Community Notes

Blount County teen earns highest honor from Girl Scouts

Lauren Dudenbostel has earned the highest honor awarded by Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Dudenbostel received the Girl Scout Gold Award in a March gala at the Tennessee Theatre.

The Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. Nationally, only about 3,500 Girl Scouts earn this award every year.

A requirement to earn the Gold Award is the completion of a community service project that will have a lasting impact on the community.

Dudenbostel loves to read, and thanks to her Gold Award project, other Blount County teens love reading as well. Lauren established a Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Library. She recruited 15 teens for the board to help the library improve teen programming. As she completed the project, Lauren learned to lead her peers and overcome a fear of public speaking. Best of all, the Teen Advisory Board is running smoothly with lots of great ideas to carry on her vision and enthusiasm for a teen-friendly library.

Lauren is the daughter of Amy and Lynn Dudenbostel and a graduate of Alcoa High School.

Congressman John. J. Duncan, Jr. was at the gala and in honor of her achievement, presented Lauren with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. Duncan said the hard work of Girl Scouts is an inspiration to the community.

Twenty-seven Girl Scouts from Tanasi Council earned the Gold Award this year. Tanasi Council has 10,000 members in Blount and 15 surrounding East Tennessee Counties.

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 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 is a big part of the success of this annual show.

Over 85 artists participated in the 2006 show and in 2007, up to 85 applications will be accepted. 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 noon - 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday. The concert lineup and schedule will be announced in May. For more information and to download an application, visit the Foothills Fall Festival website @

New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center host comedy show

After a sold out show last year, Bean and Bailey have agreed to come back for another comedy show at 7 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Palace Theatre, to benefit the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. They are bringing along a special guest, Robinella of Robinella & the CC String Band. Bradley Bean, the serious one, and Jackson Bailey, the goofy one, welcome Robinella, the talented one, to entertain all with hilarity and song.

To reserve tickets now, call Sandi with the Children’s Advocacy Center at 865-981-2001. All ticket sales support services for child victims and their non-offending families.

Tickets are $20. Student and senior tickets are $15. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Corporate Sponsorships of $100 for 5 tickets are also available. This show will be best enjoyed by children from age 8 to adult.

For more information on Bean and Baily, visit For more information on Robinella and the CC String Band, visit

TNT Gymnasts Harris and Stinnett attend Regionals

TNT USAG Women’s Junior Olympic Gymnastic Level 8 gymnasts Kabriel Harris and Brittany Stinnett attended Regional competition April 14 in Raleigh, NC.

Harris competed as a member of Team Tennessee consisting of the eight highest scoring gymnasts within the state. She placed sixth against 31 top gymnasts representing the eight state South Eastern Region with an all around score of 37.8. She tied for sixteenth on vault with a 9.45, eleventh on bars with a 9.3, tied for fifth on beam with a 9.5 and tied for ninth on floor with a 9.55. Harris is a seventh grader at Alcoa Middle School, and is the daughter of Mona Fortune.

Stinnett competed in the 11B-12A age division to finish nineteenth with an all around score of 35.625. She tied for third on vault with a 9.15, tied for eighteenth on bars with an 8.65, received sixth on beam with a 9.325, and twenty-fifth on floor with an 8.5. She is a sixth grader at Maryville Intermediate School and is the daughter of Johnny and Jan Stinnett.

Results of the 2007 Spring Sprint

The 2007 Spring Sprint 5K & 1-Mile Run took place on Sunday, April 14 in Alcoa with 275 registered runners. This race kicked off the 9th year of the Ruby Tuesday Triple Crown of Running. With the threat of rain in the forecast, the race managed to start and finish with no rain and the temperature was perfect for running.

The first male to cross the finish line this year was Timothy Kelly with a time of 15:54, and the first female to cross the finish line was Kathy Wolski in the masters age division (ages 40 & over) with a time of 18:25. The master male division winner was Jeff Colfer with a time of 17:22 and the female winner in the overall division (ages 39 & under) was Taylor Poling with a time of 18:54.

For more detailed race results, visit or call 865-983-9244 for more information.
The next race in the Ruby Tuesday Triple Crown of Running is the Scholars Run which is scheduled for August 18 at Maryville College.

Grace Hardwick honored

Grace Hardwick was elected to the membership of Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi college honor societies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.

Mortar Board members represent the best scholars and leaders on their campuses. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Grace is a junior majoring in psychology. Proud parents are Doug and Virginia Hardwick of Louisville.

Equine rescue organization receives grants for tractor

It was a long time coming, but local equine rescue organization Horse Haven of Tennessee is the proud owner of a new John Deere Tractor.

The much needed piece of equipment will enable Horse Haven to perform a number of essential tasks at their two facilities where rescued horses are housed. Previously volunteers had to improvise to get the jobs done including using an ATV to pull farming implements.

Several grants made the tractor purchase possible. Horse Haven board members decided to buy from Ritchie Tractor in Maryville since they offered the most competitive pricing possible to assist the organization in purchasing the tractor. A Horse Haven board member’s American Quarter Horse Association membership allowed for an additional discount. Grants were received from the Handsel Foundation of Freeland, Washington, the Schaife Family Foundation of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Clark Charitable Trust of Lincoln, Massachusetts. Even with the grants, funds were still several thousand short of the total amount due so Ritchie Tractor agreed to finance the remaining balance of $4,000 enabling Horse Haven to make payments.

"We constantly worried about our volunteers getting hurt and for their safety," said Horse Haven founder and executive director Nina Margetson. "We had to pull the bush hog, manure spreader and even the hay wagon with the four-wheeler. The round bales of hay are quite heavy, weighing around 900-1200 pounds. Until we got the tractor and the hay spear, it took two strong men to move the bales by pushing them up into the bed of a pickup truck. Because of that we were unable to store hay bales because we could only handle one bale at a time which wasted a lot of time and money. Now we can stack them and move them into the pastures as needed."

