44 Basically Blount 2018 minutes READYTOPARTNER When it comes to pinpointing a good location for a place to live, play and work, conversations normally turn to “hours.” Just an hour or two from a met- ropolitan city, a major airport, a cultural center, a business hub – and so on. In Blount County, we talk minutes. We are lucky to be in one of the most beautiful areas of the South, with gorgeous mountains, no matter the season; with lakes and rivers for recreation and sport; with rolling hills and lush lawns. And, while Blount County has so very much to offer, getting out of town when you want to ramp up your recreation or boost your business reach will still find you just minutes from everything you need. Starting at the Blount Partner- ship in the heart of Maryville, here’s what you will find outside of Blount County: • Knoxville Airport (which is actually IN Blount County) – 4.1 miles • Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee – 15.5 miles • Neyland Stadium, home of the UT Football Vols – 16 miles • Thompson Boling Arena, home of the UT Basketball Vols and the UT Lady Vols – 16.1 miles • UT Tickle College of Engineer- ing – 16.6 miles • Tennessee Theatre, home to opera, Broadway plays, sym- phony and chamber orchestra performances, music and ballet – 18.3 miles • Y12 National Security Complex, U.S. Department of Energy Na- tional Nuclear Security Admin- istration facility located in Oak Ridge – 27.4 miles • Dollywood Entertainment Park – 32 miles • Oak Ridge National Labora- tory, science and technology national laboratory sponsored by the DOE and operated by UT-Battelle, focusing on mate- rials, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security – 32.5 miles • Ober Gatlinburg, park with snow skiing, tubing and ice skating – 37.8 miles Let’s talk