Maryville Huddle

We are a large group coordinating and working with other area huddles, Blount County United, SURG-BC,SCNW, Love Trumps Hate-Knoxville, WMC-Power Through TN, and other groups. We also have subdivisions/small huddle groups that focus on a number of important issues.

The whole group supports the suggested actions of the smaller groups.


Join Us! Every Last Thursday of the month at The Sharon Lawson Room, Blount County Library.

Next Huddle Group Meeting:

September 27 - Learn about the shortage of Affordable Housing in Blount County.

October 25 - The Environment/Climate Change Working Group will host this meeting.

November 29 - Post-Election Assessment - Where do we go from here?

December 27 - No meeting. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends!

Sept 17th Mon 6:30PM: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposium 1: Constitution Day Trivia. Location = Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Dr Knoxville. This is a team trivia event for teens and adults ages 11 & up. Questions will be based on the U.S. Citizenship Test and more! Teams of up to 4. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Sept 18th Tues: 3:30PM. Free Legal Clinic on Applying for Citizenship. The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will be celebrating Citizenship Day and honoring New Americans in this country. As part of that celebration, TIRRC and Centro Hispano will be offering a legal workshop in Knoxville to help permanent residents apply for their citizenship. If you or someone you know is a permanent resident who would like assistance taking the next steps to becoming a U.S. citizen call 615-414-1030 to schedule an appointment. Location = City of Knoxville Public Works building, 3131 Morris Ave Knoxville.

Sept 19th Wed 6:30PM: Observance of UN International Day of Peace. Sponsored by the Blount County Baha’i community. International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, acknowledges and shows appreciation for all of those who worked to promote peace and end conflict, whether it is in their home country or in the world. The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Attendees will consider what peace means to them and how to promote it at the family, community, city, state, nation and global levels. Location = Sharon Lawson Room Blount Count Public Library, 508 N Cusick St. Maryville. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 503-894-0187.

Sept 20th, Thurs 9!M-2PM: Free Legal Clinic for All Ages. Sponsored by BC Office on Aging, 145 Hubbard School Rd Maryville.

Sept 20th, Thurs 6-8:15 PM: Community Well-Being with a Racial Justice Lens. This is the first in a series of community workshops that will use a racial justice lens to look at community well-being. Workshop leaders and participants will explore our own family histories, learn about the policies and practices that have produced the financial differences we see today, and consider policy changes and community projects we can promote to address the legacy of racism. Future workshop sessions will focus on housing, health, education, employment and other areas. This is a free event, open to the public. Sponsored by BC SURJ and BC United. Location = Monte Vista Baptist Church 1735 Old Niles Ferry Rd Maryville. For more information contact .

Sept 22nd, Sat 8AM-1PM: Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Location = Blount County Recycling Center 331 Levi St Maryville. This drive-through event is sponsored by the TN Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Sept 22nd, Sat 11:45 AM: NAACP Meeting. St. Paul AME Zion Church, 401 W Broadway Maryville.

Sept 22nd, Sat 1PM: Annual Walk Against Racism. Meet at New Providence Presbyterian Church, 703 W Broadway Ave Maryville.

Sept 27th 12Noon: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposium 2: Electoral Anomalies. Speaker = Jack Neely, Knoxville History Project. Location = East TN History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Knoxville. Learn the intriguing story behind the 2nd congressional district: Density as destiny, surprising firsts, and exceptions to every rule. Pre-ordered lunch available. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Sept 27th, 6PM: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposium 3: Why Aren’t You Voting. This will be an interactive conversation lead by Dr. Daryl Carter, Humanities TN and Associate Professor of History, ETSU. Location = Emporium Center/Arts & Culture Alliance, 100 S. Gay St. Knoxville. Free pizza provided. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Sept 27th, Thurs 7-9PM: Public Forum on the Status of Affordable Housing in Blount County. Sponsored by the Maryville Huddle and hosted by BC League of Women Voters, a panel of local experts will educate us on the challenges people face in finding affordable rental opportunities and homes to buy in Blount County. A number of local leaders and agencies will offer their perspectives and the path for moving forward to tackle the problem will be explored. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend and pose questions to the panelists and other attending experts. Location = Sharon Lawson Room, Blount County Public Library.

Sept 28th, Fri 10AM-5PM: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposia 4. Topics include 1) Voter Disenfranchisement, 2) How Safe are our Elections, 3) Democracy & the Free Press, and 4) Money & Politics. Location = East TN History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Knoxville. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Sept. 29th, 8:30AM- Noon: Annual Town of Louisville Cleanup. Join the Town of Louisville and Keep Blount Beautiful for the Annual Town of Louisville Cleanup on September 29th! All supplies will be provided by KBB and lunch will be provided by the Town of Louisville. Meet at Louisville Town Hall, 3623 Louisville Rd.

Sept 30th, 2PM: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposia 5: Viewing of Gabriel Over the White House. In this 1933 classic, a U.S. President becomes a dictator to save America, and Depression-weary Americans cheer. Discussion led by Dr. Bruce Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of History, UTK. Location = Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W Church Ave Knoxville. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Oct 4th, Thurs 7-8:30PM: Candidate Forum for District 20 State Representative seat. Candidates are Susan Sneed and Bob Ramsey. Hosted by BC League of Women Voters. Sharon Lawson Room Blount County Public Library, 508 N Cusick St. Maryville.

Oct 10th, Wed Noon: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposia 6: Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The story of how the impossible happened. Discussion leader = John Stewart, Legislative Director for Senator Hubert Humphrey. Location = East TN History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Knoxville. Pre-ordered lunch available. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register.

Oct 13th, Sat 8:30AM-5PM: OUTstanding: A Seminar Exploring Gender & Sexual Diversity. OUTstanding was founded in 2011 to raise awareness on the UTK campus and Knoxville community about education, legal policy, and culture as they relate to gender expression, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, disability, belief, spirituality and religion. Location = Strong Hall UTK, 1621 W. Cumberland Ave Knoxville. Fore more information, see:

Oct 13th, Sat 10AM-Noon: DASH for TRASH. A family friend litter FUN-run. Participants go out into the area for an hour to pick up litter as they "run". This event not only focuses on improving our own health but also the health of the community. Meet at Vienna Coffee House, 212 College St. Maryville.

Oct 16th, Tues 6-7:30 PM: Democracy & Informed Citizen Symposia 7: Choose Civility – How to Talk Politics & Still Be Friends. Discussion leader - Joe Miles, Associate Professor of Psychology, UTK. Location = Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W Church Ave Knoxville. Call 215-8700 or go to this website to register. :

Future Huddle Meeting Dates: The Sharon Lawson Room at Blount County Public Library is now reserved for our Huddle Group on the last Thursday of the month. Please save these future meeting dates: September 27 (Public Forum on Affordable Housing Shortage in BC), October 25th (Air Quality in the Smoky Mts), November 29th (Post-Election Assessment – Where do We Go from Here?).