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  • The Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development is accepting donations to assist with hurricane relief efforts. Donations are being used to purchase personal items and provide assistance to evacuees who are living in public housing. Send donations to Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 44, Kingsport, TN 37662.

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  • General Shale Brick of Johnson City is donating $40,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Employees donated $20,000 to the cause, and the company provided a $20,000 match.

  • There will be a benefit yard sale/bake sale Oct. 1 with all proceeds going to Hurricane Katrina victims in the Metairie, La., and Mobile, Ala., areas. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 140 Sprint Drive (Highway 394, beside Food City shopping center) in Blountville.

  • People's Community Bank and First Community Bank, N.A. employees donated $47,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. As a division of First Community Bank, N.A., People's Community Bank employee contributions were eligible for the matching gift program offered through First Community Bancshares Inc., the parent company of First Community Bank, N.A. The company matched employee donations, dollar for dollar.

  • Farmers and Miners Bank has established an account to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and will match up to $5,000 in community donations. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Katrina Fund can visit any Farmers and Miners office in Pennington Gap, Rose Hill, Cumberland Gap, Weber City, Clintwood or Wise. Checks may also be mailed to Farmers and Miners Bank, Attn: Katrina Relief Fund, 403 W. Morgan Ave. Pennington Gap, VA 24277. For more information call Heather Edwards at (276)546-4692.

  • Bike for Hope is a weeklong fund-raising effort ending with both a mountain bike and road ride on Sunday, Oct. 9., at 2 p.m. in Damascus. Rotary clubs of the Tri-Cities, Northeast Tennessee Mountain Bike Association, Tri-Cities Road Club, and Kingsport Bicycle Association challenge every cyclist in the Tri-Cities to take donations for every mile they ride the week of Oct. 1-8. A donation sheet is available on NTMBA.org in the "Rants & Raves" section. You can download it and print it for your use. All money will go to District 7570 Rotary Club earmarked for the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. All donated funds will be put to use immediately and placed in the hands of volunteers who are familiar with the local situations, providing aid that is beyond the immediate capacity of outside relief agencies. Checks will need to be made to: District 7570, Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. All donations and sheets will be collected Oct. 9 in Damascus at the mountain bike/road bike ride finale. For more information contact Kim Bishop at 239-9903 or at Yetimom@charter.net.

  • Neat Purses is sponsoring a "Purse Drive" to benefit the women and girls who lost their homes and a part of themselves in Biloxi. Neat Purses is donating 100 to 150 purses and taking them to the town of Biloxi during the first week in October. New or used purses can be dropped of at several Tri-Cities locations: Nita's Frozen Stone Creamery in Bristol on Exit 7, Fandango on State Street in Bristol, and Rustic Charm on Memorial Boulevard in Indian Springs. Feel free to fill the purses with items like nail polish, hairbrushes, feminine hygiene products and other similar items. For more information log onto www.neatpurses.com.

  • Lisa Bowman, a volunteer with Journey's End No Kill Animal Society, is organizing a trip to return to the disaster area. Large air-conditioned vehicles in which animals can be transported are still needed. Money to finance the trip is also needed. Bowman along with fellow volunteer Tammy Hurt put their lives on hold for eight days to embark on their mission of love. For more information or to volunteer, call Mary Randolph at 239-5645 or Lisa Bowman at 926-4247.

  • Starting Monday, Oct. 10, the Red Cross will begin providing service to evacuees from their home state instead of local chapters. Anyone needing emergency disaster-caused assistance should call the Red Cross toll-free at 1-866-GET-INFO. Their information will be taken, verified by Red Cross workers in their home area, and a pre-paid client assistance card will be sent to the evacuee at their current address anywhere in the country. During the past weeks, state and federal resources have become widely available, and in many communities life is beginning to return to day-to-day activity for families. The only thing that is changing is the way that Red Cross assistance is delivered. This adjustment in service delivery is part of the normal evolution of any disaster relief operation. Residents of storm-damaged areas may also be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency can be contacted by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting www.fema.gov. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013, or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

  • Eastman Chemical Co. will increase to $178,086.07 its matching donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Eastman first announced its matching program at the end of August and agreed to match up to $25,000 in employee contributions to aid the Red Cross. Employees donated nearly $90,000 in the first week of the program, however, and Eastman then increased its matching donation to $100,000. Based on a one-to-one match, the total amount contributed to the Red Cross by Eastman and its employees is $356,172.14.

  • Employees at Bush Hog, LLC in Selma, Ala. and Telford, Tenn., have joined together to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. CC Industries in Chicago, which owns Bush Hog LLC, provided a donation matching the funds raised by employees. These combined efforts provided the Red Cross with $8,671.85 for the relief efforts.

  • The teen class at North Fork Missionary Baptist Church held a walk-athon fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts where they collected $870. The church matched this for a total of $1,740.

  • Virginia Baptist Mission Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia is challenging its churches to house at least 500 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Moores Memorial Baptist Church is taking part in the housing challenge. For more information contact Rev. Patrick Johnson at (276)690-5162. Donations can be sent to Disaster Relief Fund, Virginia Baptist Resource Center, P.O. Box 8568, Richmond, VA 23226.

  • WHCB Radio is receiveing donations of personal care items at the WHCB offices at 340 Edgemont Avenue, Suite 100, in Bristol, Tennessee. If you plan to bring a large amount of items, please phone 423.878.6279 so we can arrange to help you unload the items.
    We will package the items into individual personal care bags that will be given to verified hurricane Katrina disaster victims.
    Here are the items we can accept:
    BABY DIAPERS, ALL SIZES , ADULT DIAPERS , SOAP , NEW WASHCLOTHS , DEODARANT , DISPOSABLE RAZORS , SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER , TOOTHBRUSHES, TOOTHPASTE, DENTAL FLOSS, MOUTHWASH , Q TIPS , SMALL PACKS OF KLEENEX , TWEEZERS, NAIL FILES, NAIL CLIPPERS , LOTION , COMBS, HAIR BRUSHES , BASIC FIRST AID SUPPLIES (BANDAIDS, PERIXOIDE, ANTIBIOTIC CREAM, ANTICIDS, ETC) , VITAMINS.
    BABY ITEMS: , WIPES , RASH OINTMENT , BABY SHAMPOO, BODY WASH, LOTION , CANDY BARS, CEREAL BARS, CANDY .

  • GRAY - Many Gulf Coast hurricane evacuees are still residing in our area, attempting to begin the process of piecing their lives back together. State and local agencies are attempting to aid that process by getting people registered for benefits and programs. On Monday, from noon until 6 p.m., the state of Tennessee's Mobile Disaster Assistance Center will be available to assist families in Northeast Tennessee who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Representatives from the state's departments of Labor and Workforce Development, Human Services and Education, along with housing agencies will be at the center, which is being set up at Fire Station 8, 101 Gray Commons Circle in Gray. The station is off Exit 42 of Interstate 26. To facilitate acquiring benefits and expedite the process, families are encouraged to get a Federal Emergency Management Agency identification number before arriving at the assistance center. FEMA identification numbers are available on the Internet at www.fema.gov or toll-free at (800)621-FEMA or (800)621-3362. Levotch is available to respond to questions from families and can be reached at 434-6081 or 791-4999.

