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Little River Village named campgound of the year
Little River Village Campground in Townsend was named large Tennessee Campground-of-the-Year during ceremonies at the Tennessee Campground Conference and Trade Show in Sevierville, November 2-3, 2006. The campground was so recognized for its accomplishments in campground operations, marketing, management, and industry unity.

Owned and operated by Norm and Mary Chipperfield, certified campground operators, and family for the past 11 years, they have three distinct business all under one roof – a stand alone restaurant, convenience store and gas station, and the 141-site campground.

Active in community affairs, Little River Village sponsors the Townsend Spring and Fall Festivals, the annual Trout Fest, and the Kiwanis Hole-In-One. They also contribute to the local library and its childrens’ programs, the local volunteer Fire Department, and to Austin and Morgan’s school for various fundraisers. Mark and Samantha Chipperfield, certified campground operators, are also involved in community and church activities. Mark Chipperfield is a Townsend City councilman.

The campground has also been very active on the state and national levels. In 2001, they received the Best Direct Mail Promotion Award for their annual newsletter from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (NARVC) In 2002-03, they earned the Tennessee Campground-of-the-Year Award and the Bravo Award and, in 2004, the Townsend Beautification Award. The campground has won the Best Community Christmas Tree Award annually for the past four years.

Norm Chipperfield has served as a Board member of NARVC and President of the Tennessee Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (TNARVC). He is the recipient of TNARVC’s Distinguished Service Award and is the only lifetime Board member of that organization.

"Our campground has grown enormously over the last decade and not just in the physical sense ? we are family," says Norm. "We strive, on a daily basis, to achieve first class results in the care and operation of our facilities."

The annual Campground Conference and Trade Show is sponsored by the 68 members of the Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. The mission of the association is "to serve the special needs of RV parks and campgrounds in Tennessee and provide the public with the highest quality camping experience."

ACA announces new youth activities program coordinator
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is proud to announce Derrick Stowell of Alcoa, as the new Youth Activities Program (YAP) Coordinator, where he is responsible for the coordination of ACA’s four-day annual residential youth camp for more than 60 children with limb loss/differences, ACA’s youth activities e-Zine (YAZ), and various youth-related outreach initiatives and activities.

Stowell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College with a double major in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sciences, and subsequently earned a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Stowell has six years of camp and recreational experience, including: serving as a counselor for the YMCA wilderness canoe camp; teaching environmental studies to elementary and middle school students from Knox County public schools through the Earth Flag program at Ijams Nature Center; and serving as a counselor for Mountain Challenge, the oldest outdoor team-building company in the East Tennessee region, where he provided high-quality, safe outdoor experiences for youth and college students, including working with students from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

As a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, Stowell also directed and helped plan Camp Koinonia, a week-long camp for children from the Knoxville area with multiple disabilities.

Stowell currently volunteers with Adventure Church, an interdenominational church that meets at William Blount High School in Maryville, and he continues to serve as a staff member with Mountain Challenge when time permits.

Stowell states, "I look forward to working with the Amputee Coalition of America to continue to develop and improve the youth program."

For more information on the Amputee Coalition of America’s Youth Activities Program, contact Stowell at 888-AMP-KNOW or via e-mail at or visit

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