Blount Partnership News & Events

It's time for the Townsend Fall Hertiage Festival, so head to the Townsend Visitors Center this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, for great Bluegrass music, over 40 crafters, scrumptious food and many other cool demonstrations. The is no admission fee, but parking is $8 at the venue with proceeds benefiting the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. There's also a free shuttle running from Cades Cove Cellars to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center which allows you to park and ride.
Read our 44th and 45th installments of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with John Cockfield, owner operator of JKC Custom Furniture and Trevis Gardner, CEO & General Manager of Rocky Top Shock Youth Sports.
Get out today and attend our Women in Business meeting at noon at the Airport Hilton. The topic will be "Time Management- Meaning And Its Importance" by Sharon Hannum.
This will be a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. You can either do 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.
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.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 26 by calling the Blount Partnership 865.983.2241, online or at the Partnership office located at 201 S. Washington St., in Maryville.

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.
The Small Business Administration is coming to the Blount Partnership on Thursday, Sept. 22 to present two programs. The first is entitled Financing Your Business the SBA Way (9-10 a.m.) and the second is Understanding the Affordable Care Act (11 a.m.-noon). Both seminars are free. RSVP to Jacqueline Merritt if you wish to attend.
The call is out to get your October Member-to-Member promotion in this week as the new list will be sent out Sept. 26. In the meantime, check out the  member-to-member promtions for September. 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
Once you verify your business with Save Local Now, its essential to utilize each feature of its platform to maximize Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. One part of our business profile page are the embedded keywords which thy allow you to select. 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.
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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, 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.
"Hard to Say I'm Sorry," by Chicago spent its second and final week atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1982. It was their first top 50 hit since "No Tell Lover" in 1978.



September 19-25


September 19 -- Women in Business
September 19 -- Gardening for the Soul Memoir: Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening @ Blount County Public Library
September 20 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center hosts Tuesdays @ 2
September 20 -- City of Alcoa Police & Fire Department hosts National Night Out & Fire Prevention Week
September 20 -- Blount County Habitat for Humanity 3rd Annual Backyard BBQ
September 21 -- Affordable Care Act Health Care Enrollment @ Blount County Public Library
September 21 -- Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Essentials @ Blount County Public Library
September 21 -- GAINS Computer Class-Microsoft Excel (Registration Required) @ Blount County Public Library
September 22 -- Financing Your Business the SBA Way
September 22 -- Understanding the Affordable Care Act
September 22 -- Songs by the Brook Concert Series
September 23-24 -- Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
September 23 -- Recovery Revolution at RIO Revolution
September 23 -- Good Neighbors Moonlight Mile
September 24 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center 10th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair
September 24 -- Authors Guild of Tennessee @ Cades Cove Cellars


Sept. 26-Oct. 2


September 26-29 -- Résumé Help Sessions at Blount County Library
September 26 -- Southern Appalachian Studies Series: Beekeeping-Past, Present & Future @ Blount County Public Library
September 27 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center hosts Tuesdays @ 2
September 28-30 -- Deede Adele @ The Townsend Visitors Center
September 28 -- Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts & Probate @ Blount County Public Library
September 29 -- Coffee Club at Clear's Silat, Street Kung Fu, & Tai Chi
September 29 -- Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Blount Award honoring Ed Harmon
September 29 -- Knoxville Executive Forum hosted by Vistage
September 29 -- The Daily Times Cooking Show-Featuring Chef Jon Ashton
September 29-Oct. 2 -- Cirque Italia
September 30 -- Recovery Revolution at RIO Revolution
October 1-2 -- Tom Sciple @ The Townsend Visitors Center
October 1 -- Townsend Artisan Guild @ Cades Cove Cellars
October 1-2 -- Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center


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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 44th installment visiting with John Cockfield, owner operator of JKC Custom Furniture which designs and builds custom furniture and built-ins for business and residential customers.
How did you get started? I did an apprenticeship in high school to a cabinet maker and since then worked for several cabinet/furniture makers such as Ernie Gross Design and Jones Cabinet Shop. Even when I was working as an engineer I sold furniture and wood working on the side to improve my skill set.
Who is your mentor? My foreman at Ernie's taught me a lot when I was there and I after I left I continued t keep in touch. He has his own business in Blount county and when I need help with anything he is the guy I call. He is the premier cabinet builder in the area.
Describe your customers. My customers are middle class people looking for something special. I also get a lot of customers who want something repaired or restored. About a quarter are small business people looking for custom work because standard furniture does not fit their needs.
Name som things you wish you knew when you started. When I started I didn't do everything in writing. Now I do everything in writing. I do a better job now with getting the best deals of materials then when I started.
What do you enjoy about your business? Running your own business is a challenge and I like being challenged. Most projects last at most six weeks so I constantly have to be shifting things around to make my customers happy. It's a special feeling when I present my work to a customer and thy say, that's exactly what I wanted.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 45th installment visiting with Trevis Gardner, CEO & General Manager of Rocky Top Shock Youth Sports which looks to have a positive impact on the lives of the youth in our community and their families.
What goes on at the club? Rocky Top Shock Youth Sports Club organizes developmental and competitive boys and girls basketball teams from 3rd through High School ages. We are devoted to providing the environment to support youth in developing their foundations of faith, individual and team athletic abilities, individual ethics and principles so that they can be successful in life, no matter what they may pursue.
How did you get started? In 2011 there were no consistent AAU or Tournament league basketball club options for youth in Blount County. Application for an AAU Charter and getting teams organized was relatively easy. Recruiting coaches and getting accepted by school based programs was more challenging.
What are some things you've learned? Every parent has a different opinion about youth sports. Some want their child or team to win at any cost. Some don't care if they never win a game, as long as the kids have fun.
What do you enjoy about this venture? I enjoy the opportunity of engaging in a not for profit volunteer based organization. When you remove the financial motivation, and don't worry about who gets credit for their hard work, you can do amazing things to help others.
Previous Profiles:
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