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Distributed by mail monthly to the residents and out-of-state property owners of Tellico Village, Kahite, Rarity Bay, Windriver, Rarity Meadows, Avalon Golf Community, ConKinnon, Miller’s Landing, Harbour Place, Tellico Harbor, Foothills Pointe, Thunder Pointe, Tennessee National, Willow Creek, Telliquah Preserve, The Cascades, The Meadows and Lakeview Farms

The Benefits of Sleepaway Camps for Children and Teens FREE

Volume 20, No. 3, Section A


Article courtesy of BPT

s a parent, you worry about your child’s future. Will they be confident enough to weather life’s ups and downs? Will they find happiness and success? How will they navigate their future challenges? According to research by the American Camp Association (ACA), a traditional sleepaway camp - where a child or teen spends one to four weeks away from home - helps them experience growth and development beyond a specialized day “camp” or class. Rather than spending a

week learning computer coding or at a hyper-focused sports camp, a sleepaway camp develops qualities that last a lifetime.

Enhanced self-development

It may seem hard to let your child spend so much time away, but camp can be a huge boost to their confidence, independence, and resilience. It also builds social-emotional skills to benefit them through adulthood. » Confidence comes from doing. A child who must do things on their own, without a parent nearby, learns they can accomplish much more than they thought. » Becoming self-reliant and developing a feeling of competence comes from attempting - and sometimes failing - until they succeed. » Learning to persevere through discomfort helps a child feel like they can handle anything, creating resilience. A camp experience that builds independence, self-reliance, and confidence is a huge gift - and parents can give that

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gift to their children by finding a camp that boosts a child’s sense of self. For example, Cheley Colorado Camps, a traditional sleepaway camp celebrating its 100th year, is designed to give children a chance to slow down, learn about themselves, connect with nature, and explore new things in a relaxed, supportive environment. “Parents and campers tell us the camp experience was life-changing,” said Brooke Cheley-Klebe, camp director and fourth-generation Cheley family camp leadership. “It is not only a mechanism for growth, but an experience that shapes their life in a positive way for years to come.”

Expanding horizons

Being away from home means your child leaves their comfort zone. Sharing space with kids they’ve never met, from different backgrounds, states, or countries, is also a completely new experience. Exploring challenging activities expands your child’s world, which can be fun, exhilarating, and self-affirming.

If your child or teen has never ridden a horse or gone rafting, these activities may stretch their abilities beyond what they thought they could achieve. Cheley campers partake in dozens of outdoor activities, crafts, and more. Trying a variety of new things changes a child’s idea of what they’re capable of - much more than camps focusing on one subject - fostering curiosity, perseverance, a love of learning, and inner confidence.

Connecting with nature

As young people increasingly spend time indoors, they lose opportunities to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty around them. Spending time outdoors improves young people’s ability to live in the moment. Affinity for nature was one of the top benefits of camp found in the ACA study. Sleeping under the stars and exploring the outdoors foster an appreciation for nature that can’t be achieved any other way. continued on page 2A ...

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Unplugging from technology

Sometimes it seems like technology and social media have taken over, especially for young people. Giving up technology for weeks may seem impossible, but the results are astonishing. A decrease in anxiety and an increase in happiness are noticeable in most campers when they unplug. In the ACA research, teens and children who unplugged reported learning how to live in the moment. They stopped worrying about the past or future, instead focusing on their present experiences. Putting down technology means learning to look other people in the eye. They develop better social skills while reading each other’s non-verbal cues, like facial expressions and body language. Face-to-face interaction is the only way to develop those skills.

Lifelong friendships

Kids at sleepaway camp bond with other campers in a deep, lasting way. Sharing the camp experience creates a sense of community, fostering lifelong friendships. In the ACA research, children and teens said making new friends was the best part of camp. They - and their parents - said social skills learned from camp helped them develop friendships at school, long after camp ended. While you may initially feel reluctant to send your child to camp, giving your child this gift can be life-changing. To learn more, visit www.cheley.com.

Annual Arts Gala in Athens on March 7th


he annual Arts Gala, Athens Area Council for the Arts’ most significant fundraiser, is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at The Arts Center in downtown Athens. The event is a 40th Birthday Party theme and celebrates and supports the arts in our area. The hours for the event are 6:30 to 11 pm, and dressing in finest attire for the period of your choice from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s is suggested. Tickets are $75 per person, and advanced reservations are required. Arts Gala 2020 promises a variety of experiences throughout the event. The evening begins with the opening of the silent auction, cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres. Live music is the soundtrack during cocktail hour as guests peruse auction items donated by area artists, individuals, and businesses. Before the buffet catered by Michael’s, there is a live auction of larger items ranging from original art to travel. Then soul party band Jason Eskridge & Friends continue playing, bringing guests to the dance floor until 11 pm. Proceeds from The Arts Gala are earmarked to support school and community arts education. AACA has been a vital presence in McMinn County since 1979, presenting thousands of performances, exhibitions, artist residencies,

art classes, and more by international, regional, and local artists of all types and genres. It has created and sustained many arts groups throughout the years, including the Athens Community Theatre, the Athens Area Children’s Choir, the Unity Gospel Choir, and has contributed technical assistance to many more groups and individuals. AACA’s current program of work is featured at www.athensartscouncil.org.

Tickets and table reservations are available at The Arts Center, located at 320 North White Street in Athens, online at www.athensartscouncil.org, or by phone at 423-745-8781. The event organizers kindly request that attendees purchase tickets by March 3. This event is for patrons 21 and older. Anyone interested in donating to the auction or to the event in any way may call The Arts Center.

Spring Craft Show Set for April 3 & 4 at The Arts Center


thens Area Council for the Arts (AACA) is pleased to announce a Spring Craft Show on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, from 10 am to 8 pm each day, with a ticketed preview party on Thursday, April 2, from 6 to 8 pm. The Spring Craft Show will be similar to the “Artisan Boutique” that was held in the fall in that it emphasizes handmade art and fine crafts and encourages shoppers to support artists as they shop locally and shop small businesses. Some popular vendors from AACA’s past events have already registered to be part of the upcoming Spring Craft

Show, and more vendors are registering each day. Perfect for local and handmade gifts for loved ones, these artists will have something for everyone on your list: » Felted scarves, fabric bags, knitwear, journals, and quilted items by Tone Haugen-Cogburn » Artisan bohemian designs using sterling silver and brass primarily, hypoallergenic earrings, gemstone rings and fun, eclectic bracelets and necklaces by Jessica Klaaren Jewelry » Hand-turned bowls, yarn bowls, French rolling pins, vases, hollow forms, candlesticks, Christmas ornaments, urns, wood signs, hand-turned birdhouses by Daryl and Dawn Moses » Fine art paintings by Barbara Ensley The Arts Center is located at 320 North White Street and has free parking. For more information or questions about programs of The Arts Center, call 423-745-8781 or visit www.athensartscouncil.org.

TWU Dental Hygiene Program Moves to Athens


ennessee Wesleyan’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has successfully moved from Madisonville to Athens and is now serving the community. According to Dental Hygiene Program Director Randa Colbert, the number one mission of the clinic to deliver oral care service whether patients have insurance or not. The new facility, which is located at the former McSpadden Furniture building on White Street, has all-new equipment. Services include cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants. The TWU Dental Hygiene program is fully accredited through Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. “The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program fits with the mission and vision of TWU to serve the region by providing relevant programs of study in allied health,” said TWU VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Grant Willhite, of the program’s academic strength. “The TWU Dental Hygiene program is very similar in structure to the TWU-Fort Sanders Nursing program that continues to set the standard of excellence in the Knoxville area for undergraduate nursing preparation. We anticipate that the TWU Dental Hygiene program will likewise set the standard of excellence in the region for dental hygienists.” Tennessee Wesleyan acquired the dental hygiene program after Hiwassee College closed its doors last year. After the college’s closure, Hiwassee’s Board of Trustees met on May 2, 2019, to determine the fate of the program and chose the fellow Methodist-affiliated institution to continue dental hygiene. For more information, call 423-745-7504 or visit www.tnwesleyan.edu/academics/undergraduate-majors/ dental-hygiene.

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March, 2020

Vol. 20 No. 3

elcome to the March 2020 edition of East Tennessee’s Mountain Views. Our publication’s goal is to be the most comprehensive source of information for those that reside in the area as well as those who are looking to relocate to the area. Future articles will highlight the beautiful Smoky Mountain region - its scenery and points of interest as well as its history. We also will provide articles that will acclimate you to the area and give you information that will benefit you personally. We hope you enjoy our publication!

Publisher & Editor, Judy Irmen Sales & Marketing Director, Tom Irmen Serving residents and out-of-state property owners of Tellico Village, Kahite, Rarity Bay, Windriver, Rarity Meadows, Avalon Golf Community, ConKinnon, Miller’s Landing, Harbour Place, Tellico Harbor, Foothills Pointe, Thunder Pointe, Tennessee National, Willow Creek, Telliquah Preserve, The Cascades, The Meadows and Lakeview Farms. East Tennessee’s Mountain Views is published monthly. P.O. Box 432, Vonore, TN 37885 For advertising information contact East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, LLC at 865-856-6463 Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm Website: www.etmv.com E-Mail: irmenjudy@everythingknoxville.com East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, LLC does not accept any responsibility or liability for the content of, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered by third part advertisements contained in this publication.


March Highlights From the Publisher

f you are like me, you probably are excited at the prospect of spring especially after this challenging wet winter season. Temperatures are now on the rise and although there might be a cold snap on occasion, I know it is short lived as spring pushes through. During the colder days that keep us indoors, a type of “cabin fever” sets in which makes it undesirable to venture out. But warmer days invite us to get outdoors and enjoy the area such as hiking in the mountains; cleaning up the winter debris in the yard; shopping the area’s boutiques; attending area events such as musicals, theatre presentations and workshops and lectures; and enhancing our interior and exterior living spaces. In this March edition we have included a variety of products and services for the home and garden that will help to eliminate those spring chores on your list. Check out all that we have to offer. March is a transitional month between winter and spring so bear with the crazy weather. And don’t forget to turn your clocks one hour forward on March 8th! Let spring begin!

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Blount County Public Library Hosts Steve Ross and Dana Jester, Artists Featured in the “Joy of Painting”


Photo by Bram Bevins

(From L to R) Dana Jester, Bram Bevins, and Steve Ross

he Blount County Public Library is excited to host and welcome Steve Ross and Dana Jester. Steve is the son of the artist Bob Ross and has been seen with Dana Jester on the well-known “Joy of Painting.” Ari Baker, Education Services Manager, is excited to welcome the pair to the library. “Some of the library’s favorite programs start from serendipitous connections that lead to unique opportunities for our community members - whether that’s robotics, or woodworking, or bluegrass, or quilting, or painting happy little trees!” said Baker. “We love that people think of BCPL when they want to share their skills with our community.” On Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 pm, Mr. Ross and Mr. Jester will be giving a seated lecture that is free and open to the public. Mr. Ross will hold a painting demo while he speaks about his life as an artist, working with his father, and will take questions from the audience. Although there is ample seating in the Main Gallery, the library asks that patrons prepare for a crowded evening and plan accordingly. In addition to the public program, Mr. Ross and Mr. Jester will be facilitating four separate workshops on

March 4-7. These classes will be $125 per day, and each day will be an individual painting class from 9 am to 4 pm with a lunch break. Participants must provide their own supplies, and there is an age limit of age 16 or older. Dana Jester will be teaching the Wednesday and Friday class, and Steve Ross will be teaching the Thursday and Saturday class. Seats are limited and filling quickly. To register, email steverossdanajester@gmail.com. Signsups can only be done through this email. “One of the most exciting parts of coordinating this experience has been being able to bring a program to the public that is accessible and may be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Janna Federer, Public Events Coordinator at the library. “We’re expecting a large crowd on Thursday night and hope that patrons of all ages and backgrounds can come out and learn from Mr. Ross as he spends time with members of our community.” Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street in Maryville, where services are an example of your tax dollars at work for you. For more information about library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit www. blountlibrary.org. To sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email, go to the library’s home page and go to What’s Happening? on the menu bar. Then, under News and Events, click on Join Calendar Email List. Also check out Facebook at Blount County Public Library, Twitter at Blount_Library, and Instagram at bcplibrary.

