Back of the Dragon Days were held on June 13, 14, and 15th at Tazewell High School. The events featured live music, food and vendor displays, along with a bike show conducted by the Iron Titans Motorcycle Club. The Jimmy Ramey Jr. Memorial Run was conducted by the Tazewell County ABATE chapter.
The Tazewell County Public Library proudly hosted the first Comic-Con in Tazewell County on June 7th from 10am – 2pm. Comic-Cons celebrate comics, super heroes, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming. This free family-friendly event kicks off their 2014 summer children’s program.
The Richlands High School robotics team, the Techie Tornadoes, appeared at the library at 12pm to give a robotics demonstration. They recently won the Virginia state championship and appeared in the world competition in St. Louis, MO. Learn more about them on their Facebook page.
Clinton Rowntree Blevins was born in the magical land of Jackson, Mississippi. On a trip to England in 1990, he began writing his first book at the age of eight, which was a thrilling success, and international bestseller, in his eight-year old mind. Since that time he has felt an urgency to get his stories out of his head, in some format, before they steal all of his sleep, and drive him mad. In 2008 he began writing screenplays for Luminarium Pictures, owned by award winning producer Mark Fincannon and Tamara Bracken. C. R. Blevins lives in East Tennesee. He discussed his book A Western Tale – Part One: The Overture, which is a stylized fantasy novel set in the wild west. Part Two: The Bridge is actually getting released this winter. Check out his website and Facebook page.
Local artist Melissa Angles gave workshops for children on drawing techniques. She has a BA from Sterling College in Kansas with a concentration in Studio Art. She has taught Art to children at Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School.
Technical Services Librarian Erica Hall gave a talk about “Women in Comics.” This discussion centered around the state of female heroines, female writers, and female fans in comics.
Reference Librarian Chris Wilkes recommended comics/graphic novels for children, teens, and adults in his panel “Graphic Novel Recommendations.” This is a perfect starter for those new to the graphic novel format or want to read comics besides superheroes.
A small video gaming area was set aside to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Just Dance, and Mario Kart.
The 2014 Spring Expo was held at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17th.
The Skirmish at Jeffersonville Civil War Reenactment was held at Crab Orchard Museum from May 16th through May 18th.
The annual Shop-With-a-Cop event was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Pounding Mill Walmart.
The Town of Tazewell Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on November 23, 2013.
The Tazewell Police Department, Tazewell County Juvenile Court and the Italian Village Restaurant would like to thank the following for their generous donation towards the community dinner. Without your help this event could not have been a success.
|Interim Health Care||New People’s Bank||Save-A-Lot|
|Food City||Grant’s Supermarket||Food Lion|
|Sam’s Club||Dennis & Susan Lee||Chris Plaster|
|Dr. Rodney Abrams||Dr. Steve Lutz||Dr. Ron Householder|
|Kelly Kidd Tires||Tazewell Moose Lodge||Country Variety Consignment|
|Lemon’s Jewelry||Felicia DeCourcy||Tray Ting House|
|Ultra Services||Mudfork Church of Christ||Lilies of the Field|
|Carter Bank & Trust||Gillespie, Hart, Altizer, & White||Jim Shortt|
|Central Church||Clinch Mountain Amish Furniture||James Buddy Blevins|
|Becker’s Jewelry||Broadwell, Gillespie, & Nimmo||Springville Christian Church|
|Hurst Scott Funeral Home||Leslie Howery Bail Bonds||Dr. Paul Carpio|
|Beauty Connection||J & R Gold||Your Grate Escape|
|Loose Change||Climbing Tree Theater||Labor of Love|
|Ruth Richardson||Tazewell County Board of Supervisors||Commonwealth Attorney’s Office|
|Penny Nimmo||Captain Sharon Cunningham||Bethany Long|
|John Keene||Monica Gonzalez||George Brown|
|Russell & Debra Hatfield||Lonnie Quesenberry||Jack Repass|
|Clint Neel||Boy Scouts Troop #93||Sherry Chambers|
|Bethel Arnold||Winding River||Tazewell Realty|
|Malcolm Browning – Tazewell Conveyor||Anonymous Donors|
|Little Debbie – Brad Pruitt|
In addition, we would like to thank all of those who volunteered their time to cook, deliver, serve, clean up, and offer fellowship to everyone in attendance. What a delightful surprise it was to have the children sing to us. Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone. Please remember during this holiday season to shop and support our local businesses, charities, and individuals. Without their support, community events would not be possible. Thank you to everyone involved.
Connie Roberts – Clerk Tazewell County Juvenile and Domestic Courts
Bill Weeks – Owner – Italian Village
DeWitt Cooper – Chief of Police, Town of Tazewell
The annual Christmas parade was held on November 30, 2013. Thanks to all of the participants, along with the parade onlookers who braved the cold. Hot chocolate and cookies were provided by the Tazewell Chamber of Commerce at the Altizer stage, and SATIRA provided popcorn.
The second annual Veteran’s Day Parade was held Sunday, November 10, 2013.
The parade began at Tazewell High School, and ended with a ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial on Main Street in Tazewell. Over 160 Veterans were in attendance. A meal was served for the Veterans at the Main Street Methodist Church fellowship hall, on the corner of Main Street.
All area Veteran’s were invited to participate in the parade and meal. Transportation was provided to any Veteran which is not able to walk the parade route. This year the Veterans Parade Committee teamed up with the USMC Toys for Tots Campaign and asked all parade onlookers to bring a a toy and help provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. Toy collection spots were strategically placed throughout the parade route, to collect donations.
We extend a sincere thanks to all those who participated in the parade and toy drive!
The second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest was held on October 26, 2013. Prizes and treat bags were given out to all in attendance.
Kid’s Fishing Day was held on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.
The free event was sponsered by the Town of Tazewell Police Department and the Town of Tazewell.