Thu
Dec 18 2014
07:59:am

"Sam's has cut the number of new stores it plans to open, but Alcoa is not one of them," said Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson."

This is as we hoped. Now, we need city management to think bigger, to partner with developers who can think bigger, to truly work towards a new urbanism town center.

What about a senior living facility as a starting point instead of putting them in the most rural area inaccessible to shopping, medical, etc.?

Sat
Nov 22 2014
08:00:am

Because of the new Kroger Marketplace project near Hastings Book Store and the Foothills Mall, Buddy's BBQ in Maryville is forced to relocate. According to an employee, Buddy's BBQ will move to Hwy 321, W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, just South of McDonalds.

In an early report it was said there would be no down time, i.e. the new restaurant would open before the old one closed. However, the employee we spoke with said there now may be a couple of months down time because the new location won't be ready before the current location is required to close.

Thanks to Buddy's BBQ for staying in Maryville. We encourage residents to seek them out at their new location.

Fri
Nov 21 2014
07:17:am

Blount County Parks & Rec announces the lighting of the City of Alcoa Christmas Tree in the Upper Fields of Springbrook Park where the trails will be lit with luminaria.

There will be special music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and hay rides for the children. Event is free.

Monday, December 1, 2014 (Rain Date: Tuesday, December 2)
6:15 PM

Springbrook Park
Upper Field

Thu
Nov 6 2014
11:29:am

Of the 35 voting precincts in Blount County, nearly 30% had a majority voting no on Amendment 1.

Amendment 1: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representative and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the lif of the mother.

The majority of Blount County voters said Yes to Amendment 1. However, for several Blount County precincts No was the majority on amendment 1.

Beech Grove (480-No (53.5%), 417-Yes)
Board of Education (658-No (50.04%), 657-Yes)
Everett (307-No (52.7%), 276-Yes)
Martin Luther King (244-No (64.4%), 135-Yes)
Maryville College (314-No (53.1%), 277-Yes)
Maryville High (884-No (51.4%), 836-Yes)
Maryville Junior (755-No (53.6%), 653-Yes)
Maryville Municipal (409-No (52.5%), 370-Yes)
Rockford (426-No (51.1%), 408-Yes)
Walland (230-No (50.8%), 223-Yes)

At least there are some areas of Blount County thinking of the consequences of their vote. If we get lucky, as time passes this thoughtful population may grow.

Sun
Nov 2 2014
07:52:am

Blount County early voter turnout was up 4.8% from 2010. In 2014, 12,284 voters cast their votes early compared to 11,720 in the Nov., 2010, election.

For the state, early voter turnout was down 14.6%, 629,485 early voters in Nov. 2014 versus 736,885 in Nov. 2010.

Davidson (-9.1%), Williamson (-9.5%), and Shelby (-22.8%) counties all had a decrease in early voter turnout. Knox (0.16%) and Hamilton (0.77%) counties had very slight increases.

Sat
Oct 18 2014
08:00:pm

Roy Garrett of the former Roy's Records in Maryville performed with family and friends this morning at the Foothills Fall Festival. Here are some video highlights, including some music clips, speechifying and tributes with some great stories about Roy, and a special spontaneous moment starting around 12:00 in if you want to fast forward.

Fri
Sep 26 2014
08:09:am


Click image for a few more pics...

The weather was once again perfect for the Blount Co. Maryville-Alcoa Parks and Rec Songs by the Brook free summer concert series at Springbrook Park in Alcoa. Lots of folks came out for an evening of outstanding entertainment with performances by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Bus Driver Tour with Ian Thomas.

Turnout was the best yet for this final concert in the series. It's a great program for the community and we hope they can bring it back next year.

Special thanks to Blount Co. Maryville-Alcoa Parks and Recreation organizers Scott McMahan, Missey Wright, and Springbrook Recreation Center Director Phil Eakins for all their hard work putting together Songs by the Brook to highlight area talent and our beautiful Springbrook Park.

Also thanks to all the sponsors, including McGhee Tyson Airport, Alcoa Aluminum Company, Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union, Crestview Dental Care, Innovative Garden Care, Insurance Partners, Inc., Ogle's Auto Center, Southland Books and Cafe, Sweet P's BBQ, and WDVX, and the vendors including Bread of Heaven BBQ and the Maryville Farmer's Market.

Here are a couple of video clips of performances by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Bus Driver Tour...

PREVIOUSLY:

Songs by the Brook another big hit

Songs by the Brook series kicks off at Springbrook Park

Blount County Parks and Recreation is holding the third and final free concert in Springbrook Park Thursday, September 25, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

Songs by the Brook

The series focuses on Americana, folk, and blues genres, featuring performances by regional and local musicians.

Bread of Heaven will be onsite for for food and drink sales. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink.
No Alcoholic Beverages allowed.

Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, sunscreen.
No pop-up tents or other large structures.

Pets are welcome!

September 25 musicians - Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, The Bus Driver Tour featuring Ian Thomas

What: Rural Preservation Party October 5 with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day!
When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00-5:00pm
Where: Smithview Pavilion

Imagine a lovely fall afternoon filled with fun activities for all ages, delicious home-baked treats, live music and an exciting auction. This is the annual Rural Preservation Party, a family-friendly event hosted by CAPPE (Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, Inc.)www.saveitdontpaveit.org .