  • BLOUNTVILLE - When Holston Middle School student Brad McKee saw the destruction Hurricane Katrina caused in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, it reminded him of another horrific scene he'd watched unfold on television: the tsunami that struck Asia the day after Christmas. So today, McKee will launch his second Operation Student to Student school supply drive and he's asking everyone in the school system and the community to get involved. The destination for the goods is Lumberton, Miss. A collection bin will be set up at the Holston Elementary & Middle School complex today and remain there through Oct. 26.--- And, this time, without the miles separating him from the disaster area, McKee will get to deliver the goods in person. He'll accompany the truck supplied by Builders' FirstSource to Lumberton the last weekend of October. --- Needed supplies for students include: book bags, pencils, crayons, scissors, construction paper, pencil grips, 3-ring binders, notebook paper, subject dividers, notebooks, locks for lockers, calculators, copy paper, markers, pens, folders, colored pencils, tape, tissues, index cards and highlighters. --- Needed supplies for teachers include: transparencies for plain paper copiers, copy paper, scissors, dry erase markers, notebook paper, manila folders, rulers, antibacterial soap and treasure box goodies for first graders. --- General school needs include: textbooks, workbooks, student desks, book cases, teacher chairs, paper stackers, filing cabinets, consumable GED books, dictionaries, PACE program, posters and maps, elementary physical education equipment, junior high football equipment, fax machine, two-way radios, seven computers, a VCR, printers, a copier and a small refrigerator. --- For more information about the drive or to join the effort by agreeing to collect supplies or host a collection bin at your school or business, call Holston Middle School at (423) 354-1500.


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  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is encouraging the region to help in hurricane relief efforts. You can make a donation to Second Harvest to help purchase large quantities of needed items and to help with shipping items to disaster areas. You can contact Second Harvest by calling 1-800-344-8070, or by visiting www.secondharvest.org. Individuals can also donate food locally. Second Harvest urges individuals and groups to contact their local food bank before collecting food and find out the best way to help relief and recovery efforts.

  • Karen Miller email: Llamas4God @ Aol.com Local group of llama owners trying to coordinate a road trip to bring back at least 5-6 dogs needing homes from Katrina. We need an air conditioned vehicle -truck beds and livestock trailers are too hot. Let's form a caravan.....we want to help.
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  • ROGERSVILLE - Family Resource Center accepting donations to help Katrina evacuees Monday, September 19, 2005 By JEFF BOBO Times-News
    There are now 18 children in the Hawkins County School District who are evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and offers to help them and their families have been pouring in to the school system. Hawkins County Director of Schools Clayton Armstrong told the Board of Education Thursday that the district's Family Resource Center is accepting and disbursing many of the donations. He added, however, that regulations make cash donations to the Family Resource Center complicated and there is a better way of helping out. Family Resource Center, which is located in a modular unit on the campus of Rogersville Middle School, is also accepting donations of clothing, school supplies and other necessities for hurricane evacuees who have come to Hawkins County. Anyone with questions about how to donate a (Walmart) gift card or other items is invited to call the director Amy Cinnamon at the Family Resource Center at 921-9621 during business hours.

  • Housing units for displaced Hurricane Katrina evacuees are now available through the Tennessee Rural Development office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Tenancy requirements related to income are currently being waived, and the availability of a six-month moratorium on payments to help reduce financial hardship is being offered.
    All of the housing units are located in communities with a population of 20,000 or less. In Northeast Tennessee, units are located in Greene, Hawkins, Hancock and Unicoi counties.
    "USDA Rural Development has identified nearly 800 vacant multi-family housing units across Tennessee to accommodate displaced residents," USDA State Director Mary Ruth Tackett said in a prepared release. "Rural Development is continuing to work with local property managers, as well as local, state and federal agencies in order to provide emergency housing, electrical power and other emergency services to rental units across our great state."
    Rural Development finances and regulates multi-family housing complexes, similar to apartment complexes, as part of the agency's rural housing mission.
    A complete listing of properties now available to storm victims is updated daily and available on the agency's Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
    Rural Development's Housing Program offers assistance to very-low-income and low-income individuals or families to purchase or build a home in rural areas of Tennessee. The loans may be made with no down payment, and eligible applicants may qualify for assistance with their monthly payment.
    Tennessee Rural Development has nine area offices that are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Greeneville office serves Northeast Tennessee and is located at 214 N. College St., Suite 300. The phone number at the office is 638-4771, ext. 4. Those seeking more information on available housing assistance also may contact Rural Development toll-free at 1-800-342-3149, ext. 6.
    Additional information and updates about USDA Rural Development's hurricane relief efforts nationwide are posted daily on the national Web site at www.usda.gov/.

  • Johnson City Press raised $9200 for the Red Cross Relief Fund.

  • Gateway Baptist Church is housing workers, emergency personnel, etc on there way down or on their way back from helping in the relief effort. Call 538-7156 for more info.

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  • JONESVILLE - UMCOR volunteers heading for Mississippi. As coordinator for the United Methodist Committee on Relief for the Big Stone Gap District, Mehaffy spent the day collecting donated money, food and supplies, fielding telephone calls, loading supplies and equipment on several trailers, and preparing for a weeklong trip with 20 volunteers who will be bringing assistance to residents of hurricane-damaged Pascagoula, Miss. Four members of the volunteer group have already spent considerable time this week rounding up donations and arranging for storage at Jonesville United Methodist Church. Plans were to load the supplies on Friday, get up early Saturday morning and have breakfast at the church, then start off for Mississippi at 6 a.m. Upon arrival, the volunteers will stay at Eastlawn UMC for a week. Jonesville resident Roy Estes has agreed to drive his 40-foot motor coach towing a 28-foot enclosed trailer, provided by Lee County Circuit Judge Birg Sergent, hauling much of the supplies and equipment. Independent Home Health has donated medical supplies, and Grabeel's IGA in Jonesville provided meat and food not just for these volunteers but also for other UMCOR workers expected to be on site. Donations to UMCOR may be sent to the United Methodist Church, Big Stone Gap District Office, 101 Gilley Ave., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Make checks payable to Disaster Relief Team.

  • BIKE FOR HOPE is a weeklong fundraising effort ending with both a mountain bike and road ride on Sunday Oct. 9th at 2pm in Damascus. We will meet at the Caboose in Damascus for the start of both finale rides......Here's the challenge: Northeast Tenessee Mountain Bike Assoc., Tri Cities Road Club, Kingsport Bicycle Assoc. and Rotary clubs of the Tri cities challenges every cyclist in the Tri cities to take donations for every mile they ride the week of Oct. 1st - Oct. 8th. The amount pledged is totally up to the donor. If a single 1 time pledge is easier than a pledge per mile that is great. Any and all donations are accepted. A donation sheet is available on the NTMBA.org web site. You can download it and print it for your use. All money will go to District 7570 Rotary Club earmarked for the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. The benefits of the bike clubs going in partnership with Rotary is that funds can be put to use immediately, and that volunteers who are familiar with the local situations will be able to provide aid that is beyond the immediate capacity of outside relief agencies. Rotary already has 501c3 accounts set-up for distribution to victims. Checks will need to be made to: District 7570, Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. All donations and sheets will be collected on Oct. 9th in Damascus at the mountain bike/road bike ride finale. If you are unable to attend just let me know. I will contact you and make arrangements to collect donations......Tell everyone you can about this. Evangelize to everyone, even if they don't cycle. This is such an important relief effort. Thanks again to everyone for their time and effort. Together we can make a difference!.....Kim Bishop, NTMBA Membership/Novice Ride Coordinator Yetimom@charter.net or 423-239-9903

  • Twin Springs High School has an ongoing campaign to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The campaign is called the “Campaign of Hope,” and all persons who give to this campaign will get their name listed on the “Wall of Hope.” The students have encouraged each other to give up one soft drink or candy bar a day, and donate that money to the campaign. They have generated over $300 a day so far, and as of Friday, they had collected more than $1,500. The money collected will be given to a local disaster response team who will be taking the money directly to the disaster area. Send contributions to Twin Springs High School, Route 1, Box 114, Nickelsville, Va. 24271

  • Rye Cove’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is taking fund-raising effort a bit further. The club is requesting citizens join their “Finding Hope in the Midst of Despair” flood bucket drive. United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR) project, students are asking for donations so they may prepare flood buckets for victims in the affected areas. Supplies in the bucket enable people to being the overwhelming task of cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina. Citizens can either drop off or send donations for the items or complete their own bucket. The deadline to receive flood buckets is Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Department at Rye Cove High School. You may not be able to purchase all the items on the list but any contribution is appreciated. Checks can be sent to Rye Cove FCCLA, Hurricane Relief, Route 4, Box 154, Clinchport, Va. 24244. Donations should be postmarked by Sept. 29 and should be made payable to Rye Cove FCCLA.

