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DECEMBER

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Judy Irmen Publisher + Editor in Chief

Tom Irmen

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and would-be retirees achieve their number one goal of maintaining their lifestyle in retirement, Marsh Wealth Management founders and husband and wife team, Mike and Yvonne Marsh, and their team of experts prepare their clients to successfully navigate the many uncertainties often experienced during retirement.

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DEC E M B E R

is a great month to reflect back on the current year and to start making plans for the coming year. Why wait for January to begin working on 2020 resolutions? You can start on those resolutions right now. As a business owner, my husband, Tom, and I periodically Photo by D. Roberts Photography evaluate how our business is tracking for the year and make adjustments as necessary. It’s not advisable to get “comfortable” with how you do business. Every so often changes need to be made to a business so that it can continue to grow. And that also applies on a personal and financial level. This month we are pleased to highlight Marsh Wealth Management and the company’s founders and husband and wife team, Mike and Yvonne Marsh. Don’t let another year go by without planning for your retirement. Let Yvonne and Mike and their team of experts help

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you to successfully navigate the many uncertainties often experienced during retirement. They are focused on helping you to maintain or enhance your lifestyle whether you’re retired, near retirement, or even years away from retirement. Make a sound financial future your top priority and your New Year’s resolution in 2020. Family and their personal and financial security is your most important focus. This holiday season, as you prepare for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, take time to surround yourself with family and engage in conversation and activities. Take a drive to see the pretty decorations and lights in your neighborhood or just take a walk as a family. Make family and the people around you your priority. We at Everything Knoxville would like to wish all of you, our readers and advertisers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the season!

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Seated (L to R): Mike Marsh, Yvonne Marsh, Erin Phillips Standing (L to R): Tom May, Bethany Malicoat

We’re All in This Together W

E WORK our entire lives with

Mike Marsh, CPA and Yvonne Marsh, CFP® and CPA

the goal of achieving a sound retirement. But as the time draws near, we often become apprehensive, recognizing that retirement is much more than the savings that you’ve managed to accumulate and your newfound free time. You find yourself asking: » Will I need to reduce my spending in retirement? » Is there a chance I will outlive my retirement savings? » Will future tax increases erode my savings? » How will I be able to afford an unexpected medical emergency? And that doesn’t count the more concrete questions of when to start Social Security and which Medicare supplement plan to choose. Retirement is uncharted waters. You’ve observed your parents and others during retirement, you search online for retirement related subjects, you share experiences and expectations with family and friends. You make the best decisions you can, often guided only by your gut instinct. But in retirement, there are no do-overs, so a growing number of people are choosing

professional help with a comprehensive approach that combines investment advice with financial planning, tax strategies, insurance solutions, and legal planning. In this month’s issue of Everything Knoxville, we are delighted to share with you our recent interview with Marsh Wealth Management founders, and husband and wife team, Mike and Yvonne Marsh. Having earned a well-deserved reputation among retirees for their comprehensive approach to retirement planning, we are confident that you will enjoy their thoughts on retirement whether you’re retired, near retirement, or years away from retirement. EK: Yvonne, I enjoyed the analogy on your website comparing the navigation of retirement to planning a trip to somewhere you’ve never been before. Like an experienced travel guide, how can Marsh Wealth Management help me to successfully navigate my retirement? Yvonne: We know the number one goal for retirees is to maintain their lifestyle in retirement without the worry of running out of money. So our approach is three-fold: First, we help people define what their lifestyle is Photos by D. Roberts Photography


going to look like. Second, we help them identify potential pitfalls or obstacles and come up with solutions that fit them. Then, just as importantly, we act as their guide on this “retirement trip,” making sure everything works smoothly leading up to retirement, the transition from a paycheck to a play check is seamless, and all of the little gotchas are taken care of for them. Their biggest task is deciding on their first post-work vacation! EK: Mike, what is the number one mistake would-be and existing retirees make in planning? Mike: They stay aggressively invested for too long as they’re approaching retirement. The Fragile Decade – the five years leading up to retirement and the five years after retirement – is the most critical time period in predicting the success of a 30+ year retirement plan. Waiting until a year or two ahead of retirement to reduce the risk in your portfolio is waiting too long. EK: The equity markets have a long history of very good returns on average, but I’m fearful of losing money in a market downturn. What suggestions do you have for me? Mike: We use an investment bucketing strategy that allocates a client’s portfolio into time segments: Now, Soon, and Later. The idea is simply that the Now bucket is rainy day, emergency, and planned expenses tucked safely in bank accounts. The Soon bucket is money earmarked for spending in a retiree’s first phase of retirement and more conservatively invested, while the Later bucket is money designated for the second phase of retirement so it can have more growth orientation. We all know that we build wealth by staying invested in the markets over time, and this three-tiered allocation gives our clients the confidence to do just that. EK: How can you help me overcome the often high costs arising from an unexpected medical emergency that was not in my spending plan? Yvonne: By helping you be proactive and not reactive: Planning for those costs before they happen. First, we help clients identify and quantify which costs aren’t covered by Medicare, and then we talk about their options. Many folks don’t know there is a great option that pays for home health care, assisted living, and other long-term care costs and also provides a death benefit to heirs if you don’t end up needing those benefits. The cost and the benefits are guaranteed at issue, so it really creates a lot of clarity and confidence for today’s retirees. It’s a great solution, but only about one out of every 10 people I talk to have ever heard of it. EK: What is the impact to today’s retirees who are living longer than either their parents or grandparents? Mike: We think of longer life spans as a risk multiplier – it multiplies the number of times to which your portfolio could experience a market correction and the higher likelihood someone will experience an expensive health

event. And inflation is a sneaky factor that can really eat into a retiree’s ability to afford everything they are used to buying. We work with clients to design strategies that will serve them well no matter how long they live. Yvonne: That’s right. I never want an 85 year old client to come to me and say, “Well, it’s been fun, but I’m out of money.” Our plans are designed to last as long as they do! EK: What if the government should raise taxes during my retirement years? Yvonne: Well, truthfully, we already know that they are going to raise taxes when our current tax code expires at the end of 2025. It’s already written into the law that our personal tax rates will revert back to the higher pre-Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 levels. So taxes are on sale right now! Many people should be, at a minimum, executing Roth IRA conversion strategies up to and within the current 24% bracket. That is an integral service we offer to our wealth management clients. EK: It’s obvious that a successful retirement plan includes a great many considerations. How can you help me create a comprehensive plan that will help me to sleep at night? Yvonne: It’s so true that the devil is in the details. And we actually start with some non-financial details – such as reviewing healthcare directives and identity theft protection and providing a survivor’s guide for heirs. Some clients don’t need extensive financial planning, so we focus on creating an Investment Bucket Strategy that can sustain their income needs. Other clients need extensive financial and tax planning, so we create a comprehensive plan addressing those needs. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all process. EK: What is the best way to select a qualified wealth advisor as I’m trying to navigate all of the financial decisions a retiree has to make? Yvonne: First, understand how they are paid. A fiduciary is compensated as a percentage of assets, whereas a broker dealer is compensated by commissions on account activity. You have to decide which business model best aligns with your own interests. Second, professional credentials are important, and we proudly have CFP®s and CPAs in our office. The continuing education commitment that these licenses require keep us technically sharp. Third, and just as important, is finding someone you can connect with on a personal level. Your advisor is there to guide you through a journey that will be uniquely yours – and you want to have a relationship that you are confident to call on at any time.

EK: We’ve talked a great deal about wouldbe and existing retirees, but what about those of us that are still working and saving for retirement? Where’s the best place to invest our savings? Mike: By far, the number one thing we get asked by people still working is “Can you help me with my 401(k)?” And truthfully, this is a huge societal issue. Companies have moved away from pensions and put the burden of saving and investing on their employees, but the vast majority of people don’t know which investments to choose. And who wants to go home after a hard day at work and research mutual fund choices while you’re juggling kids and dinner? So we’ve just introduced a service called Plan Confidence, which allows us to help people choose their 401(k) investments, using the mutual funds that their employer offers, with no IRA rollovers needed. The money stays right in the 401(k). It’s a monthly subscription service, and we connect with clients through a secure website and mobile app. No office visits required for busy people! EK: How can I learn more about Marsh Wealth Management? Do you offer a complimentary consultation to determine if there is a “good fit” between your integrated team and myself ? Yvonne: Our website is always a great place to start. We’ve worked hard to lay out how we approach retirement planning and the strategies that we employ, so it gives people an easy first step to see if we would be a good fit for them. Then give our office a call to set up a time where we can introduce ourselves and hear your story – what you’re excited about and what you’re worried about – and decide how we might be of help to you on your retirement journey. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add? Yvonne and Mike: Truly, we are all in this together. Everyone’s future is equally unknown, and there’s no need to try to figure it out by yourself. Our entire team believes in building long-lasting relationships with our clients – to be that resource that gives you a guiding hand, a word of encouragement, or an ear to just listen. We know there will be unexpected twists and turns in your retirement journey, but we’re here every step of the way, so you can relax!

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor 504 Ebenezer Road Knoxville, TN 37923 865.622.2162 ymarsh@marshpros.com www.marshwealth.com

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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America’s Best Christmas Event Returns During Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

CHRISTMAS COMES

early in the Smokies thanks to the festival voted the Best Theme Park Christmas Event in America for 12 consecutive years, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (now through January 4, 2020). During the festival, the park boasts an impressive count of more than five million brilliant lights, heartwarming Christmas entertainment, delicious holiday meals, and the fun of Dollywood at Christmas. Glacier Ridge presented by Goo Goo Cluster® opened last season, providing guests a completely new way to experience the Smokies at Christmas. Thanks to the opening of Wildwood Grove earlier this year, there is even more to explore in this dazzling area. Glacier Ridge offers a number of activities, displays, and dining options to enjoy for guests while they wander through this immense winter wonderland, which includes the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass, and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley. “There’s nothing like Christmas in the Smokies,” said Dolly Parton. “I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but the feeling of being home with the people I love at Christmas really is one of the most special things in the world to me. It’s my hope that the people who come experience my Dollywood at Christmas make those same sweet memories they’ll be able to share forever. I also hope we’re able to help them start some brand new Christmas traditions right here!” Guests visiting Glacier Ridge may feel as if the Smokies have frozen over, and they’ve been transported to the arctic. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a 50-foot tall animated tree which anchors the area. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life, presenting a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show

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complete with holiday hits that leave guests singing along. For those entering from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-foot long programmable light tunnel transports them into Glacier Ridge in a stunning array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests are greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line Bay. Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a one-of-a-kind light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the Northern Lights, brought to life with music as only Dolly can do to help guests feel as if the aurora borealis has come south, even if for just a few weeks. From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand

why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights. A m u s e m e n t To d a y contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 12-time – and only – winner of the award. A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2020 season. Guests should purchase their 2020 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2020 season pass. Dollywood celebrates its 35th anniversary season next year with the new Flower & Food Festival, the return of the Gazillion Bubbles Show, and a calendar full of fantastic festivals and entertainment. For more information about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, visit www.dollywood.com, or download the Dollywood App. Photos courtesy of The Dollywood Company


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HE RECENT advancements in noninvasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy are truly amazing. They offer each of us the opportunity to maintain not only a more youthful and vibrant appearance, but also help to enhance our own well-being and self-confidence. For more than 10 years, I have been a Board Certified Nurse with certifications in hormone replacement therapy and a variety of cosmetic procedures. In addition to having worked as a critical care nurse, I have been privileged to work alongside some of the most prestigious plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills and Dr. Prudence Hall, renowned hormone replacement expert. Although I’m a Tennessee girl, my career, and the promise of warmer winters, took me to Southern California. Aside from the weather, Southern California offered another huge advantage to anyone wishing to pursue a career in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy. Most of the newest advancements in cosmetic procedures and HRT treatments are first introduced in communities like Beverly Hills years before becoming available elsewhere. In fact, I performed

a variety of cosmetic procedures for several years that are just now being introduced here locally. A Tennessean at heart, I returned home with the goal of sharing the vast experience I accumulated in my work in Beverly Hills. My goal in launching The Wellness Room was to help our clients look and feel their absolute best by offering this expertise and select services that I have successfully performed during the last 10 years. Clients deserve the peace of mind that comes from trusting an experienced provider. Services we offer include: » Botox Injections » Dermal Filler Injections » PDO Threading » Micro-needling » PRP Hair Restoration » 24K Gold Botox Facial » Chemical Peels » Dermaplaning » Hormone Replacement Therapy

One procedure that we are especially excited about is PDO Threading. Just recently introduced in the Knoxville area, I have successfully performed this procedure for several years now. PDO Threading is a non-surgical face, neck, and body lift. This revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting helps to restore that much desired V-shape to your face. Threads similar to surgical stitches are inserted beneath the skin to lift and hold the skin against the effect of gravity. The threads are absorbed in four to six months time, leaving nothing behind but the desired skin structure. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to look and feel your personal best and to enhance your self-esteem and selfconfidence, then I invite you to contact The Wellness Room and discover the difference we can make in your life.

