Photos by Suzy Smith

  • Lauri Halterman will share her writing techniques at a presentation at the Blount County Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 22. She has written an autobiographical book of poetry titled, “Alaurilee: Rhymes of a Random Soul.”
  • Enjoying their barbecue at Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ are, Jeff Wallace, Troy Morgan and Roger Walker.
  • Ready to serve customers at the check-out counter is Rebecca Payne.
  • The Rustic Barn started out as an antique shop but now serves home-style meals to loyal patrons.
  • Mildred and Cliff Kagley talk with Rustic Barn owner Barbara Hatmaker at the restaurant that specializes in home-style cooking.
  • Gretchen Smith, left, and Erin Smith enjoy Erin’s 10th birthday party by painting pottery at Poka Dot Pottery Studio.
  • Hallie Jemley brushes some paint on a piece of pottery at Poka Dot Pottery Studio.
  • Penny Poston is all smiles as she runs the cash register at Scruffy’s.
  • The interior of the Scruffy’s has plenty of entertainment, including pool tables and an arcade game, and plenty room for guests.
  • Ron and Penny Poston stand outside their new restaurant, Scruffy’s on U.S. 411 South
  • Rowena Wyrick took advantage of the Blount County Election’s Commission’s visit to Asbury Healthcare Center to cast her vote in the August election.
  • Tip Stewart, a 1924 farmer in the mountains of Blount County, is portrayed by Jeremy Lloyd, a Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont senior teacher and naturalist. He is talking to students from Maryville Intermediate School at the institute.
  • Mary Silver, a teacher and naturalist at Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, talks to a class from Maryville Intermediate School at a recent camp. Mary is portraying Becky Calhoun, a 1924 Tremont hotel worker.
  • Whitney Tipton, a Maryville Intermediate School sixth grade science teacher, poses with Jen Martin, a Tremont senior teacher and naturalist who is portraying Anne Davis from 1924.
  • Naturalist April Morris talks to the young people from Maryville Intermediate School at Tremont. She is portraying a 1924 school teacher.

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