Lauri Halterman will share book, knowledge at library workshop
Published 02/21/2011 at midnight
As the saying goes, “Every soul has a story.” Lauri Halterman has found a unique way to share her story, publishing an autobiographical book of poetry, “Alaurilee: Rhymes of a Random Soul.” “I chose to write books so my poems ...
Where there’s smoke. . . there’s ‘Smokin’ Butz BBQ’
Published 01/24/2011 at 10:10 a.m.
According to statistics, the average family eats out between two and three times each week. The average family in Blount county now has a reason to celebrate with the opening of Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ. “I wanted to have a ...
Published 12/01/2010 at 3:03 p.m.
It started simple. The Ladies Circle at Maryville Evangelical Church began by crocheting blankets. They expanded their repertoire to dolls, pouches, baskets and other unique creations. These items not only benefit local charitable organizations, but touch the lives of people ...
Published 11/01/2010 at midnight
If an antique collector or art enthusiast is looking to round out their collection by acquiring a Victorian glass candy dish or a Belgium tapestry, they don’t have to go to Atlanta to find one. Chances are a visit to ...
Published 09/15/2010 at 3:49 p.m.
Fashion-forward babies and toddlers have a new place to shop in downtown Maryville. Lollipops Children’s Boutique is a store that is as full of charm as its owner, Xamena Bangash. Bangash opened Lollipops Children’s Boutique in August and word of ...
Published 08/16/2010 at 12:28 p.m.
Nestled away on a meandering road behind Heritage High School is a special restaurant that not only serves up home-cooking like grandma made, but also serves up heartwarming smiles and friendship. The Rustic Barn captures the interest of tourists and ...
Published 12/21/2009 at 1:02 p.m.
Residents and tourists of Townsend have a new treasure in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village called Southern Fried Gallery. Southern Fried Gallery features regional artisans of handmade and handcrafted mediums that reflect the heritage of the area. “I’ve always had ...
Ductz of Maryville is new opportunity for Tayloe and Baker
Published 12/21/2009 at 12:49 p.m.
Steve Tayloe knows duct work like a cardiologist knows a heart. “The air unit is like a heart,” said Tayloe, owner of Ductz of Maryville-Southern Knoxville, a new franchise in the area. He said that some lines to and from ...
Gift to the community
Published 12/10/2009 at 10:24 a.m.
A 35-year-old tradition is being revived thanks to First Baptist Church Alcoa. “The Promise” is First Baptist Alcoa’s Living Christmas Tree presentation and will be the church’s first Living Christmas Tree since 1991. “We decided to bring it back,” said ...
‘God bless us, everyone’
Published 12/10/2009 at 10:23 a.m.
The holiday season is not complete without a production of “A Christmas Carol,” and for two local children, the year is not complete without starring in the play. Lydia Harrison and Matthew Michaud are appearing in the University of Tennessee’s ...
‘As Seen on MIS’
Published 12/07/2009 at 11:31 a.m.
While the Crack-O-Matic, VG Shorts and the Velcroganizer are not on store shelves, yet, these creations were proudly on display at the Maryville Intermediate School Invention Fair. According to MIS Science teacher, Kathleen Hammontree, each year, MIS fifth-graders are assigned ...
Feeling good about shopping
Published 11/25/2009 at 3:27 p.m.
Debi Haas understands today’s women. “Sometimes when you go shopping at a department store, you feel worse (when you get home) than you did when you set out,” said Haas, owner of Divas, a plus-size consignment store. Haas said when ...
Hendrixes share stories of cruising the world in a small ship
Published 11/12/2009 at 1:55 p.m.
Like a lot of retirees, Valerie and Tom Hendrix like to travel, but they have fallen in love with a different kind of travel - small ship cruising. “We started going on small ship cruises, and we’ve found them to ...
Dressing up a casual look
Published 11/05/2009 at 12:30 p.m.
When people think “fashion” usually their minds leap to the latest women’s fashions and styles. However, during the upcoming holiday gatherings and parties, men like to get into the spirit of the season as well, dressing to look stylish at ...
All dressed up…
Published 10/29/2009 at 12:48 p.m.
Have you seen them? The signs are everywhere. The holidays are coming, and there is no way to stop them, so the best bet would be to prepare yourself. It’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to ...
Hope for the homeless
Published 10/07/2009 at 2:17 p.m.
Statistics vary, but the fact remains the same: Approximately half of American workers live paycheck to paycheck. What happens to a family when a major crisis strikes, and they miss a couple of paychecks? Mandy Stinnett Adkins, executive director of ...
A penny at a time
Published 10/01/2009 at 2:12 p.m.
