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.

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.

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