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Sherri Gardner Howell

Title: Publisher
Contact: 865-981-9102 | Send Sherri an email

Recent Work

  • Dear Readers: Blount Today to close Published 10/10/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 6 Comments

    Blount Today to close

  • Celebration will honor Roy Crawford, Sr. for service, legacy in Maryville Published 09/07/2011 at 1:51 p.m.

    He was the wise counselor, serving a city he grew up in, loved and helped shape. Attorneys, judges, councilmen and mayors -- he served four of them -- found a learned city attorney in Maryville to help them govern. When ...

  • Goodbye to Eeyore Published 08/03/2011 at noon

    Eeyore, the sweet little basset hound known for his costumes, died on July 23.

  • 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 ...

  • Judge Dale Young found dead at home Published 05/21/2011 at 8:13 p.m.

    Retired Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young has died. Judge Young, who just recently celebrated his 73rd birthday, was found at his home early Saturday evening, May 21. Friends had been trying to contact him on Saturday and ...

  • A Cinderella story: Appalachian Ballet Co. stages impressive Spring show Published 05/04/2011 at 3 p.m.

    The Appalachian Ballet Company dancers told the audience a story Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, and they never said a word. Amy Moore Morton, the company’s artistic director, established her own voice as a master storyteller the same weekend, and ...

  • Wheeling through the county: Tour de Blount offers four rides celebrating Blount beauty Published 05/04/2011 at 2:57 p.m.

    It’s the 20th anniversary of Tour de Blount, and the Foothill Striders are bringing the popular cycling event back to its roots. The ride, which hopes to attract 400 cyclists, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in downtown Maryville ...

  • Alcoa Elementary dance celebrates school daughters Published 02/16/2011 at 3:53 p.m.

    Girls took center stage at Alcoa Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 10, as the school celebrated girls at the first Father Daughter Dance. The dance -- while being just for the 3rd and 4th grade girls of the school -- ...

  • Chamber of Commerce dinner acknowledges lows, celebrates highs Published 02/07/2011 at 11:06 a.m.

    If your boss tapped you on the head with a silver wand Friday morning, that may not have been a good thing. About 450 community leaders, business owners, politicians and other members of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce filled ...

  • Olé!: Flamenco expert offers dance class before Clayton performance Published 02/07/2011 at 11:03 a.m.

    Famed Flamenco dancer Fanny Ara had Blount County seniors shouting, “olé!” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, when she took time to teach before the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performance at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Ara taught a group of ...

  • Vallie Collins is in the Chat Room Published 02/03/2011 at 11:43 a.m.

    We all have them: Events that in some way change our lives. Some come in quietly as marriage vows, excitedly with the birth of a child, sadly with the loss of a loved one or perhaps fearfully with the loss ...

  • Starlight Award winner Scooter Clippard recalls his days in the principal’s office Published 02/03/2011 at 11:31 a.m.

    Scooter Clippard really doesn’t want his name in the paper. Clippard will take home a Starlight Award later this month, having been named Maryville High School’s Outstanding Alumni by the Maryville City Schools Foundation. He will be feted and applauded, ...

  • An evening with Dmitri Published 02/03/2011 at 11:25 a.m.

    Before Dmitri Levkovich took the stage at the Clayton Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 30, the acclaimed pianist had already had a taste of Maryville hospitality. Levkovich was the first in the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series concerts ...

  • Reception for a gentleman Published 02/03/2011 at 11:08 a.m.

    If you don’t have good things to say about someone who is retiring, then you probably won’t show up for his retirement reception. The problem with the retirement reception for Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young, however, was ...

  • Mother of Blount Today editor dies Published 01/31/2011 at 4:09 p.m. 1 Comment

    Anna Mae Coleman, mother of Blount Today editor Lance Coleman, died Sunday in Chattanooga.

  • Judge Dale Young retires Published 01/19/2011 at 4:21 p.m.

    Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young announced on Sunday, after the swearing-in of Governor Bill Haslam, that he is retiring. On Monday, Judge Young, who serves as Division I judge, said that while he does have some health ...

  • Blount County Judge Dale Young to retire Published 01/17/2011 at 1:22 p.m.

    Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young, announced on Sunday, after the swearing-in of Governor Bill Haslam, that he is retiring. On Monday, Judge Young, who serves as Division I judge, said that while he does have some health ...

  • Blount schools all ‘OK’ on emergency days Published 01/17/2011 at 12:01 a.m.

