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Lance Coleman

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Recent Work

  • Inky’s message Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    Inky Johnson had plenty of opportunities to give up in his life: as a youngster growing up in inner city Atlanta, as a teenager trying to earn better grades while working to get a scholarship to play Division I college ...

  • West Chevrolet celebrates 80 years in Blount County Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    A good attitude and a strong work ethic are what has made West Chevrolet successful for 80 years. That’s the opinion of patriarch Steve West on what has been the secret to success for the Blount County Chevrolet dealership. West ...

  • Kathryn O’Day looks for best practices at New Hope tour Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    Kathryn O’Day, commission of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, is looking for solutions to state-wide problems. But she’s looking local to find them. O’Day visited the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center on Wednesday as part of a top-to-bottom review ...

  • Catching up with Maryville College Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    Maryville College alumni are heading to Blount County this month and a variety of activities are being planned to celebrate their return for homecoming. Maryville College is inviting alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 21-22. ...

  • Jon Young is in the Chat Room Published 10/05/2011 at 3:41 p.m.

    Jon Young knew what he wanted to do early in life. Young is assistant principal at Eagleton Middle School. His dad, Rick Young, is a teacher at William Blount High School. “When I was growing up, he was also a ...

  • ‘Path Home’ campaign sets support for Harmony Montvale in stone Published 10/05/2011 at 3:41 p.m.

    A new campaign is offering folks a new path to support Harmony Adoptions as they transform Camp Montvale into the Harmony Family Center at Montvale. A Path Home is a new campaign that will debut during the Harmony Homecoming on ...

  • Farmers Market Harvest Dinner puts fresh on the menu Published 10/05/2011 at 3:38 p.m.

    The chicken entrees folks enjoyed recently at Wildwood Farm couldn’t have been more fresh. Two days earlier, the chickens were roosting in the barn. That’s fresh. On Sept. 25, the Maryville Farmers’ Market presented their third-annual “Farm to Table” meal ...

  • Coming home to Tremont Published 10/05/2011 at 3:37 p.m.

    Debbie Claypool with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has seen it happen again and again, but she still enjoys the transformation. Fifth grade students coming to Tremont for Environmental Camp get upset as soon as they hit that ...

  • Leach family opens home for Heritage Center fundraiser Published 10/05/2011 at 3:35 p.m.

    A tour through Laurelmont, the three-story log home Jim and Barbara Leach built in Townsend, tells the visitor a story of the Leaches past. The couple are opening their home to the public to help preserve the past of the ...

  • Planners anticipate great 2011 Fall Festival Published 10/05/2011 at 3:31 p.m.

    Foothills Fall Festival planners had a hunch tickets would sell out fast this year, even before they told the public who the headliner was for Saturday night. “I think this year we knew tickets would go fast before we made ...

  • Townsend Days: Record crowds fill grounds at Visitors Center Published 10/05/2011 at 3:28 p.m.

    When you throw a party, and the weather cooperates, good things happen. Townsend Days, which encompasses the Townsend Fall Festival, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Blue Ribbon Fair, Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad and the Nawger Nob ...

  • Country Fair at Heritage Center is hit for all ages Published 10/05/2011 at 3:27 p.m.

    Blue skies brought out big crowds as the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center celebrated its annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair. Nancy Williams, marketing director with the center in Townsend, said organizers were pleased with the turnout for the Sept. 24 ...

  • East Broadway businesses balk at Festival ordinance that prohibits outside tables Published 10/05/2011 at 3:23 p.m. 1 Comment

    The Foothills Fall Festival is gearing up to bring thousands of people to downtown Maryville this weekend. But even a festival, it seems, is not without controversy. Downtown business owner Richard Clear, owner of Clear’s Silat and Street KungFu, is ...

  • BMH Foundation Golf Tourney raises $45,000 Published 10/05/2011 at 3:19 p.m.

    The Blount Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament drew supporters from around the community for a day on the links at Egwani Farms recently. The annual event on Sept. 26 raised $45,000 for a variety of programs that help people of all ...

  • Julia Kyle retires as VP of Membership for Blount Chamber Published 10/03/2011 at midnight

    It can sometimes be hard to measure if a career has been successful. But Julia Kyle, vice president of membership for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, just has to let the numbers do the talking. Kyle’s retirement from the ...

