Community Events for Oct. 1, 2009

The Black Lillies will perform their final local show on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Barley’s in Knoxville before hitting the road on a national tour. The show will start immediately following the UT vs. Auburn game.

The Black Lillies will perform their final local show on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Barley’s in Knoxville before hitting the road on a national tour. The show will start immediately following the UT vs. Auburn game.

Bessie Harvey

Bessie Harvey

Friday, October 2

Dog Wash will benefit Girl Scouts and SMACF

On Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m., all well-behaved dirty dogs and owners are invited by Girl Scout Troop 1053 to a dog wash to raise money for Troop 1053 and the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. While supplies last, dogs will receive bandannas tie-dyed by the girl scouts. Refreshments and doggie accessories will be available.

Recommended donations are $8 for smaller dogs and $12 for medium to large dogs. The event will be held at Midland Pet Emergency Center, located at 235 S. Calderwood St. in Alcoa. The event is sponsored by Midland Pet Emergency Center, which will provide the location and supplies, and Foothills Co-op, which will provide supplies.

Friday, October 2

‘Georgia Songbird’ to serenade the Smokies

On Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Fall Music Series will present E. G. Kight.

Based in East Dublin, GA and known as “The Georgia Songbird”, E. G. Kight began perfoming at just 3 years old. She was soon performing country and pop music on stage with legends like George Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis. But in 1995, she heard a tape of Koko Taylor, an astonishing voice that left a lasting impression. As a result, Kight’s musical career took a dramatic turn toward the blues.

Kight already has six Blues Music Awards nominations, and her industry accolades continue. Two of Kight’s songs landed on Koko Taylor’s Grammy-nominated albums, and three can be found on Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women’s recent release. She has released six albums of her own, and her latest, “It’s Hot In Here”, climbed to #1 on both the Blues Roots Chart, and on XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville channel.

Though a blues-based artist, Kight continues to mix genres, incorporating blues, jazz, country, southern rock, gospel and funk, and is often compared to the likes of Phoebe Snow and Delbert McClinton.

The Fall Music Series is sponsored by PetSafe Village. Admission to each concert is $4 per person, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn are available for purchase on-site. No drinks, food or coolers may be brought in to the event. For more information, call the Center at 865-448-0044 or visit

Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3

WB baseball team to hold rummage sale

The William Blount High School baseball team will hold a rummage sale on Friday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, October 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the baseball hitting tent at the William Blount High School baseball field.

For more information, call or email Dana West at 865-755-5322 or or Rhonda West at 865-387-8574 or

Saturday, October 3

The Black Lillies kick off national tour at Barley’s

Before beginning their national tour in November, East Tennessee’s The Black Lillies will play one more hometown show as a full band this Saturday, Oct. 3, at Barley’s in Knoxville. The show will begin immediately following the UT vs. Auburn football game.

In advance of the Barley’s show, they will play live on the new 11 O’Clock Rock! show on Market Square and give an in-studio performance on 90.3 The Rock, both on Friday, Oct. 2.

Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, co-founder of Robinella and the CCstringband, and singer-guitarist Leah Gardner (Maid Rite String Band), The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. The group, formed in 2008, also includes bassist and former CCstringband member Taylor Coker, electric guitar and pedal steel whiz Tom Pryor (the everybodyfields) and drummer Jamie Cook (the everybodyfields).

The Black Lillies’ debut album, Whiskey Angel, was released in April of 2009 and the band has toured regionally throughout the summer. Highlights have included two performances at the Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, an appearance on the live radio broadcast of Tennessee Shines and two performances at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

This fall, The Black Lillies will embark on a six week national tour that will take them across the country to Seattle. This will be the first national tour for the group.

Saturday, October 3

NPS seeks citizen scientists for help with field research

Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are inviting people to volunteer as a Citizen Scientists on Saturday, Oct. 3, and join Park biologists and educators in developing scientific data in the national park.

The scheduled field activity will involve mapping locations of ash trees in the Tennessee side of the Park’s backcountry from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will learn how to identify ash and other common trees found in the Smoky Mountains, read a topographic map, and use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit. The ash trees are at risk from the invasive, non-native Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that can travel undetected in firewood and nursery stock from quarantined areas of the country into new locations in the Park. The data that is collected will help Park staff map the locations of ash trees park-wide to monitor the health of the forest and detect future infestations.

