Shake off winter with a Spring Fling

If cold weather and economic depression has kept you inside this winter, get ready to break out.

Spring has come to Blount County, and the calendar of community events is packed full. There are golf tournaments to play, plays to see, festivals to enjoy and our community to spruce up.

To celebrate April and the many, many activities on the horizon, Blount Today is offering an extended Community Events calendar this week. Combined with our Calendar on page B5, you should have a pretty good handle on upcoming events for April and early May.

Beginning next week, Blount Today will begin a 12 Days Out Community Events Calendar. The format will be the same as our current Community Events, except it will begin with the upcoming Saturday and continue for 12 days of activities. This should give you time to mark your calendar and take advantage of the many activities, parties and fund raisers that are planned for this community.

We will also continue our regular Calendar and Library Calendar. If you read Blount Today, you won’t be able to say you don’t know what’s going on!

To submit your information to any of our calendars or event stories, just send your information to, or mail it to Blount Today Calendar, 318 S. Washington Street, Maryville, Tn. 37804.

And for even more coverage of events your community, don’t forget to check out for additional pictures of all the fun activities and people who make Blount County home for all of us.

Enjoy Spring!

Upcoming Community Events

Friday, April 3 to Sunday April 5

Pellissippi State to stage ‘The Fantasticks’

Pellissippi State Technical Community College will present six performances of the musical “The Fantasticks” in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5.

“The Fantasticks” premiered off-Broadway in 1960 and ran for a record-breaking 17,162 performances. The musical’s book and lyrics are written by Tom Jones and the music is composed by Harvey Schmidt.

Pellissippi State’s production of “The Fantasticks” is directed and staged by Steven McBride, with musical direction by Hannah Kyzer. The veteran cast includes Kevin Smathers, Robby Griffith, Dan Maxwell, Art Dworkin and Matthew McDonald, with Casey Maxwell and George Fox as the young lovers. The producer is Charles Miller, associate professor of Theatre at the college.

Tickets are available at the Clayton Performing Arts Center Box Office 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $8 for Pellissippi State students and faculty, $10 for area students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Seating is limited.

For more information call (865) 694-6684.

Friday-Sunday, April 3-5

‘Treasure Island’ is set for Primary Players

The Primary Players, a non-profit, volunteer organization, will welcome all landlubbers and pirates alike to come ashore to the Maryville High School auditorium for three performances.

“Treasure Island” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, at the MHS auditorium. The production will feature more than 50 children.

The Primary Players exists solely to provide area children an opportunity to be a part of the performing arts network. Tickets for the production are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4

Parks and Rec sponsors spring arts and crafts show

The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Recreation and Parks Commission will be sponsoring a Spring Arts & Crafts Show at Foothills Mall from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The show will bring crafters from across the Southeast and will offer a wide variety of items. Only exhibitors displaying their own original work, which have been approved by the show jury, may participate. There is no admission charge for the public to attend the show. If you are interested in being a craft vendor, call the Parks and Recreation Commission for more information at 865-983-9244.

Saturday, April 4

Sixth annual April Foolies back at MC’s Alumni Gym

The annual April Foolies fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 4, at the Maryville College Alumni Gym. The show starts at 7 p.m.

The annual charity event showcases local talent who is not afraid to be a “Fool” for local children in hopes of raising big funds for the United Way’s Success by Six program and the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Some of the favorite returning acts are Allison Bradley, The Maryville Wildman Darrell Self , Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and Trash Can Band. The MC for the event is Walker Johnson and there will be a special appearance by Sammy “Barney Fife” Sawyer. It promises to be a fun-filled night featuring some of Blount County’s finest -- or at least funniest -- talent, all for a great cause.

Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at Blount Today, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Dandy Lions, Southland Books and United Way of Blount County.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call 865-981-2000 or 865-982-2251.

Saturday, April 4

First-annual ‘Let’s Clean Up Louisville’ event rescheduled

The first annual Let’s Clean Up Louisville, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, will be Saturday, April 4. The Town of Louisville, the TWRA and the Fort Loudoun Lake Association are grateful for the overwhelming preliminary support of the event and hope that the new date will allow even more volunteers to participate.

