Clubs, Organizations

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY: The executive committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 209 E. Franklin St., Alcoa. For more information, visit

MARYVILLE-ALCOA CIVITAN CLUB: Meets on the second and fourth Thursdays at Parkview Retirement Community in Maryville. For more information, visit maryvillealcoacivi

EAST TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF BETTER INVESTMENT CLUB: Meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month at El Jimador Restaurant in Browns Creek Shopping Center on East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Members stay and have lunch following the meeting. For more information, call William at 865-659-4343.

BLOUNT COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: Meets at 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa. All local retired teachers are invited to attend.

MODEL CAR CLUB: Meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month at the Maryville Hobby Lobby, located next to Foothills Mall. No dues or fees. For more information, call Kurt at 865-932-1166.

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5154: Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the VFW Post on Hobbs Road, Louisville. All veterans of foreign wars are welcome. For more information, call the Post at 865-380-0590.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHRINE CLUB: Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Shoney’s in Maryville. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and meeting starts at 7 p.m.

MARYVILLE FREE NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL: Meets from 8:15-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Cedar Point Church, 1225 William Blount Drive, Maryville. Learn networking tips and strategies to grow your business and build relationships. RSVP to

TOWNSEND FOOTHILLS KIWANIS CLUB: Meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Highland Manor Inn conference center. For more information, call 865-216-1899.

MARYVILLE MODEL RAILROAD CLUB: Meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Blount County Historical Museum, 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Visit the group on Facebook or join them as they recreate local history in miniature.

KNOXVILLE WRITERS’ GROUP: Meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Egg and I, 5018 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. For more information, call 865-983-3740.

Health, Fitness

UT HOSPICE TRAINING: UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults interested in becoming volunteers with the program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. For more information, call Penny Sparks at 865-544-6279 or email

Music, Dancing

ROCKY BRANCH BLUEGRASS, GOSPEL AND COUNTRY JAM SESSION: Is at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays at Rocky Branch Community Club (the old Rocky Branch School). All string pickers and listeners welcome; no electric instruments. Refreshments provided. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Donations are appreciated to cover operational expenses for this nonprofit organization.

THE MUSIC BARN: 221 Carson St., Madisonville, will have the Borderline Band from 8-11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Family-friendly atmosphere, children welcome; no drinking or smoking allowed. For information call owners Ronnie and Laura Williams at 865-771-0323. Cost is $5 per seat.

EVERETT SENIOR DANCE CLUB: Sponsors a dance with live band from 7-9 p.m. each first, third and fifth Saturday of every month. Dances are held at Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield St., Maryville. Guests are welcome. Light refreshments served.

Self-Help, Support Groups

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Melanie joined The Daily Times in the early 90s and has served as the Life section editor since 1993. A William Blount and UT alum, Melanie is generally the early arriver who turns on the lights in the newsroom.

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