News Briefs

Compiled by Lance Coleman

Dixie Iron Riders take to road to raise funds for Boys and Girls Clubs
Motorcycles will roar out of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson Buell April 7 to raise money for the Girls and Boys Clubs of Blount County.

Dixie Iron Riders will lead the 90-mile trip that will end at Pearson Springs Park on Montvale Station Road in Maryville. There will be hotdogs and refreshments and live music will be provided by the Time Travelers Band. This will be a non-alcohol event.

Maryville Fire Chief Ed Mitchell said they hope this run will become an annual event. The Boys and Girls Clubs have been instrumental in a lot of success stories for individuals from all over Blount County, said Mitchell, a Boys and Girls Club executive board member.

Mitchell said former club members have told him that the organization gave them direction and kept them from getting into trouble. "We’ve talked to so many people who say they grew up in Boys and Girls Clubs," Mitchell said. "That’s what it’s for; it’s not a day care, it’s a developmental center. They have a great staff who works hard to give these kids some life lessons and things they can use and carry throughout their life,"

Mitchell said the community has rallied behind the Boys and Girls Clubs for the event. "It is a kickoff ride. We’re overwhelmed with the success we’re having. We’ve already got a date for next year’s ride - April 5, 2008," Mitchell said. "We hope this becomes one of the key fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County. The money we raise here goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County."

Blount Red Cross plans spring/summer classes
The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross has partnered with Parks and Rec. to offer comprehensive swimming lessons.

The lessons will take place at John Sevier Pool beginning May 28- July 12.

For the 2007 summer schedule and registration information, please log on to www.bccarc.org or http://www.parksrec.com.
Upcoming Training:

The American Red Cross of Blount County is offering CPR and First Aid classes to teach what to do in case of an emergency and how to save a life. It is important to be prepared.

Classes will be held at the Red Cross building off Robert C. Jackson Drive at 1741 Triangle Park Drive:

  • Adult CPR with AED will be offered on Monday, April 30th at 6 p.m. for $30 per person;
  • Child and Infant CPR training will be on Tuesday, May 1st at 6 p.m. for the cost of $30 per person; First Aid class will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. for $25 per person.
  • A special reduced fee of $45 for all three courses or $35 for two courses will be offered. Pre-registeration is required and payments must be made in advance to attend the classes. Please call 865-983-0821 for more details or log on to www.bccarc.org.

In addition to the monthly classes at the Chapter, volunteers also can come to businesses and train employees. For further details, call 865- 983-0821.

Lifesaver Store:

The Blount County Chapter has many styles of First Aid Kits, CPR breathing barriers, and Red Cross paraphernalia available for purchase. The store is open during our regular business hours of Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by the Chapter to see what what is available or log on to www.bccarc.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:
The Blount County Chapter has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Whether someone is interested in being deployed to a disaster area, contributing time at the Blount County office, helping to open and operate a local shelter, teach others how to save a life by becoming a CPR instructor, or being a youth leader, there are volunteer experiences available. Please contact us at 865-983-0821 to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

Southland Books is moving to larger building
Southland Books is outgrowing its structure. As a result, the bookstore is moving from one side of Washington Street to the other.

Southland Books, 601 E. Broadway Avenue, is moving to 801 East Broadway Ave., on April 13-15. The new location will double their current space and allow for more local products, art and a bigger coffee bar area.

Southland Books owner Lisa Misosky said this is the second move for the store in two years. "It gets everything we want to do under one roof to make it a little bit more of a destination," she said. "We’re trying to do more community activities, and this enables us to do more and to have expanded hours and to expand our selection."

Misosky said she already has three different art events lined up for the new building. Southern Studios owner Catherine Frye will move her Ellis Avenue stained-glass business and stained-glass art classes into the structure. Southland also has new regional product lines for cards and paintings that are going to be available at the new store, Misosky said.

The new location, the former home of Drake Auto Parts, is 5,500 square versus 2,500 square feet in their current location. "This is already getting full, and it’s been two years," she said. "Opportunity knocked, and we answered."

Valerie Spence, owner of the Café at Southland, which is located in Southland Books, will also move into the former Drake building. She’ll change the name of her business to Detour Coffee.

"You’ve got to detour to get a cup of coffee ,so it’s a break or detour in your regular day," Spence said. "It will be a separate entity, but it will be under same roof."

Blount Trout Unlimited receives grant to restore brook trout
Trout Unlimited, the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization, has awarded a $10,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant to its Little River Chapter, based in Maryville.

The grant will fund a project to restore Southern Appalachian brook trout in Lynn Camp Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Over the past twelve years, TU volunteers in Tennessee have been involved in the restoration of brook trout populations in eleven streams in the Park. These streams historically supported brook trout populations, but development pressures have reduced those populations over the past 100 years.

The Embrace-A-Stream grant will support the first phase of the restoration of Lynn Camp Prong. Trout Unlimited volunteers will work with National Park Service personnel to conduct an environmental assessment of the project.

In 2009, project partners will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the 50th anniversary of Trout Unlimited by reintroducing native Southern Appalachian brook trout into the waters of Lynn Camp Prong for the first time in 80 years.

The grant will support these goals in partnership with the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, Tenn. Wildlife Resources Agency, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Friends of the Smokies, Little River Outfitters and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries.

"This Embrace-A-Stream grant will allow us to gather the scientific data necessary to undertake this important restoration project," said Mark Spangler, project coordinator for Trout Unlimited’s Little River Chapter.

"We’re thrilled to once again be working in a partnership with Steve Moore, Matt Kulp and the entire Park Fisheries staff to return brookies to almost seven miles of their historical habitat."

The entire East Tennessee community has supported this conservation project by participating in the annual Trout Fest.
This year’s festival will be held on May 18-20 in Townsend.

City of Alcoa makes no changes in pick ups for Good Friday
The City of Alcoa will make no adjustments to the collection of residential solid waste, residential recyclables, or commercial / industrial solid waste for the Good Friday holiday on April 6.

All routes will be run as scheduled. The Landfill will also be open for normal operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on both Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7.

Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation plans community meeting
The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation will hold a meeting at the Blount County Public Library at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.

According to a press release, the meeting will inform interested individuals about the ways they can help the foundation in its goal to create a full-service animal facility along the lines of the Young Williams Animal Center in Knoxville.

Participants can learn how they can help by fundraising, grant writing, volunteer and taking part in community education.

In mid-March, the foundation presented a plan to the Blount County Animal Control Committee to build 8,600 square feet facility on five acres to serve 3,600 animals annually. It was estimated the facility would cost $1 million to build and about $330,000 to run annually.

No property has been purchased, and the foundation is still in the fundraising stage of their plan.

The foundation has filed to obtain a 501-C3 status as a non-profit entity in order to raise money.

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