This year’s Rural Preservation Party is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 from 2pm to 5pm at Smithview Pavilion ((link...)

Home-town favorites Pistol Creek Catch of the Day (link...) will perform starting at 2pm.
The Second Annual Hands-free Donut Eating Contest and other fun activities are scheduled throughout the afternoon.
CAPPE’s famous bake sale will offer an array of home-made cookies, brownies, and other tasty treats. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The live auction will begin at 4pm.

Topics:

The City of Alcoa originated in 1918 as the first planned community in the State of Tennessee. A planned community is any community that was carefully planned from its inception. In the original plans, Alcoa, Inc., included one acre of park space for every 100 city inhabitants. In addition, between 1918 and 1924 approximately 300 shade trees were planted along city streets and parks. This type of planning has gone by the wayside.

Come on people. Can anyone say the word Plan?

Fri
Aug 29 2014
10:16:am


Robinella

Blount County Maryville Alcoa Parks and Rec put on another great free concert last night for their Songs by the Brook series at Springbrook Park in Alcoa.

Singer-songwriter Jay Clark and The Tennessee Tree Beavers opened the show with some fine picking, singing and story telling with an environmentally conscious "beer drinking gospel" flavor.

Headliner Laurel Wright had to cancel at the last minute, but Parks & Rec pulled off a major surprise getting East Tennessee's beloved singer-songwriter and award winning recording artist Robinella to perform. Her opening jazzy interpretation of Somewhere Over the Rainbow got everyone's attention right quick. Some folks around us (apparently not from around here) were like "Who's that girl? She's amazing!" Indeed, she is.

Turnout for the second concert in the series was great once again, and the weather cooperated with beautiful clear blue skies. Despite the 90 degree heat, Springbrook Park is always a few degrees cooler, and the shade and a cool breeze made for a comfortable setting.

The series concludes next month with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Bus Driver Tour featuring Ian Thomas, Thursday, Sept. 25th, 5:30 PM at Springbrook Park. Y'all come on out.

Parks & Rec have done an outstanding job with this series, and we hope it's back next year.

Video of Jay Clark and The Tennessee Tree Beavers after the break...

Continued...

Thu
Aug 28 2014
08:35:am

Blount County Parks and Recreation is holding the second of three free concerts in Springbrook Park today, Thursday August 28, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

Songs by the Brook

The series focuses on Americana, folk, and blues genres, featuring performances by regional and local musicians.

Bread of Heaven will be onsite for for food and drink sales. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink.
No Alcoholic Beverages allowed.

Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, sunscreen.
No pop-up tents or other large structures.

Pets are welcome!

August 28 musicians - Jay Clark and The Tennessee Tree Beavers, Laurel Wright

Blount County Parks and Recreation's final free concert in Springbrook Park will be held the last Thursday of September, the 25th, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

September 25 musicians - Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, The Bus Driver Tour featuring Ian Thomas


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The Maryville-Alcoa-Blount Co. Recreation summer concert series "Songs by the Brook" kicked off last night at Springbrook Park in Alcoa. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd headlined the event.

In addition to the entertainment, there was a mini-farmer's market and BBQ by Bread of Heaven. We estimate attendance at 150 to 200, with lots of people walking in the park stopping by during the show. Murlin's Music (downtown Maryville) provided the sound system and it was excellent. We were amazed at the big, clear sound that filled the park from such tiny speakers.

The setting is perfect down by the creek in Springbrook Park. There's lots of room for families and kids to play. It's also a very dog friendly event, as you can see from the above photos.

The series kick off was a big success, and we look forward to the upcoming shows. (Here's the schedule.) Y'all come on out. And thanks to all the sponsors for putting on a great event.

Video clips of performances By Scott McMahan and headliner Jonathan Byrd after the break...

Continued...

Wed
Jul 23 2014
09:01:am

Blount County Democrats – Candidate Meet and Greet Picnic

Saturday July 26th from 12noon – 4pm
Springbrook Park Pavilion
1537 Dalton Street Alcoa TN

The fare will be hamburgers, hot dogs, and wings along with potato salad, cole slaw and beans (catered by Southland Bookstore Cafe)

All Dem candidates are invited to attend or please send a representative and bring campaign materials cards, signs, bumper stickers – etc…..

Update, pictures from the picnic...

Continued...

Mon
Jul 21 2014
11:13:am

The Blount County Sheriff's Office has a new website for US 129, The Dragon, safety awareness.

BE RESPECTFUL OF THE RESIDENTS

While driving to and from "The Dragon" you will be passing by the homes of hundreds of residents. Drive like you would want them driving by your home. Remember this is their home and we work for them. When they complain is when we are in the area more.

Final Safety Tip:
OUT OF AREA RIDERS

Simple fact. Almost all of the serious injuries and deaths that occur here are riders from out of state where the roads are straight and flat. Take your time and use extra caution.

Please check it out before you go.

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