Worth The Trip: Titanic Museum Attraction, Pigeon Forge
Published 09/28/2011 at 3:14 p.m. 1 Comment
Every mother knows to lay ground rules before taking kids to a museum, but at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, the rule “Don’t Touch,” doesn’t apply. Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, executive vice president, Operations, Sales and Marketing, said, “Sometimes, I ...
Chivalry isn’t dead, it just takes time to mature
Published 09/21/2011 at 1:24 p.m.
Some say chivalry is dead, but we’re doing our best to keep it alive with the Herron boys. My two sons are about half-way there. They love to open doors for me. The problem is, they fight about who gets ...
Hero husband comes home
Published 09/07/2011 at 2:14 p.m.
For her 10-year wedding anniversary, Crystal West did something special. She took out the trash. Her husband, Marine Major Jason Monroe West, was deployed to Afghanistan in February. She said, “About 10 weeks ago, I thought, ‘I’m going to be ...
Blonde Faith: There are two sides to every imposing question
Published 08/17/2011 at 2:58 p.m.
It seems as though people - strangers and acquaintances alike - have felt entitled to ask personal questions since I became a mom. Church, Kroger on Senior Citizen Discount Days and Mom’s Group gatherings have been, in my experience, the ...
At the Beach Ball: Celebration of new magazine includes friends and family time
Published 08/03/2011 at 3:03 p.m.
Moms did a little multi-tasking at the Blount Moms Today Beach Ball where they made new friends while spending time with their families. Over 150 moms, dads and children came to the party, sponsored by Blount Today in celebration of ...
Published 07/27/2011 at 1:44 p.m.
When it comes to the school year, its survival of the most organized, says Christy Wheeler as she prepares for another year. The mother of four keeps an organization hub in her kitchen for book bags, school handouts and homework ...
Reality mommy makeover lasts for just a season
Published 07/13/2011 at 4:13 p.m.
As a mom who has, along with modern medicine, declared not to have anymore children, I’m in what I refer to as the “Kate Gosselin Phase.” A few years ago, the reality show mom transformed from a frumpy new mom ...
Kids in the Kitchen
Published 07/13/2011 at 3:10 p.m.
Giving kids quality time and quality food can go hand-in-hand, says Debra Frazer Dean of Sweet Celebrations. The bakery owner has been offering cooking classes to kids and encourages moms to try it at home. “The idea is to entice ...
Miss Mary offers summer classes to next generation of students
Published 07/06/2011 at 4:22 p.m.
Moms are charged with teaching children to mind their manners but often, it helps to bring in an expert. Mary McKinnon teaches “Miss Mary’s Manners Classes” in her home to children ages 6 through 13. Her courses include lessons on ...
Gather with kids in the orchard, kitchen
Published 06/02/2011 at 9:03 p.m.
It’s a berry good season to spend time with kids in the kitchen.
The A-B-Cs of being a Team Mom (or not)
Published 04/14/2011 at 10:12 a.m.
I am the mom of two boys and a little league team. Along with being a new editor, a mom, a housekeeper (who needs to be fired) and a really lousy member of the school library committee, I’m also shepherding ...
Duck Duck Goose founders include Blount physician
Published 04/07/2011 at 9:49 a.m.
Most weekends, Dr. Daniel Ibach makes rounds at the Blount Memorial Cancer Center. Two weekends every year, however, he is shepherding 20,000 shoppers, all looking for a bargain. Ibach and his wife, Courtney, are co-owners of Duck-Duck-Goose, a children’s consignment ...
Grandmother finds consignment sales offer more than a time to shop
Published 03/30/2011 at 1:15 p.m.
Seasonal consignment sales have changed the way moms shop for their kids. There are many reasons to participate in consignment sales that are held in churches and other retail locations throughout the region. Primarily, moms participate in consignment sales because ...
SpongeBob packing his SquarePants to head to Maryville
Published 03/30/2011 at 1:14 p.m.
America’s favorite dude living in a pineapple under the sea is coming to Maryville. On Saturday, National Fitness Center will host SpongeBob SquarePants, star of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Maryville location. Courtney ...
Picture of strength: Blount Moms Today’s first Cover Mom is Emily Nibali
Published 03/23/2011 at 1:59 p.m.
Every mom has a detailed story about the birth of their first child. I’ve certainly heard my share. (If you get a group of moms together and the topic of childbirth comes up, run). Almost every story has some element ...
Enough with sacrifices: Moms need a little jubilation
Published 03/09/2011 at 2:28 p.m.
I’m notorious for reinventing Christian traditions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Bible girl. However, some of the man-made practices need revision, in my not-so-humble opinion. Lent is one of those traditions in need of change, and it began Wednesday. ...
Blount Moms Today to offer engaging, informative resources
Published 03/02/2011 at 2:06 p.m.
