Blount Partnership News & Events

Please mark your calendars for our final Transportation Briefing of 2016. The the Blount County Chamber will hold a Transportation Briefing on Friday, October 7 at 8 a.m. in the Blount County Chamber Board Room. Our speakers will be Greg McClain, City of Maryville; Mark Johnson, City of Alcoa; Mike Conger, Knoxville TPO; and Danny Oliver, TDOT.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Don't forget about the HR Focus Group meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. The topic will be The Power of Motivation presented by Susanne Dupes of  Dalton Dupes Agency . RSVP to Amy.  
Read our 48th and 49th installments of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with with Roger Moore, managing director of Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore and Matt Grimes, Blount Campus Pastor at Faith Promise Church.
Get ready to rev up your engine with Rusty Wallace, a member of NASCAR's Hall of Fame, as he takes the pole position as 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.It is sponsored by Rusty Wallace Kia, The Daily TImes and WATE-TV. 

Tickets are $30 and available by calling the Blount Partnership 865.983.2241, online or at the Partnership office located at 201 S. Washington St., in Maryville. A premium $45 ticket is available for special seating and a photo and autograph opportunity with Wallace prior to the event.

The Best of Blount Awards focus on the Blount County community as a whole rather than only on the business sector. It celebrates those individuals and businesses that give their time and resources to make this area an outstanding place to live and work.

Awards will be given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Business of the Year and the Tourism Award.
Whiskey lovers from East Tennessee and beyond are invited to attend an unprecedented event in Blount County on Saturday, November 5. Grains and Grits, a celebration of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, will bring more than two dozen Tennessee distilleries to the Townsend Visitors' Center.

The festival showcases a who's-who of Tennessee whiskey legends, including Jack Daniels Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, who will be participating in his first-ever East Tennessee tasting, and other national whiskey names such as George Dickel. A bevy of craft distillers from throughout the state will also sample their spirits to attendees, including Old Forge, Popcorn Sutton, Thunder Road and Chattanooga Whiskey.

Grains and Grits is being arranged and hosted by the Tennessee Distillers Guild and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority (SMTDA).

While Tennessee whiskey serves as the event's focus, there will be plenty of offerings for non-whiskey-drinkers. Several area restaurants will serve food, and many area breweries and wineries will be in attendance.

World-renowned resort Blackberry Farm will serve both food and beer. Live music will provide a backdrop for the celebration.

Grains and Grits is an opportunity for distillers to connect with customers face to face, and nearly two dozen of them have signed up to offer samples at the event.

Tickets for Grains and Grits are $60 online and $70 the day of the event, and VIP parking is $10. They can be purchased at The website also includes more information about the event.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of eight 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 eight months.

Registrations are currently being accepted for the first class entitled Effective Networking set for Oct. 21.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. Those interested must register online at 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 other classes offered include Make Your Social Media Look Good Using Free Tools, Managing People & Personalities, Tips for Public Speaking, Hiring Good Employees, Motivation and Burnout, Time Management and Managing Change in the Workplace.
If you haven't checked out the October member-to-member promtions, please do. New offers are being posted weekly, 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
Did you know that 76% of consumers say they view customer service as the truest test of how much a business values them (2015 Aspect Consumer Experience Survey)? Chances are, your business already employs a few methods to increase customer service. Good customer service requires a positive attitude, teamwork, and creativity. All of these attributes lead to higher sales. Once in a while, your business should consider treating your customers to a special event or party to drive sales, and also remind your customers how much you appreciate them. Here's a few pointers: Read more here.

Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit ( Save Local Now), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's Rachel Coffman. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
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.
"Money for Nothing," by British rock band Dire Straits topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1985. The song's lyrics, considered controversial at the time of its release, are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986 and was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on August 1, 1987.



Oct. 3-9


October 3-5 -- Paulette Mittler & Audrey Cordle @ The Townsend Visitors Center
October 4 -- Alzheimer's Tennessee Caring & Coping Caregiver Workshop
October 4 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center hosts Tuesdays @ 2
October 5 -- 2016 United Way of Blount County Mid-Campaign Report
October 6-7 -- Karen Kenst and Joyce Jarman @ the Townsend Visitors Center
October 6 -- Songs by the Brook Concert Series
October 6 -- Maryville Uncorked Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
October 7 -- Recovery Revolution at RIO Revolution
October 7 -- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Clayton Center for the Arts
October 7 -- Music in the Middle: Storytelling in Appalachia @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
October 8-10 -- Julia Shirack, Carol Dean, & Randy White @ The Townsend Visitors Center
October 8 -- Keep Blount Beautiful hosts DASH for TRASH