  • National Child Health Week celebrates making healthy choices Published 10/03/2011 at midnight

    Art Linkletter had it right. Kids say the darndest things. County Mayor Ed Mitchell and County Health Department director Micky Roberts got a good laugh Friday when they were joined by the second grade students from Eagleton Elementary School At ...

  • ‘Moving Together’ focuses on problem of obesity Published 10/03/2011 at midnight

    Tennessee has the third highest obesity rate in the country, and the folks at the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center led a one-mile walk on Sept. 24 to focus on fighting obesity and making healthy choices. The fourth annual event, ...

  • September’s Last Friday Art Walk has youth appeal Published 09/28/2011 at 3:25 p.m.

    If there was a Last Friday Art Walk for children, this just may be it. “It seems there are several business doing children’s themes,” said Mandy Sitzlar, Art Walk coordinator for Maryville Arts Coalition. Boyd Thomas Clothing is featuring a ...

  • Regina Tindell Jennings is in the Chat Room Published 09/28/2011 at 3:23 p.m.

    Live life to the fullest with no regrets and be fully committed to whatever you are doing. That’s the attitude Regina Jennings carried with her when she enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1987, and that is the mindset ...

  • MAC masquerade ball brings the fun of art to The Capitol Published 09/28/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    On the evening of Oct. 14, an odd looking monster with glowing eyes and steam coming from its nostrils will greet guests entering The Capitol Theatre in Downtown Maryville. He is looking for Alice, who is skipping out of Wonderland ...

  • Chef behind Marlin & Ray’s shares plans and new menu items Published 09/28/2011 at 3:19 p.m.

    Jeramy Ouart’s first experience cooking was eventful, to say the least. “My first job was at a country club in Dallas when I was 16. It was a summer job, and I worked at a poolside grill at a nice ...

  • Harmony Adoptions set to celebrate homecoming at Camp Montvale Published 09/28/2011 at 3:13 p.m.

    Harmony Adoptions is having a party, and they want folks to come on home. Harmony Adoptions is in the process of purchasing the former Camp Montvale property, and they are currently working hard to get the camp back in shape. ...

  • New event hosted by Volunteers in Progress has successful beginning Published 09/28/2011 at 3:11 p.m.

    Fine wine and quality beer were the order of the evening Thursday, Sept. 22, at a new event hosted by the Blount County Partnership’s Volunteers in Progress members. The VIP program is a partnership between the Blount County Chamber of ...

  • Taste of Blount serves up winners with food and new venue Published 09/28/2011 at 3:06 p.m.

    A new venue and a blessing from the weather were highlights of conversations at the 10th annual Taste of Blount Thursday night, Sept. 22, as crowds enjoyed a smorgasbord of food from 22 restaurants, caterers and grocers. Sponsored by the ...

  • Tim Helton kicks off campaign for Property Assessor Published 09/28/2011 at 3:05 p.m. 1 Comment

    Tim Helton wants to be Blount County’s property assessor. The former employee of the office is challenging his former boss Mike Morton for the position. On Sept. 13, he kicked off his campaign with a reception in the Sharon Lawson ...

  • Third annual Back Roads Motorcycle Ride roars through Blount Published 09/28/2011 at 3:03 p.m.

    She didn’t lose control, and she didn’t wreck. Michelle Hankes had more to be thankful for than good weather and a strong turnout at the third annual United Way of Blount County Back Roads Motorcycle Ride. The president and CEO ...

  • Charlie Daniels Band kicks off Clayton Center’s season six-pack Published 09/28/2011 at 3:01 p.m.

    The 2011-12 season at the Clayton Center for the Arts has half the number of shows folks saw during the facility’s inaugural season, but planners say the community is responding well to the six acts coming to Maryville, especially the ...

  • Public Service Hamburger Luncheon flips burgers to best last year’s total Published 09/26/2011 at 10:39 a.m.

    There’s a trick firefighters use when climbing the extension ladders on a ladder truck. Look down and watch your feet as you go. Michelle Hankes, president and CEO of the United Way of Blount County, learned that on Wednesday, Sept. ...

  • Class for retailers focuses on preventing alcohol sales to minors Published 09/26/2011 at 10:38 a.m.

    When it comes to a being responsible for someone else’s actions, Kim Pouncey has walked a mile in those shoes. Pouncey, who is now president of Straight Up, LLC, led a training seminar for retailers who sell alcohol to teach ...

