Blount Partnership News and Events

The second annual Grains and Grits event, a festival of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, will bring together whiskey lovers from around the state for the East Tennessee celebration of the new Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 26-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee organized by the Tennessee Distiller's Guild. All 26 distilleries will gather for the celebration at the Townsend Visitors' Center on Saturday, November 4.

Grains and Grits will be open from 6- 9 p.m. with parking opening at 5 p.m. at the Townsend Visitors' Center located at 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. Tickets for Grains and Grits are $65 online at or $75 the day of the event. Online purchase is suggested as there are a limited number of tickets. The website also includes additional event information, such as a full list of distilleries, venue details and more.

Sponsors for Grains and Grits include MGP, Brooks Grain, Silo Cigars and Robert D. Pinson.
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.

Join us Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for a workers' compensation seminar at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Cost is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.

Attendees at this presentation should expect to learn 1) Ways to turn a workers' compensation claim into a workers' recovery plan. 2) Ways that employers may be negatively influencing their workplace culture regarding workplace injuries. 3) The impact that a workplace culture has on the cost and length of recovery in workplace injuries. 4) Ways to improve the workplace culture, reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and save money. 5) The major statutory requirements of the current Tennessee workers' compensation laws that are important for all stakeholders to know.
Don't forget to register for the 35th Annual ETMAC Veterans Appreciation and Recognition Luncheon taking place Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:30 to 1:00, at the Knoxville Marriott! Cost is $30 per person; or $300 per table of ten. Tables and seats are filling up fast, so reserve your seat/table asap! The last day to make reservations is Friday, Nov. 3. ALL SEATS MUST BE PREPAID. Register online at
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 PSCC's  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.

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.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for November. Check out the new offers from CBBC and Melalucia. 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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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1963 was "Sugar Shack," performed Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. It spent five weeks atop the chart from Oct. 12-Nov. 9, 1963 and was the number-one single of the year according to Billboard.



Oct. 30-Nov. 5


O. 30-N. 1 -- Corinne Coley & Bill Saltz @ the Townsend Visitors Center
October 30 -- Ghosts & Appalachian Literature: The Dead Shall Rise at Blount County Public Library
October 31 -- Facebook Advertising for Non-profits Workshop at United Way of Blount County
October 31 -- City of Friendsville Boo in the City
November 1 -- Pellissippi State Job Fair
November 2 -- Foothills Voices: Echoes of Southern Appalachia at Blount County Public Library
November 2 -- What Keeps You Up At Night - A Business Owner Educational Series hosted by Northwestern Mutual
November 2-4 -- Monte Walker, Bonnie McCampbell, and Roy Lindsey @ the Townsend Visitors Center
November 4-5 -- Fly Tyers Weekend
November 4 -- United Way of Blount County Dine-Out Day at Aubrey's
November 4 -- Townsend Grains & Grits Festival
November 4 -- A Day of Wellness with Melaleuca and Tony Saddy
November 4 -- Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala benefiting Blount County Children's Advocacy
November 5 -- Jan Kitelynn @ the Townsend Visitors Center


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