It's a little over a week until Christmas. We hope you get to spend time with family and friends. The Blount Partnership office will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday.
Here's a great way to really help hungry families in East Tennessee. Today, Dec. 16, you can double your impact on hunger. For every $1 you donate to Second Harvest, an anonymous donor will match your donation up to $150,000. You may give by phone at 865-243-8227
or online at SecondHarvestETN.org
or a $10 text message HUNGER to 501501
Second Harvest needs your help today to restock its shelves after a busy holiday season.
REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Please join the Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and Blount County Chambers of Commerce as we present our Regional Legislative Agenda Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at the Riverside Grill, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula in Oak Ridge. Tickets are $25 per person which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets.
For reservations - contact Vicky Jones
at 983-2241 by January 3, 2014
REGISTER FOR THE FREE BLOUNT TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
More than 100 people have gone through the Blount Tourism Ambassador Program
since the first class in August. This free 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.
The BTAP's 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.
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
It's Christmas time so I give you one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" from 1942. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. This video clip is from the movie "Holiday Inn" featuring Crosby, Fred Astaire and Majorie Reynolds.
|Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds - White Christmas (Holiday Inn) (1942)|