ALCOA donates ‘Smokies’ book to local libraries
From Staff Reports
ALCOA Inc. Tennessee Operations announced today that it is making a gift of the new “Smokies Snapshots” volume to all the school and public libraries in Blount County.
“When Dean Stone shared with us his plans to continue the successful ‘Snapshots’ series with a book of full-color photographs, we knew right away we’d want all the school libraries in our county to be able to add this newest book to their collections. Supporting improvements in the quality of education continues to be a key focus for ALCOA Tennessee Operations. Through this newest book, students can view a bit of the beautifully preserved history of our mountains and our community,” said Chris Jackson, ALCOA Tennessee Operations location manager.
This latest support of local education follows a gift by ALCOA a year ago of the six volumes of “Snapshots of Blount County History” to the school and public libraries. The gifts are made possible through The Daily Times’ Newspaper in Education (NIE) program.
The editor will be present to autograph this and earlier volumes from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Blount County Public Library. The autograph party is sponsored by Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society.
The current book is one of a series written and edited by Dean Stone and published by The Daily Times. Stone expressed appreciation for this major support of education by ALCOA’s Tennessee Operations. It will benefit 20,000 students, their teachers and parents who previously did not have such a reference of local importance available.
Times Publisher Carl Esposito joined in appreciating the value of the new book which will also be an enjoyable coffee table asset which parents and visitors will share in the years ahead.
Speaking in behalf of the three public school directors, Blount County’s Rob Britt said, “We are delighted that ALCOA made it possible for the schools to have all these books. We appreciate Dean Stone’s effort. Our students, teachers and parents will all benefit.”
The Times staff will deliver the books to the schools after the Christmas holidays.