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The Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit will be held at the McMinn County Expo Center on Friday, April 29. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and the program will be from 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Kevin Yon of Yon Angus Family Farms in Ridge Spring, SC, who was the 2018 Sunbelt Ag. Expo Farmer of the Year.

A sponsored lunch will be provided. A 4-H breakfast fundraiser will also be available from 7:45-9 a.m.

The event is free, but everyone is asked to pre-register by calling the UT Extension office at 423-745-2852 (McMinn) or 423-334-5781 (Meigs). The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 22.

According to the McMinn County Highway Department, McMinn County Road 435 (Old Athens Englewood Road) will be closed for roadwork on Monday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Highway 39 and County Road 571.

The Athens Department of Public Works has announced that the annual Clean Up Week has been scheduled for residents of the city from April 18-22.

Residents should be aware of the following information:

• Residents must have all items to be picked up placed curbside (within 3-5 feet of the edge of the road). Do not place any items on the street or public sidewalks. Public Works crews will pick up items left on the curb throughout the week.

• There is no schedule for any specific street on a specific day; however, all city streets will be covered at least once during the week. It is important that residents remove all items the weekend before the week begins, as Public Works crews will not be able to respond to item removal calls after they have passed through your street. In addition, Clean Week collections are separate from residential garbage collections and will not necessarily be on the same day as your regular garbage collection.

These items can also be recycled. Good and usable clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, or building materials can be donated and taken to the following agencies:

407 New Englewood Road, 423-744-7325

• Coordinated charities

109 Rocky Mountain Highway, 423-745-9625

Residential items to be collected include: brush, furniture, bagged leaves, tires, appliances, typical garage sale items, and limited building material.

Cleanse Week Do’s and Don’ts:

• DO remove compressor/refrigerant lines from appliances. Public Works will not pick up appliances if the compressor and/or refrigerant lines are still in place.

• DO separate the tires and wheel rims from each other. Tires will be collected only if the tire rim has been removed. Assembled tires will not be collected.

• DO separate brush, trash, and tires into separate piles. Items that are not separated will not be picked up.

• DO separate scrap metal waste items from non-metallic items.

• DO NOT place any items on the roadside that you want to keep; crews will not be able to return items.

• DO NOT place any items on top of fences, mailboxes, utility poles, vehicles, trees, buildings, water meter covers, sewer cleanout plugs, or any other fixtures that could be damaged as a result of collection.

• DO NOT place car gas tanks or cooking grills outside for pickup as Public Works crews will not accept these items.

• DO NOT place piles of building materials larger than a truck load, as Public Works crews will not pick them up. Material in excess of this amount will not be collected.

• DO NOT place any construction material such as asphalt shingles on the roadway. Public Works will not collect roofing or siding shingles.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 423-744-2700, ext. one.

For more information on hazardous household chemicals that are accepted year-round at the recycling center, visit the Public Works Recycling Center page at www.Ath ensTN.gov

The City of Niota will be participating in McMinn County Clean Up Week, which will take place April 18-22.

Residents can visit Niota City Hall for a flyer or visit www.cityofniota.org to find out what will and will not be collected during Clean Up Week.

The Pilot Club of Athens will host its annual spring and summer fashion show, luncheon and silent auction on Saturday, April 30 at noon at the First Baptist Church of Athens. Doors open at 11 am The pre-show begins at 11:40 am with special entertainment.

The event will feature Lily Pad Boutique and Poppeas Children’s Boutique.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any Pilot Club member or by calling Pam Breedwell at 462-4523. Tickets are also available at Lily Pad Boutique.

The Good Faith Clinic will meet this month on Tuesday, April 26 at Christ Community Church on Congress Parkway in Athens.

Refills start at 3 p.m. and doctor visits start at 3:30 p.m.

Good Faith Clinic is for adults (18-64) in McMinn and Meigs counties who do not have health insurance.

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department has announced a new health initiative that challenges McMinnians to walk for the health of McMinn.

This program is designed to encourage everyone to get outside and get some exercise. The parks department has organized walking groups at various city parks throughout the week, or participants are encouraged to go out on their own and log their miles. The goal is for the community to log their miles and by August 23 to have reached 53,276 miles as a community, which is equal to one mile for every McMinn County resident.

“We are very excited to start this new program and encourage everyone to move more, whether it is running, rolling, walking or walking. It’s no secret that obesity rates are incredibly high, and as a parks department, we want to do something about it. We’ve created a quick online form to log and enter miles, and we’re encouraging schools, businesses, and community organizations to organize their own walks to help us reach our goal. We are planning a completion party for August 23, 2022, which is the 200th anniversary of our city’s incorporation. We hope to have a lot to celebrate that day,” said Brianna Baker, program coordinator.

To get your school, business or organization involved, contact Brianna Baker at bbaker@athen stn.gov

For more information, contact the Office of Parks and Recreation at 423-744-2700, ext. 3.

The artwork is currently on display at the Etowah Carnegie Library by artist Barbara Ensley of the Community Artist League.

Ensley’s exhibit “The Invisible Thread” is a celebration of the interconnectedness of life. This series of 20 paintings were not painted consecutively. Instead, Ensley switched between canvases allowing each layer of acrylic to dry in between. The painting that remained when one image was completed became the beginning of the next painting. The result of this process is an “invisible thread” of paint that unites all these pieces in a fluid but cohesive way.

The library is located at 723 Ohio Ave in Etowah and can be reached by calling 423-263-9475.

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for Certified Lifeguards and a Pool Manager for Ingleside Pool.

The summer pool season will be up and running with training beginning May 23 and running through the end of September for parties. The City of Athens is seeking mature, reliable and friendly staff to continue operating the Ingleside Pool in a professional capacity.

Complete the applications and submit them to the Human Resources Department. Applications can be obtained online or at the Human Resources office at City Hall.

If you are interested in a lifeguard position, but are not yet certified, the city of Athens will host a Red Cross lifeguard course from May 19-23. Registration is available online or with the Parks Department.

The City of Niota is hosting a COVID-19 testing site on Main Street near the old library building.

The site will be operational on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Anyone interested can register online at www.mycovidtestnow.com or on the site, and also by calling 1-800-336-9507.

The rapid PCR test (nasal or oral) from 48 to 72 hours is available.

The 76th Annual Awards Meeting, sponsored by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Thursday, April 21 at The Barn at Faith Farms beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Each year at the event, the chamber honors members of the community with various awards.

Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 13 North Jackson Street, or by phone at 745-0334.

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