Everything Knoxville April 2022 Edition

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“I read a review of European Fine Hardwood Floors in Everything Knoxville when I began remodeling my the home in late 2020. Valera and Svetlana met with me and my general contractor, and we were immediately impressed with their thoroughness and assessment of the work to be done. Their contract was explicit and accurate. Valera promised a nearly dustless installation, and that is what was definitely delivered. I would absolutely recommend them. My floors are gorgeous!” – Janis Smith, Sequoyah Hills


Durable, water-based, and environmentally friendly low VOC finishes Dustless and safe refinishing for your home, using our Bona truck-mounted containment system Family owned and operated, celebrating 10 years serving Knoxville area clients Superior craftsmanship by licensed and insured Bona-certified craftsman

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CUSTOM LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN & INSTALLATION Custom Landscape Lighting Design A thoughtful and well-conceived landscape lighting design will add warmth and elegance to your home or business. Our teams of professional lighting designers can turn your place into a nighttime show stopper. When amazing matters, you can count on Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting.

BEFORE We Design Nightscapes to Enhance the Way You Live A professionally installed landscape lighting system, no matter how complex, should be discreetly installed with little to no visible impact to your landscape. We leave every property picture perfect.


Call Heath Myrick, Owner of Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville, today! It won’t cost you anything to have us come out to look at your project and show you what we do. Every professional landscape lighting installation is done with painstaking care in keeping with the highest standards in the industry.


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Susan Cafferty


Publisher + Editor

been fantasizing for years about creating your dream kitchen, then Cabry Design & Cabinetry wants to make sure your dream becomes a reality. The expertise and technology Cabry provides allows you to achieve the beauty and functionality your true dream kitchen requires.

Brett Cafferty

Marketing + Operations

Kendra Menendez Editor + Administration

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865.640.3015 Photo by Alex Sattler

9 Southwestern Investment Group Free financial and tax consultations on Community Day, April 28th.

16 Tailored Living

Custom closet systems to keep your family organized and happy.

32 Knox Heritage

The history of Old Gray Cemetery.

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Helping customers have beautiful yards for 25 years.

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Discover EvolveX - a non-invasive contouring treatment with minimal downtime.

Travel and Recreation ......................18 Insights & Highlights........................24 Boomerocity......................................34 Food and Recipes.............................42 Calendar of Events...........................46

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From the Publisher


’M WRITING this outside in the

beautiful spring sunshine while it is still not too cool and not too hot. Since these perfect weather days only come around every so often, I was determined to spend some time outside rather than inside - albeit still in front of a computer screen - with the scent of Photo by Mirtography flowers and a mild breeze. Although the many petals from the flowering trees loosed by that breeze do resemble falling snow at times! I have been reminded lately that success is not just measured in a lifetime or a career, it can also be enjoyed in small doses along the way. Did you cook something new that you hadn’t tried before? Hear one of your favorite songs on the radio? Find the “justright” home or garden accessory? Finally figure out a TV show that both you and your spouse like? Those



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definitely count as wins! Counting your (sometimes small) daily or weekly successes can add up to a much better outlook in general. And who doesn’t want to feel successful? Our daughter just ran her first 5K. Our son and his wife are purchasing their first home. Our friends were able to cross SXSW (South by Southwest Festival) off their Bucket List after a Spring Break trip to Austin. Our feature story homeowner, Cheryl, got her “perfect for her family” dream kitchen with Cabry Design & Cabinetry. Feel free to thrive on the success of others, too! Personally, our main success claim, as this busy week of production ends before Everything Knoxville goes to the printer, is that we managed to not eat fast food for a couple of days in a row. Take a win where you can get it!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

Cover photo by Alex Sattler

Welcome to the Cabry Design Difference DESIGN – BUILD – ENJOY


A B RY D E S I G N has been designing and remodeling kitchens in the Knoxville area for more than 17 years. Whether they are providing cabinetry and know-how for a homeowner that is already using a local interior designer (inset, read Cheryl’s story) or acting as a complete Design-Build company, Cabry Design is able to help make dream kitchens a reality. From their complimentary design consultation through the stunning end result, Todd Thomas and his team at Cabry Design strive to create a functional, wellorganized space to enhance their clients’ every day lives. Everything Knoxville spoke to Todd about his business outlook and the holistic approach that encompasses every Cabry project. EK: What can potential clients expect at your initial design consultation? Todd: We typically meet with a client in our studio or their home, listen to what their goals are for the space, and talk over some preliminary ideas and budget. We really try to envision the clients’ end result and to make sure we are the right fit for each other. A good working relationship is



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a must to make everything go smoothly. If it looks like a great fit, we move ahead with a Design and Planning Agreement to get their project on our schedule. EK: And then? Todd: Our process revolves around the client. We take a team approach to helping our clients create the space they want and envision. Think of it as a story with a Hero and a Guide. We like to make the client the Hero of their project, with our team acting as the Guides. We feel this gives us a different perspective than most firms in town. So first and foremost, we listen to your wants and needs for your specific space.

With four interior designers on staff, we are able to help our clients make choices on everything from tile and flooring to paint colors. Each project and each client is different. We bring our design perspective, experience, ideas, and knowledge, but we are careful not to impose a “style.” We strive to create individual answers every time that are custom-tailored to each client while respecting their budget and personal preferences. Our Design Team then works closely with our Construction Team to evaluate construction costs and coordinate all aspects of the project installation, including lighting and hardware. EK: There are so many products to choose from when remodeling. How does Cabry make that easier? Todd: We have already done the research and currently carry four lines of distinctive, well-made American cabinetry. Cabry Design has made sure to carry lines that will work with most anyone’s budget. We are also able to offer tile from three of the largest local tile distributors, plumbing fixtures from Kraus and Dakota Plumbing, eight Photos by Alex Sattler

different cabinet hardware lines, Jura coffee systems, and LED lighting. Our custom designs are what make the difference to create a show-stopping space that you will want to share with all of your friends and family. EK: What are the best reasons to choose the Cabry Design Team? Todd: Cabry’s Design-Build is a method of project delivery in which one entity - the Cabry Team - works to provide complete design and construction services, allowing us to be by our clients’ side from the start to the finish of the entire remodel. We provide comprehensive plans that act as a “roadmap” for our construction and install teams to ensure that your dream kitchen or bathroom becomes a reality whether we are working directly with the homeowner or with an interior designer outside of our company. By offering all of these services in one place, it takes the stress off of the homeowner - no more having to find their own capable designer, source cabinetry, employ a contractor, or making the (literally) hundreds of selections and decisions that are involved in a kitchen renovation. This process also minimizes the surprises and miscommunication throughout the course of the project because we, as a team, are solely focused on that one client and that one project as a whole. Each member of the Cabry Design Team - from the designers to the installers - knows that their role is essential, and they take that responsibility seriously for each and every client. We strive to be the best at what we do and welcome your call to take the first step in making your dream space into a reality.

Cabry Design & Cabinetry 8705 Unicorn Drive, Suite 114 Knoxville, TN 37923 865.556.9419 CabryDesign.com #WeAreCabryDesign #DesignBuildEnjoy

CHERYL’S CLEAN AND SIMPLE (BUT NOT BASIC!) DREAM KITCHEN These photos are from a recent Cabry Design cabinetry project for homeowner, Cheryl, who worked with a local interior designer on the design. Cheryl shares her experience: “We purchased our home about two years ago and always knew that we would need to remodel the kitchen, as it wasn’t our style or taste in color. We started exploring our options for the kitchen renovation, starting with the possibility of simply painting the original cabinets and then updating the countertops and backsplash like we had done at our previous home before we put it on the market. After our family lived in the space and used the kitchen for several months, it became apparent that we also needed to upgrade the cabinets in order to have the kitchen match the ‘level’ and functionality of the rest of our home. We envisioned a kitchen and living area where all of our family and friends could gather to mingle and hang out. As a family of six, including four kids ages 9-14, we needed a space where the kids and their friends would be welcomed by a simple, clean, functional kitchen. We began our lengthy design process and looked at three different cabinet companies. The moment I walked into Cabry Design - without even talking finances! - I knew we would go with this company. In my personal experience, they were so welcoming every time I walked into the studio. After speaking with Cabry Design and hearing all the cabinetry upgrades and options they had to offer, we committed to working with them on our project. We love our lighted walnut interior cabinets and drawer boxes. An all-time favorite of the whole family (and the best investment!) would be the nugget ice maker. When the Installation Team came to install the cabinetry, they went above and beyond to make everything absolutely perfect. They were always on time and cleaned up behind themselves throughout the process. When a few issues came up, they immediately addressed it, informed me along the way, and always ended with ‘We have already taken care of it though.’ We continue to be happy with our decision of going with Cabry Design cabinetry for our kitchen remodel. Working with them was a great experience! They gave us the kitchen we have always wanted in a way we could have never asked for - our dream kitchen! We are excited to begin the process again with Todd and the Cabry Design Team to create a basement kitchen design also.” April 202 2



New West Hills Dogwood Trail!