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Peace on Earth… and in Your Closet! B Y C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W. C A R R I E M FA S H I O N C O N S U LT I N G . C O M

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ANY OF US relish time outdoors in beautiful East Tennessee during the spring, summer, and fall. But when football season ends and the busy Christmas season hits, our attention turns to indoor activities. The cold winter months of the New Year seal the deal when it comes to hunkering down at home. There’s no better time to organize the interior of your house and no better project than tackling your closet! The Big Empty Empty your entire closet if you can. (Considering a closet redesign? Now is the time to act since you’ll have to take everything out anyway.) If you can’t remove the whole lot at once, take clothing groups out one at a time (for example, all jeans) and set up a staging area to examine them unhindered. Purge if it doesn’t fit, is dated, or if you think it’s boring or unimpressive when you see it. (Yes, even if you’ve never worn it.) Make a pile to donate or consign, but leave it overnight in case one of the pieces calls out to you that it’s not ready to leave quite yet. Clothes Zones Create zones in your closet that reflect your life activities. Make a “workout zone” for your gym wear, a “career zone” for work clothes, a “weekend zone” for social

duds and figure out why they haven’t made their debut. Did you buy the item at the end of the last season and haven’t had the chance to wear it yet? Is the piece a “goal” size that remains, ummm, a goal? Or did it get trapped between some other clothes and you simply forgot you had it? Revisit why you bought the garment, and don’t be afraid to let go if your heart is telling you it just isn’t going to work. As 2019 comes to a close and you’re preparing for new experiences in 2020, do the same in your closet. Sing Auld Lang Syne as you reminisce and purge, creating space to let new sartorial adventures unfold!

activities, etc., positioning the most-often used groupings in areas that are easiest to reach. When placing the items back in your closet, make sure every piece is visible. Those that are tucked under and behind things run the risk of being “out of sight, out of mind.” Playing Tag Clothing with tags takes up valuable real estate within your closet. Gather up those

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Visit Knoxville Announces Partnership on Sunsphere Ornament to Benefit the Sunsphere

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K N O X V I L L E is proud to partner with Knoxville natives Guinn and Derek Boyce to present a first-ever, hand-crafted glass ornament of the Sunsphere. The Boyces commissioned the ornament from Joy to the World Collectibles, a Knoxville-based company. Each ornament is meticulously crafted by hand by European artisans. Ornaments will be available for purchase at the Knoxville Visitors Center, located at 301 S. Gay Street, and online at www.sunspherefund.com. Cost of the ornament is $55 plus tax. Five dollars from the purchase of each ornament will go to the Sunsphere Fund, a fund created by Visit Knoxville, with the city’s support, to help preserve and maintain this beloved city icon. Ornaments may be shipped for an additional fee, or a free pickup location may be selected. Only 500 Sunsphere ornaments will be available before Christmas. Additional ornaments will be available for purchase in January 2020. The idea for the ornament originated with Knoxville natives Guinn and Derek Boyce. The couple wanted to give back to the city they are proud to call home and reached out to Lisa Kelechava, President and Founder of Joy to the World Collectibles, along with the City of Knoxville and Visit Knoxville. The Sunsphere 10

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can be achieved,” said Guinn Boyce. To learn more about Guinn and Derek Boyce and the story behind their passion for the Sunsphere, visit www.knoxsunfund.com.

is owned by the City of Knoxville and promoted like other attractions by Visit Knoxville, who manages the experience on the 4th floor Observation Deck. The City provided the Boyces with permission to use the image of the Sunsphere to create the ornament. “The importance of the place the Sunsphere holds in our hearts and in our city cannot be overstated,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “Our partnership with the ornament project supports this iconic structure with a must-have for this holiday season and an heirloom for years to come.” “We hope to see this grow into something bigger and better than we can imagine, and by partnering with Visit Knoxville, we think that

About the Sunsphere Since 1982, the Sunsphere, the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair, has served as an iconic feature of the Knoxville skyline. It’s the only structure of its kind in the world. After the World’s Fair, with brief exception, the Sunsphere was closed to the public. It reopened after renovation in 2007. In 2014, in an effort to provide an enhanced experience for visitors and locals, Visit Knoxville updated the 4th Floor Observation Deck with new graphics and information on Knoxville and the World’s Fair. Since that time, the Sunsphere has welcomed countless visitors from (rather appropriately) around the world. Designed by the architecture firm Community Tectonics as the theme structure for the 1982 World’s Fair, the Sunsphere is noted for its unique design and stands 266 feet high/26 stories tall. The 24-karat gold-dust filled, glass-paneled ball is 75 feet in diameter. Each pane of glass is made with 24-karat gold, giving the Sphere its reflective gold color. Each pane cost around $1,000 at the time of construction.


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Enjoy a Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year B Y VA L E R A TO M E S C U , F O U N D E R & P R E S I D E N T O F E U R O P E A N F I N E H A R D W O O D F LO O R S

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N BEHALF of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for your support and encouragement that has helped to make our American dream a reality. We are truly grateful – not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunity we have to make our own contributions to our community and our great nation. I have ma ny fond memories of my childhood in Europe. My grandfather, a master woodworker, shared with me the same skills that had been passed on to him – old-world skills that have been practiced in Europe for centuries and the same skills that I rely on today at European Fine Hardwood Floors. I am grateful to my grandfather for instilling in me a strong work ethic, a love for family, honesty, and integrity. At European Fine Hardwood Floors, we have combined these same old-world skills I learned as a child with today’s latest, state-of-the-art technologies. Whether you are installing new hardwood flooring or refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors, we offer you a hardwood flooring experience that is totally unique in today’s hardwood flooring marketplace. European Fine Hardwood Floors is also

Svetlana and Valera Tomescu unique, because we are one of the very few hardwood flooring contractors recognized by Bona, the world’s most recognized and respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. The Certified Bona Craftsmen designation is much coveted and earned by very few

individuals in our industry. Using the patented Bona dustless system, we are able to safely and efficiently remove more than 99% of all dust commonly associated with hardwood flooring refinishing with our high-volume vacuums, which are placed outside your home and connected to our refinishing equipment to remove the dust that homeowners associate with the refinishing process. All we leave behind are beautiful hardwood floors. Whether you are considering refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors or installing new hardwood floors, I would like to personally invite you to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. Why not make a New Year’s resolution today to rediscover your home’s showcase quality hardwood floors? We can help you make this a totally dustless reality. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you from European Fine Hardwood Floors and the Tomescu family.

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Appalachian Ballet’s The Nutcracker to Delight and Entertain This Holiday Season Photos by Richard Calmes Photography

Two Weekends, Two Venues with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

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Company will present the annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, with live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The company will present four public shows: December 7 at 7:30 pm and December 8 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and December 13 at 7:30 pm and December 14 at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince for the Knoxville shows will be Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer, Da’Von Doane. This wellknown guest artist will be partnering with ballerina Kylie Morton Berry, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with North Carolina Dance 12

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Knoxville Civic Auditorium Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 8, at 3 pm Clayton Center for the Arts Friday, December 13, at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 14, at 3 pm Theatre. For the Maryville shows, Berry will be partnered with Connor Walsh, principal dancer with Houston Ballet. Mr. Walsh has been in the principal dancer for Houston Ballet since 2007. This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography and feature guest

artists Alex Gonzaga and Laura Morton from Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre based in Atlanta as the Snow King and Snow Queen. James La Russa of Staibdance in Atlanta will dance the role of Herr Drosselmeyer, bringing an air of magic and mystery. For more than 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enhancing audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, more than 215 costumes, dancing soldiers, swirling snowflakes, and the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or the Clayton Center for the Arts. For tickets, visit www. appalachianballet.com.


Heartwarming Christmas Show Comes to Life at Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Holiday Season T HA DEV E“NHTIUGRHE -” S P I R I T E D

of Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction receives a festive twist for the holiday season with the magnificent sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus, and a fabulous four-course yuletide feast. The Christmas show at “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” runs through January 4, 2020. “Christmas is a very special time of year at Dolly Parton’s Stampede,” said David Swangel, General Manager of the Stampede in Pigeon Forge. “While our thrilling show provides fun for our guests, we also take time to celebrate the true meaning of the season thanks to a full-scale, living Nativity that will transport guests back to that first Christmas so long ago. It’s special to our entire cast and staff when families take the time to share with us that this show has become a treasured part of their annual holiday traditions.” Guests will be awed by the birth of Jesus re-enacted with Mary, Joseph, the wise men, and a living Nativity of camels, donkeys, and

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sheep. This touching scene is a reminder of the importance of the Christmas season. Families also will thrill at “Toys Come to Life,” an amazing musical fantasy starring The Sugar Plum Fairy and a number of toys she magically brings to life in a musical celebration, which includes a stunning aerial display set to the unforgettable music of The Nutcracker. Stampede’s 32 magnificent horses, not to be confused Santa’s reindeer, race in exciting competitions as audience members cheer their respective sides of the North Pole and South Pole and may find themselves called on to help their side to victory. No Christmas is complete without an appearance by Santa, so after the arena is transformed into a winter wonderland of glistening, freshly fallen snow, Old Saint Nick arrives by sleigh to complete the festivities. The entire Christmas experience is enhanced by the state-of-the-art, LED wall backdrop to the show’s 35,000-square-foot arena, which seamlessly complements the exciting action with stunning holiday

scenery. Guests will feel as if they instantly have been transported deep in to the natural beauty of Christmas from the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains and to the clear skies above Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. Christmas dinner, the other star of the show, includes Stampede’s signature fourcourse holiday feast consisting of Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty holiday dessert, and unlimited beverages. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request. Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Saloon with side-splitting holiday comedy and Christmas classics with a twist by Mountain Ruckus, Stampede’s house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 865-453-4400 or visiting www. dpstampede.com. Photo courtesy of The Dollywood Company


DEANA MARTIN BY RANDY PAT TERSON,BOOMEROCIT Y.COM

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ABY BOOMERS certainly remember the great days when quality TV programming was available. Some of my earliest childhood memories were watching the Dean Martin Show and the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts on TV with my parents. They were absolutely hysterical and entertaining. For as far back as I can remember, one of the songs I heard countless times every Christmas season was Dean Martin’s 1959 classic, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” I never gave it much thought past the fact that it was a great Christmas classic. In more recent years, but “PC” (pre-controversy), Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw, Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Ronnie Dunn, and Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all recorded the classic song. Last year the Dean Martin classic (written by Frank Loesser in 1944) became the focus of controversy because of what is known as the “Me Too Movement.” Then, suddenly, the song was felt to be radioactive by many due to a perception by some that the lyrics portrayed a seduction. The controversy gained moment with the Me Too Movement and the news that a Canadian radio station banned it from airplay for a period of time. Last year Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana, voiced her perplexity at the sudden “concern” about the lyrics of the song. Christmas came and went, and we all thought the storm about the song had permanently blown over. It was recently announced that John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have re-recorded the Christmas classic with politically correct/Me Too sensitive lyrics. Ms. Martin has, again, commented regarding her dismay about the past and new controversies about her dad’s hit. Deana called me from her Beverly Hills home to discuss the hullaballoo. Starting on the subject of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” controversy, she said: “Well, the whole thing is so funny, because I thought we were over all of this last when it was banned from, I think, a Cleveland radio station. I saw that on my iPhone or something. So I tweeted, ‘I think this is insane. You know, what do you think? This is crazy.’ And all of a sudden, it went viral. I mean, it was just nuts. People were calling me to do TV shows and radio shows all over. I just could not understand. It was just so bizarre to me that they were going to pull that song. “After I tweeted it and started doing all those radio shows, the song was put back onto all the radio shows and it went to number one. I had two hundred thousand texts and tweets and emails – positive ones. Nothing negative, which is really good. You know, it’s like, ‘You go, girl!’ “That was last year. And then, all of a sudden, I find out that John Legend has re-written the words – he changed the lyrics. I adore him. I think he’s a fantastic entertainer and musician. And Kelly Clarkson, she’s spectacular. What a voice and what a personality she has! But I thought it’s gone way too far with the P.C. police. “I’m all for the Me Too Movement. But I think that we’ve all gone insane. And when I think why on earth would he want to change the lyrics to a classic from 1944 – a Frank Loesser song? It won the Academy Award. That’s what I’m telling you. But I think what he did with changing the lyrics, he made it sexual when he said, ‘It’s your body, it’s your choice.’ I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute.’ “To me, it was just preposterous that he would even do that. And I understand that it was written 60 years ago and there are different sensibilities now. But it still irks me that he’s changed the lyrics for just a fantastic, evergreen, classic holiday song. But I do understand what he wants and what he’s trying to do. And he’s a good guy. But when I think, ‘Why is he changing the lyrics to that fabulous song?’ It was perfect the way it is. He’s a good writer. He could write his own 16

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song. He could do some Christmas song. So that’s how I feel. “People have asked me about what my dad would think. My dad was so cool and laidback. He wouldn’t have thought anything about this. He was, ‘Okay, whatever you want to do is fine.’ He was over all of that. He wouldn’t have said anything about it.” There is more to this interview that you can read it in its entirety at www.boomerocity.com. Keep up with Deana year-round on her website, www.DeanaMartin.com. Catch one of her shows if you get a chance, and if you do, tell her that Boomerocity sent you. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.


Things Evolve... How About Your Fashions? B Y K A R E N L A N T R Y, O W N E R O F S E R E N D I P I T Y B O U T I Q U E

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of a single generation, we have experienced an incredible evolution in just about everything – from how we communicate, to dramatic advancements in healthcare, and to fashion – and our perception of fashion differs significantly from that of our mothers. When I launched Serendipity Boutique in historic downtown Loudon, my goal was to encourage women to break free from the unwritten fashion rules that suggest we have to dress like our moms. I, for one, don’t wish to dress like my mother did. And guess what? None of us have to. We should dress according to our body style and NOT our age. Have fun with fashion while looking great at the same time. I have spent many years helping women look younger with the right fashions. Women come to me all the time and say “I can’t wear this or that.” Really? You can oftentimes wear many of today’s trendy fashions if the item is the right cut for your body type.

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FOUR WAYS TO BOOST YOUR VITAMIN D INTAKE A R T I C L E C O U R T E SY O F B P T

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S THE DAYS shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain, and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run better, from your digestive system to your nervous and circulatory systems. Vitamin D can help your body ward off diseases while also boosting your mood and helping to fight depression. It also enhances the body’s absorption of calcium, which helps form and maintain strong bones and aids in maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels, and body tissue health. How can you make sure to get enough vitamin D as the season changes? Registered dietitian and nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner offers a few expert tips on healthy hacks for your diet: 1. Opt for fatty fish when eating seafood When you’re looking for a seafood option for meals or when dining out, choose the fattier types of fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, as they are rich dietary sources of vitamin D. In addition, oysters and shrimp are also good sources of vitamin D. 2. Choose high-quality eggs with increased vitamin D content Eggs are a great option for vitamin D, but keep in mind that not all eggs are created equal. Eggland’s Best eggs contain six times more vitamin D and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland’s Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer. Eggland’s Best’s patented method of production and verification ensures that every Eggland’s Best egg has these superior qualities. 3. Add mushrooms to your diet Mushrooms are another great way to add some vitamin D into your diet! You can add some fresh mushrooms to your salads or add cooked mushrooms into your favorite meals. When mushrooms are exposed to sunlight, they produce vitamin D. Not all mushrooms have been exposed to sunlight, however, so look for packages that say vitamin D enhanced or put your mushrooms in sunlight for one to two hours. Shiitake mushrooms are the best choice since they produce the most vitamin D. 4. Take a supplement If you’re concerned about your vitamin D levels, consult your health care professional to be tested and to ask for recommendations for an appropriate vitamin D supplement dose for your situation. You don’t have to suffer through the colder months of the year feeling deprived of vitamin D. With some adjustments to your daily diet, you’ll boost your body’s health all winter long. For a quick and easy recipe that’s packed with vitamin D, try this flavorful and nutritious Mushroom & Onion Dutch Baby. 18

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Mushroom & Onion Dutch Baby Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 6 servings Ingredients » 8 tablespoons butter » 1 medium onion, diced » 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced » 5 large Eggland’s Best eggs » 1 1/4 cup whole milk » 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour » 1/2 teaspoon salt » 1/4 teaspoon white pepper » 1 cup grated aged Gouda cheese » 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme » 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage Instructions Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes until melted and foamy. Add onions and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the herbs, then stir in the mushrooms and cook for another 3-5 minutes until they are browned and softened as well. Remove from heat. Put the Eggland’s Best eggs, milk, flour, salt, and pepper into a blender and blend at high speed for about a minute. Stop, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, and blend for another 30 seconds. Place the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter into a 12-inch cast iron skillet and put the pan into the oven. Wait until the butter is completely melted and bubbling, then carefully take the pan out and swirl the butter around to make sure the pan is coated. Spread the onions and mushrooms on the bottom of the cast iron skillet. Pour the egg and flour mixture on top. Finally, sprinkle cheese all over and put back into the oven for 20 minutes, until browned on top. The pancake will puff up as it bakes. When finished, take the Dutch baby out of the oven. You can scatter more sage and thyme across the top, if you desire. For a more decadent touch, melt a tablespoon of herb butter on top of the pancake as soon as it leaves the oven.


A Prescription for Transparency

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I have had patients asking me why their copay was what it was. I wanted to share a few things that I know about behind-the-scenes of retail pharmacy, as well as what you can do about it when you are charged an unexpected price. First, I recommend that a patient shop around until they find a pharmacist they can trust and stay there due to the dangers of duplicate therapies and drug interactions. If something costs a little more than you expected, talk with your pharmacist and make an appointment to sit down and talk about your situation. If you have government funded insurance, you are not eligible for most advertised drug discount cards that allow patients to pay a certain amount for their prescription if they use the drug card put out by the manufacturer. Most discount cards put out by manufacturers always have a limit on what they will pay. A card may advertise that the copay will be a certain amount, but it depends on the commercial insurance plan’s copay. In other words, if a patient has not met their deductible, they may end up paying the difference between the maximum amount the discount card pays and what the insurance company pays. If a patient is a cash patient, they are

sometimes not eligible for a drug discount card because eligibility criteria for the majority of manufacturer cards is that the patient must have commercial insurance. As far as free discount cards that you can print off the Internet, sometimes the price listed under each pharmacy is not correct. Free discount card companies do not set pharmacy prices. The price you pay is based on how much the pharmacy paid for the drug, and it can vary from each distributor. Most pharmacies do not match prices from wholesale businesses like Sam’s or Costco. Most of the time the price they advertise is part of being in a yearly subscription to their clubs. As far as being an independent pharmacist, we actually look for the cheapest prices as long as we can receive quality medications. We are not big corporations, and we choose to be where we are so we can honor our patients the way they deserve. Communication is key. You can call around and check prices all day long with the big chains, and you may even find a pharmacy that gives you the price that you are looking for. However, it is so important to sit down with the pharmacist you have and go over your medications and out-of-pocket cost. If not, you put yourself in possible danger by

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INTRODUCING J. Kevin Buchanan, MD

A NEW DIMENSION IN BODY SCULPTING

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OU’RE WATCHING what you eat, you’re staying active, but you’re still unhappy with your body shape. Sound familiar? That stubborn problem area on your waistline can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise. That’s where the truSculpt® 3D procedure can help. Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, the non-invasive, truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas. We recently interviewed J. Kevin Buchanan, MD, Knoxville area’s family practice physician and truSculpt® 3D practitioner, to discover just how this revolutionary, new, state-of-theart medical breakthrough can help patients treat those problem areas around their midsections. EK: Dr. Buchanan, truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency technology to help decrease circumference and diminish fat in patients. Tell our readers just how this technology works. Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D uses conductive radio frequency to achieve selective and effective disruption of the subcutaneous fat tissue, the fat that lies directly beneath the skin, while maintaining comfortable surface temperatures. EK: Just how safe is truSculpt® 3D? Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D, which is FDA cleared, is a safe, non-invasive body sculpting technology, where the temperature of the skin and subcutaneous tissue are maintained at comfortable levels while consistently achieving the best results. EK: How quickly will clients see visible results? Dr. Buchanan: Visible results can usually be seen as soon 6 to 12 weeks, with maximum

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benefits at 12 weeks. Some clients report seeing results in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. EK: How much fat thickness reduction will patients experience? Dr. Buchanan: Clients can expect fat reduction of targeted areas of up to 24%. EK: Is it possible to treat more than one problem area per session? Dr. Buchanan: Yes, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs.

EK: Should clients experience any discomfort or downtime after the procedure? Dr. Buchanan: Some clients may experience some redness of the skin that typically resolves itself in 8 to 12 hours. Others report soreness of the treatment area that may last for a few days. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure. EK: Treatments are administered by an NP or medical assistant under your personal supervision, correct? Dr. Buchanan: We have a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, and myself who are all trained and certified to perform the truSculpt® 3D procedure. EK: How can our readers who are interested learn more about the truSculpt® 3D? What is the best way to reach you? Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953, ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www. tru3dbody.com.

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Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Announces “The Jump Off” – 1st Ever Global Championship THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hall of Fame (WBHOF) announced the launch of “The Jump Off,” the biggest and best showcase created for the world’s top women’s teams. Launching in May 2020, this international women’s basketball event will feature teams from 5th-10th grade competing across eight different regional brackets to arrive for the final showdown in Knoxville during the WBHOF Induction celebration in June 2020. The championship games will be played at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum and televised on a national sports network. “We are thrilled to share the values and mission of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame with the next generation of promising athletes,” said Dana Hart, Hall of Fame President. “This women’s basketball event, spanning multiple grades around the globe, will feature tomorrow’s basketball stars and leaders.” The road to Knoxville will begin with the two top teams at each grade level competing on a regional level to earn the coveted spot at the global championship. The eight regions are New England, Northeast, West, Gulf, 22

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Midwest, Tennessee Valley, Texas, and International. Teams that qualify for the national championship in Knoxville will take part in a national media day, the Parade of Teams at the Opening Night Celebration, breakout sessions with Hall of Famers, and receive tickets to the 2020 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The championship event is owned by 212 Sports Group and directed by Kate McGuinness, a former partner at All American games, who helped to build the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC and served as an executive producer of “The Ride,” a reality show for high school quarterbacks on Fox Sports and MTV2. Kate continues to re-imagine opportunities to engage, challenge, and showcase today’s elite youth athletes and tomorrow’s legends. “This national showcase event will bring the world’s top youth teams together like no other,” said McGuinness. “This is a standout tournament showcasing the rich spectrum of women’s basketball, where this game began and where it is going. It will serve as a cornerstone property for women’s basketball in America.

We are beyond proud to be a part of The Jump Off.” The international selection team chaired by Bob Geoghan, founder of the McDonald’s AllAmerican Game, that has brought the top talent evaluators from across the country to evaluate the top teams in each state. Bob and his team have selected the best basketball players in the country on an annual basis for more than 50 years. Selection criteria for “The Jump Off” include 2019 record, level of competition, top prospects, strength of club (historically), and retention of top athletes. Our national selection team will release the teams per state (“Watch List”) in the upcoming months at five grade levels – 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. From our state by state “Watch List,” two teams per grade level will be selected from each state to represent their state. These top two teams will be seeded 1 and 2 from each state as they play in the regional playoffs. For more information on “The Jump Off,” visit www.wbhof.com/plan-your-experience/ wbhof-global-championship. Teams ready to vie for their spot can nominate their team by following instructions on the website.


Taking Care of Our Bodies “All It Takes Is Commitment”

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getic person who has spent quite a bit of time in the gym throughout the years,” said Vickie Lane. “Yet as I grew older, I realized I had different needs in a workout and no idea how to address them. The gyms I had belonged to didn’t either. I gave in to my frustration and completely stopped taking care of my body. The result was lethargy, weight gain, loss of confidence, and low self worth.” For years, Vickie had passed by the Northshore Fitness Together center and in desperation, gave them a call. “I joined Fitness Together because I believed they could guide me in returning to the healthy, happy person I used to be,” she said. “And truthfully, I needed to be held accountable.” Vickie was paired with her personal trainer, Elise. “She was a blessing!” said Vickie. “She questioned me about my goals and consistently created custom programs to help me reach them. She challenged me, encouraged me, and celebrated with me as I attained one goal after another. And she made it fun! Honestly, I felt the entire Fitness Together team was behind me as they counseled me about nutrition, how the body works, and why I was doing specific exercises. For me, it’s important to know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.” Vickie far exceeded her goals. “I feel energetic, I’ve lost weight, gained confidence, and feel SO much better about myself!” she said. “And I recently competed in the Tennessee District Senior Olympic Games and won in my event!” Vickie is constantly recommending Fitness Together to others because they deliver on their promise. “All it takes is commitment,” said Vickie. “It’s imperative we take care of our bodies, especially as we get older. Fitness Together is a clean facility, always welcoming and never intimidating. If you find yourself where I was, please give yourself the gift of experiencing the free first visit.”

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There’s No Shortcut to Success B Y J O N AT H A N B R A D S H AW

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UCCESSFUL PEOPLE share several things in common. They work hard, they’re dedicated, and they remain committed to their goals. They also recognize the significance of mentorship. These characteristics are important when pursuing an education, success in your career, marriage, and life in general. I have always enjoyed running and participating in area 5K events. But I have always dreamed of completing a marathon. With the support of my wife, Casey, and our four children, I made the decision to pursue my goal. Recognizing the value of embracing a trusted mentor, I reached out to Bobby Holcombe, the owner of Knoxville Endurance, which offers personal coaching programs for the casual to competitive endurance athlete. Did Bobby’s mentoring help? I finished the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Saturday, November 9, with a time of 3 hours and 59 minutes. In fact, Bobby, who is so well respected for his efforts on behalf of so many, actually had 27 runners participating in this event’s full and half marathons. Like every great mentor, Bobby is with you

every step of the way. He never gives up on you even when you begin to doubt yourself. He encourages you achieve your personal best and helps you achieve your full potential. Regardless of what opportunities you pursue in life, I encourage you to seek out a personal mentor who will help you maintain the commitment, dedication, and work ethic required to succeed in any worthwhile endeavor. And if you have a passion for running as I do, I would encourage you to visit www. knoxvilleendurance.com.

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A Christmas Comedy for the Whole Family

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W O R D P L A Y E R S , in collaboration with The Arts at Pellissippi State, presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson on December 13 at 7:30 pm and December 14 and 15 at 2:30 pm. Performances are at Clayton Performing Arts Center on the main campus of Pellissippi State Community College, located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students (13+), and $8 for children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.pstcc. edu/arts/theatre or www.wordplayers.org. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an ongoing opportunity for the community to enjoy cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts. The WordPlayers is a 501(c)(3) company of 24

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Xandria Cross (playing Imogene Herdman) and Remy Stavros (playing Leroy Herdman) Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. Support for The WordPlayers’ 2019-2020 season is provided by Care Around the Block (Silver Sponsor). The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Presenting Sponsor is Classical

Conversations. Upcoming programming includes a Black History touring show in February. For more information, call 865539-2490, email wordplayers@comcast.net, or visit www.wordplayers.org.


