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Bristol, Tennessee announces plans for Slater Center reopening


Approximately 13 months after closing to the public in response to the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic, Bristol, Tennessee Parks and Recreation staff have announced plans for the reopening of the Slater Community Center. Beginning Monday, May 3, activities at the center will resume, though users of the facility can anticipate a number of modifications that will be in place.

Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Participants whose birth year is an even number will be able to access the center on Mondays and Wednesdays, while those with odd-numbered birth years will be able to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The center will be closed to the public on Fridays to allow for thorough cleaning.

Additionally, program participants should be aware of the following modifications:

  • Face masks will be required inside the building and proper social distancing should be practiced.

  • Upon entry, all participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure, including a temperature check. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be permitted to participate in programs.

  • All classes will be held in the large gymnasium.

  • No equipment will be provided for yoga classes. Participants must bring their own.

  • Exercise rooms will be open with a one-hour time limit per user.

  • No food or drinks will be permitted in the building with the exception of water bottles. Water fountains will not be in operation.

  • Patrons will be able to play billiards with a limit of two players per table, though no spectators will be permitted.

  • The cafeteria will be open for fellowship with appropriate social distancing, though no meals or snacks will be served.

  • One-on-one fitness classes will resume on May 17 with prior registration required.

  • At any point, should the number of participants in the building or adequate space become a concern, staff may limit additional individuals from entering.

All participants will be required to fill out new information and release forms. Registration will be available for two weeks from Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 30. Participants are encouraged to register online at In-person registrations may also be completed at the Slater Center office during this period from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Individuals with even-numbered birth years may register in person on Mondays and Wednesdays, and those with odd-numbered birth years on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays during this two-week period will be open for any in-person registrations.

For more information, please contact the Bristol, Tennessee Department of Parks and Recreation at (423) 764-4023 or email

Spring Paving: Sustainable Paving Plan Update

Pave-Well Paving Company will begin paving selected city roadways near the Tri-Cities Airport on Monday, April 19. The contractor will be conducting lane closures and flagging operations during the duration of this project.


Motorists are urged to use caution and be patient when traveling in the area during this time. The work is expected to be completed by July 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 423-229-9451.

For more information about paving in Kingsport, please visit

Liberty! the Saga of Sycamore Shoals will be accepting non-speaking cast members until April 22, 2021.  As an extra in the Liberty! cast, you would either be portraying either a Cherokee man, woman or child , or a member of the Watauga Settlement.  There will be required rehearsals.


Show dates for our 2021 season begins with opening night on Friday, June 4th at 7:30 pm.  Subsequent performances are on Saturday, June 5, Friday/Saturday, June 11 & 12; Thursday through Saturday, June 17 – 19 and June 24 – 26.


If you would like further information, please contact Production Manager, Tony DeVault at or call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

ETSU College of Nursing offering online Forensic Nurse Certificate

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing now offers an online Forensic Nurse Certificate, a graduate certificate designed for nurses who want to expand their training beyond the education acquired as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). 

Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse, according to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). 

“ETSU’s Forensic Nurse Certificate program builds on SANE training and prepares nurses for many of the issues that arise when dealing with patients who have experienced human violence,” said Dr. Judy McCook, professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Forensic Nurse Certificate program. 

Coursework in the certificate program examines how intentional human violence intersects with health care and the criminal justice system, while integrating forensic science and social services.  

Forensic course content will include the neurobiology of trauma, child and elder maltreatment, dating violence, intimate partner violence, strangulation, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation, technology facilitated sexual violence, perpetrator behaviors, death investigation and court testimony. 

The Forensic Nurse Certificate Program was designed with working professionals in mind, offering the flexibility and convenience of online coursework. It can be completed in two semesters, with two courses in the fall and two in the spring or one course per semester over two years.  

