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  • Alcoa Fire Chief Robinson honored Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    City of Alcoa Fire Chief Roger Robinson was recently honored by Tennessee Deputy Gov. Claude Ramsey and Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and several other state officials for his service as an emergency first responder from Homeland Security ...

  • Matzko to share backpacking tips at Blount Pellissippi campus Published 10/10/2011 at midnight

    As the leaves change color and the mornings grow cool, the Great Smoky Mountains beckon to backpackers from all over the region and U.S. The next speaker for the Community Treasures Lecture Series at the Blount County Campus, Jaimie Matzko, ...

  • McNabb Foundation surpasses goal for ChildNet campaign Published 10/03/2011 at midnight

    The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation surpassed its $1.1 million campaign goal, raising $1.7 million to expand the ChildNet East Tennessee program which will provide greater access to mental health care for uninsured children in East Tennessee. Due to the successful ...

  • Union Grove Middle and William Blount High in the running for $150,000 Published 09/28/2011 at 3:18 p.m.

    Two Blount County schools are in the top 100 in a nationwide contest that will give $150,000 to the school with the most votes of support. William Blount High School is at 53 and Union Grove Middle is at 78 ...

  • Blount County Election Commission informs voters of New law Published 09/28/2011 at 3:17 p.m.

    The Blount County Election Commission is set to explain the new voting law that requires identification bearing name and photo. The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a law to make the elections process more secure. Beginning in 2012, voters must ...

  • AnimalWorks receives grant for spay/neuter services Published 09/28/2011 at 3:15 p.m.

    AnimalWorks in Alcoa recently received a grant to provide reduced-cost spay/neuter services for the pets of qualified Blount County residents. Due to the funding from the Charles and Sue Fouche Charitable Foundation, this grant will pay for the spay or ...

  • Blount Memorial Hospital achieves national Exemplar status Published 09/21/2011 at 1:25 p.m.

    Officials with Blount Memorial Hospital recently announced the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) had awarded the hospital “Exemplar status” for its alcohol skin preparation prior to surgery. This award stems from the hospital’s participation in IHI’s Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations ...

  • Flu vaccine available at the Blount County Health Department Published 09/19/2011 at midnight

    Influenza, or flu, season is here, and the Blount County Health Department is ready to offer the vaccine to area residents. A mass flu clinic for adults age 19 and over will be held at the Blount County Health Department ...

  • Tennessee schools can win $500 for recycling programs Published 09/12/2011 at midnight

    With nearly 55 tons recycled at the University of Tennessee’s home games last year, and a goal of 64 tons this year, the Good Sports Always Recycle program is a stadium recycling program that the university and its sponsors can ...

  • MHS, John Sevier and Maryville City Schools are finalist for SCORE awards Published 09/07/2011 at 2:12 p.m.

    Maryville High School, John Sevier Elementary and the Maryville City School System were announced as SCORE Prize finalists Wednesday, Sept. 7, and are in the running for $35,000 in total prize money. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) on ...

  • Muir takes on communications director role with Blount Partnership Published 09/01/2011 at midnight

    A new face and voice is now the communications and media representative for the Blount Partnership. Jeff Muir was recently named the new communications director for the Partnership. Muir is from Auburn, Ala., and has worked for the athletic departments ...

  • Admissions to Colonial Hills Nursing Center suspended Published 08/31/2011 at 4:08 p.m.

    Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, has suspended new admissions of residents to Colonial Hills Nursing Center effective Aug. 29, 2011, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $6,000. The federal civil penalty has ...

  • Recent grads join MC’s admissions staff Published 08/29/2011 at midnight

    Doug Carter and Jessica White Phillips, two recent graduates of Maryville College, joined the College’s Admissions staff as admissions counselors Aug. 1. At Maryville College, an admissions counselor is responsible for the coordination and implementation of recruitment efforts for prospective ...

  • Time to get your entries ready for Country Fair Published 08/29/2011 at midnight

    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 ...

  • Coastal based aircraft evacuate to McGhee Tyson Published 08/26/2011 at 1:34 p.m.

    Aircraft from coastal bases have been evacuated to McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base.

  • KenJo campaign raises $40,000 for ET Kidney Foundation Published 08/15/2011 at 10:32 a.m.

    The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is the recipient of a $40,000 donation, thanks to benefit coupon books purchased by KenJo Markets customers. The funds will be used to enhance the lives of East Tennesseans who have kidney disease or are ...

  • Stuff the Bus doubles donations, adds to supplies for BCEF Published 08/10/2011 at 1:18 p.m.

    The school buses parked at the Alcoa and Maryville Walmart store on Saturday, Aug. 6., drew crowds of folks ready to give generously. The annual Stuff the Bus event organized by the Blount County Education Foundation drew more than 100 ...

