Everything Knoxville April 2023 Edition

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From the Publisher

THERE’S A 2020 ESPN press conference video where football player Marshawn Lynch gives advice to younger players. Lynch, who spent the majority of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, including a 2013 Super Bowl win, spoke informally though heartfelt, “Take care of y’all bodies, take care of y’all chicken, and take care of y’all mentals because we ain’t lasting that long.” We found it to be such sound advice (after verifying that “chicken” did indeed mean money!) that we shared it with our adult kids.

Take care of your body - Lynch encourages young athletes to keep their long-term health in mind. We assist our readers in doing the same with articles like our cover feature, MBody Healthcare. The Majors provide the time and attention needed for effective long-term care and overall health. If pain or ongoing inflammatory issues plague you, talk to the specialists at West Knox Acupuncture for relief options.

Take care of your “chicken” - Don’t be foolish with your

TIME for better healthcare with MBody Healthcare. As a Direct Primary Care facility, MBody is able to provide healthcare services with a more personal connection. Melissa Major, NP will give your healthcare needs the time and attention you deserve.

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income to ensure there will be money left when you’re ready to retire. SageSpring Wealth Partners helps plan your monetary future, and Marsh Wealth Management shares knowledgeable financial tax information - to keep as much “chicken” around as possible!

Take care of your mentals - Lynch says in the clip that he has known players that are, sadly, “here no longer” due to mental health issues. Our own peace, as well as our relationship interactions, thrive on mental well-being. Discovering how and why we “tick” is essential for growth and overall wellness. Find your “happy place(s)” - prayer, gardening, meditation, hiking, etc. - and spend some time there daily. Dr. Jim Bailey also explores your best mental health focus.

So partner with Everything Knoxville (and Marshawn Lynch!) in paying attention to your health, finances, and mental well-being - although taking care of your bodies, chicken, and mentals is a lot more fun way to say it!

Cover photos by Morgan Hayley Harper
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Photo by Morgan Hayley Harper
Photo by Morgan Hayley Harper


Does it take weeks instead of days to get an appointment with your doctor?

Do you have adequate time to explain your symptoms and concerns with your medical provider during routine visits?

Are health conditions requiring more frequent follow-up/ medication adjustments scheduled in a timely manner?

When you are sick, are you told to go to the nearest “Doc in a Box” for care?

WE ALL know that our healthcare system has become more similar to a giant corporation than to the family doctor who made home visits when needed. While progress must be made, we are all experiencing less and less face-to-face time with our primary care physicians. MBody Healthcare owners, Mike and Melissa Major, are here to put the “care” back in healthcare by offering membershipbased, affordable healthcare. Everything Knoxville sat down in their comfortable, “homey” office to discuss how they differ from insurance-based medical providers and how this could be a big benefit to you.

EK: Let’s start with the basics. What are your medical backgrounds and what brought you to Knoxville?

Mike: After graduating from the University of Portland with a bachelor of science in nursing (under an ROTC scholarship), I spent the next eight years in the Air Force working as a nurse, including being in charge of the Pentagon primary care clinic. With encouragement from several physicians, I applied and was accepted to the Uniformed Services University medical school, completed a Family Medicine residency, and faithfully served for 17 years. As a civilian, my main practice has been as a hospitalist.

Melissa: As a Registered Nurse from Pensacola State University, I worked in inpatient and rural health for the next 13 years, primarily focusing on underserved communities. I then pursued my master’s degree in nursing with a focus on adult gerontology at Boise State University. Upon graduation, I also worked as an inpatient hospitalist.

Mike: We were still living in Boise when

I got a job in Knoxville working a week-on week-off schedule at a local hospital, commuting back and forth. I really liked the area and knew Melissa and the kids would feel at home here, too. We took the plunge and relocated our family right as the pandemic was ramping up.

EK: With all of your combined medical experience, you both seem eager to connect with Knoxvillians who are seeking more personalized care. Why is that?

Melissa: We have the unique perspective of being medical professionals AND patients. In early 2020, I received a reminder postcard prompting me to schedule my annual check-up. When I called and was offered the first date available - two months out - the reality of how broken the system was hit me hard.

My once daily routine at the hospital - sitting at the bedside and talking with patients - had been slowly replaced with phone calls and meetings focused on proving “medical necessity” to get insurance coverage approval for my patients. They were not

getting the care they needed - even with excellent insurance.

Mike: This was certainly no different for physicians in the outpatient setting. The required “volume to meet productivity” has reduced the doctor/patient visit time to about six minutes. Three of the most obvious drawbacks are the amount of pharmaceuticals patients are being prescribed, the pattern of automatically sending patients on to specialists, and the growing chronic disease burden we face as a nation. Our experience is that people are spending more on medications and specialists than ever, yet getting sicker. We knew there had to be a better way.

EK: So how is MBody Healthcare different from a “traditional” primary care model?

Mike: The most striking difference between us and traditional primary care is the access and time our patients receive. We offer same/next-day visits with extended visit times to ensure they never feel rushed. For after-hours and weekends, we provide direct calls and texting access. Our patients can rest assured, knowing we are always a text away if they need us. We also offer virtual visits for when they are out of town or tied up at work. We understand that busy lives can get in the way, so we strive to make the healthcare experience easy and convenient with minimal downtime.

Photos by Morgan Hayley Harper

For the first time in 11 years, I feel like I have a caregiver who really cares. MBody has let me take control of my health again. They take the time to get to know me and my medical issues and remember me whenever I call or go into the office. Appointments are never rushed, and we work together to get me to a good outcome. MBody is one of the very best health decisions I have ever made

Melissa: We wanted to offer a way to give patients the time they needed and their health deserved. We knew the key was to shift the focus back to preventative care and to reduce pharmaceutical usage if at all possible. After two years of researching alternative models of care, it became clear that the only way we could provide a better care was from the “outside,” allowing us to remove (potential insurance) barriers and to restore the essential doctor-patient connection.

EK: Can you explain how the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model works in terms of insurance vs. membership?

Melissa: The flat monthly rate includes unlimited visits, direct provider access, and all primary care needs, including basic labs and wellness care. Beyond this, we provide in-office procedures and urgent care needs. We will happily utilize your insurance if you have a policy for anything we do not cover. We assist those without insurance by getting them the most affordable cash-pay options available. We do believe insurance has its place - to serve as catastrophic coverage - similar to the policies we hold on our vehicles and homes. Most of our patients do carry a policy; however, they don’t tend to utilize it. This, we believe, is the ideal place for insurance - as a safety net, not smack dab in the middle of the

doctor-patient relationship.

Mike: DPC is a subscription-based healthcare model that can operate outside commercial medical insurance - those third-party payers that are, unfortunately, incentivized to reject claims. We are not incentivized by anything other than getting you healthy and keeping you that way!

EK: What do you see are the biggest benefits of belonging to DPC healthcare?

Mike: People often ask how it is possible to offer the level of care we provide and guarantee same/next-day visits. The answer is twofold. The first has to do with volume. While the typical primary care doctor today is responsible for more than 3,500 patients, we have limited our patient panel to 500 per provider.

Melissa: The second is that our patients honestly do not need us nearly as much as you would think! Once they are enrolled and we have spent time getting to know each other, an amazing thing happens - they begin to realize that we are there, any time of any day. This not only aids in them reaching out at the onset of an issue, assuring quicker diagnosis and resolution, but it relieves anxiety regarding not knowing what they will do if they get sick. Simply being available has proven to be one of the most medicinal approaches to care we have found.

EK: Is there more information you would like our readers to know?

Melissa: We offer employer incentives beyond traditional insurance to keep employees healthy and productive. Our

Employer Membership Plan


goal is to encourage everyone to choose “wellness” over co-pay insurance hassles. We welcome the opportunity to become your primary healthcare option. Dr. Mike and I have a heart for those struggling in our current insurance-based healthcare. We think you deserve better - better access, more time, and a deeper patient/ provider connection.

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Searching for a Financial Advisor?

ACCORDING TO Gallup’s 70/30 principle about 70% of decisions are based on emotional factors and only 30% are based on rational factors, and that can make big decisions like choosing a financial advisor difficult. On one hand, you need to ensure that the person is an experienced advisor with a solid history and a good reputation. On the other hand, if you start working with an advisor to plan your retirement in your 50s, you could be looking at a 30+ year relationship, and who wants to spend 30 years with someone they don’t like? When choosing a financial advisor, you need to focus on both sound judgments and personal preference.

A good rational way to choose as advisor is based on research. Start with a website like BrokerCheck, which is a free tool that is run by an independent, non-governmental regulator. BrokerCheck will give you a snapshot of

an advisor’s employment history, regulatory actions, investment-related licensing information, arbitrations, and complaints.