To be admitted to the certificate program, students must have a baccalaureate degree and have completed a prerequisite of 41-hours of IAFN SANE-A (Adult/Adolescent) training. Over the past two years, ETSU has provided the SANE-A training at no cost to more than 100 nurses using funding from a Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant. Additional grant funds are available to continue SANE-A for qualified nurses from Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia. 

“Since January of 2019, we have provided SANE-A training for more than 100 nurses and we have additional funds to help others earn that prerequisite,” McCook said. “Once they complete the initial online SANE-A course, our new Forensics Certificate Program is the perfect next step for those nurses who want detailed knowledge in this specialty.” 

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2021. To learn more about admissions requirements and how to apply, visit or email Dr. Judy McCook at  

Season passes are on sale now for 2021 summer season

It’s official—water park season is on the way. The Kingsport Aquatic Center will open the Outdoor Water Park on Monday, May 10, and season passes for the 2021 summer season are on sale now.


As the KAC works with the Sullivan County Regional Health Department to evaluate guest safety, the Outdoor Water Park will operate at a reduced capacity of 750 guests at any time to allow for social distancing. The KAC will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in the local area in conjunction with SCRHD, and will evaluate operations as the summer progresses.



2021 Outdoor Water Park Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.


Season passes are valid for entry beginning May 1 to the new outdoor lap pool, and beginning May 10 for the water park. The water park will be open every day through Labor Day, weather permitting, then weekends only through the end of September.


The new outdoor lap pool will be open every day, weather permitting, through the end of October. This pool is currently open, and hours will expand as the weather gets warmer. The current operational schedule is:

  • Monday – Friday

    • Lap swim by reservation 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    • Open swim at 50% capacity 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday

    • Water aerobics on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

  • Saturday

    • Open swim at 50% capacity 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


At this time, KAC’s indoor facilities are still available for lap swim by reservation.


Season passes and memberships can be purchased on or in person at the KAC front desk. To learn more about season pass and membership benefits, call 423-343-9758 or visit



Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual Woolly Day and Garden Arts Festival on Saturday, April 17th – Sunday, 18th. The Festival will start on both days at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. “Woolly Day” features hand-shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of Cotswold sheep, wool processing techniques of the 18th century, and other spring activities on a frontier farm. The “Garden Arts Festival” will be a celebration of all things gardening – from plants to handmade items for the home, garden and gardener, to delicious foods and informative talks and tours.

Woolly Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the spring activities of the early settlers of Tennessee. This is a great opportunity for children of all ages to get a close look, and even pet the sheep, feel their wool and learn how it would be made into clothing. Visitors can wash the freshly-sheared wool, use wool cards to straighten the fibers, and see how it is spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

Rocky Mount is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Rocky Mount Historical Association operates the site under a contract with the Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information, please call 423-538-7396 or email Find us on Facebook at and @RockyMount TN on Twitter and Instagram. 


ETSU to host virtual lunchtime assembly for alumni in Appalachian Highlands, Asheville region 


JOHNSON CITY – An East Tennessee State University Alumni Assembly with President Dr. Brian Noland will be held for university graduates living in the Appalachian Highlands and Asheville, North Carolina, region on Thursday, April 22.


This virtual town hall event will be held at noon via Zoom.


It is part of a series of assemblies designed to inform, to celebrate, and to engage ETSU alumni. The ETSU National Alumni Association is hosting these events in regions with a high concentration of ETSU alumni, where the university currently has Alumni Clubs, or where the Alumni Association plans to establish a regional club in the near future.


ETSU alumni living in or near the Appalachian Highlands region of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina, including the Asheville region, may visit and click on the appropriate regional link to register and receive the Zoom link for the assembly. When registering, participants may share specific questions they would like to ask President Noland.


For more information, email or call 423-439-4218.

Kingsport Hosts 2021 Iron Pour and Scratch Mold Workshops
Fun, food, flames & white-hot iron!

