Everything Knoxville April 2018

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PRIL IN Knoxville is

full of activity as our calendar of events will show, and we at Everything Knoxville hope you can get out and enjoy some of the events we’ve posted. While some flowers have already bloomed, my favorite spring blooms are still to come. April Photo by D. Roberts Photography brings the blossoming of the cherry trees, magnolias, and, of course, the dogwoods. In the Knoxville area, April is dedicated to the dogwoods celebrating those blooms with a month-long festival. Activities for this year’s Dogwood Arts Festival are included in this edition. When spring arrives, I am energized to clean and redecorate the inside and outside of my home. The longer days make working on projects more enjoyable, and East Tennessee has the best spring weather. If spring energizes you to spruce up your home, then consider contacting some of our advertisers that cater to your home’s interior and exterior décor like 4


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our featured business, CertaPro Painters. Their team of professionals can give your home a fresh look both inside and out, and they have services that go beyond painting. I know that for me, spring means I can enjoy the outdoors more with the longer days, so I have a tendency to enjoy exercising more like taking a walk through our neighborhood or a hike in the nearby forest preserve. But if you need more motivation to exercise regularly and be accountable, then you should consider checking out one of our highlighted fitness centers like Fitness Together. If you have some stubborn areas you need to work on that exercise does not seem to meet your goals, then you might contact Southeastern Dermatology and get yourself ready for bathing suit season. Spring is all too short, and the hot days of summer will soon be arriving, so get out and enjoy the weather. With all the great scenery here in East Tennessee, you have no excuse not to explore our beautiful Knoxville area.

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of the year to tackle those projects to update your home or business that perhaps you have been postponing, and there is not a faster or more cost-effective way to update your interior and exterior surfaces than painting. With literally thousands of colors and finishes to select from, you are sure to discover those just-so-perfect colors for your every mood, every space, and every project in your home or business. Experts understand that the successful outcome of every painting project rests entirely on your selection of a painting contractor. The selection of a paint brand, paint type, and colors are secondary. So just how do you know if your choice of a painter is the right choice? In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we 6


are pleased to share this interview with CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee owners, and husband and wife team, Jeff and Joann Brown. CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee is the proud recipient of numerous awards and honors for their expertise in the fields of both residential and commercial painting during the last 15 years, and they continue to earn a reputation for honesty, integrity, value, and quality craftsmanship. EK: Describe the CertaPro Painters process and how this process differentiates you in the residential and commercial painting marketplace. Jeff: We work very hard to make the painting experience “certain” for our customers. I believe people generally think that working with contractors is often just more trouble than it is worth. So, we work hard to do what

we say we will do, doing it as scheduled, on time and on budget with as little disruption as possible to customers’ lives at work or home. EK: At CertaPro, you state that you “don’t paint houses – you paint lives” and that you “don’t paint commercial businesses – you paint people’s livelihoods.” How is this approach not only unique, but also important to your customers? Joann: We understand how busy our customers’ lives can be, so we respect and value their time. We know they have hired CertaPro because they want a quality job at a fair price, and they don’t want to have to worry about the project they have hired us to perform. They may continue with their regular schedule and let us take care of the rest without the hassles. EK: Perhaps the number one complaint of Photo by D. Roberts Photography

both home and business owners when hiring a contractor is poor communication. How do you overcome this communication challenge with your customers? Jeff: We start by listening to the needs of our customers, consulting with them about their project scope, needs, timing, vision, and budget. We provide detailed written proposals quickly, review it in person with the customer the morning we start the project, provide daily updates to the customer, and at the end, we perform a “pride walk” to ensure the project is 100% complete in their eyes! EK: How do the prices at CertaPro compare to those of your competitors? Joann: We research this regularly and find that our prices are very competitive with every other professional painting contractor. By professional, I mean a company that carries workers’ compensation and liability insurance, a company who has been in business for several years and offers a warranty, a company whose painters go through training to make sure they follow company policies, a company that doesn’t ask for money up front but only at the end of the project when everything is complete and the customer is satisfied. That is CertaPro, and we want to help protect your largest investment! EK: CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee has earned the distinction of being the most referred painter in the entire area. You have also earned a reputation for achieving a nearly 98% customer retention rate,

with almost half of your new clients coming from existing customers’ referrals. Why should this be important to prospective new customers? Jeff: Trust is the first word that comes to mind. We believe our customers call us time and time again because we have proven to them that we do what we say, do it timely, with little disruption and at very competitive prices. We work hard to earn and keep their trust. EK: What other services do you offer your clients? Joann: In addition to interior and exterior painting, we offer pressure washing, drywall removal and installation, drywall repair, concrete staining, wood repair and replacement, stucco repair, knockdown/texturing, wallpaper removal and installation, and small remodel projects. (Bathroom remodel, mud room addition, screen porch or deck additions, and commercial build-out are a few examples.) EK: Contrast your “consultation” proposal method to the “estimate” alternative used by your competition, and tell our readers why this is so important. Jeff: Often our homeowners know they want or need to paint or do repairs but they are unsure of color, scope of work, materials, etc. We listen to what our customers want and work with them to ensure they get what they are looking for, and then we detail it with a written proposal. An estimate is vague, usually just a number, and frequently winds

up in disappointment. EK: What kind of warranty do you offer your customers? Joann: We offer a written warranty both residentially and commercially. More importantly, we ensure we do it right the first time so a customer is not inconvenienced by a warranty issue! EK: What is the best way for prospective new customers to learn more about CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee? Jeff: If someone is considering a project, they should give us a call and one of our sales associates will come to their home or business and provide a free consultation about the project, and they can also learn more about our company and services. EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to tell our readers? Joann: We would like to say thank you to all of our loyal customers who we have worked for during the past 15 years. We know you have many choices, and we truly appreciate you letting CertaPro into your homes and businesses. If you haven’t given CertaPro a try, please give us a call for a complimentary consultation and estimate. We have an amazing team who is always anxious to help. Thank you, East Tennessee!

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Tennessee Pottery Festival I

N ITS SECOND year at the Great

Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Tennessee Pottery Festival returns on Saturday, May 5th. Located in Townsend, this festival is destined to become a yearly tradition with a hand-picked selection of renowned potters sharing their clay art. Last year’s success has made it possible for the growth of the festival in 2018. This year’s festival will offer more types of pottery by a larger selection of potters with more demonstrations and more door prizes. With half of the artists hailing from Tennessee, this shows that there is a great passion for this hand-crafted art. With an even larger selection of returning and new potters, this event will give a chance for pottery collectors to meet the artists and purchase pieces to take home. The potters for 2018 have been juried to offer the best in earthenware and stoneware. This festival was created to showcase the many different styles and varieties of handmade clay art and help share the talent of these artists. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) and is located outside the Heritage Center in the Historic Village.



Admission is $5 for adults (GSMHC members and non-members), and children 5 and under will be free. A collection of the nation’s finest potters from Tennessee, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, and Louisiana will display and sell their art for a wide range of prices. This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. With the unique backdrop of the Heritage Center, the equally unique pieces of art are sure to delight shoppers. Many different styles of pottery will be showcased and available for purchase, including wheel thrown, functional stoneware, clay sculpture, horsehair, earthenware, and Raku. 2018’s featured artist is Alysha Baier, who will hold demonstrations throughout the day. Baier is a ceramic artist working out of Honeoye Pottery in Honeoye, NY, located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. She keeps a whimsical and loose approach to her work by taking wheel thrown forms and altering the surfaces. Her style is also known for slip design that complements the altered forms. Though Baier focuses mainly on the

production of functional tableware, she also has a line of decorative horse hair pottery. MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes will be serving up lunch for an additional charge, and live music will also be on hand in the Historic Village. “We are so proud of the 2017 festival, and we are excited about the future that is in store for 2018 and beyond,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. “We have grown quite a bit and are focused on providing THE place to find unique and creative pieces of pottery!” Special thanks to our sponsors: Blount Partnership, Richard and Joni Maples, and our media sponsor The Daily Times. For more information, visit www. TennesseePotteryFestival.com or www. GSMHeritageCenter.org.

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Public Lands Alliance Honors Friends of the Smokies, GSMA, New Belgium

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PUBLIC LANDS Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Partnership Awards that celebrate the best in public lands partnerships. These awards honor individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs, and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. Friends of the Smokies’ Trails Forever program was nominated for the Outstanding Public Engagement Award, which recognizes exemplary programs or services created in partnership by a non-profit organization and public lands that advance meaningful and sustainable connections between individuals and America’s public lands. The Trails Forever program is a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rehabilitate some of the park’s most heavily-impacted trails. While the Trails Forever program did not win its category, it was awarded the Partners Choice Award as the most inspiring submission, decided by popular vote. Great Smoky Mountains Association received an honorable mention for Outstanding Public Engagement for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Events in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. New Belgium Brewing received the Corporate Stewardship Award on behalf of their philanthropic and partnership efforts with Friends of the Smokies. This award recognizes a company that has demonstrated exceptional achievement to enhance the quality of the visitor experience in America’s public lands. “New Belgium has been an important partner of Friends of the Smokies ever since they 10


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put down roots in the Asheville area,” said Anna Zanetti, Friends of the Smokies’ North Carolina Director. “We were proud to nominate them for their generous support and environmental conservation efforts.” The Public Lands Alliance also recognized 11 non-profit organizations who have stepped up and have swiftly worked with their land management agency partners to help their public lands recover from recent wildfires, floods, and hurricanes. PLA established the Public Lands Hero Award to celebrate individuals and organizations whose actions exceed the high standards to which all public lands partners aspire. The PLA Board of Directors honored the following non-profit organizations in recognition of their exemplary responses to natural disasters and crises affecting the public lands and communities that they support: Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Eastern National, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, Glacier National Park Conservancy, National Park Foundation, South Florida National Parks Trust, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Student Conservation Association, Timucuan Parks Foundation, and Western National Park Association.

“Moments of crisis remind us of the critical importance and value of strong partnerships between land managers and non-profit partners,” said Dan Puskar, PLA Executive Director. “Hurricanes and wildfires unexpectedly impact many of our public lands, and it is strong partnerships that provide the resiliency needed to bounce back from their destructive impacts.” About Friends of the Smokies Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised more than $60 million to support critical park programs and maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service. Find your park at www.FriendsOfTheSmokies.org. About the Public Lands Alliance The Public Lands Alliance is a network of more than 130 member organizations that serve more than 600 public lands and contribute more than $250 million dollars annually to the preservation and visitor enhancement of those lands. PLA members are found in all states and territories and provide operational and interpretive support to non-profit organizations and their land management agency partners. Photos by NPS

The Top Four Areas to Focus On to Increase Your Home’s Curbside Appeal & Value


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Association of Realtors, 63% of homebuyers will tour a home they’ve viewed online. They cite “curbside appeal,” which refers to the first impression buyers have of a property. Regardless of the home’s inside, it’s the outside that matters most. What will buyers see when they view your home? First impressions matter. Look at your home from a buyer’s perspective. The four main areas they focus on include your front entry, yard and landscaping, driveway, and roof. Here are some suggestions.

