The battle of the bulge. Childhood obesity is on the rise. One in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight. Eating right and getting your body moving are the best ways to stay healthy. For more tips click here.

Sycamore Shoals has many events planned this month. They include:

13th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Friday – Sunday, September 5, 6 and 7

Friday Night Torchlight Ceremony                      6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday                                               9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday Night Concert                                       6:30 pm

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! Opening with a torchlight ceremony Friday night, Clans and Family Societies will be on hand to help with family history; dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, reenactments of 18th & 19th Century heritage, lectures. There will be a special musical concert on Saturday evening. Admission Charge.

Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” Saturday, September 20                                        10:00 am
On Saturday the 20th of September 2014, The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 234th "Gathering at Sycamore Shoals". This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.

Overmountain Victory Trail March
Thursday, September 25                                   2:00 pm (approximate time)
Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975. On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 233 years ago.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Outdoor lovers we have just the place for you. The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo is Saturday, September 13th from 10am until 4pm at Heartwood in Abingdon, Va. Learn about new destinations to hike, bike and kayak in our region. This is the first of its kind in SWVA and will raise awareness about the diverse opportunities available here. For a schedule of events, click here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This month, we will celebrate the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In honor of the pirates, the Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City has several science experiments you can do with your children or students. Click here for instructions.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund helps hundreds of animals every year. Now you can do your part by attending "Rockin' the Knob" at Observation Knob Park in Bristol, TN.  The day of music, fun and games  is from 3:30-10pm on Saturday, September 6th. All proceeds go to Holly Help.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. There is help available for people with substance abuse problems. Learn more about NCADD or Recovery at Bristol.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), a partner in the Virginia Workforce Network (VWN), is the public employment service established to assist employers in finding qualified workers and to assist workers in finding suitable jobs. Learn about the services and the opportunities that are available here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Help your family and community plan for emergencies and disasters. The Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held Saturday, September 13th from 8am until 1pm. It will be held at the University Parkway Baptist Church (219 University Parkways in Johnson City). Admission is free.

It's time to think about Flu Season. To learn more about this year's season and vaccine click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is Sunday, August 31st at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va at 5pm.

Featured performers for the festival this year in addition to Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek are Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, and Town Branch Bluegrass Band. 

Proceeds above expenses go into the Cove Ridge Foundation’s Papa Joe Smiddy Scholarship Fund.  Papa Joe is 94 years of age.  He has had a positive influence on many.  He is Chancellor Emeritus of the UVA at Wise.

Gladefest is Saturday, August 30th in Glade Spring, Va. It runs from 10am-8:30pm. For a complete list of times visit Gladefest 2014.