When it comes to something like emotions, it is hard to beat a good old face-to-face interaction. Set up an initial meeting so that you can get to know each other before any decisions are made. Arriving a few minutes early will allow you to get a good feel for not only how the advisor’s staff treats you as a new prospect, but also how they interact with current clients. Experiencing the feel of the office and how the staff treats each other can tell you a lot about what to expect from the advisor themselves.

It doesn’t take much time to do a little digging online, but finding the time to meet several different advisors is more difficult. That is why we added an open house to our second annual Community Shred Day!

Join us on Thursday, April 20th, any time

between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm for complimentary document shredding and open house. After you shred your documents, pop in and say hello. We’ll share some complimentary treats from Knox Dough with you and answer any questions you may have.

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ShredPro Secure will be here to unload your car and immediately shred your documents. Then come on in and ask your questions about financial advisors in general or our office specifically. We won’t collect your contact information. Our goal is to make you more comfortable and confident when it comes to your financial planning.

Congratulate yourself for knocking two items off your to-do list, and enjoy a complimentary treat from one of our favorite local companies, Knox Dough.

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ARE YOU always sorting through the never-ending amount of garments you have hanging in your closet just to put together the single outfit you had in mind? Can’t find the pants to match the shirt? Or the shoes to match the pants?

While life can be messy and disorganized, a closet should not. Closets should make life easier. A custom closet that’s designed and organized based on your needs provides much more organization and maximizes storage space, which means less frustration.

The Tailored Closet professionals will meet with you in your home, listen to your specific needs, and work with you to design a space that fits your everyday lifestyle. Here are some preliminary questions to ask yourself before calling for your in-home consultation:

1. How much space do I have to work with?

This is the primary aspect to factor into your closet planning. Knowing how much space you have will help The Tailored Closet professional designer determine the best organizational system for your closet. Also, consider ceiling height when you take inventory of the closet space. Making use of every inch can be important if you’re working with a small space.

2. What is my budget?

While the cost really depends on the size

of your closet, a basic system with hanging and shelves will cost less than including cabinets and drawers. Additionally, the finish color you choose will impact your budget. A white finish will always be less expensive than wood grains and darker finishes.

3. What types of clothing am I storing?

Some people only want to hang shirts, blouses, and pants in their closet and leave other items such as undergarments stored in a bedroom dresser. Think about what types of clothing and accessories you want to store inside your closet and it will help you put together a picture of your organizational needs.

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Together We Can Make a Difference


ROSS the Boss Salons has reconnected with the Parkinson’s Foundation - partnering with them to help spread awareness and raise money for both those battling the disease, as well as sharing support for the caretakers. This connection is near and dear to us as a company because our founder, Ross Badgett III, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s around five years ago.

For our Vice President, Patricia Howard, Ross’s diagnosis hit very close to home - she watched her grandfather battle the disease many decades ago. With the improvements in care and research towards a cure by the Parkinson’s Foundation, the difference between her grandfather’s fight and Ross III’s fight is night and day due to an advancement in medicines and how much more available help there is for Parkinson’s patients today versus when Patricia’s grandfather became ill.

In the past, Ross the Boss Salons has been involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation through various events, and today, we find ourselves again offering our support not only for the organization, but to those we know and love that are fighting the disease.

Ross the Boss is participating in the Moving Day Knoxville event hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation on April 22 in honor of Ross Badgett III. We invite the community to help us raise money for patients right here in East Tennessee, and we’d love to see everyone out at the event sharing their Parkinson’s story with us.

Our desire to support one another as a family inside our company and in our community was instilled by Ross III and it is our honor to continue to help where and as much as we can.

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devoted to oratorio, religious, and operatic works by the composer of Messiah : Georg Friedrich Händel. Brian Salesky, former Executive and Artistic Director of the Knoxville Opera, will conduct beloved favorites and intriguing rarities from 10 Handel works, including spectacular trumpetblazing selections from Samson , Rinaldo, and Judas Maccabaeus - with the participation of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Choir and the St. John Neumann Catholic School Choir. Don’t miss this free inspirational concert, reservations not required.

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the most prestigious, if not also the most glamorous, restaurant in Market Square, the Oliver Royale requires minimal introduction to those experienced browsers of Knoxville’s food scene. And yet, even as a native Knoxvillian, I only recently stepped through those double doors for the first time.

The delicate but substantial luxury of this dining experience cannot be contained by the innocent iron fence around the small outside dining patio but instead draws the eye of every passer-by in Market Square, beckoning even those bound for other destinations, to stop in and savor just one delectable bite or sensational sip.

I had passed the Oliver Royale at least a dozen times in the past before I finally picked up the menu for Sunday brunch. Of course, the bar doesn’t glitter quite as alluringly in the daylight as it does during dinner hours, but as spring arrives and friends emerge from their winter cozy holes, brunch is the perfect meal for any agenda.

Think French toast and fresh cream, chicken and grits, bacon and hash browns, and of course, eggs, eggs, and more eggs.

In the spirit of a true Southern brunch, I ordered the Pulled Pork Benedict, the only Benedict served on a biscuit instead of an English muffin. Pulled pork buried beneath a poached egg smothered in salsa verde and hollandaise and crested by micro cilantro delivered the perfect bite, eliciting a “yum” impossible to stifle. An amiable goal - as a foodie at least - is to seek that which cannot possibly be replicated at home. This, my fellow tasters, was perhaps the most artfully composed Benedict I have yet to enjoy. Executive Chef Darin Hoagland has certainly delivered on his commitment to “thoughtfully sourced, high-quality food.”

If a poached egg gives you pause, a scrambled egg stuffed with fresh veggies might

assuage concerns about texture. My dining companion ordered the Oliver Omelet stuffed-to-overflowing with mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, and sharp cheddar, once again drizzled with zesty salsa verde and micro cilantro. Complement the tangy vegetable-packed protein with sweet fresh fruit, or, if you’re still jealous of that scrumptious pork Benedict, order more house-made biscuits.

Get an extra boost from locally roasted Honey Bee Coffee, or - from that beautiful centerpiece bar I can’t stop mentioning - order signature mimosas, a Bloody Royale (you can never go wrong with jalapeno), or the subtly exquisite Flor de la Sangra: a graceful blend of elderflower and champagne that perfectly complements any meal on the menu.

No matter what you order, every bite will prove worth straying from your usual brunch venues. I only wish I’d ventured in sooner, and I’ll certainly return with friends throughout the 2023 spring brunch season.

Riley Woody is a University of Tennessee graduate, Knoxville native and avid foodie ready for any adventure with her pen and palate in tow.

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Myths Explained

5. Myth: I might bleed.

Because the needles we use are very small, it is very uncommon that a patient will bleed in the clinic. In very rare instances, one small drop may form, and it is quickly dabbed away with a clean cotton ball.

6. Myth: Acupuncture is only good for pain.

While it is true that acupuncture is a proven solution for pain management, the WHO recommends acupuncture for more than 100 different conditions. Our doctors specialize in chronic complex conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, anxiety & depression, chronic pain, and women’s health, including PCOS, endometriosis, and infertility.

1. Myth: It is going to hurt!

This is definitely the one we hear the most often. While we do generally use acupuncture needles as part of our treatment plans, the needles we use are extremely small compared to other types of needles you may be familiar with - like those used for injections or blood draws. You can fit many acupuncture needles INSIDE a regular hypodermic needle. Most patients are actually surprised at how relaxed and calm they feel during acupuncture.

2. Myth: It’s not going to work if I don’t believe in it!

While everyone responds differently to any type of treatment, there have been countless studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture. It’s not mystical or magical but instead is a proven clinical treatment that can be explained by different neurochemical mechanisms within the body. You can also go to our Youtube channel, Google page, Facebook, Instagram, or Yelp to see reviews from real patients we have treated in our clinic to see what they have to say about their experiences.

3. Myth: Acupuncture requires limited training.

Our practitioners have completed a 4-year master’s program after their undergraduate in college. They continued to pursue their education for another two years and went on to receive their doctorate degrees. They are also required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education every four years. While the amount of school required might be surprising, the real expertise comes from treating thousands of patients during the past 23 years.

4. Myth: I might get infected from a needle.

We use sterile, disposable needles that are only used once, so there is no risk of acquiring any type of disease from the needles in our clinic. After the sterile needle is used once, it goes into a “sharps” container - never to be seen or heard from again.

7. Myth: I need a referral from my MD. There is no type of referral required for acupuncture. You can just call our clinic and we will walk you though everything you need to know from there.

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Your First Stop for Spring Cleaning: the Garage

ONE SURE sign of spring can be found in Knoxville’s crape myrtles. The branches of these flowering trees and shrubs have been trimmed to receive light and air, enabling their newly-formed buds to bloom for months to come. Spring is an important time to “prune” our homes as well. When you de-clutter, you make space for personal growth, new experiences, and less stress. A great place to start is in your garage. You’ll be ready for outdoor lawn care and maintenance, and the garage can then serve as a staging area for the rest of your home. Let the cleanout begin!