  • Gate City is using an open date on their football schedule as an opportunity to raise funds for hurricane victims. You are invited to watch the senior and freshman girls take on the junior and sophomore girls in a powder-puff football game. Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Legion Field. Admission to the game is only $1 and additional donations will be accepted. All monies raised will be given to the American Red Cross. Gate City High School, 127 Beech Street, Gate City, Va. 24251

  • The Gate City chapter of FCCLA has been busy collecting money from students during their “Make a Dollar Count” fund-raising drive for hurricane relief. Members have been collecting money each Friday during homeroom. The goal of the Gate City FCCLA is $1 per student per week or approximately $4,000.

  • Some local businesses are joining the relief effort by offering special deals. Shelia Meade, local Home Interior consultant, announced that her company is offering a special jar candle, “A Light in the Storm,” with all proceeds benefiting hurricane victims. The vanilla candle is available through Home Interior Decorating Consultants at a cost of $6.49. All profits will be donated to the company charitable foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. For more information, call Meade at (423) 335-6902.

  • All branches of Farmers & Miners Bank are accepting donations for three special charities providing relief in the gulf states. The bank has also agreed to match up to $5,000 given in community donations. Contributions will be donated to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feed the Children. 386-9000.

  • Members of the Scott County Board of Supervisors at the request of District 6 Supervisor Chad Hood are discussing ways the county can offer assistance to hurricane victims. Brunswick County issued a challenge to all county boards of supervisors by sending a $25,000 donation for hurricane relief. Three other counties have answered the challenge.

  • The local Tri-Cities area Goodwills are ready to train if necessary, and create employment opportunities within its own organization or within the community for people with barriers to employment, including those people who have been displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. Donations for this effort as well as to rebuild the infrastructure in the affected areas can be given at any area Goodwill store or sent to 2017 Brookside Lane, Kingsport, TN 37660 to the attention of Doug Kirkland.

  • Foundation For Hope is looking for churches willing to assist families in need. They are trying to move families out of temporary housing and shelters into a more permanent and stable location for up to 90 days - apartments or rental homes only. Churches or church organizations can help by providing housing, food, simple furnishings, relocation, placement in school, employment assistance. They estimate up to $5000 would be needed for this type of support. If your church is interested and would like to know more, go to foundationforhope.org or contact Alan Halsey @423-246-3529. I am looking for 10 churches to help 10 families in the Tri-Cities. Let's work together to help these families rebuild their lives.

  • Arlene Kellum's Affordable Dentures dental practice in Bluff City is part of a network of more than 100 affiliated Affordable Dentures dental practices which together are donating $1 million in denture services to people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dentures and related services will be provided free to victims whose dentures were lost or damaged during the storm or subsequent relief efforts, or have been relocated and are in need of denture services. Victims requiring services are asked to register with the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army prior to visiting the practice. For more information call Kellum's practice at 538-5197 or log on to www.affordabledentures.com.

  • By Celia Pennington : Last week Johnson County began pouring out its heart to victims of Katrina’s wrath. In just a few days, two tractor-trailers from Danny Herman Trucking were filled to the brim and pointed south to help aid the displaced evacuees in Mississippi and Louisiana. Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church organized the effort and sorted, labeled and loaded water, non-perishable food items, toiletries and teddy bears on the massive trucks. People from all walks of life found their way to Hardee’s parking lot last week to do something. A Drop To Drink became their drive as the nearly 2,300 students in the county were instructed to each bring in .50 that would purchase a bottle of water for someone in the hurricane stricken areas of Louisiana. Students were also told they could donate stuffed animals for some of the youngest flood victims. Thursday, as the JCHS football players with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and their coach Mike Atwood began loading the water donated by local students, it quickly became apparent that 2,300 bottles of water would not even touch the amount of money donated. Friday, when the golf team finished loading the schools’ water, more than five bottles represented each child - more than 12,656 bottles total.

  • Farmers and Miners Bank has established an account to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and will match up to $5,000 in community donations. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Katrina Fund can visit any Farmers and Miners office in Pennington Gap, Rose Hill, Cumberland Gap, Weber City, Clintwood or Wise. Checks may also be mailed to Farmers and Miners Bank, Attn: Katrina Relief Fund, 403 W. Morgan Ave., Pennington Gap, VA. 24277. For more information call Heather Edwards at (276)546-4692.

  • The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department conducted a door-to-door food drive for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina who will be receiving shelter in Pennington Gap. Members participating in the drive were Leonard, Wanda and Lee Harless; Hughie, Nemia and Chris Carter; Justin Thompson; Will Rogers; and Robert and Katrina Falin. The department will continue to accept donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina. For more information call Wanda Harless at (276)393-8647.

  • First Christian Church in Abingdon will hold a Hurricane Relief Benefit concert on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the bluegrass sounds of CrossTrain plus various other vocalists and instrumentalists from the Abingdon area. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken. All proceeds will benefit Building Better Communities, an inner-city work in New Orleans. First Christian Church is located at 185 Old Jonesboro Road. For more information call (276)628-2225.

  • Foundation For Hope is looking for churches willing to assist families in need. They are trying to move families out of temporary housing and shelters into a more permanent and stable location for up to 90 days - apartments or rental homes only. Churches or church organizations can help by providing housing, food, simple furnishings, relocation, placement in school, employment assistance. They estimate up to $5000 would be needed for this type of support. If your church is interested and would like to know more, go to foundationforhope.org or contact Alan Halsey @423-246-3529. I am looking for 10 churches to help 10 families in the Tri-Cities. Let's work together to help these families rebuild their lives.

  • Fatz Cafe in Bristol is collecting donations from guests and associates throughout the month of September to go to the Salvation Army Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Fatz is matching every dollar in guest and associate donations up to $25,000.

  • Wellmont Health System and Charter Communications are collecting school supplies to be given to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina until the end of September. The Salvation Army will distribute the collected supplies to children in need. Collection bins are located in the front lobbies of Holston Valley Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital and Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, as well as in the cafeteria of Bristol Regional Medical Center. Bins have also been set up in the Wellmont Wellcare centers located in the Bristol Mall and Fort Henry Mall. Needed school supplies include pencils, crayons, notebook paper, rulers, calculators, markers, glue, scissors and notebooks.

  • Diadora Impact NE soccer club raised $650 during a soccer round robin to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts on Oct. 8. A total of 22 teams participated, and the money raised was donated to the Salvation Army. The Tri-Cities Soccer Referee Association provided referees. Participating teams included teams from Diadora Impact Northeast, Diadora Impact Knoxville, Knoxville Futbol Club, East Tennessee Soccer Federation, Highland Soccer Club, Sullivan County Soccer Association, Carroll County, Va., and Bristol Soccer Association.

