Sept. 16-20 is Purple Out Tennessee week, when statewide, participants will raise awareness and funds to support Alzheimer’s Tennessee. This year is the fifth anniversary of Purple Out Tennessee, and Blount County Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher invites all Blount County residents to participate.

Hatcher and his family have personally been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, just like 110,000 other Tennesseans.

Other county clerk offices also are participating in Purple Out, including Loudon County Clerk and Master Lisa Niles, Hamblen County Clerk and Master Kathy Jones-Terry, Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammonds, as well as Court clerks in Anderson, Jefferson, Sevier and Cocke counties, and more.

This year, there are five ways to celebrate Purple Out for five days.

Monday, Sept. 16, is Go Purple! Day. Decorate your office, car, home or mailbox with purple for the week. Participants are encouraged to use purple ribbon or incorporate a fun theme, such as superheroes.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, is Purple Memory Day. On this day, pay tribute to someone who has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and reach out to a caregiver. Printable tribute wall posters and certificates are available online at www.alz

Wednesday, Sept. 18, is Eat Purple, Play Purple Day. Participants are encouraged to eat purple foods. There are brain healthy options such as berries, grapes and plums. Participants also are encouraged to play a memory game by themselves, or with coworkers, family or friends.

Thursday, Sept. 19, is Sock Out Alzheimer’s Day. Participants can wear their new purple and orange tri-star socks or orange and white houndstooth socks, available online at www.alz

Friday, Sept. 20, is Wear Purple or a 2019 Purple Out T-shirt Day. The official shirts are available online.

In addition to bringing awareness, Purple Out is also a way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s mission. Donations can be dropped off at the local court clerk’s office, with checks made payable to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, by mail to Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s main office, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, or online at

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