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Alcoa teen found shot to death Tuesday
A 16-year-old Alcoa boy was found shot to death in the backyard of a Hall Community residence early Tuesday morning, Nov. 14. The teen, Tamir Shereef, was found dead by residents living nearby. He was found in the backyard of a home in the 100 block of West Bell Street in Alcoa. He apparently died from a gunshot wound, according to an Alcoa Police Department press release.

Police reported that officers were called to the 100 block of West Bell and West Franklin streets at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Officers checked the area, contacted the complainant who had heard six gunshots but didn’t find any injured persons at the time. At 7:30 a.m., police were called after a resident found a body in a grassy area.

Shereef was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation was on-going Tuesday evening. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Alcoa police at 981-4111 or the anonymous tip line at 380-4715.

Seymour woman is victim of home invasion
A 76-year-old Seymour woman was the victim of a home invasion and robbery Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 14, Blount County Sheriff’s office said.

The woman was not seriously injured. Deputies responded to a residence on I.C. King Road in Seymour at around 12:20 p.m.

When they arrived, the woman told them that a white male knocked on her door and asked if he could use her telephone.

The man attempted to use the telephone, then walked to the door and closed it. She said the man told her to give him all of her money. When she said she didn’t have any money, he pushed her down on the floor and he raised her cane as if to strike her with it. The man then looked through some of her belongings trying to find money. She said the man took her cordless phone, and then left the residence driving a white Nissan.

The man is described as 5 feet, 9 inches in height, 200 pounds, late teens or early 20s, wearing light blue pants, a white shirt and a white baseball cap.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Crime Hotline at 273-5200.

Maryville’s Clark named to Top Women in Technology
Maryville’s Sue Clark has been named to CableWorld’s Top Women In Technology list for 2006. Clark is vice president, Interactive Media and Broadband for Scripps Networks in Knoxville.

Clark began working for Scripps’ HGTV network in 1998 after earning her bachelor of science degree in advertising from San Jose State University in 1993. She progressed to HGTV’s parent Scripps Networks where she has held positions in
marketing, new ventures and video on demand (VOD).

Clark moved to Maryville in 1996 with her husband, John, and two young daughters, Lindsey and Jamie. She is also active in New Providence Presbyterian Church.

Starbucks Coffee is perking at new Alcoa Hwy. site
Starbucks Coffee Co., is coming. The coffee chain will open its first shop in Blount County early on Friday morning at the new store on Alcoa Highway near Cusick Road.

According to a press release, the new 2,700-square-foot retail location features a drive-thru, upholstered furniture, café tables and chairs, and an outdoor patio. The coffeehouse will offer handcrafted beverages and will carry a specialty coffee beans, pastries and merchandise, including coffee and espresso machines.

The new Starbucks will employ approximately 20-30 employees from the local area.

"We’re so excited about opening our new Alcoa coffeehouse," said Chafica Askar, Starbucks store manager. "We look forward to working with Second Harvest Food Bank and other local nonprofit and community organizations, as well as getting to know our new neighbors."

The official opening is at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. (midnight) and Sunday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Maryville, Alcoa to partner to promote inclusiveness
Both Maryville and Alcoa city councils recently passed a resolution joining the National League of Cities’ Inclusive Communities Partnership. The program is centered around raising awareness of the importance and value of inclusive communities by focusing on equal opportunity and fairness. It also promotes citizen participation and awareness.

According to a City of Maryville press release, Maryville Assistant City Manager Roger Campbell, Alcoa Human Resources Director William Brown, Maryville City Schools Communications Coordinator Sharon Anglim, and Public Information Officer Pam Arnett met in mid-September to review the components of the Inclusive Communities Partnership. During the first discussion meeting, there was a consensus that a number of groups are already established in Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County who are diligently working to embrace racial and ethnic diversity, reduce inequality, and fight prejudice.

Leaders of those groups met on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the City’s Municipal Center to discuss the Inclusive Communities Partnership and to find out what diversity programs are currently in place. Attending were: Dr. Lee Davis, Maryville College professor who is also co-chair of Education for Blount County Anti-Racism Task Force; Paula McGhee, director of Diversity Programming at Maryville College; Ransford Sarfo, Maryville College freshman vice president; Shirley Carr Clowney, Executive Director of African Americans of Appalachia and Blount County (AAABC); Dr. Sue Wyatt of the Strength and Diversity Group; and Dick Cox, representing the Ecumenical Council.

Assistant City Manager Roger Campbell said, "There are some great things going on in our community and both Alcoa and Maryville’s goal in joining the Inclusive Communities initiative is to become a communicator, facilitator and foundation for opportunity, equality and engagement." Campbell said that "Since every city and town is different, the small groups and county-wide discussions can play a role in providing a framework for us to assess our needs." The next meeting of the City and diversity group officials will occur in December.

FOP. seeks applications, donations for Shop with a Cop
The Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge No. 9 in Maryville is seeking applications and donations for its annual Shop with a Cop Program. The event takes place on Dec. 16 at Shop with a Cop’s corporate sponsor, Alcoa Wal-Mart with area law enforcement officers taking youngsters shopping.

According to a press release, applications are available at all Blount County, Alcoa and Maryville elementary schools as well as the Alcoa and Maryville Police Departments and the Blount County Justice Center. The deadline to return applications is Nov. 30.

For 14 years, Shop with a Cop has given needy children a chance to buy gifts for themselves and others. Lodge 9 held the Bud Allison Memorial Lodge No. Golf Benefit in June, with proceeds going directly to Shop with a Cop. In addition, the proceeds from a benefit concert held in August were donated to the cause.

For more information regarding the Shop with a Cop program, call the F.O.P. information line at 865-273-5345.

Tax deductible donations to the Shop with a Cop program can be mailed to the F.O.P. Lodge No. 9, P.O. Box 5256, Maryville, TN 37802, orleave a check to Shop with a Cop for Jarrod Millsaps at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

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