East Tennessee's Mountain Views May 2022 Edition

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Distributed by mail monthly to the Loudon & Monroe lake and golf front communities including Tellico Village, Kahite, Rarity Bay, Avalon Golf Community, Harbour Place, Tellico Harbor, Foothills Pointe, and WindRiver. Volume 22, No. 5, Section A


May 2022

Vonore Realtor Helps Homeowners Navigate Today’s Unique Times


s with so many other parts of today’s economy, the real estate market is in rapid flux. Buying or selling a home, or purchasing a lot with intent to build, is even more stressful than before. The amount of time available to make decisions can be miniscule. During these times, it helps to have an experienced hand at the wheel. With those things in mind, we are excited to bring you an interview with Annette Oliverio, owner of Exit Realty Premier! MV: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What led you to pursue real estate? Annette: I grew up in a military family and moved frequently as a child. Moving from home to home, I realized at a young age that the process of buying and selling a house could be very stressful. My entrepreneurial spirit was kindled, and I decided I wanted to create a better experience for prospective home buyers and sellers. Also, because I moved so much

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when I was young, I can relate to the issues of buyers and sellers from all over the country. I moved to Tennessee 37 years ago, living on Tellico Lake for 18 of those years, which has allowed me to become intimately familiar with the area. MV: Would you tell us a little about your background as a homebuilder and Commercial Interior Architect? Annette: Absolutely! After graduating high school, I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, with a major in Interior Architecture and Design. I was recruited immediately after by an architecture firm, and after apprenticing, I received my state license. From there, I worked my way up to the lead interior designer, before striking off to start my own company, Infinity Design. Over time, I expanded and began building homes with my father in 2002, which then enabled me to transition smoothly to real estate. MV: How would you say your background has helped your clients to either

Annette Oliverio, owner of Exit Realty Premier

sell or find the right home? Annette: There are a number of ways. From a very young age, I’ve been well aware of how stressful buying or selling a home can be, and I understand what costs go into building and design. Thanks to my long-term experience, I know quality when I see it. When it comes to helping sell homes, I’m able to advise my clients in how to stage their homes to maximize the “Wow!” factor. Not only that, but when it comes to purchasing a property, I

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can read the lay of the land to know the best site to build a house. And thanks to my early experiences, I can connect with buyers from all over the country. MV: What made you decide to choose Exit Realty and open the Vonore office? Annette: I wanted to open a professional, yet local, family-owned, real estate brokerage in Vonore because of the lack of a nationally recognized company in that area. Exit Realty is the fastest-growing brokerage in the United States and offers training for new agents. The better trained the agent, the greater asset the agent can be to both buyers and sellers. I was able to buy the Exit Realty franchise rights for the Monroe County territory. I felt it was important to be a part of a national franchise due to the advertising and reach it brings to sellers, as buyers don’t just come locally, but from across the country and beyond, with some even coming from Europe. Exit Realty also offers advanced technology such as smart signs. Buyers who see a property can text a code posted right on the sign and get instant information on the property. They don’t even have to wait for an agent to return their call. And thanks to Exit’s defined marketing plans, they can be tailored to each home’s unique Continued on page 2A ...

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characteristics. We’re able to offer professional services such as staging, design, photography, drone photography, YouTube videos, sites, and more! But you know, the thing that I love the most about Exit Realty is that they don’t just care about technology and making sales, but they also really care about people and the community. Exit Realty gives back to the community with each transaction fee received. Through the Spirit of EXIT Dollar-for-Dollar Matching Program, Exit Realty offices and associates raise money for all sorts of local, approved, and registered charities. To date, Exit Realty Corp International has pledged more than $6,800,000 to charity, and sponsored 19 Habitat for Humanity home builds in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s Focus on Good Health initiative demonstrates their concern about realtors and their associates as individuals. They recognize that a person’s emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being are keys to their overall quality of life. MV: Tell us about the opening of your Vonore office. Annette: My husband and I bought our franchise in November 2019, and secured our business name in March 2020, just as the pandemic arrived. Instead of opening the office right away, we had to wait for what felt like an eternity due to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission being shut down. I officially got my business registered through the commission in November 2020, and I opened the door to the Exit Realty Premier office in January of 2021. Unfortunately, we were dealt another setback on February 21st, when my husband’s mother and father were in a major accident. A car hit them doing 102 mph on Hwy 411 right

after leaving my office heading to the thrift store in the Derby Downs shopping center. My husband and I were able to nurse them back to health, and they are doing wonderfully today! One of the things I am most proud of is that we were able to endure not only that setback, but also the next one: my husband losing his job of 30 years in October 2020, again, thanks to the pandemic. Despite all this, I had a record year of sales in 2021, so I’m here to stay! Our Vonore office may not be the fanciest one in the county, but as we grow, we create worth, and we are worth more to the residents of this wonderful area. As a business owner, I don’t believe in overextending myself financially. I most certainly don’t expect that my clients would want to overextend themselves either. A home is one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make in your life, which is why both buyer and sellers trust my experience in making these lifelong decisions! MV: How would you describe your marketing philosophy? Annette: Tennessee is a very desirable state for many reasons. We have so many people from other states wanting to own an investment property, moving here to Tennessee immediately, or hoping to pursue a combination of the two. Marketing needs to be diverse because we have both mountains and lakes to promote. It’s important to know why people want to move here to know which aspects will match what they’re looking for. Having lived on Tellico Lake for 18 years and owned investment properties, I have personal, firsthand experience with both primary residency and investments. For instance, I have gone through the entire process of

purchasing a lakefront lot and building on it. I am familiar with the cost that goes into it, including details like getting a dock permit, which is essential for kickstarting the dock building process. I understand the value of the cost and labor wrapped up in properties with pre-existing lake views and dock access. MV: What are your future plans for your Exit Realty Premier office? Annette: We are definitely looking to bring on additional licensed agents that will take care of our community. I believe in hiring those with compassion, honesty, and ethics. If you have those qualities, you will be an asset to buyers and sellers! MV: Anything else you would like to add? Annette: I absolutely love what I do! I have met some of the most amazing people, who have become my friends while I worked in the real estate business. So come to the Exit Realty Premier office in Vonore and meet Annette for yourself or call at 423-884-2255 to get the personal - and experienced - help you need to buy or sell your home and smoothly transition through this important step in your life! Annette Oliverio Exit Realty Premier 423-884-2255 1000 Hwy 411 Suite 4 Vonore, TN, 37885 www.exitrealtypre.com

American Legion and CASA Monroe Discuss Common Community Interests


lisa Hobbs and Alyssa Rutkiewicz were recent guest speakers attending the American Legion Post 256 General Meeting to enlighten members of CASA Monroe’s responsibilities. Ms Hobbs began by explaining that “CASA” is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA organizations, train and supervise community volunteers who serve as advocates for children in court. The volunteers spend their time with the children, families, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals to collect information that helps the court judge make the best decisions for a safe, caring, and permanent home for each child. Alisa Hobbs provided the history of CASA dating back to its inception in 1977 when the idea was conceived of citizen volunteers who could speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. Then Alyssa Rutkiewicz added details of CASA Monroe in our community and its important service to the families in Monroe County, noting that in 2021, sixty-five CASA Monroe Volunteer Advocates served 207 abused and neglected children while donating 24,840 hours of total service. A member of Post 256, John Porter, is a CASA volunteer advocate. He spoke about his experience working with teenage boys. For more information about CASA Monroe visit their website: CASAMonroe. org and to find out more about The American Legion visit: TellicoLakePost256.org.

American Legion Post 256 Commander, Steve Buelow gives certificates of appreciation to Alisa Hobbs and Alyssa Rutkiewicz. They are the Executive Director and Development Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Monroe).

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elcome to the May 2022 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!

The East Tennessee’s Mountain Views Team Tom & Judy Irmen, Tim & Kathy Rose, & Meredith Hancock Serving the Loudon & Monroe lake and golf front communities including Tellico Village, Kahite, Rarity Bay, Avalon Golf Community, Harbour Place, Tellico Harbor, Foothills Pointe and WindRiver. East Tennessee’s Mountain Views is published monthly. P.O. Box 209, Vonore, TN 37885 For advertising information contact East Tennessee’s Mountain Views at 865-657-3077 Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm Website: www.etmv.com E-Mail: rosekathy@etmv.com


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hen May is mentioned, it brings to mind spring flowers, weddings, graduations and of course, Mother’s Day. Moms are celebrated for all that they do for their families and the influence they have in shaping their children’s lives.

I was brought up in the 60’s when it was not common for women to work outside the home. My mom raised 4 children, my three older brothers and myself. We didn’t have a lot of money; but we were comfortable, and mom always made sure we were well-fed. Looking back, I know Mom sacrificed a lot for us; taking care of the 4 of us was a full-time job! Mom went back to college when I was a teenager, and earned an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and then worked for the next 2 decades in preschools taking care of other people’s precious little ones. I admire my mother for the work ethic she inspired and the care she has for others. Mom has lived with us for the past few years, even making the move with us from California to Tennessee. And she’s still taking care of us, preparing meals and praying for all of us daily.

