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Wilderwood Service Dogs to hold International food festival -- on Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Two Rivers Pavilion in Louisville. Featuring African, Muslim, soul food, appellation, soups, Southern cooking, desserts, and Mexican style foods. Tickets are $10 and go towards Autism Service Dogs. The featured foods will be served as tapas for a few dollars each. Wilderwood Service Dogs is an innovative nonprofit located in Maryville. For more in formation, contact Tiffany Denyer, president, at www.wilderwood.org or call 865-660-0095.

Smokies Baseball Arthritis Awareness Night-- is Friday, April 18 at 7:15 p.m. at the Tennessee Smokies Ball Park at exit 407 off I-40. Show support for the Arthritis Foundation by wearing your Arthritis Walk T-shirt or your Jingle Bell Run shirt from last year. The game is between the Tennessee Smokies and Montgomery Biscuits and it’s a fireworks night too. The event is to spread awareness about arthritis, show support for the Arthritis Foundation and to enjoy a fun night of baseball. Get your order in early by calling Ryan Koehler at 865-286-2315 for discounted tickets at $7 per person at field level. For more information call 865-470-7909.

Hard Knox Roller Girls -- versus the Memphis Roller Derby on April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Convention Center at World’s Fair Park. They will be collecting canned foods for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring five cans to receive $5 off the ticket price. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children. For more information visit www.hardknoxrollergirls.com.

Earth Day computer recycling -- at Technology Solutions of Tennessee, LLC will be April 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Harper Plaza, 718 East Harper Avenue in downtown Maryville at the corner of East Harper and East Street. Call 865-386-5865 for details. TSOT, LLC will collect computers and their peripherals along with household electronics. Computer items are accepted for free and TVs will be accepted for a fee of $10. Get a free cup of gourmet coffee from Southland Books with any recycled item. No alkaline batteries or household wastes (chemicals) will be accepted.

Logan’s Chapel United Methodist Church -- will have a fund-raiser for Relay For Life, a part of the American Cancer Society. Their trash and treasure book sale will be from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19. Logan’s Chapel is located at 4626 Logan’s Chapel Loop Rd. near Porter School. For more information, contact Mary Tittsworth at 865-984-2755, or mtworth@bellsouth.net.

The Blount County Friends of the Library-- will have their quarterly used book sale on April 17, 18 and 19. Thursday times are from noon - 5:30 p.m. and this is a members only day. Anyone is welcome to join the day of the sale at the door. Friday and Saturday times are from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. For more information visit www.discoveret.org/bcfol, or call Carole Trammell at 865-681-8115.

Friendsville High Alumni Banquet -- will be Saturday, April 26, at the Friendsville lunch room. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. For reservations, call Iva Cooper Endsley at 865-995-9249, Joann Endsley at 865-995-2171 or Dale Jenkins at 865-984-5108.

Smoky Mountains Garden Club --annual plant sale will be Saturday, April 26, at New Midland Plaza shopping center. The club meets the last Thursday of the month in members’ homes and on field trips. For more information call Martha Thomas at 865-681-8144.

Citizens for Blount County’s Future-- will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, in Dorothy Herron Room A of the Blount County Library. Guest will be Attorney, Thomas F. Mabry of Knoxville. For more information, contact Linda King at 865-681-0662.

American Business Women’s Association --Smoky Mountain chapter, will have their 20th annual forum from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Airport Hilton to raise money for local scholarships. There is a brunch, fashion show by Judy Gardner, singing, tap dancing, vendor fair, silent auction, and many door prizes. There are many ways to help us raise money: meal tickets, vendor booth, ads in program book, or donating items for the auction. Tickets can be purchased for $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Ashlee Walker, forum chairperson, at 865-379-6284, or e-mail jawabw1976@yahoo.com.

The ThunderWorld USA Relay for Life team is hosting its annual Spring Trash and Treasure Sale, from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Space rental fee is $20 per space with proceeds going to Relay For Life of Blount County. Participants will keep proceeds from their individual sales. Please contact Ursula McCall at 865-981-3399, to reserve your space. There will also be a silent auction during this event. Some of the items in the auction include an autographed football from Coach Phillip Fulmer, a basketball autographed by Coach Pat Summitt, NASCAR items and Tennessee Smokies items. ThunderWorld USA is located at 1551 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

The Blount County Association of Realtors-- will be offering the four hour continuing education course, “Core Course,” which is also known as the Code of Realtor Ethics, on Monday April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Reservations are limited and payment is needed to reserve your seat. Cost of the course is $20. Register at the office of Ivens Realtors located at 521 W.Lamar Alexander Parkway or leave a check in the night drop box at that office. Registration deadline April 16. For more information, contact Debbie Sloan, education chairperson at 865-984-6371.