Get Into the Mindset

If it’s been awhile since you organized, it may take a series of weekends or a vacation week to conduct the process. Be easy on yourself, and don’t expect to catch up on years of tidying in just a few hours!

Clear It Out, Then Clean It Out

Empty your garage of its contents, throwing away or recycling anything that is broken, unusable, or unrepairable. Group remaining items (lawn care, sports, hobby, etc.) in temporary areas away from the garage. Then, give your garage a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, making sure to catch the cobwebs in the corners!

Decide, Donate, and Dust

If you have duplicate or never-used belongings, commit to parting with them and set them aside for donations or a garage sale. Next, check your remaining items and equipment, providing any maintenance or cleaning needed.

Update and Renovate

Now that you know your garage’s contents, consider updating this useful room with customized storage. Hang yard implements

with slatwall, hide overstock groceries in cabinets, and lift seasonal decorations off the floor using overhead storage. Make the room complete with handy countertops and a tough-but-beautiful epoxy polyaspartic floor.

Prepare for Spring and Beyond

Starting in your garage, follow nature’s lead and ready your own house for spring. Contact Chris McKenry and his team at Designer Garages to create a beautiful, custom-designed garage that will give your home - and life - the space you need to fully blossom!

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A well-designed garage allows room for projects like spring cleaning.

The Comfort of Indoors, Outside!

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B r i n g o u t d o o r l i v i n g t o y o u r h o m e b y g i v i n g u s a c a l l t o d a y ! T o g e t h e r , w e c a n l o o k a t y o u r o u t d o o r s p a c e a n d s e e w h a t p o s s i b i l i t i e s w e c a n b r i n g t o l i f e f o r y o u , l e t t i n g y o u s o a k u p t h e s u n a n d e n j o y t h e f r e s h a i r

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is always eager to help you find silhouettes that flatter your body and accentuate your coloring, helping you every step of the way... accessories, shoes, and jewelry are all a part of what we offer.

And now, fast forward to 2023 as we celebrate our 45th year in business!

Many things are an updated version of 2017 with one major difference... the huge blessing I received when my granddaughter, Ivy, joined me full time in the business.

Ivy grew up working summers and attending market with me, so she wasn’t a stranger to the ins and outs of the business. Having just finished college with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship, Ivy brought a fresh, new approach to The Lily Pad.

Having launched our online selling platform and growing our social media presence, we were able to stay afloat during Covid, allowing customers to shop online and watch our virtual fashion shows. So what began as a young housewife’s dream 45 years ago is now a multi generational, family-owned and operated business! We love serving the fashion needs of you, your mom, daughters, granddaughters, and girlfriends.

We will celebrate our 45th anniversary on May 18th, 19th, and 20th with unique shopping opportunities, lots of fun, and lots of giveaways each day to celebrate and thank you for giving us the opportunity to do what we love every day!

The Lily Pad Boutique

209 N. Main Street

TN 37874



The Refugee King

YOU KNOW the story. A long time ago, Jesus lived, died, and rose again. We tell it and re-tell it, and for good reason. But to what end? How does it really affect our daily life 2,000 years later?

In The Refugee King, a couple finds themselves in a story - unfolding at a kitchen table like yours - where they must choose to be like Jesus or like everyone else.

The Refugee King is a fresh, vibrant play with music. But it’s not like anything you’ve seen; it’s like everything we look for.

Love. Costs. Something.

Fridays are “Pay What You Wish.” To purchase tickets, visit WordPlayers.org. The WordPlayers is a 501(c)(3) theatre company.

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STAR Healing Through Horses


Therapist and two volunteers, the boy balanced in the saddle as the horse was led around the ring. His joy at being able to ride was apparent. “He loves it,” his mother said. When asked about his favorite part of the experience, she smiled and replied that he loves everything about riding at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR).

Founded by Lynn Petr in 1987, STAR began as a Therapeutic Riding (TR) program for children and adults with disabilities. Last year, the program served more than 1,500 individuals from nine counties. STAR has two loca -

tions: the main base on 63 acres in Lenoir City and a smaller facility in South Knoxville. Their motto, “Healing through Horses,” describes the partnership among individuals, families, volunteers, and staff - and with STAR’s 31 horses. Lynn, also STAR’s Executive Director, noted that the needs of the riders must be carefully matched to the horses through initial screening. Additionally, the sessions often require two to three volunteers per rider to keep the riders and horses safe, although some individuals are able to ride independently.

TR involves more than simply riding a pony. Riders learn skills such as grooming and tacking the horses before the ride. TR can be especially beneficial for individuals with physical disabilities because the rhythmic motion the horse provides is similar to walking. This gives riders a chance to develop balance, flexibility, and strength, as the young rider mentioned above has experienced. Additionally, helping care for the horses can help individuals learn “soft skills”; these activities include learning how to interact with other people and horses.

Throughout the years, STAR has continued the TR mission, but the 501(c)(3)

nonprofit has also expanded the number of programs providing horse-related experiences to people who face other challenges.

STAR’s activities have grown organically, according to Lynn. As staff members or program partners became aware of particular needs or opportunities, she said, “They would ask, ‘Can you do something about this?’ Yes, we can!”

STAR’s STRIDES program (see sidebar) encompasses three programs: Changing STRIDES, Stable Friends, and Aligning STRIDES.

In Changing STRIDES , at-risk youth learn life skills and how to better manage their lives and emotions through working with horses. Horses typically respond better when people around them

present, which can provide relief from anxiety or stress. As Lynn noted, “The barn is such a calming, healing, in-the-moment place.” Other benefits include physical exercise, outdoor time, and supportive relationships with the horses, volunteers, and their peers.

Aligning STRIDES is part of an initiative STAR has with the Loudon County Mental Health Alliance and Align 9 for individuals in recovery from addiction who are training to become peer counselors. Using the STRIDES program values (see sidebar), the instructors set up scenarios that involve caring for the horses to help participants learn to better communicate, manage their emotions, and relate to others.

Another STAR program is Heroes & Horses , which is for veterans who have disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, PTSD, amputation, and other conditions. In both riding and ground class components of the program, veterans partner with horses to gain physical strength and reduce stress. Through the generous donations of individuals, local corporations, and the Wounded Warrior Project, the program is free for disabled veterans. Call or check the STAR website for more details and availability.

In STAR’s Minis in Motion program, staff and volunteers take miniature horses and donkeys to visit local Alzheimer’s/memory care facilities, as well as local schools, camps, and other organizations.

The Reflections program is an adjunct of Minis in Motion. Sponsored by the Pat Summit Foundation, people with early and

are calm, controlled, and confident but not overbearing. To be able to work with the horses, the teens must learn how to relax and project those attributes so the horses will work with them. These experiences and other exercises help the teens learn problem solving, better communication skills, anger management, and confidence.

Stable Friends is an equine experience for preteens and teens that began after the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020. While not a therapy group, this program emphasizes stress reduction skills and relaxation while working with the STAR horses. Working with horses requires being alert and fully

middle stage Alzheimer’s and their caregivers can come to STAR to interact with the horses and volunteers. Under the direction of a certified STAR staff member, the program aims to provide calming, positive experiences that promote language and social interaction skills (RideatStar.org).

Lynn Petr, Founder and Executive Director

Since 1990, STAR has maintained the highest accreditation status from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), and all their instructors are certified through PATH Intl.

STAR currently employs 12 full-time and eight part-time staff members. However, horses are expensive! STAR staff offsets some of those expenses by putting up their own hay, doing much of the lighter veterinary work, and relying on a wonderful team of more than 400 volunteers.

With more than 160 people on the waitlist, STAR staff wants to increase services. Lynn said they are good stewards of the horses and facilities and want to retain a great staff. The 47-acre South Knoxville property was donated by a generous partner of the program. However, the property is not ADA compliant, so it’s not yet suitable for individuals with mobility issues. When that

STRIDES to Success Values:

• Safety

• Trust

• Respect

• Integrity

• Dedication

• Excellence

• Sensitivity

property is updated, STAR can expand its offerings in these areas, including partnering with inner-city programs with Changing STRIDES.

Lynn and staff members have written numerous grant proposals and raised funds to offset costs and provide new opportunities for the community. Because of these grants, donations, and fundraisers, and thanks to the generosity of individuals, organizations, and businesses, participants pay a much reduced fee. “We don’t want money to be the stumbling block,” Lynn emphasized. STAR’s upcoming fundraising events include Bridles and Blue Jeans (April 22) and Nashville Songwriters in the Round (August

19). Lynn said they are always grateful for donations (including suitable horses) and volunteer help.

If you’re interested in more information or ways to help, please contact STAR at 865988-4711, visit their website at RideatStar. org, or find them on Instagram @RideatStar or Facebook at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding.

