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Now that Lane Kiffin is “California Dreamin” on some other school’s payroll, the Tennessee Volunteer fans look to new head coach Derek Dooley to bolster a wounded program that longs for the good old days of passionate football when the unofficial game-time song, Rocky Top, was heard loud and clear in the SEC. But Tennessee fans may still be a couple of seasons away from getting Smokey to howl with excitement based on the multiple challenges the Volunteers face in establishing a team able to compete in the top rankings again.

“It’s Football Time in Tennessee”

A common theme in the SEC this year that Tennessee is unfortunately a part of: the quarterback replacement dilemma. Jonathan Crompton, after a success-story year under Coach Kiffin (2,8oo yards and 27 touchdowns), moves on and the next UT leader is undetermined likely until August. At first it would seem that Senior Nick Stephens would have “dibs” at the QB position, but Stephens after starting his Vol career by throwing 106 consecutive passes without an interception, the best start to a UT career, has gone the route of his former coach and departed from the team. So now the Volunteers are left to make up for his notable stats in 2008 (seven games of play: 840 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions). The hopes are for junior Matt Simms who is certainly a worthy competitor for the leadership role. Matt, the son of former Super Bowl champion quarterback Phil Simms, enrolled at Tennessee in January from El Camino Community College where he amassed 2,204 yards and 17 touchdowns in 10 games of play. Supplementing Simms and while initially thought as talent further down the road is Tyler Bray, a freshman from Kingsbury, CA who is getting some practice time this spring. The key words used by Coach Dooley for the success of the next quarterback: decision, accuracy, and emotional composure when things get physical. In addition to the foggy quarterback position, the Volunteers have compound areas of concern when it comes to depth on both lines and at linebacker. As Derek Dooley put it, “We need to find out what’s our discipline level, what’s our toughness level, what’s our effort level on every play.” Missing from the spring practices to assist in that evaluation are three defensive starters all re-cooperating from injuries: Art Evans (CB), Nick Reveiz (LB) and Savion Frazier (LB). Aaron Douglas who was an experienced player and expected to be the line’s leader as right tackle has left the team leaving an area desperate for talent. William Brimfield (OG) is also now absent from the squad further dwindling the depth in an already slim zone on the offense. On bright notes for Vol fans, the wide receiver position has a solid foundation with the return of Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore. The combined strength of these two players accounted for 86 receptions, 11 touchdowns and 1,220 yards in the 2009 season. Supplement these promising contributors with tight end Luke Stocker (five touchdowns and 29 catches) and whoever is the new quarterback, he should have dependable ways to sustain his momentum. On the defensive end, Ben Martin and Chris Walker are welcomed back with experienced ability ready to step up in the 2010 season as true play makers. Newcomers of note: JerQuari Schofield (OG) may have the opportunity to play earlier than he anticipated and Jacques Smith (DE), who remained loyal to his commitment to UT after Kiffin left, also is slated as a future contributor. While the new coach finished out well on signing day, managing a top ten recruiting class nationally, the benefits of that recruitment class will not ease the stress of the major depth worries for the team this year, and possibly not for two seasons. The Volunteers were already predicted to struggle prior to Lane Kiffin’s hasty departure and with so much vital development still in the works, it leaves Tennessee with the reality of another 7-6 season. The Volunteer schedule does them no favors, despite challenging the Gators at home, especially in the month of October when they play four consecutive conference games (LSU, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina) with three of those played on the opponent’s home turf. The faithful Tennessee fans will don their orange and white, but Smokey will be howling the blues as the Volunteers fight to have a winning record and head into the 2010-11 season as #8 overall in the SEC.

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Vols Breaking After Friday Finale Weekend Off for R&R Tickets Still Available Tennessee squeezed in one final workout Friday before heading into a weekend of R&R -- and before the real football arrives in earnest. Head coach Derek Dooley used the 90-minute workout at Haslam Field to get his team its first preparation for UT Martin, next Saturday’s opponent at Neyland Stadium. The Vols and Skyhawks kick off the 2010 season at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with VideoSeat Pay-Per-View and the Vol Network carrying the action. “I think it’s important that they get at least two days in a row,” Dooley said of the weekend break. “Up to this point, they’ve had a day here and a day there. But two in a row, really it’s amazing what it does to the body. Usually when you give them two days off in a row, the recovery is 10 times what it would be with just one day. “It’s the last weekend. Guys who are close by can go home a little bit, spend time with their family and get ready for a tough season.” Dooley remarked that the team, which also had Thursday off, is in good shape heading into the playing season. “I don’t think we’re nearly as tired as what I’m used to. It’s probably one of the advantages of the academic calendar. We’ve been in school so much, so we haven’t had as many two-a-days, we’ve had a little longer period to practice, so we were able to space stuff out more. “I was commenting today that we were very fortunate, I feel like, with the injury situation. Even though we lost two guys right at the beginning, if you look at how many guys we lost over camp it wasn’t a lot. And we didn’t have a lot of those nagging injuries that held guys out of practice.” Defensive linemen Ben Martin and Marlon Walls were shelved for the season to Achilles injuries during the first full week of camp. Since then, however, it’s been the usual bumps and bruises common to SEC practice fields. “I feel like, in many ways, we’re not as tired and beat up as normal,” Dooley said.” The head coach added that his first camp in Knoxville has been productive. “I’ve felt like we made progress every day, I really have. Of course, our first trial is next Saturday. That’s really what matters; that’s when we’ll find out.” TICKETS AVAILABLE Tickets for the 2010 football season are available for all seven home games in some form or fashion. This year’s schedule features four home dates in September, beginning with UT Martin on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. That game is a VideoSeat Pay-Per-View telecast. Tickets for the UT Martin contest are available for $40 and can be purchased via, over the phone at 865/656-1200 or 800/332-VOLS (8657), or at the ticket counter. Because of construction at Thompson-Boling Arena, the Athletics Department Ticket Office is temporarily located on the northwest concourse level of the arena directly above the old ticket office location. Office hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Other games on this year’s slate are Oregon on Sept. 11, Florida on Sept. 18, UAB on Sept. 25, Alabama on Oct. 23, Mississippi for Homecoming on Nov. 13 and Kentucky on Nov. 27. Prices are $60 each for Oregon and Ole Miss, $50 for Kentucky and $40 for UAB. Single seats with no adjacent seating are all that remain for the Florida and Alabama contests, and those tickets cost $70.

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Position-by-position Quarterback The departure of Jonathan Crompton to the NFL and also the loss of Nick Stephens by trans- fer left the quarterack position wide open during spring drills. Those departures placed transfer Matt Simms in the spotlight early. He progressed nicely in his first workouts with the Vols and was beginning to work with the first team just before Stephens left. Simms is a 6-3 junior who came to Tennessee out of El Camino Community Col- lege in California where he threw for 2,204 yards and 17 touchdowns, so game experience is his advantage. Also in the mix is freshman Tyler Bray, who was an early enrollee in January and saw plenty of action during spring practice. He started op- posite Simms in the Orange and White Game and led his squad to a 16-7 victory, completing 18-of- 40 for 200 yards and a touchdown. Tailback One of the most difficult holes to fill for Ten- nessee will be the consistency of Montario Hard- esty and his 1,345 yards that he collected last season carrying the ball. And the quest to find a replacement may be an extended battle. The platoon of junior Tauren Poole and sophomore David Oku saw action in 13 games last season -- most via special teams -- and one is likely to emerge as the frontrunner for inheriting the load at tailback. Oku ranked third in rushing for the Vols last year with 94 net yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average. Poole was fourth on that list with 10 attempts for 85 yards. Oku made his mark as a return specialist on kickoffs, giving him plenty of field experience. But Poole’s explosiveness at times makes him a big-play threat waiting to happen. The Vols have made a habit of scoring on the ground. Fourteen of Tennessee’s touchdowns came from the ground last season. Tennessee’s rushing offense (157.2 yards per game) ranked ninth in the SEC despite Hardesty’s numbers. So the shoes will be difficult to fill. Of course, the same was said the previous season and Hard- esty put up numbers that rank among the best in school history. Fullback The lone spot of experience in the offensive battery for Tennessee is at fullback. And that’s a good thing for the Vols. Kevin Cooper established himself as a receiving threat by catching 12 balls and averaging 9.2 yards per catch

last year. With his blocking and catching tuned in, he’s a dual threat and the only returning starter in the backfield for UT. The senior brings a big target out of the backfield at 6-foot, 242 pounds. He also caught seven passes in 2008 and has quietly developed into another target for the Vols from a throwing standpoint. His blocking has also been key as he’s appeared in every game for the last two sea- sons. It’s allowed him to develop into a reliable rock in the backfield. Freshman Channing Fugate showed prom- ise during spring practice at the second-team spot with junior letterman Sam Edgmon provid- ing depth. Austin Johnson, who played fullback last year and caught six passes for an 11.3-yard average, has switched to linebacker and earned the Andy Spiva Award as defensive surprise of spring prac- tice. Still, the blocking and ball catching is a good safety valve for Tennessee. With focus on its re- ceiving corps and questions at running back, the fullbacks may just be able to provide the paths for success on both roads. Wide Receiver With other prime positions on offense pre- paring to reload, the rock on the scoring side of the ball is the receiving corps – with experience and statistics to back it. Gerald Jones comes back as one of Tennes- see’s senior leaders. Playing in 12 of the 13 games last season, he led the Vols with 46 catches and 680 yards (an average of 14.8 yards per catch). His 51-yard strike against Georgia last year was the highlight as a season-long for Tennessee. On the other side of the line is Denarius Moore. The senior caught 40 balls for 540 yards last year. He gained 13.5 yards each catch. It all adds up to more than 100 yards per game re- turning at the starting receiver positions for Ten- nessee. And the backups aren’t slackers. Marsalis Teague was explosive as a fresh- man last season (13 catches, two touchdowns) and he’ll be mentoring a crop of freshmen this season that will only strengthen the depth chart at wideout for the Vols. Zach Rogers is another sophomore return- ing letterman. Four new receivers will suit up for Tennessee this fall, two of which

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(Matt Milton and Ted Meline) were early enrollees in January. The good thing is they’ll have a pair of senior starters and a pair of experienced sophomores to lead the way. Perhaps the better thing is they have the talent to walk in and begin contributing from the opener. Tight End The headliner this season will be on receiv- er, a position deep and experienced. But that doesn’t include a vital aspect of the pass-catch- ing game. Solidifying the receiving half of the pitch- catch connection at Tennessee is the tight end position. Last year the Vols used the tight end as a critical weapon, particularly in Red Zone situa- tions. And the results were positive. Senior Luke Stocker returns as the big gam- er of the bunch. Stocker showed his nimbleness last season with 29 catches for 389 yards – third on the team among those returning – and five touchdowns.

Page 8, The Loafer • August 31, 2010 Stocker was the go-to guy when the Vols were sniffing the end zone and will be a big tar- get in short-yardage situations this year. Ben Bartholomew is also back for the Vols, bringing two years of experience to the position. Center The anchor. The cog. The middleman. What- ever you want to call him, Tennessee’s newest center will have big shoes to fill. Last season, Cody Sullins elevated from scarcely used backup to a rock as the Vols’ center. Prior to the 2009 campaign, Sullins had never started a game for UT. He started all 13 of them last year as snapper. To say consistency in the middle will be missed is an understatement. Prior to Sullins’ streak last season, Josh McNeil had started the previous 35 games as Tennessee’s center but an injury in the fall set him back and thrust Sullins into the role. Now the Vols look for a replacement. Ju- nior Cody Pope did see action in three games last year in the offensive line and has a 6-6, 290-pound frame that could help move the chains. With a lack of depth at the position, coaches moved senior Victor Thomas from defensive tackle to offense with the potential for him to earning playing time at center. Thomas brings a much-needed plate of experience to the Vols’ of- fensive line with his game experience as part of the defensive line rotation. Offensive Guard A young offensive line will bear weight this season, particularly at the guard position. Still, the run blockers have Tennessee’s most experi- enced bulldozer paving the way. Jarrod Shaw comes to the line having played in eight games last season and collecting three starts early in the season. He began last year at the tackle spot, but in- juries forced him to slide over into the left guard position against Ohio. That worked as Montario Hardesty rushed for 140 yards in the Vols’ 34-23 victory. Shaw, at 6-foot-4 and 331 pounds, has stayed put at guard for this season as Tennessee at- tempts to piece together a list of new faces on the line. At guard, Shaw is the only returning let- terman. Aside from Shaw, Tennessee will put its stock in a list of freshmen. JerQuari Schofield and his 6-foot-6, 331-pound frame gives the Vols a high- ly rated blocker at the tackle position and enters fall camp as the starter at left guard. Sophomore Carson Anderson, who saw limited game action last season, and redshirt freshman Kevin Revis may have found a home as reserve guards. Offensive Tackle The search for experience and consisten- cy seen in other parts of the offensive line doesn’t skip the tackle positions. Tennessee returns just one letterman in Dallas Thom- as. The sophomore, however, saw most of his action last season on special teams units, working with both field goal and extra point units. Pencil in Ja’Wuan James as the lead contender for a starting position as well. He was an early enrollee in the spring and has the benefit of working with the team through spring drills. Local freshman Daniel Hood also could get looks at a tackle spot, after spending part of spring at center, as could Chase Phillips. Hood joined Revis as members of the SEC Fresh- man Academic Honor Roll. Defensive End The pass rushing skills of Chris Walker are back as the Vols will boast experience and seniority at the defensive tackle position. Walker comes back for his senior season at Ten- nessee after posting a team-high six sacks last year as part of his 42 tackles from right end. His speed and ability to break through into the backfield will be relied upon heavily by UT as the Vols return a large chunk of talent on defense. On the left side of the line, senior Ben Martin holds down the end position after collecting 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2009. Also in the mix for time at the end positions will be senior Gerald Williams and sophomore Wil- lie Bohannon, as well as early enrollees Jacques Smith and Corey Miller. The depth and experience give Tennessee a strong anchor to bookend the de- fensive line and keep pressure on opponents. Defensive Tackle Gone are roadblocks Dan Williams, an All-Amer- ica performer last season, and Wes Brown, one of the toughest men in orange. The two anchored the middle of the defensive line last season. The Vols turn to a pair of sophomores in Mon- tori Hughes and Marlon Walls. Hughes played in all 13 games last year, collecting 20

tackles. Walls saw limited action in seven games and had a pair of tackles. Still, they bring the experience to stop the middle. They’ll have some talent coming in to help. A pair of former defensive ends in Rae Sykes and Steven Fowlkes have been moved to tackle to provide bulk and depth. Linebackers As the Vols look to reload on go-to playmakers on both offense and defense, the linebacker posi- tion is one that may have improved over last year. That’s because everyone is healthy again. Senior middle linebacker Nick Reveiz is back from a season-ending injury last year. When he got hurt, he was among the team leaders in tackles and regarded as one of the primary emotional leaders of the team. That didn’t stop even with him on the sidelines, so with a helmet on once again it can only benefit the squad. He missed spring practice as he continued to rehabilitate his knee, but he kept up his sideline presence and will be a muchneeded familiar face this fall. The same goes for Savion Frazier, who stepped in to fill Reveiz’s shoes. Frazier’s season was also cut short by injury, yet he still finished with 38 tackles. He’s back for his senior year, as is LaMarcus Thompson, who missed time due to injury as well. Add to that trio the emergence of sophomore Herman Lathers, who earned Freshman All-SEC last year and is the Vols’ top returning tackler. He also shares the starter’s position at weakside line- backer with Frazier heading into fall camp. Greg King and Nigel Mitchell-Thornton saw significant playing time last season, with King earn- ing a pair of starts after injuries struck the position in mid-season. Austin Johnson made an impact during spring drills after his move from offense. Cornerback Art Evans returns as a starter and will hold the right side of the defensive backfield for Tennessee. His 39 tackles last year was the most among return- ing players in the entire secondary. A ding kept him out of the starting lineup against Kentucky last season, but otherwise he was a concrete performer after earning his spot through hard work. In-state standout Eric Gordon vaulted to the top of the depth chart in spring drills and appears ready to handle that area of the field. Lettermen returning include local product Anthony Anderson (nine tackles last year) and Stephaun Raines (10 tackles last year). Both will battle for time on the left side as well as a backup plan for Evans and Gordon. Safety One of Tennessee’s most decorated players in recent times, Eric Berry’s departure for the NFL leaves a large hole to fill in the defensive secondary. Berry earned All-America status during his stellar ju- nior season and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football while ranking second on the team in tackles with 119. So how does that hole in talent get filled? Soph- omore Janzen Jackson is a huge start. Jackson is back for his second year as a starter at safety. In 10 games last season Jackson tallied 37 tackles. Against South Carolina he had seven tack- les, forced a fumble and broke up two passes to earn SEC Defensive Freshman of the Week. Joining him atop the depth chart at safety is sophomore Darren Myles Jr. Myles appeared in seven games last season. The Vols also return a list of talent that saw ac- tion at safety, including Tyler Wolf, who played in 12 games last season and collected 10 tackles. Specialists Chad Cunningham and Daniel Lincoln have one more go at it for the Vols and are in search of consistent senior seasons. Cunningham averaged 42.1 yards per punt and improved his kickoff distances last year. Lincoln struggled some as the placekicker late in the sea- son due to a nagging leg injury that prevented him from getting height on his kicks. He was 10-of-16 on field goals, and five of his misses were from 40 yards or more. In the return game last year, backup running back David Oku handled most of the kickoff returns, averaging 26.2 yards per return and totaling 863 yards. His increased role carrying the ball out of the backfield may force Dooley and staff to look elsewhere for depth.

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Smooth Transition for Teague to DB BY JOSH PATE

Everyone was wondering what the reaction would be once the door opened. Marsalis Teague was in a closed meeting with Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley. The topic: position change. Teague, who came on strong last season as a freshman reserve wide receiver and showed strength in spring practice, was asked to move to the defensive side of the ball along with freshman receiver Ted Meline. For freshmen, it’s not surprising. Many played quarterback or safety only to switch positions before even arriving on campus. But for Teague, he was on his way to establishing himself as option No. 3 at receiver behind seniors Gerald Jones and Denaius Moore. Yet when Dooley asked Teague to switch positions for the team’s sake considering this year’s depth at wide receiver and lack thereof among defensive backs, Teague gladly accepted. “One thing Coach Dooley has preached to these guys is team first,” said secondary coach Terry Joseph. “Neither Teague nor Ted Meline had any disagreement with

coming over and helping the team. That’s a tribute to those guys. In recruiting from here on out, that’s the type of guys we’re looking for.” Teague never flinched when asked to swap his pass catching for pass deflecting. “I got recruited to play both, so I told the coaches to put me where they felt like I would play first and play the best,” Teague said. “I just went with their decision. Last year it was at wide receiver. This year, with the new coaching staff, it’s defense so I’m all for it.” Accepting the decision is one thing. Capitalizing on it is another. Players want to see game action and contribute. Teague did that last season, but 2010 brings a crop of freshmen receivers to Tennessee that is likely to see playing time now. In the defensive secondary, however, a dismissal of Darren Myles and eligibility issues with two others have handicapped the unit. That’s when Dooley and Joseph, albeit hesitantly, took action. “Sometimes things don’t always happen the way we want it,” said junior defensive back Anthony Anderson. “It’s a team sport. You’ve got to look out for yourself, but also if you can help the team somewhere else and it works, then you’ll feel better about winning. We talked to (Teague) and he was

fine.” Teague said he never really had a preference one way or the other once Dooley brought up the team aspect. “I was really feeling indifferent about it at first, honestly,” Teague said. “Once I sat down with Coach Dooley and we talked about how it could help the team, I was all for it. I didn’t want to consider myself being a selfish player so I felt like I was doing what was best for the team. Coach Dooley agreed with that, so we went ahead and made the move.” The move got several of his teammates excited. Among them was starting safety Janzen Jackson, who has been close with Teague since the two came to Tennessee. The only problem was that Teague was on the other side of the football. “Oh man, I was pumped up,” Jackson said. “We’re really tight. Ever since we came in, we’ve been really tight. Now he’s at cornerback, and it’s going to be fun. It’s going to make our college experience better. He pretty much took on the role of if you can’t beat `em, join `em.” So far, so good. Teague collected four tackles in Tennessee’s first scrimmage of the fall. The Vols have their first team shored up with Jackson, Prentiss

Waggner, Art Evans and Eric Gordon likely to be the foursome. After that, however, it’s anybody’s game. And as Dooley points out, there are two, maybe three receivers who play on the field at all times; in the secondary, there can be as many as five in one of the team’s regular defensive alignments. So it’s critical that Teague catch on quickly, and he is. Within the first couple of days practicing with the defense at cornerback, his smarts and natural tendencies showed the staff the move would pay off. “Teague is probably one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around,” Joseph said. “He’s really picked the defense up well. He has good feet. He obviously has good ball skills because he was a wide receiver. So he’s developing well. “Those first two days, you don’t want to really over-coach him and cloud his mind. You could just see him flip his hips and just being natural at playing ball. He has a really good hip flip and good feet. You can see it easily.” Improvements lie in tackling and discipline with the eyes. Tackling is natural, considering he was primarily a quarterback in high school and then played receiver last year with the Vols. Picking up on the physical aspects of tackling is something he’ll have to work on.

