Little River has important run

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By Sherri Gardner Howell
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Blount Today

There’s a big future for the Little River.

With a dedicated group sheltering and preserving its waters, the Little River should be able to live up to the impact the
water supply has on Blount County.

A crowd filled Maryville’s newest venue Saturday night as the Little River Watershed Association held its Winter Fundraiser, this year at Top of the Plaza at Preservation Plaza.

The watershed has as its mission protecting, preserving and enhancing the river. Saturday night was a mixture of education -- with "Just the Facts" skillfully presented by Bob Booker -- food, fellowship, fun and fund raising.

The silent auction took on a different twist as guests bought tickets to drop in buckets in front of their favorite items. At intervals during the live auction, a ticket was drawn from each bucket to determine the winner of that item.

The live auction was conducted by Steve Samples. Items ranged from bottles of wine to dinners to river experiences in canoes and kayaks. Some of the more unusual items included a giant stuffed bear, which brought in $295; five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies ($50); fishing with Dr. Bob Ramsey ($250); and the big item of the night -- Cheeseburgers in Paradise, a Jimmy Buffett-themed party for 100 at a hide-away in West Millers Cove in Walland. The trip to a mountain Margaritaville brought in $1,425.

The live auction brought in more than $4,000.

Host committee members included Jeanie Anderson, Bill and Carolyn Crisp, Mike and Ibby Davis, Larry and Beth Dicus, Herb and Phyllis Handly, Dale and Claudia Huddleston, Roy and Sara Jo Kramer, Joyce McCroskey, Bob Ramsey, Steve and Ruth West, John and Kathy Wilbanks, Leon and Lyn Berrong, Jerry and Janice Cunningham, Joe and Sue Dawson, Fred and Carolyn Forster, Jerry and Frances Hodge, Ollie Keller, John Jr., and Peggy Lambert, Bob Proffitt, Joe and Becky Swann, Tom Weston and Joe and Cookie Zappa.

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