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Maryville kids provide clean water for villages in Africa

Maryville kids provide clean water for villages in Africa

Clean drinking water is something about 800,000,000 people don't have.

Some children in Maryville are making a difference.

Connie Sagar leads the Kids Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Maryville.

"I'm just excited to see the kids not only show concern and compassion for others in their community but as a world at large. That they have seen a need and figured out how to help address it," Connie Sagar said.

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park entered the fall foliage season with nearly 9 percent more visitors, year to date.

Figures released by the National Park Service showed 963,317 people came to the park in September -- a 9.2 percent increase over September 2011.

Through the first nine months of this year, visits were up 8.9 percent, meaning 602,000 more people have come to the Smokies this year than in the first three quarters of 2011.

City of Maryville giving out free compost all week

City of Maryville giving out free compost all week

Back by popular demand, the city of Maryville is offering a product that could help your home's garden, and the best part is, it's free.

All this week, the city is giving away free compost. All you have to do is bring a pick-up truck or utility trailer to the regional waste water treatment plant in Louisville.

The compost is a mixture of sludge and wood chips. Officials say it has excellent quality that's rich in nutrients.

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Today Deal Chicken is offering 50% off Swinging Bridge Adventure for 2 at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park in Sevierville!

This safe yet exhilarating activity will have you close to wildlife and one with nature as you cross the Bridge to Prosperity to a covered walking bridge, leading into the Lost Mine Falls trail and finally the Cliffhanger Swinging Bridge where you’ll peer 60 feet below into the pooling water from above the falls. This hour-long experience will leave you feeling alive and vibrant.

Don't Miss: Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show

Don't Miss: Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show

It's a fashion show that's a little bit trashy, literally.

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is celebrating 20 years of serving Blount County through with the Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show and Celebration. The event is Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Buy tickets at the door for $50 each.

Newsmaker: Mountain Challenge 25th Anniversary

Maryville College is home to the oldest outdoor team building company in East Tennessee. Mountain Challenge has been around since 1987 benefiting area businesses and Maryville College students.

This year, Mountain Challenge marks its 25th anniversary with a special outdoor celebration on Sunday, September 23rd from 1 until 4 p.m.

"We thought this would be a great way to emphasize the importance of people being active and the importance of people being outside," said Mountain Challenge director Bruce Guillaume.

Turning trash into fashion

Turning trash into fashion

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is celebrating 20 years of service by hosting a Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show and Celebration.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show's mission is to engage the community by creating fashion out of trash.

Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items is preferred.