A penny here, a dime there and a quarter here - most people might not think that change can change a person’s life. The recipients of the Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund know that loose change can positively make a ...
‘Face of Faith’
Published 10/01/2009 at 2:06 p.m.
“The best thing that I can ever tell people is that anything and everything can be taken away from you in an instant,” says Candy Lindley, the featured speaker at Ladies’ Night Out at First Baptist Church in Alcoa. Lindley ...
Blue Jeans and Ballet
Published 09/16/2009 at 12:57 p.m.
They’ve endured weeks of preparations and intensive rehearsal practice, but, perhaps the most important consideration for the ballet dancers in the Appalachian Ballet Company’s upcoming performance is finding the right pair of blue jeans. “The biggest challenge is to find ...
No reason to see ‘red’
Published 09/02/2009 at 3:35 p.m.
The science of barbecuing has Donald Pierce shunning red and championing white. The taste of her father’s white barbecue sauce has his daughter, Callie Pierce, courting national success and planning marketing strategies. Donald and Callie Pierce are now bottling and ...
Layoffs lead to new opportunity for owners of All American Clean Out
Published 08/31/2009 at 10:23 a.m.
When the handwriting was on the wall that Alcoa Aluminum Company was cutting its smelting operations, Craig Cadarette knew he had to come up with a Plan B. That is what prompted Cadarette and Terry McWilliams to start a new ...
Light of literature
Published 08/19/2009 at 12:05 p.m.
Fear, adventure, friends, moral choices, perseverance and hope are concepts that people experience at some point in their lives, whether they live in Alcoa, Tenn., or in Nairobi, Kenya. These universal themes are interwoven in children’s stories that English students, ...
Published 07/30/2009 at 11:19 a.m.
Ten years ago if a Blount County resident had to have orthoscopic knee surgery, the options were to go to Blount Memorial Hospital or travel to Knoxville. Thanks to Maryville Surgical Center, patients have another option for day surgery. Maryville ...
Flatboats at Foothills
Published 05/21/2009 at 11:23 a.m.
What was it like to navigate the waterways in 1780? What hardships and struggles did the early pioneers experience? At Foothills Elementary, more than 125 fourth grade students discovered the answers to these questions during a hands-on lesson that encompassed ...
Iron Chefs compete in the kitchen at WBHS
Published 05/07/2009 at 1:28 p.m.
They have 90 minutes to work together as a team. The goal? Prepare a three-course meal from start to finish using ingredient guidelines. Sound like a realty television show? Actually, the winner of this competition doesn’t earn thousands of dollars ...
Fashions, umbrella’s star in Art on the Runway
Published 04/29/2009 at 3:32 p.m.
Beautiful pieces of art that come in handy during Spring showers are the focal point of Art on the Runway, a fundraiser for Fine Arts Blount. More than 22 umbrellas painted by local artists will be auctioned off from 6 ...
Gotta be green
Published 04/08/2009 at 1:23 p.m.
For a farmer, a tractor is one of the most important pieces of machinery. For Andy Whitehead, a tractor isn’t just a piece of farming equipment, it has a story. For Whitehead, who grew up and farmed on Peppermint Road ...
Gifts for discriminating givers
Published 03/26/2009 at 11:47 a.m.
Are you searching for that perfect gift? Have you racked your brain trying to come up with a housewarming present for the new neighbors? And what on earth are you going to give your niece for her fourth birthday? One ...
Going to the dogs and cats
Published 03/19/2009 at 12:31 p.m.
Chi Chi was there, so was Shiloh and Layla and their people friends and supporters who wanted to see the progress made on the construction of the Blount County Animal Care Center. Even with the wet and cold weather making ...
Swing Your Partner
Published 03/12/2009 at 11:37 a.m.
A fun-filled graduation ceremony was held at the Springbrook Gym in Alcoa, and the students were asked to demonstrate skills like Allemande Left and Yellow Rock The Corner. The Wagon Wheelers, a local Western-style mainstream square dancing club, welcomed 17 ...
The auto doctor is in
Published 03/05/2009 at 10:05 a.m.
When most people feel sick, they go to a local doctor. Now, thanks to Auto Physicians, people can take their sick car to a local automobile technician. Last November, Auto Physicians, located at 2642 U.S. Hwy. 411 South, opened to ...
Published 01/29/2009 at noon
If you thought you had to have artistic flare or an advanced degree in arts and crafts to create works of art, think again. Thanks to Poka Dot Pottery Studio, anyone can create beautiful pottery and have a blast doing ...
That ‘thing’ in the attic -- sentinental trash or costly treasure?