  • First Tennessee donates $5,000 in TSBDC support to Pellissippi State Foundation Published 08/08/2011 at 11:11 a.m.

    First Tennessee Bank’s recent gift of $5,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation in support of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center will help a lot of people get the free training they need to start a business or improve one ...

  • Alcoa, Inc., Foundation grant to benefit teachers near the Smokies Published 08/03/2011 at 2:59 p.m.

    The Alcoa, Inc., Foundation has granted $15,000 to Friends of the Smokies to support teacher enrichment programs, including teacher workshops and opportunities for three teachers to spend a summer working as park rangers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • Nominations are due Monday for East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame Published 08/03/2011 at 2:35 p.m.

    Friends of Literacy is currently seeking nominations for induction into the East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame. FOL annually honors authors’ contributions to culture and history with the awards. In its eighth year, the Hall of Fame is designed to ...

  • Maryville Schools foundation opens nominations for Starlight Awards Published 08/01/2011 at 10:28 a.m.

    The Maryville City Schools Foundation announced Monday that public nominations for its annual Starlight Awards will be accepted through Oct. 14 in the categories of outstanding young alumni, distinguished alumni, distinguished service, family partnership and community partnership. The Maryville City ...

  • Blount County Library spotlights ‘emerging artists’ for Hot Summer Nights Published 07/27/2011 at 1:53 p.m.

    While outdoor temperatures soar, performers for this year’s Hot Summer Nights Concert series at the Blount County Public Library promise to warm the hearts of audience members who can stay cool inside the air-conditioned library building. Spotlighting “emerging artists,” this ...

  • Peggy Lambert honored at GOP Statesmen’s Dinner Published 07/27/2011 at 1:46 p.m.

    Blount County Commissioner Peggy Lambert was honored recently during the Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner in Nashville. She was given the 2nd Congressional District’s Statesmen of the Year award. This honor is bestowed to an individual in each of Tennessee’s ...

  • McNabb Center moves to new Blount facility Aug. 1 Published 07/27/2011 at 1:45 p.m.

    The Helen Ross McNabb Center will start providing services at its new Blount County location on Aug. 1. The newly constructed facility is located at 1704 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville. The center has provided mental health care and addiction ...

  • Heath Shuler to host 5th annual ‘Away Game Tailgate’ fundraiser Sept. 17 Published 07/25/2011 at 11:17 a.m.

    Heath Shuler, former UT quarterback and current North Carolina Congressman, is the special guest host for the Hearing and Speech Foundation’s 5th Annual Away Game Tailgate Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event takes place in the luxury of Neyland ...

  • Maryville College professor documents Japan’s tsunami Published 07/18/2011 at 10:22 a.m.

    Dr. Scott Henson has packed his video cameras and traveled abroad numerous times to document mankind’s misery - famine, war, human trafficking, extreme poverty. But he has never before seen the scale of devastation that the earthquake and tsunami dealt ...

  • Travel & Leisure readers rank Blackberry Farm as the number 1 resort in America Published 07/08/2011 at 3:47 p.m.

    Travel & Leisure Magazine released the results of it’s 2011 World’s Best Awards Survey today naming Blackberry Farm the “Number 1 Resort in the Continental U.S. and Canada” for 2011. This is the first time Blackberry Farm, a Relais & ...

  • Leadership Blount introduces Class of 2012 Published 07/06/2011 at 4:21 p.m.

    Leadership Blount strengthens our community by educating and encouraging current and potential leaders for active, life-long community service. Class members pay a fee to participate, but the program depends heavily on the support of the Leadership Blount Strategic Partners, which ...

  • It's Reba! Saturday headliner for Foothills Fall Festival is Reba McEntire Published 07/06/2011 at 8:53 a.m.

    The stars have aligned just right, and Saturday night at the Foothills Fall Festival will shine with some of country music’s best. Country music legend Reba McEntire will headline on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Theater in the Park, bringing with ...

  • Traditional Cherokee flutist presents ‘Summer Sounds’ benefit concert Published 06/29/2011 at 5:18 p.m.

    Award-winning traditional Cherokee flutist Randy McGinnis will host “Summer Sounds,” a benefit concert for the Maryville Arts Coalition, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, in the Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College. The ...

  • Junior Service League welcomes new members Published 06/29/2011 at 5:15 p.m.

    The Junior Service League of Maryville was organized in 1951, under the leadership of the late Mrs. Sam (Louise) Mount. The group began with 10 members and received their charter on July 19, 1951. Since that time, Junior Service League ...

  • Local students view internships as stepping stones to future accomplishments Published 06/27/2011 at 10:56 a.m.