The volunteers should be prepared to hike up to 5 miles on Park trails and in rough terrain off the main paths. It is recommended that participants wear long pants and comfortable closed-toe shoes or boots for hiking and bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, and rain gear. Reservations are necessary and participation is limited to 16 people (children 12 and under must bring an adult). Contact Ranger Susan Simpson at 865-436-1200, ext. 762 for reservations, the meeting location and directions.

Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 24

Musical performances set in Cades Cove Amphitheater

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced two one-hour long musical performances, featuring Paul Grace and the Boogertown Gap band, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 24. The musicians will be performing in the Cades Cove Campground Amphitheater and the events are free to the public.

October 9 – Paul Grace is a well known folk musician from Columbia, Mo., and has been performing for over 25 years, spending many years touring North America with his wife and daughters. Now a solo performer, he is a versatile vocalist and instrumentalist on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Grace has musical roots in the Ozarks and the Appalachians, as well as early influences of the Kingston Trio and other members of the Folk Revival. Grace will present a wide variety of songs and styles from fiddle tunes to lovely ballads.

October 24 - Boogertown Gap band, composed of Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, specializes in traditional songs and tunes played on a variety of stringed instruments. The wife and husband duo, who currently resides in Pittman Center, Tenn, performs old-time and Celtic music throughout East Tennessee. They are known to share the music, folklore and stories of their ancestors and descendants of the Southern Appalachians who have shaped the timeless music of the mountains. Boogertown Gap attempts to stay “traditional” by performing music from the pre-recording industrial period, playing a lot of tunes from the minstrel antebellum period and the years during and after the Civil War.

Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11

Tournament to benefit area schools tennis programs

Pick up your racket for some fun on the court to benefit area schools during the weekend of Oct. 10-11. William Blount High School tennis coach Marty Durand has organized a tennis tournament for both youth and adult players, complete with prizes. A $25 entry fee gets up to three events for the players. Events include Challenger Doubles for middle school, high school, adult and senior players.

In a Challenger Double, eight players split to four on 2 courts to play three 6-game total sets, switching partners each time. After each court has finished, the two players with the most games won from each court will play each other in an eight game pro set to determine the winner.

Prizes include half-off yearly youth membership to Cedar Bluff Racquet Club, restaurant gift certificates and food prizes from the William Blount Culinary Arts class.

The tournament is sponsored by Jim Cogdill and the Cedar Bluff Racquet Club. Prizes are being provided by Aubreys, Foothills Milling Co., Ruby Tuesdays, Panera Bread Co., Marble Slab Creamery and Cedar Bluff Racquet Club.

A car wash -- $3 per car -- will also be going on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All events are at William Blount High School. For registration information, contact Coach Durand at 865-293-2421. Proceeds will benefit area schools’ tennis programs.

Saturday, October 10

Annual Bessie Harvey Day celebration be held in Alcoa

The annual Bessie Harvey Day celebration will be held on October 10, 2009 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The celebration will began at 2 p.m. All of Blount County and the surrounding areas are invited to attend. There will be free food, music, fun and entertainment for the entire family. There will be never seen before footage of the life of Bessie Harvey, spoken in her own words. Alcoa High School step team will be performing and an exhibit of Harvey’s work will also be displayed.

Come celebrate the life and legacy of one of our own, Bessie Harvey, world renowned artist from Alcoa. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is located at 209 E Franklin Street in Alcoa.

Saturday, October 10

Amateur Radio Club to Celebrate Park Anniversary at Visitors Center

The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) will come together at the Townsend Visitors Center on Oct. 10 to communicate with fellow amateur radio operators across the US to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the park. The SMARC is using the broadcast as an opportunity to publicize the park anniversary to the amateur radio community around the country.

The SMARC event, scheduled to begin broadcasting around 9 a.m., will feature club members operating voice and digital communications. The special event operation is similar to a simulated emergency, with the radio club using an emergency communications trailer to set up and operate radio. Using amateur frequencies, SMARC will make contact with other radio amateurs around the country and Canada. If the conditions are good, such as static and propagation, the club could also make contact with foreign amateur radio stations.

