Jan 24 2016

Plan now to attend CAPPE's 14th Annual ChiliFest on Saturday, February 6 from 4-7pm.

Come taste all the entries and vote for People's Choice.

If you would like to enter the cook-off and compete for a ribbon and $50 cash prize, use the attached entry form.

WHERE: Stovall Family Life Center beside First Church of the Nazarene, 1608 East Broadway, Maryville

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, from 4-7pm

Chili Fest tickets are $7 at the door. Chili contestants and children under 10 do not need a ticket.

Home baked goods, drinks and quesadillas will be available for purchase.

Contact with questions or call Marian Fitzgerald (865 983-0298) or Jay Clark (865 340-9183).

Jan 23 2016

We didn't get the predicted snow, but it is still beautiful.



Jan 19 2016

Here is the sample ballot for the 2016 presidential election primary.

Note, the Democratic Primary Ballot is on page 3. It is very small as compared to the Republican Primary Ballot.

Democratic candidates on the primary ballot are:
Hillary Clinton
Martin J. O'Malley
Bernie Sanders

The only other items on the Democratic ballot are:
Assessor of Property - no Democrat listed, write-in only
City of Rockford Municipal election for City Commissioner - Carl Koella III is running unopposed

Early voting for the 2016 presidential election primary is:

Feb. 10 through Feb. 23, 2016.

Early voting locations:

Blount County Court House (Election Commission)
383 Court Street
Maryville TN
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Everett Gym
318 South Everett High Road
Maryville TN
Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pellissippi Community College Campus
2731 West Lamar Alexander Parkway
Friendsville TN
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 2016 presidential election primary is coming up. You have 10 days left to register to vote in the primary.

Feb. 1, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in Blount County.

Please register and get out the vote!

Jan 4 2016

A dog park for Blount County, Maryville, is in the works. It is projected to open in the Spring of 2016.

The park will be downtown in the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park, below Los Amigos Mexican restaurant and extending northward. There is existing parking on McCammon Avenue, off of Cusick, across from the Blount County Health Dept.

There will be two separate parks, one for small dogs (half acre) and one for large dogs (acre and a half). "Other amenities would include a pavilion, benches and combined drinking fountains for dogs and their people."

Many thanks to
- PetSafe for the $100,000 grant to build the park.
- the City of Maryville for budgeting $10,000 annually to maintain the park.
- Blount County Parks & Rec for agreeing to maintain the park.

Dec 12 2015

Vandals did an insane amount of damage to Porter Elementary school in Blount Co. sometime Thursday night. School had to be closed Friday.

In reporting the extensive inventory of damage in excruciating detail, the Maryville Daily Times reporter apparently ran out of synonyms for "vandals" and broke out the thesaurus, referring to them variously as "culprits," "lawbreakers," "malefactors," "miscreants," "perpetrators" and "wrongdoers."

Then, from the closing paragraph: "If anyone sees an individual or individuals with a large quantity of this [Rich's] ice cream, explicitly creamy cotton candy, strawberry shortcake and vanilla chocolate cone, please contact the Criminal Investigations Unit at (865) 273-5001 during normal business hours or Blount County Dispatch at (865) 983-3620."

A classic piece of hometown reporting.

Dec 9 2015

The Daily Times

Budget committee members also recommended approval of two budget increases, paid out of fund balance, to fix two sizable holes in the Workers Compensation fund: $319,563 for the Sheriff’s Office and $259,048 for Blount County Schools. When the amount of money needed to maintain the fund at necessary levels was calculated, the portions for both those entities were left out of the accounting, Vineyard said. "It’s embarrassing to tell you that we've made a mistake, but when we’re operating with an antiquated system like we have, things fall through the cracks," he said. "That's not an excuse. We just didn’t budget for that piece of it."

The Daily Times:

Plans to put an extra $1 million at the disposal of the Blount County Commission to alleviate overcrowding at the county jail were unexpectedly unveiled Monday due to an inquisitive elected official. ... The news ended up being sprung earlier than [Finance Director Randy] Vineyard had anticipated. He had intended to brief the County Commission about the funds being available after the annual state audit was completed this month, but County Commissioner Tona Monroe found a reference to it in the minutes of the Sept. 2 meeting of the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

Dec 1 2015

The Maryville Daily Times reports this addition to the Blount County greenbelt as a missing link. The missing link here is intelligence.

The newspaper picture doesn't show it, but the "missing link" adds a trail path right next to a sidewalk.


This does not seem to be a great use of money, land, or facilities. There are other areas along the Blount County Greenway that have sidewalks as connectors. Just look at the other end of Springbrook Park at the Darwin Street/Vose Road and Farraday Street intersection. It is all sidewalks for quite some distance. In fact, you have to go through the Springbrook Pool parking lot to continue on the greenbelt.

