Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

  • Representing the Parton’s Smokin’ Butz barbecue team at the 2011 Big BBQ Bash are Kristie Parton, Jeana Atchley, James Likos, John Parton and Shawn Davis.
  • Maryville police officer Gary Nitzband readies to lead riders in the Tour de Blount bicycle rally from the starting point at the Blount County Courthouse across Lamar Alexander Parkway last Saturday morning.
  • And 1 minute after the “official” Relay Roast picture was taken…
  • Having a good time under Relay Roast Media Sponsor Blount Today’s banner are Jay Lindsay, Debbie Stalans, Carol Borstelmann, Denisa Hearon, Christi Fightmaster, Rob Fightmaster, Kevin Kissel and Sandy Stalans.
  • Lining up at the Capitalist Pigs Relay Roast for a party shot are Angie Kirby, Bill Kilgore, Vickie Dennis, Kelly Forster, Jean Blackburn, Paula Osborn, Paula and Wes King.
  • Andrea and Chris Crawford fill their plates with Capitalist Pigs barbecue and all the fixings.
  • Tony and Phyllis Crisp chat with Tara and Mike Rasher at the Capitalist Pigs Relay Roast.
  • Relay for Life chair Debby Curtis and husband, Jeff, enjoy a beautiful night at Smithview Pavilion for the Relay Roast hosted by the Capitalist Pigs.
  • A night of music and barbecue brought friends Danielle and David Holp, Mandy Sitzlar, Ashli Christen, Johnathan Sitzlar and Lissa Tuggle to the Relay Roast.
  • Friends and co-workers from Kroger came to help the Capitalists Pigs raise money for Relay for Life. From left are Erica Hudson, Amanda Keller, Lynn Cox, Mary Flores and Becca Moon.
  • Ned Willard and Finley, 15 months old, find the warm night to be just right for a Relay Roast.
  • The wives of the Capitalist Pigs did their part to make the Relay Roast a great success. Front, from left, are Amanda Painter, Christy Newman and Joy Carver; back, Whitney Cox, Jodi Eanes, Summer Webb and Kahren White.
  • Leah and Chris Flynn introduced son Jack to his first Relay Roast on a beautiful April evening.
  • With the weather cooperating, the Relay Roast party spilled out to the lawn beside Smithview Pavilion. Enjoying the evening are Joe Huff, Susan Whetsel, Jane and Joe Andrews.
  • The Capitalist Pigs pose for their “official” Relay Roast photograph. Front, from left, are Chip Webb, Will Carver, Todd Davis, Lynn Cox and Dallas Monroe; back, from left, are Phillip Newman, Bill Eanes, Bryan Daniels, Andy White, Kevin Painter, Rick Shepard and John Elder.
  • Chandler Blum and Lance Coleman jazz it up with a Disco number.
  • Honored at the FOP awards banquet were, from left, new president Laramy Gregory, Officer of the Year Jeff Parsons, Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp, Member of the Year Marian O’Briant and outgoing FOP president Brett Hall.
  • Blount Today Editor Lance Coleman was honored by the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 with an appreciation award for coverage of FOP activities and events and excellence in journalism.
  • Steve Stilts, founder and organizer of Slimfest, thanks all those who help make the annual fundraiser for Shop With a Cop a reality at the FOP awards banquet.
  • Enjoying the FOP banquet are, standing, new Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 president Laramy Gregory, and seated, from left, Chad Spurling, Marian O’Briant, Matt Fagiana, outgoing FOP president Brett Hall and his wife, Kim.
  • Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp thanks those gathered at the FOP awards banquet after he was honored by the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 with the award for the Member of the Year being named in his  honor.
  • Jarrod Millsaps, center, Blount County Sheriff’s Office community relations director, poses with Bob and Eunice Hansen, who were honored at the FOP awards banquet for their support and work with law enforcement and the canine program.
  • Jeff Parsons of the Alcoa Police Department receives the award as the Ron Dunn Officer of the Year from the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 new president Laramy Gregory at the FOP’s first awards banquet Thursday evening.
  • Brett Hall, outgoing president of the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 presents the award for the chapter’s Member of the Year to Marian O’Briant, Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
  • Honored at the awards banquet for their work with Slimfest, the major fundraiser for the FOP’s Shop With a Cop, were, from left, Ronnie Kincaid, April Johnson, Beverly and Roy Garrett, and Donna and Steve Stilts.
  • Jarrod Millsaps with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office accepts an appreciation award from the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 for his work as vice president.
  • Celebrating at the Fraternal Order of Police Awards Dinner are Beth and Jeff Parsons, Capt. Dale Boring and Sgt. Keith Fletcher.
