Blount County Food Pantry Drive During the month of October, Music Row Antiques will be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the Blount County Food Pantry. A barrel for donations will be located just inside the door.
The Blount County Food Pantry has been helping to feed families in Blount County since 1983. During the month of August, the pantry provided 2,264 cans of food to Blount County residents in need. The pantry is located in the former Alnwick School. The hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applicants are screened through Blount County Community Action.
In these troubled times economic times the Blount County Food Pantry is experiencing an increased demand for food on a daily basis, and help is needed more than ever. Music Row Antiques is located at 2816 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., and can be reached at 865-984-9599.
Big Orange Trash Bash Cleanup - Any time between Oct. 1 and 25, call Keep Blount Beautiful to pick up orange trash bags, gloves and vests provided by the Knoxville Metropolitan Airport Authority, and gather litter from the sides of roads in Blount County. The litter in the orange bags will be displayed at the McGee Tyson Airport to welcome the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Oct. 31, with the world's largest trash-bag T symbol. The first 150 volunteers will receive free t-shirts. For more information or to volunteer, call Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-4809.
Free spay/neuter program - To mark the eighth anniversary of the spay/neuter clinic's opening, AnimalWorks is offering a no-cost pet spay/neuter program to qualified Blount County residents for the month of October. Under this no-cost program, all co-payments, spay/neuter surgical costs, and rabies vaccination fees will be paid for by grant funding. This project is funded under an agreement with the Department of Agriculture and the Charles and Sue Fouche Charitable Foundation. Income restrictions apply. To find out if you qualify for this no-cost spay/neuter program, or to schedule spay/neuter appointments for your pets, call AnimalWorks at 865-379-2227. The mission of AnimalWorks is to reduce the homeless pet population in Blount County. Since its inception in September 2001, AnimalWorks has spayed or neutered over 18,000 animals and found homes for more than 5,400 cats and dogs. AnimalWorks' spay/neuter clinic is located at 3377 Regal Drive behind West Chevrolet off Alcoa Highway. For more information, call 865-379-2227 or visit www.animalworkstn.org.
Rummage sale to benefit Jake Young - On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1-5 p.m., a rummage sale will be held to benefit Jake Young, who was hit by an SUV as a pedestrian and requires rehab for his injuries, which include serious brain trauma. In addition to the rummage sale, a bake sale will be held and there will be special bluegrass, gospel and country music. Donations for the rummage sale will be accepted through Saturday, Oct. 10 at Law’s Brickmill Market on Hwy. 411 South and Corner Brickmill Rd. in Maryville. For more information, contact Keith Law at 865-856-3118 or Rhonda Hawkins at 865-216-7008.
The Lake Show - Due to technical difficulties, sound was not available for the episode of The Lake Show featuring Coach Lisa Glenn with UT Rowing. Because many viewers missed the Saturday evening show while supporting the UT Vols, CTV has offered to air that episode again on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 12:45 p.m. The episodes are available streaming online at www.ctvknox.org/ at the above times for those without Comcast Cable.
Alcoa Leaf Collection - The City of Alcoa will begin weekly leaf collection on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Leaf collection is scheduled to continue through the second week of January. Leaves should be separated from other waste and placed near the street for collection. Residents are asked not to rake leaves into the street, which clogs storm drains and can obstruct traffic. For more information about leaf collection, including the day of the week for collection in each area, call the Alcoa Public Works Department at 865-380-4815 or 865-380-4800.
Blount County ElderWatch meeting - On Thursday, October 15, at 2 p.m., Senator Doug Overbey will speak at the October Blount County ElderWatch meeting, held at Everett Senior Center in Maryville. He will speak about the Silver Alert and other issues concerning seniors. Please make plans to attend. On January 13, 2009, Doug Overbey was sworn in as State Senator for the Eighth District, representing Blount and Sevier Counties. As a member of the 106th Tennessee General Assembly, he has been appointed to serve on the Finance, Ways & Means Committee, Secretary of the Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Health & General Welfare Committee. For more information on Senator Overbey's speaking engagements you may visit his web site at http://www.overbeyforsenate.com/
Tai Chi for Health Improvement classes are set to begin in two locations on Monday, Oct.19. Registration is open for classes for Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation. This Tai Chi class is specifically designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromaylgia, and tendonitis. The class is also for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.