    So far, so good. In spite of horrendous weather and icy back roads that just don’t seem to clear, the three school systems in Blount County are OK. While the first “snow” days were quite fun, as the days began ...

  • Snow fun Published 01/12/2011 at 2:43 p.m.

    Ok, on so many fronts, it was a pain. We’re tired of snow. We’re tired of the stress of not knowing whether or not we can get out of the driveway, whether it’s even worth it to open our restaurant, ...

  • ‘It’s good to help’ Published 11/29/2010 at midnight

    Mary Baker came to Home Federal Bank on Foothills Mall Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 23, excited to receive a check for $2,500 to be donated in her name to Alzheimer’s Association. She had been selected Blount County’s Hometown Hero by ...

  • For their sacrifice Published 11/15/2010 at 11:36 a.m.

    It was truly music to stir the soul, especially when the purpose of the gathering was to give heart-felt thanks to those who have sacrificed so much. Maryville High School joined the schools and civic groups who take time out ...

  • Dr. Drew Osborn is in the Chat Room Published 11/10/2010 at 2:47 p.m.

    No matter how you twist the question, Dr. Drew Osborn just kind of “landed” in Maryville. The Ohio native grew up in South Webster, a small town in Scioto County. He went to Miami of Ohio for his undergraduate studies, ...

  • Honoring service Published 11/08/2010 at 11:12 a.m.

    Listening to the stories from Kate Meyers at the November Chilhowee Club meeting brought tears to the eyes of many of the members. And knowing they were participating in the organization Meyers represents also instilled a sense of pride. Meyers ...

  • Candidate conversations Published 10/20/2010 at 1:13 p.m.

    There was a “Q & A” at the lunchtime meeting of the Maryville Kiwanis club on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Green Meadow Country Club. Asking the questions was Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam, and the crux of the matter was ...

  • Keith McCord exemplifies value of hard work and education Published 07/21/2010 at 2:52 p.m.

    Don’t expect a jolly, “aww-shucks” interview when you sit down with 77-year-old Keith McCord -- lawyer, farmer, husband for 55 years, father and grandfather. McCord is intense. He’s fun, but McCord is not an easy-going man. He’s not a beloved ...

  • Rodgers, Airport Cadillac to close; Tom Hodge to open Cadillac of Knoxville Updated 06/18/2010 at 4:44 p.m.

    Roddy Rodgers, owner of Rodgers Cadillac (Kingston Pike, Knoxville) and Airport Cadillac on Alcoa Highway, told his employees this afternoon that both of his Cadillac dealerships will cease their affiliation with General Motors within the next 60 days. Tom Hodge, ...

  • You’re invited Published 05/27/2010 at 2:43 p.m.

    I love a party. People, food, drink, celebrations, music, something new to see, old friends to greet, new friends to make -- there’s just nothing better than a party. Give me a party in May, after months of cold, boring ...

  • Dog days at MC Published 05/17/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    It was a time for sharing those 4-legged members of the family with lonely college students on Saturday, April 17, with the second annual Pup-A-Palooza at Maryville College. Maryville College faculty, staff and community members were encouraged to bring their ...

  • Spring evening sets stage for Haslam reception Published 05/06/2010 at 12:37 p.m.

    Many Blount County business leaders, friends and community volunteers gathered at the home of Randy and Angela Massey on April 12 to hear Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam talk about the issues he is addressing on the ...

  • Witch & Wizard by James Patterson Published 01/25/2010 at 2:24 p.m.

    I don’t abandon books. I love to read, read a variety of different kinds of books and finish them all. That’s not to say I haven’t struggled through some, but, most of the time, I can find a few redeeming ...

  • Dear Readers December 17, 2009 Published 12/16/2009 at 2:48 p.m. 1 Comment

    I am not the first person to embrace change. I am a creature of habit, and I often will choose the familiar, the comfortable over something that’s main redeeming quality is that it is “new.” In addition to that personality ...

  • Christmas celerations - minus the Grinch Published 11/25/2009 at 3:43 p.m.

    Thank goodness for art clubs and Adopt-a-schools. Without them, there might be a Grinch at the Festival of Trees. Not that we would intend to be -- we being Blount Today. It’s just that without the help of the Maryville ...

  • Thanksgiving thoughts Published 11/25/2009 at 2:36 p.m.

    I am no longer ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Let’s face it, we all have our favorite holidays, and mine is Christmas. My second favorite is July 4, but that’s only because we are always at my favorite beach. Third is my ...

  • Fighting the fire Published 10/14/2009 at 2:53 p.m.

