Community Notes:

Help save a river during ‘River Rescue 2007’
On Saturday, March 31, Keep Blount Beautiful is calling all River Rescue super heroes to volunteer and help us clean up the Tennessee River. Volunteers are needed in the early morning from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. to work the boat ramps and pass out trash bags and informational fliers to fishermen. Cleanup of shoreline and boat ramp areas will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Check-in for volunteers that morning is at the Louisville Point Park pavilion or by calling 865-681-4809 prior to next Saturday.

River Rescue is held in partnership with Ijams Nature Center.

Little River Museum hosts music program in Townsend
A special evening of country and bluegrass music will feature well-known local country singers The Sullivans, and Buck Majors and the Dry Valley Boys.

The event will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at the Townsend Municipal Auditorium, and is sponsored by the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. Tickets are $5, available in advance or at the door, and proceeds will benefit the museum. Call 865-448-2211 or 865-428-0099.

The music show is the latest in a series of events sponsored by the museum to raise matching funds for their current development projects. Work on the projects began in 2003 with more than 800 feet of track work, and moving a steam log loader from Texas. Volunteers have completely remodeled the museum gift shop and are putting finishing touches on the new shop building. Heritage High School’s vocational education program, under the direction of Gary Farmer, built a replica
of a water tank tower and erected it at the museum site. A passenger platform and other interpretive exhibits will be
constructed on site in the coming year.

The museum is free to the public, and is sustained by memberships, donations and gift shop sales. Memberships are $21.47 per year, or $200 for a lifetime membership. Additional matching funds for the grant are being raised through the sale of commemorative bricks for the new pathways, ranging in price from $75 to $250. The museum is open weekends only in April, May and September. Open daily June, July August, October. Open by appointment during the winter months.
The museum maintains an extensive website, full of vintage photographs of steam trains and logging, at LittleRiverRailroad.org. The site also has the latest museum news, an online gift shop, and information on memberships and bricks.

On April 14, the Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Little River Railroad Museum site, Townsend, starting at 10 a.m., with Historic Walking Tours of Townsend and Tremont, photo shows, and a review of the year’s progress. Lunch provided, call 865-448-2211 to r.s.v.p. Motor car rides and Hand car rides available all day. The meeting is open to the public. For complete details, visit the web site at http://www.littleriverrailroad.org/.

For more information about purchasing bricks or tickets for the evening of fun and entertainment call 865-448-2211, and ask for the Railroad Engineer or Sandy.

Foothills Kiwanis Club sponsors golf tournament
The Foothills Kiwanis is sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Friday, April 20, with the rain date set for May 18. The money goes to the Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund which helps all students in the Townsend area who are trying to get a higher education at a certified school. Foothills Kiwanis also supports the needs of Townsend and Walland elementary schools as well as the Mary Tippett Memorial Library with their needs for children’s books, and also help any children that need help getting to the Tremont Environmental Center.

The tournament will be held at the Laurel Valley Country Club, on April 20 with registration at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is provided by Subway. There are cash prizes of $50 each for the closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt plus door prizes along with individual wall plaques and cash prizes for the top two winning teams to display to their friends. The cost is $80 per player and individuals may request to be placed on a team or have their own group. Hole Sponsorships are available with a $500 or $1000 sponsor for signs at the club house or $100 to $300 signs at the tee box. To enter or find out more about the tournament contact Joe Gorman at P.O Box 10, Townsend, TN or call 865-448-1745 Door prizes are always needed and a good way to advertise your business to others. Tourists or visitors can come. A participant may sign up at the door but only 120 or 30 foursomes are accepted. The Kiwanis club is dedicated to the children of the community and the world.

Brenda Yancy is the president.

Flute choir concert to be at Blount County Public Library
Grace Notes Flute Choir will perform a spring concert at the Blount County Public Library at 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 31.
Composed of professional, semi-professional and student musicians, Grace Notes has an ensemble of about 15 musicians who play a variety of instruments ranging from the tiny piccolo up to the large bass flute which stands about six feet tall.

This program is free and open to the public. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

TNT optional gymnasts advance to regionals
The TNT USAG Women’s Junior Olympic Gymnastic Team ended their regular season of competition with the Tennessee State Championships on March 16, 17, and 18. Special recognition goes to Kabriel Harris who is one of the top 8 gymnasts to represent the state of Tennessee on the Level 8 Regional Team. Other qualifiers for regional participation included Level 10 competitors Elizabeth Cody and Jessica Campbell and Level 8 Brittany Stinnett.

Level 8 team members were Harris, Stinnett, and Ashley Thompson. Harris was awarded first place all around in the 12 year old division with a 37.2. She was second on vault, first on beam, and first on floor with scores of 9.375, 9.25, and 9.6. Stinnett placed second on floor as an 11 year old with a score of 9.525, and Thompson placed second on floor as a 12 year old with a score of 9.4.

Level 7 competitors Lauren Kiningham, Mina Oba, and Amy Kiningham performed routines to achieve state recognition. Ten-year-old Lauren Kiningham tied for third on floor with a 9.525. Oba tied for second on vault and floor in the 7-9 age classification with scores of 9.175 and 9.55. Amy Kiningham, a 12 year old, received first on vault and floor with scores of 9.45 and 9.6.

Exceptional performances were given by the PrepOp 3 Team consisting of Mizuki Isayama, Victoria Jackson, and Brianna Bonner. Isayama placed first in the 13 and up age division with an all around score of 37.65. She placed second on vault with a 9.25, first on bars with a 9.75, and second on floor with a 9.675. Jackson was awarded first place in the 12 year old classification with a 37.6 all around. She also received first on bars and floor with scores of 9.55 and 9.725. Bonner placed second on beam and floor in her 10 year old age division with an 8.9 and a 9.65.

The Prep Op 2 competitors received successful placement with team members Amanda Smith, Brianna McGufffin, Hope Case, Katie Snyder, Kate Hudson, and Emily White. Smith placed first all around in the 12 and up age group with a 37.125, first on vault with a 9.1, and second on floor with a 9.65. Nine-year-old McGuffin received second all around with a 36.775. She placed third on vault with a 9.0, second on beam with a 9.1, and tied for first on floor with a 9.525. Case scored a 36.7 all around to take third place in the 11 year old division, and she scored a 9.5 on bars for third place. Snyder, 9 years old, placed first on beam with a 9.375.

The Prep Op 1 team members included Montana Newroth, Reagan Wilson, Lydia Weeks, Sarah Caux, Baylee Boling, Claire Sundahl, Lexi Lewis, Hannah Lawson, Chelsey DeVooght, Julianna Lindley and Lindsey Brown. Weeks competed as a 13 and up to receive second all around with a score of 37. She placed second on vault with a 9.35, first on bars with a 9.225, and tied for first on beam with a 9.325. Caux tied for second on floor in the 8 year old division with a score of 9.325. Boling scored a 36.2 all around for third place, 9.15 on vault for second place, and 9.475 on bars for third place in the 6-7 age group. Sundahl scored a 9.375 on floor for first place as an 8 year old.

The TNT team is coached by Kevin McAfee, Stephanie Delapp, and Jeremy Smith.

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