CCJP Hosts Solidarity Supper for Sanctuary Caravan

The community is invited to a chili and frybread Solidarity Supper on Saturday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., in St. Mark’s Hall at Otey Parish. The Solidarity Supper is $5 for adults and $3 for children, with larger donations encouraged. Hosted by the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace (CCJP), the event will raise funds for the Sanctuary Caravan. The Sanctuary Caravan operates a pro se clinic, an accompaniment program, and post-crossing support for asylum seekers and refugees fleeing persecution.Continue reading

Rabies Clinics Continue

Franklin County Animal Control, in conjunction with local veterinarians, Dr. Traci Helton and staff from Midtown Veterinary Services and Hospital, Dr. Harry Prince and staff from Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, as well as Drs. George and Ashley Bowers and staff from Animal Care Center, will be conducting clinics on Saturdays throughout the month of March. In addition to these scheduled community clinics, each of the four local veterinary offices (including Lakeside Veterinary Clinic) will be offering Walk-In rabies vaccinations to any healthy dog or cat during their regular office hours at the discounted price. No appointment is necessary.
The Tennessee Anti-Rabies Law states that dogs and cats may be vaccinated as early as three months of age and must be vaccinated by 6 months of age to be compliant with the law, so please come take advantage of the discount!
For every Saturday in the month of March, rabies clinics will be set up at community centers, churches, and parks across the county. Efforts have been made in recent years to offer clinics on the outskirts of the county in order to be more accessible to those residents and their pets. The two newest clinics are being held in Sherwood and on Keith Springs.
The cost of each rabies vaccination is only $12 per dog or cat. The goal of these clinics is to vaccinate as many dogs and cats as possible.
Saturday, March 9—Broadview from 8:30-9:45 a.m., at Bethel Methodist Church; Lexie Crossroads from 10:15-11 a.m., at Lexie Church; Estill Springs from 1–2 p.m., at the City Park; Capitol Hill from 2:15-2:45 p.m., at the Community Center;
Saturday, March 16—Old Salem from 8:30-9 a.m., at Salem House; Huntland from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at City Hall; Liberty from 11–11:45 a.m., at Liberty Community Center; Winchester Springs from 1:30-2:15 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ (Old School); Center Grove from 2:30-4 p.m., at the Community Center;
Saturday, March 23—Keith Springs from 9–10 a.m., at the Community Center; Belvidere from 10:30–11:30 a.m., at the Community Center;
Saturday, March 30—Winchester from 9–11 a.m., at the Board of Education Special Services (Old Health Department).
For more information call 967-5389 or one of the county veterinary offices.

Free Income Tax Prep

The IRS-certified Sewanee Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will begin processing and filing qualifying residents’ income taxes.
Any resident of Franklin, Grundy, or Marion counties who makes less than $55,000 a year qualifies for a free tax return.
Each resident interested in filing must bring proof of identification (a photo ID), social security cards (if filing jointly with another person then bring both social security cards and both individuals must be present), wage and earning statements (W-2, 1099, etc.), dividend and interest statements (if this applies to the resident filing), birth dates of the resident(s) and dependent(s), and banking account and routing numbers for direct deposit (found on a blank check).
If a resident filing does not have a social security card, then he/she must bring an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter.
Go to to sign up for your appointment or for more information.
Sunday, March 10, noon–3 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall, 375 University Ave., Sewanee;
Saturday, March 16, noon–4 pm., Sewanee Senior Citizens Center, 5 Ball Park Rd., Sewanee;
Thursday, March 28, 12:30–2:30 p.m., BetterFi, 9933 SR-56, Coalmont;
Thursday, April 11, 12:30–2:30 p.m., BetterFi, 9933 SR-56, Coalmont;
Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Franklin County Library, 105 S. Porter St., Winchester;
Monday, April 15, 2–5 p.m., BetterFi, 9933 SR-56, Coalmont.