    When a June kitchen fire hit Haven House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for victims and survivors of domestic violence, the damage hit deeper than the kitchen. Haven House operates on a shoe-string budget, depending on charitable donations and ...

  • Dear Readers for Oct. 15, 2009 Published 10/14/2009 at 2:47 p.m.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to speak at a luncheon gathering in Knoxville of the fine women of the Friday Book Club. This book club has a proud history and a long tradition in East Tennessee. Matter ...

  • For the love of Steinway Published 10/01/2009 at 2:04 p.m.

    The party was designed to take guests back to the days when an evening of entertainment meant visiting the home of a friend to hear an accomplished musician play. A parlor setting, if you will, where ladies and gentlemen gathered ...

  • Big Orange party Published 09/24/2009 at 11:41 a.m.

    Leroy Rogers looked over the sea of orange at the Hearing and Speech Foundation Away Game Tailgate Party at the East Skybox and remembered a time the room would have been a rainbow of color. “I remember when very few ...

  • Dear Readers for Sept. 17, 2009 Published 09/16/2009 at 12:27 p.m.

    My goodness, I have missed our conversations! My mother would tell you that I always miss conversations where I get to do all the talking, which is true! I also, however, have missed your emailed, phone called and “on the ...

  • Action-base learning blends high tech with environmental alertness Published 09/15/2009 at 10:59 a.m.

    Maryville Intermediate School fifth grader Tait Phillips stepped to the front of the class, faced the board and began to make a straight-line cut in an earthworm. There was no blood, no oozing, but an audible mummer of appreciation when ...

  • Flu closes Alcoa schools Updated 09/01/2009 at 6:53 p.m.

    Alcoa school officials have decided to close Alcoa schools Wednesday through Labor Day because of the flu.

  • Dear Readers for July 30, 2009 Published 07/30/2009 at 11 a.m.

    No matter what the calendar says, summer is over. When the school bells ring, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that the schedules, habits and attitudes of the majority of the population changes. The weather may still be scorching, but the ...

  • State of the City Published 07/23/2009 at 11:03 a.m.

    The “wish list” for the city of Maryville carries a hefty price tag, City Manager Greg McClain told those gathered at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce for a “State of the City” presentation. Each department was asked to present ...

  • Dear Readers for July 23, 2009 Published 07/23/2009 at 10:52 a.m.

    You meet all kinds of people when you are in the newspaper business. In the way-too-many years I have been feeding this addiction to ink, I have found myself across the desk from egocentric stars, nervous politicians, pleading parents, pompous ...

  • Dear Readers for June 25, 2009 Published 06/25/2009 at 9:38 a.m. 2 Comments

    When the concept for Blount Today first began, one of the original ideas was to put most of the stories, pictures, calendar items and community events on the web, then print a “Best of” paper each week. The paper would ...

  • Dear Readers for June 4, 2009 Published 06/04/2009 at 9:41 a.m.

    I am not an easy person to work for. Might as well admit it -- there are plenty of folks who would testify to it anyway. I’m not BAD… I’m just intense. Every week, when Blount Today comes off the ...

  • Dear Readers for May 28, 20009 Published 05/28/2009 at 12:11 p.m.

    I have never been accused of having a neat desk. It is “orderly,” which means I know which stack holds everything I need even if the casual on-looker doesn’t. But no one would call it “neat.” My desk this month ...

  • Dear Readers for May 14, 2009 Published 05/21/2009 at 12:10 p.m.

    Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at Career Day at Cedar Bluff Middle School in Knoxville. Being a former “School Page” reporter for the News Sentinel, I still get a charge out of being in area schools. I ...

  • Dear Readers for May 7, 2009 Published 05/07/2009 at 1:08 p.m.

    May is always a strange month for me. It’s a tough month, holding holidays that are bitter and sweet. I’m not sure why I always respond to dates, to milestones and to things that happened on specific dates. I’m not ...

  • Dear Readers for April 30, 2009 Published 04/29/2009 at 3:20 p.m.

    I guess it had to happen. I can rant and rave and declare all I want that “I don’t do guilt,” but the fact is, I do. I was only Catholic for the first six years of my life, but ...

  • Dear Readers for April 23, 2009 Published 04/22/2009 at 1:30 p.m.

    I remember well the first time my mother bought pre-packaged McCormick’s Chili Seasoning. We were shocked, dismayed and scandalized. Next to her stroganoff, dressing, biscuits and Christmas fudge, my mother’s chili was legendary. We never wondered why a household of ...

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