CHEO Invites You to “The Basics of Energy Healing and Its Impact on Your Health” with Lisa Gontarski


Display Advertising: Contact East Tennessee’s Mountain Views for information on display advertising. Advertising and Article Submission Deadlines: The 10th of each month prior to the next month’s publication. Subscriptions: East Tennessee’s Mountain Views is a free publication to residents and non-resident property owners of the communities listed above. Those residing outside of these communities can receive East Tennessee’s Mountain Views for a mailing and handling fee of $24 per year. To receive our publication, please send a non-refundable payment of $24 made payable to East Tennessee’s Mountain Views to the above address. Classifieds: Typed or neatly written up to 100 characters should be mailed with a check for $11.50 payable to East Tennessee’s Mountian Views, LLC to the above address by the 7th of each month for inclusion in the next month’s publication. Add $2.00 for each additional 20 characters or fraction thereof. Classified ads are not accepted by telephone. Change of Address: Send address changes to the above address 4 weeks in advance of address change. The publisher is not responsible for missed copies due to delayed receipt of address change. Publisher’s Notice: The views and opinions expressed by our contributing writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. At its sole discretion the publisher may refuse any advertisement or article for any reason.

March 9 at 6:30 pm

ave you heard the word “energy” around healing lately and been curious to know just what people are talking about? Then this is your chance to learn and explore how energy healing works and how it can assist with well-being. Learn: » How energy healing can resolve every day discomfort and deeper issues » Clearing the past to unblock the future » Cross over between physical and emotional healing » Benefits of energy healing for your animal companions Please arrive at 6:30 and enjoy a few minutes to “mingle with members.” The program will begin about 6:45. Door prize will be drawn! Join us for many of our CHEO programs in 2020, where you will learn and experience great information on holistic wellness options that is seldom available to you in the mainstream media. Please note the new location for our Knoxville programs. We will be meeting at the Clarion Hotel in West Knoxville, located at 11341 Campbell Lakes Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Take the Campbell Station exit off of I-40. CHEO Knoxville programs are held on the second Monday of the month. They are open to the public and free for members, with a $10 suggested minimum donation for all guests. CHEO is a non-profit organization supporting wholistic and integrative wellness. CHEO provides the community with many opportunities to discover pathways to well-being. For more information, call Diane Minch at 423-884-6031 or visit www.cheoknox.org.

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Reverend Ross Licata Appointed Chaplain of American Legion District 2

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By James Patterson

everend Ross Licata is the Chaplain for American Legion Post 256, Tellico Lake in Vonore, TN, and a resident of Madisonville, TN. Prior to moving to Madisonville in 2011, he had become an ordained minister and in 1997 became the Chaplain to American Legion Post 151 in New York. Recently Reverend Licata was approached by Tennessee’s American Legion District 2 Commander, Hugh Turpin, to be the District 2 Chaplain, covering 10 counties and as


many Post Chaplains. Supported by his wife, Cheryl, Reverend Licata, at age 76, continues to be very active by also serving his local spiritual sector, performing services at funerals, meetings, and church events. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Reverend Ross Licata says, “Yes, I’m very busy with the American Legion and with my local community, but I don’t want to slow down; I want to continue to serve ‘For God and Country.’”  American Legion Post 256 extends an invitation to all veterans to join us for our meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Little Italy of Tellico Village.  For directions and more information, visit www.TellicoLakePost256. org.

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Tellico Village VFW Presents Awards to Three Teacher of the Year Regional Winners

ll three school teacher categories (elementary, middle, and high school) were selected as regional winners in this year’s Teacher of the Year awards. The three teachers all teach in the Lenoir City school district and were represented by Tellico Village VFW for nomination. Winners receive a framed certificate, a crystal apple plaque, and a monetary gift as recognition to their achievement. Commander Tony Newton and Al Porell presented the awards to teachers Felicia Breedlove (Lenoir City Elementary), Douglas Arnie Gross (Lenoir City Middle School), and Mary Webster (Lenoir City High School). These three exceptional teachers were recognized for their outstanding commitment towards teaching Americanism and patriotism in their classrooms. All three are now eligible to compete for the national award honors. Good luck and congratulations Felicia, Mary, and Doug!

Douglas Arnie Gross, center

Felicia Breedlove, center

Legionnaires Learn About the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center


Upcoming Schedule for March

March 6: Sherrill Hills from 3:30 to 4:30 pm March 6: Little Italy from 6 to 9:00 pm March 17: St. Thomas St. Patty’s Day Party from 6 to 9 pm March 20: Little Italy from 5:45 to 8:45 pm

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eterans of American Legion Post 256 received an informative and enlightening briefing from Dean B. Borsos, Director of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. Mr. Borsos is also an Air Force veteran who served as the Commander of the Air Force Medical Support Agency. As a guest speaker for the members of Post 256, he described how the center is known as a highly specialized care facility with state-of-art technology. He took great pride in describing how his dedicated 2,000-plus staff provides the highest quality of comprehensive VA healthcare. The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center offers primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. In addition to providing all the services mentioned above, they offer a variety of other treatment options, which includes a homeless in-patient treatment program and homeless outreach. For more information about the VA Medical Center, visit www.mountainhome. va.org, and to find out more about the American Legion, visit the Post 256 website at www.tellicolakepost256.org.

CHEO Invites You to a Special Showings of “Eastern Medicine: Journey through Asia: 7 Countries in 7 Days” – Docu-Series The Land of the Rising Sun – Japan


March 18 at 6:15 pm at the Lenoir City Welcome Center

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“hidden” from the rest of the world. The information they gathered from interviews with doctor and patients and the lifesaving details about treating and preventing cancer using “Eastern Medicine” is invaluable. In this first Episode, Ty and Charlene Bolinger from The Truth About Cancer journey to Japan, where 21% of the population is elderly. Japan is ranked 48th in the world with a cancer rate of 271 to 100,000, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International. It’s worth taking a closer look at what this population is doing right. Please arrive at 6:15 so we can begin promptly. A short discussion will follow, time permitting. Please note that 2020 CHEO “Movie Nights” (DocuSeries) will be held on the third Wednesday of the Month. CHEO “Movie Nights” are open to the public and free for members and first-time guests. CHEO is a non-profit organization supporting wholistic and integrative wellness. CHEO provides the community with many opportunities to discover pathways to well-being. For more information, call Diane Minch at 423-8846031 or visit www.cheoknox.org. Directions to Loudon Visitors’ Bureau/Welcome Center, located at 1075 US-321 in Lenoir City: The Center is conveniently located and easy to find on Hwy 321 across from Shoney’s. Take exit 81 off I-75. Make a left at the Visitor’s Bureau and park behind the building. Enter through lower level back door.

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uch has been said in this column about how to handle visits to your salon, but until now, nothing has been discussed concerning how to “exit” your salon if there are irreconcilable differences. While there are very few instances that cannot be resolved with proper communication and a little hard work, there are times you can become the recipient of one or more undesirable results and decide to try a new provider. The first Exit Strategy is when you simply leave the salon and do not return. Many times guests of a salon will

leave, never to return without having had a constructive conversation about their visit with either their provider or the manager of the salon. It is very difficult to provide satisfaction to our guests under this Exit Strategy, and it is best to pursue a better solution that will lead you to a desirable result. Also, leaving a salon without ever making anyone aware of your unpleasant visit is the best way to make sure you are never satisfied at that particular salon. Another Exit Strategy is when a guest chooses to leave their current provider for another within the same salon.

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Many are very uncomfortable with attempting this type of switch for fear of hurting their previous stylist’s feelings. But this type of switch within a particular salon is quite common, and when done within a salon with a healthy environment, Brian K. Whitehead it is never a problem. This Managing Partner type of switch allows you to The Village Salon still have the convenience of keeping your salon while The Village Salon making an amicable exit from 222 Village Square your previous provider. in Tellico Village In the cases where it is 865-458-9332 abundantly clear that every thevillagesalon@aol.com effort made to establish a relationship with your provider or your salon has failed, then it is time to move on. Remember, these relationships are not personal; it is business, and you have every right to be satisfied with your services. Most salons you encounter will exhaust every possible option in an effort to find an acceptable solution to whatever problem you may have. Simply take the time to properly express your feelings about your services to your provider or the manager, and let them get to work trying to fix the situation. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy your salon visits and have no need for any of this information. However, should you find yourself wanting to make an exit, please make sure you have exhausted every possibility that could perhaps lead you to a satisfying result.

Brian K. Whitehead Managing Partner The Village Salon

Custom Closets Keep the Family Organized and Happy


ost families have both organized and messy individuals, and they don’t always live in sweet harmony. Constantly tripping over someone’s shoes in the middle of the floor gets old and frustrating. Organization is not a natural inclination for everyone, but it is essential for a less stressful life. And when you live with others, it’s also a courtesy to maintain your own stuff and space. Tailored Living of Knoxville can help get life under control for all your family members with custom closet systems to meet the specific needs of each person.

Kids’ Closets That Grow with Them

It’s never too early to start introducing the habit of organization into your child’s world. Starting with a closet they can manage on their own or with a little help, this encourages them to be organized and responsible. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” kid’s closet, but a basic design includes:

Preschool and Grade School

» Low-level bins and shelves for toys and shoes they can put away themselves » Tiered hanging rods multiply the hanging space and are adjustable as they grow » Drawers or slide-out baskets to put away socks, pajamas, and underwear

Middle School and Teen

» Tiered hanging rods for long and short items, scaled to the child’s height » Adjustable shelves for clothes, shoes, books, and favorite collections » Decorative hooks create easy storage for jackets and backpacks » A pull-out laundry hamper corrals dirty clothes and keeps the floor clear » Drawers can organize folded clothes or be customized with dividers to hold small items

Shared Master Closets That Keep the Peace

A shared closet can be a perpetually frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With a carefully designed space, a shared closet can provide individual, organized storage for two, accommodating both wardrobes and accessories. Each person will have space for what they need so they aren’t competing for territory by including: » His and hers hanging sections and drawers, including a jewelry drawer for her » Dedicated individual shoe racks » Shelves for folded items, hats, purses, and more » Tilt-out hamper to toss dirty clothes » Specialty racks for belts and ties » Retractable valet rods are an extra hand for putting an outfit together or handling dry cleaning Whatever your needs, Tailored Living of Knoxville will design a custom closet for any member of your family. As whole-home organization specialists, Tailored Living also has innovative storage solutions for the pantry, laundry, home offices, garage, and more. We help turn chaos into calm! Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage 865-947-8686 www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

Big Ears Festival in Downtown Knoxville March 26-29

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noxville’s internationally acclaimed Big Ears Festival is only a few weeks away, opening Thursday, March 26, and running through Sunday, March 29. Both the Bijou Theatre and Tennessee Theatre are proud to be some of the featured venues and look forward to hosting many of the festival’s most compelling performances.

programs at the Tennessee during Big Ears. On Saturday, March 28, they take the stage with their dynamic live-documentary, A Thousand Thoughts, a collaboration with filmmaker Sam Green, which received a Special Selection award at Sundance. On Sunday, March 29, Kronos will join forces with the singular composer Terry Riley, with whom they shared a Grammy Award this year, to chart a musical partnership that spans over four decades.