Karen is a native East Tennessean and proud UT Knoxville grad. She is a retired top-producing Realtor and a writer and editor who, along with her husband, enjoys UT sports and travel.





Passion on Paper, is a stationery boutique that has been a longtime dream of Helen Harb, owner of PureLine Design & Print.

It all started when Helen built a relationship with a small printing company she had worked with for many years. In 2006, she took the leap to become a female entrepreneur and purchased the company. She quickly rebranded into PureLine Design & Print and just as quickly fell in love with all things paper. Pureline Design & Print has a team that offers graphic design and full-service printing options.

With her love for all things paper, and realizing the changes in our local market, Helen felt this was the perfect opportunity to provide unique paper goods, stationery, and bulk paper products

products, offering a curated selection of paper items for any occasion or just for the fun and beauty of it. You can find everything from greeting cards, journals, paper vases, placemats, and table runners to decorative file folders, pens, and so more. Finding that perfect gift for someone is easy when you walk into her store.

Helen also found a need for personalized stationery. Passion on Paper offers you the ability to customize fonts and colors to your preference so that your stationery is unique to you.

Personalized stationery makes the perfect gift for any age.

Stopping by Passion on Paper is a must-do to see what fun and beautiful things they have!

Passion on Paper

259 N. Peters Road, Suite 102 Knoxville, TN 37923 865.531.9886


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Do You Need a Trust?

IT’S NOT an uncommon question - people often ask if trusts are needed. I’m not a lawyer, of course, but as a CFP ®, I can share what I see in my daily work.

My clients typically use trusts for two primary reasons: (1) so their heirs have the simplicity and privacy of avoiding the public probate process, and/or (2) to “reach beyond the grave” and control how the heirs can access their inheritance. Here are a couple of ways to accomplish either purpose.

A revocable living trust (RLT) is established while you’re alive. As trustee of the trust, you’re in full control. The trust uses your personal SS number, and all income is reported on your personal tax return. (Which is good, because personal tax rates are lower than trust tax rates.) Here’s the trick: You need to re-title all of your assets in the name of the trust, both now and in the future. Otherwise, you have an empty trust - you’ve created a governing document, with no assets to govern. To be sure, your lawyer would have created a “pour-over will,” pouring any outside-held assets into the trust. But, to accomplish that, your heirs have to go through probate, which you were trying to avoid.

Note that some accounts such as IRAs cannot be titled in a trust’s name, and instead you would name your trust as beneficiary. (There’s a layer of complexity in naming a trust IRA beneficiary, so talk with your financial professional or CPA first.)

The second type is a testamentary trust, whose terms are laid out in your will but doesn’t exist until your passing. This type of trust is used if you’re concerned your adult child might make poor financial decisions or in anticipation of young adults or minor grandchildren inheriting assets. You name a trustee - who you want to oversee the assets - and lay out how you want the trustee to use the money on behalf of the beneficiary. Typically, these trusts have some payout schedule, giving the money to the heirs over a period of time and then ending, rather than lasting for the heir’s lifetime. It’s SO important to choose a trustee that will be wise in their decision making. The power they will wield is great.

As to whether you need a trust… it depends on your unique financial situation and needs. It could be worth exploring.

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MarshWealth.com Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at adviserinfo.sec.gov. April 22 • 10 am to 9 pm Downtown Knoxville | Free admission FOOD VENDORS AND ARTISANS Non-stop entertainment on four outdoor stages - opera, classical, jazz, gospel, ethnic music, ballet, and modern dance The Y FunZone for kids The Rossini Festival is recognized as one of East Tennessee’s most popular events presented by an opera company and has been designated a “legacy event” by former Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. This unique gathering transforms parts of downtown into a European-style pedestrian street mall. Visit KnoxvilleOpera.org/Rossini for more information. April 2023 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE 25
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Join The Lily Pad Boutique for their 45th anniversary celebration May 18th-20th! There will be trunk shows by Joseph Ribkoff (May 18th) and Habitat (May 19th), as well as lots of fun giveaways. Mark your calendar now! The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, LilyPadBoutiqueOnline.com.


Adorable wool mushrooms with bead accents are handmade in Nepal by a fair trade artisan group. Each purchase of these small treasures strengthens artisans, their families, and communities. See these and more “must-have” springtime décor at Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center, 9885 Highway 11E in Lenoir City, 865.986.7229, MeadowViewGreenhouse.com.


Yummy oat-based dog treats in a wide variety of cute shapes! These wheat, soy, and corn-free treats are perfect for the pup in your life that is “Such a good doggie! Yes, you are!”

Available at Ricki’s Pet Depot, 11505 Kingston Pike in Farragut’s Village Green Shopping Center, 865.392.1151, RickisPetDepot.com.



The Abaco lamp features a metal base wrapped with a charcoal cording for a casual outdoor aesthetic. The linen shade adds warmth and character to this accent lamp. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.


Mother’s Day and graduation are just around the corner! Don’t miss out on giving the perfect gift. Whether you are having a party or simply a small gathering, we have everything you need to make the occasion even more special. Available at Passion on Paper, 259 N. Peters Road, Suite 102 in Knoxville, 865.531.9886, PassionOnPaper.com.


This antique-inspired console features a similar base as the Arrington Cabinet. Three drawers offer generous storage in an eyecatching showpiece. Measures 76" x 21" x 37.25". Available at Shae Design Studio, 9700 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.313.2656, ShaeDesigns.com.


Dress Up Your Closet with Stunning Hardware and Accessories

OUR CLOSETS are brought to life by the colorful clothing, shoes, and other belongings that we store in them. But did you know that your closet can be a knockout on its own? Today’s trend-worthy closet hardware and accessories not only offer innovative storage solutions, they provide attractive design features that will beautify your life and enhance the value of your home.

Decorative Drawer Pulls

Use drawer knobs, pulls, and cabinet handles such as bar, cupped, drop/pendant, and other styles to add a fashionable touch to your closet. A variety of textures, colors, and finishes will fit any home’s décor.

Riveting Closet Rods

Give some punch to your clothing rods using unique shapes and colors. Oval, round, and hourglass rods come in polished chrome, matte nickel, matte gold, graphite, or black, offering smooth support coupled with sensational style.

Dazzling LED Lights

LED task lighting, illuminated rods, and radiant light strips will make your closet beautifully easy to navigate day or night.

This long-lasting lighting offers a cool, safe, and non-fading option that will light up your clothing - and your life.

Glamorous Vertical Storage

Hang necklaces, ties, belts, jewelry, shoes, and more in the slimmest of spaces with vertical storage systems. You won’t sacrifice style when you choose from sleek finishes

such as matte aluminum, matte gold, slate, or matte nickel and a variety of colored faux leather wrappings.

Pretty Pull-Outs

Organize your jewelry, sort your scarves, and get that pile of laundry off the floor using pull-out shelving systems that are practical and elegant. Fashionable fabric choices and metal finishes offer sophisticated looks, and optional door fronts and dividers add further customization.

Add the “Finishing” Touches

Carefully coordinate the finishes of your new hardware to create the perfect look. And don’t forget matching hangers! Choose velvet-flocked, wood, or clear plastic department store-style to make your dream closet complete.

Ready to make your own closet a show-stopper? Contact the Design Pros at Closets by McKenry for your free consultation today!

Closets by McKenry

201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922



Change Someone’s Story Today

GRATITUDE TAKES many forms at Random Acts of Flowers. There are warm hugs, quiet tears, appreciative phone calls, and thoughtfully worded letters from our recipients. Every heartfelt message or gesture of appreciation shared reminds us of what a small but beautiful random act of kindness can do for someone who is struggling.

For those of us at RAF though, we find it is so much more than that. Every message we receive is someone’s story being graciously shared. These stories are unique and personal stories filled with the challenges faced during a difficult, scary, or lonely time. They are stories filled with so much uncertainty about how they may eventually end. They become stories, which even for brief moments have bright spots of light and hope between the darkest parts. All because of one beautiful random act of kindness.

This is Cheryl’s story. Cheryl’s husband, James, had faced many health struggles in his later years. Frequently in and out of the hospital, medical costs and

medical stays began to take their toll on the couple. During a particularly difficult hospitalization, Cheryl called to say, “The aids brought in the most beautiful bouquet from Random Acts of Flowers. I wanted to tell you how much it meant.”

With emotion and gratitude filling her voice, Cheryl continued, “We can’t afford flowers, and I haven’t received flowers in years. It was just so sweet. They were so beautiful.” The joy, hope, and beauty this arrangement brought to Cheryl and James lasted long past their initial delivery. “When my husband was discharged, we were able to bring them home,” continued Cheryl, fighting back tears. “They stayed,

and I just want to say thank you so, so much. God bless you.”

Cheryl’s story of gratitude is just one of hundreds Random Acts of Flowers has received throughout the years. Because of generous donors, every $10 donated to Random Acts of Flowers provides someone receiving services in a healthcare facility a beautiful floral arrangement, personal moment of kindness, and reminder there is still hope and beauty to be found in their story.

