Aug 26 2015

Smart Growth America zoning planning workshop

When -
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
6 PM

Where -
Alcoa Service Center
725 Universal Street, Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone -

The City of Alcoa, in partnership with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, was one of 14 communities nationwide selected for the technical assistance program from a pool of more than 120 applications. The program is made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities.

This workshop, part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program, will provide local citizens and planners with tools and techniques to begin creating a vision for Alcoa’s future growth. The workshop will show how shifting development patterns towards more compact, walkable forms can boost the local economy and reduce public spending on infrastructure.

An in-depth workshop will take place the following day for joint staff and local development professionals.

Aug 25 2015

A couple of years ago Sweet Celebrations took over the old Kay's building at 1400 W. Broadway in Maryville. It looked like it was going to be a hit. Good food and a really cute building in a pretty good location. Alas, we see they didn't make it. Running a restaurant is hard work and many fail. We hate to see them go.

Traffic fatalities based on local media reports.

Update as of August 26, 2015
(Tracking begins August 15, 2015)
Based on local media reports found, there have been:

2 Traffic fatality in Blount County

0 on Alcoa Highway
0 on Hwy 411
0 on Hwy 321

Jul 31 2015

We noticed this sign the other day and stopped to see what was going on. There's a handwritten sign on the door saying "Sorry, we are closed."

A nearby resident who knows the owner said the store closed abruptly on Saturday. She said the owner had taken on a lot of debt and had some investors but they pulled out and he couldn't keep it going. There are rumors that the store may reopen with new ownership.

We are sorry to see them go. They carried a unique assortment of fresh, local products and craft beers. The store was an asset to the community and will be missed.

Jul 26 2015

What: Free concert
When: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Springbrook Park, Alcoa, TN

Musical artists: Derek Hoke, Ed Snodderly, Karen E. Reynolds

Musical focus is Americana, folk, and blues.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray and/or sunscreen. Food vendors will be available.

Broght to you by Blount County Parks & Rec, City of Alcoa, ALCOA, and a wide variety of sponsors.

A train with hazardous chemicals (Acrylonitrile, a flammable and poisonous liquid) caught fire in Blount County. The incident occurred at Clydesdale Street, just off of Hwy 321 near Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from a mile wide area surrounding the fire. Evacuations include Denso, Atchley Apts., Stone Tree Apts., and many more. There are also road closures in the area, Mt. Tabor Road, Hwy 321 at William Blount Drive, Foothills Mall Drive, and more. The evacuations could last 24-48 hours.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Heritage High School for those people who have nowhere to go. However, pets are not allowed at the shelter.

It is being reported that "animals can be dropped off at the Blount County Animal Shelter at 233 Curie Avenue in Maryville. According to Don Stallions, the Director of General Services, people cannot stay at the [animal] shelter. The Blount County Animal Shelter will feed and take care of pets."

UPDATE: More business and road closures.


The Blount County Democratic Party is hosting an Ice Cream and Watermelon Social

Sunday, June 28, 2015
at 3:00pm - 8:30pm

Springbrook Park Alcoa, TN shelter #3
(near the Alcoa Duck Pond and Swimming Pool)

Cool off with Blount County Democratic Party!

Enjoy cool refreshments, bring a chair and join lively discussion with fellow Democrats. Meet the new officers and Executive committee for Blount County.

2016 buttons will be for sale or order. All donations accepted and appreciated.

All Democrats welcome!

Jun 2 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Free Fishing Day, is when anyone can fish in Tennessee public waters without a license.

Children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Saturday, June 6, 2015 through the following Friday, June 12, 2015.
Note, children ages 13 and younger can fish without a license anytime.

Several kids fishing events are being held during this time.

Maryville-Alcoa-Blount Parks and Recreation is hosting the Duck Pond Fishing Derby for Kids on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 8 AM to 1 PM. Fishing event for ages 3 to 15, goodie bags, food, games, and water play area are available for participants after fishing
There is a registration fee, $7 in advance, $10 day of event - please contact for more informaton.
Kelly Forster, Parks and Recreation
Phone: 865-983-9244

May 28 2015

Blount County Democratic Women’s Club a member of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women invites Blount County Democrats to the -

Event: 1st Annual John F. Kennedy Picnic and Birthday Celebration

Location: Greenbelt Park Pavilion behind Old Courthouse

Date/Time : Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.— 8:00 p.m.

Hotdogs and trimmings, homemade dessert raffle

2016 candidate buttons for sale

The City of Alcoa is also proposing a 6.5% property tax rate increase. The Blount County proposed property tax increase to $2.62 from $2.117, 23.8% increase, is quite large as compared to the City of Alcoa proposed tax increase to $1.96 from $1.84, 6.5% increase.

The Blount County Commission and City of Alcoa Commission can increase property tax rates without a vote by the citizens.

Even with no overall tax increase for the city or county, it is possible that some property owners could pay more taxes if their property values increased enough and other property owners could pay less taxes if their property values decreased enough.

Who will be most affected by the proposed property tax increases? Whose property values were increased or decreased, thus affecting property tax due? How much new construction was added to the property tax rolls? Will the lower value property owners be more affected? $98 a year does not sound like a lot but it can be a lot to many people on fixed incomes or with lower incomes. Property owners 65 years old and older with an income under the specified amount can apply for the property tax freeze program. Property owners must apply for the tax freeze every year.


Mar 27 2015

Federal district court:

Velda J. Shore
Bill Haslam; Blount Co.
3/26/2015 3:15 cv 128

Civil rights. Defendants have interfered with plaintiff's rights to have a birding park on her land by ruling in favor of a neighbor who was having loud music concerts and denying her rights.

Mar 26 2015

It's Spring. Daffodils are in bloom.

Here is a recent picture taken by my brother of daffodils in bloom in Cades Cove. It is believed the daffodils were planted by COMPANY 5427 of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) back in the 1930s. Look close and you can see the daffodil plantings spell out COMPANY 5427.


Mar 13 2015

Iva Butler, a 45-year veteran of The Maryville Daily Times passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the age of 65. Ms. Butler covered local government for the newspaper for many years. She always provided in-depth reporting. When attending any political or government event you could almost guarantee Ms. Butler would be there.

Iva Butler was a great asset to the community. She will be missed.

Feb 24 2015

The Orlando Business Journal says that Ruby Tuesday is considering relocating its corporate HQ to Orlando. According to the article, Orlando city council yesterday approved $315,000 in state and local incentives for the move.

The article says they are also looking at Knoxville or Atlanta. Any relocation would be a huge blow to downtown Maryville.

Ruby Tuesday herehired a former Darden exec as their new CEO a few years ago. Darden HQ is located in Orlando.


Come hear local author and educator Kim Trevathan talk about
his adventures paddling East Tennessee’s waterways and working on the new blueways map.

Monday, February 23, 2015
at the Blount County Public Library
Refreshments served at 6pm
Presentation begins at 6:30pm
followed by question and answer session
Program concludes at 7:30pm

A native of Murray, Kentucky, Kim Trevathan has been teaching journalism, creative nonfiction, and fiction writing at Maryville College for 15 years.

His books are “Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water” (2001), “Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey down the Cumberland (2006), and “Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin (2013).”

All three books were published by the University of Tennessee Press. His outdoor columns have appeared in the Daily Times and the Metro Pulse. Kim serves on the board of the Little River Watershed Association.

Kim Trevathan’s presentation is a free community education event open to the public. The presentation is hosted by CAPPE, Inc. as part of our 2015 Annual Meeting. CAPPE’s 2015 Annual Meeting will convene after the public program concludes.


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