The eight-week class for Arthritis Foundation Level 1 and Level 2 begin Oct. 19. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday. Level 1 classes are from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Level 2 classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. These classes are held in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church, located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville.A second Level I class will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 115 at First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road in Maryville.
The fee for each of the eight-week classes is $80. Pre-registration is required. The instructor, Donna Dixon, is experienced in exercise instruction and planning for individuals of all levels of fitness. Dixon is a registered nurse and clinical exercise physiologist and is a ACE Certified Group Fitness and a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor Level 1 and 2. For more information, call 865-803-8887 or visit www.smokymountainwellness.com.
Election Commission - the next regularly scheduled Election Commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Election Commission conference room.
Carpenters Day at CMS - On Oct. 22, everyone is invited to attend the 4th-annual Carpenters Day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carpenters Middle School. The event honors the local history of the original Carpenters area and school. Please invite any family, friends, and neighbors who grew up in the Carpenters area to join our event. Lunch will be served in the CMS Cafe for $3 and enjoyed in the CMS Library. Anyone who contributes in advance two favorite family recipes will be included in a drawing for the door prize. Carpenters Middle School is located at 920 Huffstetler Road in Maryville. For more information or for the recipe form, contact Lisa Kidd-Plemons at 865-982-0915.
Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library event calendar The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend successfully raised $2000 to match a Technology Grant from the state. The goal was reached thanks to the generosity of the Laurel Valley property owners, several patrons and Friends of the Library, and the Tippitt Library Foundation. The grant will allow the library to purchase a new library automation program, a server for that program, a hard drive for backing up files, and two new staff computers.
The library’s next children’s programs will be: Tuesday, September 29th - PreSchool Program for ages 3-5 from 10:15 am to 11:30 pm; AfterSchool Program for grades K-5 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. September’s theme is “Family.” September 29th will be game day; children may bring a board or card game that can be played with a group (no video or electronic games). Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child. PreSchool children must be accompanied by an adult who can be with them for the entire program.
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library will be started its children’s programs for the coming school year in August. The Pre-School program will be for children ages 3 - 5 and will run from 10:15 to 11:30 am. The After-School program will be for children in grades K - 5 and will run from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Both programs will be held every other Tuesday beginning Aug. 4. Each month will have a theme and will offer stories, crafts, games, and special guests. Parents of pre-school children are asked to remain with their children. Please call the library at 448-1441 if you have questions, or to register your child.
The schedule for the upcoming children’s programs is as follows:
AfterSchool Program for grades K-5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to register your child. PreSchool children must be accompanied by an adult who can be with them for the entire program.
The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The books for the next several months are:
Oct. 22nd - The Foster Girls by Lin Stepp;
Nov. 19 - Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough;
Dec. 17 - Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer; and
Jan. 28 - Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.
On Oct. 22 the Book Club will welcome the author of The Foster Girls, Dr. Lin Stepp of Knoxville, who will talk to the group about her book and take part in the discussion. She will also do a book signing in the library in the afternoon. Please call the library at 865-448-1441 for more information.
The library is a sign-up point for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program sends an age-appropriate book each month to every child in the program from birth to age 5. It is sponsored by the Maryville Kiwanis Club and managed by the Blount County Library. Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.
For more information, call 865-448-1441 or visit www.discoveret.org/metmlib.
Supplies for U.S. troops will be collected at American Patriot Bank to be distributed to overseas. Non-perishable items such as Chapstick, chewing gum, granola bars, small packages of trail mix, small travel-size hand cleaner, crackers (except peanut butter crackers), small flip-top cans of fruit cocktail or peaches, vienna sausages, small packages of raisins, potted meat, packages or cans of tuna or chicken chunks, and beef jerky (particularly one-pound packages). Beech Grove Baptist Church in Louisville will be shipping the supplies. Anyone can drop off items at American Patriot Bank, located at Foothills Plaza Dr. in Maryville. For more information, please call 865-977-5411.