Restore Your Smile and Self-Confidence

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was 76 years old when I developed issues with my lower teeth,” said Carolyn McNeil. “Our family dentist of 40 years recommended Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw, DDS. Our dentist did not perform extractions or implants. They attended the same church, and he recognized Dr. Bradshaw as an upstanding man with exceptional abilities. He also spoke highly of his character, which was important to me.” Carolyn’s son and his family had been seeing Dr. Bradshaw for several years and were extremely pleased. “They were pleased with the Heritage Family Dentistry team,” she said. “The office was lovely and a place where the patients could be comfortable as well. Because of my family’s recommendation, I met with Dr. Bradshaw. He offered valuable information and recommended implants. His team helped me understand the

procedure along with all the information about the care needed to make this happen in a timely manner. My experience was amazing. Everyone was so patient with me. They were kind and sensitive to my every need.” When Carolyn completed her procedure at Heritage Family Dentistry, she was very excited. “My teeth looked wonderful!” she said. “I no longer hid my mouth, and I could smile with the greatest of ease. It took a little getting adjusted to, but I sure enjoy eating food that I have not been able to eat for years. By the way, I feel like I look younger. I will be forever grateful to Heritage Family Dentistry for making my life better. “If you require any type of dentistry, especially implants, I certainly recommend visiting Heritage Family Dentistry. You will be glad you did!” A note about dental implants Dental implants are a long-term solution for

individuals who are missing teeth. Because they are embedded in your jawbone just like your natural teeth, they help reduce bone loss in the jaw, which is often the case with dentures. Implants can’t develop cavities and will not affect neighboring teeth. In fact, if properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime, whereas bridges and dentures need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years. Also, there are frustrations or discomfort from ill-fitting dentures or dietary restrictions. To learn more about dental implants or any of the many services provided by Heritage Family Dentistry, call 865-816-9211 or visit www.hfdsmiles.com.

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Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Brings Vibrant Spring Fun to the Smokies in 2020 New five-week event highlights theme park’s 35th anniversary season

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I N T H E Great Smoky Mountains is about to get a little brighter thanks to Dollywood’s inaugural Flower & Food Festival, a vibrant new event that adds another touch of dazzling color to the natural beauty that already surrounds the award-winning theme park. Coinciding with the park’s 35th anniversary, the first new festival experience at Dollywood since 2006 immerses park guests in the splendor of spring flowers through creative and aromatic displays, as well as the freshest food flavors of the spring with delicious and mouth-watering Smoky Mountain cuisine selections. The five-week festival is slated for May 8 through June 14. Dollywood’s Dreamer-In-Chief Dolly Parton loved springtime in the Smoky Mountains as a child and continues to draw inspiration from the beauty of what she calls “God’s Coloring Book.” With nearly half-amillion plants and flowers throughout the park, it will be easy for guests to feel as if they are walking through those pages. “When I was just a little girl, spring was a wondrous time,” said Parton. “Everything came to life – flowers bloomed in the meadow near our house, and the Dogwood, red bud, and fruit trees blossomed with the sweetest smells. I imagined having my own special field of flowers that were a fragrant home to my favorite animal friends in the woods. Now my Dollywood becomes that special place

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with everything made of flowers – I can’t wait to share it with everyone just in time for our 35th season!” Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival brings Dolly’s dreams to life in an all-new way with floral displays that bloom in a kaleidoscope of colors. In partnership with internationally-acclaimed Mosaicultures flower sculpting team, a multitude of flowers come to life throughout Dollywood as Smoky Mountain turtles, raccoons, frogs, and black bears. Dolly’s rich influence through song comes alive in blooming topiary tributes to “I Will Always Love You” with a floral heart umbrella and to “Coat of Many Colors” with a brilliant butterfly and a marvelous scenic sculpture of her mother sewing the priceless garment. Just like Dolly, these topiaries are larger than life – measuring 10-15 feet tall – and each spring sculpture offers a variety of colors and flowers. The festival takes its blooms and brilliance throughout Dollywood, starting with photo opportunities before guests step foot through the turnstiles. Once in the park, the Showstreet area of Dollywood becomes a colorful shower of flowers – literally! Guests quickly find themselves under an “Umbrella Sky” with hundreds of multi-colored umbrellas dancing above their heads. “This gives all new meaning to one of my favorite sayings – ‘If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,’” said Parton.

“With these umbrellas, it’s sure to be a sunshine kind of day no matter what!” Flit and Flutter, the colorful characters from Wildwood Grove, venture throughout the park for special meet and greet experiences and photo opportunities during this new event. Special “Instagramable” photo locations and interactive activities allow families to capture special memories that will live on long after the festival flowers bloom. The colorful splendor created by an artful array of flowers and plants is accented by the delicious dishes of spring’s freshest tastes for a mouth-watering festival of flavors. Dollywood’s team of culinary experts dug deep into the traditions of Southern and Smoky Mountain cuisine to plant tantalizing tastes sure to take root on the list of favorite foods for every festival visitor. The fragrant smells of flowers and food are sure to become a guest favorite when this new festival is the main course for Dollywood visitors in spring 2020. Every member of the family should have their 2020 Dollywood season pass early, because it’s going to be an anniversary celebration no one will want to miss! For more information about Dollywood – the Golden Ticket winner for the Best Guest Experience of any theme park in the world – call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, visit www. dollywood.com, or download the Dollywood App.

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N B E H A L F of everyone here at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, we would like to wish each of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years. The Christmas season is a very special time of the year when we transform our entire two floors into a winter wonderland showcase that we look forward to sharing with you and your family. We would like to personally invite each of you to share our special holiday wonderland all throughout the month of December. You’ll find it truly magical and inspiring, and it’s also our way of saying thank you to all of our faithful customers and friends. Please come and share this most special time of the year with us. Our shop has a spectacular selection of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, as well as holiday home décor, Christmas ornaments, and gifts. You’ll also discover hundreds of floral arrangements and wreaths, all designed and handmade by me personally, along with a large selection of beautiful gifts, including ladies’ apparel, scarves, designer handbags, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor items, and much more that will make perfect holiday gifts even for that person on your holiday shopping list that seems to have everything. Also, Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call Janice at 423-664-2002 to make reservations and for special holiday hours. We have finished stocking our University of Tennessee room with all new merchandise for the Big Orange fans on your Christmas list, so be sure to visit our “Big Orange” display area. Not sure what to buy that special person on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sweetwater Flower Shop? Gift certificates make great holiday gifts. During December, please be sure to stop by. We look forward to your visit and for the opportunity to share our holiday greetings and a bit of cheer with each and every one of you. Sweetwater Flower Shop 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.6623

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Nativity Pageant of Knoxville December 14 & 15 • 3 PM December 16 • 7 PM Knoxville Civic Coliseum

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OIN US as we celebrate 51 years of the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville – a presentation of the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. With a cast and choir of more than 200, a professional orchestra, and live animals, the story is told in pantomime on realistic sets. This one-hour performance has been held annually since 1969 and is open to all audiences. Sunday and Monday performances are offered with interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. Admission is free, no ticket required! Coliseum parking is $5/car. For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleNativity.com. December 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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Learning About Random Acts of Flowers

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man’s voice in a room she was delivering to and thought he might be a veteran. She picked out an arrangement that had red, white, and blue flowers and a small American Flag in the arrangement, and she walked into the hospital room and asked the gentleman if he was a veteran – and he said yes! Somehow our flowers have a knack for finding their way in the hands of just the right recipient, and these moments of kindness are not soon forgotten! If you have a story to share, or you want to make an impact with Random Acts of Flowers by volunteering or making a donation, please call us at 865-633-9082, email us at info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit our website at www.RAFKnoxville.org.

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“Journey to Japan” at Children’s Museum Gala T HE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

of Oak Ridge will “Journey to Japan” for its 18th annual Gala from 6 to 9:30 pm on Friday, December 6. The evening will celebrate Japanese life and culture, as well as Oak Ridge’s sister city friendship with Japan, while benefitting the Children’s Museum. The Gala evening will feature musical entertainment, fine dining, and auctions at the museum, located at 461 West Outer Drive in Oak Ridge. Guests are invited to dress in Japanese or cocktail attire. Frank Murphy, voted as Knoxville’s finest emcee by readers of Blank Newspaper in 2018, will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Murphy is host of Scholars’ Bowl on East Tennessee PBS and co-host of Morning in the Mountains on the Mountain Fun Life streaming channel. He’s also a member of the comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified, which performs Tuesday nights at Knoxville’s Scruffy City Hall. Guests will be greeted with a mural focusing on the Gala theme created by artist Gale Hinton. Take Out Thyme Catering, a familyowned business for 20 years, will prepare and serve an elegant dinner highlighting the Gala’s “Journey to Japan” theme. Oak Ridge and Naka, Japan, have been sister cities for 28 years, with international exchanges taking place aided by the Oak 28

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Ridge Sister City Support Organization. Artwork created by Naka Elementary students hangs in the Children’s Museum west wing hallway. Clinton auctioneer, Bear Stephenson of Stephenson Realty and Auction, will donate his time to conduct a lively and entertaining auction. Among live and silent auction items will be a rose gold key diamond pendant with chain from the Disney Enchanted Collection donated by Karen’s Jewelers, two round-trip

tickets on JetBlue, an Amazon smart oven, Memphis Music & More Package, including tickets to Graceland, Sun Studio, and the National Civil Rights Museum, pottery by acclaimed Oak Ridge clay artist Bill Capshaw, and a vintage table lamp handmade by a Tellico Village artisan. The Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Children’s Museum, supporting the museum’s mission of educating children of all ages through play and discovery. The Children’s Museum offers summer camps, classes throughout the year, after-school programs, and experiences in history, the arts, science, and cultures, serving children and families throughout the East Tennessee region. Gala tickets are $125 per person or $800 for a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/cmorgala2019. Call Beth Shea at CMOR at 865-482-1074 to learn more about Gala sponsorships.


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Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station in Knoxville, is your one-stop shopping center for all your holiday needs. Bobby Todd offers a wide variety of holiday décor, gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and everything you need to host your holiday parties. Whether you need a beautiful wreath for your front door, unique ornaments for your Christmas tree, or a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table, Bobby Todd has you covered. Bobby Todd continues to have the most unique selection of whimsical and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations featuring Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Byer’s Choice Carolers, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer. Each of these artists has introduced new collections this year so you can add to your current collection. Bobby Todd also offers holiday scented candles from NEST, Aunt Sadies, and Votivo. Save the date for our Julie Vos Jewelry Trunk Show on Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8, with an extensive showing of the entire collection… Julie Vos is the perfect Christmas gift for that special woman. Unique jewelry from GYPSY, Julie Vos, and Susan Shaw make wonderful gifts, as well as a wide selection of scarves, fragrant candles, books, puzzles, soaps, lotions, pillows, lamps, and accessories for every room in your home. Our complimentary festive holiday packaging is perfect for gift giving… watch eyes light up in delight when they receive a gift in a Bobby Todd bag! Visit Bobby Todd in December for extended hours for your shopping convenience. During December, Bobby Todd will be open seven days per week until Christmas, opening on Sundays 1-5 and staying open until 7 on Thursday and Friday. Please note that Bobby Todd will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, and re-opening on Thursday, December 26, at 10 am for our annual After Christmas Sale with 50% off all Christmas merchandise. Bobby Todd… “Making Spirits Bright” this holiday season!

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4 Festive Tricks to Make a Holiday Meal Work for Everyone

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HE HOLIDAYS are full of family, friends, and lots and lots of food. And while we love getting together with all of our loved ones, the thought of coming up with a meal that pleases everyone can be a bit frightful. With a little prep work, planning, and new healthy takes on cooking and baking staples, making meals that satisfy everyone is now joyfully easier. Make Everyone Happy The not-so-secret ingredient that brings a rich, creamy taste to any dish is butter, of course. But when your not-eating-dairy-thisweek cousin and more-butter-the-better sister are both coming to dinner, you need to come up with the one dish that makes them both happy. Give yourself a gift by swapping out dairy butter for Country Crock® Plant Butter. It tastes like butter but is dairy-free, plant-based, and has less saturated fat than dairy butter. Now everyone’s happy – including you!

Twist-up A Classic Mashed potatoes without heaps of butter? Never! Here’s to holiday indulgence all your dinner guests can enjoy by adding an extra dollop (or two) of dairy-free Plant Butter. To sneak in some extra veggies, try this delicious twist on the holiday classic, garlic mashed cauliflower and potatoes. Veggies Are Not Just for Vegans Giving your grandmother’s timeless (but let’s be honest, sometimes tasteless) green bean casserole a dairy-free edge for your vegan guests is great, but who says veggies are for vegans only? Add more holiday shine to your table with a veggie side dish such as roasted Brussels sprouts with a maple balsamic glaze. It’s made with Plant Butter that features oils from olives, avocados, and almonds so everyone gets to enjoy flavorful, rich, and nutritious veggies.