Lineup at the Bijou Theatre

Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones will offer two extremely rare performances during Big Ears. Always a musical adventurer, Jones’ post-Zeppelin work encompasses rock, opera, folk, bluegrass, and a number of forays into the avant-garde. On Friday, March 27, he’ll introduce audiences to his duo, Sons of Chipotle, with Finnish cellist Annsi Kartunnen. On March 28, he’ll perform a rare solo concert employing piano, mandolin, and electronics - an extended improvisatory reverie from one of the most iconic musicians of his generation. On Saturday, March 28, the enigmatic Annette Peacock will make a very rare live appearance at Big Ears. In the 1960s, Peacock made her mark with a songbook of mysterious jazz tunes; in the 1970s, David Bowie signed her to his new label. In the intervening decades, Peacock has continued making groundbreaking excursions into punk, new wave, and chamber music. The New York Times called her “the most remarkable - and mercurial living singer and composer you’ve almost certainly never heard.” A pair of celebrated and groundbreaking young female composers will present new work at the Bijou. North Carolina-born singer, composer, and violinist Caroline Shaw - 2013 Pulitzer Prize and 2019 Grammy Award winner - will present a new collaboration with Sō Percussion on Saturday, March 28. Nathalie Joachim, a singer, composer, and flutist, offers her collaboration with the Spektral Quartet on Friday, March 27. They’ll showcase music from the Grammy-nominated album Femn d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), a homage to Joachim’s Haitian heritage.

Other Weekend Highlights at the Bijou Theatre

» Efterklang & Múm: Two of the turn of the century’s most enigmatic alternative rock bands, Denmark’s Efterklang and Iceland’s Múm make return appearances in the USA for the first time in many years. Efterklang performs on Friday evening, and Múm performs on Saturday evening. » Electric Appalachia: The musical duo of harpist Mary Lattimore and guitarist William Tyler will present their collaboration with Knoxville’s film archivists TAMIS (Tennessee Archive of Moving Image & Sound) on Sunday afternoon. » Jeff Parker, Myra Melford, Peter Brötzmann, and

Other Weekend Highlights at the Tennessee Theatre

Andrew Cyrille: Jazz sets from Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker & New Breed and 2013 Guggenheim fellow pianist-composer Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret. Plus, German free jazz titan Peter Brötzmann goes head to head in a duet with powerhouse heavyweight drummer Andrew Cyrille. Shows run through the festival weekend. » Bang on a Can All-Stars: Classical new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars will re-imagine their initial recording, Renegade Heaven, updated with work by Ornette Coleman and Julius Eastman, along with BoaC founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe on Saturday afternoon. » Daniel Piori & Valgeir Sigrudsson: The young British classical violin wizard Daniel Pioro, a muse for Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, will present his collaboration with Iceland’s producer, composer, and pianist Valgeir Sigurdsson on Thursday evening. » Winged Victory for the Sullen: The musical duo of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Witzlie return to Big Ears with a program of ambient soundscapes inspired by Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint’s spiritualist group “The Five” on Sunday evening. » Arooj Aftab & the Vulture Prince Ensemble: Sufiinspired Pakistani singer and composer Arooj Aftab introduces her all-star band, Vulture Prince Ensemble, at Big Ears on Thursday evening. » The Necks: The miraculous Australian jazz trio, The Necks, who have been described as a “magic act disguised as a band,” or sometimes simply “the greatest band in the world,” return to Big Ears for two shows - the second at the Bijou on Sunday afternoon.

Lineup at the Tennessee Theatre

This year legendary rock icon, poet, and National Book Award winner Patti Smith will perform two unique concerts during the festival. On Thursday, March 26, Smith will present an intimate acoustic evening called “Words and Music” that blends readings of her poetry and prose with a special selection of songs. On Friday, March 27, Patti Smith & Her Band will perform in all of their glory. Visionary ensemble Kronos Quartet will also present two

» Meredith Monk with the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Memory Game. The fearlessly innovative and visionary singer and composer presents a collaboration with the legendary new music ensemble. A world premiere is on Sunday evening. » Anthony Braxton’s Thunder Music Ensemble: Avantgarde legend, NEA Jazz Master, and MacArthur Fellow Braxton ends a 75th birthday celebration weekend at Big Ears premiering new music performed by a 10-piece ensemble. A world premiere on Sunday afternoon. » Jason Moran & The Harlem Hellfighters: Dazzling jazz pianist, MacArthur Fellow, and curator of Jazz at the Kennedy Center pays tribute to the neglected ragtime pianist James Reese Europe, who is credited with bringing American jazz to Europe as a soldier during World War I. Moran brings a 10-piece band to Big Ears for this acclaimed multimedia project on Thursday evening. » Tindersticks: The legendary British alternative rock champions of beauty, longing, and melancholy present their first American concert in more than a decade, on the heels of a new record, No Treasure But Hope, on Saturday evening. » Joe Henry’s 115th Dream: A “dream band” assembled by the exceptional singer/songwriter/producer Joe Henry, especially for Big Ears, and featuring guitarist Mark Ribot and pianist Jason Moran on Friday evening. » Sound for Andy Warhol’s KISS: Rock goddess Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), with guitarists Bill Nace and Steve Gunn, along with drummer John Truscinski, create live accompaniment to Warhol’s infamous film. A commission of the Warhol Museum on Friday evening. » The Haden Triplets: Daughters of the legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden explore the roots and branches of American music and their family traditions, with music from their new album, The Family Songbook, on Friday afternoon. While both weekend passes and single day passes remain available to Big Ears, quantities are limited, and the festival is on track to sell out, for the first time, in advance of the weekend. For more information, the full schedule, and ticketing information, visit www. bigearsfestival.org.

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The Town Framery & Gifts

Spring Open House


March 27th & 28th • 10 am to 4 pm

oin us for our fabulous annual Spring Open House! Enjoy the works of local artists and crafters, and search for beautiful spring décor and accessories. Shop for spring blooms, spectacular floral arrangements, seasonal wreaths, and so much more. You do not want to miss all the adorable critters of bunnies, frogs, birds, and pigs! New linens, from table runners to tea towels, are here to accent your home for the season. Don’t forget about trying samples of our delicious Rabbit Creek dips and Copper Leaf jams and jellies that are quick and simple hors d’ouerves for your next dinner party! There will be sales tax-free shopping both days, along with a discount coupon on your next framing order! The staff and volunteers of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you at the Spring Open House on March 27th and 28th from 10 am to 4 pm. Think big... shop small! The Town Framery & Gifts 12814 Kingston Pike Farragut, TN 37934 865-671-6627 www.thetownframery.com

Premiere Consignment


Your Home’s Makeover Headquarters By Aaron Hunt, Co-Owner of Premiere Consignment

here are very few days that I would describe as dull or boring at Premiere Consignment in nearby Tellico Village. The vast variety of household items that we accept for consignment, combined with the personalities and stories of both our consignors and customers, provide an endless source of fascinating anecdotes. When you consider that the items we sell were acquired from throughout North America and occasionally from around the world as our consignors pursued their individual careers, and that many of the items we re-sell include antiques, as well as items that have been in some families for many generations, shopping at Premiere Consignment can be an adventure in itself. Retirees converge on the Tellico Lake area from all around the globe, bringing with them possessions they have acquired throughout their lifetimes, many of which find themselves at Premiere Consignment. We encourage our many customers to visit us often, as we accept new inventory items daily. Discover room settings and individual accent pieces from the nation’s top furniture brands, including Henredon, Bernhardt, Hooker, and more. We also feature quality Oriental and area rugs, table and floor lighting, décor items, and a large selection of wall art, including limited edition prints from both national and regional artists. So whether you need to furnish an entire home or just a single room, you’re likely to discover what you’re looking for locally at Premiere Consignment - and at prices far below their original retail cost. If you own unused, quality, pre-owned furniture, room décor, art, or Oriental rugs resulting from downsizing, relocation, or an update, Premiere Consignment can help turn those unneeded items into cash without the hassle of placing classified ads, waiting for strangers to show up at your home, or hoping the buyer’s check clears your bank. We take the uncertainty out of re-selling your unneeded household items. We can even help you with your moving or estate sale. Just give us a call, visit us online, or, better yet, visit our retail showroom, and we will be happy to share with you the many ways Premiere Consignment can assist you. And while you’re here, don’t forget to ask us about our online eBay store that opens the entire world to all of our consignors. Premiere Consignment 320 Lakeside Plaza Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-9721 www.premiereconsignment.com



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112 Noya Lane $835,000 – MLS #1093071

171 Saloli Way $775,000 – MLS #1092346

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Basement Ranch – Tellico Village

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227 Gadusi Way $265,000 – MLS #1104156

206 Mingo Way $254,900 – MLS #1104872

708 Willington Place $187,500 – MLS #1104101

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Lakefront – Tellico Village

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Lot 4 Blk 13 Tanasi Coves $389,950 – MLS 1071210

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Rarity Bay – The Ideal Wedding Location for Mountain & Lake Views


arity Bay on Tellico Lake is situated on a peninsula at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains – the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding or special event. Rarity Bay Country Club, the heart of Rarity Bay, has hosted numerous indoor/ outdoor weddings seating anywhere from 50 to 200 guests. Rarity Bay Country Club has featured wedding ceremonies on the golf course (pictured). The panoramic views and intimate setting create beautiful photographs and memories. Indoor receptions are held in the clubhouse with access to an outdoor patio. Outdoor receptions are also available. Both settings are breathtakingly beautiful. Photos of recent weddings can be viewed on Rarity Bay Country Club’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ RarityBayCountryClub.

Book Your Wedding or Special Event

Rarity Bay hosts special events year-round for all occasions. From weddings and corporate events to birthday parties and baby showers, customizable packages are available for everyone. Contact us for more information, to schedule a tour, or book your event by emailing Club@RarityBayLiving.com.

CHEO Invites You to “Chinese Medicine” with Karen Martin


March 26 at 6:30 pm at the Rarity Bay Community Activity Center

e have all heard about “Chinese Medicine,” but how much do we really know about it? Karen Martin has studied it extensively and will share the basics with us. Karen has been trained in many modalities, including Acupuncture and Auricular Acupuncture. She is also a Certified Acudetox specialist, TuiNa practitioner, and hypnotherapist. For this CHEO program, Karen will focus on

Chinese Medicine. Come and learn ways you can benefit from it by adding it to your life. Please note that the Rarity Bay CHEO programs will be on the last Thursday of the month in 2020. CHEO programs are open to the public and free for members, with a $10 suggested minimum donation for all guests. CHEO is a non-profit organization supporting wholistic and integrative wellness. CHEO provides the community with many opportunities to

discover pathways to well-being. For more information, call Diane Minch at 423-884-6031 or visit www.cheoknox.org. Directions to Rarity Bay: From I-75, exit #72, which is Hwy 72 (towards and through Loudon), for exactly 13 miles. Turn left into Rarity Bay. From Hwy 411, go west on Hwy 72 for 2.5 miles. Make a right turn at the Rarity Bay entrance. The Community Activity Center is the second building on the right.