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UT v. UT-Martin Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET Gates Open: 4 p.m. ET Television: VideoSeat PayPer-View Live Audio: Vol Network Click here for stations Live Stats: Gametracker Additional Information Due to the Vol Walk and the band march, Volunteer Boulevard from east Andy Holt Avenue to Lake Loudoun Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:25 to 4. Also, Phillip Fulmer Way from east Andy Holt Avenue to Peyton Manning Pass will be closed from 3:25 to 4:10. Parking permit holders in Staff Lot 9 and other parking lots in this area should arrive two hours prior to kickoff in order to avoid vehicular traffic and pedestrian congestion. Phillip Fulmer Way begins one way traffic from Cumberland towards Lake Loudon Blvd three hours before kickoff. Vol Walk (Corner of Volunteer and Lake Loudoun to Gate 21 Plaza): Begins at 3:45 p.m. Band March: Begins at 5:20 p.m. "All in the Family" Barbecue Tailgate: 3 - 5 p.m. in Circle Park. Open the 2010 football season celebrating the rare opportunity for two UT campuses to meet on the football field. Hosted by UT President Jan Simek, special guests will include Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor of the Knoxville campus, and Tom Rakes, chancellor of the Martin campus, along with Lady Vols Head Basketball Coach and UT Martin alumnus Pat Summitt, and Vols Head Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Registration is required. For more info call 974-3011.

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Stadium Improvements With the Sept. 4 season opener on the horizon, the University announced several stadium improvements and gameday changes for the upcoming season. While approaching Neyland Stadium fans will immediately notice the dramatic new plaza at Gate 21, complete with an arched entrance, permanent bench seating, brick pavers, and landscaping. Just outside Gate 21, a new amphitheater and “grand entrance” to the Hill serves as host location for the Vol Network’s Kickoff Call-In Show featuring Bob Kesling and Tim Priest. The Kickoff Call-In Show begins 1½ hours before kickoff. Other features of this phase of the Neyland Stadium renovation include: • The Tennessee Terrace, a 1,804-seat area located just below the club seats on the west side. Terrace members have access to a climate-controlled hospitality area as well as enhanced concessions offerings. • A large display area at Gate 16 that will house a twice life-size statue of Gen. Robert Neyland. The statue is being created by Blair Buswell, who has sculpted busts for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is scheduled to arrive mid-season. • Large murals of legendary former Vols on the exterior of the stadium, featuring Gen. Neyland, Johnny Majors, Al Wilson, Peyton Manning, Doug Atkins and Reggie White. Beginning with the Vols’ Sept. 4 home opener versus UT Martin, the “Vol Walk” returns to its traditional start time of 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. The “Vol Walk” features the team beginning its walk from the intersection of Lake Loudoun Boulevard, rallying at the Volunteer Statue (Torchbearer), the official symbol of the University, and then proceeding down Peyton Manning Pass to Phillip Fulmer Way, entering Neyland Stadium at Gate 21A.

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Who Is Derek Dooley? Derek Dooley (born June 10, 1968) is the new head football coach at the University of Tennessee, that’s who. He is the son of former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Dooley was born in Athens, Georgia in 1968, the son of University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley and his wife, radio talk show host Barbara Meshad Dooley. Dooley played high school football at Clarke Central High School in Athens under legendary coach Billy Henderson. He was a star tight end on the school’s 1985 AAAA State Championship team. Dooley played alongside other notable Clarke Central (and later NFL) players, including kicker John Kasay (Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers), defensive end and current U.T. defensive line coach Chuck Smith (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina) and wide receiver Willie Green (four teams). Dooley was a walk-on wide receiver at the University of Virginia. He earned a scholarship with the Cavaliers following his second season and helped the school to three bowl appearances, including an ACC championship in 1989. In 1990, he was named first-team Academic All-ACC and participated in the Senior Bowl. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Georgia in 1994. Dooley practiced law at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta for almost two years before embarking on his coaching career. Dooley started his college coaching career with a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia in 1996. Dooley spent the 1997–99 seasons as wide receivers coach at Southern Methodist University, while also holding the duties of assistant recruiting coordinator during his final two years. In 2000, Dooley was hired by Nick Saban at LSU as the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach, a capacity in which he served until 2002. Dooley then spent the 2003-04 seasons coaching the Tigers’ running backs and special teams. In 2005, Dooley left LSU with Saban when the latter became head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Dooley was named to the Dolphins’ coaching staff on January 10, 2005 and he served on the staff for two years. On December 17, 2006, Dooley was hired as the new head coach at Louisiana Tech University. He replaced former coach Jack Bicknell, who was fired on December 4 after the Bulldogs finished 3–10 in 2006. On March 6, 2008, Derek Dooley was named the Athletics Director of Louisiana Tech University replacing former AD Jim Oakes. Among his accomplishments as the Louisiana Tech AD are promoting former Lady Techster and two-time All American Teresa Weatherspoon to the position of Head Coach of the Lady Techsters basketball program in February 2009; upgrading Joe Aillet Stadium by adding a new playing turf, box seats, and videoboard; and completely overhauling the athletic department from the ground up. On January 15, 2010, Dooley was hired as the head coach at the University of Tennessee. He replaced Lane Kiffin, who unexpectedly resigned to become head coach at the University of Southern California after just one season at Tennessee. Dooley’s wife is Dr. Allison Jeffers Dooley, who is an OBGYN, and they have three children named John Taylor (10), Peyton (7), and Julianna (5).

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Sparky & Rhonda tell tales in Jonesborough this week This week the International Storytelling Center features Sparky and Rhonda as resident storyteller for Stoytelling Live! Nationally acclaimed storytellers and musicians Sparky and Rhonda Rucker have wowed audiences in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia with humor, witticism, and wonderful stories and songs. Their expansive repertoire includes tales from Br’er Rabbit and High John the Conqueror, Appalachian yarns, family stories, and true stories about the Civil War and settlement of the American West. Sparky accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, and spoons, and Rhonda often joins him on harmonica, banjo or vocal harmonies. Their appearances include the National Storytelling Festival and Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling and Music Festival. Sparky and Rhonda will be telling stories daily September 7-11 at 2 p.m. Tickets for performances are just $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, students, and children under 18. The Center is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Storytelling Live! sponsors are BB&T Bank and Mountain States Health Alliance. Media sponsors are News 5 WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW4, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, and Citadel Broadcasting. A complete schedule of this season’s performers is available at For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.

Milligan College will host seven members of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild for an evening of storytelling on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. General admission is $5, and student admission is $3. “We’re very excited to have such a diverse and experienced group of storytellers come to Milligan and share the beauty of story,” said Dr. Bruce Montgomery, professor of communications and business and a 2010 guild member. The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild is comprised of 25 professional, semi-professional and hobbyist storytellers who enjoy the art of oral tradition. Their compelling and vivid stories are brimming with history, humor, personality, imagination and more. First up on the Milligan stage is Larry Kelley, a full-time storyteller and workshop presenter from Chuckey, Tenn. Kelley is known for his expressive delivery and well-crafted stories that engage listeners of all ages. He has a master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University, where he also taught storytelling for 10 years. Kelley and his wife Gayleen, known as TANDEM, will also weave a story together. Gayleen has been a member of the guild since 1994 and specializes in original and historical stories. Two-time International Storytelling Center presenter Kate Agmann has been telling stories since the age of 6. She loves to capture audiences with stories about her large Texas family. Agmann is also known for her fairy tales, Bible stories and costume presentations.

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Milligan to host Storytellers Guild performance Molly Catron (photo left) brings 20 years of storytelling experience to the Milligan stage. Catron is passionate about changing lives through story and does so with workshops on leadership development, corporate strategy development, change management, market research and more. Storyteller Pamela Miller has used fairy tales to influence others throughout much of her life. She spent many years teaching her craft to students at California Polytechnic State University and telling stories to her daughter. Dr. Rocky Churchwell has practiced storytelling for more than 30 years from the pulpit. Churchwell shares his life experiences, which often lead to “light bulb” moments of inspiration. Leon Overbay, The Bard of Boones Creek, is a Boones Creek native and Guild founding member. He retells his experiences of life in rural East Tennessee. Overbay’s storytelling style is characterized by southern wit and performance poetry. Visit for more information and to find out about other upcoming events.

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By Jove, the biggest planet has taken another hit for its Solar System team. On August 20th, two amateur astronomers in Japan independently recorded an apparent impact on Jupiter. This is the third time in only 13 months that amateur astronomers have detected signs of an asteroid or comet crashing into Jupiter. The earlier events occurred on July 19, 2009 and June 3, 2010. Jupiter is getting hit more often than conventional wisdom would suggest, leading many researchers to call for a global network of telescopes to monitor Jupiter 24/7 and measure the impact rate. Like the earlier events, the fireballs did not produce any visible debris observable from Earth. Jupiter is located next to the asteroid belt and is so huge that every planet, their moons and everything else orbiting the Sun could fit comfortably inside giant planet. Its immense gravitational influence actually sucks in passing comets and errant asteroids. That means that Jupiter is taking hits for the inner planets of the Solar System, our Earth included.

By Jove! Amateurs See Jupiter Take Another Hit Just look around the solid bodies of the Solar System and one sees the damage done by violent impacts that mostly occurred in the first quarter of our 5 billion year existence.

Our Moon alone has more than 100,000 visible impacts, and the planet Mercury is also densely covered with craters. Natural erosion on Venus and our Earth has wiped away all but the most recent impacts. On Mars, its less dynamic atmosphere has allowed many crater remains of impacts to still be visible. Jupiter is enveloped in a huge atmosphere of hydrogen, methane and other chemicals, just like the other “gas giants” of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. But these planets have a retinue of solid moons orbiting them that also show heavy cratering - except a few moons where surface ice replenishes the geology, wiping away all but the most recent impacts from cosmic debris. Watching Jupiter get hit three times in 18 months is a phenomenal occurrence - the last observed impacts were from the famous bombardment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 from July 16-22, 1994. Then amateur and professional astronomers watched a comet be torn into some 21 pieces by Jupiter’s gravity before those segments crashed one after another into the cloud tops over a succession of six days.

The comet was in one piece when discovered March 24, 1993 in an Arizona desert by amateur astronomers Carolyn Shoemaker and her now deceased husband, Gene, and David Levy. All three are famous in astronomy history. Carolyn Shoemaker holds the record for the most comets discovered by an individual, 32, and more than 800 asteroids; Gene Shoemaker once trained NASA moonwalkers at Meteor Crater in Arizona, and some of his remains were sent on a NASA spacecraft crashing into the Moon; and Levy is an author of a book on Clyde Tombaugh, the discover Pluto, and popularizer of astronomy in many high profile publications aimed at the general public. When Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered (their 9th together), its orbit was closely watched by professionals, which is customary. It became apparent that this comet was orbiting Jupiter in a two-year, highly elliptical orbit since being captured the giant planet’s gravity sometime in the 1960s. And, the comet was bound to collide with Jupiter! Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was already in fragments when discovered, and heading for a July

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Skies This Week

Celestial events in the skies for the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2010, as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette. In the evening sky, the brilliant planet Venus is nearby the bright star Spica in Virgo. In the pinkish twilight is much dimmer and reddish Mars, as well as yellowish Saturn. Meanwhile, around 10 pm, bright Jupiter draws all eyes to the east. With the Moon in the after-midnight sky, the Milky Way and summer constellations are easily visible in the evening. Tues. Aug. 31 High overhead as darkness settles in around 9 p.m. is the Summer Triangle - Deneb to the north in Cygnus the Swan, Vega in the middle in Lyra the Harp, and Altair to the south in Aquila the Eagle. Wed. Sept. 1 Last Quarter Moon is today, with the Earth, Sun and Moon making a right angle. Rising after midnight, the Moon keeps moving into the morning sky, turning into a crescent. Thurs. Sept. 2 To the south, the Milky Way runs through the spout of the teapotshaped constellation of Sagittarius the Archer. To the right, or east, is Scorpius with the red star Antares in the middle. The Scorpion looks like a gigantic fishhook. Fri. Sept. 3 On this 1976 date in space history, NASA’s Viking 2 landed on Mars, the second successful landing on the Red Planet. It’s twin, Viking 1, landed on the opposite side of the planet on July 20, 1976. Both had a scoop that put Martian soil in an incubator to try and detect life, with controversial results of a chemical, not biological reaction. Sat. Sept. 4 The Big Dipper asterism is low in the northwest; it’s handle arcing to the bright, orange star Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman. But you can still find the two outside stars of the “bowl” pointing to Polaris, the North Star. Sun. Sept. 5 As the night wears on, the flying horse, Pegasus, is rising higher in the east. Marked by a giant square of four stars with no stars visible inside it, Pegasus is a sure sign of Summer’s demise. Mon. Sept. 6 There are just 16 days left in the Summer of 2010, with Autumnal Equinox occurring on Sept. 22. But many of us can feel it in the air, hear it in the cacophony of night insects, and see it in the curled leaves on the ground.

Page 18, The Loafer • August 31, 2010 ’94 fireworks show. This first-ever predicted event drew the attention of every professional and amateur telescope - as well as the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. As the cometary fragments collided the cloud-tops with the force of dozens of atomic bombs, photographs and video were taken, some to be analyzed for the chemistry of the comet and Jupiter’s atmosphere. For weeks the remnant, “black eye” signature of the death of Shoemaker-Levy 9 rotated around the southern hemisphere of the planetary globe. And the possibility is pretty high that someday the Earth will get hit by a sizeable chunk of asteroid, maybe even a comet. Just look at Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona - a tourist attraction that many visit along with the Grand Canyon. It is three-quarters of a mile wide, the result of an impact by a nickel-iron meteorite about 50 yards across. Traveling through space at maybe 30,000 mph, the space debris crashed into an area of damp, grassland that was the home of mammoths and giant sloths about 50,000 years ago. Some space scientists think we

are overdue for a “Big One” striking the third planet from the Sun. And Meteor Crater is not really that big. There are plenty of what astronomers call “Near Earth Asteroids,” or NEA’s, that are being monitored for their behavior as they orbit the Sun. They actually number into the thousands. And there is a special class of “Potentially Hazardous Asteroids” (PHAs) that are space rocks larger than a football field that can come closer than 4 million miles to Earth. That’s 16 times the distance of our Moon, 240,000 miles away, but still close in astronomical terms. Though none of the known PHAs are on a collision course with our planet, astronomers are finding new ones all the time. And less detected are the chunks of cosmic rock that are small than 100 yards wide. In fact, there are currently 1,144 potentially hazardous asteroids being tracked this month by NASA and other private skywatching entities. Every year there seem to be more large meteors caught on video by night security cameras,

and there are at least 20 streams of debris that Earth plows through on schedule every year - known to us as meteor showers. And though the average meteor streaking across the night sky as a “shooting star” is no bigger than

a grain of sand, occasionally large meteoroids the size of a fist or larger crash through our atmosphere. In fact, each day, about 10 tons (that’s right, 20,000 pounds!) of cosmic debris filters through our

atmosphere onto the surface of Earth. Jupiter must have up to 10 times that amount of cosmic junk raining down on it, being so close to the asteroid belt and right in the middle of the Solar System’s orbiting worlds. You can expect more impacts being discovered on Jupiter as a 24/7 monitoring of the planet will undoubtedly happen. The Sun, itself, is always being watched, not only from Earth, by a halfdozen spacecraft in special orbits. Amateur astronomers are always looking for ways to contribute to the professionals. And with the advanced electronic technology and superior optical telescopes on the market, a backyard observatory can rival anything but the professional, mountain peak facilities. The clouds of Jupiter will yield more cosmic hits, just wait and see.

Above: Jupiter with Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact sites

This week’s film is Vampires Suck, and while it would be easy to say the film does too, I won’t. The film is a spoof of the Twilight movies, and let’s be honest, while I do enjoy those films a great deal, they are an easy target. With a brooding vampire, an angst filled teenage girl, and 90210 style vampires, the Twilight series is ripe for the picking apart, and Hollywood has attempted to do so with Vampires Suck. There are plenty of spoof style films that have been released over the years, most with mixed results. In my opinion, the original Scary Movie, is one of the best films of this genre, and as a result spawned several weaker sequels. I must say in the case of “Vampires Suck”, the filmmakers succeeded on one level: the cast. While I feel it is point-

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Screen Scenes by Ken Silvers

A mediocre Vampires Suck less to mention the cast of unknowns, I must say they appear, some thanks to well done makeup, almost to be clones of the actors from the Twilight series. The actor playing the role of Edward, here called Edward Sullen, Matt Lanter, is an incredible lookalike for actor Robert Pattinson, especially in the poofy hair department. Lanter has exaggerated heavy makeup, and is overly sparkly in the sun, but his moodiness is spot on. The plot of the film closely follows those of the Twilight films, and begins with Rebecca “Becca” Crane (Jenn Proske) arriving in a mysterious Washington town to live with her dad. Upon enrolling in the local high school, Becca is rudely

welcomed to the school, and soon catches a glimpse of the Sullen family, and Edward. As in the Twilight series, the two soon begin their human/vampire romance, but the path of love and devotion proves to be a rocky one. Not only must Becca deal with the appearance of her childhood friend Jacob White (Chris Riggi), who has a tremendous crush on her, but some vampires who are out to kill her. So the bulk of the film has Edward and Jacob attempting to have Becca for their own, and the attempted killing of the “mean” vampires. The film mostly steals plot lines from the first two Twilight films, thought I

wish more storyline from the third film had been included. The film also includes various references to pop culture, and even features a cameo from a Lady Gaga lookalike. There were several highlights in the film, most involving Jacob and his fellow werewolves, but most of the jokes fell flat. The filmmakers gave their all to make this a funny film, but in my opinion there were plenty of missed opportunities. It would have been wonderful if the film had included spoofs on other vampire films and television shows, such as the wildly popular True Blood. Imagine Edward and Becca running into Bill and Sookie! The very idea of such a meeting would

have at least given the film a much needed boost. The only moment I can recall that involved a character from another vampire series, was a brief appearance by Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, who had to wear a t-shirt to identify herself. If only Sarah Michelle Gellar had been a good sport and made a cameo, that moment would have been priceless. Alas, I suppose the filmmakers could not afford to hire Gellar. This is a film in need of Blade, Van Helsing, Count Dracula, and even the vampires from 30 Days of Night, to provide an all out vampire fest. I say if you are going to do a vampire spoof, bring them all on! Overall, Vampires Suck was merely an adequate comedy/spoof, and while I won’t drive a steak through its heart, I will just waive some garlic about as a warning.

(Rated PG-13) C+

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FORTY EIGHTH ANNUAL FALL ROAN MOUNTAIN NATURALISTS’ RALLY September 10, 11, 12, 2010 For 48 years the Naturalists’ Rally has drawn nature enthusiasts from far & wide to Roan Mountain on the weekend after Labor Day! Top naturalists volunteer their time and energy to make the event both enjoyable and educational for people of all ages. This fall rally continues to celebrate the natural world by providing two top speakers, renowned birder, Kenn Kaufman and well-known Tennessee naturalist and photographer, Kris Light. Because of the continued support of the Friends of Roan Mountain, all the Naturalists’ Rallies have the resources they need to prosper and grow and the FORM provides support for research and restoration projects on the Roan. Consider joining the Friends of Roan Mountain, if you are not a member. Members get free admission to all Naturalists’ Rally events and our newsletter, “Friends of Roan Mountain.” Due to a project in Roan Mountain Park to restore native vegetation to park property, field trips will leave from the field on the left before the cabins, not the field we have used in past years.

FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM Kenn Kaufman: Audubon’s Warblers: Personal Connections to Elusive Birds Kenn Kaufman is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned bird experts. is the author of a very popular nature field guide series and a highly sought after public speaker. A lifelong naturalist, Kenn Kaufman did not really focus on birds until the age of six, but since then he has tried to make up for lost time, pursuing birds in all fifty states and on all seven continents. Now working as a freelance editor, writer, and book producer, he and his wife Kim make their home in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Kenn is a field editor for Audubon magazine, and writes regular columns for both Bird Watcher’s Digest and Birder’s World magazines. Most of his energy currently goes into book projects, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston. This series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. In spring 2005, the series was expanded to include the first North American bird guide to be published in Spanish. Kenn’s other books include Lives of North American Birds and Kingbird Highway. A new memoir, Flights Against the Sunset, was published in spring 2008. A serious interest in field identification of birds led to Kenn’s first book, the Field Guide to Advanced Birding in the Peterson series, published in 1990. He has also written scores of magazine articles and columns on I.D. topics, and has taught I.D. workshops all over the U.S. and Canada. Friday Night Program Description Pioneer artist and ornithologist John James Audubon was known for his flamboyant style and for his knowledge of birds. He produced bird paintings that were wildly exciting and colorful, but still accurate. But when it came to the little birds called warblers -- well, his paintings of them were deadly dull, and his writings about warblers revealed that he didn’t know what he was talking about. He misidentified warblers all the time, failed to recognize them for what they were, and repeatedly claimed to have discovered new warblers that weren’t really new. So what was Audubon’s problem? As an Audubon fan who now lives in a hotspot for warbler migration, Kenn Kaufman was bothered by this blot on the great artist’s record, so he went in search of understanding. In this program, Kenn describes how Audubon’s warblers reveal things about birds and human nature, triumph and failure, love and loss, and the magical place that was the young America two hundred years ago. SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM Kris Light: The “Birds and Bees” of Wildflowers Kris H. Light grew up in the Nashville area and spent as much time outside and in the trees as possible. She has had a life-long fascination

August 31, 2010 • The Loafer, Page 21 with plants and wildflowers. Once, after learning about pollination in elementary school, she went home and tried to “cross-pollinate” violets and dandelions in her yard! She received a B.A. in Microbiology from UT Knoxville in 1977. Kris worked as a research laboratory technician at the Biology Division at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN. In 1978 she moved to Johnson City and worked as a technician at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. There, she met her husband Ken, and two years later moved to Oak Ridge. Her love of nature and science became a career in teaching environmental education through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and later The American Museum of Science and Energy, in 1987. She was the science specialist at Willow Brook Elementary School in Oak Ridge from 1995 until 2009. Her interest in photography grew when she changed from film to digital format; she seldom goes hiking without her camera. In 2003 she started a website on wildflowers, nature and hiking: The site opened many doors to publishing photos in magazines (Cooking Light, Tennessee Conservationist) and GSA MarkeTips, a German book on homeopathic medicine and several Canadian and American science textbooks. Saturday Night Program Description Have you ever wondered why insects, hummingbirds and other animals visit only certain types of flowers? How do those flowers entice their pollinators to stop and drink? Learn about the fascinating strategies plants use to attract their pollinators in The “Birds and Bees” of Wildflowers presentation. Flowers have a variety of fascinating attention-getting techniques to entice insects, hummingbirds and other pollen-spreading animals to visit. These will be addressed in this presentation. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, September 10 - Roan Mountain State Park Convention Center 5:30 P.M. REGISTRATION 6:30 P.M. BUFFET DINNER PREPAID REGISTRATION REQUIRED Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, September 7. 7:30 P.M. PROGRAM - Audubon’s Warblers: Personal Connections to Elusive Birds Saturday, September 11 Field trips will leave from the field on the left before the cabins. 6:15 A.M. Sunrise on Roan Mountain (Mod) Jerry Greer (meet at Carvers Gap; bring your camera) 7:00 A.M. Early Bird Trip (Ea) Lee & Lois Herndon Chapter, Tenn. Ornithological Society 8:30 A.M. 1. Birds (Ea) Kenn Kaufman 2. Trees (Ea) Foster Levy 3. Wildflowers (Ea) Guy Mauldin 4. Historical Highlands (Ea) Jennifer Bauer Page 3 5. Mushrooms (Ea) Ken Crouse 6. Ecology (Ea, KF) Nora Schubert 7. Hughes Gap to Carver’s Gap (Str) Tim McDowell (4.6 mile hike, bring lunch, water & rain gear) 8. Medicinal & Edible Plants (Ea) Jeremy Stout 10:00 A.M. Wildflower Pollinators (Ea) Kris Light 12:00 A.M. Lunch Bag lunches available by prepaid reservation only. Lunchtime Workshop (at the Convention Center Animal Tracks and Signs Marty Silvers 2:00 P.M. 1. Fish (Ea, W, KF) Bart Carter 2. Stream Ecology (Ea, W, KF) Gary Barrigar & Cathy Landy 3. Reptiles (Ea, KF)

Jacob Young 4. Wildflowers (Ea) Joe Taft 5. Geology of Roan Mountain (Mod) Mick Whitelaw 6. Wildflowers & Trees of the Shell Hollow Trail (Mod) David Hall 7. Nature Walk (along a handicapped accessible quarter mile along a stream and through a wetlands) (Ea, Kf) Nancy Barrigar 8. Animal Tracks and Signs (Ea) Marty Silvers 5:45 P.M. Meeting of Friends of Roan Mountain 6:30 P.M. Dinner 7:30 P.M. PROGRAM - The “Birds and Bees” of Wildflowers Sunday, September 12 Field trips will leave from the field on the left before the cabins. 6:15 A.M. Page 4 Photography (Mod) David Ramsey

(meet at Carvers Gap; bring your camera) 8:30 A.M. 1. Birds (Ea) Lee & Lois Herndon Chapter, Tenn. Ornithological Society 2. Rare Plants (Mod) Gary Kauffman 3. Mushrooms (Ea) Gabrielle Zeiger & Cindy Fowler 10:00 A.M. Butterflies & Other Insects (Ea, KF) Larry McDaniel 2:00 P.M. Nature Hike for Kids (Mod, KF) Brad Jones Key for Trips Ea - Easy Mod - Moderate Str - Strenuous W - Wear clothes you can get wet KF - Kid Friendly

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It’s not a hidden fact by any means that I am a huge classic movie fan, I drink my daily coffee out of a Turner Classic Movies mug. During one of the promo pieces they run between films they showed a clip from a Bette Davis film from 1940 called The Letter. I’d never seen the film and I thought it looked pretty good, had a wonderful black and white noir look to it. At the end of this it gave information that this coming Saturday they would be showing the film around noon, so I decided that I would tune in and give it a look.

Batteries Not Included By Andy Ross

The Problem With ‘The Letter’

I settled into my favorite chair, relaxed and ready for some 1940s melodrama action. It was right after the title appeared on screen did my phone ring. My aunt: “Hey, my car broke down. Can you go pick up your little cousin at the pool? He’s with his other grandparents.” Just as I was getting up to turn on the TV did I see the start where Bette shoots down a guy in cold blood. So I never saw the film that day, only a moment of the beginning and nothing more. In the film Bette Davis plays a woman who shot a man in cold blood, she claims self defense, but other people suspect it’s really murder. This is about all that I will share as I do not wish to spoil the film for anyone. After that day I kept wanting to see the film, it often runs on TCM so I assumed I would catch it again sooner or later. Sooner came when a few days later, TCM was showing the film again, but this time at night. They were doing a marathon of Bette Davis films to celebrate her birthday. I thought I was in the clear. I sat down at eight, and was becoming more anxious to see the film listening to Robert Osborne’s introduction. Again the credits began, after Ms. Davis’s credit vanished, my phone rang. It was my Aunt again, “Can you get your little cousin some milk? He just has one left.” It’s some kind of “super milk” that is good for kids, and far superior to that ordinary crap you and I drink. TCM didn’t air the film again for a few months, by now Fall had come and another evening screening of The Letter, this time at ten. I turned my phone off before I settled in to watch this time. Things were going smoothly, another Robert Osborne introduction, and I even made it past the supporting actor credits. Just as the director’s credit faded into view, “knock, knock, knock” on my door. “You’ve got to be kidding me” I said out loud as I got up and walked over to answer the door. I opened the door and saw friends from North Carolina standing there. “Surprise!” they

said, “We’re in town tonight and just had to come and see you! We tried to call but kept getting your voice-mail. You aren’t doing anything are you?” They wound up staying for a few days. Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house, every creature was stirring, we had a packed pad. Eleven that night, you know what was on you know where. I had the keys to our neighbors house, they asked me to dog sit for them while they traveled to West Virginia for Thanksgiving. At ten-thirity the kids were playing Wii, Mom was fixing pies, and I announced “I’m going across the street to check on Roxy, I’ll be back in a little while.” Roxy greeted me in the warm manner she always does, I let her out to do her business, then she hopped up next to me on their couch. Earlier in the day I stashed a four pack of Virgil’s soda in the fridge. I grabbed one, and with Roxy next to me, I flipped their TV to TCM. This time I made it through the credits, and right

August 31, 2010 • The Loafer, Page 23 to the part after the shooting where old Bets looks at the moon... and the power went out. Roxy started barking and I began to ponder the amazing circumstance that prevented my viewing of the film. I called over to my Mom to ask if the power had gone out there as well, she told me “Why, no dear. Why?” Seems my neighbors house was the only one on the block affected by the power surge. I thought I would sit and wait, surely the power would come back in no time, and it did. But the surge goofed up their cable box and there was to be no TCM viewing that night. Returning across the street I found people either sleeping, or the one TV that I could access being preoccupied by children watching the Disney channel. It had been nearly a year and I still had never seen this movie, I started to think “why is it that I keep being prevented from watching it?”, is the movie so bad that I am being kept from it? Can’t be, it was nominated for several

Oscars. During the whole of Thanksgiving the following day I couldn’t stop thinking about the movie, every time I looked at the mound of mashed potatoes on my plate I saw the image of Bette Davis’s eyes staring at a bright full moon. It seemed that I simply would never get around to learning the “shocking” secrets of The Letter. Flash forward to Christmas morning, I’m rooting around in my stocking to discover that Santa had heard my plea, and placed a DVD of The Letter in with the chocolate goodies. It had been a great day, and I was nowhere near ready to fall asleep when the clock struck two the following morning. The house was quiet, everyone was sleeping. I put my DVD of the movie in, and half way though it I fell asleep. I finally finished it, and enjoyed it. But for a while it looked like it was not to be. Pardon me though, I am off to try to watch Mr. Skeffington for the sixth time...

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Haunted Horrors Convention Set for Halloween A treat (no trick) awaits you on Halloween weekend this year. The Haunted Horrors Paranormal and Film Convention is slated for October 29th through the 31st at the MeadowView Marriott Convention and Resort Center in Kingsport, TN. The program for the inaugural convention features a number of guests and speakers who will present seminars and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to participants. The Haunted Horrors Paranormal and Film Convention is brought to you by H.A.U.N.T. Paranormal Investigators. This team of ghost hunters was founded in 2006 by Jennifer Woodward, Adrienne Harless and Ashley Sturgill. Other members of this active team of investigators include: Brady Hurd, electronic voice phenomena specialist; Gary Thomas, video specialist; Travis Vandyke, tech manager; and investigators, Vickie Hurt, Chris Nelson, Lexie Harless, Kayla Dye, and Jay Arbaugh. Although H.A.U.N.T. (Hunting and Understanding National Terrors) has only been around for four years, several of its members have decades of paranormal research experience. In addition, several of the members of the team claim to be

August 31, 2010 • The Loafer, Page 25 psychically gifted. I had the opportunity to interview members of the H.A.U.N.T. team about the upcoming three-day convention. They were motivated to create and sponsor the convention so that individuals who are interested in the paranormal, as well as horror film fans, could have an opportunity to meet and network in this region. “There are very few local opportunities for people who have an interest in the paranormal to participate in an event like this,” said Jennifer Woodward, lead investigator and founder of H.A.U.N.T. “People who attend the convention will have an opportunity to hear first-rate speakers in the paranormal field, as well as attend a number of special events, many of them family friendly,” said Woodward. In fact, the program offers a number of family friendly activities. A costume contest is planned for children, as well as face painting. To help parents make decisions on which of the presentations and workshops their children will attend, the program will outline the title and content of each of the sessions. Some of the special events planned for the convention include a Masquerade Ball and Costume Contest and a paranormal investigation with some of the guest celebrities and the H.A.U.N.T. Team. The convention will also feature an opportunity for participants to attend a VIP Party to celebrate the All Hallows Eve season with the special guests and speakers. A unique event will also take place at the convention. One lucky couple, who has yet to be selected, will be married at the convention while costumed participants act as witnesses. Couples who are interested in entering into gothic wedded bliss at the event are encouraged to get in touch with Jennifer Woodward immediately at 276.608.8223. Special guests include Aron Houdini, the world’s only living relative of the great magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. This member of a talented new generation of stage artists has awed audiences and won awards for his incredible feats of magic. Actress Kayla Perkins will be on hand to meet those who attend the conference. Perkins has acted in such movies as The Runaway and the Devils’ Playground. Hare Krishna Zombie will also attend. Zombie is best known for his memorable appearance in Dawn of the Dead. In addition, participants are able to attend a number of workshops and presentations by well known personalities within the paranormal and horror fields. Speakers this year include: Denice Jones, haunted survivor, author, founder of The LIFE Foundation, TV personality; Jan Pierce, TV personality, sensitive and host for Haunted Survivor-The Tour; Dr. Rita Louise, founder of the Institute of Applied Energetics; Doug Carnahan, founder and president of “NPI” NorCal Paranormal Investigators; Chris Conlon, paranormal investigator; Shawn Sellers, sensitive and paranormal researcher; Ron Coffey, co-founder of Gateway Paranormal Society; Michael Esposito, co-founder of Phantom Airwaves; Serena Gordon, psychic, The Awakening; Dr. (h.c.) James Collins, paranormal investigator, The Awakening; Dr. (h.c.) Kelly Hunt Collins, The Awakening; Paranormal Sarah, psychic; Verona Phillips, psychic, and The Ghost Writers (disclosure: I am the founder of this team of paranormal investigators), investigators and chroniclers of the paranormal. The musical group Black Sunday will entertain the crowds during the three day convention. To purchase tickets or to find out more about The Haunted Horrors Paranormal and Film Convention check out the convention website at, or contact Jennifer Woodward at (276) 608-8223.

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I’ve been frugal all my life, but have begun to carry that to another level over the last decade. When Michael and I took early retirement, we knew that the only way we would manage to make our savings last for a lifetime was to not only be frugal with our money, but be smart with it as well. The word frugal means different things to different people of course, but I consider my own frugality to be living without waste and practicing economy. Making this a way of life has enabled us to live very well on a small income. I feel that our lives are not only rich and full, but we’ve managed during this process of ‘practicing economy’ to become healthier and happier as well! Now that we’ve begun transitioning into a life lived with less oil and climate change, we’re realizing that security is not the things we have, but the things we can live without.

I’ve seen evidence of thriftiness in family members that were ‘children of the Great Depression’. That traumatic period left indelible scars on their lives, leading many of them


Waste Not, Want Not to hoard any and everything, for fear of not having enough later. Our frugality is not about hoarding, but simply about not wasting what we have. It enables our meager income to stretch to meet the needs and some of the wants of our lives. Seeing our thrifty ways result in lower monthly utility bills, as well as allowing us to keep a full pantry and freezer at all times, is reason enough to continue. But it’s become fun, a game sort of, to continually tweak and save our resources. I began keeping track of the number of garbage bags we disposed of back in 2006. That year we took 42 bags to the dump. Last year we were down to 25, and this year we’re on track to end the year with only 20 bags to dispose of. That’s less than one box of garbage bags per year. It’s just plain easier to live well with less waste. We’ve been able to completely stop food waste by planning our menus ahead, giving any leftover food that’s fit to eat to our chickens or burying it in the worm bins. That one simple act of planning ahead has done the most for us in terms of living sustainably and lowering our food costs. Our meals are planned based on what’s fresh in the garden or what’s in the pantry. If we don’t have a needed ingredient for a dish, we don’t run to the store for it; we either leave it out or prepare something based on what we do have on hand. We prepare enough for supper to feed us that evening meal and lunch the next day, leaving the poor dog with not much to lick off the plate! Our latest ‘waste not’ trick though, is to pour the liquids strained from canned veggies over her dry kibble, making it tastier and more nutritious for her and zero waste for us. Breakfast oatmeal is bought in bulk and prepared in the crock pot with exactly enough made to last five mornings for both of us. There’s never any waste, and it’s healthy and delicious. Last week we bought two big baskets of ripe peaches at the Farmer’s Market in Asheville. After they had all been sliced and canned or made into jam, there was a potful of peach flavored syrup left after filling the jars. That delicious elixir went into this week’s batch

of oatmeal , instead of the usual apple juice. Nothing was wasted and the peaches and cream oatmeal is a delicious change! Similar results are seen by being frugal with all of our resources: dirty dish water is used to water plants or flush toilets and rain water is harvested from the roof into barrels for watering the gardens. Consequently, our average water use is only about 25 gallons per day, compared to the US average of close to 100 gallons per day. We’re saving water and money!! We have a low flow shower head and only wash full loads of clothes, but other than those measures we haven’t done anything extraordinary to keep our use that low. We don’t run the water when we brush our teeth, but surely, that’s not considered extraordinary? Our home is all electric, so we replaced our old incandescent bulbs with compact florescent ones, (and turn them off when not in use) as well as turned the water heater down to 120 degrees. Those measures helps us keep our monthly bill below $50. We also try to cook multiple things when the oven is turned on, we don’t put hot foods away in the refrigerator until they’ve cooled, and we use small appliances or our simple solar cooker when possible to avoid using the stove eyes (and the heat they produce in summer). But here’s the shocker: we don’t own a clothes dryer. By choice. Really. We use the outdoor clothes line in the summer and a wooden folding rack in winter, which incidentally adds needed humidity to our dry, woodstove-heated-indoor-air, so no electric humidifier needs to run either. If the air gets TOO dry, we simply put a pot of water on top of the stove, which we can then use for a cup of tea anytime we want. As for me, hanging clothes on the line on a beautiful sunny morning is a chore that I truly enjoy. Can you say that about putting your clothes into the dryer? We use window fans to

August 31, 2010 • The Loafer, Page 27 keep cool, except on the hottest of days, when we turn on the AC. Our bodies acclimate to whatever temperatures they are exposed to regularly, and just like an outdoor pet can weather temperature extremes with ease, so can we humans if given the chance. We don’t make unnecessary trips in our car, and ‘batch’ our errands to keep mileage down. That gives us more time for doing things we enjoy, and more money to enjoy it with. We wear yard sale and thrift store finds as well as bargains from the clearance racks and don’t feel deprived at all of the latest fashions. We Americans discard so much fashionable clothing on a regular basis that finding them in good shape to fit us is easy. If we do need to make a new purchase, we try to buy the best quality we can reasonably afford, so that we don’t have to buy a replacement later. We do our research so we can make informed buying decisions, and then buy it on sale. We no longer buy new books, instead getting them from the library or buying them used online. We don’t pay checking or ATM fees or interest fees on credit cards. Ever. We use discounts that we’re entitled to on everything from eyewear to car insurance. We pop our own popcorn in a pan on the stove. My granddaughter couldn’t believe that. She didn’t realize that the microwavable bags contained the same stuff. A two pound bag of popcorn will make 64 cups of popped corn, for about a dollar, if you buy the ‘cheap’ kind. Cheap is relative here folks, because corn is corn is corn, all grown in the same fields. There are no fields at a farm designated ‘gourmet’ corn and

‘cheap’ corn. It’s all in the marketing and packaging. Lately, we’ve found that old fashioned double edged razors and blades last many months, with nothing to dispose of other than a thin blade. We squeeze from the bottom of the tube. We make dust rags from worn socks and mix up our own cleaning products using natural, simple CHEAP ingredients like vinegar and baking soda, bought in bulk. So you get the idea. We enjoy playing this game of give and take, we love having more money in our pockets to use for fun stuff, and it just feels good knowing we’re creating less of a carbon footprint as we walk this green earth. We don’t waste anything and we want for nothing. Our needs are met and we have enough extra to share. Waste not, want not.

There’s a local group, called the Tri-Cities Voluntary Simplicity Group that meets once a month to learn, discuss and support ways to ease our transitions into a more sustainable, simpler life. If you’d like to know more about the group, feel free to email me at Or, if you’d just like to receive our monthly newsletter, called “The Simple Times” let me know. Or just stay tuned to “Transitions”, every other week, in this newspaper.

