Community Notes:

Dunn receives outstanding teacher of American history
The Mary Blount Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution named Steven R. Dunn the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of American History for Blount County 2006-2007.

Dunn graduated from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax Vir. and went to the University of North Carolina under a full scholarship. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and was first baseman from 1988-1995. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Maryville College in 2003. He is currently a world history, psychology/sociology, philosophy and reading teacher and the head baseball coach at Aloca High School. He is planning of pursing a masters degree in U.S. history and philosophy and dreams of becoming a college professor.

Dunn lives in Maryville with his wife Karen, and three daughters, Jessica, Lauren, and Alyssa.

Visitors Bureau wins 27 ADDY Awards
The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) was honored with Best of Interactive, Best of Print, 14 Gold, two Silver and nine Bronze ADDY Awards at this year’s 42nd Annual Knoxville ADDY Awards competition, hosted by the Knoxville Advertising Federation. SMCVB’s winning materials were all designed by The Tombras Group.

"This recognition covers the range of our marketing program, including e-marketing, collateral, print advertisements, outdoor, and non-traditional marketing," said Herb Handly, executive vice president of tourism for SMCVB.

The Best of Interactive and a Gold ADDY were awarded to, a web site that takes visitors on a Townsend tour through interactive, custom-built features and allows them to have fun while learning about the area.

Additionally, SMCVB’s primary web site was the only consumer web site that received a Gold ADDY for design and functionality.

The Best of Print award and a Gold ADDY were given for the consumer magazine advertising campaign that highlights the SCMVB’s position as "Peaceful Side of the Smokies."

SMCVB took home 11 additional Gold ADDY awards for its e-mail campaign, seasonal posters and elements of the print advertising campaigns. The organization was honored with two Silver ADDY awards for collateral material and its business traveler print advertising campaign. Finally, SMCVB received four Bronze ADDY awards for elements of a poster campaign, direct mail illustrations, an outdoor board and online videos.

The Knoxville ADDY Awards is the first tier in a three-tier national competition conducted by the American Advertising Federation. It is the advertising industry’s largest and most recognized competition for creative excellence.

Louisville couple proud Summitt dons their rally cap
Van and Bonnie Boring say they nearly fell off the sofa when UT Lady Vol Basketball Coach Pat Summit burst onto the national stage last night sporting a hat they made in their garage in Louisville, Tennessee. "We both sat bolt straight, and Van grabbed the remote to record the whole thing," says Bonnie Boring. "We were stunned speechless, and then our phone starting ringing off the hook!"

The Boring’s, like nearly everyone else in Tennessee, had tuned in ESPN to see if the Tennessee Basketball Volunteers could repeat last year’s jaw-dropping defeat of fourth ranked Florida. To their surprise, the Borings got more than the thrill of another huge win for the home team. They sat staring at the spectacle of Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt singing Rocky Top while wearing a cheerleading uniform that was topped with their Vol Rally Hat. "Honestly, we could barely believe what we were seeing," says Bonnie. "When Pat put the hat on the ESPN announcer, it was surreal."

The Boring’s transplanted their sports hat hobby when they moved from Maryland to Tennessee about nine years ago.

When they moved to Tennessee in 1998, the University of Tennessee football program was headed to a national championship, so the Boring’s headed back to the garage to create the VOL Rally hat. "We thought the hats might earn enough to pay for our season tickets," says Van Boring who graduated from UT in 1980. "I’m a Vol fan, and it was a perfect fit for us to sell hats and then head inside Neyland stadium to watch the games."

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TNT gymnastic teams competes in Gatlinburg
The TNT USAG Women’s Junior Olympic Gymnastic Team participated in the Gatlinburg Classic Feb. 23-25. Elizabeth Cody, a Level 10 gymnast, finished third all around with a score of 36, third on bars with an 8.875. and second on floor with a 9.2.