Check in on April 4 will be from 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Louisville Point Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for instruction, equipment and supplies. Volunteers should wear old clothes, socks and shoes and should bring work gloves if possible. FLLA will provide all other supplies. Everyone will return at 12:30 p.m. to the Louisville Park Pavilion for a boxed lunch, wrap up and group shot.

Areas to be covered are Poland Creek, George’s Creek and Lackey Creek. Poland Creek will primarily be covered by the Channel Drive Group.

For more information, please contact the Fort Loudoun Lake association at our office at 865-523-3800 or email us at

Saturday, April 4

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Center hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Who dunnit? Come and find out at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre hosted by Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center.

The audience will enjoy dinner and games at the event, which will have an ancient Roman theme. The “PG-13” production is April 4, 6-9 p.m., in the Student Lounge. The audience is encouraged to come in costume.

Dorothy Donaldson, associate professor and the production’s director, expects a large crowd.

“I’ve done three other murder mystery dinner theatres,” she said. “We’ve had as many as 100 people come.”

The murder mystery takes place in Rome 30 B.C.

“The audience will be encouraged to interact with the actors as the story unfolds,” Donaldson said, “and will decide who the murderer is.”

Prizes will be awarded for the correct answer to the mystery and for the best costume.

The Blount County Center is located at 1010 Middlesettlements Road in Alcoa.

Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens, $15 for community members and $25 for couples. The proceeds will be used to fund an educational trip to Atlanta for the Theatre students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Blount County Center main office or at the Pellissippi Campus in the Student Life and Recreation office, Room 225S, Goins Administration Building.

Tickets must be paid for by April 2 at 3 p.m.For more information, contact Dorothy Donaldson, 865- 981-5322, or the Blount County Center, 865- 981-5300.

Monday, April 6

Maryville Kiwanis club hits links for literacy

Golfers of all handicaps are being asked to grab their clubs and head to Green Meadow Golf Course on Monday, April 6.

The seventh annual golf tournament for the Kiwanis Club of Maryville is scheduled for that day, and children who love books are anxiously awaiting the outcome.

The tournament is a fund raiser for the Kiwanis, and proceeds benefit a variety of programs touching area youth, including the Imagination Library.

Tournament director Robert Russell said registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. A shotgun start follows at 1 p.m.

It is a swat format, with prizes in two different flights. Handicaps are required for placement in flights. There are also door prizes, dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost is $100 per player. Opportunities to support as a hole sponsor are also available for $250 each and boosters for $100.

The proceeds from the tournament benefit 50 different youth organizations in Blount County, the primary ones being the group’s Blount County-wide support of Imagination Library, as well as the group’s youth leadership camp at Wesley Woods in Walland. Imagination Library is a program begun by Dolly Parton that sends free books to all children from birth to age five to encourage literacy and family reading.

For more information, contact Robert Russell at 865-384-7092 or email

Monday, April 6

Concert performances for MC continue in library

Maryville College Concert Choir and Off Kilter will perform at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Directed by Stacie Wilner, they will perform “Harps Eternal” as a vocal concert. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda of the Blount County Public Library.

Thursday, April 9

ElderWatch holds second annual safety fair

The Blount County ElderWatch will sponsor its second annual Safety Fair on April 9 from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church. The event is free and all senior citizens, those who have older adult family members, and others who serve seniors are invited to attend. Transportation will be available from specified locations. Lunch will be provided free of charge to those who pre-register by calling 865-983-8411 by March 26.

ElderWatch is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Its purpose is to raise awareness of any and all types of threats to the safety and well-being of senior adults in our community. On April 9, presenters will cover a broad array of topics including safe investing, how to spot a con artist, managing medications safely, domestic violence and seniors, practicing safe mobility at home, scams aimed at seniors, and other topics of interest to seniors.

Over 30 senior service providers will have information booths. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. For more information about Blount County ElderWatch, call Linda Baker at 865-640-5634 or Connie Taylor at 865-719-8143. Broadway Baptist Church is located at 2329 East Broadway in Maryville.

Sunday, April 12

Maryville College observes Easter with Sunrise Service

Maryville College’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m., April 12, on Lloyd Beach. The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will deliver the sermon entitled “Come in and See.” The sermon scripture will be John 20: 1-18.