We are proud of our own story as well. With each passing year, we marvel at the new chapter in an already amazing story that we have added. Since the launch of Random Acts of Flowers in 2008, more than 163,000 bouquets have been delivered, along with joy and encouragement to members of the Knoxville community. Help us change someone else’s story for the better and write a new and wonderful chapter for Random Acts of Flowers. For more information on becoming a volunteer or RAF supporter, call 865633-9082, email info@RAFKnoxville.org, or visit RAFKnoxville.org.

Featuring Signature (hourglass) matte gold rods, Engage designer hamper, drawer and jewelry divided drawer, necklace pull-out storage, and Symphony Wall Organizer for vertical storage of coats, shoes, ties, scarves, and more.

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.

Taco Time in Tennessee

HERE’S ANOTHER savory spot, Knoxville! If you’ve not taken the time to taste Tako Taco, then tick-tock and trek on over to West Depot Avenue.

Tako Taco describes their food and drink menus as “primarily Latin inspired with hints of Asian influences and techniques.” Their eclectic food and drink vibes are an experience, not just a meal. It’s like a party in your mouth. We cannot quite find the words to tickle your taste buds. You just have to taste it to know it. Not only is the food flavor-full, but the atmosphere has its own at ease, eclectic, take-a-seat-and-chill element.

Let’s talk food and drinks. Denton chose the Gumballhead American Pale Wheat beer, and Lori went with the Blueberry Margarita. For an appetizer, we ordered the crispy corn tortillas with the Queso Blanco dip. We then split the Crispy Pork Ribs and Chorizo Smash Burger with the Duck Fat Fried Fiesta Potatoes. All we can say is “Knoxville, you’ve got to go!” Tako Taco offers a taste and flavor-filled experience. It’s so incredibly unique and delicious.

You can also expect to find select Tako Taco food and drink items at fun event happenings next door at The Mill & Mine, and be sure to join them for seasonal pop-up Sunday brunches. So give them a follow on Instagram, check out their delicious food and drink offerings and upcoming events, get your scruffy city selves out there, and tell them Somewhere in the South sent you. Follow us as we venture out from Somewhere in the South for more local food, drink, and life adventures @somewhere.inthe.south on Instagram, and look for the post of our time at Tako Taco.

Till Next Time, Denton & Lori

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Dog Ownership Promotes Health & Happiness

DOGS LOVE us unconditionally, and in doing so, add so much love and happiness to our lives. Did you know owning a dog can provide a variety of health benefits to pet owners beyond just feeling good? Learn more about the added health benefits of owning a dog:

Additional Exercise - Walking your dog or playing a game like tug of war or fetch will give you the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise.

Heart Health - Regular exercise promotes heart health and limits the risk of diabetes in humans by one-third. Dog ownership also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease while simultaneously lowering heart rate and blood pressure.

Better Social Skills - There is nothing quite like a dog to start a conversation with someone new. While walking around the neighborhood or on your favorite trail, say hello and introduce yourself. This improves your and your dog’s social skills by meeting new people!

Improves Overall Health - According to the CDC and the National Institute of Health, dogs reduce anxiety, depression, and cholesterol while increasing serotonin levels in the body.

Lessons in Love & Loyalty - Dogs love unconditionally and are always faithful to their pack. Regardless of how stressful your day was or what mood you are in, dogs are loyally there to cheer us up, and maybe even make us laugh. Want to give your dog a little more love and attention as a thank you for all they do for you? Dogtopia daycare is the perfect place for your pup to play, exercise, and meet new furry friends. With highly trained Canine Coaches to care for your dog and like-minded pups to play with, your dog is sure to have an experience they will want to relive day after day.

If you find yourself missing your dog while they are away, you can always watch them enjoying their day with our live webcams. Enroll your dog in daycare today!

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Knoxville, TN 37919



Dogtopia of Bearden-Knoxville

GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS They’re Not Created Equal

DOYOU CRINGE at the sight of your pitted and stained garage floor? Has it become unsafe with crumbling concrete, cracks, or slick spots caused by years of leaked oil?

The garage is the first part of your house you see when arriving home and is often the largest room in the house. So to make the garage a safe extension of the home’s living space, homeowners are investing in concrete coatings for the garage.

“There are options for garage flooring, but all are definitely not created equal,” explained Brian Falls, a co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville, the area’s most experienced garage flooring company. “The decision usually comes down to a choice between an epoxy or polyuera system. A polyurea flooring system, however, presents the most-advanced and durable coating in concrete flooring technology. It’s truly quality you can stand on.”

Additional benefits of using a polyuera system for your garage floor include:

Surface That Withstands Practically Everything

From extreme pressure, heavy impacts, and spills, polyuera is strong and durable. It provides better protection than epoxy against chemicals commonly found in garages, like gasoline, auto fluids, and paint thinner. Its chemistry makes it more flexible and up to 20 times stronger than epoxy flooring. It is also UV resistant and contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Most importantly, unlike epoxy, it can withstand extremely high temperatures, making it resistant to hot tires lifting and peeling the coating.

Makes Your Garage a Safer Place

Used in combination with full coverage of polymer paint flakes adds safety to your space. The combination creates a slip-resistant surface, reducing the chances of accidents when the floor is wet.

The coating is also antibacterial, stain-resistant, and nontoxic.

Fast-Curing and Long-Lasting

This kind of garage floor coating takes only a few hours to harden and one day to be ready for use. Standard epoxy coating systems take three to five days to harden completely. PremierGarage’s polyuera floor coating, which retains its color and finish integrity, has a 10-year warranty.

Easy Maintenance

Spills clean up easily with a paper towel, but an occasional cleaning with just water and a small amount of vinegar will keep the floor looking brand new.

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Sweet and Tangy Spring Citrus

SPRING ISN’T JUST the start to a new season. It signals sunshine, longer days, and the chance to renew your plates with fresh flavorslike the juicy goodness of seasonal citrus.

Whether you’re enjoying a spring holiday or simply embracing the opportunities that the new air brings, food remains the centerpiece. And with citrus, each moment can be a celebration. From baking, to cooking, to snacking, you name it - citrus has got you covered.

Because Sunkist® believes in the endless possibilities of citrus, this year they are celebrating the 130th anniversary of the multi-generation citrus growers who remain at the very heart of their sweet legacy. The grower-owned cooperative offers nearly 40 different citrus varieties - from oranges to lemons, grapefruit, mandarins, and tangelos - all grown in California and Arizona. When it comes to spring, citrus know their way around the season. Here are three easy tips to stay fresh as we spring forward:

1. Get Your Vitamin C

Oranges are a popular citrus, with many varieties ripe for spring picking. Impress any guest with a super sweet, seedless Cara Cara orange, which is pink on the inside (thanks to the antioxidant lycopene) and has 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C, or opt for the iconic Blood orange, with ruby red flesh and a bold, berry flavor. Yes, this orange is both eye-catching and complementary to the flavors of many meals.

2. Store for a Versatile Ingredient

Citrus doesn’t just go far by itself on your plates; it can liven up leftovers and last for months in the freezer. Freeze lemon peels to use in soups or broths, store citrus in the fridge for a snack that lasts, and keep frozen juice to toss into a Sunday sauce. Wash and dry fruit thoroughly, then freeze whole in an airtight bag, or slice/quarter, place in a single layer on a sheet pan, freeze, then bag up the frozen pieces. The season is already looking brighter! See where you can find in-season citruses at Sunkist.com/Where-To-Buy.

3. Add Zest to Your Routine

From zest, to juice, to a bright aroma, lemons are the best way to freshen things up in time for spring. Try their zest in desserts, a squeeze onto main courses, a garnish for cocktails, or fresh, healthy dressings for salads. Plus, if you’re looking to lower sodium intake, fresh juice makes lemons the supreme “s’alternative.”

To help ring in spring and celebrate the possibilities of citrus, Sunkist® has new seasonal recipes, including this standout Lemon Loaf starring Sunkist ® lemon juice and zest, ideal for any brunch get together. It’s also great as an easily portable dessert, sweet hostess gift, or simply as a yummy afternoon treat. Find more citrus recipes at Sunkist.com/Recipes.


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes


• 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

• 1 1/2 cups sugar

• 3 eggs, room temperature

• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 1/2 cups cake flour

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 1/4 tsp baking soda

• 1/2 cup sour cream

• 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

• Zest from 2 Sunkist® lemons


• 3/4 cup powdered sugar

• 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

• Zest from 1 Sunkist® lemon


Preheat oven to 350º and line your 8x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs one at a time then the vanilla extract. Into a smaller bowl, mix together your flour, salt, and baking soda. Alternate adding your dry ingredients with the sour cream. Fold in fresh lemon juice and zest and mix until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Meanwhile, prepare glaze by mixing powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest together until smooth.

