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  • 'Bus Stop': Cast with variety of experiences take stage at Capitol Published 9/21/2011 at 1:30 p.m. 0 comments

    Get ready Blount County, a snowstorm is coming, and with it, a cast of characters you won’t want to miss. Foothills Community Players opens their fourth season with “Bus Stop,” a play by William Inge set in the mid-1950s. It ...

  • Community comes to honor Roy Crawford Published 9/21/2011 at 1:22 p.m. 0 comments

    Roy Crawford, Sr., said he felt bad about folks having to wait in a long line at a reception in his honor, but he just couldn’t bring himself to just brush off friends he hadn’t seen in awhile. More than ...

  • For 'Little Listeners': Away Game Tailgate kicks off new program Published 9/21/2011 at 12:46 p.m. 0 comments

    The Hearing and Speech Foundation chose halftime of the Tennessee vs. Florida football game to set their sights on their next ambitious goal. Helping “Little Listeners” gain the gift of hearing. Tennessee fans turned out Sept. 17 to support the ...

  • Partnership’s Business Excellence Awards honor 21 winners Published 9/19/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    For 21 business owners and community leaders, breakfast at the Clayton Center for the Arts Thursday morning was a great start to the day. The Blount Partnership honored 21 businesses and individuals on Sept. 15 during the 2011 Business Excellence ...

  • Appalachian Ballet kicks off 40th year with a ‘British Invasion’ Published 9/14/2011 at 4:15 p.m. 0 comments

    Ever seen a ballerina do The Swim? Amy Moore Morton has the Appalachian Ballet Company of dancers practicing not only that 1960s crazy dance, but The Twist and The Pony as well. It’s all a part of the company’s nod ...

  • Lyon brings Civil War issues to life with a woman’s view Published 9/14/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 0 comments

    Most adults -- and possibly a few schoolchildren -- can rattle off the names of significant figures from the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, William T. Sherman and Stonewall Jackson spring quickly ...

  • A new home: Second Harvest loads up trucks for move to Blount County Published 9/14/2011 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments

    The caravan of trucks was an impressive sight. Knowing that inside those trucks was food for the area’s needy made it even more impressive. Second Harvest Food Bank trucks lined up at their 20,000 square foot facility on Delaware Avenue ...

  • Community turns out to cut ribbon on new Helen Ross McNabb Center Published 9/14/2011 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments

    More than 50 dignitaries, business people and concerned citizens turned out Monday to cut the ribbon on the new Helen Ross McNabb Center facility near Five Points in Maryville. With 40 employees who are working at the center to serve ...

  • Green Meadow swimmers celebrate 50th anniversary Published 9/14/2011 at 4:10 p.m. 0 comments

    It was a picture-perfect day at Green Meadow Country Club in late July when the club’s swim team gathered for a very special celebration. This season marks the 50th anniversary of the team, and the party celebrated their history and ...

  • Hall Alumni Association celebrates successful summer events Published 9/14/2011 at 4:05 p.m. 0 comments

    The summer of 2011 was successful for the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association as more than 300 turned out for the annual scholarship banquet in July. Supporters then rallied in August to raise $10,000 to fund more scholarships for graduating ...

  • Leadership Blount Class of 2012 kicks off year with whirlwind tours Published 9/12/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Members of the Leadership Blount Class of 2012 got a taste of the history of Blount County by touring a factory, a farm and then going on a scavenger hunt in a museum. And that was just their first regular ...

  • Cheering on the Tornadoes: Pep Rally on the Patio fills Puleo’s Grille Published 9/12/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    The first Pep Rally on the Patio of 2011 drew a restaurant full of Alcoa Tornado football players and their supporters to Puleo’s Grille. Josh Stephens, Alcoa High School athletics director, said the turnout was proof of what makes the ...

  • Tribute to Sept. 11 reaches out to community in call to prayer, thanksgiving Published 9/7/2011 at 2:19 p.m. 2 comments

    Sometimes an event takes on a life of its own. For Dr. Dan Thompson, that is what is happening with a musical presentation set to memorialize the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. “America, We Must Not Forget,” is a multi-media ...

  • Watching with Shuler Published 9/7/2011 at 2:16 p.m. 0 comments

    Heath Shuler is ready to root for the Vols when they travel to The Swamp to take on the University of Florida Gators on Sept. 17. He wants about 200 fans to join him to watch the game. Hanging out ...

  • Hero husband comes home Published 9/7/2011 at 2:14 p.m. 0 comments

    For her 10-year wedding anniversary, Crystal West did something special. She took out the trash. Her husband, Marine Major Jason Monroe West, was deployed to Afghanistan in February. She said, “About 10 weeks ago, I thought, ‘I’m going to be ...

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