Once initial contact is established, the SMARC will inform the person contacted that the club is operating a special event station to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the park. SMARC also participated in the park’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1984, operating from Newfound Gap on the North Carolina and Tennessee line.

The SMARC will have up to ten club member participating in the one day event. The event is open for the public to view the amateur during operation.

For more information about SMARC, please visit

Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18

New events slated for MC’s Homecoming, Oct. 16-18

Maryville College welcomes alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming Oct. 16-18, where the theme for the weekend is “Home to Howee.”

Activities range from athletics to retirement recognitions, as well as a several new events. Unless indicated otherwise, all events are free and open to the public.

“Homecoming is one of the most meaningful and exciting times of the year. It gives the entire MC family - students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College - a time to gather and celebrate this special community,” said Katherine Caputo, director of outreach and alumni affairs.

“One of the biggest changes in the weekend is revamping the Alumni Banquet to an Alumni Reception,” she continued. “The event will have a more festive feel to celebrate alumni being back on campus, but will keep in the tradition of recognizing the reunion classes and highlighting three outstanding alumni.”

The Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym, will honor award recipients and highlight the 25th-, 40th- and 50th- year reunions. Elizabeth Welsh and Alvin Nance will be awarded the distinguished Alumni Citation. Yvette Prinsloo Franklin will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20 per person.

Join alumni for live bluegrass music and fellowship from 9 until 11 p.m. at the Alumni Gym. Jay Clark ‘96 will be performing. Admission is $5 at the door.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the College’s web site at Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865-981-8200.

Homecoming events at the college will include:

Wall of Fame inductions, golf

During a 10 a.m. brunch in the Alumni Gym, former student-athletes Walter “Les” Rock, Alan Rock, Randy Schaurer, Ken Adair, Denise Penzkofer, Ben Sohrabi and Kelvin Richardson will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame. Cost for the brunch is $12 per person.

The Coach Boydson Baird Golf Classic at Lambert Acres Golf Course will start with lunch at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The 18-hole round for alumni, parents and friends is a Homecoming tradition. The $50 per-person entry fee covers lunch, greens fee and cart rental.

An education forum, focusing on “How to Get Your First Teaching Job,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall (room 101) with alumni educators serving as panelists.

The Scots Volleyball team takes on Agnes Scott at 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Athletic Center.

A pep rally, led by the MC Dance Team, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center.

At 8 p.m., sports fans will have the chance to watch former athletes display their skills in the alumni baseball game at Scotland Yard or the alumni basketball game in Boydson Baird Gymnasium.

Retirement celebration

Registrar Martha Hess, one of 17 “Anderson Hall Legends,” is retiring in December after 35 years of dedicated service. A “Thank you, Martha!” Celebration will be held in the Registrar’s Office in Fayerweather Hall from 10:15 a.m. until noon on Sat., Oct. 17.

MC president Dr. Gerald Gibson is retiring in May at the completion of his 17th year at the College. A Celebration of Service is scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Samuel T. Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) for Dr. Gibson and wife Rachel. Light refreshments will be served at this informal gathering.

Saturday events

“This year we have added many new events to bring even more alumni and friends back to campus,” said Caputo. “For example, we have special activities for children and pets. We want to see your children, grandchildren and pets dressed to show their MC spirit.”

The “Little Scotties” Children’s Area will be set up from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the CCM lawn. A giant slide, highland games, face and hair painting, make your own kilt and balloon animals with Daisy the Clown will be a hit with all of the “Little Scotties.” Children’s book author and illustrator Laurie Allen Klein will be reading and signing copies of several books.

A variety of organizations and departments will host “Open Houses” throughout campus. Homecoming participants are invited to visit several open houses between 10 a.m. and noon. Visit for a list of open houses.

An update on the Clayton Center for the Arts will be given by executive director Robert Hutchens at 10 a.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium.

An Athletic Recognition Plaza ceremony will be held at 1:40 p.m. at the entrance of Thornton Stadium. Former student-athletes, coaches and athletic supporters who have recently purchased a brick for the plaza will be recognized.

Crafts Fair, parade, sports

The annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale, held in the Cooper Athletic Center from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., will feature a variety of crafts and baked goods. Sponsored by the College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter, the event helps provide college scholarships for current MC students.

The annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes alumni and special friends who have passed away since last Homecoming, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the CCM with the Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, leading services.

At 10 a.m., former Scots soccer players will participate in the alumni game on the soccer field, while an alumni volleyball game will be held in the Cooper Athletic Center.

From 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the staff of Mountain Challenge will be stationed at the 60-foot Alpine Tower for people who want to climb. Children (ages 10 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

Alumni, family and friends are invited to a picnic lunch on the Pearsons Lawn from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. During the meal, various musical groups from the College will perform, including the Alumni Choir, which will perform a mini concert on the steps of Thaw Hall at noon.

Special seating will be available for all reunion classes whose graduation year ends in ‘4’ or ‘9’. Cost for the meal is $10 per person; children under 5 eat free.

The annual Student-Alumni Homecoming Parade will feature a procession of bagpipers, reunion classes, President and Mrs. Gibson, current students, cheerleaders, Homecoming Queen candidates, kids and pets. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in front of Anderson Hall and winds around Circle Drive to finish at Copeland Hall.

Kickoff for the MC vs. Averett football game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Honaker Field. The 2009 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities. General admission is $6 per adult, $4 per student and free for children 6 and under.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the College’s web site at Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865-981-8200.

Saturday, October 17

Fishing tournament will support lung cancer patients

East Tennessee’s top anglers are invited to test their fishing skills and compete for some serious prize money next month. The top catch will win a $2,000 grand prize in the Breath of Life Support Foundation’s 2nd-Annual Bass Fishing Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Tellico Canal on Saturday, Oct. 17. Major Corporate Sponsors include The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Pilot Travel Centers, Ebenezer Counseling Center, WIVK and Blount Memorial Hospital with the guaranteed $2,000 grand prize sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.

The 1 Limit Bait Shop located in Farragut will handle pre-registrations from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at a cost of $100 per boat, which includes the lunker fee. Anglers can also register the day of the event beginning at 5 a.m. for $125 per boat. The entire fee is tax deductible. Blast off is at first light and weigh-ins start at 3 p.m. along with a cookout.

Breath of Life Support Foundation, Inc. was started in 2006 by the Mynatt family in memory of Charles L. Mynatt. Lung cancer remains a silent killer with no symptoms appearing until it is in the advanced stages, so there is no early detection. The mission of the Breath of Life is to offer hope and encouragement to lung cancer patients and their families by providing financial support to cover needed expenses associated with cancer and its treatments. The proceeds will be used to help cancer patients with financial needs, continue monthly lung cancer support group meetings (held on the third Monday of the month) and provide portable DVD players and DVDs to cancer facilities in the East Tennessee region.

Breath of Life Support Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) exempt non-profit organization. Registration forms and additional information are available by contacting Randy White at or calling his call at 865-548-3006, or by visiting

Saturday, October 24

Shopping for Change will benefit Haven House

On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 25-30 area vendors and artisans will be selling their wares to the people of Maryville to benefit the Haven House. In addition to Haven House, a small portion of the money raised will be given to the First Baptist Church of Maryville Mothers Of Preschoolers group.

“Shopping for Change” will be located in the gym at the First Baptist Church of Maryville. There will also be children’s activities, bake sale items, and a booth for kids of all ages to have pictures taken with Santa. These unique and interesting vendors will be a great opportunity to get a lot of Christmas shopping done.

Haven House of Maryville is in desperate need of funds, due primarily to recent fire damage. Shop for Change will benefit your pocketbook and be a way to give back to Haven House.

For more information on the event or on how to become a vendor, visit

Saturday, November 7

Belk Fall Charity Sale will benefit local charities and schools

Belk’s Fall Charity Sale on Nov. 7 will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area. Belk’s previous charity sale, held May 2, 2009, raised more than $5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 10 a.m. and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 15 to 50 percent on purchases throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event and all proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, October 30, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations equally divided among the participating charities and schools. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral material at no cost to the participating nonprofit organizations.

In addition, participating customers can register to win one of three $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

The event, held semi-annually since the fall of 2007, has raised an excess of $14 million for participating nonprofit organizations throughout the Southeast.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Belk, Inc. is the largest privately owned mainline department store company in the United States, with more than 300 stores in 16 Southern states. The company was founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., and is in the third generation of Belk family leadership.

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