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 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.


Thomas Walker High School’s Science Club will have a YARD/BAKE SALE from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the school to raise funds for their educational trip to Puerto Rico. Biscuits and gravy, sloppy joes and assorted baked goods will be available along with furniture, glassware, books and more.

There will be a GENEALOGY EVENT from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 at The Palace, located at 2008 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, hosted by Donna Smith — genealogy specializing in Cherokee ancestry. Bring names of grandparents on the side believed to be Cherokee, the year of their birth and death (if applicable) and what state they were born (and died) in. The cost $30 for approximately 30-45 minutes. Bring a thumb-drive if you want to save any documents found. For more information, call 606-302-2178.

Barbara Murray will host a free TAI CHI & QI GONG CLASS from 4:30-6 p.m. on Sept. 5 at The Palace, located at 2008 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro. Appropriate for all fitness levels, Tai Chi is a gentle internal martial art using movements and breathing similar to those found in nature and Kung Fu. For more information, call 606-302-2178.

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

There will be a FAMILY REUNION for descendants of Robert and Hattie Arthur Long beginning at noon on Sept. 5 at Trinity Tabernacle fellowship hall in Ewing, Virginia. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call 276-445-4290 or 276-445-4726.


The seventh annual Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum POW-WOW will be held Sept. 5-6 at 4116 Cumberland Falls Hwy., just outside Corbin. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and at noon Sunday. The grand entrance will begin at noon on Saturday, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Bring folding chairs. Admission is $7, children under 12 free. Featuring motivational speaker Kicking Eagle, Larry Seller “Cloud Dancing” (TVs Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Sopranos and more), Cherokee Historical Association Touring Program, native drums, performers, food and craft vendors, pony rides and petting zoo by Rosie’s Ponies ($3 each), luck of the draw dancers prizes and more. Nine Native American nations and tribes represented. For more information, call 606-528-6342, email [email protected] or visit


Middlesboro is one of only 10 cities in America selected to provide high caliber live music acts through the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-up Park, located at 20th and Cumberland Avenue, through Oct. 3. 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: 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.


The 20th annual Hatfield/Sutton REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Burkau Park in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The reunion also includes, Longworth, Yeary, Cowan, Snavely, Brooks, Rosenbalm, Blaylock, Maples, Dean and many more. Bring a covered dish to share and drinks for your family. For more information, contact Jeanie at 770-826-6309, 770-943-4974 or [email protected]

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63 in Harrogate, Tennessee, has announced NEW MEETING TIMES. Services will begin at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Bible study) on Sundays; at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (visitations, Bridge Builders and youth). Life Application classes will begin on Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. — “Lord, Change My Attitude” by James McDonald). For more information, contact the church office at 423-869-7378 or Pastor Donnie Bannister at 423-526-4491.

The annual REUNION of Seal Chapel School (also known as Rip Shin), located in the Howard’s Quarter community of Claiborne County, Tennessee will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Seal Chapel Church House. All former students, teachers, their families and former and present community members are invited to attend. Bring lawn chairs for your family along with photos or other memorabilia to share. For more information, contact Margaret (Seals) Bull at 423-626-3075.


Tipprell Community Full Gospel Church, located in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, will have HOMECOMING REVIVAL through Sept. 6 with Anthony Noe ministering. Services at 7 p.m. through Sept. 5, and at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6. There will also be special singing on Sept. 6 by The Mountain Grace. Dinner will be served after the service. Pastor Johnny Parks welcomes everyone.


Right Fork School Center’s Parental Involvement Programs, Title I, Parent Liaison and FRYSC will be offering a PARENT WORKSHOP, Suicide Prevention, at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the library. There will also be a Children’s Literacy Event with refreshments and free books for all students who participate.

The Middlesboro Elementary School SBDM COUNCIL will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the school conference room.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees annual picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 at Thompson Park in Barbourville, Kentucky. Any retiree receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS, or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or at

A certified and trained state service officer will be at the London DAV building (on east 80 behind Valero Truck Stop) from 9 a.m. to noon or longer on Sept. 8 to ASSIST ALL VETERANS and their dependents with VA claims free of charge. For more information, call 606-862-0032 or 606-877-1308. If no answer, leave a brief message.

SEPT. 10-12

Friends of the Library BOOK SALE & QUILT SHOW will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 10-11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library. There will also be videos, DVDs, audio books and more for sale.

SEPT. 10

Right Fork School Center’s PARENT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the library. Interested applicants must complete a background check and confidentiality training. For more information, contact Marlene Knuckles at the school 606-337-3271.

SEPT. 11-12

The Bell County High School class of 2000 will celebrate their 15th REUNION on Sept. 11 and 12. Events on Friday include tailgating (at the lower lot and baseball field) beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bell County vs. Wayne County game — bring fold up chairs and/or blanket for end zone seating area reserved for the class, and inflatables. On Saturday, there will be a bond fire and camping with the location to be announced. For more information, contact Kasi Howard at 606-499-3099, Beverly Wilder Lawson at 606-269-2972 or Julie Hurst Ealy at 606-670-8411.

SEPT. 11

Middlesboro High School will host the third annual VETERANS APPRECIATION BOWL at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Bradner Stadium — free admission for veterans.

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road west of Rose Hill, Va., will have a FISH & CHICKEN DINNER from 4-8 p.m. on Sept. 11. The menu includes fish or chicken tenders, fries, baked beans, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and drinks. The cost is $8; 12 and under, $6. Carry out available. Proceeds will go to the lodge’s Scholarship & Benevolence Fund.