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TCPC Hosts 3rd Annual Rhythm & Roots Photo Contest The Third Annual Twin City Photo Club Rhythm & Roots photo contest will feature cash prizes and a display at 811 State Street, across from the Downtown Center during the Sept. 17-19 festival. Eleven separate categories with a $25 cash first place prize, and a new category for “Best of Rhythm & Roots” will be featured. There will also be a $150 cash prize for “Best of Show,” and $100 for “Best of Bristol,” as determined by a three-judge panel of working photographers. And there are nine other categories that will be awarded a $25 first prize, along with ribbons acknowledging first, second, third and honorable mention. The festival is helping sponsor a $125 first place for Best of Rhythm & Roots regular photo, and a $125 prize for the Best R&R altered image. The entries will include past Rhythm & Roots photos as well as those taken at Border Bash/Great on State events. Winners’ images may appear in promotions for the 2011 festival. An open house of the exhibition will be Thursday, Sept. 16th at 6 pm for contest participants and invited guests, when the winners will be revealed. “Amateur photographers love and widely support the numerous photo contests in the area,” said TCPC photo contest chairman Mark Marquette. “This Rhythm and Roots contest is unique that is offers cash prizes and is limited to the region’s counties from Wytheville to Asheville.” The 30-county area is designed to highlight the beauty and creative thinking of the Mountain Empire’s amateur photographers. In includes images taken in Southwest Virginia, southern Kentucky, Upper East Tennessee and Western Kentucky. “We are thrilled that Rhythm and Roots financially supports the category that focuses on the festival itself,” said Marquette. “And that we can acknowledge some of the best amateur images taken at Bristol’s exciting mix of music, racing and our Americana lifestyle.” TCPC has secured sponsors for the event, including generous support from Bristol Virginia Utilities for the $100 “Best of Bristol” award, as well as the purchase of ribbons for the event. Other sponsors on-board include: Mellow Mushroom with $150 “Best of Show,” and $25 category awards from Blackbird Bakery, O’Mainnin’s Pub and Grille, Mountain Empire Comics, Blowfish Emporium, Created with a Click Photography and Roll for Rock. This competition is limited to amateur photographers only, defined as a person deriving less than 25 per cent of their income from the sale of photography. All photos should reflect life in our Mountain Empire region. Those counties include—Southwest Virginia: Carroll, Grayson, Wythe, Bland, Smyth, Washington and Russell, Scott, Lee, Buchanan and Wise; Tennessee: Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Greene, Unicoi, Johnson, Hawkins, Hancock, Cocke and Hamblen; North Carolina: Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison and Buncombe; Kentucky: Leslie and Letcher. Categories include: Best of Bristol, Rhythm & Roots, Rhythm & Roots altered image, Landscape, People,

Nature (plant and animal), Monochrome, Inanimate, Young Adult (age 13-18), Youth (age 12 and under) and Altered Image. An “altered image” is defined as any image that is lab or digitally altered, such as adding content, removing content, merging, colorization or structurally altering pixels in any way. Participants may enter up to three photos in each category, not to exceed 10 total entries. Entry fee will be $5 per print, non-refundable, with the two youth divisions only $3 per print. Print image must be an 8x10, matted to an 11x14, with no exceptions. Mats may be white, cream, gray or black only, and must be rectangular window. Each photograph must be titled, and identical photographs may not be entered in multiple categories. Entries will only be received at 811 State Street, Bristol Virginia, on Saturday, Sept. 11 between the hours of 10 am-2 pm. No mail-in entries will be accepted. Pick up of the entries will be Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 am-2 pm at the exhibition, 811 State St. Detailed rules and regulations, and entry forms are available on-line at, where more information may be obtained. Contact or chairman Mark Marquette with any further questions at marqq@ or 423-946-4132. Twin City Photo Club was founded in 2007 as a fellowship of amateur photographers, and is active in providing free images to local businesses, government agencies and entertainment venues. Very active with monthly, educational “photo safaris,” TCPC meets the first Tuesday of the month at a time and place advertised on their website. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to attend meetings and join the group.

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Millie a SHARPEI/ BEAGLE MIX, SPAYED FEMALE, 7 yrs old, medium size dog. Very affectionate and cute as a button. Sullivan County Animal Shelter, Blountville, 279-2741, www.

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Contra Dance in Jonesborough! The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $4 for students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A 30-minute class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:3010:30pm. At the 9 pm waltz break, again Klondike Ice Cream Bars, the official frozen treat of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, will be offered to all dancers courtesy of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society. Performing for this event will be the Avant Gardeners from Asheville. The caller will be Robbin Marcus from Atlanta, Georgia. Many dancers will be coming in for the Saturday night dance which leads up to the Contrathon which will be held on Sunday, Sept 5th at the Mountain Music Jamboree in Glendale Springs, NC. The Contrathon is a 12-hour event sponsored by HJDS which offers 9-1/2 hours of contra dance in one day. Many returning students from area colleges such as Virginia Intermont, Milligan, King and ETSU and Immanuel have rejoined our dance community. In addition, “We are seeing more high school students and early teens come to learn how to contra dance”, states event organizer, David Wiley.

“We are so lucky to have the Avant Gardeners not just for the Saturday dance but also for our Contrathon” adds Wiley. The band is touring for six days in the area. The Avant Gardeners are fiddler and vocalist Laura Light, George Paul on piano and accordion, Dave Wiesler on keyboards, guitar and mandolin and Jubal Creech on percussion. Standing in for stay at home dad Dave Wiesler on this tour will be concertina player Dave Marcus. The tunes are eclectic, original and rootsy - American hybrid variety. The deep grooves of the band’s mixture of traditional and composed tunes have contributed to the delirium of dancers at countless dances and concerts from coast to coast. Their range of performing styles from traditional swing, Celtic and old time and their facile improvisation on fiddle, piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, and percussion have given this group their reputation as one of the premier contra and swing dance bands in the country. Avant Gardener CDs: Tulip Bandits, with George, Laura, Dave, Roger Gold, Stuart Kinney, Scottie Williams and Bobby Read was j released in the spring of 2006. This recording is mostly original compositions and mostly the dance medleys. In addition, there is a little Ray Charles, and a couple of sweet ballads of Laura Light’s. Done live in the studio, the recording captures some of that good mojo.ff at dance weeks at Pinewoods, the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, the Victoria’s Revenge Cape May Weekend, and the American Buffalo weekend at Buffalo Gap. Robbin Marcus, before moving to Atlanta, was a well-known Mid-Atlantic dance caller and teacher. In this capacity, Robbin served on staff at Pinewoods, the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, the Victoria’s Revenge Cape May Weekend and the American Buffalo weekend at Buffalo Gap. Robbin is the director of the summer Kodaly program at George Mason. She recently retired after 25 years of teaching music at St.Paul’s School in Baltimore and is married to Dave Marcus. Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. You can come alone or with others since it is a tradition to dance with a variety of partners throughout the night. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone to dance. It’s a great way to make friends with someone they haven’t met before. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends. For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-913-3246 or visit www. or the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.

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Music on the Square presents The Michael Reno Harrell Band September 3 at 7 p.m. in historic downtown Jonesborough. Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. His works have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” and his recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. For more information, visit or call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 423-753-1010

Savannah is a 1 1/2 to 2 year old cat. She is very loving and sweet. She loves all the attention that you can give her. She does not seem to like other cat’s or dogs, we think she may have had a real bad experience with one or the other at some time. However, she is a great cat and would make a nice family or just someone looking for companionship a great pet. For more information on how to adopt this wonderful cat please call Angela at 239-6142.

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Comedian TIM HAWKINS coming to the Paramount September 11 Want clean comedy with an edge? Tim Hawkins brings the funny. Hawkins has been accused of being equally gifted and twisted. Whatever your take, he has indeed become one of the most in-demand comics in the country. His arsenal is unique: high energy stand-up, physical comedy, slick guitar skills, a thousand faces and voices, improvisational chops. It all combines to create an insane comedy experience. And yes, the guy can really sing. “People think I live a rockstar life”, said Hawkins. “Believe me, Mick Jagger never gets lost in a Hertz parking lot looking for his Ford Focus.” In 2010, Tim is on track for 120+ shows in churches and theaters across 30 states. A former AllAmerican baseball player, he traded the sports stage for the comedy stage and never looked back. The St. Louis native taught himself to play guitar and tested the waters at area comedy clubs. But he determined early in his career that he did not want to focus on the comedy club circuit alone. “People love stand-up, but many choose not to go to comedy clubs. So we’ve gone underground, even counterculture in a way. And it’s a blast.” But over the next 10 years, working to support his family was full-time. Comedy was only parttime. By 2002, Hawkins was ready to launch his full-time career as a professional comedian. His art form was honed primarily in churches, with a brief 6-month stint performing in prisons as part of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship. Since his shows ranged from little kids to youth groups to married adults, he had to develop material that would hit a wide age range. “Survival mode, pure and simple. I learned comedy in front of a lot of multi-generational audiences, so I had to find material that would cater to all ages. It’s a thrill to provide a family connection where they can share the experience… and then take a DVD home for another family comedy night. But really, I think my fans are probably just the same people who voted for Sanjaya.” In November 2007, Tim decided to test the “Google concept” and give away his comedy for free online. Within 2 years, his music videos and stand-up clips had received over 50,000,000 views on YouTube and Facebook alone. Fan favorites include “The Government Can”, “Cletus Take the Reel”, “Chick-fil-A”, “A Homeschool Family”, and “Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife”. Hawkins has 3 DVDs available: “I’m No Rockstar” (2008), “Bananas II” (2008), and “Full Range of Motion” (2006), as well as 3 CDs of comedy parodies and originals. His current DVD project, “Tim Hawkins Rockshow Comedy Tour”, includes comedian friends John Branyan and Bob Smiley and is scheduled for release November 2010. With 4 kids of his own and a wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins gets new material daily from the perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling. But it must be difficult to work clean all the time, right? “Clean comedy is easy. Funny comedy is hard.” So does Tim think he’s funny? “I’m not bragging, but one time I told a joke in front of a dead bird, and it flew away. And you can Google that.”

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MARS HILL COLLEGE PRESENTS ‘O BROTHER, WHAT NEXT?’ The 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? invited millions of Americans to reconsider “folk” and “traditional” music traditions, and many people embraced this sound as a refreshingly simple counterpart to commercialized contemporary music.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2010 WELCOMES DAISI RAIN This up and coming Country/Folk-Rock Band is returning to Southwest Va. to take the stage on Saturday September the 4th! The band members are: drummer/ harmonica/vocals: Donovan Brown, bassist/vocals: Chris Kelley, lead guitarist: Cameron Brown, fiddler: Amelia Brown, lead vocalist: Laken Loupe. The ages of these musicians range from 14 to 18 years old. You can find them performing for major fairs, festivals, benefits, and other family oriented events! This band is also preparing for the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, TN set for September 15th, they will be returning to the Bristol TN/VA Country Music Mural on Thursday September 30th from 7 to 9pm, and will soon be working on recording their very first demo cd! A few of their originals include: “This Ain’t Tokyo,” “Never Alone,” “Another Goodbye,” written by the band; and “War Creek” written by Mr. Mark Lackey. Daisi Rain can be found on facebook, youtube, and at www.

Dr. Benjamin Filene, Director of Public History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will explore this phenomenon and the questions it raises in an interactive Road Scholars presentation at Mars Hill College September 13 called “’O Brother’ What Next? Making Sense of the Folk Fad.” The program is planned for at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium, Wren Student Union. This program is part of the array of activities surrounding “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a Museum on Main Street traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition that will be at Mars Hill College from September 25 – November 6, 2010. Additional information about the exhibition and a community calendar of music events can be found at “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. The Road Scholars speakers bureau, a program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” initiative. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Zuma Coffee, located downtown Marshall. For more information and directions, go to or contact Amy Carraux Price, Program Coordinator at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill College, or (828) 6891571.

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Appalachian State University’s 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series Tickets on Sale

Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs announces its 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series schedule. This season offers seven major cultural events representing the arts from all over the world throughout the academic year. All shows take place at 8pm at Farthing Auditorium on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Tickets are on sale now at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, 800-814-ARTS (2787) or 828-262-4046 and online at Individual tickets are $20 for the general public, $18 for seniors and staff and faculty at Appalachian and $10 for university students. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Subscriptions are available to all, and offer a 10% discount and priority seating, and are available through September 17, 2010. The popular “Student Flex 4” pass is available again this year to Appalachian students, allowing a 10% discount as well as the convenience to choose events and seats up until show time. The Farthing Auditorium Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. About the Performances Red Clay Ramblers Friday, September 17, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Now in their 38th year, the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers are a

North Carolina string band with international acclaim. The band’s repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, as well as bluegrass, country, rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel and the American musical. The New York Times calls their music-making “perfection,” and they have earned numerous awards for their work on Broadway, including two Drama Desk nominations, most recently for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Fool Moon. The Ramblers have been frequent guests on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and over the years they have performed with such figures as Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin, (a former member of the Ramblers), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, and Michele Shocked. *This is a Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration Event American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band & Preserva-

tion Hall Jazz Band Friday, October 29, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Del McCoury got his start playing banjo over 50 years ago, making his big break with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963 and eventually forming The Del McCoury Band. Winning countless awards for their innovative sound, the band propelled to the top of the bluegrass charts in the 90s. The band now includes his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), Alan Bartram (bass) and Jason Carter (fiddle), and recently celebrated a 50year legacy of brilliant, heartfelt music with the release Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury. With their name deriving from the venerable music venue Preservation Hall in the heart of New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Some of the founding members performed with jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong, who says of the group,

“Now that’s where you’ll find all of the greats.” North Carolina Symphony From Brahms to Bach- and Back Again Thursday, November 11, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Under the gifted artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication. The orchestra has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. This performance is devoted to great classical masterworks, and showcases the full creative life of a hallmark of the Romantic canon: Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn. A timeless sample of the Brahms style -Third Symphony- with an influential rarity by Haydn and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, make for an unforgettable concert experience.

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LA Theatre Works: The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb Saturday, January 22, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The Real Dr. Strangelove explores the fractionated relationship between Edward Teller, one of America’s most respected scientists who advocated for developing the H-Bomb, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb who became the chief obstacle for Eisenhower and the Pentagon in the creation of a more destructive weapon. In this fully-staged production of a radio play, we witness the plan to widen America’s nuclear armory, which ultimately set our country on the path to becoming the strongest military nation on the planet - and living with the consequences. LA Theatre Works last appeared at Appalachian in 2009 performing The Great Tennessee Monkey Trials, and returns by popular demand. The foremost radio theater company in the United States for more than two decades, they have single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions on NPR, the BBC, CBC and online at Balé Folclórico da Bahia Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia was formed in 1988 and has achieved considerable success in its short history. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national and international tours have earned them a prestigious reputation that is reflected in the response of the public and critics alike. Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers perform a repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin that includes slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the region’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.

Russian National Ballet:

Romeo & Juliet and Chopiniana Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. Today, the Russian National Ballet is its own institution, with over 50 dancers, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. The company will perform Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic story of struggle between love and the binding circumstances of family ties, and Chopiniana, which grew out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz and premièred in 1907. The favorite composition of its creator, Mikhail Fokine, this work has now become standard repertoire for many of the world’s leading theatres. Acoustic Africa Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum Friday, April 8, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium Experience a fascinating musical journey focused on the richness of the African guitar tradition with Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exhilarating concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, best-selling Zimbabwean artist known for his soulful, husky voice and noted Malian guitarist, singer and composer Afel Bocoum, whose songs provide thoughtful commentary on the evolution of traditional Malian society. Together, these artists bring their own flavor and rhythm to traditional African guitar music. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels. His music is undeniably contagious with songs addressing social and economic issues of his Zimbabwean homeland. With remarkable subtlety and a sure talent, Afel Bocoum is a member of the group Alkibar, which means “messenger of the great river” in his native language of Sonrai, and he has proven that he is true to this namesake, actively keeping Malian music at the forefront of the international scene. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Habib Koité has a strong following in America, with his music reflecting the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland, mixed with a distinct, modern Western influence. Koité has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and has been featured in People and Rolling Stone magazines. His last performance at Appalachian was in 2005, when he received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd. For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or 828262-4046, or visit You can also follow the Performing Arts Series on Facebook and Twitter, @AppalachianArts.

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Its first scene has become iconic: Audrey Hepburn arriving by cab in the early morning hours (5 a.m. to be exact) to gaze longingly into the window at Tiffany’s on New York’s Fifth Avenue while leisurely munching on her bagel. This famous scene was originally designed to be silent, but Director Blake Edwards was persuaded to use Henry Mancini’s newly-penned song Moon River to accompany it. The movie’s second scene has become iconic in a much different way Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of the Asian Mr. Yunioshi is downright embarrassing, reflecting as it does a racial stereotype that, in 1961, was acceptable (although there were some who objected to Rooney’s role). Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which premiered on October 5, 1961, opens a window into an era that is so marvelously being portrayed on AMC’s current Mad Men series. And the Kennedy-era view we are afforded is one of a world poised on the brink of change - a world that seems so remote yet so familiar. If you haven’t seen the movie - and there are many who haven’t, although they will no doubt recognize the little black (and also iconic) Givenchy dress worn by Hepburn - here’s a very brief plot summary that will hopefully not spoil the experience. Based on the novel by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s tells the story of a young New York socialite/ call girl named Holly Golightly (played by Hepburn) who lives in a sparsely furnished apartment with her cat named Cat (she doesn’t give her pet a formal name because of her fear of making commitments). Holly goes through her life as an escort for wealthy playboys but doesn’t show any affection in return. She prides herself on her independence until she meets an unsuccessful writer named Paul (played by George Peppard). Paul, as it turns out, has one thing in common with Holly - he, too, is a gigolo of sorts and is being kept by a wealthy socialite played by Patricia Neal, in one of her most memorable roles. As you might guess, Holly and Paul fall in love, but things get very complicated when Holly’s former husband, played by Buddy Ebsen, appears on the scene, revealing Holly’s poverty-stricken Southern roots. And then there’s the proposed marriage of Holly and a wealthy foreign dignitary, but the less said about that the better. I won’t reveal the ending, other than telling you that Cat plays a very important role in the movie’s resolution. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. I was prompted to write this column after reading the fascinating and recently-published cultural study of the movie, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman, by Sam Wasson (Harper, 2010). In this book Wasson analyzes how Breakfast at Tiffany’s defied cultural norms by presenting a view of modern women and the new morality that defined the new decade and would resonate into the 21st century. Like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which had premiered the year before, Breakfast at Tiffany’s changed the way we viewed movies and moral values. According to Wasson, “people who encountered Audrey’s Holly Golightly in 1961 experienced, for the very first time, a glamorous fantasy life of wild, kooky independence and sophisticated sexual freedom; best of all, it was a fantasy they could make real.” He goes on to observe that until Blake Edwards’ movie “glamorous women of the movies occupied strata available only to the mind-blowingly chic, satin-wrapped, ermine-lined lades of the boulevard, whom no one but a true movie

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A YEAR OF MOVIES, PART EIGHT: HAVING BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY ’S star could ever become. But Holly was different. She wore simple things. They weren’t that expensive. And they looked stunning.” And, the woman who wore the clothes represented a new way of looking at life and love. Needless to say, Blake Edwards and his producers faced a convoluted battle with the censors over the subject matter of their movie; keep in mind that the ratings system we are so familiar with today didn’t appear until the late Sixties. Although the popular TV show Gunsmoke presented us with a love affair between a single sheriff and the town prostitute, the movies were judged more harshly. Of course, because Gunsmoke depicted American life on the 19th century frontier, viewers could always excuse Matt Dillon’s behavior as a relic of the untamed American past. But it was not so easy to excuse Holly Golightly’s 20th century lifestyle. After all, this was the New Frontier, not the old one, and the Cold War was at its peak. Could it be that Holly was a Russian agent, sent to undermine the morals of unsuspecting Americans? It is interesting that Hepburn at first turned down the role of Holly, fearing that her portrayal would ruin her “good girl” image - although her Academy Award-winning role in her first film, 1953’s Roman Holiday, also stretched some moral boundaries. In an early press release, Paramount, the movie’s production company, went to great lengths to point out Hepburn’s personal values were definitely not those of Holly’s. Wasson’s book is chock-full of little tidbits about the making of the movie. A central character is Truman Capote, who expressed his dislike of the movie on several occasions. In early conversations with the studio about transforming his novel into a screenplay, Capote recommended that Marilyn Monroe play Holly, but from our perspective today it’s nearly impossible to imagine anyone but Hepburn playing the part. We also learn that George Peppard didn’t make any friends during the filming of the movie, largely due to his arrogance and egotism. This makes it all that more refreshing to learn that Hepburn was adored by everyone associated with the movie, and they supported her as her real-life marriage to Mel Ferrer was falling apart. Surprisingly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s only won two 1961 Academy Awards, both for Mancini’s musical score; Hepburn did receive a deserving nomination as Best Actress, however, which she lost to Sophia Loren’s role in Two Women. Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s this week, maybe as a double-feature with some Mad Men episodes. And then contemplate how much we owe, both positively and negatively, to Holly Golightly. After that, we’ll cue the Moon River fade out music. See you next week.

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Looking for someone to hand quilt a quilt top. Please call in Kingsport @ 423-863-5911 or email tnfreckles@ Scrapbooking Classes! Learn about exciting new ideas and techniques whether you’re a beginner or not! Individual classes, workshops and crops available. Contact or call (423) 383-2897 for more information. The Art Gurls, who are a group of creative women who get together once a month at the Wild Flour Restaurant in Abingdon, VA. To eat, drink, exchange stories and ideas, and to hatch out art projects. For further information call Barbara Carter at (423) 239-5757 or (423) 943-7505. Ceramic Classes, Fridays 5-8 p.m., Drop-ins welcome. All day on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (423) 426-1027 or (423) 257-5117 for more information. Wednesday Morning Painters meet at 10 a.m. each Wednesday at Abingdon’s Arts Depot for a few delightful hours of painting and artistic interaction. All persons interested in painting in an informal, relaxed atmosphere are encouraged to attend. All skill levels are represented and there is no fee. Contact the Arts Depot at (276) 628-9091 for more information. Flowers by Fran. Classes for painting flowers, wild life & landscape. Classes being taught. Call Fran at (423) 753-7310. Art Life will offer a Creative Arts Program for children featuring workshops in creative writing, drama, play writing, are and photography. Workshops will be held Saturdays throughout the year. Cost is one-time (per year) fee of $40 per student, $60 for two in one family, and includes all workshops, art events and subscriptions to an arts publication featuring stories, poetry and other works by students. Call Kim at (423) 245-4711.