Dogwood Arts is excited to announce the addition of the first new Dogwood Trail to be added to the Historic Dogwood Trails & Gardens program in more than 20 years! The West Hills Dogwood Trail, with more than eight miles of blooming landscapes, will make its official debut during Knoxville’s favorite springtime celebration! West Hills is one of the most established, largest, and most cherished Knoxville neighborhoods. Developed in the 1950s, West Hills was the city’s first major post-World War II subdivision to consist primarily of modern ranch-style houses. West Hills has managed to retain its residential character, due in large part to “its aggressive neighborhood advocacy group,” the West Hills Community Association. We recognize the early efforts of the West Hills Garden Club and Beautification Committee, along with the foresight of original homeowners who planted dogwoods, maintained gorgeous yards, and nurtured blooming gardens throughout the 60+ years of West Hills’ history.

Follow the Pink Lines

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The first Dogwood Trail was planted in 1955, and now you can “follow the pink lines” through miles of architecturally diverse neighborhoods in all four quadrants of the city from April 1-30. The City of Knoxville uses roughly 100 gallon of custom-blended paint each year to make sure the trails stay bright pink throughout the spring season. Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region!

Spring Featured Gardens April 9-10 Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plants and special features. We are honored that these residents have opened their properties to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee’s natural beauty. • Derrynane on 7209 Rutgers Drive, 37919 • GATOP (God’s Answer to Our Prayers) on 2705 Riverside Drive, 37914 • Edenwood on 930 Bream Drive, 37922


Dogwood Arts Festival April 22-24 The Dogwood Arts Festival returns to its permanent home in World’s Fair Park. Don’t miss 100+ fine art vendors, live music, food trucks, and entertainment for the entire family at this celebrated springtime tradition.

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The fun doesn’t stop in April! Dogwood Arts’ newest music festival, Southern Skies, will debut in World’s Fair Park on Saturday, May 14th. The festival is curated by hometown favorites The Dirty Guv’nahs and features Grammy-award-winning headliner Blues Traveler. The one-day event will feature six musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more. What started as a neighborhood beautification project has blossomed into a year-round celebration of our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. Follow Dogwood Arts on Facebook or visit DogwoodArts.com to discover more about the events, performances, and exhibits featured this season.

Free Financial and Tax Consultations on Community Day BY T R AV I S C U L L M A N , C F P ® , C P FA


E ARE BLESSED to have jobs

we love, clients we enjoy working with, and a great community to

work in. We wanted to share our blessings by donating a full day of service on Thursday, April 28, to anyone that needs to meet with a financial professional. Obstacles like lack of childcare, a work schedule that is either difficult/impossible to change, not having a certain level of net worth, or having debt are just a few things that can stand in the way of meeting with a financial professional. We want to remove as many obstacles as we can, so we have extended our hours, shortened the appointment time, and we will have snacks all day in case someone has missed a meal. (No obstacles here when it comes to children! Your kids and grandkids are always welcome in our office.) For Community Day to be a success, we really need your help! If you can think of anyone that would benefit from a no fee, no strings attached 30-minute meeting with a financial advisor, estate attorney, tax preparer, or financial coach, we would really appreciate it if you would help us spread the word to as many people as possible. Let us know if we can send information to your school, church, workplace, etc.

COMMUNITY DAY THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH Hosted by Cullman Wealth Team

Complimentary Consultations Offered for Public Servants 9 am – 7 pm Teachers, Nurses, Emergency Personnel, Clergy, Active & Retired Military, etc.

CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE WITH FINANCIAL ADVISORS, A TAX SPECIALIST, AN ESTATE ATTORNEY, AND A FINANCIAL COACH Contact Erin@SWInvestmentGroup.com to schedule an appointment. Limit one 30-minute consultation per person.

Free on-site shredding by Shred-Pro Secure 11 am – 1 pm Safely destroy your old statements, bills, and other outdated confidential documents at our shred event. No limits on the shred amount, bring a trunk full!

136 Concord Road , Knoxville, TN 37934 | (865) 686-5202 Investment advisory services offered through Southwestern Investment Advisory Services, Inc., an independent registered investment adviser. Southwestern Investment Group and Cullman Wealth Team are not registered broker-dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SPIC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. Raymond James does not provide tax or legal advice.

Matt DeGraff, Luke Powers, Charissa Leonard, Tim Johnson, Erin Phillips, and Travis Cullman.

Travis Cullman, CFP®, CPFA Senior Vice President, Southwestern Investment Group Wealth Advisor, SWIG 136 Concord Road Knoxville, TN 37934 865.686.5202 SWInvestmentGroup.com Investment advisory services offered through Southwestern Investment Advisory Services, Inc., an independent registered investment adviser. Southwestern Investment Group and Cullman Wealth Team are not registered broker-dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SPIC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, CFP® (with plague design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individual who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

12814 Kingston Pike ~ Farragut ~ 671-6627 Tues-Fri: 10-6 ~ Sat: 10-4 www.thetownframery.com Located one block west of Renaissance Center/Farragut April 202 2



Spring Is in the Air!


HERE’S NOTHING like the change of seasons in East Tennessee... the flowers begin to bloom, the days get longer, and our store gets a total makeover as new spring merchandise begins to arrive! We thought there would be no better way to kick off this exciting time of year than to host a Spring Open House! So, consider this your official invitation to join us in store April 23rd and 24th, from 10-5:30, for our first ever Spring Open House Event. Our store is packed full with the spring and summer collections from all of your favorite brands, in addition to several new ones we’ve added! It’s the perfect time to shop for special pieces you need for upcoming events and travels, or simply pick up a few new pieces for a spring wardrobe “refresh!” Light refreshments will be served, and we’ll be hosting several giveaways as a “thank you” to our customers for always supporting our small business dream... we simply wouldn’t be celebrating our 44th year in business without each and every person that walks through our doors! Our Spring Open House is an event you won’t want to miss. Make plans to join us in downtown Sweetwater to kick off spring with us at The Lily Pad!

Happy spring and happy shopping... see you soon!

Brenda & Ivy

The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com April 202 2



Nick & J’s Cafe: Your Hometown Diner


ITH INTENSE ambition and a lot of hard work, Najwan Natour has truly lived the American dream. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Palestine after the 1967 war when Najwan was only five years old. “My parents realized it was not a good situation and we had to leave,” Najwan remembers. His father came here first and eventually was able to have his wife and children join him. Like most newly arrived immigrants, his father, Naji, took whatever jobs he could get in order to support his family. Naji initially worked as a server at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. with his siblings. He learned English along the way, and after moving south to Knoxville, he opened and operated The Copper Kettle restaurant with his brothers, Samir and Sami. It was this endeavor that gave Najwan his first “taste” of the restaurant business and decided his destiny. Throughout the following years, Najwan has owned and co-owned four eating establishments, including the popular Froggy’s and Time Out Deli with his cousin, Maurice, before striking out on his own 12 years ago with Nick & J’s Cafe off Lovell Road. He named his fifth restaurant for his beloved sons, Nick and Jordan. Najwan made the

conscious decision to put his family first. “I wanted to have more time to spend with my family, my sons, as they were growing up.” And he was able to do just that by attending their school and sports activities until both sons graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School. His older son, Nick, went on to earn a University of Tennessee degree in neuroscience and is currently back at UT for a second bachelor’s degree and to complete a master’s degree. Jordan, now a junior at UT majoring in sports management, had an internship with ESPN and has already been offered a job at the Arkansas State Football Program. Najwan is very proud that they are both honor students and made sure to never push his sons to follow him in the restaurant business, saying, “I wanted them to find their own ways in life.”

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Najwan’s wife, Linda, now works with him at the restaurant after leaving a long career in banking. And just as Najwan helped his father at The Copper Kettle, Sedo (Arabic for grandfather) Naji, along with his mother, Abla, come in every morning to lend a hand getting the restaurant ready for the day truly a Natour family affair! At Nick & J’s Cafe, everything is made fresh daily - from locally sourced ground beef, chicken, and eggs to fresh locally marketed produce. Their delicious ice cream comes from It’s All So Yummy Cafe, and scrumptious baked goods are made from scratch by Tee Dedrick of Special Tee Cookies. To date, Nick & J’s Cafe has been featured on the Food Network, CNN, Fox News/Fox & Friends, and the USA Today newspaper. TripAdvisor has bestowed their Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021 on Nick & J’s Cafe and also has them ranked as the “3rd Best Restaurant to Visit” in all of Knox, Loudon, Sevier, and Blount counties. And there are honestly just too many 5-star reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google to count! Nick & J’s Cafe just celebrated its 12-year anniversary serving all your breakfast favorites - from traditional omelets and pancakes to legendary breakfast bowls. At lunch, they serve the best burgers (nationally recognized!), sandwiches, salads, and daily specials, including vegetarian options. Stop in for a taste of their gyros, pastrami brisket, or reubens - you won’t be disappointed! Najwan is thankful for everything he has achieved, saying, “I give all the glory to God, my parents, my wife, Linda, and our employees. It would not have been possible without them.” With his decades of experience, Najwan now helps others wanting to begin or improve their own restaurants - offering his expertise on everything from start-up locations, to expanding menu items, to food service management. Be sure to contact him for a truly knowledgeable consultation of the restaurant business. Visit your local hometown diner from 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Weekday breakfast is served from 7 to 10:30 am and from 8 to 11:30 am on Saturdays. Nick & J’s is respectfully closed on Sundays. You’ll find their menu, location, and additional information at www.nickandjscafe.com or call 865-766-5453. Stop by soon - you’re sure to love it!!

