The Etowah Community Center has returned to its normal hours, while still limiting capacity to 50 or less, maintaining six feet of distance between all persons, and suggesting that cloth masks are worn while in the center. City employees will continue to have sanitizing cleanings for all surfaces and hand sanitizer available for all staff and patrons.

The outdoor basketball courts have been reopened.

The Etowah Carnegie Library will resume regular operating hours beginning July 1.

Library visits will continue to be restricted to one hour, once per day and social distancing protocols will remain in place. Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In observance of Independence Day, the library will be closed July 4-6.

Call the library at 423-263-9475 with any questions.

The Athens Municipal Building and Public Works will be closed Friday, July 3; the Recycle Center and Animal Shelter will be closed on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, in observance of Independence Day.

The Municipal Building, Public Works, Recycle Center, and the Animal Shelter will reopen on Monday, July 6, for regular business hours.

All residential garbage routes will be on regular schedule. Have garbage totes to the road by 7 a.m. Commercial/industrial garbage routes will also be on regular schedule. All emergency services will continue to operate on a 24-hour basis. Contact McMinn E-911 Communications in the event of an emergency.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 423-744-2745.

The Etowah Carnegie Library will have the following virtual programs this week through the library’s Facebook page as part of its Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program:

• Tuesday at 2 p.m.: Storytime & Write Your Own Story Craft

• Wednesday at 2 p.m.: Avengers Escape Room

• Thursday at 2 p.m.: Storytime & Time Capsule Craft

A free meal will be available for pickup from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday to children 18 and under. Craft packets for this week’s programs will be available at the library or for download from the library’s website. All programs are held from the library’s Facebook page. There are no programs at the library.

For more information, call the library at 423-263-9475.

The Athens Parks & Recreation Department has announced that the Athens Farmers Market’s 10th Anniversary Celebration has been rescheduled for July 11.

The market is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Market Park Pavilion in Downtown Athens.

The date change was due to late frost in the season, so not as much produce is available currently.

All Athens Farmers Market vendors are local producers, meaning their products are locally grown. Anyone interested in being a vendor can get an application from the Parks & Recreation office or online at and returned via email to

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

The Town of Decatur has decided to cancel its annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

“We know that a fireworks show is an important tradition in our town, but given our current reality, our highest priority is the health and safety of our volunteers and community members,” said Decatur Mayor Jeremy Bivens. “We cannot ensure proper social distancing and the safety and health of our residents if we host an event and invite the public to attend. We encourage our residents to go forth with smaller family and friend gatherings to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.”

The Athens Public Works Department provided the following update to a street maintenance project that will impact traffic:

Numerous city streets will be repaved during the coming weeks as part of the city’s paving project. Work will involve the milling of existing pavement on the streets. After milling of the old pavement is complete, the roads will be repaved with new asphalt and re-striped with new paint markings.

Several streets have already been milled and are awaiting paving. Streets that have been milled will have a rough transition, a rough surface, and may have raised utilities that should be avoided. Motorists should reduce their speed and use extra caution when traveling on these streets.

The Public Works Department recommends motorists use alternate routes where possible. Extreme caution should be used while driving in affected areas, which include Million Street, Cherry Street, Elizabeth Street, Jackson Street, Belmont Drive, Ervin Street, Douglas Street, Velma Road, Cleveland Avenue, Church Street, Westside Street, Shell Street, Tennal Street, and Sweetfield Valley Road.

Emergency vehicles will be permitted in the area, however, some minor delays may be unavoidable.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and be prepared for detour and traffic control signage, construction equipment, and work crews on impacted streets.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 423-744-2745.

The Good Faith Clinic is operating under new hours and guidelines, with an upcoming clinic scheduled for Tuesday, June 30.

• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Refills only (drive-through). Stay in car, bring a list of needed refills.

• 4 p.m. — Sign-ins for physician visits. Priority will be new patients, acute illness/new medical issue, uncontrolled blood pressure or diabetic issues. If time allows, patients with chronic conditions that require follow up will be seen.

Church facilities will not be used. Patients should have a face covering and remain in their car until escorted to the clinic. No additional family members are allowed.

There will be no screening or treating patients with COVID-19. These concerns should be addressed through the Health Department or emergency room.

The Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency (SETHRA) is now accepting online applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Criteria for applying online is:

• Someone in the household must have an email address

• Someone in the household must have applied for and received assistance between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2019.

• You must have a way to upload the required documents (Photos from phones are acceptable).

Anyone facing a disconnection notice will not be able to apply for assistance online.

For more information, call 949-2191, ext. 142

To apply by mail, call your local office or 1-800-852-6155 and request an application be mailed to you.

Visit to download an application or to find the link to apply online. You can also email completed applications with all required documents to

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