All moms sacrifice in some way for their children. I’ve come to know many of our advertisers that are moms and see how they balance owning and operating a business with family responsibilities. So let your mom know how much she is appreciated by pampering her on her special day. Everyone at East Tennessee’s Mountain Views wishes all moms a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Lake point Homes, inc. is proud to introduce

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Now under construction at 121 Inola Place in Tanasi Shores on an incredible and very oversized and quiet cul-de-sac lot!

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The Moonstone Manor will feature some of the newest design elements – creating a contemporary twist on the popular Craftsman style.

Just a few of the Special Features of this Impressive Home: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2,386 sq. ft. of living area with a 944 sq. ft. garage. This model at 121 Inola Place is being constructed with a huge walk-out lower level. Outstanding curb appeal and impressive craftsman style architecture. Award winning designer floor plan that optimizes floor space (no wasted space in this home!) Every room is a practical and a functional size. This beautiful home also includes over 1,000 sq. ft. of partially finished and conditioned lower-level space for storage and workshop area. The great room and kitchen feature magnificent soaring 10’ and 11’ ceilings. All rooms will have unique ceilings. The office will have a tray, the master bedroom will have a double tray, the dining room will have a very dramatic reverse tray. Both bedrooms #2 and #3 will have unique beamed ceilings. As you enter through the front door, the spacious foyer features a very practical coat closet. The great room features a gas fireplace (still time to select a “traditional” or stone surround.) The elegant and functional kitchen design includes stone counters, upgraded top-of-the-line “Kemper Echo” cabinets, Frigidaire Gallery (or equivalent) appliances (refrigerator not included). *NOW! If you hurry – this is where you can make many custom upgrades.* The master bath features an exotic, oversized custom-built curb-less walk-in shower with seat and built-ins for soaps, shampoos and accessories and a large drying area with seat. Two transom windows supply plenty of natural light. Bedrooms #2 and #3 share a “Jack and Jill” bath with an oversized garden tub/shower unit and large transom window. This home also features a conveniently located half bath. This home will have the largest laundry/drop zone we have ever built. *If you hurry, you can have a hand in designing and customizing this great space.* This area could include a large number of cabinets, a bench, a closet or even an area for a second refrigerator or a freezer. Hardwood floors are included in the main living areas and in the master bedroom. Tile will be in the baths and laundry. The large covered and screened deck and open grilling porch with gas valve provide an abundance of practical outdoor living space. The office features a built-in bookcase. The garage will have a large window and a “man door” and it will be completely finished, trimmed and painted and will include a utility sink. The doors of this oversized garage will have 8 ft. high doors and they will have unique frosted glass door panels. This model will have a dual fuel, high-efficiency heat pump with propane back-up. • 13-month builder warranty. You can see the construction progress day-by-day by going online to https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakepointhomes/, then go to aLBUms, scroll across the page until you reach 121 inoLa pLace – moonstone manor moDeL. Click on that image to see ongoing photos of the construction. © Lake Point Homes, Inc. 2022. This plan is protected by Federal Copyright Laws. Do not copy. Any use in whole or in part is a criminal offense punishable by law. Specifications and features can change without notice, liability or obligation. Artist renderings and photos may not be representative of actual construction.

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Lake Point Homes, inc. has started construction of

The Sunrise Ridge II Plus $ 639,500.00 OR SALE


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This impressive model is being built at 211 seminoLe circLe in beautiful Coyatee Coves in the coveted north end of Tellico Village. Completion estimated for late 2022, subject to material shortages and delays.

“Already own a lot? Trade it in!”

You’ll have an impressive street view as you approach the home and drive into the courtyard garages.

The rear elevation shows an abundance of outdoor living space and “conditioned” walk-in lower level.

Following are just a few of the special Features in this beautiful custom-built home:

• 2,109 sq. ft. of living area with a modern Craftsman style front elevation and a courtyard garage entrance. • This beautiful home also includes a partially finished and conditioned lower level for storage and workshop area. • Massive coffered ceiling throughout the main living area, a double tray ceiling in the master bedroom, tray ceiling in the dining room/office and beamed ceiling in bedrooms #2 and #3 add a sophisticated feeling of elegant volume. • The elegant and functional kitchen design includes stone counters, upgraded top-of-theline“Kemper Echo” cabinets, Frigidaire Gallery (or equivalent) appliances (refrigerator not included). *NOW! If you hurry – this is where you can make many custom selections* • The master bath features an exotic, oversized custom-built curbless walk-in door-less shower with built-ins for soaps, shampoos and accessories, and a transom window supplies plenty of natural light. • Huge “his” and “her” walk-in closets with deluxe shelving and drawer stacks. • Custom gas fireplace with stone surround. Hand crafted by Tellico’s • Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the entire Finest and most trusted living area and master suite. custom home builder• Large laundry room is fully cabinetted. Lake Point Homes, Inc. • Dual fuel high-efficiency heat pump with propane back-up. Loaded with upgrades! • The garage will have large windows and a Be the first to own this “man door” and it will be completely finished, trimmed and painted and will include a utility brand-new design! sink and attic space. • 10’ x 17’8” open grilling and sunning patio Hurry! You can still with gas valve for your grill. select many of your • Enormous 10’x22’ screened patio. colors and finishes. • 13-month builder warranty. You can see the construction progress day-by-day by going online to https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakepointhomes/, then go to aLBUms, scroll across the page until you reach 211 seminoLe circLe – sUnrise riDGe ii PLUs. Click on that image to see ongoing photos of the construction. © Lake Point Homes, Inc. 2022. This plan is protected by Federal Copyright Laws. Do not copy. Any use in whole or in part is a criminal offense punishable by law. Specifications and features can change without notice, liability or obligation. Artist renderings and photos may not be representative of actual construction.

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Construction to start soon on an oversized lot at 306 Gado Trace in scenic Mialaquo Coves. There is still time to select some colors and finishes.

“Already own a lot? Trade it in!” This lot-home package at 306 Gado Trace is priced at only



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WOW! A 1,000 sq. ft. finished garage.

2,100 sq ft. of luxurious living Space. PlUS a massive 1,000 sq. ft. front Entrance Garage. PlUS nearly 900 sq. ft. of “conditioned” lower level space.

This photo shows the rear elevation which includes a walk-in lower level.

Large, welcoming front porch is the perfect entrance for family, friends and guests.

This screened patio is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

The open “Grilling Porch” and patio features no-maintenance composite decking.

In addition to our long list of Standard Specifications this model at 306 Gado Trace features the following Special Options and Extras. • 2,100 sq. ft. of living area with a 1,000 sq. ft. garage with workshop area. • This model at 306 Gado Trace is being constructed with a large walk-in lower level. • Outstanding curb appeal and impressive Craftsman style architecture. • Designer floor plan that optimizes floor space and includes an impressive “drop zone” and home office. • Every room is a practical and functional size. • This beautiful home also includes nearly 900 sq. ft. of useable lower-level space for storage and workshop area. • The entry, great room kitchen and dining areas feature magnificent soaring 10’ ceiling. • The master bedroom will have a trayed ceiling and bedroom #2 will have a vaulted ceiling. • Both bedrooms #2 and #3 feature high transom windows. • As you enter through the front door, you will be greeted by the spacious grand foyer with a 10 ft. ceiling that will usher you into the great room. • The great room features a gas fireplace with impressive stone surround. • The elegant and functional kitchen design includes upgraded stone counters, top-of-the-line “Kemper Echo” cabinets, Frigidaire Gallery (or equivalent) appliances (refrigerator not included). *NOW! If you hurry – this is where you can make many custom upgrades.*

• The master bath features an exotic, oversized custom built, curb-less, walk-in shower with seat and bult-ins for soaps, shampoos and accessories and a large drying area with seat. A large transom window supplies plenty of natural light. • Bedrooms #2 and #3 share a spacious bath with a tub/shower and an oversized vanity with two drawer stacks. • This home will have a very large laundry with an abundance of base and wall cabinets and large counter area. • The super functional “drop zone” features a closet, a bench with upper and under cabinets and counter with large base and wall cabinets. • Hardwood floors are included in the main living areas and in the master bedroom, with carpet in bedrooms #2 and #3. • Premium tile will be in baths, laundry and drop zone. • The large covered and screened deck and open grilling porch will be constructed with maintenance free composite decking. (It will include a gas valve for your grill to provide an abundance of practical outdoor living space) • The garage will have a large window and a “man door” and it will be completely finished, trimmed and painted and will include a utility sink. This oversized garage will have practical 8 ft. high garage doors that will have classic Craftsman styled glass in the top door panels. • This model will have a dual fuel, high-efficiency heat pump with propane back-up. • This home will have a 13-month builder warranty by Lake Point Homes, Inc.

Once started, you can see the construction progress day-by-day by going online to https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakepointhomes/, then go to alBUMS, scroll across the page until you reach 306 Gado Trace – THE BRIDGEWaTER. Click on that image to see ongoing photos of the construction. © Lake Point Homes, Inc. 2022. This plan is protected by Federal Copyright Laws. Do not copy. Any use in whole or in part is a criminal offense punishable by law. Specifications and features can change without notice, liability or obligation. Artist renderings and photos may not be representative of actual construction.