Nick & J’s Cafe 1526 Lovell Road Knoxville, TN 37932 865.766.5453 NickandJsCafe.com

Interior designer and entrepreneur, Shae Seeber, has always had a passion for curating beautiful spaces and dynamic designs. She decided to open her own interior Design Studio in 2004. Today, the beautiful Design Studio is located in the Franklin Square Shopping Center next to Smart Toys and Books and The Chop House. Shae Design Studio is a place for customers and other designers to come to be inspired and find everything needed to put the finishing touches on any space. The showroom is full of fabulous furnishings, draperies, accessories, lighting, and more - all of which have been hand-selected by Shae and her team of expert interior designers. Shae and her design team take pride in creating custom designs, completely tailored to each client’s individual lifestyle and interests. Shae’s experience and expertise allow her to offer a variety of design services to help clients reach all of their design goals and dreams. Shae has been recognized by Cityview magazine as “The Best of the Best” interior designer in Knoxville, Knoxville News Sentinel’s “Interior Designer of the Year” several times, and has designed spaces for HGTV. She and her team average 60-80 construction and interior design projects a year. Shae is not only committed to enriching the homes of Knoxville, but she is also enriching the lives of her community by donating her time and a portion of her business’s proceeds to local non-profits and charities every month.

Holly Hill is widely known for her love of luxury interior design. She is a versatile designer proficient in modern, to transitional, to traditional styles. Holly was based in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 20 years of her career before making Knoxville her home. She earned her reputation as the travel designer, specializing in high-end designer projects from second homes in Colorado to Florida, to the private islands of the Caribbean. Holly inspires every piece of the design from construction and furnishings to artwork, lighting, and custom draperies. Her specialty is customized attention to detail. Holly’s work has been recognized and featured in the following showhouses: Southern Living, Street of Dreams, Roswell Women’s Showhouse, Milton Tour of Homes, the Alliance Theater, and the Atlanta Symphony. The Atlanta Journal Constitution recognized Holly for the “best use of color” interior design. Holly is the Director of Interior Design at Shae Design Studio and has gained local popularity as one of Knoxville’s best interior designers. She is dedicated to her clients and the design process. The interior design process and installation requires a team, and at Shae Design Studio, the design assistants, project manager, and support staff help make the “fabulous” happen.

Custom Closet Systems Keep the Family Organized and Happy


OST FAMILIES have both organized and messy individuals, and they don’t always live in sweet harmony. Constantly tripping over someone’s shoes in the middle of the floor gets old and frustrating. Organization is not a natural inclination for everyone, but it is essential for a less stressful life. And when you live with others, it’s also a courtesy to maintain your own stuff and space. Tailored Living of Knoxville can help get life under control for all your family members with custom closet systems to meet the specific needs of each person. Kids’ Closets that Grow with Them It’s never too early to start introducing the habit of organization into your child’s world. Starting with a closet they can manage on their own or with a little help; this encourages them to be organized and responsible. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fitsall” kid’s closet, but a basic design includes: Preschool and Grade School • Low-level bins and shelves for toys and shoes they can put away themselves



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• Tiered hanging rods multiply the hanging space and are adjustable as they grow • Drawers or slide-out baskets to put away socks, pajamas, and underwear Middle School and Teen • Tiered hanging rods for long and short items, scaled to the child’s height • Adjustable shelves for clothes, shoes, books, and favorite collections • Decorative hooks create easy storage for jackets and backpacks • A pull-out laundry hamper corrals dirty clothes and keeps the floor clear • Drawers can organize folded clothes or be customized with dividers to hold small items Shared Master Closets that Keep the Peace A shared closet can be a perpetually frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With a carefully designed space, a shared closet can provide individual, organized storage for two, accommodating both wardrobes and accessories. Each person will have space for what they need so they

aren’t competing for territory by including: • His and hers hanging sections and drawers, including a jewelry drawer for her • Dedicated individual shoe racks • Shelves for folded items, hats, purses, and more • Tilt-out hamper to toss dirty clothes • Specialty racks for belts, ties, and belts • Retractable valet rods are an extra hand for putting an outfit together or handling dry cleaning Whatever your needs, Tailored Living of Knoxville will design a custom closet for any member of your family. As whole-home organization specialists, Tailored Living also has innovative storage solutions for the pantry, laundry, home offices, garage, and more. We help turn chaos into calm!

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Discovering Manteo A RT I C L E A N D P H OTO S BY K R I S T I PA R S O N S

Mountains to the Sea OR AS long as I can remember, I had heard stories of the Outer Banks, the oceanside end of North Carolina, a state that begins with mountains and ends at the sea. I was intrigued by the fact that though the islands are consistently shifting, they still have roots that run as deep as Appalachia. Whispers of pirates that once used the OBX as their honey hole for treasures, due to the high number of shipwrecks, drifted in from time to time. Images of the Milky Way spreading across the sky over beautiful beacons of light often popped up online. The lighthouses are symbols of beauty and hope today, but in years past, they guided seamen to safety and back home to their families. I knew that this place of beaches, beacons, and beauty, where the red wolves and wild horses run free, was a place that I needed to see. So, I packed my bags and headed east to the sandy shores of the Atlantic. The Spirit of the Outer Banks My first visit to the Outer Banks led to me finding a place that feels like a second home but is also still a dreamland. I unplugged from the world for a week in February 2020 and immersed myself in connecting with the spirit of the Outer Banks. During that week, I had the honor of being shown the best spots around by my friend and fellow photographer, Mark VanDyke. Mark leads private and group workshops in the area, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I quickly found that the Outer Banks is a place where even strangers are welcomed as friends, time stands still, opportunities for adventures are limitless, and there is far




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more to discover than just one stay in Avon would allow. So, I have returned time and time again. I have spent time in the shopping and luxurious relaxing area of Duck, NC, at one of the stunning Bees Nees Getaways properties. I have stayed in the wonderfully charming Saltwood Cottage, a tiny beach house in Kitty Hawk. I called Hatteras home for a week, and I took a spur of the moment trip for just a few days to Buxton. However, my most favorite town of all so far has been Manteo - a coastal gem that awaits just before crossing over the Roanoke Sound that leads to Nags Head and the entrance to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Discovering Manteo In 2021, I had the privilege of spending almost a full month in the heart of downtown Manteo, NC. The cottage where I stayed was a short walk from wonderful locally owned spots like OBX On the Fly, Downtown Books, Charis Coffee Company, Vineyards On the Scuppernong, Wanchese Pottery, Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop, Outer Banks Distilling, and more. An early morning walk on the boardwalk to watch the sunrise at the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and then over to Roanoke Island Festival Park

became a daily ritual. Downtown was quiet and peaceful; a random local cat would stroll by from time to time, or spontaneous conversation would be sparked by someone blessed to call Manteo home. Summer days bring a heavier flow of folks, holidays are celebrated with an indescribable essence, autumn brings some of the best bluegrass artists to town with the annual Bluegrass Island Festival, and there is always both something new and something old to discover in Manteo. One interesting piece of Manteo that many miss is The Mother Vine, the oldest grape vine in North America that is believed to be 400 years old. Another piece of history there is Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island, which leads to

a story of both heartbreak and hope. It’s the lesser-known lost colony that was a place of safety for those formerly enslaved during the Civil War. The history that lies within Manteo adds to the spirit of a place that few have truly experienced. Home Away from Home Calling Manteo your home away from home when in the Outer Banks allows you to not only see firsthand a coastal gem, but it supports the locals that run highly rated inns, bed and breakfast spots, locally owned hotels, vacation rentals, and all of the small business owners that work daily to thrive in their communities. Staying in Manteo also puts you in a central location to explore all of the OBX towns, the Cape

Hatteras National Seashore, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and more. My favorite spots for lodging in Manteo? The Roanoke Island Inn & Croatan Cottage, The Tranquil House Inn, and White Doe Inn. All locations are within walking distance of the best spots around downtown and are owned and run by good local folks that want their guests to have an incredible and authentic experience in the birthplace of English colonization in America, also known as Manteo. Kristi Parsons is a local photographer and writer with a love for the mountains, art, music, travel, and all things local. @Kristi_Parsons

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Always a Good Time to Expand Your Knowledge BY J E F F G OTC H E R


