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Please make plans to attend the Monday night meeting of Blount County Beekeepers on November 12th. Our speaker will be Clarence Collison.  Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Mr. Collison is a nationally known speaker and author of “What Do You Know”, a comprehensive question and answer book on all aspects of beekeeping, including genetics, pollination and hive management. Mr. Collison also is a contributing author with Bee Culture magazine.

Our meetings are open to the public, and begin at 6:30  pm until 8:30 pm. We meet at the Maryville Church of Christ on Sherwood Drive.


The annual auction to support new beekeeper grants will be Monday, October 8th. The Blount County Beekeepers Association in conjunction with the Tennessee Beekeepers Association offers new beekeeper grants in the spring of each year. The TBA provides 2 grants, and BCBA provides 3 additional grants each year. We generate the funds to cover the costs of the hive components and packages of bees by having an auction each fall.

Members are asked to bring any be related items they have to donate to the auction. We request that if items are used, such as hive tools, smokers, etc. that they be clean and disinfected. We ask that no used wooden ware be donated. New wooden ware is greatly appreciated.

We also love to have other items that may not be bee related, but great for the beekeepers! We have auctioned fresh eggs, pies, cakes, jewelry, clothing, hand made crafts, paintings, wood turnings etc. and have had quite some auction battles over these items! Anything you would like to donate would be appreciated, as this is our sole fundraiser for the grants.

So, bring your items and your check book to the October meeting and plan on having a great time!


Fall is a busy time for East Tennessee Beekeepers! There are many events taking place in our local area that may appeal to you. Just a few-

Tennessee Valley Fair- September 7-16th. Please come by the honey show and see the honey and association exhibits. You may also volunteer to work the exhibit, answering questions from the visitors. Visit Blount County Beekeepers Association on Facebook for link to calendar to volunteer.

Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center- September 29th. In it’s 12th year this year! Come by the Honey Show and see the exhibit, and visit all the other exhibits including Poultry, Woodworking, Photography, Canned goods, etc.

Tennessee Beekeepers Association Fall Conference- October 12-13th. Visit the TBA website for information and to register. Early registration ends September 28th. There is also a Honey Show competition with the conference!


Blount County Beekeeper Association will Sponsor a Field Day for New Beekeepers

At Charlie Parton’s farm Saturday April 28th at 10:00 am

1768 East Brown School Rd. Maryville

There will be a sign at the driveway (Beekeepers Field Day)

Bring Safety Equipment: veil, gloves and long sleeves 

Guided by an experienced beekeeper you will learn 

  1. Proper way to open a hive and remove frames
  2. To identify eggs, larva, capped brood, pollen and honey
  3. Identify queen, workers and drones


After a light lunch anyone who wishes will be able to tour the Honey House. There will be time to ask questions or just hang around and talk. We hope it will be a good experience for all.

Rain date Saturday May 5th

Charlie Parton 865-776-1875

Chuck Davis President BCBA 566-3690





Phil Craft

Phil served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and of the University of Kentucky. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears in Bee Culture magazine, and through his webpage, He is also the U.S. technical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar, and Varroa Easy Check. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. You may send questions to Phil at

BCBA will be hosting a wooden ware workshop on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 9 am at the Masonic lodge in Alcoa (corner of Wright Road and Vose Street). This is an opportunity for anyone interested in putting their hives together with the help of some seasoned beekeepers. You will be shown the correct way to put together the hive bodies and frames, and will go over how to maintain your equipment. There is no charge for the class. It should end around lunch time.

For more information or questions:

Chuck Davis- 566-3690

Harlen Breeden- 719-1828

The Blount County Beekeepers Association will be offering an additional beekeeping class on March 10th at 9 am at Maryville Church of Christ. You must register for the class with Stacey Adair to receive class materials by March 1st. You may still come if not registered, however we may not have additional materials for you to take home.

Please click on the download link below for more information, who to register with and address for the church. Hope to see everyone there!

2018 New Beekeeper Classes

via 2018 New Beekeepers Short Course February 17th, 9 am – 3 pm

The State of Tennessee requires a minimum of 1,000 pre-orders to start the production process of the new plate. The Tennessee Department of Revenue estimates that after it receives the pre-orders, it will take 4-6 months for plates to arrive at local county clerk offices.

*If we do not receive 1,000 pre-orders by June 1, 2018, you will receive a refund of the $35.00, but not your $2.10 credit card processing fee.*

*The design of the license plate displayed above will be approved by the State of Tennessee once the 1,000 plates are pre-ordered. There is a chance the State of Tennessee could make changes to the design as needed. Refunds cannot be made in this scenario.*

*You may not pre-order a plate if you live outside of Tennessee and your vehicle is not registered in Tennessee.*



The Blount County Beekeepers Association will be hosting an inspectors class put on by State Apiarist Mike Studer. The class will be on 2 consecutive evenings, February 26th and 27th from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive.

A $10 fee will be charged for participants to cover the expense of the meeting room. The requirements to take the class are to have been beekeeping for at least 5 years, and to have preferably taken the TN Basic Master Beekeeping course from John Skinner with UT extension. The class will be limited to 20 attendees.

Participants who successfully complete the course will be qualified to work with the state association inspectors grants programs for the state of Tennessee.

If you would like to register and reserve your spot in the class, please contact Stacey Adair at, or by text/phone 1-865-254-2500. Spots will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.



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If you’re interested in joining the Blount County Beekeepers Association, call

Dale Hinkle
423-261- 5234


Kathy Flaherty
203-314- 0270


Welcome to the web site of the Blount County Beekeepers Association in Maryville, Tennessee.

This site will tell you a little about the association and how to become a member. It will also tell you a little about beekeeping.

Bees are an important part of our environment and particularly our agricultural system. They are also fascinating creatures.

We hope you will be interested enough to join us at some point, even if you're not interested in keeping bees. There are lots of ways you can join in with what we do.

Follow us on Twitter at @blountbees.

Schedule of BCBA meetings for 2019

The Blount County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday of every month, except for September and December, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville.

All of the meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The following is the schedule of meetings and activities for 2018:

January 14 – regular meeting

February 11 – regular meeting

February 16 – BCBA short course for new beekeepers

TBA– New Beekeepers class

March 11 – regular meeting

March 17 -Wooden Ware class

April 8 – regular meeting

April  TBA-Field Day for new beekeepers

May 13 – regular meeting

June 10 – regular meeting

July 8 – regular meeting

August 12 – regular meeting

October 14 – regular meeting

November 11 – regular meeting

December 9 – Christmas dinner

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