Lloyd Beach is located behind Lloyd Hall, on the southeastern end of the campus, and offers a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Chilhowee Mountains. Community members are invited to the worship service.

A light breakfast will be served on the steps of Willard House following the service.

In the event of rain, both the service and the breakfast will be held in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry.

For more information on the College’s Easter Sunrise Service, please contact McKee at 865.981.8298 or

Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15

Pellissippi State plans Earth Day activities

Global warming, hiking and self-discovery are a few of the topics to be discussed at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The event is April 14-15 on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

A nature photographer, a geology instructor and a wildflower expert are scheduled to speak in the Goins Building Auditorium, and area environmental organizations will have displays in the Courtyard.

There is no charge for the event, and Pellissippi State invites the community to participate. Guests may park in any “Open” lot.

For more information, contact Francisco at 865-694-6744.

Friday, April 17

Pellissippi State’s Festival of Cultures celebrates with dance, music, food

More than 20 countries on five continents will be represented at the annual Festival of Cultures hosted by Pellissippi State Technical Community College. That translates into a celebration that includes Vietnamese dragon dancers, jazz and bluegrass ensembles, Mexican tamales, Asian pork, colorful and informative exhibitor booths and a whole lot more.

Scheduled for Friday, April 17, the free event joins student and community representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America in a celebration of cultures to be shared with the public.

Festival hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Activities take place in the Goins Building College Center (formerly the Student Lounge) and Auditorium, on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

Attendees may browse booths to learn about represented nations, ask questions about the Study Abroad program offered through Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, and, yes, sample a wide variety of foods.

The performance schedule includes the new Pellissippi State Jazz Band and Bluegrass Ensemble, InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf, Vietnamese Dragon Dancers and Alexia’s Middle Eastern Dancers.

For additional information, contact Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, (865) 539-7160 or

Saturday, April 18

Spring Trash and Treasure Sale will benefit Relay

The ThunderWorld USA Relay for Life team is hosting its annual Spring Trash and Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 18. Individual booth rental is available for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Ursula McCall at 981-3399. ThunderWorld USA is located at 1551 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

Saturday, April 18

Bowl For Kids’ Sake returns for its 27th year

The 27th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS) match the nearly 200 children who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake, presented by Edfinancial Services, is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising and awareness event. All proceeds from the event help BBBS provide the guidance and friendship of a mentor to hundreds of disadvantaged children.

“Bowl For Kids’ Sake allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to give more than 175 East Tennessee children the support of a mentor and we are proud to be a part of the 2009 event.”

The Bowl For Kids’ Sake bowling party will take place at Crest Lanes in Maryville on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information about the event, including a complete listing of dates, times and locations, visit or contact BBBS Events and Media Manager Brent Waugh at 523-2179, ext. 17.

Saturday, April 18 - 25

Eco-Sculptures coming to Pistol Creek Station

A new event is coming to downtown Maryville’s art scene. The Maryville Arts Coalition along with Keep Blount Beautiful recently announced the Juried Outdoor ECO-sculpture Exhibition and Competition.

The sculptures in the competition will be on display from April 18 through April 25 at the Pistol Creek Station/Blount County Public Library bridge area of the Greenbelt Park. It will expand depending on the number of participants.

An artist reception and awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, which is also the April Last Friday Art Walk. State Sen. Doug Overbey will preside.

The event is designed to coordinate with Earth Round-Up and help raise environmental awareness within the community through large-scale environmental installations and sculpture on display to the public at the Greenbelt Park.

Awards include $1,000 for best of show, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and four awards of merit of $125 Jerry’s Art-O-Roma gift certificates

Saturday, April 18

Art Mart expands at Southland Books

Southland Books, 801 E. Broadway, will host the first Art Mart of 2009 on Saturday, April 18, at the store and parking lot behind the store.

Organizers Lisa Misosky and Catherine Frye created Art Mart in 2007 as a way to give artists and craftspeople a way to sell their art works and people looking for original artwork a venue that has it.

There will be more than 20 vendors and several bands to entertain during the event, each offering their own unique products and artwork for sale.

Sunday, April 19 through Tuesday, April 21

Maryville College hosts international film festival

As a part of 2009 Earth Week activities throughout East Tennessee, the Center for Strong Communities will host the International Film Festival on Water and Climate Change, to be held April 19-21 at Maryville College.

