For more information, contact city of Maryville Engineering and Public Works at 865-273-3302.
The pedestrian bridge that crosses E. Lamar Alexander Parkway from High Street to East Goddard Avenue is temporarily closed for repairs. The bridge is expected to be closed for two weeks to perform the repairs, weather permitting.
For more information, contact city of Maryville Engineering and Public Works at 865-273-3302.
The Tennessee Department of Health announced its online vaccination form and additional information on phases for vaccine rollout. Vaccine supplies are limited, and county health departments will be following the state’s phased approach to vaccination: Follow this link for information on the phased approach.
How to register for a vaccine appointment
Step 1: Find Your Phase
Blount County’s present phases are 1a1, 1a2 and 75 years old and greater. Only those who are in these phases or age group may register for vaccination. To determine your phase, follow this link.
Step 2: Sign up Online (Current Phase Only)
Follow this link for the Blount County COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List online form
See the full release here from the TN Department of Health here.
Tennessee Department of Health Public Information Line 1-877-857-2945
Blount County Health Department 865-983-4582
Use these links for additional information on COVID-19 numbers in Blount County or the Intergovernmental Information page.
Are you from a surrounding county? Check with your county's health department.
Sevier County - www.signupgenius.com/go/sevier-priority-list
Courtesy of the Blount County MLK Celebration Committee, 2021 MLK Day activities announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 11, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the 2021 MLK Day Celebration, but Blount Countians will have opportunities to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy during the weekend of Jan. 16-18.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and March in Blount County both have been cancelled, but a virtual program will be shared online that will include announcement of the MLK Scholarship winner by representatives of DENSO and a reading of the winning essay by the scholarship recipient. Adriel McCord, co-chair of the MLK Celebration Planning Committee, will provide closing remarks.
The video can be viewed Jan. 18 on the Blount County MLK Celebration Facebook page, facebook.com/mlkblount.
The committee had announced previously plans for a march and an outdoor program in the Maryville Greenbelt.
“With the likelihood that social distancing would be an issue, the committee was concerned about the potential of a super spreader event,” explained Belinda Kenny, co-chair of the committee. “Due to the uptick in COVID cases and the Governor's Executive order No. 70, limiting gatherings to 10 or less people, the committee felt it was in the best interest of the community to cancel the march.”
McCord and Kenny said the committee is hopeful for in-person celebrations in 2022.
“For almost 40 years, Blount County has supported a Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration that has grown in scope and participation and become a much-anticipated event in the life of this community,” Kenny said. “Since 1982, Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Weekend in Blount County has brought prominent speakers and performers to our celebrations, introduced new issues and perspectives to attendees, and brought people together in important and inspiring ways.
“Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 weekend celebration cannot include the events our community looks forward to attending every year, but we do plan to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a program that prioritizes the health and safety of participants,” she continued. “We appreciate the community’s support and look forward to announcing plans for future MLK Weekend Celebrations and, possibly, Junteenth observances.”
NAACP celebrates virtually
The Alcoa-Blount County NAACP Chapter will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with an education forum and children/youth program, both held over the Zoom video conferencing platform.
“Building the Beloved Community: Facing History and Ourselves” will be held Sat., Jan. 16, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will focus on the importance of diversity in education. Dr. Erika Henderson, associate program director, regional growth at the nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis, will be the keynote presenter. Other presenters include Marjorie Stewart, retired Maryville City Schools educator; and attorney Charles Carpenter. Dr. Keri Prigmore, director of attendance and coordinated school health with Alcoa City Schools; and Katy Childs, associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee, will moderate a roundtable discussion to conclude the program.
To register, people should complete the Google form posted at https://forms.gle/S3jWKeUhUeWUHuZU6. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.
“Sharing of Stories Related to Beloved Community/Diversity,” the program for children and youth, will be held from 2-3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 16.
To register, people should complete the Google from posted at https://forms.gle/yeSDPrG6vHrEGYB26. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.
The City of Maryville Municipal Center Offices, the Operation Center, and Recycling Centers will all close in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2020. All offices and the Recycling Centers will reopen on Tuesday, January 19. There will be no change in the residential trash pick-up schedule.
For more information, call the Administration Department at 865-273-3400.
Maryville, TN – On January 7, 2021, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office recognized city of Maryville Police Corporal Ben Belitz with the East Tennessee Traffic Safety Officer of the Year award. The city of Maryville Police Department also placed second overall in its size in the prestigious Law Enforcement Challenge competition. Two other awards were presented to Maryville personnel.
“Each year the Tennessee Highway Safety Office in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Administration recognizes law enforcement organizations in East Tennessee for achievements in traffic safety,” Traffic Lieutenant Michael Braden explained. “Our department participates in the challenge each year in order to measure our success against other agencies in the state. The goal remains to keep our roads safer throughout the year.”
Maryville Police Corporal Ben Belitz was awarded East Tennessee Officer of the Year. According to Braden, “Corporal Belitz is dedicated to our traffic safety program and his diligence in his field secured this win. He worked hard to help design and implement the traffic safety program.”
The department’s second place win overall reflects its excellence in several categories of traffic safety. The Georgia Highway Safety Office scores and judges the applicants by a combination of statistical performance as well as presentation of information.
In addition to these awards, Officer Travis Hill was recognized for Impaired Driving Enforcement and Officer Matthew Tipton was recognized for speed enforcement.
“These awards are a reflection of the hard work of our entire department,” said Chief Tony Crisp. “It is a rewarding experience for our staff to be recognized for the work they do every day and we appreciate the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for their support.”
For more information about the Maryville Police Department, please visit www.maryvillegov.com.
Due to the success of the program last year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will continue the winter trout stocking program at Maryville’s Greenbelt Lake/ Pistol Creek in 2020/21.
Fish were stocked in the Greenbelt Lake and upstream to the Jack Green amphitheater area on December 18, 2020. With the appropriate state-issued license, anglers will be able to fish from the banks of the lake and stream throughout this area.
Sally Petre, TWRA biologist explained that rainbow trout will be stocked three times over the winter months when water temperatures are ideal for the species. The next round will take place Thursday, January 21, 2021 and the final for the winter will be on Thursday, February 11. Nine hundred fish were stocked in December.
Adding the greenbelt lake to the stocking program has been an ongoing effort for Little River Chapter Trout Unlimited. Members of the club will dedicate their volunteer efforts to their adopted area of the greenway where the fish will be stocked. According to club president Ernie Frey, 16 club members removed more than 150 pounds of litter in early December in preparation for the stocking. The club will clean up again in March after the stocking program has concluded. "We are grateful for the dedication of the Little River Chapter for their ongoing commitment to the beautification and enjoyment of one of our best natural resources," said City Manager Greg McClain. "People with hearts for service is what makes our community so special."
It is important to note that people who take advantage of this opportunity also need to take responsibility to clean up after themselves and not leave trash or hooks and lines behind. Fishing must occur from the banks since floating vessels are not allowed in the lake.
A state fishing license with a trout stamp is required for any person age 13 or older. There are many types of fishing licenses available – and can be obtained at sporting goods stores or on the TWRA website. Petre also explained, “You can also buy your license on the ‘TWRA on the go’ app which provides a convenient way to get a license on demand.” Limits on daily catch and other information is available through the TWRA website tnwildlife.org or by phone at 615-781-6500.
For licensing and other TWRA information, visit the website tnwildlife.org or phone 615-781-6500.
See the stocking calendar here.
For information about Trout Unlimited visit lrctu.org.
For city of Maryville Engineering and Public Works contact 273-3302.
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