I cannot imagine how the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Department thought this addition to the greenway was a good idea. It doesn't matter that the City of Alcoa and Blount County Parks and Rec only have to pay $2,480 of the approximately $8,000 cost. There are a lot of things more important that can be done with $2,480. We don't need more paving just for the heck of paving.

More pictures after the break...


The Blount County Democratic Party is hosting an evening with Wanda Sobieski as she presents a program “The Legacy and Challenge of Suffrage”. The event will include an Italian dinner and more.

As coordinator of the Knoxville Women’s Suffrage Coalition and a commissioner of the Tennessee Commemorative Women’s Suffrage Commission, Sobieski led the effort to raise funding for the Tennessee Woman’s Suffrage Memorial and see it through to its unveiling in August 2006 in Knoxville’s Market Square.

Date/Time - Friday Nov. 20th – 7pm

Location - Martin Luther King Center in Alcoa (209 E. Franklin Street)

Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

Phone 379-8683 for more information.

Oct 20 2015

Governor Bill Haslam visited Maryville in Blount County to announce the addition of an ammunitions company to the community. The company is expecting to invest $553M in the project and bring 605 jobs to the area.

The new facility is said to be located in Partnership Park North, which appears to be on Proffit Springs Road in Alcoa, which is off of Louisville Loop Road which is off of Louisville Road.

There does not appear to be any other businesses in Partnership Park North. It is surrounded by agriculture and residential land. It is less than a mile from the airport runways, but you would not know it by driving in the area.

The land is currently owned by the Industrial Development Board of Blount County. It looks like it was purchased for $2.3M in 1998. There either is or was a dairy farm on the property.

Oct 16 2015

Smart Growth America has published their findings after meetings with various citizens, business owners, and government officials.

There is a summary report of Suggested Next Steps.

Excepts from the summary report:

With respect to the Alcoa West Plant site, mixed-use zoning has yet to be assigned for the proposed town center. At this time, Alcoa has only rezoned a portion of the site’s border along an arterial corridor as Planned Commercial Unit Development (PUD).

One of the most critical [drawbacks] is that the latest available public concept plans for the site are very general in nature and do not specifically designate an area for a compact mixed-use town center development,

Having a more detailed master plan that identifies a town center site, and other key development plan attributes, should
provide specific guidance for staff if a negotiated PUD approach is continued

It will also help Alcoa realize its ambitious goals for the site, rather than proceeding on a project-by-project basis
without any overarching vision.

We recommend, however, that instead of continuing to rely on a negotiated PUD, Alcoa seriously consider instituting a new zoning district for the 350-acre town center site.

In most communities with town center zones, code provisions include standards intended to ensure that projects include at least some minimum mix of nonresidential and residential uses as they are built out. The current Mixed Use District "E-3" does not address this issue.

A hallmark of town center zoning districts is increased density of residential development and intensity of commercial projects to help support transit and create a lively work and living atmosphere.

Town center and mixed-use zoning districts often contain building design standards intended to promote high-quality development, and streetscape characteristics that are conducive to the active pedestrian environment so important to the success of such districts.

Compatibility of new development in a town center area with existing residents and surrounding neighborhoods is also often a leading issue.

Alcoa and other communities that are exploring town center projects should also consider specific neighborhood compatibility and protection standards that go beyond the typical buffer and landscaping regulations that are suburban in nature (wide buffers with trees and shrubs).

Involving local citizens in the planning process helps ensure awareness of, and support for, the town center.

Oct 7 2015

The Tennessee Equality Project turnout was impressive, with about 200 people turning out to save Blount County.

The Blount Co. Commission agenda committee voted 10 to 5 against considering any of the the proposed agenda items (apparently for the the first time ever), effectively killing the plea to God to save Blount County from the gay agenda for now. That doesn't mean it's over, but probably.

Full story and pictures at KnoxViews.

Sep 29 2015

Alcoa spinning off automative/aerospace business.

Alcoa Inc (AA.N) said on Monday it will split into two companies to separate its struggling aluminum smelting operations from production of lightweight metals for its faster-growing aerospace and automotive business.

Local operations will be in the new company.

The Blount County Democratic Women’s Club cordially invites the community to join them for their Annual Bean Dinner. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Heroes”.
We encourage all veterans in Blount County to come out and join us for a good ole fashioned Bean Dinner with cornbread, all the fixings and homemade desserts as we honor them for their service.

Keynote Speaker will be the Honorable Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga

When - Friday, October 30, 2015
Time - 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Tickets - $10.00 Available in Advance or at the Door
Information Contact - 865-221-6819
Where - American Legion Post 13, 224 Waters Road, Maryville, TN. Go out Hwy 321/E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, past Morningview Village and Little River Trading Company. Waters Road is on the right, just past Grandview Drive. Go straight on Waters Road and you should end up at the American Legion.

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