Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Key; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 1275 North 25th Street, Middlesboro. Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four business 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.

Anyone that has a loved one buried at Hack Hurst Evans Cemetery is encouraged to send DONATIONS to help with mowing and upkeep of the cemetery. Send donations to: Thomas Dalton, P.O. Box 66, Tazewell, TN 37879.

DONATIONS are needed for the Cook-Pleasant View Cemetery. Send donations to: Imogene Nunn, 1024 Elm Street, Tazewell, TN 37879.

MAY 19, 20

Claiborne County kindergarten REGISTRATION is planned on the following dates: Ellen Myers, May 19, 9 a.m-2 p.m.; and TNT, May 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children who will be five by Aug. 15 are asked to pre-register. You are required to bring your child’s immunization record, a valid birth certificate, child’s Social Security number and food stamp or AFDC number, if applicable.

MAY 21

GOD’S 3 from LaFollette will be singing at Indian Creek Baptist Church on May 21 at the 11 a.m. service.

Fincastle United Methodist Church, located at 629 Old Middlesboro Hwy. in Lafollette, Tennessee, and Christian Motorcycle Association will present BLESSING OF THE BIKES on May 21. Worship begins and 11 a.m. with lunch following the service. Free T-shirts will be available to each participating biker while supplies last.

The annual HOOPER CEMETERY meeting will begin at 2 p.m. on May 21. In case of rain, the meeting will take place at the fellowship hall at Underwood Grove Baptist Church. Persons with family members buried in the cemetery are urged to attend. Donations are needed for mowing and other maintenance. Mail donations to: Hooper Cemetery Fund, C/O Ginger Baker, 1010 Old Jacksboro Pike, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee 37724.

MAY 21-28

Tiprell Community Full Gospel Church will host REVIVAL services May 21-28. The ministering preacher will be Bro. Eddie Johnson. Everyone is welcome.

MAY 22

The Bell County Extension Office will host a MY LIFE 101 class at 1 p.m. on May 22 at the Extension Office. Matt Turpin from Edward Jones will be the special guest to talk about financial planning and decision making. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.

Regional Prevention Center of Cumberland River Behavioral Health, Inc. will host FREE TRAINING on “Bringing Awareness of Veterans and Family Issues on the Radar Screen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 22 at The Corbin Center, located at 222 Corbin Center Drive in Corbin. Light breakfast and lunch and afternoon snacks provided. Participants will receive a certificate. Audience recommended for those that serve or encounter our veterans, servicemen and women and their families, clergy, service providers, etc. Limited space is available. To register, call, 606-337-2070.

MAY 23

Covenant United Methodist Church, located on the corner of 25th and Dorchester, will hold a SOUP BEAN SUPPER from 5-7 p.m. on May 23 in the fellowship hall. Dinners are $5 per person and include soup beans, cornbread, slaw and dessert. Take-out is available and tickets are available at the door. Proceeds go to the church’s Vacation Bible School program.

The Bell-Whitley CAA, Inc. Board of Directors will meet at 11 a.m. on May 23 at Pine Mountain State Park in Pineville. For more information, contact Suzanne Browning or Sandy Hoskins at 606-337-3044 or 606-549-3933.

The Middlesborough/Pineville Bell County TOURISM COMMISSION will meet at noon on May 23 at the tourism office in Middlesboro. Everyone is invited to attend.

MAY 25-28

The 87th annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel FESTIVAL will be held May 25-28 in Pineville. For more information, visit

MAY 25

The LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of Bell County will meet at noon on May 25 for a brown bag lunch at the Arthur Museum/Tourism Center in Middlesboro. Members will continue the study of the local drug epidemic. The speaker will be Linda Greene, coordinator of the Drug Court Program. All interested persons are invited to attend.

MAY 27

Sugar Grove Baptist Church’s MONTHLY SINGING will begin at 7 p.m. on May 27 featuring The Beason Family and The Large Family. Everyone is welcome.


Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL at Howards Quarter Baptist Church will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 28-June 2 for all ages. A cookout will kick off the week at 5:30 p.m. on May 28. The closing ceremony will be held on June 2. Everyone is invited.

Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL at Riverside Baptist Church in Tazewell, Tennessee, will be held May 29 through June 2. Kick off will begin at 5 p.m. on May 28 with a cookout. Everyone is welcome — classes for adults and children of all ages.


The Middlesboro Public Library will present “Build a Better World” during their SUMMER READING PROGRAM which is open to young people (preschool through young adult). There will be programs, prize drawings, story times, a reading club and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration will continue through June 1 — children must be registered to participate in all programs. All programs are free of charge. For more information, call the library at 606-248-4812, visit or the Facebook page: Middlesboro—Bell County Public Library—-Children’s Department.

