Blount Partnership News and Events

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 Gene 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.
Leadercast Women is your day. On October 5, you will:
* Hear from many of the most inspiring women in the world (see speakers)
* Engage in conversation about women's aspirations and leadership challenges
* Be heard, valued, and celebrated
* Make meaningful connections
* Walk away refreshed and renewed

So gather your girlfriends and get ready to feed your mind, heart, and soul at the first-ever Leadercast Women on October 5th at the beautiful Gettysvue Country Club. We can't wait to share the day with you!

Use code BLOUNT15 to receive $15 off each general admission ticket or gather a group and take advantage of the group rate.
Event Details:
October 5, 2017
Gettysvue Country Club
Tickets are $130 with code: BLOUNT15
Groups of 10+: $110

Included with Your Ticket:
Event Journal
Networking Opportunities

Reserve your seat today... and encourage women in your circle of influence to consider attending. They will not be disappointed. Learn more about this exciting day at
We're proud of our manufacturers in Blount County and would like to invite you to join us for Manufacturing Day - an annual celebration during which thousands of manufacturers in North America open their doors to educate millions about modern manufacturing.

As part of a nationwide celebration of modern manufacturing held the first week of October, the Blount Partnership, Arconic and Pellissippi State Community College are set to celebrate manufacturing in Blount County.

Blount County's Manufacturing Week
Dessert Reception
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Pellissippi State Community College
2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Friendsville, TN 37797

The event honors one of Blount County's oldest manufacturers--Arconic and its commitment to the community. Additionally, attendees will hear from PSCC alumni currently working in the manufacturing industry as well as students who are studying the latest in advancing manufacturing.

Those interested in attending need to RSVP by calling the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or email
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 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.
TnAchieves is actively recruiting local volunteers to serve as mentors for the Class of 2018 TN Promise students. Blount County needs 108 to meet its goal of 179 as part of the statewide mentor goal of 9,000.

As our state seeks 55 percent post-secondary attainment by 2025, we must reach students who never thought that college was an option. Our mentors are often the difference makers as students make decisions that affect their futures.

Our efforts to ensure every student has a local support system as they transition from high school to post-secondary. In fact, more than 30 percent of our mentors came from the business community which is important as this is our state's future workforce.

The deadline to complete the mentor application is December 1. You can find the mentor application online.
The Blount County Education Foundation is holding its fourth annual fund raising 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 Ignite, Deco Scent Lab, Crestcom, Dedicated Marketing, VIEO Design 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
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