Carpenters Middle School -- will host the third annual Carpenters Day Thursday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Members from the original Carpenters community are invited to attend and encouraged to bring pictures and information to share on the original Carpenters school and local area. Lunch will be available it the CMS Cafe for $3.

The annual Antiques and Collectibles Sale at New Providence Presbyterian Church is April 11, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and April 12, from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. This is a sale of antique and vintage items collected from donations made to the monthly Community Benefit Sale. Small furniture, jewelry, linens, glassware and china are included. Proceeds are donated to local non-profit organizations and charities.

Tomato Head event listings -- For more information, call 865-981-1080. The Tomato Head, Maryville, is located at 211 W. Broadway, Maryville. Joseph & His Brothers, and Hollie Briggs will play Friday, April 11, from 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

2008 Spring Sprint-- sponsored by Parks & Recreation will be Saturday, April 12, at Springbrook Recreation Center, Alcoa. The 5K run will be at 8:30 a.m., and the 1 mile fun walk will be at 8:35 a.m. Cost is $15. Pre-register through April 10. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 865-983-9244 or register online at www.parksrec.com. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County’s Special Olympics program.

The Royal Oaks Women’s Golf League -- will have a registration meeting on Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at the Royal Oaks Club House. Royal Oaks has had a Women’s Golf League since 1988 and offers both nine and 18-hole groups. They welcome area women of all skill levels to join and enjoy friendly play in a beautiful setting. League play begins Thursday, May 1 for 18 holes and Tuesday, May 6 for nine holes. Annual dues are $15. For more information call 865-984-4260 or Diann Manley at 865-380-0635.

Spring Stuff and Bake Sale-- hosted by Mountain National Bank on US Highway 411 will be on Saturday, April 26, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for Relay For Life of Blount County. Rent a single space for $20, or rent two spaces for $30. Rental fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Participating vendors will keep proceeds of their sales and be eligible for door prizes. Mountain National Bank is located at 2403 US Highway 411 in Maryville. For more information, contact Lori Collins at 865-380-2820 or lcollins@bankmnb.com.

The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club -- at William Blount High School will host a fund-raising one-mile Fun-Run to benefit the Autism Foundation on May 3, at Sandy Springs Park Pavilion on Best Street in Maryville. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the Fun-Run begins at 9 a.m. Pre-register by April 15 by calling the school at 865-984-5500 ext. 572252 or e-mail GovGirl@aol.com or carla.woodard@blountk12.org. Pre-registration includes a custom-designed Walk for Autism 2008 T-shirt. Team participation is encouraged.

Alcoa High School Football Boosters Club - second annual steak dinner and silent auction will be held Saturday, April 12. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., to view silent auction items in the Alcoa Middle gym. Steak dinner will be served from 5 to 6:15 p.m., in the Alcoa High cafeteria. The live auction begins at 6:30 p.m., in the middle school gym. Steak/silent auction dinner tickets are $15 and may be purchased from AHS main office by calling 865-982-4631, or from any football player. For more information, call Traci at 865-591-4139 or Dave at 865-856-5345. Ticket sales end April 8. A dinner ticket is not required to attend the live auction.

Cades Cove Baptist Fellowship -- will be hosting a bazaar and fund-raiser, from 10 a.m - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Funds raised will benefit the ladies’ church group. Light refreshments will be served and lunch will be available to purchase. There will be drawings for door prizes and lots of items for sale. For more information, call Lora at 865-233-0504.

Palace Theater event listings -- All concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door unless otherwise noted. For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 to charge with Visa or MC or visit the Palace Café at 113 West Broadway in Maryville.

• April 26: The Dismembered Tennesseans

• April 26: InterAct Theater presents “The Commedia of Pinocchio.” Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Contact 865-977-8799 for more information.

• May 2: Bryan Bowers - For tickets contact Treemont at 865-448-6709.

• May 3: Montana Skies

• May 10: The Kruger Brothers , tickets $23 in advance and $25 at the door.