Dairy-free Dessert Face it, desserts are the true stars of the holidays, and where there is a traditional cake, cookie, or pie recipe, there’s butter. Sticks of Country Crock® Plant Butter taste, cook, and bake like butter, meaning holiday baking just got easier because you can swap it one-to-one for dairy butter in any recipe! Now you don’t need to give up that time-tested, family favorite recipe in search of a dairy-free dessert! This dairy-free apple cranberry crostata is great for everyone to enjoy after a delicious holiday meal. Holidays are a wonderful time of the year to make everyone at the table happy. Whip up these delicious dishes to make meals that all your loved ones can enjoy. Whether keeping up time honored traditions or starting new ones, with a little planning and preparation, it’s easy to manage the dietary needs and desires of everyone – and that’s the best gift of all.

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AMISH ELEGANCE

Amish Elegance is not only East Tennessee’s first choice for genuine, hand-crafted Amish furniture, but it is also home to a huge selection of elegant, designer-inspired décor items, including beautiful lamps and lighting fixtures for every room in your home. Amish Elegance, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000, www. amisheleganceknox.com.

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This decorative Christmas wreath was designed and personally hand-crafted by Jack Wilson, owner and master designer. Hundreds of holiday wreaths and florals are on display, in addition to a huge selection of gifts, including ladies’ apparel and accessories, home décor, candles, body and bath products, art, and more. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.6623. 32

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This exquisite solid pewter figurine by the celebrated and late Colorado artist, Michael Ricker, depicts Gary Player, who ranks first in professional wins and who won nine major championships during his brilliant career. Also available are pewter figurines of other golf legends, including Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, and Jack Nicklaus at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com.


CEDAR & TWINE

Pictured is one of Cedar & Twine’s signature Gigi Pip hats (the Monroe) paired with bronze booties, black skinny jeans, leopard print top, and a taupe cardigan. We are all about classic staple pieces mixed with an edge! Available at Cedar & Twine, a women’s curated clothing and accessories boutique, located at 100 E Broadway in historic downtown Lenoir City, 865.816.6203, www.cedarandtwineknox.com.

DECORATING DEN INTERIORS

Make a statement! This classically shaped yet minimalist frame features hand-forged details and is finished in rust bronze with gold leaf undertones. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.

SOUTHEASTERN DERMATOLOGY

BodiFirm™ by Revision Skincare is a revolution in topical body sculpting. BodiFirm™ is specifically formulated to address body skin concerns such as crepey, lax skin and restores hydration. Available at Southeastern Dermatology, 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way in Knoxville, 865.474.8800, www. drdoppelt.com.

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Museum of Appalachia Honors General Carl Stiner and Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. at “Heroes of Southern Appalachia” Award

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MONTH, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Museum of Appalachia presented its first-ever “Heroes of Southern Appalachia” awards to General Carl Stiner and the late Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. The fireside reception hall overflowed with attendees eager to pay tribute to these two “heroes” who dedicated their lives to service. Deborah York, great-granddaughter of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York and Executive Director of the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation, explained the impact General Stiner has had on all branches of our nation’s special forces, while United States Senator Lamar Alexander reflected on the life and legacy of Senator Baker. “We thought honoring those who truly embody the spirit of the Appalachian people and have fearlessly and selflessly served this region would be a wonderful way to commemorate this milestone anniversary,” said Elaine Irwin Meyer, Museum of Appalachia President. The criteria for choosing recipients included honoring a person(s) from the Southern Appalachian region who exemplifies the characteristics of perseverance, fortitude, self-reliance, and service. United States Army Four-Star General Carl Stiner from LaFollette, Tennessee, has had a lasting impact on all branches of U.S. military special forces. His 35-year career includes involvement in capturing the Achille Lauro terrorists, apprehending Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega, and 38

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Karen Baker, Timothy Baker, Senator Lamar Alexander, Samuel Baker, Darek Baker, and Matthew Baker all special operations during Desert Storm, and he was the second Commander in Chief of the United States Special Operations. “General Stiner transformed special operations in our country by tearing down walls of inefficiency and building collaboration and cooperation that had never existed before,” said Deborah York. “He is a hometown hero who has had an enduring influence on our American military, as well as our nation’s security. He is as good a man as he was a soldier and has a heart for his community and his home state. We owe a debt of gratitude for General Stiner’s years of service and sacrifice to our great nation, and I am honored to present him with this award.” Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. grew up in Huntsville, Tennessee, or as he called it, “the center of the known universe.” The first popularly elected Republican senator in Tennessee history, he earned the nickname “The Great Conciliator” in his roles as Senate

MOA Chairman Steve Dean, Carla Stiner, Deborah York, General Carl Stiner, Sue Stiner, and emcee John Becker

General Carl Stiner minority and majority leader because of his reputation as a fair and thoughtful leader. His extensive public service, which also included roles as President Reagan’s chief of staff and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “How fortunate we were to know, to be inspired by, and to learn from Tennessee’s favorite son and one of our country’s finest leaders, Howard Baker,” said Alexander. “The nation got to know him during the Watergate hearings. He then became the majority leader of the United States Senate, chief of staff for President Reagan, and President George W. Bush’s Ambassador to Japan. He began an era of two-party competition that has changed Tennessee politics permanently. By his eloquence and personality, Howard inspired a number of young men and women, including me, to join him in that endeavor. Howard made us Tennesseans look even better, and I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive the museum’s first-ever Heroes of Southern Appalachia Award.” As a non-profit, Smithsonian affiliated organization, the museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts and culture of an earlier time for the benefit of future generations and to instill in the community – regionally, nationally, and internationally – a greater knowledge of and appreciation for Southern Appalachian heritage. The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122. For more information, visit www. museumofappalachia.org.


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N 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Thyroid Cancer. After a botched surgery, I was left without a voice for seven long months. I wish I could tell you I kept a great attitude, but the truth is I was desperate and depressed. In January 2013, some friends prayed over me that my voice would be restored, and that very day I received an answer. I went from a barely audible whisper to about 75% of my speaking voice. I can now talk to my family and friends and even on the phone. If I had simply woken from the surgery with a less than stellar voice, I would have been focused on the loss. But having come from nothing to 75% was an amazing gift. It gave me a new perspective, and for that I am grateful. When we began the Surface Doc company in 2008, the economy was in a recession.

Those first few months we nearly starved as we waited for the phone to ring. We had friends who brought us meals, and one of our first clients was a pizzeria who paid our company with pizza credit. I am not exaggerating to tell you that we ate pizza for a solid week – breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The kids loved that week, but I couldn’t eat pizza for years after that. I’ll admit, I did do a bit of whining before my perspective was forced to shift to gratitude. We ended up coming through that season feeling loved and cared for by family and friends… and we know God sent us that pizza! Christmas is a season where we are particularly mindful of our blessings. As I reminisce over the last decade or so, it is obvious that the seasons of real personal growth (and faith!) have taken place during

particularly difficult experiences. I am reminded that the Lord CAN change any situation we find ourselves in. But, when the situation doesn’t change to our liking, we have an opportunity for growth and to realign our perspective with His. Our desire this season is to do a better job recognizing the Lord’s movement here in the middle – before the promise is fulfilled, before the promotion comes through, before the kids are on the path we desire for them. The middle is a difficult place for most of us, but I want to encourage you… that wherever you may find yourself, God’s grace is sufficient to carry you. And me. It is our heartfelt prayer that each of us feels the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and His blessings that surround us. Merry Christmas from Surface Doc.

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Free Guided Trail Walk December 7 from 10:15 to 11:30 am All ages On the first Saturday of each month, Ijams offers a FREE guided trail walk. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center at 10:15 am. Each walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, ongoing projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about Ijams Nature Center. Please bring weather appropriate clothing. Trails are dirt with some elevation changes and have low accessibility for strollers or persons with mobility concerns. Dogs are NOT allowed on any Ijams hike. This is a FREE program with a recommended $5 donation. No registration is necessary. Location: Meet outside the Ijams Visitor Center.

Ijams Holiday Marketplace December 8 from 11 am to 4 pm The holidays are the perfect time of year to support local and shop local. Join us on December 8th for a flurry of fun and shopping at our 7th Annual Holiday Marketplace. We will have a lot of local artists, crafters, and designers, as well as local food, a beer garden, and more to add to all the festivities of the day. There will be a huge variety of wares, including beautiful jewelry, all-natural body products, glass, pottery, apparel, and so much more‌ all handmade with love! Location: Event will be held inside at our Visitor Center. 42

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Nature Nuggets helps preschool aged children and their caregivers become more comfortable in the outdoors through exploration, games, and stories. This month we are enjoying the colder weather and taking part in some science experiments. We will make clouds, create ice in a bottle, and explore the magic of weather. Location: Miller Building on the Ijams Main Campus Registration: Tickets are $4. Everyone over the age of two must have a ticket. Registration ends Tuesday, December 17, at 5 pm.

Ijams Bird-Abouts: Christmas Bird Count December 14 from 8:30 to 10:30 am $8 Recommended for ages 10 and up Ijams Bird-Abouts are monthly field trips that highlight special birding locations in and around the Knoxville area and the birds that call them home. These field trips are ideal for birders of all skill levels, as long as you love our feathered friends. This month we are exploring the winter birds right here at Ijams! We are conducting our annual bird count to document the many different birds that call the Nature Center home. Join naturalists as we explore the many bird hotspots at Ijams, all while learning how to identify birds by sight and sound. Who knows, you might even spot a bird that has never been seen at Ijams before. Location: Meets at the Ijams Visitor Center. Registration: The fee for this program is $8 per person. Everyone must have a ticket. Registration ends on Thursday, December 12, at 5 pm.

Nature Nuggets: Clouds, Snow, and Ice December 19 from 10 to 11 am $4 Recommended for children 2-4 and their caregivers On the third Thursday of each month,

Birds-N-Bagels: Owls and Nocturnal Birds December 21 from 9 to 11 am $15 Recommended for ages 11 and up Ijams Birds-N-Bagels is designed for beginning birders to gain identification skills, learn about the complex life of birds, and enjoy fresh local bagels and coffee. This month we are diving into the world of nocturnal birds. We will cover nightjars, migrating birds, and, of course, owls! Participants are then invited back at 6 pm for an optional night hike, where we will use what we learned to search for our nocturnal birds. Come learn about some of our most elusive birds! Location: The morning class meets in the Multipurpose Room at the Ijams Visitor Center. The Night Hike meets on the plaza at the Ijams Visitor Center. Registration: The fee for this program is $15 per person. Everyone must have a ticket. Registration ends on Thursday, December 19, at 5 pm.

Ijams awards full refunds for any cancellations up to seven days before a program or if Ijams cancels a program due to severe weather. Refunds are not awarded for programs with fees under $5 for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable. For more information, contact Jeremy Clothier at 865577-4717, ext. 127 or jclothier@ijams.org or visit www.ijams.org.


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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month: Indoor Citrus BY MARGEAUX EMERY, SENIOR EDITOR/WRITER, UTIA MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

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and limes are members of the genus Citrus, which is part of the rue family. The fruit is native to southern Asia, Malaysia, and Australia. Humans began moving citrus from these regions during some of the earliest migrations of ancient times. The fruits’ history, in fact, is every bit as colorful as its skin. Romans cultivated citrus trees across their territory. Traders on the Silk Road bartered in them, and Spanish conquistadores brought them to Florida. George Washington grew them at Mount Vernon. You can enjoy a citrus tree of your own in just the way our first president did by growing the plant in a container. Bring the pot indoors well before the first frost and return the plant to the outdoors in spring after the weather is reliably above 50 degrees. Whether you choose an orange, lemon, or lime tree, citrus offer the excitement of watching tiny fruit grow and mature. Plus, citrus blossoms offer a heavenly fragrance. The following varieties do well as indoor citrus grown in pots. Look for them at area plant nurseries and garden centers: » Improved ‘Meyer’ lemon (Citrus x meyeri ‘Improved’) is a luscious lemon-orange hybrid with a very thin skin and sweeter pulp than other types of lemons. The plant has dark, shiny leaves. » Calamondin (Citrofortunella microcarpa or Citrus madurensis) is grown largely as an ornamental because its small, round, orange fruit are sour. ‘Peters’ is an eye-catching variegated form. » ‘Trovita’ orange (Citrus sinensis) grows medium-small, flavorful fruit that ripens quickly. The plant often is alternate bearing. » Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix) is an exotic citrus prized for its fragrant leaves that are used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cooking. It does produce a small, bumpy green fruit. Kaffir trees have striking foliage where one leaf appears to grow from another. Care Citrus need quick-draining, somewhat acidic soil. Cactus mix works well. Use a well-draining, deep pot to help stabilize the tree, and size pots up as the plant grows. Keep soil moist but not sodden. When the tree is indoors, less water will be needed because growth slows. Adding humidity to the dry indoor air, though, is important. Mist regularly and consider using humidity trays or a small humidifier. Citrus trees need 8 to 12 hours of sun a day. Choose a spot outdoors that’s out of strong winds. A site near a heat source, such as a brick wall, is beneficial. Indoors, place the tree in a sunroom or the sunniest window you have, keeping it out of drafts. Use of grow lights will extend short winter days, and the added light 44

