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Sherri Gardner Howell

Title: Publisher
Contact: 865-981-9102

Recent Work

  • Dear Readers for April 16, 2009 Published 04/15/2009 at 1:57 p.m. 1 Comment

    I was never one of those moms who saw her children grow up through the lens of a camera. I certainly enjoyed pictures -- and video -- and would snap away happily when I remembered to bring my camera or ...

  • Dear Readers for April 9, 2009 Published 04/08/2009 at 12:49 p.m.

    As a child, I was not a big fan of coconut. Until the Easter Bunny Cake. As a child, I was not a big fan of cooking. Until the Easter Bunny Cake. At some point during every Lent and Easter ...

  • Dear Readers for March 26, 2009 Published 03/26/2009 at 10:58 a.m.

    There’s just something about that mouse. Not Mickey. I love Mickey, but the mouse in favor this time around is none other than Chuck E. Cheese. I guess I’m getting my kid-fix, as I have now been to Chuck E. ...

  • Dear Readers for March 19, 2009 Published 03/19/2009 at 11:37 a.m.

    This week’s cover story is one of Blount Today’s analysis pieces. We don’t do them often enough -- not because there aren’t enough issues, but because we are victims of the ever-present time crunch. But when an argument is brewing, ...

  • Dear Readers for March 12, 2009 Published 03/12/2009 at 10:25 a.m.

    Dear Mom, You have been on my mind all week, as you often are. It’s still hard to believe you have been gone for almost 20 years. This week, it was two trips to two different grocery stores that brought ...

  • Dear Readers for March 5, 2009 Published 03/05/2009 at 10:36 a.m.

    I love my job. The fact that it is fast approaching 2 a.m., and I’m still at work should be a little proof that the statement is a true one. Being publisher of Blount Today and working with this team ...

  • Dear Reader for Feb. 26, 2009 Published 02/26/2009 at 11:35 a.m.

    I have never, ever, ever been more ready for Spring. Now I know this is an annual lament for me, but, this time, it is more true than it has ever been. Matter-of-fact, if Spring doesn’t get here soon, I ...

  • Dear Readers for Feb. 19, 2009 Published 02/18/2009 at 11:28 a.m.

    It’s been three weeks since the Second Annual Kiwanis Club Antique Appraisal Fair, and I’m still thinking about it. It wasn’t an earth-shattering event or a profound, life-changing one, but there is something good about a weekend event that still ...

  • Dear Readers for Feb. 12, 2009 Published 02/12/2009 at 10:20 a.m.

    Like an artist with a new pot of paint, I have always loved a blank canvas. Or page, in my case. Even as a child, I was drawn to the “school supplies” aisle at Kuhns 5 & 10, preferring to ...

  • Mixing with the Chamber Published 02/04/2009 at 12:33 p.m.

    Once a quarter, members of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce have the opportunity to get together in the afternoon for some mingling, mixing and networking. The Afternoon Mixers are held at different businesses and offer members who want to ...

  • Snow! Published 02/02/2009 at 1:58 p.m.

    I should have listened to my husband -- not something I admit too often. He called my cell phone on Thursday night last week. “We may get our first real snow next week,” he said. I groaned. “Tell me it’s ...

  • Dear Readers January 29, 2009 Published 01/29/2009 at 10:59 a.m.

    It’s a good thing I’ve never seen a 40-hour work week. Otherwise, I’m afraid my boss would be docking my pay for “Facebook” time. My children got me into it. Truthfully, it was easy to ignore until so many folks ...

  • Dear Readers Jan. 22, 2009 Published 01/22/2009 at 10:02 a.m.

    I remember well getting my “Come off the roof” speech ready for my new friend Katie Gamble one year ago this month. Katie, an artist, had come to me and the team here at Blount Today about an idea she ...

  • Former Alcoa standout on ballot for UT top team Published 01/15/2009 at 11:28 a.m.

    The playoff games may be called the Elite “Eight,” but there are 56 former University of Tennessee basketball Volunteers who feel pretty elite this winter. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of UT basketball, the coaches and promotions department decided ...

  • Dear Readers for January 15, 2009 Published 01/15/2009 at 11:21 a.m.

    I have been looking for “green” everywhere I go in Blount County the past few weeks, and - hooray - I’m seeing lots of it! No, I don’t have cabin fever that’s causing me to see mirages of leafy trees ...

  • Focus on Fitness Run Published 01/07/2009 at 12:44 p.m.

