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.


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. 12, Appalatin; Sept. 19, Annandale; Sept. 26, Erica Blinn; and Oct. 3, J.D. Crowe and The New South “Flashback” Band.


Friends of the Library BOOK SALE & QUILT SHOW will be 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.

There will be a BROOM DEMONSTRATION and class beginning at 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 at The Palace, located at 2008 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro. Explore the traditional craft and emerging art of broom making. You will learn to tie, stitch and plait your broom. The fee is $30 and includes all broomcorn, twine and handle material (you may bring your own sticks for handles). Limited seating is available. To reserve your spot, call 606-302-2178 or email [email protected]

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.

The Bell County High School class of 2000 will conclude their 15th REUNION on Sept. 12. Events include 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.


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 Lincoln Memorial University Office of Multicultural Student Services and the student organization eL MUndo will PRESENT A SPECIAL PROGRAM, Illegal Immigration Crisis: Effective Solutions, at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.

The Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce BOARD OF DIRECTORS meeting will begin at noon on Sept. 14 at Old Town Grill.

Middlesboro Elementary School will host GRANDPARENTS’ NIGHT, an open house, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Refreshments along with a 4×6 photo (grandparents and child) will be provided for free. Additional copies of photos may be obtained for a charge.

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 the Lodge 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. 15

The Frakes SBDM will have a regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the school library.

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. 15 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. 16-20

Calvary Chapel Pentecostal Church, located at Mill Creek, will host “Year of Jubilee” HOMECOMING at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 16-20. Food and fellowship will follow the 11 a.m. service on Sept. 20. Guest speakers include Terry and Heather Davis, Bill and Kathy Clark, Charlie and Brooke Craig, Joshua and Brooke Brown, all of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ed and Alene Houston, of Wallins Creek. For directions or more information contact the new pastor, James Brown, at 865-367-3102.

SEPT. 17

PARENT VOLUNTEER TRAINING will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Middleboro Elementary School by Sheila Smith, programs director for Middlesboro Independent Schools. Smith will guide interested parents through the application process, including a background check. The training will stress the need for volunteers to model the types of behavior desired among the students.

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. 18

The Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held Sept. 18 at Wasioto Winds Golf Couse in Pineville. For more information, call 423-869-6353, 800-325-0900 ext. 6353 or visit

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. 20

Old Ferndale Baptist Church will be celebrating HOMECOMING and their 100th anniversary beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. Pastor Clarence Mason and the congregation invite everyone to attend.

Faith Temple Church, located at 6374 U.S. 25E in Middlesboro, will host HOMECOMING beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20. Travis Wilder will be the speaker.

SEPT. 21

Gap Creek Coffee House, located at 710 Pinnacle Alley in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, will sponsor AID FOR ANIMALS from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 21. Wait staff will be members of Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter. A percentage of proceeds and all tips will go to Friends of the Shelter. Enjoy an evening out and help our furry friends.

Bell Central School Center’s Parental Involvement Programs; FRYSC and Title I, Parent Liaison will be offering a PARENT WORKSHOP beginning at noon each month in the Resource Center with lunch provided and door prizes given. Dates and topics include: Sept. 21, Reading Readiness; Oct. 19, Drug/Alcohol Abuse and Prevention; Nov. 16, Food Safety/Holiday Nutrition; Dec. 14, Bell Whitley-Services Offered; Jan. 25, Bullying/Internet Safety; Feb. 15, Autism Awareness; March 21, Domestic/Child Abuse Awareness; April 18, Testing Training.

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. 21-25

The 25th annual WORD OF DELIVERANCE conference will be held Sept. 21-25 at the community center, located on North 30th Street in Middlesboro. Hosts, Prophet Michael and Martha Ferguson, invite everyone to attend. Services will begin at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call 606-302-6031.

SEPT. 22

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum will present Dr. Ronald C. White Jr., historian, Fellow of The Trinity Forum at the Huntington Library, with free admission. White will speak at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22. For more information, call 423-869-6235.

SEPT. 23-25

REVIVAL at the Church of the True Living God of Holiness of Holiness, located at 329 20th Street in Middlesboro, will begin at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 23-25. The speaker will be Prophetess Rose Turner, of Camden. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sis. Mary West, church clerk, at 606-302-0223.

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

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service along with Main Street Pineville will sponsor their annual APPALACHIAN CRAFT FAIR from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 around the Bell County Courthouse in downtown Pineville. Local crafters and entertainment will be on the square demonstrating their skills and talents along with wood carvers, wood turners, knitting, crocheting, quilters, ceramics, drawing and much more. A soup bean or a hot dog dinner will be available for $6 and will include soup beans, cornbread, cole slaw, dessert and drink; or hot dog, cole slaw, dessert and drink. Homemade candy, cookies, brownies, etc. will also be available. If you are a local crafter and would like to participate, contact the extension service at 606-337-2376 to register. No fee is required to set up.

SEPT. 25-26

The Bell County High School class of 1965 will celebrate their 50TH REUNION Sept. 25-26. All classmates and interested friends are invited to attend. A meet and greet will be held on Friday, and a dinner of Saturday. For more information, contact Sheila Green Smith at 606-337-1191 or Greta Adams at 606-248-9890.

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.

SEPT. 28

The BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College will conduct their quarterly meeting at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 on the Pineville campus. For more information, contact Kharla Sherman, SKCTC Cumberland campus, at 606-589-3032.



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, 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.

OCT. 16

Bell County High School FOOTBALL BOOSTERS will recognize the 1990 BCHS football team on Oct. 16, during the Corbin home game.


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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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]

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 at 606-248-4000, 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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