    Numerous local students enrolled at Maryville College are spending their summer break focused on gaining valuable experience - for future jobs and/or preparation for graduate school. Many others are in internships that can help them answer questions about their choice ...

  • Maryville City Schools Foundation awards $119,586 in grants Published 06/15/2011 at 3:25 p.m.

    The Maryville City Schools Foundation awarded 31 grants totaling $119,586 to Maryville City Schools during the 2010-2011 school year. “Every school in our system received grant funding.” said Barbara Jenkins, MCSF executive director. “MCSF has four grant levels of funding: ...

  • Local chambers help members gain competitive edge Published 06/15/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    In these tough economic times, small businesses need to tap the resources that are available in their communities to weather the storm. They need to look no further than their local chambers for help, according to a press release from ...

  • Foothills Elementary named Covenant Kids Run Fittest School in Blount County Published 06/13/2011 at 9:53 a.m.

    Foothills Elementary School was recently awarded the title of Fittest School in Blount County through the Covenant Kids Run Fittest School Challenge. Schools registered teams for the Covenant Kids Run, a one-mile event that begins at the World’s Fair Park ...

  • Court South Beach invites the public to AquaZumba for Guinness Book of World Records Published 06/08/2011 at 4:52 p.m.

    National Fitness Center and Court South will attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest AquaZumba class ever held. On June 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at Court South Beach, participants can not only join ...

  • Foothills CDC receives $500,000 housing grant for Blount County Published 06/06/2011 at 11:39 a.m.

    The Foothills Community Development Corporation has been awarded a $500,000 HOME grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The announcement was made last week by State Sen. Doug Overbey, Rep. Art Swann and Rep. Bob Ramsey that the Blount County ...

  • City of Alcoa fleet named among nations 100 best Published 06/02/2011 at 10:18 p.m.

    City of Alcoa fleet named among nation’s 100 best

  • Tax protest will be June 9 at courthouse Published 06/02/2011 at 10:16 p.m.

    Tax protest will be June 9 at courthouse

  • Sheriff’s Office to hold sobriety check point Published 06/02/2011 at 10:15 p.m.

    Sheriff’s Office to hold sobriety check point

  • Sheriff’s Office to hold child safety seat clinic Published 06/02/2011 at 10:12 p.m.

    Sheriff’s Office to hold child safety seat clinic

  • Social Media in workplace is topic for Chamber Published 06/02/2011 at 10:09 p.m.

    Social media in workplace is topic for Chamber

  • Artisans take center stage at Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival Published 05/25/2011 at 5 p.m.

    For the past 30 years, John Fulwood has been fascinated with the dynamic characteristics of clay and how a piece can be molded into something functional, while still allowing it to have life. Fulwood’s work is displayed in galleries across ...

  • Sneak-A-Peek at Chamber networking Published 05/23/2011 at 11:07 a.m.

    Looking for a way to connect with the business community? The Blount Chamber is inviting potential members to check out the chamber as a way to accomplish that goal. The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is inviting potential members to ...

  • Tammi Ford chosen to lead Blount Chamber Published 05/18/2011 at 2:18 p.m.

    The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership have announced that Tammi Ford has been selected as the new vice president of chamber operations. Ford has been a member of the Chamber staff since 1988, most recently as executive ...

  • Smokies Deputy Superintendent FitzGerald awarded high honor Published 05/09/2011 at 10:39 a.m.

    Kevin M. FitzGerald, Deputy Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, recently was presented the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Department) Meritorious Award, the Department’s second highest honor. On April 14, Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson presented the award to FitzGerald in ...

  • Experience Appalachia Published 05/04/2011 at 3:02 p.m.

    Many may not know the rich history behind cast iron cookware, but Columbus listed it in his manifest when he discovered the Americas, Lewis & Clark carried it with them on their journey to explore the West, and Martha Washington ...

  • Golf fundraiser awards first scholarship to Maryville native Published 05/02/2011 at 11:39 a.m.

    For someone who doesn’t play golf, Kaylee Costner certainly is interested in the sport. That’s because the Pellissippi State Community College student and Maryville native is the inaugural recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship, awarded to Pellissippi State ...

  • Premier surgeon outlines warning signs of melanoma Published 05/02/2011 at 11:33 a.m.

    In 1995 the American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of this potentially fatal skin cancer and to encourage early detection. “Early detection is critical,” reminds Premier Surgical Associates surgical oncologist ...

  • Wrestling rule change has significant local impact Published 04/27/2011 at 2:59 p.m.

    Von Ridenour’s record is back in play. The most significant changes in weight classes in high school wrestling in 23 years will take place in the 2011-12 season. In its April 4-6 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State ...

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