Classes Offered

SYSTEMA RUSSIAN SPETZNAZ MARTIAL ARTS: This is a Christian martial art with no Katas, no uniforms and no rituals. Self defense taught by senior instructor Richard Clear. Classes are offered at Clear’s Silat and Street Kung Fu, 113 E. Broadway, Maryville. New students taken by appointment. Call 865-379-9997.

Clubs, Organizations

TELLICO VILLAGE ASTRONOMY CLUB: Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of month in Room D of Chota Recreation Center, 145 Awohili Drive, Loudon. Anyone interested in astronomy and telescopes is welcome. Meetings will include a discussion of current events in astronomy, area star parties and will often feature a guest speaker. Contact Roy Morrow or 865-293-2860.

FRIENDSVILLE CITIZENS FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: Meets at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of month at Friendsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 204 E. College Ave., Friendsville. The club is open to new members. Call 865-995-2159 or 865-804-4942.

(REO) REFERRAL EXCELLENCE ORGANIZATION: Group focusing on “professional networking at its best,” meets at 8 a.m. on Fridays at the Blount County Public Library. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Marc Smitherman, 566-1663.

MARYVILLE KIWANIS CLUB: Meets at noon on Tuesdays at Green Meadow Country Club. For more information, visit

ROTARY CLUB OF MARYVILLE: Meets at noon on Wednesdays at Blount County Public Library.

NETWORKING WITH A PURPOSE: Meets from 8:45-10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Vienna Coffeehouse, 212 College St. Maryville. For more information, call Angel Scott at 865-661-2015 or Michelle Bingham at 865-567-7691.

WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF BLOUNT COUNTY: Meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of month. All writers welcome. Bring excerpts of your work. Call Bob at 983-5724.

BLOUNT BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS: Meets at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Courtyard Grill, 3749 Alcoa Highway.

MARYVILLE BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL: A business referral organization whose primary purpose is to increase a small business customer base, meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at Green Meadow Country Club.

MARYVILLE LIONS CLUB: Meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of month at Shannondale Community Center, 1507 New Providence Road, Maryville. Visitors welcome. Visit or call 865-233-2820.

MARYVILLE BUSINESS SHARE: Maryville’s free small-business referral group meets at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of month at 2724 E. Broadway, Maryville. Contact Petula at pcroyal

Food Events

COMMUNITY SENIOR LUNCHEON: Is held the second Wednesday of each month at Friendsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Soup, salad and dessert is $3.

Music, Dancing

ALNWICK COMMUNITY CENTER KARAOKE: Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at a cost of $3 per person. Concessions are available.

SQUARE DANCING: The Wagonwheeler Western Square Dance Club dances from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Springbrook Gym in Alcoa. Call Heather Courtney at 865-313-7692 or email

Self-Help, Support Groups

EDITOR’S NOTE: For a listing of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-Ateen meetings, please see this section every Wednesday.

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers): Meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays at Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville. Weigh-ins are 30 minutes prior to meeting times. Everyone welcome.

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers): Meets on Thursdays at Maryville Church of Christ. Weigh-in will be at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9 a.m. Bette Pagett is leader.

TOPS No. TN 0390, EAST ALCOA: Meets on Tuesdays at East Alcoa Baptist Church. Weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. Program at 10:15 a.m. Call 379-8329 or 982-3172.

TOPS No. TN 0404 NICKEL POINT: Meets on Tuesdays at Chilhowee View Community Center. Weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. Program at 6 p.m. For information, call 983-3244.

TOPS No. TN 0334, MARYVILLE: Meets on Thursdays at Monte Vista Baptist Church. Weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m. Call 216-0285 or 209-5803.

CHRISTIAN SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road. Call 983-2080.

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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