Y B E L OV E D essentially travels for a living, so I have spare time to do things like yard work and watching movies. I can actually sit down with a nice glass of wine and unplug. One of my favorite movies is Bottle Shock. It’s about the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and stars Alan Rickman. This competition put Californian wine on the map. The sentiment at the time was that American wine wasn’t in the same ballpark as French wines. Steven Spurrier, a name loathed by most Vol fans, was played by Rickman, who organized a contest where the judges would “blind taste” various wines and score their quality. In that competition, a California Chardonnay would beat out some of the top producers in Burgundy, which is the equivalent of the “Miracle on Ice.” The Court of Master Sommeliers requires individuals to “blind taste” wines and correctly identify the varietal, origin, and vintage to be a sommelier. It requires

extensive knowledge of “wine theory” and lots of practice. So how do you break down wine like a pro? You break it down by sight, smell, and taste. When you look at your favorite wine, you see a glass of your favorite wine. When I see a glass of wine, whether it is my favorite or a blind pour, I see a pale lemon or a medium ruby. I’m looking at how old the wine is or whether or not there are any faults. When you smell your wine, you are seeking to identify fruits and maybe some oak. You don’t care because you like the wine. When I smell a wine, I’m sensing different levels of aromas that can hint at what kind of grape, the climate, the altitude, and the winemaking techniques I know might be particular to a specific region. There is so much more to wine than the taste itself. If I’m doing a blind taste, I make sure that the aromas match up with the flavors on the palate. If it’s red, does it have big tannins? How is the acidity? Is

it balanced? What is the intensity? Is the wine complex or simple? The answer to all these questions, with some detective work, allows one to identify the possible varietals, possible countries and climates, and the age range of the wine. Here is where wine theory comes into play. Once you get good enough to do that consistently, you can get into the realm of judging for quality. Blind tasting is a unique parlor trick. Like everything else in the wine world, it takes practice. I’d encourage you to not only practice, but read up on a particular region and try its wines... starting with California. Cheers! My recommendation: • 2017 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - $57.99 Jeff Gotcher is a graduate of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, member of the Wine Scholar Guild, and a winemaker who resides in Knoxville. April 202 2



Get Your Garage Ready for Spring BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


S THE DOGWOODS bloom in East Tennessee, springtime is the perfect time to clean and organize your garage and its contents. Use this checklist to get ready for the outdoor activities that lie just around the corner. Tune Your Garden Tools - Check your potting soil supply, search for the missing pruning shears, and make a shopping list of any other gardening items you may need. Survey Your Sports Equipment - Air up your bicycle tires, replace worn cleats, and order extra golf balls in place of the ones that went rogue. Gauge Your Garage Door - Scrub your garage door, frame, and windows, and have professionals perform preventive maintenance to guarantee you’ll get out when you need to. Service Your Lawnmower - Sharpen the blades, change the oil, and check the tire pressure of your lawnmower, and make sure you’re stocked up on extra line for your weedeater. Declutter and Clean - Empty everything else out of your garage and sweep out the dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Clean the windows, and haul off any hazardous waste products.



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Plan Garage Updates - Consider an attractive epoxy floor for easy cleaning, cabinetry and overhead storage to provide more living space, and versatile slatwall to clear items off the floor. Take advantage of longer days and milder temperatures to get your garage all set for spring. And for easier maintenance of your garage and its contents all year long, contact Chris McKenry and his talented design team at Designer Garages today!

Designer Garages 201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.268.4868 DesignerGarages.com

Success for Trigeminal Neuralgia Sufferers! Sometimes the pain was so bad that it felt like a hot knife was stabbing my face.


ERRY HAS SUFFERED with severe pain in his jaw for almost three years. The pain starts from around his right ear and radiates down the side of his jaw to his chin. He always has a constant, low grade pain, but a few times a month he gets the unbearable stabbing pain. His doctor diagnosed him with Trigeminal Neuralgia and put him on Gabapentin, which helps some but doesn’t relieve the daily constant pain or the unbearable stabbing pain. Not having any other options, Perry found out about West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine off Cedar Bluff and gave them a call. He scheduled an initial consultation to see if they could help. During his consultation, they reviewed his medical history and performed an exam while he told them all about his problem. The good news was that they told him they thought they could help because they have seen hundreds of patients just like him throughout about 20 years working in clinics and hospitals, in addition to their private practices. Perry was thrilled that someone thought they could actually help him!

I have now been able to reduce my medications from every day to only two to three per week!

They laid out a customized treatment plan that he should follow in order to have the best chance of success. He decided to start treatment right away. He’s only about halfway through his recommended treatment plan, and already he has noticed significant relief. The constant, low grade pain isn’t as bad, and he hasn’t had an episode of the unbearable stabbing pains since his treatment began. Perry has also been able to reduce his medications from taking them every day to now only taking about two to three per week because he is feeling that much better.

The pain is not completely gone, but he didn’t expect a miracle overnight. He still has about a month of treatment left before they evaluate him again, but if he is doing this well already, his chances of success are very good. If you or someone you know suffer from pain and don’t know where else to turn, call 865-275-2444 today to set up an appointment at West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.

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Natural evergreen foliage preserved while freshly picked looks and feels like living boxwood. Supported by natural willow branches, two square topiaries are potted in contemporary ball footed planters finished in satin black. For indoor use only. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


Wedding season is approaching! Find everything from mother of the bride gowns to wedding guest attire at The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com.



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All the classic Towns Toffee flavors in one place. Now you don’t have to choose between toffees - enjoy a blissful smattering of our classic flavors in one sweet box. This sampler is available year-round and includes 6 Mini Bags of our hand-crafted toffees. Available at Copper Cellar Marketplace, Elder’s Ace Hardware in Knoxville and surrounding areas, HomeSpun Shops in Farragut, and Towns Toffee, 1006 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 865.684.0287, TownsToffee.com.


Every garden needs a gnome, and these little pothat guys will make a great addition to yours! The small ones are adorable tucked into containers, and larger ones can hide in gardens or beds. Historically, gnomes have been used for hundreds of years to ward off evil and protect treasures. Stop by and pick one up before they are gone! Available at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.


Just in time for spring showers, these amazing reverse umbrellas in a variety of designs and solids! Never get soaked again getting in and out of your car, and don’t leave a trail of slick water behind you when you enter your building. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, TheTownFramery.com.


Looking for a sunscreen that you can take with you on-the-go, wherever you go? We’ve got you covered. EltaMD UV Stick is easy-to-apply, mess-free, residuefree sun protection that’s dermatologist tested and formulated for the whole family and all skin types. Available at Southeastern Dermatology, 1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way in Knoxville, 865.474.8800, DrDoppelt.com.


Bunny planters can easily make the hop from Easter to spring décor. Add your favorite flowers or greenery to make the look your own. Available at Design Decor, 627 American Glass Way in Knoxville, 865.769.0039, DesignDecorKnoxville.com.

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O, IT’S NOT just you. Some of the mess and mounds of stuff in your garage is often just the busyness of life. However, without efficient storage and organization solutions, clutter and chaos will continue to plague you. If your garage looks chaotic, you can quickly gain control with custom garage storage cabinets from PremierGarage. PremierGarage, serving the Knoxville area for more than 15 years, will help you find storage space for just about everything. One of the biggest advantages of custom garage cabinets is they are tailored to your specific space so you can maximize the available storage space. Cabinets are designed to fit around water heaters, electrical panels, doorways, and windows. You’ll get a clean, uniform look throughout your garage without having to piece together ready-made, do-it-yourself storage pieces. Styles include traditional cabinet doors or siding doors for enclosed cabinets in narrow spaces. Cabinets can be integrated with countertops, drawers, and wall-hanging storage systems to maximize your storage space. Sturdy one-inch-thick adjustable shelves inside the cabinets are 25% thicker than the industry standard and have a load-bearing capacity of 100 pounds.

PremierGarage uses the latest concrete coating technology, making them the toughest in the industry.

Other cabinet and storage options: • Utilize unused garage ceiling space by having overhead racks installed. The heavy duty ceiling storage is perfect for seasonal or occasional use items. Overhead racks help keep wall and floor space clear so cars, bicycles, and gardening tools don’t have to compete for space. • Adding locks to doors or drawers provides additional safety precautions to keep tools or toxic products like paint thinner, radiator coolant, and fertilizer out of reach of children. • Slatwall, with its various hooks and baskets, is ideal for sports equipment and

large tools like rakes, shovels, and hoses. Slatwall helps keep everything off the floor and close to the wall for easy accessibility. • A wide range of styles, finishes, and colors let you coordinate your garage cabinets with your home’s existing décor, or you can create a whole new look for the garage. The perfect foundation for your garage cabinets is a durable custom garage floor. PremierGarage can transform an oil-stained, pitted, or peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage uses a proprietary hybrid polymer technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. The warranted coating comes in multiple colors that coordinate with your cabinets. Never dread going into the garage again. Call PremierGarage of Knoxville to schedule a free, in-home consultation to help clear the clutter.


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Is Your House S Ready to Sell? I

urface Doc also offers “Soft Washing” of siding and roofs for both businesses and homeowners, including stucco, cedar, vinyl, aluminum, stone, brick, slate, clay, asphalt, etc. We will safely clean your siding and roof without the use of high pressure. Get rid of the green and black algae on your home.

