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Posted on: August 15, 2016

[ARCHIVED] 08/15/16 Bob Helton Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to kick-off

As summer winds down The Mountain Empire Tennis Association (M.E.T.A.) will be celebrating its 25th silver anniversary of community tennis. The celebration will be held at the new Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center on Friday, August 19, 2016. Festivities will begin at 6:00 P.M., with a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony for the Bob Helton building, to officially recognize Bristol’s Bob Helton. Helton, a former King University (College) standout and the club pro at The Virginian, has won many local, regional and national titles. He is a 2001 inductee in the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Mountain Empire Tennis Community as a teaching professional who has taught thousands of children and adults. The Bob Helton building features women’s and men’s restroom facilities, an equipment storage area, office and work areas and an open-air covered area. The tennis facility is located at 740 Alabama Street, Bristol, Tennessee.

The association invites all those who have been a part of M.E.T.A. throughout the years to come and help us celebrate this Community Tennis milestone. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be offered. RSVP your intentions to attend this event by sending an E-mail to or For the latest information on what’s happening at the Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center visit the website at and like our page on Facebook.

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