Community Notes:

Zack Nyein named Maryville Rotary Student of the Month
The Rotary Club of Maryville has named Zack Nyein, a senior at Heritage High School, its October "Student of the Month." This honor is awarded each month to an area student who best exemplifies the Rotary motto "Service above self."

Nyein is an honor student who is involved in almost every facet of student life at Heritage High School. He has been involved in the Student Council for the past four years serving as its president this year. He is the drum major for the school’s marching band. His other activities include French Club (vice-president), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Young Life. Nyein has been named a "Student of Distinction" for Heritage High the past three years. He has academic letters in math, English, history, and science and has been listed in "Who’s Who Among High School
Students" for the past two years.

Nyein’s community service includes serving with Camp Coast Care, a team involved with relief and development for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Other areas of service include: Second Harvest Food Drive, Angel Tree, Haven House, Bread for Life, and The Food Connection. He also is an announcer for the Heritage High morning news.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in some 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries.

Blount storytellers to participate in Tellabration
Local storytellers Millie Sieber and Mary Peterson will join other Smoky Mountain Storytellers in Tellabration events, world-wide Celebrations of Storytelling for Grown-ups this week. On Friday, Nov. 17, Sieber with Delanna Reed, Rick Love, Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, Robert ‘Red Hawk’ Eldridge and emcee Jeanette Stevens will share original and traditional tales, stories both humorous and thought-provoking. Producer Kathleen Mavournin announced that this concert of stories set for 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater ,1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, is sponsored by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association and Jubilee Community Arts. Admission: $8 for JCA members, students, seniors; $9 general advance; $10 general day of show.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, both Peterson and Sieber will appear along with other SMSA members to share favorite stories new and old in Tellabration at Pigeon Forge Community Center, Light 2B on Parkway at 7 p.m.

Producer: Lovella Richardson announces that other tellers include Cuz Headrick, Janice Brooks-Headrick, Jeanette Stevens, Lovella Richardson, and emceee Kathleen Mavournin. The event is sponsored by SMSA and City of Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events. Donation of $5. For more information, call 865-980-5985.

Three arts groups in Blount receive Arts Build grants
The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville awarded 47 Arts Build Communities grants for art projects from non-profit organizations located in 10 East Tennessee counties. Three groups in Blount County received awards. The grants are for art-related activities that serve the needs of surrounding communities or the State and are designed to involve a broad audience.

Awarded grants from Blount County are: Appalachian Ballet Company; Fine Arts Blount and Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program provides funds for a variety of quality arts projects. The Alliance administers the block grant within each county on a per capita basis and sub-grants the funds through an open competitive grant process. Applications contained a clear, single-focus project or portion of a project that began October 15, 2006, or later and concludes by June 15, 2007. Funds awarded to a single organization in this category ranged from $500 to $3,000. Grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Arts Builds Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. The short-term objective of this grant is to create a decentralized distribution process for certain state dollars. A long-term objective is to build Tennessee’s communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations (including local arts agencies), and arts support in each of its ninety-five counties.

Santa makes phone calls to children
Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for the "Santa Call the Children" program. Thanks to the Maryville-Alcoa Civitan, this Hometown Christmas event has become a community tradition and allows children ages 3-7 an opportunity to enjoy a very special telephone call from Santa Claus. For more than 20 years, Civitan volunteers have been arranging calls from Santa to hundreds of children in Blount County and plans for this year’s event are well underway.

Registration applications are available at Parks and Recreation, 316 S. Everett High Road with the deadline set for December 1. Children ages 3-5 will be called on the evening of December 5th between the hours of 5-9 p.m. and ages 6 and 7 will receive calls on December 7 from 5-9 p.m. If you have submitted registration for members of your family to receive a call, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are available on the days and times specified.

For more information on this and other Hometown Christmas programs sponsored by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation and Blount Today, please call 865-983-9244 or visit

Police department will hold AARP driver safety course
The City of Maryville Police Department’s Community Policing Unit is offering a course that will save on insurance premiums for drivers over 55 years of age, and help to save lives.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom refresher course especially designed to meet the needs of older drivers. It includes age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,, Monday, Dec. 4 and Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Maryville Police Department at 400 West Broadway Avenue. The $10 fee per person, which goes directly to AARP, covers the cost of classroom materials.

A great aspect of the course is that those who participate will save money on their insurance premiums. Tennessee requires that all automobile insurance companies offer a premium to graduates of the course. Upon completion, participants can mail or fax a copy of their course certificate to their auto agent to receive the discount. For more details about the exact amount of savings, call your local insurance agent.

Call Officer Jason Barham or Officer Brent Hall at the Maryville Mall Precinct at 865-977-6964 now to reserve a space.

TNT takes first in Fall Festival Invitational
The TNT Prep Optionals Team started their competitive season by receiving the first place team award at the Fall Festival Invitational on Saturday, October 28. The meet was hosted by Master's School of Gymnastics in Hendersonville, TN.

Competing in the 6 to 8 year old PO1 classification, Sarah Caux placed first all around with a score of 35.525, second on bars with a 9.125, first on beam with an 8.625, and second on floor with a 9.075. Claire Sundahl took second all around with a 35.45, first on bars with a 9.4, second on beam with an 8.55, and third on floor with a 9.05. Lexxy Lewis finished third all around with a 35.0 and first on floor with a 9.375. Other team members medaling on individual events included Julianna Lindely with an 8.9 for second place on vault and an 8.05 for third place on beam. Lindsey Brown received third on vault and beam with scores of 8.85 and 9.05 consecutively. Baylee Boling placed first on vault with a 9.125. Hannah Lawson participated in the competition.

Representing the PO1 level 9 years old and up, Reagan Wilson took first place all around with a score of 36.225, first place on bars with a 9.6, second place on beam with an 8.525, and tied for second on floor with a 9.3. Montana Newroth followed closely for second place all around with 36.125, first place on vault with a 9.1, second place on bars with a 9.35, and first place on floor with a 9.375.

Competing as Prep Optional 2, Katie Snyder took first place all around with a score of 35.7, second on vault with an 8.95, second on bars with a 9.25, and first on beam with an 8.65. Amanda Smith placed second all around with a score of 35.325 and received first on vault and floor with a 9.25 for both events. Hope Case placed third all around with a 35.175 and first on floor with a 9.3. Brianna McGuffin received an 8.7 for third on vault and a 9.15 for second on floor. Kate Hudson placed third on floor with an 8.975, and Emily White placed third on bars with a 9.05.

Prep Optional 3 competitors consisted on Victoria Jackson placing second on floor with a 9.5, Brianna Bonner placing third on
beam with a 9.125, and Mizuki Isayama tying for first on vault with a 9.075.

The TNT Gymnastics Prep Optional Team is coached by Kevin McAfee, Stephanie Delapp, and Jeremy Smith. The gym is located on Clydesdale Street in Maryville.

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