Dollywood Pre-K Imagination Season Pass Deadline Extended L

Pass allows children born in 2015 or 2016 to visit Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country for free in 2020

ast season Dollywood officials announced the free Pre-K Imagination Season Pass to celebrate the park’s milestone 35th anniversary season in 2020. With the pass, children born in 2015 or 2016 are able to visit Dollywood absolutely free for the entire 2020 season. Additionally, the pass allows children to splash and play for free during Dollywood’s Splash Country’s 20th anniversary season. With high demand for the free pass, Dollywood officials have extended the deadline for children to be registered. Adults now have until March 15 to sign up their children by registering them online at www.Dollywood.com/Pre-K. For adults registering their children for the Pre-K Imagination Pass and looking for the best value on their


ennessee softball will host the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team in an exhibition game on April 8 at 7 pm at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium as a part of Team USA’s “Stand Beside Her” Tour. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Fans will have an opportunity to see the Lady Vols take on Team USA as the Red, White, and Blue’s Olympic squad prepares for Tokyo 2020. Spectators will also have a chance to welcome back legendary Lady Vol Monica Abbott (2004-07), who holds the NCAA record in career strikeouts (2,440), innings pitched (1,448.0), victories (189), and starts (206). Abbott, who owns nearly every UT pitching record and is a four-time All-American and the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, will also make her second appearance at the Olympics this summer. “Ralph and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to host Team USA at Sherri Parker Lee stadium on the

own passes, now is the best time to lock in the best price. Because the Pre-K Pass provides access to both Dollywood and Splash Country, the best option for parents is the Two-Park Super Pass. By purchasing before March 15, parents can take advantage of a six-month payment plan, plus they receive two bring-a-friend free tickets and they save $10 off summer pricing. The park’s 2020 season features a calendar full of events that make it the perfect year for a season pass. The year begins with international fun during Festival of Nations (March 14-April 20). The biggest names in bluegrass visit during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’s® (April 24-May 3), while the park’s newest event, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival, takes place

May 8 through June 14. Summer Celebration (June 20-August 2) features later hours and the return of the Gazillion Bubbles Show. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (September 25-October 31) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s season concludes with the 12-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, November 7-January 2, 2021.

‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,” said Karen Weekly, co-head coach. “It is even more special because our very own Monica Abbott is coming home to Rocky Top and representing our country in the 2020 Olympic Games. We couldn’t be prouder of her and everything she has accomplished in her career. We are grateful to the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission and the University of Tennessee for working together to make this possible.” Visit Knoxville, the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Knoxville and Knox County that liaised the opportunity, believes the Team USA visit will positively impact the local community. “We are excited to bring Team USA to Knoxville,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “The opportunity to see these athletes compete in an Olympic year against the Lady Vols will be great for our community. We appreciate our partners in Tennessee Athletics for working with us to host

this exhibition game.” Abbott expressed equal enthusiasm about her impending return to Big Orange Country. “I’m so excited to be back on Rocky Top with Team USA,” she said. “The University of Tennessee is rich with Team USA ties and has many connections to the USA Softball program. I can’t wait to be back representing Vol Nation and USA!” The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of female athletes.

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s biggest season ever and the free Pre-K Imagination Pass by calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visiting www.dollywood.com.

Knoxville to Host “Stand Beside Her” Tour Stop

Tickets in the chairbacks section are $20 and tickets in the bleachers section are $15 and can be purchased at www. AllVols.com or by calling the Tennessee Athletics ticket office at 865-656-1200. For more information on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, visit www.StandBesideHerTour.com.

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New Pant Choices for Spring 2020! Fashion Sense


The gaucho

The legging

his year is full of amazing new pant styles for women, and we’re absolutely in love with the new ideas and trends. We’re definitely a fan of the new wide leg gaucho… a blast from the past that is perfect when paired with all of the new casual shoe styles available this season. Spring 2020 offers many choices and depending on the look you want to achieve, the newer wide leg may be your pant of choice, the voluminous silhouette reminding us of a maxi skirt and giving an airy movement to the fabric. Ankle pants are still #1 for spring, and some of the beauty is again showing off that cute shoe! The ankle pant is usually a 28” inseam, so many times it fits a petite customer perfectly without alterations… however, remember alterations are Brenda Bryan always complimentary at The Lily Pad! Owner, The Lily Pad “Are leggings still in for spring?” That is a question we’re often asked, and the answer is absolutely YES! Leggings could easily be The Lily Pad Boutique described as a classic wardrobe staple at this 209 N. Main Street point. The basic black legging will never be out Sweetwater, TN 37874 of style, but spring offers many new updates in 423-337-5537 legging details and gorgeous new colors as well! lilypadboutiqueonline.com Speaking of color, print pants are HUGE for Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm spring. Whether it’s floral or abstract, look for lots of coral, aqua, or any shade of blue to be the dominate colors you’ll see this spring. Fun, feminine prints are a must have for your new look. One of our favorite things about fashion is that today, you have the option of choosing whatever pant style works best for you… straight, full, flared, or slim leg, any style is appropriate when paired with the right style top to complement your look! Come visit and let us help mix your tops with the new styles of pants for spring 2020! Happy shopping and happy springtime!

The skinny leg

The wide leg trouser


New York Theatre Adventure


June 5-8

oin us in NYC for a New York Theatre Adventure, including the 74th annual Tony Awards®! We’ve put together an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience that includes: » Tickets to the 74th annual Tony Awards® » Tickets to two Broadway shows of your choice* » Private discussion and cabaret style performance with Broadway cast members » Guided tour of Central Park, Strawberry Fields, and Fifth Avenue » Private visit to King’s Theatre in Brooklyn » And more! Limited spots are available. Visit www.tennesseetheatre.com for the full itinerary, pricing, and to reserve your spot. Hurry, your adventure awaits! *Subject to availability. Register soon for the best chance at getting great seats for the shows of your choice.

Friends of the Vonore Library Seek Donations


he Friends of the Vonore Public Library are planning their Annual Book and Rummage Sale for April 9-11. In preparation, they are asking for donations of books, small appliances, sports equipment, household items, etc. Please no clothes or computer items. Items may be dropped off at the Vonore Public Library Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact Karen Rische at 423-436-1334.

Chota Landing Townhomes Now Open!

Now Under Construction – Lots 21/22, last duplex in Chota Landing, Townhome with Lake View. Walking distance to Docks and Yacht Club. Hurry to pick your colors and interior finishes. 3 BR, 2.5 Baths, Study, FP, Covered Composite Deck, Oversized 2 Car Garage, and storage area in crawl space. Landscaping and irrigation system included. For pricing, call Kathy or Wes with Village Homes at 865-458-6813.


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The Tellico Village Community Church Crafters Spring Craft and Bake Sale

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he Tellico Village Community Church Crafters will be holding their spring craft and bake sale on Saturday, April 4, from 9 am until noon in the Christian Life Center of the Church, which is located at 130 Chota Center in Tellico Village. Items for sale include a wide variety of floral arrangements, including wreaths, table arrangements, and other silk floral displays. If you need a decorative cover for your mailbox, the Crafters have a wide range of seasonal covers that are available either at the sale or by special order. The many talented sewers and knitters create a host of home décor products for sale, including the ever popular “scrubbies,” golf seat covers, baby quilts, table runners, placemats, knitted items, and dolls, just to name a few. Paper goods, such as note cards and envelopes, bridge tallies, etc., are also available for purchase at the sale. The jewelry makers always have a group of shoppers lined up who are looking for something original for themselves or for friends and family. Be sure to arrive early to get the best selection of homemade baked goods. They go fast, and some items can be frozen and used at Easter. Another favorite at the bake sale is the ever popular “Jezebel” Sauce. Women from all across Tellico Village and beyond work with the Crafters. You don’t have to be a member of the church to participate. Whatever the skill level, there is always a place for newcomers. Crafters meet most Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Christian Life Center of the Church. All proceeds from the craft sales benefit local organizations and charities. Last year $26,400 was donated to the community. So come and find some treasures and contribute to your community at the same time. Bring your cash or a check since credit cards are not accepted.

(From L to R) Crafters Cathie Salvo, Mary Loehr, and Diane Mugge

What’s New at 143 Chota Center in Tellico Village


ost of us are familiar with the Lutheran Church that shares space with Click Funeral Home, but some major changes are happening. To accommodate our growing congregation, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church purchased the building housing Click Funeral Home in 2019. That business will remain, but Edward Jones and Physicians Hearing Care are in the process of moving to new locations. An extensive redesign of the exterior to allow the building to look and function as a church is underway. To provide for current and future growth, we needed to expand our worship, fellowship area, and offices. We are now in the process of starting the interior Phase 1: » The bathrooms are being enlarged, and a family restroom is being added. » The church offices are being moved to the other end of the building, allowing us to substantially enlarge our fellowship space. As development continues, we will share the continuing progress being made by our expansion team, architect, and contractors. We look forward the enhancement of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church to serve our parishioners and the community as we live out our mission of sharing God’s love with the world. The community is welcome to stop and take a look.

First Baptist Church of Tellico Village

A Loving, Welcoming Family of Believers Sunday Worship: 8:50 & 10:15 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 8:50 & 10:15 a.m. Wednesday: Meal 5:30 & Devotional 6:15 p.m.

Love God, Love Others, and Reach our World for Christ! Dr. Charlie Barnard, Pastor 205 Chota Rd. • 865.408.0110 • www.fbctellicovillage.org

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11 Eleven Lenoir City, TN 37772 $129,900 MLS #1103882 MOVE-IN READY! Charming one level (lower) condo. Features include living room/dining, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, and laundry. Interior has new paint and new carpet. Convenient to I-75, Lenoir City, and Turkey Creek.


109 Red Grouse Drive 109 Red Grouse Drive Lenoir City, TN 37772 $549,900 MLS #1086525 STUNNING BRICK 5 bed (septic permit for 3), 3 bath home located in the prestigious lakefront community of Conkinnon Pointe! This home has been meticulously cared for both inside & out and is loaded with beautiful upgrades. The gorgeous entryway leads in the open concept living room, kitchen, dining area, and sunroom perfect for entertaining! It flows right outdoors on the relaxing oversized back patio. Gourmet kitchen is equipped with high end SS appliances, granite, and tons of cabinets & counterspace. Master on the main features a newly remodeled ensuite bath. Upstairs leads to the spacious 2nd floor w/ 3 add’l bedrooms, bonus room (bedroom), and 2 full baths. Plantation style front porch, oversized garage, exquisite landscaping, outdoor firepit area, community boat dock... the list goes on! The neighborhood boat dock and slips are easily accessible and located just down the street. Septic permit on file is approved for a 3 bedroom home.

