Community Notes: October 25, 2007

Fifth annual Foothills Alzheimer’s Memory Walk a success at Maryville College

An estimated 400 walkers turned out on a perfect fall day for the 5th Annual Foothills Regional Alzheimer’s Memory Walk at Maryville College. The walk was held to celebrate and recognize the funds raised by community volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association’s services and support to Blount, Loudon and Monroe county families, caregivers and victims of this dreaded disease.

Walkers of all ages were treated to the wonderful entertainment of the Smooth Groove Band, activities for the children, and plenty of food courtesy of community and business contributions.

Donations will be accepted through October 29. Alzheimer’s Association officials and walk committee volunteers are confident the goal of $130,000 will not only be reached, but be exceeded.

Blount Memorial Hospital donates wheelchairs to Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend is presented with two wheelchairs for use with visitors who need additional assistance. Blount Memorial Hospital donated the wheelchairs. Heritage Center Director Bob Patterson received them from the hospital’s materials management assistant director Alan Archer and assistant administrator John Hanks.

American Cancer Society supports cancer survivor

In the summer of 2007, the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society awarded $1,000 scholarships to eligible young cancer survivors who have fought cancer and are attending an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school. The program is now in its sixth year.

Nicholas Long, of Blount County, was awarded this scholarship for the second time. Long is a pre-pharmacy major at the University of Tennessee.

“Childhood cancer survivors have faced incredible challenges and overcome them,” said Carlette Hines, survivorship director for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “Awarding these scholarships is our way of saying congratulations to young survivors on winning their fight and keeping up the great work.”

The college scholarship program is awarded each year and made possible in part by support from donations to Relay For Life.

For more information on the scholarship program or to obtain an application, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

The LoneTones to perform at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Fall Concert Series presents the LoneTones on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater of the Heritage Center.

A popular band from Knoxville, the Lonetones have garnered regional and national attention for their unique style, literate song writing, inspiring live shows and fine recordings. They recently opened for Sam Bush at the Bijou Theatre and received a standing ovation, and they performed at the Knoxville 4th of July Celebration in World’s Fair Park with the Amazing Rhythm Aces.

Influenced heavily by modern sounds from rock, the folk revival, singer-songwriters, alternative country and even emo, the band plays their own kind of original mountain music, featuring Steph Gunnoe on guitar and vocals, Sean McCollough on guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals, Maria Williams on stand-up bass and vocals and Steve Corrigan on drums and glockenspiel.

Visit for more information.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located on Highway 73, less than a mile before the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bringing a blanket, cushion, or folding chair is recommended for seating in the outdoor amphitheater. Admission to the concert is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 61 and older, and $3 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Fall Concert Series is presented by Invisible Fence Brand by PetSafe. For information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448 -0044 or visit

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library to host fun night

The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend is hosting a Family Fun Night on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the library. Admission is free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be crafts, face painting, a cake walk, story time, and games for .50 cents each. All proceeds will go toward operational expenses for the library. Come join us for some family fun and support your local library.

After-school programs for October, November, and December are: Thursday, Oct. 25 - Tommy Safety Cat, Red Cross presentation by Angie Kizer; Thursday, Nov. 8 - Special presentation on stars and planets by Tom Webler, Planetarium director; Thursday, Nov. 15 - Special guest Sharon Mitchell, author of the children’s book “What Great Thing Can Patches Do?”; Thursday, Dec. 6 - Snacks and Snores of the Black Bear, a presentation by Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Thursday, Dec. 13 - story sharing, craft, and snacks. Programs run from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library at 865-448-1441 for more information or to register.

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 to residents and visitors 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 the Web site at or e-mail

Elizabeth Breeding completes certification exam

Elizabeth Hayes Breeding, administrator of elections for Blount County successfully completed the certification exam to become a certified administrator of elections. Brook Thompson, coordinator of elections, presented her with the certificate at the annual Tennessee Association of County Election Officials seminar in Pigeon Forge in June.

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