Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Council of Garden Clubs are accepting nominations for the 17th annual BRAVO! Awards, which praises local businesses for their landscaping and beautification efforts. Attractive businesses reflect a positive image to Blount County citizens and visitors. This year Keep Blount Beautiful will also recognize local businesses that have creatively re-used an existing building in Blount County.
Citizens may submit nominations online at Keep Blount Beautiful’s website, www.keepblountbeautiful.org as well as by phoning the office, 865-681-4809. Photographs of last years winners may also be viewed on the website. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. Friday, May 21. Please be prepared to give the name and address of the business.
Judging for the awards will be May 24 thru May 28. An anonymous panel of judges representing Blount County Garden Clubs within the county will visit each nominated business. Many of the judges have studied horticulture and landscape design. Among the criteria for the awards will be cleanliness, originality of landscaping, environmental impact and visual effect.
Winners will be announced at a luncheon being help the week of June 7, time and date to be announced. Award recipients will receive a plaque for permanent display inside the office and outdoor signs will designate the prize-winning properties for one year.