F YOUR HOME is for sale, you probably know that the first impression you give to potential buyers is priceless. To get top dollar, your home must sparkle inside and out. In particular, bathrooms and kitchens must be immaculate. Exterior hardscapes (pool decks, walkways, etc.) need to look like the backdrop for future memories, and the siding to your home needs to look like it has 20 more years of service before maintenance is needed. Even if your home is in decent shape and repair, going the extra mile to make it sparkle will boost your sale price and attract more buyers. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure it’s one they won’t forget. Surface Doc specializes in getting sellers top dollar for their property. Owners John and Christina Fitzwilliam and their crew can deep clean almost any surface, inside and out. One particular client, Kimberly Thomas, was especially thankful for the job Surface Doc did in her previous home. “Our home was for sale for 16 months, with little interest from buyers,” said Kimberly. “Once we hired Surface Doc to come in and deep clean, we sold our property in just a few weeks!” What makes Surface Doc unique is their ability to clean most hard surfaces AND carpet, so you don’t need to call a separate specialist for each area. Unlike their competitor’s use of traditional carpet shampoo that simply drives dirt and bacteria into the carpet, Surface Doc has an entirely different process that uses eco-friendly emulsifiers, purified steam, and powerful suction - guaranteeing that your entire carpet structure is both cleaned and sanitized. “John and his crew cleaned my carpet, linoleum, walkways, bathrooms, kitchen, and the oil stains in the driveway,” said Kimberly. “I thought my carpet was fairly clean, although I knew there were some problem stains. I was very surprised to see how dirty it really was and the difference a restoration cleaning made. And my back patio and walkways literally glowed white after they were cleaned.” Kimberly was thrilled with the results and credits Surface Doc for the quick sale of her home. By offering cleaning and sealing of all tiled surfaces and cleaning and sealing of all exterior hardscapes and concrete, as well as soft washing siding and roofs, Surface Doc really does do it all! If your house is on the market or soon will be, call Surface Doc to deep clean your interior and exterior surfaces to give buyers an overall great first impression. Their four-step restoration process and attention to detail that John personally provides ensures amazing results every time!


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Have You Heard of These Tax Saving Ideas? BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA



at your t ax return, wondering how you could pay less tax? Sometimes you have more control over your tax bill than you realize, especially if you’re retired. Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA Here are a few key concepts that could help you keep more and pay less. For brokerage accounts that report taxable investment income each year on a 1099, keep an eye not just on the investment returns, but on the taxable nature of the holdings. After all, it’s not just what you earn that matters, it’s what you keep. For example, ordinary dividends are taxed at a higher rate than qualified dividends, and short-term gains are taxed at a higher rate than long-term gains. Some mutual funds generate capital gain distributions that you don’t even know about until very late in the tax year, compared to tax-managed mutual funds that are tasked with NOT adversely impacting your tax return. So choose to hold tax-inefficient, ordinary income assets in your tax-deferred retirement accounts and hold tax-efficient qualified dividend investments and tax-managed mutual funds in your brokerage accounts. Additionally, your advisor should be working with you to avoid short-term sales and wait for the preferential long-term tax treatment. Here’s a tip if you’re taking annual IRA Required Minimum Distributions and give money to charities during the year. Tell your IRA custodian to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) and they will disburse the gift straight to your charity on your behalf. Now, you can reduce the amount of your taxable RMD by the amount of the gift - plus take the full standard deduction. A winning strategy! Beyond the direct tax savings these ideas bring, it helps in other ways: (1) How much of your Social Security that is subject to tax (from 0% to 85%) depends on how much taxable income you have. The lower your taxable income, the greater the chance that not all 85% of your SS is taxed. (2) How much you pay for Medicare Part B and Part D is determined by your adjusted gross income. Being tax-smart can keep you under the threshold of paying the dreaded IRMAA – Medicare income adjustment – every year. These strategies work year after year to save you taxes. As always, let me know if you have questions – because I have answers.

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Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov. April 202 2





OCATED ACROSS FROM St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the corner of Tyson Street and North Broadway, Old Gray Cemetery is a beautiful example of the rural cemetery movement that was at the forefront of public design when it was dedicated in June 1852. The cemetery is named for 18th century English poet Thomas Gray, and that connection is evident in the early spring flowers that create the ambiance of a park under a canopy of the more than 40 arboretum-registered trees. This quiet downtown oasis was founded by a board of seven trustees led by William B. Reese, then president of East Tennessee University (today, University of Tennessee), with its original eight acres of land a mile northwest of the city proper bought at just $500. Though the first burial was of a Knoxville native named William Martin, who died after an accident during the city’s Fourth of July festivities in 1851, a design for the property as a whole wasn’t adopted until 1853, when local architect Frederick Douglass (not the abolitionist) proposed a layout that incorporated the natural topography of the area and allowed for walking and carriage paths that ran by each gravesite. Many of these paths were removed over the years to make space for additional graves, but the main paths still allow for cars, and all graves are accessible to pedestrians willing to stray just a little ways into the grass. While Confederate troops were stations in Knoxville, the cemetery’s board of trustees attempted to gain funds from military authorities for a fence to protect plots from camping soldiers, and while a fence was ultimately constructed, no military funds were assigned for the project. Also problematic was the use of Confederate minted currency to purchase plots, in one case $1,765 was paid only to have the board members refuse the money due to the circumstances of the war. Maintenance issues did not start or end with the advent of the Civil War. As early as 1854, the board decided to limit carriage traffic in the cemetery to prevent horses from damaging vegetation. By 1870, the cemetery had become such a popular gathering place that a police presence was requested and bylaws put in place stating that “all persons visiting the cemetery shall conduct themselves soberly and gravely.” The nature of many of the tombstones themselves also contributed to upkeep issues. While most markers were and are carved from granite, the majority of those in Old



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Gray are made of softer local marble, which allows for more intricate Victorian style statue carving but also deteriorates more quickly. In 1897, a Gothic Revival porter’s lodge was added just inside the Broadway entrance. Also constructed of Tennessee marble, it has a sloping roof covered in blue and green tiles that contributes to the late 19th century fairy-tale atmosphere. Under the watchful eyes of classically inspired Victorian angels and many stately white obelisks are interred some of Knoxville’s most prominent citizens. Famous pro-unionist and post-war Tennessee governor William G. “Parson” Brownlow’s obelisk rivals the height of the trees around it. Several members of the pioneering McClung family are buried under a variety of grand monuments, and the Crozier family, including Lizzie Crozier French, makes itself known as well. Among many, many other Knoxville notables, artist Lloyd Branson, WWI pilot Charles McGhee Tyson, and Joseph Alexander Mabry, Jr., who helped establish Market Square, are also buried at Old Gray. Today, occasional burials take place in older family plots, but the yard is otherwise closed to additional interments. Old Gray Cemetery remains open throughout the week to the public and offers an interesting alternative jogging or picnic area to other, busier locations in the center of Knoxville, whilst also offering periodic community events. Knox Heritage preserves structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, our organization works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee.

It’s in the DNA BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M


ACKSON. WHEN one hears that name, greatness, Motown, talent, and a musical dynasty all come to mind. The name and those synonyms are still relevant today. Baby boomers will remember watching the Jackson 5 (later called The Jacksons) on TV shows and even Saturday morning cartoons. Kids could rattle off the names of the entire family: Jackie, Tito, Jermain, Marlon, and Michael. Throughout the years, we’ve all followed the family through thick and thin, triumph and tragedy. Their lives have been lived in a fishbowl that most of us wouldn’t survive in. Today, there are a couple of Jacksons who are no longer with us. Michael, of course, passed away in 2009, and his father, Joe, died almost exactly nine years later. The Jacksons have all pursued their own careers. Perhaps the quietest one of the family is Tito. Though an accomplished musician (especially guitar), Tito has focused on his son’s group, 3T. He also put out a solo album in 2016 (Tito Time) and recently, a phenomenal blues album titled Under Your Spell. Tito is joined on his new album with an amazing list of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bobby Rush, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Neal, and Tito's brother, Marlon. This is in addition to Tito’s abilities as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and arranger that must be part of the Jackson DNA. I reached Tito by Zoom at his studio in California to talk about the new album and a little family history. Tito shared with me the story of how he came to learn the guitar. “My father played the guitar, and it was his pride and joy. He’d put it away and tell his three oldest sons not to mess with it when he’s at work. Of course, I did. I played it for months and months. My mother would let me do it. She would tell me, ‘Your father will be home soon, so why don’t you put the guitar away before he finds out.’ I’d put it away. Do the same thing the next day or whatever. “Then like two, three months later, I broke a string. I was scared to death. My mom said, ‘Just put it away and I’ll talk to him.’ That made me feel better. It didn’t work though. It didn’t help. He punished me. Afterwards, he sits me down in a chair. He puts the guitar in my lap. He says, ‘Show me what you know.’ So I’m playing and crying. He looks at my mom and

says, ‘He’s really playing this guitar.’ She said, ‘Joe, I’ve been trying to tell you. He’s not playing with the guitar. He really wants to play it.’ My father said, ‘I’ll tell you what. You can have this guitar. I’ll just get myself another one. But I want you to learn all the songs you like on the radio.’” Tito figures that he was 10 or 11 at the time. Joe went out and bought a PA system with microphones. With daily practice after school, the Jackson 5 was born. A homebody at heart, Tito recorded much of this current album during the Covid lockdown. He explained how the legendary George Benson got involved with the album project. “I had started the recording with George Benson before we even knew anything about Covid here in America. I had met George many years back. We did a show together in Vegas and I said, ‘Say, let’s do something together one day.’ Of course, all musicians say that: ‘Let’s get together and do something one day.’ You know, that one day never came. “Then I started being featured in the B.B. King Blues Band act. I was a featured artist. The production manager was a great friend of George Benson. He wanted us all to stop by George’s house to say hi. “We stopped by his place, and we decided to record. We wanted to do something for B.B. King - some sort of tribute to B.B. That’s where ‘Rock Me Baby’ came in. We were already traveling with his (B.B.’s) daughter and his band. So that was the easiest part. That’s

how George Benson happened.” Tito’s major coup, however, was getting Stevie Wonder’s participation on the song “Love One Another.” Along with being the debut single off the album, “Love One Another” is the perfect antidote for today’s times of doubt and trepidation, as Tito’s vocals - along with Marlon Jackson, Michael K. Jackson, and others - soar above the musical bed of melodies that feature the sweet sound of Stevie Wonder’s signature harmonic style. “Now Stevie Wonder, that was a no brainer because that whole song, “Love One Another.” He’s related to my mom. He goes and visits my mom all the time and plays her the song ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You.’ So anyhow, I needed a harmonica on that song.” What is family for, after all? Watch this fun, fascinating - you’ll be surprised at who the main influence was in the Jackson brothers harmonizing - and fact-filled video interview in its entirety on Boomerocity.com.

