(new hours effective 2/7/15):
Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 11 and
12 – 2:30 pm
NOTE: closed 11-12 for lunch)
Saturday: 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Times change even in Sharps Chapel, TN — literally. Our post office has new hours, effective 2/7/15.
There have been some personnel changes also — Cheryl is no longer the postmaster. Sunset Bay invited all the postal carriers and their spouses to their Thanksgiving Pot Luck last year to thank them for all that they do and to bid farewell to Cheryl, who staffed the office for more than 16 years. I had a chance to talk with Mary, our letter carrier, and the others. I learned that there are two routes that are serviced by the Sharps Chapel post office — the Sunset Bay / Norris Shores / Tanglewood route and the Leadmine bend route.
We are lucky that they did not close the office entirely, when the issue came up last summer. Prior to that, I had heard about possible Post Office closings nationwide and was curious if Cheryl had heard if Sharps Chapel would be affected. She said that the closings would most likely affect post offices that were within 10 miles of one another and the closest post offices to Sharps Chapel are Maynardville and Tazwell – both about 15 miles away. Couple that with the fact that Sharps Chapel Post Office makes 800 deliveries a day and that this will only continue to grow with new home development at Sunset Bay and Norris Shores, then it seemed pretty unlikely that Sharps Chapel Post Office would be affected.
- USPS Could Close Thousands More Post Offices (walletpop.com)
- U.S. Postal Service May Close Thousands of Post Offices (dailyfinance.com)