Community Notes:

MHS invites the public to see "The Music Man"
The Maryville High School Fine Arts Department will present Meredith Wilson’s "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 22, 23, and 24, and then again at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25.

Tickets are available at the door. All performances will be in the MHS auditorium.

"The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, played by Gabe Horton, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band. The scam falls through when he falls for Marian Paroo, the librarian, played by Amanda Short.

Sherry Petrowski, drama teacher at MHS, will direct all performances.

Texas Roadhouse thanks community for generosity
Steve Best, managing partner at Texas Roadhouse of Alcoa, sent this note of thanks -- "A Legendary Thank You" -- to Blount Today to thank the community for their generosity in reaching out to the Debuty family during the restaurant’s efforts to raise donations for them.

Best wrote:
"Texas Roadhouse of Alcoa would like to thank our guests and employees for the generous donations given to the help the Debuty family. From Feb. 10 through Feb. 14, our staff worked extra shifts, donated tips and even brought in gifts for Raymond Debuty and his mom and dad. Our guests added cash, checks, even notes of prayer to our donation table every day.

On Feb. 15, the Debuty family came to have dinner with us, and we are pleased to announce that the overwhelming
kindness of our staff and guests generated $4,711.00 to help this wonderful family.

The management and staff of Texas Roadhouse thanks each patron for every donation, prayer, and words of appreciation. We are grateful, as a company, to be a part of such a warm and genuine community."
Mary Alison Capps serves as Senate page of the day

State Senator Raymond Finney (R-Maryville), invited Mary Allison Capps to serve as page of the day for the Tennessee Senate on Feb. 14.

Mary Allison, a sixth-grade student at Heritage Middle School, is the daughter of Greg and Emily Capps.

Girls Scouts to attend a "Miss Manners Tea Party"
Girls Scouts from the Fountainhead Service Unit will attend a "Miss Manners Tea Party" hosted by Blount Mansion from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24.

Daises and Brownie Scouts from several area elementary schools will be represented including: Sarah Moore Green, Shannondale, Sterchi, St. Joseph, Cooper Ridge, Halls Beran, Ritta Fountain City, Nature’s Way, Gibbs and Garden Mont.

The scouts will enjoy a variety of activities including table manners, hosting a party, ordering from menus and dinning etiquette. The day will culminate with a guided tour of the Blount Mansion. The tours will include a discussion on manners and etiquette during the late 18th century and tea parties hosted by the First Lady of the Southwest Territory, Mary Grainger Blount.

Pre-registration is required. Blount Mansion is located at 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville. Call 865-525-2375 for more information.

Maryville artist at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
The work of Maryville artist Karol K. Smith is currently represented in the Annual International Miniature Art Show of the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF). This year’s show at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs ended on February 4. Artists from around the world are represented in this prestigious juried exhibition. Smith’s acrylic painting on wood, titled "Pink Ladyslipper" measures 1 inch x 1.4 inches. The show rules limit paintings including frame to 20 square inches.

Magnifying glasses are provided for attendees to view the art. "It was a joy to see the excellence and imagination in the art at this show," said Karol Smith who attended the event and was pleased to see that her work had a "sold" stamp on it.

Karol is a co-founder of Fine Arts Blount (FAB), member of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance, and American Crafts
Council as well as MASF. Her work includes very large paintings, and her Karol’s Klox and jewelry designs are sold through the Knoxville Museum of Art gift shop. She teaches art to Blount County at-risk students through FAB’s ArtReach program and is a Tennessee Arts Commission registered teaching artist listed on the TAC roster.

Blue Star marker installed
Members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club installed a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Center in Townsend. The marker, sponsored by the District IV, Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. will be officially dedicated on March 29. Tuckaleechee Garden Club will landscape the area with red, white, and blue plantings prior to the dedication.

Maryville College student to travel to Miss Tennessee
Maryville College student Lindsey Moffett will represent Knoxville at the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant in Jackson in June.

Moffett is a senior majoring in economics and plans to attend Georgetown University next fall. Not only did Moffett win the title of Miss Knoxville, she also swept the talent award with her vocal rendition of "I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again."

Blount County Center seeks donations for Pellissippi State book sale
Do you have any books lying around the house that you’ll never read again? Music recordings piled in your car? Movies stacked in the TV room? Now is the time to clean house and donate to a worthy cause.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center is accepting books, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and pre-recorded cassette tapes for the college’s annual Faculty Senate Book Sale March 12-14.

Proceeds from the sale of the items will go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

If you have something you’d like to donate, you can drop it by the main office at the Blount County Center at your convenience. Call Brenda Ammons at 865-981-5340 or Janice Wade at 865-694-6413 for more information.

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