  • Breastfeeding Essentials in Kingsport donated $634.50 to the Red Cross as a result of its promise to donate 5 percent of gross sales during September both in its local store and on its Web site. The company wishes to thank the many families who supported both breast-feeding and Hurricane Katrina survivors last month through their patronage.

  • Home Interiors & Gifts in Weber City is offering "A Light in the Storm" candle to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims and their families. For each candle sold through local consultant Shelia Meade, all profits from the candles will be donated to Home Interiors Charitable Foundation's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, which will distribute the funds to reputable organizations helping in the relief efforts, such as the Salvation Army. For more information contact Meade at 335-6902. For more information on the Home Interiors Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund log on to www.homeinteriors.com.

  • Appalachian School of Law students collected 11,861 pounds of food and $300 to donate to the Appalachian Branch, Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank to be sent to the area hit by Hurricane Katrina. Accord to a spokesperson from Second Harvest, the donation is the largest donation the food bank has received for the relief program. Individuals and groups wishing to donate food or money to the relief effort may contact Second Harvest at (276)628-9266.

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  • Diadora Impact NE soccer club is holding a Hurricane Relief Soccer Round Robin on Oct. 8. For more information contact Vicky Pinto at 392-9012. All profits after any expenses are paid will be donated to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Any certified soccer referees who would like to donate their time should contact Vic Palmer at vic.palmer@gmail.com.

  • Lincoln Memorial University has extended enrollment, financial aid and registration deadlines to Sept. 13 for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Affected students, parents, family members or university officials may receive immediate enrollment information and assistance by contacting Conrad Daniels, director of admissions, at 1-800-325-0900, ext. 6280, or by e-mail at conrad.daniels@lmunet.edu.

  • Food City has pledged $10,000 toward hurricane relief and is accepting monetary donations for its Roundup for Hurricane Relief program through Sept. 17. Customers can donate any amount, and it can be added to their grocery bill. Organizations wishing to make larger monetary donations can do so at the front office of participating Food City locations. All of the contributions will be presented to the American Red Cross. Food City has also participated in the collection or donation of 10 trailer loads of product, as well as aiding in the shipment of 14 additional trailer loads through other organizations.

  • The Tennessee Industrial Development Council, a statewide organization of economic development professionals, is donating $10,000 to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts across the state. The money has been given to American Red Cross chapters, with $5,000 for the West Tennessee area and $2,500 each for Middle and East Tennessee.

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County is extending membership and program services to those families and youth displaced by Hurricane Katrina and relocating to the Johnson City area. Parents may come by the club at 2210 W. Market St., Johnson City, and set up a membership for their children. The Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City will honor all memberships of youth from any Club in the hurricane area. Those wishing services who were not members of a Boys and Girls Club in the Gulf area will receive a free membership during the transitional time for up to one year. For more information call 461-4560.

  • Twin Springs High School in Nickelsville has an ongoing campaign called the "Campaign of Hope" to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Every person who gives to this campaign will get his or her name listed on the "Wall of Hope." They have generated over $300 every day of the campaign. The money collected will be given to a local disaster response team who will be taking it directly to the disaster area. To make a donation, stop by the school or send a check made out to Twin Springs High School to Route 1, Box 114, Nickelsville, VA 24271. For more information call Sue Carter at (276)479-2185.

  • Milligan College will grant full-tuition scholarships to college students who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The offer extends to undergraduate students who had been accepted and enrolled in colleges or universities which have suspended operations due to Hurricane Katrina. The scholarships will cover full tuition and fees for fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesters based on space availability. Further discounts on room and board will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Interested students should contact the Milligan College Office of Admission at 461-8730 to initiate the accelerated admissions process. Students wishing to enroll for fall 2005 must do so by Sept. 16. The college also has offered to match up to $3,000 in donations raised by the students and campus community for the hurricane response organized by World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization that has already provided emergency supplies for more than 10,000 evacuees. Donations of supplies for local organizations are being collected by various student organizations, and student volunteers are being organized to assist at local shelters and organizations. For more information about opportunities to assist, contact the LINC Volunteer Services Office at 461-8711.

  • "Drop in the Bucket" Bristol Motor Speedway North Entrance Monetary contributions only 7am to 7pm Wednesday, Sept. 14th.

  • Kids-4-Kids in Johnson City is accepting donations of shoe boxes filled with crayons, markers, other art supplies, a small Bible, games, card games, craft kits, glue sticks, hair bows, books, puzzles, small toys, stuffed animals, stationery and stamps. Please write the appropriate age group and gender on the box and tape it well. Shoe boxes can be delivered to Catholic Charities in Jonesborough, the American Red Cross in Kingsport and Johnson City, and Good Samaritan Ministries at the Old Johnson City Power Board. For more information call 753-3001 or 483-6228.

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  • Tennessee Quilts, 114 Boone St., Jonesborough is accepting donations of quilts and linens for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations will be accepted during regular store hours - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday through the end of September. The store also has a sewing space available for those who want to come and sew quilts to send. Tennessee Quilts will provide fabric and batting, but quilters need to bring their own machines. Please call ahead if a sewing space is needed. For more information call 753-6644 or visit www.tennesseequilts.com.

  • Volunteers are needed to collect donations of food and water at a semi-trailer located in the Fort Henry Mall parking lot at the corner of Fort Henry Drive and Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. Donations will be accepted from 2 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 16. To volunteer call Baxter Hood at 239-9415.

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  • The Unicoi County Highway Department is sponsoring a canned food drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Road Superintendent Terry Haynes said someone will be at the department 24 hours a day to collect the donations.

  • "We just need food products only, and that way we can pack it on pallets down here," Haynes said. "This is going to go into the churches down there that are cooking for the workers and for some of the people who are in that community.

  • "But we want to take this food right into the camps. We want to deliver it right into them personally so they will be able to use it immediately."

  • Haynes reminds people to remember the workers who are dealing with a tremendous clean-up effort.

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  • "Whether people know it or not, the workers are the ones that are down there suffering now," he said. "They've got to eat and they've got to have some place to get to. So we feel like with Mr. (Kent) Harris' contact with the churches down there and them crying for help - it is time for us to help."

  • Haynes said the department has been assisted by Chuck Bailey who is donating pallets and Stoakly, USA. He said he knows local people have already been very generous in helping in the relief effort.

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  • "We hope that this will be the biggest food drive that we've had," he said. "I know Unicoi County has really gone out on a limb and they have really given and supported the people down there, but we are asking them to try it one more time to see if we can't really get them something in there to those camps where it is really needed."

  • The trailer will head to the coast on Monday, Sept. 26 or as soon as it is filled with food. If you need to have food picked up, call Terry Haynes at 743-5371 or call the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department at 743-1850.

  • Cloudland High School, Roan Mountain 423-772-5300 Is accepting donations of canned food, baby items--food, diapers, water, personal hygiene items through Thursday morning, Sept. 8th. It will be delivered by community members to a location in Mississippi. Contact School Secretary Valerie Davis

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  • Three CVS pharmacies in our area are drop off points for goods for hurricane relief: CVS, 2111 n. Roan St., Johnson City CVS, Erwin CVS, 128 West Stone Dr., Kingsport The stores are collecting non-perishable food items, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, diapers, baby food & water.

  • Health kits for Katrina disaster relief will be collected at Gray United Methodist Church until Sunday, Sept. 11. If you would like to donate a kit, you may drop it off at the church office at 2108 Oak Street, Gray, TN 37615. Here's what's needed for each Kit: Health Kits1 hand towel (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27", No kitchen towels)1 washcloth1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, No child-size brushes)1 large tube of toothpaste (expiration date must be 6 months or longer in advance of the date of shipment to UMCOR Sager Brown)6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. For more information, contact Rev. Ramon Torres or Dawn Rambo at 477-3792.

