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Lance Coleman

Title: Editor
Contact: 865-981-9106

Recent Work

  • SlimFest success has organizer thinking of Christmas Published 08/10/2011 at 1:10 p.m.

    Steve Stilts had barely stepped off the stage at SlimFest 2011 after awarding the $10,000 grand prize, and he was already thinking about the Christmas season. Stilts and his wife, Donna, always take part in the annual Shop With a ...

  • Golf tournament hits the green for United Way Published 08/10/2011 at 1:07 p.m.

    The bankers brought success to the vault. The 2011 United Way Golf Tournament, chaired by Matthew Bryan and David Conner of Foothills Bank and Trust, hit an all-time high for the tournament, raising oh-so-close to $27,000 in the event’s 18th ...

  • Area 15 Special Olympics burger luncheon brings hungry diners Published 08/10/2011 at 1:05 p.m.

    Gauging the success of an Area 15 Special Olympics Hamburger Lunch is as easy as listening to the noise level. Area 15 Special Olympics coordinator and assistant director for Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation Cookie Crowson liked what ...

  • Tailgate competition set for Alcoa-Maryville game to raise funds for United Way of Blount County Published 08/08/2011 at 11:15 a.m.

    When the Alcoa Tornadoes and Maryville Rebels football teams play each other on Aug. 27, a champion will emerge from the competition…in the parking lot. The Go Big or Go Home Champions Tailgate will give fans from both teams a ...

  • Dane Bradshaw brings message of encouragement to teachers Published 08/08/2011 at 11:14 a.m.

    Rick Wilson is a consummate University of Florida fan. So when the John Sevier Elementary School principal scheduled a former University of Tennessee basketball player to speak to his teachers as they started the new school year, he knew they ...

  • School board denies application, organizers prepare to answer Published 08/08/2011 at 11:13 a.m.

    Blount County School Board has decided not to get into the charter school business. The Innovative Education Partnership, who are proposing a science, technology, engineering and math charter school called Hope Academy, aren’t giving up and plan to try again ...

  • HOPE deferred Published 08/04/2011 at 10:56 p.m.

    Blount County School Board has voted to deny Hope Academy's application to start a STEM charter school in Blount County.

  • Blount Education Foundation board preps for annual school supply drive Published 08/03/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    The school bus had been parked in front of the Maryville WalMart for only 10 minutes Tuesday, brought in for a promotional shot for this story, when someone walked up to donate supplies. The annual Stuff the Bus drive doesn’t ...

  • Billy L. Gribble is in the Chat Room Published 08/03/2011 at 3:18 p.m.

    Billy Gribble can’t help but laugh when he thinks about how he and his wife, Laura, met. It wasn’t pretty. “I met her on a blind date. She didn’t like me, and I didn’t like her. Neither one of us ...

  • A welcome and a fundraiser for Leadership Blount Published 08/03/2011 at 3:11 p.m.

    Who knew a game of Heads or Tails could be so lucrative? Members of the Leadership Blount Class of 2012 were officially introduced at a reception at Smithview Pavilion, with an additional purpose of raising funds for the organization. Part ...

  • Rest Cottage area dedication highlights history of area Published 08/03/2011 at 3:02 p.m.

    Dorothy Storey had a mission in researching the history of Sunshine Rest Cottage and the surrounding community. “I wanted to keep the history of Sunshine alive,” she said. “It is the oldest resort area in the state of Tennessee.” On ...

  • Robinella wows sold-out crowd at Capitol Theatre Published 08/03/2011 at 2:59 p.m.

    Robinella set out to captivate the audience at the Capitol Theatre Friday night, and, by all accounts, the local songbird hit her mark. Every chair was filled, and there were plenty of people standing along the walls at the Capitol ...

  • Smooth Groove headliners intend to get the SlimFest party going Published 08/03/2011 at 2:55 p.m.

    Smooth Groove front man Leonard Ervin has big plans for the crowd expected at this year’s SlimFest fundraiser for Shop With a Cop and the booster clubs of Maryville and Alcoa high schools. Get ready to move, said Ervin. “Our ...

  • Mountaineer Midnight Madness celebrates new season for Heritage Published 08/03/2011 at 2:38 p.m.

    Fans flocked to Heritage High School Sunday to support the Mountaineer football team. The Mountaineer Midnight Madness Festival started at 1 p.m. and wrapped up shortly after the football team took the field at midnight to be the first team ...

  • Governor Haslam on tour of Iraq, Kuwait Published 08/02/2011 at 4:29 p.m.

    Gov. Bill Haslam left Washington, D.C., Monday morning to spend a week visiting troops and bases in Iraq and Kuwait.

  • Mayor Mitchell resting quietly after surgery Published 08/01/2011 at 7:48 p.m.

    Mitchell recuperating after surgery to put stints in heart

  • New leadership: Many schools will see new faces at the top Published 08/01/2011 at 10:30 a.m.

    There is always a chance for new things to happen when there are changes in leadership. The new schools director at Alcoa City Schools says it’s also a time of optimism. Brian Bell took over for Tom Shamblin at the ...