Front Entry

» How well is your entryway illuminated? Consider using affordable LED and solar lighting. » Repaint your front door, trim, and shutters with a bright color contrasting the house. » Make sure the doorbell operates and that metalwork, including your street numbers, is clean and polished. » Replace burned-out exterior bulbs, and clean all lighting fixtures. » Seasonal wreaths or a decorative door knocker can make your home more welcoming. » Add large potted plants to your deck or porch. » Consider upgrading your walkway to an alternative surface or applying stain or paint

» Repair or remove old or outdated fencing.

Driveway and Walkway



to your concrete. Add plants and a rock shoulder on each side of the path. » Do a “mailbox makeover.” » Replace your welcome mat with a large, bright, and cheery mat. » Add a rocking chair or even a bench. » Consider adding an arbor near the front door. » Add outdoor curtains to set off a seating area or porch to add a touch of color.

Yard and Landscaping

» Create a pop of color with flowers on your porch, along the drive, or around your trees. » Select a variety of plants and flowers to create year-round color. » Weed, remove dead blooms, and mulch regularly. » Mow and trim your entire yard regularly. Reseed bare areas, and eliminate yard clutter. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed.

» Remove clutter and anything else that will detract from the home’s appearance. » Repair cracked and damaged walkways. » Make sure your driveway is well lighted and easy for guests to navigate. » Add plants or decorative rock along your drive.

The Roof

» Clean and repair gutters. » Remove holiday lighting and hooks. » Remove accumulated leaves and pine needles. » Does your roof need replacing or just a good cleaning? The time and money you invest in improving your curbside appeal will more than pay for itself. A few hundred dollars and a weekend or two spent improving your home’s first impression can result in thousands of dollars in the purchase price, so take the time to do it right.

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Reaches 100 Million Book Milestone


in Sevier County, Tennessee, to the largest children’s literacy program in the world, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has introduced millions of children around the globe to the fun of reading. Last month Parton herself enshrined the 100-millionth book distributed in the program’s existence into the Library of Congress. In addition to the extraordinary moment for Parton, the Imagination Library and Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress. “I always like to say that 100 million books have led to 100 million stories,” said Parton. “I am so honored that our little program has now grown to such a point that we can partner with the Library of Congress to bring even more stories to children across the country.” Now through August, the library will host story time in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building the last Friday of each month. Each story time will feature the reading of a book for readers up to age five, music, and special guests. The programs also will be livestreamed so children and parents anywhere with an internet connection can join the fun. The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, has more than 160 million items catalogued. Fittingly, the 100-millionth book from the Imagination Library is Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. Written by Parton, the book is an adaptation of her iconic song of the same name. Both the book and the song encourage children – and adults – to look past superficial appearances to the true heart of an 16


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individual. Much like the amazing legacy of her Imagination Library, Parton used her humble childhood upbringing as motivation for a career of accomplishments that are without equal. The Imagination Library, which now distributes one million books every month, mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. “ D o l l y Pa r to n ’s wo r k t h ro u g h h e r Imagination Library is awe-inspiring,” said Hayden. “They have counted the number of books given away – 100 million, but there is no way to truly quantify the impact this program has had on developing young readers across America and in other parts of the

world. This is an extraordinary gift to humankind. The Library of Congress shares this passion for developing young readers, and I am so pleased to announce these cooperative programs, which will provide an opportunity for children anywhere to connect with a fun, engaging reading experience.” The story times will take place the last Friday of each month through August at 10:30 am in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street SE. The events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The programs will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at www.youtube.com/ LibraryOfCongress.

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ally, at an amateur level, or professionally in front of the world, proper nutrition is a key component of any athlete’s performance. A variety of nutrients come into consideration, but one seems to get the highest level of attention: Protein. Because protein helps build and maintain muscle and body tissue, it’s important for active individuals to eat enough. Snacking on protein-rich foods and eating meals packed with protein can help support an athlete’s physical wellness so they can reach their goals. Here are a few recommended practices for athletes to lead the pack with their meal routines: Pre-workout fuel for sustained energy Before practice or a workout, load up on whole grains and protein with hard-boiled eggs and a granola bar to keep you fueled longer. A nutritional powerhouse with only 70 calories, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein and nine essential amino acids. Remember, your muscles rely on mainly carbohydrates but also protein for sustained energy during activity. Recovery and repair post-workout After physical activity, include eggs and other protein-packed foods in a post-workout sandwich or wrap to help your recovery. Research indicates eating a mix of carbs and protein – ideally about 20-30 grams of protein – has been shown to promote muscle repair and optimal recovery. Not only are eggs delicious, nutritious, and versatile, they are also one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein. This makes it easy for athletes to maintain an optimal diet that is heavy on the results and light on their wallets. Previous misconceptions had many people just eating egg whites, but eating the yolk offers loads of nutritional benefits. That’s because the yolk contains more than 40% of the protein in an egg and most of the egg’s nutrients, like choline, vitamin B12, and selenium. Want to fuel yourself to be the best you can be? The Incredible Egg has a collection of proteinpacked egg recipes to help you get inspired. For athletes always on the go, there are also quick and easy egg recipes to please any palate.



Microwave Cheese & Pepper Coffee Cup Scramble Ingredients: » 2 eggs » 2 tablespoons milk » 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese » 1 tablespoon chopped tomato » 1 teaspoon minced pickled jalapeño pepper » Pinch each salt and pepper Directions: Whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, tomato, jalapeño, salt, and pepper. Pour into wellgreased, 12-ounce microwave-safe mug. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for 70 to 80 seconds or until eggs are puffed and set. For more information and egg recipes fit for any athlete, visit www.IncredibleEgg.org.

The Healthy Side of Dental Implants


The above image shows the deterioration of the jawbone over time in the absence of your natural teeth.

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suffer from tooth loss, primarily the result of injury, periodontal disease, or decay. In the past, treatment options included bridges and dentures, but unfortunately, neither option addresses the issue of bone loss of the jawbone that often results from the loss of natural teeth. One of the major advantages of dental implants is that the implant root, which is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth, actually helps to support and maintain a healthy level of jawbone mass, much the same as your natural teeth. Preventing jawbone loss helps to maintain both your health and a more youthful appearance, preventing the “collapsed” jaw look of those who have lost significant bone loss of the jaw. The presence of natural tooth roots or implant roots continues to preserve the jawbone through the pressure and stimulus resulting from normal chewing action. This same pressure is reduced by 90% or more with conventional dentures. So the positive and healthy implications of dental implants go far beyond just your

appearance. With good oral hygiene and regular dental care, your implants can function just like your natural teeth while lasting a lifetime. And with the added advantage of the implants’ roots, you can avoid that sunken, premature appearance that happens when jawbone loss occurs. At Heritage Family Dentistry in nearby and convenient Farragut, Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw and his team of experienced, caring, and compassionate medical professionals can assist you in making the right choice of dentures or implants, as well as provide family friendly dental care. Heritage Family Dentistry can also assist you with financing to help assure that you receive the dental care you need. To learn more, call Heritage Family Dentistry today at 865-816-9211 or visit them at www. hfdsmiles.com.

Heritage Family Dentistry 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C Farragut, TN 37934 865.816.9211 www.hfdsmiles.com

Dentistry for Your Family

Now Accepting New Patients 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C Farragut, TN 37934


www.hfdsmiles.com » Family Friendly Dentistry » Cosmetic Dentistry » Crowns & Bridges » Six-Month Smiles® » Prevention & Gum Treatment » Invisalign® Orthodontics » Mercury-Free Restoration » Digital Radiograph April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Fitness Together “I Love the Results!” “I could not have achieved these goals without Fitness Together.”


Y THE TIME I finished graduate school, my poor

eating habits and sedentary lifestyle were beginning to catch up with me,” said wife, mom, and busy medical professional, Laura Black. “I knew I was a little heavier and thought I could lose the weight on my own.” Unhappy with the way her clothes fit and experiencing shortness of breath when running up a flight of stairs, Laura decided to act. “I didn’t know what to do or where to start,” she said. “I knew I needed one-on-one help, so I began looking for a professional trainer.” While researching personal trainers online, Laura recognized a client of Fitness Together featured on their website. “I actually contacted her with questions,” she said. “She was happy with her experience, so I decided to try it out. I didn’t have anything to lose but weight.” Laura made an appointment for a complimentary workout at Fitness Together. “It was tough but doable – exactly what I needed,” said Laura. “I signed up and have been there ever since.” Laura’s commitment has helped her succeed. Working with her Fitness Together personal trainer, Shea Sims, she has lost 30 pounds – a 10% body fat loss. She has also lost 6.9 inches in her chest, 4.3 inches in her hips, and 7.2 inches in her waist. Upon starting, Laura could do seven pushups in 60 seconds. Now she can do 33 in the same timeframe. “I just wanted to look good in clothes again,” said Laura. “I also didn’t want to feel out of breath when traveling short distances.” Although not a runner, Laura has been able to extend her running time from under one minute to 40+ minutes. “I could not have achieved these goals without Fitness Together,” said Laura. “There are times that I don’t feel like working out, but I have a scheduled time to be there, which holds me accountable. Whether you choose to train one-on-one or with a friend, Fitness Together will customize a plan just for you. I really enjoy Fitness Together. I love the trainers, and I love the results.”

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12th Annual Run for Autism on April 21 Supports Autism Breakthrough NAN KRICHINSKY

thought her young adult son with autism would enjoy participating in a 5K run. She and her son, Seth, registered for the first annual Breakthrough Run for Autism when she saw that the race welcomed anyone with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A bit tentative about the race, because sometimes those with autism have social interaction or communication challenges, Krichinsky figured those at the Breakthrough Run would be understanding of her son’s behavior. “After the race, I was ready to go home when the awards were being handed out,” said Krichinsky. “Every time someone would receive an award Seth was whooping and hollering. All I wanted to do was crawl into a hole. I thought, ‘Oh, they are going to kick us out.’” Instead, a race organizer asked her Seth’s name and said he had been so enthusiastic that race officials wanted to give him an award. “They called his name,” the relieved mother recalled. “Everyone cheered for him.” Seth has returned for the annual race all but one year, and each year he helps hand out awards and cheer for the race winners. “He is just so happy that he is there,” said Krichinsky. “It’s such a good time. You can just see the joy in his face.” Seth said running, seeing his friends, handing out awards, and being with his new friends, honorary race chair Lori Tucker of WATE-TV and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who he helps with awards, all make the Breakthrough Run enjoyable. Seth plans to help again at the 12th annual Breakthrough Run for Autism on April 21, with Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville inviting individuals, teams, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate. The 5K Run /Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run begin at 8:30 am at Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 18 in Farragut’s Turkey Creek. The run, held during National Autism Awareness Month, supports Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, a non-profit organization committed to helping adults facing the challenges of autism in the East Tennessee region. Lori Tucker, WATE-TV news anchor, will again serve as honorary chair of the run and will be the emcee during the awards ceremony. Happy Lee, a Breakthrough volunteer, is the race director. Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville invites any individual with a disability to register for the run or walk as a Breakthrough Buddy, as Seth does for each race. A Buddy may

Seth high fives Cheryl Arthur of Knoxville, who came in second in her age group in the 2017 race.