The film festival aims to increase awareness and action regarding local and global issues around water and climate change. Three days of screenings and discussions will include short films and feature documentaries that have been honored at the Sundance Film Festival, World Water Forum, the Mumbai International Film Festival, and with many other distinctions.

The film festival, which is traveling to eight colleges in the United States, has been developed by two international organizations, The Charter of Human Responsibilities (CHR) and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD). In addition to Maryville College, other campuses hosting the film festival are Xavier University, American University, Harvard, Brandeis and University of the South.

Students at Maryville College are coordinating campus participation and some faculty will screen films as part of an academic course. The Center for Strong Communities is working with the Little River Watershed Association and the international partners to bring the festival to Maryville as a free and open event for the whole community.

The festival’s grand opening is a screening of Flow on Sunday, April 19 at 6:00 pm in Lawson Auditorium. Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary Flow examines political and environmental issues around the privatization of water and the question of water as a human right or a commodity.

Community members and visitors are welcome to attend all screenings and participate in discussions, starting Sunday afternoon and concluding Tuesday night. An annotated list of selected films, screening times and workshops will soon be announced.

Nina Gregg, US Coordinator of CHR, and John Anugraha, founder and Executive Director of GCSD will lead workshops on the work of the Charter of Human Responsibilities and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, an international student and youth association for sustainable development.

For information about the film festival at Maryville College, contact the Center for Strong Communities at 865-273-8894 or email For more information on the Charter of Human Responsibilities and the presentations at other colleges, contact Nina Gregg at

Monday, April 20

IAAP celebrates administrative professionals week

The Maryville Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will kick off Administrative Professionals Week at noon on April 20 during a luncheon and seminar at the Hilton.

The class will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. following lunch. Excellence in Education is the theme for the 2008-2009 celebration. The theme denotes how career-minded administrative professionals are positioning themselves for success in today’s ever-changing business environment by mastering advanced office technology, continually honing their communication skills, forging collaborative relationships with managers and coworkers and taking charge of their own career development.

Speaker for the event is Lisa Olsen. She is an author, trainer, speaker and consultant whose dedication to building relationship chemistry and helping people power up their potential has been the catalyst for her own success.

At the luncheon, members will be honoring the administrative professional of the year and the executive of the year. Supervisors and managers have the opportunity to nominate someone for the administrative professional of the year award. Support personnel have the opportunity to nominate someone for the executive of the year award.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 each. Tickets for the seminar are $25 each, but both can be purchased for $40 and may be obtained from any member of the Maryville chapter of IAAP. A table seats 10 people.

For more information, contact Terri Caylor at 865-273-3401.

Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26

Park plans annual Wildflower Pilgrimage for April

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 59th-annual Wildflower Pilgrimage from Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 26. The Pilgrimage offers 152 programs spread over five days with an array of professionally-guided walks exploring the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology, cultural and natural history, indoor presentations, and evening speakers.

The Pilgrimage attracts more than 900 participants attending educational events led by more than 110 specialists who are professional educators and naturalists. Walks, hikes, and motorcades take pilgrims to all regions of the Park to observe its biological diversity. Indoor programs, field photography and drawing workshops are also offered. The Wildflower Pilgrimage is a window into one of the most diverse habitats in temperate North America.

Special indoor programs which are open to the public include “Regressing in the Garden: Childlike Wonder” and “Climate Change and Global Warming.”

Registration for the Spring Wildlife Pilgrimage begins April 9 at 9 a.m. For information or to register, visit Registration by phone will be available from April 9-13 and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily by calling 865-436-7318 x225. Registration on-site in Gatlinburg will be from April 21- 25.

Registration fees are $30 per day, $50 for two or more days, $10 for middle, secondary, and college students for one or more days, and $25 for Welcoming Luncheon (no daily fee charged). Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a registered adult. Groups of 10 or more who plan to attend the same event can register by phone only.

Friday, April 24

Last Friday Art Walk draws crowds downtown

The Last Friday Art Walk happens every month on the last Friday in downtown Maryville. The art party is held in numerous businesses in the downtown district and is designed to celebrate the arts and artists. Businesses also stay open late for shopping.