With the new tractor the organization’s volunteers will be able to perform tasks such as maintaining pastures adequately, moving round bales of hay into the pastures, and pulling the hay wagon and manure spreader. In addition, the tractor’s front end loader attachment can be utilized for leveling and moving dirt, assisting in the removal of trees and other debris, moving shavings for stall bedding, and removing manure from stalls and other areas.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist in the protection of equines in the state of Tennessee by educating the public about cruel and inhumane practices thus giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. The organization is involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and adoptive placement of abused and neglected horses across the state, and is funded solely by donations and occasional grants. Funds are utilized for needed medical care, feeding, facility maintenance and other necessary expenses.

For more information about Horse Haven of Tennessee or to make a tax deductible donation, please contact Nina Margetson at 865-609-4030, email: or visit online at Donations can also be mailed to Horse Haven of Tennessee at P.O. Box 20932, Knoxville, Tennessee 37940.

Give blood, save lives!

Medic Regional Blood Center is asking you to take an active part in saving lives in your community by donating blood.

According to Medic officials, a single blood donation can help save up to three lives. "Giving blood is a great way to help protect yourself as well as your loved ones. You never know when you or someone you know will need blood or blood products," explains Christi Fightmaster, Medic public relations.

Medic makes blood donation quick, easy and convenient. Please give blood at one of the following locations:
n 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 30, Eagleton Elementary School, 708 Sam Houston School Road, Inside Music Room.
n 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. , April 30, Walland Center, 5317 E. Lamar Alexander, Medic Mobile.
n 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., May 4, Blount Memorial Hospital, 907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Inside Auditorium.

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. This program exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.

Medic is a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety of the community blood supply. Medic serves 21 counties and 28 area hospitals.

Golf instruction for youth and adults

Parks and Rec. is now taking registrations for beginner golf instruction for youth and adults. Three sessions are offered:

  • Session 1 - May 15, 17, 22 & 24
  • Session 2 - July 17, 19, 24 & 26
  • Session 3 - Sept. 11, 13, 18 & 20

Classes will be held from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Foothills Driving Range at a cost of $70 per session. Scott Wilson, Class A-PGA Professional, will be the instructor for the classes.

Registration is available online at or by visiting the Parks and Rec. office located at 316 S. Everett High Rd. in Maryville. A limited number of spaces are available. For more information regarding this program or other Parks and Rec. programs, please call 865-983-9244 or visit our website at

Spring Wonders: A Smokies springtime treat

Now that Dogwood winter is officially over, spring wonders are abounding everywhere. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont celebrates all of the seasons in a very "connected" way. Spring Wonders Weekend, April 27-29, provides a variety of ways to jump right into the spring season. This year Tremont combines refreshing activities of music, hikes, natural history and art. The weekend begins with a concert at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27. The community will come together to hear Bill Staines performing at the historic Palace Theater in downtown Maryville, Tennessee.

Bill is an accomplished musician whose career spans four decades and his music has been recorded by such greats as Nanci Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Grandpa Jones and Peter, Paul and Mary. Tickets are sold at the door but advanced tickets are available now from Tremont. All seats are $15. Bill’s performances are very kid- friendly so this is a treat for the whole family.

Saturday and Sunday at Tremont continues the celebration of spring wonders with professional presenters giving art workshops and guided hikes. Art workshops will include interpreting what you discover in nature to paper and group art projects as well as honing additional skills in art. Become a trained naturalist as you learn the natural secrets of spring in the Smokies on guided hikes and trails that lead to explore wildflowers, trees and wildlife. Spring at Tremont will leave you fully recovered from winter blues. For more information call 865-448-6709 or visit

Blount County Garden Club hold annual sale

Spring planting time is here and Blount County Garden Club will be joined by AARP and Master Gardeners of Blount County at their annual plant sale to be held from 8 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 28 at Midland Center. This is a great opportunity for residents to obtain locally grown plants, from wildflowers and perennials to ground covers and shrubs. Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.

Outdoor lunch supports Relay for Life

Mountain National Bank will host an outdoor Hot dog Lunch, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, to raise money for Blount County’s Relay For Life.

All are invited to join in the $5 lunch, which includes hotdogs, chili, chips, drink, and cookies.
Mountain National Bank is located at 605 Smithview Drive (behind Smith Mortuary). For more information, contact Melissa Moon at 865-984-9991.

Free hands-on water garden installation seminar

The Pond Shop is conducting a free seminar for anyone interested in building their own water feature. The seminar will take place at 9:30 a.m., April 28, at Pope’s Garden Center in Maryville on Old Knoxville Highway.

Those attending this seminar can expect to gain hands-on experience installing an 8"X 11" pond kit, start to finish. Attendants should wear gloves and can expect to get a little dirty. This seminar is excellent for those who want a pond in their own backyard, but are hesitant when it comes to installation. Questions and concerns about owning a pond will also be discussed.

For more information on this or other seminars call 865-719-4554, email, or visit us at or 3308 Old Knoxville Highway, Maryville, TN.

Foothills Mall to host tax-free weekend

Tennessee has announced the first tax-free weekend of 2007 to be held Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29. During the holiday certain clothing items, school supplies, and computers will be exempt from sales tax.

Foothills Mall will extend shopping hours to accommodate the tax-free holiday. Friday the mall will open early at 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Saturday’s extended hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Department store hours may vary.

This tax-free weekend is one of two this year. The second tax-free holiday will be August 3 -5. To find out more information about the tax-free holiday visit or

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