Lori Tucker, WATE-TV news anchor

request to participate with a volunteer, who will run or walk the course with the Buddy. Breakthrough Buddies receive special recognition during the award ceremony. Community, corporate, and school teams are encouraged to enter, and awards will be given to the largest teams. Teams bring a festive atmosphere to the race, designing their own t-shirts or wearing matching accessories. Families and friends have built teams supporting an individual on the autism spectrum. The Breakthrough Run is held on a flat, certified course through the quiet neighborhoods behind Turkey Creek, with chip timing for the 5K. Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, started in 1999 by parents determined to improve the lives of adults with autism, provides individualized and communitybased services that offer quality care, a safe environment, family connection, and community involvement in a cost-effective

way. Autism spectrum disorder, a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication, is estimated to affect more than 2,000 individuals of all ages in Knox County. Autism Breakthrough provides residential services, in-home support, a Saturday therapeutic recreation program, day activities focusing on lifelong education, job skill development, and community integration, and a social group for adults with Asperger’s syndrome. It is the first such organization in Tennessee to provide those services specifically for adults with autism, according to race director Lee. “I can’t tell you how much we all appreciate Breakthrough and how supportive and welcoming they have been with Seth and the family,” said Krichinsky. Seth wasn’t receiving services from Breakthrough when he ran that first race. Now he participates in Breakthrough programs and works at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Race registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students, and individuals may pre-register online at www.runnerreg.us/ breakthroughautismrunwalk or by mail through April 13. Late registration, after April 13 and in person from 7-8 am on race day, is $30. Register by April 9 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. This race is a participating event in the Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series. Results will be posted on the KTC website, www.ktc.org, and the Total Race Solutions website, www.totalracesolutions. com. For more information, visit the Autism Breakthrough website at www. breakthroughknoxville.org. April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE






Single or Multiple Dog Family?



“Is it really easier to have more than one dog in a household?” Not surprisingly, there’s no one answer. The decision to bring home another dog is often a decision between no companionship for most of the daylight hours due to family members being at work and school and constant companionship. Because dogs are highly social creatures, dogs in isolation are not usually happy. It’s hard on social creatures not to live with their co-species or not have any social co-species interaction. There are a couple of general rules that will assist in selecting the proper canine friend for your current dog. » Activity similarity is much more important than breed similarity. Look for dogs that have similar exercise capacities and like to do similar things. A dog who’s quiet, shy, and timid and a dog who likes a lot of activity will have a challenge finding common ground. It will be hard if the dogs have different interests and ideas of a good time. » A dog who likes to romp through the woods for hours and a dog who simply enjoys playing fetch for five minutes and then wants back on the couch means you’re going to have some difficulties satisfying the instincts of

both. It makes catering to your dogs’ needs very time consuming. » Similar age doesn’t matter as much as similar health status. A lot of people ask us if bringing a puppy or young dog into the house will “spunk” up their older dog. Well, it depends on what your older dog is up for. An older dog can get revitalized by the younger dog only if the older dog is not sickly or slow with arthritic pains. If the older dog suffers from sickness or arthritic pain, the younger dog might only cause the older dog a great deal of stress. You can’t turn an arthritic ridden pet, in pain, into a frisky young one just because a new dog has lots of energy. Daycare is another good social interaction answer for your four-legged kids. At Ms. C’s, we conduct a personality profile for each of our guests, pairing like/like size and temperament to accommodate a wonderful day of fun and entertainment for each individual preference. Call us today.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

2145 Beals Chapel Road Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.986.6325 www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com

Spectacular Dinner and Show at Smoky Mountain Adventures Brings Music, Comedy, Fun, and Food Together for World-Class Celebration THE MARVEL

of acrobatics, aerial wonders, and incredible entertainment create memorable moments for guests experiencing the Spectacular Dinner and Show at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This family-oriented, fun-filled action and spectacle begins upon entering through Outpost, the area where old-time games, Dolly trivia, Magical Memories (where children of any age can transform into a princess or lovable characters), and snacks can be purchased to enhance what is about to be experienced in the main area known as Celebration Ridge. Upon entering Celebration Ridge, the dining experience begins with a fabulous four-course feast. This mouth-watering meal treats guests to tantalizing tastes of creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuits, sugar-cured ham, pan fried chicken, signature macaroni and cheese, 22


sweet potato delight, and a specialty dessert. Adding spice and the flavor of fun to the show’s meal are the exuberance and whimsy of comedic characters that will take guests through the first of a series of adventures that make up this dynamic show. The real celebration and thrills begin with music, dance, special effects, and acrobatics led by an energetic Master of Ceremonies and his songstress partner, set in a small Smoky Mountain town preparing itself for an epic celebration. Performances and breathtaking showmanship soon take center stage as the cast creates true excitement through a combination of feats rarely seen together in a single show. Experience tumblers that fascinate the eyes, music that sparks a song in every heart, and acrobatic feats that touch the heart and soul, combined with laughter and smiles that bring families and memories to the forefront of this mountain celebration

of life and love. Visitors will be amazed by the seemingly impossible feat that is the amazing Fire-wheel, twirling and spinning several stories high with incredible precision and creating a sense of wonder. “Our show will cause your spirit to soar,” said Jamie Parrish, Smoky Mountain Adventures General Manager. “I watch our amazing company of performers nightly and see something new and exciting that amazes me every time. We can’t wait to share that celebration spirit with each of our visitors.” This Spectacular Dinner and Show quickly becomes a passport to a world of wonder, laughter, and memories seldom found in the hubbub of today’s world. For the complete show schedule and tickets, contact the box office at 844-322-4400 or visit www.dpspectacular.com or www. smokymountainadventures.com.

Rain, Rain, Time to Play


HIS MONTH allow CH Interiors &

Gifts to prepare you for April showers and get your home and garden ready for May f lowers! Stay dry this rainy season with our beautiful Michel umbrellas! These sturdy, generously sized umbrellas have a wooden handle and open with the push of a button – and the bright, bold patterns mean you’ll always stand out in a crowd. Embrace the water theme in your décor – a tin umbrella with multiple pots is a whimsical way to display small f loral arrangements, and watering cans can double as a unique f lower vase or table centerpiece. We have many new spring-themed arrivals for our Arrow line – a popular home décor item with a wide assortment of decorative Arrow attachments that can be changed out for the seasons or special holidays – perfect for gift giving! For those with a green thumb, CH Interiors offers decorative and functional tin garden buckets and planters to hold our realistic fruits and vegetables. Choose from pea pods, radishes, pears, apples, and artichokes – and don’t forget a few carrots for your bunnies! Last but not least, these lovely garden angels will watch over your flowerbeds as they begin to bloom… or provide an accent in any room of your home. Visitors will hardly guess your beautiful real-touch floral arrangements from CH Interiors a re decorative – choose from tulips, daisies, lavender, dianthus, geraniums, pussy willow and cotton stems, and a variety of grasses and fillers. Whether it’s just to take shelter from the rain, or if you have a specific space in your home to decorate or a special gift recipient in mind, CH Interiors & Gifts is the place to visit! Our friendly staff is eager to assist in finding and choosing that perfect accent piece or array of items for a new display, custom ordering a new piece of quality furniture, as well as assembling locallysourced gourmet food items for a personalized gift basket. We take pride in our unique, individually chosen products, and every guest is treated as an opportunity to make someone’s day.

CH Interiors & Gifts

12556 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934 865.288.7887 www.chinteriorsandgifts.com



HE 34TH ANNUAL Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo will be held on May 12 at Anchor Park, located at 11730 Turkey Creek Road in Farragut. Registration begins at 9 am, with fishing from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Kids 12 and younger compete for prizes at this free event. Bait and a limited number of fishing poles are provided; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own poles. For more information, visit www. townoffarragut.org/CommunityEvents.




startup company to survive five years, much less 40 years. And if that business was launched by a woman, the survival statistics are no doubt far less. But that is exactly what local entrepreneur, wife, and mom, Brenda Bryan, has succeeded at achieving. This month The Lily Pad in historic downtown Sweetwater celebrates its 40th anniversary – overcoming the inevitable obstacles, including recessions, competition, a busy family life, and, let’s face it, success in a business environment where very few women ventured 40 years ago. Her dreams being greater than these and other obstacles, Brenda has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the area’s most outstanding entrepreneurs, becoming a source of inspiration for many other women who aspire to succeed in the world of small business. We trust that you will enjoy our recent interview with Brenda and that it will serve as a source of encouragement in your own life. EK: When did you first identify your desire to pursue your entrepreneurial, self-employment dreams? B r e n d a : My husband, David, young daughters, Angie and Amy, and I moved to Sweetwater in 1977. With both girls in school, I found the time to pursue my dreams of opening a small boutique in a wonderfully unique environment! It was a perfect way to meet new people, make new friends, and contribute to the local community. EK: When you launched The Lily Pad Boutique 40 years ago, you did so at a time when women owned businesses were a rarity. How did this impact your thinking at that time? Brenda: It honestly never crossed my mind that because I was a female, that it would not work! I believe that everyone, male or female, has the ability to recognize the moment and seize the opportunity to make things happen in their lives. EK: What many people might be unaware of is that you launched your self-employment dreams while raising young children. What challenges did this present? Brenda: Having opened The Lily Pad on a much smaller scale than it is now, it enabled me to be available as our daughters were growing up. Both Angie and Amy worked in the store during their high school and college years, accompanied me on buying trips to various cities, and have been involved in every aspect of the business. 24


EK: Why did you choose to pursue the ladies’ apparel marketplace? Brenda: When The Lily Pad opened in 1978, every small town across the country had their own ladies and men’s stores, as well as department stores… sometimes two or three of each! We were a novel idea, opening in the main lobby of a newly constructed hotel on I-75. The first thought was to appeal to the tourist traffic and travelers, but very quickly the market grew to local shoppers as well! Many of those still shop with us today, and we love hearing those stories… “Remember that dress I bought when you were at the hotel?” EK: Briefly describe your journey during the last 40 years. Brenda: Fast-paced, I would say! It has been amazing to experience the growth and to know The Lily Pad has been a part of the resurgence of our beautiful downtown area. I am constantly reinventing myself and the shop in the ever-changing world of fashion! EK: What motivated your relocation to historic downtown Sweetwater? Brenda: Having rented or leased for 25 years and constantly improving other people’s property, I decided it was time to buy my own! Sweetwater is a perfectly located small town, allowing us to serve a customer base within the entire East Tennessee Valley. With easy

interstate access, our customers travel easily from Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities areas. Once customers arrive, we’re quick to tell them of all the other amazing shops and eateries in our downtown area. One look at our guest book and you’re amazed by all of the areas we serve! EK: You’ve had several family members join The Lily Pad Boutique team. How has that influenced your plans for the future? Brenda: I feel very blessed that my family understands and loves what The Lily Pad is all about. Having grown up in the business, they are constantly reminded of the bonds and relationships that are formed through a business venture. One daughter, Angie, is a full-time part of our amazing Lily Pad team. Amy is a constant source of support, and selling is in her DNA! My granddaughter, Ivy, will be joining our team this summer, bringing her degree in marketing to take us to that next level! EK: How have you competed so successfully with the growth of online shopping? Brenda: While online shopping offers a great convenience, many women prefer to have complete control of their shopping experience. Women are very sophisticated shoppers and prefer to examine, touch, and try on what they are buying. Beyond the actual shopping, The Lily Pad adds a pleasant social element to their shopping experience. After their first trip, our customers are also, more importantly, our friends… something that is not possible online! EK: What future expansion plans do you have for The Lily Pad? Are there any plans to expand your product offerings or services? Brenda: We have had several inquiries about franchising our brand and expanding into other markets, so with Ivy joining us, the possibilities are endless… stay tuned! EK: What words of encouragement do you have for aspiring women entrepreneurs? Brenda: To quote one of my favorite female entrepreneurs, Estee Lauder, “I never dreamed of success, I worked for it.” Those are the most important and encouraging words you’ll need to carry with you as a business owner, whether male or female!