    The second annual Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook Focus on Fitness Fall 10K run and 3-mile walk was way back in October, but the event could well have been a prelude to New Year’s Resolutions. Beginning an exercise program ...

  • Dear Readers for Jan. 8, 2009 Published 01/07/2009 at 11:29 a.m.

    If you choose “news” as your profession, you will hear the mantra early in your career. You’ll hear it, and embrace it, even before some wiseguy sends you to the bowels of the press room to look for “paper stretchers” ...

  • Elegant evening Published 12/30/2008 at 2:17 p.m.

    The audience was “wowed.” From the first rise of the curtain to the last sip of punch, the Appalachian Ballet Company delivered a first-class production of their annual “Nutcracker” for a regional audience at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. On stage, ...

  • Catching up with Haven House Published 12/30/2008 at 1:53 p.m.

    The Haven House Holiday Newsletter heralded a good year for the emergency shelter and domestic violence program, with staff and board members concentrating on developing a three-year plan, partnering with Mane Support to provide equine-assisted therapy to clients, upgrading the ...

  • Dear Readers for Jan. 1, 2009 Published 12/30/2008 at 1:03 p.m.

    I don’t make a lot of New Year’s Resolutions, but I do always make at least one. I mean, it just seems kind of vain to look at a time that heralds new beginnings, a new start and say, “No, ...

  • Dear Readers for Dec. 25, 2008 Published 12/23/2008 at 9:36 a.m.

    Kristy Barber’s third grade class at Mary Blount Elementary School sent us their Letters to Santa a little late, but we didn’t want the children to be disappointed, so I am “donating” my Dear Readers space this week for the ...

  • Dear Readers for Dec. 18, 2008 Published 12/18/2008 at 1:51 p.m.

    I am sitting here in shock that Christmas is next week. I had such plans… Oh well, at least the shopping is “almost” done, the menus “almost” planned and the work schedule “almost” manageable. I live in a world of ...

  • Dear Readers for Dec. 11, 2008 Published 12/11/2008 at 9:39 a.m.

    We’ve been talking and listening a lot this week to what people in Blount County are saying about Blount Today. Wow. Thanks! Good news is always great to hear, and your response to our planned increase in the number of ...

  • Dear Readers Nov. 27, 2008 Published 11/26/2008 at 1:20 p.m.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks to my friend Linda Hageman, the Howell household will be having a Sweet Sue Thanksgiving. That’s a very important thing in our family, because Sweet Sue Chicken Broth is a crucial ingredient for my mother’s Thanksgiving dressing. ...

  • Dear Readers Nov. 20, 2008 Published 11/19/2008 at 2:57 p.m.

    Here’s to happiness and good cheer. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. In spite of the turn in the weather -- much colder than I like it -- I still can’t get my arms around the fact ...

  • Dear Readers November 13, 2008 Published 11/13/2008 at 10:58 a.m.

    I remember my first trip to West Town Mall. Moving to Knoxville from a small town in West Tennessee, it was a treat to be able to go to a mall without having to plan a whole day around it. ...

  • Art-enhanced gardens Published 11/06/2008 at 11:03 a.m.

    The second annual “Art in the Garden” was held at Out of Eden in late September. The event, which was open to the public free of charge, took place at the garden center on U.S. Highway 411 South. The concept ...

  • Color splashed pumpkin patch Published 11/06/2008 at 10:33 a.m.

    In the spirit of Halloween and art, students at Foothills Elementary School decorated over 150 pumpkins and gourds as the featured artists at Dandy Lions Gift Shop this past Friday for the monthly Last Friday Art Walk. Jessica King’s first ...

  • Dear Readers, Published 10/30/2008 at 11:27 a.m.

    It’s an interesting word that means something different to different people. Deadhead. To my son, it’s a Jerry Garcia fan. To his mom, it’s a free ad. I’m not real sure where the jargon came from as it relates to ...

  • Dear Readers for October 23, 2008 Published 10/22/2008 at 6:17 p.m.

    You would think after 25-plus years in the newspaper business I would have learned not to make promises about “next week” or “next issue.” Last week I told you I wanted to use this space to tell you about what ...

  • Dear Readers for October 16, 2008 Published 10/15/2008 at 3:29 p.m.

    I always have so many things I want to tell you about our newspaper that I never know where to start. This team here at Blount Today lives and breathes this newspaper day-after-day. Maybe we are so close to it ...

  • Dear Readers October 9, 2008 Published 10/08/2008 at 5:43 p.m.

