Dem chili supper and auction

State Rep. Gloria Johnson, of Knoxville’s District 13, will be the guest speaker and judge of chili entries at the annual Anderson County Democratic Party chili supper at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

The chili supper and contest, co-sponsored by the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club, will be held at Claxton Community Center, 1071 Edgemoor Road, near the park by the Bull Run Steam Plant.

Bear Stephenson, of Stephenson Realty and Auction in Clinton, will auction desserts as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party.

The cost of the chili dinner is $5 per person.

BIG Luncheon

The Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) is sponsoring the 25th Annual BIG Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Y-12 New Hope Center (602 Scarboro Road) in Oak Ridge.

The Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Reneé Kesler, President of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville.

Formerly, Kesler served as the Director of the City of Knoxville’s Community Development Department.

In addition to her professional work, Reverend Kesler is a Licensed Ordained Associate Minister at Mount

The event is open to the public.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased for $15 from local BIG members Angela Threat (576-0907) or Tanisha Smith-Wimes (576-1025).

Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event. The menu includes: fried or baked chicken with rice or ham; macaroni and cheese; corn; green beans; rolls; deserts, tea and water. A vegetarian option will be available.

‘Diaper Drive’ at The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is collecting donations of disposable diapers during February and March for distribution free to families in need with the help of United Way of Anderson County.

Donors may bring diapers to the drop-off bin in the Museum’s lobby.

You don’t need to tour the museum to make a diaper donation.

The average baby goes through six to 10 diapers a day, which, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, costs about $900 a year.

Winter poses many challenges to families in need. When paychecks are used for utilities such as the gas bill, less is available for personal care items like diapers.

The Children’s Museum, at 461 West Outer Drive in Oak Ridge, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at or call (865) 482-1074.