG. 15;

SEPT. 19

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia will offer READY! for Kindergarten session during Super Saturdays at the Middlesboro Mall. Parent sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-5 and from 12:30-2 p.m. for ages 3-4. Session dates include: Aug. 15, session two (winter); and Sept. 19, session three (spring). Sessions target children who have not yet started kindergarten with free childcare for ages 3-8. Bring your READY! for Kindergarten notebook if you have one. First time participants need to arrive 30 minutes before the first session to receive their notebook as part of a parent orientation.

AUG. 28-29

VISION4HIM will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park in Pineville featuring a free concert and free food nightly. Speakers include Dr. Travis Freeman, Chris Fuson, Tyler Shields and Bobby Jones. Performers include 7eventh Time Down, All Things New, Among the Thirsty and Shiloh. For more information, visit

AUG. 29

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a GOLF LUAU on Aug. 29. The Wasioto Winds Luau Scramble (nine-hole scramble) tee off is 5 p.m. The three luau challenge holes to help advance is $10 per team/challenge. Sign up individually or as a team of four. A golf package will be awarded to the winning team. The cost is $15 per person or $60 per team. The After Party Luau will be held at the Pro Shop Deck and is open to the public (21 and over) from 7-11 p.m. and includes pork barbecue luau buffet, DJ, photo booth and door prizes. Only 100 tickets are available for $20 per person.

A Hill Climb Competition, BUGGIES VS. BOUNCERS, will be presented by Ross Racing Promotions Aug. 29 at the Harlan County Campground in Putney. To pre-register, call 606-733-3773. For more information, visit

OCT. 2, 9

The 2015 Kentucky State Police Post 10 2015 GOLF SCRAMBLE to benefit Shop with a Trooper will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. The entry fee is $60 per player — includes golf, cart and dinner. Teams need to register by Oct. 2. Awards will be given to first, second, seventh and 18th places as well as Closest to the pin and longest drive. For more information, contact Trooper Shane Jacobs at 606-573-3131 or [email protected]


LEAP — Literacy, Eating and Activity for Primary — into summer with the Nutrition Education Program at will be held from 10-11 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 14 at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office. This six-week program, offered to children ages 4 to 8, will include reading books that focus on preparing and eating healthy foods and being physically active. After the story, a healthy snack will be made together. Each child that attends will receive a free book and goody bag at the end of the program. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.



The Lee County Extension Office will conduct a MASTER GARDENER COURSE through Aug. 10 with classes tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office. The course will include 50-hours of classroom and hands-on training on horticultural related topics. Sessions will be recorded for participants to be able to make up sessions with prior approval. The cost of the course is $125, which includes the Virginia Master Gardener Handbook and materials. To achieve Master Gardner status, participants will need to complete 50-hours of volunteer service, in addition to the 50-hours of classroom. Once achieving Master Gardener status, those wishing to maintain the active status will need to complete eight-hours of educational training and 20-hours of volunteer service each year thereafter. For more information, contact Amy Gail Fannon in the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 or [email protected] The office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The BELL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, an all-volunteer organization, is collecting funds for the operation of the department for the upcoming year. Donations of $30 or more will receive a free 8×10 color portrait, a $30 value, to be taken at the department building in the near future. For more information, call 606-337-8080 or email [email protected]

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, Tenn., will have a BOOK SALE through the end of summer. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

Stand in the Gap Coalition is sponsoring free saliva-based drug test kits designed to be provided to parents and guardians to keep and use for their children as they feel necessary. Give Me A Reason, gives individuals a reason to say no to drugs when tempted by peer pressure or whatever the circumstance be. Complete information and instructions are included in each kit. Kits can be obtained at the Stand in the Gap office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and in at least 44 different distribution points in the Tri-State area. For more information and locations of the DP’s, call 423-300-1302 or 423-494-1849.

Help out FRIENDS OF THE BELL COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER for free by using your Kroger Plus card. Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards at Use the community tab at the top of the web page and select Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter as your charity (number is 10858). Every time you use your card to shop, Kroger will make a donation to this worthwhile cause. In August, you must select your charity again.

SAIL CLASSES will be taught at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at Servolution. SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessment. Classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility and aerobics. Transportation is available at the Harrogate Senior Center. For more information, contact Donna at 423-869-8080.

Lifeline of Bell County is sponsoring a SUPPORT GROUP (with highly trained adults) for children of addicted parents (ages 10 and up) available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Lighthouse Training Center, located at the old Bell County vocational building in Pineville. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to join the adult support groups. The parent/guardian must remain on the property during group. This safe place to share and grow will have activities, snacks, fun and how to cope with home/school when things are tough. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187.

The Middlesboro Learning Center is seeking VOLUNTEER TUTORS to work with low-level literacy students Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer tutors must have minimum, a high school certification. If interested, contact Sue at 606-248-4000 or [email protected] before 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Lighthouse RAY OF HOPE Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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, located at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, will have a FOOD GIVEAWAY at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

GED CLASSES are available at the following sites in Bell County: Middlesboro Learning Center 606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center 606-337-3044 or SKCTC campus 606-248-3175. For more information call one of the numbers listed.

Men’s and women’s SUPPORT GROUPS of Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The Wise County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Norton United Methodist Church, located at 8th and Virginia Avenue in Norton, Va. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

The Lee County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Lee County Behavioral Healthcare, 34084 West Wilderness Road, Jonesville, Va. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

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 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of Hwy. 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 5-6 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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville. 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.
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