The Lily Pad

209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.sweetwaterlilypad.com Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm








celebrate our 40th anniversary at The Lily Boutique! Since that humble beginning in 1978, the shop has evolved into East Tennessee’s premier destination for women in search of the latest and best in designer fashions. It has been most exciting and rewarding to dress you for not only your day-to-day lives, but for those special moments as well… weddings, vacations, holidays… the special times when you need THE perfect outfit, and you come to us knowing you’ll leave with EXACTLY what you had in mind. Our goal has always been to make your time with us a “shopping experience.” The

Lily Pad team is always eager to point out the appropriate look for your body type, your hair and eye color, and help you every step of the way… accessories, shoes, and makeup are all a part of what The Lily Pad offers. We will celebrate our 40th anniversary on April 26th and 27th with unique shopping opportunities, lots of fun, and lots of giveaways each day to celebrate and thank you for giving us the opportunity to do what we love every day!

Thursday’s trunk shows:

» Sharon Young, Ala Cart and Tru Lux: Doug Lord will be showing transitional pieces from each one of their lines. You’ll enjoy meeting Doug and learning about his very wearable collections. » Essential Body Wear: Amy Bray will provide professional bra fittings and give you an “uplifting experience” » arT by fisher: Renèe Fisher will show her collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade beaded necklaces and bracelets and very wearable chains with pendants. Choose from our collection or help design your own piece.

Friday’s trunk shows:

» Joseph Ribkoff: Doyle Baker will be showing spring and transitional. As you

know, Joseph Ribkoff is a Canadian line that we all love, and you’ll enjoy “catching up” with Doyle. » arT by fisher » kathryn bartow skincare and makeup: If you haven’t sat with Renèe to learn how to apply your makeup, it’s time. I promise you’ll learn lots, have fun, and find that your application time is more fun and effective every day.

You’ll see all of the lines, just as I see them at market, and you can order any piece for yourself. This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss! Refreshments will be served, so please plan to join us as we say thank you for helping us be 40 and fabulous! Remember, it is our anniversary, but YOU get the gifts! The Lily Pad

209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.sweetwaterlilypad.com Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm




Mother’s Day



April 19-22 Thompson-Boling Arena


ORTEO, WHICH MEANS CORTEGE in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy, and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic, and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful, carrying CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality. The cast of CORTEO includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers, and actors from all around the world.

For more information, visit www.tbarena.com. 26



and gone all too quickly, and now we find ourselves moving into spring with the celebration of Mother’s Day on the near horizon. Mother’s Day was first celebrated by Anna Jarvis in 1908 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Anna’s campaign to honor all mothers was inspired after holding a memorial service for her mother, who passed away in 1905. To d ay Mot her ’s Day h a s b e c ome a n international holiday to celebrate our mothers and to remember the sacrifices that they made on our behalf. It is one of the busiest days of the year for most restaurants, as many of us celebrate a time honored tradition of taking our moms out for a special Mother’s Day dinner. It is a day that she does not have to prepare a meal or clean up afterwards. Mother’s Day is also a day when we give our mothers a special gift to honor her – a gift that she will cherish for many years to come. Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater has many special items that will make the perfect gift for your special mom this Mother’s Day. Check out our hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces or a special painting that she will be certain to appreciate. How about a hand-turned pen that she will treasure with thoughts of you every time she writes a note, a letter, or signs a card? Visit Gallery on Main and discover a treasure trove of unique gifts that you won’t find at the “big box” stores that will make this Mother’s Day extra special.

Gallery on Main

109 Morris Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.7400

Spring is in Full Bloom

Spring is in Season

at Sweetwater Flower Shop & Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant

at Sweetwater Flower Shop & Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant



our thoughts naturally turn to spring. That means transitioning from winter apparel and home décor to our new wardrobe and home décor lines in preparation for the sights, sounds, and fragrances of our newly arrived spring. Sound enticing? Then how about making a day of it at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant – your perfect destinations to begin celebrating spring? Begin by discovering a wide assortment of home décor items and florals to help you to create that “look and feel” of spring throughout your entire home. From florals, art, wreaths, and a wide assortment of other home décor items, you’re sure to discover everything you’ll need to welcome spring into your home this season. These items also make great gifts as well. Also, discover newly arrived women’s apparel for spring, including accessories, scarves, and a wide selection of designer-inspired jewelry that will have you in full spring fashion for the season. Next, head on up to Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, where you can select from an eclectic selection of southern-inspired cuisine in a beautiful, appointed, and fashionable, mansionstyle setting while enjoying the company of close friends and family members. Also, be on the lookout for a variety of new menu items as well. A Cuban sandwich and French Dip have been added to the sandwich section of the menu, a shrimp cobb salad has been added to the salads, and roasted potatoes have been added to the sides. In addition, two new entrees have been added: Shrimp and grits and pepper parmesan chicken. And always remember their delicious homemade desserts. Even if you are too full to add dessert to your meal, ask for a “to go” piece of cake or pie for an evening snack. Upstairs at The Mansion is also available to host your special events, including small weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, bridal and baby showers, and business events. Call 423-3714100 now for your reservations and visit www. upstairsatthemansion.com for their menu. For those looking for a new place to have Sunday lunch, Upstairs at The Mansion will be open beginning April 1 (Easter Sunday) from 12-2:30. Special Sunday items will also be added to the regular menu. So get on the phone or text a friend, and hop on over to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant to enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrances of spring that await you.

Sweetwater Flower Shop 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.6623

Spring Decor Florals • Gifts Ladies’ Apparel & Accessories

Sweetwater Flower Shop 118 W. North Street Sweetwater, TN 37874





MPLOYING what he’s labeled “hard funny,” Christopher Titus has released seven 90-minute albums in as many years. He has six one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central, and his seventh special, Born With a Defect, premiered in 2017. Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life and family, Titus takes his audience on a 90-minute ride that will leave them exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus’ shows is to love him. He also formed a production company, called Combustion Films, which produced his last three specials and most recently, a full-length film called “Special Unit” released in 2017.

For more information, visit www.knoxbijou.org. April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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exciting new business launches to take place in the historic shopping district in Sweetwater, Tennessee, is Her Majesty Boutique, the creation of Ashley Ingram, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and Sweetwater native. If Ashley ’s name sounds familiar to you, that’s because she was our former Miss Tennessee United States in 2012 and is the current reigning Ms. Tennessee United States. Ashley ’s dreams of owning her own boutique go back to her high school years and her time at Tennessee Wesleyan U n i ve r s i t y, w h e r e s h e e a r n e d h e r bachelor’s degree in business in 2014. Her natural disposition for competition found in the pageants she has competed in, and continues to compete in today, has helped Ashley prepare for the rigors of entrepreneurship and the competition found in the retail business world. Her dream of small business ownership came to life in 2016 when Her Majesty Boutique was launched as an online boutique and less than a year later as both an online and brick and mortar retail boutique, which is located in one of downtown Sweetwater’s most historic



buildings, the Carter Brick Mason Building, at 111 N. Main Street. Her Majesty Boutique can be found on the building’s second floor, Suite D. Ashley ’s goal is to bring affordable mainstream fashion to Main Street in the town she grew up in. Customers genuinely appreciate Ashley ’s natural flair for fashion that she has learned firsthand from her years of pageant experience and that allows her to help each of her customers to both look and feel like a queen when they leave her boutique. Inside the boutique, you will discover a selection of stylish and trendy, yet affordable, apparel lines from designers that Ashley has discovered personally. You will also find ladies’ accessories, including designer-inspired jewelry and handbags, as well as a large selection of gifts for all occasions. Also, be sure to check out the boutique’s newest addition – the cutest and most affordable baby clothing you’re likely to find anywhere.

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you when you require the assistance of a heating and cooling contractor are likely far more than you might have imagined. But if years of service, training, and experience matter – and they should – the available field narrows rather quickly. With energy costs skyrocketing, efficiency should be your number one priority. That’s why you should select a qualified heating and cooling contractor with the years of training and experience needed to help you achieve your HVAC system’s optimal performance. Every heating and cooling contractor can make your home’s HVAC system respond to signals from your thermo­stat. But sadly, that’s the highest level of service and efficiency that many customers experience. With 30 years of experience, Gent Heating & Cooling provides an unprecedented level of customer service that most home and business owners no longer thought existed. We are a full-service company that will



maintain your system to operate at its maximum efficiency, provide fast, courteous, and affordable repairs, and replace your existing HVAC when necessary with a new, state-of-the-art, high-efficiency unit that is guaranteed for up to 10 years. In addition to maintaining your system to operate at its peak efficiency, thereby lowering your energy costs, Gent Heating & Cooling has the expertise in replacing your old and worn out HVAC system. We offer you a wide va­r iety of cost-effective choices, including Trane, Carrier, and Amana, in addition to the all-new comfort solutions from Mitsubishi Electric that offer incredible efficiency, zone control, and air quality. Our Bosch geothermal heat pumps offer the ultimate in Eco-friendly systems. This technology uses the relatively constant temperature of the earth (thermal energy) to provide heating, air conditioning, and hot water. Our backup generators from Honeywell can provide the backup power needed for those unexpected power failures,

available in both natural gas and propane models. Many homes and businesses today, which are equipped with older, less efficient HVAC systems, can significantly reduce their energy costs when replacing these units with today’s high-efficiency units. In fact, it’s possible to reduce energy costs by as much as 50% depending on the age of your existing unit and the new replacement unit you select, allowing you to recover your investment in far less time than you might have imagined. If you’re tired of rapidly increasing heating and cooling costs, or if your current HVAC system just isn’t operating as well as it used to, then I invite you to experience the Gent Heating & Cooling difference. Call to schedule your no-obligation, in-home consultation today.

