Pellissippi State seeks new facility for welder training - Pellissippi State Community College is looking for a new site to meet the needs of its welder training program. The college recently began soliciting proposals for a minimum of 1,680 square feet of space. About 1,200 square feet will be for training, and the rest will be for a classroom. The proposed location may be in Blount or Knox County. For more information about the request for proposals, contact John Clark, Pellissippi State director of Purchasing, at 865-694-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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/
The Lake Show -The Fort Loudoun Lake Association Television Show, “The Lake Show,” will air on Comcast Cable Channel 12 (in Knoxville/east TN) and stream on the web at www.ctvknox.org on the following days and times:
South Waterfront Project, Dave Hill, Sr. Director, South Waterfront Development Project: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:45 p.m.
City of Knoxville Public Service, David Brace, Director; Matt Butzlaff, Americorps Volunteer; and Scott Wilson, FLLA Zone Manager: Saturday, Oct. 24 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 12:45 p.m.
Water Quality Forum, Peg Beute, Coordinator: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:45 p.m.
AAUW meeting - On Monday, Oct. 19, at Barlett Hall’s Room 101 on the Maryville College Campus, American Association of University Women’s Maryville Branch will welcome Christy Walsh, Executive Director of Gateway as the guest speaker. She will share how her unique program assists young adults with disabilities to achieve independence by providing them with vocational training and social activities. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with light snacks and announcements regarding the Sister-to-Sister fundraiser at the Maryville Tomato Head on Oct. 29; the Charity Days Belk fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7; and the Sister-to-Sister Summit at Preservation Plaza on Nov. 5. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact Brianna Cook at email@example.com or 865-977-5819.
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.
Blount County Friends of the Library Used Book Sale On Thursday Oct. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., the sale is for FOL members only, but anyone can join at the door for $12. On Friday Oct. 23, and Sat. Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, the sale is open to the public. Specials include Christmas items, board games, puzzles, collectibles including rare science fiction books, Martin Luther King's 1st book, The Glorious American Quilt Book, foreign language materials, and a huge selection of children's books.
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.
United Daughters of the Confederacy Meeting - The Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter #1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Maryville, will be hosting their October meeting and luncheon at the Green Meadow Country Club, located at 1700 Louisville Road in Alcoa, on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. program will be presented by Faye Wooden, professional storyteller. For more information, call Elaine Russell at 865-980-6346 or Debra Wilson at 865-856-9300.
Ciao Beer at The Market -- The Market will hold the only OktoberFest Event in town, Thursday Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Included in the $25 admission areFresh-keg OktoberFest beers, German-style food like home-made Laurel Creek brats and sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes and more. A limited number of tickets will be pre-sold, so please call 865-977-8462 and come by the Market at the Blue Moon Fish counter to hold your spot.
Blount County Civil War Roundtable will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room of the Blount County Public Library. Guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Sturgeon, fifth generation Blount Countian, an investment businessman and student of his family's history in the Civil War, whose presentation topic will be, “One Blount County Family's Civil War Story.” Monthly meetings are open to the public, anyone interested in Civil War-era history. Living history reenactments and encampments to be announced as they are scheduled. Visit our new website at www.blountcountycivilwarroundtable.vpweb.com. For more information, call Jeannine Wallace at 865-379-1717. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St., in Maryville.
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 Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend will be holding its annual “Family Fun Night” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the library. All proceeds will go toward the library's operating expenses. There will be games, crafts, stories, hot dogs and drinks, and a cake walk. Admission is free. Games are $ .50 each. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come and join us for some family fun, and support your local library.
The library's next After-School programs for children in grades K through 5 will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. October's themes are “Hygiene” and “Feelings.” Our special guest on Oct. 27 will be Sherry Spencer from the Blount County Health Department.
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 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. 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.
• 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. 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. Podiatrist Dr. Brent Harbin will present “Staying Healthy One Foot at a Time” as part of Caregiver Connection from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. Learn about foot health and care. For more information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.
• The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services in October. 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.
• Intro to Tai Chi class will be held at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook from noon - 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. The six-week program is for beginners and focuses the mind while conditioning the body. Cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
• Swimming lessions for kids - American Red Cross swim lessons for children are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 20 - Nov. 12 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills, is offered from 7-7:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and up. Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, is offered from 7:30-8 p.m. with a requirement of a level 1 certificate. Level 3, Stroke Development, also is offered from 7:30-8 p.m. with a requirement of a level 2 certificate or ability to demonstrate completion requirements. Cost is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. Class sizes are limited, and pre-registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. For more information, call 865-980-7100.
• GeoMotion: DDR - The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers “GeoMotion - Dance, Dance, Revolution” on Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. The six-week program offers hip-hop dance, speed and agility drills for kids ages 10-14. Cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
• Kids’ Yoga - The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers “YoKids” on Wednesdays, Oct. 21 - Nov. 25 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. The six-week program, for kids ages 10-14, increases body awareness and self-esteem through traditional yoga poses. The cost is $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.
• Grief support group - A six-week program that offers education, support and encouragement for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one will meet in October. The group will meet Thursdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building, located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information or to register, call 865-981-2291.
Palace Theater event listing -- All concerts begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door plus tax unless otherwise noted. For advance tickets or more information, call 865-983-3330.
• Nov. 7: Pete Huttlinger - master fingerstyle guitarist
• Nov. 14: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band - gospel and bluegrass duo
• Nov. 21: The Turkeys in the Straw - special benefit concert for the Community Food Connection of Blount County. Tickets cost a donation of $10. Tickets Available at Murlins Music World and by calling the Palace Theater 865-983-3330. Showtime is 7 p.m.
• Dec. 4: The Grace Notes Flute Choir - special benefit concert for Good Samaritan Christmas. Tickets cost a donation of $10. Tickets Available at Murlins Music World and by calling the Palace Theater 865-983-3330. Showtime is 7 p.m.
• Dec. 5: Robin Bullock - “A Celtic Christmas Celebration”
• Dec. 12: Donna Hughes - country and cluegrass singer-songwriter
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.
Youthful Expressions Studio will begin its winter session classes on Tuesday Nov. 17 and Wednesday Nov. 18 at the ArtSpace Gallery at Fine Arts Blount in downtown Maryville, located at 106 W. Broadway.
Classes will include charcoal, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, mixed-media and sculpture. Students will exhibit work in at least one gallery show, usually held at the library. Examples of student art work can be viewed at www.yestudio.org.
Fees for the 12-week winter session are $240 per child, which includes all materials and supplies.
Sign up by calling 865-607-4473, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting www.yestudio.org, or dropping by the ArtSpace Gallery.
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 MaryvilleAffiliate 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.