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WBHS Vagabond Players prove the butler didn’t do it
Don’t be fooled by the name. "The Butler Did It" doesn’t give away the ending. In fact, there isn’t even a butler to begin with. This comedy takes place at the eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island, where Miss Maple, a society dowager, invites a group of detective writers for a weekend party.

Each writer is to portray his or her own fictional character while solving a "murder mystery." The "sleuths" include a mysterious Oriental, a sophisticated New York couple, an educated clergyman, a dingy private eye, and an intellectual type who admires Sherlock Holmes.

Things go awry when a guest actually falls victim to homicidal murderer on the prowl. Each guest is a suspect, and must capture the assassin before more blood is shed.

The William Blount High School Vagabond Players, directed by Erin Housam, will perform "The Butler Did It" on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the William Blount Patricia Lane Memorial Theatre.

Show times are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson gets award
For the second consecutive year, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell has been recognized by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for their high quality levels in sales, service, facility, and overall operations.

The dealership was recently awarded the company’s prestigious 2006 model year Bar and Shield Circle of Excellence Award. Criteria for the award included an evaluation of customer service and satisfaction, motorcycle and related product sales, staff training and skill levels, overall facilities, and other operational measures.

"One of the primary reasons Harley-Davidson has such tremendous customer loyalty is because of the efforts of dealers such as Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell," said Bill Dannehl, Harley-Davidson’s vice president of North American sales and dealer services. "We’re really proud to have Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell as part of our Harley-Davidson family, and we look forward to many great years of doing business together."

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell is owned by Monet and Scott Maddux of Maryville. The full-service dealership has been in business since 2004, and is located at 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. The business also has two retail locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

For more information about Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell call 865-977-1669 or visit online at www.smh-d.com.

Invitational Choir Festival to be at Maryville College
Choral ensembles from Maryville, Alcoa, William Blount and Heritage High Schools are scheduled to participate in Maryville College’s Invitational Choir Festival, planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Music Hall of the college’s Fine Arts Center. This concert is one of the events scheduled for the Open House hosted by the Office of Admissions of Maryville College.

Guest choirs will include the Heritage Singers, directed by Chris Clift; the William Blount High School Singers, directed by Carol Belgrau; the Alcoa High School Singers, directed by Trent Gilmore; and the Maryville Singers, directed by Ken Hawkins.

Also performing on the program will be the Maryville College Concert Choir and the College’s select vocal and performing ensemble, Off-Kilter.

There is no charge for admission.

For more information about the festival, contact Stacey Wilner, the College’s coordinator of choral music, at 865-981-8151 or email stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu.

Children’s Memorial Tree in Festival of Trees
The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is again preparing a memorial tree to be featured in the Blount County Festival of Trees at the Blount County Courthouse, Nov. 30 through Jan. 2. The Festival of Trees will be list at 6:30 p.m.,

Thursday, Nov. 30 as part of the Courthouse celebration.

Anyone who has a child in their life that has died is invited to include him or her on the 2006 "Forever Remembered, Forever Loved" Memorial Tree.

Photographs, if available, the child’s name, date of birth and date of death will be scanned and made into an ornament which can be reused on the Compassionate Friends Tree for years to come. Last year’s ornaments will be reused this year, unless the family notifies us that they do not want their child’s ornament included.

You can mail a picture and the information needed to Lisa Teffeteller, 334 Martin Valley Road, Walland, TN 37886, or email a picture and the information to tcffoothills@bellsouth.net. For more information, call 865-386-4489. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 22.

"How to determine voting choices" to be at Library
If you’re having trouble deciding which candidate is best for the job, a panel of speakers will provide tips about "How to Make Voting Choices on Election Day."

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2, in the Reading Rotunda at the Blount County Public Library. The program will be co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Library.

In addition to other topics and speakers, the panel will include:
"How to Look at and Understand a Candidate’s Position on Issues" - Larry Aldridge,
"The Importance of Young People Voting" - Julie Rochelle,
"The Process of Ballot Counting Through Machines" - representative of a voting machine company.
The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

15th annual Festival of Trees set for Courthouse
Entries are now being accepted for the 15th annual Festival of Trees. For the past 14 years, live and cut trees have illuminated the Blount County Courthouse lawn during the holiday season.

This unique event has rapidly become a holiday tradition in our community with hundreds of individuals and families walking or driving by the display which will remain open from November 30 - January 2.

Last year’s festival displayed 48 decorated and lighted trees from businesses, civic groups, organizations, scout troops, churches, adopt-a-schools and their sponsors, and many others.

The festival will officially open during the Christmas at the Courthouse event scheduled for Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. which will also include musical entertainment, refreshments, visit from Santa, and train rides for the children.

Anyone interested in more information on having a tree in the festival may attend an organizational meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Parks & Recreation Office located at 316 S. Everett High Rd., or contact Cookie Crowson, at 865-983-9244 to receive more information.

Drop, then shop Thanksgiving week
M and M Big Splat is offering a day camp for children who don’t want to be carried around to all the stores on the day after Thanksgiving. The Shop and Drop day camp will be at the M and M Big Splat center at 912 West Broadway, Maryville, from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 24. Cost is $30 per child and enrollment is limited to 20 children.

The idea behind the camp is that parents can drop their children off to play while they shop alone for a few hours. The children will be making Christmas crafts.

To register for Shop and Drop, call M and M Big Splat at 865-984-7300. The website is www.mandmbigsplat.com.

Dr. Mathew McCarty is guest speaker for Hope for Today
‘Hope for Today’ cancer support group hold monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Piney Grove Baptist Church, located at 536 Blockhouse Road, Maryville.

On Monday, Nov. 6, guest speaker will be Mathew McCarty, Oncologist from Thompson Oncology Group, located at Blount Memorial Cancer Cetner. Topic will be "Treatment updates on Colon and Lung Cancer". Food provided by Astra Zeneca from Chick-Fil-A.

Transportation provided from Broadway Towers, pick-up at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Charlene Walker at 865-984-0388, Judy Goodson at 865-982-2627 or Connie Young at 865-983-3132.

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