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Maria Greene

Maria Greene

Maria Greene35

Married to Brian Greene

Children are Emma, age 6, and Elias, age 2

Occupation: “My occupation is a ‘stay at home mom,’ and I also work part time at Bristol & Bragg Diamond Jewelers. I have a B.A. Degree in English from the University of Tennessee, and I am currently enrolled in graduate school at LMU. I am also the current President of the Junior Service League of Maryville.”

What was your first paying job?

“My parents used to pay me $10 for mowing our yard when I was about 10 years old.”

If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?

“My initial response to this question was my family. However, my husband quickly informed me that he and the children would prefer not to be stranded on an island. Therefore, I think I would take an Iridium phone so I could call someone to come and rescue me.”

What are you reading currently?

“I am currently reading ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey. I am supposed to begin reading ‘Teaching with the Brain in Mind’ by Eric Jenson before my next class in January. Maybe I need to add that to my ‘activity I still haven’t gotten around to doing.’ “

If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“I love the historic homes in Charleston, so I would buy a house on the Battery in Charleston, S.C.”

What are you guilty of?

“Worrying - all the time and about everything.”

What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?

“I still have not addressed and mailed our Christmas cards for this year.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“My favorite material possession is the cradle that my Dad made when I was pregnant with my daughter Emma.”

Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?

“As a graduate of Maryville High School, I choose the Rebels.”

Why did you pursue the career you chose?

“I really enjoy being a ‘stay at home’ mom. I value this special time with my children. They grow up so quickly.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“Extremely organized, on the verge of being obsessive compulsive.”

What is your dream vacation?

“My mother is from Japan, so I would enjoy taking my children to Japan to visit our family and see their heritage. This trip is definitely in my ‘five-year plan.’”

What do you hate?

“Tardiness. As someone who thrives on organization, I am easily frustrated when people fail to respect the time and schedules of others.”

What’s your favorite quote?

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things,” Robert Brault.

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I used to tell everyone that I wanted to be my daddy’s secretary at TVA.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“I don’t really have a favorite, but I enjoy Southern literature. Some of my favorite authors are Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, and Eudora Welty.”

Would you travel in space?

“Absolutely not!”

f you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“I wish I didn’t stress out so much about little things.”

What is your passion?

“As the current president of the Junior Service League of Maryville, Toys for Blount County has definitely been my passion for the past year. It takes an enormous amount of hard work and commitment from 50 women, with the help of our community, to provide Christmas toys to over 1,500 underprivileged children in Blount County. I am very fortunate to be part of such an amazing group of women.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“I would like to have a long lunch with my grandmother, Haleen Davis. She passed away 16 years ago, and I would love for her to be able to spend time with my children. My daughter, Emma Haleen, is named after my grandmother.”

What is your favorite sport and favorite sport’s team?

“I can’t think of a more exciting place to be on Saturdays in the fall than at Neyland Stadium cheering on the Vols!”

What is the best present you ever received?

“One year I had the chicken pox on Christmas, so I wasn’t able to attend our family gathering at my Grandparent’s house. Of course I was extremely upset, but my grandmother brought my gift to our house. It was a doll that she had ordered to look like me with brown hair, brown eyes, and freckles. I still have my doll, Melissa, in my bedroom today.”

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“No.”

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