People say, “Motherhood is the hardest job on earth.” I think it is more like leaving earth and learning to breathe on a new planet. Being a mother is wonderful and overwhelming all at the same time. Blount Moms Today ...
Forget Valentine’s Day and show a little love for teachers
Published 02/09/2011 at 1:47 p.m. 1 Comment
The only good thing about Valentine’s Day is that chocolate goes on clearance the next day. I don’t support Valentine’s traditions. A grown woman should not receive a teddy bear. It’s just weird. On the flip side, this observance alienates ...
Published 01/31/2011 at 12:34 p.m.
Danny Dossett Malone has discovered the perfect boss -- his customers. On July 5, the seasoned jeweler opened his own store, Malone’s Jewelers, located at 332 Gill St. in Alcoa. In an interview shortly after he opened, Malone said every ...
Treasures Jewelers celebrates 20 years of ‘family’ customers
Published 01/24/2011 at 10:09 a.m.
Although you might be recovering from the holidays, take note: Valentine’s Day is less than one month away. Alex Jooma, owner of Treasures Jewelers in Maryville, has several Valentine’s Day under his belt. The story celebrated its 20th anniversary in ...
Maryville Flea Market celebrates with Grand Opening
Published 01/10/2011 at midnight 1 Comment
If your house feels a little cluttered after the holidays, you don’t need to wait until spring to sell your old stuff. The Maryville Flea Market, 548 Foothills Mall Plaza Dr., offers flexible space for vendors year-round and a unique ...
Blonde Faith: How to lose weight without really trying
Published 01/05/2011 at 12:08 p.m.
I’ve lost about 25 pounds in the last three months. Don’t get too excited. I don’t have tips or an inspiring story. I’m not healthy or in shape; I’m just not as fat. How did I do it? I broke ...
Published 01/03/2011 at midnight
The magic of “The Nutcracker” story usually takes place in a dream. However, before Appalachian Ballet dancers took the stage at the Clayton Center for the Arts, a magical scene unfolded. Director Amy Morton opened the shows by greeting the ...
Let’s Dance wants to bring ballroom dancing to Blount
Published 12/15/2010 at 4:16 p.m.
Watching the TV show “Dancing With the Stars” is entertaining but dancing like a star is far better. Professional dancers Beth Cofer and Chris Rose are dancing with the locals in Blount County. The two opened a ballroom dance studio ...
A fashionable impression
Published 12/15/2010 at 4:09 p.m.
A charity fashion show benefited a foundation committed to providing an important accessory to those dealing with hearing loss. The Hearing and Speech Foundation’s second annual Wrapped in Style Fashion Show and Luncheon took place Tuesday, Nov. 16, at The ...
Positive peer-pressure is goal of Sister-to-Sister
Published 12/01/2010 at 2:58 p.m.
Peer-pressure is not always a bad thing. The Sister-to Sister Summit brought 110 girls in grades 7 through 12 together for peer-led encouragement and empowerment. The 10th annual event was held on Nov. 4 at the Alumni Gym at Maryville ...
Mailing a ‘hug’
Published 12/01/2010 at 2:55 p.m.
Snack time took on a whole new meaning at Alcoa Middle School. For the third year, students assembled 300 care packages full of snack items for soldiers serving in Afghanistan in partnership with the organization “Hugs for Our Soldiers.” Sue ...
Divine ‘signs’ bring wonder of Christmas to down-home level
Published 12/01/2010 at 2:44 p.m.
The biblical Christmas story includes many signs and wonders. Ironically, I have received divine signs at Christmas that have left me wondering. In what I describe as the world’s weirdest baby shower, “Magi from the East” brought three symbolic gifts ...
Published 11/24/2010 at midnight
Putting family first is more than just lip service for Bill Burke. The former band director at Maryville Middle School moved to Sevierville Intermediate and Middle schools this fall to be closer to his family. The father of three children, ...
Published 11/18/2010 at 10:47 a.m.
“Toast of the town” is more than an expression for many Maryville residents. On Nov. 4, approximately 160 people raised their glasses to a vibrant downtown Maryville community at Top of the Plaza. The second annual “Destination Downtown Wine Tasting ...
Striking out for Special Olympics
Published 11/18/2010 at 10:37 a.m.
Garnering support for sports is not a difficult task in Blount County, and Special Olympics is no exception. For almost 25 years, Blount County has been the place for a successful and inspiring Special Olympics program. Assistant Director Cookie Crowson ...
Published 11/10/2010 at 2:42 p.m.
A fall carnival may sound fun but for students at Heritage Middle School, it was also frightening. The Friday night event on Oct. 22 included all of the carnival staples and something a little extra: The “Haunted Hallway.” Seventh grade ...
Published 11/10/2010 at 2:35 p.m.
The organization known for making it possible to own a home is also opening doors for another kind of American dream. As a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, “Rising Star of Tennessee” is a talent competition that offers the winners ...
