Greeneville Mayor Laraine King, seated, signs a proclamation Friday morning, Sept. 26, in her Greeneville Town Hall office, recognizing September as Homeless Awareness Month in Greeneville. Looking on are Joyce Doughty, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College, and Ben Spencer, executive director of the Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness (ARCH), which is based in Johnson City and serves multiple counties in Northeast Tennessee. Doughty was present partly to emphasize the Health and Fitness Fall Fantasia coming up Oct. 2 at Tusculum College.
The fair will offer numerous health screenings, demonstrations and information at no charge to the public, and is structured in a way that will allow area homeless residents a convenient no-cost opportunity to gain free health information and some health services. The health fair begins at 8 a.m. in the Niswonger Commons building on the Tusculum campus. As another service effort, Tusculum College is also collecting “gently used” or new blankets, coats, scarves and sweaters for use by homeless area residents through the ARCH program. For information on the coat, scarf, sweater and blanket collection, call 636-7300, extension 5256. For information on the Health and Fitness Fall Fantasia, call Diane Hensley at 636-7300, extension 5499, or simply come to Tusculum College’s Niswonger Commons on Oct. 2 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.