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ocal pharmacist and entrepreneur, Ellen Phillips, along with her colleague, pharmacist Monty Roark, operate a unique, client-centered concept in pharmaceutical care: believeRX, located at 9627 Countryside Center Lane near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville. Ellen, Monty, and their compassionate, caring team of highly trained pharmaceutical associates have a mission to provide traditional pharmacy services combined with a holistic approach to health and well-being. believeRX recognizes that your local pharmacy can and should play an important role in your family’s total healthcare and wellness in partnership with your other healthcare providers. believeRX combines the personal and caring touch of the now almost non-existent neighborhood pharmacy with today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Ellen and her team have created a holistic and interactive approach to your pharmaceutical experience designed to equip you to “Live Your Best Life.” believeRX is a full-service traditional pharmacy where you can get all of your medications and supplements, as well as receive a personal approach to your health. We believe there is more than one way to prevent or treat disease and we offer alternative therapies such as Halotherapy (dry salt therapy for breathing conditions, skin and mental well-being), infrared heat sauna sessions, peptides, and a large selection of high-quality supplements such as Terry Naturally products, and many more. believeRX is very different from the “national chain” pharmacy you are used to. Believing it’s time to focus on patients, not just their prescribed medications, staff members even receive additional training to become Certified Health Coaches. Ellen and her team strive to provide a custom-tailored experience for each customer/patient by treating them as a whole individual and not just their specific

ailments or prescription medications. Their name says it all, “We Believe in You” and your goal for better health, well-being, and longevity. In addition, to believeRX, Ellen and her team of health-conscious professionals have created believeRXtra in the same location, offering fresh, healthy great tasting fresh juices, smoothies, and bowls, made with real ingredients and without any added sugar. They are sweetened with only natural sweeteners such as local honey or agave - and they taste fantastic! Medical grade protein, Blender Bombs, YourSuper, CBD Oil, MCT oil, collagen, and many other options to help promote weight loss round out the offerings to help equip you to maintain good health, and break sugar addiction! Choose from a wide variety of smoothie flavors such as: Chocolate Thunder, Mango Margarita, Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie, Acai Blueberries, Guava Berry, or Matcha Green Tea, just to name a few. If a fresh juice is more to your craving, try Anti-inflammatory Juice, Immune Booster, Summertime Mojito, Creamsicle, Tropical Carrot or one of the many other symptom fighting or just plain healthy, but always delicious, recipes. Smoothie bowls are a great option for those interested in more “crunch.” From Dragon Fruit Bowls or Chocolate Teddy Graham Bowls to Guava Protein Bowls or Acai Banana Berry Bowls, (or one of the numerous other choices) believeRXtra is sure to have a menu item you’ll love. Remember the old-fashioned pharmacies of the 60’s? Like believeRX, they also featured personal, caring service and after-hours home delivery, when needed. Some even had ice cream and soda fountains. Also, like believeRX, they were very different from many assembly-line medical pharmacies of today. Those pharamicists knew their customers and treated them as individuals and friends. Going into a large, chain pharmacy, many feel treated like




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only a number. Lately, some of them are so bureaucratic and disorganized that it would be a step-up for them to treat people like a number! It is refreshing and encouraging that believeRX still believes in personal, caring, and holistic customer service. believeRX even has a modern/healthy version of the old-fashioned soda fountain: believeRXtra Fresh Juices and Smoothies! To experience a friendly, caring

pharmacy that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s big box, assembly-line pharmacy world, you are invited to visit believeRX or believeRXtra today! believeRX/believeRXtra 9627 Countryside Center Lane Knoxville, TN 37931 865.214.6672 www.believeRXtra.com Monday - Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 2 pm


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“Don “Trust and isI the would highly recommend Kit and foundation your home is built on.” his team. We are thrilled with our new home.”


hoosing Keener Homes to build our retirement dream home in Tellico Village was a great decision. We interviewed numerous builders in the area and decided to go with Kit Keener as we toured some of their new builds and completed homes. We were very impressed with the attention to details and quality of workmanship. Kit was a pleasure to work with and answered all of our questions and took our design changes in stride. Derek Miller, the project manager, was awesome to deal with. He was right on top of things, returned phone calls promptly and made great suggestions. He went above and beyond. Krisha, the office manager, communicated with us on a weekly basis so we knew what was going on with suppliers and invoicing. She was so easy to talk to, is detail oriented and caring. Don and I would highly recommend Kit and his team. We are thrilled with our new home.

-Lauri & Don Halpin www.keenerhomes.net | 865-458-1759 218 Lakeside Plaza, Loudon, TN 37774

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Our agents have a deep knowledge of the area and are connected to the community, so we can immediately alert you when what you’re looking for becomes available – sometimes even before it hits the market. Lakeside’s Comparative Market Analysis is always free, and our office is open seven days a week If you’re thinking about selling or buying, call us or stop by. We’d love to talk real estate with you.

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Kairos Prison Ministry

n last month’s Mountain Views, there was an article written about how this ministry changed the life of Donna P. and how Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church (So+L) had made a difference in her life after two decades of incarceration. Donna’s honesty and willingness to share her story was a gift to many. I have the opportunity to be a volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry and also Office Manager for Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. It is easy for me to witness for So+L like Donna has, sharing how this church family is loving and caring for others both inside and outside these walls as we follow our mission, “A Christian community sharing God’s love with the world”. Kairos Prison Ministry International is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) located in DeBary, Florida. Kairos is one ministry with three programs: Kairos Inside is for incarcerated men and women; Kairos Outside is for women impacted by incarceration; and Kairos Torch is for incarcerated youth. To learn more about Kairos Prison Ministry visit www. kairosprisonministry.org. Many of you will already know about this organization through their “cookie ministry”. Twenty-five women (lay and clergy) will be going into Bledsoe Correctional Complex Women, June 2-5, 2022, and we have already baked 600 dozen cookies to take inside to the women. We are looking to our family, friends, and members of the community to help us bake another 600 dozen that will be given to men that are also at Bledsoe Correctional Complex. So, if you would like to get involved in baking chocolate chip cookies (no nuts), I would love to share the information. We also have meal tickets that are placed before each resident on the weekend to demonstrate their meal has been paid for through your $5 or $10 donation to this ministry. You can take a 30-minute time slot and pray for these women. These are all a means of our “agape” love. The men and women come to these inside weekends for the food, and will many times leave with Jesus Christ as their Savior. They also have a new family. We are not just a mountain top weekend encounter; we return each month to fellowship with them through the WORD, joyful music and Listen, Listen, Love, Love. If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and you are a female, you are invited to attend a Kairos Outside weekend. The weekend is free, you will be served good food, a lot of singing, listening to talks given by lay and clergy volunteers, and fellowship with other women who are experiencing or have experienced having a loved one incarcerated. When you leave the weekend, you will have a family of friends that will love you unconditionally and many heavy burdens will be lifted. Kairos Prison Ministry is in 9 countries and 37 States. We are changing hearts, transforming lives, and impacting the world. We are always looking for volunteers to join us to serve on a weekend and be involved with continuing ministry. Sandy Hagan Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church 143 Chota Center, Loudon, TN 865-816 -4756 shepherdofthelaketn.org

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SmokyMountainRealtyTN.com 129 DALEYUHSKI WAY | LOUDON, TN 37774 MLS #1178096 | $570,000

Immaculate all Brick Basement Rancher in the heart of prestigious Tellico Village. Three Bedrooms and Three baths located in the Toqua Community. Neutral paint and flooring. Lots of light. Open kitchen living room combination with views of the golf course. Gourmet Kitchen has white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. Large 6-person island will make entertaining a delight. Large room to the left of the entry is currently being used as a pool/ entertainment room. Can be used as an executive office or bonus room. Owners added large covered concrete patio with privacy fence. Tons of parking. Upper driveway leads right into a covered carport on the main level of the home. This updated Rancher with a Dream of a Garage is a must see for car lovers. Garage Doors have just been replaced. Come Live The Dream in Tellico Village and enjoy 3 golf courses-Lake Tellico-Tennis- Pickleball- Walking Trails- Rec. Center- Wellness Center- Pools- Beach Areas- Restaurants- and much much more. Buyers to verify sq ft. Hot tub does not convey. The original owners had an elevator shaft constructed. There is currently a bench there but can be easily converted. Ownership gives you access to all of Tellico Village, has outdoor pool, Tennis Courts, Driving range, links style golf course. Clubhouse with restaurant and activity center.


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108 Amohi Way Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1183411 $397,500 Great Home located in Main Tellico Village. The Master is Huge & includes 3 closets plus a master bath with spa tub. The deck stretches the width of the house and its perfect for viewing the wildlife which ventures from the wooded area around the home. There are lots of windows and skylights to let natural light into the home. Both the Master and bedroom #2 have walkout access to the newer back deck with amazing views. Lower levels finished and has lots of potential even enough room to add a 4th bedroom. Come and live the dream in Tellico Village with- golf, tennis, pickleball, rec. center, walking trails, over 100 clubs, plus much more. A must-see home, this one will not last. Buyer to verify all sq. footage. More photo’s to come shortly.

270 Lawhon Farm Rd Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1184128 $99,900 BEAUTIFUL 5.2 ACRES, UNRESTRICTED, CAN BE SUBDIVIDED! Only 20 minutes from Lenoir City, and only 3 miles from the nearest boat ramp. It is also convenient to lakes, golf, and restaurants. It may be the perfect spot for building your dream home, or bring your RV. Your slice of East TN living is waiting for you!

15140 Watt Cemetery Rd Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1185453 $199,900 INVESTORS!!! Incredible opportunity to own 5.49 acres of unrestricted property in the Heart of Tellico Village across from Lakeside Plaza. Property could potentially be used for many purposes including duplex apartments - storage units - office space.

Terrie Dal Pozzo 865-936-8687

Stephanie Morrow 678-571-4337

Ron Kukla 630-781-7355

Terrie Scott Stephanie Morrow Dal Pozzo Schiller 865-242 2323 865-936-8687 678-571-4337

12309 Pittman Drive Knoxville, TN 37932 MLS #1184098 $699,900 Looking for acreage in desirable Hardin Valley? Over 4,000 sq ft. of living space. Come put your personal touch on this spacious 2 story home. Over 3 acres, 3 car garage. convey. Buyer to confirm square footage.

231 Waters Edge Way Lenoir City, TN 37771 MLS #1178490 $125,000 Much Desired Waterfront Building Lot!! Build Your Dream Home in this wonderful waterfront community called Waters Edge. Lot is cleared and ready for building. Full unobstructed Water and Mountain Views. Community includes Covered Gazebo with Outdoor Fireplace and Pond. Minutes to Shopping, Restaurants and Hospitals. 3 minutes to I-75. 15 mins to Turkey Creek. 30mins to Airport.

Lindsay Barlow 865-405-8406

Ron Kukla 630-781-7355

Bailey Hammontree 423-519-7097

Ceria Hall 423-300-4859

Ryan Hall 865-209-7791

SPRING BUILD NOW. Build your dream home with access Tellico Lake available for kayaking, boarding, canoeing All from your own property. Take a book, walk your pup, RELAX ON BENCH AT LAKE. 4 lots removed from lake but walk via commons property. Yes, THIS CAN ALL BE YOURS

CJ Casto 865-705-0534

Blake Gonyea 865-963-8351

Bailey Ryan Lindsay Ashlyn Amy Ceria Hall Hammontree Barlow Martin Callahan Hall 865-740-7360 865-324-3505 865-405-8406 423-519-7097 423-300-4859 865-209-7791

3704 Holland Tr Lenoir City, TN 37772 MLS #1185646 $659,900 1st Time on the Market!! All Brick basement Rancher. 4 bedrooms with 3 full baths. 3.2 Acres!! Sellers have made so many improvements, all it needs is a new owners touch. New Anderson Windows 2021, New Blinds, New Insulation 2021, New Roof 2021, New Gutter Guards 2021, New Appliances 2021, Updated Toilets, New Lighting, New Neutral Paint throughout. New mantel. New Exhaust Fans in Bathrooms. Marble window seals. 2 wood burning fireplaces. Gas available. Open Kitchen Living Room. 2 Laundry Rooms. One upstairs and one located downstairs. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on main. Downstairs has fourth bedroom, fireplace, laundry, and full bathroom. Views of the Lake and Mountains from the front porch. 2 car garage. 2 detached carports that you can cover your RV, Camper, or extra vehicles. Massive detached deck for entertaining. Enjoy your 3.2 acres of privacy!!Schedule your appointment today. Survey In Documents. Seller may need extra time. Please be negotiable.

Watkins Rd Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1175557 $129,900 Tons of possibilities with this 11.18 acres in Loudon! 1600 ft of road frontage on Highway 72 and utilities are available at the road.

128 Dudala Way Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1183194 $33,000 COME BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME! Opportunity knocks to live so closley to Beautiful Tellico Lake and attaches by COMMONS land leads to LAKE ENJOYI sitting , enjoy water, solitude, wake board, kayak, canoe , all so close to your awesome Lake area lot.

Valerie Kaeding 865-722-8803

Hunters Glen Lane Sweetwater, TN 37874 MLS #1174090 $57,500 3.23 ACRES LOCATED IN THE UPSCALE SUBDIVISION OF HUNTER RIDGE FARMS. Property is located in the cul-de-sac, lays well and should accommodate a walk out basement. Underground utilities. Great mountain views from this area. Plenty of hardwoods on the property. Located between Knoxville and Chattanooga. Enjoy the peaceful setting but still convenient to the necessities.

1805 Seahawk Lane Knoxville, TN 37922 MLS #1187100 $725,000 This stunning 4 bed 3.5 bath is located in the prestigious neighborhood of Falcon Pointe & has tons of high-end features throughout! The main level offers an open concept plan w/ spacious family room, dining area, kitchen w/ walk in pantry, large island w/ plenty of seating, top end appliances & more! Plus an addl office/bedroom. Upstairs you enter a huge bonus room that could be a game room, den, or office. The master suite is truly amazing w/ beautiful trey ceilings, luxury finishes in the bath w/ walk in shower & garden tub and just wait till you see the closet! The 2nd level also includes 3 additional bedrooms, 2 full baths & large laundry/utility room. Exterior features include a relaxing covered patio, fenced backyard, & professional landscaping. All of this in a prime location of Knox Co!

Bradford Village Way Kingston, TN 37763 MLS #1170414 $54,900 Take a look at one of the last remaining lots in Village of Center Farms in Kingston, Tn. It is just over a halfacre and set on a hill overlooking the lake cove. It is located next to a double lot that will allow more room next to your neighbors, giving yourself more privacy. Enjoy the community pool, boat ramp, park and club house at your convenience all included in the VERY LOW HOA fees of only $180 a year.

278 Cheestana Way Loudon, TN 37774 MLS #1160426 $550,000 Build your dream house on this prime lake front lot! Main channel, deep water, dockable, wooded, but partially cleared, easy walk down the gradual slope to the water. Nothing on the market like it.

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Suze Orman Explains the Value of Long-Term Care Insurance


y mama lived to be 97 years old. I was blessed to have the means to make sure she had the best care. But I am so very aware that the $20,000 or more a month I spent for her assisted living and special aides during the last seven years of her life is a huge sum of money that most households could not cover.

What was so sad is that when my mom was still eligible to get long-term care (LTC) insurance, I tried every single year to get her to sign up for a policy. I told her, “Mom, I will pay for it. Please just let me do it.” And she’d say, “Suze, I don’t want you to waste your money. I am never going to need it.” She wouldn’t sign the application forms. Over $2 million later, I can only wish she had listened to me. I am grateful I could keep my mom living a great life until her very last day. But this is not just about me and my mom. It’s about each of you. Earlier in my career, when I was working as a financial adviser, I watched so many couples struggle with the massive expenses of later-life care. People who had saved so diligently saw their retirement accounts swallowed up when one spouse needed care, either at home or in a nursing home. That often left the eventual surviving spouse in a precarious financial situation. The median monthly cost for a home health aide is over $4,000. A nursing home can cost $8,000 a month, if not more. And that’s just in today’s dollars. The cost will be higher in the years ahead. As with any type of insurance, you buy LTC coverage with the expectation that you’ll never use it. But if you do use it, the nursing home costs covered by the policy over one year will be greater than the sum of all the premiums you ever paid. Do yourself a favor—check out LTC insurance. If you’d like a quote for Long-Term Care Insurance, please contact: Peggy Fields, Licensed Long-Term Care Planner Licensed Specialist, Long-Term Care Planning Phone/Text: 704-839-1158 Email: peggy.fields@acsiapartners.com Website: https://peggyfields.acsiapartners.com

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301 Oostagala Lane - New - MLS# 1185397 - $35,900 312 Oostagala Lane - New - MLS# 1185395 - $35,900 327 Oostagala Lane - New - MLS# 1185396 - $32,500 125 Daleyuhski Way - New - MLS# 1187119 - $42,900 - Pending 180 Noya Way - New - $89,900 - MLS# 1181480

119 Lakeside Rd. - MLS# 1173598 - $1,256,000 328 Dudala Point - Pending -Lake Access- $74,500 - MLS# 1153514 920 Kahite Trail - SOLD - $35,900 (Golf Front) - MLS# 1098406 138 Kanutsu Lane - SOLD - Lakefront Dockable - MLS# 1155247 - $299,900

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don’t think I’ve ever seen a more erratic spring than the one we’ve had. Those ups and downs made it hard on some of our plants and on us! Let’s cross our fingers that the craziness is past. May is one of a gardener’s busiest months, so let’s get started on your to-do list: » It’s critical that you do a good checkup on your yard this month. You need to know how much damage was done by the cold. Tender plants and plants with new growth took quite a hit, so you may need to do some careful pruning. Please remember that they’re not dead if the branches are flexible! If you need guidance, give us a call. » Remember to look up. Check the trunk and canopies of your trees. Do you see sparse areas, dead or dying branches, woodpecker holes, or mushrooms? Is there sawdust anywhere at the base? Are there holes that seem to be too small for woodpeckers (toothpick size)? Do you have oozing areas? All these are signs that your tree could be struggling. If so, you need an arborist, which is basically a tree doctor. Call us for recommendations. » Look down. Do you have signs of moles or voles? They can be chased off with a repellant. If something is digging, it is likely possums, squirrels, or skunks looking for grubs. You can apply a grub killer. Do you have brown patches or dead areas in your lawn? Come in and talk to Steve the lawn guy. He is here every Saturday morning!

» Look all around. Check for signs of disease and insects on your plants. So far we’re seeing a lot of fungal infections, azaleas with lace bugs, crepe myrtles with bark scale (another reason to NOT commit crepe murder, as it makes them more susceptible), and laurels with phytophthora root rot. It’s easier to treat an outbreak before it becomes an infestation! » If you’re planting this year, try to get larger trees and shrubs in by the end of June so they can establish root systems before they start battling the heat. It will also behoove you to not postpone planting this year, as we are encountering even more plant shortages. » Smaller shrubs and ornamentals can be planted throughout the spring and summer but may require a little more attention to help them get established. They are trying to put down roots and grow

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at the same time. Don’t overcrowd them, and give them a gentle boost with an organic fertilizer regularly. » Let’s talk about water, because over or under-watering is the number one plant killer. Remember that sprinkler systems are great for grass and flowers, but they are often inadequate for trees and shrubs. You need to get 1” of water to the roots of larger plants every week. If it gets dry, I drag the hose out to my trees/large shrubs and turn it on just a trickle. I let it run for 20 minutes or so, then move it to the next plant. I strongly suggest you set a timer, as I have turned my yard into a bog a couple of times by leaving the hose going overnight! It’s important to water deeply and less frequently to encourage plants to develop deep roots instead of shallow roots. It’s also best to water in the morning. Water at soil level instead of overhead. Watering the foliage encourages fungal growth. » Did you mulch this spring? If not, apply a fresh layer or top-dressing or at least go out and rake old mulch to “fluff” it, because it becomes very compacted during the winter. Mulch adds a neat look and keeps soil temperature and moisture levels stable. It also breaks down and adds nutrients to

the soil. » You can prune spring bloomers once the blooms have faded. Please do some research or give us a call if you need help. Remember that you are doing plant surgery, so don’t go out and start whacking! » Wait until the foliage has died down before cutting back spring bulbs. They are storing energy for next year’s blooms. A little BulbTone will give them a boost. » Some of your perennials may need a little assistance as they emerge. Tall plants may need to be staked or caged, and it’s easier to do that while the plants are small. You can also pinch plants back to encourage them to be shorter and bushier. » Be a friend to the birds and they will be a friend to you! Keep feeders and baths full and clean. Birds will remove lots of pesky insects, so attract them to your yard with plants, houses, feeders, and water sources. We are getting several trucks in every week, so stop by often to see what’s new. Happy gardening! Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center 9885 Highway 11E, Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.986.7229 MeadowviewGreenhouse.com

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May, 2022, East Tennessee’s Mountain Views • 3B


By Darla Zorn – Owner/Founder – Express Blinds

t’s easier said than done to select the perfect window furnishing for your living space. Not only are you completing the look of the room, but you’re framing the world outside. Take into account the budget you have to work with, as well as all the options you have to choose from, and you may well be tempted to throw up your hands and circle back to the conundrum later. But here at Express Blinds, Shutters, Shades, & Drapes, we’re here to present the perfect solution: our sheer fabric window shadings! While regular blinds can provide decent light-filtering, our fabric window shadings retain all the upsides of blinds, without sacrificing the beautiful view you’ve been working to frame in the first place. Lower them into place and still enjoy the outside by day, while keeping it from looking in by night, all without the distracting presence of pesky lift cords. Raise them, and the shades fold out of sight into the headrail, providing a clean line up top, and an otherwise completely clear window to look out by. With a single snap, transform the lighting of your room from an overpowering glare to a pleasant glow, thanks to our window shadings’ adjustable soft fabric vanes and double-layered sheer panels. The effect ensures soft, filtered light for your space. Not only that, but our selection of performance fabrics includes options designed to filter out 88% of the sun’s harmful rays, guarding your indoor furniture from harmful UV damage. Control your indoor temperature too, as maximizing UV blocking helps moderate internal jumps and drops between heat and cold. In the long run this not just protects the comfort of your space, but also helps to minimize your energy bill as well. Still not sure our window shadings are for you? Don’t worry, we can even install them in large windows up to 120” wide, as well as over doors, and our minimalistic, cord-free design is good up to 84” wide, adding that extra layer of security for when children come running to check out the view. Convinced now that window shadings fit your window covering needs? Reach out to us for a free consultation! No need to drag your feet; call us at 865-730-4880. Our team of designers and installers will work closely with you to get your window shadings fitted and installed, allowing you to effectively shade your space, and save your view! Express Blinds, Shutters, Shades & Drapes 865-730-4880 www.ExpressBlindsKnox.com 1043 N. Cedar Bluff Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923


Break Down

t will be abundantly clear that this month’s column is not written by a young and aspiring hair stylist, but rather by someone more, seasoned. It is, however, something that every stylist deals with sooner or later. Our profession is one that may not seem physically demanding at first glance, but let me assure you Brian K. Whitehead that over time, it can be very punManaging Partner ishing. The Village Salon We all have pros and cons that come with what we decide to do for a living, and everyone is always dealing with something. If your stylist has been practicing for a number of years, they may be dealing with a few Break Downs. Standing can be hard on the feet, knees, hips and back. Using a blow-dryer can be particularly hard on the wrist and shoulder, and the repetitions of opening and closing the blade of scissors can ruin a thumb. Ten years ago, these thoughts never even crossed my mind, but now (at age 58) they are all a very harsh reality. One thing that usually comes with a mature stylist experiencing physical challenges with their job is a reduction in their weekly volume. In most cases, it is not a matter of wanting to reduce volume, which reduces revenue, but more out of a physical necessity. Father Time has proven to be a very worthy adversary and remains undefeated at the time this column heads to print, but let’s all raise a glass to outrunning him for as long as possible.

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By Connie Ferraro – Tellico Hearing Solutions

s we and our family members age, slips and falls become more and more likely to land us in the hospital with broken or fractured bones. Not only that, but the likelihood of them occurring increases. What we might not know is one of the glaring signs a trip or fall may be on the way is when our hearing begins to decline. After all, our balance is tied to the wellbeing of our inner ear, and any damage it sustains is not only affecting our hearing, but the delicate mechanisms that track our bodies’ movement and spatial awareness. According to a study out by John Hopkins, individuals aged 40-69 who had a mild hearing loss were three times as likely to report falling in the past year, and that risk only increased as their hearing grew poorer. To be even more precise, for every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss you or your loved one may experience, the risk of falls increases 140%. That’s a safety hazard. While these are alarming numbers, it’s not all bad news. Just as the onset of poor hearing can signal your balance is compromised, so too improving hearing actively works

to ameliorate balance disorders. This is where we enter the picture. Tellico Hearing Solutions was started so you could discover if a hearing device might help you, your spouse, or your family member recover lost hearing, and with it, your spatial awareness and balance. Robert, our Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, embarked first as a hearing instrument wearer, and so is intimately familiar with the difficulties that accompany hearing and balance loss. We use the latest technology to perform an exhaustive testing of your current hearing and, if appropriate for your situation, we will equip you with the optimal hearing aid for your budget and your needs. Not only that, but we can provide assistive listening devices for use with your tv, phone, or audio equipment to help make your day-to-day activities easier and more enjoyable. Thanks to the new technology available, we can help you maximize your hearing recovery, and in so doing, help improve your balance and spatial awareness, decreasing the chances of falls. Much of our day-to-day function and personal safety is tied to our hearing, and

many of us never realize it until we begin to experience its loss. If you or your family member is experiencing hearing loss, don’t wait to address it! Take it as a warning and come visit us right away. Better to get fitted for a hearing aid to take back your life, than to lose precious pieces of it in the hospital and rehab following a bad fall. So, take the next step, even if it wobbles. Get yourself or your loved one in for a free hearing test and evaluation of your/their current hearing situation. Yes, it’s free, and it’s that easy. Experience the compassionate care that you will only find at Tellico Hearing Solutions. Again, not only is Robert a Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, but he is also a hearing instrument wearer. Call us today and take the steps to take back your hearing, your balance, and your confidence moving forward. Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC 865-635-1887 contact@TellicoHearingSolutions.com www.tellicohearingsolutions.com


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contact@TellicoHearingSolutions.com If you are (or were) a current hearing aid user, new technological advances, even just in the past 6 months, have made remarkable differences in the quality of sound. New technology is way beyond just making sound louder. Hearing is perception of sound, and listening is understanding and “untangling” those words. We use the latest technology that allows us to perform complete testing either in our office or your home, whichever is more convenient and comfortable for you.