Remove loaf from oven and let cool completely before topping with glaze.

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who remember watching the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It may remember seeing a petite, blonde guitarist (barely 24 at the time!) who had a mystique about her that commanded attention. Her solo on Beat It was every bit as captivating and compelling as the original. Prior to that, she was seen as Carrie Underwood’s guitarist at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. After Jackson O2 shows fell through, Orianthi took the place of Boomerocity friend, Damon Johnson, in Alice Cooper’s band.

You can put her up against anybody else - male or female - and she would rank with the top guitar players in the music business. Her amazing talent stands so strong on its own. But when you add to that immense talent her striking looks and distinctive vibe, it adds to her unique - again, I’ll use the word - “mystique.”

In addition to having done great work with Carrie Underwood, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, Billy Gibbons, and Alice Cooper, she has collaborated with stellar talent such as Brian Ray (Paul McCartney’s guitarist who we’ve interviewed) and Cyril Niccolai, another good friend of Boomerocity. Her talent brings her in front of some of the best in the business because she is among the best in the business.

During a recent interview with Boomerocity, Orianthi shared some background on her latest solo album, Rock Candy

“I made this new record in 14 days with my dear friend, Jacob Bunton, who’s very talented,” she said. “I actually said to him, ‘Let’s make a record in 14 days. Let’s write a song a day and record a song a day.’ He’s like, ‘Okay.’ He’s produced for a lot of records. But he does a lot of films as well. So I went over to his place in Hollywood, and we did it: wrote a song a day, recorded a song a day. Got it done, and I’m really happy. We had fun. I mean, when you work with a friend, you don’t feel self conscious. It just flows, you know? And it’s a good thing. Every song was pretty much written about where I was at, at that point in time. So it was very current. And yeah, every lyric was like a diary entry essentially. It was just kind of a therapy session actually making this record. So I’m really happy that people like it - seem to,

you know? I’m getting some nice comments, which is always good. And yeah, it was kind of a time in my life where I was like, ‘Okay, let’s just put everything into the songs.’ I made a live record just prior to that. So I got done filming that straight into the studio. And then I was also recording a lot of other stuff, too. So yeah, it was pretty much just crazy work back to back. But I would say that we got it done. And Jacob’s amazing. So yeah, it was a good time.”

I asked the guitar slinger if it was scary and did she feel vulnerable doing autobiographical songs such as the ones she mentions. “Yeah, I think that’s kind of (your) job description as an artist,” she said. “You’ve got to kind of do that. It’s uncomfortable but at the same time, it’s also freeing. You kind of do that so that some people can relate. Because if you hold back, when you’re not honest, then, you know, that’s not right. I always feel like putting everything into songs and what I’ve gone through or experienced or just things, it’s not like, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ It’s like, ‘No, this is what I went through,’ and I wanted to put it into songs that other people are going through the same thing, they feel

a comfort in it, that they’re not alone. That’s what music has done for me in the past. I actually received quite a few messages saying a lot of people related to it. So that’s a good feeling, you know?”

There is much more to this interview. Orianthi talks about a possible blues album, how she keeps up with her fashion image and social media posts, as well as where she’ll be on her 2023 tour. You can listen to our conversation on your favorite podcast platform (just search for Boomerocity), on Boomerocity’s YouTube channel, or on Boomerocity.com.

You can also keep up with Orianthi at her website, Orianthi.me, as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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 more than 400 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.


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Dogwood Trails & Open Gardens through the 30th. Visit DogwoodArts.com for details.

Tennessee Triennial: RE-PAIR at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm through May 7th.




Appalachian Sessions TV Show live taping at the Bijou Theatre at 5 pm. Hosted by Chris Blue & Crockett.


CATS at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm, 14th at 8 pm, 15th at 2 & 8 pm, and 16th at 1:30 & 7 pm.


Knox Heritage: Lecture on Anne Wetzell Armstrong at Historic Westwood at 6 pm. Million Dollar Time Machine at the Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

David Cross: Worst Daddy in the World Tour at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


HBAGK Home Show at the Knoxville Expo Center from 11 am to 6 pm. Also the 15th from 10 am to 6 pm and 16th from 11 am to 5 pm.

Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 9 pm.

WordPlayers The Refugee King by Ethan Norman at St. Gregory the Great Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Also the 15th at 7:30 pm, 16th at 2:30 pm, 20th-22nd at 7:30 pm, and 23rd at 2:30 pm.


Spring Craft Fair at Marble Springs State Historic Site from 10 am to 4 pm.

13th Annual Forget Me Not Race for Alzheimer’s at Village Green Shopping Center in Farragut from 8 to 10 am. Benefits the Pat Summitt Foundation. For info visit ForgetMeNot5k.com.

34th Annual Ijams River Rescue along the Tennessee River from 10 am to 1 pm. For info visit Ijams.org. Severe weather date is April 22nd.

Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville: Autism Family Fun Day at World’s Fair Park from 10 am to 4 pm.

ArabFest of Knoxville in Market Square from noon to 10 pm.

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: A Tribute to ABBA at the Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.


East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam at Ijams Nature Center from 3 to 6 pm.

Amadeus Chamber Ensemble presents Hallelujah Handel!, a program devoted to works by Georg Friedrich Handel, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farragut at 5 pm. Free admission.

Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started at the Civic Coliseum at 5 pm.

Fleurish: A Sustainable Fashion Event at Ijams Nature Center from 6 to 9 pm.

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: NXT GEN Concert - Sam Adams Love Letter to Knoxville and Ken Brown Jazz Meets Funk at Old City Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

Taj Mahal Quartet at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Artists on Location: A Plein Air Event around the Knoxville area through the 21st. Paintings will be sold at the Knoxville Museum of Art on April 22nd from 5:30 to 9 pm. Free and open to the public.


HAIR at the Clarence Brown Theatre through May 7th. ClarenceBrownTheatre.com for days and times.


Casting Crowns: The Healer Tour at the Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Requiem at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 21st.


Sheep Shearing at the Museum of Appalachia from 9 am to 5 pm. UT Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 22nd at 2:30 & 7:30 pm and 23rd at 2:30 pm.

Lizzo: The Special 2OUR at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm.


Earth Day

Moving Day Knoxville: A Walk for Parkinson’s at Knoxville Christian School. Activities begin at 9 am, We Move Ceremony followed by Walk at 11 am. Register at MovingDayKnoxville.org.

Annual Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair in downtown Knoxville from 10 am to 9 pm. Free!


Knoxville Garden Club Talahi Plant Sale at Lakeshore Park from 9 am to 2 pm.

Oak Ridge Community Band Spring Concert at Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Free admission.


3rd Annual Volunteer Ministry Center Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms Golf Course. Benefits the Volunteer Ministry Center. For info visit VMCinc.org/vmc-golf-tournament.


Dine & Discover, a lunchtime lecture with Knoxville artist and UT professor Althea Murphy-Price, at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 12 to 1 pm. Free!

Ben Folds and a Piano at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Domino Ensemble at Knoxville Botanical Gardens in collaboration with Knoxville’s poet laureate Rhea Canon at 6 pm. Free! Wilco featuring the A’s at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Arbor Day

Dogwood Arts Festival at World’s Fair Park through the 30th. For info visit DogwoodArts.com.

2nd Annual Bluegrass, Barbecue, Bourbon, and Beer at Blount Mansion. BlountMansion.org for more information.

Amy Grant at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. Knoxville Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. Also the 30th at 2:30 pm.


Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at the Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm.




World Ballet Series: Cinderella at the Civic Auditorium at 6 pm.



Bluey’s Big Play at the Civic Auditorium at 6 pm. Also the 3rd. Concerts in the Square: Jazz Tuesdays in Market Square at 7 pm. Also the 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. Free!

Gary Clark, Jr. at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.


Disney Junior’s Dino Ranch Live at the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm.

Citizen Cope at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.


Art in the Garden at Blount Mansion benefiting the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee from 5 to 7 pm.



Saturday, April 15

10 am - 4 pm • World’s Fair Park

A sensory friendly family event emphasizing the importance of shifting the conversation around autism from awareness to ACCEPTANCE.



Free and fun for all ages!


Tuesday, April 25

Crowne Plaza on Summit Hill

Doors open at 7 am

Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 am

Keynote Speaker: Raun Kaufman, Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America Fundraiser


Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture with artist Willie Cole at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6 to 8 pm. Free!

Adam Doleac at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


Annual Street Rod Nationals South at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center from 8 am to 5 pm. Also the 6th from 8 am to 5 pm and 7th from 8 am to 12:30 pm.

Sheep Shearing at the Museum of Appalachia from 9 am to 5 pm. Also the 12th. First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm.

Dogwood Arts: Epiphone Guitar Design Auction + Exhibition reception and awards ceremony at the Dogwood Arts Gallery from 5 to 8 pm. Awards presented at 6 pm.

Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 6:30 to 9 pm.