You don’t want to miss being a part of this! The 2021 Kingsport Iron Pour will take place on Saturday, May 8, with workshops taking place in the weeks prior. You have a chance to create your own iron artwork!

You’re not just invited to watch—you’re invited to make your own art. On Saturday, May 8, the furnace will roar, crackle, flame, and spark with power and excitement! Join us for an iron pour demonstration conducted by sculpture artist Tripp Jarvis and a team of master sculptors as they heat 500 pounds of iron until it’s white hot, then pour it into molds made in the Scratch Mold Workshop. Let the fireworks begin! 

The iron pour is free to spectate. To participate, it’s only $15 to create your own Iron Art through one of the workshops.

Food trucks will be on site as the iron pour is heating up. Visit the Inventor Center at 118 Shelby Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to join in on the fun!

Scratch Mold Workshops:
Class option 1: Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. – noon        
Class option 2: Friday, April 30, 6 – 8 p.m.    
Class option 3: Friday, May 7, 10 a.m. – noon
Class option  4: Friday, May 7,  6 – 8 p.m.
Class option 5: Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. – noon  (*This is the morning of the Iron Pour event.  All molds must be completed no later than 1 p.m.)

Create your own iron artwork by making a Scratch Mold. In this class that’s suitable for beginners and students of all skill level, you’ll scratch unique designs into an 8-inch sand mold which will be cast with molten iron by professional artists during the main event (held on Saturday, May 8). At the end of the night, take home your one-of-a-kind art. The ticket cost includes all materials needed for the workshop and the casting of your piece in iron on May 8 during the main event. Rain or shine. Advance registration is required. $15 scratch block mold.

Visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” tab at the top to reserve your spot! Call 423-392-8414 with any questions.

The Scratch Mold Workshops and Iron Pour are hosted by Engage Kingsport and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at the Inventor Center located at 118 Shelby Street.

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will be hosting a “Prescription Drug Take-Back” event on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm in the Municipal Parking Lot located at 801 Anderson Street, Bristol, Tennessee (Courthouse parking lot). People are asked to bring their old, unwanted, unused or expired medications (prescription, over-the-counter and supplements) to this secure drop-off site. This is a “no-questions-asked” event and participants will not need to produce any identification. All items will be properly disposed of by incineration by the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.

The Police Department is encouraging individuals to rid their households of unused medications that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse. Additionally, proper disposal is much safer for the environment and the water supply as flushing or throwing away medication puts our waterways and aquatic life at risk. Liquids and syringes will not be accepted. 

The Drug Take-Back initiative is for the general public. Doctor’s offices, clinics, or other medical offices should follow the guidelines set by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The guidelines for disposal can be found at

For further information, please contact Lt. Jimmy Dillard (423) 989-9382 or

ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine to host medical summer camp for rural students

JOHNSON CITY – Rural high school students already eyeing a career in medicine can get an early glimpse into the field by attending the Rural High School Medical Camp hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. 

The camp is geared toward rising juniors and seniors or recent graduates of high schools in rural areas who want to pursue a career in medicine or any other health related career. The camp will be a single-day camp offered on both June 8 and 15. The Rural High School Medical Camp will include information about the various health sciences fields for which there are programs at ETSU, hands-on lectures and a short tour of main campus.

The camp is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of ETSU, Quillen College of Medicine and Tennessee Workforce Development. Campers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch provided in the dining hall of the newly renovated D.P. Culp Student Center.

To apply, visit Space is limited to 30 attendees. The deadline for applications is April 19.

