We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed Black Friday whether it was shopping or staying away from the stores. With Christmas less that four weeks away, there are still many events going on, including coffee club next Thursday at Accent on Home
JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES
The Blount Partnership is holding two Christmas open houses. The first is Friday, Dec. 6
from 1-3 p.m. at the visitor's center in Townsend. The second is the 14th annual celebration at the Chamber office in Maryville on Wednesday, Dec. 11
from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The staff is preparing food, so bring your appetite and holiday spirit as we have a great time.
STILL A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FINAL 2013 BTAP CLASS
There's just a few spots left for the FREE Blount Tourism Ambassador Program
class set for Dec. 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville, Tenn. Sixty people have graduated in the first three classes which began in August. It only takes one class to become a Certified Tourism Ambassador.
The program objective is to increase regional tourism by inspiring frontline hospitality employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. This class inspires, trains and designates you as a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Certified Tourism Ambassadors enhance their capabilities to: (1) listen effectively to visitor inquiries and respond courteously and professionally; (b) know a great deal about the Blount County and Smoky Mountain area - its attributes, features and attractions; and (c) answer the majority of visitor questions (or refer them to those who can). Once certified, ambassadors will be recognized and rewarded in a variety of ways and have the opportunity to renew their certification annually to ensure they stay current.
LAST FEW WEEKS TO GET YOUR AD IN BASICALLY BLOUNT
Time in quickly running out to get your ad in the 2014 Basically Blount lifestyle magazine. If you've been putting it off, now's the time to check out the media kit
and lock in your spot.
2014 DATES SET FOR BLOUNT TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
If you can't make it to the final BTAP class of 2013, check out the more than dozen dates in 2014 to find a suitable one.
This program is where you'll learn facts about Blount County and this unique region that will help you better serve your customers, provide accurate information and give the "inside story" about our individual communities.
Register for the free class at www.ctanetwork.com
(click sign up for a class). For further information, contact: Deborah Nye at 865.273.1257
I'm going way back to 1961 when Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" finished its five-week run atop the Billboard Music Charts. Composed by Dean and the legend Roy Acuff, it was released in Sept. 1961 and by the beginning of November it went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Dean was also presented the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.
|Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean|