Community Notes:

Mildred Tipton honored at Fairpark Healthcare
Fairpark Healthcare honored resident Mildred Tipton for her contributions to the community through her role as an educator.
Many colleagues, friends and family were on hand for Tipton’s recognition. Several shared stories and talked about Tipton’s
unique style of working with each individual child and making them feel important.

Tipton began her teaching career at High Top School in Knoxville and later taught at Concord School, which was established in 1894. Because there were a small number of students, the school board decided one teacher was sufficient and Tipton filled the position until the school closed in 1965.

Tipton then taught in a special education classroom. Her love for children was obvious and she made each student feel special. Since her retirement at 58, she continues to get cards, letters, visits and phone calls from former students.
Tipton was honored at Fairpark Healthcare’s annual Angel Care Dinner.

Kerr wins fifth at Smoky Mountain Raceway
Advance Thunder Series point leader, Tommy Kerr, debuted a new race car at the race at Smoky Mountain Raceway recently. After qualifying seventh and finishing third in the dash he posted fifth in the 50-lap main event.

"We brought a new GRT race car to the race that on Monday was a bare frame. The car worked well just like the crew did getting it together in a short period of time," said Kerr. "We would have liked to have finished five places higher and won at our home track, but all things considered we had a great night."

The new GRT was not the only project at the BMS shops as the week before the Rayburn received considerable damage in Kerr’s second place finish in the Advance Thunder Series event at Tri-County Race Track.

"We not only put the GRT together we put the Rayburn back together and had the comfort level of having both cars ready to go Saturday night," said Kerr.

Going into the night’s race Kerr was leading the Advance Thunder Series points over Rick Rogers and Anthony White. Both Rogers and White had problems which, combined with Kerr’s fifth place finish, gave the point leader a little more breathing room.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorships from Blount Excavating, Stowers Machinery Corp., Kelso, Realty III, Turner Industrial Supply, Cast Stone, Wine and Spirits Cellar, Insurance Partners, and Murphy’s Bobcat. Kerr races a Warrior or a Rayburn race car with Ohlins Shocks from SHY Suspension and power from Custom Race Engines. Visit for more information on Tommy Kerr Racing and the Blount Motorsports Team.

Community celebrates Race Unity Day
The third annual Race Unity Day will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at the Martin Luther King Center, located at 209 East Franklin Street, Alcoa.

The celebration is free and open to all ages. The purpose of Race Unity Day is to learn about different cultures, get to know other community members, promote friendship and cooperation and appreciate the unity in diversity in our

There will be church and community organization information booths, a cultural fashion show , ethnic dance numbers, musical performances, various activities and face painting . Refreshments will be provided.

Co-Sponsors are Alcoa Chiropractic, Baha’is of East TN, Bethel Baptist Church, Blount Chamber of Commerce, Blount Memorial Hospital, Blount United Credit Union, Blount County Health Department, Don Blue, Center for Strong Communities / Maryville College, Hall Oldfield Maryville Empowerment, MEDIC, Mt. Pleasant AME-Zion, Muslim Community of
Knoxville, PATCH Ministries, Pellissippi State Community College, Pilgrim Temple Baptist Church, Rosa Tellis, St. Andrews
Episcopal Church, St. Paul AME in Alcoa, St. Paul-AME Zion in Maryville and Waste Not Want Not.

For additional information or to register as a program participant or sponsor, contact Kay Tate at 865-983-5779 or

MEDIC reports a decrease in donations
The Medic Regional Blood Center has a need for blood during the summer months because of increased travel in the area during the summer months.

"Many of our regular donors become too busy to give blood during the summer, and we need everyone to please do protect the safety and well-being of the community by giving blood," said Christi Fightmaster, public relations.

Medic’s headquarters, 1601 Ailor Avenue, is open seven days a week for donor convenience. Also, several blood drives are planned in the communities. If you do not see a location convenient to you, please call 865-524-3074 for a more complete blood drive schedule.

  • June 29, Blount Memorial Hospital, 907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Auditorium.
  • June 29, Camellia Trace Apartments, 1201 Camellia Trace Drive, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Medic Mobile.
  • June 29, Little River Outfitters—Townsend, 106 Town Square Drive, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Medic Mobile.
  • June 29, Wal-Mart—Alcoa, 1030 Hunters Crossing Drive, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Medic Mobile.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have positive identification. All donors will receive a free Tennessee Smokies T-shirt, coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Blood Coverage Program.

This program exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. Hospital for one year from donation date.

Summer reading program at Mary E. Tippitt Library
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program begins July 5. The theme this year is "Rompin’ Stompin’ Reading Wrangler."

Children ages 3 to 11 are invited to attend. All programs are from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents should pre-register their children by coming to the library or calling 865-448-1441.

This year’s programs are: Thursday, July 5 - Smoky the Pony (pony ride) at the library; Thursday, July 12 - Petting Zoo at Townsend City Park; Thursday, July 19 - Sunshine Monkeyshines at The Highland Manor; Thursday, July 26 - Picnic and Awards at Townsend City Park.

The library is putting together a bulletin board display entitled "Townsend - Our Community Then and Now." Readers are invited to loan us pictures of Townsend both as it is now and as it was in the past.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The books for the coming months are: June - "Ladder of Years" by Anne Tyler; July - "Saints and Villains" by Denise Giardina; August - "Same Sweet Girls" by Cassandra King; and September - "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. Call the library at 865-448-1441 or Sarah Flack at 865-980-2110 for more information.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit. For more information, call 865-448-1441, fax 865-448-1875, visit or e-mail

Civitan Club rock’n and roll’n at the Spring Fling
The Maryville/ Alcoa Civitan Club hosted their annual "Spring Fling" for people with developmental disabilities. The "Spring Fling" is held every spring at the First United Methodist Church. This year, 83 attended the dance and enjoyed the tunes provided by Dillon Davis of Murlin’s Music. Complimentary snacks were served by the Civitan members and Food City. The guests also enjoyed striking a pose for a photo to remember the evening.

"We do it because of the good feeling you get when you do something that you didn’t have to do and the sparkle in their eyes when they have fun," said Cathy Yarnell.

In addition to the "Spring Fling," the Maryville/Alcoa Civitans host a Christmas dance each year. Other activities include delivering mobile meals, assisting with the Special Olympics, Santa calls at Christmas, and they keep the Special People Park in Townsend clean. They raise funds by selling Lifestyle Books and fruitcakes each year.

The Civitans serve their community by fulfilling human needs that are not met by other organizations or individual efforts.
Civitans seek experiences that provide life direction, build character, and a satisfaction of helping others.

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