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Affordable Kitchen Remodeling Ideas



shou ld you consider when contemplating affordable updates to your home’s kitchen? An inspired and updated kitchen can create not only the showcase look you hope to achieve, but it can also greatly enhance your home’s resale value. Outdated kitchens, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on your home’s market value, not to mention being a source of embarrassment. Traditionally when people think of updating their kitchen, three important considerations come to mind: TIME, MONEY, and MESS! Today’s kitchen updates can require much more TIME to complete than you originally thought, can cost a lot more MONEY than you budgeted, and create a much bigger MESS than you had anticipated. At Resurfacing Solutions, homeowners discover how to save both TIME and MONEY while significantly reducing the MESS resulting from updating your home’s kitchen. Recent Resurfacing Solutions customers can’t stop talking about the time and money they saved by having their home’s kitchen updated: “Resurfacing Solutions came to resurface our countertops just before the holidays... very efficient, clean, and professional... WOW! What a transformation to our kitchen.” “We priced replacing our kitchen cabinets and countertops, and it was way out of our budget.

cabinets and countertops but with a brand new finish.” Resurfacing Solutions can help you achieve that showcase quality look in your home’s kitchen for far less TIME, MONEY, and MESS than you might have thought possible. Independent ly owned and operated, Resurfacing Solutions serves homeowners in Knox and surrounding counties. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority, and all of our finishes come with a five-year warranty. Let us help you achieve that showcase quality look in your home’s kitchen or bathrooms that you have always wanted but thought you couldn’t afford! Also, be sure to ask about our six months, no interest financing. Ca l l u s t o d ay for a f re e i n-home consultation at 865-245-5699 or visit www. resurfacingsolutions.net.


AFTER We called Resurfacing Solutions and inquired about refinishing our cabinets and tops. We decide to go this route, and the job turned out GREAT! The money we saved allowed us to have them update our tubs and vanities in our bathrooms.” “I can’t stop talking about what a difference Resurfacing Solutions made in our kitchen! Our friends still don’t believe it’s our existing

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Why Not Really Enjoy Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces This Year? B Y S T E V E K R AW C Z Y K , OWNER OF SCREENS OF E AST TENNES SEE


ET READY to let the great out-of-

A breath of fresh air for your home Screens of East Tennessee 865.919.1615 steve@tennesseescreens.com

May 1-3 • 7:30 pm | May 4 • 8 pm | May 5 • 2 & 8 pm | May 6 • 1:30 pm


Tennessee Theatre ONG BEFORE she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was

Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her 20s, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way she made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the title song, “Beautiful.”

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doors in! The sun is getting stronger, and the days are getting longer. Before you know it, summer will be here, and with it will come the endless ways to have fun right in your own backyard. But are you really enjoying your outdoor living spaces to their full potential? If your outdoor space does not include retractable screen solutions, the answer is most likely no. Here’s why. Homeowners across the country are making significant investments in the design and creation of outdoor “rooms,” including porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanentlyinstalled grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful accent lighting, and even weatherproof artwork. However, the hot afternoon sun and biting insects often keep homeowners and their guests from enjoying their new outdoor spaces to their full potential. Retractable screens provide the perfect answer to this dilemma. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these screen solutions enhance and promote the outdoor living experience, allowing people to enjoy the out-of-doors during hot summer days while extending the amount of time they can spend on patios and decks, where biting insects can become a nuisance in the evenings. Large, motorized screens are the perfect solution for blending function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby remaining truly hidden when fully retracted. And the best part about using retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your home’s views or esthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, many of these retractable screen solutions can be incorporated into virtually any architectural style. Increasing in popularity are different custom color and wood grain finishes that help to blend your screens into your existing interior or exterior color schemes. Also, the screens can be programmed to lower and retract with sun and wind sensors and can be connected to your home’s general building automation system, allowing the screens to come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is needed. For more information about retractable screen options that will allow you and your family to fully enjoy your home’s outdoor living spaces this year, visit www.tennesseescreens.com.

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What’s All the Fuss About Termites? G ETTING PREVENTATIVE termite

treatment is worth a “pound of cure,” as termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year that is very expensive to repair! They feed on wood 24/7 every day of the year (with no holidays!). Termites are often known as the “silent destroyers,” because by the time you realize they are there, significant damage may have been done. Below are just a few examples of the damage termites can cause, and to get rid of them effectively, you need a pest professional. Drywall: If your walls look like they have small pinholes or bubbling paint, you most likely have a termite problem. Structural damage: Termites can damage b a s e b o a r d s, a s well as hardwood, plywood, and slab flooring, causing floors to bow or sag. They can also significantly compromise the stability of a home’s foundation by eating up wood that is part of the support structure underneath the home. This type of structural damage is usually the most expensive to repair. Also, let’s not forget about other pests you’ll soon be noticing with warmer weather such as ants, carpenter bees, ladybugs, stink bugs, box elder bugs, kudzu bugs, and paper wasps. Dayton’s can take care of them all so they stay gone and out of your way! New customers will receive $25 OFF an initial pest control treatment with an annual agreement and $150 OFF a termite treatment with the Termidor® HP Injection System. Dayton’s other services include radon testing and mitigation, CleanSpace® Crawl Space Encapsulation, monthly/quarterly/one-time pest control services, pest control for bed bugs/rodents/wasps/bees, fungicide/moldicide treatments, and VA/FHA termite inspections.

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Casting Crowns:

The Very Next Thing Tour

April 12 • 7 pm | Knoxville Civic Auditorium


ASTING CROWNS has an established foothold on the contemporary

Christian music (CCM) scene, boasting album sales of more than four million, along with a Grammy Award and 23 Dove Awards, among other accolades. The inspirational music group keeps its lyrical focus on Christianity, while concerts fall in the soft rock range, occasionally tinged with pop influences. The Georgia-based band really took off after the 2003 eponymous effort, which reached double-platinum status and produced three Top 10 singles. Most recently the Christian outfit left the studio with its fifth effort, “Come to the Well,” which includes a track co-written by fellow CCM big shot Steven Curtis Chapman. That collection earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and led to a successful support tour. When they’re not performing across the nation, several of the seven Casting Crowns members enjoy full-time careers as youth pastors at their McDonough, Georgia, Baptist church.

For more information, visit www.knoxvillecoliseum.com. April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


April in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN



I know that the calendar says that spring begins in March, but you can’t trust the weather until April. Actually, you can’t completely trust it until May, but at least your odds are better now. If you are new to this area, you may not have expected the roller coaster weather. Get used to it. Those of us who have lived here for a while know that this is typical. No, we don’t always hit 80 in February and then have snow in March, but it does occur surprisingly often. Have patience, and don’t get in such a hurry. Gardening isn’t about instant gratification. There are all kinds of things that can be done in the garden now, so here is your list: » Before you do anything, remember that the average last frost date ranges from April 6th to April 16th, depending on what area you live in. Keep that in mind when planting tender annuals and vegetables. » Finalize your garden plans for the spring. What would you like to add/ subtract/change? If you need help, stop by with some photos and we can make suggestions.

» Examine your plants for damage from the weather, insects, and disease. If a problem has you befuddled, stop by with a sample so we can help you make a proper diagnosis. It is easy to mistake fungus damage for insect damage and get frustrated when insecticides don’t work. It can also be costly to treat for a problem that you don’t have. » Please remember that not all insects are bad. Our frenzy to eliminate bugs has decimated our pollinator populations. Unless they are damaging your plant, sometimes it is best to leave things alone. » Don’t be in too big a hurry to prune out damaged branches or pull up “dead” shrubs. Wait until mid to late April and see what the plant is going to do. Sometimes foliage is damaged, but the plant is still alive. It will push off the old foliage and grow new if you give it time. Here’s that word again: Patience. » Will there be plants that don’t come back? Possibly. Look at it as an opportunity to try something new! » Do you know what is never, ever killed

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by bad weather? Weeds! Pull them and/or spray them, then apply a pre-emergent to keep them from coming back. If you are spraying, please follow label directions. Some products require warmer temperatures to be effective. I also advise you to avoid spraying on a windy day unless you want to replace your neighbor’s plants. » Most flower beds would like to have some nice compost, topsoil, or manure mixed in to lift the nutrient levels. Healthy soil = healthy plants. Clay can be hard to deal with (literally), but it is amendable. Important note: Sand + clay = brick! Sand does not make a good additive without other products to keep the molecules from binding. » Trees, shrubs, tough annuals, most perennials, and cool season vegetables can be planted now. If you are a gambler, you can plant anything. If you want to be safe, wait until midmonth to plant the more delicate plants that like their soil to be warm. This includes tomatoes, pepper, and basil. I know that some of you had tomatoes in the ground weeks ago, but I promise they will do better if you wait. Tomatoes planted too early do not have good fruit set. » Since I mentioned vegetables, let’s talk about vegetable beds for a few minutes. It is critical that you do not plant the same plant in the same place! The old idea of crop rotation still applies if you are doing raised beds or container gardens. Most veggies can harbor viruses or bacteria in their roots that may not affect the current year but will devastate subsequent plantings. Move your plants around or replace the soil. In addition, it is also critical that you have a minimum of six hours of sunlight and use drip irrigation whenever possible. Water from overhead irrigation wets the leaves and contributes to fungal problems. » Cage peonies and stake tall perennials while they are small. » Remember our feathered friends. Bring out those birdbaths, and keep them clean and full. Stock up on good quality birdseed, or try a variety of feeders and seeds to increase the bird population. More birds will give you fewer insects! That’s all for this month. If you have gardening questions, please call or stop by so we can help you make good decisions. Also, we’re getting in shipments of plants and garden décor almost daily, so I’m sure we will have things that will work for you. After all, we have been making homes beautiful for more than 22 years!

Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9AM-6PM




9885 Highway 11E Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.986.7229 www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com

Celebrate Every Season Out-of-Doors BY JIM CONN, O W N E R O F U N D E R C O V E R SY S T E M S O F T E N N E S S E E


F IT’S TIME to move your family’s events back outdoors, the

professionals at Undercover Systems can provide you with the unlimited out-of-door options that the entire family can enjoy all year-round. Spring is the perfect time to install Undercover Systems’ totally unique underdecking ceiling system under your home’s existing raised decks. This totally proprietary and patented underdeck system will ensure that this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, snow, and the searing summertime sun. “Spring is a great time to weatherproof all of your future outof-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you each step of the way, from consultation to project completion, until you are completely satisfied. And because each underdeck system we install is custom made by Undercover Systems specifically for your home, you can be assured of many years of trouble-free family enjoyment. Most competitive systems use generic components found at the big home improvement box stores. Homeowners also appreciate the fact that their new underdeck system is totally supported by Undercover Systems’ gutters and not your home’s deck as with competitive systems. This promotes greater deck air circulation and longevity.” You’ll also appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-ofdoor living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plan. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers you the peace of mind that you deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family this season with a special springtime gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Call Jim Conn today at 423-267-0091, and start celebrating every season out-of-doors.

