Community Notes:

Parks & Rec offers golf instruction for youth, adults
Parks and Rec. is now taking registrations for beginner golf instruction for youth and adults. Three sessions are offered:
  • Session 1 - May 15, 17, 22 and 24
  • Session 2 - July 17, 19, 24 and 25
  • Session 3 - Sept. 11, 13, 18 and 20
    Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Foothills Driving Range at a cost of $70 per session. Scott Wilson, Class A-PGA Professional, will be the instructor for the classes.

Registration is available online at or by visiting the Parks and Rec. office located at 316 S. Everett High Road in Maryville. A limited number of spaces are available. For more information regarding this program or other Parks and Rec. programs, please call 865-983-9244 or visit our website at

Equine rescue organization receives grants for tractor
It was a long time coming, but local equine rescue organization Horse Haven of Tennessee is the proud owner of a new John Deere Tractor.

The much needed piece of equipment will enable Horse Haven to perform a number of essential tasks at their two facilities where rescued horses are housed. Previously volunteers had to improvise to get the jobs done including using an ATV to pull farming implements.

Several grants made the tractor purchase possible. Horse Haven board members decided to buy from Ritchie Tractor in Maryville since they offered the most competitive pricing possible to assist the organization in purchasing the tractor. A Horse Haven board member’s American Quarter Horse Association membership allowed for an additional discount. Grants were received from the Handsel Foundation of Freeland, Wash., the Schaife Family Foundation of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Clark Charitable Trust of Lincoln, Mass. Even with the grants, funds were still several thousand short of the total amount due so Ritchie Tractor agreed to finance the remaining balance of $4,000 enabling Horse Haven to make payments.

With the new tractor the organization’s volunteers will be able to perform tasks such as maintaining pastures adequately, moving round bales of hay into the pastures, and pulling the hay wagon and manure spreader. In addition, the tractor’s front end loader attachment can be utilized for leveling and moving dirt, assisting in the removal of trees and other debris, moving shavings for stall bedding, and removing manure from stalls and other areas.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist in the protection of equines in the state of Tennessee by educating the public about cruel and inhumane practices thus giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. The organization is involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and adoptive placement of abused and neglected horses across the state, and is funded solely by donations and occasional grants. Funds are utilized for needed medical care, feeding, facility maintenance and other necessary expenses.

For more information about Horse Haven of Tennessee or to make a tax deductible donation, please contact Nina Margetson at 865-609-4030, email: or visit online at Donations can also be mailed to Horse Haven of Tennessee at P.O. Box 20932, Knoxville, Tennessee 37940.

Christopher Davis receives scholarshoip award
Alcoa resident Christopher Davis has been named the recipient of the 2007 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award -- Chick-fil-A, Inc.’s highest scholarship honoring restaurant team members who have achieved personal excellence in academics, employment, community service and leadership.

From among last year’s 1,200 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship recipients, which included Davis, only 25 students nationwide were selected to receive a second $1,000 scholarship - the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award. The award is named after 60-year restaurateur Truett Cathy, the founder of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A.

"Chick-fil-A is committed to helping team members achieve their academic goals," said Cathy. "The S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award recognizes the accomplishments of some of our chain’s most talented restaurant employees while setting a great example for our other 44,000-plus restaurant team members."

Davis has worked for three years at the Hunters Crossing Chick-fil-A location and is the first student from that restaurant to win the S. Truett Cathy Award. Davis graduated with honors from Alcoa High School in 2006 where he was a member of National Honor Society and FBLA. He is now a biology major at the University of Tennessee and he continues to work part time at the Hunters Crossing Chick-fil-A.

"Chris embodies what the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award stands for," said Turner. "He is an example of leadership, responsibility and excellence both in our restaurant and our community."

Since the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award was created in 1996, Chick-fil-A will have awarded $275,000 in scholarship funds to previous Leadership Scholarship recipients. In existence since 1973, the overall Leadership Scholarship program has awarded nearly $22 million in the $1,000 scholarships.

Christopher Kerr receives Eagle Scout Award
Christopher Shane Kerr, II received his Eagle Scout Award on March 30 at the McArthur Pavillion on the Maryville College Campus. In progress towards earning this highest award in Boy Scouting, Christopher earned 34 merit badges and spent many hours volunteering for local organizations. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a member of Boy Scout Troop 442 of the Tuckaleechee District, Great Smoky Mountain Council.

For his Eagle Scout project, Christopher organized a first-aid training course for children using materials from the Red Cross. He felt a first-aid course was necessary because many children stay home alone, and most injuries happen to children while playing in or around the home. He collected over $400 in donations and volunteers contributed over 120 man hours in carrying out this project.

Vets to gather for Memorial Day Services at Courthouse
The United Veterans of Blount County, in a coodinated effort with County Government and Blount Memorial Hospital, are planning their annual Memorial Day Services for Saturday, May 26, on the front lawn of the Blount County Courthouse. At 10 a.m., Blount Memorial Hospital Auxilary and Alcoa Wal-Mart will serve refreshments. The service begins at 11 a.m.

During the service, names of veterans of Blount County who have passed away since last Memorial Day will be called in honor.

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