Blount Partnership News and Events

Be sure to check out the 94th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new Blount Chamber member. This week we check in with Therica Breazeale, administrator with CAM Cabin Crafts.
Local manufacturer DENSO presents a free viewing of the movie Lone Survivor, which tells the story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team's attempted capture of Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in June 2005, on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus (502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN).

Free general admission tickets limited to two per person can be ordered through the Clayton Center for the Arts ticket office at 865.981.8590 or online. The movie is rated R and may not be suitable for children under 18.

Donations will be accepted at the viewing for the Lone Survivor Foundation which aids America's wounded service members and their families as they adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into their new normal.

Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and author of the New York Times best-selling book Lone Survivor, which recounts the heroic sacrifices of fellow SEAL team members assigned to Operation Red Wings, is the guest speaker for the Blount Partnership's Best of Blount Awards, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus.

Tickets are on sale for $35 (plus taxes and fees) by calling the Clayton Center at 865-981-8590 or online.

Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training and what it takes to join the America's elite fighting force, to the battle on the mountain, into his family's experience of community support and generosity, and back to his own incredible story of survival and grace. In powerful narrative, he weaves a rich account of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, community and destiny that audiences will find both wrenching and life-affirming.

In his emotionally raw account, Luttrell honors the memories of all those who died, sharing with us the incredible bravery, courage and honor of these extraordinary warriors. He holds their lives up as examples of the SEAL's guiding philosophy.

In January 2014, Luttrell's amazing story made the leap to the big screen with the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and starred Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell. The film celebrated a historic open, earning the second biggest January debut of all time.

Sponsors are Massey Electric, Cherokee Millwright, Blount Excavating, Stowers Machinery, Interstate Mechanical, DENSO, Nisus Corp., T.W. Frierson Contractor and First Tennessee Foundation.
The 2018 Basically Blount lifestyle magazine and membership directory is entering production once again. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2018, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.

In addition to intriguing stories and area photography that highlight the best of Blount County, Basically Blount also includes a finger-indexed, color-coded directory and buyer's guide of all Chamber members. Chamber members consistently tell us that they keep Basically Blount on hand throughout the year in order to find business products and services when they need them.

We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our media kit. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved, contact: Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580.
We are pleased to announce that our Blount County Campus Job Fair takes place Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pellissippi State Blount County campus (2731 W Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville, TN).

This year we are focusing on part-time and/or seasonal employment opportunities. Also, if a business offers internship or co-op opportunities, we'd like to assist the employer in finding students for those work options.

We hope to have a large variety of employers on hand to answer questions and give our students information about available jobs. Our goal is to offer students increased access to many opportunities and to assist you in your employment needs.

To register for the Job Fair, please go online and complete the RSVP form. RSPV deadline is October 18. We have a limited number of tables and spaces for the Job Fair so we will leave the RSVP link up until all tables are filled or until the October 18 deadline, whichever happens first.

If you have any questions, please contact the Placement Office at 865.694.6559 or via email.
The Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) is serving as a drop off location for the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Mutts collection drive until November 20, to provide necessary pet items to animal shelters and stray pets this fall.

Two Men and a Truck is partnering with shelters, schools, and businesses from areas surrounding Knox and Blount Counties. These locations will serve as drop off points for essential pet items.
The Blount County Education Foundation is holding its fourth annual golf tournament, Thursday, Oct. 12 at Green Meadow Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. If you are interested in playing or sponsoring, please download this form.

Compassion Counseling is holding its Rose Fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Maryville. Former Lady Vol basketball All-America Chamique Holdsclaw is the guest speaker. For ticket or sponsor information, please download this form.
Quality Financial Concepts in downtown Maryville (115 W. Broadway) is hosting its annual "Shred-It" Event along with the next Blount Chamber afternoon mixer. On Thursday, October 19, 2017, QFC will have a licensed shredding service on site and available to the public across from their downtown office on the top level of the municipal garage. The event will run from noon-4 p.m. All attendees will be entered to win a $25 gift card from Barley's or Sullivan's. The mixer runs from 3:45-5 p.m., so come early and watch them shred.
Member-to-member promotions are here for October check out the offer from Exxon Mobil, Swagtown and a great deal on radio ads from WKVL. 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
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
While big box retailers only contributed 13.6 percent to the local recirculation of revenue, local retailers invested 52 percent, with 3.1 percent being charitable giving.
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, please email Ashlee so she can post it on
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1990 was "Close to You," by British reggae singer Maxi Priest.



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October 16-22


Oct. 16-29 -- Ober Gatlinburg's 8th Annual OktOBERfest
October 16 -- Emma Dufort and Ken Justice @ the Townsend Visitors Center
October 17-19 -- Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey, and Bonnie McCampbell @ The Townsend Visitors Center
October 19 -- Knoxville Executive Forum
October 19 -- 5th Annual Homes FORE Humanity Golf Tournament
October 19 -- Quality Financial Concepts "Shred-It"
October 19 -- Afternoon Mixer at Quality Financial Concepts
October 19 -- Birth to Three "Fall"ing in Love with Babies
October 20-22 -- Cathy Coulter @ the Townsend Visitors Center
October 20-22 -- Maryville College Homecoming
October 21 -- Town of Louisville 8th Annual Octoberfest
October 21 -- Maryville College Arts & Crafts Fair
October 21 -- United Way of Blount County Dine-Out Day at Barley's
October 21 -- City of Friendsville Antique Vehicles, Dinner and a Movie in the City


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You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.

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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 94th installment visiting with Therica Breazeale, administrator with CAM Cabin Crafts which serves as a free outlet for crafters to help preserve and promote their Appalachian crafts and traditions.
What is CAM Cabin Crafts? CAM Cabin Crafts is part of a ministry. We are here to serve as a free outlet for crafters, to help preserve and promote their Appalachian crafts and traditions. I work here because I enjoy helping folks and growing up here in the Smoky Mountains I respect traditions. We market, sell and promote these crafts.
How did you get started? I started working here part time in 2005 and it just became more to me.
Who is your mentor? Sheila Bolinger and Jodee Brandhuber have been my guiding support from the beginning.
Describe your customers. Hardworking, independent, working folks in Appalachia
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. More about marketing, advertising and time management.
What do you enjoy about CAM Cabin Crafts? Working with all the folks I meet.