For more information, contact Skylar Moore, rural programs coordinator for Quillen College of Medicine, at 423-439-6719 or via email at

Spring Programming at Natural Tunnel State Park


April 10, May 1, 8, and 22

9 a.m. – Spring Bird Walks  Join volunteer Randy Smith to celebrate spring and enjoy the beautiful birds of Natural Tunnel State Park with an easy guided bird walk. Binoculars and field guides will not be available due to Covid restrictions, so guests are encouraged to bring their own. The hike will take place on the Birding and Wildlife Trail, sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free

April 10 and 17

1 p.m. – Wild About Wildflowers  Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season. Meet at the Visitor Center. Free


April 19 – 25: Self-Guided Earth Day Celebration

Self-Guided Wildflower Walk

April is a great month to enjoy spring ephemerals, the short-lived wildflowers that light up the forest floor before the leaves from the tree canopy above return. This self-guided brochure highlights some of the most common wildflowers seen throughout the park, as well as tips on how to identify them. The best trails to find wildflowers are the Stock Creek Trail and Tunnel Trail. How many will you find during your visit? Brochures can be found at the Visitor Center or main office. Free

Self-Guided Trail Cleanup

Trash is an eyesore, especially in nature. Help keep our trails beautiful and litter-free for future park visitors. At the Visitor Center, there will be trash bags available. Grab a bag before you hike and pick up any litter you see along the way. Any trash collected during your hike can be disposed of in the trash cans located throughout the park.


Self-Guided Opportunities: Self-guided activities can be found at the Visitor Center. A self-guided tour of the Natural Tunnel and Blockhouse are available as well as a variety of scavenger hunts.


Adventure Day Packs 

Adventure Day Packs are now available to be checked out from the Camp Store during your visit to Natural Tunnel State Park. There is no rental fee and we have a variety of gear available to choose from, such as various field guides, binoculars, sifters and magnifying jars. Although guests must be at least 18 years of age to check the packs out there are binoculars, supplies and materials available for accompanying children.

Request a Ranger

This program gives families and small groups a chance to engage in activities not otherwise scheduled during their visit to the park. Maximum group size is 10. Contact Rachel Blevins at 276-940-1643 for program information and to schedule a program. (This program is based on available staffing – requested days or times are not guaranteed and must be scheduled one day in advanced).


The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.


For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit


Unicoi Learning Center at 425 Unicoi Drive in Unicoi, Tennessee, is proud to announce their participation in the Child & Adult Food Care program. Meals are provided at no charge to qualified children and adults without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA, at their facility.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication, such as braille, American sign language or other means, should contact the state or local agency where they applied for benefits.

For more information, call Unicoi Learning Center at 423-743-5052.

Unicoi Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider.

Celebrating 50 Years of Adventure at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
Bays Mountain kicks off anniversary celebrations

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is celebrating 50 years of family fun and adventure in 2021, and you’re invited to a party that will last all year long.

This year, the park will celebrate its golden anniversary with special events, opportunities to get involved, commemorative merchandise and more. Throughout 2021, look for fun events and programs fit for everyone. Whether you love adventuring in the woods, learning about local history, or spending time with family, Bays Mountain Park is the place to be.


Join the park for Kids at Bays on Saturday, April 24 for a fun-filled family day from noon to 6 p.m. Featuring food trucks, live music, games, door prizes and more, all activities are free with park admission. Plus, kids can help celebrate the wolves’ birthday by making cards and decorating cupcakes!


May is Bays’ official anniversary month, and it’s jam-packed with fun activities all leading up to the big day, May 24, including:

  • Morning Yoga on first four Saturdays at 9 a.m.

  • Morning Kayak Tour on May 23, 9 a.m.

  • Guided History Hike on May 23, 2 p.m.

  • Anniversary Day Celebration on May 24, 1 p.m.


What else can you look forward to during Bays Mountain’s 50th Anniversary Celebration? On social media, look out for oral history narratives of the park and other fun facts about the mountain. Bays Mountain Brewing Company will host “A Night with a Naturalist” events at the brewery, where you can sip some local brews while you learn a thing or two. On Father’s Day Weekend, June 19, the park will host Jeep Fest. There’s plenty of other events and programs in the works too, including VIP Barge Rides, Campfire Tales, a music festival and the return of the Laser Light Show!