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is important for fruit production. Expect some leaf and fruit drop to occur as the plant adjusts to being indoors. Once back outside, though, the tree will rebound quickly. Acclimate the tree across a week or more each time you move it indoors and out. In fall, first move the tree from sun to dappled light, then to shade. Reverse the process in spring. Citrus are heavy feeders. Specialized citrus/avocado fertilizers can be found, yet any all-purpose fertilizer with at least a 2-1-1 ratio can be used, as can fertilizers sold for acid-loving plants. Choose a granular, slow release formulation, although diluted soluble fertilizers can be applied when the plant is actively growing. While citrus are generally healthy, they do attract a few pests. Spider mites often appear in late winter. Spray them with a water solution to which a squirt of dishwashing soap has

been added. Heavier infestations may require horticultural soap or oil. Once the tree is outdoors, keep watch for scale. Ants can aggravate scale infestations. Lower that risk by use of ant traps or by applying a 3- to 4-inch band of sticky insect barrier such as Tanglefoot® around the trunk near the tree’s base. The occasional aphid or two can be brushed away by hand. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit www.ag.tennessee. edu/utg. Photo courtesy of Logee’s Plants for Home & Garden


Give the Gift of Unlimited Out-of-Door and Fun-Filled Family Activities this Christmas

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December in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN

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N O T H E R Y E A R is coming to an end. How are things in your yard? This year was pretty brutal on some plants, so you need to walk around and make notes about what did well and what didn’t. I know that most of us are not going to do a lot of yard work this month, so I’m going to do what I traditionally do and tell you how to take care of your holiday plants. Amaryllis Amaryllis can be purchased as loose bulbs, in a kit, or as blooming plants. If you get a bulb, plant it into a good potting soil in a sturdy pot that won’t fall over when the plant gets tall. I usually leave 1/3 of the bulb above the soil, but it can be planted up to the neck. Push the soil firmly down into the pot so the bulb is anchored. Whether planting or buying a plant, place your amaryllis in a warm spot where it gets direct sunlight. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then slowly increase the amount of water to once a week or so. After the flowers emerge, turn the plant frequently to keep it from leaning. Staking may be necessary. Christmas Cactus The Christmas cactus and its cousins are

very low maintenance, but there are a few tricks to growing them: 1. They are tropical cactus, not desert cactus. They don’t like hot afternoon sun or to get bone dry. They do like lots of light and won’t bloom well if kept in too dark a spot. 2. The bloom cycle is triggered by cool temperatures and longer periods of darkness. Keep them away from heat sources and give them 13 hours of darkness per day. Once the blooms have finished, let them rest for a bit by withholding water for 5-6 weeks. When you see new growth, it’s time to resume regular watering. If it’s been in the same pot for more than 3-4 years or if it’s very crowded, you need to up-pot. Don’t worry if you accidentally break some pieces off because they’re easy to propagate. Call us if you need instructions. The main enemy of the Christmas cactus is overwatering. Make sure your pot has good drainage, and only water it every couple of weeks during the winter. Cut Christmas Trees and Greenery The number one rule for cut trees is to know when the tree was cut! If you don’t cut it yourself, ask. Some of the trees that go to box stores, warehouse stores, and

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grocery stores were cut in October for the sake of logistics. Rule two: After you pick your tree, have the seller do a fresh cut or do it yourself when you get home. Immediately put the tree in water and do NOT let it dry out. If it does, the sap seals the cut and it’s no longer able to take up the water. Fresh trees can drink up to a gallon the first day, so don’t use one of those wimpy little stands. Rule three: Keep your tree away from heat sources as much as possible. Some people will recommend various additives to help your tree stay fresh longer, but most experts say that water is fine on its own. As for wreaths and garland, they will do best if they’re sprayed with an anti-transpirant or misted with water regularly. They are also happiest if they get some shade from hot afternoon sun. Poinsettia Poinsettias are considered plant divas, but it isn’t their fault. They are tropical plants that humans have decided to use for decoration during winter! If you want to keep them alive, follow these guidelines: 1. Always buy from a greenhouse or garden center. The box stores and groceries simply don’t have the experience to handle a poinsettia. 2. Pick a nicely colored plant with healthy looking green leaves. 3. Do NOT purchase a plant that’s already in a plastic sleeve. This camouflages damage and creates a fungal breeding ground around the plant. The plant should be placed in a sleeve for transportation, however. Remove the sleeve when you get home by cutting it off or pulling it from the bottom. Never try to pull it over the top. 4. Do NOT expose the poinsettia to cold temperatures. Anything below 50 will damage it. Freezing temperatures will kill it in less than a minute. Keep it away from drafts or windows and doors. 5. The bracts are very fragile because of the size of the blooms. They should be put where they won’t be bumped or brushed against. 6. The poinsettia is not poisonous, but some people (and animals) may have a reaction to the sap, so keep them away from pets and children. 7. Water the plant when the soil feels dry. I find it easiest to take mine out of the wrap and put it in the sink to water it. After it drains, I put it back in the wrap. Don’t let water stand in the wrap because the poinsettia is prone to root rot. Don’t forget to keep bird feeders and birdbaths clean and full, and stop in and see us during the winter for any garden needs! From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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RIENTAL RUGS continue to grow in popularity among homeowners and business owners. Often referred to as art for our floors, Oriental rugs embrace centuriesold hand-craftsmanship that remains literally unchanged. These rugs combine all-natural fiber, primarily wool, all-natural dyes, and are still handknotted on looms as they have been for many hundreds of years. Oriental rugs can last almost indefinitely when well cared for and have earned a reputation for being extremely durable. In fact, many Oriental rug owners pass on their treasured rugs as family heirlooms to be enjoyed by future generations. But these durable and long-lasting rugs also have a gentler side. Their all-natural fibers and dyes make proper, periodic care all the more important. Unlike their wall-to-wall cousins, Oriental rugs cannot be cleaned using traditional carpet cleaning methods, as they would likely be damaged in the process. Genuine Oriental rugs can only be thoroughly and safely cleaned by washing them – a process that can’t be properly performed by even the most ardent DIYer. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we have used our more than three decades of experience to create a proprietary 11-step rug washing process to safely clean even your most valuable Oriental rugs. You can watch our informative rug washing video online at www.superiorofknoxville.com. But our commitment to you doesn’t end there. We routinely attend training seminars offered by Oriental rug washing experts from across the nation to learn how to improve our craft. We also make significant financial investments in the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, which further enhance our already modern, state-of-theart Oriental rug washing boutique. Just recently we have invested in the latest technological advancements in the Oriental rug washing marketplace, including the “Marinator Decon System,” which enables us to wash the most difficult area of any rug, the inner rug fibers. In addition, we have plans to add a “Tumbler Duster” that will safely and efficiently remove more of the trapped dust, pollen, dirt particles, pet dander and fur, and more that is often missed by our competition. Committed to protecting your precious heirlooms for generations to come, why not trust the family that thousands of other Knoxville area families have trusted since 1985: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning? Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning 865.691.5686 www.superiorofknoxville.com info@superiorofknoxville.com


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2. Add some smoke, snow, or bubbles. Whether you want to bring some snow to a Christmas party or some cool smoke and fog effects to ring in the New Year, renting a snow or smoke machine can create a party atmosphere like none other. 3. Drink in style. To throw a truly stellar holiday party, there are some items you must have. On the top of many people’s list is a full-service bar. If you don’t have a built-in bar in your home or party venue, you’re in luck. Why? Because you’ll have more options to choose from when you decide to rent one. Whether it’s an illuminated bar, modernist style, or a classic stone-top design, renting a portable bar to fit your party is key. 4. Fountains of deliciousness. To really go all out, you need to think bigger. You need to plan as though you were

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is Back at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

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Model Train Exhibit is now open, and it is steaming us towards the holidays. During the past months, the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club have been hard at work putting the intricate details on the exhibits and are now enjoying the reactions of the guests of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. “The new additions that the club has created really help tell the story of Townsend, as well as bringing the holiday spirit to East Tennessee,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center. “We are so glad that the Heritage Center is becoming a part of folks’ holiday traditions. With the addition of our Hands-On Discovery Zone for kids, families get to enjoy their time together and make new memories!” “It has taken a lot of highly detailed work and a great deal of time to complete, but the end product is worth the effort,” said Allan Gartner, President of the Maryville Model Railroad Club. The MMRC has volunteered hundreds of hours to create the exhibit and to make sure everything is running smoothly. Some of the new models that have been added to the exhibit include the Kinzel Springs Hotel, a replica of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and the Little River Saw Mill. Each day that the trains are running, a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer questions and to show how they operate the trains. Additionally, with the opening of the Hands-On Discovery Zone, families get to join 52

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in on the fun of trains. Specially designed with young children in mind, the Discovery Zone has multiple train tables where children get to experiment, build, and show off their creativity in an area just their size! “As a teaching museum, letting kids be kids and being hands-on is very important, and by offering the Discovery Zone, we hope that a love of history and trains will be instilled,” said Hull. “We have supplied the track, trains, and wooden building logs, so bring out your Junior Engineers!” “Letting my children play while also learning about the history of the area is an amazing way to spend the day,” said Jennifer Bowen, Maryville resident. “I majored in history at Maryville College, so this is especially meaningful to our family, and we love coming out to the Heritage Center.” The Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit and the Hands-On Discovery Zone are up and running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 5th. Admission to the exhibit is included in the museum admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and children 6 and up). It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and up. The experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center and to children 5 and under. To enjoy all the benefits of membership to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, call 865-448-0044 or ask about it at the front desk on your next visit. Membership includes museum admission, most special events, concerts, and discounts on items in the gift shop, and it’s good for 12 months.

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit Hours of Operation: Friday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 12 – 5 pm November 8th – January 5th

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The Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, Richardson Construction, and Herb Handly. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which opened in 2006, preserves, interprets, and shares the history and culture of the diverse peoples and Native Americans who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment. It is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit. Located on the “quiet side of the Smokies” in Townsend, the Heritage Center offers gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations, and festivals to guide you on a historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.


2019 East Tennessee Preservation Awards Victorian home at 1811 Riverside Drive

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region that is rich with history and interesting places. Each year Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance recognize outstanding persons, projects, and organizations working to preserve our heritage for future generations. This year’s award winners were recognized during a special ceremony at the Bijou Theater on November 14th. The event was sponsored by Home Trust Bank. Mayor Madeline Rogero was presented with the Partner in Preservation Award acknowledging her leadership in developing the City of Knoxville’s Preservation Fund. The Fund has had a noticeable impact in several neighborhoods within the city. Mayor Rogero presented the City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award to Ignite Solutions LLC for the restoration of the Keeton Jewelers Building in Burlington. The Knox County Mayor’s Award was presented to the Town of Farragut for restoration of the Campbell Station Inn. The town of Farragut purchased the house and property in 2013, and it will become the centerpiece of a new park. The Spirit of Kristopher Award was presented to Dianna and Peter Osicky for restoration of the General John T. Wilder House, a National Register property located at 2027 Riverside Drive. The 1904 home had fallen into a severe state of disrepair during the last 20 years. Kyle Lang received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Kyle has been an exceptional volunteer on the Knox Heritage Special Events Committee for the past five years, supporting our organization with her time, talents, and service. WBIR was presented with the Media Award. Elizabeth Sims and Leslie Ackerson are the producers for the station’s Abandoned Places digital-first series. The series explores Tennessee’s historic buildings that have been left behind. Smee + Busby Architects garnered the Adaptive Reuse Award for their renovation of the 1930 Marble City United Methodist Church on Sutherland Avenue for their offices. Millie and Elder Brown received the Stewardship Award for Craiglen, the historic home they purchased in 2018. The Preservation Service Award went to Steve Cotham for his extensive time as a commissioner

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Isaac Anderson Cabin

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on the Knoxville Knox County Planning Historic Zoning Commission (1999 to 2019). Additional award winners include Reagan Design + Construction for restoring a circa 1905 Folk Victorian cottage at 1134 Harvey Street in the Old North Knoxville neighborhood, the Kingston Pike – Sequoyah Hills Association for restoring the 1926 iconic Sunhouse Fountain on Cherokee Boulevard, Kathy Hayden Horn for restoring a 1929 Spanish-eclectic style house on Druid Drive in Lindbergh Forest, Heather and Christopher Casteel for restoring 723 East Scott Avenue in the Old North Knoxville neighborhood, Nathan Turnbough and Jessica Brewton-Turnbough for the restoration of an 1892 Victorian home located at 2723 South Haven Road, Johnson Architecture and The Christman Company for a $10 million renovation project at the 1903 First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Investments LLC for the restoration of a 1903 Victorian home at 1811 Riverside Drive, Dewey Hillard for substantial work to the 1910 FowlerChristenberry House at 4024 Kingston Pike, Jennifer and Blake Bookstaff and Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design for new additions to Glen Craig, a Tudor Revival house designed by Barber & McMurry in 1926,

Glenmore Mansion located at 6304 Westland Drive, and Carol and Jim Hawley and Open Door Architecture for the restoration of 1214 Luttrell Street, a Queen Anne cottage built in 1914. In addition, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance presented regional preservation awards to the Glenmore Preservation Society for grant-related repairs, the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association for the Oak Ridge History Museum, the Roane County Heritage Commission for completing the restoration of the exterior masonry of the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Lindsey Crockett for writing the National Register nomination for the Tennessee Military Institute Residential Historic District in Sweetwater, Dakota Blade Carmichael for his “Old History” YouTube Channel, Steve Cameron who makes replicas of Civil War horse drawn vehicles, Preservation Union County for their dedicated work in listing the Oak Grove School in Sharps Chapel, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center with Maryville College and Second Presbyterian Church in Townsend for saving and providing a new home for the Isaac Anderson cabin, and to Rick and Nikki Miles for restoring 313 Peachtree Street in Sweetwater, a home built in 1905 by Col. Otey C. Hulvey, the founder and president of Tennessee Military Institute. To see photos and learn more about past winners, visit www.knoxheritage.org. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.