Youthful Expressions Studio -- is accepting registrations for the 2008 Summer Art Clinic for fun and intensive experiences in art. Dates are June 23 through 27 and July 7 through 11. Classes are taught by Cindy Jane McDannel and Mary Jane Booth. For more information call 865-607-4473, e-mail cindy@yestudio.org or visit www.yestudio.org.

The Maryville High girl’s basketball camp -- will be held at Maryville High James C. Campbell gymnasium, May 27 through 30. Girls entering grades 1 through 9 in the next school year may attend. Camp will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the gym will open at 8 a.m. for those who need to arrive early. Late registration and camper check-in will be May 27, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The cost is $75, which includes a T-shirt, a compact size Lady Rebel basketball and a certificate. For an application or more information, call or e-mail, Suzanne Singleton, mssingle@ci.maryville.tn.us, or 865-984-8397, or Kim Bledsoe at kmbledso@ci.maryville.tn.us, or 865-983-9486.

MOMS Club Open House & Picnic will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at Sandy Spring Park pavillion. The event is free and moms are encouraged to bring the kids and find out what MOMS Club has to offer. For more information about our chapter, call Malissa at 865-681-0112.

Blount County Shrine Club-- to host second annual open car and truck show on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the fee is $20. Registration before May 23 is $15, and your name goes into special door prize drawing. The event will take place at Parkway Drive-In Theatre, 2909 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For more information, call 865-661-6658.

Fifth Annual Heritage Happening-- at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, will be Saturday, May 17. “Flavors of Our Heritage” will include dinner and live and silent auctions with proceeds to support the center’s educational programs. Thecookbook, “Flavors of Our Heritage,” published by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Guild will be unveiled at 5 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each. Call 865-448-0044 for more information. Seating is limited and reservations will be filled as received.

The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross-- has partnered with Parks & Rec. to offer swimming lessons at John Sevier Pool from May 26 through July 10. For the summer schedule and registration information, visit www.bccarc.org or www.parksrec.com. American Red Cross Lifeguarding offers the highest quality training standards in skill instruction, professional lifeguard responsibilities, first aid and CPR/AED training. Classes will be held at Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Rd, Alcoa, starting Sunday, May 11. Call 865-983-0821 for more details or visit www.bccarc.org and view the chapter calendar.

Mountain National Bank and Papa Johns Pizza-- are teaming up to raise money for Relay For Life of Blount County. Purchase a pizza punch card at Mountain National Bank, 2403 US Highway 411, South in Maryville, for $10, and get 40 pizzas for the price of 20. The promotion lasts until all punch cards are sold. For more information, call Lori Collins at 865-380-2834.

The Alcoa High School Class of 1988-- is working on their 20 year reunion. The reunion will be held on Aug. 15 and 16. Those that have not been contacted, e-mail Sissy Bowers at diannab333@aim.com, or call Laura Livingston Marsh at 865-599-5040.

The Blount County Republican Party -- annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be Friday, May at Heritage High School at 6 p.m. The featured speaker is U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

Senator Alexander is a Blount County native, who has served as Governor of the State of Tennessee, United States Secretary of Education, and President of the University of Tennessee. He is currently the 3rd ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, serving as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Tickets are available at Republican Headquarters, 301 Ellis Avenue. For more information call 865-982-3714.

The Maryville High School Class of 1988 -- needs to update the contact list to prepare for their 20 year reunion in September. Contact Steve McBrayer at Steve.McBrayer@awhc.com with your current address.

The Blount County Arthritis Walk -- will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at Maryville College. Visit www.blountcountyarthritiswalk.kintera.org to register, send e-mails to raise donations, keep track of your donations, and send e-mails to recruit members for your team.

The East Tennessee Military Association (ETMA) Federal Credit Union -- will hold it’s first annual golf tournament on Monday, July 14, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Rockford. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The ETMA Armed Forces Golf Challenge benefits Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center (New Hope) by raising money and awarness for children who have been physically or sexually abused. To register, visit ETMA Credit Union, located at 1828 Air Base Rd., Louisville, or visit the Web site at www.etma-golf.com.

Kindermusik with Tammy Woodall and Rena Trantham -- is accepting students for the Spring 2008 semester. Kindermusik lays a foundation for a lifelong love of music and also fosters learning and growth in all areas of childhood development for children ages birth to 7 years old. Classes are offered at Fine Arts Connection in Maryville. To register or for more information, call Tammy at 865-233-0888 or go to www.fineartsconnection.biz.

