Free flu shots

Loudon County Health Department will hold a free drive-through flu shot event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at 600 Rayder Ave., Loudon.

Send directory changesLoudon County Publishers, which produces The Connection and the News-Herald, is in the process of finalizing information for the Winter 2020 edition of the Tellico Village Directory.

Please send changes for names, addresses, phone numbers (both landlines and cellphones) and email addresses by email to directory@news- before Friday, Nov. 20. Any changes received after that date can’t be guaranteed to be made in time for the winter edition.

The directory is an “opt-in” publication that will be distributed in December. In order to be a part of the directory, newcomers must submit their information, including first and last name, complete address and phone numbers.

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PEO scales down fundraiserLike most volunteer organizations, the Tellico Village Chapter AX of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood is struggling with fundraising during the COVID-19 environment.

For the past seven years, members have produced and sold holiday mailbox arrangements. The effort involves teams gathering greens and berries and then working in assembly-line fashion in a member’s garage to create the fresh mailbox decorations. The production team has determined that creating these arrangements in 2020 is a potential health risk to members.

To balance the need for chapter funds and meet the demand for arrangements, all while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, only customers from 2019 were solicited through email. The number of arrangements was reduced to 40% of last year’s production. The group intends to return to full production in 2021.

Project funds support educational opportunities for women through loans, scholarships and grants. For more info about PEO, visit