Blount Partnership News and Events

Maryville has been selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors to be a contender in its 8th annual Top Adventure Towns contest made possible by the support of Pilot Cove Forest Lodging!

It should be no secret that the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic boasts dozens of desirable areas with vibrant outdoor scenes, an active lifestyle, and access to amazing adventures. Now we are asking readers to select their favorites.

Who will be crowned the South's top outdoor towns in 2018? Maryville is in a field of 54 contenders spanning small towns to large cities. They are mountain biking meccas, paddling paradises, hiking havens and much more. Some are long established while others are quickly growing on the radars of our readers and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

Vote every 24 hours for Maryville on multiple devices! The contest runs for six weeks until August 6, and the three winners (small, medium, and large destinations) will be highlighted both online and in the October print issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Contest Details:
  • The contest ends on Monday, August 6.
  • You can vote once every 24 hours per town size category from any device!
  • We ask that you share on your website, social media outlets, e-newsletters, businesses and local organizations.
Please join us July 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Community Justice Initiative Project Manager Charles Sterling present the county's plans for a Transitional Facility they are proposing to build to assist with the area's workforce crunch.

Ed Mitchell, Blount County Mayor will be giving an update on Blount County on Friday, July 27 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) boardroom. He will discuss priorities, budget challenges and the vision for the future for our community. The briefing provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen and build new partnerships between members of the business community and local government officials./div>
Join us August 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as we present founder and chief experience officer of Red Carpet Learning Systems and author Donna Cutting.

Cutting will help us tap into the THRILL of Red Carpet Customer Service. RSVP HERE.

She's the author of two books including the bestselling, 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers: Easy-to-Implement Ideas to Inspire Loyalty, Get New Customers, and Leave a Lasting Impression. Named in Forbes online as one of the best business books of 2015, published by Career Press in December 2015.

Cutting leads a team of customer service experts that train organizational leaders turn prospects into delighted customers; and delighted customers into raving fans. Also an in demand keynote speaker Donna has presented, consulted and developed training programs for a variety of customers in the senior living and healthcare; hospitality and entertainment; financial; and other fields.
Be sure to get out and cast your vote in the 2018 State Primary, County General, Friendsville, & Townsend City elections. Early voting runs through July 28 at locations around the county, including the Blount County Election Commission, Blount County Public Library, Everett Gym and the Pellissippi State Blount County campus. During early voting, registered voters can visit ANY polling location to cast their ballot. (On August 2, you must vote at your designated polling site). Not sure you're registered? Click here to check and for more info.
So, here we go with our 113th installment of The Dialogue (located at the bottom of this email) visiting with Jackie S. Mills of Jackie S. Mills Homes at Realty Executives Associates.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Director of Manufacturing, Wholesalers & Agriculture,  Director of Hotel/Accommodations, Restaurants and Recreation and a limited number of One Year Directors for its 2019 Board of Directors until August 17. Please complete the online form to nominate an individual you think would make a good board member. Self nominations are also accepted.
business_group_women.jpg Make plans to attend our next Women in Business meeting on Monday, July 16 at noon at the 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 is 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.
Learn about forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities. This session is July 19 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Register online.
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 here for July. Submit to the email below. Check out the offers from Pellissippi State, Express Strategic Services, King University, Airport Hilton, Cornerstone of Recovery, Puleo's Grille and AAA. 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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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 2012 was "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to reach No. 1 in her native land since 2007. In the United States, it is the first number one by a Canadian female artist since 2007's "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne.



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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 113th installment visiting with Jackie S. Mills of Jackie S. Mills Homes at Realty Executives Associates who sells anything with dirt under it.
How did you get started? I actually had a real estate license right out of high school. At that time, I did not put it to good use and ended up putting my license in inactive status. Once my husband decided he wanted to build two or three spec houses a year, we decided to re-activate my license and here I am still kickin' it.
What is your background? All one needs to do to become a Realtor is take the courses and take (pass) the state and national portions of the real estate exam. However, I have a degree and background in Marketing and Business Management of which I feel has helped me get to be successful in my career.
Who is your mentor? Our Real Estate Broker, Pat McGill, has been our biggest fan and cheerleader. My work mom, Donna Bailey keeps me focused and driven!
Describe your customers. Anyone who would like to buy or sell, residential, land, or small commercial real estate
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. 1. That I would eventually be working 7 days a week 12 or more hours a day. 2. A peaceful vacation is non-existent. 3. Always get a background check on your employees (;-)
What do you enjoy about being a realtor? Even though I seldom rest without thinking about all of our buyers and sellers, I would not change what I am doing! I sell Blount County which is the easiest thing to sell because of who we, as a community, are!
What sets you apart? Jackie S. Mills Homes is a team of real estate professionals with nearly 30 years of combined experience in residential, land, small commercial sales, and rental property management. The team is based out of the Realty Executives Associates West Office in Maryville. They consist of three full-time licensed Realtors (R) and an administrative assistant and are looking to expand their team in the near future. Most all of their team members have lived in and served Blount County their entire lives. Each team member is very active in the Blount County community serving on several non-profit boards or committees and being active with the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. The Millsteam believes community is a powerful word. They believe in giving back to the community of which has given so much to them and others. Our team is eager to serve all of your real estate needs.
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