  • Holston Valley Medical Center physician Dr. Karthik Ramakrishnan is looking for an available RV to borrow or rent for up to two weeks to outfit as a mobile health care facility and take to Baton Rouge, La. There a group of Kingsport health care professionals will operate an emergency center at Baton Rouge General Medical Center using the hospital as a base of operations for the mobile unit. For more information call Ramakrishnan at (276)393-0155.

  • The Northeast Tennessee area Kingsport Civil Air Patrol has compiled a database of available housing for hurricane evacuees. For liability reasons, only housing units (apartments, houses, trailers, etc.) that are separate living facilities will be added to this listing. To add your offer to the list call 477-1477. No matching will take place. The individuals coming into the area may make a selection as they wish.

  • First Assembly of God in Kingsport will be accepting donations to fill a trailer headed for the Gulf Coast. Donations may be dropped off Sept. 12-16 from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m., 2213 Brandon Lane, Kingsport (located behind Phil Bachman Honda on East Stone Drive). For more information call 247-1169.

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  • Zion Baptist Church and numerous area churches are sponsoring a Yard Sale/ Car Wash/ Bake Sale/ Spaghetti Dinner for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 8am until ??. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated and needed. All proceeds will go directly toward the relief effort in the Gulf Coast. This event is sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist Association. For more information, please call Cindy Weaver at (423)543-6122. Monetary donations will be accepted.

  • Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WDVX 89.9 FM are sponsoring a day of activities to raise funds to benefit the employees of the fire and police departments of Bay St. Louis, Miss. The event will be held Oct. 15 from noon until 11 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at the music pavilion located at 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. The event will feature activities such as mounted police on horseback, local fire and police departments, a fund-raiser T-shirt sale, tool drive, canned food drive and adopt-a-family.

  • The First Baptist Church of Nickelsville sponsored a mission trip to Slidell, La., for several of its members and people from other local congregations. Fourteen men did chain saw work removing trees from homes, and eight women helped cook and serve food the Red Cross delivered to the members of that community.

  • With a $10,000 matching gift from Holston Medical Group, HMG employees and providers gave $24,235.48 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. The money, given through voluntary payroll deductions, will be used by the Red Cross in responding to the needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Local homeschooling families are collecting SHOE BOXES for boys and girls who have suffered losses in the hurricane. Clear boxes the size of shoe boxes or shoe boxes can be dropped off the week of September 5th at Fellowship Chapel in Bristol, TN between the hours of 8-5. Place practical and gift items in the boxes and mark general age and boy or girl. For questions call Laura Davidson at 383-6812.

  • The Telford Grace Brethren Youth will be sponsoring a benefit car wash for hurricane victims from 10am-2pm Saturday September 10th at the church on HWY 11-E in Telford. Donations will be accepted.

  • Arcadia United Methodist Church on Bloomingdale Road in Kingsport will be taking up donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina. They are accepting clothing, shoes, baby items, personal hygiene items and non perishables for the next three Saturday's (September 3, 10 & 17). The church is located on Bloomingdale Road in the Arcadia Community.

  • Fellowship Baptist Church, 3957 Hwy. 390, Bluff City, is a collection site for the Tennessee Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Program. They are collecting items daily until further notice. For more details, call 423-391-0573. Fellowship is also hosting a benefit concert with Gospel Grass on Sunday evening, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. A love offering will be taken and those proceeds will be sent to the TBC Disaster Relief Fund. Donations of canned foods, baby formula & food, and all other necessities will be accepted as well.

  • Mountain View Baptist Church has been set up as a drop-off location for the Tennessee Baptist Convention Disaster Relief for Hurricane Katrina. One truck has already left to deliver items already collected. We are now loading a second truck and will contine to receive the following items through September 14th, (Monday - Friday) during the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Items being collected are: Peanut Butter, Rice (bags), Beans (bags) Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables (in easy open cans if possible) Powdered milk, Cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals (Please NO Chocolate or candies that will melt) Crackers and Can-openers. For additional information please contact Donna McCray or Janice Cobble at 282-3262.

  • First Christian Church in Elizabethton, TN is gathering financial support for the Journey Christian Church Family in New Orleans. Anyone wishing to give may call 423-542-5651 or send it directly to the church at 513 Hattie Ave. in Elizabethton.

  • East Bristol Free Will Baptist Church will be hosting a benefit singing to collect non-perishable food items and bottled water for the Second Harvest Food Bank who will then pass it on to the victims of Huricane Katrina. We are asking that people bring these items to the benefit singing on Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 PM. Come out and join us for a great night of singing and praising the Lord. Directions to church: coming from state street in Bristol, go under the Bristol TN/VA sign passed the train station. Continue on towards King College. Once you have passed King College, take the left at the stop sign onto King College Road. Continue on King College Road until you see the elementary school on your right. Pass the school and take the first right onto Trammel Road. Our church sits in the curve of Trammel Road. Address: 208 Trammel Road Bristol, TN 37620.

  • Union Temple Freewill Baptist Church, located approx. 10 miles out the Kingsport Highway from Greeneville, TN, is accepting donations to fill a tractor trailer of supplies for the people of Biloxi, MS who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina. We are accepting all donations of food, water, hygiene and medical items, especially items for infants and children. We ARE NOT accepting clothing items (unless new in packages). We will be open every evening from 4pm to 8pm. If you need directions or further information you can contact us at 423-234-3195 or 423-360-3867.Would you please get this informatin out to the listeners? Feel free to edit as appropriate. Thank you and God bless. Jim and Ann Woods.

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  • Fellowship Chapel Church, 210 Crockett Street, in Bristol, VA is collecting items to assit First Baptist Church, Pascagoula, Mississippi. The items needed are listed under national missions on our webpage: www.fellowshipchapel.us .

  • The Great Body Company and the Plum Kids of Sullivan North High School are collecting items to help Bridges Refugee Services with evacuees who will come to the area. Urgent needs include diapers, infant and toddler clothing, gift cards (Wal-Mart, Food City, etc.) Checks can be made to "Bridges" (memo Hurricane Survivors). For more information contact Peggy Plum at 354-1422 or e-mail psplum@hotmail.com.

  • Northeast State Community College has initiated a fund-raising relief effort for victims suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The college aims to raise $10,000 in donations from faculty, staff and students to fund relief efforts for hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast. All money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. Collection points will be open through Sept. 14 at Northeast State's main campus in Blountville as well as the college's sites in Elizabethton and Gray and the Regional Center for Applied Technology (RCAT) in Kingsport. Check or money order donations may also be mailed to: Northeast State Community College; Attention Volunteer Northeast State; 2425 Highway 75; P.O. Box 246; Blountville, Tenn. 37617-0246. Please make checks payable to Northeast State Relief Fund. For information about how you can donate to hurricane relief, contact Volunteer Northeast State at 354-2556.