Last Friday Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Participating businesses run from galleries to bars, retail stores, theaters and restaurants. Each participating business hosts a featured artist from any of a number of media and disciplines, including sculpture, dancers, music, actors.

For more information, visit

Saturday, April 25

Spelling out success at the Adult Spelling Bee

The 14th annual Blount County Adult Spelling Bee is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 314 W. Broadway Ave., in Maryville. The spelling bee is a major fundraiser for the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County.

Team are asked to line up potential spellers, send a check to ensure the team’s place on the team roster and prepare for the spelling bee.

There are several ways to get involved in the Spelling Bee, including: entering a team of two spellers on behalf of an organization for a donation of $300; sponsor a team with spellers the foundation provides for a donation of $300; co-sponsor a team with another company for a donation of $150 or make a cash contribution.

The Adult Education Foundation of Blount County helps one out of every five Blount County adults who are undereducated or illiterate. For more information, call 865-982-8998 or email

Saturday, April 25

Earth Round-Up offers clean up day and celebration

Earth Round-Up, a joint project that combines two former events into one clean-up and party, is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Earth Round-up combines the former Little River Round-Up and Airfest. It is organized by the Little River Watershed Association, Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Air Quality Team. The clean-up is also a part of the Great American Clean Up.

Check in time for the clean-up is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Bicentennial Park Pavilion behind the Blount County Courthouse. Participants can choose an area to clean up or Keep Blount Beautiful has areas available, all of which are safe for children of all ages. Beautification projects also are available. Groups of 10 or more can register as early as April 1.

The morning clean up needs volunteers to fan out across Blount County to pick up litter, including cleaning up in and around the Little River, Pistol Creek greenbelt and roadsides and parks. Teams and individuals check in from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the pavilion. At sign in, volunteers get some gloves and trash bags and can be assigned a location to pick up trash. Boaters are welcomed, encouraged and needed to help clean up the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to the Little River embayment near Rockford.

All volunteers receive a free dinner ticket for the afternoon and early evening celebration and a reusable shopping bag.

The evening celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. at Maryville College will feature live music from Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, food, a children’s play area, environmental educational booths, silent auction items and giveaways.

Saturday, April 25

Native American Festival to offer variety of expressions

On Saturday, April 25, the Native American Festival will open at Blount County Public Library.

Beginning at10:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., the festival features a presentation by World War II Navajo Code Talker, Samuel T. Holiday.

Holiday will present a lecture describing his experiences as a code talker during World War II, and veterans from all wars and service people (both active and inactive) are invited to be present to be honored.

In addition, approximately 100 Native Americans will be present for the day and will provide Native American storytelling and a Native American dance exhibition and social dances.

The audience should bring lawn chairs for outdoor programs. In case of rain, all programs will be held indoors.

Activities include storytelling, dancing, music, Veterans processions and drumming. A schedule of events with specific times for each event is available on the Blount Today and the Blount County Public Library websites: or

Thursday, April 30

Maryville school bands take center stage

Maryville Middle School band students will take center stage April 30 during a concert at the Bicentennial Greenbelt Pavillion.

All Maryville Middle School band students will be performing in the annual outdoor concert in conjunction with the school’s high school and intermediate bands. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Intermediate School band students will perform at 6:30 p.m. Middle School students will play at 7 p.m., and the high school is set to play at 7:30 p.m. The entire concert should end by 8:15 p.m. Families may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the concert. Parking is limited.

Saturday, May 2

Governors’ Classic Golf Tournament to benefit school

William Blount High School’s Governors’ Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Royal Oaks Golf Course. The tournament is a fund raiser for William Blount High School.

Tee time is at 8:30 a.m. The format is a 4-person SWAT, with prizes for first, second and third place, as well as prizes for Longest Drive and Closest-to-the-Pin. Lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A.

Entry fee is $320 for a four-person team. For more information, call Mark Davidson at 865-984-5500, ext. 2112.

Tuesday, May 5

Pellissippi State holds annual golf fundraiser

On May 5, Pellissippi State will hold its fifth-annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms in Rockford, an event for golfers and education enthusiasts alike. The fundraiser will benefit the Pellissippi State Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.