Breastfeeding Support/LLL Johnson City Meeting – NEW Second Sundays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 East Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37601. Meets in the lower level, room LL14.Call Samantha with questions at 423-956-3525 Parenting Information and Support - Johnson City Meeting – NEW TriCities Parenting, API Second Sundays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 East Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37601 Meets in the lower level, room LL14. Call Samantha with questions at 423-956-3525 Parenting information and help – NEW TriCities Parenting, API Second Wednesdays 10:00 to 11:00 am Java Js coffee house on State Street in Bristol (501 State Street, Bristol, VA, 24201) Students from King College will have something for older children to do - this is optional and for your convenience, as desired. More info: Samantha, 423-956-3525 Breastfeeding Cafe – NEW Second Wednesdays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Java Js coffee house on State Street in Bristol (501 State Street, Bristol, VA, 24201) Meeting style is casual, come get your questions answered, encourage others, etc. Students from King College will have something for older children to do - this is optional and for your convenience, as desired. More info: Samantha, 423-956-3525 Breastfeeding Support/LLL Bristol Evening Meeting Fourth Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm YWCA Bristol, State Street, Bristol, TN Call Katherine with questions at 276-466-4860 Breastfeeding Support/LLL Bristol Day Meeting First Fridays 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Avoca Branch Library, Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN Call Katherine with questions at 276-466-4860 Preparing for 2012-Before, Then & After Workshops are ongoing and held in Gray, TN. The 10-week workshop series explains the 2012 phenomena and provides the information necessary for students to understand what is happening on our planet and what they must do about it. Students learn to prepare themselves and their families mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to effectively endure these occurrences. These workshops are not about fear, panic and desperation; they provide comfort, awareness, and knowledge of the truth during times of uncertainty. Dr. Mitzi Pyles intuitively received this vital information, and it is scientifically supported throughout the series. Contact Dr. Pyles at 423-467-3302 or visit for more information or dates and times of upcoming workshops. An Introduction to The Heart of Huna: 7 steps to a whole-hearted life. Meets the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30-9:30pm. Imagine living your perfect life! This introduction to Hawaiian Huna and Aloha offers simple principles to live in harmony in relationship with oneself, each other and the environment. By applying the ancient principles of Huna you can achieve a life centered in love-for a more meaningful, whole-hearted life. For more information contact Kaleo Wheeler (423) 926-1648 or

Are you looking to give your life meaning? Therapeutic Foster Parenting offers tremendous fulfillment. We need singles or married couples in Washington County, VA or Bristol, VA to work with children from ages 5 to 18, who have some history or emotional instability. Specialized training and a monthly fee are both provided. Call Andre-Highlands Community Services at (276) 645-4781 for more information.

Interested in fostering or adopting a Child? The Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services is currently offering a FREE Foster/Adoptive Parent Training. Classes will be offered in Johnson City, Greeneville, Rogersville, Elizabethton, and Blountville. Please call 877-DCS-KIDS (877-327-5437) for more information. Therapeutic Yoga. To manage & control Parkinson’s Disease. Learn concentration, techniques, to neutralize, daily stresses & increase focus & memory. For more information call (423) 246-3805 or (423) 246-5149

Mavis Beacon Typing - Free of Charge. Boost efficiency and enhance productivity with excellent keyboarding skills. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 15 is an ideal tutorial program for any keyboard user. Featuring customized lessons, motivating speed tests and progress reports, dictation practice and more, this versatile program is equally effective for the young student typist, the busy executive or the professional administrative assistant seeking to improve their skills. Instructor: Kim Skeens, Lab Coordinator. Visit our website @ or for more information call for details, (423) 968-9444.

Trinity Baptist Church announces the start of two new programs for children. Daughters of the King is a class for young ladies in 4th-6th grade where they will explore the basics of beauty. Through games, discussion, visiting consultants, and field trips we explore the world of beauty and then they will learn about what God describes as beautiful. Sons of the King is a program designed to build Godly character in young men grades 4-6 through Bible study, games, skill building and adventure. Both groups meet on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. separately at the church located on Headtown Road in Jonesborough. Transportation may be available. Call the church at (423) 753-4394 for more information.

Learn to use therapeutic grade Essential Oils to benefit mind and body. Day and evening workshops limited spaces. For information and registration call (423) 232-6254. Magic Classes. Learn to do amazing magic tricks with everyday items. Tuesday nights at “Top Hat Magic Supply” in Bristol, TN from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Limited space. All ages welcome! Call Dave Vaught or Ryan Robinette for further information at (423) 968-3200. Spanish Classes. John Arredondo & Associates is offering a variety of Spanish classes including Basic Spanish, Spanish II, Spanish for Building Trades, Spanish for Healthcare Workers, Spanish for Home Schoolers, Spanish Tutoring. For more information call (423) 483-4650. Floral designing courses. A complete custom floral designing course day and night classes. Limited space, 10 persons per class. Call Fran (423) 753-7310.

Knit Too Together (Regional knitting guild) meets the third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church off Interstate 81 at exit 63. Johnson City knitters carpool to meetings. Call (423) 232-0644 in Johnson City for further information. Blue Ridge Quilt Guild, Johnson City – meets 1st Wednesday of month. Social 9:30 am, meeting 10 am. Our Savior Luthern Church, Sunset Dr. Meeting times/locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information.

First Frontier Quilters, Kingsport – meets 3rd Tuesday of month, 10 am at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Warpath Drive. Meeting times/locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information.

Holston Quilters Guild, Bristol TN – meets 3rd Saturday of month, 10 am at the First United Methodist Church, Vance Drive, Bristol. Meeting times/locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information. Sycamore Stitchers, Elizabethton – meets 2nd Thursday of month, 9 am. At Sycamore Shoals State Park. Meeting times/locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information. Appalchian Heritage Quilters, Gray – 1st Thursday of month is stitch-in, 3rd Thursday of month is meeting/program. Gray Community Center. 6 pm. Meeting times/ locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information.

Unaka Piecemakers Quilt Club, Erwin – 1st Tuesday is business meeting, then working on projects. 3rd Tuesday is stitch-in. Social, 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Rock Creek Rd. Meeting times/locations subject to change per current program schedule. Ask at local quilt shops for specific contact information. Quilting Classes. Sponsored by Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough. For additional information phone at (423) 753-6644.


West Coast Swing Classes! Thursdays at 7pm. Only $10 per class! Held at Stardust Dance Centre. 321 E. Sullivan St. Downtown Kingsport. Call (423) 292-9512 for more information. Dancing Divas Class for Women! Ladies, learn Hip Hop, country and western, salsa, line dancing, belly dancing and more. Great workout. Lots of fun! Thursdays at 8pm. Held at Stardust Dance Centre. 321 E. Sullivan St. Downtown Kingsport. Call (423) 292-9512 for more information. Group discounts available.

Hip-Hop. Learn the hottest new street dance moves and burn the floor! Every Thursday we offer beginner lessons for adults and kids. Children 7-12 meet at 4pm. Ages 13 and up meet at 5pm. Learn short routines to the latest songs or join a dance team and perform. Classes are held in downtown Kingsport. Monthly payments are the lowest in the tri-cities. Taught by Mike and Mark. Call now to pre-register 292-9512.

Beginner Belly Dance Class. “Veil and Zill” This class will focus on dancing with accoutrements (veils and finger cymbals). Dancers must bring their own accoutrements or they can be purchased at the studio on the first day of class. This (8) week class will be held on Mondays at 7pm. Coin skirts are recommended but not required. Dancers will learn short routines. Belly dancing is great for toning abs, thighs, triceps, biceps and buttocks. Routines are sexy, fun and mildly aerobic. Call 292-9512 to pre-register.

Magic Classes. Classes for beginners and up. Weekend workshops also available. Call Andrew Hyder for more information or to set up a time. (423) 213-9312

Tumbling, ballet, hip hop, tap classes available for ages 2 through 14 in Kingsport, Johnson City, Blountville, Allandale. No registration fees or contracts. Parents observe in the classroom. For more information phone (423)288-8346

Chics ‘n Chaps women’s motorcycle club meets the first Friday of each month at at 6:30pm. Please call (423) 341-8914 or (423) 292-7923 for meeting location.

Monthly Ballroom Dance: Fourth Friday of each month at Virginia Ballroom at 300 Senior Drive Abingdon - a relaxed way to practice your skills or hone them at the lesson before the dance. Lesson 7pm, Dance 8pm - 10pm. Alcohol and smoke free. No partner or experience necessary. A $5.00 donation to the Senior Center and a snack to share will be appreciated. Beverages will be provided. Call 276-623-4400 for more information.

Learn to get what you want out of life. Personal Empowerment Workshops, Meditation and other new ongoing classes are now being formed. All of these workshops and classes offer powerful, practical techniques and tools that are specifically designed to help enhance all aspects of one’s life. Workshops are held each Monday night. Meditation classes are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Other classes are offered as needed. Dr. Mitzi Pyles facilitates them. For more information call (423) 467-3302.

Latin Dance Aerobics Class – Salsa, Cha-Cha, Swing, Samba, Merengue, Hip-Hop, Belly Dance, Pasa Doble. Loose weight, tighten and tone. Fit into that new bikini or little black dress! Learn a new dance and make new friend. This class is an exciting and fun way to get in shape for the summer. Just $10 per dancer. No pre-registration or partner required. Just show up! Classes are every Monday at 6pm. 321 E. Sullivan St. Kingsport. Call 292-9512 for more information.

Beginner Belly Dancing - $10 per dancer. Mondays at 7pm. Classical, Egyptian and Tribal styles. Lean basic belly dance movements and mini routines. Dress in beautiful costumes. Fun way to tone target areas. Low impact but full body workout. Bring your friends, family and co-workers. Call Sharah for more information at 292-9512.

FREE Summer Hip-Hop High School Class – Tuesdays at 5pm. Hip-hop / cha-cha / salsa / lyrical.  High school students only, no exceptions.  321 E. Sullivan St. Kingsport.  Taught by Brooklynn.  Call 292-9512 for more information.

required areas of study and meets from 8:30am-4:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. The CSAC and CSAC-A are the baseline credentials for individuals seeking to enter the field of addictions treatment in Virginia. For more information, call Eric Greene at (276) 523-8300.

There will be Line Dance Lessons held every Tuesday at Fanatics Sports Club in the DoubleTree Hotel. Beginner lesson is at 6:30 and intermediate is at 7:30. Dance to the latest dances being done nationwide to country, pop, latin, tango and hip-hop music. No experience needed and no partner required. Located at 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. For more information call (423) 282-1848 or

Federation of Families: Lee, 2nd Monday 6:30 p.m. Jonesville First United Methodist Church Federation of Families meets monthly to provide support and education for families dealing with the challenges of raising a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues. The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30. Registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, call Brenda or Theresa at 276-431-4370 or 888-443-1804. Children are welcome. Calling 888-443-1804 can provide transportation assistance.

Lyrical for Children and Adults! Learn to express the lyrics of a song with movement! Children Thursdays 5-6pm, Adults Thursdays 6-7pm. Pre-registration required. Call (423) 292-9512 for more information.

Federation of Families: Scott, 3rd Monday 6:30 p.m. Holston View United Methodist Church Federation of Families meets monthly to provide support and education for families dealing with the challenges of raising a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues. The group meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30. Registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, call Brenda or Theresa at 276-431-4370 or 888-443-1804. Children are welcome. Calling 888-443-1804 can provide transportation assistance.

Toddler Dance Class! 18mo’s, 2’s and 3’s. 1 parent must attend with child. 10 student maximum (so hurry and reserve your child’s spot.) Learn rhythm, movement and get some socialization. Pre-registration required. Call (423) 292-9512 for more information. Saturdays 11am. Youth Ballroom! Waltz, Rumba, Tango, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Swing and More! Dance lessons being taught for couples and singles every Friday night at the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Center, 300 W. Mill St. in Elizabethton. Class begins at 6:30 and includes a one hour lesson and 30 minutes of practice. Cost is $10 for singles and $15 for couples. Dances includes Two-step, swing, waltz and more. You do not need a partner to attend. Call 547-6441 for more information.

Federation of Families: Wise, 1st Monday 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian Church Federation of Families meets monthly to provide support and education for families dealing with the challenges of raising a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues. The group meets the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30. Registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, call Brenda or Theresa at 276-431-4370 or 888-443-1804. Children are welcome. Calling 888-443-1804 can provide transportation assistance.

Line dance lessons every Tuesday at The Doubletree Hotel, Johnson City. Beginner lessons from 6:30-7:30 and Intermediate from 7:30-8:30. $5 for one or both lessons. Learn the latest dances to Music including Country, Pop, Waltz, Tango and Swing. No partner or experience needed. For more information contact (423) 282-1848 or

Lee County Suicide Prevention Coalition 4th Thursday, 2 p.m. Lee County Behavioral Health Services. The Suicide Prevention Coalition, formed to raise awareness and determine the available resources in the Lee County community for suicide survivors, will meet the fourth Thursday of every month. Anyone interested in helping support this cause, please contact Bill or Phyllis Russell at (276) 346-1641.

Monthly Social Dance for couples and singles. There will be a Social Dance held for couples, singles and line dancers on the second Saturday of each month at the Jonesborough Visitor Center. There will be a brief couples lesson and a brief line dance lesson at each event. Cost is $5 at the door and includes the lessons and the dance. Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is needed. Come and learn to dance or just enjoy watching in a friendly non-smoking atmosphere. 117 Boone St. Jonesbrough. For more information call (423) 928-2786 or email

Moral Reconation Therapy Group, Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. Wise County Behavioral Health Services. A Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Group meets each Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. The group will be ongoing and juveniles ages 13-17 may join any time. Pre-registration is required by calling Jessica Williamson at 523-8370. MRT is a group designed to help juveniles on probation or who have a criminal or substance abuse history to make good choices by doing what is right.

The Bellydance Company is offering a promotional free of charge into to belly dance classes. Youth groups ages 14 to 25. Classes cover veil dancing and how to dance with finger cymbals, basic steps and combination. For additional information call (423) 202-3208. Bellydance workshop now offering at The Broadway Café, Kingsport Saturdays from 5-6:30pm. Also, sponsoring a FREE to the public, International Language Club every Sunday from 11am – 2pm. Any level of language skills. Students, instructors & bilinguals of French, Italian, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese, Tagalog, Hebrew and Latin are welcome. Call (423) 2464666 for more information. Shimmering Oasis! The first belly dance school in the Tri-Cities has relocated. Anna Broyles (aka Ozma) teaches American/Middle-Eastern Dance or belly dance at Shimmering Oasis. Learn the ancient form of belly dance while toning your body. An excellent core workout that engages the entire body. Classes run Beginning through Advanced. For anyone regardless of age, size or previous experience. Try the first class free! Gift certificates are available. Also, dance troupe HIPnotic: The Gypsy Queens is available to perform at local events. Contact Ozma at (276) 591-9736 or email: New Dance Class for Children at The Rose Center. The Rose Center is extremely pleased to offer new dance classes for children. We have an excellent teacher in Tammy Plasencia who will teach ages 3 and older in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and lyrical dance as well as acrobatics. Classes are offered Monday through Friday; contact Rose Center for the specific schedule for your child. Fees range from $30 per month for pre-school 30-minute classes to $60 for advanced student classes; substantial discounts are offered for more than one class per week. Call Rose Center at 423-581-4330 for more information and to register for class. In the Introduction to Ballroom Dance class, students will start with the four basic movements used in ballroom dancing. Three to four dances will be taught with 3 to 5 patterns used in each dance. A native of Knoxville, Kennedy has been teaching and competing in ballroom dancing for over 20 years and is a certified adjudicator in all five categories of competition. He has trained some of the finest teachers in the country and has worked with some of the world’s top champions. He teaches the American style of dance. Private lessons are also available at $50 per session. Contact Lynn directly at 865-455-6975 to schedule private lessons. Kennedy would also like to offer a call to those who would like to become dance instructors. Contact Rose Center if you are interested in learning to teach ballroom dance. Contra Dances are held twice a month in the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. Live music in a smoke/alcohol free environment. For more information and schedule visit or call David Wiley at (423) 913-3246 Mountain Empire Shag Society dances the Carolina Shag on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the lounge at the Holiday Inn on N. Roan St., Johnson City. Free basic lessons at 8 p.m. Private lessons available by appointment. Club DJ Bigfish Calhoun plays the best in shag, r&b and beach until 10 p.m. For more information call Carl Edwards, VP, (423) 878-5877 or Larry Calhoun, DJ, (423) 239-5906. Ballroom Dance. Learn the waltz, swing, cha-cha, rumba, salsa, tango, foxtrot and more in your choice of a group or class or private lesson. Both male and female instructors make learning easy, fun and exciting. A national champion offers Competitive and social instruction available and ongoing classes. Couples are welcome but no partner or dance experience is necessary. Friday night parties are offered to practice what you’ve learned. Classes conveniently located in Johnson City. Group class and parties $10/person. Please contact Amanda at (423) 833-5093 for more information.


Tobacco Education programs. Tobacco Education Group (TEG) offers a positive alternative to suspension from school for students in trouble because they have violated their school’s policy on tobacco use. This 8-week program motivates students to reduce tobacco use, make healthier choices, quit tobacco on their own, or join a voluntary tobacco cessation program. Tobacco Awareness Program (TAP) helps students with information, motivation, and support to quit using tobacco. Each student designs his or her approach by choosing a suitable quit date and cessation methods. Both programs, available in Lee, Scott, & Wise Counties, and the City of Norton, are fully funded by the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation (VTSF), Planning District 1, and Frontier Health. For more information, call 276-523-8360. TRACES Foster Care. Frontier Health’s TRACES Foster Care Program needs therapeutic foster parents in Northeast Tennessee. TRACES foster parents receive free training, 24-hour support services, and tax-free reimbursement for care. Caseworkers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for emergency needs. Call 423-224-1043, for more information on becoming a foster parent. VALUES Foster Care. Frontier Health’s VALUES Foster Care Program, a child-placing agency licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, needs therapeutic foster parents in Lee, Wise, and Scott counties and the city of Norton. The program offers training, guidance and links to services needed to maintain foster care placement. Caseworkers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for emergency needs. To become a foster parent, call 1-888-443-1804. Didactic Training Requirement for the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Frontier Health and Planning District One Behavioral Health Services is presenting a 10-month comprehensive training for people seeking to fulfill the 220 hours of Didactic Training Requirement for the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Credential offered by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. The training covers all 10

“Children in the Middle”. Frontier Health offers a SAMSHA Model divorce education program titled CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE. This program is a skills-based curriculum that helps parents deal with their children’s reactions to divorce. Classes are offered each month in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties. The registration fee is $15 and participants will receive a workbook, guidebook and a certificate of completion. For more information, call Tracie Johnson at 1-888-443-1804.

American Sign Language. The Communication Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaches several classes in American Sign Language, including Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV. When scheduled, the six-week classes are scheduled on Tuesdays at the Victory Center, Johnson City. Each Level class is $75 and will be taught by CCDHH instructors. For more information, for a schedule, or to register, call 434-0447. The Communication Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a division of Frontier Health and provides communication between people who are hearing and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. CCDHH is a community service center providing services under contract with Federal and State Government Agencies, Businesses, Industries, Hospitals, Service Agencies, Courts and Individuals who are in need of assistance in communicating with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Services are available in Carter, Claibourne, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. This program is funded in part by the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Job Corps has a limited number of openings for eligible youth between the ages of 16-24 in NE Tennessee area. The program helps young people complete their high school education and obtain skills training in high demand occupations. The program has been in existence since 1964 and operates 122 full-time residential training centers throughout the country. Training will last from 6 months to 2 years + there is an opportunity for advanced education following completion. If eligible, there is no cost for this training. To obtain more information contact Patty Sausser at the Northeast Tennessee Career Center located in Johnson City at (423) 610-0222 ext. 222.

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency’s Head Start Program is currently accepting applications 3 & 4 year old children for the 2009-20010 school year. Head Start is a comprehensive educational and nurturing program which also addresses the emotional and physical needs of each enrolled child. Children must meet the eligibility requirements of the federal income guidelines and local Policy Council standards. The Head Start program also provides services to three and four year old children with disabilities. All this is totally FREE to the family. In addition, transportation is provided except for the two Full Day/Full Year classes. Slots are limited. Apply today. For more information about an application or qualifications call Melissa Roark at (423) 764-7365 or come by 703 Florida Ave. Bristol, TN.