Published 01/22/2009 at 10:14 a.m.
Have you ever wondered the value of the vase that your Great Aunt Myrtle left you? What about the painting you found at that garage sale, how much is it worth? The Alcoa and Foothills Kiwanis Clubs and the Heritage ...
Dampier: Cosmetic surgery not just for Beverly Hills anymore
Published 01/22/2009 at 10:03 a.m.
With the new year, many will look for ways to improve upon themselves. For some, it might be setting exercise goals or adopting healthy eating habits. For others, improving upon one’s self-image might mean making cosmetic improvements, like an eyelift ...
Cookbook brings company, families together while helping food bank
Published 01/15/2009 at 11:35 a.m.
I like to cook, but I get in a rut. Every week, it seems that I prepare the same meals for my family over and over again. That is why I was really excited when I got my hands on ...
Scruffy’s pleases the hungriest customers
Published 10/22/2008 at 6:30 p.m.
Great food, great location and a great name, what more could a person want in a restaurant? Customers should come hungry to Scruffy’s, a new locally owned restaurant. Menu items include handmade and hand-patted hamburgers on toasted buns, cooked to ...
Signs of Fall
Published 09/24/2008 at 7:20 p.m.
Bluegrass and mountain music. Check. Children’s activities. Check. Fine arts and crafts. Check. Variety of food vendors. Free. Check.Check.
Fair for all
Published 09/24/2008 at 7:17 p.m.
When people think about going to the fair, they think midway games, corn dogs and parking a mile away. At the Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Heritage Center, visitors can play pioneer games, enter the rooster crowing contest, taste ...
Townsend Farmers’ Market offer fresh produce and more
Published 09/24/2008 at 7:12 p.m.
Townsend residents and visitors now have access to fresh produce, and vendors now have a new market to sell their products. The Townsend Farmers’ Market began in mid-August, and crowds are flocking to purchase late season fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, ...
Showcasing the arts
Published 09/24/2008 at 7:11 p.m.
There is strength in numbers, and the artists of Townsend knew this when they formed the Townsend Artisan Guild. Dave Neamand, president of the Townsend Artisan Guild, said there are now 45 Townsend area artists who have joined the organization. ...
Hot from the oven
Published 09/24/2008 at 7:09 p.m.
My husband and I don’t necessarily agree on everything. For instance, he thinks the greatest movie filmed is “Smoky and the Bandit.” I don’t. He doesn’t think a woman needs a new purse every six months. I do. The one ...
Designing Women salon provides personal service
Published 09/17/2008 at 7:14 p.m.
Designing Women co-owners, Kathleen Johnson and Debbi Caracci, have not only given some of their clients a new style, they’ve also provided the salon they own a brand new look.
Don’t drop -- Shop!
Published 09/03/2008 at 6:56 p.m.
Vendors showcasing their products, a silent auction featuring the works of local well-known artist Ra Ra Schlitt and games for the children are just some of the things visitors to the All About Women Expo can expect. The second All ...
It’s in the bag
Published 08/27/2008 at 8:04 p.m.
For anyone who likes purses and a bargain, the place to be on Saturday is the cafeteria of Heritage High School. The Boosters of the Heritage High School football team are having a purse sale fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Aug. ...
Still teaching at 101
Published 08/13/2008 at 7:57 p.m.
Former school teacher Rowena Wyrick is still teaching by example a valuable lesson that the majority of Blount Countians could learn: Exercise your right to vote in every election. “I always vote in every election,” the 101-year-old Wyrick said. “I ...
FAB-ulous day in the park planned for Aug. 9
Published 07/30/2008 at 8:30 p.m.
For kids, the park is a great place for making memories, but thanks to Fine Arts Blount, the park is also the perfect setting for children to create unique works of art.
ADU Growing by leaps and bounds
Published 07/16/2008 at 7:17 p.m.
“When I dance, it feels like I’m soaring through the clouds,” beamed 9-year-old Addison Collins, a dancer with Artistic Dance Unlimited.
Family Promise offers hope for the homeless in Blount
Published 07/09/2008 at 7:26 p.m.
She is the woman pushing a baby in a shopping cart at midnight in a store that is open 24 hours. He is the young boy who came hungry this morning to your child’s school. She is sleeping in the ...
Nawger Nob celebrates 34th annual festival
Published 06/25/2008 at 3:24 p.m.
Visitors and vendors alike agree on one thing: the Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the best shows in the region.
Oasis in the city
Published 06/18/2008 at 6:34 p.m.
Within walking distance of Lamar Alexander Parkway, nestled in a picturesque environment, is a new pavilion and event center constructed in response to the needs of the community.