To view the Bays Mountain Park 50th Anniversary media kit, visit

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


April 2021- Programs and Tours


*** COVID-19 GUIDELINES: While visiting the park please stay 6 feet apart from other guests. Face masks are required inside all state park facilities. Face masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Park buildings are subject to closure if maximum capacity is exceeded. The park visitors center closes Mon. – Sat. between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 for cleaning and disinfecting. Restrooms close periodically for cleaning. Please help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ***


Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Saturday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021                                                                          11:00 am

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                            Max:  6

Registration required –


Join park Seasonal Interpretive Recreator, Laura Ellis for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.


Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.


Carter Mansion Tour

Thursday, April 8, 15, 22, 2021                                                                                1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  6

Registration required –


Join park staff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.


The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.


Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Friday, April 9, 2021                                                                                              10 am – 11 am

Cost: $5.00 (tax included)                                                                                       Max: 6

Registration required –

Discover the unique skill of 18th century tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include the versatile applications of the tomahawk on the early American Frontier as well as proper technique and release for throwing with safety and accuracy.  No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own water, all other supplies will be provided. Please don’t bring your own tomahawk. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.


Carter Mansion Celebration & Militia Muster

Saturday, April 10, 2021                                                                                     10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Join us as we celebrate the oldest frame house in Tennessee, and the historically prominent Carter Family.  Travel back to the 1780’s and tour the Carter Mansion.  Witness living history reenactors demonstrating aspects of 18th Century life, and see local craftsman showcasing traditional skills.

Tunes of the Time

Friday, April 16, 2021                                                                                                2:00 pm

Admission: $5.00 (tax included), 6 and under: Free                                                  Max: 10

Registration required –


Life on the 18th century frontier could be harsh and unpredictable. Many early settlers turned to music as a source of joy and entertainment. Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart in the “Gathering Place” of the park visitor center for a glimpse into the musical heritage of the colonial frontier. See how music was a part of the everyday lives of colonial Americans and how the melting pot of early America influenced the songs and tunes we still enjoy today.


Earth Day Hike

Thursday, April 22, 2021                                                                                          2:00 pm

Admission: Free!                                                                                              Max:  10

Registration required –


Join Sycamore Shoals intern Lauren Thompson on a guided hike that will feature outstanding trees and a guided walk along the Watauga River. Learn how to recognize a tree with or without leaves, how our ancestors used the trees, and other unique facts.  Experience the state park by hearing basic hiking tips such as, what is good to pack for a day hike, avoiding poison ivy, and what to wear on a hike. If you want to learn something new or enjoy an easy hike, the Earth Day hike has something for everyone.


Full Moon Hike                                                                                              

Monday, April 26, 2021                                                                                    10:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (tax included), 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  10

Registration required –


Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn, but this is a special occasion.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin, for a walk under the light of the full moon.  Learn about some of the monumental events that took place on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Park while enjoying the rare chance of seeing the park at night.


Living History Weekends at Fort Watauga

Each Saturday and Sunday in April (Except 4th and the 10th)                               2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join our historic interpretive staff for a variety of free living history demonstrations, displays, and presentations on various aspects of life in the 18th century frontier. You never know what may be going on at the fort. Come by, check it out, and take a step back in time.




For further information, Call – Sycamore Shoals State Park at 423-543-5808


Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday    (closed 11:30 -1:30 for lunch & cleaning)        

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.  

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643





Upcoming American Job Center Events





The American Job Centers Tri-Cities Virtual Job Fair

March 31st, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM



Veterans Job Club: Ace Your Virtual Interviews

April 9th, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST



Partner Industrial Hiring Event (In-Person)

April 9th, 2021

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST



Partner Industrial Virtual Job Fair

April 14th, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST



Spring Career Fair

April 21st, 2021

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

1140 E Center St
Kingsport, TN 37660

2021 Spring Roan Mountain Naturalists Rally 

Saturday, April 24, 2021 


Throughout each year, the Friends of Roan Mountain sponsor naturalist rallies during four weekends spanning the seasons.  The Spring Naturalists’ Rally takes place the last weekend in April; the Youth Rally (Xtreme Roan Adventures) is the last weekend in July; the Fall Rally is in September, the weekend after Labor Day; and the Winter Rally falls on a Saturday in mid-February. 