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Special Sunrise Events Return to Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park

May, 2022, East Tennessee’s Mountain Views • 5B

Spring VIP Sunrise opportunity available through May 17th


kyLift Park has launched a series of special Spring events at the park, including VIP sunrise events and evening musical performances. Their Easter Sunday sunrise service returned on April 17 kicking off a month of VIP Sunrise Access events. Special seasonal decorations and photo opportunities, live music and early morning access to the park will be available to VIP ticket holders on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 17. VIP guests will also be treated to live music by folk musician Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar. “The Smoky Mountain sunrise is absolutely stunning in spring, and now Gatlinburg’s guests have the opportunity to see the very best view of it 500 feet above town on the SkyBridge,” said Marcus Watson, Administrative Director of SkyLift Park. The VIP Sunrise ticket will allow early access to the park in order to see the sunrise from the top of the mountain (weather permitting). Tickets are $49.95 for adults, $31.95 for children, and $40.95 for seniors. The ticket is valid for the entirety of the operating day. A limited quantity of sunrise tickets will be available each day. In addition to the sunrise events, the park will have live music from 6-9 p.m. on the SkyDeck every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,

through June 30. On Wednesdays and Fridays, music will be performed by Richard Bennett. On Mondays, Richard will be accompanied by Shawn Lane from the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Blue Highway. Sunrise times for the remaining VIP events are as follows: May 3, 6:39 a.m.; May 5, 6:36 a.m.; May 10, 6:33 a.m.; May 12, 6:31 a.m.; and May 17, 6:27 a.m. Tickets for the VIP events and regular admission are available online at gatlinburgskylift.com. Each ticket is valid for an entire day at the SkyPark, providing the opportunity for exciting and different experiences during the day and after dark. About Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Founded in 1954, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park offers stunning views and unforgettable experiences in East Tennessee. The Gatlinburg SkyLift carries guests from the heart of town up five hundred vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. Renovated in 2019, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park now offers a SkyDeck observation area and SkyBridge— the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America—to the millions of people who visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year. A new SkyTrail and four-story Tulip Tower add other unique viewing options. For more information, visit www.gatlinburgskylift.com.

High-End Cabinetry or Affordable Prices? Get both at Knox Cabinet Co. By Megan Thomas, Co-owner of Knox Cabinet Co.


t Knox Cabinet Co. we have transformed your typical cabinetry sales floors into Discovery Showrooms designed to inspire your imagination. Our convenient Discovery Showrooms in Maryville and Hardin Valley offer homeowners a large selection of competitively priced, quality crafted, solid wood cabinetry, which include standard features that are often priced as upgrades elsewhere. Our clients especially appreciate the availability of multiple paint and stain options and cabinet door profiles. Our customers are also surprised to learn that we can even provide your cabinets in your favorite Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams colors. If you’re in the market for kitchen cabinetry, whether for a new or existing home, I would like to personally invite you to experience the Knox Cabinet Co. difference for yourself. At Knox Cabinet Co., we offer homeowners a wide selection of quality, solid wood cabinetry, dynamic kitchen designs, highly competitive pricing, and a level of superior customer service that you might have thought no longer existed. And we go far beyond just kitchens by offering quality cabinetry for baths, home offices, family entertainment areas, and more. By combining your inspiration with the expertise of our designers, using the latest state-of-the-art design software, you’ll be able to visualize your new virtual showcase kitchen, bath, home office or family entertainment area before the work even begins. If you’re ready to discover an amazing combination of high-end cabinetry and surprisingly affordable prices, then I invite you to experience the Knox Cabinet Co. difference. We look forward to helping you create that showcase inspired kitchen and bath in your home. Knox Cabinet Co. 10238 Hardin Valley Road Knoxville, TN 37932 1414 E. Broadway Maryville, TN 37804 865.674.5669 www.knoxcabinetcompany.com

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he Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Kayleigh McEnany will be the speaker for the 15th Annual Benefit on June 25, 2022. The event will be held at McMinn County High School in Athens, Tennessee with the doors opening at 6 p.m. General admission tickets as well as dinner tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Chamber 423-745-0334 or online at www. athenschamber.org. Kayleigh is the former White House Press Secretary and current co-host of Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. Prior to serving as White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh worked as the National Press Secretary for the Trump Campaign and formerly the National Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Prior to joining the RNC, Kayleigh worked as a political commentator at CNN.

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May, 2022, East Tennessee’s Mountain Views • 7B

Remember the Fallen

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hat does Memorial Day mean to you? Is it a long awaited 3-day weekend? Is it time for an out-of-town trip or a time reserved for parties and picnics? When trying to find Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies in my area, I could only find concerts and barbeques. I wonder if our children truly understand what Memorial Day is all about. Here are the facts according to https://www.govinfo.gov/features/memorial-day : Memorial Day commemorates all the women and men who have died while in military service and will be observed this year on May 30, 2022, the last Monday in May as designated by Federal law (36 U.S.C. 116). Begun in the late 1860’s as Decoration Day, spring flowers were distributed at graves to honor those fallen in the Civil War. By the end of the 19th century, ceremonies were being held in cities across the country. In 1966, the Federal Government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. (Source: Department of Veterans Affairs ) Public Law 106-579, signed into law December 28, 2000, designated 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day each year as the ‘‘National Moment of Remembrance” and created the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance.

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According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “Memorial” is defined as: mə-môr’ē-əl noun 1. Something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or an event. 2. That which preserves the memory of something; anything designed or adapted to serve as a reminder of a person, an event, or a fact or facts of any kind belonging to past time, as a record, a monument, an inscription, a custom, a periodical observance, etc. 3. A written statement of facts or a petition presented to a legislative body or an executive. Great facts; but what does it mean to you? Will you remember - and honor - the sacrifices so many of our soldiers made for our country? While Memorial Day is designed to remember those who lost their lives during battle, all of our veterans have sacrificed. Some experienced the direct loss of a battle buddy standing or sitting right next to them. They too have left something of themselves on the battlefield. So many have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Yes, OUR freedom. Some continue to pay carrying those memories. I’ve heard people say that those we’ve lost would want us to live our lives without survivor’s guilt. Being happy

and moving forward doesn’t mean we forget our brothers and sisters.1 We will never forget, and we should take time to remember and be thankful for the lives we get to live and the freedoms we enjoy but so often take for granted. Take your kids and your grandkids to a Veteran Memorial and read the names engraved upon it. These are not just made-up names. Each one represents a real person, a father/mother, a brother/sister, an uncle/aunt, a son/daughter, or a grandfather/grandmother who never got the chance to take any more vacations or attend any more barbeques. Make sure future generations never forget and never take our freedom for granted.1 So, on this Memorial Day, while we’re fellowshipping with friends and putting mustard on our hotdogs, I hope each one of us takes a moment away to be grateful for why we have our freedom, and with dignity and respect, remember the fallen. Sources: 1. https://usveteransmagazine.com/memorial-day-letter-from-theceo-of-veterans-ascend/ - By Robyn Grable, Founder & CEO of Veterans Ascend 2. https://www.govinfo.gov/features/memorial-day Images Source: https://www.usmemorialday.org/memorial-day-images

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innias are a longtime favorite of home gardeners. They come in a wide variety of colors and flower forms ranging from single, to fully double, cactus flowered, and even crested. They are easy to grow from seed, relish full sun, are loved by pollinators and have a long vase life for cut stems. They also are tough and drought tolerant, requiring little to no additional watering once established. What more could a gardener ask for than a flower that has attributes like these? How about disease resistance? The typical garden zinnia, Zinnia elegans, falls short in one category, disease resistance. It is susceptible to a wide range of foliar diseases including powdery mildew, cercospora leaf spot, alternaria leaf spot and bacterial leaf spot. Some Z. elegans cultivars claim resistance to these diseases, yet none can compare to the clean foliage offered by the hybrid Profusion and Zahara series. These series are hybrids of Z. elegans x Z. angustifolia, which incorporate desirable attributes from each parent. Z. angustifolia, commonly known as the narrow leaf zinnia, has natural resistance to foliar disease and passes that trait along, while Z. elegans provides an array of flower color and larger blooms up to 2.5 inches in diameter. There are some tradeoffs, however. The hybrids have a compact growth habit of only 1 to 1.5 inches height similar to that of Z. angustifolia. This change in stature shifts its use in the garden from that of a striking mid-border cut flower to a non-stop flowering front-border plant. Profusion and Zahara have been recognized through the years for their endurance and performance in the landscape as All-America Selection (AAS) winners. In the early 2000s ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Cherry’ and ‘White’ each received AAS recognition. In 2010, ‘Zahra Starlight Rose,’ ‘Double Zahara Fire,’ and ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ were recognized, followed by ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’ and ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ in 2013. Most recently, ‘Profusion Red’, and ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’ received AAS winner award status. This broad color range allows makes for a very versatile plant in the landscape and containers. Zinnia in general do not look particularly attractive to shoppers in cell packs or small containers, and for this reason may be difficult to find at local garden centers. However, they are very easy to start from seed and can even be direct seeded outdoors once soil temperatures rise and all threat of frost has passed. The University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson, grew ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’ in 2021, and it was phenomenal all the way until frost. The older blooms faded to shades of orange and pink while the new growth simultaneously produced new flushes of vibrant yellow-red blooms. All three UT Garden locations grow at least one example of these outstanding Profusion and Zahara zinnias during the summer months. Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. utia. tennessee.edu. Contact: utgardens@utk.edu.

