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2012 Foothills Fall Festival artist lineup.

Maryville, Tenn. – After months of anticipation, the City of Maryville is proud to announce the highly anticipated 2012 Foothills Fall Festival artist lineup.

Music superstars Train, Darius Rucker, Gary Allan and Thompson Square will perform for thousands of fans at the 12th Annual Foothills Fall Festival taking place Oct. 12-14 at Maryville’s Theater in the Park.

Gary Allan kicks off the weekend on Friday, Oct. 12. The California-born country star just released his eighth album, “Get Off on the Pain” and is best known for his soulful and rocked-out country sound.

Grammy award-winning pop band Train will take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 13 along with Lauren Alaina and Bridgette Tatum. Alaina was the first runner-up on American Idol’s tenth season last year, falling just short of winner Scotty McCreery. Train hit mainstream success in 1998 with their hit single “Meet Virginia.” Other hits include “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and “Calling All Angels.” Their newest hit is “Drive By” off their latest album California 37.

The festival weekend wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 14 with Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, Brad Blackwell and The Farm.

Darius Rucker is riding high with the release of his sophomore country album, Charleston, SC 1966. Rucker’s success in country music has been recognized with awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Teen Choice Awards and several American Music Awards nominations.

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Tennessee Tragedies at East Tennessee History Center

The new book Tennessee Tragedies by Allen R. Coggins is the first compilation of historical disasters for any state.  The comprehensive work ranges widely from floods, earthquakes, heat waves, and tornadoes to mining accidents, fire, labor strikes, transportation crashes, epidemics, Ku Klux Klan violence, race riots, and everything in-between. 

The lecture by Coggins on July 11 will include a historical overview of the subject and a closer look at some of the more compelling stories, as well as our response to human tragedy.  Coggins is a former emergency management specialist and is currently a subcontractor with the Environment, Safety, and Health Office of Oak Ridge Associate Universities.  Author Coggins recently received an “Award of Research Excellence” from the East Tennessee Historical Society.

 The program is sponsored by 21st Mortgage Corp, and is free and open to the public. 

The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.  Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture.  Soft drinks will be available.  For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at  

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 Sevierville, Tenn.— What is Take Charge of Your Diabetes? The program Take Charge of your Diabetes, sponsored by the Sevier County UT Extension Office, is designed as a fun, skill-building program for people living with diabetes. During the six-week, free of charge program, attendees will learn to take day-to-day responsibility for their diabetes care while gaining the necessary skills to manage their diabetes. Learning how to work effectively with their health care professionals will also be part of the program.

 Anyone living with diabetes can attend the 6-week program beginning on February 20 and ending March 26. The weekly sessions are from 10:00AM – 12:00PM on Mondays and will be held at the SCPLS King Family Library, 408 High Street, in Sevierville. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Linda Hyder at the Sevier County UT Extension Office at 865.453.3695 or Deadline to register for the program is Friday, February 10, 2012.
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Events @ the Palace Theater, Maryville

September 24: Special Consensus – Chicago Bluegrass Showtime 8:00 PM Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the Door. Tickets are all Plus Tax.


September 30: Palace Theater’s September Downtown Maryville Art Walk—Art for Asperger’s LLC, students of Anne Winsauer’s 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Palace Theater. For more information call 865/966-1022 or email


September 30: After the Art Walk join the Palace Theater Film Club for a special viewing of National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. Palace Movie Club Tickets $6.00 Showtime 7:30PM Tickets Available at the Door only

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The newly-formed group, Friends of the King Family Library, is pleased to announce a general members’ meeting in the Burchfield Room at the King Family Library, 408 High Street, Sevierville, on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m.  All current members, and those interested in membership, are welcome to attend. (Membership is free of charge this year.) Bonnie Voit, President of the Friends of the King Family Library said, “We hope to see our Friends group grow in number, so we can effectively support our outstanding library and make a positive difference in its outreach.”

There will be a brief business meeting including a report on recent activities like supporting the library system’s successful Summer Reading Program and the popular King Family Library’s Teen Program. Details on the upcoming 2011 Used Book Sale beginning September 23rd at the King Family Library will also be discussed. This highly anticipated book sale is sponsored and run by all three Sevier County Library System’s Friends groups—King Family Library, Kodak, and Seymour.  Volunteers for the sale are still needed and can sign up at the meeting.

A program will follow featuring John Alexander, co-author of Firestorm at Gettysburg and Fred McMahan, retired Gatlinburg businessman, entertainer, and subject of the biography,  Auto Parts, Pickin’ & Politickin’ by Dick McHugh.

There will also be refreshments and door prizes, including 2 books, each signed by the author: In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason and The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck. For more information, please call the King Family Library at 865-453-3532 or go to  HYPERLINK “ .

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Mayor Dean celebrates opening of a Goodlettsville Branch Library

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean will give remarks at the ribbon-cutting of the new Goodlettsville Branch Library, 205 Rivergate Parkway, at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8.

 The new 16,000-square-foot building is four times the size of the current Goodlettsville branch and was built in accordance with LEED Silver Certification guidelines. One special feature is an interactive history wall, which allows visitors to access video, audio, photos and text documents that highlight Goodlettsville’s history. The building also features a children’s area, teen area, more than 35 public-use computers and a 100-person meeting room. It is the first library in the Nashville Public Library system with a café-style coffee and vending area.

Two public art installations, funded by the Metro Arts Commission Percent for Art fund, were integrated into the new library design. Nashville artist Carrie McGee created the sculpture suspended over the round information desk. The acrylic and stainless steel sculpture, entitled Continuum, is made up of a series of “pages” that incorporate historical images of Goodlettsville. The installation is the city’s first piece of neighborhood art. A second piece will be dedicated later in the fall.

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11,000 Documents SharesTennessee History

Evidence of Tennessee’s rich history — pictures of schoolchildren from the Depression, police notes on the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., sheet music poking fun at the teaching of evolution from the time of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, and documents from Civil War battles — have been gathered together for the first time in a digital museum called Volunteer Voices (
Public school teachers and students to advanced scholars and researchers now have access to nearly 11,000 documents and images that were assembled with the help of a three-year, $928,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching support from 10 partner libraries, historical societies, and museums in the state.