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URING BOARDING TOURS,

we are often asked, “How did you get into the kennel business?” In celebration of our 10th year in business and our 40th wedding anniversary, we thought it would be fun to share “our story.” M a r r i e d t h e Fr i d a y n i g h t a f t e r Thanksgiving in 1979, the holidays became our favorite time of year. Soon after we discovered we’d be blessed with four-legged kids (pets) instead of children, dedicating our lives to them. We understand how hard it is for parents to leave their four-legged kids when they’re away from home, as we both worked in the corporate world for 30 years, living in seven different states. Faced with the dilemma of where to leave our four-legged kids, we became committed to creating a resort type boarding and daycare facility, which we launched in 2009. Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits is built on Christian based principles of loving all of God’s creatures, particularly our four-legged kids who contribute so much to our lives. It’s a lifestyle.

Living on premise, we literally live our dream. Our home has surveillance cameras monitoring our kennel. Clients have stated, “You truly live your business; it’s in your hearts.” Faith, hope, family, and friends have encouraged and inspired us. We are fortunate to have great team who shares our passion for canines. We’re grateful for our many clients who place their trust in Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits and are humbled and honored to have received the Knoxville News Sentinel Reader’s Choice Award and the Loudon County News Herald Hometown Favorite Award several times. We wish you a joyous holiday season. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and allowing us to bestow our love to your four-legged kids. Pets truly are our “kids,” and your pets are a major part of our lives.

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Tremont Institute Opens Registration for 2020 Summer and Adult Programs

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Institute at Tremont invites you to explore nature by participating in a 2020 program. Tremont Institute hosts a range of outdoor programs designed for all ages to live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 2020 program schedule features summer camps for kids and young adults, family camp, professional development for teachers, photography workshops, hiking and backpacking weeks, naturalist programs, wilderness emergency medical courses, and more. Program participants typically stay on Tremont’s campus for 3 to 10 days. Program prices include lodging and meals provided by Tremont Institute.

Summer camps include firefly camp, discovery camp, wilderness adventure trek, girls in science, teen high adventure, and more. Register today and receive a $50 discount on selected summer camps. Discount ends February 29, 2020. Tremont also offers unique educator programs such as the popular Teacher Escape Weekends. This program is designed to help teachers meet other educators, share ideas, and learn tools and knowledge to bring experiential learning to their schoolyard. Teachers who participate have the opportunity to bring their students to Tremont at a reduced cost. Registration for teachers to bring school groups will open at a later date.

A previous program participant said, “Tremont showed me how much fun it is to explore and learn about nature. I never knew I could explore my own backyard until I went to Tremont. Going to Tremont made me want to explore more of the world.” To learn more and to register for a program, visit www.gsmit.org/program/calendar. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences through educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “Connecting People and Nature” since 1969. For more information, visit www. gsmit.org. December 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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PETER ASHER B Y R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y. C O M

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year marks the 50th year since The Beatles broke up, each going their own creative ways. Since the break-up, there’s been a plethora of books, movies, compilation albums, and documentaries. Someone who was there pretty much from the get-go is the legendary Peter Asher. For those of you who don’t know who Peter is, he is the “Peter” of the ’60s British duo, Peter and Gordon. Their first big hit as a song was “A World Without Love,” written by Paul McCartney, who happened to be engaged at the time to Peter’s sister, actress Jane Asher. Peter later moved into artist management, with people like James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt among his clients. He has also been a record label executive and prolific record producer for a wide range of artists such as Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, Andrew Gold, and J.D. Southern. If you’re a SiriusXM subscriber, you may have caught Peter’s show, From Me to You, on the Beatles Channel (channel 18). When he’s not on the radio, he’s performing shows with Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy). Amid all of this, Peter has written an interesting and intriguing book entitled The Beatles from A to Zed. The book is a natural off shoot from his satellite radio program. In it, he shares his reflections into a unique alphabetical journey through some of the Beatles’ songs that happen to start with each letter. He spotlights recurring themes within the songs, talks about the instruments used, and other interesting factoids behind and about the songs. I chatted with Peter by phone as he was working on some advance recordings of his radio show. He shared what the advance buzz was on his book. “Apparently people seem to be liking it,” he said. “There have been a few advanced reviews that have been very positive, so I don’t know. The book world is new to me. I’ve got some

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friends who are authors, but I’ve never had a book out before. So it’s a different process. And it’s fascinating. But apparently they tell me everything is going very positively and that the reaction, so far, is good. So we shall wait and see. “I love that it rambles quite freely. But it’s not, in any sense, an encyclopedia or meant to be any sort of a definitive reference book. I think the description of it is alphabetical mystery tour, which was the thought. It is quite apt in the sense that I’d sort of follow a similar idea with my radio show, follow the story wherever it led me. And use the alphabet as a very rough format. It doesn’t use the alphabet for just song titles, but people and places and musical instruments and musical styles and all kinds of stuff. It’s a very freeform encyclopedia. “So as far as what I hope people get out of it, I hope they’re entertained by it, that they’re amused by the passage of time. But I also hope that maybe they listen to the music with a new appreciation; that it (the music) is actually brilliant how The Beatles were and are.” What is the biggest misconception of the Beatles? “I think because it ended in some arguments and anger, perhaps people give undue weight to that part of the story and forget how incredibly well they got along for so many years,” said Peter. “They were an incredibly well-blended band. It was the perfect storm both musically and personality wise and everything. They fit together so extraordinarily well when I did have

an opportunity to watch them work together in the studio or on a project or whatever. I think the misconception is that, like all bands, they did end with some arguing and some anger. But I think one forgets the extent to which they were genuinely cohesive, coherent, and a creative whole for a long time. And that’s how they created this body of work that is unequaled in the history of rock and roll.” Concluding our chat, I closed our conversation by asking how Peter hopes to be remembered and what he hopes his legacy will be. “Maybe one is supposed to worry about one’s legacy,” he said. “But other than leaving my family well and my wife and daughter and all of that, I don’t really have any post-death ambitions, nor do I have any belief that there is any such thing as post-death. So as far as I’m concerned, you’re dead and it’s all over and that’s it. As a staunch atheist, I find myself minding not very much about after I’m dead.” There is quite a bit more to this interview that you can read at www.boomerocity. com. Catch Peter’s show, From Me to You, on SiriusXM and follow him at www. PeterandGordontheSingles.com. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. To m Pa rk e r. T h i rty - s i x years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.


Bluegrass Underground PBS TV Taping Returns March 27-29, 2020

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Underground announced the artists for the PBS TV taping in the Caverns of its milestone Season X March 27-29, 2020, on PBS. Three-day and single-day tickets went on sale on November 22 at www.TheCaverns.com. This special 10th anniversary taping features legends like Asleep At The Wheel and Blind Boys of Alabama,  Goose,  Black Pumas,  Cam,  Yola ,  Courtney Marie Andrews  and  Sam Lewis,  Mandolin Orange and Milk Carton Kids, as well as Molly Tuttle and a surprise act to be announced in the coming weeks.  Season X of Bluegrass Underground will premiere in Fall 2020 on PBS stations nationwide.   Bluegrass Underground event features a clean and comfortable, fan-friendly environment complete with high-quality concessions and beverage offerings, including craft beers.  Stay-and-Cave hotel packages are a perfect getaway weekend. Packages include the best seats to all tapings, lodging accommodations for two, transportation to and from the venue, food, and commemorative merchandise. Packages went on sale November 22 as well. Here’s the lineup for Bluegrass Underground Season X PBS TV Taping in The Caverns: Friday, March 27 » Molly Tuttle – An artist on the leading edge of bluegrass music, steeped in tradition Photo courtesy of The Caverns

while driving the genre forward in today’s musical landscape. » Goose – This New England band’s mix of rock, funk, tropical grooves, and extended jams will turn The Caverns into a subterranean dance party.  » Cam –  From a GRAMMY nomination to headlining the Ryman Auditorium, this multi-platinum country singer-songwriter is a force to be reckoned with.  » Asleep At The Wheel – Ray Benson has now been leading a Western Swing band longer than Bob Wills, and he brings his iconic group to The Caverns for their 50th Anniversary Tour. Historic. Saturday, March 28 » Sam Lewis – Best-known for touring and collaborating with Chris Stapleton (who helped inaugurate Bluegrass Underground in 2008), this singer-songwriter is one of the defining talents of modern Americana. » Courtney Marie Andrews –  Powerful vocals, passionate songs from one of today’s finest singer-songwriters.  » The Milk Carton Kids – One of Americana’s best live acts, the duo of singer/guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan combine close harmonies, original songs, and humor. » TBA Surprise Guest Sunday, March 29 » Blind Boys of Alabama – A rousing Sunday in The Caverns with the five-time GRAMMY Award-winning gospel group that helped create the genre. » Black Pumas – Austin, Texas is known for

its dynamic live music scene. Black Pumas are the city’s leading soul/funk band. Enough said. » Yola – Demolishing genre with her evocative voice and debut record Walk Through Fire, Yola establishes herself as the Queen of Country Soul from the very first note. » Mandolin Orange – Intimate and emotional, the music of multi-instrumental duo Emily Frantz and songwriter Andrew Marlin draws you into their world with a sound that floats like a butterfly but speaks to the heart. Bluegrass Underground is underwritten on PBS by Tennessee Tourism and by Grundy County, TN. The 12 episode series is presented to PBS nationally in partnership with WCTE in Cookeville, TN, which serves the Upper Cumberland and Middle Tennessee. About The Caverns, Home of Bluegrass Underground In Grundy County, Tennessee, in a timeless valley near the base of the Cumberland Plateau, you’ll find The Caverns – a jaw-dropping concert hall located deep underground. Guests revel in the prehistoric venue’s natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. What’s more, The Caverns is home to the Emmywinning PBS television series Bluegrass Underground. With a concert calendar that spans all genres of musical expression, The Caverns draws music fans from all around the world. Live music inside a cave, it’s a bucket list experience that keeps fans coming back to The Caverns time and again for “The Greatest Show Under Earth.” For more information, visit www.thecaverns.com. December 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas

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Now through January 1st

AYLORD OPRYLAND’S A Country Christmas is a

Nashville holiday tradition with ICE!, tubing, holiday lights, and more! You and your family will marvel at more than three million holiday lights and acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season and create lasting family memories. ICE! featuring A Christmas Story Now through January 1, 2020 Gaylord Opryland Events Center ICE! is back with an all-new theme featuring the beloved classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. Watch this hilarious family tale come to life through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience iconic scenes such as The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare, and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole. Everything is hand-carved from two million pounds of ice. ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring a self-guided, walkthrough experience that lasts approximately 15-30 minutes. In total, you should plan to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for the entire ICE! Experience, which has four two-story tall ice slides and a separate area dedicated to the majestic Nativity in crystal-clear ice. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Now through December 27 Grand Ole Opry House The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in a 90 minute production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes  you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Ice Skating Our  ice rink is back and bigger than ever!  With more than 8,000 square feet of real ice, this timeless holiday tradition has never been more fun. The cost is $18.99 per person and includes unlimited sameday skating and skates. Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Tubing Get ready for heart-pounding thrills as you race friends and family on this 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill. It’s all the fun of sledding with the added speed of ice and comfort of a specially designed inner tube! See who can reach the bottom first or ride with a friend. Cost is $18.99 per person and includes unlimited same-day admission to tubing. This is a covered (under tent) outdoor attraction. Children

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3 and under are free with paying adult admission but must reach minimum height requirement of 36 inches to ride with an adult. Carriage Rides Experience a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the decorations and lights, sure to delight the entire family! Cost is $10.99 for all ages. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Feast Santa’s reindeer loved him, and so will you! Meet Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer and his friend, Hermey, at our shiny new holiday event guaranteed to go down in history! Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious meal, play games, and meet their favorite character, Rudolph, from the beloved television special. It’s an experience sure to make you shout out with glee!  Cost is $17.49 per child and $34.99 per adult. Reindeer Games™ Scavenger Hunt featuring Rudolph and The Misfit Toys The Misfit Toys are all lost, and they need your help to be found! With Rudolph’s help, follow the clues to find the Misfit Toys and send them on their way to their new homes. Cost is $13.99 per person and includes one scavenger hunt booklet with one scavenger hunt prize per booklet. Kids Train Hop aboard our miniature train and enjoy a scenic ride on the Opryland Express. Cost is $4.99 per person. Santa’s Spinners These are no ordinary tea cups.  Pour yourself into one of these cups and go round and round on this whirling winter ride. Cost is $4.99 per person. Gingerbread Decorating Corner This fun, sticky, and interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter.  Choose from a variety of gingerbread options to build the perfect candy treat. Cost is $32.99 for a Gingerbread House Kit and $22.99 for a Gingerbread Family Kit. Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise Step onto our festive riverboat for a 15 minute tour  of the quarter mile river in the Delta Atrium.  It’s an experience that you won’t soon forget! Cost is $12 per child and $14 per adult. Gaylord Opryland’s Rockin’ Christmas On Ice Join our skating champions at a new, live ice skating show featuring big jumps, fast spins, awe-inspiring throws, and lifts on the resort’s ice skating rink. Showtimes are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 pm. The cost is $9.15 for all ages and includes one general admission seat and post-show meet & greet and photo with the cast. Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Access to seats are available 30 minutes before showtime, and the show is approximately 20 minutes long. For more information on A Country Christmas, visit www. ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

Photos courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp


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DECEMBER

events

THINGS TO DO • PLACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE December 1: Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice in Market Square. Open through January 5, 2020.