  • Good Samaritan Ministries is looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals, clean, work with individuals and families, read to children, run errands, etc. Needed items include: baby beds, pack-n-plays, sheets for baby beds, baby blankets, changing tables, high chairs, baby furniture, diapers, wipes, lotions, shampoo, food, formula, diaper cream, rocking chairs, toys, books, children's Bibles, DVD player/TV and children's DVDs, carpets squares for children to sit on, school supplies, area rugs, night lights, outlet covers, flashlights, wastebaskets, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dental floss, shampoo, combs, brushes, deodorant, plastic pencil boxes or divided carry-all bins to hold personal items, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, laundry baskets, single bedding items (pillows, pillowcases, sheets, blankets), clothes, shoes, socks, underclothes for all ages, adult diapers, Ensure and Boost, small tables and lamps, canned meats and foods, bottled water, water coolers, 5-gallon water bottles for water coolers. Medical items needed for medical clinic (please label donation as medical): acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets and children's liquid, ibuprofen tablets and children's liquid, Imodium AD, Robitussin DM, Pediacare Cough & Cold, Emotrol, Band-Aids, alcohol, peroxide, Mucinex and Mucinex DM, triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin), cotton-tip applicators, cotton balls, Benadryl pills or liquid. Two 50-gallon hot water heaters, 100 gallons of antique white or white paint, paintbrushes, roller covers and rollers. Financial donations can be mailed to: Good Samaritan Ministries; P.O. Box 2441; Johnson City, Tenn. 37605. Donations can be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 100 N. Roan St., Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. For more information call 928-0288.

  • All 10 Kingsport City Schools are banding together to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina for the Red Cross. The project titled "KCS - Kids Caring and Serving" hopes to raise money in every Kingsport school for the Red Cross through fund-raisers at each facility. Once donations have been collected, the school system will give one united check to the local Red Cross agency. Individual schools are holding unique fund-raisers at each location, with projects as simple as collecting change in a bucket at the front entrance of the school to more elaborate fair. At Dobyns-Bennett High School, the Student Council and Natural Helpers organization will be collecting money from students for the Red Cross relief efforts. Sevier Middle School students will use the school's "Stars in the Making" theme as a backdrop. Students plan to design a large heart and hang it on the atrium wall. Each time a student makes a donation, he or she will place a star on the heart, and when an entire class makes a donation a bigger star will be placed on the heart. At Washington Elementary students are sharing that "Washington Rocks with Caring" by creating a heart made of large rocks. Each rock represents $100 in collected funds. They are hoping that their heart will grow bigger each day. Donations at all schools will be collected through Friday.

  • Bank of Tennessee has partnered with Citadel Broadcasting (WQUT, WKOS, WJCW, WGOC and WKIN) to collect money for the victims that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Bank of Tennessee started the fund with a $1,000 donation. All of the money that is collected will go to the American Red Cross to be used directly for Hurricane Katrina victims. Citadel Broadcasting will be providing broadcast support for this funding, which will run through Sept. 30.

  • Journey's End Animal Society is asking for donations of the following items to send to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina: cat food, dog food, cat and dog vitamins and medications, cat litter, litter boxes, scoopers, waterproof crate liners, cat and dog collars, baby wipes, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, waterless hand sanitizer, fans and extension cords, large trash cans, trash bags, empty spray bottles, can openers, disposable paper bowls, diapers, formula, feminine supplies, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, insect repellent, children's board games, books, coloring books, crayons and kid-friendly DVDs. Items can be dropped of at 285 Rock Spring Road, Kingsport, and will be collected through Friday. The animal society is also accepting donations of aluminum cans and all recyclable material at Wise Recycling on Stone Drive in Kingsport. Tell them you would like to donate your recyclables to Journey's End Hurricane Relief Caravan. For more information contact Mary Randolph at 239-5645.

  • A combined effort of the Washington County Johnson City EMS, Fire, Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be accepting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana. Travis Brown Trucking Co. of Jonesborough will be hauling the items from Johnson City to the disaster site in Louisiana at no charge. A trailer will be located at the Washington County Johnson City EMS building at 507 E. Main St. in Johnson City through Sept. 12. For more information contact Laura Fine with the Washington County Johnson City EMS at 773-3218.

  • Samaritan's Purse International Relief is looking for volunteer workers to travel to the Gulf Coast in the coming weeks - teams of at least five. To volunteer, call the Samaritan's Purse disaster team at (828)262-1980 or e-mail disasterresponse@samaritan.org. Samaritan's Purse is also accepting donations to keep the organization's trucks stocked and volunteers supplied. (A case of fresh water costs $9, roofing plywood is $25, and plastic to cover a typical roof costs $90.) Donations can be made at www.samaritanspurse.org or at 1-800-567-8183.

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  • Several Kingsport churches are joining together to send a tractor-trailer load of supplies to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Needed items include: bottled and jugged water; pull-top canned food; plastic spoons; hand sanitizer; unscented bleach; diapers (baby and adult sizes); feminine supplies; washcloths, towels, and new and gently used blankets; garbage bags; toilet paper; paper towels; and Ziploc bags. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Please bring items to First Assembly of God on Brandon Lane in Kingsport Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. For more information call Holly Deyo of New Life Church of God at 384-3807.

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is asking for trucks and drivers to be sent to the disaster area for a monthlong commitment to help with getting food to people in need. For more information or to make a donation visit www.secondharvest.org or call 1-800-771-2303.

  • A pickup truck, enclosed trailer, motor home and satellite phones are needed for a multi-denominational relief effort being coordinated through the Church of the Nazarene in East Tennessee for relief in the Biloxi and Hattiesburg, Miss., areas. Construction and medical work are the targets for this effort. Contact Eric Miller at 384-0240 or Baxter Hood at 239-9415. Items are be needed by Sept. 16 for a two-week period in the disaster area.

  • Don's Motor's in Weber City will hold a going-out-of-business auction Saturday at 10 a.m., where all the proceeds from the sale of shop and office equipment will go to hurricane relief. For more information call 392-0736 or 246-9300.

  • St. Louis-based financial-services firm Edward Jones has made contributions totaling more than $1 million to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The firm will donate $250,000 directly to the American Red Cross and an additional $750,000 to Red Cross relief efforts in communities where Edward Jones branches are located. Kingsport investment representatives include Becky Frazier, Allison Reed, Stu Fisher, Luke Anderson, Les Wright and Alan Taylor.

  • Charter Communications is providing Internet and cable TV service to the Kingsport Red Cross hurricane relief shelters in the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and the old Keystone School Building in Johnson City. The Internet service will allow evacuees access to e-mail, and the cable TV will provide entertainment and information for the people staying in the shelters.

  • Tennessee Protection & Advocacy Inc. is providing free advocacy and information and referral services for persons with disabilities who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and need help with services such as Medicaid and special education. All people with disability-related concerns are eligible for the free information and referral services. For more information call 1-800-342-1660, TTY: 888-852-2852.

  • Breastfeeding Essentials in Kingsport is donating 5 percent of gross sales during the month of September to the Red Cross for victims of Katrina . This includes sales in the local store and on the company's Web site: www.breastfeed-essentials.com.

  • Downtown Kingsport Association has announced a portion of proceeds from its upcoming Sam Bush concert will be donated to the Red Cross in its effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Bush, one of the world's most renowned mandolin players, will perform Saturday on the chamber of commerce lawn in downtown Kingsport as part of the DKA's Harvest Fare festival. Tickets to the concert are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Bush will also present a mandolin workshop at 3 p.m., and a price of $20 includes the workshop and a concert ticket. For more information call the DKA at 246-6550.

  • The Unicoi County Sheriff's Department teamed up with Sweetwater Church of God to send another trailer full of supplies to the disaster stricken Gulf Coast. This is the fourth. A fifth is being planned. 423.743-5306

  • Love Chapel Christian Church and Todd Love of Erwin Motors have stationed a trailer in the Food Lion parking lot. They will be collecting supplies such as food, bedding, clothing, toiletries and baby items today and tomorrow. There will be someone at the trailer to accept donations from 11:45 until 1 p.m. and then this evening from 4:30 until 6:30. Those drop-off times are for both today and tomorrow. To donate items on Saturday, call Bruce Shawver at 743-5909.