  • No applause measure dies at county commission Published 07/27/2011 at 1:46 p.m.

    Bring on the applause. Citizens can still applaud at Blount County Commission meetings. The measure to ban applause as a new rule didn’t get to the floor after being approved by committee. The “no applause” was part of several other ...

  • New Maryville teachers welcomed at annual breakfast Published 07/25/2011 at 11:21 a.m.

    New teachers for the Maryville City School System may have studied their handbooks, but school board member Charles West threw some new rules at them on Friday morning. West was the keynote speaker for the annual new teachers’ breakfast, held ...

  • Cruise-in brings crowd to New Midland for SCHAS Published 07/25/2011 at 11:16 a.m.

    Classic cars rolled into Alcoa for a good cause in late May when Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service hosted the Cruising in the Foothills Car Show. The two-day event May 20 and 21 featured cars, food and arts and crafts ...

  • LeConte open house guests hear advice from ‘bacon’ baron Published 07/25/2011 at 11:15 a.m. 1 Comment

    The Benton name -- as in Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Vonore -- is on the menus of some of the nicest restaurants in the United States. Company owner Allan Benton brought his message of the value of hard ...

  • A cup for a cure: Kassidi, Nicole and Ashley help fight cancer with lemonade stand Published 07/25/2011 at 11:10 a.m.

    Three Blount County girls recently worked together at two lemonade stands to raise $200 to fight childhood cancer. Kassidi McDannel, 11, and her best friends, sisters Nicole Butcher, 12, and Ashley Butcher, 10, worked two lemonade stands under the Alex’s ...

  • Tennessee Stage Company production features twins from Maryville Published 07/20/2011 at 12:51 p.m.

    The Tennessee Stage Company is upping the ante on William Shakespeare. While the play traditionally has two sets of twins as lead characters in the play, an additional set of real-life twins from Maryville will be cast in supporting roles ...

  • Shaun O’Malley is in the Chatroom Published 07/20/2011 at 12:50 p.m.

    When Shaun O’Malley saw the ad for a position as executive director of the Downtown Maryville Association, he knew it was something he wanted to do. “I was interested and intrigued. I moved to Maryville when I was 7. I ...

  • Robinella on stage Published 07/20/2011 at 12:47 p.m.

    Robin E. Contreras Bailey wants to sing to you. If you don’t let her, she says, “It will hurt my feelings.” For the musician you know better as Robinella, entertaining is a very personal endeavor. “I want people to come ...

  • ADU dancers raise awareness, funds for Family Promise Published 07/20/2011 at 12:33 p.m.

    More than $7,000 was raised earlier this summer as members of Artistic Dance Unlimited presented “Dancing for a Cause” to benefit Family Promise of Blount County. Kathi Parkins, executive director for Family Promise of Blount County, praised the ADU dancers ...

  • Agency and campaign chair chosen for Maple Lane Corn Maze design Published 07/18/2011 at 10:30 a.m.

    When the annual corn maze opens at Maple Lane Farm this year, Lea Anne Law will be there every day. Quite a commitment from a busy person, but her appearance is pretty much set in stone -- or rather in ...

  • Heritage High gets ready for football with Midnight Madness Festival Published 07/18/2011 at 10:29 a.m.

    For the past three years Heritage High School football coach Brint Russell has made it a point to be sure his football team was the first in the state to put on pads and hit. This year the Heritage High ...

  • Art show gives disabled means of personal expression Published 07/13/2011 at 4:20 p.m.

    The staff at the Clayton Center for the Arts knew a good exhibit when they saw it. That is why the Clayton Center is currently showing the Personal Perspective Art Program, with artists from Open Arms Care in Knoxville. “We ...

  • Michael L. Colquitt is in the Chatroom Published 07/13/2011 at 4:19 p.m.

    The first time Michael Colquitt met his wife, he found himself in a bit of a quandary. “When I first met Cristen in college, I was gone on her. I told one of my new buddies how much I adored ...

  • Area 15 Special Olympics Burger Luncheon set for July 15 Published 07/13/2011 at 4:16 p.m.

    The burgers go on the grill on Friday, July 15, and the opportunity to eat and help is golden. Area 15 Special Olympics is the host and beneficiary of the Special Olympics Hamburger Luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. to 2 ...

  • Working on Hope: Charter school expert, executive director share their thoughts Published 07/13/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 2 Comments

    With the possibility of a charter school -- the state’s first suburban charter school -- coming to Blount County, both the public and the county’s educational leaders are full of questions. In listening, the public’s questions seem to be “what ...

  • SlimFest 2011 returning to New Midland Plaza Published 07/13/2011 at 4:10 p.m.

    Steve Stilts is inviting people to log off their social networks and come experience Facebook “live.” The Sixth Annual SlimFest is set for Saturday, Aug. 6, at the amphitheater at New Midland Plaza in Alcoa. Smooth Grove and Joe the ...

  • Officer Parsons honored for organizing MADD fundraiser Published 07/13/2011 at 4:09 p.m.

