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!"

Nov 9 2010

What a great turnout for such a short notice. The citizens have spoken and they said no. Is anyone listening?

Go to for a short update with more to come.

The Maryville Daily Times has an article in today's paper about the proposed Alcoa Parkway bypass that discusses the pros and cons of the project and our website launch.

NOTE: I am misquoted in the article, apparently due to confusion about an Oct. 25 post on BlountViews regarding the upcoming public meeting. The blog post, which is quoted extensively in the paper, was authored by 'bizgrrl', not me as stated in the article. The Mrs. and I disagree a little on traffic lights and the ultimate cost of fixing that stretch of highway, but we do agree that a bypass might not be the best alternative.

And M. Neal (the author of the blog post in question and the organizer behind makes a good point. TDOT presented several alternative solutions ranging in cost from $1 million to $64 million. Surely there is a solution in between that will cost less and have less negative impact on the environment and the community.

Anyway, thanks to the Maryville Daily Times for keeping the public informed about the proposed Alcoa Parkway bypass and for covering opposing points of view.

Nov 4 2010

We have launched a new website at to discuss plans for the proposed Alcoa Parkway (bypass). For those interested, there's a public hearing on Nov. 9th at 5PM. More info here.

We invite interested parties to discuss the project at We would also like to invite engineers, environmentalists, planners and other experts to comment on the project. Please contact if you would like to contribute content to the site.

Oct 25 2010
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

A public hearing is schedule at the Alcoa Service Center on November 9, 2010, from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Alcoa Service Center
725 Universal Street
Alcoa, TN 37701

Please come and be a part of the process. We do not need a new, 5-6 lane interstate to run through the heart of Alcoa to give commuters a 3.1 mile respite from Alcoa Hwy. It will take away a lot of green space and bring noise and air pollution closer to one of Alcoa's most historical neighborhoods. This "parkway"s is intended to allow commuters a speedy, but very short path to a sudden stop on Hall Road or the 129 by-pass where there is a stop light.

Just what the hard working, middle-class citizens of Alcoa need, more traffic noise and pollution. How about it if we encourage planned development with continued greenspace requirements and managed roads without an interstate through Alcoa.

The 2007 estimated cost for this "parkway" is over $64 million, whereas the redesign of this section of Alcoa Highway with better turn lanes and traffic signals is approximately 1/2 million dollars. What a waste of taxpayer money. A better solution would be a completion of the frontage roads, with one or more better accesses to cross the highway, e.g. Wright Road and/or Airport Road, removal of the majority of the turn lanes in the center of the highway, with a better design for traffic flow and access.

Directions: The Alcoa Service Center is fairly new and may not show up on your maps. Take Hunt Road to Springbrook Road. On Springbrook Road go past the park, past the pool and school, and past the duck pond. Just past the duck pond is a 4 way intersection. Take a left (onto Edison Street/Wright Road, it has two names) and you will see the new Alcoa Service Center on the right. Go to the main entrance, e.g. Universal Street.

CORRECTION: The "1/2 million dollars" quoted above is a typo. The correct figure is $1.2 million according Knox TPO documents.

Oct 3 2010

The new Alcoa Highway pedestrian bridge was installed in Alcoa near the Municipal Building this morning. U.S. 129/Alcoa Highway Bypass was closed at 4AM for the installation, and we arrived at the site a little after 5:30AM to observe.

Check out the full story at KnoxViews.

Sep 15 2010

At last night's meeting, Alcoa City Commissioners unanimously approved going forward with the proposed RecycleBank program, a curbside single-stream recycling program which lets residents earn points redeemable at area merchants.

Read more at KnoxViews...

Sep 15 2010

The Maryville Daily Times reports that the Blount County Democratic Party has requested a federal investigation into a possible Hatch Act violation related to U.S. Postal worker Shawn Carter's election to County Commission.

We are told that the Blount Democratic Party, Carter's opponent, and the administrator of elections were all aware of the situation before the election.

Better late than never, we guess.

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