  • The Flag Pond Neighborhood Watch is putting on its annual Spaghetti Supper this Saturday from 4 until 7 at the Old Flag Pond School. A Cake Walk will follow the meal, and donations from the Cake Walk and any other monetary donations will go towards paying fuel expenses for trucks from our area delivering relief supplies to the hurricane victims in Hancock County, Mississippi.

  • Blue Ridge Trucking is loading trucks with water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and batteries. Drop off such items at Blue Ridge Trucking at Exit 13 in Bristol, at Landstar at 3267 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, or at Food City in Johnson City and Gray.

  • First Christian Church at Exit 14 in Abingdon is collecting monetary donations to be distributed to the victims through a partnership with Journey Christian Church in Downtown New Orleans.

  • Happy Valley High School will be holding a water drive for the victims of the hurricane. Donations of water or money to purchase bottled water can be delivered to Happy Valley High School in Elizabethton between 8 am and 3 pm Tuesday through Friday. High school students will load the water on Friday evening.

  • The Bristol Mall will be collecting new socks and undergarments for the hurricane victims beginning Monday. These items will be distributed directly to the storm victims through the Mall's corporate headquarters in Alabama. You may drop off new socks and undergarments at the Customer Service Desk at the Bristol Mall.

  • Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City is loading a tractor trailer with canned goods, bottled water, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes and paste, charcoal, and bug repellant. The truck will leave for Mississippi on Friday. Heritage Baptist is located across from Science Hill High School.

  • 100 victims of Hurricane Katrina will be housed at the old Power Board Building in Johnson City. They need cleaning supplies, deodorants, pillows, blankets, toothpaste and brushes, soap, and bedding. They also need of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and other volunteers to get the building ready. Call 423-612-4416 for more info.

  • A Food City tractor-trailer is parked at Bristol Motor Speedway to collect items that will be delivered to the hurricane victims.

  • The Kids for Kids Campaign is encouraging kids to bring shoe boxes filled with toys…puzzles, stuffed animals, crayons, coloring books, etc., to be given to the kid victim of Hurricane Katrina. Drop off locations include Catholic Charities in Jonesborough and Red Cross offices in Johnson City and Kingsport. Kids may pick up empty shoe boxes at Payless Shoes, Footlocker, and Famous Footwear in the Mall at Johnson City.

  • Todd Love of Erwin Motors and Love Chapel Christian Church are asking local citizens to help them fill a trailer full of supplies to take to survivors of Hurricane Katrina who are staying at a youth camp sponsored by Heartland Christian Church in Alexandria, Louisiana.The trailer is located at the Food Lion parking lot in Erwin, and there will be someone at the trailer to accept donations Thursday and Friday morning from 7:45 until 9. They will also be taking items from 11:45 until 1 p.m. and then in the evening from 4:30 until 6:30. Those drop-off times are for both Thursday and Friday. To donate items on Saturday, call Bruce Shawver at 743-5909. When the trailer is full it will be transported to the camp in Alexandria, Louisiana. The youth camp is located 223 miles from New Orleans and 144 miles from Baton Rouge. Their buildings are air-conditioned and they have a kitchen where they can prepare meals for the refugees, however, they need help in paying their utility bill which will be more than $3000 a month. Items needed include food, powdered drink mix, bedding, towels, toiletries, diapers and baby food. There is also a great need for clothing for men, women and children. They prefer new clothing, but used clothing that is in good condition and clean will also be accepted.

  • Last night during a special called meeting, the Unicoi County Commission voted to donate $6000 to the Kingsport Chapter of the American Red Cross in light of the recent situation in the Gulf Coast.

  • News Channel 11 WJHL. Relief drive, Friday, September 9th in the lower parking lot of the Johnson City Wal-Mart from 10 a-m until 7 p.m.

  • Bristol, TN Viking Hall Civic Center September 17th Starting @ 1pm 16 Bands Will Preform to Raise Money 423-764-4171

  • Northeast State Community College has initiated a fund-raising relief effort for victims suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 423-354-2556.

  • The Great Body Company and the Plum Kids of Sullivan North High School are collecting items to help Bridges Refugee Services with evacuees who will come to the area. 423-354-1422.

  • Don's Motor's in Weber City will hold a going-out-of-business auction Saturday at 10 a.m., where all the proceeds from the sale of shop and office equipment will go to hurricane relief. 423-392-0736 or 246-9300

  • KCS- Kids Caring and Serving. Kingsport City Schools raise funds for Red Cross. Donations through September 9.

  • A combined effort of the Washington County Johnson City EMS, Fire, Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be accepting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana. Travis Brown Trucking Co. of Jonesborough will be hauling the items from Johnson City to the disaster site in Louisiana at no charge. 423-773-3218.

  • Bank of Tennessee partner with WQUT, WKOS, WJCW, WGOC, WKIN through September 30 to collect money for the Red Cross.

  • Journey's End Animal Society asking for pet items such as dog and cat food, pet accessories, vitamins, trash bags, diapers, cotton balls and related. 423-239-5645

  • Samaritan's Purse International Relief is looking for volunteer workers to travel to the Gulf Coast. 828-262-1980. Samaritanspurse.org

  • First Assembly of God on Brandon Lane in Kingsport is collecting personal hygiene items. 423-384-3807

  • Trucks and drivers needed to deliver food. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. 800-771-2303

  • Needed: Pickup truck, enclosed trailer, motor home, satellite phones. Multi-denominational construction and medical work September 16 for two weeks. 423-384-0240, 239-9415

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  • Good Samaritan Ministries of Johnson City. Goods, medicines, volunteers needed. 100 N. Roan Street.

  • Tennessee Protection & Advocacy Inc. is providing free advocacy and information and referral services for persons with disabilities who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and need help with services such as Medicaid and special education. 1-800-342-1660, TTY: 888-852-2852.

  • The Baptist Church has spearheaded local relief effort for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Elizabethton.

  • Issuing a challenge to other local churches is New Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, which donated $10,000 to the Red Cross on Tuesday.

  • Kroger stores in Virginia, North Carolina, Northeast Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Ohio are accepting cash contributions. Customers can donate by rounding their shopping bill up to the next whole dollar. Kroger is also accepting cash donations. Money collected will be forwarded to the American Red Cross.

  • Highlands Fellowship is issuing a call to all churches to unite by adopting a town affected by the storm. The goal is to meet immediate needs and develop an ongoing relationship throughout the rebuilding process. Highlands in Abingdon also will collect and deliver a truckload of relief supplies. A truck will be in the church parking lot Saturday and donations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Items in stackable crates are preferred. Needed items include nonperishable food, baby food, cleaning supplies, batteries, flashlights, blankets and bottled water. For more information, contact Highlands Fellowship at (276) 628-3297, or visit www.highlandsfellowship.com.

  • A Food City tractor-trailer is parked at Bristol Motor Speedway to collect items that will be delivered to the hurricane victims. They are in need of water, juice, baby food, paper plates, disposable plasticware, peanut butter in plastic jars, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and female hygiene products. All food items should be in plastic containers.

  • WYVE/WXBX, Camrett Logistics and the HOPE Ministry Center are working together to help the victims of Katrina. A truck is parked at the HOPE Ministry Center at the corner of Monroe Street and Lee Highway, the farmers market site in Wytheville. Items being collected are water, paper supplies, diapers, personal hygiene items and nonperishable food. Volunteers will be on site until 6:30 tonight or until the truck is full. They also need volunteers to pack the items. Call (276) 228-3185 to volunteer.