Oct. 10-16



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

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 48th installment visiting with Roger Moore, managing director of Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore which is a commercial real estate services firm, leveraging local expertise and relationships with national reach and resources to deliver a maximum return on our client's investment.
Describe what you do. Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore offers commercial sales and leasing, tenant acquisition, land acquisition, corporate real estate services, and property management. Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore is East Tennessee's only brokerage firm that markets properties nationally to a 100,000-strong brokerage and investment community. This allows us to locate investment options for our clients while leveraging the power of all brokers. The firm applies years of combined experience to simplify the process by listening and tailoring Commercial Real Estate solutions to our clients' needs.
How did it all begin? Carrying on a family tradition, Roger M. Moore, Jr. founded R.M. Moore Real Estate in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1995 and opened an additional real estate office in Sevierville, Tennessee, in 2005. Through first-rate customer service, in-depth understanding of the market and a cooperative team approach, the firm has grown more than 900% since its first year. In January 2008, R.M. Moore Real Estate Company gained a national platform by affiliating with Sperry Van Ness, an Irvine, CA-based firm that shares Moore's philosophy of putting the client first, treating people fairly and being aggressive in a positive way. The Sperry Van Ness platform offers resources to market local properties to a national audience of brokers, tenants and investors. The extensive resources offered are also leveraged to deliver industry-best advisory and consultancy services to clients. The affiliation has helped to sustain the firm's growth. In 2008, the firm ranked no. 3,453 on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and ranked 49th in the magazine's list of the Top 50 Real Estate Companies in America. The U.S. Local Business Association awarded Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore, LLC the 2008 Best of Knoxville Award in the Real Estate Management Category. In 2009, Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore, LLC acquired the commercial division of Colonial Real Estate, Inc. in Sevierville, Tennessee. In November of 2012, the firm's Knoxville office relocated to the newly renovated Century Plaza at 10820 Kingston Pike. Currently, Sperry Van Ness | R.M. Moore ranks no. 9 among all Sperry Van Ness offices and Roger Moore ranks no. 17 among the 1000+ Sperry Van Ness Advisors nationally.
What is your background? Roger M. Moore, Jr., serves as the managing director for Sperry Van Ness/R.M. Moore, LLC. Moore entered the real estate industry in 1980 as a licensed real estate agent selling real estate for his father, who, at the time, had the largest real estate company in Tennessee. Following in the footsteps of his father and prior to affiliating with Sperry Van Ness, R.M. Moore was named on the INC 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in 2007 and 2008. In February of 2007, he was also named the Top 101 in Commercial Real Estate by Business TN Magazine. In his more than 25 years as a real estate agent and broker, Moore has amassed an impressive amount of experience with the sale and lease of countless commercial properties. In 1995, Moore decided to continue the family tradition and opened R.M. Moore Real Estate Company, a full-service firm focusing on commercial real estate. Moore continues to take a very active role in the everyday functioning of the company. Not only does he manage the firm and its employees, but he also specializes in personally providing commercial property, tenant acquisition and property management services. Roger and his firm consistently rank among the Top 100 Advisors affiliated with Sperry Van Ness. Ranked in the Top 20 Advisors reaching Partners Circle in total in volume among the 900 Advisors affiliated with Sperry Van Ness International. 2008 Ranked 19th 2011 Ranked 12th 2012 Ranked 8th 2015 Ranked 17th In addition, Sperry Van Ness / R.M.Moore, LLC is consistently among the Top 20 firms nationally for Sperry Van Ness with over 150 offices.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 49th installment visiting with Matt Grimes, Blount Campus Pastor at Faith Promise Church which exists to reach those who are far from Jesus with the Gospel of Jesus, and help them grow closer to Him.
What does your church do? We have weekly worship services, as well as community outreach events, and growth/development opportunities for those who attend.
How did you get started? I started as an intern in a church in Alabama, and worked my way up through the organization into a Pastoral role.
Who is your mentor? Eddy McBroom. Gave me my first ministry opportunity and has been a huge help to train and guide me along the way.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. 1. Just how important good people skills are. 2. You can't please everyone. 3. The importance of not taking things too personally.
What do you enjoy about being a Pastor? The ability to get to work with people, and see the transformation that happens in people's lives once they meet Jesus.
Previous Profiles:
Jim Decker, MEDIC Regional Blood Center
Alex Oliver, Draft Agency
Trevis Gardner, Rocky Top Shock Youth Sports
John Cockfield, JKC Custom Furniture
Chris Kilby, Mountain Mini Golf
Tom Garner, Harbours Gate
Kurt Greene, Vistage Worldwide
John Watson, Common Grounds Landscape Management
Sherri Deutsch Anthony, Broker Properties Realtors
Bob and Pam Gray, Massage Envy - Hamilton Crossing
Regina Cotton, Integrity HR Services
Kellie Moths, Rodan+Fields
Dianna Glandon, Above the Rest Balloon & Event Designs
Eric Mowell, Peak60 Innovative Solutions
Dr. Jackie Hone, Trinity Direct Primary Care of Maryville
Randi Smith, Damsel in Defense
Roy Shields, Smoky Mountain Self Defense
Michael & Lori Bishop, Mountain Top Retirement Planning
Cynthia Warner, Cynthia's Natural Market
Holly Sparks, Realty Trust Group
Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, The Artistic Bean Maryville
Dr. Drew Osborn, Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
Ray Clowers, Champion Physical Therapy
Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Clint Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners