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  • Helen Ross McNabb plans official Blount opening Published 9/7/2011 at 1:40 p.m. 0 comments

    The Helen Ross McNabb Center officially launches its new Blount County facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Monday, Sept. 12. A ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Blount County Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, 1704 E. ...

  • Cornerstone of Recovery Reunion celebrates victories, offers hope Published 9/7/2011 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments

    The first weekend of the month was a time to celebrate at Cornerstone of Recovery. The clinical treatment facility in Alcoa welcomed former patients back on campus on Sept. 1, 2 and 3, for the 22nd Annual Alumni Reunion at ...

  • ‘Comedy of Errors’ performance draws laughs on library lawn Published 9/5/2011 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments

    Blount County folks were transported back to the 1500s this summer, getting a dose of comedic confusion in the process. The Tennessee Stage Co. brought one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays to the library lawn the evening of July 25, and ...

  • Memorial honoring Fred Forster create gathering place at Clayton Center Published 9/5/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Those who knew Fred Forster often heard him sign off conversations with a send-off of, “Blue skies.” “For a pilot, that’s what you want,” Forster’s daughter Joy Carver said Thursday with tears in her eyes as she recalled her dad. ...

  • Volunteers help keep Blount County Animal Shelter adoption rate high Published 8/31/2011 at 4:22 p.m. 1 comment

    There are plenty of four-legged friends at the Blount County Animal Shelter. What the shelter needs to save those with four legs are more people with two. “I always say, if you want to volunteer at the animal shelter, I ...

  • Silhouette artist brings talents to Dandy Lions Published 8/31/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 0 comments

    Tim Arnold of Nashville practices an art form that fanned a protest in the 60s - the 1760s. In France in the 1760s, people were starving under the merciless tax policies of Etienne de Silhouette, the country’s finance minister. The ...

  • Rockford Fun Day brings football to community Published 8/31/2011 at 4:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Nothing gets the community of Rockford going like their youth football! Rockford Youth Football participants and their families turned out to celebrate the upcoming season recently and invited the community to come along and join the fun. The community responded, ...

  • Stith takes on new job under Blount foundation’s community outreach Published 8/31/2011 at 4:05 p.m. 0 comments

    Former reporter and Blount Memorial Hospital public relations manager Jessica Stith is taking on a new challenge, so her friends, colleagues and co-workers in the community turned out Aug. 25 to celebrate and wish her well. Stith is now the ...

  • Hall of Famer Rice has a blast at Alcoa/Maryville game Published 8/31/2011 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    There’s “Dancing With the Stars,” then there’s getting your swerve on with an entire high school cheerleading squad. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is one of the fortunate few who can count himself a member of both fraternities after ...

  • Stars of Tomorrow brings crowd for round ball training, fun Published 8/31/2011 at 3:53 p.m. 0 comments

    The annual Stars of Tomorrow Basketball camp drew a record attendance this July to William Blount High School. The camp took place on July 29-30 and drew 140 campers and 30 to 40 counselors, volunteers and former NCAA and NBA ...

  • Time to get your entries ready for Country Fair Published 8/29/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    For the fifth year Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and friends will host the popular Blue Ribbon Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Center’s grounds in Townsend. Entry forms for Fair competition - all divisions -- are due ...

  • United Way sets $1.94 million goal for 2011 campaign Published 8/29/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    The United Way of Blount County set its sights on a $1.94 million goal Friday morning at the 2011 Campaign Breakfast Kickoff at the Airport Hilton. There was already some good news to celebrate as 2011 campaign chair Lea Anne ...

  • Last Friday Art Walk showcases sound and art of music Published 8/24/2011 at 3:57 p.m. 0 comments

    The sounds and sights of music and music-themed art will be in the businesses, on the sidewalks and throughout downtown as folks celebrate Maryville Arts Coalition’s annual Tribute to Music, the August theme for Last Friday Art Walk. “It is ...

  • United Way Campaign is study in creativity Published 8/24/2011 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Finding ways to raise more money every year for United Way often means getting creative. While 60 to 65 percent of all the funds raised annually for United Way come from personal and employee donations, Blount County shows both its ...

  • United Way Hamburger Luncheon gets big boost from Denso Published 8/24/2011 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments

    The Public Service Hamburger Luncheon is a traveling act now. On Aug. 19, chair Tom Hatcher and about 60 volunteers took the luncheon to Denso where they grilled hamburgers for employees on all three shifts. “We ended up with about ...

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