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.

Redbud Kitchen Calling


Denton & Lori Lesslie love to eat. They are Knoxville natives who have fun finding and experiencing local food and drink spots while sharing their adventures @somewhere.inthe.south.

E D B U D K I T C H E N is c a l l i n g , Knoxville! This yummy local treasure can be found in South Knoxville, and it is a must go. From their cocktails and local craft beers to their creative, flavorful appetizers, entrees, and desserts, you will taste nothing but good vibes in every bite. Redbud Kitchen opened in the summer of 2021 and is the sister restaurant to Redbud Deli in Morristown, TN. Wondering which delicious foods and drinks have touched our taste buds that deserve your attention? Then read on! We begin our meal here with a local on tap beer like Hi-Wire Brewing’s Hi-Pitch IPA and a local SoKno Sunset cocktail with coconut rum, tropical fruit juices, and cherries on top (oh yes). For our appetizers, or Munchies as Redbud Kitchen calls them, we love the Triple Dipped with the house fried tortillas, Chili Shrimp Tacos, or Papas Nachos - no ordinary tater tots here! Next, we travel to the meal selections under the Out of Hand section and Fork & Knife section… there’s just so much yum to choose from! We’ve gobbled up the Hillbilly Heap, Grilled Meatloaf, Yard Bird, Garlic-Herbed Grilled Cheese, Smoky Mountain Meatloaf, and Shrimp + Grits - not all on one occasion of course!

Last, but not least, we went for the Sweet Stuff section one evening and had some made-in-house Strawberry Cake, then decided to purchase a whole one to take home for a holiday gathering. Yep, the whole cake. That’s how good it is. So what are you waiting for, Knoxville? Get out to South Knoxville and give Redbud Kitchen a try! You can expect friendly and personal service. We always enjoy chatting with the Kitchen co-owner, Lisa Long. Redbud Kitchen also has some great Happy Hour specials weekdays from 4-7, a just-asdelicious Brunch Menu on the weekends from 11-4, and a catering menu to take care of your large-crowd needs. Go to RedbudKitchen.com to check out their full menu. Our mouths were literally watering as we read through it the first time. You will not be disappointed! Redbud Kitchen sits at 906 Sevier Avenue in Knoxville, and we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do! Follow us as we venture out from Somewhere in the South to join us for more food, drink, and life adventures @somewhere.inthe.south on Instagram! Till next time, Denton & Lori Lesslie


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Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville’s 16th Annual Run/Walk for Autism


SATURDAY, APRIL 30 • 8:30 am Regal Cinemas, Turkey Creek Early registration discount through April 19



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OIN AUTI S M Breakthrough of Knoxville for the 16th Annual Run/ Walk for Autism on A pril 3 0 th. The race starts at 8:30 am at the Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 18, located in Turkey Creek. The run, held each April during National Autism Awareness Month, supports Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide services that enable adults with autism to lead purposeful lives. Sign up to be a Breakthrough Buddy Volunteer or complete the run on your own for just $25. You can even grab some friends and make it a group challenge! Keep in mind, registration prices go up to $30 after April 19th, so be sure to get yours soon. If the 5K is too long, there is also a one-mile run/walk at 8:35 am until 10 am. If you can’t make it out to the race or running isn’t really your thing, there is a sleeping but supporting option on the website for $25. Donations are always accepted, and it’s an easy way to show your support without having to leave the comfort of your home. Looking to volunteer? There are positions still available for registration volunteers,

Breakthrough Buddy volunteers, and course monitors. Registration and course monitor volunteers arrive at 7 am and finish at 9 am. Breakthrough Buddy volunteers will walk or run the 5K or one-mile fun run with a Breakthrough Buddy and arrive at 7:30 am. Come out to support the autism community. Proceeds go to Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville to improve the lives of adults with autism. For more information, go to BreakthroughKnoxville.org. Founded by parents of children with autism, Breakthrough Corporation is changing the way autism services are provided in Tennessee by offers assistance with recreational programs, community housing, employment placement, and more. Visit our website, podcasts, YouTube videos and Instagram: @breakthrough_tn. Breakthrough Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizationl ocated in Knoxville that supports primarily adults with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. Breakthrough is licensed to provide a full continuum of services through TennCare and is in-network for managed care organizations Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amerigroup, and United Healthcare.

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EOPLE KEEP ASKING me if we’ve had the last freeze and frost. If I knew how to predict the weather, I’d be laying on a beach in the Caribbean right now, so I’ll just tell you the averages. Our average last freeze is March 24, and the average last frost is April 13. If you’ve lived here for very long, you know that we can be well on either side of that average. In other words, don’t rush Mother Nature. She likes to make people think it’s spring and then dump 6” of snow on them. Then she laughs. With that being said, April is generally the month when gardening kicks off with a bang. Everyone that has been waiting to start gardening emerges from their homes en masse and begins to plant. I’m going to join them, but I’m also going to keep all my plant covers handy! What can you do this month? There’s a big list! • After our snow-pocalypse, the first thing to do is take a good hard look at your plants to see what damage has been done. What has freeze damage? What has weight damage from the heaviness of the snow? Please wait before you start ripping plants out or doing severe pruning. Some things that look dead are not. Give them at least a month to see if new growth emerges. Broken branches should be removed with sharp tools, but if it looks dead and is still flexible, it isn’t dead. Patience is a gardener’s best tool. • While you’re out there, look for other problems. What has insect damage? What has fungal spots from last year? What needs to be pruned, divided, moved, or composted? What has changed in the area that will have an impact on your gardening? There’s so much construction going on that some of you now have empty spots where there was once woods. Do your shade plants need to move? Do you have new neighbors that you would like to not see quite so much of? Make a list and make a plan. Big changes can seem overwhelming, so think about chopping your project into smaller pieces. It’s often a little easier on your budget, your sanity, and your family. • Let’s talk about bugs. Notice above that I said look for insect damage; I didn’t say look for insects. Many bugs are either benign or helpful, so don’t think that you must start drenching your plants in insecticide at the first sign of movement. If you see damage, however, it’s best to start treating before you have an infestation. Call if you have questions. • If you saw fungal damage during your checkup, make sure you get any diseased leaves cleaned up and away. That will go a long way in preventing problems this year. Do not put them in your compost! Some plants are prone to fungal problems, however, so be prepared to start treating them as soon as the spots appear.


• If you’re putting new plants in, get your planting beds ready. Work in compost or aged manure to add nutrients. Get weeds out, but do not apply a pre-emergent if you’re going to plant seeds. If you’re going to plant seedlings instead, go ahead and apply a pre-emergent to make your life easier. • Get your containers ready for spring. If they’re small, dump the soil out and rinse the pot. If the plants had any fungal problems, mix a tablespoon of bleach into a gallon of water and pour it into the pot, then rinse it out. Refill the container with fresh, good quality soil. Remember to NEVER use garden soil in containers. Potting soil is for pots, garden soil is for gardens. You cannot substitute one for the other! • If your containers are large or have permanent occupants (shrubs, perennials, etc.), top dress them with a couple inches of compost or fresh soil. One-fourth inch of worm castings will also help. After 3-5 years, you really need to take everything out and start all over. • Flower beds can be planted this month, but some plants are more tolerant of cool temperatures than others. Petunias, geraniums, lantana, and some other annuals will handle a light frost. Begonias

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BY T R OY B . M A R D E N , H O S T O F N A S H V I L L E P U B L I C T E L E V I S I O N ’ S VO LU N T E E R G A R D E N E R