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Phil Keaggy by

Randy Patterson, Boomerocity.com

n the history of Contemporary Christian Music, one of the patriarchs of the genre is a man who played with some of its early trailblazers. That man is the world-renowned guitarist, Phil Keaggy. Keaggy has been active in Christian music since his conversion in 1970, blowing people’s minds with his amazing guitar wizardry that has earned him much respect from within CCM and many accolades from outside the genre as well. In a recent extensive interview, Keaggy shared openly about his career in and out of the CCM industry, the challenges he and his wife had with suffering the pain of multiple miscarriages, his prolific production of work, both solo as well as collaboratively, and who he’s been able to meet and play with. Pil Keaggy About his solo work and how it’s “getting out there,” Keaggy shared: “I’ve been an Indie artist now for about 18 years, since the last record label I belonged to was Word Records. They let me go in 2002, and since then, everything I’ve been putting out has been just Indie. That means no marketing or distribution. Very little radio. But I keep working, because that’s my job, and I still do concerts because a number of people still like to hear me play and sing and do my songs. So the thing is, I keep creating, and I’ve been doing a lot of collaboration, especially during the last, I’ll say 10, 12 years with other writers and artists/musicians.” Then, turning a little more serious, Keaggy shared some of his feelings about the CCM industry. “The industry has changed,” he said. “We don’t have CD stores like we used to. We don’t have record stores except for Bernadette & Phil’s specialty shops, you could say, where you can find LPs. So Wedding Day when I do concerts, I make my music available to people at the concerts.” In addition to his amazing catalog of work that is still growing, Keaggy has played with various names outside of CCM. He humbly talked about them when asked. “I’ll be 69 in March, and I’ve had great opportunities during my lifetime to play with people I really admire. Say, for instance, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. Those two guys - to be on the same album with guys that played with Peter Gabriel and McCartney and Lennon and all these all these amazing musicians and all these amazing artists. “I did get a chance to play at Linda McCartney sister’s wedding back in 1990. As a result of that, I had a chance to just sit down and play guitars with Paul McCartney for about 20 minutes. After which McCartney said, ‘You have a nice voice. Remind me a bit of James Taylor.’ I mean, he was a great influence on me from a melodic standpoint, a tonal standpoint, vocally. One of the great, great writers and artists of all time, of course, and it was an honor to meet him. It was kind of surreal, actually. “So anyway, that’s one of the stories I wouldn’t have ever presumed or assumed or

Sir Paul McCartney and Phil

Phil and his Les Paul

Tennessee Stage Company Announces Auditions for Shakespeare on the Square


he Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the 2020 Shakespeare on the Square season on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 5 pm at First Presbyterian Church, located at 620 State Street. Those auditioning are requested to prepare two contrasting monologues (at least one classical) of no more than one minute each. Please bring two copies of a resume and a standard theatrical headshot. All auditions are by appointment only. For appointments, contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 865-546-4280 or TennesseeStage@comcast.net. The two shows to be performed this summer are The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest. They will run from July 16 through August 16. Rehearsals will begin towards the end of May. For more information, call 865-546-4280 or visit www.TennesseeStage. com.

imagined in my wildest dreams - that I’d be in the studio with someone like McCartney or Clapton or any of those kinds of players that were influential. But I have played for Rick Derringer on one of his tracks and on Airborne Ranger with Mark Farner, the guitarist from Grand Funk. I have played on a few projects by other people. Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters is a great guy. Great guitar player, fun guy.” Later in our conversation on some other subjects, Keaggy added, “I enjoyed meeting Mickey Dolenz. I played on six of his 12 songs on his album called Remember. I’ve been to his house out in California. We had a listening party with a lot of friends and artists that you would recognize that were there. One of my favorite solos I’ve ever done on anyone’s album was on his album - on the Nilsson song called Remember, the title song. Yeah, Mickey - he’s fun. A talented guy. For his age, the guy’s singing is still great.” With our chat wrapping up, the guitar meister said this of his life: “We all have a chance to leave a mark - leave something behind worth remembering. Those are the things that matter to me. You know, the fruit of the spirit stuff: Love and joy and peace. I want to be a peacemaker.” This interview was quite extensive and can be read in its entirety at www.boomerocity. com. You can also order Keaggy’s amazing work at www.PhilKeaggy.com, as well as see a wide range of his performances on YouTube.

Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Monroe County Churches Unite to Assist the Good Shepherd Center


ach Lenten season local churches work together to assist the residents of Monroe County that are less fortunate or are facing a crisis. Each Wednesday during Lent our local faith community will gather at area churches at noon for a soup and sandwich lunch provided by the host church, a short devotion by the host pastor, and an offering will be collected to benefit the Good Shepherd Center. Everyone is invited to attend.  The schedule is as follows: » March 4: Madisonville Presbyterian Church, 201 Main Street, Madisonville » March 11: Madisonville Church of God, 3895 New Highway 68, Madisonville » March 18: Buckner Memorial, Forkners Chapel and Vonore UMCs will host at First UMC » March 25: First United Methodist Church, 143 College Street, Madisonville » April 1: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 649 Old Tellico Highway N, Madisonville Currently the Good Shepherd Center provides food to an average of 1,500 people a month and issues approximately 30,000 pounds of food per month. Financial support comes primarily from donations from many local churches, local businesses, and individuals. Volunteers working at the center are making the difference in the lives of residents; additional volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in learning more and giving back, please contact the Good Shepherd Center at 423-420-8888 or email GScenter@att.net. The Good Shepherd Center was started in 1993, and the founding churches were Buckner Methodist Church, First United Methodist, Madisonville Presbyterian, and St. Joseph the Worker. The center was created to minister to people in crisis. The support services that are rendered today for Monroe County residents that request food, clothing, or financial aid for utility bills. The Good Shepherd Center provides these services free of charge and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Etowah Arts Commission Presents the 26th Annual Cousin Jake Tullock Memorial Bluegrass Festival


raditional bluegrass music will fill the air in downtown Etowah, Tennessee, as the Etowah Arts Commission (EAC) presents the 26th annual Cousin Jake Tullock Memorial Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, March 7, at the historic Gem Theater, located at 700 Tennessee Avenue. Local favorites Just Us serve as the host band to welcome Valley Grass Express and Sierra Hull & Justin Moses to the stage. A reunion set by Hiwassee Ridge will also take place. Join us on Friday night, March 6, for the annual John Studdard Memorial Bluegrass Gospel Concert featuring Just Us and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. The Bluegrass Festival honors “Cousin Jake” Tullock, who grew up in Etowah and was a long-time member of Flatt and Scruggs renowned Foggy Mountain Boys during their heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. The Gospel Concert honors local educator, bluegrass musician, and founder of the Cousin Jake Bluegrass Festival, John Studdard. Friday evening’s Gospel Concert will begin at 7:30 pm, with the doors opening at 7 pm. On Saturday, the festival doors open at noon, with the show running from 1 to 7 pm. Across the street at the L&N Depot, you can bring your own musical instruments along so you can join the “Jammin’ at the Depot” from noon to 4 pm. Tickets for Friday’s Gospel Concert are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets for Saturday’s Bluegrass Festival are $18 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Also available is the Friday/Saturday combo ticket for $25. Discounts are available for groups of more than 12. Tickets are available at the EAC office each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, or call 423-263-7608 to order on the phone with a credit card. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.etowaharts.org. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door the day of the event. The Gem Theater and first floor of the L&N Depot are ADA compliant and handicap accessible. The Etowah Arts Commission, the cultural arm of the City of Etowah, has been in existence since 1977. Occupying the former location of a drug store in the corner of the historic Gem Theater, EAC has benefited the community by leading the Gem Theater renovations, hosting events to boost the cultural life of the town, and is home to the Nancy Cantrell Dender Gallery. For more information, call 423-263-7608 or visit www. etowaharts.org.

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“Consumer Choice” or “Consumer Beware?”


here is a movement across the country to reduce the number of regulations imposed on consumers, including the licensing and regulation of professional licenses. It is being promoted as a reduction or elimination of “barriers to enter a profession.” Most of the legislation introduced across the country would allow a consumer to make the choice of using a licensed or unlicensed professional. They generally require the consumer to sign an acknowledgement that the person is not licensed to perform those services and the consumer accepts any risk. Two bills recently introduced in Tennessee, HB1945 and SB1914, would allow unlicensed workers in certain fields to do business without a license as long as the consumer knows and acknowledges that fact. The lists of professions include accountants, architects, engineers, barbers, cosmetologists, funeral directors and embalmers, contractors, home inspectors, plumbers, land surveyors, real estate brokers, private investigators, those engaged

in the application of pesticides, tattoo artist, body piercing artist, alarm contractors and fire extinguisher and fire protection sprinkler systems. Other bills introduced across the country are similar and some include lawyers and doctors.

But should every licensed profession be allowed to be performed by unlicensed individuals?

Responsible professional licensing ensures a minimum level of qualifications and is critical in professions that have a high impact on public health safety and welfare – professions such as architecture, professional surveying and engineering, landscape architecture, and public accounting. To address complex challenges, these professionals meet rigorous standards that ensure a comprehensive understanding of their field and the complex codes and laws that govern it. Licensing is about more than just entry into a profession. A responsible licensing system: » Protects consumers from unqualified practitioners and services » Ensures continuing education so that


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licensees in highly technical and complex professions remain knowledgeable about best practices and changing regulations » Provides for official oversight and a means of sanctioning bad actors through licensing boards So-called “consumer choice” legislation could discard professional licensing in favor of “qualifications optional,” should it really be called “Consumer Beware!” Should a notice and a waiver be adequate substitutes for meeting minimal qualifications to perform the work – particularly work that impacts the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

practitioners. Consumers will be at greater risk from unqualified practitioners without the minimum qualifications, ongoing training, oversight and enforcement responsible licensing models provide. The licensing boards that oversee these professions bestow authority to individual engineers, surveyors, architects, landscape architects, and CPAs to certify compliance, quality, and integrity of work. This “seal of approval” confers a legal responsibility for upholding the integrity and safety of our public and private spaces and financial systems. And, this level of responsibility – and liability – rightly requires intensive and ongoing education, examination, and experience provided by good licensing models. Some consumer decisions impact not only the consumer who makes the choice, but the greater public. Such legislation could allow the choice and unlicensed architect or engineer to design a new bridge, to be constructed by an unlicensed contractor and inspected by an unlicensed inspector. The risk of this decision reaches far beyond the person who accepts this risk, it reaches to every person who drives across that bridge. A distinction should be acknowledged that it is not a one size fits all. Some consumer choices only impact the individual consumer, others impact the public as a whole. Consumer Choice or Consumer Beware?

Professional licensing protects consumers and the public: Consumer Beware puts them at risk.

Professional licensing is an important indicator of a baseline level of expertise and qualification that helps protect the public from unqualified practitioners. Professional licensing as an indicator of qualification is particularly critical in highly complex, technical professions for which lay people do not have the specialized knowledge needed to evaluate qualifications and performance. Professional licensing boards play a critical role in ensuring and enforcing qualifications that protect the public. Proposals to eliminate licensing would shift the burden of ensuring qualifications from experts to the public and exposes the public to greater risk from unqualified

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The Watershed Association of Tellico Reservoir


By John Shryock

he beauty and versatility of Tellico Lake and the reservoir from Chilhowee Dam to Tellico Dam in Lenoir City is important to us all. The Watershed Association of Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) is a not-forprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of this body of water and the streams and rivers that feed into it. WATeR recognizes that growth of algae causing a “greening” effect in the reservoir is a present threat to water quality because algae can lead to the development of slime and the growth of unwanted plants at the shoreline. Clean water is important to those who swim and fish in the reservoir and esthetically pleasing to recreational visitors who spend millions of dollars in our area. Property values are sustained by pristine waters and shorelines. Prevention is key! To protect the greening effect in the watershed, WATeR is enlisting the help of property owners around the lake to take action to prevent greening. One major solution is for lakefront homeowners to plant a “riparian garden” (a garden that exists alongside a river) on their property to reduce the flow of nitrogen, phosphorous, and bug and weed chemicals into the Tellico Reservoir and damaging its water quality. What does it do? An effective riparian buffer zone on

The demonstration riparian garden in Tellico Village. Note the swale in the middle one-third of the garden. It holds water from lawns, allowing the plants time to absorb phosphorous, nitrogen, and other harmful chemicals from entering the lake.

the waterfront slows and absorbs rainwater runoff from the fertilized lawn above it. Plant roots in buffer zones take up nutrients off the lawn, and bacteria take up and metabolize pesticides in runoff from the lawn so they do not enter the lake. The larger the size of the riparian zone, the greater the likelihood that it will be effective to absorb excess nutrients that run off from lawns, but even a small buffer zone with native plants and porous soil is preferable to lawn grass. The riparian zone can decrease the risk of soil erosion and also serve as an esthetically

pleasing way to increase wildlife habitat. Where can I see one? WATeR volunteers recently installed a demonstration riparian garden at the Rock Point boat dock in Rarity Bay. It was dedicated to Mary Bridges in a well-attended ceremony on October 28, 2019. A second demonstration garden was installed on the waterfront behind the Tanasi Clubhouse in Tellico Village and will be dedicated on April 6th of this year. A second problem is algae. Algal growth is increased by phosphate, and the major source of phosphate is fertilizer that is applied to, and runs off from, waterfront properties into the lake. The quantity of these negative nutrients or fertilizers and pollutants such as weed and bug killers increases each year due to the increase of homeowners in and around the Tellico Reservoir. A second solution to prevent greening is the use of low-phosphate fertilizers on lawns. Homeowners are encouraged to ask local lawn maintenance services and fertilizer suppliers to use and sell low or phosphate-free fertilizers. Where can I get more information? Visit WATeR’s website at www.tellicowater.org or email ihm23@aol. com to request a consultation from a WATeR specialist because other conditions such as sun, shade, and elevation can influence the design of your garden. Please visit either demonstration site. The kiosk has construction information and a list of native Tennessee plants used.