SEPT. 12-13

The Lee County Extension Office is coordinating educational exhibits for the Rural Area Medical event that will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Lee County Airport. Any agency/organization that would like to set-up a booth for one or both days of this event should contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 to receive the exhibitor application or further information.

SEPT. 12

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, will host a CHILDREN’S PROGRAM from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 for ages 3-12. There will be crafts, games, stories and snacks. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

Living Hope Church, located at 347 Shawanee Road in Harrogate, Tennessee, will host the Christian WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. Becky Gregory will be our guest speaker. Dinner will be provided. The meeting is open and free to all women in the area — all denominations welcome. For more information, contact Lisa at 865-293-2738.

SEPT. 13

Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular MONTHLY SINGING will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 with special singing by The Dyer’s, of Speedwell, Tennessee, and others. Everyone is welcome.

HOMECOMING at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 with guest singers, The Thompson Family. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 14

The Middlesboro Alumni & Friends will meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Middlesboro High School cafeteria. All alumni and friends of Middlesboro Schools are encouraged to attend.

Cumberland Chapter No. 170 of the ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR will hold their monthly meeting on Sept. 14 at theLodge Hall, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Va. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 17

POETRY NIGHT will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 at The Palace, located at 2008 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro. All writers and musicians will have a chance to show off their talents. For more information, call 606-302-2178.

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. The last session will be 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.

The annual REUNION for Howard’s Quarter School (also known as Red Hill School) of Claiborne County, Tennessee will be held Sept. 20 at the fire department building (near where the old school was located). The reunion will begin at 1 p.m. with the meal to be served at approximately 1:30 p.m. — bring a covered dish to share along with drinks for your family. Also, bring lawn chairs for your family, photos or other memorabilia to share. Any former and present residents of the community are invited to attend. For more information, contact J.C./Mollie Waddell at 423-587-3402 or Margaret (Seals) Bull at 423-626-3075. Following the reunion, a memorial service in honor of the memory of Wanda Jean Wallen Hodges and her brother J.M. (James Monroe), children of Troy and Jeanette Seals Wallen, will also be held on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at Pearson cemetery (also known as Howard’s Quarter Cemetery and Red Hill Cemetery, near the school).

SEPT. 21

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, A.F. & A.M., located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Va. will have their regular Stated Communication on Sept. 21. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Members and visiting brethren are encouraged to attend.

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.

SEPT. 25-26

The 39th annual Great American DULCIMER CONVENTION and Frontier Night will be held Sept. 25-26 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville. Dulcimer concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, and tickets are $10 at the door. There will be free workshops and open jam sessions Saturday. The Frontier Nigh buffet is from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $27. For more information, visit or call 606-337-3066.



The Lee County REPUBLICAN PARTY will sponsor free hot dog/barbecue dinners beginning at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 10, Keokee Community Center; Sept. 15, Ewing Civitan; Sept. 22, Stickleyville Community Center; Sept. 24, Blackwater Fire Department; Sept. 29, St. Charles School; Elydale School, Oct. 1; Elk Knob School, Oct. 6; Dryden Fire Department, Oct. 13; Oct. 15, Flatwoods School; and Oct. 20, Rose Hill School. A free breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 15 at Ewing Civitan Park.


Lighthouse Thrift Store, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off Hwy. 119 (old Bell County vocational building), will be having a 1/2 OFF SALE (except gym equipment) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday through Sept. 30.

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]

OCT. 2

The eighth annual Golden Scalpel GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Oct. 2 benefiting the Ray E. Stowers Endowed LMU-DCOM Scholarship, which provides scholarships to students from the Appalachian region with the greatest financial need. The format will be a four-person team scramble with tee off at 9:30 a.m. Team prizes for first second and third place. Individual prizes include longest drive, closet-to-the-pin and hole-in-one. To register or sponsor online, visit For more information, contact Joey Gilbert at 423-869-7206 or [email protected]

OCT. 2-3

The 35th annual Dillion Asher REUNION will be held Oct. 2 and 3. On Friday, dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the dining room 3 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville; and from 6:30-9 p.m., there will be DAR/SAR information, social hour and business meeting in the Ray Harm Room. On Saturday, events will take place at Cardinal House, Queendale, in Clay County including an all-day potluck picnic (beginning at noon), entertainment by the Wayne Dale Baptist Quartet, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, contact Janene Carole Simpson at [email protected] or [email protected]

OCT. 10

The ZOMBIE GLOW 5K will be held Oct. 10 in Pineville. For more information, visit

Gibson Station Missionary Baptist Church will host a FUNDRAISER NIGHT from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Gap Creek Coffee House, located at 719 Pinnacle Alley in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Proceeds benefit Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes.


New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63, four miles west of Harrogate, Tennessee., 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.

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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, Middlesboro Learning Center at606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044, Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305 or Lighthouse Mission at 606-337-1069.

Middlesboro High School athletic director SEASON PASSES are available for purchase at Middlesboro Pre-school (Old East End building) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following sports passes are available: Football —$20, good for all six home games; volleyball —$15, good for all home games; and soccer — $10, good for all home games.

If you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, weekly sessions of RCIA will begin the last week in September to answer questions. For more information, contact the church office at 606-248-2068 or Carolyn O’Boyle at 606-248-6007.

The 51st Kingdom Come SWAPPIN’ MEETIN’ will return to the banks of Cloverlick Creek in Cumberland Oct. 2-3. Michael Corriston, longtime director, announced that applications are being accepted for those wishing to sell crafts and food items. Forms are available at or contact Corriston on the Cumberland campus at 606-589-3137.

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, TN. 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.

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.

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 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 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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