ISHOP’S HAT and fairy wings are charming common names for Epimedium, and if you look at the flowers and newly unfurling leaves in early spring, it is clear how they came by them. As the tiny, wing-like leaves emerge from underground rhizomes in March and April, they are accompanied by clusters of delicate, dangling flowers which, with a bit of imagination, could be reminiscent of certain ecclesiastical headwear. During the past two decades, Epimedium have become increasingly popular with gardeners for their tough constitution and long season of interest in the shade garden. New selections and cultivars from enterprising plant explorers and hybridizers have expanded the offerings from just a handful 20 years ago to a smorgasbord of enticing leaf forms and flower colors that offer nearly year-round beauty. Among the many species - more than 60 at present count the foliage can range from tiny and delicate (hence, the common name fairy wings) with soft, eyelash-like edges to long, leathery, and sharply spined architectural forms. In many selections, new leaves emerge painted in red, copper, or pink shades, and those that remain partly to completely evergreen may take on tones of red to deep maroon-purple in winter. The flowers are equally diverse, appearing from very early spring to early summer in a veritable rainbow of colors, including white to red, pink, yellow, orange, copper, and deep, dusky purples. Often they are bicolored, with the outer sepals being one color and the longer, sometimes “spidery” inner petals a contrasting shade, and they can range in size from the tiny, quarter-inch white stars of E. stellulatum to the dangling, two-inch yellow “spiders” of E. ‘The Giant.’ Plants can range in size from just a few inches tall to nearly two feet and in habit from strictly clumping, with little to no spreading, to slowly spreading groundcovers that will eventually form nice stands in and around other shade-loving plants. Epimedium are best suited to bright, dappled shade in an open woodland garden, where they will put on their greatest display but have proven quite adaptable in locations ranging from morning sun to fairly deep shade. Once established, they are drought tolerant and deer are largely uninterested in their tough and unpalatable leaves. For maintenance, all that really is needed is a quick tidying up of old foliage in February, before flowers and new leaves begin emerging in March and April. Of the many varieties now on the market, a few have been standouts in my own



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Mass plantings of Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ and ‘Pink Champagne’ offer pleasing leaf forms and soft contrasts of color.

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garden and gardens I have visited. At the top of my personal list is ‘Domino,’ a vigorous clump former that bears clouds of creamy white flowers tipped in deep rose from early spring to early summer. It is one of the longest-blooming varieties available. Also outstanding are ‘Amber Queen,’ ‘Pink Champagne,’ ‘Caramel,’ and the species E. membranaceum with its large, yellow spring blooms and ruby red winter leaf color. If you garden in shade, give these tough, adaptable, deer-resistant plants a try. You’ll be glad you did! A variety of Epimedium species and

cultivars can be found at the UT Gardens, Jackson and Knoxville. The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. Visit utia.tennessee.edu/state-botanical-garden for more information.

A Few of the Many Reasons to Support Your Local Farmers Market! BY E A S T T E N N E S S E E FA R M M A R K E T S


ROM SAVORING produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!


The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

ENJOY The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. Shopping and THE cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the SEASON cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year. SUPPORT Family farmers need FAMILY your support, now FARMERS that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U. S . Sm a l l fa m i l y farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy. PROMOTE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.


A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.


Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.


Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore!



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Brussels Sprouts with Peanut Chipotle Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of Parker Wallace (parkersplate.com) on behalf of the Georgia Peanut Commission 6-8 Servings Ingredients: • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved • Peanut oil • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter • 2 tablespoons water • 3 teaspoons champagne vinegar • 2 teaspoons honey • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided • Orange or mandarin segments, for garnish • Crispy fried shallots, for garnish • Crumbled French feta, for garnish • Chopped fresh mint, for garnish Directions: Preheat air fryer to 400º F. Lightly brush Brussels sprouts with peanut oil and place in fryer basket. Cook 10-15 minutes, shaking halfway through. In small bowl, whisk peanut butter, water, champagne vinegar, honey, chipotle chili powder, and 1 pinch salt until well combined. Once cooked, remove Brussels sprouts from air fryer and place in bowl. Toss in chipotle peanut vinaigrette until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Garnish with orange segments, crispy fried shallots, feta, and mint.

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Thai Chicken and Pork Skewers Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peanut Commission 6 Servings Ingredients: • 1 tablespoon minced ginger • 6 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 cups creamy peanut butter • 1 cup chicken broth • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce • 1 tablespoon chili oil • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice • 2 tablespoons honey • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro • Salt, to taste • Pepper, to taste • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin Directions: In mixing bowl, combine ginger, garlic, peanut butter, broth, soy sauce, chili oil, lime juice, honey, and cilantro. Mix well and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut chicken and pork into strips and thread onto skewers. In non-metal container, marinate meat in half of peanut butter sauce 1-2 hours in refrigerator. Reserve remaining sauce for dipping. Heat oven to broil. Broil skewered meats until done, turning once. In pot, bring remaining sauce to boil and serve warm as dipping sauce.

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Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art Exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through April 24. You Should Have Been There! 1982 World’s Fair 40th Anniversary at the Museum of East TN History through October 9.

Cocktails & Conversation with Koichi Yamamoto at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6 to 7 pm. Free!


For King & Country: What Are We Waiting For? at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7 pm. Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.


Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 pm. Koe Wetzel at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7 pm. The Bachelor Live on Stage at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. The Lees of Memory at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Hasan Minhaj at the Bijou Theatre at 6:30 and 9 pm. Disney Princess the Concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. The Wood Brothers at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Also the 7th at 8 pm. She Kills Monsters at the Clarence Brown Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also 7th-9th at 7:30 pm and the 10th at 2 pm. Last performance in the Carousel Theatre before it is renovated! REO Speedwagon at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Jackie and Me at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre at 7 pm. Also the 8th-10th. Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 and 5 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm.


Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Elton John at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm. Girl Named Tom at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Also the 9th at 2 and 8 pm and 10th at 1:30 and 7 pm.


Big Egg Hunt! at Zoo Knoxville at 8 am. Also on 16th for non-zoo members. Dogwood Arts Spring Featured Gardens around Knoxville from 10 am to 5 pm. Also the 10th from noon to 5 pm. For more info visit DogwoodArts.com/featuredgardens. Spring Marketplace at Historic Ramsey House from 10 am to 4 pm. Ice Bears vs Evansville Thunderbolts at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm. RC Car Racing! Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Hotel California: The Music of the Eagles at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.


Tennessee Association Vintage Base Ball at Historic Ramsey House at noon and 2 pm.


Tennessee 250th: Opportunities and Challenges, Brown Bag Lecture Series at the East TN History Center from 12 to 1 pm. WordPlayers Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson at the Flying Anvil Theatre at 6:30 pm. Henry Rollins at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


Knoxville Jazz Orchestra at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.



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Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location 2022 from the 19th-23rd. Local & regional artists will be painting outdoors at various locations. Art show and sale on the 23rd from 5:30 to 9 pm. Visit KnoxArt.org.


Always…Patsy Cline at the Clarence Brown Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 21st until May 15th. Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. My Morning Jacket at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.


KSO Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: The Cycle of Life at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 22nd at 7:30 pm. Jon Meacham at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. Modest Mouse at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.


Earth Day 4th Friday Jam at the Knoxville Visitors Center from 5 to 7 pm. East TN Bluegrass Association traditional bluegrass jam. Free! Dogwood Arts Festival at World’s Fair Park through the 24th. DogwoodArts.com


Knoxville Garden Club Talahi Plant Sale at Lakeshore Park from 9 am to 2 pm. Earth Day Celebration at Zoo Knoxville from 10 am to 2 pm. Paul Belcher Concerts Gold City, Inspirations, Hoppers & Kingsmen at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 6 pm. Black Jacket Symphony: The Police’s Synchronicity at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Penny and Sparrow at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm. Sierra Ferrell at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


2nd Annual Volunteer Ministry Center Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms Golf Course from 1 to 6 pm. Benefits the Volunteer Ministry Center. For more info visit VMCinc.org/vmc-golf-tournament. WWE Monday Night Raw at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 pm. Primus: A Tribute to Kings at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm. Rainbow Kitten Surprise at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm. Shelby Lynne at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Downtown Knoxville Book Talk at the East TN History Center from noon to 1 pm. Free! Shannon & The Clams at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Walker Hayes: Fancy Like at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Arbor Day Sheep Shearing at the Museum of Appalachia from 9 am to 5 pm through May 6th. Knoxville Opera presents Puccini Gala Concert at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Amos Lee at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.


Walk MS: Knoxville at World’s Fair Park. Site opens at 8 am, walk begins at 10 am. 16th Annual Breakthrough Run/Walk for Autism in Turkey Creek (beginning at Regal Cinemas) at 8:30 am. Aquaticon - freshwater, reptile, and saltwater aquarium show, at the Knoxville Expo Center from 11 am to 6 pm. Annual Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair along Market Street in downtown Knoxville at noon. Free! Zoofari - Color in the Wild: An Evening in White at Zoo Knoxville. 5:30 cocktails, 7 pm dinner, 8 pm auction, 9 pm after party.


Justin Moore at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 7:30 pm.


First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. Annual Street Rod Nationals South at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center from 8 am to 5 pm. Also the 7th from 8 am to 5 pm and 8th from 8 am to 12:30 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.

