Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Staples store in Alcoa closed. It was reported in the local newspaper. Somehow I missed it. We were looking up some piece of equipment to purchase and noticed Staples didn't show up anymore on Google. Say what? Oh, it happened over a month ago. We were quite busy on other things.
Another big box building to fill.
Elect results from Maryville Daily Times
Steve Marsh, incumbent - 1,958
Clayton Bledsoe - 1,556
Charles Cameron, incumbent - 1,176
Johnelle Jackson, incumbent - 1,121
Tamara Griffin - 1,058
Matt Brewster - 990
Charlie Garcia - 491
Ken White, incumbent - 1,911
Jim Buchanan - 1,814
Stephen Biggar - 1,548.
Blount County Election Commission reports on early voting totals.
Early Voting Totals (including Absentee during early voting)
34,237 - 2016
26,796 - 2012
27,267 - 2008
28% increase over 2012
26% increase over 2008
Courthouse 12,093 (2016) vs 14,831 (2012) vs 15,597 (2008)
Everett 6,792 (2016 vs 7,332 (2012) vs 5,759 (2008)
Library 8,293 (2016) vs N/A in 2012 vs N/A in 2008
Pellissippi 5,467 (2016) vs 2,869 (2012) vs 4,144 (2008)
Absentee 1,592 (2016) vs 1,764 (2012) vs 1,767 (2008)
City of Alcoa Schools, Alcoa Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a community dog parade to raise funds for school projects. One project in particular is completing a playground for the kids. When the schools were moved around, the newly assigned Intermediate School grounds did not include a playground. The PTO is rectifying the issue.
ALCOA-MINSTER COMMUNITY DOG PARADE
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9 AM - 12 PM
Springbrook Park/Duck Pond
$10 entry fee / Onsite registration
Largest Dog Parade/ PetSmart Trick Facilitator
Costume Contest / Inflatable and lots more!
Blount County Election Commission reports on early voting totals.
Absentee by Mail (pre-early voting)
736 - 2016
Early Voting 1st 5 days (including Absentee during early voting)
11,052 - 2016
8,103 - 2012
11,788 - 2016
8,904 - 2012
32% increase over 2012
42% increase over 2008 (8,276 in 2008)
Courthouse 4,443 (2016) vs 5,167 (2012)
Everett 2,026 (2016 vs 1,917 (2012)
Library 2,648 (2016) vs N/A in 2012
Pellissippi 1,612 (2016) vs 690 (2012)
Absentee 1,059 (2016) vs 1,130 (2012)
A year ago, Governor Bill Haslam came to Alcoa to announce an ammo mfg company is coming to the area. They predicted the investment of $553M in the project and 605 jobs added to the area.
Maybe not. It would appear the company has been shut down at their current Arizona location.
Dean Stone passed away yesterday at the age of 92. What an inspiration. May he rest in peace.
Check out the sign on Hunt Road. Is he serious that this sign is a good idea?
For the City of Alcoa, there are two items on the ballot, City Commissioners and Board of Education. As of yet there is not much known about any of the candidates except the incumbents.
City Commission - Vote for 2
Clayton Bledsoe and Kenneth White are two commissioners with terms expiring November 2016.
Stephen T. Biggar
Ken White (Incumbent)
Board of Education - Vote for 3
Steve Marsh (Chairman), Johnelle Jackson (Vice-Chairman), and Charles H. Cameron are three board members with terms expiring November 2016.
Clayton Bledsoe (currently a city commissioner with term expiring November 2016)
Charles Hubert Cameron (Incumbent, first elected 2001)
Tamara M. Griffin
Johnelle A. Jackson (Incumbent, first in office 2008)
Steve Marsh (Incumbent, first elected 2004)
An intense thunderstorm with high winds rolled through last night causing downed trees, power outages and some structural damage.
Maryville’s Water Distribution Plan has experienced a pipe burst, flooding the pump room and likely taking 36 hours to repaired.
According to the city’s website, customers are advised to limit internal water consumption to only what is necessary and to refrain from running laundry and other large water consuming functions until the system can be supplemented with surrounding assistance.
It's a sad day in Blount County, Maryville, and Alcoa.
Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Rec presents a free summer concert series held during the months of August, September and October in Springbrook Park. The series will focus on Americana, folk and blues genres featuring performances by regional and local musicians. Springbrook is a beautiful park in the Alcoa community featuring nearby trails, playgrounds and indoor facilities (in case of rain). A perfect setting for outdoor summer concerts! You can relax and enjoy the music, then walk around and visit with some of our onsite vendors like Maryville Farmer’s Market and more.
I attended the first hour of the August 11, 2016, concert. It was very enjoyable. I loved the Drop Dead Dangerous musical artists.
September 8, 2016
Musical artists include: Kirk Fleta, Scott McMahan, Tommie John, and Robinella
September 22, 2016
Musical artists include: The Dirty Dougs, Jesse Gregory Keen, and EmiSunshine
October 6, 2016
Musical artists include: Ryan Sheley, Count This Penny, Chuck Johnson and Charleyhorse
Concerts are held from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Parking is available on either side of the Springbrook gym.
Local barbecue is available. Southland Books usually has food. I bought locally grown strawberries at the first concert.
Bring a chair or blanket. Sit around and enjoy the beautiful evenings of music.
Blount County Election - State Primary and County General
08/04/2016: 12,061 Voters
(??.?% voter turnout) *
(28% decrease from 2008)
(5% decrease from 2012)
08/02/2012: 12,688 Voters
(17.3% voter turnout)
(24% decrease from 2008)
08/07/2008: 16,747 Voters
(23.3% voter turnout)
In the 8/7/2008 election, the most votes were for CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE Division II. This was a highly contested race between Mike Meares (DEM - 6,451 votes) and David Duggan (REP - 9,584 votes).
* Waiting on voter turnout numbers. It is possible the number of registered voters decreased from the previous years due to purging of voter records.
Jackie Hill is a great asset to the community. She was born and raised in Alcoa, TN. She graduated with honors from Tennessee State University and University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in chemistry, respectively.
Ms. Hill worked at Eastman Kodak for 25 years, retiring in 2001 as a division manager. After retiring, she returned to Blount County. Jackie has worked hard for the community. With the assistance of local governments Jackie built the Elizabeth Jackson Hill Memorial Garden in Alcoa in honor of her mother. Later with a grant from Lowe's, she and her neighbors built small gardens along Hall Road in Alcoa.
Ms. Hill has served on many charitable and civic boards in Blount County. She wants to give back to a county that nurtured and supported her as she was growing up.
Elect Jackie Hill for Blount County Clerk.
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