Blount Partnership News & Events

Be sure to join us Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 a.m. when the Blount Partnership, Twin City Dealerships, First Tennessee and CSX host a local school superintendents briefing with guest superintendents; Brian Bell, Alcoa City Schools; Rob Britt, Blount County Schools and Mike Winstead, Maryville City Schools to give us an update on what is happening in our local education systems.
Also on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m., come out to the Trinity Direct Primary Care ribbon cutting. Located at 515 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, they have a unique medical plan based on a low monthly membership fee. Read more about it in our 33rd installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with with Dr. Jackie Hone of Trinity Direct Primary Care of Maryville.
Add these dates to your calendar as well. On Thursday, Aug. 18 from 4-5 p.m., the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee will present to the citizens and community leaders in Blount County a discussion on the transportation infrastructure funding dilemma in Tennessee. On Friday, Aug. 19 from 8-9 a.m., the Blount Partnership, Twin City Dealership, First Tennessee Bank and CSX will host a local legislative briefing with Mark Johnson, City Manager for the City of Alcoa. Both events take place at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville.
Savor some of the best food in Blount County at the 15th annual Taste of Blount set for Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park in Maryville next to the Blount County Court House.
Tickets, which are $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under or those with a college or student ID, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or online. Tickets are available at the door the night of the event on a cash-only basis.
For an additional $10, patrons 21-years or older are invited to sample locally crafted spirits and beers. Tickets are available at the event only.
Ticket holders can try savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in addition to voting for their favorite appetizer, main course, sandwich, dessert, beverage, presentation and overall winner.
Come network at the largest networking event in Blount County with Primetime on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Tickets are $15 and available by calling the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or email Amy. Also, consider about bringing a door prize.
This summer casual-themed event is your best opportunity to meet many Chamber members from all sectors of the community in one location. Use this event to network and meet new people in the business community!
If you're in business, you need to attend this free seminar on Monday, Aug. 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership. Register Here. This seminar will give you practical tips and insights on how to use Facebook. This seminar will help you discover the ins and outs of using Facebook to grow your business or nonprofit.
If you have been thinking about using Facebook and any of the other social media platforms (or if you are already using them in your business), then you will benefit from this seminar.
If you are currently using Facebook or if you want to get started using any of the social media platforms, then you do not want to miss this event. It is filled with valuable content, strategies, and insights on how to get the most out of the time you spend on social media. Beginners and seasoned users will walk away with something they can start using immediately to build their business.
New offers are being posted weekly, so check out the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Member-to-Member promotions online. This Member-to-Member Promotional Program offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
Here's how it works:
1. Submit a PDF of a service, product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.
2. An email with all the promotions will be sent out on the final Monday of every month to our member database.
3. All promotions will be posted on
Being the wise, experienced adults that we are, we tend to discount the imaginative, if not impractical visions of the children in our life. But in so many ways, we're really missing this unfiltered perspective in regards to our careers. Small business owners- I'm here to tell you that kids can open up a world of budding information, which you can apply to your business. Here's seven business (or life) lessons children instinctively know, but adults have somehow forgotten: Read more here.

Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit ( Save Local Now), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's Rachel Coffman. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.
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It's hard to believe this was ever a No. 1 hit, but "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am," by Herman's Hermits topped the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1965. It became the fastest-selling song in history to that point when it was revived by the Hermits.



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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 33rd installment visiting with Dr. Jackie Hone of Trinity Direct Primary Care of Maryville which is committed to providing excellent and compassionate medical care for the entire family.
Describe your unique medical plan. Direct Primary Care provides an affordable means of medical care based on a low monthly membership fee for patients who may have high out-of-pocket costs for medical services or who may not be able to afford insurance. For just $60/month for adults under 65, we can provide your annual physical, all routine bloodwork, in-office testing, unlimited number of office visits, and availability and direct email correspondence with a personal physician. (plans available for children and seniors too)
How did you get started? I began my clinical practice in Sweetwater, Tennessee 10 years ago right out of residency doing office-based medicine, obstetrics and hospital care. I then joined Trinity Medical Associates 7 years ago because it was the right fit for me personally and professionally. Transitioning to a Direct Primary Care model was a natural fit for me because I like to give my patients both quality time and excellent care.
What is your medical background? I completed medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, followed by residency in a rural family medicine program in Grand Junction, Colorado that really emphasized strong clinical skills and well-rounded training. I have been blessed to work alongside truly excellent physicians at Trinity who have set the bar high. They have provided an environment for me to practice medicine with a focus on wellness and the goal of helping patients achieve their best physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Who is your mentor? Dr. Andrew Smith has served as a mentor and key support to me in the years I have worked alongside him at Trinity. He has always been available to me for consultation, both clinically and professionally. He has encouraged my self-confidence as a physician while providing helpful feedback in areas in which I needed to grow.
Describe your patients. My patients value and know that I truly care about them, their health and their concerns. Many of my patients have been unable to afford insurance or have a very high deductible, so this type of plan with DPC has been very helpful to allow them access to a physician and to the care they need. Because of my emphasis and experience with women's health, I see a lot of female patients ages 30-60. One thing I offer in particular to this group is a knowledge of hormone imbalance and different hormonal treatments available to navigate this time of transition.
How have the social, economic, environmental, technological, legal and political environments impacted medical professions? I believe Direct Primary Care offers a much-needed solution to people struggling in today's economy and unable to afford the rising costs of health-care through the traditional insurance model. The DPC model returns the focus of primary care back to the doctor-patient relationship and allows them to form a mutually-beneficial agreement and make decisions about healthcare without the interference or bureaucracy and red tape that insurance often brings.
What do you enjoy the most about being a doctor? I enjoy the ability to deliver healthcare in the way that best fits the needs of my patients, without pressure from insurance and a fee-for-service system that only rewards high volume and adherence to managed-care requirements. I love working in a small office where we know our patients and their families, patients can reach a person by phone when they call, and we can help to control costs in a medical culture otherwise overrun with wasteful medical spending.
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