Community Notes:

Florida worship team brings show to Maryville, Townsend
First Christian Church and Feed Your Faith Assistance Ministry announce the performance of Sold Out, a touring Christian musical troupe from Jacksonville, Fla., on June 14 at 7 p.m. at the church. Sold Out is on their summer tour with performances scheduled throughout East Tennessee.

The troupe will also perform at Church Of The Cove in Townsend on June 17 at 7 p.m., with a special Father’s Day celebration.

Thirty-eight talented students and young adults comprise the cast of Sold Out. The group derived their name from being "sold out for Christ". Theycombine a modern Biblical message with contemporary Christian songs, an engaging collection of dramatic sketches and interpretive dance. The result is an enlightening and entertaining worship that is enjoyed by all generations.

"Being in the Sold Out cast allows me to share with others the joy that God has brought to my life," said Kate Langenfelder, who will attend the University of Alabama. Chris Bowater, a junior in high school, adds, "Being in the cast of Sold Out makes me feel like I am part of something of Godly value. I feel like I am doing something positive with my time and my summer."

Sold Out founder and director, Denise Sweat, has devoted her professional career to Christian music and students. "Students have an awesome gift of softening the hearts of others", said Sweat. "Through dance, music and drama they share the love of Christ in a very compelling way and represent that a very simple message can have eternal impact. We’re especially grateful to be in a place where God is allowing us to be part of something bigger than us, to see a bigger picture. That’s one of the reasons we’re so excited to bring God’s incredible message to the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee."

This is the seventh troupe under the direction of Sweat, whose career is filled with either creating or re-establishing student musical programs. Soon after receiving her degree in Music Education at Shorter College, she spent several years as the director of the Miami Youth Choir. In addition to rebuilding interscholastic music programs at several Florida school systems, Sweat has served as music director at churches in Vero Beach, Tampa and Jacksonville. A gifted vocalist, she also performed with, and directed, the Christian women’s trio HeartSong, in the mid 1990’s.

Sweat and her husband, Rev. Jerry Sweat, Senior Pastor of Beach United Methodist in Jacksonville, Fla., have three children who have performed in the cast of Sold Out.

First Christian Church is located at 400 Court St. in Maryville.

Christyfest celebrates TV series and 10th anniversary
ChristyFest, a celebration of "Christy" the TV series, movies, and classic novel by Catherine Marshall, will be held in Townsend, June 21 - 24. There’s nothing quite like ChristyFest where you can mingle with your favorite Hollywood actors and even have a chance to act in an impromptu workshop scene with them. You can spend quality time with people who share your family values while making new friendships in the Great Smoky Mountains.

This year is a special celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Marshall’s novel, and the 10th anniversary of the first fan gathering called ChristyFest. Over the years, ChristyFest has become much more than just a fan club meeting.

While "Christy" is the focus, the schedule has grown to include seminars by experts in mountain crafts, herbal medicines, the history and lifestyle of early mountain settlements, and music of the time. In addition to mingling with the cast and crew of the television series and movies, there is a field trip to Del Rio, Tenn. which is the actual setting of the novel.

ChristyFest participants are all ages and come from across the United States and Canada, as well as other countries.

Families and friends find ChristyFest to be welcoming, fun, informative and, most importantly, relaxing.

ChristyFest is a non-profit event organized and run entirely by volunteers. The ChristyFest team works throughout the year to plan a unique schedule of interesting, diverse and affordable activities sure to entertain everyone. For a schedule, visit our Web site at

Medic schedules blood drive in Blount County
During the summer months it is vital for all eligible donors to give blood. "The need for blood increases this time of year due to an increase in traffic, as well as recreational activity, both of which can lead to accidents," states Christi Fightmaster, Medic public relations. According to national statistics, one in three people will need blood at some point during their lifetime. "Medic is trying to do our best to stay ahead of the blood needs; however, we currently have less than a one day supply of O Positive blood, the most common type," Fightmaster continues.

Please give blood at the donor center on Ailor Avenue or visit a community blood drive in your area.

n June 8, Blount Memorial Hospital, 907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., inside auditorium.

Blood donation is simple and safe. All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs. and have positive identification. Donors receive a free T-shirt, cholesterol evaluation and a one year credit toward 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.

Cherokee National Youth Choir at Heritage Center
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host Native American Day on June 8, to recognize Native American culture through music, storytelling, games and crafts. Special guests include the 45 student members of the Cherokee National
Youth Choir based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The Youth Choir will present two performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m in the Center’s amphitheater. In addition, choir members will demonstrate and teach native games and crafts in the afternoon. They will also teach visitors how to sing "Amazing Grace" using the Cherokee syllabary.

Heritage Center presents modern old time music
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series 2007 continues with swing blues and Old Time stringband music of The Bearded on June 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bearded have gathered in east Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, to form a new-sounding old- time string and rhythm band. The infectious groove of old time dance music and swing blues are seamlessly blended and guaranteed to produce a pleasing effect. While they have an endless supply of traditional tunes, The Bearded’s repertoire is mostly original music. Is it old or is it new? With The Bearded it may be hard to tell.

The Bearded is a six-member group comprised of Kyle Campbell who performs vocals, mandolins, guitar, lap dulcimer, trumpet, baritone horn and lead kazoo, Chris Zuhr who performs double bass and vocals, Phil Pollard on drums, percussion and vocals, Matt Morelock on banjos, ukelele, jaw harp, slide whistle and vocals, Martin McBrearty on the harmonica, and T.J. Jones performs jug, washboard, rhythm kazoo, resonator guitar and vocals.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for those 6-17 and 60 or older. Members and children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Sunset Music Series 2007 is sponsored by BankEast and The Daily Times.

Cushions or blankets are recommended for those attending the concert in the concrete outdoor amphitheater. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located on State Route 73, near the Townsend entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, call 865-448-0044 or visit

Morrill receives Elizabeth A Greenleaf Award
Lauren Elizabeth Morrill received the 2007 Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Award from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Education.

Nominated by the faculty, the award is given annually to the top female graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Indiana University. Recipients must exhibit the sincere commitment, leadership, and personal warmth characteristic of the former IU dean of women and president of ACPA and NASPA after whom the award is named.

Morrill earned a bachelor’s degree in history from IU in 2005. She has a full assistantship with Residential Programs and Services and has completed a practicum with the Bloomington Faculty Council and an internship at Columbia University in New York. She is the editor of the Journal of the Indiana University Student Personnel Association and serves on the IUSPA Executive Board. She will graduate with a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in May 2008. Lauren is the daughter of David and Gretchen Prisock and is a graduate of Maryville High School.

John Schmidt wins national writing contest
John Schmidt, an eigth grader at Maryville Middle School, was named a winner in the 2007 NCTE Promising Young Writers Program.

The international program was established by the National Council of Teachers of English in 1985 to stimulate and recognize
students’ writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth grade students. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, which were read and evaluated by at least two judges.

Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.

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