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Premiere Consignment

Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary


of the entire Hunt family, as we begin our 6th year in business, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for both your support and encouragement since we launched Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village. In addition to offering you incredible savings on thousands of square feet of quality, name brand, pre-owned furniture, home décor, lamps, Oriental and area rugs, and art from homes in area lake and golf front communities, including Tellico Village and Rarity Bay, Premiere Consignment also offers you access to the world marketplace for selling, powered by eBay. Premiere Consignment provides you with the perfect venue to take full advantage of this growing selling phenomenon. “The key to success in selling many of your household items at the highest price available is to target a marketplace with the largest number of potential buyers,” said Aaron Hunt, Premiere Consignment co-owner. “Through the power of eBay’s millions of buyers, products can often sell much faster and often at a much higher price than you might expect – and with very little effort on your part.” Premiere Consignment has made a significant investment in photographic and lighting equipment, software and computer hardware, and a packaging station designed to bring the power of eBay to you. Here’s how it works: 1. Items are evaluated for acceptance at our intake area at Premiere Consignment. 2. Accepted items receive a tracking number. 3. Ac c e p t e d i t e m s a re p ro fe s s i o n a l l y photographed. 4. Items’ descriptions, pricing, and photographs are entered onto the eBay website. 5. As items are sold, they are carefully packed and shipped to the winning bidder. “The key to success on eBay is to present your item in as professional a manner as possible,” said Aaron. “That’s why professional quality photos and well-written descriptions are essential. The other important feature we offer our customers is our ratings. Ratings are very important to eBay buyers. Because of the quality and quantity of items we sell on eBay, we offer potential buyers the peace of mind that comes from selecting a seller with an established track record. Buyers are often reluctant to buy from a seller with no track record or a limited record.” To learn how to take advantage of a world of opportunity to sell many of your unused household items through Premiere Consignment, powered by eBay, call us at 865-458-9721 or visit us at 320 Lakeside Plaza in Loudon today.

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Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen W E A L L W A N T a beautiful

kitchen, but a kitchen also needs to be a functional room where we cook, bake, and store essentials like food, supplies, and pots and pans. A functional kitchen has plenty of storage and is designed so you can quickly and easily find what you need and reach it. ShelfGenie® is a leader in making kitchens more useful ShelfGenie® designs, builds, and installs custom, glide-out shelves that pull out the full depth of your existing cabinets and pantries to maximize usable storage and increase organization and accessibility. Our process begins and ends with the homeowner Our design consultant will get to know your needs during our free, in-home consultation. Together we will design a plan with your goals and needs in mind. The glideout shelves are manufactured in our nearby facility to your exact specs. Our licensed, professional installer will then install your order in one day. Finally, your designer will follow up to ensure you’re completely 100% satisfied. Enjoy a more useful kitchen Turn frustration with your kitchen into a joy. You can expect to increase your storage

area by up to 50%, reduce wasted time looking for items, and avoid having to bend, twist, or reach into the backs of cabinets. What our clients say “The whole concept of the shelves has totally revolutionized my kitchen, making it easier to organize and get to those hard-to-reach items in the back of my cabinets.” – Debrah B. of Cleveland, TN “Great experience from start to finish.

Impressed with the entire team and the quality of the finished product for our pantry.” – Nancy C. of Knoxville To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 865-409-1197 or visit www. ShelfGenie.com.


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Historic Sites of Grainger County B Y TO N I E N G S T R O M


Grainger County Jail


Blaine to Rutledge in neighboring Grainger County. The county was named in honor of Mary Grainger, who became Mrs. William Blount, the official first lady of the Southwest Territory from 1791-1796. Grainger was the second county that was organized after the State of Tennessee was received into the Union, Carter having preceded a few days before. By an act of the Legislature passed on April 22, 1796, contiguous portions of the extensive and unwieldy counties of Hawkins and Knox were severed from those jurisdictions and “created into a separate and distinct county by the name of Grainger.” Come for a visit, there is much to see. Within the 15 miles from Blaine to Rutledge, the past will be on your side. Some interesting historic sites to see include: Janeway Cabin (240 Indian Ridge Road in Blaine): This single-room cabin was constructed about six miles east of here and is the home of John Janeway and his wife, Gertrude. She was one of the last surviving widows of a Union Civil War veteran. She married John Janeway, an officer in the 14th Illinois Cavalry, in 1927 when she was 18 and he 81. Shields’ Station (U.S. Route 11W in Blaine): A tavern was established at the site around 1830. It was acquired by Dr. Samuel Shields, who operated the property as a stagecoach stop, tavern, store, medical dispensary, and post office. Andrew Jackson, Tennessee’s Old Hickory and seventh president of the U.S., stayed there. Poplar Hill, also known as the Cynthia Lea House (Northeast of Blaine): She turned down Sam Houston’s proposal to marry. It’s now a bed and breakfast. You are in the land of historic Lea Springs, 11 miles southwest of Rutledge off U.S. Route 11W, west on Lea Lake Road. Major Lea, Pryor Lea’s father, came to the region in the early 1790s. He traveled with Daniel Boone during his second 52


Shields Tavern trip through Cumberland Gap. In 1824, Pryor Lea, Major Lea’s first son, served as United States Attorney for Tennessee. Pryor was secretary of East Tennessee College, later known as University of Tennessee, from 1826-1827. From 1827-1831, he served as a United States Representative from Tennessee at the time that David Crockett and James K. Polk were serving. Richland – Albert Miller Lea farm (1760 Rutledge Pike in Blaine): Grainger County’s most famous citizen. Minnesota knows all about him, do you? Bryan House (7995 Rutledge Pike in Rutledge): Built in 1869 for Michael Goldman, who at one time was a merchant in Rutledge and was County Court Clerk of Grainger County from 1885-1872. Nance Building (Junction of Marshall Street and U.S. Route 11W in Rutledge): This substantial Federal style antebellum structure contributed to the development of commerce in Grainger County. Originally a commercial structure, it was probably used as an inn or tavern from its earliest days until circa 1857 and as a general mercantile store between 1857-1897 before becoming a private residence in 1897. Old Grainger County Jail (SE corner of Water Street & TN 92 in Rutledge): Oldest remaining jail in Tennessee. Henderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Church Street in Rutledge): The church building was constructed in 1890. It is a frame building with a gable entrance, a vernacular design that is commonly seen in rural African-American churches built in the 20th century. Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (123 Church Street in Rutledge): Rutledge Presbyterian Church and Cemetery were constructed in 1903. It’s an example of a Folk Victorian style church with Gothic Revival detailing. A one-story, weather-boarded building is with a corner bell tower, shingles in the front gable, and stained glass windows.

Each of the windows has different patterns in stained glass. The cemetery has burials dating to 1864 and surrounds the church. William Cocke House (Northeast of Rutledge): Home of Congressman William Michael Cocke. A member of a politically prominent family, he represented Grainger County in both the Tennessee House of Representatives and Tennessee Senate and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1845-1849. Ask and we will tell you about the murder. Tate Springs Springhouse (East of Bean Station on U.S. Route 11W in Bean Station): The springhouse is one of the last remnants from Tate Springs Resort, a popular resort of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Grainger County Archives is located on the top floor of the old Rutledge High School building (now the Board of Education offices) at 7850 Rutledge Pike (Hwy 11W) in Rutledge, located 33 miles northeast of Knoxville, on Hwy 11W. It’s open Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Many of the county’s records go back to the time before statehood, when the area was part of North Carolina and then the Territory South of the River Ohio. We welcome your visit.

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in these 16 counties. Photos by Brian Stansberry

Professional Lighting Installation or “Big Box” Retailer… What’s the Difference?


S A LIGHTHOUSE Outdoor Lighting® system more attractive and efficient than a “do-it-yourself” lighting system? “Big box” retailers have created an entire aisle dedicated to the DIY landscape lighting marketplace. Consisting of inexpensive, easy-to-acquire lighting fixtures and power centers, homeowners are led to believe they can create a DIY project that’ll look as professional as a neighbor’s home whose landscape lighting system was designed and installed by professionals such as Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting®. Here are some points to consider: 1. Quality – Most lighting fixtures sold at DIY stores are produced offshore from low grade pot metal. They’ll chip and corrode in just a few years. At Lighthouse, we use only the highest grade of cast brass, copper, and stainless steel in our lighting equipment – metals that can withstand the elements and the test of time. 2. Underground connections – DIY lighting has been designed to be easy to connect. While easy to use, these connections provide no waterproofing or protection against oxidation due to water, soil minerals, and air, the number one source of failure. Lighthouse’s 100% waterproof connectors, which can’t be accidentally pulled apart, are



failure proof. Your underground system is as important as what’s above it. 3. LEDs – In the past when mentioning LED, homeowners responded negatively to their cold, blue light output. Lighthouse was slow to adopt LED lighting until its output closely matched that of popular halogen lights. Quality LEDs have been available to the professional lighting marketplace, but the DIY market is still lacking as it pertains to landscape lighting due to the cost of producing quality LED chips with a high color rendering ability. In fact, Lighthouse has created its own line of LEDs that meet our rigorous standards for color temperature and color rendering ability, creating a warm and inviting look. 4. Longevity – DIY lighting systems are designed with planned obsolescence in mind. At Lighthouse, we design and install

a custom lighting system. We never cut corners on the quality of the equipment we use or how we safeguard the system for longevity underground. Our lighting systems, protected by the industry’s most comprehensive warranty, work flawlessly night after night. 5. Professional look – DIYers have difficulty creating a professional look with components found in a ready-to-install kit from the “big box” store. Our experienced and certified master designers know exactly how to assess your home and surrounding landscaping to create the most visually stunning scenes at night. It’s our passion and the only thing we do. A beautifully illuminated home and landscape consists of far more than the sum of its parts. Lighthouse can do for your home at night what your architect did for your home in the daylight. You’ll never find a onesize-fits-all DIY lighting kit that includes passion, training, and experience.

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville 11519 Kingston Pike, Suite 156 Knoxville, TN 37934 865.484.4011 www.lighthouse-lights.com/knoxville

Custom Closets


Answers to 5 Common Questions HETHER IT’S a new house

or a home undergoing a few renovations, most Knoxville-area homeowners are choosing to invest in a custom master closet so they don’t have to search through an overstuffed, disorganized closet again. Tailored Living of Knoxville, a local provider of whole-home organization, works closely with area homeowners to design a closet that meets their needs and style. If you’re thinking about a new closet, kitchen pantry, or home office, here are five of the most common questions homeowners ask Tailored Living design consultants: 1. How much does a new closet cost? Products range in price, depending on the color, accessories, and decorative elements you choose, as well as the size of the space. For example, selecting a white finish will cost less than a dark, wood-grain finish, and an off-the-floor system will be more economical than floor standing. Tailored Living works with you to stay within budget and create a system that meets your needs, lifestyle, and wallet. 2. What type of material do you use? All of Tailored Living’s products are made

of high-quality materials and designed with expert craftsmanship to create a long-lasting system. Shelving and panels are made with industrial-grade laminated composite. The custom shelving and cabinetry has a 3/4-inch thermo-fused laminate. This thick finish provides strength and durability. Because it’s laminated, Tailored Living offers a variety of finishes and textures that are not available with solid wood. 3. Do your systems mount to the wall or sit on the floor? To ensure the best stability to stand up to everyday wear and tear, Tailored Living mounts all its systems to the wall. Some cabinets are designed to be off the floor, while others are designed to the floor with crown molding to look like a piece of furniture. Your design consultant will discuss these options with you. 4. Will updating closets and storage areas increase the value of my home? As most real estate agents will tell you, maximizing the functionality of a closet and other storage areas definitely increases the value of a home. When prospective homebuyers see a customized storage area, they can envision their own clothes or belongings

in that space. Adequate storage space is essential, and well-organized closets are extremely valuable. 5. How long does it typically take to install? Installation times vary depending on the size of the project, but most projects are completed in a single day! If installation includes numerous rooms in the house – several closets, a pantry, home office, garage cabinets, etc. – the installation may take one or two additional days. Most importantly, from the owners to each employee, Tailored Living of Knoxville maintains a sharp focus on providing excellent customer service. Call Tailored Living to help you develop beautiful organization!