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Golf Front Lot of Your Dreams! Lot 6/Blk 10 Unole Trail Tellico Village’s Kahite $49,900 - MLS# 1094685 John Tuck - 865-567-1936

Golf Front Living At Its Best! Lot 7/Blk 10 Unole Trail Tellico Village’s Kahite $24,900 - MLS# 1094687 John Tuck - 865-567-1936

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156 Cheeskogili Way - Tellico Village $274,000 - MLS# 1099637 Becky Hunt - 865-789-2571

640 Arrowhead Trail - Knoxville $169,900 - MLS# 1071843 John Tuck - 865-567-1936

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Rocky Top Rd - Lenoir City $299,000 - MLS# 1096826 John Tuck - 865-567-1936

Block 17 Lot 16 Kahite Trail $49,900 - MLS #1074766 Cindy Brewer 865-679-2344

Lot 15/Blk 5 Gohi Trail - Tellico Village $12,000 - MLS# 1067056 Cindy Brewer - 865-679-2344

5524 Maple Hill Road - Loudon $49,900 MLS# 1091535 John Tuck - 865-567-1936

Oakwood Rd - Walland $35,000 - MLS# 1104989 Cindy Brewer - 865-679-2344

169 Amohi Way - Tellico Village $3,000 - MLS# 1100044 Cindy Brewer - 865-679-2344

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Volume 20, No. 3

March 2020

Knoxville High Apartment Living LIVE EASY. LOVE LIFE.


n the corner of 5th Avenue and Central Street, the elegant old Knoxville High School building is a well-known landmark to those who love the city of Knoxville - and a cherished memory for those who studied within its  walls. The school officially closed its doors to students in 1951, but it remained a part of city life through various uses until 2015. That’s when local firm Dover Signature Properties saw incredible potential in the bones of the place. Owners Laurie and Rick Dover and their team planned a thorough restoration effort that would bring back life to the old classrooms by turning them into luxury senior apartments.

The layout and design of the former school building were a natural fit for creating living spaces, and its appealing architectural details gave the new space a personality and character you simply can’t find in new construction. As a building in the Classical Revival style that appears on the National Register of Historic Places, Knoxville High was restored with faithful attention to historic detail while also meeting stringent LEED environmental standards. The result is a building that’s beautiful to look at - and comfortable to live in. Knoxville High Apartment Living, which was named the number one renovation project for senior living in the country by Senior Housing


News in 2019, is designed to be an all-inclusive lifestyle choice - your monthly fee includes most of the expenses of everyday living and covers services like housekeeping, transportation, and the most amazing chef-prepared meals you’ve ever tasted. We have 80 newly renovated apartments that are luxurious and full of architectural character, all for a price that’s more affordable than other independent living choices in Knoxville. Our aim is to make your life easier in every respect. We want you to relax, have fun, and leave the work of daily life to us. Living at Knoxville High gives you the freedom and space to create your own signature version of retirement, all while meeting new people and enjoying the best of our growing and vibrant city. Whatever your vision is for your retirement, Knoxville High Apartment Living can make it easier to achieve. Stay well physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The health of our residents is extremely important to us. We include group wellness activities on the daily schedule with Performance Training, Inc. and Agility. We also contract with health professionals to provide on-site services at your request, and our central location means you’ll be near Knoxville’s healthcare hub at Fort Sanders and the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Many houses of worship of all faiths are located within blocks of Knoxville High. Transportation is always available so you can attend services. Downsize your burdens. At Knoxville High, you’re free of the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, and yard work, so you can pursue what makes you happiest. Transportation is included, so you can be free of your car as well if you like. Eat like a king. Or queen. Executive Chef Shaun Calico provides three delicious meals a day for all our guests, and we won’t be surprised if you never feel the need to go to a restaurant. The menu is seasonal, fresh, and full of surprises. Find new friends. Knoxville High is, first and foremost, a community. Our residents residents eat meals together, join each other for museum trips and concerts, and form strong friendships that make life more enjoyable. We keep a full and active social calendar and welcome all our residents to join in the fun - one night we might have a sing-along in the piano lounge, another a wine tasting in the courtyard. You’ll never lack for things to do. Enjoy the city experience. Located where Old North Knoxville meets the historic Old City, Knoxville High gives you instant access to all the cultural activities that Knoxville is well known for: Museums, restaurants, festivals, concerts, and so much more. And we often bring in local artists and organizations - like the Knoxville Opera and the East Tennessee Historical Society - for outstanding cultural programs right here on the premises. Knoxville offers so many options for entertainment that it’s impossible to list them all. Bowl with your friends in a historic boutique bowling alley. Dine overlooking the gently flowing Tennessee River. Or enjoy the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in the historic Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville’s cultural life is blossoming like never before, and there’s always something new to try. Knoxville High Apartment Living 101 East 5th Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917 865-338-4207 www.knoxhigh.com

It Has Changed My Life

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By Dawn Steimer, Owner of Master Custom Home Remodeling


avid Brewster, co-owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems, has been a frequent guest on my radio show, “Around the House,” on Newstalk 98.7. My live home improvement show can be heard on Saturdays from 7 to 9 am. David helped me and my listeners understand how Aqua Clear Water Systems could eliminate the lime deposits on my home’s faucets, in addition to my dry skin condition, which resulted from using untreated water. My laundry detergent also goes twice as far, and the treated water rinses my clothing so much better. And, best of all, my drinking water tastes great. My ice is clearer, and it’s taste and odor free. Aqua Clear Water Systems even helped clear up my dog’s dry skin. The in-home consultation and water testing was thoroughly and professionally done. Everything was done as I looked on, and I was shocked to see how many solids were in my water! I could not believe my eyes! We then discussed a variety of options to select from.

The installation team was exceptional! They left no mess at all. The Aqua Clear Water Systems installers, Brian and Jesse, were truly professional and courteous! Everything was explained to me, and they answered all of my questions. They even took pictures of the installation so if I have any questions in the future, they can refer to the photos on file in real time, saving time and money. I am an Aqua Clear Water Systems believer. My hair is softer and has more shine. My skin is so moist, and my cost of soap has been cut in half - and all from a filtration system that doesn’t even require electricity. Amazing! I would rate my Aqua Clear Water Systems experience as ★★★★★ exceptional! Aqua Clear Water Systems really does change your water... it has changed my life! I never knew what I was missing. It’s an unbelievable value. Aqua Clear Water Systems 1767 Kevin Lane Lenoir City, TN 37772 865-225-6555 www.aquaclearws.com

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Monroe County Friends of Animals Pets of the Week


osita is our dog of the week. She is a mixed boxer who was picked up as a stray in Madisonville. Rosita is healthy and a little over a year old and is full grown at 43 pounds. She has striking blue eyes, a happy, charming personality, and loves attention. Rosita appears to get along well with other dogs. When coming to the shelter to meet a dog, please remember their true personality may not show through immediately in the shelter environment. They may consider their kennel a safe place and be uncomfortable when taken out. This doesn’t mean they aren’t sweet, loving dogs. It just means they are unsure or scared in this environment. Take some time to meet each dog. Let them get used to you for a few moments before you take him/her for a walk around the shelter grounds. Once you get your new pet home, allow them time to become adjusted to their new life. Depending on their background, living in a home may be a new experience for them. This may not happen overnight, so be patient and you will wind up with a happy, well-adjusted pet. Winkie and Whoopie (5 month old Orange Tabby brothers) came in as strays and were brought to us in a trap. We originally thought they would both be better as barn types, but Winkie has decided that humans are kind of useful. He is a bit shy and will give a small hiss when his condo is approached but soon becomes curious. He likes to be softly stroked and goes bonkers for feathers and toys. He will do best in a home with patient humans who grasp that he is a work in progress and will be well

worth the wait. Milo (DSH 1 year old) is quite the character. He was surrendered by owner because he will not stay in the house and wants to roam the neighborhood. (He is neutered and chipped.) He can be trained to be an indoor (safe at home) guy. He is incredibly sweet and affectionate but does not appreciate restraint or being picked up and held for any length of time. As such, we recommend a home without young children. Milo likes to play and is quite insistent that you pay him the homage he deserves. Inky (DSH 5 months old) is our resident Houdini! Sweet as molasses but a stinker for managing to escape his condo! He is playful, inquisitive, and affectionate, not to mention smart as a whip! Domestic cats are a social species. Yes, you can have cats that are buddies because they really like each other and not because they have to be. Kittens crave playmates, and they especially bond with their littermates. But even if you adopt kittens from separate litters, they will likely become instant besties. For most kittens, the way they learn social skills is by interacting and playing with each other. Please remember their true purrsonality may not show through immediately in the shelter environment. Their condo is now their “safe place” and some struggle a bit when removed from it. That, by no means does NOT mean they aren’t sweet, loving lap cats. It means they are uncomfortable or scared. Take the time to meet each cat. There is great information on how to introduce animals into a new home at www.monroecountyfriendsofanimals. org under Pets/Helpful Hints. Check it out – there are many more “Helpful Hints” for pet caregivers provided there. All pet animals adopted from the shelter are spayed or

neutered, wormed, have age appropriate vaccinations and testing, and are microchipped with registration. Cats are litter box trained. The adoption fees are $50 over one year old and $60 under one year old. Have you been to the MCFA Thrift Store run by volunteers of The Monroe County Animal Friends of Animals (MCFA)? It’s located at 3949 Highway 411 in Madisonville (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken). If you haven’t been there for a while, you might be missing out on some tremendous bargains. New merchandise arrives daily and is priced to move. Donations are greatly appreciated and are accepted Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Monroe County. Worker volunteers are always in high demand. Like us on Facebook for up to date sale information or call 423-420-3423. Would you consider becoming a foster for puppies, kittens, and adult dogs and cats? Some just need a break from shelter life, some are awaiting their turn on a rescue transport, and some just need some love. If you feel that you cannot adopt at this time, think about a short- or longterm foster situation. Call the shelter to find out more information. It’s a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

10-40 tons of trash from the river’s shorelines and its tributary creeks. “In 2019, about 700 volunteers removed 33 tons of garbage from 34 sites in Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Anderson counties,” said Bird. “A site captain’s work isn’t terribly strenuous or hard, but they determine how many sites can be cleaned up. If you have a friend, spouse, or partner, you can volunteer as co-captains, which will make it more fun.” For details about Ijams River Rescue or to volunteer to be a site captain, contact Lauren Bird at lbird@ijams. org or 865-577-4717, ext. 135. A general call for cleanup volunteers will be issued at a later date.

life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixeduse trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking, and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs, to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers, to yoga hikes, cooking classes, and art programs. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 am until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit www.ijams.org.

