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.


Church of the First Born will host HOMECOMING services Aug. 7-9. Service will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. James O. Barnett, pastor, and the congregation welcomes everyone.


MEET THE JACKETS at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. Admission is $1. There will be concessions, silent auction, cake auction, sno cones, etc. A 5K Lite the Night Run will begin at 9 p.m. at Bradner Stadium. Registration is at 8:30 p.m. and is $25 (includes T-shirt). For more information, email [email protected]

TRIAD/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) will hold their annual SENIOR FAIR on Aug. 7 at Lee High School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be coffee, snacks and music by Jack Bonham and Friends. Tables will be set up offering free information, door prizes, etc. The program will begin at 10 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded between speakers with cash prizes culminating the event. This year, seniors can make a copy of their wallet contents, then place in a safety deposit box (or other safe place) in case of theft/loss. A burn day will be announced for seniors to being papers that need to be destroyed. A handmade quilt donated by Arline Hall will be on display with chances to win it (to be given away at November TRIAD meeting). Also, $1 half and half tickets will be sold with half given away during the fair. Both fundraisers are for next year’s fair. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of speakers/prizes. For transportation, call 276-523-4202. A handicap accessible entrance is in back of school or front elevator may be used with assistance available by deputies.


AUG. 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: 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]


FREEDOM FEST 2015 ATV Trail Ride and Concert will begin on Aug. 8 at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park, located on Hwy. 119, seven miles east of Pineville. Guided rides leaving from the event area at 10 a.m. for ATVs and UTVs. The concert begins at 7 p.m. featuring Chris Knight, Ben Knight and Jack Overbay. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to Vets Serving Vets. For more information, call 606-499-0567, email [email protected] or find them on Facebook.

Living Hope Church, located at 347 Shawnanee Road in Harrogate, Tennessee, will host the Christian WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP meeting on Aug. 8. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., worship will follow at 7 p.m. Dorothy Snodgrass will be the speaker. Free and open to all women in area. For more information, contact Lisa at 865-293-2738.

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.

Tiprell Community Full Gospel Church will host a Building Fund SINGING at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 with the JR Beuley Trio. Refreshments will also be available. Pastor Johnny Parks welcomes everyone.

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.


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. 10

The Bell Central SBDM COUNCIL has announced the 2015-2016 schedule. The public is invited to attend regular monthly meetings held at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month usually in the conference room. Meeting dates include: Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 11, May 9 and June 13. If school is not session, meetings will be rescheduled.

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, A.F. & A.M. located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, 1 mile west of Rose Hill, Va., will have their regular Stated Communication on Aug. 10. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Members and visiting brethren are encouraged to attend.

AUG. 11

Frakes School Center will host a community-wide BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT on Aug. 11. Back to School Readifest will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with free school supplies, school supply list, free clothing, linens, household items and a meet and greet church sponsors. An open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. with a cookout, meet and greet with staff, music, etc.

Members of the city of Middlesboro Finance, Parks & Recreation, Sewer and Street committees will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 in the council chamber at city hall.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees will meet on Aug. 11 at the Golden Corral Restaurant (next to Walmart) in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be State Rep. Marie Rader (House District 89). Any retiree receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or at

AUG. 12

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

AUG. 13

Middlesboro Middle School will host an OPEN HOUSE from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 for fifth- through eighth-grades. All parents and students are encouraged to attend.

The Lone Jack School Center’s READIFEST & OPEN HOUSE from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Meet teachers and staff, receive back to school supplies and enjoy a hot dog dinner.

AUG. 15

LMU-DCOM student clubs will sponsor COOPER’S CARNIVAL, Christianson Syndrome Awareness Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Harrogate City Park featuring games, food, fun run, clowns, face painting bouncey house and much more. The entrance fee is $5, per person; or $10, family. To register or donate, visit For more information about Christianson Syndrome, visit

There will be a YARD SALE from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Shawnee Baptist Church Family Life Abuse Center, located at 780 Shawanee Road in Harrogate, Tennessee. All clothes are $1 each.

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.


Concerts will be presented at the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-up Park, located at 20th and Cumberland Avenue, through Oct. 3. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Artists from several genres, from rock to “trashgrass,” will be performing in downtown Middlesboro. They hail from as far away as Austin, Texas and Philadelphia, to as close as Knoxville, Louisville and Nashville. The schedule includes: Aug. 15, MACH22; Aug. 29, Lauren Shera; Sept. 5, Whiskey Shivers; Sept. 12, Appalatin; Sept. 19, Annandale; Sept. 26, Erica Blinn; and Oct. 3, J.D. Crowe and The New South “Flashback” Band.

AUG. 18

The Middlesboro Board of Education regular BOARD MEETING dates have been announce through December. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. at the central office on the following dates: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

The 2015-16 regularly scheduled meetings for the Yellow Creek SBDM COUNCIL will be held at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month in the school conference room. Dates include: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17 and June 2.

AUG. 20

The Middlesboro Middle School PTO will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the school. All parents are encouraged to attend.

AUG. 24

Middlesboro ALUMNI & FRIENDS will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the Middlesboro Middle School library. All Alumni & Friends of Middlesboro Schools are invited to attend.

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


A Bryant & Johnson TRUCK DRIVING REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Shawnee Lodge Hall. Bring a covered dish.

SEPT. 24

The Bell County Farm Bureau ANNUAL BOARD MEETING will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the office, located at 923 North 19th Street in Middlesboro.

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]


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. 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.


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 4-8, 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 5:30-7:30 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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