Around the Town

Operation Christmas Child — First Baptist Church of Dayton, located at 231 Third Avenue, will be a drop off location for Operation Christmas Child’s annual Christmas Shoe Box Gifts. Under the direction of Samaritan’s Purse Ministries, gift-filled shoe boxes are collected and sent to children that would normally not receive a Christmas gift. Gift suggestions are school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, socks, T-shirts, hair clips, etc. Please do not include chocolate, any form of liquids, lotions, toothpaste, toy guns and knives or war toys. For more information, call the church office at 775-0255. Drop off begins Monday, Nov. 18 and last day for drop off will be Sunday, Nov. 25. Boxes and instruction brochure along with labels are available at the church.

Socktober Sock Drive at First Bank (Now-10/31) — First Bank, located at 1525 Market Street in Dayton, will hold their Socktober Sock Collection Drive throughout the month of October. First Bank will collect new pairs of socks to assist those of the community in need. Call First Bank at 423-775-1522 for more information.

Hee Haw Show at Walden’s Ridge Community Center (10/12) — The Walden’s Ridge Community Center, located at 5364 Dayton Mountain Highway in Dayton, will hold their Fourth Annual Hee Haw Show on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase by the Kiuka Volunteer Fire Department. Admission is $10 per person. For tickets or more information, call Brenda Baxter at 423-619-3045 or 423-802-3173. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Spring City Autumn Festival (10/12) — The Town of Spring City will host their annual Autumn Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include vendors, music and activities.

Cam & Eda Wilkey Family Reunion (10/12) — The descendants of Cam and Eda Wilkey will hold a Family Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Evensville Volunteer Fire Department , located on Eagle Lane in Evensville, beginning with dinner at 3 p.m. followed by fellowship time. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share.

Rhea County Beekeepers Association Bee-licious BBQ Fundraiser Dinner (10/14) — The Rhea County Beekeepers Association will host a Bee-licious BBQ Fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Master Gardener Building of the Rhea County Fairgrounds, located at 290 Harold Robbins Lane in Evensville. There is no charge for RCBA members and $120 for non-members. Those attending are encouraged to RSVP and bring a covered dish. For more information or to RSVP, call Shannon Daniels at 423-240-8345 or Diana Pace at 845-661-5207.

Spring City Lions Club Meeting (10/14) — The Spring City Lions Club will meet Monday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at the City Hall. The club meets the second Monday of each month.

Rhea County Veterans Coordinating Committee Meeting (10/15) — The Rhea County Veterans Coordinating Committee will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the American Legion Port 203 Building, located at 179 West Jackson Avenue in Spring City, beginning at 7 p.m. All honorably discharged military veterans are invited and encouraged to attend. The committee manages the local veterans volunteer transportation network which transports veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tenn., at no charge. Membership in the committee is free of charge. For more information, contact Lois Walling at 322-3261 or 775-3039.

Rhea/Dayton Retired Teachers Bake Sale Fundraiser (10/16) — The Rhea/Dayton Retired Teachers will hold a Bake Sale Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at The Corner Market, located on Dayton Mountain Highway in Dayton, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until all goods are sold. Proceeds with benefit the Rhea/Dayton Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund which awards a scholarship to a graduating senior at Rhea County High School who seeks to pursue an Education degree. Donations to the scholarship fund are accepted and may be made at First Bank in Dayton.

Spring City American Legion Post 203 Meeting (10/17) — Spring City American Legion Post 203 will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a covered dish dinner. Post 203 meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call Post Commander Harry Jones at 954-562-3879 for more information.

DAL Harvest of Art Show & Sale (10/18 & 10/19) — The Dayton Arts League will hold their annual Harvest of Art Show & Sale on Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Rhea County Welcome Center, located at 107 Main Street in Dayton, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The exhibit will feature the most recent works of art by member of the DAL. Light refreshments will be available both days and pastel portrait artist Jane Campbell will be available onsite to create individual portraits for $40 each. For more information, call 423-775-5122.

Rhea County High School Class of 1979 40th Reunion (10/19 & 10/19) — The Rhea County High School Class of 1979 will hold their 40th Reunion at Blue Water Campground, located at 220 Bluewater Campground Road in Dayton, on Friday, Oct. 18, with a Low Country Boil and on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the reunion party. The reunion begins at 7 p.m. each evening. For more information, contact Stephanie at 423-827-5778 or

Dayton Lodge #512 F. & A.M. Meeting (10/21) — Dayton Lodge #512 F. & A.M. will meet on Monday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at their Lodge, located on Second Avenue in Dayton. Lodge #512 meets the first and third Monday of each month

Dayton Lions Club Meeting (10/24) — The Dayton Lions Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Amigo Restaurant, located at 4285 Rhea County Highway in Dayton, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

The Care Center’s Muddy Pumpkin 5K Run (10/26) — The Care Center will hold their annual Muddy Pumpkin 4K Run on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Rhea County Courthouse. Registration and pumpkin picking begins at 9:30 a.m. with the run starting at 10 a.m. Participants will run, wade and crawl through downtown Dayton, all while hauling their pumpkin. Preregistration begins Sept. 2 at a cost of $40 per person or $35 each for a group of 4 people. General registration will be held Oct. 1 through Oct. 26th at a cost of $45 dollars per person or $40 each for a group of 4 people. College students will receive $10 discount with student ID and for youth ages 6 to 12 the cost is $20 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free but will not receive a T-shirt or pumpkin. Proceeds from the run support The Care Center’s EDGE student education program. For more information, call 423-775-0019 or visit to register online.

Fly-In, Drive-In Breakfast (10/26) — Civil Air Patrol 2A0 (Mark Anton) will host a Fly-In, Drive-In Breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Mark Anton Municipal Airport, located on New Union Road in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 26. The all-you-can-eat cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The event will be held rain or shine.

Line Pro Wrestling Fundraiser at Sale Creek High School (10/26) — A Line Pro Wrestling Fundraiser will be held at Sale Creek High School on Saturday, Oct. 26. This event titled “Tank’s Scenic City Throwdown” will feature local legends Jax Dane and Tank. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for floor seats. Tickets are avaialable from any SCHS football player or girls soccer player.

Youth Talent Show at Walden’s Ridge Community Center (12/13) — The Walden’s Ridge Community Center, located at 5364 Dayton Mountain Highway in Dayton, will hold their Fourth Annual Youth Talent Show on Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and children under six will be admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the community center and the fire department. For more information, call Brenda Baxter at 423-619-3045 or Wanda Morgan at 423-802-3173. Everyone is invited to attend.

Christmas and the Spring City Depot (12/14) — The Town of Spring City will hold their annual Christmas at the Depot featuring the 56th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include vendors, music, home and business decorating contests and a children’s pageant.