Published 11/04/2010 at 11:16 a.m.
Reading a mystery novel is exciting but solving the mystery as a character is even more so. The Blount County Library offered the interactive “Live Clue” game for “Teen Mystery Night” on Saturday, Oct. 23. “The Case of the Lamplighter’s ...
A ‘novel’ idea: UT saga may be headed for best-seller list
Published 11/04/2010 at 10:37 a.m.
I might be the only person in the University of Tennessee fan club who is enjoying this season. I’m not into sports so I’ll have to speak in my native tongue - female cliché. I approach sports like a novel. ...
‘One step at a time’
Published 11/01/2010 at midnight
‘One step at a time’ is a saying that applies to a challenge for better health and a labor of love. For the Building Blocks for Africa 5K and 1 Mile Block Walk, it was both. The event benefiting the ...
Hit the roof
Published 10/27/2010 at 3:56 p.m.
Foothills Elementary School raised the roof on fundraising this year. To reward students for reaching their annual fundraising goal, Principal Amy Vagnier had to spend the day on the roof of the school. The Raccoon Romp walk-a-thon was held on ...
Fall fun in Louisville
Published 10/27/2010 at 3:53 p.m.
For Louisville’s 20th anniversary, the entire town came together to celebrate. Donielle Stone, organizer of the Oct. 16 event, said about 2,000 people attended. The population of Louisville is 2,183, according to the 2010 US Census. “We wanted to do ...
Oktoberfest comes to The Market
Published 10/27/2010 at 3:52 p.m.
The Market is known for beer-tasting events so it was the perfect spot to celebrate Oktoberfest. About 50 people participated in the Oktoberfest beer-tasting on Oct. 18. General manager Mike Adams said they served specialty beers that are currently offered ...
Inspiration comes “a little at a time”
Published 10/25/2010 at 10:47 a.m.
If you catch your children staring at people, don’t be too harsh. They might be the next great author. “How do I get ideas for my stories? I look at you!” said children’s author David A. Adler during a visit ...
Published 10/20/2010 at 1:25 p.m.
Classical music is rarely described as fun. In the case of cellist Viktor Uzur and classical guitarist Brad Richter, known as the Richter Uzur Duo, classical music and fun go hand-in-hand. “What we play tends to be very virtuosic, and ...
Making music at First United Methodist
Published 10/20/2010 at 1:19 p.m.
Wednesday night church-goers at First United Methodist Church of Maryville know how it feels to sing for their supper. On Sept. 29, the church hosted a talent show that headlined their members as part of their Wednesday night program, which ...
Nakamatsu set to transport Clayton audience
Published 10/14/2010 at 3:20 p.m.
Music can transport listeners to another place. That is what award-winning classical pianist, Jon Nakamatsu says he intends for his audience at the Clayton Center for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 28. “The way I like to design programs is ...
For the classrooms
Published 10/14/2010 at 3:11 p.m.
Prestige Cleaners President Eddie Mannis is known for offering dry cleaning delivery service in Blount County. Mannis made a different kind of delivery on Sept. 16. The company donated $1,000 each to the foundations of Alcoa City Schools, Maryville City ...
Readying for final leg
Published 10/06/2010 at 4:23 p.m.
The Triple Crown of Running is more than a competition. “We’re not just looking for elite runners,” said Kelly Forster of Blount County Maryville Alcoa Parks and Recreation. “We’re looking to give opportunities for the families of all fitness levels, ...
Monkey see, children do: Mom looks at evolution
Published 10/06/2010 at 4:21 p.m.
As a fairly conservative Bible banger, I still have to admit: Evolutionists might be on to something. I don’t have legitimate scientific data on this subject but, as a mother of a toddler, I have a few observations worth considering.
Lessons to learn
Published 09/30/2010 at 10:59 a.m.
AT&T’s new slogan: “Rethink Possible” hit home for the Eagleton Boys and Girls Club. The corporation contributed $5,000 to the club’s Project Learn program. The grant will provide supplies and curriculum for the more than 75 children, ages 5-18, who ...
Rite of passage
Published 09/22/2010 at 3:45 p.m.
Miss Millie is not accustomed to the spotlight. In fact, Melitta Stout has been the one to turn on the lights at Fairview United Methodist Church every Sunday morning for the past 40 years. Rev. Jerry Russell, senior pastor at ...
Published 09/22/2010 at 3:43 p.m.
Blount County native Dr. Shane Asbury joined Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic in August, and a reception was held in his honor on September 2. Mary Dance, director of MOC, said, “He is a hometown boy. We’re just really excited for him ...
Published 09/22/2010 at 3:26 p.m.
Patty Holland took a leap of faith three years ago -- a jump that began in Tampa and landed in Townsend. Holland moved from Florida to Tennessee to open Serenity Salon and Boutique, a full-service salon and shop at the ...