James McMurtry at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.


Legacy Parks: May Day Festival benefiting SoKno Art Trail along Sevier Avenue beginning at 2 pm.


Knoxville Symphony Chamber Classics

Series: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 pm. Black Opry Revue with Adia Victoria, Buffalo Nichols, and War and Pierce at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 pm.

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: NXT GEN Concert - Taber Gable & The Marble City Brothers and Jack Roben Americana at Old City Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.


Willie Watson at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm. All event dates and times subject to change.

Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15

Farragut Branch Library 10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, April 22

Sequoyah Branch Library 10 AM - 5 PM

Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27

Bearden Branch Library 10 AM - 5 PM

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New Exhibitions Opening

THE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from April 7-29. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store.

No Bigger Than a Breadbox Biennial Small Works Show in the Upper Gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present this third biennial juried exhibition featuring selected works from 73 artists throughout the region. The exhibition was designed to celebrate artists who create work on a small scale (under 12") and in a broad range of media and styles.

About the juror: Josiah Golson is an artist who explores identity and advocacy through drawing, painting, poetry, performance, and video. While still practicing law, Golson founded the 800 Collective in Chattanooga to creatively inspire and organize civic discourse and engagement. He then completed The Souls of Free Folk (Polyphemus Press, 2018), an illustrated book of poetry inspired by Black art and activism. His current work, FESTIVAL, explores identity and belonging through the visual culture of popular music.

Adam Rowe: Knot Theories III and Rob Scott: Mental States Across Time in the Lower Gallery

Excerpts from Adam Rowe’s artist statement: Making a new artwork begins with a question I don’t immediately know the answer to. It ends with the artwork as the proof that the answer I came up with is true. The middle part, figuring it out, is often more time consuming than shaping the actual piece, although it is the part I enjoy the most. Most of my work is “math art,” although I would never claim to know much math.

Excerpts from Rob Scott’s artist statement: I felt a strong need to create something unrelated to my computer programming profession as I longed to create something that I could share with others.

Instead of starting with a desired goal - something I do every day at work - I did the least amount of planning possible. I started each piece with only the barest idea - perhaps a few circles traced in pencil. I gravitated toward an abstract style partly because I enjoyed it and partly because it reduced any pressure to look like something recognizable.

Amanda Barbarito: We Just Let It Happen in the Atrium

Barbarito wants her paintings to make people think about issues around the environment, and social issues that plague our community. She hopes these will lead to healthy discussions rather than creating feelings of hopelessness.

Artist statement excerpt: I want my work to reflect appreciation for the small things, the insects, and other under-appreciated critters. When we look at a garden we see the flowers, but if you bend down and look closer, there is so much more to find, so many delicate little lives. Curiosity and wonder are what inspire me to stack so many things into my work. I often choose to include a little touch of litter, so as not to ignore our impact on nature. I don’t include actual humans, but I do include our existence.

Jessie Van der Laan: Permutations on the North Wall

Artist statement excerpt: These collages explore the nature of mediation, abstraction, and repetition in creating and re-creating oneself. I call on the traditions of quilt piecing, in which larger wholes are divided and re-assembled, along with the sense of a kaleidoscope, which divides, layers, and reflects portions of a scene in a new, ever-changing composition. Bringing both techniques together, I use repetition to both emphasize and disguise my experience from the viewer. The predominant repeating form is hands. I layer flat silhouettes and textured details to build a tapestry collaged on panel.

Recent Work by Cody Swaggerty in the Display Case

Artist statement excerpt: I’m always drawn towards a brighter color palette when creating. Overall, I want to continue to explore different mediums and find unique ways to blend what I’ve learned to become best artist I can be. I like to work in a variety of different mediums to keep myself interested and challenged; these pieces are a representation of that.

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 Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, April 10. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.

Emporium Center April 7
Tender Touch by Megan Wolfkill Scowl by Stephen Brayfield by Adam Rowe
by Rob Scott

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

OSMANTHUS Plant Shrubs Now for Fall Blooms

The evergreen shrub Osmanthus heterophyllus is best planted in the spring in Tennessee, but it’s known for its fragrant fall blooms.


IN locales more southern than Tennessee have used different members of the Osmanthus tribe for years. Southern coastal areas even have an Osmanthus species as part of their native flora (Osmanthus americanus, syn. Cartrema americana). Perhaps it’s the influence of social media and an abundance of online information that has enticed us to expand our plant palette, but Osmanthus, sometimes called the teaolive, is now finding favor in our state. I count myself among the gardeners happy to see this.

The UT Gardens, Knoxville has a nice collection of O. heterophyllus that has expanded as new cultivars have come onto the market. I have to admit, I was nearly unaware of the genus before encountering it at the Gardens; however, it has become one of my favorite flowering shrubs, and I believe it will continue to find favor with Tennessee gardeners.

Often a plant’s scientific name is in honor of a famous botanist or even a well-known plant explorer. For example, Forsythia is named in honor of William Forsyth (1737-1804), a Scottish superintendent of the Royal Gardens of Kensington Palace in London and a well-known botanical author. In Osmanthus heterophyllus’ case, its name tells us about the plant itself. The name comes from the Greek words osme, meaning fragrant, and anthos, meaning flower. The second part of its scientific name (specific epithet) comes from the Greek hetero, meaning different, and phyllus, meaning leaf. This name is spot-on, as this plant is known for intoxicatingly fragrant flowers and leaves that change shape as the plant ages. O. heterophyllus has juvenile foliage that prominently displays spiny teeth and adult foliage that nearly loses its teeth altogether.

O. heterophyllus is an evergreen shrub that most often will be 15 feet by 15 feet at maturity. It is a perfect substitute for many holly (Ilex spp.) of the same size. I suggest you use it as screening material or as a backdrop on the edges of a landscape. September through October, and sometimes as late as November, is when the fragrant teaolive takes center stage. Flowers, somewhat hidden by foliage, overpower even large gardens with their fragrance. When in bloom, the shrub is easy to smell from more than 400 feet away, yet the fragrance is sweet and not overly perfumelike.

So, why would a plant known for its fall bloom be featured as a plant of the month in spring? Great question. Even though O. heterophyllus grows well for us, this shrub is often best planted in the spring in Tennessee. This timing gives young plants one whole growing season to firmly establish themselves before the weather turns cool. Additionally, the energy expended producing a mega-fall-bloom could possibly leave young plants unprepared to overwinter. So, plant this shrub now, and enjoy them this fall!

A quick note: Be particular when shopping for Osmanthus. A few lesshardy species often find their way into the Tennessee nursery trade, specifically Osmanthus fragrans (also called fragrant teaolive). This species is not particularly above-ground-hardy. Specimens that I have planted have died to the ground three times in 10 years. Also, not all cultivars of O. heterophyllus are known to bloom as abundantly as the straight species.

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson, Tennessee. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the UT Gardens 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.

Photo of specimen in the UT Gardens, Knoxville by A. Pulte, courtesy UTIA. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

April in the Garden

YES, I KNOW you have plants in your yard that still look terrible. I do, too. I walk through my yard and the Meadow View grounds at least once a week to check branches for flexibility. So far, they are all pliable, which means they are still alive. If yours are too, or if you have done the scratch test and there is still green under the bark, leave them alone. They are already stressed, and anything you do adds more stress. If you must fertilize, use an organic product that won’t force growth. If you must prune, stop as soon as you get to live wood. If you have questions, give us a call or stop by.

If you are not from this area, please be aware that this has not been typical weather. While the abundant sunshine is great for my mental health, I am worried because we have plants that are 3-4 weeks further ahead than they should be at this time. That means they are very vulnerable to cold damage. I'm waiting to see what the midMarch temperatures in the 20s did; my fears will either have come true, in which case you'll be doing even more damage control, or everything will be fine. I’m hoping for the latter but was prepared for the former by covering my vulnerable plants.

Here is a list of things you need to do this month:

✻ If you haven’t done your walk around, this is the time. Take a close look at your plants to see what is recovering well and what isn’t. Remember that most professionals are suggesting that you give your plants until late May or even June to perk up. Patience is a gardener’s best tool.

✻ There are other issues to look for in addition to freeze damage. What has insect damage? What has fungal spots? What needs to be pruned, divided, transplanted, or composted? Have things changed in the area? Make plans for what you want to get done this year and take those first steps.

✻ We have been seeing new and problematic insects the last couple of years, such as Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. Please call us if you think you have those. Many bugs are either benign or helpful, however, so don’t start drenching your plants in insecticide at the first sign of movement. Don’t hesitate to bring in samples if you have questions.

✻ If you saw fungal damage during your checkup, make sure you get any diseased leaves up and cleaned away. That will help prevent future problems. Plants that are prone to fungal problems, such as roses, will need constant vigilance and preventative measures.

