Blount Partnership News and Events

Visit our 118th edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email as we visit with Todd Roberts, President of JACO Limousine & Transportation.
Join the Blount Partnership staff and special guests for the first-ever Morning Brew at Vienna Coffee House (212 College St, Maryville, TN 37804) Sept. 12 from 9-10:30 a.m. This casual meeting puts you in one-on-one conversations with community and business leaders and industry professionals. No registration. Just drop by and enjoy a cup of Joe.
Let the friendly competition begin. Taste of Blount, a collection of savory food favorites from restaurants, caterers, food trucks and gourmet grocers, returns for its 17th year at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse) Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m.

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 at Tickets are available at the door the night of the event on a cash-only basis.

A new flare to the event is the addition of food trucks for the first time. Furthermore, culinary judges will present the "Culinary Excellence Awards" based on one item from each Taste of Blount vendor.

Ticket holders will still vote for their favorite appetizer, beverage, sandwich, main course, dessert, presentation and overall winner while tasting savory treats.

Participants at press time include: Aubrey's, Artistic Pops, Chadwick's Creamery, Chick-fil-A Foothills Mall, Full Service BBQ, Lambert's Southern Pies & Bake Shop, Mattie Moox the Coffee Camper, Metz Catering, Mother Earth Meats, Quick Fix Coffee, R.T. Lodge, REO Cheesewagon, Rocky Top Snoballs, Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise, Roland's Bistro, Savory Rootz, Small Town BBQ, Soup Kitchen, Sullivan's, The Artistic Bean, The Shrimp Dock, The Steel Room, The Walnut Kitchen, Vienna Coffee House and Which Wich.

The event is hosted by the Blount Partnership and sponsored by Reinhart Food Service, Cornerstone of Recovery, Food City and CBBC Bank. Silver sponsors are Express Strategic Services, Hyperion Networks and Knoxville TVA Credit Union. Media sponsors include WATE-TV, The Daily Times and WNOX 93.1 FM.
Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and University of Tennessee All-America Peyton Manning is the guest speaker for the Blount Partnership's Best of Blount Awards, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus.

Tickets are on sale for $70 (plus taxes and fees) by calling the Clayton Center at 865-981-8590 or online.

The question and answer show format features queries provided by fans submitted at prior to the event.

Awards will be given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Business of the Year, First Responder Award and the Tourism Award. Nominations are open for the awards, so please submit the name of someone you think is deserving by logging on at until Sept. 14.

Event sponsors are Massey Electric, Pilot Flying J, Cherokee Millwright, Blount Excavating, DENSO, T.W. Frierson Contractor, C2RL Engineering, McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Stowers Caterpillar and First Tennessee Foundation.
Make plans to attend our next HR Focus Group on Wednesday, September 5 from 9 a.m.-noon at Cornerstone of Recovery, 4726 Airport Hwy, Louisville. The topic will be "Substance Abuse in the Workplace" by Webster Bailey of Cornerstone of Recovery. Register Here.

In this workshop Webster will discuss the following Learning Objectives:

Can you see it?

To understand the difference between substance abuse, chemical dependency, and addiction.
To be able to recognize the behavioral stages of the addiction process
To be able to articulate the various types of treatment available for substance abuse
A Family Sculpture - We will also apply and adapt this to the workplace.

Learn the unspoken/unwritten "rules" of dysfunctional family systems
Be able to identify the roles that family members play in their family system
Understand the ways in which treatment improves the family system (not just the addict/alcoholic)
business_group_women.jpg Make plans to attend our next Women in Business meeting on Monday, September 17 at noon at Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum. In order for us to have enough time for the meeting if you are planning on eating please arrive at 11:45 a.m. and go ahead and get your lunch and bring to the bar area.

This will be a Dutch treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. The menu is soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (Including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 14 to if you plan to attend.
The Blount Chamber has revamped its Job Bank. The Job Bank is a self-service tool members can use to fill vacancies and search for jobs. By using the Job Bank, your association can be a conduit to increasing employment in your industry and community. The Job Bank is a self-service tool, which means members and website visitors may submit their own information via

Inside the Employers tab, you are given the option to post a job or view job applicants. Job posters need their ID number and password to submit jobs to the Job Bank or to view resumes. If you have forgotten, click here to request your login & password.