Blount Memorial Health Calendar
Diabetes Management Program Blount Memorial Hospital offers several classes in diabetes management and a support group. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers. A new four-hour class is for patients who have had previous diabetes education and need an update on diabetes information. The morning class meets from 8 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. The evening class meets from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center's second floor. Additionally, a diabetes support group will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 1 on the center's second floor. Senior Services coordinator Edward Harper will present “Alzheimer's and Diabetes.” Each participant may bring one guest to the classes or support group. For more information, call the hospital's Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.
Freedom from Smoking class - A Freedom from Smoking class will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 16 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Learn how to quit smoking and maintain abstinence with the American Lung Association's class. Cost is $89 for members and $99 for non-members. To register, call 865-980-7100.
Boot camp fitness for homeschoolers - A boot-camp style class for kids ages 6 - 12 is being offered at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook during the month of October. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 6 - 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and will consist of activities including cardio drills, calisthenics, agility, cycling, kickboxing, palates and yoga. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
Survivors of Suicide - Survivors of Suicide continues this month, meeting on Monday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group meets the second Monday of each month and is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on the hospital’s 3-east floor. The group also meets from 10-11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday at the Everett Senior Center at 702 Burchfield St. in Maryville. The Caregiver Support Group is a free service for any adult who is caring for another adult. There are no membership requirements. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets four times during the month of October. The group meets from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 on the hospital’s 3-east floor. Caregivers can also discuss their situations and explore possible strategies and resources at a free one-on-one consultation with a Senior Services representative. For more information, call 865-977-5744.
The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services in October. Mothers less than six months pregnant along with their support partners are invited to participate in the “Early Pregnancy and Introduction to the Family Birthing Center Tour” on Thursday, Oct. 8 from noon - 1 p.m. at Blount Memorial Hospital. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program. In addition, a free “Family Birthing Center Tour” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10-11 a.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room. Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the “Prepared Childbirth Series” (Lamaze), which will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. Cost is $65 per couple. A breastfeeding class offers an overview of the physiology of breastfeeding and benefits to infant and mother. The class will meet from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Cost is $25 per person. The “Infant and Child Safety and CPR class” will be offered on Monday, Oct. 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This class teaches important skills that all new parents and grandparents should have to intervene in life-threatening situations, and it provides knowledge to help safeguard infants and young children from harm. Cost is $25 per person. For more information or to register for any birthing class, call 865-981-3983.
Surgical Weight Loss Lecture - In October, the Blount Memorial Weigh Management Center's ongoing Surgical Weight Loss Lecture Series features a presentation by surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity including gastric banding, sleeve and bypass procedures. Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers for the presentation on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. To register for the free community program, call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644.
Lunch and Learn Program - - The Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free Lunch and Learn program from noon - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in conference rooms 1 and 2 on the center's second floor. Radiologist Dr. Dan Dovgan will present “What is Radiology, and What Can it Do For Me?” Learn the importance of radiologic imaging in modern health care and how it decreases the time it takes to make a diagnosis, helping to prevent unnecessary surgery. For more information or to register, call 865-980-5038.
Parents of Adult Children - A support group for parents designed to help set limits and create opportunities for independence for their adult children will meet in October. Members meet the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
National Depression Screening Day - As part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 8, you can receive a free online screening. Blount Memorial Emotional Health & Recovery Center representatives also will be available for questions following your online screening.
National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) is dedicated to educating the community and helping detect disorders before they become serious. In addition to depression, NDSD now includes screening for bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The early detection of mental health disorders greatly increases the chances that an individual will receive the appropriate treatment and experience a better quality of life.