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and Knoxville have a special relationship that goes back many years. In fact, it goes all the way back to when Tommy’s career in America began. So whenever his nearly annual show here in K-town is announced, it’s always a highly anticipated event. Such is the case this year with Tommy’s April 27th show at the historic Tennessee Theatre. I caught up with Tommy to talk about that upcoming show and others on the tour, as well as his new CD, “Accomplice One.” We chatted by phone while he was vacationing in California. “We’re coming back to the Tennessee Theatre,” he said. “One of my favorites. It’s a special place, there’s no doubt about it. It’s made extra special by the fact that my dressing room has Chet Atkins’ name on the door. It’s Chet Atkins’ dressing room. It’s always good to call in the master’s voice. “There are beautiful theaters like that all across America. The Fox Theaters, everywhere, were always the elite theater. The best place to play. But, of course, me playing in Knoxville is like coming home to me, because it’s really where I started in America with the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. “We started in a little place called Ossili Circle, which was basically a ladies’ bridge club. We got a little stage there and some seats. “I used to go out there to Luttrell, Tennessee, to see where Chet was born and where he was from and visit some of the folks that lived next door and all that. It was a bit of a pilgrimage for me when I was young. And then to play in Knoxville was a great feeling, because I felt like my life was coming full circle almost. I played the guitar, because I loved the music that came out of that area, and now 56


I’m back there playing it.” Continuing on, Tommy shared what Knoxville fans can expect from the show that will include Amanda Shires. “Obviously I’m going to be playing a lot of new stuff from ‘Accomplice One,’ and Amanda and I will do ‘Borderline,’ and there’ll probably be something else. We’ll have to work that out. She’s going to showcase a lot of her new songs, because she’s got a great new album coming out. I’m going to play stuff from right through my whole career, really. I’m going to take everybody back to the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s." Regarding his new CD, “Accomplice One,” Tommy had this to say: “First of all, it’s called ‘Accomplice One,’ which might give you a hint that I did a lot more recording than what is just on that one record. With each of the artists, with the exception of Mark Knopfler, just about every one of the other artists and I recorded more than one song. I figured that we might have an ‘Accomplice Two’ down the road with some of the same people but mix it up with some different people, too. I’ve already got people

like Alison Krauss organized to be on the next album. So that’s fun!” He then shared how his cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” (with his good friend, Jerry Douglas) made it on the CD. “We had about an hour left before our studio time was up, and I said, ‘Do you want to have a go at Purple Haze?’ and he said, ‘Yeah!’ I played a bit of it for him, and he joined in and said, ‘Let’s not rehearse it. Let’s just play it.’ So we did, and that’s the track. We only played it once.” What’s on Tommy’s radar for the rest of the year? “In April is America. May is England and Scotland. I’m doing a camp in Scotland, up in the Highlands. In June, I’m back recording some stuff. July is some dates here at the Chet Atkins convention and my guitar camp in Memphis. August and September will be in Australia and South Africa. October is Italy, I think. Jerry Douglas is doing that tour with me. November will be France and Clive Carroll, the guy who plays the Irish tunes with me on the album – Clive’s doing that tour. Then in December, I’m back here in America for Christmas. The last three years I did Christmas tours. I’m not doing Christmas tours this year. But I’ll do some solo shows, and I’ll slip some Christmas music in there of course!” Visit www.tennesseetheatre.com for ticket availability for Tommy’s show. 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.

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Kentucky Rifles of the Great Smoky Mountains B Y R A N D A L P I E R C E A N D LO G A N H U L L



more than 20 examples of southern mountain rifles and pistols at an upcoming temporary exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee, from May 1 to October 25, presented by the Kentucky Rifle Foundation. These 18th and 19th century tools were essential for the survival of pioneers in the frontiers of Eastern Tennessee and Western Carolina. These southern mountain rifles fully evolved in the last quarter of the 18th and the first quarter of the 19th centuries, as pioneers and settlers moved into what is now Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In the original colonies during

this time, the Kentucky rifle was becoming an art piece in its “Golden Age,” while on the frontier, the southern mountain rifle had become an unadorned, iron-mounted utilitarian piece. Baxter Bean, whose work exemplified the typical southern mountain rifle, was a third-generation gunsmith who worked in the Jonesboro, Tennessee, area. One of Baxter’s rifles, which will be on exhibit, was brought into Cades Cove by Wilson “Wilse” Birchfield, who named the rifle “Old Bean.” Wilse chose to live high in the mountains just under Gregory’s Bald. When he moved out of the Cove into the mountains, the old timers told him the bears would eat him alive. Wilse’s response to this was, “Old Wilson

may eat some, too.” These rifles, pistols, and accoutrements will be on display May 1 through October 25. For more details and to learn about special programming, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org. This exhibit is included in the cost of daily admission to the Heritage Center or FREE to GSMHC members. Also, a special thanks to our sponsor, Blount Partnership.

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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Announces 15th Annual Heritage Happening Gala and Auction P REPARATIONS

A R E well underway for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s 15th annual Heritage Happening gala and auction. The theme of this year’s fundraising event is Smoky Mountain Memories, which honors the purpose of the Heritage Center to preserve, communicate, and celebrate the rich history of the Smoky Mountains and their people. The Heritage Happening will be held at the Center’s home in Townsend on Saturday evening, May 19. It will feature both silent and live auctions, as well as an elegant dinner catered by Rothchild’s of Knoxville. Guests will enjoy live Appalachian music and storyteller Elizbeth Rose as emcee. The wide array of unique items to be auctioned this year includes beautiful artwork from area artisans, destination vacation trips, wine, Smoky Mountain activities, and food and dining experiences, thanks to the generosity of donors across East Tennessee 58


and to the dedication of our Guild members who solicit these diverse items. To preview auction items, visit the Heritage Happening website at www.auctria.com /auction / HeritageHappening2018. Items are continually being added, so check the website frequently. The Heritage Center Guild was founded in 2003 by a group of 21 women with a goal of helping to raise funds for the yet-to-bebuilt Heritage Center museum. According to the Guild’s mission, it annually hosts the Heritage Happening auction and dinner to help support the continuing development of the Center and its extensive educational programs for children. Exciting new exhibits each year attract patrons of all ages, and new facilities are under construction. This year more than 8,000 students are expected to participate in the Center’s educational programs. Invitations to Smoky Mountain Memories

will be mailed in April to Heritage Center members and past attendees, but all are welcome to purchase tickets by calling the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or by visiting www.gsmheritagecenter.org. Tickets are $125 per person, $90 of which is tax deductible. Online pre-bidding on silent auction items will open on May 1st, and a code to access the auction site will be emailed to ticket holders on that date. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is 501(c)(3) Museum and Cultural Center. The Heritage Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is free for Heritage Center members, adults are $8, seniors 60+ and children ages 6-17 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located between the traffic light and the national park entrance on scenic Highway 73. For more information, call 865-448-0044.


April 2: Mighty Musical Monday with Kathryn Frady at the Tennessee Theatre at noon. April 2: WWE Live! Road to WrestleMania at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. April 3: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents An Evening with Stefon Harris at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. April 4: Colter Wall at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. April 5: An Evening with Nikki Giovanni at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm. April 6: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. April 6-8: Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival in Knoxville’s historic Old City. April 6-8: Motown the Musical at the Tennessee Theatre. April 6 at 8 pm, April 7 at 2 & 8 pm, and April 8 at 1:30 & 7 pm. April 7: Farragut Book Fest for Children at Founders Park at Campbell Station from 10 am to 1 pm. April 7: 29th Annual Ijams River Rescue along the Tennessee River from 10 am to 2 pm. April 7: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra – Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Billy Joel & More at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm. April 7: National Geographic Live’s Standing at the Water’s Edge by Cristina Mittermeier at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. April 12: Casting Crowns: The Very Next Thing Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

April 12 & 13: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. April 13: 6th Annual Hats in Bloom Luncheon at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. April 13-15: UT Opera Theatre presents Allen Shearer’s Middlemarch in Spring at the Bijou Theatre. April 13 at 8 pm, April 14 at 2:30 & 8 pm, and April 15 at 2:30 pm. April 14: Rossini Festival International Street Fair along Gay Street and Market Square from 10 am to 11 pm.

April 21: Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk in Market Square from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. April 21: Christopher Titus at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. April 22: Bikes & Blooms North Knoxville Ride in downtown Knoxville at 3 pm. South Knoxville Ride is May 6. April 22: Nick Swardson at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. April 24: Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. April 26: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

April 14: America at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

April 27: Volapalooza at World’s Fair Park from 6 to 11 pm.

April 14 & 15: Monster Jam at Thompson-Boling Arena at 2 pm.

April 27: Anderson East with Mt. Joy at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

April 17: An Evening with Ken Burns: Mystic Chords of Memory at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:15 pm.

April 27: Tommy Emmanuel CGP with special guest Amanda Shires at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

April 18: M Ward with Laura Veirs at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

April 27-29: Dogwood Arts Festival in Market Square.

April 19-22: CORTEO by Cirque Du Soleil at Thompson-Boling Arena. April 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm, April 21 at 3:30 & 7:30 pm, and April 22 at 1 & 5 pm.

April 28: EarthFest at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum from 10 am to 5 pm. Free!

April 20: The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N Roses’ Appetite for Destruction at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. April 20: The Wood Brothers with Nicki Bluhm at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. April 21: Breakthrough Run for Autism at Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 18 in Turkey Creek at 8:30 am.

April 28: Walk MS: Knoxville at World’s Fair Park at 10 am. April 28: Justin Moore: Hell on a Highway Tour at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. April 29: Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. Free!

Dogwood Arts is Ready to Celebrate Spring with a Full Calendar of Art, Culture, and Natural Beauty



ARTS, a 60-year-old East Tennessee tradition, is gearing up for its annual celebration with a number of exciting events and activities throughout the entire year! Dogwood Arts will feature more than 15 events for residents and visitors to experience this season. There is something for everyone, from the large-scale sculpture exhibit Art in Public Places, to the blooming beautiful open gardens and dogwood trails, to live music and performances at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, and so much more. Since Dogwood Arts moved their offices to the Old City in downtown Knoxville in the summer of July 2016, the public has had the opportunity to experience more Dogwood Arts through monthly First Fridays. Now it’s time to ring in the season with the native blooming dogwood trees during our annual spring celebration that Knoxville has come to love and enjoy. Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites Now through April 30 Explore more than 85 miles of trails, open gardens, and camera sites as you enjoy a walk, bike, or drive through the time-honored tradition of the Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens. Westmoreland is the 2018 Featured Trail.

Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square April 27–29 A Knoxville tradition, the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is a lively street fair showcasing the juried artwork of local and national artisans. Entertainment is around every corner, including live performances on entertainment stages, food trucks, children’s art activities, and more. Hikes & Blooms April 6 – May 26 Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these guided hikes. The interactive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in truly unique locations. We have expanded this program to include 12 guided hikes this season! Dogwood Arts Featured Gardens April 14 & 15 Select homes with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only. $5 donation suggested.