Blount County Theater Group -- is looking for actors and actresses of all ages and types in the Blount County area who are interested in forming a new theatrical group to help provide high quality entertainment in the Blount County area. The group will meet on a regular basis to explore various acting techniques through games, exercises, improvisation and light scene work. They will also develop a list of possible productions for the future with a goal of eventually performing full productions of plays. If interested, e-mail your information or resume and headshot, if available, to blair.lisa@yahoo.com or call 865-356-8329.

Kindermusik by Sarah Parrish -- is holding open enrollment for the Spring 2008 semester classes and summer camps. Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for children from birth to 7 years old. Classes are available at Broadway United Methodist Church. For more information about Kindermusik by Sarah Parrish of Maryville, call owner/director Sarah Parrish at 865-981-2007. Space is limited and classes fill fast.

Cycology Bicycles -- is offering Yoga for Cyclists. Classes meet at 6:30 a.m., each Tuesday and Thursday at Cycology Bicycles, located at 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For information call 865-681-4183.

Christian support group for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse -- meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Sunday of each month at a private location in Blount County. There is no charge for participation. For more information contact Tracie Walker, LCSW at 865-719-4709.

Adult Children Anonymous – a 12- Step support group for adults who grew up in homes with dysfunction such as alcoholism, addiction, workaholism, abandonment, neglect, abuse, etc. Meetings are free, non-smoking, anonymous and confidential. Meets Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, downtown Maryville. For more information contact 865-850-8792.

Sign language classes -- for the hearing impaired are offered at Fairview United Methodist Church, at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Church is located at 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville.

NAMI Maryville-- is offering free classes for caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Call 865-982-4285 or 865-681-8160 for more information.

Maryville’s weight loss surgery support group -- meets at 10 a.m., the second Saturday of each month, at Pellissippi State College Library in Maryville. The purpose of this group is for those who are considering gastric surgery, Bypass or Band, for weight loss. Questions and answers from people who have gone through the procedure. Find out the good and bad news about this major surgery.

The Joshua Resource Center -- is enrolling participants for the New Beginnings CWJC program. Women who may feel isolated, alone and without hope will find a safe place to refocus, be trained in a variety of life skills, work skills and experience the love of Christ. There is no charge for women living in low income or poverty. For more information call 865-380-5370.

More than Conquerors -- a support group for people dealing with chronic pain, chronic fatigue and/or a chronic illness meets every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Praise and worship is at 7 p.m. Attendance in the praise and worship program is not required, but recommended. The support group meets at Embassy Christian Center, 2505 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. Call 865-681-2300 for more information or directions.

Beginner belly dance classes -- in Blount County, taught by a professional dancer offered on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m., and Wednesday at 10 a.m., at Alexia’s studio just off Alcoa Highway and Singleton Station Road. For more information, call 865-977-6761 or e-mail alexia@alexia-dance.com

The Transformer’s Singers -- meet each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Broadway United Methodist Church. Opening for singers SSA. For more information, call Barbara at 865-681-0772.

Clubs

Blount County Humane Society - meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. The meetings are open to all caring and loving people who are dedicated to helping all God’s creatures. For more information call 865-742-3070 or e-mail www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org.

Maryville Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous -- meets in Room 116 of First United Methodist Church of Maryville, 504 Montvale Station Rd. Tuesday meetings are at 7 p.m. and are closed. Wednesday meetings are at 8 p.m. and are open. Call 865-681-9204 or 865-984-6438 for more information.

Maryville MAHMAs --Moms (and dads) At Home Making a Difference meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The focus is making the home a safe, toxin-free environment for children and the entire family. For more information call 865-983-4414.

Blount County Beekeepers Association -- meets the second Monday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Sharon Lawson room of the Blount County Public Library. For more information, contact Stacey Adair, secretary at 865-983-6223.

Maryville Business share -- meets at Grounded Coffee and More, 321 High Street, Maryville. This free small-business referral group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Elrod, K & M Gallery, at 865-977-9441.

Resource Valley Raconteurs -- leadership and communications club meets from 11:50 a.m to 12:50 p.m., every first and third Wednesday at Pellissippi Blount County Campus in room 135. For more information, call Alberta at 865-981-5328.

