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The Tennessee Wesleyan University Criminal Justice Club will welcome renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass on Monday night for a special event on the TWU campus.

Dr. Bass is the creator of the famous Body Farm at the University of Tennessee.

“A Night with Dr. Bass” will take place on Monday, April 11, at the Townsend Auditorium on the TWU campus. The event will begin at 7 pm and doors will open at 6 pm Tickets can be reserved online or purchased at the door. For reserved tickets, payment is required at the door the night of the event.

Traditionally an annual event, Dr. Bass returns to TWU for the first time since fall 2019, due to COVID-19. He will spend the evening sharing stories and experiences, with all proceeds from the event benefiting the TWU Criminal Justice Club.

The City of Niota will host an Easter Egg Hunt and Photo Shoot with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 16 at 10 am at the Niota Depot.

Participants are asked to bring a basket.

Party for a Paws, a fundraiser to benefit the McMinn Regional Humane Society, will be held Thursday, April 14, at The Barn at Faith Farms. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served and there will be a cash bar, entertainment and auction items.

Table sponsorships and tickets are available at www.mrhu

The Athens Parks and Recreation Department announced that the inaugural Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs will take place on April 8 at 6 pm at Prof Powers Pup Park, located at 27 Slack Road.

The egg hunt will be divided into large and small dog areas and all dogs must be leashed. Dogs and handlers will enter the dog parks and when the dog touches the egg full of treats, the handler can put it in his basket. In addition to finding eggs filled with treats, the dogs will be eligible for other prizes. Dogs must not be aggressive and handlers must be of legal age to control their dogs on a leash.

“Most dogs are big hunters, so hunting Easter eggs should come naturally,” said Brianna Baker, program coordinator, “particularly when the eggs are filled with dog treats. We have so many wonderful dogs that use the dog park that we thought it would be fun to reward our most loyal citizens with their own event.”

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

The Good Faith Clinic will meet this month on Tuesday, April 12 and 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.

McMinn County is preparing to host two multi-county beef events.

• Meat Training Camp: Saturday, April 9; Registration: 8:30-9am; Event: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event, to be held at the McMinn County High School barn, is designed to meet the needs of anyone who is interested in learning what it takes to show meat animals, or someone who is simply interested to review what they already know. to know.

This event is open to fourth through 12th grade students and their families. Youth do not need to have an animal to attend this event. This will be a full day with topics ranging from selecting a show animal, nutrition, preparation for show day, an introduction to Skillathon and more.

Parents are encouraged to attend the event as well, as there will be specific sessions for them. Participants will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and other youth interested in exhibiting and viewing live animals.

This is a free event and lunch will be included.

• Cherokee Beef Clinic — Saturday, April 23; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Weigh-in; 10:30-11:30 am, Clinics; 13:00, Show

The Cherokee Beef Clinic, to be held at the McMinn County Show Barn, is a multi-county clinic and show to help prepare youth for the upcoming spring beef season.

Participants must attend the clinic in order to show, however youth do not have to be registered to attend the clinic and participate in the Skillathon from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Both events are open to surrounding counties. Entries must be submitted to the McMinn County UT Extension Office by April 13.

For more information or to register for any of the events, please contact Brooke Cass at or call 423-745-2852.

McMinn County Neighbors, a local community group, will host a McMinn County Board of Education Candidate Forum at 6 pm on April 7 at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This forum will be an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the school board candidates about their vision for the county school system and, according to a press release, “how they plan to help McMinn County schools fulfill the motto , ‘Excellence in action. ‘”

The forum will be moderated by former State Representative and County Superintendent John Forgety. Candidates will have equal time to answer each question.

The forum is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the McMinn County Neighbors Facebook page.

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 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

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

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 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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