JUNE 1-3

The 62nd annual POKE SALLET FESTIVAL will be held June 1-3 in downtown Harlan. For more information, call the Harlan Center at 606-573-4495, check out the Facebook page or visit


BEE FRIENDS, a local beekeeping group, will meet on June 1 (first Thursday of each month) in the auditorium on the Tazewell campus of Walters State Community College. Members will be speaking about and demonstrating honey extraction for the backyard beekeeper. Coffee and dessert will also be available at no cost. For more information, call Jay at 423-268-4785.


Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op, a non-profit organization that promotes Appalachian art in the Tri-State area, will present the ART EXTRAVAGANZA Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 3 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Admission is free, and the festival will feature art, music, good food and wine tasting.

Cooperative Christian Ministry is hosting its inaugural 2017 Middlesboro CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3 at the Middlesboro city parking lot. There will be activities for children such as bounce houses, face painting and more. The entry fee is $50 for a two-person team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. All proceeds benefit families in need in Middlesboro hrough CCM. For more information, contact Eric Martin at 606-248-8022 or email [email protected]

Tazewell United Methodist Church will host Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 3 for ages 3-16.

JUNE 4-9

Shawanee Missionary Baptist Church will present Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL from 6-8:30 p.m. June 4-9 for infants through sixth-grade, teens and adults. Family night will be held on June 9. The theme will be Galactic Starveyors. For more information, call 423-869-4076 or visit


There will be a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 10 a.m. on June 4 at Cubbage Cemetery. Everyone is welcome. Donations are needed for upkeep of the cemetery.

JUNE 5-9

Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, Tennessee, will present the ‘Build a Better World’ Children’s SUMMER PROGRAM from 9 a.m. to noon June 5-9 for ages 3 to 12. This year’s special guests include a magician, the Knoxville Zoo, park rangers and author Blake Marsee. Friday is Pizza Day (service day, fire truck). For more information, call 423-869-9777.

Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL at Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 602 Dorchester Avenue, will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. June 5-9.

JUNE 11-16

Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL beginning from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11-16 for all ages. Kick off will begin at 5:30 p.m. on June 11. This year’s theme is Galactic Starveyors. There will be crafts, games and snacks.


There will be a BOONE TRACE planning workshop, led by a National Park Service consultant, at 6 p.m. on June 13 at the Bell Theatre, located at 114 West Kentucky Avenue in Pineville. The session, sponsored by Friends of Boone Trace, will be held to develop and preserve a Boone Trace Trail through Bell County. The session is open to the public, everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided.

JUNE 14-17

Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL at First Baptist Church of Ewing will be held June 14-16. Dinner will be served for kids at from 5:30-6 p.m. and VBS will be from 6-8:30 p.m. The theme is Camp Out Getting S’more of Jesus. There will be games, singing, crafts and s’mores. A block party will conclude the bible school on June 17 with fun, food games and prizes.

JUNE 26-30

Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL at Gibson Station Missionary Baptist Church will be held from 7-9 p.m. June 26-30. There will be games, crafts, puppet show, and a friendly competition that will end with a loser and a dunking booth. The them is Operation Artic, Exploring the Coolest Book on the Planet (the Bible). Classes for adults and children of all ages.

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The Bell County JOB CLUB recently began meeting at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library, located at 126 North 20th Street in Middlesboro. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Brian Good at 606-337-3044 or check out Facebook at ekcep.

The Bell County COUNCIL ON LITERACY (Middlesboro Learning Center) is now located on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College at 100 College Road in the classroom building, room 324. All services are free of charge. For more information, call the new phone number at 606-248-2014.

VOLUNTEERS are sought at the Middlesboro Senior Citizens Center for activity assistants, answering the phone, welcoming seniors and visitors, filing, crafting, historians, entertainment, instructors in tai chi, other forms of senior exercise and a variety of educational topics for seniors. For more information, call 606-248-2990 or stop by the center.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information, contact the following locations: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044 or Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305.

Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason (GMAR) 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 (DP) throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, 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 Casey, Adair, Cumberland, Clinton, Russell, Pulaski, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Clay, Knox, Bell and Harlan counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) 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 [email protected]

The Lighthouse HOMELESS SHELTER, located at 117 South Pine Street in Pineville, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 606-337-9736.

Kentucky JOB CORPS, located in Prestonsburg, is open to motivated, young people ages 16-24 meeting the federal income guidelines. The program offers career training, high school and college courses, job search assistance, housing and medical benefits. For more information, contact Cynthia Bohon at 606-433-5336 (office), 606-224-1722 (cell) or [email protected]

Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County non-residential SUPPORT GROUPS are held at the Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 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 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Youth support groups (ages 10-18) meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Lighthouse RAY OF HOPE Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 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, located at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 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 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located 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 5-6 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, located at 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.
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