Jul 14 2016

Blount County Democratic Party is holding an Election Rally and Ice Cream Social/Dessert Auction

When: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 4 - 7 PM

Where: Greenbelt Pavilion near the Courthouse

Meet your local candidates:
Jackie Hill for County Clerk
Homer White for County Commission, 5th District

Donations accepted.

Jul 9 2016

The Blount Democratic Party is holding a Headquarters Opening Party.

Information on Candidates and Election Information as well as signs will be available. Light Refreshments

Saturday July 9th at 2pm.

Location: 369 Sanderson St. Alcoa.

Across from Midland Plaza and Regions Bank and around the next building beside The Soup Kitchen.

May 18 2016

Maryville dogs and dog-lovers gathered Saturday, May 14, in Bicentennial Greenbelt Park to celebrate the grand opening and leash-cutting of the long-awaited PetSafe Dog Park at Pistol Creek.

Can't wait to check it out.

Apr 26 2016

Blount County Parks & Recreation

Visit a Park Day

Thursday, May 5, 2016
2 - 5 PM

Activities held at Springbrook and Sandy Springs Parks.
Lots of fun and games, free giveaways and healthy snacks!

Apr 21 2016

Sears Holdings announced today that they are closing 78 more stores by this summer. The Kmart at 945 McCammon Ave in Maryville is one of the stores being closed.


The Maryville Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, April 23, 2016. There will be a craft market as well.

9:00 am – noon or until vendors sell-out.

Located in the heart of downtown Maryville on Church Ave. near CBBC Bank.

Apr 14 2016

The Budweiser Clydesdales are in town for the Smoky Mountain air show.

They will also be at the new Maryville Kroger.

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM

Apr 14 2016

The Smoky Mountain Air Show is this weekend.

Saturday, April 16, and Sunday April 17, 2016

The US Navy's Blue Angels are the highlight of the show.

Six aerial acts are included as well as many aircraft on display.
There will be music from the TN Air National Guard, Navy Band Great Lakes, and Ladies for Liberty.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance.

8:00am : Parking Areas Open (You must have a parking pass)
10:00am : Gates Open
10:00am – 5:00pm : Static Displays, Vendors, Exhibits, Kids Area and Music Stage
11:00am – 12:00pm : Opening Ceremonies
12:00pm – 4:00pm : Aerial Performances
4:45pm : Gates Close

It will be fun and it will be loud.

Mar 31 2016

Or, should Blount County stop housing Federal and Tennessee Department of Corrections inmates?

The current Blount County jail facility is approved to house 350 inmates. As of Wednesday, March 31, 2016, there are 517 inmates in the Blount County jail. However, 76 are Federal inmates and 142 are Tennessee Department of Corrections inmates waiting on space in a state facility.

Why should Blount County build a larger jail? Maybe it is time for the Feds and the State to take care of their inmates.

Mar 10 2016

It's nasty outside. The weather is beautiful. It'd be great to go out for a walk, jog, or bike ride. But, is it safe? No one knows.

Mar 10 2016

Letter to the Editor in the Maryville Daily Times,

The writer went to vote at Porter School on Super Tuesday. She saw no sign of the sample Democratic ballot. Asking an election worker about the omission, she was told there was only a Republican ballot. Luckily another election worker knew the real story and the writer was able to vote. You have to wonder if anyone else was told the same thing and left. I thought these people were supposed to be trained.


If you didn't early vote, it's time to get out and vote!

Election day voting is from 8 AM to 8 PM.
You must vote in your local precinct.
You must have a valid photo id.

Check out these links (on the left) at the Blount County Election Commission web site for further assistance (Precinct Locations, Where do I vote?).

Remember the lines could be long. The Republican ballot takes a long time to complete. The Democratic ballot is short and sweet.

The Blount County Democratic Party is holding the Delegate Convention this week.

When: Sat. March 5, 2016

Where: Martin Luther King Center
209 E. Franklin Street, Alcoa

Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
The doors are closed and locked at 1 PM. You will not be able to enter if you arrive after 1 PM.

The event is open to all registered voters in Blount County, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.

All Democrats who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention are welcome to attend.

In order to participate in the proceedings, you must be credentialed. In order to be considered credentialed you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
1. Voted in the March 1st Democratic Presidential Primary during the early voting period or on election day March 1st.
2. Pledge support for Democratic candidates.
3. Agree to support the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Presidential election. You may not participate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Feb 24 2016

7,280 people early voted in the 2016 Presidential Election in Blount County.

5,697 (78.3%) used the Republican ballot.
1,583 (21.7%) used the Democratic ballot.

3,153 (43.3%) voted in the last two days of early voting.

The majority of voters (52.5%) went to the Blount County Courthouse to vote.

The 2014 early voting turnout was 4,044 (3,850 Republicans (95.2%) and 194 Democrats (4.8%)). I can only guess that Obama didn't have much competition in the primary and there was probably nothing else for Democrats to vote for in the local races.

Feb 20 2016

Work has begun on the Maryville Dog park. Workers were installing water lines for people and dog drinking fountains yesterday, saying they were trying to get ahead of the rainy weather. The park will be approx. two acres, with a one and one-half acre "large dog" area and a separate half-acre "small dog" area.

The new dog park, Blount County's first, is made possible by a $100,000 grant from PetSafe of Knoxville. The City of Maryville approved $6,000 in additional funding and has allocated $10,000 in annual funding for maintenance and upkeep by Blount Co. Parks and Recreation according to the Daily Times.

The park is located in an existing area of Bicentennial Park along Pistol Creek behind Los Amigos, Papa John's and other businesses along S. Calderwood/N. Cusick St. Currently there is access from a small greenbelt parking area on McCammon Ave. The dog park is about 1/5 mile from the parking area. The other nearest access is the Greenway Mile Marker 0 access behind Midland Plaza, which is about 1/4 mile from the dog park.


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