Friends of Roan Mountain is dedicated to fostering greater awareness and understanding of the natural, historical, and cultural significance of Roan Mountain. In addition to hosting naturalist rallies, Friends of Roan also works with Roan Mountain State Park and the U.S. Forest Service on different projects throughout the year. 


The Spring Naturalist’s Rally is just around the corner, planned for Saturday, April 24, 2021.  Read on to learn about how we will offer an engaging day for the family in Roan Mountain! 


The Spring Roan Mountain Naturalists Rally is modified this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual three-day event, the rally will only be one day with no evening programs, and no meals will be offered. We are planning to return to our regular schedule as soon as possible. 


Field Trip participants will meet in the field adjacent to the cabins in Roan Mountain State Park for all trips.  For this rally, all trips are free and there is no printed brochure. Trip options can be viewed by clicking the Register Now button at  


Please consider supporting this and all our rallies by joining the Friends of Roan Mountain or by donating. 


Due to Covid-19, extra precautions are being taken. Our first priority is to keep everyone safe. To meet recommended State of Tennessee and Roan Mountain State Park guidelines for safe COVID-19 protection for organizers, trip leaders and rally participants, the following measures will be taken: 

  1.  Everyone should maintain a safe distance of least 6 feet.

  2. Everyone will be required to bring a mask and wear it when social distancing is not possible.

  3. Trip group size will be limited to 9 participants and 1 leader.

  4. Pre-registration is required for all events (Participants will sign up online. Once you register, you will receive an email with a ticket.)


Registration for the Spring Rally trips for Saturday, April 24th can be found at : 


Trips include: 


8:30 am          Birding with Cade Campbell & Adrianna Nelson 

8:30 am          Beginning Birding with Joe McGuiness 

8:30 am          Fred Behrend Trail Hike with Lance Jessee 

8:30 am          Salamanders with Dale Ledford 

10:30 am       Snakes with Connie Deegan 

10:30 am       Moonshiner’s Run Wildflower Hike with Ranger Phillip Hylen 

10:30 am       Beginning Birding with Jo McGuiness 

10:30 am       Mosses and Liverworts with Jim Goldsmith 

12:30 pm       Owls with Ranger Phillip Hylen 

1:00 pm          Tri-Cities Young Naturalists with Cade Campbell 

1:00 pm          Snakes with Connie Deegan 

1:00 pm          Wildlife Tracking and Signs with Marty Silver 

1:00 pm          Nature Photography with Travis Bordley 

3:00 pm          Photography with Ranger Marcianne O’Day 

3:00 pm          Hike to Jones Falls with Marty Silver 

3:00 pm          Grassy Bald Ecology Exploration with Travis Bordley 

3:00 pm          Geology of Roan Mountain with Mick Whitelaw & Jeremy Stout 



For additional information, please email Larry McDaniel, Spring Rally Director at or for general park information, contact Roan Mountain State Park at 423-547-3900 

BFA Exhibitions on display at the Reece Museum


JOHNSON CITY – The East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design and the Reece Museum present the “Spring 2021 BFA Senior Exhibition” now through April 30 featuring works by nine Bachelor of Fine Arts students.


The ETSU Department of Art and Design offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in both studio art and graphic design. Studio art seniors are William Arrowood, Camila Edye, Loki Gardner, Lindsey Goddard and Jess Uhl. Seniors in graphic design are Hank Collie, Haley McBrayer, Laura Rogers and Emilee Storie. All nine students will graduate from ETSU in May.


The Reece Museum, located on the ETSU campus, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit or phone 423-439-4392.