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smyth chamber of commerceSmyth Chamber Annual Dinner
Where: Riverfront Restaurant, Chilhowie, Virginia
When: Tuesday, November 8

Invitations have gone out for the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County. This event not only serves as the annual meeting of the Chamber's general membership, but it is a time for special recognitions, scholarship announcements, and awards. More at

town of chilhowieRally Chilhowie
Where: Old Main Street, Chilhowie, Virginia
When: Thursday, October 27

The Town of Chilhowie will celebrate its receipt of a nearly $1 million Community Development Block Grant for its planned Town revitalization project. The downtown pep rally will feature the CHS Band, local students and community residents of all ages. Students will illustrate their vision for Chilhowie through sidewalk chalk art and there will be food &music and information about the grant. chilhowie.org

school literacy Our Student Literacy Program Serves Hundreds

Last year over 800 students in our region received sound basic instruction in financial literacy, money management and budgeting through our public school Financial Literacy program.  Seven schools in Washington County, Virginia and Scott County participated in this program.

veita lyleWe recently received the following message from educator Veita Lyle of Wallace Middle School: “(Your)…booklets and the application software are such a wonderful resource for 8th graders in getting a start on how to deal with money and budgeting. The booklets are self explanatory and user friendly. I appreciate the Bank of Marion for providing our students and teachers with another source to better aid teachers in giving students the best education possible. Thank you for kindly sponsoring this program. Everything you do is appreciated by educators.”

We offer these programs to area Middle and High Schools at no charge. We plan to add an Elementary School module soon.

the lincoln theatreBlockbuster Talent Lineup
at November Song of the Mountains

Where: The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia
When: November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

song of the mountainsralph stanley and the clinch mountain boysFan posts on the Song of the Mountains Facebook page facebook.com/songofthemtns indicate much excitement about the talent lineup for the November 5 show at The Lincoln Theatre in Historic Downtown Marion. The headliners are Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, who are carrying on the tradition of Dr. Ralph and blazing new trails in the process. The appearance of teen prodigy picker Presley Barker, one of the most acclaimed young guitarists to come along in decades, is eagerly anticipated by his fans. He will be accompanied by his mentor, Wayne Henderson. Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer and Blue Mafia round out this blockbuster bill. Reserved seat tickets are $25 and are available on-line at thelincoln.org.

This stage performance will be taped for the nationally syndicated, long-running Song of the Mountains series on PBS-TV.

Birthplace of Country MusicRadio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time
Where: Birthplace of Country Music
When: Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

dom flemensFarm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum returns November 10, with guest performances by Dom Flemons and The Sunny Mountain Serenaders.

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, an heirloom recipe segment that's more storytelling than instruction.

sunny mountain serenadersRadio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio's venerable show that broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s through the early 1960s, Farm & Fun Time became an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers. birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/farm-fun-time-features-dom-flemons-nov-10/

cybercrimeTips for Avoiding Cybercrime

In recognition of October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we join the American Bankers Association in providing tips for consumers when navigating the web. We encourage consumers to keep their computers and mobile devices up-to-date with the latest security software; read and understand the privacy policies of the websites they visit, always ensure that their internet connection is secure and ensure they are shopping on secure websites.

Consumers should use strong passwords to safeguard their accounts, minimize the amount of personal information they share on social media and be wary of suspicious emails or attachments that could be phishing scams. Be careful out there!

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