The Level Eight competitors included Ashley Thompson, Brittany Stinnett, and Kabriel Harris. Thompson was awarded the second place all around medal for scoring a 36.575 in the 12-year-old age division. She also received second place on bars with a score of 9.4 and second place on beam with a score of 9.25. Stinnett was rewarded for her 36.275 all around performance with a second place medal in the age 9-11 group. She scored a 9.175 on bars for third, 9.2 on beam for second, and 9.25 on floor for third. Harris received first place on bars with a 9.575 in the 12 year old age group with a score 9.575.

Level 7 Team members were Mina Oba, Lauren Kiningham, Amy Kiningham. Oba placed second on the balance beam with a
9.5. Lauren Kiningham was awarded first on vault with a 9.675 and third on floor with a 9.5.

Competing as Prep Op 3s in the 11 and up age division were Mizuki Isayama and Victoria Jackson. Isayama medaled for first place all around with a 37.7. She also received second place on vault and second place on beam with a 9.575 score on both events. Jackson placed second all around with a 37.375 and second on floor with a 9.55.

The Prep Op 2 team participants were Amanda Smith, Hope Case, Brianna McGuffin, Katie Snyder, Kate Hudson, and Emily White. Smith took first place in the 12 and up age division with an all around score of 36.975. She also placed first on vault, beam, and floor with scores of 9.55, 9.2, and 9.425 consecutively. Case placed third all around with a 36.875 in the 10-11 year olds, and she placed first on bars with a 9.15. McGuffin received third place all around in the 7 to 9 year old classification with a 36.55 and second place on bars with a 9.15. Snyder, also a 7 to 9 year old, scored an 8.95 on bars for third place

The Prep Op 1 team included Reagan Wilson, Montana Newroth, Lydia Weeks, Sarah Caux, Claire Sundahl, Lindsey Brown, Julianna Lindley, Lexxy Lewis, Chelsey DeVooght, Baylee Boling, and Hannah Lawson. Wilson placed third on bars with a score of 9.325 in the 8 to 9 year olds. Lewis competed as a 5 to 7 year old to place third on vault, beam, and floor with scores of 9.25, 8.8, and 9.125. Boling was also classified as 5 to 7 to take second place on vault with a score of 9.425.

Elderhostel hikers discover the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will offer Elderhostel packages at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the month of April.

The education staff will guide Elderhostel participants in exploration of cultural and natural history of the Smokies. The all-inclusive program starts each day with breakfast. Particiants pack a lunch, grab their daypacks and head out on the trail. Daily hikes are 5 to 13 miles.

In the evenings, there is a meal at Tremont followed by Appalachian music, stories and other educational sessions.

For more information about Elderhostel or to register for an Elderhostel program in the Great Smoky Mountains, visit and search for program number: 2263AU or call 1-877-426-8056. Program runs from April 9 to 14.

Heritage Center to host first Easter egg hunt on March 31
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host its first Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sat., March 31. The event is co-sponsored by the Circle K Club from Maryville College and will take place at the Center at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend.

Children ages 2 - 12 will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs hidden throughout the Center’s outdoor property. Each egg will contain candy, and some will contain a voucher that can be exchanged on-site for a book donated by Family Book Outlet of Maryville. Egg-themed activities and storytelling will be offered between hunts.

All Easter Egg Hunt activities are free (does not include museum admission), but participants are asked to arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to the start of their hunt and must bring their own Easter baskets. All children must be accompanied by an adult and may not be left at the Center unsupervised.

For additional information, contact Hope Whitehead at or 865-448-0044.

Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

  • 11-11:30 a.m. - children ages 2 and 3 (please bring an ‘egg-hunt helper’)
  • 12 -12:30 p.m. - children ages 4-6
  • 1-1:30 p.m.- children ages 7 to 9
  • 2-2:30 p.m. - children ages 10 to 12.

Farmer’s Market to hold annual membership meeting
Maryville Farmer’s Market will start on May 5 and is located at Founder’s Square Park on Broadway in downtown Maryville.

The Annual Membership Meeting will be from 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at the Maryville Municipal Center.

Blount County farmers and growers are encouraged to attend to complete their 2007 market application and find out the latest news about the market.

The meeting is also opened to all interested in the success of this year’s market.

For more information you can contact Lisa Phipps at 865-80-9911.

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