Venture Crew 1861 now seeking young men and women between the ages of 15 and 21 who enjoy scouting and outdoor activities but want an added twist of adventure and living history. VC 1861 is a co-ed Venture scout group portraying civilians and military, Confederate and Federal, from the Civil War. We do living history in our area and re-enactment’s at major battlefield sites in other states. Interested in joining or want more information? E-mail us at with your name, age, address and telephone # and we will get back with you with more information.

Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy offers help with GED preparation, remedial reading and math, English as a second language, English for Speakers of Other Languages, military entrance test/ASVAB, and college entrance exams. The Literacy Academy also offers computer classes for Windows, Internet Usage, Basic Excel, keyboarding, resume writing, and assistance filing for financial aid. There is no charge for this assistance, but donations are always appreciated. For more information, call (276) 645-8790. Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy is located at 701 Goode St. inside the Bristol Public open Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

State of Franklin Homeschoolers (SOFH) has several regular activities each month for area homeschoolers, as well as occasional field trips and other opportunities. SOFH is an inclusive group open to ALL homeschoolers regardless of race, religion, creed or educational philosophy. For more information contact Michelle at (423) 538-6159.

Toastmasters: Learn to develop effective communication and leadership skills! Participate in a self-paced program designed to improve your speaking, listening and thinking. The Mission of Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Wednesday Orators Toastmasters Club meets every Wednesday from 12:05-1 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center on Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. For more information, contact Kathy Padgett at (423) 247-7983 or email at

Toastmasters: Learn to develop effective communication and leadership skills! Participate in a self-paced program designed to improve your speaking, listening and thinking. The Mission of Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Twin City Toastmasters Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Central Christian Church located at 424 Melrose St. in Bristol, TN. For more information contact Wanda Earp at (423) 764-2288 or email at

YMCA Elementary After School Care. Kingsport YMCA is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Elementary Age After School Child Care Program in the following schools: Jackson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Jefferson, Rock Spring, Indian Spring, Kingsley, Miller Perry, Holston and Sullivan. For further information, please call the YMCA office at (423) 247-9622.


Plant Swap. Meeting at Mize Farm & Garden, 929 W. Watauga Ave. JC. The first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Trade plants/seeds you have in excess for something you don’t have. Have fun and meet new friends. For information call Sarita at (423) 434-1800.

with the serious disease of diabetes. This help comes in the various forms of informative meetings, events and personal support. For more information call Jim Smallwood at (423) 288-4576.


Color My World Healthy classes at Carver. Come and learn how you can keep a healthy heart after by-pass, stent, or other cardiac surgery. The class will be taught by members of “Mended Heart”, an American Heart Association affiliated group. Join us Tuesday morning, 10:00am – 12:00 noon Feb. 9th at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. Johnson City. Space is limited so call and reserve your seat. For more information call (423) 461-8830.

Pilate’s Classes. Beginning Pilate’s mat classes offered Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, mats are supplied or bring your own. 112 W. Main St. Kingsport, TN. For additional information call (423) 392-4325.

Masters Swimming Program in Johnson City. Certified coach tailors the program to meet each participant’s needs and abilities. Practices are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6-7 a.m. For further information, contact Coach Chris Coraggio at (423) 833-5595.

An introduction to Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure. The Neck & Shoulder release. 3rd Mondays of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Waterfalls of Wellness Healing Center. 739 Bluff City Hwy, Bristol.

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Reduce Stress? Improve your performance at school, work or sports? Healing Energies can help you meet your goals through Hypnosis. Please five us a call if you want to change your life. (423) 257-3521.

An introduction to Free Your Voice – Free Your Self. 3rd Tuesdays of the month. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Kaleo Wheeler (423) 202-3862.

The Johnson City Judo Club offers beginning classes in the sport of Judo for adults only at Girls, Inc. every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Classes are $2 per session. You will need to purchase a uniform. Visit for more information, or call Brian Rowe at (423) 439-2047 or Bill Perkins at (423) 975-0171, We are a non-profit organization.

Gentle Flow Yoga Classes. Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm at Piney Flats United Methodist Church (fellowship hall). Suitable for all levels of students. Please bring your own mat and blanket. Only $5.00. Call Wendy @ (423) 220-0552 for more information. Come and learn how you can take simple and affordable steps to improve the health and quality of your life. This series of workshops will present a variety of ways to improve your personal health, the health of your home, manage stress, deal with change, and more. The workshops will be held every 4th. Thursday of the month starting at 7pm. at Wellness Way Chiropractic: 103 Keystone Dr. in Blountville. Space is limited so call and reserve your seat.  For further information please call 423-646-4038 or email us at Aikido in Johnson City! Classes held Mon and Thurs in downtown Johnson City. 103 W Market St. All skill levels welcome. Traditional Hombu style. Directions and more information at Roller Derby – Are you female, over 18, and need to get out some aggression? Come try roller derby! Strap on some skates and join one of the fastest growing competitive sports in the nation. The Little City Roller Girls are currently seeking new skaters and referees to expand their roster. No previous experience or special skill sets necessary. Women of all shapes and sizes welcome! Men can join in on the fun as referees. Stop by our practices held every Wed 6:30-8:30pm and every Sun 12-2pm at the Johnson City Family Skate Center to get more info. The JCFSC is located at 930 W Watauga Ave at the corner of State of Franklin and Watauga. Check us out on the web at ZUMBA – The hot new aerobic workout. Zumba is inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba uses a variety of styles in its routines, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, pop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso and Salsaton. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. Anyone can do it..beginners to advanced. Only $7 per class Mondays & Wednesdays at The Muscle Factory, 2318 Buffalo Rd. Johnson City. For more information call (423) 929-7471. Yoga Classes – Iyengar Inspired yoga classes offered at New Paradigm Health Center, 113 E. Unaka Ave. Johnson City on Fridays at noon and Saturday s from 9-10:30am. Call (423) 928-9394 for details. Basics of Belly Dance! Ladies, get a jump start on that New Year’s resolution! All ages, sizes, fitness levels. Tone your body and boost self-esteem through tasteful Middle Eastern dance movements. Classes held every Monday, 6-7 P.M. at the Princeton Arts Center (2516 Oakland Ave.). Cost is just $5 per session. Call PAC at (423) 283-5800 for info or to sign up. Wear flexible clothing and join the fun! Mountain Yoga, inside Mullins Shaolin Kung Fu on Springbrook St. in JC, offers yoga classes. Class times are Monday s & Wednesday s at noon and Tuesday s & Thursday s at 6:30am. First class is free. After that, there is a $10 drop-in fee, or $50 for a month of unlimited classes. Contact Jennifer Chisam at (423) 262-9551. Learn to maintain a healthy weight naturally. Programs individually crafted by holistic nutrition and healthy living consultant Marie Browning. Sessions provide the information, guidance and support your need to improve your own health and well being. For information call (423) 367-1396 or visit Learn to maintain a healthy weight naturally. Programs individually crafted by holistic nutrition and healthy living consultant Marie Browning. Sessions provide the information, guidance and support you need to improve your own health and well being. For information call (423) 367-1396 or visit Take Yoga with an experienced Yoga Teacher and leave class feeling calm and refreshed. Yoga helps with pain management, Fibromalgia, Back problems, Stress management, and general well being. Stretch your body and relax your mind. Certified with Asheville School of Yoga. Beginner and advanced classes available. Call (423) 384-6440 for times and locations. Yoga-Pilates classes on Tuesday and Thursday s at 6:30pm at Science Hill ALC. Call (423) 434-0206 ext. 1 to pre-register. Pilates on the ball class at Breastfeeding Essentials. Monday nights at 5:30pm. Stroller Fitness classes Wed. & Fri. at 9am. Meet at Warriors. $5 per class. Call Lorie for more information at (423) 299-4014. Aikido – Traditional Aikido. Increase your balance and center, refine your movements, and enjoy a vigorous practice. Classes taught on Tues. & Thurs. Dojo is in downtown Johnson City above Albert’s Pawn. ASU affiliated. All affiliations, ranks, and skill levels are welcome. Adult classes only. Call (423) 232-9600 for more information. Karate/Yoga/Tai Chi for mind, body conditioning. $25/mo or $5/drop in. Call (423) 335-3903 for more information. Learn the ancient form of belly dance while toning your body. An excellent core workout that engages the abdominals, legs, arms, shoulders and back. Try the first class for free! For any woman regardless of age, size or previous experience. Beginning through advanced. Gift certificates are available! Also, dance troupe Gypsy Queens is available to perform at local events. Contact Ozma at (276) 591-9736 or email: Attend a free workshop that will help you to create greater levels of health and wellbeing in your life. For more information call Will at (423) 646-4038. American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Class will be held at Wellmont Outpatient Center, 130 W. Stone Dr. Kingsport from 12pm-2pm the first Monday of each month, at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, 1420 Tusculum Blvd. Greeneville from 10am-2pm the second Monday of each month and at American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd. Johnson City from 1pm-3pm the third Monday of each month. Please contact 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information. Water Aerobics. Tired of not having the energy to function during the day? Need a way to relieve stress? Want to be fit? Reduced your blood pressure? Increase muscular strength and endurance? Have a healthier, stronger heart? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, the water aerobics program at Elizabethton High School is for you. Beginner to advanced. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm (water walking) and 6:30-7:30pm (structured class) $3 per session. Dressing rooms available. Doors open 15 minutes prior to class. Lifeguard on duty. For more information contact Cindy Gober at (423) 474-0140 The Kingsport Diabetes Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at Indian Path Hospital Bldg 2002, 2 floor, Room #203 across from the emergency room. All are welcome. The KDA helps diabetics, parents of diabetics and their families to deal better nd

Christian Life Center at Munsey; indoor walking track, exercise room (includes Body Solid Weight Machine, Nordic track/elliptical crosstrainer, treadmill, stepper, rowing machines, stationary bike, etc.) Annual Fees: $25 - adults; $15 - youth/college. Also offered (some additional fees): Tai Chi, Scottish Country Dancing, Volleyball, Badminton, Yoga, Basketball, Softball, Ballroom Dance Lessons/Dances, Upward Basketball. Open Daily, Mon-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m; closes at 4pm on Fridays. Call for additional information (423) 461-8070 ext. 213.

The YWCA Fitness Spa invites members and non-members to participate in our Group Fitness Classes at our new 106 State St. facility. We are offering both Classic and Specialty Classes. All classes are appropriate for beginners. Please call (423) 968-9444 for more details and scheduling.

“Secure Plus Medicare Seminars” are held every Monday at the Slater Community Center from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. by John Deere Health Care. Call the Bristol Tennessee Leisure Services at (423) 764-4023 for more information.

Strength Training is offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. for adults 55+ at the Slater Community Center. Becky Harris is the instructor. Call the Bristol Tennessee Leisure Services at (423) 764-4023 for more information. Seniorcise for adults 55+ is held Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. at the Slater Community Center. Shirlene Coffey and Anna Horne are the instructors. Call the Bristol Tennessee Leisure Services at (423) 764-4023 for more information.

Therapeutic Touch/Energy Healing. Learn to use bioenergies to heal you and others. Limited size group for intensive learning experience. No experience needed, only an open mind and heart Call Liza (423) 247-6765.

Aerobic classes. Held at Johnson City Seniors’ Center on Mon, Wed, & Fri. from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Teachers provided by students at ETSU. Classes are $1. per class. For info. Call (423) 434-6237

Reiki Clinic and Classes. Experience the profound healing effects of the Reiki System of Natural Healing. Clinic is open to the public, free of charge, 1st and 3rd Monday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Classes are held monthly for first and second degrees. For information and appointments, call Reiki Master/teacher, Sylvia Lagergren, (423) 928-0747. T.O.P.S. The Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club meets every Monday at 9:45 a.m. at the Harmony Baptist Church Fellowship hall. For more information call (423) 349-7239. Science of Deliberate Creation study group. Meets each Wed. night at 7pm to listen to and discuss the “Abraham” tapes. Contact Dan at or (423) 741-1566.


Interested in amateur (HAM) radio or are you a ham that’s looking for a local club? Come visit Johnson City Amateur Radio Association at their monthly club meeting held at the North Side Hospital on every third Tuesday at 7pm in Johnson City. For more information, please visit or call Dick, N4ARO, at (423) 929-1256.

Chanting Circles for Healing and Peace meets the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Waterfalls of Wellness Healing Center, 739 Bluff City Hwy. Bristol. For more information contact Kaleo Wheeler (423) 202-3862

Wolf Hills Fan Club is a gathering for seniors, 60 plus, with a Free lunch, starting at 10am at Abingdon Senior Center. For information, please contact (276) 628-5859.

Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club starts at 9:00am on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Breakfast, fellowship, and so much more at the Abingdon Senior Center, 300 Senior Dr. Abingdon, VA. For information, please contact (276) 628-5859. The Quilting Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30am at the Abingdon Senior Center. You can learn, work on existing projects, or help with a community project. For information, please contact (276) 628-5859.

Law enforcement officers from the area recently organized a Fraternal Order of Police Lodge based in Erwin, TN. The name of the Lodge is Tennessee Unaka Lodge #93. The Fraternal Order of Police started in Pittsburgh, PA in 1915 with 23 members. Today the organization has over 2100 Lodges with 325,000 members. Unaka Lodge is the newest lodge in Tennessee and was started by Dan Moeser, an 18 year veteran of the National FOP organization and a retired federal law enforcement officer. He has also worked 5 years with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office. In 1998 Moeser also started a local Chapter of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Law Enforcement Club which is comprised of active and retired law enforcement officers who own and ride a motorcycle. That club presently has over 50 members. The FOP organization has a Mission Statement which in part encourages fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among law enforcement officers. It strives to cultivate a spirit of mutual helpfulness among members and the people they serve with a goal to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession and establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property. Membership in the Unaka Lodge is open to all certified full time law enforcement officers and those retired from full time law enforcement duties, regardless of where they work or have worked in the past. Presently the Lodge has 20 members and applications are being processed for additional members. Meetings are held at the Erwin police department on the fourth Thursday of the month. Anyone interested in joining the Unaka Lodge may contact Dan Moeser at 423-232-8825.

More information about the National and TN State FOP is available at General William Campbell chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution meets on alternating months at the Abingdon Senior Citizen’s Center located at 300 Senior Drive just off White’s Mill Road. The meetings begin at 11:30 on the third Saturday of Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, and Dec. Programs are presented primarily on historical subjects by interesting and informed guest speakers. Interested men are invited along with their friends to visit and explore membership in this organization which is dedicated to promoting education of America’s Heritage and the values esteemed by the founding fathers of our Nation. For further information please contact Joe Alexander at 276-494-6079 or joealexander@, or Jack Butterworth at 423-652-2240, or Sydney Wike at 423-878-3474 or

A monthly women’s circle, 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Come together, share stories and discover commonality with other women. This Circle of Women’s Voices gives women the opportunity to come together in community to help find our strength, independence, selfesteem, and satisfaction with ourselves and who we are. Through talk story, informal and interactive dialogue, we rediscover our own stories and realize our commonality. For more information contact Kaleo Wheeler (423) 926-1648 or

New Moon Gatherings. As the moon regularly moves through its phases and the year moves through the seasons, so human life has cycles and phases. This is an opportunity to come together in sacred space and celebration to experience the lunar cycle in action – setting our intentions for what we choose to create during this particular month and phase. For more information contact Kaleo Wheeler (423) 926-1648 or Ex-Pats of Great Britain and Ireland are meeting the 1st Saturday of each month from 6:30-7pm at The Celtic Cupboard in Jonesborough. Come and meet others from your homeland. Refreshments served. Call (423) 948-9076 for more information. The Newcomers Club of Kingsport is a women’s club that provides a fun, friendly, informal venue for both current residents and new residents to gather for social activities and to meet others in the community. Meetings of the Newcomers Club of Kingsport are generally held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Sept. through May, at the MeadowView Marriot Resort and Convention Center, 1901 MeadowView Dr. Kingsport at 11:00am. The meetings will feature a social half hour, a cold buffet lunch for $11, a guest speaker, and discussion of events and activities in the great Kingsport area. Log onto for more details. The Twin City Photo Club of Bristol conducts their monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the meeting room of Bristol Chamber of Commerce, corner of State and Volunteer/Commonwealth streets. Anyone interested in photography at any skill level is welcome to attend the meetings. TCPC has a monthly “Photo Safari” for location photography and are organizing the inaugural Rhythm & Roots Photography Contest. For more information, please call (423) 946-4132 Same-Sex Fellowship is an alliance of men 30 and older. This is a newly formed group which will engage in bi-monthly social activities with emphasis on strengthening a social support system. For more information email Shayne at Friends of Nature. We are now looking for new members to come join us in promoting both parks and nature programs. Meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday each month at Wing Deer Park. Please join us in the boardroom, behind the main office at 6pm. If you have any questions, contact Brad Jones at (423) 283-5821 or email chjwdp2@ The Happy Hillbillies Volkswagen Club, a newly formed club for all VW enthusiasts in the Tri Cities area, are meeting each second Saturday of the month to caravan to a local eatery and discuss events for Volkswagens. We welcome anyone who would like to come meet with us, learn more about our club and fellowship. Call for meeting places and times or for more information at (423) 743-0341 or (423) 735-2577. Overmountain Sam’s club camps once a month and is looking for new members. We enjoy the outdoors, fishing, cookouts, traveling and meeting fellow campers. Contact Ron Hughes at (423) 928-1919 or John Williams at (423) 422-6287 for further information Center for Light and Healing invites you to attend their “Opening to the Miracles” Natural Healing Group from 12 to 6 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, except on holidays. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of meditation, healing, enlightenment, and fellowship! When healers come together with the same intent, our collective energy is increased manifold. We are delighted to have more than two dozen healers from our area working together, and the healing energy of our group is simply amazing! Group healing is a powerful way to manifest miracles! If you are an experienced healer or simply have an interest in healing yourself or others, join us as we open to the miracles! We meet at the Round Table Conference Center, 1104 Tusculum Blvd., in Greenville, on a love-offering basis. For further details on our group, services, or other activities sponsored by the Center for Light and Healing, visit our website at or call (423) 638-2461. Beaver Creek Storytelling now meets at Java J’s the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with storytelling program at 7:30 p.m. Contact Mimi Rockwell at (276) 669-8358 or Wine Lovers in the Tri-Cities area. The Tri-Wine Bunch, a non-profit group of friendly folks who share the love of wine, food, and good friends is heading into its 6th year. Wine tastings, wine dinners, charitable events with wine and food themes are regularly held in the Johnson City area. Please visit our website, click on the buttons and become more familiar with us, and if you are interested in attending our events, just send an email to the address given on the website. “The ARC, Alternate Realities Center”, is a internationally recognized research and membership organization dedicated to the philosophical and scientifc study of paranormal phenomena including Ghosts and Haunted Places, Bigfoot, UFOs - or Unidentified Flying Objects, Alien Abduction, Psychic Abilities as well as how these extraordinary experiences affect the human psyche. The ARC staff of Certified Ghost Hunters perform paranormal investigations of historic structures for the levels of spiritual presence. We offer monthly special interest group meetings to discuss personal experiences and hear about those of others. Local meeting times and locations may vary. In addition, through our public awareness tour company - Appalachian GhostWalks - we offer guided haunted history tours of the Historic Districts throughout our region and these operate nightly, year round. Our tours showcase the rich history and heritage of the Appalachian Mountains dating back to the Cherokee occupation of the area through the Frontier, Revolutionary, and Civil War eras of our past. Ten percent of our annual profits go to support Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Please visit our website at for more information, or call (423) 743-WALK (9255) to schedule one of our haunted historic walking tours, or attend one of our local monthly group meetings. The Moms Club of Bristol TN/VA Chapter Moms offering moms support. Are you a stay-at-home mom or just new to the area? Come on and join the fun and meet other moms just like you - playgroups, park days, field trips, community service and social MOMS night out are some of the events we do monthly. For more info call Mary Johnson at (423) 391-8818 or Veronica Hurley at (423) 383-5473 The Tri-Cities Miata Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, alternating between Ryan’s Steakhouse in Johnson City and The Golden Corral in Kingsport, TN. Club drives take place the third Saturday of each month. Check for details. The Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Normally, the meeting place is in the Eastman Toy F. Reid Employee Center, room 219. Some meetings will be in member’s homes to see their collections. Show and Tell will begin at 6:30pm followed by a seminar. Bring things you want to show off or get help identifying. If you are interested in gems and minerals, come join us! Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Contact Jim or Anne Small at (423) 357-1509 for more information. The Iris Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm. Meetings are usually held at Peerless Restaurant, 2531 N. Roan St. Johnson City. ABWA offers great networking opportunities for professional businesswomen. Come join us for friendship and community involvement. For more information, please call Barbara Barfield (423) 895-1726 The Newcomers Club of Johnson City meets at The Johnson City Country Club, 1901 E. Unaka Ave. on the third Thursday of every month. Social time begins at 10:30 a.m., and business meeting at 11 a.m. A buffet lunch, at the cost of just $14 all-inclusive, will follow. For luncheon reservations, please contact Bonnie Tuttle at (423) 477-3646. If you are interested in joining The Newcomers Club, contact Benita Turner at (423) 283-7217 or (423) 202-1679. Women Social Group meets every Thursday at Hibbert Davis Coffee Gallery at 9:30 a.m. 1459 E. Center St. Kingsport. (423) 245-0443. Women, come and join us and learn to play mahjongg. Voluntary Simplicity group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 136 Bob Jobe Rd. in Gray. The purpose of the group is to motivate individuals to examine and transform personal values and habits, to accept responsibility for the Earth, and to act on that commitment. For directions or more info, call (423) 349-6119 or email Tennessee Right To Life is the state’s oldest and largest pro-life advocacy organization. We are a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer-based organization affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, D.C. Local chapter serves all counties of Northeast Tennessee. Tennessee Right To Life is an advocate for protection of human life through educational outreach, protective legislation and the development of an active grassroots movement statewide. Members of Tennessee Right To Life assist in providing direct and tangible resources to women and families facing difficulty or unexpected pregnancies. For more information on what you can do to participate or to attend our meetings call (423) 282-9621.

in writing is welcome to attend. For more information call Donna (423) 245-4711.