  • While her husband and candidate for governor Bill Haslam was in town to talk to educator and students, Crissy Haslam met for lunch with women who own or operate businesses in the area. The lunch was at the home of Joy Bishop, co-chair for the Bill Haslam Campaign for Governor in Blount County. Crissy Haslam told the group of 11 women of her commitment to education and the areas where she was worked as a volunteer, then asked for discussion on what was important to the women gathered there. Energetic conversation followed as the women discussed education, jobs, health care, personal responsibility and the traits and trends of the younger generation. At the luncheon were Barbara Everett, Realty III; Julia Kyle, executive vice president of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce; Monica Gawet, owner, Tennessee Marble; Mary Beth West, owner, Mary Beth West Consulting; Jackie Hill, retired executive with Eastman Kodak; Beth Koella, Clayton Homes; Martha Sundquist, former first lady of Tennessee; Cathy Hammon, who just finished her doctorate degree at the University of Tennessee; Joy Bishop and, not pictured, Sherri Gardner Howell, publisher of Blount Today.
  • The Womanless Beauty Review is always a popular event at the Blount County Relay for Life event.
  • The Womanless Beauty Review is always a popular event at the Blount County Relay for Life event.
  • The Womanless Beauty Review is always a popular event at the Blount County Relay for Life event.
  • The Womanless Beauty Review is always a popular event at the Blount County Relay for Life event.
  • The Womanless Beauty Review is always a popular event at the Blount County Relay for Life event.
  • Offering popcorn for a donation to Relay for Life are this team from BB&T Bank. From left are Christian Dickson, Bill Pyle, Benita Claiborne, Shannon Reed, Patsy Barbee, Karen Myers, Regina Jennings and Lindsay Dickson.
  • Members of the Capitalist Pigs served up barbecue for Relay for Life. From left are Rick Shepard, Will Carver, Cindy Shepard, Ned Willard, Lynn Cox, Summer Webb, Kevin Painter, Chip Webb, Bryan Daniels, Bill Eanes, Amanda Painter, Cathy Cate and Todd Davis.
  • Practicing his/her pout for the Womanless Beauty Review is Randy Willis, aka “Maria,” as Starla Davis helps with make-up. “Maria” was helping raise money for Team Overton.
  • Celebrating their survival in the fight against cancer are father and son team Chad and Willy Oliver. Chad’s Crew 33 helped raise funds for Relay for Life.
  • Jack Neithammer and Suzanne Thompson were on hand at the Marriott Business Services Relay for Life tent to help some lucky visitor win a queen bed, mattress and bedding, courtesy of several of Marriott’s vendors and business friends.
  • Cuties for the Cure are all dressed up for Relay for Life. From left are Matilda Bohanan, Kaitlin Edaugal, Gracie Best, Brooke and Candice Bullock.
  • Maddy, Caroline and Carter Cox look over the Relay for Life cupcakes that help participants celebrate birthdays and a win over cancer. The sisters and brother came to Relay with their parents, Lynn and Whitney Cox, who were working at two booths during the event.
  • While welcoming the guests to the Young Life banquet, Tyler Merchant was “interrupted” by an overall-clad visitor (Ash Ashburn) on his way to help raise funds for his hog-calling club.
  • Michael Cunningham shared his thoughts and a favorite Bible verse at the banquet.
  • Mike “Ash” Ashburn gave the keynote address at the Young Life banquet at the Capitol Theatre.
  • Young Life area director Clay Bagby talks to the more than 200 gathered for the Young Life banquet at the Capitol Theatre.
  • Eric and Molly Rice, Elisabeth and Eric Bellah and Joy and Will Carver were on hand to support the work of Young Life in Blount County.
  • Catching up with friends after the Young Life banquet are Mark and Hope Ingram, Dr. Michael and Kathy Reiss and Lynn and James CarMichael.
  • Lindsay Mizell offered the closing prayer after the “You Were Made for This” banquet to help raise funds for the Blount County Young Life program.
  • Showing their support for the work of Young Life are Tom and Kathy Howard, Dr. Ken Bell and David Talley.
  • All smiles after the presentation at the Young Life banquet are Edwina Merritt, Beth Farner and Amy Landers.
  • Part of the Blount County Young Life team gather for a group photo. Pictured are J.D. Smither, Tyler Merchant, Patty Bell, Josh Pollard, Michael Cunningham, Brooks Cunningham, Kalley Young, Anthony Minutolo, Clay Bagby, Amy Wilks, Mandy Adkins, Brad LaFoy and Jessica LaFoy.

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