The community came home to the Martin Luther King Center in Alcoa to celebrate the season and to kick-off the first of four events in the county labeled as Hometown Christmas. While this was not the first time the activities have taken place at the center, it is the first year that the Hall Oldfield Maryville Empowerment, Inc., has been a part of the Hometown Christmas line up.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Center executive director is Anthony Dunnings. The event was held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24, two days after Thanksgiving. Participants first gathered inside for refreshments, and then went outside to light the Christmas tree.
Members of the Hall High School class of 1968 sold “In memory of” and “In honor of” ornaments for $2 each. The ornaments were used to decorate the tree inside the M.L.K. Center as high winds and inclement weather last year blew many of their ornaments off the outdoor tree.
Dunnings said folks enjoy coming to the community center for the event. “It helps to kick off the holidays. There are so many things going on during holidays,” he said. All the Hometown Christmas events are sponsored by Parks & Rec and Blount Today.