New “‟ Summer Camp” for Adults at Tremont Institute



Institute at Tremont has announced their new Naturalist Week, a summer program just for adults taking place June 20-24. Naturalist Week is a five-day, four-night residential experience for adults who want to learn about and explore the natural world. Like all Tremont summer camps, Naturalist Week will take place at Tremont’s campus inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “Our summer camps are known for providing fun and educational experiences for kids inside the national park,” said Erin Rosolina, marketing manager at Tremont. “Naturalist Week is our way to extend the summer fun to our adult participants, as well as meet the demand for more adult field programs.” Tremont is a residential environmental education center based in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each summer, they host camps for youth ages four to 17. Throughout the year, they also host adult field programs, such as photography workshops and their Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program, an eight-course program that provides fundamental and specialty skills in Southern Appalachian ecology and interpretive techniques; participants who

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complete the program receive a certificate from the University of Tennessee. “Our adult programs are incredibly popular,” said Rosolina. She reported that of the 12 naturalist courses Tremont is offering in 2022, nine have sold out already. “A couple sold out within the first 24 hours that registration was open.” Naturalist Week will offer a unique opportunity for adults to disconnect, unwind, and discover the wonders of the Smoky Mountains with activities and adventures guided by Tremont’s experienced on-staff naturalists. The week is designed for all levels of experience, from casual nature-lovers to seasoned explorers. Activities will include

animal tracking, birding, exploring cultural history, identifying plants, stargazing, and storytelling around the campfire. “At Tremont, we believe that everybody has the innate ability to be curious, ask questions, and experience wonder,” said Rosolina. “We’re excited to be able to facilitate these child-like experiences for our older learners in this new way.” Registration for Naturalist Week is available at gsmit.org/naturalist-week. Registration includes food, lodging, instruction, and materials inside the national park. There are no prior-course prerequisites to participate. “I’d recommend signing up sooner than later,” added Rosolina. “I’m pretty sure this program is going to sell out quickly.” Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences through educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn more at gsmit.org.

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Center New Exhibitions Opening Emporium April 1


HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from April 1-30. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store. In addition to the First Friday reception on April 1 from 5 to 9 pm, the Emporium will debut its newest expansion, The Arrowmont Gallery, from 5 to 8:30 pm at 110 S. Gay Street. Arrowmont’s Board of Governors and staff host this grand opening of their first permanent space off-campus: a new gallery in the Arts District of downtown Knoxville. Richardson & Marilyn Avery Turner: Recent Work in the Lower Gallery Richardson Turner presents an autobiographical series of prints using images he has created during the last three years. They represent memories of the pursuit of a certain muse from 1964 to 1974. The works are made with a black lithograph key drawing, followed by screen printed color layers. Artist statement excerpt: I wrote text to accompany this work, Richardson Turner which was an integral part of creating the compositions and remembering dream-like details. Originally from New York City, Marilyn Avery Turner has exhibited work in more than one-third of the states in the U.S. and has received many awards in national exhibitions. Artist statement excerpt: These works are metaphors for time and its forward thrust. The designs and images from Pre-Colombian cultures have been an important source of inspiration for me, as have the Western motifs. All of the pictorial elements are derived from monotypes, which I then collage to create the monotype/chine Marilyn Avery Turner colle works in this exhibit. Fritz Massaquoi (1926-2022): In Memoriam in the Upper Gallery This exhibit pays tribute to the long and prolific career of a multi-media artist. Fritz was a self-taught painter who also worked in batik, tie-dye, weaving, printmaking, and papermaking. A longtime Emporium resident artist, his works have been collected and exhibited internationally. He was also an active art teacher, inspiring his students wherever he taught. The son of West African royalty, Fritz relocated to the U.S. due to civil war in his home country of Liberia. He created nearly all the works in this exhibition after his arrival in Knoxville in 1990. Sale proceeds from Fritz’s paintings will go toward supporting a school he helped build in his ancestral village of N’Jabacca, Liberia.


Knoxville Opera: Giacomo Puccini Exhibition in the Display Case This unique exhibition includes music, photographs, and memorabilia of composer Giacomo Puccini from the private collection of Brian Salesky. Highlights include 1st edition 19th and 20th century piano/vocal scores, librettos, and photographs, some autographed by legendary opera singers. This display is presented in conjunction with Knoxville Opera performances of Puccini’s music on Sunday, April 24, at Sacred Heart Cathedral and Friday, April 29, at the Bijou Theatre. For more information, visit KnoxvilleOpera.com. Booder Barnes - All the “ic”s on the North Wall Artist statement: As a suffix, “ic” means having the character of, having the form of, or the nature of. Also, “ic” suggests what something is similar to, caused by, or made of. Sometimes the “ic” word compels what I should paint. Other times, what’s painted suggests an adjective or adverb that describes the painting. None of these paintings are really representational but rather my interpretation or abstraction of the “ic.” Barnes moved from New York state to Tennessee 26 years ago. Nicholas Cockrell: Covenant of Time in the Atrium Time is fundamental to all of life. In every aspect, time is considered as the duration, cycles, periods, changes, and/or transitions that mark one’s existence. From the rising of the sun, the phases of the moon, climate seasons, birth, death, and everything in between, time is present and passing. Similarly, God’s love is tantamount with time. God’s love is present. Since time is fundamental to all life, and God’s love is interwoven with time, God’s love is fundamental to life. Therefore, God has a Covenant of Time. In all moments of time, God’s love is inseparable. Cockrell started painting at the onset of Covid-19’s debut in the U.S., and painting allowed him to express himself in newer ways that photography had yet to satiate. When one of his roommates passed away tragically in April 2020, Nicholas grieved through painting: It gave him the space to cry, scream, be undone, feel, and heal. The grief journey is far from over, but painting is forever inseparable from that piece of his story. As he continues to paint, he finds himself exploring past wounds and trauma, philosophical thoughts, and faith through the emotional range of colors. The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Saturday, April 9 (but open on Sunday, April 10), and closed on Friday, April 15. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.

Help Your Team Bloom at Random Acts of Flowers


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T RANDOM Acts of Flowers, we realize the impor tance of working together within a team and strengthening the relationships among its members. Engaging in a Full or Half-Day of Service with us offers your team the opportunity to engage and work with each other outside of your regular work setting while giving back to our community. Our workshop is organized, cleaned, and sanitized daily to ensure that we offer a workspace that is clean, highly functional, and a great place for team building and having fun! We can be flexible on times and activities in order to meet the needs of your business or organization. Activities can include re-purposing donated flowers, arranging floral bouquets, delivering bouquets to local healthcare facilities, or helping to coordinate a fundraising event or vase drive. These activities allow participants to experience the therapeutic benefits that come along with working with flowers, as well as the joy and satisfaction of knowing their efforts will have a positive impact on others. In addition, our Flowers After Hours events are a great way for groups to spend meaningful time together having fun and participating in our mission. There are

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public Flowers After Hours scheduled every other month (listed on our website), and we also offer private Flowers After Hours for groups of 12 or more. Make your team stronger while helping Random Acts of Flowers achieve our mission of delivering recycled flowers, hope, and personal moments of kindness to those in local healthcare facilities! For more information on making a donation, having a Random Acts of Flowers event, or volunteering, call 865-633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit RAFKnoxville.org.


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You Were Made for More!

significant impact on, and meanO YOU E VE R get ing in, the world. f r u s t r ate d , dis co u rUnfortunately, most people aged, or even depressed blindly accept the world’s minibecause you have a deep sense, mizing definitions of what their a gnawing in your heart or gut, lives are meant to be and can that you were made for more? be. They accept lesser definiI do. BY DR. JIM BAILEY tions of their potential impact I recently read a great book, and meaning then settle for the The Nightingale by Kristin watered-down aspirations and Hannah, and only five pages in the main character says, “I always thought it was goals these definitions allow. Until, that what I wanted: To be loved and admired. is, something within them recognizes they Now I think perhaps I’d love to be known.” were made for more than a plain oatmeal Her statement stopped me in my tracks. life and begins to kick back and demand That kind of personal insight is something more. So, how do you KNOW what your “More” so many of my friends and clients long for, should look like? You start by taking an honyet very few are given the gift to know what est look at your life and asking yourself hard they truly want. but important questions. You ask yourself But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go things like: back to my initial statement - “You Were • What kind of man or woman or person Made for More.” What exactly do I mean? am I, and who do I want to be? I believe that our society, and possibly our • What sorts of relationships do I have, world, has traded the full weight and meanand what kind would I like to have? ing of your life and mine for less meaningful • What do I do to earn a living, and how and less significant things. Your work means would I like that to be different? more than the way you take care of financial • What am I doing to enjoy the life I’m and material needs. Your identity and value given, and how can I do that better? as a human being aren’t based on what you • What kind of legacy would I leave if I do or whether you’re important or currently died today, and how would I like that trending in your small circle. You were created to be different? for so much more - to have a life that has a

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You’re not just asking yourself about the things you want for today or tomorrow; you’re asking about what you want to be true about you when you are 65 years old (or 10 years from now if you’re already there or older). Begin by writing down the answers to the questions above. It may take a while, AND those questions may not be enough. You may want to add to them by defining what you want in specific aspects of your life. The point of the exercise is to help you start defining what kind of life you want to have so you can move purposefully toward it, rather than letting your daily circumstances determine your direction. Defining your “More” is a first step toward establishing the targets you want to move toward in your life. On my website, I’ll talk about how we establish the mindset and actions that help us reach those targets. Establishing a vision for your life is just one of the ways I help Career and Business coaching clients take steps toward the work-life they want. Dr. Jim Bailey, an East Tennessee native, has a passion for helping others maximize their lives and make positive impacts through career, business, and leadership coaching and in mentoring and serving in local youth and UT ministries. He can be reached at DrJimBailey.com.


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