Dec 8 2016

The Blount County Democratic Party will hold the December meeting on the 15th.

When: Friday, December 15, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Martin Luther King Center 209 E. Franklin St. Alcoa

Nov 13 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Staples store in Alcoa closed. It was reported in the local newspaper. Somehow I missed it. We were looking up some piece of equipment to purchase and noticed Staples didn't show up anymore on Google. Say what? Oh, it happened over a month ago. We were quite busy on other things.

Another big box building to fill.

Nov 9 2016

Elect results from Maryville Daily Times

Alcoa School Board

Steve Marsh, incumbent - 1,958
Clayton Bledsoe - 1,556
Charles Cameron, incumbent - 1,176

Johnelle Jackson, incumbent - 1,121
Tamara Griffin - 1,058
Matt Brewster - 990
Charlie Garcia - 491

Alcoa City Commission

Ken White, incumbent - 1,911
Jim Buchanan - 1,814

Stephen Biggar - 1,548.

Nov 4 2016

Blount County Election Commission reports on early voting totals.

Early Voting Totals (including Absentee during early voting)
34,237 - 2016
26,796 - 2012
27,267 - 2008

28% increase over 2012
26% increase over 2008

Courthouse 12,093 (2016) vs 14,831 (2012) vs 15,597 (2008)
Everett 6,792 (2016 vs 7,332 (2012) vs 5,759 (2008)
Library 8,293 (2016) vs N/A in 2012 vs N/A in 2008
Pellissippi 5,467 (2016) vs 2,869 (2012) vs 4,144 (2008)
Absentee 1,592 (2016) vs 1,764 (2012) vs 1,767 (2008)

City of Alcoa Schools, Alcoa Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a community dog parade to raise funds for school projects. One project in particular is completing a playground for the kids. When the schools were moved around, the newly assigned Intermediate School grounds did not include a playground. The PTO is rectifying the issue.

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9 AM - 12 PM
Springbrook Park/Duck Pond

$10 entry fee / Onsite registration
Largest Dog Parade/ PetSmart Trick Facilitator
Costume Contest / Inflatable and lots more!

Oct 26 2016

Blount County Election Commission reports on early voting totals.

Absentee by Mail (pre-early voting)
736 - 2016
801 -2012

Early Voting 1st 5 days (including Absentee during early voting)
11,052 - 2016
8,103 - 2012

11,788 - 2016
8,904 - 2012

32% increase over 2012
42% increase over 2008 (8,276 in 2008)

Courthouse 4,443 (2016) vs 5,167 (2012)
Everett 2,026 (2016 vs 1,917 (2012)
Library 2,648 (2016) vs N/A in 2012
Pellissippi 1,612 (2016) vs 690 (2012)
Absentee 1,059 (2016) vs 1,130 (2012)

Oct 21 2016

A year ago, Governor Bill Haslam came to Alcoa to announce an ammo mfg company is coming to the area. They predicted the investment of $553M in the project and 605 jobs added to the area.

Maybe not. It would appear the company has been shut down at their current Arizona location.

Oct 11 2016

Dean Stone passed away yesterday at the age of 92. What an inspiration. May he rest in peace.

Oct 9 2016

Check out the sign on Hunt Road. Is he serious that this sign is a good idea?

Oct 4 2016

For the City of Alcoa, there are two items on the ballot, City Commissioners and Board of Education. As of yet there is not much known about any of the candidates except the incumbents.

City Commission - Vote for 2

Clayton Bledsoe and Kenneth White are two commissioners with terms expiring November 2016.

Stephen T. Biggar

Jim Buchanan

Ken White (Incumbent)

Board of Education - Vote for 3

Steve Marsh (Chairman), Johnelle Jackson (Vice-Chairman), and Charles H. Cameron are three board members with terms expiring November 2016.

Clayton Bledsoe (currently a city commissioner with term expiring November 2016)

Matt Brewster

Charles Hubert Cameron (Incumbent, first elected 2001)

Charlie Garcia

Tamara M. Griffin

Johnelle A. Jackson (Incumbent, first in office 2008)

Steve Marsh (Incumbent, first elected 2004)

Aug 28 2016

An intense thunderstorm with high winds rolled through last night causing downed trees, power outages and some structural damage.

Aug 27 2016

Maryville Daily Times

Maryville’s Water Distribution Plan has experienced a pipe burst, flooding the pump room and likely taking 36 hours to repaired.

According to the city’s website, customers are advised to limit internal water consumption to only what is necessary and to refrain from running laundry and other large water consuming functions until the system can be supplemented with surrounding assistance.


It's a sad day in Blount County, Maryville, and Alcoa.

Aug 14 2016

Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Rec presents a free summer concert series held during the months of August, September and October in Springbrook Park. The series will focus on Americana, folk and blues genres featuring performances by regional and local musicians. Springbrook is a beautiful park in the Alcoa community featuring nearby trails, playgrounds and indoor facilities (in case of rain). A perfect setting for outdoor summer concerts! You can relax and enjoy the music, then walk around and visit with some of our onsite vendors like Maryville Farmer’s Market and more.

I attended the first hour of the August 11, 2016, concert. It was very enjoyable. I loved the Drop Dead Dangerous musical artists.

Upcoming concerts:

September 8, 2016
Musical artists include: Kirk Fleta, Scott McMahan, Tommie John, and Robinella

September 22, 2016
Musical artists include: The Dirty Dougs, Jesse Gregory Keen, and EmiSunshine

October 6, 2016
Musical artists include: Ryan Sheley, Count This Penny, Chuck Johnson and Charleyhorse

Concerts are held from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Parking is available on either side of the Springbrook gym.
Local barbecue is available. Southland Books usually has food. I bought locally grown strawberries at the first concert.

Bring a chair or blanket. Sit around and enjoy the beautiful evenings of music.

Aug 9 2016

Blount County Election - State Primary and County General

08/04/2016: 12,061 Voters
(??.?% voter turnout) *
(28% decrease from 2008)
(5% decrease from 2012)

08/02/2012: 12,688 Voters
(17.3% voter turnout)
(24% decrease from 2008)

08/07/2008: 16,747 Voters
(23.3% voter turnout)

In the 8/7/2008 election, the most votes were for CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE Division II. This was a highly contested race between Mike Meares (DEM - 6,451 votes) and David Duggan (REP - 9,584 votes).

* Waiting on voter turnout numbers. It is possible the number of registered voters decreased from the previous years due to purging of voter records.

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