Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email:; 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.

AUG. 11

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 Camp Jubilee, located at 3316 Owens Ridge Road in Tazewell. The speaker will be C.C. Mills with special music by the Higher Ground Baptist Church Choir/Orchestra.

AUG. 11-13

The Church of the First Born will host HOMECOMING services Aug. 11 and 12 and 7 p.m., and Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. Rev. James O. Barnett, pastor, and the congregation welcome everyone.

AUG. 12

The Middlesboro Garden Club will present PLANT AMERICA, a National Garden Club Standard Flower Show, from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Arthur Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

MEET THE JACKETS will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Bradner Stadium. There will be food, silent auction, cake auction, tees, team introductions and more.

The Shawanee Baptist Church Family Life Center will host a YARD SALE from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 12.

AUG. 13-16

Tazewell Church of God will be in REVIVAL Aug. 13-16. Sunday service begins at noon with Evangelist Ben Evans, of Newport, Tennessee. Services begin at 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Speakers include: Evangelist Gracie Cox, Aug. 14; Evangelist Dane Phillips, Aug. 15; and Evangelist Ben Evans, Wednesday. Everyone is welcome.

AUG. 13

Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular monthly SINGING will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 featuring The Glory Road Boys and others. Everyone is welcome.

AUG. 14

The Bell County Board of Education will have a SPECIAL-CALLED MEETING at 4 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Bell County Administration building in Pineville.


Page School Center’s 2017-2017 regular scheduled SITE BASED Decision Making Council meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the school’s conference room. All interested parties are invited to attend.

AUG. 15

The Middlesboro Board of Education regular BOARD MEETING will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Middlesboro High School, 4404 Cumberland Avenue.

The Right Fork SBDM regularly scheduled meetings will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the school. The next meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the school library.

Greg Rice, with the East TN Human Resource Agency, will be speaking at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center at 11 a.m. on Aug. 15. His subject will be “You May Qualify for Food Stamps.”

AUG. 16

The Cumberland Valley Area Development District Board of Directors will meet on Aug. 16 at the CVADD office building. The guest speaker will be Congressman Hal Rogers.

AUG. 17, 24, 31;

SEPT. 7, 14, 21, 28;

OCT. 5

Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will run through Oct. 5 and will be each Thursday evening with local opening acts taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and headliners at 7:30 p.m. The Levitt AMP concert series is free to the public and presented by Discover Downtown Middlesboro. The concert schedule includes: Aug. 17, Emily Ann Roberts; Aug. 24, Jackie Venson; Aug. 31, Kurt Thomas; Sept. 7, Rocky Block; Sept. 14, O’Connor Band; Sept. 21, The Bankesters; Sept. 28, The Bloody Tinth; and Oct. 5, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, Whiskey Shivers. For more information including opening acts, visit

AUG. 17

The Bell County-Pineville RETIRED TEACHERS Association will meet at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at Sagebrush Steakhouse for the latest retired teachers’ news. Bring school supplies that will be shared and your 2017 dues of $10.

The Kentucky Mountain Housing Development Corporation., Inc (KMHDC) board of directors will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the office, located at 113 Main Street in Manchester.

AUG. 19

The Union Grade and Yellow Creek School REUNION will be held Aug. 19 at the Middlesboro Community Center, located on 30th Street. The reunion will begin at 11 a.m., with lunch at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish. There will be a drawing for door prizes. For more information, contact Bill at 423-489-1697.

AUG. 24

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a Clothing Budget with Simple Sewing LESSON at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Bell County Extension Office. To register, call 606-337-2376.

AUG. 25

Former Lady Vol and Olympian Missy Kane, coordinator of health promotions at Covenant Health, will lead a Friday Fitness Hike at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Aug. 25. The hike will begin at the Iron Furnace in Cumberland Gap, and will finish at the Tri-State marker in the park. Hikers will meet at the Iron Furnace parking lot at 9:15 a.m. If interested, call 865-541-4500 or email For more information, contact Betsey Maples at Claiborne Medical Center at 423-526-2192.

AUG. 29

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a TRY IT TUESDAY class at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Bell County Extension Office. Participants will be making old T-shirts into bags. Everyone needs to bring their own T-shirt. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.


The first Claiborne County All VETERAN STAND DOWN will be held from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 9 at a location yet to be determined. Bring your ID with you to register inside. Check the website Email with your callback number and your specialty in the subject line. Remote Area Medical (RAM) will participate for veterans only. RAM volunteers only can follow this link: Veteran Resource vendors contact USCG Clyde Vincent at 865-607-6231.

Bands of all types are invited to battle it out during the first Bloody Harlan BATTLE OF THE BANDS beginning at noon on Sept. 9 in front of the Harlan County Courthouse. Whether your band is country, rock, bluegrass, blues, hard rock, or folk, the Harlan County Arts Council invites all bands for a chance to win $500 in cash, studio time to record a single and a professional photo shoot. Awards will also be given in a guitar shredding contest, a drum-off and for best original song. Entry fee is $50. Bands who want to set up merchandise tables but do not necessarily want to compete can do so for $10. For more information or to register, call 606-573-4223.

SEPT. 22

The Speak/e/es FAMILY REUNION will be held Sept. 22 and 23. Attendees will gather on Friday at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville at 6 p.m., followed by a guest speaker and introduction of members and guests. On Saturday, the group will attend a 10 a.m. service at Speaks Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 120 Blue Hollow Road in Rose Hill, Virginia. Rev. Francis M. Bartley Jr. and family members will preside at the service. Following the service, a dedication ceremony will take place at the nearby Speak Chapel Cemetery. Nicholas Speak, ancestor of many Speak members, will be honored with a grave marking ceremony for his service during the War of 1812. That evening, members will enjoy dinner and entertainment followed by the annual business meeting. If you are connected to the Speak/e/es family in any way, you are welcome to attend.

OCT. 2

The Bell County Extension DISTRICT BOARD will meet at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Bell County Extension Office, located in the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.

The Bell County EXTENSION COUNCIL will meet at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the third-floor meeting room at the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.


Those mourning the death of a loved one are invited to attend GRIEFSHARE from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 25 at New Beginning Baptist Church, located four miles west of Harrogate on Hwy. 63. This nondenominational program provides Christian support and Biblical insights about coping with grief and renewing hope for the future. You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. For more information, contact the church office at 423-869-7378.

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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.

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

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

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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