Family: Married to Franklin Brown
Occupation: Full-time student and active member of Maryville Alcoa Jaycees
When Angie Brown isn’t busy coordinating the Maryville Alcoa Christmas parade or taking classes to become a teacher, she is either piecing together the perfect scrapbook or piecing together a mystery.
“As a hobby I do scrapbooking, and I also like to watch CSI,” she says.
Brown has actually taken some crime scene investigation classes and says she has a keen eye for detail. Because of that, she enjoys shows like the CSI crime dramas on television.
“I love the mystery of it and trying to solve them,” she says.
Brown and her husband always spend time once a year in Myrtle Beach, and they enjoy going to yard sales. “I go to meet the people. It’s unique the people you meet at a yard sale,” she said. “We travel around. One year we started in Decatur, went to Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia. We love to get out and travel.”
Brown says she and her husband have been in the Maryville Alcoa Jaycees for 14 years. They started the Decatur Jaycees, and she has held every office in the organization. “In 2007, I was state president of the Tennessee Jaycees, and I’ve been the top recruiter for four years,” she said. “I’ve recruited over 150 members to the Tennessee Jaycees.”
The parade coordinator said the annual event brings together residents from throughout Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County and is a project almost every Jaycee member volunteers with each year.
“We start the day off at Midland Restaurant getting our game plan together, passing out walkie talkies. After the parade, we finish up at a basketball tournament we also sponsor,” she says. “It’s a long day.”
Here is Angie Brown:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“My dad. As my mother puts it, I never meet a stranger. I have an outgoing personality mixed with a little bit of flirt and lots of humor and, of course, stubbornness.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room.” From the movie “Freedom Writers.”
How do you like your steak cooked?
“Medium well to well done, just not raw or burnt.”
What are you guilty of?
“I love helping others, and I get attached to people easily. However, my friends think I talk too much and offer my opinion too often. I like to share my opinion and do not think that others have to agree with me, just listen to my opinion.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My laptop. It holds all my Jaycee information, programs, parade line-up, family information and my college class work. I would be totally lost without it.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th Century?
“I feel that teachers, coaches, principals, special education, college professors at all grade levels need to be recognized as the most influential people in the 20th century.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“While in college working on my undergraduate degree at Cleveland State Community College a professor would hand out treats if you made an ‘A’ on the test. Since my last name is Brown, I was at the first of the list. When she called my name, she extended me a handful of Tootsie Roll Pops in a bunch. I thought I was getting the entire bunch. She told me to just take one, that I had an ‘A,’ but not a 100. I was so embarrassed in front of the entire class.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Creative. I have an over-active imagination when it comes to creating new projects, plans or ideas.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I wish I could change my outside appearance, and lose weight to be healthier.”
What is your passion?
“My passion is helping others. I have a hard time saying no when it comes to volunteering to help others, especially around the holidays. I begin helping families at Christmas when I was only 7 years old.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would like to have lunch with Henry Gezinbere, the person that established the United States Junior Chamber, and William Brownfield, the author of the Jaycee Creed.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“I would be played by someone like Queen Latifa, a plus-size woman who is confident, caring, fun-loving and humorous.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would want to go back to the 1980s and redo my high school years. I would study harder and participate more in my classes.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“The best present is anything from my husband. He gives me small little gifts for no particular reason. It is really nice to get a gift just because someone loves you.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Be careful of stones you throw, because what goes around comes around. Whatever you dish out one day you will have to eat, so do not serve what you do not like.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“Powerful, because I like to share my ideas and help create new improved ways to save money, or make a product better.”
Who is your hero?
“My mother, because in the past five years she has lost a leg to diabetes, my dad passed away, a year later my youngest brother was killed by a drunk driver just two miles from my mom’s house, and then she lost a sister in January, February, July, and December, all in the same year. She has learned to be independent after being married for 35 years. Yet she never questioned God, always believing it was His will. She is a strong determined woman. I know it is where I get my stubbornness, will-power, and determination to succeed from, no doubt.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy.’ I try to always look at the positive in every situation.”