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.

Jan 13 2011

The City of Alcoa's RecycleBank program launches on Feb. 1st. Residents who sign up for the new RecycleBank program will get a larger, 95 gal. rolling container and the opportunity to accumulate recycling points redeemable at area merchants.

The cost is $3 per month. The city hopes to get at least half of eligible residents and businesses to sign up to secure the program's long-term economic feasibility. Alcoa's recycling program has kept tons of waste out of the landfill, and the City hopes the new program will give more residents incentives to recycle.

The city's existing free curbside single-stream recycling program will remain in place.

More info at the City's website...



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Blount MLK Celebration Committee Chair Sharon Hannum has announced MLK Celebration Events planned for January 11-17, 2011.

"We have purposefully planned different types of events in hopes of getting more community involvement," said Ms. Hannum. Many events are free and open to the public. All Blount County residents are encouraged to participate.

Click here for the announcement with details about the planned events.

Following is a summary:

Tuesday, January 11: Official kickoff at the Community Fellowship Dinner on Tuesday, January 11 at 6pm at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. The community is invited, bring a dish to share.

Thursday, January 13: Community Forum - MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign, Revisited, 6pm – 8pm at Maryville College, Alumni Gym. Reception and refreshments at 5:30PM.

Friday, January 14: Business luncheon with keynote speaker former Knox Co. Mayor Mike Ragsdale, Airport Hilton at noon. The cost is $35 per person or $350 per table of 10. Reservations are required, call the Blount County Chamber of Commerce at 983-2241.

Friday, January 14: FREE movie night at the Palace Theater, 7PM featuring Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." No reserved seating.

Saturday, January 15: The American Spirit Ensemble will perform at the Clayton Center for the Arts 8pm. Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 865-981-8590 or by visiting (link...).

Sunday, January 16: Community Worship service, Maryville First Baptist Church, 4pm, with The Reverend Ezra Maize from First AME Zion Church in Knoxville.

Monday, January 17: Parade, assembling at 12:30PM at the MLK Center in Alcoa proceeding to a 2PM program at the Clayton Center for the Arts with keynote speaker Rev. Gloria Wright. Parade Grand Marshall Bill Watts and will present Carr Clowney the Anthony Dunnings Community Service Award.

Click here for more details...

Dec 27 2010
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

It's snowing again!

Here in Alcoa we've probably had six or so inches of snow, with some melting along the way. It's great! It's beautiful!

It's enough already.

Dec 16 2010
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

According to the City of Alcoa Public Works and Engineering Department, Grand Opening at the Alcoa City Municipal Building.

Attendees will be able to walk across the bridge after the ceremony.

UPDATE: We checked out the bridge yesterday. Here is a virtual walk across the bridge.

Dec 1 2010

We have posted the 1998 and 2004 TDOT Environmental Assessment reports for the proposed Alcoa Highway improvements at

Nov 30 2010

It was a wonderful gathering. Thanks to all.

Check out KnoxViews for pictures.

When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

Illumination of the Greenbelt

Enjoy the City of Maryville Tree Lighting ceremony at the pedestrican bridge atPistol Creek Station leading to the Library. The program will feature music, refreshments, a candy hunt for Ages 2-12, and visits with Santa Claus in the Library at the end of the event. Event is free.

No Rain Date - If weather issues, will move inside the library

Nov 29 2010
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

Festival of Trees

The lawn of the Blount County Courthouse will be illuminated with a display of live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors, and decorative themes. This unique month-long event allows the community to enjoy the festival either by driving by or walking through for a closer look. The official opening of the Festival will take place on the Courthouse lawn and will include music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and train rides for the children. For information on entering a tree in the festival, please contact Cookie Crowson at the Parks & Rec. Office at 983-9244.

Nov 29 2010
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

Springbrook Splendor

Celebrate the lighting of the City of Alcoa Christmas Tree in the Upper Fields area of Springbrook Park where the trails will be lit with luminaria. Following the ceremony, there will be special music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and train rides for the children. Event is free.

Rain date: November 30

Nov 13 2010

Just got back from Springbrook Park. It was gorgeous! No pictures, I'm afraid. Many people were out there with me enjoying this beautiful Saturday, two groups playing basketball, multiple families at the playground, runners, bicyclists, walkers, and dog walkers. People from the neighborhood and afar.

If you can take a moment out of your busy day, step outside, breath in and say, "What a great day to be alive in Tennessee!"

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