✻ Get your planting beds ready if you have

not already done so. Work in compost or aged manure to add nutrients. Get weeds out and apply a pre-emergent to make your life easier; however, do not use a pre-emergent if you are going to plant seeds!

✻ You are safe planting any of the cool season vegetables, but wait until midApril for tomatoes, peppers, and corn. Super sweet varieties of corn should wait until the soil is around 70 degrees, which is usually early May.

✻ Bedding plants are usually safe to plant by mid-month if Mother Nature is cooperating. If the weather is still erratic, it is safest to wait until later in the month to plant hollow stemmed annuals such as impatiens and begonias. They tend to turn to mush with a frost. Other annuals are more tolerant. Ask us if you have questions.

✻ Get your containers ready for spring. If they are large or have permanent occupants (shrubs, perennials, etc.), you do not have to dump the dirt out every year. Top dress them with a couple of inches of compost or fresh soil instead. After 3-5 years, you really need to take everything out and start all over.

✻ If they are 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 that is specifically for containers. I use Fox Farm, Fafard, or EarthMix.

✻ If your spring blooming shrubs and trees need a trim, do that within a couple of weeks after they finish blooming. Please educate yourself! Permanent damage can be done by careless whacking.

✻ Don’t cut bulbs back until after the foliage has yellowed so they can store up nutrients for next year. Bulb-tone or Bone Meal helps.

Please stop in with any questions or just to look at all the gorgeous stock we have in, and check our website for workshops. Beautiful gardens begin here!

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The Multiple Lives of Lord Lindsay

LORD LINDSAY, THE iconic Hill Avenue building located in downtown Knoxville, was originally built as a private residence in 1901. The building was constructed for A. Percy Lockett (18701925), Knoxville business and civic leader. Born in Macon, Mississippi, in 1870, Lockett’s family relocated to Knoxville in 1871. For many years, Lockett was associated with his father’s business, W.B. Lockett & Company, a wholesale grocery located on Jackson Avenue. Later, he was associated with Jefferson Woolen Mills.

The home was designed by Knoxville architect Leon Beaver (1847-1905) and was built in the Neoclassical style that features a two-story portico, fluted columns with Corinthian capitals, and decorative window details. According to accounts of contemporaries, the house was built as a wedding gift for Lockett’s wife and was constructed in the Neoclassical style to emulate the styling of her childhood home in Aberdeen, Mississippi. Lockett and his wife lived in the house until April 1919, when they moved to Crescent Bend/Armstrong-Lockett House on Kingston Pike. In October 1919, the home was purchased by Lockett’s widowed mother, Margaret Augusta Lockett

(1843-1925), who lived in the home until her death in 1925.

The congregation of the First Church of Christ, Scientist (organized in 1899) purchased the house in 1926 and began renovations soon after. The first service took place in June 1927, and the church was formally dedicated on September 30, 1928. Renovations for the new church included altering the interior and installing pews and a pipe organ. The Peckinpaugh Construction Company was in charge of the design and construction. The congregation moved to a new location on Kingston Pike in 1976.

From 1977 to 1978, the building was vacant, but in 1979, the building became a restaurant, Lord Lindsey’s, that was owned

and operated by preservationist Kristopher Kendrick (1935-2009). As a restaurant and catering service, Lord Lindsey’s has been important to many people in Knoxville who have attended functions there and admired its architectural details and associated important events in their own lives with the building.

The Knox Heritage mission is to protect Knoxville’s unique character for future generations by preserving, restoring, and transforming historically significant structures and places. Established in 1974 as a nonprofit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors.

A. Percy Lockett house
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Current Exhibits & Lectures at McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

1327 Circle Park Drive on UT campus off Volunteer Blvd.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

OFFICIALLY DEDICATED in the summer of 1963 with a mission to preserve East Tennessee artifacts and showcase acquired collections, the McClung is focused on sharing stories and facilitating the exchange of ideas for the purpose of awakening curiosity within the university and its community.

16th Annual Rutledge Lecture in Archaeology

Thursday, April 20, at 6 pm • Museum Auditorium

Lecture by Richard Evershed from the University of Bristol is presented in collaboration with the Archaeological Institute of America / East Tennessee Society. As North America’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology, the AIA advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world.

The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework

Now through May 14th William Edmondson (1874-1951) was the most notable sculptor active in Tennessee during the 1930s and ‘40s, and he remains one of the most important American folk artists of the 20th century. During his life, he was well known for his yard art, such as whimsical birdbaths and “critters” of real and imaginary provenance, sculptures of everyday people, and the grave markers he carved for African American families.

Sculpture of William Edmondson Virtual Lecture by Renee Ater

April 26th at 5:30 pm

Art historian, Renee Ater, from Brown University discusses the work of William Edmondson. See the McClung website at McClungMuseum.utk.edu to register and for Zoom dial-in information.

Let Me Tell You About…

Now through June

The McClung Student Advisory Board (MSAB) proudly presents its curatorial debut, Let Me Tell You About..., in the new Community Gallery. MSAB invited UT’s campus to submit pictures and descriptions of the coaches, friends, family members, and mentors who made a positive impact in their lives. The resulting exhibition features everyday people who have made an extraordinary impact in the lives of Vols across campus. More than 80 people are featured in the show so far.

Join the community! Share about your loved one using #LetMeTellYouAbout on social media and tag @mcclungmuseum.

Repatriation of Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee

Now through December 22nd

Produced in collaboration with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the University of Tennessee Office of Repatriation, this exhibition highlights the vital role of repatriation in preserving and commemorating Indigenous cultures.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed into federal law in 1990, mandates all institutions receiving federal funding provide federally recognized Tribes with a list of Native American Ancestral Remains, burial, sacred, and other culturally significant items for possible repatriation.

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Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder

RECENTLY, I received an email from a man with whom I’d met to talk about career coaching. He’s a married middle-aged guy with three kids and has made a good living in his chosen field, but recently he’s been restless and his work doesn’t hold his interest like it did. His email came a week after we’d met, and in it he explained that he and his wife had decided that he needed to put his money toward getting treated for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) before he worked with me. I fully respect his decision, but I wonder if a prescription for Adderall is going to address the root of his situation.

When I began my career, I worked with teenage kids who were having all kinds of behavior problems - many of whom were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). In my work, I saw how medications helped some but not others. I also learned that ADHD is a very complicated condition with a lot of contributing elements.

The Centers for Disease Control defines ADHD as having “trouble paying attention,

controlling impulsive behaviors, acting without thinking about implications of those actions, or being overly active.” That’s an intentionally broad definition, because researchers don’t really understand the underlying causes of ADHD. There’s good evidence that some factors of premature birth and low birth weight (such as prenatal exposure to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco) are often related to later ADHD in children, but nothing has been proven to “cause” ADHD. (My mother would have been irritated to learn that too much sugar or television watching have been ruled out as causes of my inattentiveness, but there’s still the chance that one day I’ll run with scissors, trip and impale myself, and she’ll be proven right.)

Without firm evidence as to the causes of ADHD, we are left to deal with its symptoms, which the CDC further describes as “daydreaming a lot, forgetting or losing things, squirming or fidgeting, talking too much, making careless mistakes, taking unnecessary risks, having a hard time resisting temptation, having trouble taking turns,

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and having difficulty getting along with others.” If you’re like me, that list describes the behavior of many of my friends, family members, and often myself. In fact, those things are normal attributes in many of the people with whom I interact every day.

Fewer people than you’d guess are naturally wired to sit still, stay focused, and work quietly through their day. Statistically, at least 25% of the population have minds that are naturally attracted to the world of ideas, concepts, and new experiences. The brains of these individuals have voracious appetites for new information, a low tolerance for routine, and are constantly looking for new ways to do mundane activities. (A client once confessed that her need for new experiences was so strong that she went to a different grocery store every trip and that if she was forced to go to the same store twice, then she would go down the aisles a different way just for the variety.)

Their fertile imaginations make these people exceptional creative thinkers - coming up with new approaches for solving problems and enhancing the lives of others. They’re the innovators, musicians, artists, explorers, scientists, and entrepreneurs that move a society forward. They’re also the athletes who push the boundaries of surfing, rock-climbing, base-jumping, and other high-risk activities that make many of us pucker and cringe. And they’re the souls who move society toward equity and fairness by promoting social change in innovative ways. People who have trouble being still are the very people who bring color and variety to an otherwise boring gray world.

It’s only when they’re confined to strictly imposed schedules, mundane routines, and boring environments that these folks become restless and begin displaying behaviors we associate with ADHD. The danger lies in assuming that people, especially our children, who have short attention spans and difficulty being still have something medically wrong with them. Very often these conditions are, in truth, indications of

Understanding the God-given hardwiring of your personality can give you the keys to living a life that fits you. While taking a medication for ADHD can help with focus and productivity, taking it without exploring the underlying reasons for your attention deficit ignores factors with powerful implications about the work you were designed for, the life that fits you, and the things that will give

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