Art in Public Places April 2 – March 2019 An exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculpture which enliven downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge. The 2018-2019 Exhibition was juried by artist Justin Rabideau, Director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University.

Walking Trails Open daily, dawn to dusk Focusing on the idea of stepping out into our community, the trails are at least onemile in length, and folks are encouraged to walk, run, or bike these trails. Visit www. dogwoodarts.com to learn how you can earn a limited edition Covenant Health Dogwood Patch on these Walking Trails! Chalk Walk April 21 See the sidewalks throughout Market Square and Krutch Park come alive as they become the canvas for artists of all ages and experience at this fan favorite Knoxville event. Rain date is April 22.

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival April 6–8 Set exclusively in Knoxville’s historic Old City neighborhood, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival showcases the hottest chart-toppers alongside up-and-comers ranging from indie rock, to iconic Americana acts, to soul and hip-hop. Ticket required.

Regional Art Exhibition June 1–30 A dynamic survey of diverse art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists from a seven stage region selected by juror Leigh Suggs, Curator at LIGHT Art + Design in Richmond, VA. Dogwood Arts – 123 W. Jackson Avenue.

Bikes & Blooms April 22 & May 6 Bikes & Blooms riders will enjoy the colorful displays of our native dogwood trees from their bicycle seat! North and Southbound 8-mile guided rides, led by Mitchell Connell and Preston Flaherty from DreamBikes, allow riders to enjoy Knoxville’s natural beauty the lean, green way.

Dogwood Art DeTour Fall Dogwood Art DeTour gives the public a glimpse into the creative process as local artists invite you into their working studios.

Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. Most of Dogwood Arts’ wide range of arts events, performances, and exhibitions are offered to the public free of charge. For more information, including a complete calendar of events and ticket information, call 865-637-4561 or visit www.dogwoodarts.com. April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Macon: “Where the South Rocks” Sign

Cannonball House


Ocmulgee National Monument

Macon was founded in 1823 on the banks of the Ocmulgee River, growing out of the 1806 frontier Fort Hawkins. The fort was named for an Indian Scout sent to the area to set up trading, and the city was named for a beloved North Carolinian statesman. Prior to Fort Hawkins’ establishment, the earliest European contact was in 1540 when Hernando DeSoto came through the area. North America’s first Christian baptism was recorded when priests in DeSoto’s band baptized two Indian boys in the Ocmulgee River near what is now Central City Park. However, Native Americans had inhabited the area for as many as 10,000 years before that as evidenced by the discovery of clovis points at the archaeologically significant Ocmulgee National Monument. Union General George Stoneman came close to Macon, but the city was defended three times before surrendering at the close of the Civil War, preserving its neighborhoods of classic Greek revival and Victorian style homes. Today Macon is a city of diverse cultures, beautiful architecture, an exciting music heritage, and thriving arts and educational opportunities.


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Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street Built in 1853, this Antebellum Greek Revival home was struck by a cannonball during the Stoneman’s Raid in 1864; today, the cannonball rests in the hall for visitors to see. Restored

Cherry Blossom Festival with furnishings of the period and listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 300 Cherry Street Drive a NASCAR simulator, shoot hoops, kick a winning field goal, or relive Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run. Learn more about Georgia athletes Jackie Robinson, Evander Holyfield, Nancy Lopez, and legendary golfer, Bobby Jones. The largest state sports museum in the country offers 3,000 artifacts, a 205-seat ball park theater, research library, and gift shop. Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue Built in the late 1850s, the Italian Renaissance Revival palazzo covers 18,000 square feet on four levels and is crowned by a three-level cupola that rises more than 80 feet above ground. When constructed, the home had hot and cold running water, an intercom system, central heat, and an advanced ventilation system – all comforts far ahead of the times. Photos courtesy of the Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Third Street Cherry Blossoms Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High Street T h e g re at A m e r i ca n p o e t S i d n ey Lanier (“Marshes of Glynn,” “Song of the Chattahoochee”) was born here. Lanier also practiced law, served as a Confederate soldier, and played flute in Baltimore’s Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The Cottage hosts regular events, including Sidney’s Salon gatherings. Tubman African American Museum, 310 Cherry Street The Local History Gallery, Military Leaders Gallery, and Soul on Rice are among the 14 galleries. The Tubman features changing exhibits, frequent events and educational programs, an expansive collection of African art, and pieces by Romare Bearden, Kojo Griffin, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, P. H. Polk, Annie Greene, and others.


Annual events in Macon include the International Cherry Blossom Festival, Fired Works, Pan African Festival, Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, Macon Film Festival, Bragg Jam, and more.

Historical Locations

Ocmulgee National Monument Part of the National Park Service, Ocmulgee National Monument preserves evidence of 17,000 years of human habitation. Earthen mounds, a ceremonial earthlodge, artifacts, and dioramas help tell the story of Native American life. The monument hosts the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration every September.

Rose Hill Cemetery Established in 1840 along the Ocmulgee River, Rose Hill remains one of the oldest surviving public cemetery parks in the U.S. Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, are buried here side-by-side. Also laid to rest are 600 Confederate soldiers, three Georgia governors, architect Neel Reid, author Harry Stillwell Edwards, an accused ax-murderer, and Lt. Bobby, whose inscription reads “Just a Brown Dog....”


A true birthplace of Soul and Southern Rock, Macon holds a storied place in American music history. Little Richard and Otis Redding grew up in Macon and began their legendary careers here, while James Brown recorded his first single in town at WIBB. In the ’70s, Macon’s Capricorn Records introduced the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, and Wet Willie to rock music fans. Revered landmarks, including a life-sized bronze statue of Otis Redding, and lively nightclubs and festivals keep the local music scene exciting.

Southern Elements

Colorful Culinary History Macon is home to Nu-Way Weiners, the 80-year-old hot dog stand with the trademarked misspelled sign, and Fincher’s, whose Blue Ribbon bar-b-que traveled to space on a NASA mission in 1989. Mama Louise Hudson of H & H Restaurant regularly gave free plates of food to a scraggly group of starving

musicians who, when they hit it big as The Allman Brothers Band, took her out on the road with them. The novel Whisper to the Black Candle tells of Anjette Lyles, a beloved Macon restaurateur who rid herself of four family members with arsenic. Macon enjoys a variety of locally owned and acclaimed restaurants, from charming bistros to downhome soul food kitchens. Wini McQueen Internationally acclaimed folk-art quilter, painter, textile designer, writer, and social activist, Wini McQueen, explores her personal history, as well as the history of African and African American cultures, in her work. She developed a photocopy-transfer technique to create works of art on fabric. Her quilts are in the permanent collection at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences. Chuck Leavell Twiggs County tree farmer, Chuck Leavell, is not only a nationally recognized conservationist, but he’s also been an unofficial member of the Rolling Stones for the past 25 years. Other credits include recording and/or touring with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Train, and many others. A solo artist and author of two novels, Leavell’s most recent project is an illustrated children’s book entitled The Tree Farmer.

For more information, visit www.maconga.org. April 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Avoid New Tax Law Complacency B Y TO M I R M E N


and Job Acts of 2017 gripped headlines right up to its enactment, but much less is heard today of its far reaching impacts on individual and business taxpayers. Many of us are understandably focused on reporting our 2017 tax liabilities and the day-to-day management of our businesses. One word of caution, however: Don’t allow complacency to creep into your tax planning for 2018 and beyond. It could end up costing you plenty. In fact, I would encourage every small business owner to schedule time with their accountant to discuss all of the applicable provisions of this new tax law that will likely impact them. I asked Yvonne Marsh, Certified Financial Planner™ and CPA of Marsh Wealth Management, to elaborate on several of the key provisions of the new tax. Here is her response: The new tax laws generally benefit both individuals and small business owners in the form of higher standard deductions and lower marginal tax rates. The biggest change for small business owners is the introduction of the Qualified Business Income (“QBI”)

Entering into this new tax year without a thorough understanding of the potential impact of the new tax law on our businesses could cost you thousands of dollars and missed opportunities deduction. QBI is generally the earnings from a trade or business. If the business is a passthrough entity (i.e. not a C corporation) and the total taxable income is less than $207,500 for an individual or $415,000 for a married couple, then the owners can take a deduction for 20% of their qualified business income. If those income limits are exceeded, there are additional rules relating to the type of business you own and the deduction begins to phase-out. Notably, this QBI deduction does not reduce your self-employment tax. Other changes for small business owners

include the elimination of the 50% entertainment expense deduction (the 50% meals deduction remains), increased deprecation for business cars, an employer tax credit for paid leave provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act, increased deductions for bonus depreciation, and the limit to expense purchases under Section 179 was raised from $520,000 to $1 million annually. Entering into this new tax year without a thorough understanding of the potential impact of the new tax law on our businesses could cost you thousands of dollars and missed opportunities that perhaps your competition may take full advantage of. If you’ve already prepared your taxes for 2017, schedule a follow-up appointment with your accountant. If you haven’t already completed your 2017 taxes, schedule an appointment with your accountant to discuss the new tax law. If your accountant doesn’t understand the new tax law changes, schedule an appointment with your new accountant.

E T I Q U E T T E by Monica Irvine

Business Etiquette 101:

A Professional Seeks to Make Things Right Immediately



Quite often it seems. A professional, however, is quick to acknowledge their mistakes and tries to make things right as quickly as possible. This behavior requires courage, humility, and a commitment to ethical practices. I think we’ve all experienced working with those who have an endless supply of excuses and a fervent determination to avoid responsibility. I hope this is not us. It really is a matter of integrity. Someone with integrity is honest in all things, and that means that they are also honest with themselves and others regarding their performance or lack thereof. I’m not suggesting that we go around each day announcing to the world all of our failures or weaknesses. No, not at all. But what I am suggesting is that we take responsibility for our own actions without blame, without deterrents, and without a desire to 64


deceive in any way. Let’s say that I was responsible for getting a financial report to my boss for a large project coming up and it was due by today at 5 pm. I “dropped the ball” on a few things, and the report is not ready by 5:00. Some people who lack professionalism might: » Avoid their boss for the remainder of the day so they’re not confronted with the missing report. » Blame the delay on information that has not been received from others that is necessary for the report (knowing that it was their fault because they didn’t ask the other people for the information until yesterday). » Blame the delay on untrue circumstances like illness, family emergencies, etc. I think you get the point. While someone with integrity might say to their boss: » “I know you’re going to be disappointed in me, but it looks like I did not plan well and

have let this deadline slip up on me without the report being completed.” » “I am not going to be able to have the report to you by 5:00, which I am extremely sorry for, but will have it to you by 5:00 tomorrow. I have had to reanalyze my production schedule and have made some changes so I can keep my commitments to you in the future. I hope you will give me another chance. I’m really sorry.” I think you get the point. Being honest and ethical does not guarantee job security, but it does guarantee a clear conscience, honor, and self respect. May each of us acknowledge our mistakes quickly and then recommit to improvement.

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