Inside the Job Seekers tab, this page displays all of the existing jobs that have been submitted and are still within their active date range. Jobs will appear and remove themselves from here automatically, based on their status.
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of four free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next five months.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking set for September 28. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. A complete class description is located on the registration site. All classes run from 8-10 a.m. with networking beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The "All Things Google" Lunch and Learn Technology Series is a professional development workshop series for adults who seek to learn about the Google platform, applications available through Google and how to access and use these applications (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc.) This technology series is offered by the Blount County Public Library with funding provided by the Tennessee State Library Archives Library Technology Training Grant.

This Lunch and Learn series meets in the new Learning Lab at the Blount County Public Library on Fridays each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $10 registration fee includes a box lunch and participants will have the opportunity to network. Each of the topics offered will be divided into 3-4 weekly sessions that can stand alone or be taken consecutively. A total of 50 classes will be offered with a new schedule released each month.

To register for classes in the Lunch and Learn Series please visit the Blount County Public Library website
Member-to-member promotions are needed for September. Submit to the email below. Check out the offers from Home Care Assistance and Cell Phone Repair. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. New offers are being posted almost daily, 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
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Local business owners often sell local products, which helps preserve the community's distinction and creates more jobs locally, as well.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please send it to us. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1964 was "The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. As a traditional folk song recorded by an electric rock band, it has been described as the "first folk rock hit."



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September 10-16


September 10 -- Serves That Save benefiting A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of TN
September 11 -- Blount County Children's Advocacy Center Stewards of Children Training
September 10-11 -- Jan Kitelynn & Paulette Mittler at Townsend Visitor Center
September 11 -- Chamber Social at Epic Nine
September 12 -- Paulette Mittler at Townsend Visitor Center
September 12 -- Celebrating Women in Law Enforcement
September 12 -- 15th Annual United Way of Blount County Public Service Luncheon
September 13 -- Influential Leadership Training: Meetings 101: Herding Cats Effectively
September 13-19 -- Corinne Coley and Bill Saltz at Townsend Visitor Center
September 13 -- Taste of Blount
September 14 -- Wild Laurel Golf Course - Ribbon Cutting
September 14 -- Velo View Bike Tours
September 15 -- Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Ride for Independence Fall Ride
September 15 -- Penny Whistle Workshop with Reagan DeBusk at Historic Ramsey House
September 16 -- "Gotta Tri" Kids Triathlon
September 16 -- Dancing Bear Bike Bash


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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 118th installment visiting with Todd Roberts, President of JACO Limousine & Transportation, which provides transportation services for people on the move. We take away the worry of reliable, clean and safe transportation so the client can remain focused on their business at hand.
Describe what JACO does. We provide Luxury Ground transportation, whether it be in a luxury sedan , Limousine, Executive van or bus or a high end 56 passenger Motorcoach. It could be as simple as early morning airport transportation or moving hundreds for a prominent East Tennessee Wedding.
How did you get started? I loved cars and limos were something that peaked my interest so I bought one. Here we are now 11 year later with over 40 vehicles and 3 different offices in Knoxville, TN / Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH.
What is your background? We attended every Limousine & Chauffeur industry trade taking classes and learning. I was also mentored by a longtime friend who has been in the business for over 30 years.
Who is your mentor? A great friend and fellow operator George Doyle who has been in the business for over 30 years and runs over 75 vehicles. It instilled in me the principles and values that has made his business very successful.
Describe your customers. They range from the average working individual who needs transportation to/from the airport to Presidents/CEO's of America's largest corporations coming in for high level meetings in regards to expanding business here or opening up new businesss. We also have a lot of celebrities and entertainers when they come to town to perform or the high school kid wanting to attend his prom in Luxury, Comfort and STYLE!
What impacts your business? We drive the people who are driving our economy so when their business is good or on the rise so is ours and right now business is good!
What do you enjoy about your business? Meeting new and interesting people from the people we employ to that person(s) riding in the back seat of our luxury vehicles. Are chauffeurs are the first person they have contact with when they arrive at the airport and the last person they have contact with when we drop them back off at the airport to leave. We see ourselves as Ambassadors for the city as the passengers look to our chauffeurs for unbiased information, recommendations and highlights of the city.
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