Opportunity for the public to meet and greet candidates and elected officials


Enjoy the summer scent of BBQ cooking and live music while visiting with federal, state and Blount County elected officials and candidates in a relaxed atmosphere at the Blount Partnership’s fifth annual Pigs & Politics Legislative Day sponsored by Paine Bickers Attorneys at Law and Alcoa Inc., on Tuesday, July 26, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus.

Officials scheduled to attend include Sen. Doug Overbey, Rep. Bob Ramsey, Blount County Commissioners Brad Bowers, Rick Carver, Grady Caskey, Mike Caylor, Ron French, Jeff Headrick, Mike Lewis, Steve Samples, Tom Stinnett, Register of Deeds Phyllis Crisp, Trustee Scott Graves, Alcoa Assistant City Manager Bill Hammon, Maryville City Council members Tommy Hunt, Andy White, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitcell, Maryville City Schools Candy Morgan, Alcoa Mayor Don Mull, Alcoa City Commissioner Ken White, Blount County Board of Education Trevis Gardner and candidates Alan Debusk and Dave Bennett.

Tickets are on sale for $25 for the public, $20 for Blount County Chamber members and $10 for children under 18. They available by calling 865.983.2241 and online by clicking the Pigs and Politics button at www.blountchamber.com.

It’s a great opportunity for the public to visit with candidates and elected officials as they mingle in a summer pig roast setting.

Elected officials will once again be serving BBQ while collecting “tips” for their respective non-profit organizations.

“This event has grown each year and the support from the community and the greater turnout from our elected officials has been amazing to watch,” said Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president/CEO. “With this being an election year, this is one more opportunity for people to meet with the candidates in a casual setting.”

Catering provided Calhoun’s, beer and beverages provided by Smoky Mountain Brewery and live music.

Sponsors include Paine Bickers, LLP, Alcoa Inc., Maryville College, Calhoun’s, Smoky Mountain Brewery, WATE-TV, The Daily Times, Matlock Tire Service, Quality Financial Concepts and Michael Brady, Inc.