    There is an infectious bug going around, and I’m hoping every one catches it this weekend. It’s not the bug that had me shivering at my desk and hugging the toilet Tuesday night. This bug is much more pleasant. In ...

  • Dear Readers for October 2, 2008 Published 10/01/2008 at 6:08 p.m. 1 Comment

    Phillip Fulmer jokes and the economy. You can ask me to list 10, 20 or 100 things I am tired of hearing, and I would simply repeat the two items above over and over again.

  • Music and memories Published 09/11/2008 at 12:28 p.m.

    The school is no more, but the alumni of Townsend High School still remember the glory days. An annual homecoming gives classmates a chance to catch up, get reacquainted and share their memories of their high school days. Homecoming, held ...

  • Pioneers honored Published 09/11/2008 at 12:21 p.m.

    Before the Adopt-a-School program even started, the BellSouth Pioneers in Blount County were reaching out to Townsend Elementary School. The Pioneers organization is the nation’s largest company-sponsored volunteer organization and is made up of AT&T and BellSouth employees and retirees ...

  • Dear Readers for Sept. 11, 2008 Published 09/11/2008 at 11:38 a.m. 2 Comments

    I told you several weeks ago that we had a lot of exciting things going on at Blount Today that I want to continue to share with you. Sometimes I feel it is egotistical to think you really care about ...

  • Dear Readers Published 09/03/2008 at 6:24 p.m.

    It’s football season, so my mind is quickly turning to my glory days on the gridiron. Not that I was Lexington High School’s first female to strap on the pads and hit the tackling dummies. I did, however, spend every ...

  • Dear Readers Published 08/27/2008 at 7:36 p.m.

    What an exciting week we are having at Blount Today! On Tuesday, Aug. 26, we celebrated our fourth birthday. It has been a great time to look back at our newspaper and what we have tried to do in this ...

  • Dear Readers Published 08/20/2008 at 4:13 p.m. 1 Comment

    Your Blount Today looks a little different this week. We’ve turned things upside down with this special youth football section. While consistency is a good thing -- none of us like too many surprises -- we also pride ourselves at ...

  • ‘Teach’ celebrates 90 Published 08/06/2008 at 7:40 p.m.

    Ernie Blankenship still calls her “Teach.” And Marie Colvin still accepts her former student’s term of endearment with a sweet smile and a side glance, watching, it seems, to see what Ernie will be up to next. Marie Colvin stood ...

  • Maryville High School Class of ’58 comes home Published 06/04/2008 at 6:06 p.m.

    It was an interesting invitation. Would Blount Today like to follow the Class of 1958 from Maryville High School through their reunion weekend?

  • Boot Scootin’ Bonanza brings crowds to celebrate fight against cancer Published 06/04/2008 at 5:11 p.m.

    The sky threatened, but this was a hearty group who held their ground and were rewarded with a lovely day on Sunday for Boot Scootin’ Bonanza, a Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.

  • Publisher's Notes Published 05/21/2008 at 5:25 p.m.

    Well, this is number 4 of our new format. We have “successfully” moved from a Tab-sized newspaper to a Broadsheet.

  • A-plus effort Published 05/15/2008 at 1:47 p.m.

    As publisher of Blount Today, I am honored to attend many events in Blount County. There are parties, barbecues, golf tournaments, meetings, concerts, festivals -- the list goes on and on. So to pick one event as my favorite could ...

  • Growing up Published 04/16/2008 at 6:47 p.m.

    On May 1, Blount Today will take the next step toward our never-ending goal of serving the people of Blount County with the best in news, photographs and coverage.

  • Rivers of fun Published 03/19/2008 at 6:53 p.m.

    Just when “Vickie, Harriett and Donna” thought they had stolen the show, in swooped a black bear that blew everyone out of the water.

  • Dear Readers, Published 03/12/2008 at 6 p.m.

    he new year dawned with not-so-good business news on the newspaper front.

  • Sweet Spring! Published 03/12/2008 at 5:46 p.m.

    Have you looked at the calendar? Winter is on its last leg and, though struggling to hold on, Spring has almost Sprung!

  • The general at war Published 02/27/2008 at 9:43 p.m.

    Fred Forster is a man who wears the adjective “commanding” well. He has a presence when he enters a room that is felt by all there. He carries the rank of general with a mix of pride and humility. He ...

  • Pirate Party Photo Gallery Published 02/14/2008 at 2:55 p.m.

    Pirates invade First Baptist Maryville

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