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Learn from your return with these tax takeaways


he dust has finally cleared. Your tax return is signed and sent, and Uncle Sam has been paid (or has paid you). So now you can forget about taxes until next year, right? Well … not quite yet. It’s a good idea to do a quick review each year of how the tax process went for you to see if there’s any wisdom you can tuck into your tax file for the next year. Here are five takeaways that could make next year’s tax time run much smoother—and possibly be even more financially rewarding. Tax takeaway 1: Pay estimated taxes during the year If you usually owe money to the government at tax time (and ouch, a large tax payment can be tough to come up with by April 15), consider paying your estimated federal taxes once per quarter, for a total of four payments. You can pay your entire tax bill, or just the portion that your paycheck withholding doesn’t cover. Either way, it will help avoid a nasty surprise come tax time. Tax takeaway 2: Check your withholding When taxes aren’t paid by April 15, you could owe the government penalties and interest. When you get a refund check, you’re giving the government an interest-free loan that could increase your paycheck instead. Why not aim for the sweet spot of neither owing nor receiving by adjusting the amount of tax withheld from your pay? Your tax professional can help you determine the right filing status and withholding amount for your situation. Then,

you can work with your employer’s human resources department to file a new W-4 form that will adjust your perpay withholding. Tax takeaway 3: Seize your retirement savings opportunities Whether you work for an employer or are self-employed, don’t let April 15 pass without adding to an IRA or your company’s retirement plan. You’ll get a deduction for IRA contributions (or an income exclusion for 401(k) contributions). And bonus, you’ll get a tax credit for making the contributions. If you haven’t done this yet, check with your tax advisor to make sure you have all the details. Tax takeaway 4: Consider a Health Savings Account (HSA) Healthcare costs are skyrocketing—and it doesn’t help that a) so many healthcare plans today have a high deductible; and b) most people never qualify for the medical deduction at tax time. If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, it may pay to look into an HSA. The money accumulates tax-free, and you’re allowed to take tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses. Check with your employer, or with a bank or brokerage in your community, to see if they offer HSAs. Tax takeaway 5: Keep your tax records up to date all year long As you go through the coming tax year, make sure you have the records for anything tax related: receipts, cancelled checks, donation acknowledgements, credit card

statements, etc. It’s especially important in the following categories: • Charitable contributions • Real estate and personal property sales • Solar/energy-efficient home upgrades • Securities transactions • Cryptocurrencies A minute here to set up a folder and a minute there to file receipts will help you avoid the tax-time scramble. Tax takeaway 6: File and pay your taxes electronically The IRS’ backlog of tax returns only worsened when the clock struck midnight on April 18th. Pre-pandemic, the IRS could process an electronic return in two weeks or less and a paper filed return in six weeks. A paper filed return will now take six to nine months to process. Summing it all up If tax time was stressful this year, take some time now to look over this year’s tax return with an eye toward improving your situation next year. You might even want to consider working with a tax professional who can not only help you with your taxes but also minimize your tax obligations and set you on the road toward a more secure financial future. Resources: https://rootworks.com https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susantompor/2022/04/15/irs-tax-refund-delay-paper-returns/9502369002/

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ound Therapy has been used for centuries to promote deep relaxation, meditation, clear energy channels, and much more. Cory Peay of Rocky Top Genetics will share some great background information on this topic and then you will be able to experience an introductory sound therapy session with Cory for yourself. You won’t want to miss it.

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Cory is a master at playing several different instruments for sound therapy. He will play a few of them for us as he leads us in a unique sound experience. You are likely to leave refreshed, relaxed and mellow. Door Prize: Special Hemp Tincture provided by Cory. CHEO programs are free for members, with a $10.00 suggested minimum donation for all guests. CHEO is a

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ou’ve probably noticed the weather outside is gorgeous. The air is getting warmer, and so is the water. Boating season isn’t just around the corner. It’s here. And there’s nothing quite like it. You can already feel the wind in your hair and picture the cool spray of the water as it flashes and glimmers in the sunshine, not to mention the gentle back and forth rocking in the lake’s embrace. It’s not a question of if you’ll take your boat out on the water, but when. More than that, when you take your boat out, will it be only after spending precious minutes detailing said boat, removing its cover by hand, cleaning up the spider and bird leavings that have accumulated over the months, all while knowing you’ll have to wrestle said cover back on later? Or will you cut out all that unnecessary to-do completely, spending your precious time as intended – out on the lake? Taking your boat out really can be that easy— that is if you have a Touchless Boat Cover System from Lifetime Docks, LLC. Here’s the concept: invest in a garage for your boat that protects your craft like your home garage protects your car. Be prepared to cover and uncover your boat in 30 seconds without laying a finger on it, all at the touch of a button. Be prepared to get the full value out of your boating experience— to not be weighed down into staying home because the struggle just to launch your boat isn’t worth the effort. Be prepared to slather on that high SPF sunscreen – you’ll need it as you find yourself wanting

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Spring Showers Bring Millions of Blooms to Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival


or a third year, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival blossoms against a Smoky Mountain backdrop to deliver brilliant floral hues to guests now through June 5. The festival features elaborate floral installations that emerge throughout the park to translate nature into living art, each coming together to create a breathtaking displays. Guests can appreciate the vibrant beauty of more than a million blooms, explore the fresh flavors of spring with an immersive tasting pass, and delight in unique entertainment offerings. “Spring has always been so wonderful to me, because the flowers start growing, the sun shines for a little longer, and the birds start singing a new song,” said Dolly Parton. “When I was little and the weather started warming up, all us kids would gather on the porch in the afternoon and enjoy lemonade that Mama brought out for us. That’s springtime to me - getting to make memories with my family and taking in the beautiful colors everywhere.” While admiring the vivid colors blooming throughout the park, guests can explore a menu crafted with inspiration from fresh spring flavors and Smoky Mountain flair. Returning for this year is the tasting pass, which allows guests to partake in multiple food items at different festival locations. With the tasting pass (purchase in the park or online), guests can sample five food offerings at any Flower & Food Festival culinary location. This year’s festival menu features a Cuban sandwich with mojo sauce, Reuben spring roll, chicken and andouille skillet, beef bulgogi nachos, seafood mac and cheese, berry and honey fun-

nel cakes, and hand-decorated flower-themed cookies and cupcakes, among many other tasty spring dishes. A highlight of the festival this year is entertainment, including Dolly’s Butterfly Garden and the return of a former guest favorite to the park. Dolly’s Butterfly Garden is an immersive experience that allows guests to interact with nature elements in a new way. Performers from Australia combine theatrical elements and acrobatics for a thrilling new show called “Bloom!” that takes place high above ground while performers are situated atop sway poles. Guests will not want to miss this elevated display. Dollywood’s streets are filled with music during the Flower & Food Festival. The Hall Sisters, an energetic quartet of country pop performers, will set the stage in Craftsman’s Valley. A returning favorite show, “A Brighter Day,” features five daily performances at the Back Porch Theater. All shows are included with park admission. A full schedule of live performances is available at Dollywood.com. Back to provide shade along Showstreet is the mesmerizing Umbrella Sky, which brings together hundreds of colorful umbrellas in a brilliant, suspended arrangement that makes for an “Instagram-worthy” background. Guests looking to capture picture-perfect memories at

Dollywood can stop by several locations in the park for an amazing photo. These include the Hillside Carpet Display that brings a florally-crafted sunset to Rivertown Junction, the pathways of Adventures in Imagination that are decorated with creative chalk art portraits, and Dolly’s Butterfly Garden exhibit in Adventures in Imagination. Festival elements carry over into Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, where guests find festive décor and stunning floral accents. Daily mocktails and cocktails will be served in The Lounge at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, each drawing inspiration from the essence of springtime. Families can enjoy live entertainment in the lobby atrium, festival-inspired cuisine at Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery, and festival-themed activities at Camp DW. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa hosts a Winemaker’s Dinner for guests on Saturday, May 21, inside Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. This unique dining experience pairs festival-inspired culinary creations with exemplary wines. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 865-868-1246. Dollywood looks forward to a season bigger and better than ever before. This is the perfect year to purchase a season pass in order to create memories with family and friends at the park all year long. Once the Flower & Food Festival is over, the fun continues with Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration presented by Bush’s Beans (June 18-August 7), which features an expanded drone and fireworks show every night. Experience the all-new Hoot Owl Hollow as part of this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (September 23-October 29), then get in the holiday spirit with Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 6-January 1, 2023). The celebration continues all year long at Dollywood. For more information about Dollywood or the Flower & Food Festival, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood mobile app.

Home Begins in Your Garage

10B • East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, May, 2022


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Auditions for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical May 9 and 10 at The Arts Center in Athens


thens Community Theatre (ACT) announces a summer musical The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Auditions for the July 1 – 10, 2022 performance are Monday May 9 at 6pm and Tuesday May 10 at 6pm. Read on for more information on these open auditions. ACT seeks singers, dancers, and actors aged 12 and older (including adults) of any-and-all ethnicities and genders. Most of the roles are for teens and young adults. This production is directed by Michael Webb, with music directed by Josh Bragg. Stage manager is Madison Watts with Brittany Duggan as assistant music director. Anyone interested in performing in the show should attend an audition. These open auditions are available to all, and no advance registration is required. Open Auditions include vocal and choreography sections. During the vocal audition, auditioners will sing a prepared 16-bar solo and should bring sheet music for the accompanist or sing a cappella. The dance audition will require audititioners to learn and repeat choreographed movements as a small group. Those invited to the call back audition on Wednesday May 11 will read selections from the script.

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York). The principle roles include demigods Percy Jackson – Son of Poseidon, Annabeth – Daughter of Athena, Luke – Son of Hermes and their adult counterparts Sally Jackson – Percy’s mother, Poseidon, Hades, and Aunty Em, aka Medusa. A variety of fun parts for the ensemble include minotaur, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Squirrel.