“Players and sponsors help the Foundation provide financial assistance to deserving students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College,” says Dick McGill, chief estimator for Joseph Construction Company and event chair. “In addition, they support the institution’s educational and cultural activities. And, they provide resources for equipment, technology and facilities to help students stay in the forefront of ever-changing workplace needs.”

Two “shotguns” are scheduled; the first begins at 8 a.m., and the second round starts at 1 p.m. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up early because the number of starts is limited.

Cost is $100 per player, or $400 for teams of four. There is also a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available, in amounts ranging from $150 to $5,000.

For additional information, contact the Foundation’s tournament director, Pat Myers, at 865-539-7242 or, or log on to for a registration form.

Saturday, May 9

Third annual Big BBQ Bash set for tasty competition

The Third annual Big BBQ Bash will bring out barbecue, music and fun lovers for a great time May 9 at the Springbrook Corporate Center on the lawn of the Alcoa Municipal Building.

Music from a variety of groups will entertain the participants May 9.

The bash begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This year the primary beneficiary of the event is the Blount County Community Campus Initiative through the Helen Ross McNabb Center and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. The Community Campus Initiative is a joint partnership between Blount County government, the Helen Ross McNabb Center, the Blount County Children Advocacy Center in cooperation with the Blount County Children’s Home to develop a campus where non-profits who serve families can come together in one area.

The Mayoral Regatta, a canoe race on the pond at Springbrook Corporate Center, will continue this year in early afternoon..

Prizes will be awarded for the best barbecue in categories of Chicken, Pulled Pork and Ribs and the Anything But category. Anything But is anything but the other three categories, as long as you cook it on grill. The Anything But category winner receives a trophy but no prize money.

One of the new features of this year’s event is a new category. Big BarBQ Bash organizers also are awarding for the Grand Champion. The Grand Champion is a total of points in all categories entered and is based on that scoring.

There will be a new layout at Springbrook for the teams, bands and vendors, allowing for 20 vendors with easy access for each vendor to the crowds in addition to the team space. Last year an estimated 7,500 people attended the event.

Entry forms for either vendors or teams are due on April 10. For more on the BBQ Bash, visit the website or call 865-206-7645.

Saturday, May 30

Bledsoe Golf tourney planned at Pine Lakes

The annual Tim Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament is set for May 30 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Rockford.

The event is in memory of Tim Bledsoe, 1938 - 2006, a longtime supporter of Alcoa Schools since his graduation from Alcoa High School in 1956. The tournament benefits the Alcoa City Schools Foundation and was originally organized by Loren Bledsoe, Tim Bledsoe and Herman Thompson.

Player registration is $65 per player. Companies or individuals can sponsor holes for $300. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start happens at 12:30 p.m. with a four-man swat format.

The registration fee includes a greens fee and cart, door prize opportunities, lunch and awards for the winners. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in three flights and closest-to-the-pin on all par three holes.

For information, call Nelda Kidd at 865-982-3176 or email nfkidd; call Loren Bledsoe 865-982-3176 at home or 681-3919 at work or call Herman Thompson at 770-396-5624 or email

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten and Pre-K registration for Maryville City Schools

Families living inside the Maryville city limits who have children turning five before Sept. 30, 2009 should plan to attend kindergarten registration at the schools for which they are zoned. At registration, parents will receive a booklet listing required immunizations as well as the physical and dental certifications that are required before starting school in the fall.

At registration, parents should bring legal proof of residency, student birth certificate and student social security card. Foothills Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary and John Sevier Elementary will hold kindergarten registration on Thursday, April 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For further information, contact the schools or visit the school offices:

Sam Houston Elementary, located at 330 Melrose Street: call 865-983-3241

John Sevier Elementary, located at 2001 Sequoyah Avenue: call 865-983-8551

Foothills Elementary, located at 520 Sandy Springs Road: call 865-681-0364

Application forms are available now for voluntary pre-K programs in the Maryville City Schools for the 2009-2010 school year. These programs primarily serve at-risk students or children requiring special education services. Applications may be picked up at the elementary schools or the Central Office, located at 833 Lawrence Avenue.

In addition, parents with children between 33 and 60 months old, who have developmental concerns about their child, may wish to participate in a screening event for the Special Education Preschool program on Tuesday, April 7 from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Fort Craig Elementary School. Contact Martha Bryant at 865-983-4371 for further details.

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