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Lance Coleman

Title: Editor
Contact: 865-981-9106

Recent Work

  • Steve Shields is in the Chat Room Published 09/07/2011 at 2:30 p.m.

    It has been said earning a college degree can lead to a better career. For Steve Shields, there’s a good chance it saved his life. Shields, son of the longtime Maryville Mayor the late Stanley “Skeeter” Shields, graduated from Vanderbilt ...

  • Tribute to Sept. 11 reaches out to community in call to prayer, thanksgiving Published 09/07/2011 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 09/07/2011 at 2:16 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Jerome Moon set to become Blount Commission chair Published 09/07/2011 at 2:13 p.m.

    Blount County commissioner Jerome Moon is set to become the new chair of the Blount County commission and commissioner Holden Lail will be the commission Pro Tempore. Commissioners at the Sept. 6 Agenda meeting voted 18-0 (with 3 commissioners absent) ...

  • Slow real estate market forces lay-offs in Property Assessor’s office Published 09/07/2011 at 2:13 p.m. 2 Comments

    A slowing real estate market has led to layoffs in the Blount Count Property Assessors office. Mike Morton, Blount County property assessor, said that he has implemented budget reductions that began on July 1 for the 2011-12 budget cycle. Morton ...

  • Roof leak forces General Sessions Court Clerks to improvise Published 09/07/2011 at 2:12 p.m.

    A leaking roof at the Blount County Justice Center Monday night left the General Sessions Court Clerk’s office with water damage and forced personnel to share space with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office for several days this week. Circuit Court ...

  • Celebration will honor Roy Crawford, Sr. for service, legacy in Maryville Published 09/07/2011 at 1:51 p.m.

    He was the wise counselor, serving a city he grew up in, loved and helped shape. Attorneys, judges, councilmen and mayors -- he served four of them -- found a learned city attorney in Maryville to help them govern. When ...

  • Helen Ross McNabb plans official Blount opening Published 09/07/2011 at 1:40 p.m.

    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 09/07/2011 at 1:38 p.m.

    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 09/05/2011 at 12:01 a.m.

    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 09/05/2011 at midnight

    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. ...

  • Highlighting progress: Britt praises efforts of Union Grove Middle Published 09/05/2011 at midnight

    Union Grove Middle School has made good strides in academic success, and Blount County Schools Director Rob Britt doesn’t want that forgotten. Each year school districts receive reports of their schools’ progress based on Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) achievement ...

  • Volunteers help keep Blount County Animal Shelter adoption rate high Published 08/31/2011 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 08/31/2011 at 4:14 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Col. Tommy Cauthen is in the Chat Room Published 08/31/2011 at 4:13 p.m.

    Tommy Cauthen never wanted to be a military pilot, and he made sure his dad knew it. The Jefferson County High School graduate’s dad flew at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base from 1958 to 1983, but it just wasn’t ...

  • Bob Ramsey kicks off bid to return to State House Published 08/31/2011 at 4:10 p.m.

    Keith McCord joked that the reason he supports Bob Ramsey for State House has nothing to do with Ramsey’s voting record. “He has a pretty wife and a pretty daughter,” he said with a laugh. Bob Ramsey kicked off his ...

  • Rockford Fun Day brings football to community Published 08/31/2011 at 4:09 p.m.

    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, ...

  • Hope Academy submits amended application Published 08/31/2011 at 4:08 p.m.

    The founding board of Hope Academy Charter School on Monday resubmitted their application in response to objections lodged by the Blount County School Board in denying their application earlier this month. Tab Burkhalter, attorney and District 1-B Blount County commissioner ...

  • Joe Ingram remembered for service, professionalism Published 08/31/2011 at 4:06 p.m.

    The line of friends wanting to show their respects to the family of Joe Ingram started an hour before the appointed time and wound around inside Smith Mortuary in a final tribute to the longtime Blount County businessman and community ...