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3107 Hwy. 411 Madisonville, TN 37354 (Across from Sequoyah High School) Interested performers are invited to call The Arts Center with questions at 423-745-8781. The Arts Center is located at 320 North White St. in downtown Athens. Staff is available for questions during business hours, which are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. For more information call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781, follow The Arts Center on Facebook, or visit athensartscouncil.org. The Lightning Thief is sponsored by Domino’s. All Athens Community Theatre

productions are sponsored by Dogwood Dental Care, Grover Thurman, CPA, Kiwanis Club of Athens, Muddy Waters Two Wine & Spirits, Starr Regional Medical Center, and Willhite and Mitchell, PLLC. All performances presented by Athens Area Council for the Arts are sponsored by The Retirement Guys. Edward Jones of Athens, Willsonthropic, Inc, and Wolfenden Family Pharmacies are AACA premiere sponsors and support all programming as do National Endowment for the Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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Courtley Chiropractic – Back in Tellico Village! A

fter opening an office in Tellico Village 25 years ago, Dr. Scott Courtley recently reopened his chiropractic office next to Food Lion. Dr. Courtley pursued his undergraduate studies in Michigan and received his doctorate from Sherman Chiropractic College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Courtley has helped thousands of people regain their health and improve their quality of life, and he believes that God has anointed him to help thousands more. He constantly studies the newest chiropractic techniques and continually integrates them into his practice to achieve maximum results for his patients. Not only that, but he is also deeply involved in The Chiropractic Revolution seminars. Courtley Chiropractic is committed to providing individual, patient-based care, spanning a wide range of services including corrective spinal care, stress management, testing for food allergies, and providing a variety of supplements to support patients from the inside out. Dr. Courtley doesn’t just use a one-size-fits-all approach when treating his patients, but sensitively creates a personalized plan for each and every one, using a variety of techniques, including both traditional manipulation as well as the more gentle integrator method. Constantly keeping up on the latest advances in Chiropractic care, Dr. Courtley is able to utilize the method that will best help you. He’s even been known to learn a new method for the benefit of just one patient. Still wondering if Courtley Chiropractic is right for you? This is just one of their stellar reviews on FaceBook. “After years of lower back pain and nerve issues with my arm, I am pain free after completing Dr. Scott’s recommended plan. The staff are so polite and professional. They treat you like family. I have been to several chiropractors and Courtley Chiropractic is the absolute best one I have ever been to.” Come where you will be heard, supported, and guided back to your best health! From basic health and wellness principles to practical pain relief, the entire Courtley Chiropractic team is eager to deliver to you all the tools you need to succeed and expand your sense of what’s possible in your optimal health journey. Besides, the office environment makes investing in your health fun! Just contact the office at 865-440-7856 to schedule your first appointment and take the next step in your journey along the Wellness Way! Courtley Chiropractic Tellico Village: 101 Cheeyo Way, Loudon, TN 37774 865-440-7856 Tues/Fri – 9:00–12:00 Farragut: 11915 Kingston Pike #100, Farragut, TN 37934 Mon/Wed/Thurs – 9:00-12:00, 3:30-5:30 Tues – 3:30-5:30 www.CourtleyChiropractic.com info@CourtleyChiropractic.com

Visit Knoxville Announces World’s Fair 40th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration


isit Knoxville is pleased to announce a World’s Fair 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration to take place on May 21, 2022, from 10am – 9pm at World’s Fair Park. This event is free to the public and follows the reopening of the Sunsphere’s 4th Floor Observation Deck to the public on February 22, 2022. Activities are still being added, but to-date includes the following: • Cultural exhibits on the World’s Fair Performance Lawn and performances at the World’s Fair Amphitheater presented by TVA • Technology and Maker demonstrations and vendors • A memorabilia collectors meet up/swap meet • A Ferris wheel & energy exhibits • Food trucks and beer • 40th Anniversary merchandise • The evening will close with a brief fireworks display programmed to ‘80s music For exact times for these activities and more events to be added throughout October 2022, please visit worldsfairknoxville.com. A closing event in October will be announced later in the year. The May 21st event and others taking place through October 2022 are being coordinated by Visit Knoxville, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and several community partners that make up the 40th Anniversary Committee. The Sunsphere’s 4th Floor Observation deck will also be open, tickets can be purchased at thesunsphere.com. “We are thrilled to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “This event really put Knoxville on the map as a destination, and we are passionate about continuing that legacy as a premier destination for visitors from around the world. We hope the community will join us for a big day of reminiscing 40 years ago and making new memories today in World’s Fair Park!” “I am so excited to walk back in time during our World’s Fair 40th Anniversary celebration,” said Mayor Indya Kincannon. “So many people have reached out to my office wanting to share their World’s Fair stories and memorabilia from the 80’s. This is a great opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate this history-making event and how it helped shape our city.” Simultaneously, the 16th Annual Children’s Festival of Reading will celebrate 1982 and the 40th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Knoxville with authors, illustrators, storytellers, arts & crafts, toddler town, and more at

the Festival Lawn in World’s Fair Park from 10am – 5pm. To learn more about this event, please visit www. knoxcountylibrary.org/childrens-festival-of-reading. The following evening on Sunday, May 22 at 7pm, the public is welcome to join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, at the Tennessee Amphitheatre for an evening of “out of this world” music featuring works by John Williams, Aaron Copland, Beethoven and more. This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Visit knoxvillesymphony.com for more information. “You Should’ve Been There!” 40th Anniversary World’s Fair Exhibition The Museum of East Tennessee History has officially opened a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition, “You Should’ve Been There!,” in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery, on display until October 9, 2022. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, the exhibition’s theme is not only a nod to the international exposition’s marketing catchphrase, “You Have Got to Be There! The 1982 World’s Fair!,” but also an acknowledgement that four decades removed, there is a generation of East Tennesseans who were not alive to experience the historic event. Organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library, “You Should’ve Been There!” traces the fair’s development from conception to the pivotal moment when The Wall Street Journal referred to Knoxville as a “scruffy little city” and questioned its ability to host an international event. More than 11,000,000 visitors from around the world were informed and entertained in the various pavilions, exhibitions, and attractions put on by 22 countries and some 50 private organizations. Popular souvenirs were shirts and buttons

proclaiming, “The Scruffy Little City Did It!” The fair’s theme, “Energy Turns the World,” played to the region’s reputation as a technology and science center. For example, it was at the 1982 World’s Fair that users were able to try out a touchscreen for the first time. Elo, a Knoxville-based company, debuted the touchscreen technology, then known as “talk back” computers, in the United States Pavilion. To honor this spirit of innovation, “You Should’ve Been There!” incorporates engaging touchscreens alongside displays of original fair materials from pickle pins to deely bobbers and everything in between. ABOUT VISIT KNOXVILLE Visit Knoxville (Knoxville Convention and Visitors Bureau) is the official CVB for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. Visit Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private company that works together with the community, business leaders and local and state government to further develop Knoxville as a premier leisure, meetings and travel destination. Tourism is the second highest grossing industry in the state of Tennessee. Knoxville/Knox County annually produces over $1 billion in travel spending. For more information, visit www.visitknoxville.com.

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hether it’s a new house, or a home undergoing renovation, most Knoxville-area homeowners are choosing to invest in a custom master closet, so they don’t have to search through an overstuffed, disorganized closet again. Tailored Living of Knoxville, a local provider of whole-home organization, works closely with homeowners to design a closet that meets their needs and style. If you’re thinking about a new closet, pantry or home office, here are five of the most common questions homeowners ask Tailored Living design consultants: How much does a new closet cost? Our products range in price, depending on the color, accessories, and decorative elements you choose, as well as the size of the space. For example, selecting a white finish will cost less than a dark, wood-grain finish, and an off-the-floor system will be more economical than floor standing. Tailored Living works to stay within budget and create a system that meets your needs, lifestyle, and wallet. What type of material to you use? All of Tailored Living’s products are made of high-quality materials and designed with expert craftsmanship to create a long-lasting system. Shelving and panels are made with industrial-grade laminated composite. The custom shelving and cabinetry have a ¾-inch thermo-fused laminate. This thick finish provides strength and durability. Because it’s laminated, Tailored Living offers a variety of finishes and textures that are not available with solid wood.

Do your systems mount to the wall or sit on the floor? To ensure the best stability to stand up to everyday wear and tear, Tailored Living mounts all its systems to the wall. Some cabinets are designed to be off-the-floor, while others are designed to the floor with crown molding to look like a piece of furniture. Your design consultant will discuss these options with you. Will updating closets and storage areas increase the value of my home? As most real estate agents will tell you, maximizing the functionality of a closet and other storage areas definitely increases the value of a home. When perspective homebuyers see a customized storage area, they can envision their own clothes or belongings in that space. Adequate storage space is essential, and well-organized closets are extremely valuable. How long does it typically take to install? Installation times vary depending on the size of the project, but most projects are completed in a single day. If installation includes numerous rooms in the house -- several closets, a pantry, home office, garage cabinets, etc. -- the installation may take one or two additional days. Most importantly, from the owners to each employee, Tailored Living of Knoxville maintains a sharp focus on providing excellent customer service. Call Tailored Living to help you develop beautiful organization! Tailored Living® 865-947-8686 www.tailoredlivingknoxville.com


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