The Monroe County Animal Shelter is located at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville (behind Walmart) and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Email animal.shelter@ monroetn.com or call 423-442-1015 for more information about any pet posted. Check out all available pets on our website at www.monroecountyfriendsofanimals.org. The official Facebook page is “TN Monroe County Animal Shelter.” Adoption gift certificates are available all year.

Ijams River Rescue Needs Volunteer Site Captains for Annual Cleanup March 28


jams Nature Center is looking for volunteer site captains for its 31st annual Ijams River Rescue scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 10 am to 1 pm. “We need to add 30 additional site captains to be able to reach more areas,” said Lauren Bird, Ijams Education Administrative Coordinator. “Site captains are crucial because they keep each site running smoothly and help address any issues that arise.” A site captain’s duties range from checking in volunteers and going over safety procedures to handing out snacks and completing a brief cleanup report. There are one to two site captains at each location. These volunteers receive training prior to the event. Ijams River Rescue, now in its 31st year, draws between 600-800 volunteers annually and removes between

Ijams Nature Center is a non-profit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities, and walks of

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Monroe Area Council for the Arts Invites You to Its 11th Annual MACA Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament & a Day of Making Art Come Alive


he Monroe Area Council for the Arts will host its 11th Annual Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament on March 21 at The Links at Kahite. The shotgun four-person scramble begins at 9:30 am.  The entry fee includes a free continental breakfast, unlimited range balls, door prizes, a free beverage cart, a hot pasta buffet with desserts, and free contests for prizes.  The entry fee is only $100. Register your team today! Registrations available at www.monroearts.com, Toqua, Tanasi, and Kahite Golf Pro Shops, or call the MACA office at 423-442-3210.  

Come See MACA in Action

While the golfers are competing, you are invited to come out to the Kahite Clubhouse  at 10 am and join us for a Day of Making Art Come Alive. Come see dancers from Armfield Dance Studio and Born to Dance entertain us with different styles of dance. Come into the Community Center and enjoy a most creative Arts Show, with art forms ranging from paintings, quilting, wood work, stain glass, gourd art, and much more.  There are 27 artists showing a wide variety of skills for your enjoyment! Enjoy lunch at the Kahite Pub and visit with friends.  Do you want to make a difference? Come chat with us on how you can help to Make Art Come Alive in our community. All proceeds from sponsorship and golf fees will go to support the Barbara Arwood Fund for Arts in Education.  The Barbara Arwood Fund helps bring pro-

grams on music, poetry, visual arts, and the Missoula Children’s Theatre to young people in the area. In addition, this event will help MACA offer its annual summer arts camps.

For more information, to provide sponsorship, or to register to play in the tournament, visit www.monroearts. com, email maca491@gmail.com, or call MACA at 423442-3210.

Foothills Craft Guild Member Opportunities


oothills Craft Guild is the oldest member-based craft guild in Tennessee, with about 250 members. We have two jury sessions annually and host two fine craft shows each year – March 20-21 at the Venue at Lenoir City and November 6-8 at the Knoxville Expo Center. We also sponsor workshops and craft demonstrations of fine hand-crafted pieces. New members also may sell their work through the Foothills website. The Guild welcomes new members whose creative handiwork demonstrates stimulating visual appeal, good design, and fine craftsmanship. Work must go through a jurying process. All active Guild members are encouraged to participate in Guild activities by exhibiting or demonstrating at Guild shows, serving on committees or on the Board of Directors, or by participating in other activities sponsored by the Guild. How to Qualify for Membership 1. Applicants must reside in Tennessee. 2. Applicants must be accepted by the jury process. Applications and instructions may be found on our website at www.foothillscraftguild.org. 3. Applicants must submit five pieces of their craft along with five photos. 4. Items must be of original design and produced by the artist within the past two years. The next jury session for 2020 will be in July. Applications are due to Foothills by July 1, accompanied by a $35 fee. (Instructions for submitting them are on our website.) You may also contact our standards chairperson for more information at StandardsChair@foothillscraftguild. org. Work must be submitted on July 6 for consideration by the judges on July 8. When completing your application, be thoughtful and descriptive with the explanations of your work and the process you use to create it. Make your descriptions interesting. Take time and be expressive about what you’re

doing. Sell yourself with information, not fluff. We look forward to meeting more of our fellow artisans and growing our membership. Come visit us at our spring show, Foothills Artisan Market, at the Venue at Lenoir City March 20-21. Meet

some of our Foothills Craft Guild members and let us help you get ready for your next step in being a member of our Guild. Foothills Craft Guild www.foothillscraftguild.org


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The Human/Pet Bond

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ere’s a number for you, a big number: 84.6 million. That’s approximately how many American homes have a pet of some kind. For the elderly in particular, the human/pet bond goes especially deep. As socially-active and socially-minded beings, humans in general need interpersonal contact; and if that contact is diminished for whatever reason – loss of

a partner or friend, transition to retirement – a pet can be a wonderful substitute for that companion or contact. According to researchers, pets can help satisfy the longing for both company and the need for affection. Even further, researchers say that because these loving animals enrich our lives in so many ways, what a human can receive from a pet goes beyond simple compan-

Moving to a Parkview Senior Living community means being able to do all the things you currently do, and then some. There is a place to dine, have drinks, workout, watch a movie, enjoy a spa day, play games, enjoy outings and so much more!

One thing is for sure, you’ll never be bored!

ionship. Pets can actually lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and may even reduce direct pain. And for the senior adult, pets are wonderful companions to help offset the challenges of loneliness and depression. Just ask Parkview Senior Community resident Carole Prevett. Yes, of course she fulfills her pet Molly’s basic needs and provides affection, but what she receives in return is limitless. “When my husband died in 2006, I was all by myself and was lonely inside the house,” she said. “I needed something to move around in the home and be company to me, so I got this little white poodle named Molly. She keeps me company, and I just love her to death. I am so glad I have her. Having her makes me get out and do exercises, which we all have to do, but sometimes we don’t. She makes me get up and do my walking, so that’s a plus. The two most positive things in my life right now are Molly and Parkview, and I am so grateful for both.” Looking for a place to call home that will accommodate both you and your pet? Parkview Senior Living communities have so much to offer someone looking for an active, independent lifestyle, and yes, your pets are welcome. Just sign up online for a tour or call today and enjoy retirement to fullest! Parkview Knoxville 770 Broome Road 865-357-2288

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Help Random Acts of Flowers Help Others

Your home should be a reflection of you and your family. Our quality of life can diminish if we are not comfortable in our surroundings. At Decorating Den Interiors, we want our clients to walk in to their


home and feel good about being home. Often we neglect taking time to reflect on our surroundings at home. Incorporate your favorite colors throughout your home, with things that make you smile. Create spaces that facilitate your hobbies or interests, like a cozy reading nook or your own private retreat. Not sure where to start? We can help! During our complimentary consultation we can work together to create a plan that makes your home feel comfortable and loved. - Sandy Kozar Come meet us in person! We will be at the HBAGK Home Show on the following dates: Friday, March 13th (11am - 6pm) Saturday, March 14th (10am - 6pm) Sunday, March 15th (11am - 5pm)



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very week for the past 10 1/2 years, Random Acts of Flowers has stayed focused and true to its mission of improving the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering re-purposed flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Here in Knoxville, we deliver hundreds of arrangements each week thanks to the hard work of our more than 400 dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors and committed Perennial Society members. However, we can always use more support to keep delivering hope in our community. Helping Random Acts of Flowers serve others can take many forms. To make a financial donation, you can visit our website (www.RAFKnoxville.org) and click on the “Donation” tab and make an online contribution, or you can mail a check to 3500 Workman Road, Knoxville, TN 37921. Another way to support Random Acts of Flowers is to experience the mission firsthand. Have your next private celebration or team building event here at our workshop or at your facility. These events typically include an overview on Random Acts of Flowers and its mission, followed by a demonstration on how to create beautiful flower arrangements. Then you and your team are guided through the process of creating bouquets that will be delivered to individuals in local healthcare facilities. We also have a variety of regular volunteering opportunities available, from picking up floral donations and prepping donated flowers to creating arrangements and delivering the completed bouquets. For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, please call us at 865-633-9082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville. org, or visit www.RAFKnoxville.org.

When Dieting and Exercise Rediscover a Smoky Simply Aren’t Enough Mountain Spring at Iron Works Grille on the River Discover a New Dimension in Body Sculpting

March, 2020, East Tennessee’s Mountain Views • 5B


djacent to a historical site located less than 100 yards from the restaurant, the Tellico Iron Company, which manufactured munitions for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, was also an important center of Cherokee culture. Rich in history and natural beauty, Iron Works Grille on the River, located on the shore of the Tellico River in nearby Tellico Plains, is a very special place to experience the magic of a Smoky Mountain spring. From the picturesque mist shrouded Smoky Mountains to the rapids of the Tellico River and Bald River Falls, Iron Works Grille guests are treated to both the best nature has to offer and a great dining experience. Beginning in March, Iron Works Grille on the River will be open on Mondays. Hours will be Thursday through Monday from 11 am to 9 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars for their special Prime Rib Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 4 pm. The price is $21.99 per person and includes two sides. “We also invite you to savor our gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and salads while enjoying our more than 300 feet of pristine and serene Tellico River shoreline,” said Mary Spencer, Iron Works Grille co-owner. “Also, be sure to ask about our now-famous and original bacon wrapped Wickles Pickles and homemade pork rinds, which are available in different flavors with our very own homemade ranch-style dressing or mild sauce. You’ll also want sample our extensive selection of on-tap craft beers and wines. We are also very proud to be the recipient of the Taste of Monroe’s ‘Best Overall Restaurant’ Award in Monroe County for 2019.” Mark your calendars as well for the Iron Works Spring Thaw Craft Fair from 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday, March 21st. They will also be featuring the bluegrass music of “The Travelers” from 11 am to 1 pm and Sarah Williams from 5 to 8 pm. Stop by and enjoy the handmade crafts of local artisans, great entertainment, and incredible food. Iron Works Grille is also a great venue to enjoy your favorite sporting events that are featured in their indoor and covered outdoor areas on their new widescreen TVs and surround sound systems. Be sure to ask about their $1.99 Thursday nights kids specials in addition to live music on most weekends featuring local artists. Planning a special event? Ask Iron Works Grille’s events coordinator, Kayla Cummings, just how they can help. Their venue is large enough to host a variety of events, including wedding rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and beer/wine pairing dinners – you name it. Also during your visit, be sure to check out their gift shop, which features local crafts and Iron Works Grille tees to help you remember your incredible day of relaxation on the river. Why not plan a day’s long visit to Iron Works Grille on The River in Tellico Plains? Enjoy the very best of nature, the area’s rich history, and an extra large portion of their very best Southern hospitality. Discover “The Rhythm of the Smokies,” the rapids on the Tellico River, historical Tellico Plains, award-winning food, and great companionship. Iron Works Grille on The River 1641 Cherohala Skyway Tellico Plains, TN 37385 423-253-2373 www.ironworkstellico.com


