Citizen Tribune Home Show  returns to College Square Mall today

The Gutters & More booth at the Citizen Tribune Home Show at College Square Mall. The show returns today.

Anything that could be used in the home was on display at the annual Citizen Tribune Home Show Saturday at College Square Mall.

The annual Home Show, in which vendors pack the mall to display their wares and services, is in its 32nd year.

The event was moved to April from its traditional March appearance to make allowances for COVID.

With area numbers significantly lower than in the winter, the decision was made to move forward.

The turnout Friday and Saturday said the public agreed.

Among the displays, was the Appalachian Electric Cooperative had a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV on display to emphasize the country’s gradual change to electric powered vehicles.

With a top speed of 91 miles per hour and seating capacity for five people, the Volt has a 200 horsepower electric motor and single speed transmission that accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds. Top speed is 91 mph.

“We are talking to people about (having electric vehicle) charging stations in their home, charging stations on the road, how that is going to be a lot of our future,” Kim McGee of AEC said. “There is no combustion or no gas. It is a clean vehicle.”

McGee also discussed AEC’s Solar Farm at its New Market substation.

“We’re also educating members about that,” she said. “We generate electricity at our solar farm. What we generate goes back out on the grid. (AEC has) a 20-year agreement with Tennessee Valley Authority. They are our regulator, so everything we do goes through them.”

McGee also explained about how solar power works.

New Keep Morristown-Hamblen Beautiful Executive Director Becky Jo Moles was demonstrating the organization’s new water runoff display to use for students.

The display was purchased with money from the stormwater fund.

“If you’re out on the farm plowing the field, you put some pesticide or fertilizer on the ground. Then it rains,” Moles said in demonstrating the runoff display. “If you’re not careful, all of that could run on into Cherokee Lake.”

She also stressed importance of washing a car on a grassy surface or on a gravel driveway so soap and water can filter into the ground.

Entertainment Saturday was provided by Saved Thru Faith with Roger Porter and Fairfield Baptist Church singing groups.

Mike Walker, event coordinator, was thrilled with the turnout as the mall was packed Saturday afternoon with attendees.

Walker expressed his gratitude to the mall and major sponsor Lowe’s for their support as well as the wide variety of vendors who turned out to the show.

“I want to thank the College Square Mall for allowing us to host the show again, to Lowes Home Improvement for their participation, to the other vendors who enjoy the dividends that the Home Show event brings every year,” he said.

The show concludes today from noon to 6 p.m.