News briefs: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

Tipton Hill Community Center Jamboree is Sept. 28  

A family night filled with music, fun, food and laughter is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Tipton Hill Community Center Jamboree across from Griffith’s store in the Tipton Hill community.  

The event features an evening of gospel, country, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll and some “oldies but goodies” by local performers. Admission is free, and a concession stand will be open at 6 p.m.



Habitat application session location changed

The location of the information and application session initially scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Habitat Restore in Spruce Pine has changed.  

The new location for the information and application session will be at the Messiah of the Mountain Church, 4011 US-19E in Burnsville from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 14.

The initially scheduled information and application session for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Messiah of the Mountain Church, remains unchanged. 

Evensong set for Sunday, Sept. 15, at Trinity Church

The Choir of Trinity Church will sing Evensong for Holy Cross Day at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the church, 15 Hemlock Ave. in Spruce Pine.  

Music for the evening includes Herbert Brewer’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D Major, Prayers and Responses by Gerre Hancock and the anthem for the evening is H. Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn. 

Organ music will include works of Dan Locklair and Georg Frederick Handel. 

A reception will follow the Closing Voluntary in the Parish Hall.


Mitchell County State of the Child is Saturday, Oct. 12

The Mitchell County HOPE Resource Team is hosting the second State of the Child event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bear Creek Baptist Church, 327 Bear Creek Church Road in Bakersville.

The day will consist of local statistics, trends within the community, and how to access programs and services.

This is a free event with a motivational speaker during lunch. Childcare is provided free from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be inflatables, along with Play and Learn and story hour. 

Register online at by Friday, Oct. 4.


Green Mountain Farm certified as world’s first ‘Quiet Community’ 

Green Mountain Farm announces its certification by Quiet Parks International as the world’s first Quiet Community.

“Green Mountain Farm has been uniquely crafted to provide a brilliant, delightful and memorable escape from the stressors of modern life,” said Ben Philips, the project’s co-founder. “Our certificate was presented to us April 22, 2019, which was Earth Day.”

Founded in 2007, Green Mountain Farm is devoted to living in a natural environment. Visit for more information.



Spruce Pine man arrested after leading police on chase

McDowell County authorities have arrested and charged a Spruce Pine man after he reportedly led deputies on a pursuit before being found with methamphetamine.

Joshua Wayne Henline, 31, of Phillips Road, Spruce Pine, is charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, aggressive driving and driving while license revoked.

McDowell County deputies say shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, deputy Jared Cody spotted a motorcycle with a lost or stolen plate on U.S. 70.

When the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver sped up, leading the deputy on a pursuit to U.S. 221 North to Pitts Station Road to Old Linville Road and back onto U.S. 221 North, where the chain broke on the motorcycle, and it came to a stop.

Henline was taken into custody and, during a search, located .10 gram of methamphetamine in a bag on the motorcycle.

Henline’s court date is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23.


Tennessee men arrested on drug charges

The Mitchell County Sheriff Office made the following arrests Tuesday, Sept. 3:

Cody Ferguson, 26, of Melody Circle, Afton Tennessee, and Mathew Joseph Martin, 19, of Masengill Road, Greeneville, Tennessee, were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Their court date is Wednesday, Sept. 25. Their bond is $50,000.

The men are also being held on charges from Tennessee.

The MItchell News

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