Lighting the lawn

Lights, music and more highlight tree lighting at Blount Courthouse

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The trees numbered 42, and the crowd swelled to more than 500 when Blount County’s Hometown Christmas turned its sites to the courthouse for the annual tree lighting on Thursday, Nov. 30. The annual event featured the lighting of the 42 community and school trees, refreshments and gifts from county employees, a visit from and pictures with Santa and wonderful music.

With the crowd counting down, Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham and Blount Today publisher Sherri Gardner Howell threw the switch and the courthouse lawn took on a seasonal glow. The event is part of Hometown Christmas, which is sponsored by Parks and Recreation, the county and cities and Blount Today.

Special events included a performance by the Hometown Choir and the Mary Blount Elementary Bell Choir. Mayor Cunningham also presented the Pride of Tennessee award to Don and Carol Story of Walland for their dedication to the community and community service.

County employees donated their time at the event and provided the refreshments.
The trees will be on display until Jan. 1.

Darrell Watkins took these photos for Blount Today. Next week we will feature some of the decorated trees.

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