Surviving the Killing Fields
Published 09/15/2010 at 3:47 p.m.
From a distance, it looked like just another family reunion. There were tables of homemade food and matching T-shirts. People were catching up and remembering the past. This reunion, however, was anything but typical. On Aug. 28, in the pavilion ...
Sounds of the ’60s
Published 09/15/2010 at 3:43 p.m.
A chance encounter in Loudon brought The Mountain Folk Reunion bluegrass band together three years ago, and Blount County folks had a chance to hear their music on Aug. 26 at the Blount County Public Library. The roots of the ...
Bucket listers beware: Oprah is in her final season
Published 09/15/2010 at 3:42 p.m.
Monday was the debut of the final season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is bad news for die-hard fans with a bucket list. For Oprah fans, being part of the studio audience in Chicago is equivalent to visiting Mecca, ...
Published 09/15/2010 at 3:37 p.m.
Sue Campbell loves arts and crafts. She also has a passion for American history. At Maryville Arts Coalition’s September Last Friday Art Walk, visitors can see how Campbell has combined her two loves in a way that has gained her ...
Tell me a story
Published 09/09/2010 at 12:33 p.m.
It’s a night-time thing for the Alcoa Rotary Club. The club, which is geared toward professionals who might not be able to attend daytime or luncheon meetings, meets on Tuesday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A recent joint fundraising event, ...
Published 09/09/2010 at 12:24 p.m.
Fine Arts Blount members at the ArtSpace Gallery on East Broadway Avenue in Downtown Maryville offer more than just venues and events for local artists. Members say they are also committed to teaching the next generation of artists. FAB is ...
Published 09/01/2010 at 4:31 p.m.
The American Cancer Society says its mission is to create a world with more birthdays, so it was befitting that the organization raised money with a dinner party complete with cupcakes. Over 100 supporters of the ACS gathered for the ...
Published 09/01/2010 at 4:19 p.m.
Men are notorious for refusing to ask for directions and see a doctor. At the first annual Man Ride, they didn’t need directions and many of them were prompted to get an important medical exam. On Aug. 14, over 100 ...
Date Night with your husband? Let’s Not
Published 09/01/2010 at 4:14 p.m. 1 Comment
I’ve come to the conclusion that my husband and I are not cut out for “date nights.” However, I feel slighted that we married before the online dating craze, because I’m sure I could have written a stellar profile. Since ...
Shopping for bargains
Published 08/25/2010 at 3:14 p.m.
For shoppers like Ted Moore, the Maryville Flea Market at 548 Foothills Mall Plaza Dr., has been added to his weekend rounds. That is just one half of the success equation Maria Hunt Wright, owner of the new Maryville Flea ...
Picnic with the Bard
Published 08/25/2010 at 3:02 p.m.
The Blount County Library doesn’t just offer books; they also provide a place where stories come to life. On July 26, the classic Shakespeare love story “Romeo and Juliet” was featured on the grassy outdoor stage of the library’s front ...
Meeting at the Market
Published 08/25/2010 at 3:01 p.m.
The Market is more than a store. At least twice a month, it is a hot spot for “foodies” to gather. A “foodie” is an aficionado of food and drink. At The Market, 606 High St., quality local products are ...
Molding character, winning games
Published 08/25/2010 at 2:55 p.m.
Behind every great football team, there is a great story. The Maryville High School football team’s story is featured in the documentary “Decade of Excellence.” The DVD is on sale for $25 with proceeds benefiting the Maryville High School Athletic ...
From bank robber to Angel tree founder
Published 08/18/2010 at 11:53 a.m.
If you think you’ve made bad decisions in life, Mary Kay Beard says, “Come and hear a bank robber tell her story.” Beard will be the guest speaker at First Baptist Church, Alcoa, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the annual ...
Splash and save lives
Published 08/11/2010 at 3:33 p.m.
Children -- splashing, swimming and playing in the water -- were at the forefront of the festivities on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Lifesaver Luau for Secret Safe Place for Newborns. However, the celebration was really for the 35 children ...
Value of Vintage
Published 08/11/2010 at 3:31 p.m.
If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party in your home, you know the value of a good conversation piece. A new vintage shop in downtown Maryville offers a collection of carefully selected items guaranteed to get people talking. Little Nifties, ...
Published 08/11/2010 at 2:47 p.m.
Even in an era of social networking websites like Facebook, there are still old high school friends who communicate regularly face-to-face. The Alcoa Alumni Association meets at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Shoney’s, 1028 Airport ...
Friday night dates
Published 08/11/2010 at 2:46 p.m.
Ed Chastain’s regular Friday night hangout is more of a getaway. He and his wife, Sharon, travel to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center for open-air concerts, storytellers and art exhibits in a picturesque setting with legendary sunsets. “We’ve never ...
Published 08/05/2010 at 10:39 a.m.
Heather Wright has been on a mission to provide a costly service dog for her 4-year-old autistic son, Gabriel; but she has not been alone. “Honestly, I don’t think I would have the strength or courage to keep going with ...
Plein Air makes the outdoors a muse for artists
Published 08/05/2010 at 10:29 a.m.
The great outdoors isn’t just for sightseers and adventurers. It is also for artists. The Plein Air Festival, hosted by Fine Arts Blount, encourages artists to create their work outside along the Greenbelt, in historic Downtown and throughout Blount County. ...
Big talent, small art
Published 08/05/2010 at 10:15 a.m.
“Bigger isn’t always better” is certainly the case with the delicate style of painting known simply as miniature art. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, located on Highway 73 before the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has ...
Published 08/05/2010 at 10:13 a.m.
The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation’s work is never done. Even though the Blount County Animal Center is up and running, the SMACF foundation president Chris Protzman said on-going needs for funding, volunteers and “forever-homes” continue. According to Protzman, the ...