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Two big announcements expected in Blount County on Tuesday

The Blue Angels performed at the last Smoky Mountain airshow, in 2000. Now, they'll return with the event in 2016.
The Blue Angels performed at the last Smoky Mountain airshow, in 2000. Now, they’ll return with the event in 2016.

(WBIR – ALCOA) Two big announcements are expected in Blount County on Tuesday morning. One could bring several hundred jobs to the area, and another is part of a project that could draw tens of thousands of visitors.
For the first time in 16 years, the Smoky Mountain Air Show will return to East Tennessee in April at McGee Tyson.
“It’s going to get loud and it’s going to get exciting,” said director Trevis Gardner. “The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels are coming to town.”
On Tuesday morning, organizers are expected to announce the “signature sponsor” of the event.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Gardner said. “I’m excited because I’ve been working almost two years on this.”
Gardner could not confirm the company, but said the event could pull in as many as 250,000 visitors.
He said the airshow was discontinued after 2000, following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Also in Blount County, another visitor is expected Tuesday morning – Gov. Bill Haslam. He’ll be at what officials say will be a special announcement at a Blount Partnership event.
The Partnership says the announcement will be at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will involve bringing several hundred jobs to the area.

Two big Blount County announcements are expected – one about jobs and another about a major air show – on Tuesday. Oct. 19, 2015 WBIR

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