Maryville is located in North-Central Blount County in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Chilhowee Mountain, the outermost ridge of the Western Smokies, rises prominently to the south. Chilhowee’s eastern flank— known locally as “The Three Sisters”— is visible from almost anywhere in the city, and dominates the southern horizon along US-321 between Maryville and Walland. Dozens of historic structures proudly line the downtown area that have remained and enjoyed continuous use over the years, while others have been recently rehabilitated. Historical Maryville College is at the heart of the city and has a beautiful campus that holds events and festivals open to the public yearly. The City and participating community businesses also sponsor numerous events downtown that add to the use and enjoyment of the downtown area.In addition, the Blount County Library and scheduled community programs further improves the downtown’s position in attracting individuals and families while the City of Maryville has obtained a variety of grants used for road and sidewalk improvements, safe and attractive lighting, benches, two small parks, landscaping, and informative signage. All in all, residents of Maryville find appeal in the small-town vibe, tight-knit community, and well-maintained amenities, and typically consider it a place to set roots and call home for many years.
Flagship Neighborhood: College Hill Historic District
The Neighbors: Families, university professors, young professionals
Alcoa is bordered on the South by its twin city, Maryville, both situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the outermost of which, Chilhowee Mountain, rises just a few miles to the south. Large sections of the North-Central and North-Eastern parts of the range are visible from Alcoa Highway. The Little River, which originates near the heart of the Smokies, flows through the Eastern section of Alcoa before merging into the Tennessee River near Louisville. Alcoa residents enjoy immediate access to the region’s airport, McGhee-Tyson (TYS), which has recently expanded to provide longer runways bringing in more commercial airlines offering more direct flights than ever before.
Alcoa’s early developers considered public parks an essential attribute of the city, and in the 1920’s, ALCOA Corporation sought to set aside 1-acre parcels of land, parks for every 100 people living in the city. In the early 1930’s, the City utilized idle plant workers for park construction, and over the years, the company continued donating land for continued development and expansion. In 1998, a 3-mile section of the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway was completed, connecting Alcoa’s Springbrook Park with Maryville’s Bicentennial Greenbelt Park.
Flagship Neighborhood: Springbrook
The Neighbors: Families, trade professionals
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