    Alcoa Police officer Jeff Parsons had his day in court at the Alcoa Municipal courtroom at 3 p.m. Monday, July 11. What a great day it turned out to be for the FOP Officer of the Year. Parsons was honored ...

  • Don’t give them a hand: Proposal to ban applause sent to commission Published 07/13/2011 at 4:08 p.m.

    The public attending Blount County Commission meetings in the future may have to sit on their hands and bite their tongues. Expressions of agreement, disappointment or anger by the public attending the meetings could be banned if a resolution coming ...

  • Fireworks light up Townsend sky Published 07/11/2011 at midnight

    Fireworks boomed through the air as adults and children gazed skyward on the evening of July 4 as the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Independence Day fireworks show. Don Stallions chief of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department, said ...

  • “Australian Outback” event kicks off children’s summer reading program Published 07/11/2011 at midnight

    Children who turned up at the Blount County Public Library did more than reading – they were Crocodile wrestling and kangaroo boxing. It was all part of the kick off to the library’s “One World, Many Stories” Children’s Summer Reading ...

  • “Laughing with the Stars” shows realtors’ lighter side Published 07/11/2011 at midnight

    Realtors from throughout Blount County showed off their acting skills recently during the “Laughing with the Stars,” show at Green Meadow Golf and Country Club. The social was organized by the Blount County Chapter of the Knoxville Area Association of ...

  • Hoy Grimm is in the Chatroom Published 07/06/2011 at 4:26 p.m. 1 Comment

    Hoy Grimm had a hunch he might have a future in the investment business the night before his first interview for a job in finance. He answered an ad for a position in the investment department with First Tennessee Bank. ...

  • Joy Bishop hosts luncheon at Camp Montvale to spread Harmony story Published 07/06/2011 at 4:23 p.m.

    In the past few months, 178 volunteers have donated $32,000 worth of work to help clean up, rebuild and revamp Camp Montvale as Harmony Adoptions works to transform it into the Harmony Family Center at Montvale. Joy Bishop is not ...

  • Curtain going up: Clayton Center season will feature headliners, community theater festival Published 07/06/2011 at 4:19 p.m. 2 Comments

    Clayton Center for the Arts packed their first season as a venue with a lot of performances and a wide variety of types of entertainment, from chainsaw jugglers to spiritual music. For their second season, they have fewer acts that ...

  • Blount Republican Women honor Judge Harrington Published 07/06/2011 at 4:19 p.m.

    Blount County Republican Women are excited about the governor’s appointment of Judge Tammy Harrington to the bench and hosted a reception in her honor on June 27 at the Blount County Public Library. The drop-in get-together attracted a crowd as ...

  • The Shrimp Dock is coming to Alcoa Published 07/06/2011 at 4:06 p.m.

    The Shrimp Dock fresh seafood market is coming to Blount County. Owners Phil and Becky Dangel hope to open their new store in the former Long John Silver restaurant on Calderwood Street by early November.

  • Alcoa Kiwanis breakfast feeds community to raise funds Published 07/06/2011 at 3:58 p.m.

    After 20 years, Alcoa Kiwanians know their annual pancake breakfast is as much a community event as it is a fundraiser. The funds raised also help the community through the many Kiwanis programs the monies support. Alcoa Kiwanis president Carl ...

  • Father of man who was beaten says attack was racially motivated Published 07/04/2011 at midnight

    Former Maryville High School track coach Mac Pickle said an assault that caused his bi-racial son to be hospitalized with a brain injury was racially motivated. The incident is under investigation by the Blount County Sheriff’s office, and Pickle is ...

  • Leadership Blount graduates with cheers from alumni Published 07/04/2011 at midnight

    The Leadership Blount Class of 2011 graduation was as much about alumni as it was the graduates. The Class of 2011 wrapped up their year recently during a ceremony that drew participation from all the guests gathered at Smithview Pavilion ...

  • United Way Leadership Givers thanked during picnic Published 07/04/2011 at midnight

    A cross section of the community gathered at Smithview Pavilion recently for an evening of grilling out, relaxing with friends and learning more about programs and agencies that help the less fortunate in Blount County. The United Way Leadership Givers ...

  • Andrea Carpenter is in the Chatroom Published 06/29/2011 at 5:24 p.m.

    It is no surprise Andrea Carpenter has spent 21 years showing people how to save money. Carpenter knew early she wouldn’t have a career convincing folks to borrow money. “I was a management major and sign language and business minor ...

  • Backyard Boyz takes barbecue crown in 2011 Big BBQ Bash Published 06/29/2011 at 5:21 p.m.

    The Backyard Boyz barbecue team is the 2011 Big BBQ Bash grand champion. The fifth annual event drew a crowd to The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on June 11 as 22 teams from across the area competed in four ...

  • Community, friends bid goodbye to Herb Handley Published 06/29/2011 at 5:20 p.m.

    Herb Handly is about to become a “visitor” at the Blount County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Before he worked his last day before retirement, however, friends, colleagues and dignitaries gathered to wish him well and sing his praises. Handly’s last ...

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