Mar 27 2011

The Alcoa Middle and Alcoa High School chess teams won the Region 1 chess champtionships. Both have now advanced to the State Chess Championships at Tennessee Tech this Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Alcoa High School had wins over Oak Ridge High School, Bearden High School, Webb High School and the Cedar Springs Homeschool Association to win the Region 1 tournament.

Alcoa Middle School had wins over Webb Middle School, Webb Lower School, Farragut Intermediate School and Sequoyah Elementary School to advance from the Region 1 chess finals to the State Chess Championship.

Tennessee Tech University is offering scholarships to entrants (individuals and team members) who place first ($4,000/yr, $16,000 total) and second ($2,500/yr, $10,000 total) in the high school section of the state chess championship.

Mar 4 2011

Bravo! A local family, a father and two sons, joined together in a venture to rehab 30 houses in the Alcoa Springbrook community. The Daily Times in Maryville has a nice write-up (March 3, 2011) about the transformation of the Springbrook neighborhood. It is too bad that I cannot find it on-line.

The properties were originally built by ALCOA (the aluminum company) to house their workers over 50 years ago. Gene and/or Bob Monday, Knoxville realtors and landlords, purchased over 30 of the homes in the 90's, primarily for rental properties. In 2006, Blue Ribbon Homes, again of Knoxville, purchased 31 of Monday's Springbrook properties. According to a Sept. 26, 2006 article in The Daily Times, "The low-income rental properties will be renovated under what Blue Ribbon Homes is calling the largest remodeling project in the neighborhood's history." Blue Ribbon Homes struggled with the project and eventually sold 30 of the homes to the Greene family in Mar. 2009.

I drive through the Springbrook neighborhood on a daily basis. The rehabilitation of the numerous homes has been quite uplifting. I kept thinking, someone should write about this company and what a wonderful job they are doing for the community. Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times stepped up and completed the task. Again, I wish the article was on-line.

Louisville residents Al Greene and his sons Damon and Dagan joined together in a family business, G-3 Properties, to take on the task of bringing back to life many of the homes in the Springbrook community of Alcoa. A side note and shout-out to South Knoxville, Damon and Dagan attended South-Doyle High School.

"It's a great community. The schools are some of the best in the state, and it's got a great small-town feel. It almost takes me back to Mayberry. It has a very Mayberry-like feel to it.

They started out spending $40,000 just to clean out the overgrown yards. Most of the homes had not been maintained over the years.

"In some of them, the interior walls were so bad they were just rotten," Dagan Greene said. "We would pull the sheet rock off the walls, and the water damage was unbelievable. A few of them, we had to tear all the way down to the foundation. In one, the chimney was in such bad shape that if you pushed it, it would have toppled over."

Al Greene says they "were determined not to cut corners, especially not when they had solid craftsmanship to work with." "These are poured concrete foundations. You just don't see that anymore. Even the (adjacent) sheds have poured concrete foundations."

He goes on to say, "Look, if I'm going to remodel a house, I'm not going to be ashamed to go live in it, because I don't want the people who rent or buy from me to be ashamed to live in it."

They hope to sell all of the homes, but are willing to rent if sales are slow. Al Greene says he doesn't think they will have any problems selling the properties. "This is such a great area."

Just drive down Dalton Street in Springbrook. You will see numerous homes rehabilitated by this family. They are bringing back a shine to Springbrook. Many thanks to the Greene family!

From the Tennessee Court System:

Four Maryville attorneys have applied to fill the judicial vacancy in the 5th Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Dale W. Young.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 8, to interview the following candidates:

Steven H. Cook
Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern Division of Tennessee
United States Department of Justice
Maryville, Tennessee

Robert N. Goddard
Goddard and Gamble Attorneys
Maryville, Tennessee

Tammy M. Harrington
Deputy District Attorney General
5th Judicial District
Maryville, Tennessee

Lynn C. Peterson
Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop, P.C.
Maryville, Tennessee

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Circuit Court Division I Courtroom of the Blount County Judicial Center in Maryville, Tenn. During the public hearing, attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.

Following the public hearing, the commission will interview each applicant before recommending three candidates to the governor. Members of the public are invited to attend both the public hearing and the interviews.

According to a report in today's Daily Times, the City of Alcoa is raising electric rates to $1.83 per KWh starting in April. The current rate is 8.723 cents per KWh. That means that if your electric bill is currently $250 per month it will be about $5200 per month after the rate increase.

According to Joel Davis with the DT,

Blount County owes about $1,800 in debt for each local resident — more than double that of similar counties across the country.

According to the Blount County official website, the County Mayor primarily serves as the financial agent for the County.

Was Jerry Cunningham good at his job as a financial agent for Blount County? I thought Mayor Jerry Cunningham and all those fiscal conservative, tea partiest commission members were what was best for Blount County. In fact, they were so good Blount County citizens voted more of the same into office. Of course, at the time the citizens didn't have the complete story.

Feb 3 2011

Local law firms are hearing that the Blount Co. Circuit Court may cut back to three and a half days per week and/or lay off staff to meet the Mayor's 12% budget cut mandate. Blount Chancery Court may have to lay off employees if there is no tax increase.

Jan 30 2011

Over at the Maryville Daily Times, there's a front-page report about our recent meeting with Alcoa city officials regarding the Alcoa Highway project. (And here's our response to that.)

We met yesterday with the City of Alcoa regarding the Alcoa Parkway/bypass project to discuss our concerns.

Full report here...

Jan 24 2011
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

Take a break from winter and enjoy CAPPE's Ninth Annual ChiliFest!

This year’s ChiliFest is set for Saturday, February 5 from 4-6:30pm at Stovall Family Life Center beside First Church of the Nazarene, 1608 E. Broadway, Maryville.

The event, which is both a contest and a tasting opportunity for the public, begins at 4pm with tasting and judging continuing until the winners are announced at 6:00pm. In addition to the different chilis and a variety of beverages, tortillas and quesadillas will be available along with a bake sale of delicious home-made treats. Everyone will be eligible to win door prizes.

Contestants from area businesses will challenge previous winners who are defending their titles, and other first-time entries will add even more variety. Judges will select the winning chefs in three categories: beef, other meats and vegetarian chili. The general public will vote for the People's Choice winner. Four $50 prizes and ribbons will be awarded.

To enter the contest, submit an entry form and the $20 entry fee by February 2. Each contestant is asked to bring a minimum of four quarts of warm prepared chili in a crockpot and to provide a ladle and someone to serve. The entry form is available at

Advance tickets are available at Southland Books (601 East Broadway) and Waste Not, Want Not (1505 East Broadway). Suggested donation for admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door (children under 10 admitted free). Admission includes tastes of entries, one bowl of chili and one vote for the People's Choice winner.

For more information, call Mike Cook at 984 9003 or Susan Keller at 982 4267.

Jan 19 2011
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

The Aluminum Show from Israel will take the stage — take it and transform it into a surreal world of unique shapes, color, comedy and dance. Like Pilobolus, Stomp, Cirque de Soleil and The Blue Man Group. Check out the video at their link, quite unusual.

8 p.m.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre
Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College

Seems appropriate in that ALCOA, the Aluminum Company of America and developer of the City of Alcoa, is sponsoring the show.

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