December 7: Andrew Peterson presents Behold the Lamb of God at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

December 1: Keyboards at Christmas: A Benefit for Mission of Hope at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 3 pm.

December 7: Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 2: Mighty Musical Monday Christmas Celebration at the Tennessee Theatre at 12 pm. Free!

December 7: Collin Raye: A Benefit for the Knoxville Firefighters Association at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 8 pm.

December 3 & 4: Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 7 & 8: A Candlelight Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia from 4 to 9 pm.

December 4: Colter Wall at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

December 7 & 8: The Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. December 7 at 7:30 pm and December 8 at 3 pm.

December 5: Marcus King Band with Aaron Lee Tasjan at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 5 & 6: A Swingin’ Christmas with Violinist Regina Carter at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. December 6: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. December 6: 18th Annual Gala: Journey to Japan at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from 6 to 9:30 pm. December 6: WIVK Christmas Parade along Gay Street at 7 pm. December 6: Delbert McClinton at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 7: Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square from 11 am to 5 pm. Also on December 14 & 21. December 7: Deck the Halls Wreath Workshop at Ramsey House from 12:30 to 3 pm. December 7: Christmas 5K/1K Wine Run at World’s Fair Park from 5 to 8 pm.

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December 8: 7th Annual Ijams Holiday Marketplace from 11 am to 4 pm. December 8: Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour at Historic Ramsey House from 6 to 8 pm. December 8: The Gutfeld Monologues Live featuring Greg Gutfeld at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

December 14: Tour de Lights on Jackson Avenue in The Old City from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. December 14: Oak Ridge Academy of Dance Contemporary Dance Ensemble Holiday Spectacular at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

December 14-16: Nativity Pageant of Knoxville at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. December 14 & 15 at 3 pm and December 16 at 7 pm. December 15: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 & 6 pm. December 19: Chris Blue & Songbirds Foundation at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. December 20: White Christmas at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. December 20-22: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Clayton Holiday Concert at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. December 20 and 21 at 3 & 7:30 pm and December 22 at 3 pm. December 21: Christmas Vacation at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 & 8 pm.

December 9: Cookies with Santa at the Tennessee Theatre at 5 pm.

December 22: Polar Express at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm.

December 11: Holidays Sparkles & Spirits! at Cherokee Country Club at 6:30 pm. A benefit for The Joy of Music School.

December 22: Jim Brickman at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

December 11: Dave Barnes at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 11: Home Free: Dive Bar Christmas at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. December 12: PJ Masks Live! Save the Day at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm. December 13: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. December 14: Jingle Bell Run at World’s Fair Park at 8 am. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation.

December 23: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Tennessee Theatre at 4 & 8 pm. December 25: Christmas Day. December 27-29: Fiddler on the Roof at the Tennessee Theatre. December 27 at 8 pm, December 28 at 2 & 8 pm, and December 29 at 1:30 & 7 pm. December 31: New Year’s Eve on the Square in Market Square. Music begins at 10 pm, ball drops at midnight.


Arts & Culture Alliance Presents the 2019 Members Show December 6-23 THE ARTS & CULTURE

Alliance proudly presents its 2019 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at www. knoxalliance.com/join-renew. Most of the works in the 2019 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on December 6 from 5 to 9 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The First Friday reception features dances presented by Circle Modern Dance and Knoxville Argentine Tango Society and music by the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. The WIVK Santa Claus Parade starts at 7 pm along Gay Street and passes in front of the Emporium. “We always look forward to this exhibition as a highlight and culmination of a year’s productivity on the part of Knoxville’s diverse and enthralling artist community,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance. Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are fulltime artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle, and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The

Elena Ganusova

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Laura Goff Parham Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom. The 2019 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, from December 6-23. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed December 24-27 and December 31-January 1 for the holidays. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Tonya Wade Wunder About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. December 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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LIGHTS UP THE HOLIDAYS More Than 10 Million Lights and Many New Experiences Make Christmas Town a Must-Do for the Holidays

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USCH GARDENS Williamsburg has decked the halls with its popular Christmas Town celebration, which began November 16. For 38 magical days, the world’s most beautiful theme park is transformed into one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America, celebrating the spirit of the season through January 5, 2020. Park-goers will have the chance to not only marvel at more than 10 million lights, but ride the Christmas Town Express holiday-themed train ride, visit in Santa’s Workshop, and partake in festive food, drinks, and unique holiday shopping. New for 2019 is an inspirational holiday music show and all-new Christmas tree maze, where guests will experience holiday traditions celebrated around the world.  “Christmas Town is one of our favorite times of the year, when all of Busch Gardens transforms into a magical holiday landscape,” said Jeff Thomas, interim Park President for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “With endless bright lights, magnificent shows, and thrilling new rides, our park is the place to be this holiday season.”   Among the many attractions and experiences at Christmas Town, guests will have a chance to deliver their wish lists to jolly ole’ Saint Nick and dine with Mrs. Claus, enjoy musical performances from their favorite Sesame Street® characters, snap memorable photos with everyone’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph, and witness the spectacular returning yuletide shows, including Deck the Halls, Scrooge No More!™, and ’Twas That Night (opens December 22).   Additional 2019 highlights include: » NEW Traditions Tree Maze presented by Coca-Cola© – Featuring nearly 500 fresh-cut Christmas trees that create a spectacular maze where park-goers can stroll around the globe and explore cultural and winter holiday traditions from places like South Africa, Japan, Israel, and Mexico. Country of origin themed craft-making stations 62

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for the kids, picture-taking moments, music, and lights make this immersive experience like no other.  » NEW Believe – Guests can dine while enjoying inspirational holiday music performed by a solo pianist in the Italy’s San Marco Theatre.  » NEW Finnegan’s Flyer™ – Take in the festive sights of Ireland swinging 80 feet above the cliffs of the Celtic coast. This extreme swing is not for the faint of heart, testing the bravest of riders as they swing at speeds of 45 mph. InvadR™ and Verbolten® roller coasters also will be available for park guests to enjoy.  » Christmas Town Express – The familiar Choo Choo! is back as the Busch Gardens Railway takes riders on a magical trip around the

world’s most beautiful theme park. The experience will feature festive caroling, two million stunning Christmas lights, and holiday-themed vignettes throughout the 1.5-mile tour. » Wilkommenhaus – Located in the park’s German village, the Wilkommenhaus transforms into a fantastic visual Christmas spectacle through beautiful projection mapping. The sweet smell of Christmas treats from the Cookies & Cocoa Shop wafts through the air as virtual gingerbread men bring this festive village to life every 15 minutes during Christmas Town.  The best way to enjoy not only Christmas Town, but park events and attractions all year long, is through the newly-enhanced Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program. Guests can receive unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream®, and Christmas Town – as well as free parking and discounts in-park, PLUS monthly rewards, including free friend tickets, exclusive first-to-ride on new attractions, member-only event preview days, $10 Busch Bucks for in-park spending, and more – for as low as $10.99 per month with no down payment.   Busch Gardens is open from 2 to 10 pm on most Christmas Town operating days and 12 to 10 pm on Saturdays now through January 5, 2020.  For more information about Christmas Town and operating days, visit www.christmastown.com/va.   About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry, and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 35,000 animals in need during the last 55 years.  SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands, including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Throughout its more than 55-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows, and other attractions with broad demographic appeal that deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. December 2019 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE

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Catapulting Your Small Business Sales Skyward I BELIEVE

the primary reason most entrepreneurs miss the potential to achieve explosive growth in their small business is due largely to their decision to ignore their customer service levels. Business owners increasingly rely on their websites, social media and online, print, on-air, and mail marketing campaigns to increase sales volume. Yet despite their best efforts to generate additional sales revenue, many of these same companies offer their customers a woefully low customer service experience that only serves to erode even their best sales efforts. In a 1970s episode of M*A*S*H, a popular TV satire on the Korean War, Major Frank Burns, a not-so-skilled surgeon, focused primarily on his military career, once stated: “This war wouldn’t be so bad if it were not for all of the wounded.” I’ve witnessed firsthand how many entrepreneurs who, in response to

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All too often I’ve witnessed small business owners who have succeeded in increasing their sales only to leave a negative wake behind them as their newly found customers are forced to accept their below standard service levels. overwhelming customer sales and their inability to maintain acceptable customer service levels, begin viewing their customers as adversaries. A sort of “my business wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for all of the customers” philosophy. All too often I’ve witnessed small business owners who have succeeded in increasing their sales only to leave a negative wake

behind them as their newly found customers are forced to accept their below standard service levels. They’ve promised their customers 100%, delivered 70%, and become angry when the customer brings this difference to their attention. No business can have enough good press. Every satisfied customer is a reporter on steroids, telling those they influence about the positive experience they’ve had with your company. Conversely, they’re more than certain to pass along their negative experiences as well. It’s just good common sense to successfully differentiate your small business from the competition by allocating more of your resources into delivering a positive customer service experience. Your competitor may have the “glitziest” website in town, but your commitment to a superior level of customer care will propel you past their façade if they fail to deliver the quality customer service that their customers demand and deserve.


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BODYTITE:

A BOLD STEP INTO THE NEW YEAR

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E ALL STRIVE to look and feel our best. Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of staying fit, but sometimes they are not sufficient to obtain our desired appearance. Now you have the answer: BodyTite. BodyTite is a minimally invasive body contouring procedure. This state-of-the-art treatment can eliminate fat and tighten loose skin on the body caused by aging, pregnancy, weight loss, and more.

WHAT IS BODYTITE? BodyTite is the latest advanced body contouring procedure that utilizes radio-frequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) technology. This minimally invasive workstation for the face and body shapes, contracts, and contours without the worry of large visible scars. This all equates to noticeable, lasting results. Patients obtain excellent results without significant downtime. It is a great solution for individuals who are looking to reduce fat without the saggy, wrinkly skin that can come with other forms of liposuction. BodyTite is also terrific solution for patients with skin laxity without excess fat. BodyTite gently treats fat in stubborn areas while tightening the skin, helping you sculpt your body into its ultimate shape. More benefits over traditional liposuction include uniform treatment, consistent results, less bruising, less swelling and pain, shorter downtime, and improved safety. “I feel like my skin has tightened and formed to my body and I don’t have saggy skin or rolls anymore. Three years after having my baby, I feel like I have a new body image and my shape back.” – L.M., Patient

HOW IS THE BODYTITE PROCEDURE PERFORMED? BodyTite a minimally invasive procedure that delivers results without forcing patients to go under the knife. At Southeastern Dermatology, it is performed in the office, and no knives or scalpels are used. The patient remains comfortable during the procedure thanks to a local anesthetic. After the patient is numb, Dr. Doppelt uses the BodyTite hand-held cannula applicator to transfer radiofrequency directly into the fat with an internal electrode. The RF energy then travels up through the tissues to the external electrode on the skin surface. The system monitors both the internal and external temperatures in real time, which ensures adequate heating of the fat and skin while automatically shutting off before unsafe temperatures are reached. Microcannulas are then used to remove the melted

MATTHEW B. DOPPELT D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist

fat and oil. After BodyTite, patients can typically resume non-strenuous activities in two to three days.

IS BODYTITE SAFE? BodyTite is a safe, technologically advanced procedure. In fact, it is one of the safest body contouring treatments available to patients today. The applicator used to administer BodyTite treatments is equipped with advanced temperature sensing technology to prevent damage to the skin and dermis. Additionally, unlike traditional tummy tuck or more invasive contouring surgeries, this revolutionary procedure doesn’t require patients to undergo the risk of general anesthesia. BodyTite was approved by the FDA in November 2016. It has been used successfully and safely for several years in Europe before it earned approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

WHAT AREAS CAN IT TREAT? If you can imagine it, BodyTite can do it. Common areas that this advanced technology can treat include the stomach, arms, chest, knees, and inner/outer thighs. Multiple areas can be treated in one visit.

HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS? A single treatment of BodyTite per area is usually all that is needed. Patients will almost immediately see the results of the removed fat. Skin contraction is often noticeable after six weeks but continues to improve up to one year after treatment.

WHAT DOES BODYTITE COST? The cost of a BodyTite procedure depends on many factors. There is no onesize-fits-all price. Factors that might influence the price include the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the severity of your body’s loose skin. The number of areas being treated can also influence the cost of the procedure. However, it is important to know that the cost of BodyTite can cost significantly less than more invasive body contouring treatments, like a tummy tuck.

IS BODYTITE WORTH IT? Patients looking for noticeable results through a minimally invasive procedure believe that BodyTite is a worthwhile solution. Patients will see an immediate improvement in body contour and noticeable contraction of the skin in the treated areas as early as six weeks. Want to know more about BodyTite? Give us a call at 865-474-8800 or request an appointment online at www.DrDoppelt.com and find out if BodyTite is right for you.

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