Open for inspection: Operations center hosts lunch, tours

An open house for a trio of service providers drew a crowd of community and dignitaries to the new Rural/Metro Ambulance Service Operations Center at 296 East Howe St.

The building, which was completed almost a year ago, houses the Alcoa, Inc., Plant Protection, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and the Blount County Volunteer Rescue Squad.

This was the first time the public has been invited to tour the facility.

Attending the open house were Maryville Mayor Joe Swann, Alcoa Mayor Don Mull, Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham and Blount County Chamber president and CEO Fred Forster.

During the presentations, officials thanked Rural/Metro for their efforts throughout Blount County, and Rural/Metro personnel thanked them for their community support.

Business leaders also praised Rural/Metro for their efforts and Rural/Metro Ambulance Services officials thanked leaders for their community support and vowed to maintain high standards for quality.

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