The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee will be the host-site in our area for a free online screening. To complete a screening, visit www.MHAET.com. You can begin by clicking on “Mental Health Information,” followed by clicking on your “County” and then “Screening Tool.”
Following the completion of the screening tool, feel free to call Blount Memorial Emotional Health & Recovery (EHRC) if you have any questions or concerns. Call and ask to speak to an EHRC care manager at 865-981-2300. Educational materials also are available free of charge.
Capitol Theatre event listing -- For tickets and other information, visit www.bookthecapitol.com/events.php or call 865-980-1966.
Oct. 30: The Screamliners Halloween Swing: The Streamliners are a 16 piece swing band playing big band hits of the 40s and 50s. The band will be performing as The Screamliners for a special Halloween performance featuring scream-worthy tunes. Costumes are encouraged, and free dance lessons will be offered before the show beginning at 8:30 p.m. with the cost of admission. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased here online or $15 at the door, with a discounted price of $10 for students and KSDA . This show is BYOB, beer and wine only, with a $5 fee per wine bottle or six pack. The Capitol coffee shop will offer drinks and desserts, and an appetizer menu from Sullivan’s Restaurant is available during the show.
Pappy’s Quilting Place will offer a number of classes this fall, beginning on Sept. 9 and running through December, including Table Runner of the Month with Sassy Foster, Rag Quilting, Miniature Landscape with Tone Cogburn, and Basket Wall Hanging with Laurie Brobst. For more information about any of the classes, call 865-980-0950 or visit www.pappysquilting.com. Pappy’s Quilting Place is located at 3426 Sevierville Rd. in Maryville.
Fine Arts Blount will be holding a number of art classes at the ArtSpace gallery at 106 E. Broadway in the near future. FAB’s website, www.fineartsblount.com, contains more detailed information about classes and workshops. You can contact FAB at 865-982-0898 or via email at FAB@fineartsblount.com. Events on the Fine Arts Blount calendar for the coming months are as follows:
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Adult All Media with Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon- Kid’s All Media, Diann Lewis-Bishop. Call 865-980-9429 for more information.
Fine Arts Blount and Youthful Expressions Studio are offering three weeks of fun-filled, educational art activities at ArtSpace in downtown Maryville.
Visit www.fineartsblount.com or call ArtSpace at 865-982-0898, 865-977-0848 or 865-356-4361 for more information.
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.
The National Association on Mental Illness Maryville Affiliate group meets from 6:30-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 429 Sandy Springs Rd. Those with friends or loved ones with mental illnesses are invited to attend. For more information, call 865-982-4285 or visit www.namitn.org.
Cooking class at Rockford Baptist begins on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m. The classes include family-friendly recipes that are fast, frugal, and fresh. Younger children are invited for a kids cooking class. Suggested donation is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Please call 865-387-2777 for more information.
The Smoky Mountain Mustang Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Grill on Alcoa Highway. For more information call David Lopata at 659-9119.
Top of the Plaza will host afternoon teas on the second Tuesday of every month to benefit a local charity. Enjoy an extensive menu of teas and snacks while learning about tea history and etiquette. Tickets are $25 each. For reservations or more information call 865-964-6360 or email email@example.com.
Blount County Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of the month, at the Bungalo Market. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. All Shriners welcome.
Living Being Yoga is now offering a variety of Yoga classes at Van Metre School of Dance, home of the Appalachian Ballet, at 215 W. Broadway in Maryville. Classes are ongoing and are offered Monday-Friday. For more information or to see a complete schedule please visit www.livingbeingyoga.com or contact Kristina Scott at 865-385-8849 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing oil and acrylic painting classes meet at the Knoxville Hobby Lobby stores on Kingston Pike and in Maryville at Foothills Plaza. Knoxville classes: Mondays at 12:30, 4 and 6 p.m. Maryville every wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Learn both traditional and modern techniques. Visit the website at MoonDreamerDi.blogspot.com or call 865-235-5739 for information or to sign up.
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.
The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.
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.
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 email@example.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.