Sullivan County Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Archives beside the courthouse in Blountville. Those researching ancestors from any area are welcome. Call (423) 323-1477 or

SEEKING TRI-CITIES PARROTHEADS!! The Hillbilly Parrot Head Club of the Tri-Cities TN/VA invites all interested persons who would love to “Party With A Purpose” to join in on the fun each month. Meeting dates, events, and times are always subject to change. For up to date event/ meetings schedule, visit us online www. OR email Our club supports several local charity & environmental causes while occasionally living the life that Jimmy Buffet sings about.”

State Line All Scalers Model Railroaders Club meets the second Saturday of every month. Please contact Richard Armstrong for locations and time, (423) 538-6578.

WAND. Tri-Cities Chapter now forming! Tri-Cities WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) is a part of a grassroots organization working to empower women to act politically to reduce militarism and violence, and to redirect excessive military resources toward human and environmental needs on both the local and national levels. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at the Princeton Arts Center, 2516 Oakland Ave in Johnson City. For information or directions, please call Wendy at (423) 926-5116.

What is Altrusa? It is an international organization of business & professional women and men who want to make a difference in their community. While it was first organized in Nashville in 1917, it is far from being an old fashioned ladies group.” The Johnson City club is involved with the Elizabethton Emergency Child Shelter, the International Students at ETSU, and scholarships for women improving their lives by returning to school after being out in the work force. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For further information call Susan Miller at (423) 833-3449 or email Kingsport Bicycle Association has rides year round. Those interested in this social/touring club can call 239-4406 or link to Christian Motorcyclists Association. Rays of the Son meets the 1st Saturday of the month at Mama’s House Buffet, 2608 N. John B. Dennis Hwy, Kingsport (across from North Highschool). Guests welcome. Call (423) 239-4921.

Book Review Group meets from Noon-1 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Center, Panhellenic Hall, basement suite 2 (ETSU campus). Participants in this Book Review Group for women at ETSU discuss published works by and about women. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Regular meetings are planned for the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call the Women’s Resource Center, (423) 439-7847.

Tri-Cities Metaphysical Study Group meets each Thursday at Holston Valley Unitarian Church, Interstate 26, Eastern Star Exit #10, Gray, TN. TMSG is a group dedicated to love, peace and wisdom and provides a place to share information for those interested in new age sciences. For information call Peggy at (423) 477-3339.

The First Tennessee Regional Group of the Mustang Club of America meets the fourth Thursday of each month excluding November and December at 7 p.m. at Mama’s House Buffet, 2608 N. John B. Dennis Hwy. Kingsport, TN. Open to all Mustang enthusiasts. Call (423) 323-8345.

The Phoenix Group plastic modelers. Meetings held the 1st Thursday of each month in Bristol, TN at 7p.m. Modelers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. Workshops available. For additional information, please contact Jerry Hughson at (423) 968-9699.

Mental Health Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network meets at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of every month at Boone’s Creek Christian Church, 305 Boone’s Creek Rd. in Johnson City. The network is a grassroots collaboration of Tennesseans and organizations working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in our state. For more information, contact Harold Leonard at (423) 857-5231.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson City affiliate meets on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. each month at Harrison Christian Church, 2517 Browns Mill Rd. Johnson City. For information call (423) 282-0676 or (423) 543-4315.

Does it feel as if life is too much to handle? Do memories keep you locked in the past not letting you move forward? Are you questioning your spiritual beliefs wondering just where you fit in? Healing Energies can assist you in reducing your stress, healing past events, and finding answers to your questions. Please give us a call if you want to change your life. (423) 257-3521.

YWCA girls after School Program. The YWCA girls after school program will meet after school, Monday through Friday from 2:30 ñ 6:30pm.This program is designed to meet the individual needs of each girl to assist her in maintaining good grades in school, to increase her knowledge in technology and introduce her to potential career choices. The State of Tennessee Department of Education funds the YWCA girls after school program. Girls who participate in this new innovative program are selected through the Bristol Tennessee City Schools by referrals (only) from the School Counselors. Visit our or for more information call for details @ (423) 968-9444. Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA) is a statewide advocacy and education organization for mental health consumers. For more information please call toll free (888) 539-0393. Problem solving. Learn how to solve problems in life and create success in daily living. Call (423) 246-3805 or (423) 246-5149.

The Depression/Bipolar Group of Bristol VA/TN meets each Fridays from 1-3 p.m. in the meeting room of the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode St. Room 22 ground floor. If you need to arrive later than 1 p.m., or leave earlier that 3 p.m., that’s OK. This is a meeting only of people suffering from these illnesses, and not for family members or others, although anyone may make a referral. All names, and any other information, are kept strictly confidential.

Lesbifriends: a great group of women, 40+ years, who get together for various events, including parties, dinners, hiking, atving, kayaking, games, golfing, and just hanging out. Come join the laughter, fun and support. Call (423) 753-4364 and ask for Carol.

Attention high school and college students: Do you want to earn recognition towards scholarships, or build up your resume? You can, as a Care Companion or Hotline Worker at The Crisis Center. Be a part of an agency that’s been helping neighbors for over 30 years. You can even volunteer from home! For more information contact Darlene at (276) 466-2218. The Crisis Center serves Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as well as several national hotlines. Be a part of our volunteer team!

For Love of Words, a writers group meets the third Thursday of each month at Hibbert-Davis Coffee Gallery, 1459 E. Center St. Kingsport at 6 p.m. Anyone interested

Post Abortion Women’s Group. For women struggling with a past abortion. Group meets weekly at the Crisis

Pregnancy Center and provides in-depth discussion, spiritual help and support. Services are free and confidentiality is respected. Group participants will decide day and time of meetings. For more information call (423) 968-4673.

& B, Jazz style, ‘70s funk, classic rock and original music for any event. We play for private parties, company parties, special events, nightclubs, car shows, reunions, country clubs, etc. Do you like good music ya, ya? Call (276) 782-1842

CONTACT. Troubled? Need someone to talk to? Someone will listen and talk to you about any problem at all. Call CONTACT confidential. Dial (423) 926-0144.

Up-to-date information about Drum circles in the Tri-Cities area is available online at or by emailing

Adult Children of Alcoholics. Meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Princeton Rd. in JC. For more information call (423) 926-0144. Grief counseling. By Medical Field professional. Modest fees for individuals by Parish Nurse (RN) Call (423) 753-6182. Music Singer for former show band needs musicians. Bass, Key Board, Guitar, Ect. To appear in up coming movie. Serious inquiries only. Contact. Earl 423-232-1938, 423-737-1162. Female Back Up Singer Needed For Corporate Band. Must be able to sing soprano harmonies, move well on stage, have positive attitude, and be available for weekend gigs. For more info call (423)483-8001 Girls Vocals needed for a girls band. No instruments needed. Top 40’s and 80”s songs. Please contact (423) 202-3208. Experienced keyboard looking for funky drummer with good r & b and jazz chops. Needed immediately for bookings. Funk, jazz, disco, rock. Experienced keyboard looking for funky drummer with good r & b and jazz chops. Needed immediately for bookings. Funk, jazz, disco, rock apply to Appalachian Express Men’s A Cappela Chorus. The Appalachian Express Men’s A cappella Chorus meets each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Suite 203, Building 2002, at the Indian Path Medical Complex, Kingsport. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Call 423-384-9992. Seeking Male vocal talent for on-going studio session work located in Bristol, TN. We seek top notch Nashville calibre vocal talent, country, country cross-over a plus, but not limited to. Permanent, steady part time contract work for the right exceptionally talented individual. (423) 878-3535 e-mail: Nashville Label, looking for lead guitar player for artist. Contact (423) 534-3909.

Need Keyboard Player for 4 to 6 person Jazz Band. Call Chuck McVey (423) 245-6932. Violin Lessons - All ages and levels. 30 minute and 1 hour lessons available. Call 534-5359 for more information. Piano Lessons – Beginner to adult. In your home or mine. It’s never too late to learn. Contact for more information Piano Lessons - beginner to intermediate. Free orientation. Contact David at (423) 538-4486.

Flute Piccolo, Pennywhistle and Irish Flute Lessons. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players welcome. Also, flute repair service available. Martha A. Egan, teacher. For information contact (423) 677-8909 or

The Hills are Alive! Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International meets each Tuesday from 7-9:30pm at the Carolina Pottery Outlet Mall, Suite 247, located on Interstate Hwy 81 at Exit 66. New members are placed by voice range and trained in their particular parts. For more information contact: Jane McKamey at (423) 247-5465 or Jean Miller at (423) 926-5572. Parenting Parenting Classes, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.Developmental Services, Big Stone Gap, Va. Free parenting classes for parents and guardians of children age 5 and under are offered every Wednesday from 10 to Noon for parents in Lee, Scott, Wise counties and the City of Norton. Siblings are welcome to attend any class. Call to schedule at (276) 523-8376.

Parenting Wisely. Frontier Health is offering a program for parents of children ages (8-18), titled Parenting Wisely. There is no charge for this program. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call Tracie Johnson or Amy Bledsoe at 1-888-443-1804.

Parents as Tender Healers. Children in foster care need adults willing to look out for their best interests and put them on the road to healing. Adults who think they may want to be foster parents can explore that option through “Parents As Tender Healers” (PATH), an intensive training program for prospective foster parents. Frontier Health, Planning District One Behavioral Health Services and VALUES Therapeutic Foster Care sponsor this event. The program is free; participants’ interest will determine location and time. For more information, call Jon Holmes at 1-888-443-1804.

Parents Who Care, Mondays, 9 a.m., Addington Hall, Duffield, VA. Frontier Health and PD1 offers a program for parents of teen-agers in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton on Monday mornings from 9 to 10:30. There is no charge. Pre-registration is requested. 1-888-443-1804.

Vanderbilt performance major offering affordable flute and piccolo lessons for the summer. 11+ years of experience. Call (423) 341-1872.

Attention Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS is a program designed to help mothers with children from infancy to kindergarten be the best moms they can be through teaching, discussion and community while children are cared for in the parallel program called MOPPETS for the morning meeting. Abingdon MOPS will meet the first Wednesday morning of each month at Abingdon Bible Church, 9:15am to 12:15 p.m. MOPS offers two night meeting times: the third Monday night at 7 p.m. or the third Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. Both night meetings will study the 5 Star Family Curriculum, which includes segments of Love, Fun, Loyalty, Faith and Growth. For more information on MOPS, call Christina Moore, MOPS Coordinator, (276) 356-8225.

Band in need of guitar player and keyboardist for local hot cover band with booked gigs. Must have experience, work ethic, good attitude, and be on time. Weeknight rehearsals and weekend gigs possible at any time. Call (423) 833-8178

MOMS club of Johnson City - Expecting Mom? New Mom? New in town? Just a mom that needs support? We have activities to keep you busy throughout the month such as playgroups, park days, luncheons, field trips and moms night out. We also do service projects to benefit our community. Come on and join the fun and meet other mothers just like you! For more information visit or call Janice at (423) 753-3891.

A new Beginning Guitar class will start at Rose Center on Saturdays .The group class meets from 11 AM to 12 PM each Saturday for ten weeks. Beginning Guitar will cover all the basics to lead into any style of playing. Basic chords, strums, notation reading, and basic music reading will be taught as well as physical technique - how your hands work to play guitar. Craig Carroll is the instructor for this class. The fee is $50 for the 10-week course. Students must provide their own guitar and will purchase a chord chart and music book from the instructor at a cost under $15. Group size is limited to ten students. Call Rose Center at (423) 581-4330 or 586-6205 for more information or to pre register.

Breastfeeding support and information. La Leche League meets every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the YWCA of Bristol; TN. Mothers-to-be and nursing mothers are all welcome. For further information, please contact Samantha at (423) 878-8359

Lead Guitarist looking to join/form band. Mix of classic and new rock and blues. Plenty of experience and equipment. Call Wayne at (423) 737-8724.

New Tri-Cities Contemporary Christian band is looking for a Guitarist and a Keyboardist. E-mail or call for more information. (423) 202-8416, Christian Musician available. Experienced with church music. I play piano, organ & direct church choirs. Call Susan at (423) 542-2911. The Zonkers, a dynamic 4-piece group featuring sax, keyboards, Tropical rock, Buffet, classic saxophone rock, “limbo rock”. “We’re Bonkers for Zonkers” available for all events both corporate and private. Contact Zane Wooten at (423) -5554 or Keyboard Player available. 30+ years professional experience. I play all styles/good references. Call Bruce at (423) 323-9378 Have an open night on your entertainment calendar? Don’t worry at all, call “Wail’n Perry Show. The live music specialist with the lowest rates! Free Audition/CD (276) 646-3680 The Civic Chorale is an auditioned volunteer choir drawing its members from throughout the Tri-Cities region. The choir offers a concert season featuring a variety of musical styles at area venues. Audition information, concert schedules, and repertoire listings can be found at or contact the conductor, David Hendrickson at or call (423) 247-1147. Drummer – 40 years experience playing many styles-seeks R & B, Funk, Jazz type gig. Also do BG vocals and play congas/bongos. Call Bob at (423) 946-5294 Honky Tonk Piano, B3-style keyboard player needed to fill the fourth spot of a new local Original/Rock band. Please, professional players only! Please call (423) 943-5552 for an audition and more information. With a voice like that, you should be singing! Singer’s Network connects singers with ensembles and venues for performance. Madrigals, Classic 40’s & 50’s, Vocal Jazz, Celtic, Americana and beyond – Celebrate the human voice and the gift of song. (423) 542-9799 or Wanted: Lead Guitarist w/ experience to join working Rock-n-Roll cover band. Background vocals a plus. Contact J.R. at (423) 677-3702 Seeking Saxophonist and vocalist for Tri-Cities jazz ensemble. Call (423) 483-3243. Glenn Body and The Blues Cruzers, a top notch pro styled band plays the best of 50’s, 60’s, Motown soul, R

Do you have room in your Heart and Home - for a child? Holston Home for Children has been serving children and families in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia since 1895. We are currently looking for individuals and families to become part of this vital ministry to children and youth. To find out how you could open your home to a child in need please call 1-800-628-2986 or visit our website at Children’s Cultural Arts. Providing private sessions in sculpturing, drawing, painting and fibers, which facilitates your child’s art with history and science. To generate more interest, excitement and creativity, call for your appointment with Marty King at (423) 239-3104. Tri-Cities Twins and More Club, an affiliate of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs. We offer support and education to mothers of twins, triplets, etc. Meetings are every fourth Monday of each month at 7p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Johnson City Specialty Hospital, 203 E. Watauga Ave. Johnson City. For more information, call Jill at (423) 257-2177.

Religion St. John’s Episcopal Church is seeking singers to assist our choir with the Christmas season. For more information contact Kyle Osborne at

Jonesborough Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2pm at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church. Contact Zel Hester at (423) 913-1214 for more information.

Light House Ministries of the Tri-Cities, Inc. An independent, alternative Christian Community. We welcome ALL of God’s people! With NO exceptions! Sunday evening services at 7 p.m. 136 Bob Jobe Road, Gray, TN. (423) 913-2715

Young adults and college students are invited to the Upper Room CoffeeHouse, every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 2213 Brandon Lane, Kingsport. For information please call (423) 247-1169

Musical Seeds Ministry is a faith-based ministry promoting Unity in the body of Christ. We encourage people to discover their gifts and talents and use them for the Kingdom of Heaven. We are also establishing a Unity Quest – a gathering of God’s people. For more information please call Robert and Susan Hawkins at (423) 542-2911.

Looking for like-minded people who believe in Protecting the Earth, Elimination of prejudice, Equality of men and women. There are spiritual solutions of economic problems. Check our web site at or call (423) 232-6254. Give us a call and let’s get together.

St. Anne Catholic Church invites anyone who is interested in learning about the Catholic Church, is Catholic but no longer attends Mass, is curious about what Catholics really believe, to come talk with us on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Parish Library. St. Anne Catholic Church is located at 350 Euclid Ave. Bristol, VA. For directions to St. Anne’s or for more information, call Jim Yencha at (276) 669-8200 ext. 23 or email Jim at We’re here to listen and answer your questions.

Trinity Baptist Church is offering a scrapbooking Bible Study titled “Fruits of the Spirit.” Participants will enjoy 10 weeks of a two-hour class, which incorporates a bible study devotion with the hobby of scrapbooking. Each class member will complete a 20-page album. The class is open to novice as well as experienced scrapbookers. Classes will meet on Saturdays from 10am until noon. There is a $16 fee for the class book and some supplies will be necessary. Please call (423) 753-4394 for more information or to register.

The Oasis Church has moved to 1109 Old Gray Station Rd., Gray, TN. And is meeting Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Are you dried up from boring, pointless sermons, sad, lifeless music, cold unloving people and powerless services? Well, come to the Oasis and get a drink of the Living Water! It’s full of life, love, power, uplifting music, and instructions for living. You’ll find something for every member of your family. For more information call (423) 292-4728 to talk with Pastor Tony Marshall. We are affiliated with the Assemblies of God.

Christ’s Church United of Northeast Tennessee holds services at 7 p.m. every Sunday evening. Communion is held on the third Sunday of each month. The church meets at 136 Bob Jobe Rd., Gray, TN. (at HVUUC facility). Call the church office at (423) 915-0655 and leave a message or send us an e-mail to frankflanigan@earthlink. net for more information.

by trained volunteers, many of whom have experienced an abortion themselves. If you want more information on PACE for yourself or a friend, please call Elaine Wallen at (423) 276-9070.

Unity Church of the Tri-Cities – A “Spiritual Home” where ALL ARE TRULY WELCOME! Please come see us at 703 S. Roan St. in Johnson City. Warm, loving people, great music, great messages, and None of the guilt! Sunday church service start at 10:30am, adult and children Sunday school. A Course in Miracles class Wednesday nights at 7pm. Rev. Sharon Davidson, Minister. Call (423) 975-9159 for more information.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences, the death of a loved one. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. We meet weekly on Monday nights at 7pm in Room 205 at Celebration Church, 427 Shipley Ferry Rd, Blountville. There is a registration fee of $12, which includes the workbook. Pre registration is requested and can be done at the Welcome Center or by calling the church office at (423) 323-3969 and leaving a message. For more information check out or visit

Seniors If you are 55 or older, unemployed, living on a limited income and want a job, we can help. Meritan is a non-profit organization offering paid training and job placement assistance for qualified seniors. For more information, call Holly Hudson at (423) 610-0222 ext. 221 or email her at TN residents only.

Wee Remember Support Group, Every Quarter, 7 p.m. Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap. A parent support group for families who have experienced the death of a baby is held every quarter. Call (276) 423-8641 for next meeting date.

Johnson City Senior’s Center serves all adults 55 and over. The Center hosts card groups, computer classes, a varied sports program, art classes, regular health screenings and much more to keep you active and healthy. Please call (423) 434-6237 for more information.

Wise County Suicide Prevention, 10 a.m. Wise Trinity United Methodist Church TBA. The coalition formed to raise awareness and to determine available resources in the Wise County community for suicide survivors. Anyone interested in helping support this cause, please contact Jean Layell at (276) 328-6825.

Trinity Kid Express, the children’s ministry division of Trinity Baptist Church, announces the return of the Daughters of the King class. This class is for you ladies ages 10, 11 and 12. The group meets every Monday from 3:30-5 at the church to learn about beauty tips, fashion tips, etiquette, and more. They also study what the Bible teaches about Godly beauty. Crafts and visiting consultants are also included in the curriculum. Interested young ladies should call (423) 753-4394 for more information. Transportation may be available to those who need it.