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ou watch what you eat, you exercise regularly, but that’s simply not enough. You may have even achieved your ideal weight, but those problem areas that you’ve “targeted” remain unchanged. Sound familiar? Stubborn areas, particularly around the abdomen and flanks, can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise. Here’s where the revolutionary Personalized Body Sculpting system from truSculpt® 3D can help. “For a no downtime procedure, I achieved results that I was not able to get from diet and exercise.” - SG Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, this non-invasive truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas. Using innovative monopolar radiofrequency technology, truSculpt® 3D selectively targets and eliminates fat tissue using therapeutic heat. Patients achieve an average of 24% fat reduction in as little as one treatment. truSculpting also tightens and improves skin tone. “I am so happy that I decided to do truSculpt® 3D. I have two kids and workout but have stubborn love handles. This is one area that I have the most trouble with. It was a painless treatment, and it didn’t take long at all - one hour. They treated my upper and lower flank areas. I was thrilled when I went back three months later and took my after photos. Now I don’t have that ‘muffin top’ over my pants.” - MR FDA cleared, safe, and non-invasive,

truSculpt® 3D body sculpting technology can produce visible results in as little as six to 12 weeks, with maximum benefits at 12 weeks. Some clients report seeing results in as little as four to six weeks. It is also possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure. “After delivering two children by C-section, I had fat and loose skin on my abdomen and was looking for a treatment that could address my concerns without the downtime. The truSculpt® 3D treatment was quick and easy to tolerate. Now, at 12 weeks out, I see a noticeable difference in my abdomen – my pants fit better and my skin even looks better. truSculpt® 3D is a great treatment for busy people who are looking for improvement without the downtime and headaches of surgery.” -LB truSculpt® 3D treatments are provided by Dr. Kevin Buchanan, MD, and his compassionate and caring team of healthcare professionals at their Farragut Family Practice medical facility. To learn more about the truSculpt® 3D treatments, call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953, ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www.cutera.com/ trusculpt3D. Farragut Family Practice 11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7 Knoxville, TN 37934 865-675-1953 www.farragutfamilypractice.com

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6B • East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, March, 2020


ust in time for spring, Sweetwater Flower Shop is excited to feature its new lineup of spring fashion items, including ladies’ apparel, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and accessories. Now is the perfect time to freshen up your spring wardrobe from their wide selection of designer-inspired apparel and accessories, including women’s scarves that are available in a variety of colors and textures, as well as exquisite necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. How about completing your new ensemble with a designer-style purse or handbag? Sweetwater Flower Shop is perfect for not only “blinging up” your wardrobe, but for “blinging up” your home as well. They have an extensive selection of gifts, home décor items, and florals to help you welcome spring after this long winter. They’re stocked with a great selection of silk table arrangements and grapevine wreaths, all customdesigned by owner and master floral designer, Jack Wilson. Also, Sweetwater Flower Shop is East Tennessee’s destination for fresh flowers for every occasion. Women’s apparel, accessories, gifts, home décor, florals, fresh flowers: All great reasons to make Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater your premier shopping destination for all things spring. Sweetwater Flower Shop 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423-337-6623

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A Wife’s Chronicles of a Passionate Nerd By Christina Fitzwilliam


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he inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival, curated by hometown favorites The Dirty Guv’nahs, comes to World’s Fair Park in Knoxville on May 16. The one-day event will feature seven musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more. In addition to The Dirty Guv’nahs, the music lineup includes headliner Ben Rector, Elenowen, Sawyer, Electric Darling, Carly Bannister, and one more surprise guest to be announced soon. Festival passes are on sale at www.southernskiesmusicfestival.com. Tier 1 prices are $40 while supplies last, or go VIP for $125 with access to premium viewing area, hangout space with private bars and restrooms, festival merchandise, and more. “We’ve been dreaming up a festival event in our hometown of Knoxville for nearly a decade,” said James Trimble, Guv’s frontman. “This is the city that gave us a shot and supported our rock & roll dreams. Fourteen years later, we’re still at it. We’re still writing new songs and dreaming about how to bring people together for good through music. It is an absolute honor to work with Dogwood Arts as we officially launch Southern Skies Music Festival as an event that we intend to grow together for many years to come. We love their mission, creativity, and our shared authentic love for Knoxville. Can’t wait to see where this goes!” The Guv’s live experience has been hailed as one of the best in the southeast, and according to Music Connection Magazine, “The Dirty Guv’nahs don’t just play music; they capture the human experience through song.” Likewise, Southern Skies will capture the spirit of Knoxville and honor the Dogwood Arts mission to promote emerging local and regional musical artists. Southern Skies is produced by Dogwood Arts and is the newest addition to their music programming, which includes Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Open Mic Nights in the Dogwood Gallery, and musical entertainment at the Dogwood Arts Festival. Dogwood Arts is working with Born & Raised Productions, the Knoxville-based music production company behind Sunset on Central, the Outpost, and Silent Disco Knox, on this year’s festival. “Dogwood Arts is proud to introduce this one-day celebration of music, art, and community and invites everyone to experience Southern Skies in its inaugural year,” said Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts. For more information, visit www.southernskiesmusicfestival.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter @southernskiesfest, and Instagram @southernskiesfest. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. For more information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.



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March in the Garden

8B • East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, March, 2020



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pring is in the air! Except when it isn’t. Temperatures are warmer than average in general, but then we get a cold snap just frigid enough to nip new growth. My daffodils have been blooming since January, my forsythia has started to open buds, and there is new growth on everything! This makes me nervous, but I have learned that nature is adaptable. There is nothing you can do other than cover things up, and it is really too early to do that. That will come next month! My main word of advice is don’t get carried away. I don’t know exactly what the weather will do, but I do know that our average last frost is early to mid-April. I have seen people plant too early way too many times, and it never works out well. There are, however, many things that you can do on pretty days: » Do a walk around. You have to know where to begin before you know where to finish. Do you have trees that need to come down? Do you have trees that have grown so that a formerly sunny area is shady? Is a formerly shady area now sunny because the lot next door has been cleared or a tree has already come down? What condition are your plants in? What condition is your soil in? What would you like to do this spring to improve your yard? » Once your plan is in place, do a good cleanup. Get fallen leaves and plant debris out of the beds and see how badly the weeds have taken over. Cut perennials back to where new growth is emerging. Pull weeds and treat the beds with Preen or another pre-emergent to keep them from coming back. Work some good compost

into the soil to add nutrients. » Mulch isn’t just for aesthetics. It also protects the plants from the freeze/thaw cycles and keeps moisture stable. Do NOT use too much, however! Three inches is optimal. NEVER pile the mulch around the base of plants or create volcanoes around trees. Your mulch should look like a flattened donut around trees and shrubs. If you already have a good base of mulch in place, give it a good raking to “fluff” it. Mulch can become very compacted and hard over the winter. » You can plant cool season annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Please do not plant warm season annuals and veggies yet because they don’t like cold soil. A tomato planted while the soil is cold will grow, but it will not bear well. Flowers will sit and pout. Roots do not go out into cold soil, so you are wasting time and money rushing the season. » Please stop pruning your plants without research. You can seriously damage them. Crepe myrtles get murdered, hydrangeas and spring bloomers don’t bloom, and trees are horribly deformed by homeowners (and some bad “landscapers”) who have no idea what they are doing. It is also important to have sharp tools. Would you want a surgeon to operate on you with a dull knife? » Houseplants are ready for some TLC this time of year. Clean them up, check for problems, and up-pot if necessary. Don’t go too big! One pot size is enough. Use the best potting soil you can afford, because that will be what your plant lives on. Cheap dirt is like a junk food diet: It isn’t good for long term survival. » This is a good time to get your con-




tainers ready for the spring. You can dump the soil from small pots into your garden beds and work it in. Some pots may just need a quick rinse, and some may need a thorough scrubbing. If you had a fungal problem with the plants that were in the pot, rinse it with a mild bleach solution. If there are white lines on your pot, it is an indicator that you have been a bit overzealous with your fertilizing and salts are building up, so you need to scrub those off. If your containers are large, you don’t need to dump the entire thing out every year. If there are trees, shrubs, or perennials planted in them, you can top dress with compost. If you do seasonal planting, replace the top

6”-12” with fresh soil. If you have had problems with fungus or insects, however, you may want to start all over. Both can hide out in your soil and re-infect new plants. I’ll finish up this month with a reminder to take care of our feathered friends. Keep your feeders clean and full, keep birdbaths clean and full, and protect the birdhouses. We are getting shipments in on a daily basis right now, so stop in and see what’s new! Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center 9885 Highway 11E Lenoir City, TN 37772 865-986-7229 www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com

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one are the days of a dirty, oil-stained, and cracked garage floor. Today’s garage floor coatings leave the garage looking like a true extension of your home. Garage floors have a hard life. They are subject to constant pressure from the car and hot tires as you drive over them, as well as temperature extremes and abuse from oil drips and substances brought in on your tires. As a result, the concrete often ends up cracking and crumbling. There are a few flooring options to protect your concrete; however, not all floor coatings are created equal. The decision usually comes down to a choice between a standard epoxy or PremierOne’s polyurea coating, devel-

oped and installed by PremierGarage. “There have been many improvements in coating technology during the past 20 years, and the preferred garage flooring is our polyurea coating,” explained Brain Falls, co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville. “Polyurea is a hard wearing coating that’s widely specified in commercial settings where failure is not an option and floors are designed to last the test of time.” Polyurea flooring systems present the most-advanced, fast-curing, and hardening system in concrete flooring technology. It withstands more abuse and impact than any traditional epoxy coating. It also provides better protection against harmful agents like oils, chemicals, and gas,

and it doesn’t stain, crack, or peel. PremierGarage’s polyurea floor coating will look new for years to come. While do-it-yourself epoxy kits are widely available and easy to work with, the down side is many things can go wrong when applying the coating. The epoxy may not set properly or have a weak bond to the concrete, and it takes a long time for the epoxy to dry and bond to the floor. And while the cost of epoxy is initially less expensive, epoxy also quickly delaminates when a vehicle’s hot tires bond to the surface and peel it away from the concrete. For the longest lasting concrete floor coating in the market, PremierGarage technicians diamond-grind the floor to the ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond. Other benefits of PremierGarage’s professionally installed flooring coating instead of epoxy is: » Superior finish that cures two times harder, eliminating unsightly marks, peeling, or blistering from hot tires and abrasions » Chemical, UV, stain, and slip-resistant » Commercial-grade product that is guaranteed for 10 years » Easy to clean Available in a variety of colors, the flooring system is also perfect for concrete flooring in basements and retail stores. Call PremierGarage and discover the affordability of transforming your garage floor. Home really does begin in the garage! PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living 865-947-8686 www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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UT Gardens Plant of the Month: Euphorbia

By Alexandria Smith, UT Gardens, Knoxville Plant Collections Curator and Horticulturist


uphorbia, often called spurge, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, a very diverse group of flowering plants with more than 2,100 species. The genus is represented all around the world and can vary dramatically in appearance, with some species having

forms that look like small cacti and others that become large, long-lived trees. In Tennessee, several herbaceous euphorbias are perennials. Historically, the milky latex often found in the stems of euphorbias has been used in traditional medicine to treat skin ulcers, warts, and intestinal parasites. However, protective gloves should be worn while handling spurge, as the latex can sometimes be an ex-

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