  • Project Crossroads is spearheading a relief trip to deliver supplies to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The team is asking for donations of cash or prepackaged flood buckets as specified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The kits cost about $45 each and need to include: a five-gallon bucket with resealable lid, bleach, five scouring pads, seven sponges, one scrub brush, 18 cleaning towels or reusable wipes, liquid laundry detergent, household cleaner, disinfectant dish soap, 50 clothespins, clothes line, five dust rags, two pairs of latex gloves, one pair of work gloves, a 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, one insect repellent spray and one air freshener. Bottled water is also needed, but must be packaged separately. Donations can be dropped off at First United Methodist Church in downtown Marion. For additional information, call Project Crossroads at (276) 782-3339, Harry Howe at (276) 783-7963 or Ken Heath at (276) 783-4190.

  • High Point Elementary School's Hugs for Hurricane Victims will collect small stuffed animals and VHS and DVD movies for children through Sept. 6. The school will also sponsor a $1 sale of various items on Sept. 7-9 during school hours and Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call (276) 642-5600

  • Blue Ridge-Kenworth at Exit 13 of Interstate 81 is accepting items, including bottled water, nonperishable food, baby food and diapers. Additional collection centers are set up at Automotive Trailer and Supply, 313 Springbrook Drive in Johnson City, and Landstar Transportation, 3267 E. Stone Drive in Kingsport. For more information, call (276) 628-8103.

  • Those at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee are encouraging donations of food and money. Donations can be made directly through national headquarters by visiting www.secondharvest.org, or calling (800) 771-2303. Those who wish to donate locally can call (423) 477-4053 or send donations earmarked "Disaster" to Second Harvest Food Bank, 127 Dillon Court, Gray, Tenn.. 37615.

  • Friends of Animal Shelters is collecting money to send to the Humane Society for the United States for the abandoned and lost animals due to Katrina. Thousands of dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, rabbits and birds need care and many need to be rescued. If you would like to make a contribution, send it to Friends of Animal Shelters, P.O. BOX 396, Piney Flats, Tenn., 37686. Checks should be marked for Katrina animals. Donations will be accepted through Thursday.

  • The Salvation Army in Bristol is taking money only. Checks can be sent to:

  • P.O. Box 887, Bristol, Tenn., 37620.

  • Credit card donations can also be made at the Web site at salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Charter Communications is providing Internet and cable TV service to the Kingsport Red Cross hurricane relief shelters in the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and the old Keystone School Building in Johnson City. The Internet service will allow evacuees access to e-mail, cable TV, entertainment and information for the people staying in the shelters.

  • Blue Ridge Trucking is loading trucks with water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and batteries.

  • First Christian Church at Exit 14 in Abingdon is collecting monetary donations to be distributed to the victims through a partnership with Journey Christian Church in Downtown New Orleans.

  • Unicoi County Sheriff's Department is loading a tractor trailer with essentials such as water, new clothing, socks, underwear, diapers, hygiene products, canned goods, can openers, etc.

  • Happy Valley High School will be holding a water drive for the victims of the hurricane.

  • The Bristol Mall will be collecting new socks and undergarments for the hurricane victims beginning Monday.

  • Breastfeeding Essentials of Kingsport donating 5 percent of gross sales. www.breastfeed-essentials.com

  • Maple Oaks Apartments and Myrtle Harris donate $150 to Red Cross.

  • Mullican Flooring provided 16,800 liter bottles of water. Salyers Trucking delivered the water to Revival Temple in Walker Louisiana.

  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Red Cross Relief Fund.

  • Downtown Kingsport Association donate portion of Sam Bush Concert proceeds. 423-246-6550

  • Bluegrass Concert raised $5000 in relief funds. All bands and concert extras were donated for the fund raiser. ETSU Bluegrass band also participated.

  • Elizabethton, TN Happy Valley High School Leaving Midnight Friday

  • Bristol, TN Viking Hall Civic Center Saturday September 17th Starting @ 1pm 16 Bands Will Preform to Raise Money Tickets Will Be Sold @ The Door Contact Darlene Cole @ 423-764-4171

  • Jonesborough, TN Tennessee Quilts During Store House 9:30- 5:30 Monday - Saturday 423-753-6644 www.tennesseequilts.com

  • Kingsport, TN First Assembly Of God Through September 16th Contact: 423-247-1169

  • First Assembly of God Church 2213 Brandon Lane Kingsport, TN Collecting various items beginning Sept 12th and concluding Sept. 16th.10am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm 423-247-1169

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  • Washington County, TN Washington County EMS Collecting Supplies Contact: Laura Fine 423-773-3218

  • Gray, TN Gray United Methodist Church 2108 Oak Street Collecting Health Kits Collection until September 11th (423) 477-3792

  • JONESBOROUGH, TN Battle of the Bands to Benefit Victims of Katrina The Battle of the Bands will be held at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Sunday, September 11, beginning at 2 p.m. Contact the event organizers at The Cranberry Thistle, (423) 753-0090 or The Bistro, (423) 788-0224

  • Abingdon, VA Blue Ridge Kenworth Off Exit 13 Contact Jim Lockard 800-666-4833

  • Pleasant View United Methodist Church 18416 Lee Highway Collecting Flood Buckets & Health Kits Blankets, water & Donations www.pleasantviewumc.com 276-356-9911 Bristol, VA

  • Village Theatres Bristol Mall 276-591-5999

  • State Street United Methodist Church West Valley Drive Collecting Flood Buckets & Health Kits Blankets, water & Donations

  • Bristol, TN First United Methodist Church Vance Drive Collecting Flood Buckets & Health Kits Blankets, water & Donations

  • Bristol, TN School System 615 Edgemont Avenue

  • Elizabethton, TN Broad Street Hair Salon Broad Street Elizabethton, TN Contact Donna Puckett 423-542-3512

  • Happy Valley High School Collecting water and monetary donations. 8AM TO 3PM 5PM TO 6PM Drive ends Sept. 9th

  • Greeneville, TN Greeneville Wal-Mart Sponsored by Free Will Baptist Family Ministries Receiving items on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 9am - 2pm Contact Colleen Cox at 423-638-3180

  • Adventist Community Service Center 120 Idletime Drive 423-639-7127 or 423-639-5014 Collecting canned goods, diapers, feminine hygiene products and accepting monetary donations.

  • Johnson City, TN Mountain View Baptist Church 4005 Bristol Highway 423-282-3262 Collecting various food items and

  • monetary donations. 9AM TO 5PM through September 14th.

  • Automotive Color & Supply 313 Spring Brook Drive Johnson City, TN Contact Jim Lockard at 800-666-4833

  • Johnson City and Washington County EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement Donations being accepted until Sept. 12th 507 East Main Street Johnson City 423-773-3218

  • Heritage Baptist Church Collecting food and other items 9AM TO 7PM until Friday, Sept. 9th Church is located across from Science Hill High School 423-926-2139

  • Jonesborough, TN Yankee Salvage Camping Supplies, tents, tarps, 5 gallon buckets & toiletries. (423) 753-9311

  • Kingsport, TN Landstar Industries Stone Drive Kingsport, TN

  • Marion, VA Project Crossroads First United Methodist Church Downtown Marion 276-782-3339 or 276-783-7963 or 276-783-4190

  • Norton, VA Old Norton Hotel Virtus Marketing 3rd Floor Starting Tuesday Morning @8am until the trucks are full 276-679-5767

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  • Erwin, TN Unicoi County Sheriff`s Dept. Parking Lot And Also The Food Lion Shopping Center

  • Gray, TN Second Harvest Food Bank 127 Dillon Court 423-477-4053

  • American Red Cross 1-800-435-7669
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