  • Stith takes on new job under Blount foundation’s community outreach Published 08/31/2011 at 4:05 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Stars of Tomorrow brings crowd for round ball training, fun Published 08/31/2011 at 3:53 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Highland Happenings draws community to Maryville College Published 08/29/2011 at midnight

    Seeing the crowd of businesses and non-profits that turned out to greet incoming freshman at Highland Happenings confirmed a key aspect of what drew Tom Bogart to Maryville College. The pleasant weather made for an even better experience. “No rain ...

  • United Way sets $1.94 million goal for 2011 campaign Published 08/29/2011 at midnight

    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 ...

  • New conversion system creates power from landfill gas Published 08/29/2011 at midnight

    There’s gas in the hills, and a host of folks turned out Friday to celebrate it. More than 50 people were on hand to cut the ribbon on a gas recovery and power generation system at the Maryville Alcoa Blount ...

  • Last Friday Art Walk showcases sound and art of music Published 08/24/2011 at 3:57 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Sharon Anglim is in the Chat Room Published 08/24/2011 at 3:55 p.m.

    Sharon and Wayne Anglim met underground. They weren’t counter-culture types running from the law. They worked in the same underground facility while in the Air Force. “We met in the Air Force. He was cute as a button. We worked ...

  • United Way Campaign is study in creativity Published 08/24/2011 at 3:26 p.m.

    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 08/24/2011 at 3:24 p.m.

    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 ...

  • ETMG goes Hollywood for United Way Published 08/24/2011 at 3:23 p.m.

    East Tennessee Medical Group raised money for their United Way campaign by enjoying an evening at the movies and inviting Blount families to join them. The group gathered at The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville for a showing of the ...

  • Making music to support The Gate Published 08/24/2011 at 3:22 p.m.

    The sounds of Rockabilly echoed off the walls in the Capitol Theatre as more than 100 folks turned out earlier this month to boogie for a great cause - The Gateway to Independence program. Pistol Creek Catch of the Day ...

  • Water fun: Eberting and staff host pool party to thank patients Published 08/24/2011 at 3:21 p.m.

    Dr. Jeff Eberting wanted to see a whole bunch of smiling faces this summer. He wanted to see his patients outside the office in a fun venue. What better than a pool party? The Maryville orthodontist wanted to say thank ...

  • Healing through horses: Hoof to Heart party raises $8,000 for child therap Published 08/24/2011 at 3:19 p.m.

    Kim Henry was beside herself at the response from folks who turned out for Mane Support’s Hoof to Heart party. The annual dinner and auction was held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the facility on Davis Ford Road. Henry said she ...

  • Tremont and Heritage Center partner to celebrate Appalachian life Published 08/24/2011 at 3:11 p.m.

    For fans of “all things Appalachian,” the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center was the place to be earlier this summer. The fourth annual Appalachian Celebration was held on July 15 at the Heritage Center. The center takes a break one ...

  • Trillium Cove Art Walk shines light on artists Published 08/24/2011 at 3:10 p.m.

    Townsend has artistic talent and the folks at Trillium Cove enjoy showing it off. The Trillium Cove Spring Art Walk was held earlier this year at the shopping destination in Townsend, and folks turned out to see the different genres ...

  • School board member John Paul Davis dies Published 08/23/2011 at midnight

    John Paul Davis, 64, a life-long Blount County educator who started his career as a school janitor and finished as school board chair, has died at Blount Memorial Hospital from complications from cancer. “He died this afternoon around 4 p.m. ...

  • Eberting, staff make mouth guards for area high school football teams Published 08/22/2011 at midnight

    When orthodontist Jeff Eberting first volunteered to make mouth guards at no charge for each of the four football teams in Blount County, he knew it would take some convincing. “The first year of us doing this, I told the ...

  • ACT scores give reason to celebrate, show areas to study Published 08/22/2011 at midnight 1 Comment

    If Alcoa was a state, they would be ranked just outside the top 10 in the country in their ACT composite score. Dr. John Campbell, director of curriculum for the City of Alcoa Schools, said that piece of trivia came ...

