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Tuesday Night Thunder fishing tournament starts<'/b>
It was a great start for the 2007 Tuesday Night Thunder fishing tournament series. There was a boat draw of 39 for the first event.

Winners of the April 3 event were Earl and Brad Poplin with a total weight of 10.02 pounds. Second place went to Jacob Hearon and Calvin Hipps with 8.78 pounds. Coming in third was John Loope and Doug Pressley with 8.50 pounds. In fourth place was Terry Davis and Jack Teaster with 8.24 pounds, and fifth place went to Benny Marshall and Shane Marshall with 7.34 pounds.

Largemouth lunker went to Benny Marshall and Shane Marshall with 4.88 pounds, and smallmouth lunker went to John Loope and Doug Pressley with 3.80 pounds.

Foothills Kiwanis Club sponsors golf tournament
The Foothills Kiwanis is sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Friday, April 20, with the rain date set for May 18. The money goes to the Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund which helps all students in the Townsend area who are trying to get a higher education at a certified school. Foothills Kiwanis also supports the needs of Townsend and Walland elementary schools, as well as the Mary Tippett Memorial Library with their needs for children’s books, etc. and also help any children that need help getting to the Tremont Environmental Center. They also put on a bike safety day and give out helmets to any children who need them.

The tournament will be held at the Laurel Valley Country Club, on April 20 with registration at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is provided by Subway. There are cash prizes of $50 each for the closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt plus door prizes along with individual wall plaques and cash prizes for the top two winning teams. The cost is $80 per player and individuals may request to be placed on a team or have their own group. Hole Sponsorships are available with a $500 or $1,000 sponsor for signs at the club house or $100 to $300 signs at the tee box. To enter or find out more about the tournament, contact Joe Gorman at P.O Box 10, Townsend, or call 865-448-1745 Door prizes are always needed and a good way to advertise your business to others. Tourists or visitors can come. A participant may sign up at the door but only 120 or 30 foursomes are accepted. The Kiwanis club is dedicated to the children of the community and the world. Brenda Yancy is the president.

Alcoa Kiwanis plans 16th annual pancake breakfast
The Alcoa Kiwanis Club will sponsor it’s 16th annual pancake breakfast and country store from 6 a.m. - 12 noon, Saturday, April 21, in the Alcoa High School cafeteria.

The event is one of two major fund-raising events produced by the club each year for the kids of Blount County and beyond. The other major source of revenues is concession sales at the annual two-week Kaufman Acoustic Kamp at Maryville College in July.

The International House of Pancakes restaurant, 906 Turner Street, Maryville, is a contributing sponsor of the pancake breakfast, providing ingredients and expertise.

In addition to the breakfast, the club will feature a "Country Store" selling baked goods, crafts and books.

Kiwanis member Roy Roberts, chair of the event, said nearly all the 88 members of the club will be working in the kitchen or dining room at the pancake breakfast on Saturday.

He said Alcoa High School personnel will also provide assistance in the kitchen on the day of the event.

"We are extremely grateful for their interest and participation in our annual pancake breakfast," Roberts said.

Club President Art Hafner said the organization dispenses about $25,000 each year to support Special Olympics, the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Blount County Head Start, the Children’s Advocacy Center, scholarships for Alcoa and
William Blount high school students and Maryville College students and other programs benefiting children and youth in the
region.

The club also sponsors a Circle K chapter at Maryville College, Key Clubs in Alcoa, William Blount and Greenback high schools and a Builder’s Club in William Blount Middle School, Hafner said.

Alcoa Kiwanis meets at 12 noon every Monday in the Green Meadow Country Club dining room.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast and country store are available for $5 each from any member of Alcoa Kiwanis or at the door.

Applications being accepted for Maryville’s 8th Annual Foothills Fall Festival
Plans are under way for the award-winning Foothills Fall Festival presented by the City of Maryville. Dates for the festival are October 12, 13 & 14, 2007. Applications for the juried downtown Arts and Crafts Showcase sponsored by First Tennessee Bank are now available online.

"Our participants enjoy this working fall vacation in beautiful East Tennessee," said Carolyn Forster, Festival Arts and
Crafts Chair. Maryville, Tennessee is located in the foothills of the nation’s number one visited national park in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The high volume of visitors to the area during the fall leaf season is a big part of the success of this annual juried show.

Over 85 artists participated in the 2006 show and the show will accept up to 85 applications in 2007. Artists and Craftspeople who are interested in participating in the show will need to submit an application which must be postmarked by May 1, 2007. All work must be hand crafted or hand painted. Additional rules and regulations are included in the application.

In addition to the Arts and Crafts showcase, Festival organizers plan to incorporate Maryville’s newly constructed Founder’s Park and Pistol Creek Station into the event with demonstrations of traditional crafts. The new areas showcase the history of Maryville and will provide an excellent space for demonstrations and activities.

The Foothills Fall Festival, located in downtown Maryville, is renowned for its world-class entertainment at Theater in the Park, arts and crafts on Broadway, children’s activities in the award winning Greenbelt Park and a wide variety of delicious foods throughout the festival. Additional free children’s activities are provided in the arts & crafts section including face painters, sketch artists and lively music. Admission to the Arts and Crafts and Children’s Adventure Land is free. Concerts at Theater in the Park require a ticket. The hours of operation for this year’s arts and crafts showcase and Children’s Adventure Land are 12 - 6 on Friday and Sunday, 10 - 6 on Saturday. The concert lineup and schedule will be announced in May, 2007. For more information and to download an application, visit the Foothills Fall Festival website @ www.foothillsfallfestival.com.

Lovingood Springs hosts judged pleasure ride
For the first time in Blount County, Lovingood Springs Farm is hosting a judged pleasure ride aimed at trail enthusiasts and pleasure riders. Riders will complete both in the ring and on the trail. The course will consist of several judged obstacles in the ring demonstrating trail ability and general horsemanship. Contestents will then be judged on several obstacles encountered on the trail.

The event will be from 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Saturday, April 14. In case of rain the event will be rescheduled for April 21 at the same times. There will be four divisions; over 50, adult, junior (18 and under), and novice (riding less than 2 years).

Ribbons and rewards will be presented to the top four highest scores in each division.

Registration is $35 per person and more than one person may compete on the same horse. If you don’t have a horse, one may be reserved by calling Lovingood Springs Farm. Lunch will be provided after the ride and may be purchased by the spectators for $10.

For more information, call 865-982-8182 or email kathy@tnhorse.com.

Blount County Historic Trust to name award recipients
The Blount County Historic Trust will announce honors to individuals, businesses or agencies for their work in preserving the county’s historical structures and for preserving the historical integrity of the community.

The 6:30 p.m. April 17 meeting will take place in Parish Hall, St. Andrews Episcopal Church. The public will be welcomed at no charge and refreshments will be served. Guest speaker will be Kim Trent, executive director of Knox Heritage.

Each year the Blount County Historic Trust sponsors awards designed to honor preservation efforts and to increase awareness of historic preservation in our community. The following awards will be presented at the meeting:

The Oak Shingle is awarded to an individual for outstanding preservation or restoration of a residential, commercial or public building of historic architectural significance.

The Heritage Design Award is awarded to an individual or organization for new construction or exterior rehabilitation that incorporates architectural features of historic character and contributes to traditional streetscapes.

The Vanguard Award is awarded to a business, government entity or other organization that has provided support and advocacy for local historic preservation.

The BCHT Champion is awarded to an individual who has contributed substantially over a period of years to historic preservation in Blount County.

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