  • Taste of Blount serves up success Published 09/22/2011 at 9:55 p.m.

    Taste of Blount was held Thursday night at the Theater in the Park, and the winners are...

  • John Titlow is in the Chat Room Published 09/21/2011 at 1:35 p.m.

    Singing has always been a part of John Titlow’s life. Growing up in Blount County, he sang in church. It wasn’t until he started singing karaoke at 21 that he sang anywhere other than a house of worship. “We would ...

  • Townsend Days combines four events for packed weekend Published 09/21/2011 at 1:32 p.m.

    Take a trip to Townsend this weekend. You won’t lack for entertainment. You can chase a pig, learn a little railroad history, buy some crafts, listen to some music and watch demonstrations from pioneer days. Townsend Days combines four events ...

  • Commissioners reclaim of space allocation authority; elect Moon chair Published 09/21/2011 at 1:27 p.m.

    Blount County commissioners on Sept. 15 removed County Mayor Ed Mitchell’s authority to decide who uses which offices at the Blount County Courthouse. Commissioners also voted unanimously to name District 4-C commissioner Jerome Moon as new commissioner chair. He replaced ...

  • Community comes to honor Roy Crawford Published 09/21/2011 at 1:22 p.m.

    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 ...

  • A visit to Green Gables Published 09/21/2011 at 1:19 p.m.

    This Saturday and Sunday, Maryville High School theater students will bring a classic children’s story to life. The students will bring “Anne of Green Gables” to the stage in the auditorium at Maryville High School. Shows will be at 7 ...

  • For 'Little Listeners': Away Game Tailgate kicks off new program Published 09/21/2011 at 12:46 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Wallaces start new golf venture with To the Tee Published 09/21/2011 at 12:43 p.m.

    Robby Wallace’s inspiration for a new business came to him as he was watching a golf tournament on television. The avid golfer was home with his wife, Jessica, and newborn twins earlier this summer. As the tournament played out, Robby ...

  • Maryville City Schools wins SCORE Award Published 09/20/2011 at 8:28 p.m.

    Maryville City Schools district has won the SCORE Award and $25,000 at a ceremony in Nashville.

  • Sen. Alexander proposes changes to No Child Left Behind Published 09/19/2011 at midnight

    Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia are two members of a group of Republican U.S. senators who are sponsoring legislation to change the No Child Left Behind law. The legislation would remove the Adequate Yearly Progress provision ...

  • Partnership’s Business Excellence Awards honor 21 winners Published 09/19/2011 at midnight

    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 ...

  • TeamHealth expansion means $18 million investment, new jobs Published 09/19/2011 at midnight

    TeamHealth is expanding and that means more jobs are coming to Alcoa. The Blount Partnership took advantage of a packed house at the Clayton Center for the Arts at the Business Excellence Awards breakfast to make the announcement. Joe Carman, ...

  • Raina Kant is in the Chat Room Published 09/14/2011 at 4:18 p.m.

    Raina Kant marked something off her bucket list Monday evening. She sat with her son, Kamryn, and watched a harvest moon rise over the Atlantic in Charleston. “The harvest moon rising over the ocean is beautiful. Kamryn and I went ...

  • Appalachian Ballet kicks off 40th year with a ‘British Invasion’ Published 09/14/2011 at 4:15 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Community turns out to cut ribbon on new Helen Ross McNabb Center Published 09/14/2011 at 4:13 p.m.

    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 ...

  • A new home: Second Harvest loads up trucks for move to Blount County Published 09/14/2011 at 4:13 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Hall Alumni Association celebrates successful summer events Published 09/14/2011 at 4:05 p.m.

    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 09/12/2011 at midnight

    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 ...

  • Blount County School Board denies Hope Academy a second time Published 09/12/2011 at midnight 2 Comments

    The Blount County School Board on Thursday night denied the amended application to start a charter school STEM academy in Blount County. Founding members say the Hope Academy would be a charter school focused on science, technology, engineering and math. ...

  • Maryville Intermediate students put 9/11 lessons into action Published 09/12/2011 at midnight

    Most of the students at Maryville Intermediate School were too young to truly remember the horror of the terrorists’ attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. That didn’t stop the 860 students at the school from raising more than ...

  • Cheering on the Tornadoes: Pep Rally on the Patio fills Puleo’s Grille Published 09/12/2011 at midnight

    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 ...

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