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BENEFIT TO HONOR LONNIE BISHOP, a cancer patient, hosted by Fellowship Baptist Church at the Benton Showbarn starting at 1 pm on Saturday, May 19th.
FREE COMMUNITY FUN DAY sponsored by the Benton United Methodist Church. Saturday, May 19th, from 10 am to 1 pm. Live Music by Kings Bridge. Inflatable Bounce House, Games, Food, Fun & Prizes to celebrate the end of the school year.
Free Tobacco Cessation Classes Offered Murphy Medical Center is offering a free 4-session smoking and tobacco cessation class series on May 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 5pm-6pm in the hospital cafeteria. To sign up or get more information, please call 828.835.7620.
CABBAGE WEIGH-IN for Benton Elementary students at B urgess Feed and Hardware Saturday, May 19 from 9-1. Hot dogs and more on site!
REVIVAL AT BALLPLAY BAPTIST from May 21-25, if you need directsion please call 423-716-4444.
West Polk Republican Women will meet Monday, May 21st, 6:30 pm, at the Ocoee Dam Deli on Hwy 64. Candidate speakers will be present. All are welcome.
Safe Haven Animal Rescue Program (SHARP) will hold its monthly public meeting on Thursday, May 24 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office at 6176 Highway 411 in Benton.  All are welcome!
Cherokee National Forest Sunset Photo Shoot -  May 23 and 24th Join Award-winning photographers David and Debra Vanderlaan for a Sunset Photo Shoot of the Ocoee River and Chilhowee Overlook and learn how to use photo editing software  to transform your snapshots into works of art. One image from each participant,  will be selected for developing, printing and matting. Space is limited to 20. For more information or to pre-register, contact DebraV@bellsouth.net or stop by Valley River Arts at 33 Valley River Ave., Murphy to pick up a registration form. You must supply your own digital camera and know how to use it and a tripod is highly recommended. Cost: $50 Each (to cover costs and printing supplies).
3RD ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER May 26, at 5 pm, at the Campe Agape Dining Hall Come early and fish and view local hunter mounts and spend time in fellowship! Door prizes. Men and women welcome, don’t forget the kids! Call Chris Peak at 423-618-2898 for more info!
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM presented by the Veterans Affairs Office of Polk County, Saturday, May 26, at 11am, at the Polk County Courthouse to pay tribute to the memory of Polk County Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Everyone is invited, and thank you in advance for your attendance.
All things WOOD.  The work of Marty Stover will be featured in the front window of the Valley River Arts Guild Gallery for the month of June.   Marty enjoys the challenge of designing and making unique pieces of furniture and household accessories.   The gallery is located at 33 Valley River Ave. in downtown Murphy. You can view more of the artists work in the gallery. You can contact Marty with questions at revots@hughes.net or 828-494-9311.
BLOOD DRIVE in honor of Joseph Cross, Friday June 1st, 2012, from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Zion Baptist Church, 953 Parksville Road in Benton. There will be a yard sale prior to the blood drive from 8 am to 8 pm to assist with medical costs. Donation of items would be appreciated, we will pick up or you can drop off. There will also be a bake sale during the blood drive. Please call 716-5099 for more information or to schedule a donation pickup.
The Overhill Shutterbugs, a regional photography club, present their 2nd Annual Photography Exhibit from April 17 through June 1, 2012 at the Etowah Arts Commission, next door to the Gem Theater in downtown Etowah. A public reception will be held on Friday, April 20 from 5-7pm. The 2nd Annual Overhill Shutterbug Photography Exhibit will be on display from April 17 though June 1 at the Etowah Arts Commission in downtown Etowah, located next door to the historic Gem Theater at 700 TN Avenue. They are open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-6pm. Public reception April 20 from 5-7pm. More information at www.EtowahArts.org or call 423-263-7608.
18th BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at Lindsdale Community Service Center, Saturday, June 2, 2012 from noon until 9 pm. $ 5 Admission, Children 12 and under free.
PCHS 94TH ANNUAL ALUMNI BANQUET Saturday, June 2, at 7 pm.  $12 admission. Classed of 1932, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 92, 02, and 12 will be honored.
SLACK – MELTON REUNION - New Location June 3, 2011, Sunday 1:00 at Englewood Community Center, 105 Carroll St, Englewood, TN 37329. Please bring covered dishes to share. Paper products and ice will be provided.  Bring family genealogy information, old Bibles, pictures, keepsakes, hand-made crafts such as quilts and musical instruments, etc. In the mid 1830’s 3 sons of Tunis Slack from Loudon Co., VA came to McMinn Co., TN. They were Abraham, Ephriam and Samuel W. Slack. Three of Samuel W. & Sarah Reed Slack’s sons married 3 Melton sisters; daughters of John & Nancy Kelly Melton. Samuel P. Slack married Eliza Jane Melton; James Henry married Sarah Catherine Melton & William J. Harrison Slack married Mary Louise Melton. Mary Diana Slack married Isaac Leo Russell.  For more information, contact Glenda Rowland at gabps@comcast.net or Randall Bates 423-746-1563.
CALL TO ALL ARTISTS Be a part of the Murphy Art Walk, First Fridays, May through November, 5:00 – 8:00 pm in downtown Murphy, NC. (May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2) Join our Artist Registry to be used by 21 downtown businesses participating in Art Walk. They are looking for 2D, 3D, and Performance artists to feature at their places of businesses on these dates. Join by visiting www.ValleyRiverArts.com , or contact Alex Peers at flutie1999@yahoo.com or (404) 372-9610 with your name, email, phone, website, and a short description of your art. This is event is sponsored by the Valley River Arts Guild.
COPPER BASIN HIGH SCHOOL REUNION Class of 1977, 35 Year Reunion, to be held Saturday, June 30th from 6-9 pm. RSVP to Sonya Russell-Edwards by May 30th. snyhwkns@yahoo.com
r leave a message at 954-575-9737.
PCHS 20 YEAR REUNION Class of 1992, August 25, 2012 at the Savannah Oaks Winery in Delano. Questions? Email pchs20th@yahoo.com . Find us on Facebook at PCHS 20th Class Reunion.
SAFE HAVEN Animal Rescue is in need of people who have fenced in yards to foster dogs.  We provide all food and veterinary care including spaying and neutering. Our existing foster families are overwhelmed with the number of dogs in our possession.  We work hard to find forever homes by advertising on Petfinder and Pooches on the Move. Last year we found great homes for 80 dogs.  Please call the SHARP line 299 3640.
EAST AND WEST POLK LIBRARY HOURS East Polk-Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sat 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. West Polk-Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE available through SETHRA by calling (423) 338-2335 or (423) 496-2644.

-County Commission, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. alternating between courthouse in Benton and the community center in Ducktown.
-School Board, 2nd Monday, 7 p.m. at the various schools.
-Benton Town Commission lst Monday, 5 p.m. at Benton Town Hall.
-Copperhill City Council 3rd Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
-Polk County Planning Commission, 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. alternating between the Ducktown Courthouse and Benton Courthouse.
-Ducktown City Commission 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
-Ocoee Ruritan Club, 1st Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Fire & Rescue Hall in Ocoee on Hwy. 411.
- West Polk Republican Women will meet Monday, May 21st, 6:30 pm, at the Ocoee Dam Deli on Hwy 64. Candidate speakers will be present.  All are welcome.

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