The Kingsport Senior Center offers a variety of exercise classes for all fitness levels. Monday – Friday, including aerobics, strength training, yoga, Pilates, dance and stretching using resistance bands. Call (423) 392-8400 for more information. Kingsport Senior Center. The resource for senior service information and recreation! Open to all adults 50 and over. The Center offers over 20 exercise/fitness classes, as well as computer, art, basket and woodcarving classes, a fully operational woodshop and clay studio, weekly jam session for area musicians, plus much more. City residents pay $15. per year and county pays $60. For additional information call (423) 392-8400.

SAFE House Domestic Violence Support Group. Weekly in Kingsport For information on the location and time of meetings, please call 246-2273.

Omnbudsman Program. Volunteer to assist residents of long-term care facilities by mediating and resolving concerns and problems. Training is required and provided. For more information call (423) 246-1650.

SAMSON Support Group. Mondays, 7 p.m. His Ministries, 407 Wood Ave., Big Stone Gap.SAMSON Support Group for people with addictions meets weekly on Mondays. SAMSON, or Steps and More Strength Overcoming Narcotics, helps individuals face everyday life situations, overcome their addictions and create purpose through a step process, education, life skills training and most important, unconditional love. Call (276) 523-7447, for more information

Sports Little City Roller Girls is an all female flat track roller derby team in the Tri-Cities area. Currently recruiting females 18 years of age and up. We hold practice on Wed. from 7-9pm and Sundays from 12-2pm. Practice is located at the Johnson City Family Skate Center located at the corner of Watauga & State of Franklin. For more information visit our website at

Scott County Suicide Prevention Coalition. 3:45. Addington Hall. The coalition is working to raise awareness on the issue of suicide and to find out more about available resources in the Scott County community for suicide survivors. Anyone interested in helping support this cause or wishing to attend meetings, please contact Amy Bledsoe at (276) 431-4370.

The Barracuda Swim Club is multi-level youth swim team for children ages 7 through high school. New swimmers are always welcome. We have practice locations for Johnson City and Kingsport. A free trial can be arranged with the coach. For more information call (423) 833-5595 (Johnson City) or (504) 231-9941 (Kingsport), or check us out at

Southwest Virginia Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, 11 a.m., Developmental Services, Big Stone Gap. The regional coalition is working to coordinate suicide prevention efforts in local communities. For more information on upcoming meetings, contact Ken Taylor at (276) 523-8300.

The Kingsport Judo Club will be offering free Judo classes to girls who are of 8-9 years of age. For more information call Mr. Collier at (423) 288-6862. Visit us online at We are located at 2305 Ft. Henry Dr. Kingsport.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group – Virginia, 1st, 3rd Monday, 6 p.m. Lee Regional Medical Center. A support group for Survivors of Suicide is being held every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. The group meets in the Medical Plaza West Wing classroom. For more information, call Bill Russell at (276) 346-1641.

Pickleball, Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m. at Munsey Memorial UMC (Christian Life Center); Roan/Water St. entrance. Call (423) 461-8070 ext. 213 for more information. The Appalachian Whitetail Association is a state chartered non-profit organization that is offered to all sportsman and their families. The Appalachian Whitetail Association focuses on 3 main issues. Preservation of the Whitetail Deer as a species. Preservation of quality habitat for all wildlife. And preserving the heritage of Whitetail Deer hunting in the Appalachian region and beyond. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7 PM in Kingsport at Mama’s House Buffet, 2608 N. John B Dennis Hwy. For more information on other locations, call (423) 247-6249. Cherokee Rod & Gun Club, a Family Oriented Organization, meets on the first Thursday night of each month at 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse on Reservoir Road. Cherokee offers practice ranges for Pistol, Rifle, Archery, Trap & Skeet in addition to classes appropriate for all ages. Call (423) 247-6249 or visit The Mountain Empire Tennis Association (META) is forming junior and adult social and competitive leagues. Membership is $10 for juniors, $15 for adults and $20 for families. Visit us on the web at or call (423) 282-4727 for info. The East Tennessee State University Cycling Club meets regularly on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at the dual slalom course at ETSU, gathering in the same area where the challenge will be held. Area cyclists with any level of experience and any bike, including mountain, road, BMX, trials or any other type are invited to ride with the group. For further information contact McIntyre at (423) 433-2294. 3-01 Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee with the Tri-City Ultimate Club. For information, please visit or call (423) 929-1446. Christian Bass Anglers Association. Meets the second Monday of every month at the Blountville Court House in the upstairs courtroom. Meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend. For more information call (423) 246-7764. Come join us for some fun! The East TN Mashers Ski club does more than just ski. We are a year round club engaged in a variety of activities for socialization, friendship, and charitable cause. Visit us at our website for the latest event/meetings schedule at For more information, email or call Barb at (276) 275-3061. The Senior Basketball league for adults 55+ will be held on Mondays with practice starting at 7 p.m. at the Slater Community Center gym. Fred Overbay is the coordinator. Call the Bristol Tennessee Leisure Services at (423) 764-4023 for more information. Kingsport Bicycle Association has rides year round. All adult riders are welcome to this social / touring club. Call (423) 239-4406 or link to Support Groups You don’t have to wait for an overdose or jail sentence to get help from N.A. It is possible to overcome the desire to use drugs with the help of the Twelve Step Program of Narcotics Anonymous and the fellowship of recovering addicts. For more information call (866) 360-4929 or Support Group for Individuals Experiencing Divorce. This support group is for anyone in the Tri-Cities area who has experienced divorce and/or the challenges of coparenting. For more information please contact Diana Puckett, BSW at (423) 737-4695 or (423) 952-2612. OA – Overeaters Anonymous – A 12 step program for those with food problems, meets every Thursday at 7:30ppm at First Church of God in Bristol. Corner of E. State and Georgia Ave. For more information contact Christy at (423) 383-3541. MidSouth Lupus Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at WellCare, Ft. Henry Mall/Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Ft. Henry Dr. Kingsport at 5pm, light refreshments provided. For further information contact the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter., or (877) 865-8787. Email: info@ Volunteers are needed!!! A new meeting of the peer group BRIDGES (Building Recovery and Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support) will begin at 7pm, at Wesley UMC, Room 107 every third Tuesday of each month. BRIDGES is a self-help program, facilitated to provide a safe atmosphere of respect, honesty and encouragement for persons managing mental illness/emotional conflict. For more information, call Jenny Roman at (865) 599-0481. Do you know someone who/you had an abortion? If you are experiencing symptoms of Post-Abortion Syndrome, there is hope for healing and reconciliation. If you are ready to deal with your abortion, a qualified lay counselor can help you through the steps of healing. The PACE (Post Abortion Counseling and Education) program ministers to women who have been victimized by abortion, and is designed to lead them through the healing process of God forgiveness and love. PACE is a 12-week course offered by Pregnancy Resources, Inc. PACE allows a women the openness and encouragement she needs to work the healing process. The PACE groups are lead

NAMI “With Hope in Mind”/Bridges Support Groups, 7 p.m. Harrison Christian Church, Johnson City. Journey of Hope is open to family members and friends of those who suffer from a neurobiological brain disease. Bridges Support Group meets with “With Hope in Mind” before breaking off into a separate meeting. It is for mental health consumers of all diagnoses. For more information, call Shelby Ward at 543-4315.

In-Fuze Support Group Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Lee County Behavioral Health Services Support group members will learn the signs and symptoms of substance abuse; what to expect in the recovery process; and how substance abuse and dependence affects mental, physical, and spiritual development. The group will teach how to encourage recovery, about relapse and how to help maintain recovery, and will show family members how to care for themselves during their loved one’s recovery process. Call Frontier Health’s Martha Davis or Kathy Rowles at (276) 346-3590. Lee County Foster Parent Support Group. A new support group is being formed for foster parents in Lee County to provide education, support, and information. Call Frontier Health’s Eric Greene, (276) 523-8300.

Women’s low self-esteem/social anxiety/shyness/domestic abuse support group. The purpose of the session is to provide support & healing through sharing common feelings & ideas. FREE. Please call (423) 794-8909 or (423) 929-7575. 100 W. Maple St. Johnson City.

Hepatitis C Support Group: near Tri-Cities airport, The Center for Digestive Wellness meets the first Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The group is for people with Hepatitis C or B. Guest Speakers monthly. 10461 Wallace Alley Dr. Kingsport, TN. Contact Tracy Luther, FNP at (423) 279-1400.

Lupus Foundation of America Kingsport Area Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 914 Broad St. West Park Professional Bldg. Classroom #1 (Take elevator to lower level) Kingsport. For more information call (877) 865-8787.

Social Anxiety Disorder/Shyness support group meeting at the Bristol Library study room every Saturday from 10:00-11:30am. We are a group of individuals dealing with social anxiety who have come together to share our stories in a mutually supportive environment. You will not be ‘put on the spot’ or expected to join in. Feel free to just come and listens. Contact Tracy from more info: (276) 429-2338 or

A.W.A.K.E. – N.E. Tennessee A.W.A.K.E. support group for people with sleep apnea, their family members, and friends. The group will be part of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASSA) A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) Network. The purpose of these sessions is to provide support through education and sharing of ideas and information among person affected by sleep disordered breathing. Together we can help each other with similar interests, problems, and solutions. Meetings held every other month in Johnson City and Erwin. Call Michelle at (423) 283-1003 for more information.

Hope House of Scott County, Inc. will be providing confidential weekly support groups for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information call (276) 386-1313. Childcare will be provided.

Celebrate Recover. Every Sunday Evening. 6:00 p.m. Refreshments, 6:25 p.m. Celebration Service, 7:15 p.m. Open Share Groups: Life Hurts for Women and Men, Issues for Women, Issues for Men, Chemically Dependent Men, Chemically Dependent Women, Codependent Women, Divorce recovery for Men and Women, CR 101 for those who are wondering how to get plugged in? What group is best for me? 9 p.m. Recovery Cafe. First Baptist Church, Kingsport, Fellowship Hall. For more information call (423) 247-4122

In a custody battle over your children and feel discouraged? Need a listening ear and support? I’m starting a support group for people going through this. Please call Camille at (423) 773-5862 if interested.

The “Young and the Breathless” a support group for persons with chronic lung disease, their friends and family are invited to attend our monthly meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month, at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital, D-bldg., 4th level at 6 p.m. A featured speaker will present at each meeting. Light refreshments are provided. For more information, please contact Pulmonary Rehab at (423) 224-5800.

advocate for alleged abused and neglected children in the juvenile courts. CASA volunteers conduct investigations that help judges make the best decision for the safety and future of a child. Do you have a passion to help children fin a safe and secure home? CASA is looking for you! CASA volunteers receive extensive classroom training, mentorship with other volunteers and support from CASA for Kids, Inc. staff. Training classes are forming for May for the Bristol area; to find out how to become a CASA, contact Jan Marshall at (423) 652-1171.

24-Hour Hotline! Do you need to talk to someone? Someone who will listen without judgement, gives options instead of telling you what you should do? There is no “crisis” too big or too small. All you have to do is give The Crisis Center a call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Walk-ins welcome from 9am - 5 p.m. weekdays. Celebrating 31 years of compassionate response to your needs. Volunteers welcome and all training is free! Hotline: (276) 466-2312 or (276) 628-7731 Business Line” (276) 466-2218.

Adventa Hospice of Kingsport is in need of Volunteers. We currently need volunteers to visit patients and provide Companionship. Our patients are wonderful people and would be so happy to have somebody visit. Please call, Desiree Saunders, Volunteer Coordinator, at (423) 288-9777. We would love to have you join our team!

The BRIDGES program is based on the belief that those of us living with psychiatric symptoms can and do recover a new and valued sense of purpose by accepting and overcoming the challenges of a disability that has affected every aspect of our lives: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Support groups are being held in Johnson City, Kingsport (2), and coming soon Bristol. For more information please call (888) 539-0393

Hope House “Women’s Shelter” of Scott County, Inc. is seeking dedicated individuals to volunteer their time and assist with the Sexual Assault Specialist and Outreach Programs. Volunteers must reflect the county demographics and willingness to assist with the traditionally underserved populations of Scott and Lee counties. Individuals of color are encouraged to apply. For more information call (276) 386-1373. EOC

Widowed Persons’ Service Support Group. Monthly meetings, persons who have experienced widowhood are invited to attend the meeting. Call (423) 926-9101. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Bristol affiliate meets on the first Tuesday at 6:30pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 672 Island Rd. in Bristol. For information call (423) 234-2516. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - Johnson City area, meets second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., at Harrison Christian Church, Browns Mill Rd., JC. A support group for families and friends of those who suffer from mental illness. For more information call (423) 543-4315 or (423) 282-0676. NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Kingsport for families who encounter mental illness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm at First Baptist Church, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport (Room #304 in the Welcome Center located off Holston St.) Contact Connie Whaley at (423) 234-2516 or (866) 337-3291 for more information. Tri-Cities Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets every 4th Monday at Johnson City Medical Center, 5th floor Conference Room from 6-8 p.m. Facilitator: Dorothy Gregory. For more information call (423) 224-1300. We welcome family, friends, or anyone that has been affected by a suicide of someone they know and love. SAFE House, Kingsport’s Domestic Violence Shelter, has a weekly support group for women and children who are victims of family violence. For more information call (423) 246-2273. All services are free and confidential. Cancer Patients, caregivers and families are welcome to the Take Time support group, meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Room of the Conference Center at Wellmont Hospital in Bristol. The group also meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in Kingsport at the Holston Valley-Wellmont Hospital at 6:30 p.m. Call Diane Cross at (423) 844-2180 or Kathy Visneshi at (423) 244-5592 for more information. Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Support Group. Meets fourth Monday of each month at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. For more information, call Kathy Cassidy at (423) 224-5197. Abingdon Resource Center, sponsored by Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia, is holding a Caregiver’s Support Group. The group will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Abingdon Resource Center from 1-3 p.m. This group is designed to provide information and support to those in the community who are taking care of friends or family experiencing long term illness or disability. The Abingdon Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Ellis Professional Building, 211 West Main Street, Abingdon. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call (276) 628-4343. Crisis Center is organizing several new support groups for victims of sexual violence. If you are an adult molested as a child, an adult rape survivor or the friend, spouse or other family member of someone who has been sexually assaulted, there is a group organizing now. There is no cost to attend and all meetings are confidential. If interested contacted The Crisis Center, (276) 466-2218 or (276) 628-7731. Volunteers Want to help people in your community while learning valuable life skills? Volunteer as a Hotline Worker for the Crisis Center’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline. Volunteers assist callers with emotional and personal crises, with crisis intervention along with information and referral to community agencies. 40 hours training offered in interactive classroom atmosphere. Must be over 18 and NO experience is necessary. Contact Micah Morris at (276) 4662312 or email at Amedisys Hospice Care is looking for volunteers in Kingsport, Bristol, Blountville, Church Hill and Fall Branch. We have volunteer opportunities to visit patients and provide companionship (no patient care). Our patients are wonderful people. Please call 423-288-9777 and ask for the volunteer coordinator. We would love to have you join our team! Appalachia Service Project Tri-Cities is seeking individual or group volunteers for home repair projects in the Tri-Cities area. ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Projects range from wheel chair ramp construction to roof repair, prior construction experience is not required. If you or your club/group is interested in volunteering for a Saturday or a week long project please contact Amanda at (423) 854-8800 ext. 239 or email CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to ensuring that abused, abandoned, and neglected children have a voice in court. In many cases only stability in the lives of these children comes from their volunteer Advocate. We have a great need for more volunteer advocates to serve the children in our community. For more information please contact CASA of Northeast Tennessee, PO Box 1021, Johnson City, TN 37605, (423) 461-3500 or (423) 741-3181 Big Brothers Big Sisters are seeking volunteers who live or work in Washington County, VA. You must be 18 years of age or older. Being a Big Brother or Sister is a great way to make a difference in the life of a child in your community. You will be mentor, a friend, and a confidant to your little brother or sister. Contact Stephanie at 276-628-7053 or email to get started. Give back to those individuals that have given so much, THE VETERANS. The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center has numerous volunteer positions available like visiting, assisting with the feeding, and escorting patients to and from other areas of the Medical Center as well as parking lot shuttle drivers. Other administrative/clerical positions are also available. Hours are flexible and no experience is needed. To find out more on how you can GIVE BACK, please contact the Voluntary Service Office at (423) 979-2891. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are desperately needed in Bristol and Sullivan County to

Volunteers needed at local domestic violence, sexual abuse and homeless shelter program. Training provided for crisis calls, administrative assistant, direct services. Marginalized underserved populations encouraged to apply. Call (423) 276- 386-1313 for application. EOC

SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) Chapter 584 are looking for volunteers in the Northeast Tennessee area. SCORE is a non-profit nationwide organization staffed by active and retired businessmen and women who volunteer their time and services to offer free individual counseling in all areas of starting and improving a small business. Responsibilities of counselors include meeting with new and future business clients, to guide them on their way to starting or continuing with their business. As a SCORE member, training in our policies and procedures is provided. New counselors will team with an experienced member. Volunteers also support out efforts using computer, computer maintenance, graphics, and web page creation skills and writing, proof reading, photography and general office skills. If you are interested in becoming a SCORE volunteer, please call our office (423) 461-8051 Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00 noon. Our website address is and the email address is Northeast Tennessee SCORE, 2203 McKinley Rd. Johnson City, TN. 37604

The Crisis Center is accepting applications for Volunteer Hotline Workers, Sexual Assault Care Companions, Computer/Technical Office Assistant, and Board of Directors positions. The Crisis Center, Inc. is accredit by the American Association of Suicidology, Tennessee Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and is a participating member of: Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network, RAINN: sponsored by Lifetime TV for Women, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The Virginia Sexual Assault Hotline, The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Intensive training and ongoing support provided to prepare the volunteer as they serve victims of crime and those facing life-changing crisis. Contact staff at (276) 466-2218, (423) 230-0900 or (276) 628-7731 for more information.

Volunteers to Touch Your World at King Benevolent Fund, a 501(c)-(3) ministry located in Bristol, VA. That serves the hungry, hurting and neglected here at home and around the world. We are looking for volunteers to help with cooking onsite meals, sorting various donations and packing items for shipment. Call our volunteer supervisor, Audrey Lambert, at (276) 466-3014, ext. 255 for further information.

Volunteers Needed: Tipton Haynes Historic Site, Johnson City. Our upcoming fall season has several opportunities for individuals interested in various activities. We are looking for people who have skills/abilities/interests in sewing costumes, portraying living historians of the antebellum era, gardening, and working “behind the scenes”. For more information, please contact Penny McGlaughlin- director Tipton Haynes at (423) 926-3631 Hope house of Scott County, Inc. is in need of some male volunteers to help families that move from our shelter into independent living. For more information call (276) 386-1313

Volunteers are needed at a local domestic violence shelter. Answering the 24-hour crisis line, providing transportation, childcare, light housekeeping, yard work, minor repairs and assisting with residents’ needs. Training provided. For more information, please call Ann Jones at (888) 250-HEAL.

Have you always wanted to be a hero? Ever wonder how you can make a difference in your world? If you have just 10 hours a month to spare, you can be a hero by making a difference in a child’s life. Each year over one million children are abused and neglected and these children’s futures are put at risk. As a CASA you can stand up for these children and speak out for them, helping ensure these children find safe, permanent homes – something every child deserves. Be a hero. Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and change the world; one child at a time. Call (276) 642-2344. Training classes are forming now.

Adventa Hospice Care is looking for volunteers in Kingsport, Bristol, Blountville, Church Hill and Gray. We have volunteer opportunities to visit patients and provide companionship (no patient care). Our patients are wonderful people and would be happy to have somebody visit them. Please call (423) 288-9777 and ask for a volunteer coordinator. We would love to have you join our team!

Volunteers needed. Can you give an hour a week to assist with parties, or bingo? Do you have a craft demonstration to share or a performance that would entertain? The Grand Court is looking for volunteers to add a spark to residents’ lives. If interested, call (276) 669-1111 and ask for Libby Bailey to find out more about how you can help.

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. of Bristol, serving victims of domestic violence is presently in search of volunteers to be trained to take Hotline calls and monitor the shelter/ clients on occasion during M-F, between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and on Tues. 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Also registering individuals & small groups for “on-call talent bank”, consisting of volunteers with special skills such as clerical, mentoring, parenting, tutoring, bi-lingual, budgeting/finances, organize donations & storage area, ability to help transport/ move clients into new residences, etc. For more info, please call (423) 652-9098.

Volunteers are needed at a local domestic violence shelter answering the 24-hour crisis line, providing transportation, childcare, light housekeeping, yard work, minor repairs and assisting with residents needs. Training is provided. For more information, please call Ann Jones at (888) 250-HEAL (4325).

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