Maryville Kiwanis Club – meets every Tuesday at noon, at Green Meadow Country Club. Guests are welcome. Visit www.maryvillekiwanis.org for more information.

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) -- Maryville Chapter meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Alcoa Tenn Credit Union, 124 N. Hall Road. Call Marsha at 865-981-8204, Pat at 865-273-5702, or Angie at 865-380-4730 for more information, or visit www.maryvilleiaap.org.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Assoc. (NARFE) -- Maryville Chapter 930, meets at 11:30 a.m., the second Tuesday of each month, except December, at Ryans Steakhouse, located at 1053 Hunters Crossing Drive. For more information contact William Mickelson at 865-970-2202.

Maryville Lions Club – Meets on the first Tuesday of every month at noon and the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1053 Hunters Crossing Drive. Interesting guest speakers. Eat and socialize a half hour before each meeting. Visitors always welcome. For more information visit www.lionwap.org/maryvilletn or call 865-981-6881.

American Sewing Guild, Maryville-Alcoa area -- meets at 6 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, at First Christian Church, corner of Church and Lamar Alexander Parkway. Sewers of all skill levels welcome. For information contact Sandy Goodson at 865-380-9951.

Maryville Rotary Club – meets at noon every Thursday at the Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa. New members and guests are welcome. Call Bob Lash, president, at 865-379-0675 if interested in memberships or attending a meeting.

Smoky Mountain Mustang Club -- meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Courtyard Grill, 3749 Airport Hwy., next to Neil-Sandler Ford. Chartered in 2005, Smoky Mountain Mustang Club is an organization of Mustang enthusiasts dedicated to the enjoyment, promotion and preservation of the Ford Mustang. Membership is open to all Mustang lovers and represents enthusiasts of Mustangs from 1964 1/2 to present. For more information, call 865-679-5808.

MOMS Club of Maryville -- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting at-home moms, meets at 9:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the nursery room. For more information e-mail momsofmaryville@msn.com or call 865-380-9130.

Blount County AARP Chapter #2296 - meets at 2 p.m., every fourth Tuesday, at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St. Everyone is invited for fun, food, and friendship. For more information, contact Bill Roback 865-981-9674 or Dave Christensen 865-681-4866.

The Blount County Civil War Round Table -- meets the last Thursday of each month at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 429 Sandy Springs Road. Business meeting at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. Public is invited. For more information contact J.B. Johnson at 865-984-4234.

Unity Study Group of Maryville -- learn about practical Christianity and unity/new thought teachings, Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 314 Broadway Ave. Sponsored by Unity Church of Knoxville. Call Karen at 865-583-0011 for more details.

Tennessee Valley Mustang Club -- a regional club of the Mustang Club of America meets the fourth Monday of each month, except December, at Ryan’s Steakhouse, 9645 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Eat and socialize at 6 p.m., meeting and program starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.clubs.hemmings.com/tvmc.

Writers Association of Blount County – meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. All writers are invited to bring excerpts from their work to share. For meeting location and updates call Cassie at 865-856-9408.

The Democratic Women’s Club of Blount County -- meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Shoney’s Restaurant on Alcoa Highway. The meeting starts at 6 p.m., with the program at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact president Gerrae Messer at 865-982-6168.

The Blount County Photo Club -- meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Dorothy Hearon Room A at the Blount County Library. All levels of photographers are welcome.

Foothills Striders -- meet on the first Monday of each month at El Jimador Mexican Grill, located at 1705 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Eat and socialize at 6:30 p.m., meeting and speaker starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.foothillstriders.org.

Maryville/Alcoa Jaycees -meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Alcoa Middle School. For details contact Scotty at 865-776-3267 or tank70jaycees@yahoo.com.

Greenback Senior Fellowship Club – meets the third Friday of each month. For more information, call 865-856-6669.

Sunrise Garden Club – meets at 9:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month. Call 865-983-4988 for more information.

Alcoa Kiwanis – meets as a group at noon every Monday at Green Meadows Country Club. The board of directors meet at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Alcoa Utilities Building, 264 North Rankin Road.

Military

VFW – John J. Duncan Sr. Memorial VFW Post 10855 is open to all Blount County residents who are veterans of foreign wars. The post meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the basement of Praise Temple Assembly of God Church, corner of Hunt Road and Wright Road in Alcoa. Bring a copy of your D.D. 214 or orders for current active military personnel on any meeting night. For information, call Jim Hoffman at 865-983-6445.

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