  • The Man Ride roars out to support prostate cancer awareness Published 08/22/2011 at midnight

    A long line of motorcycles roared out of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson recently with a serious mission in mind: Raising awareness of prostate cancer. Former University of Tennessee head football coach and Harley-Davidson enthusiast Phillip Fulmer led The Man Ride for ...

  • New Wonder Trail blazes path of learning at MLK Center Published 08/22/2011 at midnight

    A new tool for learning was introduced recently at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center in Alcoa, and the children walked all over it. That was just fine with the center’s executive director Sissy Ferguson.

  • Delmar Haynes, Motor Mile founder, dies Published 08/19/2011 at 6:09 p.m.

    Longtime Blount County businessman and Airport Motor Mile founder Delmar Haynes died Thursday evening surrounded by friends and family at a West Knoxville medical center.

  • ESPN Radio/Blount Today Sports Radio offer many options in bringing gridiron action to fans Published 08/17/2011 at 3:07 p.m.

    Whether Alcoa and Blount County high school football fans are dialing in or downloading, they can listen in on their team’s games from across the county or around the world, thanks to the partnership between ESPN Radio Knoxville AM 1180/1120 ...

  • Vicky McMurray is in Chat Room Published 08/17/2011 at 3:05 p.m.

    Vicky McMurray, manager at the Carpenters Middle School cafeteria, “Cougar Café,” says she’s firm on her priorities. Her family and her church -- Unity Christian -- come first. She also has a reason to brag about her extended family, her ...

  • Blount Schools release specifics in Hope Academy denial Published 08/17/2011 at 3 p.m.

    The Hope Academy on Monday received the detailed list of objections the Blount County School Board has in denying their application to create a Science, Technology Engineering and Math academy. While most of the objections dealt with either finances or ...

  • AYSO begins earnest fundraising for new soccer fields Published 08/17/2011 at 2:55 p.m.

    David Kemp is becoming a pro at breaking camp. “I am afraid I’ve become an expert over the last 15 years of breaking camp and setting up somewhere else,” the American Youth Soccer Organization regional commissioner said. Following the spring ...

  • AYSO brings Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp to Alcoa Published 08/17/2011 at 2:39 p.m.

    Fifty Blount County children, ages 4 to 14, got to learn the finer points of soccer from some of the best coaches in the world when Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp was held in Alcoa earlier this summer. Kevin Shockley, ...

  • Lifesaver Luau brings folks out to support Secret Safe Place Published 08/17/2011 at 2:32 p.m.

    The seventh annual Lifesaver Luau drew a crowd to the Beach at Court South on Aug. 13 for a Saturday evening of fun for a great cause. The luau supports A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee and matched ...

  • Everett High Class of 1946 celebrates 65th reunion Published 08/17/2011 at 2 p.m.

    It is not often a class of high school graduates gathers to celebrate their 65th reunion. Alumni of the Class of 1946 from Everett High School spent a great day at Courtyard Grille with plenty of laughter and reminiscing. Bo ...

  • MHS teacher stages a campus-wide ‘Amazing Race’ Published 08/15/2011 at 10:33 a.m.

    The race was on Wednesday morning, with Maryville High School students running from one side of the campus to the other, all in search of six cups. No Holy Grail sighting, but instead an innovative teaching technique that got the ...

  • Salvation Army celebrates new service center in Maryville Published 08/15/2011 at 10:31 a.m.

    The new worship and service center opened recently in Blount County by the Salvation Army is more than bricks and mortar. For the clients who need it, the new facility “feels like home,” says Salvation Army Blount County Administrator Sgt. ...

  • Dr. James Shamiyeh is in the Chat Room Published 08/10/2011 at 1:21 p.m.

    It all started with a Post It note. Dr. James Shamiyeh was rotating through a family medicine clinic in Covington, Tenn., when he met the woman who would become his wife. He was a third-year medical student, and Laura was ...

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